Gifts for Baby

So my friend is about to have a baby. Like literally, any minute. She’s about to pop. It’s a boy if you’re wondering. I missed her baby shower so I never got her a gift so I was just searching online for some cute ideas and I thought why not share with you lovely folk? Of course I went to my favorite place on the web, Etsy, (it’s literally the best place on earth, you can find anything your heart desires) il_570xN.507339661_ftdj

Anyway, while searching the baby gifts section of Etsy I found this hooded personalized baby towel. It is so adorable and looks so snuggly! It is hand made from 100% velour terry cotton and is 32X32 inches long with a cute little  gingham blue baby whale at the top. Below the whale is a space to get your babies name embroidered on the towel. Don’t worry, this towel may be blue but it also comes in pink if that is more your taste. The towels are original designs by tinyshunshine and cost $30.00 and are shipped wrapped up with a ribbon from Ohio!

This is a really unique idea for a gift. It’s not just a super soft towel it can also double as a blanket! The hood makes it nice a cozy for baby. You can wrap them up and take them to the beach or bundle them up after a warm bath. These towels are big enough to take your child from baby to toddler so it is a good investment.

I think my favorite thing about this gift is that it is personalized with the babies name. It makes it seem like you really took the time to find the right gift. It will also help the mom with her nesting! I cannot wait to give my friend this gift and see it on the little guy when he finally comes.

Something for the Harry Potter Nerd

Harry Potter Mug

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Harry Potter Mug Side 2

Harry Potter Mug Side 2

I have to admit I am a more recent coffee fan, but I have always been a Harry Potter fan, and this Harry Potter Espresso Patronum coffee mug combines both of my loves. This is a 10oz mug with a play on the words Expecto Patronum from the Harry Potter books on one side and on the other side it has the outline of Harry Potters famous glasses and scar. This mug is great because it is unisex; you can buy it for a girl, boy, mom, dad, grandma, friend, lover- anyone! Well, as long as they like Harry Potter I guess.

This is a handmade ceramic mug created by GelertDesign coming straight to you from The United Kingdom, and for only $10.70 (plus shipping). It is microwave and dishwasher safe (which is great because I am lazy and there is no way I would hand wash anything) I found this gem on Etsy. Etsy is one of my favorite sites to search for gifts because the majority of them are handmade which gives the gift a personal touch (literally) and they are unique so you know when you buy it there is a fat chance anyone else will have it (insert bragging rights here).

Now, my birthday is coming up so maybe I am posting this in hopes that someone will buy it for me. Yes? No? Come on boyfriend I know you’re reading this! Oh well it was worth a shot, but I love this mug so much I might just buy it for myself!

Who doesn’t love a good mug? Etsy has countless mug options so even if your loved one isn’t a Harry Potter fan you will definitely find something for them on this blessed site. So what are you waiting for? Go out and find your perfect mug!

Oh Beer, What Do We Have Here?

So my boyfriends birthday is coming up and I want to get him something that he will like, and more importantly something that he will USE! I think we have all had that problem where you buy a friend or boyfriend some really great knick knack just to have it tossed in the corner never to be looked at again (I’m looking at you, matching puzzle piece necklaces from Things Remembered). Don’t get me wrong, sentimental gifts are greatly appreciated, but they don’t always get as much attention as we expect when we first buy them. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good gift idea, and it doesn’t mean your loved one didn’t like it (he did but silly me for thinking he would wear a necklace every day!) It just means you can’t do as much with a knick knack as you could with some sort of craft.

Basically, I want to buy my boyfriend a gift that he will be able to do something with. So what does a gift like that look like? What would be a “manly” craft? These are the questions I was asking myself when I found Mr. Beer Home Brewing! I mean come on, what is more manly than beer? (or Root Beer or cider because Mr. Beer is smart and realizes sometimes, not even the manliest of men like beer)

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Mr. Beer Home Brewing Premium Kit

Mr. Beer Home Brewing has different sized at home kits ranging from $54.95 to $129.95. I chose the LBK $54.95 kit not only because it was the cheapest but because it was the smallest and therefore the easiest to have in a college home. This 8 liter kit makes 2 gallons of beer and is perfect for first time users. The Mr. Beer Home Brewing website states that the kit comes with:

• 8 Liter Keg Fermenter & Lid
• (11) 740-mL PET Bottles, Caps and Labels
• Spigot, Washer and Nut
• Can of Hopped Malt Extract (HME)
• Packet of Yeast (Under lid of the HME)
• Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser
• Bag of Carbonation Drops
• Brewing With Mr.Beer® How-To DVD (English, Español, François)
• Detailed Printed Instructions (download)

I can’t wait to give it to my boyfriend and see what he creates!

Weddings: They’re Not Just for June

Customizable hanger, perfect option for a wedding gift.

Customizable hanger, perfect option for a wedding gift.

I know what you’re thinking, weddings are usually a summer topic. And yes, while most weddings happen in May and June, there are still a few scattered about throughout the year. Take my friend Allison for example, she just married the love of her life this past Saturday. So yes, while weddings may be a more popular subject for the summer months, fall- and even winter- weddings are indeed a thing. That being said, we cannot forget about the weddings gifts!

I was racking my brain deciding what to get Allison and David. I could have gone with the traditional blender, or knife set, but that is so boring! As I have said before, I love getting personalized gifts that actually mean something. One of my favorite sites to go to for weddings gifts is Etsy. Etsy is a super popular, well known site so you know you its trustworthy, and because most of the gifts are hand-made it is the perfect site to go to if you want something personal!

The gift I chose for Allison and her hubby David were these super cool customized hangers. Like I said, they were hand-made out of wood and use twisted aluminum wire to write out the last name of the bride and groom. You can add a bow, pearls, or both to the hanger and its as cheap as $5.99 plus tax.

The reason I love this gift idea so much is because, generally, the hanger is used to hang up the brides wedding dress (and if you get one for the groom he can hang up his suit- if he didn’t rent it of course). The wedding dress is probably the most important keepsake from the brides special day. Therefore, it deserves more than just a cheap, plastic hanger from the dollar store.

I chose to put Allison’s new last name on the hanger as a way to commemorate her special day, with her special guy, and needless to say she loved it. Now she can hang up her dress and show off her new last name at the same time. Best of luck to the both of you!

 

Hugs, kisses and best wishes y’all!

Brookestone a Ton of Great Gift Ideas and Solutions!

blog-brookstoneThe gifts available at Brookstone are unbelievable! There are gifts for a variety of occasions including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, housewarming, anniversaries, graduations, and so much more. Heck, you don’t have to have an occasion to shop here! I frequently look around for things for myself.

Brookstone carries a variety of things both in their store and online. These items include (but are DEFINITELY not limited to): electronics, furniture, entertaining items, outdoor gear, pool accessories, wine and bar things, toys and games, travel accessories, and so much more. One benefit of shopping in the store vs going online is that they often have their products set up for demonstration. It’s nice to be able to see the items up close and personal and even try them out!