If you end up getting ahold of someone that handles this, instead of waiting on three-day email gaps and letting your frustration build, remember that you get more with honey than you do with vinegar. You’ll be dealing with someone who’s had a really rough day with every other call, so a bit of kindness and understanding can help you in the long run. If you just hit Google and search for firsthand accounts from customer service agents, you’ll see tales of waived fees and additional aid galore. It’s out there, and so long as you’re kind and have everything necessary on your end to commence the return, you’ll be in good hands.
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.
There is a myth out there that a gift is “better” if it’s more expensive, but that isn’t true! In fact, most women will appreciate a well thought-out gift much more than an ordinary gift that cost more money. It is easy to go to the nearest store and buy the first thing you see. Instead, take a little more time to think of a unique gift. The fact that you took the time will guarantee that she’ll love it.
One more thing to take into account is the clip-on coupons you’ll see with a lot of online stores. These sometimes give you an extra 5% or 15% off, but then, there are some that benefit you in order to optimize their delivery procedures. If you’re getting this gift plenty early (which we’re about to discuss), you can opt-in for these little coupons, and get cash back rewards or digital downloads at discounted prices, just for delaying the delivery window by a few days or a week. If you’re getting the gift for someone, and it’ll be here in plenty of time, then why not treat yourself a bit?
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.
The holidays can be a busy time, but you shouldn’t be stressed when you’re out doing your Christmas shopping or looking for gifts online. Here at Harry & David, Christmas is one of our favorite times of year. We love all the gorgeous details of the season, from the Christmas gift baskets and gourmet Christmas gifts to the rustle of gift-wrap, the twinkling of lights, the slow drift of snowflakes, and the gleam of ornaments on the tree.
With all that shipping information at your fingertips now, there are a few things you can do to plan ahead of time so your guy doesn’t miss his perfect gift. For one, you’ll do well to grab it a month in advance and stow it away on the top shelf in your closet (because childhood taught us that the best gifts go there). Take gift receipts and return policies into consideration. We already talked about these higher up in the guide, but to reiterate, it sucks getting a gift you didn’t actually want. Getting it returned or exchanged can be the light at the end of the tunnel, but not if your gift receipt exchange window expired. Pay close attention to that when planning to purchase ahead of time.
When you want to express your gratitude, choose from our selection of beautiful thank you gifts. Nothing shows appreciation better than the perfect combination of blooming bouquets, yard décor, and sweet treats. Express your heartfelt thanks to a loyal employee with an exotic plant to spruce up their office, or send along a gift basket filled with delicious items to help them get through long days at their desk.
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.
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Our gift guides cover all the great holidays and occasions you need to shop for. Shopping for these women shouldn’t be stressful, it should be fun! Whether you are shopping for a toddler, a teenager, a young mom, or an older woman, we have the gift guides that will lead you in the right direction for all of them. From toy suggestions to wine guides, we have got you covered for all the women in your life!
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I thought I hated jeans until I discovered Madewell’s high-rise jeans. They’re comfortable, they’re slimming, they never rip, and they’re a great price. And they have curvy jeans now, which honestly were the best gift I ever received when I bought those bad boys for myself. If you're not sure what kind to get, I recommend a classic 10-inch (not too low waisted, but not too high) in a solid color dark wash (see link below). Read more about my thoughts on the jeans here.
So you’ve gone to all the trouble to find what you thought was the perfect gift, only to read the expression on their face, and thank the stars above that you kept that gift receipt or proof of purchase. This is where you’ll have to pay serious attention to shopping online. Buying from stores that have brick and mortar establishments nearby will allow you to go with them, and physically exchange the gift for one of two things: store credit, or an item of equal or lesser value.
If your guy likes to meld their wardrobes with a more formal look, they’ve got a more refined taste for name-brand items that just come in higher quality. For them, it’s going to be more about the durability and fashion sense of the clothing over quantity. You don’t necessarily have to get an entirely new outfit, but a nice addition to their ever-amassing wardrobe is certainly a way to his heart.
He works his fingers to the bone, and he’s being given a serious promotion. The kind of promotion where there’s going to be a celebration. Whether you’re orchestrating it or not, it’s up to you to get something that really makes an impact. These events don’t call for functional items, but rather, significant and personalized trophy-style gifts. Engraved pens, embroidered briefcases (for their new office), or a new custom nameplate for their new desk. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. We’re personal fans of blending a few items with commemoration, and function. Things like custom mugs, custom luggage sets (if their new job means they’ll be traveling a lot and things of the sort.
Pajamas: Not enough people realize the role pajamas can play in getting a good night's sleep. If your PJs are too insulating, it takes longer to fall asleep, and you end up tossing and turning all night. The solution is silk pajamas. Silk is a natural protein fiber that can keep you just warm enough in the winter and just cool enough in the summer.
Inspire creativity and encourage imaginative growth with these versatile Christmas gifts for kids this holiday season. The Colossal Fort Kit features 160 magnificent cubic square feet of space! Get the kids away from the video games and TV and let them create their next big adventure. Whether the kids want to imagine they are in a royal castle ready to defend their empire, aboard a massive...
Still haven't been to the Polo Bar? Ralph Lauren's Kipton Mixologist Box lets you bring the designer's signature cocktail style with you wherever you go. The travel set includes a hand-cut crystal decanter, four matching glasses, a leather-bound book full of cocktail recipes, a bottle opener, six cocktail picks, four coasters, and a silver-plated brass jigger and nut bowl. Everything comes in a soigné saddle leather carrying case lined with Ralph Lauren's signature Wexford plaid.
Because every family enjoys baked goodies, sweets and treats, a personalized cookie jar makes for a delicious Christmas gift. What makes this personalized cookie jar exceptional is that you can customize it with so many options! You can add two lines of text on top of the custom cookie jar to specify the family name or a fun, personal message. You can then add up to eight family member characters...
Wondering what to get your boyfriend this year, something that will really knock his socks off? These are the 50 best gifts going for your boy toy. Pick something like heated gloves or a bearded beanie to keep him warm this winter, or one of the latest video game consoles to keep him on the cutting edge of gaming technology. Any of the gifts on this list are sure to bring the wow factor.
Shop QVC for the best gifts for women in your life including friends, girlfriends, co-workers, moms, grandmas, daughters, wives, sisters, cousins, and nieces. We have incredible presents and fun ideas for any occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas. You'll also find charming gift baskets for women, which offer a little bit of everything and arrive ready to give. So explore our selection of unique, gorgeous gifts for the special woman in your life today.
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Find fun personalized gifts for kids of every age, from infants and toddlers to teens and even big kids who refuse to grow up. School-aged kiddos will love using their one-of-a-kind school supplies, stickers and stationery in the classroom. Personalize kids' clothes, from everyday T-shirts and sweatshirts to custom aprons your mini artists and chefs will wear with pride.
For each year, we give you not only the themes, but also gift suggestions you can really use. We even have some cute anniversary date ideas if you need some inspiration. Since budgets and gift-giving traditions vary, we’ve suggested both inexpensive gestures and over-the-top ideas. Some of these ideas could work for more than one anniversary year, so if you need extra inspiration, read through the whole list. We hope you enjoy it, and we wish you lots of days worth celebrating, all through the year.
The last thing anybody wants is for their gift to be strewn aside weeks after the occasion or put in the giveaway bin during the next spring cleaning. It is possible to find both fun and functional gifts. Practical gifts are great for individuals who love travel, are minimalists, enjoy different hobbies, or just like to stay organized. There is no bad reason to give a practical gift, especially one that is sure to get used! There is nothing better than seeing a gift get used over and over again!
Whether you're planning a private celebration or you want custom anniversary party favors and supplies for a big anniversary bash, we make it easy to find the perfect party accessories. Browse our selection by category and popularity, and use our free personalization tools to customize anniversary favors and gifts with names, dates, a photo or a loving message.
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!)
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.
Some exchanges may require you to bring a form of photo ID, even just for exchanges. If there’s a physical store, you can go for the same item in different colors or sizes, or as we mentioned, something of equal or lesser value. In the end, you could even grab the store credit, and transfer it over to the gentleman on your list who didn’t like the gift. That way, he’ll be able to go pick something out or use it with his own money for a larger purchase.
If you’re splitting up the bills, sharing your combined income to maintain your home, children, or anything else, then you’re with someone who gives their all and doesn’t expect much in return. While that’s a great trait (and one you don’t want to take advantage of), you’re treading on thin ice when it comes to gifts. These men want to feel humbled; not spoiled, and not like you’ve gone out of your way or had to inconvenience yourself to get them this gift. If they’re the breadwinner right now, and you’re doing your part to maintain the house, children, and everything else, some of these guys may get defensive and just not want you to spend any of that money at all. They’ll feel like they could have gone out and bought it for themselves since they technically earned the cash.
Brighten a plain notebook or journal with colorful embroidery floss for a thoughtful Christmas gift. Sketch a design on a piece of paper; secure the sketch to the notebook cover using masking tape, making sure to wrap the tape around to the inside of the cover to keep the design from moving. Place the front cover on a cutting mat and pierce using a large needle or paper piercer, making sure the holes are evenly spaced. If you're using a circular design, bring the holes a little closer together when approaching a curve to get smooth lines. Remove the pattern from the cover and stitch using four strands of embroidery floss; knot on the inside of the cover to finish the special Christmas gift.
While everyone races to get the most mainstream gifts you’ve seen advertised in the weekly circulars, these gifts are all off the beaten path so to speak. They’re sure to be off your man’s radar, and they are the sort of thing he’ll definitely show off to his buddies, or at least tell them about it. You’ll find everything from shaving kits to beer brewing kits, to TVs that take up entire walls.
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.
This absolutely adorable penguin family ornament is a perfect Christmas gift for family and close friends. The unique Christmas ornament can be personalized with three to six family member’s names, each professionally engraved. Additionally, you can choose to include any family title, last name or a short personal message in the shimmering snow on the bottom. Handcrafted using vibrant colors...
A six-panel window frame becomes a weekly calendar that makes a stylish Christmas present. Each day of the workweek is assigned a pane, and the sixth makes room for notes (or your Christmas list). To make, tape off the wood frame with painter's tape and spray several coats of magnetic spray paint on the front of the glass panes, allowing each coat to dry between applications. Paint each pane with colorful chalkboard paint using a paintbrush to edge and a small foam roller to fill in. Let dry. Remove tape from wood frame.