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Baby Gift For Jewel

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Puddles Collection had the opportunity to be part of  a baby gift basket for Grammy award winning singer Jewel and her husband Ty Murray.  They are expecting a boy who will make his debut later this year.  We hope baby boy Murray will enjoy the Justin infant boys tuxedo.  This outfit comes with shorts, shirt, vest, bow tie, and hat and will be great for any special occasion the family will be attending.



Along with Puddles Collection, nine other companies contributed to the gift basket:  Western Journeys (Little Journey’s World), BooB TooB, Bibagogo, Annabellea Jewelry, Find Me Book, Jewelry by Andrea, My Smart Hands, Toyconomy, and Dr. Heather: Human Body Detectives.  A fabulous group of small business owners!

Planning For Holiday Shopping

Friday, October 8th, 2010

In a very unlike me fashion I have already started planning for the holiday shopping and have even purchased a few items already!  I used to only be able to take life one holiday at a time, but that made Christmas shopping both expensive and stressful.  So this year I am getting a jump on things.

I started by updating my recipients in the Google Docs spreadsheet list and removing all the gifts from last year.  This way I have a good number of what I need to get.  I decided to start with the kids on the list (because let’s face it, they are the easiest to buy for).  A few years ago we made a deal with both my brother and my husband’s sister:  instead of getting each other gifts, we go out for a dinner together after the holidays and we just buy for each others kids.  Works great.  I also started a tradition with my aunt and uncle where we each make a donation to charity in lieu of giving each other gifts.  I highly recommend doing whatever you can to reduce the number of gifts you need to purchase.

Here is my strategy for my kids and the other kids on the list:

  • Check Woot, Mamabargains, and KidSteals every day to see what the deals are.  Yesterday I stocked up on science kits that I can use for both Christmas and Birthday gifts
  • Read my Amazon e-mails.  I was able to order two Blue-Ray/DVD combo packs with a $10 off coupon and free shipping
  • Check the sales anytime I am in Target and buy (no waiting)
  • Order my Pillow Pets now!  Ok, I still need to do this, but my kids both really want them and I don’t want to risk stores running out.
  • If I see it at Costco, get it! They had a good price on the Leapster Explorer the other day so I grabbed it.
  • The Scholastic Book Fair at our school next week will be a great place to stock up on books for gifts.  I find books to be a great way to round out smaller gifts.

At the end of the day, we go to enough birthday parties that if I have gifts left over it will not be a big deal. It is much better to take advantage of the sales and free shipping offers now.

Then comes the hard part, shopping for the adults.  The grandma’s love the photo gifts, especially the calendars.  That is another one that needs to be done early if you want avoid expedited shipping fees so I will be checking Shutterfly and Snapfish for their current deals and get started next week.

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Friday, May 7th, 2010

May always seems to be a busy month.  Mother’s Day weekend already started for me yesterday when I attended the mother’s day breakfast at my son’s school.  He made a fabulously decorated bulletin board for me (it was very bedazzled) which already had a picture of him pinned to it.  Very sweet.  Now it’s time to turn to the two moms in my life!  My favorite first mother’s day gift after my daughter was born was a bracelet set for mom and daughter.  I hope to find more matching sets in bigger sizes since we both like to wear jewelry!

I have spent some time thinking and researching gifts for the moms.  They do love photo gifts, but let’s face it, you have to plan ahead for those!  So I have come up with a few last minute gift ideas for us busy moms who didn’t quite get to ordering anything ahead of time.

  • Digital Photo Frame – And if you are confident she will like it, upload a bunch of pictures to it so it is ready to go.
  • Netflix Subscription – If she loves movies or tv, this is an awesome gift.
  • Bath & Beauty Products – My personal favorite is Bath & Body Works.  Tons of fun lotions, bath salts, candles, body wash.  They even had pre-made baskets.
  • Flip Video Camera – You don’t need to be high tech for these easy to use small flip video cameras .  I bought one at Best Buy for my husband last year for Father’s Day.
  • CDs – yes, they still sell these!  Or better yet, make your own mix and burn a CD for mom of her favorite songs.
  • Magazine Subscription – Find a topic she likes and get her a magazine subscription. makes it really easy to sign up and they usually have good prices.  Pick up the current issue so you have something to hand her and tell her she will be getting them for a full year!
  • Book – If mom reads, consider strolling over to a bookstore and picking out something new from her favorite author or topic.  Or if she likes to cook, get her a cookbook.
  • Plants – For the greenthumb mom, get a plant for the garden.  Get creative and try a fruit plant!
  • Purse or Jewelry – This can get spendy and hard to pick out so be careful here!
  • Gift Certificates – Tricky business. Some moms like this, some actually want something to open.  My recommendation would be for a spa treatment, favorite restaurant, or anything mom would consider a treat and not too practical.
  • Candy – Sees candy is always a big hit with the grandma’s.

If you have kids, add a homemade card to the gift for a special touch!

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