more about: gifts

Free Gift Tags Online

Wrap, tape, cut, tie…. While you are in the midst of packaging your presents, why not top them with a darling and free gift tag that you can download from artists and designers online? And yes, I said FREE. What an incentive! I found a few that I liked and thought I’d share them with you…

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Where Are You Shopping?

I always like to know where people shop online for great gifts. Please reveal, I would love to know where you are shopping currently to make this season merry & bright for you and your dear family and friends. A personal favorite of mine, valued for their unique products, is the…

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Has a Boyfriend Ever Tried to Give You a Used Gift?

A reader named Ricky7 faces a dilemma: “My boyfriend and I have been friends for years before we started dating. During his last deployment, he brought home some beautiful jewelry. He loves sapphires, so he bought a few. Last summer, shortly after he broke up with his previous gf, he tried to give me a necklace. I couldn’t take it. We had only started dating, and it didn’t seem right. Christmas is coming up, and he’s hinted that I’m getting the necklace.”

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Gift Wrap From Anthropologie

I don’t know about you, but when I think of Anthropologie, gift wrap and notions do not spring to mind but now… well it’s a different story. They’ve rolled out a limited edition line for the holidays and seeing it I can totally see this working well for them going forward during the holiday season. Did you have a chance to watch this cute video that they put together to show customers a glimpse of their goodies? If not, you have to check it out because it will surely put a smile on your face today.

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My Favorite Pet Gifts Under $25

First, I should tell you that I had some canine assistance for this post–my own dog Monkey (who was secretly hoping to score some swag from the endeavor) tagged along and played the role of Chief Sniffer. It was not a hard sell: Second, let me say that I am amazed at how many pet toys could stand to benefit […]

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How to Make a Gift Card Gift More Personal

In my research for a recent story on the pros and cons of prepaid debit cards, I stumbled across Shelley Hunter, a mom of three who created the website GiftCardGirlfriend.com. I occasionally give gift cards (although I’m not a huge fan). I feel a little funny about the impersonal nature of the whole thing. So I enjoyed Hunter’s site, which is full of ways to make the simple gift of plastic a whole lot more fun.

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Thank-You Notes: The Friend-of-Your-Mother’s Edition

In the never-ending annals of thank-you note etiquette, one of the stickiest issues is what to do if you’ve sent a gift and not heard anything in response.

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To Renew or Not to Renew?

Some people are especially talented at gift giving. You know the type: She’s the one who always has the perfect gift idea at her fingertips for everyone in her universe, without ever repeating a past present. Then there’s me. Gift giving gives me anxiety to no end. Even for the people I’m closest to (maybe especially with those people), there’s something about the pressure of a looming birthday that causes my otherwise over-stuffed brain to empty out completely.

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Whimsy & Spice Goodies

Yes, this is a home & organizing blog but just for a moment I’m transforming it into a foodie blog with delicious bites brought to you today from Whimsy & Spice in Brooklyn. I love this family business and when I lived in the states, I frequently ordered goodies from them for my husband since he is in love with their delicious baked treats. In fact, we will be in New York next month and he has already requested that a care package be ordered as soon as possible and delivered to our room so he can have his W&S fix! ha!

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Judge A Book By Its Cover – Just This Once

A really good book is one of my favorite gifts – to give and receive. Naturally, I was thrilled when Penguin Classics released these editions of some of literature’s biggest hits with beautifully embossed canvas covers. They make book-gift-giving a whole lot more stylish! 

And while we’re on the subject, be sure to vote here for the No-Obligation Book Club selection of your choice for May. Whether you’re new to the club or have been following along since it started, I hope you plan to read along with me. I’m very excited to lead the discussion, and am anxious to see which book is chosen!

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