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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


12 Days Until Christmas - Special Goodies for Christmas Eve


Gift idea: Christmas Eve goodies 

Makes a good gift for: Families with toddlers or young kids

Here at Twelve Days we are hoping to share our family tradition with the world. Another time for traditions is Christmas Eve – the night before Christmas. There is no shortage of children’s books illustrating the beloved story The Night Before Christmas or any other Christmas story. Below I have found a couple of fun pieces that could become part of any family’s Christmas Eve tradition for years to come.

Night Before Christmas Tea Towel - for when you are baking Santa's cookies, perhaps? 
Night Before Christmas Dish Towel -Smithsonian Store - $14.99 

Night Before Christmas Pillow - for reading a couple great Christmas stories before bedtime:
Night Before Christmas Pillow - Smithsonian Store - $165.00 

Cookies for Santa Plate
Cookies for Santa Plate Smithsonian Store - $24.99 

The Greatest Gift – the book that It’s A Wonderful Life was based on 
The Greatest Gift - Smithsonian Store - $55.00

13 Days Until Christmas - A Different Kind of Christmas Sweets


Gift idea: Fire pit and/or s’mores kit 

Makes a good gift for: Families, someone with a sweet tooth

For a lot of people, s’mores around a fire outdoors is a camping memory. But s’mores do not have to be limited to the wilderness. Anyone can make s’mores at home – in the microwave, as I have been known to do, or in the backyard. 

I think that an amazing gift for a family of people would be an outdoor fire pit, the ingredients to make s’mores, and if you really want to include the whole shebang – some skewers, wood and matches.

Here are some nice fire pits:


Halo Fire Pit - $87.59

And if you don’t want to just head to the grocery store to put together a couple bars of chocolate, a bag of marshmallows and a box of graham crackers, you could order one of these s’mores kits:

Hershey’s S'mores Kit- $15.95 

Recchiuti Chocolate S'mores Kit - $23.00 




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

22 Days Until Christmas - Stay Fully Charged.


Gift idea: iPhone chargers 

Makes a good gift for: Techies

Smartphones are everywhere, and whether its appropriate or not, people are on them all the time. There are so many great apps and accessories for smartphones – but the more you use them, the faster the batteries die! So if you know someone who loves their smartphone, you might want to get them one of these small phone chargers, so they can charge on the go!





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

 

 

 


29 Days Until Christmas - put all those corks to good use!


Gift idea: Wine cork trivets 

Makes a good gift for: Wine-lovers, entertainers, crafters

I am pretty sure I am not the only wine drinker/crafter out there who can’t stand to throw away wine corks thinking “I will use these for something.” Earlier this year, I actually did use a bunch of saved wine corks to make a corkboard. But I still have more corks, and seem to be drinking the wine faster than I can craft with them. Even if you don’t save every cork, most people will set aside the corks from special bottles of wine as a keepsake. Well, why not put them to use? Here are a couple great sets where you can take corks you already have, and turn them into a trivet for hot pots!

Perpetual Kid -$14.49 


Bed Bath and Beyond -$17.99 


Red Envelope-$19.95 

 
Red Envelope -$49.95 


30 Days Until Christmas - charming wine charms.


30 days until Christmas already? Believe it or not, in just over five short weeks December 25th will have come and gone - are you getting ready yet? Be sure to check out the earlier countdown to Christmas gift ideas, and to check back on the blog for gift ideas that will fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes

Today's Gift idea: Wine charms 

Makes a good gift for: Wine lovers, entertainers

If you entertain a lot, or just have a couple people over for dinner regularly, wine charms are a must have to keep people from snagging other people’s glasses. Wine charms are certainly not a new idea, but I found a couple cute sets that I think would be a crowd pleaser at any get-together and would make a great gift for a wine lover and/or someone who likes to entertain.

A cute idea for gift giving would be to pair a set of wine charms with a nice bottle of wine, or even some nice wine glasses. Don’t forget that these little charms would easily fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box!

Set of twelve felt flower-shaped wine charms in different colors:
Crate and Barrel - $5.95 

Set of 6 rubbery-vinotags that can be written on: 

Vinotags - $10.00 

Set of 10 personalized metal wine charms and 1 wine bottle tag:

Etsy - $32.00

34 Days Until Christmas - cuter cleaning!


Gift idea: Tea towels 

Makes a good gift for: Someone who likes to spend time in the kitchen, or just someone who likes to have a good-looking kitchen

In an effort to be better to mother-earth and use fewer disposable things, like paper towels, I have been using my kitchen towels a lot more frequently lately, and I feel like I am always running out of clean ones. A lot of mine are rather dingy looking, so I would love to have the older ones to do the work (like mopping up dog-drool and spilled sauce) and have some nice pretty ones to hang on the oven door. Etsy has tea towels in every color of the rainbow and every imaginable pattern, Target has some cute ones out now, and Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table always have a good selection too. I know Williams Sonoma sells aprons, hot-pads and towels in matching patterns, so you could always put together a little kitchen-gift set with matching, or complementary goodies.

Here are some that caught my eye: 

Target - set of three for $7.00


Williams-Sonoma set of four for $9.95


Williams-Sonoma - set of four for $19.95

Etsy - one yellow and one grey tea towel for $23.50

Etsy - set of three for $37.95



38 Days Until Christmas - measuring up.


Gift idea: Earthenware measuring cups and spoons 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone who likes to cook or bake, or who likes nice design

Williams Sonoma is carrying a new line of “Bistro Francais” styled kitchen tools, and the measuring cups, measuring spoons and set of prep bowls caught my eye. All of these tools are made of earthenware, but are microwave and dishwasher safe. I know I have metal measuring spoons and measuring cups – but I think these would be great for a high-use kitchen because a lot of the handles on my metal measuring cups are bent from use – and I don’t think that would happen with these. They look sturdy and are easy on the eyes too! I think all three would make a nice set. If you look on the Williams Sonoma website, there are a few other pieces that match, as well as a dinnerware set with the matching blue stripe.

Bistro Francais Measuring Cups
Williams-Sonoma- $24.95
 
Bistro Francais Measuring Spoons
Williams-Sonoma - $14.95
 
Bistro Francais Prep Bowls

Williams-Sonoma - $12.95 





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!

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 




49 Days Until Christmas - take a look!


7 More Weeks!

Gift idea: Hand mirror

Makes a good gift for: mom, grandma, wife, girlfriend, teens, girls

From old-fashioned to modern, there is a hand mirror for every lady out there, and I think every lady should have a hand mirror. What a unique, feminine gift for a special lady or teen in your life. Here are some unique ones I have found:

This crystal mirror from Z Gallery is really modern yet still classic:

Z Gallery - $19.95

This faux-antique mermaid mirror available on Amazon is nautical yet feminine:

This butterfly mirror, also available on Amazon looks straight out of a fairy tale:
From Amazon.com - $24.45

And this laser cut mirror from Etsy is not only unique, but edgy and feminine at the same time:
Etsy - $30.00


52 Days Until Christmas - vases she will love


Gift idea: Flower vase

Makes a good gift for: Mom, sister, girlfriend, wife, flower-enthusiast or wannabe home decorator

I think most homes probably have a cupboard full of vases from flower deliveries somewhere – you know the kind: plain glass, usually pretty large and really not interesting to look at. So if you know someone who loves flowers, why not give the gift of a vase that is also an interesting piece of art – something that would look good with or without flowers in it?

For the gardener in your life, it would be cute to include some flower seeds with the vase so once spring comes the recipient can grow their own flowers for the vase! Seeds or seed-bombs will fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box too! 

These two are fun trophy-shaped vases from Target: 
Target Trophy Vase - $14.99-$17.99 
If you are feeling crafty, you could emblazon them with some kind of award, like “Best Gardener” or “Best Mom.” I think they are also really nice just as they are. 

These Hive Vases from West Elm are very hubba-hubba in my opinion:
West Elm Hive Vases - $24.00-$34.00
They would look great with flowers in them, or branches, or just on their own on a mantle or shelf. 

These glass vases are also very attractive, and would look wonderful in a window, with or without flowers: 
West Elm Flared Glass Vases - $19.00-$24.00



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

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.

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!

 


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