Archive for January, 2010


With the start of a New Year come the inevitable promises of New Years resolutions. A great way to encourage your friends or family members in their newfound goals and to show that you care and support them is to give them a small present, just to say you are thinking of them. An organizer or planner for example is a great gift, that they are sure to get plenty of use out of. Depending on your loved ones needs you can personalize the gift and find the perfect planner for them. Whether it is business oriented or an academic planner, or even one designed for keeping track of social events or housekeeping, there is something for everyone. While not surprising, each year more than half of all resolutions made involve dieting or exercise in some way. If this was your goal too, it is always easier to stay focused when working with friends. With friends, exercising can actually becomes fun and not something that you may otherwise dread. You can exchange small gifts before you begin to give each other some extra encouragement. Something simple like a new yoga mat or a fun colored water bottle are perfect for something like this. You could also all agree to put money aside for every week of your diet and at the end of a set amount of weeks plan to put the money towards a weekend getaway for you and your friends, where you can finally show off all of your hard work. 

    King of the Mountain

    If you are shopping for someone who loves to ski or snowboard and don’t feel like giving them another day pass for the slopes, why not give them a set of skis or snowboard. Whether they have never owned their own equipment before or are simply way overdue for a new set, it is a gift that they are sure to use and that will last them years. With all of the designs and colors that are now available, you can have fun selecting the right plan that will fit your friend or family member’s personality to a tee. If skis or a snowboard are out of you price range, a personalized helmet or one to match their current boards, is something that no person should be without. A boot and cargo bag is also perfect if you want to stay on a budget or if they don’t need any other accessories It then makes it easy for them to travel with all of their gear and is the perfect place to hold all of their belongings. You could also always include a subscription to a snowboarder magazine as an added touch that will show extra thought. 

    Snuggle Up

    While is may initially appear as a somewhat ridiculous or silly gift, a snuggie is in fact the perfect present for the cold winter weather. I too, was originally hesitant about owning or using a snuggie but after enjoying it once, it has become more used more than any other blanket lying around my house. It is perfect for curling up on the couch after a long day at work, to do anything from watching a movie to reading or eating. The arm sleeves and neckline allow you to continue moving about as much as you like while still staying under the warmth and comfort of the blanket. It is also great for people of all ages. After falling in love with it myself I could not resist buying one for my mother and 8-year-old cousin. Needless to say, they too have become hooked. The soft fleece and color options make this the perfect gift to give to all of your friends and family members, as it is both inexpensive and instantly ready to give to anyone. If you wanted to give something extra you could always include a collection of classic movies and books as well.

      Until the Shoe Fits…

      There are very few people, both men and women included, who can resist shoes. While commonly thought to be exclusively a women’s obsession, I can speak from personal experience and say that I have met many men who have a larger shoe collection than even I do. While shoes were previously a questionable gift idea because of inaccuracies in size and style, the emergence of Zappos has changed all of this. Zappos company model revolves around not only customer satisfaction but strives to exceed all expectations. My experience with this provider has done just that. The company will not only have your initial order delivered to you in record time, making it perfect for last minute shopping but also make exchanges just as simple. Zappos will gratefully take any returns and will even pay for the shipping required to do so. I purchased a pair of boots from Zappos that I absolutely adored but had misjudged on my size. I was able to return the boots back twice all within the matter of around a week with no additional fees until I found my perfect fit. This is great for when giving a present if you are unsure about the person’s size. The selection that they offer is also endless and is sure to keep you coming back for more.


        Whether you are looking for a wedding present, a housewarming gift or something simply to just say thank you, glasses are the perfect idea for practically anyone. A nice set of wine or champagne glasses is something that no household should be without. While wine glasses may not have the same appeal to men, beer mugs and glasses are the perfect substitute. The 1-liter HB beer mugs are hard to resist by most men and are easy to have personalized. Beer steins are also perfect and something that is sure to last a lifetime and be a gift that will always be remembered. Depending on which you end up going with, including your favorite bottle of wine or specialty beer is a great addition. This present could also be as cheap or expensive as you would like and is easy to put together. 

          Just in Time for the New Year

          With the start of the New Year,ca lendars are great gifts. They make the perfect small present to simply show that you care or are thinking about someone without spending a large amount of money. Every year since I can remember my mother has given me, and all of my siblings, a calendar from our favorite vacation spot, Hilton Head Island, SC. This has become somewhat of a tradition and it is one that I hope to later take over. It is easy to select a calendar that you know a person will love even if you do not know them well. Just look at ones of their favorite sports team, city, flower or even artist. The calendars of old black and white photographs are some of my favorite. It is something that anyone is sure to love and that no household should be without. If you know that they already have a calendar a small day planner or desktop calendar is just as fitting. If you are looking to personalize the gift or do something additional you could always pencil in a night on the calendar where the two of you could have a night out as an extra surprise.  

            Gifts to Usher in the New Year

            Inspirational and supportive gifts are always the best presents to give, especially with the start of the New Year. As millions of people map out New Year’s resolutions and embark on new things, it is easy to find gifts that suit this occasion. Tikanchay, one of my personal favorite websites, offers jewelry that is not only beautiful but meaningful as well. The handcrafted jewelry collections all feature materials that are native to Peru and crafted by the finest artisans. The Huayruro seed necklace collection is one of my favorites. The seeds used are actually collected from the jungle floors of Peru and are known by Peruvians to bring good fortune and ward off negative energy, making them the perfect fit for the New Year. The seeds are then complimented with sterling silver creating a stunning handcrafted necklace that is sure to capture the attention of everyone. This gift is filled with thought and is a great way to show you care as the New Year is ushered in. 

              A Day at the Slopes

              As the snow finally begins to fall why not take advantage of the cool winter weather when buying a present. Depending on who you are buying for, a ski lift pass is great for anyone who actually snowboards, skis or simply loves to try new things. If they are little less adventurous snow tubing is a great alternative and with this they are sure to have a blast. It is a great gift to give to your whole family or even to a few of your friends so you can all enjoy it together. A great way to go about doing this is to purchase a Powder Passport for your friends or family. It is a pass that can be used on 16 different mountains all across the northeast and is fully unrestricted. This allows the person to pick both when and where they want to use up their gift and if you purchase multiple days they can be used all at once or spread out throughout the season. This multi-mountain access pass features some of the best mountains across the area. This is a present that your loved ones are sure you enjoy!

                Spice Up Any Winter Wardrobe

                  Now that the holidays have finally come to an end, go out and make sure that you take advantage of all of the after Christmas sales. If you forgot anyone during the holidays this could all work out in your favor as stores are now practically begging you to buy their products. With the cold weather finally in full swing stylish knit scarves, hats and gloves are not only practical but will add some flair to any outfit. While clothes are always hard to find tin he perfect size or style, it is hard to go wrong with scarves. They can dress up any winter wardrobe and bring some color and patterns to the often otherwise dark and lackluster coats. Gloves are also a great gift to give to men, as they too get cold, despite what they may try to get you to believe. A pair of leather gloves is perfect for work or special occasions and we could all use a pair of heavy-duty gloves to play in the snow. If you are buying for children feel free to have fun with it and purchase some of the more creative hats that stores offer.