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10 Great Gift Ideas for Men


Men can be really hard to shop for. I think the difficulty arises from the fact that most men don't shop for themselves for fun, so its hard to know what they might like. To help you out, I have put together a list of 10 fun gift ideas that I think men might like this year. I tried to make a varied list, so there should be something here for everyone:

 

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a card game that has been popular for a few years now, but is still a fun party game. The game is played like Apples to Apples, but is intended for adults. Its a really, really fun game. You can download a PDF and print the cards for free (free!) or you can buy a pre-printed boxed set of cards for $25. If you know someone who already has a set, they also sell expansion packs now, too.

A Sweet Pair of Headphones

Earbud-style headphones are still popular, but if you know someone who spends a lot of time listening to music, a nice pair of over-ear headphones might make a great gift. There are tons of headphones on the market now. I would check out Amazon.com and BestBuy.com to see which ones get good reviews and are on sale. This pair looks nice, gets good reviews, and is almost 50% off on Amazon.com:

 

Customized Converse Sneakers

Do you have a man in your life that loves his Converse sneakers? I know I do. Converse now offers the ability to customize a pair of sneakers online. You could try your hand at custom-designing a pair for your man, or you can get him a gift certificate so he can make his own dream pair of sneakers. All for about $75!

 

Home Brew Kit

For $40 you can get one of these home brew kits that contains everything your guy would need (ok, other than a stove and water) to make his own brew! The Brooklyn Brew Shop offers a great variety of kits - everything from "Warrior Double IPA" to "Grapefruit Honey Ale". Check them out!

 

Homemade Favorite Meal Coupon

Let's not forget that not everything that you give this year has to come from a store. A fun idea for a free gift is a coupon allowing the redeemer to have his favorite meal made for him.  There is so much eating and rich foods during the holidays, so why not spread the love from the kitchen into the new year?

Customized Stainless-Steel Steak Knife Set with Box

Know a man who loves meat? Why not get him this set of stainless steel steak knives, and have his initials put on the box? The knives are $80, and personalizations is another $7.

 

Customized Steak Brand and Carving Board

Here is another great gift for the meat-eater in your life - especially if he loves to grill. For $70 you can get a customized, hand-forged iron steak brand and a matching carving board. What guy would not love to put his initials on his steak? And if you know a guy who seems to have everything, well, I doubt he has this!

Manly Slipper Socks

Even the manliest feet get cold, so why not warm them up with a pair of these wool and leather slipper socks? For travel or at home, I think these slipper socks would make a great gift for a man or a woman! Only $45.

 

Vintage-Style Thermos

Whether he is commuting to work or going on a camping trip, a vintage-style thermos like one of these Stanley Thermoses from West Elm would make a great gift to keep your man warm all day long. From coffee to soup, a thermos like this will keep his stomach nice and warm, and will cost you only $32.

 

Shaving Stuff

New Year's Eve is right around the corner from Christmas, so do your part to make sure your man is nice and kissable by buying him some fancy shaving stuff! Maybe if he likes his shaving cream and equipment, he will shave more often? Its worth a shot! West Elm is selling a cigar box full of Portland General Store shaving goodies for $45. For another $22 you can make sure he has a fancy wooden shaving brush, too.

 

I hope these ideas get you well on your way to finding special, thoughtful gifts for all the guys on your shopping list this year! Stay tuned for some great gift ideas for the ladies later in the week.


It's That Time of Year Again!


The Turkey has been cooked, and the leftovers enjoyed (or, if your house is anything like mine, the leftovers are still being enjoyed), and now it is time to unabashedly start getting ready for Christmas. It's time to pull out the ladder, get the lights down from the attic and up on the house. And while I have been trying to chip away at my Christmas list slowly for a while now, its time to kick it into high gear!

 

Celebrating The Twelve Days of Christmas is an important part of my family's holiday season. That means picking out fun little trinkets and goodies throughout the year to fill the boxes for our family members to open from December 26 through January 6. To give you a jump-start on shopping for The Twelve Days of Christmas this week I am going to share with you some of the toys and trinkets that we have given to our family (and received ourselves) over the past couple of years. Today I will share with you some of the goodies that have been found inside the male family member's boxes. Later this week I will share some of the goodies that the ladies have gotten. None of the things on this list are very masculine, so most of these ideas could go for either gender and any age.

  • Wall Walker

These are fun little toys. They are a bit sticky, but harmless. You throw them against a wall or window and they walk their way down. Fun for adults and kids.

  • Cube Robot

These are fun toys to position and play with. They start out as a cube and then transform into a robot. We have two - the smallest one which will fit in a Twelve Days box, and the next size up. Both robots like to hang out in various places around our house. One is hanging out on our wine rack right now.

  • Pencil sharpener/eraser - for the artist or doodler in your life, a fun pencil sharpener and eraser combo makes a good Twelve Days gift. There are lots of cute shapes out there now.
  • Puzzles - these are a yearly occurence in our Twelve Days box. From small jig-saw puzzles to brain-teaser puzzles, they are always a crowd pleaser.
  • Robot pinball

I put one of these in one of my husband's boxes last year. They are a bit hard to play with adult sized fingers, but still fun. And cheap.

  • Chapstick - my father-in-law loves chapstick, as do I. There are so many varieties out there today - from your standard Chapstick brand to Burts Bees to all kinds of other brands with a wide variet of flavors from sweet to minty.
  • Cork animal

 

These are fun little gifts - especially if you know someone who enjoys wine. Most of us have a couple corks lurking around in a drawer somewhere, so why not dress them up? These "Corkers" come in lots of different sets.

  • Metal bookmark - the kind you can clip on the top or side of a page
  • mini 8-ball - you remember the Magic 8-Ball, right? Well in some party stores and toy stores they sell miniature versions for party-favor bags.
  • geode - I loved geodes when I was a kid. In some toy stores you can find geodes now where you can crack your own. It just looks like a rock from the outside, but if you split it open with a hammer you might find a beautiful geode inside!
  • nose flute

 

These are fun for kids of all ages. You stick it in your nose and hum, and somewhat like a kazoo it makes noise.

  • chocolate elves - lots of candy stores sell fun little chocolates in all sorts of shapes this time of year. Cost Plus World Market is a good place to look.
  • movie ticket gift cards - we don't go to the movies very often, but at Costco you can usually get movie ticket gift cards that cut the cost down by a couple dollars per ticket, so they make a nice gift for a night out after the holidays are over.
  • Fishing IOU - my husband made a little gift-certificate for his dad that was an I.O.U. for a fishing trip. There are lots of fun things you can make an I.O.U. for - a massage, homemade dinner, free babysitting, etc.
  • Finger monsters

I remember these from when I was a kid, maybe you do too?

  • Light keychain - I like to have a little light on my keychain, for when it is dark and I need to see something (whether it be the keyhole on the front door or to find something in my purse). A little light keychain makes a great Twelve Days gift.
  • Wine aerator - there are quite a few wine-related things that will fit in a Twelve Days Box.
  • Gift cards 
  • Gift subscriptions - you can make your own little coupon to put in a Twelve Days box for any kind of non-tangible gift.
  • Small toys - yo-yos, silly putty, etc.
  • Ornaments
  • Keychains

The list goes on and on. Get creative!

 

 


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:







19 Days Until Christmas - Extraordinary RC Toys


Gift idea: Wi-Fi/RC Toys 

Makes a good gift for: Kids and kids at heart, techies

RC cars have come a long way since I was a kid! Two of these fancy toys are controlled by an app on your iphone or ipad! I would be pretty stoked to get any of these toys, and I might even be convinced to share some time behind the wheel with any actual kids who might want to try. Point being, anyone who is not dead inside would have a good time behind the wheel of one of these bad boys:

App-controlled Wi-Fi race car:

RC Helicopter: 
Remote Control Cloud Force Helicopter - $39.99

App-controlled tank:

20 Days Until Christmas - Small Speakers with Big Sound


Gift idea: Small speaker 

Makes a good gift for: Teens, adults, techies

These days most people have a smartphone, but even if you don’t have a smartphone or an iPod, one of these cool little speakers can hook up to your laptop and stream music around your house or outside. We have the jambox, and it never fails to impress people when they find out that all that music is coming from that one little device! Here are some cool little speakers:

Phillips SoundShooter Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - $49.95




23 Days Until Christmas - A Festival of Lights - Flashlights that is!


Gift idea: Cool flashlights 

Makes a good gift for: Techies, men, teens, outdoorsy people 

My soon to be father-in-law LOVES flashlights. He is addicted to head-lamps and flashlight alike. I have found that the more flashlights around the house, the better. One under the kitchen sink. One by the front door, one in each car. So here are some solid flashlight options.

The classic: Mag-Lite

Mag-Lite - $28.20

Old-fashioned design with modern technology: 

Leather-Wrapped Flashlight from Red Envelope - $14.99

High-tech Gorilla Torch – these things are awesome. They are super-bright and can be attached to almost anything:
Joby Gorilla Torch - $29.95 - $59.95

 

 

 


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 Men and Women


There are lots of ideas for adults that will fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Boxes that are perfect for the special man or woman in your life. You know your recipient best, but here are a couple ideas for adults to get your creative juices flowing:

For Men:

- Cologne (like the ones featured in this blog post
- Ties 
- Cuff links 
- Money clip
- Golf balls/ golf tees
- Tickets to sporting events 
- His favorite candy
- Favorite child hood toys

For Women:


Our Twelve Days of Romance for Her gift set is currently sold out, but you can stil get inspiration from the set for gift ideas for the lady love of your life.

- Bath balls 
- Makeup 
- Perfume (like the ones featured in this blog post)
- Underwear 
- Jewelry
- Tickets to a performance or event
- Favorite candy
- Candles
- A meaningful and/or romantic ornament  


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!



 





 


40 Days Until Christmas - brew your own!


Gift idea: Brew your own – beer, cider or whiskey 

Makes a good gift for: ADULTS, men

I have always wanted to try my hand at brewing my own beer, and I know multiple people who do brew their own. If you know someone who loves beer, cider or whiskey, one of these kits would make a great gift.

Brew your own beer kits: 

Red Envelope Craft Beer Home Brew Kit - $49.95 


Mr. Beer Home Brew Kits - $39.95 - $99.95 

Brew your own hard cider: 

Mr. Beer Cider Kits - $54.95 - $145.48 

Age your own whiskey:

Woodinville Whiskey Age Your Own Whiskey Kit - $149.99

41 Days Until Christmas - personalized sports-fan glasses


Gift idea: Personalized mugs/glassware 

Makes a good gift for: Him, sports fans

For the guy (or gal) who likes to drink a beer while he watches his sports, a personalized mug with his favorite sports team and his name (or a set of mugs) would be a great, personal gift. Both West Elm and Pottery Barn have mugs that can be personalized with just a name or initials. A monogrammed pitcher and set of glasses would also be a great gift for a guy who likes to host poker or game nights. 

Set of four beer mugs or pilsner glasses:
 
West Elm Beer Glasses or Mugs - set of four $16.00

Pub-style Beer Mugs:
 
Pub Beer Mug - $9.00 ($16.00 with personalization)

Monogrammable Beer Pitcher:
 
Pottery Barn - $15.00 ($22.00 if personalized)

MLB Glassware:
 
Pottery Barn - $24.00 each (free personalization) 

NFL Glassware: 

Pottery Barn - $18.00-24.00 each (free personalization) 

Vintage NFL Antique-Silver Beer Stein:
 
Pottery Barn - $69.00 (free personalization) 




42 Days Until Christmas - bring a little of the bar home for him


6! Count-em: 6 weeks until Christmas!

Gift idea: Wall mounted bottle-opener 

Makes a good gift for: Men, beer-enthusiasts


We have one of these bad boys mounted on the wall in our kitchen, and it really comes in handy. No need to keep track of the bottle-opener when one is mounted right on the wall! Wall mounted bottle openers come in all kinds of styles – some with soda names on them, some are plain, and of course some have beer brands on them, so you can get one that fits the recipients taste:

Pepsi: 
Etsy - $35.00

Guinness:
Amazon - $14.00

Homebrewers.com has a big selection of different styles, including this make-your-own bottle-opener:
  

You could pair a wall mounted bottle opener with a selection of nice bottled beers and sodas, or even have it accompany a subscription to a beer-of-the-month-club!

43 Days Until Christmas - make the holidays smell better


Gift idea: Perfume or cologne 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone – men, women, teens

Some people, like my mom, have a certain perfume or cologne that they have used for ever, and will never change. My mom has hers, and my Grampa was definitely an Old Spice man. But not everyone is like that. Some people like to experiment, or like certain types of scents. These little gift-sets would make a great gift for someone who likes to try new things, or is undecided in the scent department.

For the gents:


Sephora Favorites for Men - $42.00

For the ladies:




A solid perfume is also a nice gift for ladies – much easier to carry in a purse than liquid perfume!

Another plus is that these smaller-sized bottles will fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes – to make the Twelve Days of Christmas smell great!

44 Days Until Christmas - a gift for the responsible only!


Gift idea: Pocket knife/survival kit 

Makes a good gift for: Responsible adults (or near-adults), outdoorsy people

My dad always, and I mean always, had his Swiss Army Knife with him. It had everything from a toothpick to a saw on it, and it came in handy many, many times. Whether you carry one with you on a daily basis, or just have one handy around the house (and to take on camping trips) a multi-tool is just handy to have around. And for the person who already has a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman tool, a survival kit would make a good present for someone who likes to camp, hike, or just always be prepared! Maybe it’s the Girl Scout in me, but the survivor kit might be something that ends up in my trunk!

Classic Swiss Army knife:
From L.L. Bean - $85.00

Leatherman:
L.L. Bean - $34.50

Ultimate Survivor Kit:
L.L. Bean - $55.00

 


45 Days Until Christmas - somewhere to put that Christmas cash


Gift idea: Wallet 

Makes a good gift for: Him – men, teens

You can shop for a wallet at any department store or men’s boutique, but Etsy also has tons of cute wallets and some very well-crafted leather wallets. A way to make the gift of a wallet a little more fun or personal is to put some gift-cards or cash in it!

I found some great wallets on etsy, but you can certainly find some nice ones at department stores or boutiques. Here are some nice ones I came across:

Fun robot print:
Etsy - $20.00

Leather wood-grain print:
Etsy - $17.00
 
Herringbone:
Etsy - $16.80 

Classic leather bi-fold: 
Etsy - $59.00



46 Days Until Christmas - entertainment to last the whole year


Gift idea: At home entertainment 

This week's gift theme: Gifts for him.

For the next seven days I will post ideas for gifts that should please the man or men in your life. 

Makes a good gift for: Dad, husband, teen, tv-lovers, techies

In a stroke of what I thought was genius, I decided to get Jonathon a Wii for Christmas a couple years ago. He ended up exchanging the Wii for a Play Station 3, and that PS3 has turned in to a glorified Netflix-watching machine. If only I had known that the video-game loving kid in him had grown up, I would have just gotten him an Apple TV or a Roku Box.

Apple TV

$49.00 - $99.00


You could also pair one of these tv-boxes with a subscription to Netflix or Hulu Plus. Both systems sync with both Netflix and Hulu Plus.


Netflix - $7.99 for one month - $95.88 for one year 


Hulu Plus - $7.99 for one month - $95.88 for one year 




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:















55 Days Until Christmas - everyone likes a good story


Gift idea: Books 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone

Whether the recipient is old enough to read or not, books can make a great gift for anyone - as long as you get the right person the right gift. I usually get someone a book that I have already read and think they will like, or a book by an author I know they like. So, without further ado, here are a couple novels I read and enjoyed this year that I think other readers would like.

I have provided links to these books on Amazon.com, but they should be readily available in your local bookstore (assuming Amazon.com has not killed your local bookstore). Going to a local bookstore (or Target or the like) is a great place to browse through some books - especially children's' books.

This book is a really great non-fiction story of President James Madison's slave, and his experience living on the plantation and in the White House:

From Amazon - $18.48

This fictional story tells the story of The Tiger's Wife - I think it will appeal to men, women and teens alike.

From Amazon - $10.20

This fictional story is told from the perspective of one orphaned twin brother who was raised in and around an Ethiopian hospital. A traveler or medical buff would enjoy this story, or just someone who likes a good story with a bit of mystery.

From Amazon - $10.85

It's A Wonderful Life was based on this wonderful Christmas novella. What a great book to buy for a child, young adult or a family. 


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.

57 Days Until Christmas - a club for everyone


Gift idea: monthly club subscription

Makes a good gift for: Anyone - seriously!

A monthly club is a great gift to give a person who has everything, or the beer/wine/chocolate (or whatever else) enthusiast! With most of these clubs you can sign someone up for one month, a whole year, or anywhere in between. Who does not love getting presents in the mail? The certificate or print-out confirming the subscription could also be folded up and put in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box!

If there is someone on your list who has a certain interest, there just might be a monthly club subscription out there that caters just to that interest. Here are some of the more mainstream clubs I have found, but if you know someone who loves hot-sauce, there is a club for that too! 

Beer of the month clubs:


Amazingbeerclub.com Beer of the Month Club - 3 month minimum for $101.85 


Greatclubs.com Beer of the Month Club - $36.95 per month


Beermonthclub.com Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club - 2 month minimum for $73.90 


Beermonthclub.com International Beer of the Month Club - 2 month minimum for $93.90 


Beermonthclub Rare Beer of the Month Club - 2 month minimum for $89.90 

Wine of the month clubs:


Amazingclubs.com Wine of the Month Club - 3 month minimum for $101.85 


Greatclubs.com Wine of the Month Club - $42.95 per month 

Chocolate of the month clubs:


Amazingclubs.com Chocolate of the Month Club - 3 month minimum for $92.85


Greatclubs.com Chocolate of the Month Club - $32.95 per month 


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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