Gifts for Dad

Eleven more days until Father’s Day!  Who is easier to shop for than good old dad?

This post is chock full o’ links because I am spilling over with ideas for gifts for dad.

My dad is a grill master.  He loves to receive gifts like this  grill set, gloves for handling hot stuff, or Jim and Jack Together At Last.  If your family has a new bundle of joy any proud papa would love a father baby matching set.  Awww.

If your dad is a beer drinker he could probably use a bottle opener  , or maybe some helpful socks,  or a natural wood flight paddle.

What hobbies does your dad enjoy?  Does he like to play guitar? Maybe he would like a new guitar pick, or a key chain.  Every dad I know loves music and gadgets and would swoon over this little gift that covers both!

Or does your dad spend his spare time out hitting the links?  Why get him a magazine subscription when he could be practicing his game instead?

Uh oh –  Don’t get me started on dad jokes 😀 😀 😀

No matter what makes your dad tick.  I’m sure he is the

Best. Dad. Ever.

 

The Real Truth About What Moms Want

Flowers are lovely.  Jewelry is exceptional.  Perfume is wonderful.  Chocolate is heaven.

But do you want to know the real truth about what moms want for Mother’s Day?

It’s something more valuable than all that.

Mom’s want your time and your love.  Period.

It’s that simple.

We know we are hard to deal with sometimes.

We know we aren’t perfect.

We know we don’t always deserve it, but we want to know that you love us anyways.

We want to spend an hour or two (or as many as we can get) looking at the beautiful faces we brought into the world.

So instead of giving mom a cut bouquet, what about spending some time planting flowers with her in the yard?

Take her to lunch, dinner, or a movie.  Or make her dinner and afterward chat on the patio or in the living room.

Make something together or take a class together and learn something new.

Take an hour out of your day and give her a ring on the telephone or Skype or FaceTime.

Go on a walk with her.


 

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Photo by Jon Flobrant.

For the mom of young children I’ve heard of people giving time a different way.  They give mom time to spend alone – a day off from the kids.  This is a great gift too.  Moms need time for themselves, but be careful with this one.   Mother’s Day may not be the day she would pick to spend away from the kids.

It would be nice to have Mother’s Day off from cooking and cleaning and all the other repetitive mom chores.  So consider that as an option for the day.

The real truth about what moms want for mother’s day is that this is one of those days where your presence is more important than presents.

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What’s your favorite way to spend time with your mom?

Feature photo by   Alexander Dummer.

5 Incredible Gifts Your Valentine Will Absolutely Love

It’s no secret that I love Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate all the special people who bring love and happiness into your life.

I’ve got 5 incredible gifts your Valentines will absolutely love.  (Plus, I’ve got a little bonus material to share with you.)

1. Usually you can’t go wrong with classics like candy or flowers.  I’m a sucker for chocolate and roses never fail to delight me.  If you want to change it up a little bit surprise your valentine with a balloon bouquet instead.   If roses and balloons aren’t your style consider a cookie or fruit bouquet instead.

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Balloon Bouquet

2. Another idea is bubble bath, bath bomb, soaps, perfume, or cologne.  This can be a little more expensive and a little harder to choose for someone else.  I recommend sticking with something you already know your valentine likes.  If it’s for a child the risk is a lot less.  My kids are grown now, but they used to love to get some bubble bath or colored soap.

3. Write your valentine a love letter or give them a handmade card.  Maybe you could share all the secret reasons why you adore them.

4. Pajamas or slippers are a fun gift that my valentines love to receive.  You are sure to be in their dreams when they are nestled in bed all snug in the gift from you.

5. Give them a music CD:  A romantic collection of love songs.  Something fun to sing along with in the car.  Or maybe you are the type that likes to make a mix yourself and burn it to a CD.

Bonus Material:  On a personal note, this year I am ahead of the game with a gift for my husband.  No last minute shopping for me!  (This happens to be because I planned to give this to him for Christmas, but didn’t quite have my act together to get it done in time.   That’s another thing I love about Valentine’s Day – Any left over Christmas gift ideas that I couldn’t afford or didn’t have time to get can be given in February.)   My husband has a gold necklace that needed a new end cap so I took it to the jeweler and had it replaced.  I know he’ll be happy to have it wearable again.  It is kind of an interesting story how he got the necklace.   He is a golf pro and used to give lessons.  The wife of one of his clients gave her husband this beautiful gold chain as a gift on a special occasion.  The client then turned around and traded the necklace to my husband for a golf club! Boy did that client have some explaining to do when his wife found out.  That is my bonus material- A little free advice:  If your valentine gives you a gift please don’t trade it for a golf club.  It’s likely that wouldn’t go over well.

Have you ever received a Valentine’s Day gift that made your heart burst? We would love to hear about it in the comments below.


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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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There are only three more days until Christmas!!!

If you need to find any last-minute gifts or if you are just thinking about starting your shopping let us help you with our  Wrap It Up Wednesday 2016 Holiday Gift Guide.

Sleep Masks 

Pillowcases

Favorite Drink

Books

Laughter

Aromatherapy

Hand Made Gift

Inspiration

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Make It With Your Own Hands

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Handmade Bookmarks

This week’s Wrap It Up Wednesday 2016 gift idea is a handmade gift.  Some people have the misconception that if they make something the gift won’t be as valuable because it doesn’t cost as much.  We find this can be so untrue!   Sometimes it is less expensive to do it yourself (DIY). Other times it is more expensive to gather all the supplies you need and make a gift yourself.  Not only that, but making the gift you are giving can be time consuming… and we all know time is money.  So please don’t think that just because you make something for someone that it won’t be valued.  Many people can appreciate the time and money spent on a handmade gift and will cherish and remember it even more.

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Handmade Disney Bookmarks

Today, however, we are picturing a gift that will likely only cost your time. This assumes that you already have some paper to use and something to draw and color with. Recently we had some fun making bookmarks for those people on our list who we are giving books to.  I admit this is just me scratching a personal itch.  Over the years it has become annoying to me how much bookmarks cost.  The same goes for greeting cards, but that will have to be another post for some other day.

Making a bookmark is just one example of a handmade gift that you could give someone for Christmas this year. Handmade jewelry like bracelets, necklaces, or earrings are some ideas you might think about giving this year.  Handmade wood items are also popular to make.  You could make a frame, bookends, or a piece of yard art.  Speaking of art, draw a picture and you can easily put it on a mug,  canvas, or mouse pad and give it as a gift.  Baked goods are another popular handmade gift that I’ve often received and enjoy.

I think handmade gifts are a great way to personalize a gift Tweet: Handmade gifts are a great way to personalize a gift.https://ctt.ec/jaUn1+ making it inspirational or perhaps funny.  I always appreciate and remember a personalized gift.  To me it shows that thought and love was put into the gift.

Maybe you don’t have a do it yourself bone in your body.  Maybe you think you don’t have an ounce of creative energy in you.  In this case (although I doubt it is true), I recommend doing a little shopping at local craft shows or perhaps take a look at Etsy.

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Here are some of my finds from doing a little bit of shopping at craft shows this year.  This is a pair of earrings I bought for $12.  One thing I like about them is that while I was browsing the woman who made them said, “Yes, I like to make things that are unusual.” This is a reminder to me that everyone has a different perspective.  To me there really isn’t anything terribly unusual about them.  I picked them out for the exact opposite reason.  I thought they looked like a neutral pair of earrings that I could wear with lots of different outfits. (Perhaps that was just part of her spiel and she says it no matter what a person picks up.)  Another one of my jewelry buys was this ring made from the handle of an old piece of flatware.

wp-1480958248800.jpgThis ring also has a little story to go with it.  I like it because it reminds me that I don’t have to get everything perfect on my first try.  Also, to me it is a whimsical piece that makes me smile.

I bought a flu bomb made from essential oils which ended up leading me to a Twelve Sprays of Christmas make and take party.  Earlier in the fall at another craft show, I bought a Frankenstein made from wood which went nicely with some wood pumpkins that I already had.

As you might guess the problem I have with being a vendor at a craft show is that I sometimes spend my earnings before I even get home.

Maybe you have a handmade gift that you love to give.

Or maybe you have received a handmade gift in that past that touched your heart.

Feel free to comment and tell us all about it.

Twelve Sprays of Christmas

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Twelve Sprays of Christmas “Merry and Bright”

This week’s Wrap It Up Wednesday 2016 gift idea is room/linen spray.  Aromatherapy is a great gift to give someone on your list.  These sprays can pump up their energy, help with stress relief, give feelings of soothing or relaxation, and much more.

This is a great idea to pair with our embroidered pillowcases or sleep mask.

Whew! November was a very busy month for me.  I took the plunge and bought a new office space. At the same time I was moving boxes, I was orienting to a new position and participating for the first time in NaNoWriMo.  So when I had an invitation to attend a “12 Sprays of Christmas” make-and-take party earlier this month I was more than ready.

As a registered nurse I am a believer in the power of alternative therapies such as aromatherapy.  I had never been to an essential oils party before so I was excited to learn about the different oils and their potential uses for well-being.  Two of my favorite sprays were “Merry and Bright” and “Warm Winter Chai.”  After we made the bottles of spray we added the finishing touches by decorating with string, tags, and ribbon and placed them in a gift bag.  I already gave my mother-in-law “Gifts of the Magi” for her December birthday (she loved it).  The others I plan to give to teachers, friends, and family.

I recommend giving the gift of essential oils to yourself as well.  I  have a diffuser which I love to use with energizing or relaxing essential oils during AM or PM yoga. Consider diffusing your favorite oil or blend to add to your holiday cheer this season while you are playing holiday music, wrapping presents, or decorating for the season.

If you have some oils here is a Wrap it Up Wednesday 2016 DIY recipe:

Gifts of the Magi

A warm, clean, woodsy blend

1/4 cup distilled water

5 drops Frankincense

5 drops Myrrh

Do you have any favorite essential oil combinations that you like to use?  Feel free to leave a comment and share them with us.

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Give the Gift of Laughter

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This week for Wrap It Up Wednesday 2016 we suggest you give the gift of laughter. Who doesn’t like to receive a gift that makes them smile when they open it?

This sign made me smile.  I bought it for my sister-in-law.

In our shop we have some of the witty sayings from Suzy Toronto.  These are great for the women on your list.   Make them smile with: “Pretending to be a Normal Person Day After Day is Exhausting!Tweet: Pretending to be a Normal Person Day After Day is Exhausting! https://ctt.ec/E1j12+

Some of Suzy’s funny gifts come in the form of coasters, bag tags, mouse pads, books, coloring books, and prints.

Whimsical can also make people laugh when then tear away the paper.  Like this fork that was repurposed into an elephant necklace.

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Elephant Necklace Crafted from a Fork

My daughter found this fun ice cube tray for our Finding Dory lovers.

For our genius friend we bought this paper clip holder.

When you give  the gift of laughter not only will you make your friends and family laugh, but you will find yourself smiling too!

Inspire Them With Your Gift

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Demdaco Journey of Grace Dream’s Possibility Angel Figurine

This week for Wrap it Up Wednesday 2016 our gift idea is to give an inspirational gift. Inspiration is defined as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”  People are inspired in different ways, although some items seem to have a universal ability to inspire.  It is important to keep in mind the person you are buying for and what you think would inspire them.

There is an abundance of gift items available with inspirational quotes.  Consider notecards, stationary, or a journal with motivational quotes.

We have classic figurine collections by Demdaco such as Pure of Heart, Willow Tree, and Journey of Grace. We also like Enesco’s Children of Inner Light and Foundations.  We also have Eden’s Angels.  These gifts are a nice way to show your family or friend how much you appreciate their guidance.

In the past I have received tickets to a show, a spa day, and relaxing music which all gave me an inspirational boost.  Music can have the abililty to relax the mind and body.

A pocket piece or a piece of jewelry can be a beautiful and thoughtful gift that will inspire the gift recipient each time they see it or put it on and will hopefully provide comfort and guidance.  One unique idea I like is a singing bowl also known as a Himalayan bowl which is supposed to be helpful in meditation.

Inspiration is a powerful gift. It can offer comfort, motivation, and joy to those you care about on your list.

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What Gift Is Opened More Than Once?

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Books To Reread

A book is a gift you can open again and again. – Garrison Keillor

This week’s Wrap it up Wednesday gift idea is a book.  It doesn’t have to be a book exactly. You could  give a magazine subscription, a gift certificate to a bookstore, etc.  The point is to give the gift of reading.  Have you got a non-reader on your list?  Give a book that says it with pictures.

One of my earliest memories is of sitting in my mom’s lap while she read a story (probably to put me to sleep for a nap).  I remember before I learned to read my mom would read to us and I couldn’t wait to learn how.  I guess maybe that is when I got hooked on books and it has stuck with me.

I usually have more than one book going at a time.  Right now I am working on four library books and rereading Charlotte’s Web and Eat Pray Love.  Oh – and I also pulled out 3 of my childhood favorites to read while I am working am participating in NaNoWriMo: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Lafcadio the Lion Who Shot Back, and The Velveteen Rabbit. After a hard day’s work  these books always make me smile.

Reading can be a great part of a nightly routine to help wind down for a good night’s sleep.  (Preferably not on a device with a back light.)    Now is a good time to start listening to those on your list to see if you can gain any clues to what they would like to reread or what they would like to read next.

What is one of your favorite books?