Maddie is APW's Chief Revenue Officer. She's been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, she currently lives on a pony farm in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Michael, their son Lincoln, and an obnoxious mastiff named Gaia. Current hair color: Natural (gasp!)
If you’re going for big gifts or small (gifts for 1 year old boys), you’re going to want to hit late February for President’s Day sales. While these tend to apply to major appliances and mattresses, furniture and things of the sort, that could be the perfect thing. If he’s a gamer, and you’re going for a stellar top-budget gift, you could always check out gaming desks or gaming chairs. The trick to utilizing these sales is to see what their doorbuster items are. These are generally things they use to get people in the door (even virtually), and then sell them on great deals on larger items. Some brands even sacrifice making any profit off these items by dropping them so low, just to get you on their site. You’ll also see sales like this come around in late May for Memorial Day sales.
Whether it's used for serving or for display, this pretty Christmas gift will brighten any kitchen. Create a colorful motif around the edges of a purchased platter with ceramic paints or porcelain paint pens, then sketch and paint a fun shape in the center. Many ceramic paints require baking to set the colors, so be sure to read the packaging instructions before you start the project. This gift is perfect for anyone looking to make their house feel a little more like home.
Another fantastic product that is gaining popularity is an essential oil diffuser. These are little devices that you add water and just a few drops of an essential oil of your choice too. Then, they diffuse the scent of the essential oil throughout whatever space they are in. Different essential oils have different benefits, so this can be a wonderful way to help her with a variety of things from getting over colds faster to getting to sleep easier or just simply filling her home, workplace, or even car with lovely scents in a more natural way than traditional air fresheners.
Spending more doesn’t make the gift more valuable; in fact, it can actually spark more of an argument than just ignoring the event, and not getting him a gift at all. If you’re the SO, you might spark a feeling of indebtedness from the gift recipient. Even in our progressive world, there are still issues where men will feel inadequate based on their spouse earning more than them, providing more “value” to the family (however they like to measure it), and so on. Getting a gift that’s expensive or out of an acceptable price range, could send a bad message. Men are simple, and enjoy simple gifts; study what you believe they’ll want, but don’t overthink it and psych yourself out.
One of the sleekest and smartest trackers on the market, Fitbit's Versa makes a great gift for the health-conscious traveler. Some of our favorite features: auto-exercise recognition and built-in guided workouts, 24/7 heart rate tracking, room to store hundreds of songs for phone-free listening, and an impressive four- to five-day battery life. Toss in a few interchangeable leather straps and gift them as a bundle.
One of the easiest ways to keep a relationship fresh is to explore new things together, and cooking is a fun one to play with since you can do it together in the comfort of your own home, and then enjoy the delicious results (or have a new story of a cooking disaster to share!). This kit is clever: Your challenge is to roll the dice, each of which has a different food group or kind of ingredient on it (like cooking methods, grains, veggies, herbs and proteins), then try to concoct a dinner using the ingredients you rolled. Being creative together and problem-solving to build a meal will surely bring you closer together, especially if you don’t take it to seriously — and solve the problem with a glass of wine in hand.
Frame a special photo in a colorful wooden frame for a sentimental Christmas gift. Prime the frame, then paint with a coat of chalkboard paint; let dry. Package this unique Christmas gift with different colors of chalk so the recipient can update the frame's caption and design as they change the photo. We love this Christmas gift for kids or creative coworkers.
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.
Budget ahead of time, order ahead of time and expect delivery delays. We would also like to add that if you’re in a highly-populated area, you’re going to be a prime target for box theft during the holiday season. It’s an unfortunate truth, but this is where planning ahead of time just saved your skin. If the delivery date doesn’t matter, you can ensure that you’ll be home for it without stressing for time. You hear a knock at the door, hop to, and boom: the package is safely inside.
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.
How cute is this camera?! This is a great gift for people who love taking pictures and HAVING pictures. I bought and used the Instax Mini 9 at my wedding this year for guests to take photos of themselves. A friend also had the camera while we were traveling in Greece this summer, and I have some of those pictures hanging on my fridge. Great for adults, college students, and teens, this Fujifilm camera is an excellent gift.
A gent with vast interested in the automotive world, woodworking, collecting, and everything in between, all share one main trait: they’re progressing. Nobody starts a hobby for no reason; they have goals in mind, thresholds, milestones they want to achieve. Using this mindset is the first step in identifying the perfect gift for the guy on your list.
This Round’s on Me - Going out for a drink is the age-old expression of downtime, and telling someone that you want to spend a good few minutes with them, while also treating them to something. These are a great impromptu way to help them take a load off while being able to enjoy some quality time with them yourself. You can also save a bit of money here, so long as you don’t get them blackout drunk, you know?
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The Huge Fort Kit is a wonderful Christmas gift for kids who love to pretend. Featuring more than 50 pieces including frame tubes, blocks and clips, this imagination station even comes with a convenient carrying bag for those trips away from home. Built stronger than the other play forts that are available on the market, Toydle Forts are designed for hours and hours of fun! Kids will have a great...
If mom is a frequent shopper (grocery or otherwise) she'll love this stylish two-in-one bag combo from Timbuk2 in chic, semi-reflective silver. The outer silver bag and inner red bag can be carried together or separately if you buy more than planned, as totes or as backpacks! This brand is known for making sturdy bags for bicycle commuters, so you can be sure it'll last!
The time association rule directly affects what you should be spending, and how big of lofty a gift you should be looking at. Opting for smaller gifts is better for a short relationship time, whether you’re dating or just friends. If I have a friend for six weeks, and I knew their birthday was coming up, I’m going to get them something small that’s half-obligatory, half “Hey, we’re buds, have something nice.” The longer you know or are with someone, the higher the expectation is on the gift.
Looking for a fantastic anniversary gift? Whether you’re celebrating your first anniversary or toasting to 50 years with your one true love, Gifts.com offers heartfelt anniversary gifts your special someone will adore. From custom home décor to sentimental keepsakes he or she will treasure, our personalized anniversary gifts are sure to help you express your love.
Short on custom gift ideas this year? We’re here to help! Whether you need a Christmas Gift for a girlfriend or a Christmas gift for boyfriend, Christmas presents for mom or Christmas gifts for dad, we have you covered. Shop a variety of custom Christmas gifts, and be sure to browse our festive collection of personalized Christmas ornaments and Christmas stockings.
A custom picture frame is a simple, yet totally unique and exceptionally meaningful Christmas gift. It’s a great way to show your loved ones that you took the extra time and thought to create something that’s truly theirs. Whether you’re shopping for your new boyfriend or girlfriend or your partner of many years, the “Because of You” picture frame can help express just how you...
Need a memorable Christmas gift for that special woman in your life? We have the top Christmas gifts for women already sorted out for you. She'll love our personalized jewelry, clothing, gift baskets and home decor. And she'll love you for taking the time to find that special something just for her. From truly heartfelt to romantic to silly, we have everything you need to make this Christmas morning truly memorable.
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In our opinion, this is the easiest guy to shop for. He’s not going to be upset, but may not be totally enthused, either. Unless you get him something that blows his mind, or at least all other gifts out of the water, you’ll probably end up prying about how much he really liked the gift. They’re a bit less reactive and often quieter about how they really feel about a gift, whether positive or negative.
"Manly arts such as flying jets, riding cross country on a motorcycle, designing and building my own… more homes. Learning to paint with oils, running a small business, baking my own breads. Brewing beer, distilling and aging whisky. But I never bought a 5 pound pork belly until a week ago. Local butcher, apply the rub from Man Crates, bag and wait....but... I have never built my own cold smoker either. I had a week to complete that project. A little design and engineering from youtube and the web helped. Combination apple wood and hickory!! Stunning results. Perfection. Bacon with eggs, bacon with roasted brussels sprouts, bacon bits with tofu and vegetables and bacon with bacon." - Alan less
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As for our story books, they’re guaranteed to lend story time an extra fun vibe as kids experience the excitement of seeing their name in print. We even feature interactive CDs too. Now that’s what we call a gift to fire the imagination! Or perhaps you’re heading to the classroom or sport’s field. On the move or off to school, our personalized backpacks are just thing for keepings junior’s books, school supplies, sports kit or toys organized, and better yet they’re easy-to-spot! And make sure your kids are hydrated to play by surprising them with personalized reusable water bottles with their names on the bottle.
A custom mug is one of those ingenuous gifts that can work for practically anyone—a family member, close friend, coworker, teacher, next-door neighbor—you name it. What makes an ordinary mug extraordinary is how you customize it. And the Signature Style personalized coffee mug makes this easy and elegant. Simply add any name and select the colors you like and the unique design is created for...
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Your guy-in-mind is hungry for gear, but what do you get for the man who has everything? We’re about to dish it out in one of our most comprehensive overviews to date. There’s constantly explosive, cutting-edge technology and innovations, giving you an ample palette of one-of-a-kind gifts to choose from. If he thinks he has it all, he doesn’t know what he’s missing; you’re about to get ahead in this gift-giving game. Here’s everything from top to bottom when you’re buying gifts for men.
November brings us one legendary sale, but before then, it’s all about Veterans Day sales to seriously stock up on housewarming gifts, home appliances, and small electronics. This is one of the more minor sales when it comes to gift-giving, but still a noticeable blip on the radar. If he’s a bit culinary guy, you can grab him something along the lines of a new countertop appliance, or take a look at the selection of grills. If he’s in a more snowy environment, it’s a good time to grab one of these for later and gift it during the summer months.