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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:







10 Days Until Christmas - Candles to Light the Long Nights


Gift idea: Small Candles 

Makes a good gift for: Adults, Teens, Stocking Stuffers 

I love candles, especially well-scented candles (candles that don’t make you gag, but have a nice scent). Candles can make a nice gift on their own, or as part of a self-care package with some bubble bath and nice lotion. All of these little candles have the added bonus of being small enough to fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box!

How cute are these small beeswax pinecone candles:
On Etsy - $3.00 each

These small votive candles would be perfect for someone who loves flowers or gardening:
On Etsy - set of eight for $12.00

These mirrored votive candles would look great on a dining-table or a mantel-piece:
National Geographic Store - set of four for $26.00

Big Dipper Wax Works has some of the best beeswax candles, and some of the best scented candles I have found, and this collection of their different scents would make a great gift:
Big Dipper Wax Works - set of nine for $40.00


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 Specialty-Interests


In addition to kids and adults, there are lots of other speciality-type ideas. Here are a couple ideas for babies (or, probably more-so for parents of new babies), foodies/wine lovers and technology lovers:

Babies: 


- Pacifiers
- Socks 
- Rattles 
- Wash cloths 
- Bath toys 
- Bibs 
- “Babies first” ornament 

Food/wine Related:

- Salt cellar
- Salt and Pepper shakers 
- Wine stopper/wine spout 
- Wine-glass markers (check out this blog post)
- Fancy salt, pepper or spices (check out this blog post)
- Tea-ball or tea bags

Technology Ideas:

- iPod nano 
- Earbud-type headphones 
- iPhone/iPod speakers
- USB storage devices

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!



 





 


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 




47 Days Until Christmas - a classic tote for her


Gift idea: L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag 

Makes a good gift for: Her

My mom got me one of these Boat and Tote bags when I was in college, and I still use it all the time. These bags are well made and timelessly-stylish, which makes these bags appropriate for teens and women alike.

The classic Boat and Tote comes in lots of colors and four sizes:
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag - $20.95 - $38.95

For something a little more personal, you can also have the bag customized with the recipients initials or monogram:
Custom Boat and Tote - $37.95 - $57.95



48 Days Until Christmas - one cute little purse


Gift idea: Coin-purse style purse 

Makes a good gift for: Mom, grandma, wife, girlfriend, teen, girl

Lately I have been sporting a smaller purse, in a never-ending effort to carry less stuff with me. My purse is not quite this small, but a very efficient woman (or girl who has not much to carry) could carry this purse as her everyday purse, and any woman could use it as a purse for going out on the town. This purse would also be cute for a teen or younger girl.



50 Days Until Christmas - pack it up in a train case


Gift idea: Train case (makeup case) 

Makes a good gift for: Women and young women

I got a train case for Christmas when I was a teen, and I loved having a grown-up looking container to put all my makeup in. I think any teen or woman who has a collection of makeup would enjoy having either a vintage train case, or a more modern one to store their makeup in and/or to use when travelling. 

You could even put some eyeshadows, nail-polish, lipstick or lipgloss in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes to tie-in with this gift. 

Etsy has a great selection of vintage cases like this one: 

Or this one:

Other stores and websites sell more modern cases too: 


51 Days Until Christmas - keeping track of time


Gift idea: Ribbon Necklace Watch 

Makes a good gift for: Mom, grandma, young woman

I came across this watch on a ribbon, and I just thought it was really cute and different (but different in a good way). Wrist-watches can be a difficult gift to buy for someone, but I think this ribbon-watch would be a real crowd pleaser with mom, grandma, or a teenage girl. I think it would work in a casual or a professional setting. 

This gift would also fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box:

This is also a friendly reminder to move your clocks back one hour - don't forget to fall back!







53 Days Until Christmas - light up her life


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

Over the next week I will be presenting to you seven gift ideas for the grandmother, mother, wife, girlfriend, teenage girl or other female (or person with more feminine tastes) on your Christmas list.
Gift idea: Nice candles and candle holders

Makes a good gift for: Mom, Grandma, or even a teenager. A nice candle also makes a good backup gift or hostess gift.

There is probably someone out there who does not like candles, but I have not met that person yet. When the days are short and its cold outside, what is nicer than lighting a few candles while you share a meal or even watch a movie? From big to small, there are candles and candle-holders for every budget and taste.

You could give one or a set of two of these unique hurricane-style candle-holders:

Uncommon Goods Hurricane Candle Holders - $35.00 to $40.00

or a grouping of several smaller votive-size holders with a nice set of candles:

West Elm Colored Glass Candleholders - $10.00 each

There are even some fun candles out there, like these which are shaped like wine corks and can be put in an empty wine bottle:

Uncommon Goods Wine Cork Candles - set of twelve for $24.00

This candle is fun too, with a chalkboard outside, and it even comes with chalk:

Urban Outfitters Chalkboard Candle - $24.00

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.

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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