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6 Days Until Christmas - Fun Phone Accesories


Gift idea: iPhone/smart phone Accessories 

Makes a good gift for: Techies/ Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

It seems like just about everyone these days (kids and myself included) has an iPhone or some kind of smart phone. Chances are if you appreciate the features of a smart phone, you will also appreciate some of these fun accessories:

Keychain light:
Micro Light Smartphone Pack - comes with two microtools and a stand for smartphones - $5.99

Jelly lens for mobile phone camera:
Jelly Lens - Wide Angle - for phone cameras - $7.50

Macro lens-band for mobile phone camera:

Higher end specialty lens for mobile phone camera:

Mini-microphone speaker: 

Joystick for iPhone:







7 Days Until Christmas - Personalized Keychains


One More Week Until Christmas!

Gift idea: Key chains 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone/ Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

We all have keys. Kids, adults and everywhere in between. And there is a keychain out there for every interest.

Like puzzles? How about this Rubik’s Cube flashlight keychain:

Or for the photographer in your life, this cute little camera keychain (with working flash and shutter sound-effect) might be perfect:

For the Starwars fan in your life, how about this Lego Yoda flashlight keychain:

Or, for the Lego purist, this simple personalized Lego block might be just the thing:

Last, but not least, for the dog lover, this artist will create a custom dog-keychain that looks like your pooch:







8 Days Until Christmas - Toys for the Brain


Gift idea: Brain teaser puzzles 

Makes a good gift for: Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

Recipients of all ages and abilities can enjoy one of these brain teaser puzzles. If the particular puzzle is too easy, it quickly becomes a competition to see who else can do it. If the puzzles is challenging, then the opportunity for team work opens up. Lots of toy stores carry these puzzles, and I bought some last Christmas at an office store. Keep your eyes open and you can find neat stuff in lots of stores!


Mini Bamboo Puzzles - set of six for $23.94

Mind Twisters - $7.98/set


9 Days Until Christmas - Sweets for the Sweeties


Gift idea: Candy 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone/ Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

I certainly don’t have to tell you that everyone loves candy. And if I am wrong, well, you can get that person some carrots or something. I also don’t have to tell you where to shop for candy. You can go to the grocery store, the drug store, Target, See’s, or a local candy shop. Another great place to shop for candy, especially Christmas candy from around the world, is Cost Plus.

Here is just a small selection of the goodies you can expect to find at your local Cost Plus:



Chocolate Coins - $2.99 per bag

Chocolate Reindeer - four for $2.99

Chocolate Santas - ten for $2.99


Chocolate Snowmen - five for $3.99

Hard Candies - $3.99 per bag


http://www.worldmarket.com/product/lindt+mini+snowman%2C+5-pack.do?page=8&from=fn


11 Days Until Christmas - Mini Classic Toys


This Week's Gift Theme: Stocking Stuffers

Gift Idea: Classic Toys and Miniature Classic Toys

Makes a good gift for: Anyone/ Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

Kids and kids at heart alike can appreciate find a fun little toy or two (or three or four) in their christmas stocking or in their Twelve Days Boxes. The idea here is to spend just a couple bucks on toys that still require some good old fashioned imagination. Most chain toy stores still carry some of these toys – think silly putty, bouncy balls, wind-up toys. And a small mom-and-pop type toy store would probably have an even better selection of classic toys and other small goodies.

You can also find a good selection online:

Silly Putty

From Amazon - $3.99

Parachute men
From Amazon - $9.03

Wind-up toys
From Amazon - $1.99 each

Chinese jump rope
From Amazon - $5.49

Jacks
From Amazon - $7.79




14 Days Until Christmas - Fun Family Craft Kits


Two More Weeks Until Christmas!

Gift Idea: Arts and Crafts Kits

Makes a good gift for: Families, kids

When its raining or cold outside, I always love to do something crafty around the house. Always have, always will. And when the kids are home for Christmas, doing something creative together can be a great way to spend the blustery winter days. Here are some cute craft kits I have found that will bring a smile and some creative entertainment to the kids on your Christmas-list:


Encourage creativity and family unity with an imaginative kit that lets kids create their own wooden family from seven dolls, 3 pieces of fabric, 3 pieces of felt, craft glue, yarn in 4 colors, and 12 colored pencils:


This kit contains everything they need to create their own, one-of-a-kind snow globe. They'll start with brightly colored polymer clay, and with adult supervision bake it into permanent form. Then they'll follow the simple instructions to insert their sculpture into the clear plastic ball, and add water and glitter. As a final personal touch, they can decorate the cardboard base in any way they can imagine.


Set comes with everything needed--from glitter to glue--and easy-to-follow instructions to build your very own kaleidoscope. Includes cardboard tube, plastic mirror pieces, assorted beads and rhinestones, adhesive paper, foil confetti, craft glue and instructions.


This mini wood version can be built in around an hour or two and can shoot a ball over 15 feet! Adjustable pads on the crossbar allow you to change the trajectory angle. The rope, strung through the middle gives great power to the swing arm.

Catapult Kit - $28.00


15 Days Until Christmas - Brew Your Own Rootbeer


Gift idea: Root Beer Kit 

Makes a good gift for: Families with kids, or kids at heart!

It seems like home-brewing has become a very popular trend. For a more family-friendly tilt to the brew your own trend, a root beer brewing kit would be a great gift that a family could do and enjoy together.

Mr. Rootbeer Root Beer Kit- $26.95 

Brew it Yourself Root Beer - $14.95

16 Days Until Christmas - Puzzles to Keep the Kids Busy


Gift idea: Puzzles

Makes a good gift for: Families, kids

Christmas time means the kids are home from school, and probably need something to do. So why not find a unique puzzle – either in subject or shape, and keep some kids entertained!

Twelve Days of Christmas Puzzle

 

Twelve Days of Christmas Puzzle - $49.99



3-D Globe Puzzle

Puzzle Ball - The Globe - Uncommon Goods - $40.00


18 Days Until Christmas - Fun Family Games


This Week's Gift Theme: Gifts for Families

Gift idea: Family Friendly Games 


Makes a good gift for: Families, adults and kids alike 

I like to pass along the gift of games that I enjoy playing. Cranium is a great game for groups of all ages. I have played it with kids and with groups of all adults, and it never fails to result in a good time. 
Cranium - $29.99

Another fun idea is a set of Table Topics cards, which range in topics from kid-friendly, to questions for couples and grandparents: 


For an adults-only gift, Cards Against Humanity is a hilarious game that is great for parties. You can buy the card game for someone online as a gift, or you can print the cards out from the website for free and cut out the cards. This game is similar to Apples to Apples which is another great game that can be educational for kids, and just down right funny for adults to play together. Apples to Apples also has an adult version, but I have never played it. 

I came across this game on one of my favorite shopping sites, uncommongoods.com, and this looks like a really awesome game that kids and adults alike could enjoy: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/spectrix-game


21 Days Until Christmas - Techie Toys


Three More Weeks Until Christmas!

Gift idea: Techie toys 

Makes a good gift for: Techies, anyone 

Techies young and old will enjoy these fun tech toys. I don’t know anyone who has any of these fun toys, and at all around $20.00, you don’t have to break the bank to bring a little fun to someone this Christmas.

Have fun at work with a USB-controlled “Desk Pet” 

Think Geek - My USB Desk Pet - $24.99 


Make your paper airplanes propeller powered! 

Think Geek - Electric Paper Airplane Conversion Kit - $19.99 

Do a little infrared shredding with this fun little toy

Think Geek - Electric Air Guitar - $19.99

Twelve Days of Fun for Everyone


Our Shop features a couple of fun pre-made sets for different tastes and ages, but there are lots of other things you can put in Twelve Days Boxes, and lots of other fun sets you can make for someone on your Christmas list. Here are some other ideas:



Twelve Days of Classic Toys - think of all the fun toys that don't need batteries! Here are some ideas: 
  • Bouncy balls
  • Wind-up toys
  • Small Slinky
  • Tops
  • Small Lego sets
  • Marbles
  • Jacks
  • Small stuffed-animal
  • Hacky-sack
  • Small jigsaw puzzles
  • Small brain-teaser puzzles
  • Finger-puppets
  • Small noise-makers (whistle, harmonica)
Twelve Days of Toys for Boys (or Tomboys, as I once was):
  • Army men
  • Matchbox cars
  • Squishy bugs (like these)
  • Small action figures
  • Parachute men
Twelve Days of Beauty for Girls*:
  • Lip gloss/chapstick (there are lots of cute ones out there now)
  • Small nail polish set (lots of drug stores sell sets of small bottles - you could put a couple bottles in a couple different boxes)
  • Hair clips/ties/headbands
  • Jewelry
  • Compact mirror
  • Candy necklace
*This set could be made more appropriate for a tween, teen or young woman just based on the quality of the gifts chosen!

Twelve Days of Growing for Gardeners:
  • Seeds
  • Seed-bombs
  • Plant-markers (there are tons of cute ones on Etsy, just make sure based on their measurements that they will fit in the box)
  • Nice hand-soap and/or lotion (or a lotion bar)
  • Nail scrub-brush 
  • An I.O.U. for some time weeding in the garden!
Twelve Days for the Fisherman/Outdoorsy Person:
  • A fishing license
  • Fishing lures
  • An I.O.U. for some bait (no one wants worms in their Twelve Days Boxes!)
  • A planned itinerary for a day on the lake or the river
  • Waterproof matches
  • Sunglasses-cord
  • Small flashlight
  • Hand-warmers
Twelve Days for the Tech-lover:
  • Phone back-up charger
  • Phone accessories - there are tons and tons of these out there depending on the phone and the recipient
  • Giftcard for phone applications
  • Phone or MP3-player mini-speaker
  • Headphones
Twelve Days of Fun for the Office:
  • Fun pushpins
  • Paperclips in fun shapes
  • Erasers in all sizes and shapes
  • Cute sticky-notes
Twelve Days for the Kitchen:
  • Beer-stoppers
  • Wine-stoppers
  • Beer/wine markers/tags
  • Small salt and pepper shakers
  • Small sets of spices/salts/peppers

And don't forget to look back at these blog posts for other ideas on gifts that will fit in Twelve Days Boxes!

Twelve Days is also on Pinterest, where we have lots of boards with Twelve Days gift ideas.

Twelve Days Gift Ideas for Anyone


Once you get your Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box Set the fun part begins - filling your boxes with twelve fun, thoughtful gifts that your recipient will love. I have found that once you get in the Twelve Days mindset, you can think of lots of gift ideas, and you will find great gifts all over the place - everywhere from the drug store to a cute boutique shop.

To get your creative engines going, here is a list of some great ideas that will brighten the Twelve Days of Christmas for all ages! Tomorrow I will post some ideas more suited for adults. You can also follow Twelve Days on Pinterest to get more great ideas for gifts that will fit in a Twelve Days Box.


Toys for all ages:

- Legos
- Puzzles (wooden or metal “brain-teaser” type puzzles as well as small jig-saw puzzles)
- Bouncy balls
- Jacks
- Wind up toys
- Silly putty
- Yo-yos
- Keychain games
- Tabletop games

Candy

- Hard candies
- Truffles
- Gum
- Mints

Ideas for Girls:  

- Coin purse
- Lipgloss/chapstick
- Hairclips/ties
- Nail polish
- Jewelry
- Compact mirror

Ideas for Boys:

- Army men
- Matchbox cars

Other fun ideas:

- Music box
- Keychains
- Tiny books
- Bookmarks
- Figurines
- Musical instruments (kazoo, harmonica)
- Seeds
- Colorful shoelaces
- Magnets
- Paperweights
- Ornaments
- Picture frames
- Gift cards
- Movie tickets
- Concert/sporting event tickets
- Make your own gift-certificates or I.O.U.s for a homemade treat or meal

Next week I will be posting more gift ideas for adults, kids and some specialty interests, so stay tuned!



 





 


54 Days Until Christmas - organization with character


Gift idea: Book ends

Makes a good gift for: Anyone who has books!

Anyone who has books (or magazines or anything else roughly book-shaped that might be stored in a bookcase) can use a cute pair of bookends. Bookends are also a nice gift to give someone who works in an office - so they can have a little something with some personality, but also functionality away from home too. From quotation marks to mermaids, here are some unique ones I have found online:















56 Days Until Christmas - a mug for everyone


8 More Weeks! 

Gift idea: Initial mugs

Makes a good gift for: Anyone

For my birthday a couple years ago I got an “S” initial mug. I love it – its big and obviously “my mug” – except Jonathon kept swiping it as a coffee mug (he drinks lots of coffee). So I had to get him his own “J” initial mug. Now we have a cute matching pair. The mugs we have are from West Elm, but they don’t carry them anymore (at least not on-line) but there are lots of other initial mugs out there:


Anthropologie Monogrammed Mug - $6.00 


Target Monogram Mug - $15.99 

Pottery Barn Alphabet Mug - $10.00


Etsy Initials on a Tree Mug - $10.99 

You could do one mug for one person, a pair of mugs for a couple, or a whole family’s worth of initial mugs! You could pair the mug or mugs with some hot cocoa,nice coffee or tea.

58 Days Until Christmas - spread some holiday warmth


Gift idea: Throw blanket       

Makes a good gift for: Mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, anyone who likes to decorate and/or cuddle up under a nice blanket.

This blanket from West Elm comes in a bunch of colors, and at $29.00, would make a great gift for multiple people on your Christmas list:

 

West Elm Favorite Throw - 29.00

For the young, or the young at heart, these poufy blankets from Garnet Hill comes in three festive patterns - I love the woody with the Christmas tree on top:


Printed Poufy Throw - $78.00

For a very classic look, this washable wool plaid throw blanket from L.L. Bean really screams classic Christmas, especially in the red and green plaid (but it comes in other colors of plaid too). This blanket reminds me of cuddling up on my Grampa's easy chair under his scratchy wool blanket - but this one comes without the scratch:


L.L. Bean's Washable Wool Throw, Plaid - $89.00


59 Days Until Christmas - personalized stationery


Gift idea: Stationery

Makes a good gift for: Anyone who can write!

I love nice stationery. I have a whole box full. Perhaps it is because my mom engrained in me the good habit of writing thank you notes. I seriously cannot really enjoy a gift until the thank you note is in the mail. Anyway, having nice stationery makes sending a note, whether it be a thank you or just a nice note, more fun. Kids and adults, men and women, there is stationery for everyone out there, you just have to look. Here are some cute sets I found:

Personalized with Initials:


Paper Source Caslon Monogram A2 Stationery - 20 cards and envelopes for $32.70

Personalized nautical theme:


Paper Source Anchor A2 Stationery - 20 cards and envelopes for $32.70

Personalized with family dog and name:


Etsy Black Lab Personalized Stationery - 10 cards and envelopes for $15.00

A little feminine touch with lace and personalized:


Etsy Personalized Stationery Folded Note Cards - 6 cards and envelopes for $12.00

You could even have some custom postage stamps made by zazzle, and those stamps would easily fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box!

 


Starting Today: 60 Gift Ideas in 60 Days - warm toes for everyone!


60 Days Until Christmas

Can you believe that Christmas is just 60 days away? Me neither. Yes, its true that I recall seeing Christmas ribbons on display in Michael's back in AUGUST, but now that fall is steadily underway, the leaves are changing colors, and the days are getting shorter and cooler, it does feel like the holidays are coming. But it still surprised me that Christmas is just about two months away. 

Even before I was part of a Christmas business, I have always liked to get a head start on my Christmas shopping. All year-round I keep an eye out for cool gifts that would fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes, but come October I really start looking for things that would be a good fit for the people on my list. I find that it really relieves a lot of stress that can build up around Christmas if you have most of your gifts purchased ahead of time. 

So, in an effort to make Christmas more enjoyable for everyone, I have put together a list of 60 Gift Ideas to help inspire you in your Christmas shopping. Each week, starting with today, I will be posting a series of seven ideas with different themes - gifts suitable for anyone, for her, for him, for the foodie or cook, for the wine lover/entertainer, for the techie, for the whole family, and a week gifts that will fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes (and also are perfect stocking stuffers). For the four days right before Christmas, I will have a couple last minute DIY-type gifts that you should be able to put together with stuff you might have around the house, or with a quick trip  to the grocery store.

Please stay tuned as we count down to Christmas!

This week's gift theme: Gift ideas for ANYbody. 

The gifts that will be coming your way over the next seven days are suitable for anyone on your list - mom or dad, your significant other, teens or kids.

Gift idea: Slippers

Makes a good gift for: Anyone who likes to have warm feet! 

I love slippers. I mean, I LOVE them. It has to be a really warm evening for me to not be wearing my slippers or have my slippers next to the couch. Something about getting home, taking my shoes off and putting my slippers on really says, “I am home” to me. To make a pair of slippers a little more fun, you could pair them with some fun nail polish, or even a gift-certificate for a pedicure. Either of these little slipper-add-ons would fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box too!

Here are some nice looking women’s slippers:



UGG® Scuffette Shearling Slippers - $80


Acorn Shearling Mary Jane Slippers - $88

Here are some nice looking men's slippers:

 L.L. Bean is a great place to look for slippers for men, women or children. 


Men's Bean's Wicked Good® Moccasins - $69

 

Men's Handsewn Slippers, Flannel-Lined - $39.95

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