What Gift Is Opened More Than Once?

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?


Bottoms Up!

Orange Cinnamon Spice Tea

Everyone has a beverage they enjoy.  For some it’s coffee, for others it’s tea, and still others love beer.  This week our gift idea for Wrap It Up Wednesday is to give the gift of drink.

One simple way to do this is to start with a fun mug and add some coffee beans or tea leaves. You could also add a cozy like our hand knit ones. There are lots of fun gifts for coffee or tea lovers.  We like the idea of giving a jar of your favorite tea leaves with a loose leaf tea brewing system like this one.

Loose Leaf Tea Brewing

For those beer lovers on your list consider giving a mix and match six pack or a gift certificate to a craft brewery with one of our hand crafted flight paddles.

Natural Wood Beer Flight Paddle

Our natural wood beer flight paddles are great for entertainers or craft brewers who like to offer a sampler of brews.  Each paddle holds four 5 ounce glasses.  Perfect for the bartender or beer lover on your list.

If you aren’t sure of a person’s beverage preference coasters make a good gift too. We like Suzy Toronto’s fun, colorful coasters for friends in our life.

Celebrating someone’s favorite drink is a gift they are sure to enjoy.

Shop online or check us out at an upcoming event to wrap up this gift for someone on your list.

How to Sleep Happy



It has been said that a well-spent day brings happy sleep.

Spend your day doing activities you enjoy or work that you love with people you care about and you will be on you way to happy sleep.

This week’s gift idea for Wrap it Up Wednesday 2016 is our embroidered pillowcases.  The soothing sentiments are sure to bring happy thoughts as you wind down for the night. All of our pillowcases are standard queen size unless otherwise noted and are 100% cotton.

The sentiments are perfect for gift giving to the happy couple, your favorite pet lover, anniversaries, or anyone naughty or nice on your list to shop for.

Whoever receives these pillowcases as a gift won’t be able to help but remember you when they turn out their light and keep you in their thoughts and dreams.

Make happy sleep a priority for yourself as well.  According to the Cleveland Clinic’s 6 Ways to Maintain Your Brain Health  getting a good night’s sleep helps to energize, improve mood, and helps the immune system. They recommend sleeping well, getting moving, brain exercise, eating antioxidant rich food, staying connected, & managing chronic health conditions.

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Who Else Wants a Good Night’s Sleep?

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Beauty Sleep in Progress

We want a good night’s sleep especially with busier schedules that go hand in hand with the approaching holidays.  If you want to sock in a good night’s sleep too (or know someone that does) consider a sleep mask.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) encourages us to get a good night’s sleep to better impact our health.  More and more people are heeding their recommendations and taking a closer look at their sleep habits.  People are measuring how long they sleep and the quality of their sleep with activity trackers such as a Fitbit.

For our most recent craft and gift show we made these comfy little sleep masks.  Some of them we made from scratch and other designs we purchased online.  Not only does low lighting in the evening help prepare your mind and body for rest, but blocking unwanted light while you sleep helps your body produce the hormone melatonin naturally to help you sleep.  We made our masks lightweight with elastic and filling to ensure a good, comfortable fit. We also made the back side of our masks with dark purple fabric to help maximize light blockage.

No more counting sheep when you hit the hay to log Z’s when wearing one of these masks. Rest well and get up refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

These masks are a simple little gift to give someone on their own or you might consider making them part of a bigger gift basket.  You could put them with a pair of pajamas, gift certificate, lotion, pillow/linen spray, or even some linen like our inspiration pillowcases. 

Use your imagination and leave comments about what ideas you have that could be added to a sleep gift basket.

The holidays approacheth and we are kicking off our holiday gift guide with #wrapitupWednesday.  Each week from here through the new year (2017!) we will post one of our gifts along with giving suggestions to go with it.

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For more information on sleep go to:

NIH Age Page: A Good Night’s Sleep