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What Does Your Family Do For Halloween Fun?

It’s Time for Some Halloween Fun!

Now that fall is here, let the Halloween fun begin. It can be a day of fun for both the young and old alike. Halloween is also a holiday that is designed for parties. Spooky themes, fun costumes, and plenty of Halloween treats make it a good time for all ages.

History of Halloween

Halloween’s name is a shortening of All Hallows Eve, the day on which some believe all the bad spirits come out. Halloween was originally called All Hallows’ Eve, which means the evening before All Saints’ Day. Hallow is an Old English word for saint. This was shortened to Hallowe’en and finally to Halloween.

Halloween started out as a Celtic holiday known as Samhain, which celebrated the end of summer. The Celts believed that on the night of Samhain, the souls of the dead would come back to visit the living. Along with them, dark spirits like goblins and witches would also come out. Hence, fires would be lit to keep these dark spirits away. The Celts would dress in masks and costumes as part of the festivities. Also, food and lanterns were often left out as gifts for the dead.

Over time, these customs turned into the Halloween fun festivities that we know and enjoy today.

Halloween Fun Today

Halloween is a great family holiday and there are plenty of activities that the kids of all ages in your family can participate in. So, why not get out of the house and join in on the Halloween fun and festivities? Most cities will have plenty of options for Halloween fun in the month of October.



One of the most popular Halloween fun activities is trick-or-treating. But, if you are concerned about your kids heading out on their own on Halloween night, why not tag along? Don a costume yourself, and take the time to enjoy the scenery and everyone else’s costumes. You might even get some candy of your own!


Halloween Costume Parties

If you enjoy costumes, attend a costume party, or why not host your own Halloween fun filled party? This can be a great way for adults to have a more mature Halloween celebration, or just a fun way to allow the kids to enjoy their costumes a little longer.

Haunted Houses

Do you really want to get creeped out on Halloween? Then, consider taking a tour through a local haunted house. Most are designed to be gory and scary, so keep that in mind if there are little ones in your group. These attractions are usually quite popular, and are often open the entire month of October. If you don’t want to wait in line, consider visiting them earlier in the month.

Boo at the Zoo


Is there a zoo in your city? If so, check to see if yours offers any special events during the month of October. Usually taking place on the weekends, Boo at the Zoo often allows your kids to dress up in costumes, receive treats, visit their favorite animals, and participate in fun activities.


Halloween Fun Movie Night

Are you a movie buff? Some theaters set up all-night horror film festivals. They often feature select classics like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as others. This can be great entertainment for those who plan on staying up all night. Alternatively, if you want to stay home, consider having your own movie night at home with your personal Halloween favorites.

Haunted Hayrides

Taking a haunted hayride is another traditional Halloween activity to consider. Often hosted by local farms, these after dark activities include a spooky hayride, bonfire, snacks and are usually appropriate for all age groups.

In conclusion, Halloween always offers plenty to do if you take time to do it. Because there are so many activities for the entire family to enjoy, take advantage of this time of year to make some great family Halloween memories!


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Unique Baby Gifts

Unique Baby Gifts

Okay, so you need to buy a baby gift. Do you select from one of many unique baby gifts that makes a great keepsake or a practical and needed gift or a more practical gift?

If the parents are registered on a store’s baby gift registry, this is a great place to start.  Especially if you want to buy a practical and needed gift.

If you want to buy a baby gift that is unique or more sentimental, then online shopping would be your best bet. There many websites that carry specialized products such as personalized gifts.

Like any other gift purchase, you first need to consider the gift recipient. Baby gifts are as much for the parent as for the baby, since there are many items that a new parent could use but cannot necessarily afford to buy. Or maybe you would like to surprise the parents  with something unique to their baby.

Here are a few suggestions that may help you select the perfect and unique baby gift:

Personalized and Unique Baby Gifts

I don’t know about you, but I love getting and giving personalized gifts. And there are so many choices when selecting something for the new baby!

Baby Announcement Keepsake Gifts
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Baby Announcement Sign

A new birth in the family is a special event, and what proud parent wouldn’t love receiving a special keepsake announcement commemorating their baby’s birth, such as these canvas signs or throw pillows?


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Baby Announcement Pillow

Baby Bath Set
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Baby Bath Set

Giving bath care set for the baby is the perfect way to show that you care about the welfare of the baby. This would be both practical gift as well as something a little special.  What new Mother wouldn’t love this to receive this “Bath Time Baby Gift Set”?

 Baby Gift Baskets
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Baby Boy Gift Basket

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Baby Girl Gift Basket

Gift baskets aren’t just for adults anymore. Today, there are gift baskets available for every occasion and for all ages. You may want to consider sending a gift basket to the proud parents especially if you miles away!



When you need to buy baby gift items, any of the above choices are always winners!

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Gift Giving Tips for Easy Gift Shopping

We all love to receive gifts, whether it’s at Christmas, for a birthday, an anniversary, or other special occasion, right? And if you find pleasure in giving gifts, as well, here are a few gift giving tips that may make your gift shopping a more enjoyable experience.

KEEP A CURRENT GIFT LISTgift giving tips

One of the most important gift giving tips may seem obvious, but keeping an up to date gift list of occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries of your family and friends is the best way to stay organized.  You will not forget any of your gift giving occasions and will have the time to select the best gifts for each occasion.


Do some research before buying gifts. You can easily read online product reviews of the gift you are considering at places like or most online retail sites.  Many consumers are more than willing to share their opinions of products they have purchased.


Do some price comparisons to be sure you get the best price for the gifts you purchase.  Have you really thought about how much money you spend on gifts during the year? While most of us spend more gift giving tipsduring Christmas, just think about all the other gifts we buy throughout the year.  There are always birthday gifts to buy, but think about the other gift giving occasions such as welcoming a new baby, a graduation, an anniversary or wedding. The list of occasions goes on and on.


Unless you know the gift recipient well enough to know their style and size, it is best to avoid buying clothes. A better alternative is to buy clothing accessories, such as scarves, gloves, etc.


This is another one of my gift giving tips especially if you now the recipient well. Really think about the gift recipient. Take the time to listen to people, and they will always tell you what they like. Put some thought into what their interests are. Do they have any particular hobbies? What do they enjoy doing for fun? This should give you some great gift ideas.


This is one of my gift giving tips that I think is very important. When buying for young children, it is a good idea to check with the parent to see what type of toys the child enjoys. This is also a good idea so you do not make the mistake of buying something the child does not like or already has.  Have you ever witnessed a young child open a gift that he or she does not like or already has? This can be embarrassing for both you and the parents.


Okay, this is my favorite one of my gift giving tips. There is certainly nothing wrong with giving gift cards!  In fact, I prefer to give giftgift giving tips cards. But, be a little creative with it. Please, don’t just give a gift card inside a greeting card. This may indicate that you did not take any time at all to give a heartfelt gift.

Presentation of a gift cannot be understated, but this is especially true when giving a gift card.

Here are a few examples to consider when giving gift cards to show you put some thought into your gift.

  • Gift Card to a Restaurant – If it is a BYOB restaurant, you could include a bottle of wine.
  • Coffee Shop Gift Card – Okay, this is an easy one….include a new mug!
  • Gasoline Gift Card – Why not include a new key chain along with the gift card?  Or you can place the gift card in a travel mug.
  • Office Supply Store – Include some inexpensive items such as colorful notepads, pens, etc.
  • Home Store Gift Card – Include some spices, hot pads, kitchen towels, monogrammed hand towels or a set of coasters.
  • Baby Gift – Include a plush baby toy with a set of bibs. A mother can never have enough bibs.
  • Movie Theater Gift Card – Purchase a popcorn container and fill it with the gift card and a box or two of movie-size candy.
  • Garden Store Gift Card – Purchase a small planter and add the gift card along with a couple packets of flower seeds and gardening gloves and you have the perfect gift for the gardener in your life.

These are just a few ideas to give you the picture. Simply include a small inexpensive gift along with the gift card. Make a pretty wrapping with a hand written note to give your gift special meaning!

Most importantly, don’t let the art of gift giving become a stressful and dreaded experience. Listen, ask questions, do some research, give your gift some heartfelt thought, and I’m sure your gift will be greatly appreciated!

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Personalized Valentine Gifts for Men

Valentine’s Day is near, so what are you planning to give  that special man in your life? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to surprise him with a gift personalized just for him.

Personalized Valentine Gifts for Men

Deluxe Camouflage Lock Back Knife in Tin Case
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Camouflage Knife

What outdoorsman wouldn’t love this camouflage knife? That’s why the camouflage lock back knife is the perfect gift for the camper, fisherman or hunter on your gift list. Its sharp blade will be able to conquer anything the elements throw its way.

The knife measures 5″ x 1-1/2″ x 3/4″ when it is closed and 9″ when it is fully extended.

Personalization of this gift is free.


Men’s Watch Box
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Men’s Watch Box

Does your man where watches? Then this black top-stitched leather watch case is a perfect valentine gift choice for him. It has a glass hinged lid and is a great way to showcase and protect his watches. It has 10 khaki suede-like removable velvet watch cushion that provides plenty of room for all his valuables. The case clasp closure is polished-nickel and locks for extra protection.

The case measures 9-3/4″ x 7-1/4″ x 2-3/4″. Each compartment is approximately 1-3/4” wide, 3-1/4” long and 1-1/4” deep. The cushions are approximately 1-1/2” wide, 2-3/4” long and 1-1/4” diameter.

Make this beautiful watch case even more special and personalize it with his initial.


Deluxe Camouflage Sit n’ Sip Cooler Seat
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Deluxe Camouflage Sit n Sip Cooler Seat

Every man needs a reliable portable cooler, but with the camouflage sit n’ sip cooler, they’ll have so much more.

Its purpose is two-fold. It is perfect for the man that is practical but loves to have a good time. First, it acts as an insulated cooler, keeping up to 12 drinks cool in addition to room for snacks. It also has pockets to hold essentials like keys, wallets or cell phones. But what makes this cooler vital to a good time in the great outdoors or for tailgating is that it doubles as a portable stool.

Furthermore, this portable cooler can be personalized with up to 7 characters or a monogram. This insulated cooler is sure to be a big hit with any man, and it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll never leave home without it.

The stadium seat cooler comes with a carrying strap, measures 11-1/2” x 12” x 10-1/4” and weighs 3 pounds 10 ounces.

It can be personalized with up to 10 characters in one of 15 thread colors to choose from.


Mocha Business Card Case
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Mocha Business Card Case

There is nothing worse than a shabby, dog-eared business card stuffed into a pocket.

Class up your man with this stylish mocha business card holder.

This card case is durably constructed with simulated suede leather so it has a soft feel. It features a chrome steel compartment with a magnetic closure.

This card case measures 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ x 1/2″.

This makes a perfect Valentine gift for the business man and it can be personalized with 3 initials.


Mocha Portfolio
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Mocha Portfolio

This personalized mocha portfolio is a business essential. It is  durably constructed with simulated suede leather so it has a soft feel.

The portfolio measures 12” x 9-3/8” x 1/2” and it includes an 8-1/2” x 11” note pad.

This stylish portfolio can be personalize with 3 initials.


Sterling Silver Plated Key Chain with 2GB USB
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Key Chain with 2GB USB

More than just a keychain, this unique personalized item is also a 2 GB flash drive!

Both elegant and useful, this personalized flash drive keychain is sterling silver-plated and can be personalized with up to five characters.    It is large enough to handle easily, but small and light enough to fit in a pocket.

The key chain measures 3-1/2″ x 3/4″ x 3/8″.


NFL Travel Tumbler with Metallic Wrap
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NFL Travel Tumbler

Rain or shine, hot or cold. During football season, there are no guarantees with the weather, meaning you never know what you’re going to get. Whether you need to keep cool or stay warm, this NFL tumbler will keep your beverage the perfect temperature all throughout the game.

The tumbler measures 3-1/2″ x 8″ inches and holds 17 ounces of hot or cold beverages.

But this isn’t just any old tumbler. It comes complete with your favorite NFL teams logo. Personalize it  with 1 line of up to 10 characters, which is the perfect length for the gift recipients name or the NFL sports team they love. When it comes to finding the perfect NFL gift, you don’t have to look any further than the NFL tumbler. NFL Tumbler is available in 15 Teams It’s the gift that will last all season.

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Gift Giving Occasions

Gift Giving

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There are many reasons why people give gifts to one another. After all, we are social creatures and we enjoy showing our appreciation and recognition for and of others. We often do this by giving gifts.

We give gifts to celebrate holidays such as Christmas. We also enjoy gift giving to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and retirements. We give gifts to honor our mothers and fathers on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It has become tradition and is an expected ritual for many holidays and occasions.

We also give gifts to celebrate special events such as graduations, to welcome a new baby, moving to a new home and recognition of a new job.

Another reason we like gift giving is to show our affection to someone we care about. Gift giving has become a perfect way for many of us to do this, especially on Valentine’s Day.

Companies give gifts to their employees to show appreciation for their valuable contribution to the company.

When it comes to giving gifts, online shopping has made this task so easy. You can find a wonderful selection of gifts with a wide range of prices. You can have a gift shipped to your doorstep or to the doorstep of the gift recipient.

Occasions for Giving Gifts

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In the past, it was customary to give gifts on special occasions such as Christmas, birthdays and weddings. But, today gifts are now expected for just about any occasion one can imagine. The average family spends well over a thousand dollars on gifts each year.

Some of the major gift giving holidays and occasions are listed below.:

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Baby Christening/Baptism
Baby Shower
Bachelorette Party
Bachelor Party
Boss’ Day
Bridal Shower
Customer Appreciation
Employee Appreciation
Father’s Day
Get Well
Good Bye
Grandparent’s Day
Grand Opening
Job Promotion
Job Anniversary
Mother’s Day
New Baby
New Home
New Pet
New Job
Passed a Big Exam
Rosh Hashanah
Secretary’s Day
Special Accomplishment
Teacher Appreciation
Thank You
Thinking of You
Valentine’s Day
Weight Loss
Welcome to the Neighborhood
Yom Kipper

The above list is not all-inclusive and is only a guideline. There may be other occasions that require gift giving of some sort based upon your preferences and beliefs.

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Quotes About Mothers

It is almost May, Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is coming upon us once again. I thought it would be a good time to collect some of my favorite quotes about mothers.

Since Mother’s Day is the perfect time for us to do some reflection about our mothers, what better way to do that than reading some beautiful quotes about mothers from some famous people.quotes about mothers

But, before I begin, do you know the origin of Mother’s Day and why we celebrate it as a national holiday?

Origin of Mother’s Day

The first Mother’s Day in the United States was held in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a ceremony to honor her mother. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing the work she had started to set aside a day to honor mothers. Anna successfully campaigned for a formal holiday to honor mothers, and by 1911 most states had taken up the idea. This was followed in 1914 by a declaration by President Woodrow Wilson that Mother’s Day should be celebrated as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May.

The commercialization of Mother’s Day quickly followed. Ironically, Anna Jarvis campaigned for many years against the commercialization of Mother’s Day. Anna had wanted Mother’s Day to be a day of sentiment, not profit.

Today, just like many other holidays, Mother’s Day is very commercial. Most of us like to show our appreciation by giving our mothers flowers and gifts. After all, it makes our mothers feel good to be honored, and we feel good being able to show our mothers how much they means to us.

But, I also think we need to celebrate this wonderful recognition of our mothers by keeping in mind its true meaning. It’s easy to do that just by reading some quotes about mothers from some well known people.

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes about mothers that ring true. And it only seem fitting that I start with a quote from Anna Jarvis herself!green line divider

Quotes About Mothers

Mother’s Day is in honor of the best Mother who ever lived – the Mother of your heart.
~ Anna Jarvis

Mother’s Day…the one day a year we try to pay our moms back for everything they’ve given us over a lifetime.
~ Susan Gale

The first time you truly appreciate Mother’s Day will be the first time you spend it without one.
~ Linda Poindexter

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.
~ Washington Irving

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.
~ Mildred B. Vermont

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.
~ Pearl S Buck

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
~ Sophia Loren

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
~ Stevie Wonder

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
~ Abraham Lincoln

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
~ Victor Hugo

Regardless of whether you are famous or not, you will never have a bigger fan than your mother.
~ Linda Poindexter

It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
~ Erma Bombeck

A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
~ Emily Dickinson

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
~ Meryl Streep

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
~ Abraham Lincoln

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
~ George Washington

Who ran to help me when I fell, and would some pretty story tell, or kiss the place to make it well? My Mother. ~ Ann Taylor

Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~ Abraham Lincoln

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.
~ Washington Irving

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
~ Robert Browning

My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.
~ Mark Twain

If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. ~ Helen Rice

You never appreciate all of the things your mother did for you until you find yourself doing the same things for your kids.
~ Linda Poindexter

My mother was the making of me. She was so true and so sure of me, I felt that I had someone to live for – someone I must not disappoint. The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.
~ Thomas Edison

And I saved my favorite quotes about mothers for last!


“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me. ~ Unknown

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Unique Gift Idea for Mom

A Magazine Subscription – Unique Gift Idea 

Need a unique gift idea for your Mom this Mother’s Day? Why not give your mother a magazine gift; a gift that she will enjoy all year long? Not only will you be her shining star on Mother’s Day, but throughout the year as she receives her Mother’s Day gift over and over.

Present your mother with a magazine subscription that relates to one of her special interests or hobbies. Every time she receives her new magazine gift, she will fondly think of you.

Now, to make this a really unique gift idea and even more special, select a small gift or gift card to accompany her new magazine subscription. Here are a few ideas:

  • A cooking magazine will go nicely with a new apron, a cooking gadget, a casserole dish, a basket of spices and herbs or some flavored cooking oils.
  • A gardening magazine will pair nicely with a new plant, gardening tools, gardening gloves or a flower basket. Another great idea is to give her some packets of flower seeds along with a new flower pot.
  • For a craft magazine, the possibilities are endless. It really depends on what type of crafts your Mother enjoys. Some things that come to mind are a new organizer for her crafting items or a gift card to her favorite craft store.

A Year of Reading – Magazines for Mom

Here are my recommended magazine gift ideas that cover a variety of topics especially written for women:

Real Simple

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From the publishers of People, Health and Cooking Light, Real Simple is a magazine for the way you want to live today. You’ll find actionable solutions to streamline the way you manage your life. There are systems for reducing clutter, saving time and reducing stress. The magazine practices what it preaches by offering readers a clean, uncluttered style of layout and photos. Features: Home, Health, Organizing Food, Recipes, Beauty, Fashion, Work and Life.
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Family Circle

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Quick and easy recipes, do-it-yourself decorating, fat-fighting secrets and health alerts, family advice, great ideas for getting organized, money and time saving tips, and so much more!
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Country Womanunique gift idea

The favorite life-style magazine of country-loving women for 40 years is filled with delicious country recipes, affordable decorating ideas, easy-to-make crafts, green-thumb advice for your gardens and wholesome humor.
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Taste of Home

The #1 cooking magazine! Enjoyunique gift idea100+ home-style recipes and tips, each a kitchen-tested family favorite made with everyday ingredients. Plus color photos of every recipe, cost-saving menus, healthy-choice dishes, casual entertaining ideas and more.
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Every Day with Rachael Rayunique gift idea

Every busy home cook’s go-to-guide for great food; good fun; and inspiring ways to relax, laugh and enjoy life. Help yourself to 30-minute meals and menu planners, Rachel’s faves for fun, beauty, style and home, plus 100s of food and entertaining tips.
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Oprah Magazineunique gift idea

O, The Oprah Magazine gives confident, smart women the tools they need to explore and reach for their dreams, to express their individual style and to make choices that will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. With one of the most trusted women in America serving as the magazine’s inspiration, O serves as a catalyst for transforming women’s lives.
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Harper’s BAZAAR

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The fashion authority, brings you the latest new looks from the hottest designers and the best dressed secrets, must-haves and great finds. Experience the best in style and beauty with Harper’s BAZAAR.
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Women’s Healthunique gift idea

A lifestyle magazine rooted in health and fitness. Women’s Health is filled with actionable and practical advice that you can use today. For women who want to do more, have more, and be more.
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All Youunique gift idea

Enjoy Life for Less! Each issue offers coupons, money saving tips, affordable menus, fashion for all figures and budgets, and advice from real women like you.
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Food Network Magazineunique gift idea

Offers unprecedented access to America’s favorite TV chefs and reflects the fun, playful sensibility of the Food Network. Each issue features various Food Network talent throughout its pages, plus a behind-the-scenes look at their shows and kitchens. The magazine showcases amazing kitchen gadgets, new restaurants, exclusive recipes and more. Food Network Magazine is for food lovers and Food Network fans of all ages and culinary abilities, offering pages of accessible recipes and tips on entertaining.
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Woman’s Dayunique gift idea

An indispensable resource for over 20 million women, presenting simple and sound solutions for health, home, food, style and money. Each issue offers the very best recipes, money-saving tips, home improvement ideas and more to make life rewarding, easier and more fun. Woman’s Day gives its loyal audience actionable tools and relatable inspiration to get the most out of everything.
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Better Homes and Gardens

unique gift ideaThe vibrant, down-to-earth guide for the woman who is passionate about her home and garden and all that they encompass. Issues contain lots of holiday ideas, recipes, crafts and ideas to decorate your home.
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First for Womenunique gift idea

Gives readers the tools and inspiration they need to feel great, look beautiful and love every dimension of their life. Published every three weeks, it delivers positive information on everything from health and nutrition to beauty and fitness to home and family.
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 Birds & Blooms

America’s #1 bird and garden magazine brings beautiful yards, gardens and wild birds into your living room with full-color photos, reader-shared stories. You’ll love the practical gardening advice, tips and fun family projects.
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Of course, there are hundreds of magazine subscriptions you can choose from for just about every hobby or interest there is. The secret is to find your mom’s special interest and surprise her with a magazine gift. What a great and unique gift idea for Mother’s Day and one that she can enjoy all year long.

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A Flower Bouquet for Mother’s Day

A Flower Bouquet for Mom

Mother’s Day is a very special day for Mothers everywhere. And choosing a flower bouquet for Mom is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day and to let her know just how much she means to you.

Your Mother has been there to hold your hand through the tough times and to give you “just because” hugs. Mother’s Day has no spiritual meaning behind it like so many other holidays. It is simply a day to celebrate Moms. And giving your Mom a flower bouquet is a sentimental gift and she will know it came from your heart.

Moms everywhere feel privileged to have had their children and they look upon them as precious gifts from God. Remember to treat Mom special each and every day, not just on Mother’s Day. It is an emotionally charged holiday when Mom looks back at moments from the past.

Show Mom that you are thinking about her by selecting a beautiful floral arrangement just for her. Fresh cut flowers will show your Mother that you were thinking of her on her special day.

Think about what your Mother likes.  Have you ever heard her mention what her favorite flower is? If she doesn’t have a favorite flower, select a flower bouquet that is made from Spring flowers. A bright flower bouquet is perfect for Mother’s Day.

Giving your Mom a flower bouquet on Mother’s Day tells her that you appreciate all that she has done or put up with over the years. For the little ones, this holiday is a tradition that they can continue through the years. Flowers are the gifts that say so much without saying a word.

You can easily order flowers online. This is so convenient for all of you who do not live near your Mothers. Since you will not be able to celebrate her special day by being with her, just think about how delighted she will be when a special flower bouquet is delivered right to her door.

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Mother’s Day Is Just Around the Corner

Doesn’t it seem like the holidays just sneak up on us? Well, Mother’s Day is certainly no different. The best gift advice I can give you is not to let that happen to you, especially on Mother’s Day. In this article I have outlined a few great Mother’s Day Gifts that may help you to select the best gift for your Mother, or at least get you thinking.

Just think how much a Mother does for her family. So why not surprise your mother on this very special day with a great Mother’s Day Gift!

Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

Of course celebrating Mother’s Day with your Mother usually means gifts, too.  If you are one of those people who has a rough time selecting the right gift, look no further. Let me help you select the best gift that your Mother will absolutely love.

Flower Arrangements

Most Mom’s love flowers, and now it is easier then ever to send flower bouquets no matter where your mom lives. You simply select the bouquet of choice online and have it delivered to your Mom’s doorstep. It is very convenient and easy to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” with flowers. Here are some suggestions.

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Bursting Bouquet

This “Bursting Lilie Bouquet” is so fragrant and bursting in a variety of colors from red and pink to yellow, orange and white. This lively bouquet is sure to inspire Spring and is the perfect bouquet for Mother’s Day!


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Garden Bouquet

This “Garden Bouquet” mixed flower arrangement looks like the flowers were picked straight from the European foothills. It is made with Spring flowers including sunflowers, tulips, green poms and more. This flower bouquet will indeed brighten Mother’s Day for your Mom!

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Mothers Day Gift Baskets

Gift baskets always make great gifts. Nowadays, there are millions of different gift baskets you can get, and they are available for every price range, for every taste and every theme.

Does your Mom like chocolate? There are many chocolate gift baskets for chocolate lovers. Does she like baked goods? There are many gift baskets with baked goodies in them. Does she like coffee? There many coffee themed gift baskets to choose from. You get the picture. The possibilities are truly endless. Here are a few suggestions.

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Hugs for Mom

This “Hugs for Mom” gift basket delivers your sentiments in style! This wooden picket fence planter is filled with gifts that make Mom feel special. The “Mothers Are Forever” inspirational book will say you love her for years to come.

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I Love You Mom Gift Set

If your Mom likes to garden, celebrate the most wonderful woman in the world and wish her Happy Mother’s Day with this incredibly cute and handy gift basket.  You know she is awesome and now she will too with this gift which keeps giving. It includes everything she’ll need for a miniature flower garden.

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Mothers Are Forever Gift of Relaxation Gift Basket

Indulge your Mom  with this ultimate spa set! This unforgettable gift comes brimming with revitalizing surprises. It arrives in a white gloss gift box that is great for holding photos or mementos. It also includes a heart warming book entitled “Mothers Are Forever.”

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Personalized Gifts for Mother’s

Would your Mom like to display precious pictures of her children and grandchildren? A picture frame that is personalized with their names makes a very personal gift for mothers?

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We Love You Mom

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Mother’s Poem Frame

How about personalized pillow with the names of her loved ones? This “We Love You Mommy” pillow is a great Mother’s Day gift for the little ones to give Mommy and she will treasure it!

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We Love You Mommy

There are lots of great personalized gift ideas, and some of them you can make yourself, while others you can purchase.

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Take Mom Out or Cook Her Dinner

Reciprocate for all the countless dinners, lunches and breakfasts that Mom made for you. Let her rest, while you make your Mother her favorite dinner. And don’t forget to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen, too!

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Gardening Gifts

Gardening Gifts for the Gardener

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Gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies in recent years. You probably know a gardener or two who would love to receive some gardening gifts for their upcoming special occasion.

Gift giving is often a difficult task, but if you have gardeners to buy for you have many great gift ideas from which you can choose.  With gardening gifts, you have a wide range of costs to choose from as well.  In this article I suggest some of my favorite gifts for gardeners.

Where to Find Gardening Gifts

There are many gifts to choose from for both the beginner and expert gardener. And the great thing about gardening gifts is they are so easy to find and can be bought just about anywhere. Your options for finding great gifts for any gardener can be online, garden nurseries, farmer’s markets, hardware stores, home improvement stores and even your local discount and department stores.

Gardening Gift Ideas

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Southern Living Garden Book

If buying a gardening gift for a beginner, an instructional or informational book is always a good idea. Books like this will give tips on how to eliminate gardening nightmares like disease, insects, and weeds. They will tell gardeners what plants thrive in different climates, as well as how much sun, water, and nutrients various types of plants require.

Another excellent gardening gift that is rarely thought of is a calendar. Calendar’s can serve dual purposes; it can be decorative with beautiful gardening themes, or can be used to keep up with the moon phase that affects most plants. A farmer’s almanac is also a good idea. It is full of information regarding the weather, moon phase, when to plant, when to prune; it is the best guidebook to gardening there is.

Greeting Cards You Can Plant & Grow!

Here is an awesome and fun idea. Have you ever heard of plantable greeting cards? This is something that I was recently introduced to, and I think it is a great idea to give to anyone, but a gardener would especially see the fun in this. The greeting card recipient can actually plant the card in the ground or in a container. The card is embedded with actual seeds and will produce beautiful flowers, herbs and even vegetables depending on the type of card you select.

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Send a Card That Grows

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Gourmet Garden Greetings 6 Pack

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Landscape Variety 4 Pack.

Gift Baskets for the Gardener

Gift baskets specially designed for the gardener is another great gift idea. Items could include a book of useful gardening tips and wisdom, seed packets, decorative gardening tools, gardening gloves, bristle brush, and an assortment of delicious gourmet treats.

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Gardening Gift Tote

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The Useful Gardener

Themed Gardening Gifts

Themed gardening gifts using plants can also be loads of fun. How about giving some herb plants along with some decorative pots and a book about herbs? Or what about giving a plant that attracts butterflies or hummingbirds along with a book on butterflies or hummingbirds.

Nostalgic Bicycle Home Garden Decor Iron Plant Stand

Nostalgic Bicycle Home Garden Decor Iron Plant Stand

An obvious gift would be to give a plant. And a great way to give the plant would be to include a decorative container. There are so many colors and types of plant containers you will have no problem picking out something that will make a great gift.

Gardening Tools

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Apollo Precision Tools Garden Kit

Gardening tools are probably the best and most common of all gardening gifts. This can be anything as simple as a hoe or rake to something more high-tech like an electric blower or vacuum. These are good for removing debris, leaves, or grass from driveways and side walks. Other favorites are gloves, hedge trimmers, and sprinklers.

Gift Certificates

The ultimate gardening gift for any gardener is a gift certificate to a nursery or store where gardening tools or plants are available. This way, your family member or friend can get any tool they do not have in their collection, or any kind of plant their heart desires.

So the next time you go gift shopping, think about gardening gifts for your family and friends with green thumbs!

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