The Dapper Switcharoo - We’ve all seen YouTube videos about switcharoos; you put the gift in a non-related gift box. In this case, you can usually get away with this wrapping completely for free. Take a box from one of your expensive pairs of shoes, or a hat box (you can usually check if your friends have branded boxes to signify an expensive gift is inside), and act like it’s no big deal when you hand it to them. They’ll open it, and everyone will get a good chuckle, while they get the gift that you knew they wanted.
A set of drink coasters is one of those gifts that practically anyone can appreciate. They’re multipurpose and infinitely useful. In addition to protecting your furniture from water marks, coasters can be used in a variety of ways—as a spoon rest, a trivet, a base for messy containers like honey, oil or soy sauce, even a base for candles. A set of custom coasters can be a great conversation...
"My son gifted this to me for my birthday. I love to work with my hands, and this was perfect for… more me. I have to admit, I was intimidated with a fear of messing it up. I knew my son would want to see the finished work. After staring at the pieces on my bench for a couple weeks, I finally decided, it’s now or never! Every step carefully processed. I knew there were no 'do overs.' Slow and deliberate steps, but once I got started it was an obsession. It came out great." - Ken less
"My husband is a career military member and a fan of all things military. I took a chance and bought… more this set. I'm so glad I did. He LOVED it. In fact, that day, he used the Ammo can to take in his lunch to work- where he works with a bunch of other career military people. The etching on the glass looks good, the glasses are good quality and the set looks pretty true to the picture. He really liked the .50 bottle opener. For some reason, I wasn't really paying attention to that in the picture, but they engraved it too! Very happy with this purchase and I will definitely buy from you again!" - Tamara less
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.
There’s a limited number of gifts you can do here, and since it’s such a meaningful experience, jokes should probably be left off the table. Getting a nice cigar humidor, or a top-shelf bottle of their favorite liquor are meaningful gifts that tell them to kick back and celebrate the occasion. A thoughtful gift mixed with your presence is exactly what they need.
Well Played - If you want to throw some DIY in the mix and make it the most auspicious gift they’ll receive, this one’s pretty fun. All it takes is a large cardboard box, one sheet of wrapping paper, and a stapler. Put the box vertically, and make a 2x3 grid of circular cuts. Lay the wrapping paper along the inside and make it like a carnival game, while putting their gift behind one of the hole punches. It’s also fun to have them go through all of them without having the gift inside. When they turn around baffled, just hand it to them; you’re sure to get a laugh from the room.
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.
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.
We told you about the best sales, and how you logistically coordinate your budget and shopping days is completely up to you. If you’re not exactly an elitist when it comes to holiday shopping, you’re not alone. Most people don’t really learn how to shop, they tend to panic, make regretful purchases, and hope for the best. To avoid all that drama, this is what to do on each major gift-giving holiday.
Buying clothing doesn’t mean you have to stick to shirts and pants. If they’re more interested in the finer things in life, the augments that amplify their unique look, you’d do well to check out items that aren’t necessities, but will line the shelves in their walk-in closet, and give them a plethora of options when it comes to that black-tie affair or a simple day of relaxing out on the town.
A White Elephant exchange is only as good as the gifts that people bring to it, and you can make sure that this year’s will be a hoot with any of these gifts, all at a good price. See how people react to opening a giant inflatable unicorn horn, or a wine glass that holds an entire bottle of wine. These are the sort of gifts that create quite a stir at the party.
When you’re looking for good anniversary gifts for her, or trying to pin down an assortment of anniversary presents for him, Gifts.com has what you need to make this a celebration they will never forget. You can find gifts for any wedding anniversary and every personality. Choose from 10th anniversary gift ideas for him or personalized gifts that he’s sure to love.
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.
I ordered several of these blankets for Christmas Presents and they were a hit! Personalization Mall shipped them so quickly (probably within 48 hours of ordering), the embroidery was beautifully done with no mistakes, and the blanket was extremely soft. I was amazed at the price I paid and the quality I received. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a perfect blanket or gift.
This tome will make a statement with any wine lover. Hand-bound and presented in a large wooden crate big enough to hold a desktop computer, the new book by sommelier Enrico Bernardo covers the most important wines of the twentieth century. Bernardo, who was named Best Sommelier of the World in 2004 and made his name at the Four Seasons George V in Paris, covers the most noteworthy vintages from around the globe. From 1928 Krug Champagne to the 1951 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 to the 1973 Stag's Leap Estate SLV, the wines included are exquisite enough to impress even the most well-read winos.
Gifts are a great way to show someone that you care and that you want someone to feel special. If you don’t have an idea or are tired of getting the same gifts over and over, take a look through our guides for some inspiration. Make the next birthday or Mother’s Day celebration the best one yet by getting a totally unique gift that the special someone in your life wouldn’t expect at all!