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Rockabye Lil’ Biker Motorcycle Rocker

This is not your parent’s rocking horse rocker they grew up riding because today’s rockers are soft and waaay cuter!

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Rockabye Lil’ Motorcycle Rocker

It’s been 14 years since we’ve had a baby in the house for our family’s Christmas Eve gift exchange.

I was looking for a Christmas gift for my great nephew, Rogan, when I found the Rockabye Lil’ Biker Motorcycle Rocker. I looked no further!

My excitement just couldn’t wait to see him on the rocker, even though he’s not quite six months old yet!

The soft plush fabric feels like velvet to the touch so little Rogan will never get hurt if he ever bumps his head on the motorcycle dashboard.

The Rockabye Lil’ Biker Motorcycle Rocker features four educational songs that teach ABCs, 123s, colors and more. Today’s toys certainly make learning lots of fun!

The only sound my rocking horse made when I was a toddler was when I said, “Giddy Up.”

Check out the clever designs of Rockabye Rockers for the precious child in your life!

For children nine months and older, these Rockabye Rockers are made to last decades. They’re made with high-quality solid maple hardwood and always my favorite–Made in America!

The oohs and ahhs from parents and grandparents were priceless when they saw the Rockabye Lil’ Rider Motorcycle Rocker brought out of the box.

It was definitely a hit, and within a few months I’m certain it will be Rogan’s favorite toy!

“Hi-ho, Silver! Away!” – The Lone Ranger

Create Your Own Comic Book

- - Birthday, Christmas, Kids

create-own-comic-book-kids-giftOne of the most wonderful things you can do for any child is to nurture their creativity and allow them to create.

Superheroes and their incredible powers make us imagine what could be possible IF…

Many children and teenagers are obsessed with Marvel and DC comics and superheroes. They read the comic books and/or watch the movies.

But what if they could come up with their OWN superhero? Or villain? What would it look like and what are his or her supernatural powers?

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Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster

The Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster is a unique and unexpected gift for anyone who loves hot dogs!

My all time favorite place to eat hot dogs is at a baseball game, but my friend, Linda, loves hot dogs anywhere, anytime.pop-up-hot-dog-toaster-thoughtful-gift-idea

While on a girl’s trip to NYC, we stopped at a street hot dog vendor and from that memorable moment on she converted me to eating hot dogs anywhere at anytime!

A Thoughtful Gift for Hot Dog Lovers

So when I came across the Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster, I knew it would be the perfect Christmas gift for her.

For that thoughtful twist that’s totally over the top, you can pair it with an Exotic Hot Dog of the Month Club membership

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“You Are a Gem” Air Plant Gift

We all know people who are gems because they brighten our lives like a sparkling diamond.

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Have you let them know lately how much they mean to you?

This Air Plant Gift tells them “You Are a Gem” with words and a gift.

Air plants get the majority of their nutrients from the air. That means they are extremely low-maintenance and easy to keep alive! They will last for years.

Air plants are also attractive and come in interesting shapes and textures.

A Gift That Makes a Statement

For my mother’s birthday, I gave her a beautiful Amethyst Crystal Air Plant Gift. It came with a gift box and a card that reads “You Are a Gem.”

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Edge Brownie Pan

For as long as I have known my husband, he loves eating the chewy edges of a brownie. One problem, there are only four edges to a regular pan.

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Guess what? Problem solved! I found a unique pan called the Edge Brownie Pan.

Made in the USA, this patented pan adds more chewy edges to every brownie it bakes. Now my husband is in brownie heaven!

The Brownie Pan for Edge Lovers

The Edge Brownie Pan is super heavy-duty and non-stick so it will never warp (like my other brownie pan). It’s also a lot easier to clean (a must for me).

I was not expecting a surprise bonus inside the box. A spatula and recipes–a thoughtful twist for their customers!

The recipes looked delicious for Marbled Cheesecake Brownies, Raspberry Pecan Blondies, Signature Cookie Bars (chocolate chips) and… the Ultimate Brownies.

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Reinvent the Box of Chocolates

Maggie Louise Confections has reinvented the box of chocolates with color, personality and unique customization.

maggielouiseconfections-reinvent-box-of-chocolates-lipstick-thoughtful-gift-ideaEach box has fun bite-size chocolates to celebrate everyday indulgence.

The gourmet chocolate gift boxes and luxury confections are chocolate look-a-like creations of lipsticks, lips, jewels, precious stones, coffee cups, snowmen, mittens and the list goes on and on.

Before attending a conference, I researched “things to do” in Austin and discovered Maggie Louise Confections, an Austin-based company. Continue Reading

Lightweight & Portable Nylon Hammock

When I think of a hammock, three things come to mind–rest, relaxation and sleep. With a portable hammock, you can enjoy those three things wherever you go!

lightweight-portable-nylon-hammock-giftDid you know the best hammocks are no longer made of rope?

They’re made of parachute nylon which makes them extremely soft and comfortable. It’s like sleeping in a cloud because the hammock stretches and conforms to your body.

The nylon material is also what makes them lightweight and portable, allowing them to pack down to a very compact size. A person doesn’t even have to roll or fold–simply shove the hammock back into the attached, small stuff sack.

In the stuff sack, a two-person hammock packs down to 6 inches X 9 inches. So small!

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Butterfly Fairy Hair Clips

I love handmade gifts. I remember watching my mother create beautiful gifts from vintage jewelry.

monarch-butterfly-fairy-hair-clips-thoughtful-gift-ideaMy mother and I would also help each other handcraft unique gift ideas waaay before Etsy ever came along. Mom would have loved Etsy.com where you can shop for anything made by creative people everywhere and where she could have shared her gifts too!

When an Etsy email pops up, I’m always curious to see who created what. Oh my… what a find this time. Butterflies!  They are exquisite!

Wild and Free Jewelry created by Corina Alulquoy Brown are inspired by the ocean, wildlife, and Native American culture. You have to look at her website!

Handmade Butterfly Hair Clips

My favorites are the beautifully handcrafted butterfly hair clips by Corina.

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“You Raise the Bar” Meaningful Gift

There are gifts that make you happy, and there are gifts that feed your soul because they are deeply meaningful.

you-raise-the-bar-meaningful-giftQueen Darlene gave me the most thoughtful birthday present this year.

She gave me a necklace with a silver bar with my initial “d” cut out of it. It was cute by itself, but let me tell you about the meaningful, heartful part…

In the card, she wrote to me:

You’ve Always Raised the Bar

“Diana, You’ve always raised the bar! And, no one can come close when you set your mind on whatever you choose to do! You are your own kind of incredible and that’s something to celebrate my precious friend!”

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Extreme Rock-Paper-Scissors

Remember playing rock, paper scissors? How about playing the game in a group setting to the extreme?

My office of 90+ employees meet quarterly for awards, updates and training and just for fun, we incorporate “not your usual” team building activities.rock-paper-scissors-trophy-thoughtful-gift-idea

In this game, employees battle it out to see who is the Rock-Paper-Scissors champion of the group, as losers of each mini-round cheer the remaining winners on!

How to Play Extreme Rock-Paper-Scissors

  1. Have each member of the group pair up for the first round of rock, paper, scissors. If there is an odd number, add the odd person out to another pair for a quick knock-out match.
  2. Play 3 games and the best 2 out of 3 will be the winner.
  3. The losers of the first match start cheering the name of the winner for their next game.
  4. All winners pair up and face off against each other while the ones they beat are cheering for them. When one winner beats the other, all the people behind the losing player start cheering for the winning player.
  5. Repeat this process in elimination until there are only two players left. Each should have a large group of people cheering them on from their previous wins. The game is over after one player wins the final match.

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