(StatePoint) Not sure what to give your dad for Father’s Day? Classic choices like a tie or cufflinks are nice, but don’t forget to give him the most meaningful gift of all -- quality time.
(BPT) - Bill Cosby once said, “Fatherhood is pretending the present you love the most is soap-on-a-rope.” As children all over the country prepare to honor their dads for Father’s Day or a special birthday, it might be time to say “no” to the soap and ties and give him what he really loves – a home-cooked meal.
April’s showers (or snow) have given way to May’s spring blossoms. The beautiful weather also means it’s time to do something truly out of the ordinary for Mom, and therefore deserving of the woman who not only brought you into this world, but fed you, clothed you and never forgot to kiss the countless bumps and bruises.
(StatePoint) You may not think your mom is “cool,” but is she hip when it comes to technology? If you have a tech savvy mom, skip the order on the flower bouquet and treat her right this Mother’s Day with the latest gear.
(StatePoint) Sending flowers this Mother’s Day? While ordering online, you could just send flowers from any floral website, but armed with a little insight and some easy-to-follow tips, you’ll make a lasting impression with Mom.
(StatePoint) Shopping for Mother’s Day? You’ll want to match the perfect gift to her unique interests and personality.
(StatePoint) This season why not give your favorite sports fans gifts that will keep them dreaming about their favorite pastimes even when the big game isn’t on?
Each year, we vow to get our holiday shopping done early. And each year we find ourselves wondering if some ”holiday magic” could be used to get it all done in time. In fact, about four out of 10 holiday shoppers will buy gifts at the last minute this year.
(StatePoint) From battling crowds and braving the weather to re-gifting and returns, holiday shopping can be stressful. A recent survey commissioned by Groupon, a daily deal website, found that 60 percent of respondents consider “finding the right gift” a top giving challenge.
For many families, the Christmas season is a flutter of present buying, gift wrapping, spreading hints and rumors about the packages under the tree, and finally – on the big day – a whirlwind of bows and torn paper scattered everywhere with much frivolity and laughter.
(NAPSI)—All those electronic toys and gadgets you’ll get and give this holiday season will be appreciated even more when you give them a boost.
(StatePoint) Holiday shopping is not always easy, especially when you place a premium on giving your loved one the perfect present.
This holiday season, save and share the warmth of holiday gift giving by sending affordable gift baskets, personalized gifts, gift cards and more for the ultimate way to say “thank you” or “get well” at a reasonable price. The holidays are about giving gifts of meaningful and sentimental value and not about breaking the bank. Utilize our guide to affordable holiday gift giving to ensure a happy and stress-less Christmas season.
It’s hard to imagine a community that thrives without the help of local businesses. One of the best ways to show that you value a community with unique local businesses is to shop at those establishments.
Revitalize your tailgating menu with creative recipes using some of the treats found in your favorite gourmet gift baskets. You can easily mix and match specialty foods into tasty and unique meals that you and your family will enjoy while watching Sunday football.
The holiday season always brings a crush of expenses that can quickly add up. Between finding gifts for loved ones and friends, hosting gatherings, purchasing holiday foods and decorating the house, sometimes funds can be depleted quickly.
Make this year’s holiday celebration a time that the important people in your life will never forget. You can celebrate the past 12 months and welcome the new year by sending the special people in your life a sincere thank you gift.
(StatePoint) Looking for a thoughtful gift this holiday season? Give a gift basket!
Don’t be intimidated by the task -- it`s easy to create the perfect gift basket for even the fussiest person.
"A food basket is a welcome gift for all occasions," says Bonnie Tempesta, founder of the cookie company Boncora Biscotti. "You can make it as elegant, whimsical or celebratory as you want -- and at whatever cost your budget allows."
Gift baskets also offer a chance to inject some personality into a gift.
"What you choose to put in a gift basket is a reflection of who you are as a gift giver," says Jean Thompson, Owner and CEO of Seattle Chocolates, maker of premium chocolate bars and truffles. "It`s a great way to share your good taste."
Follow these simple tips to make unique gift baskets for everyone on your list:
• Decide what you want to include before you buy the basket so you can pick the right size. No matter what size basket you use, it should be overflowing.
• If a traditional wooden basket isn`t your style, look for other vessels: a colorful paper bag, a pretty pastry box, a flower pot. The possibilities are endless -- and inexpensive.
• Fill the basket with higher- and lower-priced items to keep overall costs down. Include items of varying heights to add visual interest.
• Arrange the contents around a theme, such as all things red or everything handmade or all chocolate!
• Choose foods you love or products you`re excited about trying. Chances are, if you were wowed by a treat, your gift recipient will be too.
• “Go for edibles that don't need to be eaten right away,” says Edmond Sanctis, co-founder of Sahale Snacks. “Treats that can be nibbled and shared all season long are ideal gift basket additions."
• Splurge on indulgences your recipient normally wouldn`t buy for him or herself, like limited-edition holiday chocolate from Seattle Chocolates. You can find a wide range of such products in all colors and styles to suit any gift basket theme at www.SeattleChocolates.com.
• Add a food item that’s new or hard to find. For example, Boncora Biscotti, available only online, are handmade to order. Plain or dipped in chocolate, they go great with a cup of joe, so pair this gift with some gourmet coffee. Read more about Bonnie Tempesta’s handcrafted biscotti at www.BoncoraBiscotti.com.
• Include unusual flavor combinations that can be used for snacking as well as cooking. Sahale Crunchers almond snacks can be eaten out of hand or used for holiday meal prep. Plus, they're gluten free. Find delicious recipes at www.SahaleSnacks.com.
• Use colorful, recyclable paper, like tissue paper or shredded paper, to fluff up the contents of your basket.
• The finishing touch on a gift basket is not the shrink wrap; it`s the note. Tell your gift recipient why you chose what you did!
With these tips, you're sure to create a gift your friends and family will appreciate.
(StatePoint) Shopping for someone who loves video games can be mind-boggling, particularly if you’re not well-versed in the subject. But there are a few things to know this holiday season that can help you plan the perfect present.
Gaming, like most forms of entertainment, is evolving rapidly and going more mobile than ever.
“Gaming doesn’t stop at just one platform, it moves from the desk to the couch to a train, in your hand,” says Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries, a manufacturer of gaming accessories. “Gamers need to be able to seamlessly choose where, when and how they play their game without sacrificing the quality of the experience.”
Whether you’re shopping for a recreational hobbyist or a serious professional gamer, here are some great ways to make to his or her holiday season a merrier one:
Mobile gaming has suffered in the past due to the technical limitations of mobile devices. Light on graphics and animation, games trended toward simple and slow. But that’s changing as mobile devices become more powerful, provide more speed and have an extended battery life. Give your gamer the gift of the best mobile gaming experience possible with the latest iPhone, Android phone or Tablet.
For example, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, which transforms between notebook and tablet, has a high-resolution screen, an extended battery life and is also one of the fastest android tablets available.
Just be sure you protect the gear you purchase with a durable case, as newer devices can crack and scratch easily.
Some games are made for finger swiping, but thousands require better control. Help your gamer gain better precision while on-the-go with a mobile controller that is compact, lightweight and compatible with different devices. For example, the SteelSeries Free Wireless Mobile Controller is a pocket-sized Bluetooth controller designed for cross-platform use on PC/Mac, Android Smartphones and Tablets, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. Great for long trips, its lithium ion battery lasts an estimated 10 hours of nonstop playtime, and can be charged by plugging in a USB/mini cable to your computer or mobile device.
Or consider improving the mobile gaming experience with better sound via a modern, compact and comfortable headset. The SteelSeries Flux Headset, for instance, is small in stature but delivers loud and clear sound. It also has an audio port on each earcup, allowing multiple users to plug headsets into the same flux and share sound.
More information on mobile gaming accessories for the holidays via can be found at www.SteelSeries.com.
Keep them Informed
Help your gamer stay on top of new trends with a subscription to a gaming publication like “Game Informer.” Typically, these publications come with great benefits, such as exclusive discounts on games and accessories. For more information, visit www.gameinformer.com.
As the nature of gaming changes with the times, so does the gear that goes with it. This holiday season, you can help your favorite gamers maintain their competitive edge with the latest tools, accessories and knowledge.
(StatePoint) Holiday gift trends are always evolving and this year, what’s old is new again, but now with a modern, tech twist.
(StatePoint) Between family, friends, coaches and teachers, some children give as many holiday presents as they receive. Helping your child pick out great gifts can be tricky and often times, impersonal. This year, encourage your child’s creativity with easy kids’ crafts they’ll give as gifts.