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April Fools’ Day Pranks

April Fools’ Day is so much fun and it doesn’t matter whether you are in on the prank or the recipient of the joke!

I remember my very first office prank in the 1970s. I left a message for my boss to call Mr. Lyon. Secretly, the number was to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

When my boss called the number, he heard a recording of Mr. Lyon saying “April Fools!” We both got a kick out of it but by today’s standards seems kind of lame.

Today’s pranks are so much more elaborate.

For example, completely aluminum foil an entire office–the desk, computer, keyboard, phone, calculator, pictures, chair, bookcase, pens, pencils, everything! Or cover an entire car with sticky notes!

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Macarons Gift Boxes & Bouquets

Is it macarons or macaroons?

macarons-gift-box-edible-cookieI found out recently there IS a difference between the two besides the spelling. A macaroon is coconut based.

For this gift idea, I’m referring to macarons, which are meringue based and come in a wide range of colors and flavors.

There are SO many colors and flavors to choose from which makes it fun to give someone a variety!

If you’ve never had a macaron, it’s a delicate cookie with two thin crusts and a filling made of either ganache, buttercream or fruit jam.

It’s also full of contrasts. A macaron packs huge flavor into a tiny baked goodie, and it’s somehow both rich and light at the same time.

They come in delicious flavors such as mint chocolate, cookies and cream, mojito, honey lavender, lemon tart, and piña colada. Is your mouth watering yet? Because I’m just scratching the surface on the different types of macaron flavors out there.

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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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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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TableTopics Conversation Starters

Great conversations bring people closer together.

tabletopics-conversation-starters-holiday-giftWe might learn what makes someone happy, places they want to visit, funny stories from their past, or what makes them tick. When we get to know someone better, our relationship deepens.

Many great conversations begin with great questions. TableTopics make it easy to start fun and memorable conversations with family and friends.

TableTopics is one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” and is the #1 best-selling conversations starters.

With the holidays coming up, we suggest bringing TableTopics to your next family gathering or dinner party.

It’s the perfect host or hostess gift and it’s calorie-free!

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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.

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Best Pop Ever | Father’s Day Popcorn Gift

Have you ever faced this dilemma? Father’s Day is coming up but you can’t think of a single “thing” Dad needs or wants?

In this scenario, the solution is giving the gift of food, drink, or experience.

I’m here to talk about a delicious and popular snack food–popcorn! It’s the perfect gift!

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Who doesn’t love popcorn that’s salty or sweet or both?

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Daddy’s First Milestones | Beer Bottle Sticker Labels

Simple. Funny. Tasty. This Father’s Day gift or baby shower gift has it all.

This gift celebrates Daddy’s First Milestones when it comes to his new baby by giving him a personalized six-pack of his favorite beer.

Daddy’s First Milestones Gift

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The Daddy’s First Milestones beer bottle sticker label kit celebrates six milestones which are:

  1. Time He Gets Peed On
  2. Time Alone With the Baby
  3. Diaper Explosion
  4. Baby On the Move
  5. Date Night
  6. Guys Night Out

Every time he achieves one of the milestones, he gets to crack open one of his favorite beers!

The stickers are hilarious. For example, the sticker for Time He Gets Peed On reads:

Some things are just out of your control–like the weather, your favorite team’s winning record, and most importantly, your child’s bladder. Congratulations, you got peed on and are now officially a dad!

Go Ahead… Crack Open a Beer.

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Wooden Beer & Soda Caddy

If you know someone who likes to drink bottled beer, craft beers, root beers, or sodas, then this gift is for them!

wooden-beer-soda-caddy-groomsmen-giftGive someone six 12-ounce bottles of their favorite beverage in a Wooden Beer & Soda Caddy.

The wood has a rustic, handcrafted look, and it’s the perfect accessory for transporting drinks to picnics, BBQs and parties.

It also comes with a handy bottle opener attached to the side!

It’s so cute you won’t even need to wrap the gift. Simply attach a bow on top and you have a thoughtful gift ready to go. Easy peasy!

Personalized Wooden Caddy

For a thoughtful twist, give a personalized or monogrammed Wooden Beer & Soda Caddy with someone’s name or initials.You could also add a date, a custom logo, or a custom message.

They make really cool groomsmen gifts, but they can also be given as presents for Father’s Day, birthdays, graduations, housewarmings, and other occasions.

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Samoas and S’mores Girl Scout Cookies | Teacher Gift

I love Girl Scouts cookie season! It’s a chance to buy delicious cookies while helping girls raise money for their troop.

samoas-smores-cookies-teacher-appreciation-giftMy favorite thing to hear is when a Girl Scout tells me her troop is raising money so they can go to camp.

That always warms my heart because of the incredible summer camp memories I have from my childhood.

Tasty Teacher Appreciation Gift

During cookie season, I like to buy Samoas and S’mores Girl Scout cookies to give as teacher appreciation gifts.

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