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!)
We’ve spilled the beans about the different gift categories, everything about style, function, and the whole shebang. Now, it’s time to figure out what you should be focusing on dependent on what event or milestone in their lives that you’re going for. We’ve broken down a few major events in a man’s life where a gift can really make a meaningful impact.
Accentuate a vintage bowl with delicate copper leaf to create one-of-a-kind decorative dishes perfect for holding everything from jewelry to keys. These decorative gifts are lovely, inexpensive, and ideal presents for friends and family during the holiday season. For first-timers, choose an simple design like our mistake-proof ragged copper edge. Finish with a clear spray sealer to ensure this Christmas gift spans the whole season. 
Give her something to compliment her current jewelry collection with this Michele Watch Head. This beautiful watch head is sure to make an impression with your loved one. The stainless steel watch band features a mother of pearl dial surrounded by 120 twinkling diamonds. If you seek the matching strap to house the watch head, consider this one from Nordstrom.
In the old days, shopping for gifts during the holidays was quite the experience. People like you and me were forced to brave the harsh winter weather, combat crowds of frantic shoppers, and scramble from store to store to find great Christmas gifts during the busy holiday season. Most of us were limited to whatever the local shops and big-box stores had to offer, so finding unique presents and specialty items was quite a chore.
Every year, your wedding anniversary offers a special day to reflect on your most cherished memories together and to mark just how far your relationship has come. This year, make your present just as special as the person you're honoring, with unique anniversary gifts that celebrate your strong union, connection and commitment. Find anniversary gift ideas for every year, whether it's your first or the milestone 50th anniversary.
Christmas present ideas for teens can be a little harder to come by, but think about giving them something that's just for them. For the teen girl who loves to play guitar in her band, get her a personalized poster or plaque with her name on it to decorate where she practices. For the teen boy who loves to support his sports team year-round, get him a locker room print or jersey of his favorite team.
For Christmas gift-giving emergencies, dress up a simple gift card with our festive holiday holders. Stitch two pieces of felt together, using your card to measure the proper sizes of felt. Trace holiday-theme stencil designs onto felt in contrasting colors; cut out. Use hot-glue to secure to holder. Cut a small circle at the top of each tag; thread with baker's twine.
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:

Buying for a girlfriend is slightly different than buying for your wife, but you will still apply many of the same principles. What does she like? Pay attention to the details so that she knows you care about her when you buy gifts for your girlfriend. Gifts for women need to be thoughtful and personal to really show you love them. Some of the best gifts for women are ones that remind them of something special the two of you share.
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.

Waiting until the last minute to look for a gift is always a bad idea. Give yourself enough time to think about and find the perfect gift for the special woman in your life you are shopping for. If you are ordering online, make sure you get the right shipping level so that the gift is sure to arrive in time. A late gift is always disappointing, no matter what it is!


These DIY holiday succulent planters make a quick and inexpensive Christmas gift for mom (or anyone!) that will last for years. Succulents are an especially unique present with low-maintenance care, and they're perfect for mom, best friends, or co-workers. To create the personalized planter, wrap empty, clean tin cans with 1/4 inch braided red-and-white polypropylene rope. Secure the rope to the can as you wrap using a hot-glue gun. Slightly twist the rope to line up the candy cane-color stripes. Add an adorable Christmas gift tag using a thin piece of twine.
And let’s not forget the family room or playroom! We offer a huge assortment of bright, colorful and 100% practical kids furniture too. Designed with little people in mind, our bookcases, cozy chairs, classic rocking chairs and unique kids step stool are scaled to suit your youngest family members! Spruce up their room with wall decor like with elmo growth charts, sports-themed canvas, or wall decals. Personalized gifts for kids don’t get any cooler than this!
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.
These slippers have a 5-star rating on Nordstrom from over 3,000 reviews! The Dakota slipper has been around for years, combining fashion and comfort into one. You can even wear the shoe outside, as it has a rubber sole. Speaking from experience, you can’t go wrong with UGG slippers as a gift. In the past six years, I have given a different pair of UGG slippers to my mom, grandmother, grandfather, fiancé, and brothers – and each time, they were a hit.
"I bought this as a Father's Day gift for my dad, and he absolutely loves it! He has always wanted a… more smaller humidor, and has never had a cutting tool like the one in this package. I have purchased 3 other Man Crates in the past 8 months since I discovered this site. I cannot be more pleased with quality of the products, the level of customer service if I have any questions or issues with an order. This is all around 110% the best idea for any gifts! I refer ALL of my friends, family, and acquaintances!!" - Josh S. less
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