If you can get the perfect gift and save some cash off the normal retail price, then you’re a champion. In honor of that, we’ve outlined the best time of the year to shop for gifts, based on the average number of sales we see from big box retailers and online stores. Some of these are going to be super obvious, while others may be a bit surprising, but it’s all here.
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.
If you want to be the “cool” gift giver this holiday season, take a look at some of the trendiest gifts that are currently in demand. Choose from 100 gifts that all have that cool factor, all that’s required is to find the ones that resonate with your recipients and you’re set. With so much to choose from, the only problem is deciding on which ones.
Brewery Tour and Tasting - One of our personal favorites. This gives him a chance to taste a private reserve, or meet the brewers and talk about the process. If you know they’re big on discovering new brews and batches, you’re about to give them the thrill of a lifetime. Find a local brewery, and discover their tasting room and private tours. It may cost you a nice chunk of change, but it’s an experience that they can’t just walk through the door and get.
Collar perfect: Collar Perfect is a small and quick iron that works by clamping onto collars, cuffs, creases, between buttons, and other parts to smooth out wrinkles. What makes it millennial-friendly is that it can transform into a standard iron when you open its wings. Collar Perfect also comes with international power support so you can take it on with you on all your trips.
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.
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.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the thought of taking over Santa’s duties. With this list of gifts you’ll have a great many gifts that you can put under the tree that are sure to get the desired response. From remote controlled tanks and drones to basketballs that give you stats on your smartphone, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. “Thanks Santa!” will ring through your house again and again.
This is exact what I was looking for. The rose itself is perhaps 90% of the size of a real one, although the stem is shorter. The pot at the bottom is about the same size as the rose at the top. The rose part of this item appears to be solid steel (based on the weight and inflexibility of the material), not a rose dipped in something. The rose is completely unpainted. I'm not a flower person, but it looks like a rose to me (and it made my wife happy). It was exactly what I was looking for. Well mostly. It took a pair of pliers to remove the little plastic tag that they stick in the pot that says "11th anniversary". I got this for Mothers day (after our 16th anniversary last month), so the tag had to ... full review
This Christmas gift makes an adorable office decoration or home accessory. Colorful baker's twine and papier-mache come together to create a too-cute monogrammed Christmas gift perfect for mom, best friends or sisters. Embellish a flat wooden frame with varying widths of wrapped twine on opposite corners. Then display a twine-wrapped papier-mache letter inside the frame opening. For a full Christmas theme, gravitate toward red and green twine.
A Struggle Of Smarts - Puzzle Box Gift Card captures the thrill of those adventure movies where a ragtag crew solves a series of intricate puzzles to… more escape the baddies and uncover the treasure. We couldn’t fit the spoils of Egypt’s last great Pharaoh into the box, but we think he’ll be equally delighted with what he eventually discovers. less
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.
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...
'Tis the season for giving, and Hallmark has Christmas gifts for everyone on your list this year. Before you tackle the Christmas shopping, get yourself in the holiday mood with a little binge-watching of some feel-good Hallmark Christmas movies. Next, you'll want to spread the holiday spirit around your home with a healthy dose of Christmas decorating. From Christmas ornaments and Nativity sets to cozy pillows and scented candles, you'll find tons of great holiday decorating ideas at Hallmark to make your home comfy and Santa-ready.
Everyone always thinks about the house or the bride, but few think about what the husband wants on his big day. They’re melding two lives together, so he should have something equally excellent to hang up in their home with pride. If you’re the best man, you’ve got a hefty responsibility to get something meaningful and stylish (and avoid inputting inside jokes, as well). Make it meaningful, and ready to warm their house for years to come.
This gift was extremely cute and just what I was looking for in a second anniversary gift. Not only was it adorable it came early!!! I was in a crunch and really worried that since it was handmade it wouldn't get here in time. I was very pleasantly surprised when it arrived days early! I couldn't be happier with this purchase and I would definitely buy from them again. Adorable item, great quality, highly recommend!
We aren't playing around when it comes to our selection of kids toys and gifts. We've got some seriously fun, unique stuff! If you're searching for a kids holiday or birthday gift, you've come to the right place. You can shop by age or shop by price. Don't forget to also check out all of our personalized gift options to really add a special touch to your present. Additionally, we have a selection of kids clothing, children's books, and gift sets. And of course, if you just cannot make up your mind on what to give, you can keep it simple with a Crate and Barrel gift card.
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.
A more modern four-year-anniversary gift tradition is to choose an appliance, and that makes sense: Maybe when you registered for gifts, you were afraid of asking for too much, or didn’t know what you would use, or had a vision for what kind of married people you’d be that may not have actually panned out. That’s fine, not all of us are meant to live on homemade veggie juice!
If you’re on the hunt for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas gift that’s practical and beautiful, a custom photo blanket might just be the ticket. Your loved ones can snuggle up by the fireplace with their favorite memories printed right on the oh-so-cozy fleece photo blankets. These custom blankets are extremely versatile—you can use them as a comfy throw in the living room, a bed cover, or...
Sales on electronics happen in early February just about each year, usually around whatever the upcoming “big game” is. Big box retailers use these days to bring in a lot of foot traffic, but in recent years, have found that they actually make a lot more money by doing it online. They reduce labor, advertising costs, and battle it out with their competitors to give you killer prices. For online sales, you can expect to see some of these roll-outs about a week early, to allow for shipping time.
I love surprises, whether or not anyone else does. That's why I can't stand asking the question, "What do you want?" when I have to buy a gift for someone. In a desperate attempt to avoid said surprise-spoiler, I often default to checking out the gifts most added to Amazon wish lists — especially if I'm shopping for my partner, dad, brother, or guy friends. The men in my life are notoriously hard to buy for, so I like to get a little insight from other men who've got their eye (or mouse cursor) on the coolest, most innovative presents on Amazon.
Uma Oils — or, more accurately, the Uma estate — has been supplying luxury beauty brands (like Tom Ford) with some of the world’s finest all-natural oils for centuries. But its own line of products — specifically the therapeutic oils, which are inspired by age-old Ayurvedic healing techniques — take the cake. We recommend starting out with the Wellness Oil Trial Kit. It includes four TSA-friendly oils for ailments ranging from stress to insomnia.
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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.
Guys are generally picky about their clothing, which is why going clothes shopping in an actual store can be sort of a bummer. Many people don’t realize that men encounter self-consciousness, as well as not knowing where they should be shopping for their style (another chance to grab gift cards, by the way). You’re going to help them bridge that gap with the perfect clothing-related gift.
Gift wrap is the first line of defense. Depending on how you personalize it, they’ll get a sense of excitement before they even rip into the package. We’ve got a ton of different ideas to specifically wrap gifts for guys, but we ended up narrowing it down to a select few so you didn’t get so exhausted reading this. We have fifteen fast examples of the best way to gift wrap, and at the end of this section, we have the mentality behind it.
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.
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.
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.
Most women will hint about things when it gets close to their birthday or a holiday. The hint may not always be about a specific item, but may also indicate how she is feeling or how much she feels comfortable about you spending. No matter what she is saying- listen! It’ll make gift shopping easier and ensures you’re getting her something she wants.
If he tells you not to get him anything, don’t. Men tend to naturally speak with their actions more than their words, and if they push the envelope that they don’t want anything, it could be for a few reasons. They might feel awkward or weird accepting gifts, or if you’re living off a joint income, it could just be for monetary reasons. There are old cliches of women telling their men not to get them anything for a birthday or event, and then getting upset when they don’t get them anything. This idea comes to people’s heads, but in all our experience, it’s actually a pretty clear instruction.
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.
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!
One last tip is to shop for materials that hold these patterns well, or at least compliment them if they’re apart of different clothes. You can rarely go wrong with leather, cotton and a touch of suede every now and again. Thicker fabrics that stand up to the wear-and-tear that they’re going to put them through during the daily grind, you know? Alright, we’ll get off clothing, and hit the next topic now.