Secura’s Anti Theft Convertipack, A Review

Three Bags In One The Secura RFID blocking anti-theft convertipack is much more than a backpack. This well made bag can be worn as a shoulder tote, a cross-body bag, or a backpack. From Lewis N. Clark, with their wonderful products, this one has turned out to be even handier than expected. Three bags in one. You can’t go wrong with that. Useful for all varieties of events from shopping to hiking to travel, it helps you stay organized...

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The Lewis N. Clark Waterproof Magnetic Pouch

Lewis N. Clark Waterseals Magnetic Self-Sealing Waterproof Pouch A “Must Have” to Protect Your Phone From The Elements Summer is coming! Prepare now! If you enjoy the outdoors, you will appreciate this handy and effective waterproof case. Camping, biking, hiking? Those are each occasions where your phone might get wet. Going to the beach or for a swim? Between the sand and the water, this should be an essential. The case...

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Buy an Irish Dog Coat for your dog

St. Patrick’s Day Dog Coats Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all the way. Buy an Irish Dog Coat for your dog. Make your dog a lucky dog, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with an Irish Dog Coat. Your pup will love you when the cold March winds blow and he stays warm. There are Irish Dog Coats for every size of dog…just make sure you get the right size. If it’s too small, it won’t keep them warm, and...

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The Lewis N. Clark Mini Cross-Body Bag

Lewis N. Clark Does It Again When my mini cross-body purse arrived today, I couldn’t wait to unpack it. I’d been looking for a smaller sized purse that would hold all I need, yet would be easy and light to carry. As you can see in the video below, the Lewis N. Clark mini cross-body bag is nylon, ideal for travel because it is lightweight. Perhaps as important these days, it offers RFID protection for your credit cards. Of course that...

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Want Your Own Personal Drone?

Now you can own one with this DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter.   Even though we knew it was coming, I thought it might be a little farther down the line before drones became this accessible, but DJI has made it a reasonably priced reality.  It comes fully ready to fly.  It’s easy to learn with a few test flights. What would you do with it?  Where would you take it?  If you like cutting edge technology, a drone is...

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Sportswear: Gifts for the Fisherman

Sure you could toss in a line and sit by your favorite lake or stream and relax, and there is nothing wrong with that. I kind of like to do that myself sometimes. Do you have someone in your life who is a real active fisherman? Someone who just can’t wait to get out there and fish, whether it is fresh water fishing or salt water fishing or both, every fisherman man or woman wants to be comfortable in their favorite sports wear. I have...

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Gifts for Cooks

Looking for a great and unusual gift for someone who loves to cook and bake? Not on the High Street offers a wonderful range of fabulous and stylish gifts that are perfect for the cook – amateur or professional. What’s more many of them can be personalised. This makes them so very ideal as a gift because  your recipient will know that you really care and took the time and trouble to choose the perfect gift. A great example...

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Thinking of Others This Christmas

Thinking of Others This Christmas Every year it seems we all rush around shopping, decorating, baking, in the full swing of the Christmas Season. Do you stop to think how many are unable to do the same this year? If I’m honest, it’s too easy to look past the faces of those in need. Thankfully there is still time for me to have an attitude adjustment. Christmas is all about giving. It is my goal to share that fact with those who...

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Gift Ideas: Gadgets You Will Love

The Must Have Gadgets This Year Gifts are a delight no matter what the size! The gift ideas here are handy for any occasion. Put them in a gift basket, use them as a hostess gift, or just think of Christmas.  The colorful wrap, the beautiful bows, lights twinkling on the tree above them, it makes me smile just thinking of it. Most of these gift ideas will fit in one Christmas stocking. At our house Christmas stockings are always saved...

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Great Gifts for Travelers: My Favorite Things

Great Gifts for Travelers: My Favorite Things. Travel Halo Mask Product Description: This is fantastic for long flights. This mask will definitely help you to sleep in comfort. It’s a special mask that is filled with Microbeads, has pads at the back that keeps your head from rolling around and it includes a free bag and earplugs too. You can remove the mask when you don’t want to sleep and use it as a headrest. eBags Pack-it-Flat...

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Giving green and socially conscious gifts just got a whole lot easier

If you found this page, you’re probably like me–scouring the web for just the right holiday, birthday or special occasion gift that is also eco-friendly and manufactured without child labor or near-slave labor. I am thrilled to report that this year, giving green gifts and socially conscious gifts that are beautiful and well-made is easier than it’s ever been. Below are my top ten web sites for wonderful,...

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The Incredible Luci Solar Powered Lights

We love Luci! The inflatable, waterproof solar lighting system. The internet is a-buzz – the Luci solar lights are getting great reviews everywhere. Increasingly we are all appreciating the value of using nature’s resources such as the sun to harness energy and that’s exactly what the Luci does. You can see more details in the video below but suffice it to say that these incredible naturally-powered lights are...

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Top Crochet Lovers Gift Ideas

Top Crochet Lovers Gift Ideas I began to crochet when my eldest daughter was just a baby, and she’s now in her 50s. After all those years of crochet experience, I feel it’s only right to put out a page of top crochet lovers gift ideas, for those who are stuck for what to buy for a crocheter.  I picked out several suggestions an avid crocheter would love and I hope you find that perfect gift you’re searching for right...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers: Elephants

Love elephants? Great gift ideas. Are you looking for gift ideas for someone who just loves elephants? I have found an online collection that features almost one thousand items – all of which feature elephants. There are some incredible pieces of jewellery – both modern and traditional. The photograph on the right shows a lovely example. There are other items to wear too,including some gorgeous elephant print scarves. But...

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Gourmet Gifts: Cooking Classes

The perfect foodie gift: Fun culinary classes. Something I think many of us have in common is that we’d love to improve our cooking skills, knowledge and techniques. How wonderful  it would be to be able to serve new and exciting dishes to our families and guests. The classes provided by Sur la Table are run by expert chefs and take place in many locations. There are lots of themes too.  Choose from seasonal courses, baking, the...

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Lionel Trains: Gift of Tradition

This is a long time tradition in our family, now three generations deep and still going. Every year my brothers and I would watch as my dad set the Christmas tree in the tree stand. As he was stringing the lights around the tree, we would run up to the attic and dust off the Lionel Train box. Lionel is surely a trusted name when it comes to trains. Our train is a 1952 Berkshire all mental engine with a smoker, and a whistle. After the...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers: Turtles

Turtle-themed gifts: For good luck. In many cultures and societies turtles are considered to bring good luck so what better gift than turtle-themed products? The articles you see on this page are all make by artisans all over the world and are made from sustainable or recycled materials. The sculpture you see here, for example, is a carved coconut and its base is made from sustainable albesia wood. It is hand carved in Bali by an...

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Solving the Mysteries of Choosing a Kindle

Solving the Mysteries of Choosing a Kindle If you’re new to the world of ebooks and ereaders but tempted by the idea of buying a Kindle reader, you might find yourself asking, “Which Kindle should I buy?” or even “Should I buy a Kindle?” or “What’s the difference between a Kindle reader and a Fire tablet anyway? Help!” It’s no wonder you might be confused. When Amazon’s...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers: Dolphins

Love dolphins? Gift ideas. Dolphins are so popular. Is it because they always seem to be smiling? If you have someone on your gift list who loves dolphins as much as I do, then here you’ll find the perfect gifts for them to add to their collection of dolphin themed jewellery, décor items and more. I love the pendant that you see in this photograph, for example. The two dolphins are hand carved by a jewellery sculptor in Bali and...

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Book Lover’s Reading Journal

A Great Way to Record and Remember What You’ve Read What an excellent idea this is–a book journal for reader!. I just ran across this while looking for something totally different. That’s my favorite kind of shopping. Off the top of my head I can think of six people to get this for as a gift. And it would be a great gift for any occasion. It’s something I wish I had ten or twenty years ago. Thirty years would...

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Gift Ideas for Dinosaur Lovers

What is it about dinosaurs that transcends generations even though they are extinct.  There is nothing especially cute or cuddly about them (I admit to exceptions).  They usually seem to have a lizard like skin.  We so often see them fighting another also extinct species. Perhaps that is the draw right there, or maybe it is that they existed so far in the past. Whatever the reason, kids and many adults love them.  If anything, they...

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Gifts for Music Lovers: The Bose Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Superior Sound in a Mini Speaker from Bose Talk about getting a wonderful sound from a super small speaker, and you will most likely be talking about the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. It’s ideal, and it’s tiny. The name Bose is associated with quality sound, and this one performs as such. As you can see in the picture, it’s very attractive as well, with a matte finish on solid aluminum. It feels very sturdy...

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Gift Ideas to Help Those in Need

A Helping Hand for those in need Would you like to do a little something to help the homeless or those in need? Drive around any city these days and you can’t help but notice how many people there are in need of help. Read the paper or watch the news and you grow more aware that plenty of them are families who for one reason or another are homeless or barely getting by. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the numbers...

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Gifts for the Traveler

Easier Travel is The Goal Today’s traveler is looking for ways to make trips go as smoothly as possible.  It isn’t as easy as it once was, especially with the airlines. We’ve seen dramatical changes over the past decade.  Not only with added security, but also with limits on luggage weight and closer quarters aboard many flights. Yet if the traveler doesn’t go that often, he/she might consider it frivolous to...

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The Selfie Stick

Really? Yes.  Selfies have become overwhelmingly popular today, and when you have a new trend, there will be clever people who come up with ideas to make the trend better or easier. This handy little tool, a selfie extender does the job.  On a recent trip to Bouchard Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, there were so many people using extenders it grew funny.  I should have taken photos of them instead of the beautiful flowers.  It...

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Molkky: A Great Outdoor Game

Molkky: Europe’s most popular outdoor game. Coming from Finland, Molkky is a game that is fun, can be played anywhere and is planet-friendly. It can be enjoyed by all ages, all skill levels and, unlike other games, can be played by small or large groups of people. What’s more, it’s stylish, safe and sustainable – oh, and great fun to play. The fabulous Molkky The game is a cross between skittles and the...

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The Digital Luggage Scale, Essential for Travel

Weigh your Luggage Before You Leave Home Every airline traveler needs one of these luggage scales. The first time it saves you the fine of $75.00 or more, you will consider it totally worth the cost. Have you checked in at the airport to find your suitcase weighs 55 pounds, or even 51 pounds? Have you seen people off to the side, on their knees, rapidly pulling things out of their suitcase, stuffing them randomly into a carry-on, or...

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Mexican Jewellery from Guillermo Arregui

Stylish,original jewellery from Mexico. Guillermo Arregui creates the most wonderful jewellery in his Mexican silversmith workshop. The necklace you see on the right is a lovely example. There are more further down the page and you’ll see that  Guillermo combines traditional method sand design but brings them completely up to date. He takes much of his inspiration from nature, from the natural stones that are available in Mexico...

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Decor: A Sunrise Palette

How to pick accessories and décor colours. Did you know that interior designers use a simple trick when they are coordinating décor in the rooms they design? Often, their cues come from artwork. For example, let’s take the gorgeous sunrise artwork below. Designers take a prominent item that will be displayed in the room. This is often a painting, a spectacular photograph or sometimes even a textile such as a tapestry or an...

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Biology for Kids: SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

When my son opened this Smartlab Toys Squishy human body on Christmas morning he was so delighted that he laughed out loud! A human biology book with a gooey body to dissect! Just perfect for a 8 year old – it really can’t get better than that! This book/toy was an instant success. It’s great because he learned the names and relative size, shape and function of the major organs of the human body, and where they sit in the...

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Photograph Fabric Printing via the Sun

Lumi Inkodye: Print photographs onto t-shirts using solar power. Great for kids, great for adults and a truly fabulous way to express your creativity and make gorgeous garments, décor items and gifts – that’s what Lumi Inkodye offer you with their kits and products. This is a seemingly miraculous way to add your photographs and designs to any fabric item using the sun to develop the images. You can take any photograph from...

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Cotton Rules for Today’s Baby – Aden + Anais

Swaddles and Blankets You’ll Love For several years now, more and more parents are insisting on cotton. Why? Not only because the natural fabric is safer on their baby’s soft, sensitive skin, but also because cotton is a sustainable product. You find many moms and dads laundering cloth diapers, seeking clothes that are cotton, and purchasing bedding that will breathe. It’s a fairly easy way to be environmentally friendly. With...

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FitKicks Shoes: Next Best Thing to Barefoot

Fitkicks Footwear: For girls on the go. I have to let you know about my latest discovery. I always prefer not to wear shoes whenever possible, but it’s not always practical. These fabulous FitKicks shoes are the next best thing – they protect your feet, are non-slip and waterproof and are so comfy. They look stylish too and are available in several colours. The comfort quotient is incredible, they are so easy to clean and...

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The Carnivore Club, A Review

  For Your Next Charcuterie Board When we first heard of the Carnivore Club, we had to know more about it.   Sure, carnivore is related to meat, but a club?  It didn’t take us long until we had to sample!  We found a high quality product, finely crafted, artisan meats, very unique and flavorful. For fine dining, a cocktail party, wine tasting—any time really—you will want to add this to your shopping list, your planning list and to...

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Gifts for Pizza Lovers

Gourmet pizza gift ideas. If you are looking for gifts for the gourmet pizza cook or pizza eater, then I have found a perfect selection of goods that they will absolutely adore. For the pizza connoisseur  there are some wonderful,practical – and tasty – ideas that will make cooking and eating pizza even more of a delight. Prices start at under ten dollars but there are also some deluxe items such as the specialist mini...

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Gifts For Kids: The Slinky

The Slinky – Over 70 Years Old ! Did you have a Slinky when you were growing up?  Do you still have a Slinky?  The cool little toy is fun for children and adults.  It’s hard to part with something so fun. Since August 30th is Slinky Day, it seemed appropriate to go back and remember… The slinky is a toy that has graced families since the 1940’s.  While it does have new varieties in colors, plastic, and even sizes, the...

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Top Gifts for the Left Handed

Top Gifts for the Left Handed Left Handed Somethings for your Lefties Nope. I’m not kidding. If you think I might be, you are probably right handed. As a card carrying left hander, there have been dozens of times when it has put me in a fix. If you know a Lefty, please consider this. With ten percent of the population left handed, most everyone knows someone who is left handed. But have you ever thought about the inconveniences...

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Gifts for Lion Lovers

Gifts for Lion Lovers.   Born Under The Sign of the Lion, LEO   I have a friend, Jan, born under the sign of Leo on the Zodiac August 15th, who loves lion themed things. Recently she was really upset with the news reports of Cecil the Lion’s death. I wanted to cheer her up so I decided to see what I could find in the way of lion themed gifts and thought I would share them with you. If you have a friend like Jan, these...

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Huntington Gas Grill – Made in the USA

For most of us here in Western New York grilling season has ended. There are some people here that will keep grilling through the winter months, I’m not one them. You may live in an area where grilling season is all year long, and that is fantastic. So for us, every year when spring finally does arrive we get busy cleaning up the yard, and the deck in preparation for a new summer season. This is the time of year we break out the grill...

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Cacoon Hanging Chair

Is it a tent? A hammock? A chair? All three. The Cacoon is a relaxing haven – your own space where you can sleep, read, enjoy the scenery, listen to music, get back to nature, enjoy solitude, enjoy company… It was inspired by nature. See the image at the top of the page. This shows the nests of the weaver birds – don’t they look cosy? That’s what Nick McDonald thought when he saw them in Mexico. But why...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers:  For The Birds

Bird Houses and Feeders for Your Yard Part of the pleasure of having a yard around your home is watching the visiting wildlife. It varies from one home to another. Some might have deer and raccoons, sometimes its bunnies. You’ll find frogs, lizards, insects of all sorts, and a lovely selection of birds. Every area will have a different variety of birds as well. It can be a joy to your entire family to see what birds will visit. If you...

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Lighthouse Puzzles and Games

Lighthouse Puzzles and Games. Lighthouse-opoly Game Can you imagine a game of Monopoly with Lighthouses? If you love lighthouses, you can! What fun going around the board to the different lighthouses and buying them up! (Uh, can you tell I’m a serious monopoly player?) But the lighthouses are fun too. Can you imagine owning one? You could see for miles and miles from where the light is located. The next best thing to owning one...

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Gift Ideas for Turquoise Lovers

The gentle color of turquoise has attracted fans for thousands of years.  In varying shades of blue and blue green, it is popular smoothed or rough, pure or with the intricate lines that often trace through the gem. Sometimes carried in amulets or as adornment, cultures from the ancient Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, and in the Americas, the Atzecs, the Incas, and the native North Americans have all prized the gem.  it is considered a...

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Peanuts Plush Toy Gifts

Peanuts Plush Toy Gifts That Little Round Headed Kid Peanuts Kids – We Identify With Them I’ve loved the Peanuts characters since Charles Shultz first created the comic strip. I learned, along with America, that these little people were charmingly adorable and wise in their own way. People began quoting from the strip and soon Peanuts became a world wide icon. Now you can find Lucy, Linus, Charlie Brown, Pigpen, Snoopy and...

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Ruby Gifts

It’s gift giving time and whether it’s for your anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthday or just “because,” think about what the woman in your life would love to receive. One of the things almost all women love is jewelry. Add to that the glowing color of red, and it becomes an irresistible gift for a woman to wear. Red is the color of passion and that feeling and color never goes out of style....

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Mizpah Jewelry For Couples

Mizpah Jewelry For Couples Mizpah Jewelry for Couples….the most loving symbol you can give to another. What better way to stay close to each other, even when you are apart? Mizpah is worn by a couple to show a loving bond between them when they are separated. The words for Mizpah originated in Genesis 31:49 of the Bible and are engraved on a broken gold or silver coin, on which the words are written, “The Lord watch...

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Gifts in a Basket

The idea of giving gifts in baskets is centuries old, gifts delivered in baskets have been around ever since someone figured out how to weave a basket. The Holiday season is without a doubt the most popular time of the years to give a gift basket. In the Holiday season many corporations send gift baskets to their valued customers as a way of saying thank you for your business. Many companies’s give their employees gift baskets during...

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I Love My Imac Desktop

I love my iMac Desktop. I am in love with my iMac desktop so much that I have two of them! That’s right I have one for me and another for my very, very lucky son. I must admit that his one is quite old and I used to run my business on it, however, he still uses it perfectly well to produce his electronic dance music and videos. So we have had years of use out of it. My son has named it his Apple iPie, and sadly it is on its last legs...

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Rolo: The Roll-Up Travel Bag

Travel light with the fabulous Rolo. This must surely be the best travelling bag if you like to travel light. Even when I’m going on long trip, I prefer to avoid checking luggage if I can – I’d rather rely on carry-on bags and avoid all the palaver they can cause.The Rolo is the perfect solution. I can easily pack everything I need for a trip of five or so days – longer if the trip is a warm-weather one and...

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Gifts for Ocean Lovers: Sea Life and More

The ocean calls to most of us.  We either live near it or wish we did.  Many of our favorite memories include a beach somewhere, with warm sand, a gentle breeze, seashells, and the roar of the tide that rolls continuously onto the beach. Surfing and swimming in the salty water, watching for dolphins and whales to fly out of the water.  Perhaps you picture a winter beach in a storm with waves crashing on the rocky shore. However you...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers:  Hummingbirds

The hummingbird is said to symbolize timeless joy.  Looking at one, it is easy to understand why.  It is hard not to be enchanted by the tiny, fascinating hummingbird.  With over 300 varieties, their exquisite coloring and their humming wings are always attentions getters.  Many appear to glitter as they flit about from flower to flower. They are among the quickest.  They are definitely the smallest, with some weighing as little as a...

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Gifts for Beer and Wine Lovers

‘Do-It-Yourself’ Adult Beverages The trend today—hopefully more than a trend—is away from many of the big brands and towards smaller, artisan businesses that make unique designs and custom products. That doesn’t apply just to jewelry or clothing.  It also applies to beverages, including the delightful alcoholic variety.  Sure you can still get a big name beer on tap, but nearly everywhere you go artisan beer is available...

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Gifts for Coffee Lovers

Gifts for Coffee Lovers. Are looking for some great ideas for that someone in your life that just can’t live without their coffee? I’m talking about that someone who loves to sit and chat with friends and family over a nice cup of their favorite coffee. Someone who likes to sit back, relax and read their latest book, or watch their favorite television show with a nice cup of steaming hot coffee.   Everybody knows someone just...

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Monopoly: The De Luxe Edition

Play Monopoly in style. There’s no doubt that Monopoly is a great game. It’s been around for so many years and it’s lots of fun for all ages. But no-one could ever claim that it’s a stylish game. Most of us care deeply about the looks of the products we use in our homes and that’s why we usually keep the Monopoly box hidden away in a closet until it’s time to play. Until now, that is. Just take a...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers: Dragonflies

It is said that dragonflies bring success, victory, happiness, strength, courage, and adaptability. They have two set of wings but can fly with one if need be. They zip and zoom around flowers, ponds and ever around the world. They are fast. They are known for their ability to hover in one spot for a very long time as well there darting from place to place. They are amazing insects. They have a wonderful ability to adapt to their...

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Gift Ideas: Birthstones

A Treasured Gift Birthstones today have become a very special way to honor the recipient’s birth month.  With so many types of jewelry available, it is a sweet gift that can be given more than once. For many it is an annual tradition.  Rings, necklaces, cuff links, earrings, all are lovely gifts that will last for many years, if not lifetimes. The unique designs below are only a few of the selections available.  Every birthstone has a...

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Laugh and Learn Puppy from Fisher Price

Dance, Sing, and Learn with This Adorable Pup  I recently bought one of these adorable puppies for a baby gift. When I first saw it I thought he was the cutest little fellow. It comes in a few different colors, and responds when a paw is pressed. What surprised me was the singing and talking that comes from the little dog. This guy doesn’t just say things like “I love you,” but goes on to sing the ABC’s,...

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Gifts for Cat Lovers: Cat Design Pillows and Throws

Gifts for Cat Lovers: Cat Design Pillows and Throws. All cat lovers will appreciate these warm, cosy throws and pillows because their designs are truly beautiful. These are quality throws and pillows at very reasonable prices. They are made of luxurious materials designed for utter comfort. Throws: 1. Kitty Korner: The Manual Tapestry with Fringe This is a woven tapestry throw 47 x 60 inches. It is made in the USA. It has 8 panels...

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Cute And Funny Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas Guaranteed To Make You Laugh

Cute And Funny Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Looking for a last minute gift idea? Need something light hearted and a little silly for someone you don’t know very well like a neighbor or teacher? Trying to find a white elephant or secret Santa gift that does not include a candle or a mug? Here are 3 fun and silly homemade Christmas gift ideas that are guaranteed to bring smiles and laughter to the receiver....

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Bug Jewellery

Bug Jewellery has been fashionable for many years. Everything from bees to dragonflies, cicadas, grasshoppers and bugs of every kind. I personally love butterflies, lady bugs and bees. Bug Jewellery is not for everyone, but I happen to really like it. Red bug bejewelled jewelry box In ancient times, Bug Jewellery was worn not just by women but by the men also. In Egypt, the Scarab Beetle was worn by the army as a talisman of...

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Adult Coloring Books, A Gift for All Ages

How many years has it been since you grabbed a handful of color pencils, markers or crayons and sat quietly coloring? Personally for me, this was a pastime that I really enjoyed as a child. I would sit quietly coloring and making each outline in a coloring book my own. When there weren’t enough lines in the drawing, I would add my own and color until my fingers were almost numb. I had the most intricate patterns drawn into an...

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Fun, Retro Coca Cola Decor

Retro Coca Cola Accessories for the Home. The Coca Cola brand is surely one of the best known in the world and is certainly recognisable just about anywhere. Particularly popular right now are the funky retro Coke décor items and household goods dating from the fifties, sixties and seventies – the good old rock ‘n’ roll years. They’re such fun and can make an interesting conversation piece in your home in...

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Remember the Electric Knife? It’s Still So Handy!

Fast and Efficient for Slicing Bread and Meat Make carving a whole lot easier Essential for holidays or party times is our electric knife. I am still surprised how effective the Cuisinart CEK is–what an improvement over my old one! I love to roast turkeys. In spite of the last minute rush, it seems one of the easiest meals to prepare. Just stuff the bird and stash him in the oven. No matter what I do, several hours later the...

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Gift ideas for Football Fans

If you have some football fans on your gift list, consider NFL gifts. Who is your favorite team? Well no matter what you’re looking for you’ll surely find it in the NFL Fan Shop. There are so many fun things to choose from, all the teams are represented so you won’t be disappointed, and sure to find gifts for that football fan in your life. Team fan T-shirts and official NFL jerseys are popular items, I remember when my family gave me...

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Gift Ideas That Save On Shipping

Tips and Ideas that will Save on Shipping Shipping shouldn’t have to cost more than the gift you are sending. Don’t you agree? Over the past few years though, it seems to be edging closer and closer. So many of us have family scattered across the country, and even across the ocean. It’s frustrating when the expense of it becomes an issue. So this year and last, I’ve gone on a hunt for gifts that save on...

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The Gift of Time

Give someone special the gift of time, with a Zodiac watch that will last a lifetime. I have to tell you this story; on our wedding day my wife gave me a Zodiac watch and I treasure that gift everyday. Now I’m going to tell you how long ago that was, we were married in 1973. My Zodiac watch is 42 years old and I still wear it today. This one is automatic so it has no battery; it winds with the movement of my wrist. The company is...

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Forza! Ferrari gifts

 Ferrari gifts We know that Ferrari produces the most fabulous cars but did you know about the other luxury Ferrari items you can buy? The backgammon set on the left is a lovely example. Fans of Scuderia Ferrari – the motorsport division – are often to be seen wearing the marque’s merchandise and yes, the t-shirts, hats, jackets and children’s clothing produced by the company are wonderful. But there’s so...

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Gifts For A Live-Alone Person

Someone On Your Gift List Who Lives Alone Is Hard To Buy For? I know just what you mean! I have a bachelor uncle and I always dreaded Christmas time or his birthday. He’s my only uncle and I love him dearly so I always search and search for something for him for those two special times. He has specific tastes and favorites, and every year I just ran myself ragged trying to figure out something he would enjoy. But not anymore, ...

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Stylish Eco-Friendly Jewellery

These fabulous jewellery pieces come from various countries throughout the world and are guaranteed to be planet-friendly. Made by local artisans, many of these pieces use traditional methods and featured up-to-date designs of locally-styled heritage jewellery. Many of the materials used are recycled – such as glass, wood, cotton,plastics, paper and more. Natural dyes and colourings are used and some of these lovely pieces are...

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The Perfect Gift: A Basket full of Favorites

Who doesn’t love a gift basket?  A good friend over at Sam’s Place puts together beautiful baskets filled with goodies for all occasions.  That made me think of a way to share my favorites with friends and family. A basket such as this would work for anything from a wedding gift to a housewarming present to birthday or mother or father’s day.  Its contents are something everyone would appreciate and enjoy using....

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Mickey Mouse Toys Make a Great Gift for a Child in Search of a Role Model!

Mickey Mouse Toys Make a Great Gift for a Child in Search of a Role Model! My son was about three years old when he first watched Steamboat Willy and met Mickey Mouse for the very first time, and he laughed so much that we had to ration how many times he watched it from then on! He was looking at Mickey Mouse through the eyes of a very young child, and related to this cheeky little character completely. He understood him, and I would...

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The Survival Bracelet

The Wazoo survival bracelet: A great gift idea. Whether you’re buying this bracelet for yourself or as a gift, you can be sure that it’s a fabulous idea that can actually save lives in an emergency. Furthermore, I think it looks terrific. Survival bracelets – which contain just about everything you need in emergency situations – have been around for a while but the one made by Wazoo is without doubt the best....

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Baby’s Best Blanket: 100% Cotton from aden + anais

100% Muslin Cotton Equals Super Softness aden + anais Muslin Dream Blankets for babies have been at the top of the last three baby registries I’ve seen. I’m starting to think I should order them by the dozen to have them on hand. Both my niece and my nephew requested them, along with the aden + anais swaddles. Parents prefer natural fabrics and products today. They lean away from man-made fibers which can tend to make a...

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Ahava, Love in Hebrew!

I’m not big into cosmetics that you put on your face and I’m not knocking anyone who is, but for me, I prefer to keep things simple. To that end, you won’t find me wearing a whole lot of makeup on a daily basis. I just don’t have the time or the talent to use some of the millions of products out there. I would rather not wear any make up than wear it incorrectly! There is one thing though, that I cannot do...

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399 Games…To Keep Your Brain Young

Have Fun and Exercise Your Brain at the Same Time What a great book to review! It’s fun, entertaining, and might even make you feel very smart. Even better, it will help keep your brain sharp (and sharper) at the same time. That’s what I was looking for when I got this book, 399 Games…. As a retiring baby boomer, I am edging up in age. And as some of you know, my sweet mom has had Alzheimer’s for over fifteen...

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Gift Idea: Reusable Water Bottles

Get a Reusable Water Bottle This year, when you are thinking of gift ideas, will you consider adding a reusable water bottle to the list?  If everyone in your family had their own, think how many plastic bottles you would eliminate.  If half the families in your community did the same, imagine how it would help to cut down. It will be a gift that inspires, one that may be used for years (think how many bottles that saves over time!),...

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Fashion & Style from Luisa Villavicencio

Designer fashion from Guatemala. Luisa Villavicencio creates the most stylish cotton goods. You can see a lovely example on the right. This gorgeous cardigan is made using raw cotton and blends three natural shades – ivory, jade and brown. All the products she produces are natural – no dyes are used at all – and make the most of cotton’s qualities. Luisa explains that she comes from a Guatemalan family and they...

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Carry on Bags: Great Gifts for Travelers

Carry on Bags: Great Gifts for Travelers The last time I went on holiday for a week I fitted everything I needed into a carry on sized bag. I really couldn’t be bothered putting a case into the hold, and I certainly didn’t want to pay extra either. So I carefully packed my favorite things and no more. I rolled them up into sausages and they all fitted perfectly.   I made a real effort to colour code things, and think...

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The Best Travel Accessory: The ScotteVest

Storage and security when travelling, particularly for your tech. When you travel – whether you’re heading for an adventure in India or just to the local park for the afternoon – carrying everything you need securely and safely can be so tricky. When I travel, the important things I need with me in addition to regular packing (at minimum) are my travel documents, ID, iPad, Kindle, phone, my keys, wallet, sunglasses,...

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Willow Tree Figurines

One of my favorite gifts has to be the Willow Tree Figurines! There is a beauty in their faces that makes them universally appealing. So many emotions are played out in their rather simple stances and a little bouquet of flowers in their hands makes one understand right away, that they are appreciated by the sender of the gift. Whether it’s a mother and father, boyfriend, girlfriend, or grandparents with children, the way the figures...

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Gift Ideas: Fun Activities for Kids without Electronics

Today television and social media play a huge role with kids learning, but sometimes you don’t want your kids sitting in front of the television or have their faces buried in the latest electronic games all day long. There seems to be some mixed reviews about television, video games, and social media .My personal opinion is I believe that there are a lot of educational programs and video games for kids, and they can learn very...

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Gourmet Food: A Great Gift

Is he eating properly? Is she cooking for herself? Chances are that there’s someone whose nutrition concerns you. It might be a son or daughter who is at college and living away from home for the first time. Or maybe you worry about an elderly relative. Whoever you’re concerned about – and whatever their age – healthy and delicious foods are a always a wonderful gift idea. It’s also a lovely way to send...

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10 Hot Frozen Gift Ideas

Girls are GaGa Over Frozen. As soon as I watched Frozen in the theaters, I knew little girls everywhere were going to be gaga over Frozen and the stars of the Disney hit – Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff. While my daughter, who is 10, isn’t involved in the Frozen frenzy, every little girl I know ages 3 to 8 is. In fact, the most popular age group for Frozen fans is girls ages 3 to 8. While babies and young toddlers...

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Living Housewarming Presents

Do you need a fresh idea for a housewarming gift?  Let’s start with some of my favorite gifts that are not only fresh, but will remain alive and growing over the years. Our family moved all too often in years past.  With each new home, we had adjustments.  Some things we no longer needed, some new things were required.  Every time some family members and some dear friends surprised us with little welcoming gifts that made our...

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Look what my Ninja Master Prep Did Now!

Why I Think Everyone Should Have A Ninja Anyone who knows me very well knows how much I love this one little kitchen appliance.  The Ninja Master Prep Professional is the best, most effective appliance I own.  That is competing against the coffee maker and the bread machine.  Those are excellent for their specific tasks, but for versatility and performance, the Ninja wins hands down. The Ninja company makes a variety of...

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The Spiral Slicer: Make Zoodles and More

Spiral Slicing Vegetables into Healthy Noodles When my daughter first told me about a spiral slicer that would make spaghetti style noodles from zucchini, I was instantly intrigued. I went straight to Amazon and found it, the GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer. It looked useful for so many recipes, from slaw to soup, and pasta of course! That’s the reason I especially wanted one–pasta. After watching a video like the one below, I...

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Mason Jar Solar Lighting

Beautiful, practical, sustainable solar lighting. I could carry on and use even more words to describe these wonderful solar lights. They look fabulous, work brilliantly and provide jobs and education to the artisans who create them. These fabulous lights were originally developed for use in Africa in areas where traditional lighting fuels are unavailable, in short supply or prohibitively priced.  The lights use solar power and will...

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Quality Gifts for Men by Victorinox Swiss Army

Victorinox Swiss Army is a company based in Ibach, Switzerland and it has been making the Swiss Army Knife since 1891. This is the ingenious pen knife Schweizer Offiziersmesser, or ‘Swiss Officer Knife’, that US soldiers loved so much that they bought thousands of them after WWII, calling them a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ because they couldn’t pronounce the German words. These amazing knives were originally in made in Switzerland for...

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The Solar Charger, an Essential for Your Cell Phone

Emergency Solar Power When You Need It. Over 21,000 of these small WakaWaka solar chargers were put to good use in the Philippines after the typhoon Yolanda struck in November of 2013. Besides providing solar power to charge their cell phones and tablet, the flashlight also aided them during the dark hours. This solar powered charger was recently featured as one of the highlights at the Consumer Electronics Show. Using a USB cord, It...

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Go Eco-Friendly with BagPodz

Bagpodz Reusable bags are the only way to go today.  It is such a simple thing each of us can do to help protect the environment.  You’ve seen the photos of the plastic trash bags in the ocean and the land fills.  They are not only dangerous to wildlife, but are also bad for the soil. Now that cities are beginning to ban plastic bags, it’s time for a better solution.  Even knowing how damaging plastic can be, many of us have found...

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The Soggy Doggy Super Shammy, Door Mat and Bed

Soggy Doggy Dog owners, do those words cause you to shudder?  Most dogs enjoy being outside, in spite of the weather. Ours used to race through the snow, roll around in it, then run into the house through their dog door, with clumps of snow on their forepaws. But it is the rain—or a bath—when we get the truly drenched dog.  Cute they may be, but wet is messy. Soggy Doggy can help.  First of all, I love the company name.  Second, they...

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Educational Gift Ideas: The Shopping Cart

An Enduring Toy for Playtime Every child needs a shopping cart! Okay, so maybe that is slightly exaggerated, but not very much! This was one of the most used toys when my daughter was a toddler. Every day she would shop. She had items that went in her little kitchen, but honestly her favorite shopping ‘aisle’ was our pantry. She would unload every item she could reach, either into her cart or onto the floor, then push the...

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A Personalized Book Embosser is a Special Gift for Someone Who Loves to Read

A Personalized Book Embosser is a Special Gift for Someone Who Loves to Read. A personalized book embosser is a lovely gift for anyone who loves to read, especially for those who love their hard-copy books. With the digital age, books to hold and made of paper are becoming less and less. Why not keep and protect these books and make a personal library by embossing each book with a seal stating “From the Library of….” It adds a...

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Organise Anything – with Grid-It

A great way to organise almost anything. Although the Grid-It organising system was developed to control tech clutter – phones, earbuds, chargers etc. –  this brilliantly simply yet effective storage system can be used for so many things. Here it is. You can see how it keeps your devices and their accessories safe and organised but because the Grid-It comes in several different sizes, you’ll understand how useful it...

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Roll Up Games for Travel and Small Spaces

Chess, checkers and backgammon – for travelling or for small spaces. We’ve been living in the technological age for a long time now and that’s probably why there’s a huge trend now for playing traditional boardgames. The problem is, that they can take up so much room especially when you’re travelling, camping or if you live in a small apartment. Sondergut have the answer with these fabulous roll up...

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Unusual gift ideas

I don’t know about you, but age and growing up mean two different things to me. The growing up part, I would like to leave right where it belongs…….somewhere back there! The Aging stuff, well, no one really gets away without doing some of that…… The problem is that most of us get caught up in the Growing Up and forget all the fun that could be had along the way. There are so many fun things that should be...

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Gift Ideas for Men: Kiehl’s Skin Care Products

Best Skin Care for Men When it comes to skin care products for the men in our family, we always go to Kiehl’s.  Since we first started using their exceptional hand salve, we have appreciated its effectiveness.  It feels very healing when you use it, so soothing for dry skin. ‘Kiel’s since 1851’ is one of the most respected companies for men’s skin care products.  The year showing in their name certainly should...

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African Wood Carvings

African drums, masks and sculptures by Eric Darko. Eric Darko is an artist living and working in his home country, Ghana. He was taught traditional wood carving by his brother when he was still at school. Today, Eric makes his living creating beautiful hand carved works of art. In the days before the internet, it was difficult for artists such as Eric to be appreciated by those of us who are at the other side of the world but today,...

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Gifts for Travelers: Waist Bags & Money Belts

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to travel then a money belt or waist bag is a really good idea. When you are on holiday you really don’t need to carry all your valuables with you everyday or have all your credit cards and ID with you especially when you’re staying in one place. But when you’re moving on from place to place then you’re going to be much more vulnerable and that’s when a...

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Yarn Winders

Yarn Winders Use a Yarn Winder to keep your yarn easier to manage and tangle free. Yarn winders come in manual or electric models, and I’ve placed several of the best and cheapest models on this page. If you crochet or knit you know how impossible yarn skeins can be, once you have leftover yarn from a project. Stowing it away from several projects can result in a real tangled mess, so that the yarn becomes unusable. I’ve...

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Stylish Entertaining with Sustainable Serveware

Service with a style. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply serving family meals, the presentation of your food is always important. Our eyes make our mouths water in anticipation before we even taste the food. Today, I want to introduce you to a fabulous range of serving ware that has objects that are not just useful, they are beautiful, practical and made from sustainable materials. For example, I love the tray you see...

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Lighthouse Jewelry

Lighthouse Jewelry   There are people, including this author, who find the history and legends around lighthouses fascinating.  Because of this we like wearing lighthouse jewelry.  The popularity of this style of jewelry is growing with both women and men. The gifts on this page appeal to those who love lighthouses, but the pieces are so beautiful and romantic they appeal to anyone. There are pendants, earrings, bracelets, cufflinks,...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers:  Lambs and Sheep

Little Lambs for Cuddles. There isn’t much cuter than a little lamb. Watching the spring babies frolic in the field always makes me laugh at their undiluted joy. Whether the real animal on the farm or the man-made variety for decoration, a stuffed animal, a design on fabric, they are just so cute. Even the big guys, full and round with wool right before shearing, are hard to resist. Lambs seem to symbolize peace and comfort too,...

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Charming Tails Figurine Collectibles

Charming Tails Figurine Collectibles Charming Tails Figurines ~ fun to collect. Charming Tails Figurines, a collectible based on the work of artist Dean Griff, are adorable little creatures in “people” situations. They look like the real thing but in such cute poses that they give you a smile and laugh. Griff does many different woodland animals; bunnies, mice, birds, penguins. My favorites are the mice, they’re just...

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Gift Ideas: Play Tents and Teepees for Children

Tent or Teepee–What’s your Favorite? Who says the adventure has to stop when you can’t be outside? With a clever tent or teepee like one of these, children can camp any day in any weather.  Easy set up for parents, place it in the play room, their bedroom, anywhere you like, and have a camp out. Tents have been popular through the generations, haven’t they?  When we were young, it would be a fort, made from blankets.  We’d...

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10 Tools Every Woman Needs

Start With Some Basics Every woman needs her own tools. Every woman should know how to use them. Man in the house or not, young or older, handy or otherwise, there are a few tools that are essential to make life–and do it yourself projects–easier and fun. Whether you’ve bought your first house or are moving in to your first apartment, they will be used often over the years. Kids nearing independence should know how...

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Gifts for Travellers: Warm Active Winter Clothing

Time for thinking about Christmas presents is fast approaching. Here are some tips and ideas for gifts for travellers or outdoor lovers who need to keep comfortable and warm. These days thousands of people go on winter vacations and very often visit cold countries – snow is a magnet that’s for sure. If you know someone who loves being in the great outdoors here are a few gift ideas that will not only be useful, but will be loved and...

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Daher Designed Tins

Daher Designed Tins What are Daher Designed Tins? Daher designed tins are lithographed boxes, bowls, trays or platters that were designed and made in England or Holland. They were manufactured from the 1940s through the 1970s. They’re very colorful and beautifully decorated in a variety of themes, ranging from oriental, to floral and fruits, to whimsical pieces. The beauty is in the detailed lithographed artwork. When I first...

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New Balance Walking Shoes

I have been looking at walking shoes for my son who is going on a school trip. He’ll be out in the countryside doing lots of activities as well as a lot of walking and I have settled on a pair of New Balance walking shoes. I can recommend New Balance walking shoes because I chose them after a lot of research and I am confident you’ll be as happy with them as we are. I am impressed that they have been through a lot of research...

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SunJack: The Portable Solar Charger

Charge your devices anywhere using solar power. These days we can make phone calls, browse the internet or use our e-readers almost anywhere. On the beach, in the countryside, when we’re camping or hiking. But, that is, only if we can charge our various devices. That’s where the SunJack comes in. Powered entirely by the sun, the SunJack will charge your phone, reader or tablet at the same speed as an ordinary home outlet....

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A Gift Idea Your Parent will Cherish

A Gift Idea Your Parent will Cherish Most of us have a number of photo albums, even if they are now more online than actual books. It may seem like something that’s been done already. Still, one book that shows their life in photos, one they can look at over and over would be a treasure. You may know that I write about Alzheimer’s disease quite often. When I look back at the fifteen years we’ve been living with it, the changes I’ve...

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Gift Ideas for Kids: Rocking Toys

Rocking Toys You’ll Love. Can you picture your child or grand child rocking about in one of these darling rockers?  Their imaginations taking them to places they may not even be able to speak?  A child loves the idea that they can move themselves on a rocker like this.  Why not do it in softness and comfort? The designs look like even a very young child would be able us use it, once they can sit up, though a parent should be...

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The Book of Hymns, A Lovely Gift Idea

Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the Worlds Greatest Hymn Stories Are you looking for a special gift for someone in your life? A mentor perhaps, a grandparent? When I ran across this lovely book, I thought of half a dozen people who would cherish it. It’s a collection of 150 of our favorite hymns. What makes this book extra special is the history behind the hymns. Each one includes the story of how and when it was written. So many of us...

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Personal Alarms Save Lives

Personal alarms: Inexpensive yet essential. I don’t believe that the world is a scary place and I don’t believe in being alarmist but for the price of a bottle of wine, you can buy a personal alarm for yourself or a loved one. And it could be the best purchase you ever made. Everyone – male, female, young or old – should carry one of these at all times. I make no apologies for being so adamant.  Personal alarms...

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Looking for the Best Cosmetic Bag?

Keep your cosmetics and make-up easy to use when you’re on the go. Thanks to a professional make-up artist, I have recently discovered the Lay-n-Go Cosmo make-up bag and I don’t know how I managed without it,especially when travelling or out and about. You can see straight away from the photograph on the right one huge advantage. It works on the principle of a drawstring bag. When you’re in a public bathroom, this...

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Gifts For Dinosaur Lovers: Toys

Dinosaurs For All Ages Dinosaur lovers have their own refined preference when it comes to playtime.   So many children of all ages are entranced by the  various types, reciting their attributes and identifying them easily from reading their books.  Just as some kids enjoy little hot wheels, fans of the T-Rex enjoy little toys they can hold and play with. We have covered some beautiful gift ideas here, including cute outfits for baby....

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The amazing hair clip multi-tool

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Sennheiser Headphones: Recommended by a Professional Sound Engineer

My son’s new headphones. At the time of writing my son is only 14 and seriously into music. He spends every spare moment either playing or listening. My job as mum is to protect his hearing and these Sennheiser HD201 Headphones do this very well indeed and are great value too. My son likes to crank up the volume and, before we bought him headphones, he was using ear-buds. This music sounded tinny and distorted and the sound...

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Would a dawn simulation alarm clock work for you?

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Gift for Kids:  National Geographic Books

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Planet-friendly charging station for multiple devices

Bamboo charging station for multiple devices At last the charging of our various devices in under control. With two of these little beauties in our home,our cellphones, tablets and laptops are tidily  charging with no wires snaking their way across our surfaces. It was becoming a real problem until we discovered these. And we’re not a particularly teckie household – or so I thought. There are only two of us but between us,...

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Urbio: Designer Wall Storage

Storage plus indoor gardening – perfect for small space living. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to own a Uten.Silo – that wonderful wall storage system designed back in the 1960s. But now I’ve discovered Urbio, I’ve found that it’s far more flexible, so very stylish and it comes at a very reasonable price. What’s more, the Urbio can be bought as modular pieces allowing you to stretch...

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Gift Ideas: The Left Handed Kitchen

Treat Your Left Hander to These Lefty Kitchen Accessories Do you have a few lefties in your family? If so, you may have heard them complain (only occasionally) about certain utensils, lessons, and notebooks. I bet you haven’t given it much thought, but today I beg you to reconsider. Until you try cutting with a scissor not made for your hand, you won’t understand. It hurts! A right handed scissor cuts into a lefty’s thumb, leaving...

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Gifts for Guitar Players

Gifts for Guitar players Guitarists love accessories and so it’s very easy to buy a gift for a guitar player. Believe me they are delighted when they receive specialist gifts because most of the things they use wear out and need to be replaced. Make sure you check what style of guitar is played, as they need different accessories. It’s not complicated, it will be electric, steel stringed acoustic, or a nylon stringed classical guitar....

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Shopping at Harrods of London: For Everyone

 Harrods of London ships worldwide At one time, shopping at the prestigious London store Harrods was the preserve of the rich. And only then was it available to those who lived in London or who travelled there. I’m almost at the stage when I can’t remember the days before online shopping and it’s strange to think that now, anyone and where in the world can shop at Harrods. The store was well known for being the place...

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About Gemstones: Sapphires

Sapphire History and Description. Sapphire is one of the most romantic gemstones in the world. For generations, this stone has been the choice of royals and clergy because it symbolizes truth, sincerity, nobility, and faithfulness. In Ancient Rome and Greece, Kings and Queens believed this stone protected its owners from envy or harm. Clergy tended to wear the gemstone because it was thought to be the color of Heaven. Followers also...

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Gifts Ideas for Artisan Foodies

Be Your Own Artisan Today’s young families have become artisans in their own style.  After all the years of quick meals, prepackaged, canned or frozen, so many more are going natural. That means preparing their own baby food–not only for freshness, but also so they know what ingredients are included. No questionable food colorings or additives. It also means they are experimenting with their own food and drink creations....

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Skylanders Superchargers Review

Skylanders Superchargers Review. Activision released the first version of Skylanders in 2011, and the franchise has grown in popularity since then. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the newest version, Skylanders’ Superchargers has been released. The latest installment was released September 20, 2015, and is already getting rave reviews from grade school boys and girls and parents too. The reason so many people are falling...

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Gifts and Ideas for Storage Lovers:  More Hidden Storage

When I began looking for hidden storage ideas, baskets were my first find.  I love their portability and their need for little floor space.  Besides that selection, which you can see here,  I found several other wonderful ideas that I plan to incorporate when I need further storage space. If you love storage, you may have had similar thoughts… Under the Bed Sometimes I wonder why we ever buy beds that don’t have storage...

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The Kelly Kettle: Planet Friendly Outdoor Cooking

The Kelly Kettle: A Victorian invention, great for outdoor and emergency cooking. Because we live in hurricane-prone Florida, I like to keep an alternative cooking source available for times when there are power outages. But what I dislike is the buying, usage and disposal of gas (or other energy) cannisters. That’s why the Kelly Kettle is just perfect for me – or for anyone who wants to cook outdoors, or simply boil water...

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Superhero Gift Ideas for Dad

Is your Dad or your Husband your Superhero? I’m a very lucky girl, both my dad and my husband are truly great men, fantastic fathers, and important parts of my life. I often liken both of these men to my favorite superheroes. My dad is stoic and alot like Thor, my husband is a big guy and reminds me a lot of the Incredible Hulk. Except, he doesn’t have a crazy, angry side. In honor of my favorite real-life superheroes, I...

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Skybell Doorbell: An Essential for Home Security

See who’s outside your home – from your phone. Someone knocks at your door or rings the bell. Who is it? Find out right away on your phone with the Skybell. You might be feeding the baby, bathing your toddler, showering or concentrating on cooking a complicated dish for dinner. Or it may be that it’s night time, you’re alone and want to know who’s out there before you go to the door. Is the person...

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Gifts and Storage Ideas: Hiding Places

Secret Stashes This time we are going to look at actual containers to hide things.  These would be useful in small spaces or large, depending what you are looking to have out of sight.  It isn’t really for additional storage, but instead an extra security precaution you can take to protect some valuables. There are some fantastic multi-use products now.  Some practical, some for security, some for actual hiding places.  All designed...

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Stylish Shawls

Stylish shawls from around the world: Essential wardrobe items. I honestly don’t know how I would manage without my selection of shawls, scarves and sarongs. They are so useful and versatile and can instantly transform outfits, from casual wear to formal dress. They come in such a huge variety of colour, styles and weights too. Heavier scarves can warm you on cooler days or  evenings yet lightweight versions are ideal for...

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The Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker Creates Big Sound Anywhere it Goes

When I asked my husband what he wanted for Christmas this year, he didn’t hesitate for more than a minute before he said a Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. I was actually very impressed that he came up with such a great gift idea so quickly. Usually, he is very indecisive or says something like “you know what I like.” After doing a bit of research, I understand exactly why the hubby wants this popular...

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Gift for Dinosaur Lovers: Best Books

Kids of all ages love to learn about dinosaurs.  Once they have that love, have you noticed how it stays with them as adults too? They are so fascinating, it is easy to see why.  Such huge creatures capable of such destruction even moving across the land, yet now extinct. That interest is also a wonderful way to inspire them to learn more about geology, geography, paleontology, and archaeology.  All good things, I think.  It must be...

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Make Everyone Laugh with the “I Pooped Today” T-Shirt

The I Pooped Today Shirt is Hysterical. My husband and I have fun senses of humor. In fact, we often like to surprise each other with funny, and sometimes outrageous gag gifts. While my husband is usually better at this than I am, I was able to get him with this hilarious t-shirt. Although I am not usually into bathroom humor, I did get a kick out of watching his face as he read the t-shirt for the very first time. The t-shirt...

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Gift and Storage Ideas:  Full Length Mirror Storage

Full Length Behind The Door Storage Here is the one storage piece that started out my storage search. The Classic Deluxe Behind Door Storage from Cabidor.  A full length mirror that offers full lengths of storage.  An excellent medicine cabinet—perfect if you have a product collector in your family. Teens? Wife? And it’s not just women these days.  Men too have discovered the pleasure of product accumulation.  It would hold back ups...

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Gifts for Seniors:  Large Piece Puzzles

Most seniors enjoy an activity they can do while watching television or relaxing.  That makes jigsaw puzzles very popular gifts for them.  Doing a puzzle is fun, relaxing, uplifting, and besides all that, it gives you a sense of accomplishment when its finished.  Every age enjoys that sense of being productive, even in an entertaining way. With the variety available now, there are special features that provide hours of pleasure in a...

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Throwbowl: The Dog Water Bowl and Pet Toy

For your dog: The water bowl that converts to a fetch toy. What a neat idea. When you’re out and about with your dog, carry this lightweight, collapsible drinking bowl with you so that he or she doesn’t get dehydrated. Then,once your pet has had its fill, quickly convert the bowl to a frisbee-type toy that your dog will enjoy. There’s no need to carry more than this one ingenious item to keep your dog healthy and...

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Gift and Ideas for Storage Lovers: Hidden Jewelry Cases

Hiding Jewelry in Plain Sight When you look around your house, do you see spots where storage would be so useful?  Under the stairs is a common one.  Thankfully builders and remodelers are using that space more often now, for a little storage room, a pantry, or bookcases. Or how about the space between walls?  I love the tall storage shelves that slide out from that way—what an excellent way to hide a wealth of storage space? We’ve...

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Arts and Crafts for Kids: Weaving with a Pegloom

When my son was about 5 years old we began to teach him how to weave with a loom the main reasons why we did this were to help him develop his fine motor skills and his hand eye co-ordination. The loom we used was just like this Harrisville Designs Pegloom. I am a special needs teacher and I have used many toys with children of all ages to develop all sorts of educational skills. Weaving is an activity that any young child will...

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Gifts and Ideas for Storage:  Kid’s Artwork Frames

Honoring Our Children’s Artwork Looking for a gift idea that will please the entire family year round?  Our children create masterpieces at all ages. Whether at home or at school, with crayons, markers, fingers or brushes, there are many treasures that they bring to us to share.  I remember the days when our fridge was covered with a variety of designs in as many mediums. It was always hard to put them away.  Should we keep them...

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Small Spaces: The Master Divided Pan

Perfect for cooking in small spaces. I promise you, it’s not very often that I get excited about a kitchen appliance, let alone a humble pan. But this is simply brilliant. Such a simple idea but so very good for cooking in small spaces. My kitchen is truly tiny and this is a fabulous solution. I imagine that it would be great if you cook in a boat or RV too.  And think how useful this can be for camping trips.The pan only needs...

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An Electric Kettle That will Impress all Your Neighbors!

When I was a child my mum didn’t have an electric kettle, instead she used a special round shaped kettle with a whistle at the end of the spout. She would put that on the stove, and when the water boiled the whistle sounded like an alarm. Many times it actually shot across the kitchen like a bullet! My dog used to chase after it, and it was always a battle to see who could retrieve it first him or us! Sadly, a more modern electric...

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Gift Ideas for Camping Fun

Some people just love the great outdoors; they can’t get enough of the great outdoor activities. Hiking a mountain trail, or riding a bike a trail, fishing a lake or stream, canoeing, and boating, whatever your pleasure is, the outdoors offers it all. Some people like to kick it up notch and take on some or all of these activities while camping. Other people just like to go camping to relax and enjoy nature, cook up some great food...

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Gifts and Ideas for Storage Lovers:  Hidden Storage

Hidden Storage:  Baskets Simplifying sometimes means serious downsizing too.  For most of us that is a work in progress. The continuing goal is to get rid of  excess stuff, but there is a ways to go.  One of the disadvantages to a smaller space—though it might really be a good thing—is less storage. I love storage.  I’m drawn to anything with drawers, compartments or shelves.  Still when you get down to a one or two bedroom home,...

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A Very Handy Booster Car Seat

I swore by my booster car seat that was just like this Graco Backless TurboBooster and here’s why: When my son was just eight weeks old we took him to Italy to meet his grand parents for the first time. It was a quite a nerve wrecking thing to do because traveling with such a young baby brings up many challenges. I remember being scared of flying with my precious, innocent bundle, and when the air hostess gave us a strange...

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Star Wars Gifts

It doesn’t seem to matter that 30 + years has gone by since the beginning of the Star Wars epidemic! It doesn’t seem to matter that the little boys, that were so taken with the likes of R2D2 and C3PO, Luke Skywaker and all the rest of the crew, first catapulted onto the Silver Screen are now in their 30s and 40s. By Christmas of this year, there will be a whole new generation of kids, who love Star Wars and won’t be able to get enough...

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The Matador Pocket Blanket: So Very Handy

You won’t realise just how essential this item is until you own one. Then, you’ll wonder how on earth you managed without it. This thin but sturdy and waterproof blanket folds up into its own pouch and takes up such a tiny amount of space that it’s an essential to keep in your purse, bag or glove compartment. When will you use this simple but genius product? On the beach. It takes up hardly no space in your beach bag...

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The Harrods Bear

Commemorate a special year with the Harrods Bear. Has this year been special for you? It may be that you were married or engaged, you may have had a baby or a grand-baby – or it might just have been a happy year that you want to commemorate, either for yourself or for a loved one. If that’s the case, then you need to meet the little guy you see pictured on the right. Meet Benedict, the 2015 Harrods bear. Harrods, the...

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Wall Art Decals Make Homes Beautiful

These RoomMates Peel & Stick wall decals are absolutely brilliant. Here’s a story about how I first came across amazing decals/ wall stickers: My best friend and husband gave me such a surprise when I had my baby. We had a small spare room for the baby but because I knew it wouldn’t be using it for the first few months I decided to wait to decorate it until after the baby was born. We thought that would be wise because we...

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Stylish Invitations

Stylish invitations for your celebration. When you’re inviting friends to join you for a special celebration, be sure to select the best and most stylish invitations. Chances are that you’ll be busy planning your party, get-together or wedding – there’s so much to think about – so make life easier for yourself by ordering stunning invitations online. In this wonderful selection you’ll see invitation...

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Why I Love Our Playmobil Pirate Ship

I bought a Playmobil Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship over 20 years ago for my sister’s son who was turning 6, and it was the best toy ever! He played with it for many years and later his little brother took over the helm! After he played with it for my sister passed it back to me when my own son was 4 years old. It had gone full cycle, and after a lot of use from 2 children and their friends, the Blackbeard’s ship was still looking...

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Decor: Selecting Frames for Your Artwork

Choosing frames and mats for your artwork. Changing the look of your room can be expensive. But you can dramatically alter the way your space looks simply by switching out the artwork. And similarly, you can change the look of your favourite paintings, drawings or photographs simply by the way they are  framed. See how framing options can change the look of just one artwork. Let’s take this fabulous black and white framed...

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Unbiological Sister Necklace from So Simply Quaint Review

Sisterhood is an amazing blessing which I’m lucky enough to share with three amazing women. My sisters are there for me in the worst of times and the best of times. While not everyone is as blessed as I am to have sisters, almost every woman is graced with an Unbiological Sister. These sisterly women aren’t related to you by blood, but are there for you nonetheless. To honor the friend in my life who is my “fourth sister,” I sought...

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Gifts for Seniors: Clocks, Phones, and Remotes

Make Life Easier with Large Numbers It can be very difficult to buy gifts for an aging friend or relative.  Lifestyle changes narrow the buying field considerably.  Few need any fun new kitchen supplies or tools to putter in the workshop.  Even clothes are far less important to most.  There is no doubt our needs are different when we grow older. In general, most aging seniors have thinned what they own, some planning ahead, some...

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Mini Trampoline: Keep Fit for Little Ones

Children need exercise during the winter months and a mini trampoline is a toy that they can bounce on all day, and the really nice thing about them is that they can be used indoors. They are suitable for an average sized living room or bedroom and they can be taken into the garden of course. Grandma bought our son mini trampoline on his 3rd birthday. It was a square very colorful, lightweight one, perfect for a rainy day – or...

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WowWee Roboquad For Kids Who Love Robot Toys

When my son hit 13 his WowWee Robotics Roboquad came into its own. This is a fantastic toy for sophisticated teenagers not younger children. We bought it for him as a Christmas present when he was only 8, which was a mistake because he was too young. So, the worse thing happened, it sat in his bedroom for quite a while, motionless. He didn’t really know how to play with it and so he ignored it. I had made a big mistake in buying him a...

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Why is Everyone Talking about the HuMn Wallet?

The amazing HuMn wallet. Isn’t it remarkable that the basic design of wallets has hardly changed over the years? Until now, that is. Today, people are raving about the lightweight, slim and convenient design of the HuMn. Today, when we can carry around an iPhone that more or less runs our lives, why are we still using old, bulky wallets?  Now that the HuMn is available, there’s no need. This light device will hold your...

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Gifts for Seniors:  Audible and an iPod

The Gift of Reading If you have a senior in your family who has always loved to read, Audible would be a wonderful gift.    With aging it often becomes harder to see and harder to concentrate.  Yet still the love of a good story inspires, cheers, and holds their attention. Often in assisted living or memory care homes, volunteers come to read for an hour a couple of times a week.  The residents love it, and will talk about it for...

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Teddy Bears

Uncle Klaus’ Bear Family: Every Family should have one Uncle Klaus! My uncle Klaus, is a one of a kind, but I’m sure others have someone like him in their families too! Our history goes back quite a long way, and every once in a while, I get a note in the mail (snail mail) with some old pictures and a little story attached to it. It always has something to do with our time together and is a memory that he holds dear. On my part,...

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Gift Ideas:  Emergency Dynamo Charger/Radio

Emergency Dynamo Solar Self Powered Radio, Flashlight,  & Charger for Cell Phones: iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Android, Smartphone, USB device We’ve reviewed solar chargers,  small back up chargers for cell phones, and most recently a charger that works on a bicycle as you pedal. Since emergency power is sometimes needed, I am in favor of a variety of chargers.  Which is why the solar, self powered charger here is an essential to...

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Gifts for Dog Lovers:  The iFetch

Hours of Fetching Fun. Just take a couple of minutes to watch  the video below and you will be sold on this delightful product!  What a fun toy for your dog! You may even find a modicum of relief once you train your pet to play with the iFetch by him/herself.  Drop a ball into the large section, then the dog anticipates the ball being shot out.  He (she) runs for it then returns.  We all know how long our pets are willing to continue...

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Cameras: The Gift of Photography

We were in serious need of a new digital camera. The digital camera we own, we have had for over fifteen years, and is only 6.1 megapixels, so I guess we knew we needed an upgrade. Sometimes I think that technology has passed me by, so I like simple, and a new camera is no exception. I need something to just point and shoot because a photographer I am not. One Christmas Eve, we were all together at our house, to eat of course, (too...

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Decor: A Palm Tree Palette

Choose accessories and décor colours for your artwork. This is the second article in my series about using artwork to provide an instantly coordinating décor palette for your home. This time, we’re working with an image of palm trees overlooking the ocean. As you can see below the artwork has some wonderfully subtle hues. In this palette Sherwin Williams has picked out paint colours that blend perfectly with the art. These can...

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Gift Ideas for Bicycle Lovers: The Siva Atom, USB Charger & Battery Pack

The Green Way: Charge Your Electronics While You Cycle A long bike ride on the weekend is a wonderful way to enjoy the fresh air while getting some exercise.  You can cover so much more ground besides!  In our area, along the Oregon Coast, we see many couples and families  all packed up with sleeping bags and gear, cycling their way down the coast.  For some reason, they do always seem to be going south.  One time a family made the...

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Gifts Ideas:  Hill Tribe Hand Tooled Silver

Helping Tribal Artisans Continue Their Tradition One of the most beautiful examples of craftsmanship we see today is the hand tooled, handwoven works of specialized artists.  Because each is hand made, the intricate designs, the unique jewelry and fabrics are one of a kind. Yet today it is often difficult for the small tribes and artists to continuing their traditions.  The young people are led away with school, and the opportunity to...

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Very Useful Guitar Stands: A Great Gift for Guitarists

Guitar stands are a perfect gift for guitarists, but this one is even more useful because it’s a stand for cellists and French horn players too. Made by K & M Heli, it is a quality item at a fantastic price. The video below will tell you more about the product. I can tell you that I love them! We are the proud owners of 7 guitars and a full sized cello, which is wonderful, apart from the fact that we live in a small...

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A Skip Hop Zoo Backpack is Great for Little Kids

Little Kids need Little Backpacks. My daughter is shorter than her classmates, which creates some unusual circumstances from time to time. For instance, when she was going to Kindergarten, she begged for a Jonas Brothers bookbag. (The band was still relevant at the time). I was so excited for her to start school and pick out her own school supplies that I didn’t think to have her try it on. Well, she struggled with that backpack...

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Apple iPod Shuffle. Small But Big on Music

I was looking for a quality music product that would not break the bank – then I found the Apple iPod Shuffle, and my search was well and truly over. It is was Christmas gift for my son because he wants to listen to music everywhere he goes! I am a complete Apple freak, so I knew the product would be well made and just be awesome. But I was not expecting to find it quite so beautiful! It’s just so perfectly designed: It’s small,...

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Gift For Baby: “Kissy Kissy” Soft and Stylish

With a name like Kissy Kissy, who could resist these adorable baby clothes? When I first saw the name, I had to look without even having a baby that needed clothes. It was a delight when the need for a baby gift arose!  Besides picking out one for a gift, one or two are now on my wish list for the next shower or baby present needed. What a lovely product the cotton footies are.  I got a ‘convertible’ footie/gown which...

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Gifts Ideas:  Smart Phone Storage Case by EYN

You’ll Only Need  Your Phone This is my next smart phone case.  Super handy, isn’t it?  It is just what many smartphone users need today. The EYN (Everything You Need) Company has definitely come through with this case. Like the woman in the video below, so often these days all I want to carry is my phone and a litlle cash or a credit card.  The purse will get locked in the trunk or even left home.  I just don’t need to...

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Gift Ideas: The Electrolight Backpack from Lewis N Clark

Biking, Hiking, Traveling Lightweight is remaining a trend, and it is easy to see why.   We haul around so much.  Not just books for school or work, but water, extra layers, cameras, laptops or tablets, and…and…and… So why add to the weight of all that with a heavy backpack? Of course if you are backpacking for more than a day hike, you would want something with more support, but for most other times, an Electrolight Backpack...

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Flannel Shirt Gifts For Women

  Here’s the perfect gift for a woman in the Autumn or Winter. When the temperature begins to chill, I sometimes need something on my arms, even while inside. Sweaters and jackets are too warm, and a long sleeve blouse just isn’t enough. That’s when I reach for one of my beloved, soft and well-worn flannel shirts. They’re comfortable and provide just the right amount of warmth. What do you grab when you...

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The Radio Red Flyer Wagon

Four wheels, a box, and a handle, what could be simpler. What I’ve just described is a whole bunch of fun with your kids or your grandchildren. The Radio Flyer Red Wagon, we bought one when our grandson Bobby was almost 2 years old. We’ve had such wonderful times taking walks around the neighborhood, to the local playground, and parks. Are you thinking about joining the gym to get yourself in shape? Save your money, just...

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A Gift of Memories: Pictures Frames

There are many things over the years that hold very special memories for me. When I was a teenager my dad gave a fishing reel for my birthday, at the time it was one of the best fishing reels made. I still have this reel today, and every time that I go fishing I remember the day that my dad gave it to me. When my wife and I were married she gave me a beautiful watch on our wedding day inscribed on the back with the date of our special...

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Gift Ideas: Wheel Chair Accessories

Best Ideas for Wheelchairs All too often aging brings weakened limbs which may eventually leads to a wheelchair. Hopefully the person will keep walking as much and as long as they can to postpone the need.  Of course there are many reasons people of all ages are confined to a wheelchair.  Whether temporary or permanent, there is a wonderful variety of accessories to trick out their ride. Once the need is there, you will find you can...

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Gift Ideas for The Environmentally Friendly

Help Eliminate the Plastic, Seriously We are all becoming more and more interested in protecting the environment. When we see a seagull with plastic caught around its neck, when we read that the plastic water bottles we buy and discard would stretch around the world if lined up, it hopefully inspires us to do what we can to help. The rwo very simple ideas included here would be so helpful to our environment it seems that everyone...

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Eat Healthily with Livliga’s Weight Loss Secret

Lose weight healthily (and tastily) with Livliga. Sheila Kemper Dietrich used to be the director of the American Heart Association in Denver but nevertheless she and her family struggled with their own weight. That is, until Sheila developed a simple, stylish and tasty way to eat. Without dieting, she lost fifty pounds, her husband lost thirty five and her daughter was able to shed twenty five pounds. I’ll say it again –...

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Solvetta: The Lunch Box that’s a Placemat

How can you be sure that the healthy meal you pack stays germ-free? Many of us take healthy lunches to work – or pack them for our families – but did you know that the great foods you pack are liable to be exposed to germs? The Solvetta is the answer. It was developed by Rita Floyd-Vester, a teacher and mother of three, who discovered that the most germ-laden places in today’s schools are cafeteria tables. The same...

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Educational Gift Ideas: Play School

Play Time Fun Do your children still play make believe?  Do they play they are a super hero or a fireman, running through the house trying to rescue people?  Or what about the quieter game of library or school?  Games where we pretended to be someone else, and had a whole play area set up for it. There was an article online today that asked if kids still play outside.  Do yours? This may start to feel like a grandfather story of how...

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Back Up Your Computer With a Portable Hard Drive

What Happens If Your Computer Crashes? With this handy back-up drive, it won’t be your worry! This should be a required purchase for every computer owner.  Don’t forget your high school and college students either.  Each computer should have one, whether or not you travel with it. Have you ever run a simple software update only to find you’ve lost months of photos? Have you had a problem in your computer that required...

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Dressing Your Dachshund

The Long, Drawn Out Dog If you are a dachshund owner, you are already aware of their special needs when it comes to clothing. There are tons of cute outfits out there, but many simply won’t comfortably fit a dachshund’s body. This snug but stretchy fleece sweater is the perfect solution. I am the very proud grandmother of an adorable mini dachshund, and ‘mini’ she is. Weighing in around eight pounds, give or...

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Educational Gift Ideas: The Personal Library Kit

Playing Library When I was young, if we couldn’t be outside, my sister and I could often be found playing “Library.” We were/are a family of readers. From a very young age we were at the library regularly, browsing the children’s section carefully, coming home with stacks of books. We also had a lot of books around the house, many old ones that belonged to our parents that included old school books on math and science. Since a...

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The Magnetic Wristband by MagnoGrip

Saves Time  A magnetic wristband that will hold screws and nails as you work.  This one of the best ideas I’ve seen for any do-it-yourself project.   Talk about a time saver! How many times have you stood on a ladder, drill or hammer in hand, ready to nail or screw something to a wall, only to drop the screw?  Back down the ladder–careful now–then back up.  I would guess more than fifty percent in our household.  It...

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I Love My Dog and My Dog Loves Me!

Walking a dog should be a joy and a good way to get some exercise for you and for your pet. It should not be a pull and push match between the two of you! Choke collars, prong collars (not nice at all) and any other type of collar that sits at your dog’s neck, will hinder your dog’s ability to walk nicely, without stressing him/her out! If you don’t believe me then listen to what some dog owners and people who are in the “KNOW” have...

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Keep Dried Herbs and Spices Potent

The herbs and spices that I use most in my winter holiday cooking include sage, thyme, rosemary, pumpkin spice, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon. Around October, or at least before those intense cooking months of November and December, I’ve found it’s the perfect time for replenishing my dried spices and herbs, so that I’m stocked up well before Thanksgiving. Doing this each year at the same time helps to keep those I...

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Prince George: Get the Look

Prince George of Cambridge: Get the Look. When his new sister Princess Charlotte was christened in July 2015, the media unanimously agreed that young Prince George – who was just a few weeks shy of two years old – stole the show. View image | gettyimages.com William and Catherine each have their own distinctive style and it seems that young George is already a trendsetter. Clothing manufacturers rushed to recreate the...

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The Pocket Monkey Multi Purpose Tool

The best and thinnest multi purpose tool. I’ve always loved those small credit card sized tools – the ones that are a smaller and lighter version of the Swiss Army knife – and I’ve found this one to be the best. The reasons are simple, it’s so thin that it easily fits into the credit card section of my wallet, it has just the tools I need and it doesn’t get confiscated at the airport when you...

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Best Gift for Seniors & Alzheimer’s: The iPod Shuffle

Put an iPod on your gift list! This time for the senior in your family.  It’s a new and favorite idea going through many Memory Care facilities right now. What a successful idea it is! Music has been making Alzheimer’s news lately. Studies have shown that music—singing and listening–stimulates Alzheimer’s patients.  Not only does it revive memories but it also can alerts the patient, making him more engaged.  Many who show...

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8 Top Housewarming Gifts

Housewarming presents for established family can take some careful consideration.  Often the homes are stocked before and after a move.  Still, to welcome a friend or family member to their new home, you want to bring them something. You may have read the first article on living housewarming presents.  Most of those were for outside, whether yard or patio deck. This batch contains several other ideas, more for indoor comfort and...

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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Before the words “Teddy bear” were ever coined, I’m sure that these cuddly stuffed animals had a place in many a child’s heart. Certainly after 1902 when the President of the United States Teddy Roosevelt, refused to kill a bear, the stuffed “Teddy Bears” became an even bigger fad. For that matter “fad” is probably not the best way to describe what happened with these stuffed animals, because fad suggests that the interest after a...

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Luxury and unusual gift ideas

It’s always difficult finding great gifts. Luckily these days, the internet has many excellent ideas and best of all, ordering is simple and delivery is all taken care of four you. I want to introduce you to a well-established a popular website that makes finding unusual gifts easy – Tastes Magazine. There’s no need to scour the web looking for gift ideas – the editors at Tastes have done all the work for you....

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