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Birthday Cake Not Birthday Candles

My girlfriends and I love to celebrate just about everything, and we especially make an effort to be together for our birthdays.

birthday-cake-not-birthday-candles-thoughtful-gift-ideaElise brought a box of four individually packaged cakes made from the Original YaHoo Baking Co.  Of course, you can make your own or purchase from a local bakery.

Janiece had fun trying to choose either the Bourbon Pecan, Chocolate Espresso, Rum Crunch or Chocolate Chip Amaretto Liquor Cakes.

They were delicious and the perfect size. Besides, who needs the calories of a regular size cake?

Prior to Elise lighting the four candles, she said:

“This is a birthday cake but not birthday candles.”

Then she said:

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Big Face Cutout for Graduations & Parties

Looking for an attention-grabbing gift? I say, go big or go home!

big-face-head-cutout-graduation-giftCreate a Big Face Cutout of the gift recipient you can use for funny photos or to show support for graduates. It’s just the right size for all ages and the perfect accessory for any party or event!

What is a Big Face Cutout?

Big Face Cutouts are photos printed on an oversized face cutout made of heavy-duty weatherproof paper. They can be attached to a stick so they’re easy to hold.

They’re really popular at sports games, graduations (first make sure they’re allowed by the school), and birthday parties.

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Custom Throw Pillows Add Personal Touch

I love how throw pillows can make a creative statement on a sofa, chair or bed.

They’re almost like “pillow art” because they come in so many unique designs, colors and textures!

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Give Custom Throw Pillows

But did you know it’s easy to create your own custom, personalized throw pillows for yourself or as a gift?

There are so many websites that allow you to select the image, text, font, color, fabric, etc. so you can really make them one-of-a-kind.

Do you have favorite photos? Favorite sayings, quotes or scriptures?  A special date? A unique message?

When you put it on a custom throw pillow, you can see it every day!

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Gift of Better Sleep

You’ve heard it in the news. Americans don’t get enough sleep.

thoughtful-gift-more-better-sleepArianna Huffington wrote a whole book about it called “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time.”

She goes so far as to call it a “sleep deprivation crisis” and explains that it negatively affects our health, our job performance, our relationships and even our happiness.

Really, we should all make a New Year’s resolution to get more sleep this year.

That’s why a gift of “Better Sleep” makes a thoughtful gift!

With most people not making the time to get a full 8 hours of sleep at night, encouragement from someone to make sleep a priority would be a much welcomed gift.

“Get More Sleep” Gifts

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Small Living Christmas Tree | Caregiver Gift

- - Christmas, Retirement

My co-worker, Marcia, is retiring at the end of December to care for her elderly mother. To celebrate her retirement another co-worker, Linda, gave her a small decorated living Christmas tree.

christmas-tree-care-giver-thougThe past year has been filled with doctor appointments and hospital stays for Marcia’s mother. It left very little time or energy to decorate for the holidays.

Linda’s thoughtful gift brought surprise, joy and the Christmas spirit to both Marcia and her mother for Christmas.

They also loved the idea of planting the tree in their garden when spring arrives.

A living gift to bring cheer all year long!

With our parents aging and life expectancy lengthening, a growing number of Baby Boomers are having to care for and support their parents. It’s the new normal for many. Continue Reading

“Lazy Holder” Mount for Tablets & Smart Phones

Look, life can be stressful and sometimes I just need to escape reality for a while… by watching some Netflix.

I like to close the door to my bedroom, lay on my bed, and binge watch a little.

But sometimes I’m so tired I don’t even want to hold my tablet. Hey, my hands need a break too! So what do I do? “Lazy holder” to the rescue!

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Go Hands Free with a “Lazy Holder”

“Lazy holders” mount tablets and smart phones to any surface thinner than three inches.

Think headboard, nightstand, desk, coffee table, countertop, etc.

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MoviePass | Watch One Movie in Theaters Every Day

Some people love being able to watch movies on their home entertainment system, but others love the original movie watching experience–in an actual movie theater!

moviepass-subscription-theater-theaters-thoughtful-giftThey want a cinematic experience that involves sitting in a dark theater watching a film on a three-story screen while listening to the audio come out of a massive speaker system. For them, it’s just not the same watching movies at home.

There is another reason some people love going to the movies.

They want to see a movie as soon as it comes out. They don’t want to wait months for it to become available on Redbox, on Netflix or on DVD.

Psst. I personally love the social aspect of watching horror movies inside a crowded theater–to feel dozens of strangers suck in their breath together in anticipation or to hear a blood curdling screen come from someone sitting in the row behind you.

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Recreate the Pose of a Famous Photo

My boss, Dennis, loves the Beatles. And yes, he’s a baby boomer! His favorite album is Abbey Road with John, Paul, Ringo and George walking across a striped crosswalk on the cover.

recreate-the-pose-of-a-famous-photo-Abbey-Road-thoughtful-gift-ideaThe Beatles had many famous photo albums but this may be their fans’ most favorite.

For one of his retirement gifts, I recreated the famous Beatles photo with Dennis and his three Team Leaders who have worked with him for 20 years.

I scoped out the many streets in our city and found the white stripes in an intersection that would allow us to recreate the photo.

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The Power of Words | Book Inscription

The power of words give joy, move you to tears, show encouragement, inspire imagination, express love and admiration.

There are millions of books, letters, quotes and sayings in support of how powerful words can be.

power-of-words-book-inscription-thoughtful-gift-ideaWords of Appreciation

My boss of 20 years is retiring, and we had a retirement celebration of 100 current, retired and ex-employees in attendance.

Throughout the celebration, many employees were involved in giving gifts, performing funny skits, and sharing heartfelt words of his leadership and friendship.

After the accolades were bestowed upon him, Dennis expressed thankfulness and love for working with such an amazing dedicated staff.

Then he shared a story about a gift I had given him years ago…

The Power of Words

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Vintage Golf Throw Blanket & More

When my friend Jeff invited me to his birthday/retirement party, I knew immediately what gift to give–anything golf related! He loves the game!

golf-throw-blanket-thoughtful-gift-ideaOther friends were giving him golf shirts and golf balls, but I was on a mission to find something a little different.

Cool Golf Gifts

If you Google golf accessories, endless items will pop up. I have saved you some time by putting together a curated list of some pretty unique and cool gift ideas.

My favorite is a Vintage Golf Tapestry Throw Blanket Made in the USA. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I favor Made in the USA products! Continue Reading

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