They Won’t Forget The Gift You Bought

That season is quickly approaching.  The dreaded Summer Wedding Season.  But before it arrives, there will be the obligatory bridal showers, couples showers and bachelor & bachelorette parties to attend.

Of course, you’ll be obligated to bring gifts to some of those gatherings, but have no fear, once you’ve purchased the mandatory registry item for the couple’s wedding, I’ve come across some gift ideas that will come as a very welcome change of pace when showering the bride and groom separately or together.

campfireironsFor the couple that’s always at the River, would rather be camping, loves bonfires at the beach, or spends nearly every weekend by their fireplace/fire pit in the backyard:  Courtesy of Etsy, give them this stainless steel couple with wood handles that are perfect for roasting a pair of fluffy marshmallows or a nice firm frank over the fire.  If you’re really splurging, throw in a package of jet-puffed marshmallows.

seensayrestaurantsFor the couple that rarely eats at home, has lots of choices, but can never decide where to eat, give them this genius idea that I saw on Pinterest:  Buy a See-And-Say type children’s talking toy.  Using stickers, write the name of area restaurant choices and apply the stickers over the (in this case) farm animals the arrow can land on.  Now your friends can stop arguing over where to eat. 😉

buttbeardpillowcasesAnother fun find from Etsy for that couple that never seems to leave the bedroom:  A pair of coordinating pillowcases – choices include:  I Love Her Butt / I Love His Beard;  Little Spoon/Big Spoon;  I’m Crazy/I Like Crazy;  I’m Weird/ I Like Weird

corkandbeercapsIf your friends are part of the drinking class, like to throw a few back and otherwise have a good time will having a beer or few and some wine:  This set of His and Her shadowbox frames for collecting corks and bottle caps should suit them just fine!

beachchairIf you’re showering your favorite river, lake or beach loving bride to be, bachelorette, or even birthday girl:  This ultimate beach chair is more than calling her name!  If the two of you share that passion then you better get one for yourself too!

doorhangerorganizerWould your favorite bride forget her head if it weren’t attached?  Poke a little good-natured fun at your forgetful Bridezilla if you dare with this door hanger organizer that reminds her not to forget things like her glasses, keys, phone, important papers, etc.

Some other things to consider giving a highly stressed bride-to-be would be a day of pampering of any kind: A massage at somewhere local like a Massage Envy; if you know where she gets her mani-pedis done, treat her;  has she been complaining about something she hasn’t been able to get done, like a pet grooming?  Get referrals for a local mobile groomer and buy her a gift card for her pampered pooch to get a treatment that she doesn’t have to leave the house for.  The key is to be creative.

These kind of gifts really work for any occasion and beat the routine gift card for dinner any day!

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20 Free Things On Your Birthday

brow-wax-heroUntil I came across this article in Women’s Health Magazine, I had no idea that so many places wanted to treat me on my birthday!  Damn, I have to wait 9 months to take these 20 places up on their offers:

  1. Starbucks treats you to your favorite drink or perhaps something from their breakfast starbuckspastry selection on your birthday if you are an active member of their Starbucks Rewards for at least 30 days prior to your birthday.
  2. Dunkin Donuts will treat you to a cup of their special brew (it’s pretty darn good) to goDD along with your donut on your birthday if you have one of their DD Perks cards.
  3. Sephora is all about birthday beauty.  If you are a Beauty Insider you’ll get a deluxe set of mini samples.  Currently you can choose between a Tarte lip and cheek set or a Caudalie skin set.
  4. Ulta gives you a free gift on your birthday.  Join the Ultimate Rewards program to get the gift, plus score double points on all purchases made during your birthday month.baskin-robbins
  5. Baskin Robbins if you sign up for a BR account online, you get a free scoop during your birthday month.
  6. Aveda if you’re in the Pure Privilege rewards program you will get a free product gift, plus a certificate for double points on your next purchase.
  7. Benefit offers free brow arching at their U.S. Brow Bar locations.  No purchase or rewards program necessary.  Come in anytime during your birthday week with a valid ID and walk out with well-groomed arches.plenti
  8. Eat at Chili’s and get a free dessert if you have a Chili’s Rewards Card or are involved in the Plenti partnership of stores and providers that allow accumulation of points.
  9. Benihana if you sign up for The Chef’s Table e-newsletter, you’ll get a $30 Benihana gift certificate to use anytime during the month of your birthday.
  10. Buca di Beppo get free cake during your birthday month if you make your reservation online using their special form and bring a valid ID.bww
  11. Buffalo Wild Wings Sign up for the Buffalo Circle newsletter and you’ll get year round deals—including free snack-size wings on your birthday.
  12. Cinnabon you get a free Minibon just for signing up for Club Cinnabon, plus they’ll also send you a free treat via email for your b-day—usually a coupon for a free Minibon or a free coffee.
  13. CVS if you belong to the ExtraCare Beauty Club—you’ll score three dollars in ExtraBucks rewards on your b-day
  14. DSW Sign-up for DSW Rewards and you’ll receive a $5 gift certificate on your birthday.jambaJuiceLogo
  15. Jamba Juice Sign for Jamba Insider Rewards and you can get a free small smoothie on your birthday
  16. Panera Bread Sign up for MyPanera, present your rewards card on your birthday and get a free pastry
  17. Pinkberry  Members of Pinkberry’s loyalty program can treat themselves to a free pinkberrystrawberrybirthday yogurt.
  18. Redbox  Sign up for Play Pass and you’ll get a free one-night birthday rental.
  19. Aunty Anne’s  Download the My Pretzel Perks app to score a free pretzel during your birthday month
  20. IHOP  Sign up to be a part of the Pancake Revolution email club and get a free stack of pancakes.

I am going to have to set up a schedule to make sure I can fit in all of the free things that are out there for birthday celebrants!  Make sure you don’t miss out on any either!

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Idea

rosesI’m not about Valentine’s Day.  As a kid I loved the whole exchange of cards in the classroom, in High School there was flower delivery in home room, but as I grew into adulthood, I realized Valentine’s Day is a number of things I really hate:

  • A Hallmark Holiday: A commercialized date for guilting lovers into showing their affection with cards, flowers and other red/pink/heart shaped gift items that are way too expensive;
  • Amateur Night: A night when restaurants overbook, overcharge and make you eat off of a prix-fixe menu of things you don’t want to eat; and
  • A Day of Overblown Expectations: If you are in a new relationship you could be with someone who wants far too early declarations of love, if you’ve been together a while you could be with someone wanting more of a “real commitment” like moving in together or meeting parents , or even worse, if you’ve been exclusive for quite a while, you could be with someone looking for that cliché “Valentine’s marriage proposal.”

I’m not your normal hearts and flowers girl.  Don’t get me wrong, I love romance, but when it comes to the Hallmark holidays, I’m not the girl that wants a guy to go spend excessive money on that stuff.  I did see something simple and thoughtful that I (and pretty much any girl, I think) would love though!

Wrap a Bottle of Wine in a Scarf!  Two Gifts in One!

When making a wine bottle wrap, Bordeaux-style bottles, like those used for Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and other medium- to full-bodied red wines, are easiest to wrap because they have higher shoulders. It’s also important to use a fabric another than silk due to the weight of the bottles. A pashmina style, like the Jones pink or Collection XIIX paisley from Macys.com, will work beautifully for under $40. Next time you’re out shopping for wrapping paper, just pick up a few scarves instead and keep them stored at home until it’s time to wrap that next wine bottle or gift box.

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