Portable North Pole Toys for the Holiday Season #GiftGuide

Portable North Pole (PNP) brings the magic of Christmas to life with personalized video messages and calls directly from Santa to children young and old. Children (and parents) have sent more than 210 million videos globally since they started 10 years ago.

New for 2018 – the10th Anniversary of Portable North Pole- a line of adorable products, toys and plush dolls that lets kids live the magic of the season while encouraging good behavior:

  • NEW! Letters to Santa Kit: Take your personalized video to the next level using the Letters to Santa Kit, as the included video message reply will include your child’s hand-written letter. Each kit comes with stationary, envelopes, festive Christmas stickers and an officialNorth Pole post office stamp and ink pad. MSRP $12.99.
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The Flex Brush – Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Anyone with Hair #GiftGuide

If you have tangles in your hair, if you think your hair is impossible, hard to manage, or just makes you crazy, you will want to know about the Flex Brush. It sounds too good to be true, but it really works. I used it on my partner’s wild and curly hair, and it not only sailed right on through his tangles and knots, but didn’t hurt him in the process.

If you have a child who HATES hair brushing time, this will save both of you. Your sanity, their tears, and a whole lot of time. The detangling spray is also fantastic. For that extra added “easy glide”, it really makes things that much easier.  For one of the first times, I was able to run my fingers through his hair.

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World-renowned celebrity hair stylist Angelo David Pisacreta, owner of the elite Angelo David Salon in New York City, and hair-tool veteran Jacob Guttman, founder and CEO of Creative Pro Hair Tools, introduce The Flex Brush—an all-purpose tool that safely detangles hair, massages the scalp and promotes health and hair growth. The brush’s versatility, combined with its flex technology, make it the most forgiving hair brush on the market.

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The Flex Brush, designed for both wet and dry hair, bends to follow the contours of your head, massaging your scalp and stimulating the production of natural oils. The brush has vents that allow heat to pass through it, so blow drying won’t damage the brush. For ultimate detangling, pair it with FlexDetangle Spraya revolutionary leave-in conditioner that increases flexibility to minimize damage during styling and detangling. Here is what sets The FlexBrush apart from other brushes on the market:

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Marketplace Africa – Eco Friendly Gifts That Give Back to the Community #GiftGuide

If you want to shop sustainably this year, support small business, or like to avoid big box stores, I’ve got a shop for you. If you just like unique and high quality products at a reasonable price- this is a shop you will love. Marketplace Africa has clothing, bath and body products (and I’m in love with some of these already), purses, bags,- really, gifts for everyone on your list. GREAT hostess gifting as well. Thoughtful gifts anyone would love to receive.

This online platform lets Africans can sell their one-of-a-kind handmade goods to the US, UK and entire global market.  Now customers seeking to purchase a unique gift this holiday season can feel good as they are buying directly from the source in Africa which in turn helps boost the economy. The site offers fabulous products in fashion, jewelry, handbags, body care, and select home décor items.
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Gifts for the Active Men in Your Life #GiftGuide

If you are anything like us, you want to be active and outside as much as possible. Colder weather complicates things, but not to worry. You can get outdoors and enjoy your vitamin D year round, just bundle up a bit. Check out these functional and eco friendly cool-weather options we are loving right now- they would be perfect for the active men in your life this holiday season.

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Stopping off at Trader Joe’s on the way home- active wear that is great as any wear

The perfect slip on shoe for indoors or out, the Original Stegmann is not only comfortable, but also functional. They are great for camping, running errands, and everything in between. They have fantastic arch and toe support, so if you have aching feet, issues like Plantar Fasciitis, or a bad back, these might be worth considering. They have free shipping and exchanges, so nothing to lose. Made with a Tyrolian & Merino wool blend into a single piece, it is then paired with an anatomically contoured cork sole that is balanced for both arch and metatarsal support. These shoes have a gentle slope which helps reduce ankle and back pain as well. These shoes as a whole are designed for comfort, so if that’s your thing- and honestly, whose isn’t- check them out at https://www.stegmannusa.com . Prices vary.

A brand we have really fallen in love with over here is Mountain Khakis. Not only are the products soft and durable, but the environmentally friendly fabrics and practices have completely won us over.  Take for example the Rainmaker Jacket. It’s all sorts of wet-proof (rain, snow, mud, etc), and it’s strechy as well. It’s also warmer then some raincoats, without being swelteringly-sticky-hot like so many can be. A nice medium-to lightweight, and easily layered. It has a removable hood, with welded seams and snap-closed patch pockets.  It has a relaxed fit and hits about the hip area. Best part? The eco-friendliness of this jacket. Polyurethane is a greener alternative to the traditional raincoat’s vinyl. It’s also more durable and is better for the environment in long term care and use. Polyurethane does not require the chemicals used to soften vinyl in the manufacturing process, and is eventually biodegradable, where as PVC (vinyl) never breaks down, and is usually incinerated.  This leaches toxins into landfills and emits carcinogenic dioxin into the air. Any reason to choose PVC over PU? Not in my book. Check out https://www.mountainkhakis.com for your jacket, available in several colors, for $139.
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6 Religious Gift Ideas for Special Occasions

Christmas angel reading in a book telling a story on a background for a greeting card.

When celebrating an important religious milestone, like baptism, confirmation, First Communion or any other religious holiday, you have to think about an appropriate gift. A religious gift may be a great idea. However, you need to make sure that the gift you choose suits the person’s taste and personality. It is not enough to choose a rosary or a framed prayer. You should consider their preferences in order for the gift to be memorable.

One of the most important religious celebrations is the Confirmation of a child. It’s the moment every child is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and straightened in his Christian life. Confirmation gifts for boys, for instance, range from books to wallets, from journals to picture frames. This article on TenGiftIdeas can help you find personalized religious gifts to offer for Confirmation.

  1. Keepsake Box

This religious gift is appropriate for several religious events in your life, like First Communion, Confirmation, Baptism and Christening. Therefore, this silver-plated keepsake box is perfect for anyone who has a religious celebration coming up. The box is simple and elegant, a perfect gift to be treasured for several years. The greatest part about this keepsake box is that you can fully customize it. Around the silver cross in the center, you can ask the manufacturer to engrave a religious text or your relative’s or friend’s name.

  1. Glass Photo Frame

This also makes a lovely faith-inspired gift. The frame features an amber fused glass cross, complementing the religious theme. You can frame an appropriate prayer according to the religious celebration or a confirmation or baptism photo. The best fit would be including your favorite Bible verse and develop your own graphic if you feel artsy.
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Which Website Should You Buy Gifts From?

Buying a gift for someone who is very important in your life can sometimes be a difficult challenge. You want to impress this person by buying them something they will not expect. On the other hand, you need to avoid going overboard by buying a gift that is too extravagant for the occasion in question. The large number of websites that sell gifts for various occasions can make the process of shopping for a gift very confusing. However, the amount of options that you have available to you should ensure that you are able to find the ideal gift for the person you are shopping for. Here is some advice you can use to locate the best website to do your gift shopping for that special someone.

 

  1. The inventory of the website should be the first thing you take a look at.

 

There are many people who paint themselves into a corner by waiting too long to buy a gift. They are then faced with the unpleasant task of shopping on websites that have a lackluster selection. They end up buying a gift that is something less than what they set out to find. You should never allow yourself to get into a situation like this. Do not settle for a website that does not provide you with a huge inventory and many items to choose from. Keep looking until you find a website that has an inventory that is up to your standards. This will give you a better chance of finding Easter baskets in the exact style you are looking for.
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Let the Night Shine with LightBoxArts

For those that find it hard to decorate, LightBoxArts makes it easy and affordable!! LightBoxArts is a 6×6 backlit cubes that allow you to easily swap out the artwork — choose from one of their adorable designs or custom make your own with your Instagram feed or Photo Stream library. Best of all, it’s only $24.99 for cube and artwork, and $12 for any additional artwork.

We all want a little more sparkle when December 31st rolls around. Ring in the New Year with LightBoxArts! Innovative, creative designs with the ability to insert and change out artwork to fit any season, LightBoxArts will make your New Year’s Eve party will shine. Show off your favorite Instagram photo, choose your favorite artwork, or perk yourself up with a happy message with these sturdy, MDF LED back-lit cubes!
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Beautiful Gifts Handmade in Peru With Novica

It can be hard to choose a gift for your loved one.  You want to give something special, something they will love.  If it’s pretty, that much the better. Novica is the perfect place to find that perfect item.  Not only are items hand crafted, which means they will each be unique and totally one of a kind, but they also support local artisans (who you get to know in a little “story card” that comes with your purchase).  You see a portrait and a biography of the artist on the page of the item when you buy it, and when your gift is opened, they will read the card and make the discovery as well.

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My son, who happens to be my favorite little Valentine, helped me choose a special gift for his Godmother, a very special person in his life.  He wanted to choose something she would really love, and he thought she would love the Andean Folk Art Cotton Applique Change Purse, ‘Butterfly Afternoon’. Quite a mouthful for a small purse, but it’s very pretty and not at all common.  My son is very picky and deliberate in choosing gifts- he really wants to make sure to choose the right gift for the right person.  We both think she will love the purse, with it’s bright colors and sunny, hand stitched scenery.
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