29 ways to say thank you

December 17, 2014

Tis the time of year to show some gratitude to a variety of people in your life that make it a bit brighter.  And a few of these thoughtful goodies will do just that…

thank you gifts

thank you gifts

1.  We bet you’ll get a great hug if you give this sweet sign  $12.95

2.  Battle winter weather dry skin with this all natural, refreshing orange blossom lotion.  $10.95 

3.  Has someone been a blessing to you this past year?  $9.95

4.  It’s true ~ The best gifts DO come from the heart!  $7.95

5.  Bring the scent of the season inside with this super smelling soy candle  $9.95

6.  Stimulate your senses with a eucalyptus shower burst $4.25       

7.  Spread the love with a little seed of happiness $2

8.  Share your key to happiness $2

9.  The best style supports those in need… one reason we love these fab fair trade bracelets $9.95

10.  Stay cozy and cute with a colorful knit scarf  $24.95   



hostess gifts

hostess gifts

1.  A most magical activity to do with your party crew to celebrate the holiday $10.95

2.  A funny and useful potion to ward off any unpleasant bathroom smells  $9.95

3.  Keep an eye on what beer is yours with these silly bottle markers $5.95

4.  Pair this towel with a bottle of grape for good laughs $9.95

5.  Keep your counters clean with this absorbent and fast drying stylish Swedish dish cloth  $6.95

6.  Get the party conversation started with Christmas chat pack $10.95

7.  Live out some memorable holiday stories this year with these silly cocktail napkins $5.50

8.  Turn your favorite wine corks into a cool recycled trivet $13.95

9.  Dress up your bottle of wine with a festive wood tag that can turn into an ornament $3.95

10.  Keep one hand free more more snacking with these great wine glass toppers $21.95


teacher gifts

teacher gifts

 1.  Personalize this handmade sign with our favorite teacher’s name  $7.95

2.  Wrap up some homemade cookies in this cute snowman flour sack towel $9.95 

3.  Thanks your teacher for inspiring you to reach for the stars with this cool heat sensitive mug  $13.95

4.  This pretty pencil cup and a sentiment that will warm any teacher’s heart $13.95

5.  Fight off flu germs with a few dabs of this essential oil  $10.95

6.  What teacher doesn’t need a little pampering after a stressful day?  $11.95

7.  Googly eye push pins make any bulletin board more fun  $5.95

8.  Everyone knows teaching is a work of HEART $13.95

9.  This book is pack full of quotes that celebrate fantastic teachers  $7.95


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55 gifts for kids from tots to tweens

December 11, 2014

Looking to wrap up a fun gift for a child that’s not been advertised in numerous big box store flyers?  We have a terrific treasure trove of finds for your crew.

for teen gals

teen girl gift ideas

1.  This silly monkey will help dry your polish job in a flash $13.95

2.  Your nails will sparkle and also smell sweet with this pixy stix scented polish $8.95

3.  Make your wishes a reality with this inspiring dream box  $11.95

4.  Your doodles will jump off the pages of this black sketchbook $8.95

5.  These pastel scented gel pens really pop when used on black paper $6.95

6.  Add a little sparkle to your skin with a trendy temporary gold tattoo $4.95
 7. Create a super cute batch of critters to keep you company or to give to friends $19.99 
8. Wearing fair trade fashion feels good!  These bangles are made from recycled flip flops in Mali  $4.95 set of 5


for teen guys

teen guy gift ideas

1.  Impress your friends with this mysterious putty that changes colors before your eyes, glows in the dark and also write on it with the small black light that is included.  $15.95

2.  Why mark your pages with ordinary sticky notes when you can use mustaches$6.95

3.  Make your nephew blush when he opens up this studly smelling soap at the Christmas party  $5.95

4.  Something about passing gas and guys never gets old so this tootorial will get lots of laughs  $10.95

5.  Turn soda, juice, chocolate milk and more into a frosty treat with this cool slush mug $11.95

6.  Amplify the sound of your iphone without having to bother using a battery or electricity  $7.95


for little girls

girl gift ideas

1.  Remember fashion plates?  Share one of your favorite toys as a child with the next generation  $29.95 

2.  Become a bracelet making master with some help from Loopdedo (designed by a Michigan mom!) $34.95

3.  Got a girl with a big imagination?  Have her finish the rest of the story with this fabulous Story Starters kit $26.95

4.  Create cute sculptures you can use as erasers with this fun kit  $12.95

5.  Dress up photos of kitties dogs and more using ridiculously cute royal stickers $5.99
6.  Got a girl who is crafty?  She can make her very own recycled paper beads with this nifty kit  $11.95
7.  Transform yourself into a beautiful butterfly with these dreamy dress-up wings $18.95


for little guys

boy gift ideas

1.  Remember spirograph?  Share one of your favorite toys with the next generation  $29.95

2.  Build and rebuild this silly alien and watch him melt before your eyes  $9.95 

3.  Fine tune your listening skill for farts of all kinds in this silly sound making read $15.99 

4.  Craft and sail up to 60 sweet jets with this cool book $16.99

5.  Turn trash into robots with this earth friendly and fun kit and book  $26.95

6.  No need to wait to head to the beach… play and build with this addicting sand anytime $24.95


stocking stuffers

stocking stuffers for kids

1. Unzip your style with these cool working zipper bracelets  $3.95 

2. Build and rebuild this magical melting snowman all season long $9.95 

3.  We think pink hot chocolate tastes the best of all! $1.95

4.  Start creative conversations with your kids that will be remembered $10.95 

5.  Some classic tricks never get old.  Surprise an unsuspecting uncle with this whoopie cushion $1.95

6.  Turn any hand into a puppet with these silly finger eyes  $1.95 

 7.  Doodle fun tattoos that only stick around until your next bath  $5.95

8.  Take care of chapped lips with some yummy chocolate chip cookie flavored lip balm  $2.95

9.  What’s your mood?  Find out with a classic mood ring  $4


for toddlers

toddler gift ideas

1.  Make this adorable board book come to life with this finger puppet friend.  $6.99
2.  Remember when cameras didn’t look like phones? And had disposable flash cubes?  $19.95 

3.  Bring bedtime to life with this interactive shadow book $12.99 

4.  Like mommy – like baby… get your favorite sip on to get going in the morning $6.95

5.  Press Here is another entertaining book that truly inspires the imagination $15.99 

6.  Remember when you had to DIAL a phone? A most treasured toy that celebrates the past  $19.95


for babies

baby gift ideas

1.  Teach them to count and appreciate classic literature with this great primer $7.95

2.  Cozy up with this soft and sweet puppy dog blanket (also comes in owl) $24.95

3.  Light up your baby’s room like a star lit sky with this color changing octopus night light $19.99

4.  This fancy fox blanket has all the things babies love… tags, teethers, sounds and softness  $23.95 

5.  Babies love the crinkling sounds, textures and tails in this sweet soft book $15.95 

6.  Curious what your baby will be when they grow up?  Let Mysterio predict for you!  $14.95 


my michigan

michigan gifts for kids

1.  Teach them their ABC’s and everything that is wonderful about our state.  $17.95 

2.  Gotta future wolverine to coach?  Get them started with this 101 U of M book  $10.95
3.  This book turns that popular Christmas tune into a tour of all things Michigan  $12.95

4.  The 12 Months of Michigan is another entertaining way to learn about our state! $14.95
5.  Spring training is right around the corner so you better get ready with your Tigers 101 $10.95 

6.  If your blood runs green and you have a baby… this 101 MSU book belongs in your home  $10.95

7.  Get your little one learning about the mitten with this very popular board book  $9.95

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8 holiday washi tape projects

December 10, 2014

It’s amazing what a little colorful washi tape can do to brighten up your holiday season.  Whether it’s adorning an envelope, wall or package… it’s a perfect addition that makes things a little more festive.

holiday washi tape projects

We carry a variety of pretty patterned tapes at our locations and love all these creative uses for them.

The girls from eighteen25 make popsicle sticks chic just by covering them with tape. Add some glue and magnet and you have a lovely homemade gift.

How to Nest for Less makes plain jane glass candle holders merry and bright with a just a few wraps of washi tape.


Simple clothes pins turn super cute when they are dressed up in Christmas colors.  Perpetually Daydreaming put magnets on the back of hers for displaying holiday cards, but they also could be used as a chip clips.

Packages always look prettier when they are adorned with a fun gift tag. Making Home Base shows how easy it is to give your tag that extra punch of cheer.

52 Crafts in 52 weeks makes creating handmade Christmas cards easy. If you can cute tape, you can send these simply and stylish greetings to your friends and family.

If crafting a card takes too much time, why not dress up your envelope?  I love that the girls from 2 Berry Blog used paper bags for their envelopes (and their cards are pretty stinkin’ sweet too)

You Are My Fave wrapped these pretties for a friend’s birthday, but I love the idea of taping things to the outside of presents or labeling gifts with the recipient’s initials.

washi tape tree

If you don’t have room for a tree or want to create a little Christmas spirit in your your child’s bedroom, this idea from Chen Chen is such an adorable application of washi tape!

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