How the Moscow Mule Got its Name (and its Shiny Copper Mugs)

How the Moscow Mule Got Its Name and Shiny Copper Mug

What could be more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold cocktail of vodka, ginger beer, lime, and a sprig of mint served in a shiny copper mug?

The answer, of course, is “I can’t think of anything that would be more refreshing and now I want a Moscow Mule real bad”.

So what is this drink, how did it get its name, and why is it so special that it gets its very own copper mug? Continue reading

All Gifts Considered 7.4.13 – Independence Day Gifts

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?

Gift ideas for Independence Day

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

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:

Gifts for Independence Day

Salt & Pepper Shakers for Independence Day

Oven Mitts for Fourth of July

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:

American Ping Pong Paddles

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:

Independence Day Gifts

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.

Independence Day: Merica

Merica Trucker Hat

Independence Day Gifts

Independence Day T-Shirt

Have a happy, safe, and fun Independence Day this Fourth of July!!!

Gift Giving and Personalization

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.

Mustache Personalisation on a Hat

Stranger -“Hey is that a mustache on your hat?”

Me- “Yeah my wife sewed it there for me.”

Stranger- “Cool”

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?

5 REALLY Last Minute Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day Gift IdeasSummer 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Beer – If your dad is like mine, then he’d love an evening at a local brewery sampling some of the local craft brews.
  3. 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.
  4. Local Shows – Check the local paper and see if any good comedy acts or bands are playing in your area.
  5. 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.