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Last Minute Gift Ideas: 5 Days To Go!

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Has the hustle and bustle of planning for Christmas left you or your dear ones feeling tired or stressed? Give the give of relaxation! Go ahead and treat yourself, too! You can find all these gifts (and more) at Walmart.icon There’s still time to get things delivered to your home or you can pick up at your local store.

  1. This neck massagericon is great to have handy at home or the office for whenever you need some stress relief.

  2. Transform your ordinary bathtub into a therapeutic and relaxing spa with Frankies Atlas Luxury Turbo Spa. It’s just what the doctor ordered! ;)

  3. Whisk yourself away to another place with the HoMedics Sound Machineicon as you listen to the calming sounds of a waterfall, rain, thunder, rainforest, ocean, or summer night. (It’s an alarm clock, too!)

  4. Pamper tired feet with a HoMedics Hydro-Therapy Foot Massager.icon The water jets will sooth away aches and pains leaving feet feeling refreshed.

Get It Delivered By Christmas!

To get your stuff by Christmas, here are Walmart’s shipping cutoffs:

  • December 20th – Expedited Shipping
  • December 22nd— Rush Shipping
  • December 23rd— Place your Site-to-Store / same-day order online by midnight for in-store pickup.

Want to see more? Click hereicon for body scrubs and skin care or hereicon for more spa and relaxation gifts.

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Etsy Item of the Day: Dachshunds Christmas Card

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This sweet Christmas card features an original illustration of two adorable dachshunds celebrating the holidays under a wreath. I love the three-dimensional details like the bow on the wreath and the dogs’ ears. The Etsy shop also has cute Christmas cards featuring other dog breeds, such as English bulldog, French bulldog, and Welsh corgi.
Dachshunds Christmas Card

Etsy Seller: Cuore

Shiny Snowflake Earrings


These little earrings are made from an unexpected material… table confetti! What?? Yeah, I know it’s surprising, but true. The snowflakes in this bag of confetti are plastic, not paper, as you might first assume. I used an X-Acto to “drill” a hole in the snowflakes, but you could use a real drill if you feel comfortable enough to use it.

These earrings are quick and easy, so they would make a great last minute gift for any of the ladies still on your shopping list.

Last Minute Gift Ideas: 6 Days To Go!

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Shopping for kids? The Land of Nod is the place to go. They have everything from bedding and furniture to toys and games. So if you want to organize or decorate a child’s nursery or playroom, you know where to find some good stuff. Plus, there’s still time to get your gifts delivered before Christmas. Today is the last day to get standard shipping; see below for more info on their delivery cutoffs.

  1. Inspire a child’s creativity and musical skills with this kid-sized acoustic guitar. They’ll be rocking and rolling in no time!

  2. A teepee is fun little hideout for youngsters. They can camp out (indoors), snuggle up inside it to read a book, or simply play.

  3. When you combine solid construction and modern design, what do you get? The Blake Nightstand. This classic nightstand is a good fit for any child’s room.

Get It Delivered By Christmas!

To get your stuff by Christmas, here are the shipping cutoffs for The Land of Nod:

  • December 19th 12:30pm CT – Standard Shipping
  • December 21st 12:30pm CT—2 Day Express
  • December 23rd 12:30pm CT—Next Day Express

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Etsy Item of the Day: Winter Snowflake Mug

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The closer Christmas gets, the more I look forward to partaking in my family’s yearly traditions. One of them is sipping hot cocoa and nibbling on panettone on Christmas Eve. I’m convinced that cocoa (or tea) tastes better in a pretty mug. ;) This ceramic mug is hand painted in a lovely navy blue. The variations in the paint makes it look bright blue in some areas and brown near the edges. I especially like the contrast of the stark white snowflakes against the dark blue background.

Etsy Seller: Sylwia Glass Art

Merry & Bright Christmas Wreath


A wreath covered in yarn stirs up warm feelings of home, plus it is a beautiful and inviting decoration to have on your door. I used a thick, chunky yarn to wrap the wreath which allowed me to wrap the wreath in less time than I anticipated. Yay! To make the appliqués shown here, follow this tutorial. Choose your yarn color and appliqués, then get to craftin’! :)


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Last Minute Gift Ideas: 7 Days To Go!

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Give your loved ones a tasty assortment of baked goods from Wolferman’s. Try one of their bread samplers—the English muffins are our favorite! Not only do they have muffins, scones, and breads, but they also have fruit gifts, toppings and preserves, gluten-free goodies, and even some plants to add to your holiday décor. There’s still time to get your goods delivered by Christmas.

  1. These coffee cakes are baked in small batches and would be an elegant treat for dessert or teatime.

  2. We love English muffins! This sampler pack comes with six different muffin flavors.

  3. How about some scones to go with coffee or hot chocolate? These scones would make a yummy breakfast treat or afternoon snack!

Get It Delivered By Christmas!

To get your stuff by Christmas, here are delivery cutoff dates for Wolfermans:

  • December 18th – Standard Shipping
  • December 19th 10am PST – 3 Day Express
  • December 20th 10am PST – 2 Day Express
  • December 23rd 10am PST – Overnight Express

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Free Shipping Day!

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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!


There’s still time to send a yummy gift to your friends, coworkers, or family. Get Free Shipping site wide PLUS 25% off our entire Holiday collection at! (Valid until 12/18/2013 or while supplies last) Use Code JOYSHIP


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

Gifts With Humanity

Find one-of-a-kind artisan gifts from Gifts With Humanity. Get Free shipping on all Gifts With Humanity Orders. Coupon Code: SASFREE

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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Etsy Item of the Day: Reindeer Dog Snood


This reindeer dog snood is too cute and hilarious! “What in the world is a snood?” you ask. Well, a snood is a funny little dog hat that keeps the dog’s ears tucked away so that long ears stay clean while eating or prior to a dog show. If you want to keep your dog’s ears clean and are in a festive mood, then this is the snood for you!
Reindeer Dog Snood

Etsy Seller: Dog Day Designs

Raymond Around the World: South Korea


After Raymond and I visited my friend in Tokyo, Japan, we popped over to South Korea to visit another friend of mine. Neither of us had been to Korea before, so we were excited to experience a new culture and country!

It was really hot while we were in Korea—especially compared to the North Pole—but we just ignored the heat and ventured out to explore. The Korean Peninsula is so full of history, so we made sure to take in plenty of historical sites. The first of which was the Jongmyo Shrine, a Confucian shrine located in Seoul. This shrine is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and houses memorial tablets for the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty.

Raymond in KoreaAt the entrance to Jongmyo Shrine
Raymond in KoreaOutside Yeongnyeongjeon [Hall of Eternal Comfort] where the memorial tablets are stored
Raymond in KoreaChecking out the different architecture in Jongmyo Shrine

While walking around another afternoon, Raymond & I happened upon Jogyesa Temple, the headquarters for the Jogye Buddhist Order. With its vibrant lanterns and colourful architecture, this temple really caught our eye.

Raymond in KoreaRaymond about to enter Jogyesa Temple
Raymond in KoreaRaymond especially loved the colourful lanterns

Another afternoon, Raymond and I emerged from the subway in Seoul to see a martial arts performance happening right in Gwanghwamun Square—how neat! After watching the amazing performance, we saw a statue of Sejong the Great, one of the most important kings in Korean history.

Raymond in Korea“Annyeonghaseyo, King Sejong!”

The statue of King Sejong is located near Gwanghwamun Gate, the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit this palace, but we at least took a photo near the gate :)

Raymond in KoreaRaymond smiling, despite how hot it was. We shared a Mango Fruit Pudding Blended Juice at Starbucks [mmm!] to cool down.

While we didn’t have time to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace during this trip, we did make it to Changgyeonggung Palace where we enjoyed looking at the architecture and learning about the history of the palace.

Raymond in KoreaRaymond taking a gander at Myeongjeongjeon [main hall]

Before Raymond & I went to Korea, I was a little concerned about finding vegetarian dishes for us to eat since most Korean food isn’t veg-friendly, but we were pleasantly surprised! From time to time, it was still a little difficult to find vegetarian food, but when we would find something, it was usually pretty darn yummy.

One of my favourite new dishes is bibimbap, which is white rice topped with julienned vegetables, sprouts, tofu, greens, sesame seeds, and an egg. Mix all that together with gochujang [hot pepper paste], and you have a super tasty meal! Bibimbap can also be served with meat, but of course Raymond & I would never want that ;)

Raymond & BibimbapRaymond eyeing my bibimbap in the 63 Building in Seoul

Another yummy treat we had was patbingsu, a shaved ice dessert that was perfect for the hot and humid summer weather. It definitely helped us cool down!

Raymond & Patbingsu“Yummm!” says Raymond.

Raymond and I had a lot of fun on our adventures this year! Where do you think Raymond should go next year? Let us know in the comments!

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