Now, we get to the most notorious American shopping holiday, heard ‘round the world: Black Friday. This, along with the predecessor of Thanksgiving Day doorbusters, make up one of the greatest and most iconic shopping experiences in America. In recent years, it’s been rolled-up into a three-day extravaganza with our next addition but still offers some killer digital sales. We’re not going to recommend venturing out into the wild, wild world of Black Friday shopping, but sitting online at home is definitely the way to go.
We’ll start with the one that’s going to make your life the most simple: a gift receipt. These are like Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, giving you free range to correct your error as pain-free as possible. Even with these, you’ll still have to provide a form of photo ID in some places. It’s rare, but it’s something you don’t want to be caught without, especially if you’re stuck in the return line after a major holiday.
To overcome the common problem people faced as to what to give one’s spouse each year, an American author by the name of Emily Post, who wrote on the topic of etiquette, was the first to recommend a list of anniversary gift themes which was published in 1922 in her book titled 'Etiquette’. In that book, she listed suggestions for the first anniversary, followed by the fifth anniversary, and then every five years or so up until the 25th, and concluded with the 50th wedding anniversary. The American National Retail Jeweler Association expanded on this list in 1937 by filling in the missing years up to the 14th wedding anniversary, and the subsequent multiples of five up to the 50th year.

Our site is dedicated to making your life easier during the holiday season and throughout the year. That’s why we have teamed up with some of the most spectacular merchants on the planet to offer you perfect gifts for everyone on your list, year after year. Whether you’re shopping for presents for dear old Dad, sentimental items for your sweet mom, unique gift ideas for those adorable kids, or great merchandise for friends, far-away family members or coworkers, we’ve got you covered!
This isn’t a bag thing, but it also comes with an additional difficulty factor, one that we wanted to flesh out in an entire section. The practical guy has three types of people who are going to understand his hobbies or understand what items will make his career/job easier to perform. They see these gifts as optimizing their life, which is a big up for the happiness factor. The types of people and the reactions they can expect are as follows:
Many women say it's the thought that counts in a gift. We say it's nice if it's fabulous as well! Our collection of unique gifts can be personalized for her, showing that thought and planning went into the purchase. Browse our categories of gift ideas for women, which include personalized jewelry, travel accessories, and custom-printed home decor, such as throws, pillows, and prints with personal messages, monograms, or photos on them.

The tradition of giving gifts for a wedding anniversary extends back to medieval times. It is known that during the time of the Holy Roman Empire, a man would crown his wife with a silver wreath on the 25th anniversary, and a gold wreath on the 50th anniversary, however, there was little else documented in terms of themes for gift giving on other anniversaries.   
Give the gift of a hand-painted Mason jar or glass container this holiday season. They make gorgeous vases, makeup brush holders, or pencil cups. To craft this Christmas gift, paint the outside of the jars with two coats of paint. We mixed several shades of pink with white to create a range of hues, but any color scheme works. For a touch of glam, mask the top of the jar with painter's tape and cover the bottom with glitter spray paint.
"I first got my husband a Man Crate last year for Father's Day. It went over so well, I decided to… more make it an annual thing. This year, I decided on the pizza grilling box and it was an awesome choice! It's not even a week after Father's Day and we've grilled pizza twice. My husband absolutely loves it and to him, it was the perfect box for US. This is something he can do for the two of us, and it's not just about him or to make him happy. That's one of his favorite things about this box. We haven't tried any of the recipes in the book yet, but they are certainly on our list! :)” - Ami less
They don't call it Sweet 16 for nothing. Even though this is a traditional and modern gift pick, silver has historically meant clarity. Silver holloware (think: anything related to the dinner table that is not silverware so bowls, trays, and so on) symbolizes unity as well since you enjoy it when you sit down to dine together for your sixteenth anniversary.
Friends are the family you choose, so the pressure’s on. If you’ve been chumming it up for a while, then you’ve got some hefty expectations resting on your shoulders, just like the SO and family members. It’s about wanting to get them something they’ll love; not just doing it because an event or birthday are passing by. They do everything with you, and you two probably share a lot of the same interests. Out of the whole list, while there’s a bit of pressure, you might have the easiest time grabbing a gift for them. The longer you’ve been best friends, the better time you’ll have picking out their gifts.
She loves to travel the world and needs the right luggage to keep up with her.  This sleek carry-on is the perfect gift to help her travel in style. It is constructed of durable aluminum and features a discreet add-a-bag holder that lets her keep a hand free while navigating the airport. It also has an interior flex-divider system and a TSA-approved locking closure. And if you are feeling extra generous for your anniversary, consider slipping a couple plane tickets into the case.
"I ordered this for my son's birthday, and I thought I was being totally redundant because part of… more what he does FOR A LIVING, is to make and sell BBQ. As a matter of fact, he has won many local awards for his BBQ. When he opened his crate, he was delighted with the contents, and I guarantee everything will be promptly used. Thanks so much for this great (and painless gift). The next crate I order will be for my son-in-law's birthday. I wish you had a DIY crate - that would be the one for him, but I suppose I'll have to wait on that!” - Jennifer less
To overcome the common problem people faced as to what to give one’s spouse each year, an American author by the name of Emily Post, who wrote on the topic of etiquette, was the first to recommend a list of anniversary gift themes which was published in 1922 in her book titled 'Etiquette’. In that book, she listed suggestions for the first anniversary, followed by the fifth anniversary, and then every five years or so up until the 25th, and concluded with the 50th wedding anniversary. The American National Retail Jeweler Association expanded on this list in 1937 by filling in the missing years up to the 14th wedding anniversary, and the subsequent multiples of five up to the 50th year.
They’re more about having activity-specific clothing. Patagonia jackets, hiking pants, functional clothing like altimeter watches; these are the sort of thing they’re looking for. Even if you haven’t joined him out on the trail, or taken a camping trip with him, it’s a part of who he is, and how he spends his weekends. Getting something with the great wilderness in mind is going to really resonate with him.
Every year, you have one less gift you’ll be able to get them. We know mates on their twentieth anniversary who already have a handful of engraved, personalized items, and all the gadgets their inner child could ever want. This gets tricky, but it’s not a lost cause. For everything he has, you can branch-off and get him something else. He enjoys his fine liquors; get him a new glass set. He’s a collector; there’s a never-ending list of watches we’re accumulating here. When in doubt, build on what’s already been built upon. It may no seem as “custom” to you, but if they have a clear interest in it, they’re going to appreciate it more than you think.

Bright floral prints keep a home looking warm despite winter chill—an ideal Christmas gift for  friends who prefers bold motifs. Choose the frame and cut a piece of cold press board (sturdy, textured paper found in crafts stores) an inch smaller than the frame on all sides. To create the irregular white border, brush frisket (liquid similar to rubber cement that will mask areas you don't want painted) along the edges with an imperfect stroke; let dry. Place silk or plastic greenery (look for pieces that lie flat) on each board, and spray with a single coat of paint. Remove the greenery, and allow the paint to dry. Carefully rub off frisket, then attach the print to white paper backing and place in frame.
"I’m jealous! This crate was for my husband, but oh my goodness, can I just say we both are loving… more it!?!! The smokey flavor of the maple syrup is amazing! My husband loves Old Fashions so this was perfect for him. But now they may be my new favorite as well! The bitters are amazing too! It’s always been hard for me to find bitters that make a drink good but wow! These are great!! The glasses are made in Germany and much nicer than I expected. The crate is great and makes the gift fun and unique! I highly recommend!!" - Kelly less
Gift Wrapping: Avoid the extra expense of wrapping paper, bows and ribbons, and other giftwrap supplies. Forget about those long, frustrating hours spent trying to perfectly wrap stacks of presents. Since many of our merchants offer gift-wrapping services, personalized cards and festive gift boxes, you can concentrate on the important things in life- like eggnog and Grandma’s homemade sugar cookies.
Getting a woman an impersonal gift is an easy way for her to feel unappreciated. Instead, picture the specific person you are shopping for and get her a gift that you know she would love. If you are shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, take time to get something that each woman you are shopping for would love, instead of getting them all the same standard gift. Take into consideration her profession. Is she a doctor, musician or a nerd? this can give you clues to what she is into.
Instead of searching high and low for the perfect pillow, make this Christmas gift that you know your friend will love! Sketch a geometric design on a square piece of kraft paper to make a template, then trace onto fabric and cut to size. Stitch the shapes together and press the seams open. Cut solid-color fabric to make the back of the pillow covering. Stitch the front and back pieces, right sides together, leaving a small opening. Turn right side out, press, and stuff with a pillow form. Whipstitch the opening closed.
Taxes suck, but Tax-Free Weekend always hits around late July to early August and makes it all suck a little less. These have recently applied to digital sales as well, and can even help to shave-off the costs associated with digital media downloads and buying year-long memberships to some of your favorite streaming services. Certain stores and online platforms will recognize these days with a, “Take an extra X percent off” type deal. Our recommendation: capitalize on those.
Part of the reason that many men don’t know what they look good in, is because they’re embarrassed or uneducated. Up until a short while ago, societal issues made it awkward or nerve-racking for men to pay serious attention to their style. Those anxieties are instilled, and it’s a tough barrier to break. When they don’t know what they look good in, you have a safe area to bench on that most men will look good in, and it’s all about color matching.
You've done it: Year one of marriage is officially in the books. We're sure it's been a blur—and has come with its unexpected moments—but reaching this first major milestone is huge. Just as important? That first anniversary gift. Luckily for you, there's a traditional year-by-year protocol to anniversary presents, which makes things easier when it comes time to picking something out. Your first anniversary is typically marked with a paper gift. Why paper, you ask? As far as anniversary gifts go, the medium's price tag is usually on the lower end of the spectrum, which is usually appropriate for couples who are just starting out.
Make Them Work For It - Similar to the switcharoo, you can simply wrap their present, then stick it in a gift box, then in a gift bag, and put some gift paper on top of it. It’s a tedious way for them to get a few laughs (comedies come in threes) while making them work for their gift and joking around with them on the way. This is a really fun way to add a twist.
Stockings have taken on a whole new role for many families on Christmas day or perhaps Christmas Eve. While it does add to the stress of the day because it’s another thing you’ve got to get right, we’re helping you out here with a handful of awesome stocking stuffers for guys that will hopefully not steal the thunder from whatever you’re putting under the tree. Mason jar shot glasses and sasquatch soap are just a few choices.
Jenna - I sent this crate to a long-term contractor of mine who deserved a cool and unique show of… more appreciation. He absolutely loved the gift (and probably the crate and duct tape wrapping even more!)--he said it totally made his day (and week!). I had the gift delivered to his office and he said all of his colleagues were standing around watching when it was delivered, wondering what it was and how in the heck he was going to open it. I wish I could have been there to see it! Thank, Man Crates! :D less
You will note that after 20 years, there aren't traditional gifts associated with every marital year, however, there is a modern theme for each year right up to 30 years of marriage. This reflects the need for a couple to continue to sustain romance and commitment as they progress through married life. Some years also have no floral symbol, gemstone or colour associated with them. We do, however, suggest useful gift ideas for every wedding anniversary year.
With Christmas just around the corner, you’re probably faced with the yearly struggle of finding something for the hard-to-buy-for. Well, why not take the strain out of shopping this year with these one-of-a-kind holiday gift suggestions. From necklaces, personalized family portraits that include your pets, and even custom mugs, we have something for everyone.
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I ordered this, and a personalized card, for friends who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next week. They did not want gifts, but as they are close friends, my husband & I wanted them to have a personal memento from us. The ornament and card just arrived and, WOW!!! They are just beautiful!! The quality of the ornament and the card are excellent - they both have the look & feel of items costing 4 times the price at an expensive department store. I can't wait for us to present these to the anniversary couple. They are beyond expectations! And, they arrived quickly, and very well packed. And, the price can't be beat. This is our 2nd happy purchase from you and I know we'll be back for another happy occasion. Thanks so much for the beautiful, beautiful items and the prompt and quality service!!
As you’re building a home together, what usually happens is that you focus on the basics — sofas, shelves, beds and towels — then lose momentum when it comes to choosing the decorative accessories that really make your house a home. So start to nest a little with cool but still sentimental art that can serve as a starting point for a life of collecting art together. This small-ish print (it’s 14” square) can work in just about any room, as a standalone piece or as part of a gallery wall with an eclectic mix of artwork. It's the perfect gift for her, for a daily reminder of how much you love her. 

Friends and family will adore these cute Christmas gift ideas, including DIY dishware, Christmas candles, and other holiday home decorations. Whether you're searching for homemade gift ideas for mom or creative DIY Christmas ideas for friends, these unique options will be cherished for holiday celebrations to come. Start one of these handmade Christmas crafts today so you can check everyone off your gift list.
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