Blooming Booties

Teach your little one about gardening with the Puddle Jumper Gardening Kit from Toysmith.

The kit is $7.50, and comes with everything they’ll need to be a successful jr. gardener (seeds, peat pellets, and growing instructions)!

Makes a great gift for ages 5 and up!

http://www.creativekidstuff.com/puddle-jumper-boot-garden-kit.html

Sound Off

I had seen this company featured on the show “Shark Tank,” and I wanted to see what they were up to…they are still selling the paper speakers that were showcased (on the show), but they also have much more to offer then that!

Check out these customizable compact speakers, that would make a great gift for just about anyone! They are powered by a rechargeable battery, and can be customized with artwork or personal photos.

They are $49.99, and can be found here:

http://www.origaudio.com/shop/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=29793

S’more

No more mess roasting marshmallows and melting chocolate – do it all in one step with the S’more to Love Griller from Lillian Vernon.

Great gift for the “grill master” in your life!

Makes 6 S’mores all at the same time, and is currently on sale for $14.99!

http://www.lillianvernon.com/Product/SmoretoLoveGriller#

Peacock Lollipop

Need a unique housewarming gift? Check out this really fun accent piece for the kitchen or office by Jonathan Adler!

The Peacock lollipop holder holds 22 pops, and is $98.

Lollipops are NOT included (but be sure to pick some up before giving it as a gift)!

http://www.jonathanadler.com/peacock-lollipop-holder/?cat=584&initial=

Giggles

It’s a soap – It’s a nail brush – It’s BOTH!  This creative product is called Wett Giggles, and was created by a Mom that wanted to focus on proper hygiene for her 6 year old son.

Wett Giggles are all natural handmade glycerin soaps that come in yummy flavors, such as: Pineapple, Lemon, Watermelon, Coconut Banana, and Blackberry.

The sudsy soaps start at $6.50, and can be found here:

http://wettgiggles.com

DIY Anniversary

My In-Laws anniversary was a few weeks ago, and I decided to get a little creative.

My Mother-in-Law had been wanting a cake plate and she also loved the sugar cookies I made around the holidays..so..I decided to combine the two, add some love birds to the mix, and voila – I created their Anniversary Gift!

I purchased the cake plate at Home Goods and the Love Birds at Michaels.

You can make many variations of this gift (cake plate or other dish, cookies, cake or cupcakes, and any sort of keepsake in the middle).

Here are some pictures of the process followed by Martha Stewart’s (delicious) Sugar Cookie Recipe:

I rolled out the dough and cut the cookies in the shape of a heart.

I decorated the cookies with family members names (dogs included), sayings about love, happy anniversary, and of course lots of hearts!

I placed the cookies on the plate around the love birds

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Placed the lid on and wrapped it up in tissues paper:

The gift was a HIT!

MARTHA STEWART’S (Delicious) SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE:

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
  • Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Divide dough in half; flatten each half into a disk. Wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Let one disk of dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes. Roll out dough between two pieces of plastic wrap to 1/4 inch thick. Remove top layer of plastic wrap. Cut out cookies with a 4-inch one-piece-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Bake, switching positions of sheets and rotating halfway through, until edges turn golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Jar o’ Fun

This colorful jar of goodies will keep the little ones busy for hours!

The “I’m Not Bored Anymore Art Jar” is from Land of Nod and includes tons of craft supplies, such as: pipe cleaners, glue pens, buttons, beads, googley eyes and more!

Give this fun gift for just $29 (ages 6 and up):

http://www.landofnod.com/all-toys/toys-gifts/i%27m-not-bored-anymore-art-jar/f2936

 

Treasure

We’ve all been there – at the beach or pool and constantly looking back at your chair to make sure no one is touching your bag, wallet, or room key.

Well, the good folks at REEF have come up with a stealth solution – The Treasure Chest Flip Flop!  Keep all of your belongings in the safe that slides out of your shoe.

They are $30, and can be found here:

http://shop.reef.com/treasure-chest-ii/d/1384

Corkcicle

Say goodbye to wine buckets and start chilling your wine from the inside out with The Corkcicle!

The freezable cork is reusable – just wash and use again and again.  This is the perfect gift for anyone that enjoys a nice glass of wine (red or white)!

It is $24.95, and can be found here:

http://www.corkcicle.com/

Sandy

Looking for a gift for the beach bum in your life?

Check out The Powder Pouch – it is filled with talc powder (it’s refillable) and when you rub it on your skin it removes the sand!

Great for kids, babies and anyone who doesn’t want to bring the entire beach home with them!

It is $8.99 and can be found here:

http://www.powderpouch.com