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Holidays & traditions, and the gifts that go along with them. We provide lots of creative gift ideas, but more than that we’re interested in using this space to explore the holidays themselves and the traditions we associate with them.

Hopefully you come away inspired to begin new traditions with your family. Maybe you’ll start Jolabokaflod, which is our favorite book-related holiday tradition, or perhaps you’ll looking for new Christ-Centered Christmas Traditions that Children Love.

You may want to incorporate more plain-old-fashioned fun and joy into your Christmas activities. In that case, here are 15 Joyous Christmas Traditions to start with your family this upcoming holiday season.

We’re interested in everything that relates to gift giving, so watch for more upcoming articles on the meaning and development of various holidays and their associated traditions. And of course, we will always include creative and unique gift ideas to go along with every holiday and celebratory occasion.

10 Modern Classic Board Games

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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. Each of these will be a treasured and well-played gift.

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10 Classic Board Games

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Simply put, classic board games are classic gift ideas. If you’re giving one gift for an entire family, board games are the way to go.

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5 Great St. Patrick’s Day Gift Ideas

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Gift Ideas for St. Patrick's DaySt. Patrick’s Day is an international holiday celebrating all things Irish with an abundance of green, clovers, parades, cabbage, and drink. What began as a religious celebration (a Roman Catholic holiday in remembrance of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland) has become a general celebration of Irish culture and folklore, enjoyed by thousands if not millions with Irish food, drink, games, parades, and parties – and, of course, for children, a day of pinching or getting pinched depending on whether one is or is not wearing something green.

If you’re planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s day, and would like to give a St. Paddy’s Day gift to a friend or family member, or have a prize at your party, or would like something green and Irishy for yourself, here are 7 great St. Patricks Day gift ideas for your consideration.

Gift Ideas for St. Patrick's Day1. Give a “Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day” Sign

A fun and stylish Irish pub sign for the one who just can’t wait til the next St. Paddy’s Day. The solid wood-framed sign comes ready to hang on the wall and includes hanging number tiles for counting down the number of days left until Saint Patrick’s Day. What a cool gift for any Irishman! Adds the perfect touch to anyone’s home, office, game room, Irish themed restaurant or pub, and reads,

CUDTROMACH AIRE ( which is Gaelic for “Important Notice”) Be knowin’ my fine friend, there be only (X number) Days ‘Til the wearin’ O’ the green. ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Sure and B’Geezus – We’ll all have a Grand Time.

This exquisite sign is a nice St. Patrick’s Day gift at $99.95. Also available is a smaller and more affordable version (with a chalkboard for counting down the days) which will fit nicely into your budget at only $29.95.

Corned Beef and Cabbage with Guinness Recipe2. Make a Pot O’ Corned Beef & Cabbage and give it to a friend.

What could be a greater gift to receive, especially for someone away from family, a near-starving college student, or a single parent overwhelmed with several kids, than receiving a free holiday-themed dinner, already made and piping hot? Here is a fun recipe for the classic St. Patrick’s Day meal from the popular food and recipe site Food.com:

Here’s the rest of the directions!

Custom Irish Pub Sign Gift Idea3. Give a personalized Irish Pub sign.

Here are some classic Irish pub signs, made in the USA from furniture grade wood and personalized with the name of your choice by hand. A terrific custom gift for the genuine Irishman! (or the genuine wannabe!)

A healthy variety of Irish pub signs to choose from, ranging from $24.95 and up, and including wonderful old-fashioned designs with hanging name boards, fun quotes, four-leaf clovers, Irish and Celtic sayings, and much more. These signs are also perfect for display in a restaurant, Irish bed & breakfast, pub, home bar, man cave, or anywhere else you may want to display a sign.

Irish T-Shirt for St. Patrick's Day4. Give an Irish T-Shirt

Millions to choose from, available anywhere shirts are sold, from green shirts with four-leaf clovers to the classic “Kiss Me I’m Irish” saying, or how about this fun and different design, featuring green suspenders and tie speckled with four-leaf clovers from SpreadShirt.com.

Made from 100% cotton, available in a plethora of sizes and colors, these Irish t-shirts make great gifts for guys or gals!

St. Patrick's Day Irish Saying Quote5. Give an Irish Saying

At Northwest Gifts, we have a great selection of quality USA-made St. Patrick’s Day signs, available with or without a frame, featuring classic, fun, and witty Irish sayings, quotes, and blessings. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with one of these humorous quotes adorning your walls:

“May you be in heaven for two hours before the devil knows you’re dead.”

“As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.”

“When Irish eyes are smiling, they’re usually up to something.”

“If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.”

…and many more, available in our Irish Signs section.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Floral Gifts

Flowers have been a Mother’s Day tradition since the holiday’s official inception in the United States 1914.  Here’s a brief history of Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis, the key woman behind the starting of the holiday, handed out white carnations (her mother’s favorite flower) at the first Mother’s Day Memorial services.

But if you’re looking for a new spin on an old tradition, browse our selection of organically grown and harvested floral wreaths. We offer fresh and preserved wreaths made from a wide variety of natural materials, including flowers such as roses and daffodils, herbs and seeds, twigs, and much more. Our wreaths provide you the opportunity to give your mother a unique floral arrangement, and as a bonus these wreaths last much longer than a standard bouquet of flowers!

Here is the ever-classic Mother’s Day Wreath, made with lavender roses, hydrangeas, and preserved salal topped with a lovely ribbon:

Mother's Day Floral Wreath

Our lovely Rose Heart Wreath, featuring bracken fern and baby’s breath decorated with wild roses, larkspur, lonas and a single freeze-dried rose:

Rose Heart Wreath | Mother's Day Wreath

The daring Chile and Oregano Wreath, a unique and aromatic floral gift for the herb lover:  

We are proud to offer a great selection of home and kitchen wall decor, many of which can be customized with your mother’s name. Show your mom how special she is with a personalized gift made just for her!

For the Mom who can (and does!) do everything, get the Mom’s Bed & Breakfast Plaque, which can be customized with your mother’s name or special nickname:

Mom's Bed and Breakfast Custom Plaque

Another delightful home decor gift is the Personalized Gourmet Kitchen Clock:

Personalized Gourmet Kitchen Clock

And of course we offer a wide variety of additional decorative, humorous, and customizable signs to celebrate your Mom’s unique personality:

 

Live Well Laugh Often Love Much Sign with frame

View our entire selection of home and kitchen decor signs here.

Handmade Cutting Boards

For the genuine gourmet chef, a neat and useful gift choice could be an end grain cutting board.

Custom End Grain Cutting Boards

These cutting boards are hand-made from local materials in a Pennsylvania woodshop. As shown, these chopping blocks come in several designs in your choice of solid black walnut wood or rich solid cherry, with finger grips on the side and an optional juice groove. A wonderful and timeless gift for the gourmet mom-chef.

We also offer a more affordable edge grain cutting board selection.

Keepsake Boxes

For a mother who treasures the little memorabilia of letters, jewelry, and photographs that make up a lifetime of memories, a personalized keepsake chest will make a wonderful mother’s day gift.

Gift Box with Name Plate with 5x7 Photo

These gorgeous memory chests can be customized in several ways, with laser-etched glass or a personalized nameplate. The glass lid can hold a 5×7 photo.

For an additional selection of memory chests, see these lovely wood keepsake chests.

Espresso Sign Wall Decor

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Chile and Oregano Wreath

Be sure to browse our entire selection of organic floral wreaths to discover unique and exciting Mother’s Day gifts!

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