The traditional colors for the four-year anniversary are blue and green, colors of loyalty and vitality that your marriage is earning as you move from being newlyweds to just plain married people. But instead of investing in the traditional blue topaz or zircon, stones that can seem quite fancy on a still-shoestring lifestyle, consider a unisex multi-strand bracelet made from hand-knotted nylon for a casual take on anniversary jewelry. The bracelet works just as well for men as for women and stands up to water, sun, sports and more. In brilliant shades of aqua with metallic accents, it’s lighthearted but durable, much the way you want your relationship to be.
Three years ago, I bought the J. Crew Chateau Parka in royal blue. It was a bit of a splurge, but I wanted a coat I could dress up or down and wear in not-as-cold weather in addition to my huge, puffy winter parka. Since buying it, I've worn it hundreds of times. Even this month alone, I've worn it a bunch. The coat is still in perfect condition, and its timeless look is still very much in fashion. The pockets are not only stylish, but useable—and the zippers give it a city chic look and feel. The fur comes off the hood, too! This jacket is one of my favorite things, and I think it would make a great gift for any woman into fashion who lives in a place where you sometimes need a coat. It comes in multiple colors, but red, black, and green are my favorites this year.

Fun Christmas gifts for kids, some say these unique plants are more like pets. Imagine the thrill of receiving TickleMe Plant Party favors for Christmas and growing real house plants that actually react when you tickle them! The leaves fold together and even the branches fall down when you tickle this amusing houseplant. Recommended for kids 5+, the TickleMe Plant can be easily grown indoors...
Corporate Casual - A straightforward way to wrap a corporate casual gift, say at an office party or outing to a co-worker’s birthday after work, is to grab an inexpensive belt from your nearest store and wrap it around their present. It’s low maintenance, and while it allows them to see what the present is, it’s a corporate-friendly way to go about it and get a quick smile from the guy in question.

This coaster quartet takes shape with plain porcelain tiles painted with musical motifs. Download and resize free musical instrument clip art, then shade the shapes with a pencil so you can see the design on the reverse side. Flip the patterns over and place on ceramic tiles; trace around the shaded shapes to transfer a faint outline of the patterns to the tiles. Attach rubber cabinet bumpers to the backs of the tiles to protect surfaces and keep the coasters from shifting, then fill in or paint around each silhouette with a thin paintbrush and porcelain paint.
Last year, I recommended the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook (which I own and love), so this year I have to recommend the latest cookbook in the author’s series—Skinnytaste One and Done. As a longtime follower of the blog Skinnytaste, I can confirm all of Gina’s recipes are both healthy and amazing. If you want to get another gift to go with it, check out our favorite small appliances so they can use the cookbook with it.
"I stumbled upon Man Crates while searching for the perfect gift for my step dad for Father's Day. I… more am in marketing myself and so when I saw not only a clean website but the product I was very impressed. There was no hesitation when deciding to buy this gift for my step dad and he was floored when he got it. Great product. Great service. Great timing. Very impressed and WILL be shopping here again.” - Nia less
Nearly every woman loves make-up. Since it is continuously going to be a reoccurring cost for her, it is always going to be great to get it as a gift. There are lots of choices of great make-up out there. You can get her a nice eye-shadow pallet, a colorful lipstick, or a great eyeliner pen. They all make fantastic gifts that the woman in your life will get good use out of and enjoy plenty as well.
I have been wanting to buy Madewell's classic leather tote bag for a while now, so I did not hesitate to purchase it when they came out with a zip top version of the bag this year. The classic tote is big enough to hold all my stuff for work, stylish enough for me to use on weekends when I don't have a lot in it, and the zip top makes it perfect for traveling on weekend trips with (or using as a carry-on while flying). The bag comes in a few different colors. I have it in English Saddle, which is of course my personal fave.

The holiday season means a little more celebrating (ahem, wine), but that doesn’t have to be bad! Put that collection of wine corks to use with this creative Christmas gift. A wine cork base makes a bulletin board both functional and artsy—and we love the idea of hanging Christmas cards on it for the holidays. Choose a frame deep enough to hold whole corks, or cut the corks in half lengthwise with an extra-fine razor saw (available at crafts stores). Secure the corks to the frame backing using wood glue.
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. 
Admittedly, some of the presents might seem a little strange at first, as it's doubtful most men will shriek with delight should they receive a gift of lace or china. But despite a few head-scratching selections, the list features a range of helpful, thoughtful and diverse gift ideas that can serve as a jumping-off point for shopping ventures. In fact, many men and women struggling to locate the perfect anniversary present have been delighted by this handy guide, which takes out much of the gifting guesswork. Of course, if you find that your creativity is stifled by such specificity, rest assured that you can choose to interpret the suggested material as loosely as you like.
When you portray your favorite person on a dinner plate, they'll feel like the guest of honor at every meal. Using a photo as a starting point, draw the shape and fine features of your muse onto a plain white plate using a porcelain paint pen. Use a paintbrush to add blush and hair. Keep acetone (nail polish remover works well) and tissues close to remove any mistakes. To set the paint, bake the plate according to the paint manufacturer's instructions. Although the plate should be food-safe, double-check the manufacturer's instructions or use it for decorative purposes only.
"Overall, this gift was so cool! My siblings and I decided to order one of these man crates for our… more dad for fathers day. He absolutely loved it, thought the whole idea was awesome. The only reason I'm not giving this box 5 stars is because when my dad opened the package the box wasn't securely tight at the bottom and he just opened it with his hands and wasn't able to get the full effect. I will definitely be trying these boxes again closer to the holidays!" - Alicyn less
"I bought this for my son (a chemical engineer) for his birthday. He was very impressed with the… more quality of materials and how complete the set was. I had found other brew kits online, but they were made of plastic and other inferior materials that taint the flavor of the "brew" so this was a great find for a great price. Overall, I am completely satisfied with the product and the company. It was delivered the next day! I will absolutely be purchasing other items from Man Crates in the future!” - Deborah less
Make that morning commute to work a little less painful. Whether he’s hopping on the train or driving forty-five minutes to make ends meet, if he’s a music lover, you’ll be able to transform that commute into an experience. Spotify gift cards are excellent for streamers with endless data, or an iTunes gift card for local storage music if they don’t have an unlimited GB bucket. Either way, there/s some new tunes, all courtesy of you.

People are obsessed with essential oil diffusers. And why wouldn’t they be? They transform your home with good smells and good vibes. Shopping for someone who is always stressed (hello hi, that's me)? Bring peace and happiness into their life this holiday season with our favorite oil diffuser. We tested the most popular models a few months ago and found this one by InnoGear to be the best.


Fun Christmas gifts for kids, some say these unique plants are more like pets. Imagine the thrill of receiving TickleMe Plant Party favors for Christmas and growing real house plants that actually react when you tickle them! The leaves fold together and even the branches fall down when you tickle this amusing houseplant. Recommended for kids 5+, the TickleMe Plant can be easily grown indoors...
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.
Does the guy on your list identify with any of these? There’s a lot more to grabbing the right gift, but if you can start by pinpointing their primary interests and hobby, and what type of guy they are when it comes to style, you’ll be able to continually narrow down your list. Nobody wants to get a gift that the other person doesn’t absolutely flip over, so as we continue, we’ll minimize the possibility of that happening.
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.

Is he a major man of style? He’s always kicking in Vans shoes or slipping into Hollister when you guys hit the mall together, and appreciates high-end clothing; you’ve just found your perfect gift for him. For men like this, there’s never enough room in their wardrobe, and they’re constantly making amendments. Grab him one of these gift cards, and you’ll be able to let his credit card take a break before he burns a hole clean through the mag strip.


Treat her to a luxurious new fragrance for your upcoming anniversary. Created for the refined woman in mind, this fragrance from Tiffany and Co. is inspired by love. The fragrance is bold and original, featuring notes of vert de mandarine and blue iris. The set comes with Eau de Parfum Spray (2.5 oz), Eau de Parfum Miniature (0.17 oz) and a Tiffany & Co. ceramic keepsake. Maybe you also want to consider a special piece of Tiffany and Co. jewelry to compliment the gift?

Clothing and just about all forms of apparel can rack you up a pretty penny. If you wait until early October for Columbus Day, you’ll be able to snag some killer deals from some of the most well-recognized brands in America. If you’re going to bulk-up on a wardrobe or give out gifts for just about every guy on your list, this is the time to do it. If you’re a real pro, and you read our section about planning ahead, you can take care of Christmas shopping right around this time too, and beat the holiday mall rush.


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.
The world's first automatic, all-grain homebrewing appliance, Pico is basically a Keurig for beer. Instead of K-cups, it uses prepackaged boxes of grains and hops from dozens of craft breweries to create whatever style of beer you choose. Whether you prefer a Rogue Dead Guy Ale from Oregon or a Whetstoner Session IPA from Vermont, the Pico allows you to brew up a batch at home. And while it's true that you could buy a hefty supply of beer for what the machine costs, there's nothing quite like tapping a keg of liquid you created yourself.
This adorable chalkboard look photo holiday card is spot on with this year’s trends! The chalkboard background looks just like you remember from grade school and sidewalk signs, and the artful fonts dancing across the right side of the postcard shaped personalized card are the perfect mix of Christmas and whimsy. Featuring traditional Christmas time colors of red and green writing, along...

When you pass out Christmas gifts this year, make sure they're cherished for years to come by adding a personal touch. Personalized Christmas gifts make the spirit of the season come to life and feel even more special. Our diverse selection of unique Christmas gifts lets you customize the right present for the right person every time so that everyone on your list can unwrap a smile, whether it's their very first Christmas or their hundredth.
"I bought this for my son (a chemical engineer) for his birthday. He was very impressed with the… more quality of materials and how complete the set was. I had found other brew kits online, but they were made of plastic and other inferior materials that taint the flavor of the "brew" so this was a great find for a great price. Overall, I am completely satisfied with the product and the company. It was delivered the next day! I will absolutely be purchasing other items from Man Crates in the future!” - Deborah less
You want the best for your kids, and these gifts deliver. They are the best things you can put under the tree this year that will have them talking long after the season is over. There are fun gifts like animal flip-flops that leave animal tracks behind, and hoodies that make it look like a monster is eating their head. These are the types of gifts that make Christmas memorable, and create that morning moment you’re looking for.
Cyber Monday comes next, and what a wonderful day it is. People make entire six-hour shopping days out of this, spending thousands online to secure every Christmas present, birthday, and upcoming event (usually weddings) all without having to get up to pee. Grab your pajamas and comfortable attire on the previous sale, and nestle in. This is the time when you’ll want to be on top of your newsletter stack, and watch out for flash sales.
They travel a lot, either because they like to, or they have to for work. Either way, being out on the road is distant and lonesome, and the right travel gift can put a smile on their face when they least expect it, and remind them of good friends at home. These tend to be practical and useful, optimizing their time out on the road (or up in the skies) and making things easier on them.
If you’re zoning-in on their interests, use the knowledge at your disposal to garner a good foundation. If you’ve heard anything in passing, such as, “I’d really like to do this, but I don’t have X to do it with,” you just figured out something vital: they don’t have everything they need to complete their desired tasks, and you now have a much more narrow margin of error. Bonus points if you remember exactly what they said they needed, even if it’s something that’s not inline with your interests.
Most experience events, if not all, should also have you included in the initial cost. It’s not much of an experience if they don’t have someone to go with, and if you’re a best friend or sibling, you know them intimately enough to get something they’ll truly, deeply enjoy. That’s an experience that they’ll want to share with you. The biggest mistake that experience day shoppers make, is not including themselves and running into financial problems. Just understand those experience days, on average, don’t include the cost of transit, tolls, food, drink, etc.
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