Topic: gifts

6 Natural Valentine’s Day Gifts For Whomever Lights Up Your Life

6 Natural Valentine's Day Gifts For Whomever Lights Up Your Life

I know not everybody loves Valentine’s Day, but personally, it’s one of my favorite days of the year. Sure, it’s cheesy and silly and totally manufactured by the gift companies — actually, just by all companies nowadays — but I think it’s fun to have an excuse to get manicures with hearts on them and wear burnt pink eyeshadow and go out to dinner with loved ones. When it comes to February 14th, I know some other folks love to give sweet gifts, too, so take a peek at these natural and/or organic ideas! More »

Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Last Minute Donation Gifts For The Charity Lover In Your Life

Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Last Minute Donation Gifts For The Charity Lover In Your Life

Today is Sunday, December 23, and I will be going Christmas shopping in approximately six hours. While I managed to stay on top of school during college and I’m good at keeping up with my work all week, I am admittedly terrible at staying on schedule when it comes to things like holiday gifts. This year, unfortunately, is no exception. However, rather than simply scrambling to exclusively find material gifts, I’ll be getting a couple of ones online that acknowledges the receiver to have a donation in his or her honor. More »

On The Note Of Justin Bieber’s Hamster Giveaway, Please Do Not Gift People Pets For Christmas (Almost) Ever

On The Note Of Justin Bieber's Hamster Giveaway, Please Do Not Gift People Pets For Christmas (Almost) Ever

In the event you haven’t heard, Justin Bieber decided to give a completely unsuspecting fan his pet hamster. No provocation, no background information checked — just handed over his hamster PAC to an 18-year-old fan identified as Victoria Blair.

“That’s all you,” he says in the grainy video, “You gotta take care of PAC.” The young woman replies through fits of screaming with a confirmation that she will, indeed, take care of the little creature. More »

Support Small Business Saturday: 7 Gifts That Are Better From Small Businesses

Support Small Business Saturday: 7 Gifts That Are Better From Small Businesses

There’s a misconception that small businesses are always selling things for high prices; in fact, lots of smaller stores will actually bargain with you on prices and have their own great sales. So, why not put down the 15 all-the-same ornaments from the giant bargain store and instead hop downtown, uptown or even online to find some great gifts? Plus, you’ll be getting a one-of-a-kind gift for the one-of-a-kind people in your life. Everybody wins! More »

8 Healthy Habits Your Dad Should Adopt–And The Father’s Day Gifts To Help Him Do It

8 Healthy Habits Your Dad Should Adopt--And The Father's Day Gifts To Help Him Do It

Ties. Steaks. Booze. Your dad is awesome, but every year, you go back for the same old Father’s Day gifts which, aside from being boring, don’t do much for his health. Instead of getting him something that he’ll never use–or worse, something that’s bad for him–help him develop healthy new habits with a super-fun, heart-smart present. More »

Birchbox Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Birchbox Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Do you have people on your Christmas list who like make-up? Oh, you say that’s about half of the people on your Christmas list? Birchbox is going to make your holiday shopping so much easier.

Every month, Birchbox sends members a box full of luxe beauty samples from brands like Elizabeth Arden, Benefit, Kiehls, Nars and many more. Our friends at Birchbox have “shamelessly cherry picked every category to bring you companies that pour time, research, and love into their products” so you know that your loved one will be getting something good. More »

Healthy Giving: Quick Homemade Holiday Gifts

Healthy Giving: Quick Homemade Holiday Gifts

We asked Blisstree readers earlier this month about homemade holiday gifts, and the consensus seems to be right on. When asked what kinds of homemade gifts you like receiving, more than 60% of you said “homemade sweets, canned goods or other food items.” This far outpaced second- and third-place answers, “anything knit or crocheted” (13%) and “crafty things, decorative objects, pottery or artwork” (10%). Which is good news—while there might not be time for most of us to knit a scarf before Christmas, there’s still plenty of time to whip up holiday treats. From granola to drunken prunes to potted seedlings, the following homemade holiday gift ideas, culled from around the web, are creative, healthy, pragmatic—which Merriam-Webster has just announced as its Word of the Year for 2011—and great for vegetarians. More »

This Year, I Want Donations Instead Of Gifts. Sorry Everybody

This Year, I Want Donations Instead Of Gifts. Sorry Everybody

Next to “yadda, yadda, yadda” and Festivus, the lampooning of giving donations to charitable organizations like the fictional Human Fund (slogan: “Money for People”) as gifts is one Seinfeld‘s greatest gifts to popular culture. Unfortunately, it also makes people who don’t want actual stuff (like this guy) for the holidays feel like self-conscious, pious jerks. But this year, I really don’t need any more things, and there really are organizations and funds that I want to give to. I’m sorry if this makes people uncomfortable, and you may feel free to judge as you please. But hear me out first. More »

Poll: Homemade Holiday Gifts—Tacky Or Tactful?

Poll: Homemade Holiday Gifts—Tacky Or Tactful?

I’m a crafty gift giver in theory—I really like the idea of making homemade holiday gifts for the friends and family on my list, but I tend to fail on the follow-through or execution. My Christmases past are littered with half-finished crocheted scarves and disgustingly inedible jars of pickled onions. I admire people who make bunches of their own holiday gifts, however. If you do it right, it can really save you money. And there’s also just something so nice about homemade presents. Maybe it really is the thought that counts, but somehow a batch of homemade fudge or a hand-knitted neck warmer seems a lot more thoughtful than a Target gift card. That being said: Some homemade gifts might be more appreciated than others … More »

The Grateful Guest: 10 Eco-Friendly Hostess Gifts for Thanksgiving

The Grateful Guest: 10 Eco-Friendly Hostess Gifts for Thanksgiving

If you’re not the one hosting Thanksgiving this year: Thank God. Be grateful that you get to enjoy a leisurely day compared to your host, and show your thanks by bringing a gift they’ll remember. But when you’re shopping for the perfect present, try to find something eco-friendly that your host will truly enjoy; ill-suited gifts and trinkets aren’t nearly as fun to give or receive, and they’ll most likely just end up in the trash. More »