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It is Free Shipping Day! There’s only one more week until Christmas, so take advantage of FREE shipping from these online retailers.

If you’re looking for beauty and personal care products, get $10 off $50 at!

Harry & David

Get free shipping on select tasty holiday gifts at Harry & David. (Psst… You can also get free shipping on select gifts at Harry & David’s other brands: Wolferman’s and Cushman’s.)

C.O. Bigelow

As the oldest apothecary in America, C.O. Bigelow certainly makes great products. A couple of my favorites are the Quince Hand Lotion No. 007 (great for dry hands!) and the Mentha Lip Shine. Get FREE Shipping on Orders Over $75 from C.O. Bigelow Chemists!


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If you still need gifts for the kiddos, get free shipping on orders $50+ and 40% off everything at Gymboree!

Gifts With Humanity

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Mental Floss

Find gifts for the nerds, foodies, and other eccentric folks on your list. Take advantage of Free Shipping Day and take a gander at the cool stuff in the Mental Floss Store.

Corner Stork Baby Gifts

Know someone who recently welcomed a baby into their family? Find baby and toddler gifts at Corner Stork Baby Gifts. Use coupon code FREESHIP75 receive free shipping on orders over $75. Offer valid on ground shipping only.

The Fruit Company

Send a healthy holiday fruit basket from The Fruit Company. Get free delivery on select holiday gifts.

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Fast Festive Photo Frame for Your Fridge

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Today I present to you a fast festive photo frame for your fridge. (Phew, say that 3 times fast!) Glittery with snowflake accents, this is a pretty simple magnetic frame for posting Christmas cards, photos, or a child’s artwork on your fridge. Make it smaller or larger to fit your preference, and of course, you can use whatever paper you like. I used chipboard to make the frame sturdy, but you could use cardboard, too.


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Last Minute Gift Ideas: 8 Days To Go!

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If you’re in a pinch trying to find the perfect gift for your aunt, friends, or co-workers, check out the wide variety of gifts at Uncommon Goods.icon We like this online shop because you can always find unique, one-of-a-kind things there. Customized jewelry for Mom? They have it (and more). Gadgets and wares for the foodie/chef/entertainer? Mm-hmm. How about the sports nut, business associates, or kids? Yep, yep, yep! There’s still time to get your goods delivered by Christmas, so go ahead and check them out.

  1. An example of the many handmade things made exclusively for Uncommon Goods is this Trinity Wooden Cuff.icon The bands are made of real hardwood, and the rich colors are naturally occurring.

  2. What do you get when you combine an aquarium with plants? An Aquafarm.icon The plants benefit from the nutrient-rich water, and they purify the water for the fish living below. It’s great for the office, a classroom, or the home.

  3. Give the Cheese BBQ Utensilicon to someone who has a soft spot for cheese. Use it to melt or grill cheese to your liking!

Get It Delivered By Christmas!

To get your stuff by Christmas, here are the shipping cutoffs for Uncommon Goods:

  • December 19th 5pm ET – Standard Shipping & Preferred Shipping
  • December 20th 5pm ET – Expedited Shipping
  • December 23rd 5pm ET – Express Shipping

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Ho Ho Holly Stocking

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After attending a class on thread sketching with Nicole Blum, I wanted to give this technique a whirl. (I also bought her book and got it signed! :) ) What’s thread sketching? It is like drawing with your sewing machine, or free form sewing. My sewing machine wasn’t cooperating very well when I tried thread sketching at home, so I sewed a simple straight stitch, rotating the material to make the wavy lines. Maybe with practice and more experimentation, I can make some free motion designs. Despite the misbehaving sewing machine, I still came up with a fun design for a stocking; find out more after the jump.


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Last Minute Gift Ideas: 9 Days To Go!

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Can you believe Christmas is only 9 days away? I’m sure you may still have lots of things to do—whether it is shopping, baking, and preparing for the big day. If you’re a little swamped with your To Do list, the elves are here to help. If you are looking for gifts or munchies for Christmas day, check out these snacks (and more) at Stonewall Kitchen.icon There’s still time to get your goods delivered by Christmas.

  1. Want an easy snack that everyone is sure to enjoy? Check out all these different nut mixes.icon

  2. Want a delicious accompaniment to you food? Try one of these aiolis!icon Dip your French fries in it, spread it on a sandwich (use those turkey leftovers!), spoon it over veggies, or pair it with the meat of your main course.

  3. Simply heat Chili Con Queso dipicon and serve with tortilla chips or veggies. If you don’t want to munch on this on Christmas, pop it open for your New Year’s fiesta.

Get It Delivered By Christmas!

To receive your tasty treats by Christmas, here are Stonewall Kitchen’s Shipping Cutoff Dates:icon

December 16th Midnight EST – UPS Ground

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(*Remote parts of the state may require an extra day)

December 17th Midnight EST – UPS Ground


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December 22nd Midnight EST – UPS Ground

(*Remote parts of the state may require an extra day)

December 20 Noon EST – 2nd Day Delivery

Anywhere in the Continental United States

December 21st Noon EST – Next Day Delivery

Anywhere in the Continental United States

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DIY Gift Bags: Fun with Washi Tape


If you haven’t already heard about washi tape yet, hold onto your seat! This decorative Japanese drafting tape comes in a variety of colors and designs, it’s repositionable, and it’s great for embellishing. Washi tape can be used for a plethora of things: packaging, scrapbooking, decorating, or whatever else you can think of. This tape is pretty hot stuff in the crafting world right now; give it a try!

Today, I’m showing you a few different ideas on things to do with washi tape. All you need are some plain gift bags, washi tape, and scissors. If you want to crank things up a bit, then you can use a little bit of embroidery floss. There’s no wrong way to decorate a bag—make it as simple or elaborate as you want.

It’s a Jam Jamboree!


Phew! I really worked up an appetite after making those North Pole Jam Pies this morning. As I fumbled through the kitchen trying to decide what to eat, I went for the—you guessed it—jam! We really appreciate a good jam because not just any ol’ jam will do. Here are some of our favorites that would make a tasty gift or stocking stuffing for anyone on your list.

  1. This Wild Maine Blueberry Jamicon from Stonewall Kitchen is the best we have ever had!

  2. These jams are made by artisan Bonnie Shershow using traditional preserving techniques without using pectin.

  3. We discovered Sand Hill Farms while spending some time in Pennsylvania a while back. Their yummy jams are made on their farm and are great for gift giving.

  4. The jams from Blackberry Farms are quite delicious. This PB&J Collection comes with strawberry rhubarb jam, blackberry jam and, of course, peanut butter.

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