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Popular Toys for Kids

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If you’re wondering what toys are popular this year, we are here to help! Here are some toys that are at the top of many kids’ wish lists this year.

  1. Apple White is the daughter of Snow White and attends Ever After High where she is the leader of the Royals. Recommended age: 6–13 years

  2. Have your youngsters ever wanted a pet monkey? Cuddles My Giggly Monkeyicon is a toy pet that responds with giggles and sounds when you play with it. Recommended age: 4 years and up

  3. For the big kids on your list, a karaoke machineicon will be a hit. This one plays regular CDs in addition to CD+G dics, plus it has a disco light. Sounds like fun for the whole family! Recommended age: 7 years and up

  4. Kids can play educational games on the VTech InnoTab 3S Tablet, but that’s not all. Parents can download e-books, videos, and music to suit their child’s interest and age. Recommended age: 3–9 years

  5. Children can stomp, step, and slide to create tunes on this gigantic piano mat. The keyboard mat is 6 feet long and has 8 other instruments built in! Recommended age: 3–10 years

  6. This Dusty Crophopper Planeicon is no ordinary toy plane. The child can move the wings of the plane with the 2 remote controllers (one per wing). Dusty also says phrases and makes sounds for an even more fun adventure. Recommended age: 3 years and up

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Evergreen Gifts & Decor

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fir, and pine! We love to decorate with fresh evergreens because we love the crisp scent that emanates from the verdant branches. Want to send a unique holiday gift to someone on your list? Send a fragrant Christmas present such as a wreath or decoration.

  1. The Woodland Eucalyptus Wreath is made from fresh evergreens (noble fir and juniper) with sprigs of eucalyptus and is accented with pinecones and red berries.

  2. This set of 4 festive wreaths spells out “NOEL.” Each wreath is handcrafted on natural twig base with preserved myrtle.

  3. A kissing ball is a charming Christmas decoration with a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. Suspend it in a doorway or wherever you like.

  4. If you’re looking for a wreath that can be used year after year, then this Red Berry Wreath is for you. It is made with natural berries and leaves. For indoor use only.

  5. We love the colors of this variegated holly wreath. This classic wreath is hand-tied with fresh-cut holly and adorned with faux red berries.

  6. The Tannenbaum Basket comes with 2 miniature Christmas trees and 2 plants with red flowers. It is a wonderful gift for friends, coworkers, or business associates.

Gift Ideas for the Japanophile

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We like to think that we are a cultured bunch of elves up here, enjoying the food, traditions, and wares of different countries. One country we all definitely love is Japan (especially Raymond and Becky, which I’m guessing you already surmised from their trip to Japan). If you also have some Japan-loving friends in your life, here are some gift ideas for them.

  1. This Donutella Plush Toy is so soft and cuddly and will be a perfect little companion for any Japan fan. Want to wear ears like Donutella? Check out this Donutella Ears Headband.

  2. An earphone jack plug accessory is a kawaii little item to plug into your phone. (It also helps keep dust out of the jack.) This little kitty cat is trying to catch the ball.

  3. Tote this colourful Tokidoki handbag around to boldly display your love for kawaii characters.

  4. A Bento Box is an all-in-one stackable lunch box. It has compartments to separate food as well as built in plastic cutlery. This bento box also comes in purple, blue, and gray.

  5. Who is Domo? He is a beloved brown mascot for NHK, a TV network in Japan. In this book, Domo in the World, you can read about Domo’s adventures—in haiku form.

  6. Use these adorable rabbit food picks to decorate food on a party tray or in a bento box.

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More Gift Ideas for the Chef

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If you have friends in your life who are skilled at wielding a knife, flipping an omlette, or roasting meat to perfection, read on. These chef-inspired gifts were hand-picked for you. Perhaps your chef friend is looking for a new gadget or simply enjoys experimenting with new techniques and ingredients. Whatever strikes their fancy, here are some gift ideas to inspire their creativity in the kitchen. (Looking for a tasty gift in a jiffy? Check out these gift baskets.)

  1. This Maple Chipotle Grille Sauceicon is an award-winning sauce and one of Stonewall Kitchen’s top sellers. Use it to add sweet and savory flavors to meats or veggies.

  2. Give this Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit to your chef friend, and they can make their own fresh mozzarella in 30 minutes.

  3. Ever heard of cooking on a slab of salt? Use this Himalayan Pink Salt Slab for cooking meats, veggies, or even bread. I bet it would look nice to serve a variety of cheeses on it, too.

  4. This Cast Iron Garlic Roaster makes it easy to roast garlic in the oven or on a grill. This gadget is great for budding chefs or seasoned pros alike.

  5. Use the Brieftons Spiral Slicer to make curly vegetable strands. Not only is the spiralizer a great tool to prepare healthy meals, but it also enables a chef to get creative with his food presentation.

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Cyber Monday Deals

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If you prefer shopping online over shopping in stores, then Cyber Monday is your day to shop! Take advantage of these sales and deals because they won’t last long. Below we’ve compiled a list of the deals some of our favorite online shops are having today. Just remember, many of these deals end tonight, so hurry!

(Psst! If you are looking for more good deals, check out these Black Friday Deals—some of them are still good through tonight.)

1-800-Flowers

Send a floral holiday gift to someone special or order a lovely holiday centerpiece for your home. Save 25% on our exclusive holiday collection at 1800flowers.com! Use Promo Code CYMD25 at checkout (Valid 12/01/13 – 12/02/13)

Amazon

Amazon has deals all week long, so you can shop at your leisure. Shop Amazon – Cyber Monday Deals Week 12/1/13 – 12/8/13.

Cheryl’s

Cheryl’s cookies and brownies are a delicious treat! Save with this Cyber Monday Offer – Get $15 off $50 purchase at Cheryls.com. (valid 11/30/2013 12am EST to 12/02/2013 11:59pm EST) Use Coupon Code COOKIEDEAL

Harry & David

We really love the yummy treats and fruit baskets at Harry & David. Their pears are amazing! Get 50% OFF select holiday gifts, plus save 10% – 15% off orders $49 – $199+ (minimum purchase required). Use code: holiday Good through 12/2/2013.

Kohl’s

You can find something for everyone on your list at Kohl’s. When you shop online you can get FREE SHIPPING on any purchase—no minimum and no code required! In addition to earning $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, you can also get 20% off everything site wide. Code CYBERWEEK. Offer valid 11.30 through 12.4!

Land of Nod

Land of Nod is a great place to find gifts for kids—from toys to furniture and more. Get FREE Shipping and 15% off your entire order now thru Cyber Monday!

Snapfish

If you like to send photo cards during the holidays, then you’ll love this deal at Snapfish. Save 40% off cards and get FREE 3-day trackable shipping when you choose “standard shipping” at checkout. Use code YULECARDS through 12/2/2013

Vitacost

Vitacost is a great site to get health foods, supplements, and natural body care products. Save using these codes (Good through 12/2/2013):
$5 off $55 Use code: 5BUCKS
$10 off $75 Use code: 10BUCKS
$15 off $100 Use code 15BUCKS

Williams-Sonoma

We love Williams-Sonoma! They are having sales on some of your favorite brands, and you’ll finds deals on Wusthof Cutlery, All Clad, Cuisinart, Starbucks Verismo, and more.

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Gift Ideas for the Star Wars Fan

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I had so much fun looking for Star Wars themed gifts for today. In fact, I had a difficult time narrowing down the list of ideas. There are just so many neat things! I’m sure you don’t need my help determining whether your friends are Star Wars fans or not, but here are a few funny thoughts.

You know you’re a Star Wars fan when…

  • You (or your kids) renamed everyone in your family after a Stars Wars character.
  • Instead of reading Good Night, Moon to your kids, you read Darth Vader and Son.
  • As a kid, you didn’t play cops and robbers; you dueled with your light sabers, enacting the epic fight between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.

Now onto the gift ideas…

  1. For the Star Wars fan who is also a chef (or baker) give them a cookbook so they can bake some treats that are out of this world! They might like Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook or Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones, and Other Galactic Goodies.

  2. Give your friend a Star Wars themed accessory for their techie device. How about a C-3PO iPhone 5 case or a Darth Vader decal for a MacBook?

  3. Count down the days until Christmas with a LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. The calendar contains 24 gifts which includes minifigures, droids, and vehicles.

  4. Clip this Chewbacca Keychain on a backpack or handbag, and he’ll go with you wherever you go. This furry little guy is a talker—he makes roaring sounds like the real Chewie.

  5. Entertaining for kids and adults, this book will teach you how to speak Wookiee in no time. If you aspire multilingual, perhaps you may also like to learn how to speak droid.

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More Gift Ideas for the Art Enthusiast

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Do you know someone who loves artsy things, but you’re not quite sure what to get them for Christmas? These colorful, spirited pieces will brighten and liven up any space.

  1. This beautiful pieceicon is an original work of art created by Elise Wehle. To find out more about this piece and the artist’s process, click here.icon

  2. The busy details of this Flotsam & Jetsam Zipper Pouch remind me of some of Gustav Klimt’s paintings. This pouch is a good size for pencils, cosmetics or other small objects. Made from 95% recycled content.

  3. A good size to sit atop a desk or table, the cobalt blue Ikebana Vase is handmade by artist Jeff Peters in Massachusetts. Notice the prongs directly below the opening; they will keep stems in place so you can beautifully display your favorite flowers.

  4. The colorful swirls on this oil lamp are reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. This orb-shaped lamp is handcrafted from recycled glass making it a unique present. It is available in other colors, too!

  5. The Melting Clock is no ordinary clock. Hang it from the edge of a desk or shelf, and this clock will surely turn heads and inspire conversation. Great for those who are fans of Salvador Dalí.

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Black Friday Deals

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It’s that time of year again! Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Many a local shop will be crowded with bustling shoppers determined to take advantage of all the great deals. Avoid the long lines and crowded stores by shopping online. We’ve gathered some deals and coupons to kickstart your holiday shopping.

Amazon

Not only can you find some great prices on Amazon on Black Friday, but also all week long. Shop Amazon – Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week

Online Sports

If you’re shopping for a sports lover in your life, you’ll want to check out the deals at Online Sports. GET 25% OFF ALL Sports Jewelry and Watches. Use Coupon Code: OnlineSportsBFD. Good through 11/28 -12/02

Gifts With Humanity

Find some handmade, one-of-a-kind, Christmas gifts at Gifts With Humanity. This Weekend Only – Save 20% On ALL Haitian Metal Art!

Green Kid Crafts

Give the gift of a Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts. The box comes with 3–4 creativity kits that are fun and educational activities for kids ages 3–8. Get 40% Off Single Boxes for Black Friday weekend, plus free shipping! Coupon code: BLACKFRI  Good through 11/27 – 12/30

Kohl’s

Kohl’s has everything from clothing and shoes to housewares and dishes. Not only do they have sales on almost everything, but you will get $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent online or in store through Dec 1. If that were not enough, you can also save 15% off Everything site wide. Code BLACKFRI. Offer valid 11.26 through 12.1!

Omaha Steaks

Edible gifts are one of my favorite types of gifts to receive. Whether you get victuals for yourself or for your loved ones, the food from Omaha Steaks is a yummy treat! Deals like these are hard to pass up. 62% Savings, and with orders of $69+, Free Shipping, $10 discount, 4 free Steaks. Offer valid 11/29- 12/1 only!

Personalization Mall

A personalized gift is heartwarming; it communicates the love and thoughtfulness that the giver has for the recipient. Save at PersonalizationMall.com Black Friday Deal – 30% Off & Free Shipping On Orders $75+! Through 12/1

World Market

World Market has an eclectic assortment of things from around the globe. Shop World Market’s Black Friday Deals and Save Lots of Money!

Walmart

Whether you are looking for toys, electronics, or things for the home, Walmart is a one stop shop. It’s Black Friday at Walmart.com! Shop for the Whole Family and Enjoy Free Shipping on all Orders of $35 or more!

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Gift Ideas for Kids: Ages 7–9

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Kids just want to have fun! What your child(ren) finds fun is a matter of personal preference. Whether they like drawing, coloring, puzzles, science or humor, there is something below for everyone. Check out these gift ideas for kids, ages 7–9 years.

  1. For kids who are up for a challenge, Perplexus Epic is the game for them! Their skills will be put to the test with this puzzle that is full of twists and turns.

  2. This garden craft kit comes with everything a kid needs to create a home for gnomes or fairies. There’s a Gnome Garden Kit for boys and a Fairy Garden Kit for girls.

  3. Whatchamadrawiticon is a fun game that tests one’s imagination and drawing skills.

  4. The book, Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, is filled with good, clean jokes will keep kids entertained with its one-liners, riddles, and knock-knock jokes.

  5. The budding artist will enjoy a coloring book of modern patterns. Choose from optical patterns, botanical patterns, or circular patterns.

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More Gift Ideas for the Foodie

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How do you define a foodie? Someone who loves to eat? Someone who loves to cook? Without a doubt, the foodie is a curator of the palate with a penchant for delicious fare. For your foodie friends, here are some gift ideas to inspire their inner culinarian.

  1. Make infused dressing and dips with the ZingAnything Salad Zinger.

  2. I laughed when I saw these Sushi Slippersicon and fell in love. Any foodie who likes sushi can now keep their toesies warm with these colorful slippers.

  3. Use Organic Cedar Grilling Planks to add a natural smoke flavor when grilling meats.

  4. Don’t eat the toast—it’s cork! These slices of bread are really Toast Coasters.icon Neat, huh?

  5. The First American Cookbook is an exact reproduction of American Cookery, the first cookbook written by an American and printed in the USA. Enjoy these colonial recipes.

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