When the holiday season is approaching, with it comes your search for unique Christmas gifts for everyone on your list. Here are the top 10 Christmas Gifts from Northwest Gifts. Continue reading
Independence Day gifts have been on our menu all this week wherever we turn. Stars & Stripes, Red White and Blue, ‘Merica, and a general patriotic spirit abounds throughout the internet shopping world. Here’s our Fourth of July themed weekly roundup of the best of the best gift ideas and holiday products celebrating the Stars & Stripes and all things American. Happy Independence Day!!!
Independence Day Gifts: Stuff to Wear
This Fourth of July, how will you help your friends and family express their fervent American spirit? Will it be with a pair of comfy patriotic lounge pants?
Or does your crowd prefer the All-American Geek style, sporting an epic image across the chest in Red, White, and Blue of the Man of Steel waving a ginormous flag?
Independence Day Gifts: Stuff for Cooking
It’s clearly an American tradition to barbeque on the Fourth. As easy as it is to grill up a few burgers and dogs, everyone still needs to add some Stars & Stripes flair to their kitchen and patio. Here are a few fun bbq cooking accessories – an American Flag spatula, patriotic salt & pepper shakers, and a special Fourth of July oven mitt and potholder set:
Independence Day Gifts: Stuff to Do
We all know that fireworks are in order every Fourth of July; but what else can one do with one’s family or with a gathering of friends, especially before night falls? Well, there’s always a roaring game of ping pong:
If you don’t have a ping pong table, you can easily DIY for about $10. You can also make fun and tasty Independence Day snacks while you’re waiting for the grill to heat up, like these scrumptious Fourth of July Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:
Or, instead of making these yourself, you can have them shipped to anyone as a tasty Independence Day Gift via mail.
Independence Day Gifts: ‘Merica
If you plan on staying trendy this Independence Day, you need to have and/or give some ‘Merica gear.
Have a happy, safe, and fun Independence Day this Fourth of July!!!
Personalization – It’s the little things that count.
Whether it’s a waitress coming down to the table to talk to you instead of looming overhead… or a “thank you wave” when somebody lets you into their lane on a busy freeway off-ramp… or the thoughtful personalization of a gift, be it a shirt, wall decoration or everyday item – thoughtfulness and insight can really make a difference on the impression a gift can leave.
The photo below on the right is of a DIY project my wife did for me. We didn’t want to spend too much on gifts for each other and my wife is a handy gal – so when she wanted to do something special for Christmas last year she decided to do a little frugal gifting and personalize my favorite hat by hand stitching a mustachio on it. It goes with me daily and I always get comments on it.
Stranger -“Hey is that a mustache on your hat?”
Me- “Yeah my wife sewed it there for me.”
It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to impress somebody with a gift. Sometimes its just a little extra personalization that will get the attention of the gift recipient.
If your not a super handy person, there are a number of gifts available at Northwest Gifts that can be personalized. Some of the gifts can be personalized for no extra charge, and fear not there are some mustachioed items to choose from. So this summer and as the holiday season slowly creeps up on us this year, give some thought to maybe saving a little money this year and investing a little extra time and personalize your gift ideas.
This mustache hat is just one idea for how to personalize a gift. What interesting ideas have you come across?
Summer is finally here and with all the comings and goings and end of school excitement you forgot about Fathers Day. Well, the good news is you didn’t miss it. But, the bad news is that its Sunday! A bit to late to order anything online, but maybe you can do something a little more creative than another tie.
- Time – Dads doen’t always want a new thing, sometimes just a cup of coffee or even a spontaneous overnight camp-out would be a memorable gift.
- Beer – If your dad is like mine, then he’d love an evening at a local brewery sampling some of the local craft brews.
- Gift Certificates – I know, I know. It sounds like such a cop-out. But, maybe go more along the lines of a fancy restaurant for a date night with mom. There really is no better gift for dad than scoring points with mom.
- Local Shows – Check the local paper and see if any good comedy acts or bands are playing in your area.
- DIY Gift – You use to give your dad beautiful works of art that he treasured so dearly, so dig into your inner artist. Here is a cool little mustache mug DIY we found that might do the trick.
Classy vintage style soccer pub sign, available at Northwest Gifts just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The plaque is made from hearty MDF wood and silkscreened by hand, personalized with your name and features a soccer/football design with Irish shamrocks, Ireland’s flag, and an invitation to “Grab a Cold Pint.” Perfect for the soccer man cave.
This wood coaster set features coasters carved from three different types of woods in their natural colors, laser engraved into gorgeous flower shapes. The fall colors make these unique coasters ideal for Thanksgiving / harvest celebrations. Available from Leif.
After making a list of 10 Classic Board Games, we thought we’d try our hand at rounding up some modern classics for gift giving, family fun, game night, and party games. Here is our list of 10 Modern Classic Board Games:
Cranium is a great game for a small party or family night. Teams work together to race around the board by completing a mix of 14 hilarious activities, including trivia, sculpting, acting, and sketching.
2. Apples to Apples
Apples to Apples is “the game of hilarious comparisons.” The name of the game is a play on the phrase “apples to oranges,” and the game is about making comparisons between different things.
General game play is as follows: players are dealt red cards which have a noun printed on them, and the judge (a different player in each turn) draws a green card on which an adjective is printed and places it for all players to see. Each player then chooses a red card they are holding that they think best describes the green card. The judge then decides which adjective she likes best.
3. Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is an easy to learn strategy game involving a cross-country train adventure. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.
4. Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan is the first and most popular of the new wave of strategy games originating in Germany.
Settlers of Catan is an award-winning strategy game where players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory. The board itself is variable, making each game a little different from the next.
Each round of The Settlers of Catan is intended to keep three or four players ages 10 and above engaged for up to 90 minutes.
Carcassonne is a tile laying game of similar style to Settlers of Catan, but simpler and easier to learn. This is our family’s favorite.
Each player develops the area around Carcassonne while deploying their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious. The game is for ages 8 and up and 2 to 5 players.
Dominion is another popular strategy game in the style of Settlers of Catan. You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams. You want a bigger and more pleasant kingdom, with more rivers and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion.
In all directions lie fiefs, freeholds, and feodums. All are small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy. You will bring civilization to these people, uniting them under your banner. But wait. It must be something in the air, several other monarchs have had the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending them off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury.
Qwirkle is an addictive strategy game in the tradition of Sequence, Scrabble, and Othello. Mix, match, and score to win – but the strategy is based on colors and shapes rather than numbers or letters. A fun game for the whole family (ages 6 and up).
Bananagrams a simple and speedy word game that needs no pencil, paper, or board.Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles first. Perfect as a stocking stuffer this holiday season!
Telestrations is the visual equivalent of the classic school-yard game “telephone.” It’s a fun-filled sketching game in which everyone’s attempts at “art” can turn hilarious.
The game starts with a secret word that is passed from player to player. As the word is sketched, interpreted, and then sketched again, it undergoes a visual transformation that will surprise and delight everyone. Designed for players ages 13 and up, Telestrations is sure to be a hit at parties.
Morphology is a fun, creative and challenging party board game combining simple shapes, your imagination and creativity.
Using wooden sticks, glass beads and colored cubes how would you create a “butterfly” or “airplane”. Now try doing it with your eyes closed or using only the string. Morphology takes unique twists and turns, and has everyone laughing out loud.
Now, what are some of your favorite modern games?
What a cute idea! The Christmas Card Tree DIY from Little Lucy Lu: A simple project which will accent your home and serve as a way to display all your Christmas cards. All you need is some wood, nails, paint, and mini clothespins. Merry Christmas!!