Apr 19 2013

Bridal Shower Gift Idea // Custom Tote Bags

The Charm Studio's Custom Tote Bag

The Charm Studio

 

Today our expert gift-giving advice comes from Catherine Fitzpatrick of The Charm Studio. She’s privy to wedding trends and has a good idea for those of you who want to go off the registry a bit. 

A great way add a personal touch to a bridal shower gift that is straight off the registry is to include a Charm Studio custom tote bag with the couple’s monogram and date in their wedding colors. It is the perfect gift for brides to organize their notes, color swatches and more for all of their wedding planning appointments. The tote is also a cute way to gift wrap your registry gift for the bridal shower — just add a bow and tissue paper!

Contact designer Catherine Fitzpatrick at The Charm Studio to create the custom design for your tote bag: catherine@thecharmstudio.com (Custom Tote Bags are $50)

The Charm Studio offers custom design for weddings and events. Specializing in charming invitations, paper goods and over-all event branding. Check out their Look Books for weddings and events.

Catherine Fitzpatrick, The Charm StudioCatherine Fitzpatrick is the owner, designer and illustrator behind The Charm Studio. A custom design studio that creates unique pieces for weddings, events and so much more. Before starting her own business, Catherine worked as a designer for a major publishing company and a large advertising agency in Chicago. 

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Apr 17 2013

Cash Gifts on a Wedding Registry? The Growing Trend of Asking For What You ACTUALLY Want!

Unique Registries

Guest Post By Nancy Lee, President of MyRegistry.com

So… you’ve lived with your boyfriend for more years than you can count. Naturally, you’ve accumulated “stuff”, lots of “stuff” for your home, for your pets, and for everything else that you do together. But now, with a wedding on the way and everyone asking you about your registry, you find yourself in a dilemma because you really do not want any more “stuff”. This is not to say that there aren’t plenty of things that you would like to have, they just aren’t the typical items found at a department store and easily placed on a gift registry. Or are they?

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Jan 31 2013

For Your Manly Valentine // Expert Guy Gift Picks From The Style Girlfriend

Our featured guest post comes from Megan Collins, The Style Girlfriend–an expert in what men really want. Dudes are hard to shop for & when it comes to Valentine’s Day, trying to sift through the red, pink, glitter & heart-filled lovey dovey-ness–it’s even tougher to pick the right “man-enough” gift. The Style Girlfriend is here to help with some hot picks for the men in your life, so you don’t have to settle on chocolates & teddy bears.

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// Glassware Set //

 

 

Pair these old fashioned glasses (and add his initials) with a bottle of his favorite booze (in a bow!), and you’ll have him swooning. (West Elm – $48 for 2)

 

 

 

 

// Silk spot scarf //

Every grown man should have a silk scarf; the polka dots keep it from feeling too stuffy. (Jigsaw – $93.25)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

// Flight 001 Dopp Kit //

 

I love my bright pink makeup bag, but I get it, guys want something a little more…subtle. This dopp kit from Flight 001 does the trick in cool gunmetal grey (with a fun orange lining on the inside). (Flight 001 – $38)

 

 

// Penfield Vest //

 

 

 

 

Baby it’s (still) cold outside. Keep your man warm through the remaining chilly months with this stylish and super warm puffer vest. (Penfield – $200)

 

 

 

 

// Personalized Tie Bar //

If your guy suits up for work (or play), he’ll love this personalized tie bar. Plus, $1 from every purchase is donated to a different charity each month.  (Charitable Creations – $45)

 

// Bruce Springsteen Deluxe Box Set //

 

 

Sometimes all you need is the Boss. Trust me,  you can never go wrong with these essential tracks. (Saks Fifth Avenue – $120)

 

 

 

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Dec 23 2012

Guest Feature: Unique Gift Ideas For Your Co-Workers – Under $20

So you just got the office holiday party invite and now you’re on the lookout unique gifts for your co-workers that won’t break the bank. If you’re anything like me you’ve got a healthy competition to go with your holiday cheer and that means finding the best gifts, the ones that’ll knock your co-workers socks off! With a $20 limit and making sure your gift is office appropriate you may feel like you’ve got a challenge on your hands. But not to worry, I’ve got 10 of the most unique gifts under $20 for co-workers that will have everyone wondering how in the world you thought of that!

 

Record Coasters

Record Coasters

 

This gift is sure to be a hit! Made from real vinyl records, these record coasters from Uncommon Goods will have your recipient singing with joy! Each set comes with six original LP record labels and has a price tag just under $20, making it a budget friendly one of a kind gift.

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Aug 22 2012

Featured Guest Post: Gifts for Virgos

Virgo – Aug. 23 – Sept. 23

According to astrologer Steven Stuckey, most Virgos are like an encyclopedia—they love history, statistics, current events and literature. But beyond these book smart ways, Virgos also relate to their earth sign.

They don’t like changeability and they like to see things through completion, which leads them to be extremely detail-oriented and orderly. They like things clean and tend to eat organic and love the order and correctness of computers.

Virgo, ruled by Mercury, also enjoys enlightening conversation, making an evening full of good convo one of their favorite things.

Fair warning, they are hard to please so a more generic gift or gift card might be the way to go.

Some of our top gifts for Virgo include:

–          A dictionary necklace goes perfectly with Virgo’s love of literature.

–          A Grid-It Organizer is just what Virgo needs to keep things orderly and make sure projects                     come to completion. Who knows, maybe it will help them take over the world someday!

–          The fruit of the month club will help with Virgo’s healthy diet.

–          A spa package gift is perfect for Virgo who likes to stay clean, orderly and healthy.

–          A dinner party with a personal chef will feed Virgo’s craving for good conversation over a nice             meal. Perfection!

 

Author Bio: Based out of Denver, CO, Ashley McCredie is the online content coordinator for Cloud 9 Living, an experience gifts company specializing in experience and adventure gifts including unique Christmas gifts. She is a freelance blogger and writer, a photographer and a traveler. Follow her on Twitter at: @ashleymccredie

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Jul 27 2012

Featured Guest Post: Gifts For Leos

Leo – July 23 – Aug. 22

With the lion as its animal and an element of fire, it’s no wonder that Leos are masculine and extroverted. They are also positive souls as they have the sign of the sun.

“Sun people are shiny, happy, positive people,” astrologer Steven Stuckey said. “Leos are generally out there and active and bright like sunshine.”

So when gift giving to a Leo, think shiny or glittery, outdoor activities or anything involving socializing.

But, lets not forget that the lion also is a symbol for royalty, so Leos enjoy the finer things of life. They don’t cook the meal, they are served. That’s not to say it must be something fancy and expensive, but each gift you give a Leo needs to be sincere and from the heart. Something that is first class whether it’s fancy or something that is the best thing you could give.

One more trait to pinpoint is that they like to be the leader and are extremely social with an ‘everyone is invited’ type attitude. This feeds into their love of drama, the theatre and anything to do with the movie industry. Again, like the sun, they light up their surroundings and like to be the center of attention.

– Bring out Leo’s social side with a 6-person lounge float that can fit all of his or her friends. Plus, with an MP3 built-in, it’s a float fit for a king!

– Show Leo how much you care by gifting a personalized quote book. All of his or her friends can add their own words of wisdom to the book, making it a unique, first class gift.

– Anything that sparkles will do for a Leo. But if it sparkles and you put thought into it, that’s an extra bonus! Choose a necklace or bracelet when you design your own jewelry. And, as a sun sign, keep to shades of red, orange and gold.

– Give them the royal treatment for a day with a gift like a spa package or personal chef. They will not only enjoy it, but create memories to hold on to.

 

Author Bio: Based out of Denver, CO, Ashley McCredie is the online content coordinator for Cloud 9 Living, an experience gifts company specializing in gifts for him and gifts for her. She is a freelance blogger and writer, a photographer and a traveler. Follow her on Twitter at: @ashleymccredie

 

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Jun 26 2012

Featured Guest Posts: Gifts for Cancers

Cancer – June 21 – July 22

If you don’t stop and think about the personality of Cancers before gifting, you could make a huge mistake! After speaking with astrologer Steven Stuckey, here are some of the qualities to consider when buying a gift for a Cancer.

Cancers are big hearted, caring individuals who love to make a warm and inviting home. They are known to be a bit passive and shy, wanting to be surrounded by familiar friends and family instead of a new crowd. They also love taking care of people or animals and providing for them, which parallels their love of cooking.

“It’s hard to find a Cancer that isn’t a culinary genius,” said Stuckey.

And, being a water sign and ruled by the moon, they enjoy anything to do with the water and baths.

–          Since they are keen on culinary ventures, try gifting them a cooking class from Cloud 9 Living. Or  mix food with water for a dinner or lunch cruise.

–          A family tree lets a Cancer display what is nearest and dearest to them; family. Think out of the box of a traditional tree and consider the Modern Family Tree graphic from uncommongoods.com or the Family Tree Dinner Set from rustdesigns.com.

–          Something to bring warmth to the home like silhouette wall art or a personalized casserole dish will pull at the heartstrings.

–          Show what a big heart cancer has with heart shaped items from a heart-shaped spatula to  mugs full of love from BoldLoft.com.

–          Play off of their love for H2O with Naturally Irish Bath Salts from Fragrances of Ireland.

 

Author Bio: Based out of Denver, CO, Ashley McCredie is the online content coordinator for and experience gifts company, Cloud 9 Living. She is a freelance blogger and writer, a photographer and a traveler. Follow her on Twitter at: @ashleymccredie 

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May 22 2012

Featured Guest Post: Gifts for Geminis

Gemini

May 21 – June 20

 Looking into the personality of the Gemini, it becomes quite obvious which type of gifts they would most appreciate.

The Gemini, who is ruled by Mercury and has a birthday between May 21 and June 20, is represented by the Heremes, the messenger of the gods. This is a direct link to their love of talking, providing information and finding answers.

“They love solving mysteries, reading papers and playing card games,” said astrologer Steven Stuckey.

Along with these tendencies, they were made for today’s technological world, enjoying electronic gadgets and being surrounded by multimedia. They also love comedy and can often be found doing 2 or 3 things at once.

–          Give both the gift of gadgetry and constant activity with the Motion Sensing Frame from Nix-digital.com. Set it up with music and photos for a personalized slideshow.

–          A unique deck on cards, like the black-on-black deck of cards from gnr8.com, are sure to be used over and over again.

–          DaVinci’s Gold Scavenger Hunt, an experience gift from Cloud 9 Living, will have your Gemini act like a detective to solve a mystery by racing around the city clue by clue to reach the treasure before their opponent.

–          Give them a place to write their messages or store their random bits of trivia with a chalkboard vase or a Note Me Pillow from gnr8.biz.

 

Author Bio: Based out of Denver, CO, Ashley McCredie is the online content coordinator for and experience gifts company, Cloud 9 Living. She is a freelance blogger and writer, a photographer and a traveler. Follow her on Twitter at: @ashleymccredie  

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May 2 2012

Featured Guest Post: Gifts for Taurus

Gift giving is largely based on the personality of an individual, and after researching and chatting with astrologer Steven Stuckey, here what you should keep in mind when gifting hunting for a Taurus.

Taurus, whose birthdays fall between April 21 and May 21, are known to be stable, peaceful and somewhat materialistic. So when gift giving, think about finer items, brand names and something of quality instead of quantity.

“They love their possessions and are more materialistic in a way,” Stuckey said. “They are peacemakers…passionate and in an enjoying mode.”

Ruled by Venus, they love anything that’s sensual, beautifying and touch oriented, so a spa day or new art and home furnishings could be perfect for them. And keeping in tune with the femininity brought on by Venus, they favor pastels, nudes and pinks.

–        Engage their touchy-feely side with a Spa Experience such as a Swedish Massage or facial from Cloud 9 Living.

–        Help beautify their home with art work like this state string art or the TubeBookULosis Vase. Just make sure it’s top-of-the-line work!

–        And to pamper themselves, think about gifting beauty products like The Art of Shaving kit for men or the Eye Candy Chill Bucket for women.

–        Channel their inner ohm and peace with this silk ribbon peace charm bracelet from Charmed Design.

 

Author Bio: Based out of Denver, CO, Ashley McCredie is the online content coordinator for and experience gifts company, Cloud 9 Living. She is a freelance blogger and writer, a photographer and a traveler. Follow her on Twitter at: @ashleymccredie 

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Apr 12 2012

Featured Guest Post: Gifts for Aries

When giving a gift, the first thing to consider is the recipient’s personality. What better way to do this than look at their zodiac sign?

Aries birthday falls between March 21 and April 20, and with the help of astrologer Steven Stuckey  we’ve broken down their personality and which gifts fit them best.

Aries are spontaneous, energetic and courageous. They are competitive and like to be noticed, which contributes to their “me first” attitude. They like movement and bore easily due to a short attention span, so anything action-packed appeals to them. Their element, fire, makes them energetic and in continual motion. And they are pioneers and like to be number one since they are the first sign of the zodiac year.

Fair warning Aries do not fully appreciate refinement, so spending the big bucks won’t impress. Also, they tend to like physicality more than emotions.

Here are some of the top gifts to consider for those ruled by the ram.

 

Author Bio: Based out of Denver, CO, Ashley McCredie is the online content coordinator for and experience gifts company, Cloud 9 Living. She is a freelance blogger and writer, a photographer and a traveler. Follow her on Twitter at: @ashleymccredie 

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