gift guide: mother’s day

Have you gotten your mom (or grandma or aunt or wife or new mom relative/friend) a Mother’s Day gift yet?* I’m not a mom, but from what I can by watching my mom and other relatives, and talking with my friends who have already been blessed with their own kiddos, what a mom can benefit from – and enjoy – the most is just plain relaxation! That being said, I think a gift that provides the chance to chill out is just the fit for many moms. Everything below is easy to put together (even if you’re behind schedule):

 

Let Mom kick back with a…

Followed by… 

All the items shown above can be found at popular shopping stops such as Target, Amazon, and Bath & Body Works (the images themselves were taken from my Pinterest).  

 

Would your mom enjoy a gift like the one above? How would you adapt it to fit her personality? How do you plan on celebrating the day?

*The Glitter Guide had a great idea about how to spend Mother’s Day honoring moms who have passed away or supporting friends who have lost their mothers.

 

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gift guide, etsy edition: valentine’s day cards

A lot of people don’t like Valentine’s Day, noting that it is mostly just an over-commercialized holiday that puts a lot of pressure on people to have some sort of big romantic night. I don’t care about those points; I love Valentine’s Day anyway. I always have, even when I was little and Valentine’s Day was just about collecting Pokemon and Snoopy cards from your classmates. I love the idea of a day that is devoted to romantic love, but that can also be used to celebrate the love you have for your family and friends in a cute and goofy way. PLUS Valentine’s Day always means chocolate, fluffy stuffed animals, mushy movies, and yummy meals. What’s not to like? ; )

Aside from the above reasons to love the day, my favorite part of Valentine’s Day is still the plethora of sweet and funny cards available to send to the special people in your life (although my tastes have upgraded a bit from elementary school when I would send out the entirety of my Disney-themed perforated 24 pack). While I do admire cards by big brands such as Papyrus, American Greetings, Hallmark and online top dog Minted, I always enjoy perusing Etsy for creative cards. Here are my favorite Etsy cards for this Valentine’s Day (a bit aways from the actual day, in case you decide to buy and send one):

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“Heart Strings” card by Wild Beanlore

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“I Love You More Than Ice Cream” card by Oh Geez Design

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Valentine’s Day Peacock card by My Zoetrope

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“Home Is Wherever I’m With You” card by JulieAnnArt

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“You’re Perfect” card by HEN & CO.

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“I Just Want to Eat You Up” card by Abbey Jay Handmade

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“Love Roses Kraft White” card by Champagne Press

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“Obi Wan” card by adelynSTONE
Which of these cards do you like best? Have you found any other cards on Etsy or a different website that you are enjoying for Valentine’s Day this year?
*If for some reason you are having trouble leaving a comment, please e-mail me at beagleandbear@yahoo.com or leave me a comment on Beagle and Bear’s Facebook page. Thanks for your help with this issue!

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gift guide #4: the cooker/baker

If you’re like me, you put off a good portion of your holiday shopping until the last minute – not always because you’re procrastinating, but because this time of year can be so busy! Well, never fear. This week I present to you a series of gift guides for the last-minute shopper in all of us.

Gift Guide #4: Ideas for the Cooker/Baker in Your Life

The Very Best Recipes for Health (one of 2010’s best cookbooks), Amazon



Fun Message-in-Cookie Cutters, Williams-Sonoma

Bella Cucina donut maker, Macy’s

300 Slow Cooker Favorites (for yummy dinners on little work time), Amazon

Sunny mixing bowls, Williams-Sonoma

Martha Stewart’s Cookies, Amazon

Pyrex storage set, Target

What ideas do you have for cooking/baking lovers?


gift guide #3: fitness buff

If you’re like me, you put off a good portion of your holiday shopping until the last minute – not because you’re procrastinating, but because this time of year can be so busy! Well, never fear. This week I present to you a series of gift guides for the last minute shopper in all of us.

Gift Guide #3: Ideas for the Fitness Buff in Your Life

Zumba DVD set, Amazon

Spill-proof, BPA free water bottle, Camelbak

Subscription to fitness magazine, ex. Self

Yoga For Beginners DVD, Amazon

Nike + iPod Sport Kit to record runs, Apple

Stability ball, Target

Kettlebells, Target

What are some idea you have for fitness lovers?

guide guide #2: book-lover

If you’re like me, you put off a good portion of your holiday shopping until the last minute -not always because you’re procrastinating, but because this time of year can be so busy! Well, never fear. This week I present to you a series of gift-guides for the last minute shopper in all of us.

Gift Guide #2: For the Book-Lover in Your Life

A list of books to read, Amazon

Book light, Amazon

The Millennium Trilogy to read before the American movies are released, Amazon

A comfy reading pillow, Amazon

Gift card, Half Price Books



Canvas tote bag for library trips, Lands’ End


One of the best books of 2010, Amazon

What ideas do you have for book lovers?

gift guide #1: movie-lover

Hello, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. I worked, had a sleepover with a best friend, came home for winter break, went to a family party, decorated, and generally relaxed.

If you’re like me, you put off a good portion of your holiday shopping until the last minute – not always because you’re procrastinating, but because this time of year can be so busy! Well, never fear. This week I present to you a series of gift guides for the last-minute shopper in all of us.

Gift Guide #1: Ideas for the Movie-Lover in Your Life

A book of movie recommendations, Amazon

A subscription to Netflix or Blockbuster

One of the best movies of 2010 on DVD, Amazon

A record of the Academy Awards, Amazon

A gift card to their favorite theater, ex. Cinemark

Yummy popcorn, Dylan’s Candy Bar


Creative genuis Pixar’s masterpiece on DVD, Amazon

What ideas do you have for film fans?