Gifts We Love


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Host Gift Idea

We love the idea of bringing a host some beautiful fruits or vegetables--but putting it on a nice plate or platter just ups the special factor. We are always spotting...

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Summer Blanket

Every season, I look around for new summer blanket for my boys. We have some Ikea blankets that are functional, but disappoint me with the thought of my children...

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Host Gift

Remember these IQ test games you used to see at diners every once in a while? We picked one up recently, and it is one of the favorite weekend games that our friends...

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Meditation Book

Okay, maybe calling this a meditative book is overselling it, or just plain wrong, for half of the population. But for those of you who like seeing things in order,...

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Easiest Animals

How cute are these balloons? We are not even balloon people, and we fell for these! They have such cute expressions, and they bounce around in a very realistic way....

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Gift Idea

Love a hardworking gift that serves a utilitarian purpose and sparks hours of imaginative play. These faux fur lion and wolf slippers from Restoration Hardware were...

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Bookmark This!

We love the look of these book plates from Oiseaux so much—they are a great gift for a new baby, or a teacher...but really, they would make a nice gift for anyone....

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A Little Gem

We picked up a copy of this Pictorial Webster's Pocket Dictionary before a recent road trip, thinking it would be fun for our kids (one a solid reader, one starting...

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Yarn Hearts

Hearts made from rustic floral wire are wrapped with yarn and hung in the window for Valentine's Day. To make these you will need: rustic floral wire (available...

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Yarn Love

Spell out your feelings with this easy-to-make sign of love.To make this you will need: wire reinforced clothesline (available at home improvement & hardware...

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That’s a Wrap

I’ve never been one for gift wrap, but leave it to the Japanese to make me reconsider presentation. Furoshiki, the art of wrapping parcels and gifts in decorative...

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Clever Tattoos

I thought these animal hand puppet tattoos would definitely come in handy at some point. Imagine using them on a long airplane ride with a toddler (even though they...

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Etsy Find

I love the way this bike wine "rack" looks. Seems like a great Father's Day gift, or actually, maybe best as a wedding gift. Or for friends who love to picnic....

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Homemade Books

Every year (I do Christmas, but it could just as easily be birthdays or anything else), I write and hand-bind a story for my two boys--about my two boys, Cass and...

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Feel-Good Decor

I saw this fantastic pouf at my friend Stephanie's house. I was sure it would be way out of my budget until she told me where it (and her incredibly cool waste bin)...

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The Better Bib

You gotta hand it to the Swedes when it comes to great, colorful pattern. We never really even used bibs for our daughter, but I recently spotted these Kurbibs. I...

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The New Lovey?

We were recently exposed at a friend's house to Mad Cow, Bed Bug, e-Coli, and Swine Flu in one fell swoop. That is, the stuffed animal versions that are a million...

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Bread Bags

This is my new favorite gift for the person who has everything and it's just $22. They're called Farmor Bread Bags by Plenty, and they're from one of my new favorite...

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Love this Cuff

A good friend gave me one of these Giles and Brother cuffs. I love that it's kind of tough yet still feminine and that it works with almost everything I wear. I'm...


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