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Gift of the Day: Badminton Set

With the Wimbledon Championships underway and a holiday weekend on the horizon here in the U.S., it seems like the perfect time to indulge in my love of lawn games. I don’t know if my deep-seated love of lawn games stems from the thoughts of sunshine and lush grass on a beautiful summer day…or more likely, in my fantasy of living in the pages of a Jane Austen novel. Either way, whether it’s bocce ball, lawn darts, croquet or cornhole, give me a call and I’ll bring the Shandy.

gift-of-the-day-badminton-set

But there is one lawn game that I love above all others, and my friends that game is named Badminton. And THIS badminton set from  Crate and Barrel, well this is just one fancy-pants, beautiful badminton set. Even the shuttlecocks are made with real feathers! I’ve only ever played with the plastic ones, and I’m quite certain that with these beautiful feather versions, well my game would be unstoppable.

I feel like if I owned this set, I would simply HAVE to require all of my friends to wear white attire when playing on my court where I would serve them delicious Pimm’s Cup cocktails between sets.

**Yep, it’s definitely the Jane Austen thing.

Easter Basket Inspiration

Easter Basket Inspiration

I have a lot of great childhood memories associated with Easter. I could write a whole post about Easter egg hunts with my cousins, because they were truly epic! And even up through high school, my brother and I were still hunting for our Easter baskets. My Mom would repurpose old shoe boxes and stuff them with plastic Easter grass and Reese’s peanut butter eggs and hide them in the house for us to find. They were often in the hall closet or her office filing cabinet, a kitchen cupboard or behind the couch.

An Easter basket can be as simple as a shoe box hidden in the hall closet. And to inspire you to fill that basket with fabulous Easter delights, some Easter basket inspiration.

6 Easter Basket Themes

1. The Chocolate Basket

easter-basket-inspiration:traditionalThese are not your drug store candy aisle treats! From gourmet chocolate truffle eggs to hand-piped marshmallow chicks, anybunny would love to find these in their Easter basket 😉

Available from Christopher Elbow Chocolates: 7 Piece Easter Egg Collection
Available from EHChocolatier: Chicks & Eggs
Available from the Natural Candy Store: Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans
Available from Trader Joe’s: Extraordinary Eggs Marbled Chocolates

2. The Vegan Basket

easter basket inspiration: veganLast week’s A Very Vegan Gift Guide was one of my most popular posts! I’m sure Peter Cottontail is a big fan of vegans, so I’m excited to put together this vegan Easter basket.

Available from the Natural Candy Store: Organic Bunny Lollipops
Available from Food Fight! Grocery: Go Max Go Twilight Bar
Available from the PETA Catalogue: Chocolate to the Rescue Bar
Available from Vegan Treats Bakery: Veganbury Eggs

3. A Children’s Book Basket

easter basket inspiration: children's-booksFor the wee ones, a basket of stories and imagination. A bunny, a mouse, an Easter Beagle and a twist on an old classic that I loved as a child – that old lady will eat ANYTHING 🙂

Available from Amazon: It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny
Available from Barnes & Noble: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!
Available from Barnes & Noble: Happy Easter, Mouse!
Available from Amazon: It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

4. The Adventure Seeker’s Basket

easter basket inspiration: adventurerFor those who loves hopping – or blazing – down their own trail in the forest, a basket of outdoor treats.

Available from Soutmob: Classic Artisan S’mores Kit
Available from Natural Life: Boho Bandeaus
Available from REI: Nite Ize Flashflight Disc-O
Available from REI: Bearded Brothers Energy Bar

5. A Grown-up Easter Basket

easter basket inspiration: grownup basketMomma’s all growed up, but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t love a basket of grown-up treats! A gorgeous hand-painted bunny that’s almost too beautiful to eat, the best wines and cheeses to pair with chocolate, and the calorie-free way to enjoy your chocolate – at the spa! **Chocolate-free spa treatments also work great 🙂

Available from Wine Folly: 5 Kickass Wine and Chocolate Pairings
Available from The Spa at The Hotel Hershey: Everything Chocolate Treatments
Available from Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier: A Guide to Pairing Chocolate & Cheese
Available from A519 Chocolate: Watercolor Easter Bunny

6. The Artist’s Basket

easter basket inspiration: artistFor the Picasso egg painter in your family, some artistic treats including a stylus paintbrush that turns any smartphone or tablet into a canvas.

Available from Amazon: Staedtler Marsgraphic Duo Brush Markers
Available from Barnes & Noble: Splendid Cities Coloring Book
Available from Amazon: Dover Kusudama Origami Book
Available from Sensu: Sensu Solo

Gift of the Day: Sushi Lounging Gift Ideas

Gift of the Day: Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for sushi lovers

Gift of the Day: sushi-slippers+pillows gift ideas

Today I’m trying something new with the Gift of the Day and I’m tapping into my love of gift pairings! I couldn’t resist when I saw these pillows – they immediately made me think of the sushi slippers from Uncommon Goods.

Do you have a friend who loves sushi? Maybe you have great memories of sharing stories and laughs over a Dragon Roll or some Salmon Nigiri. I have that friend! And I found these slippers several years ago when I was in search of her birthday gift. I only wish I had known about these pillows from Society6 🙂

Gift of the Day: sushi-slippers gift ideasAvailable from Uncommon Goods: Sushi Slippers

Gift of the Day: soy sauce throw pillow gift ideasAvailable from Society6: In My Fridge – Soy Sauce Throw Pillow

These gift ideas are a fun setup for a snowy Sunday afternoon lounging on the couch.

I love any opportunity to take the perfect gift and supersize it by turning it into a gift theme. Whether you’re looking for an extra-special gift for an extra-special someone or maybe you’re in charge of the group gift, gift pairings like these are a lot of fun for the gift giver and the receiver!

And because I can’t help myself, here are two more gift ideas to take this theme over-the-top!

Gift of the Day: beer and board game gift ideas

Now that they’re comfy and cozy with their slippers and pillows, complete the experience with a six-pack of Japanese beer and this beautifully illustrated board game where players are on a quest to cross the East Sea Road, one of the most magnificent roads in Japan.

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas

I guess all I really have to say about these Star Wars gift ideas is…

These are the gifts you’re looking for.

11 Gift Ideas For Any Star Wars Fan

1. Downward Jedi

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Stars Wars Yoga Mat

Use the force, Yogi.

Available from ThinkGeek: Star Wars Dark Side Yoga Mat

2. Operation Game

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Operation Game: Star Wars Edition

You are the surgeon we’ve been looking for.

R2 needs needs help removing items like a lightsaber, a hiccuping hologram and a cranky crankshaft.

Available from Amazon: Operation Star Wars Edition

3. Do. Or Do Not.

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Do. Or do not. Bracelet

Is there a better philosopher than Master Yoda? He’s like the Oprah of his time. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Available from Etsy: Star Wars Bracelet from Spiffing Jewelry

4. Wookie Photo Bomb

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Wookie Photo Bomb TshirtRebels are #1! You just have to see this shirt close-up to understand how funny that damn wookie is.

Available from TV Store Online: Star Wars Wookiee Photo Bomb T-Shirt

5. Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

I can pretty much guarantee that this Tauntaun sleeping bag smells way better than the one Han made for Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. And it’s much lighter to lug around 🙂

(If you didn’t see The Empire Strikes Back, I can’t help you here…)

Available from ThinkGeek: Star Wars Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

6. Millennium Falcon Cufflinks

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Millennium Falcon Cufflinks

She may be a hunk of junk, but these cufflinks surely are not. Made of palladium and officially licensed by Lucasfilm, this Millennium Falcon will look magnificent on the cuff of any well-dressed rebel.

Available from Brookstone: Star Wars Palladium Millennium Falcon Cufflinks

7. Storm Trooper Chair

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Storm Trooper Adirondack Chair

This handmade all wood Adirondack chair is kind of amazing. The artist, Mike from Ohio, has done a fantastic job of creating a classic star wars iconic image, while still maintaining the look and feel of the iconic Adirondack chair. A woodworking jedi are you, sir!

Available from Etsy: M + W’s Storm Trooper Adirondack Chair

8. Death Star Ice

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Death Star Ice Mold

Now you can make your own death star at home with this ice SPHERE mold.

And what does one do with a ball of death star ice? Thanks to the Geeky Hostess, we have the recipe for a Death Star Cocktail. Although damn girl, after a few of these I’ll be laying on the floor of the cantina.

Available from ThinkGeek: Death Star Ice SPHERE Mold

9. Coffee Mugs

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Stackable Coffee Mugs

Oh, I am not going to lie, I want this one and I want it badly. Han makes me want to make chewy noises…

Available from Amazon: Stackable Coffee Mugs

10. Travel T-shirt

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: Visit Tatooine Tshirt

From the Tatooine Visitor’s Bureau. Come and visit our white sandy beaches, enjoy twice the beautiful sunsets, lots of casinos and our local cuisine.

Available fromSnorgtees: Visit Tatooine T-shirt

11. Han Solo Carbonite Phone Case

11 Star Wars Gift Ideas: han-solo-iphone-case

Like Jabba, you too can have a piece of Han frozen in time.

This iphone case is a high-resolution image of Han in carbonite, printed onto a rubber iphone case. This seller had many positive reviews on Etsy for his version of the Han Solo carbonite case.

Available from Etsy: Han Solo Carbonite iPhone 5 Case by Dagobah

Now, update your own giftbug registry you must! Don’t forget to add these Star Wars gift ideas to your your giftbug registry. The coffee cups are already on mine 🙂

25 Unique Gift Ideas

I’ve always loved searching stores and the internet for unique gift ideas, and now I get to share those fun finds with you!

These 25 unique gifts are from our first 25 Gifts of the Day featured on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get your daily dose of gifting inspiration.

25 Unique Gift Ideas

1. Wrestling Bear Cups

Unique Gift Ideas: El Guapo Coffee Cup Set from Jimbobart

I love everything about El Guapo!! Set of 4 bone china coffee cups with artwork by Jimbobart in London.

Available from Jimbobart: El Guapo Coffee Cup Set

2. Cheese Markers

Unique Gift Ideas: Cheese Marker Set of 6 from Etsy

Unique and repurposed – a set of 6 cheese markers made with upcycled vintage forks.

Available from Etsy: Beach House Living: Cheese Marker Set of 6

3. Leather Tote

Unique Gift Ideas: Azeb Getaway Tote from Raven + Lily

This leather tote is made by artisan women in Ethiopia who are paid a fair wage for their work. Raven + Lily is a company doing important work to empower women and impact poverty.

Available from Rave + Lily: Azeb Getaway Tote

4. Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Unique Gift Ideas: Pumpkin Body Scrub from Simple Sugars

Loaded with antioxidants, this scrub will leave your skin “glowing brighter than a jack-o-lantern on Halloween!”

Available from Simple Sugars: Pumpkin Body Scrub

5. Travel Coffee Mug

Unique Gift Ideas: Holdster USA Leather Mason Jar Mug

We’ve got your coffee loving hipster friends covered with this leather holdster and canning jar travel mug – – oh yeah, it’s a thing! And trust me, they will love it!

Available from Holdster USA: Holdster Mason Jar Mugs

6. Bacon Cookbook

Unique Gift Ideas: 101 Things to Do With Bacon cookbook

Bacon!! Enough said 🙂

Available from Amazon: 101 Things to Do with Bacon

7. Pumpkin Whiskey Aftershave

Unique Gift Ideas: Jack O Lantern Men's Aftershave

Inside the apothecary inspired bottle are scents of pumpkin and whiskey with skin pampering ingredients like witch hazel and green tea extract.

Available from Etsy: Jack O Lantern Men’s Aftershave from Nevermore Body Company

8. Spice Shaker Set

Unique Gift Ideas: Spice Shaker Set

I can almost hear their dinner guests now, “Oh my gosh, these are sooo cute! Where did you get them?!”

Available from ModCloth: ‘Tis the Seasoning Shaker Set

9. Decorative Throw

Unique Gift Ideas: Sari Throw

A sari is a traditional garment of South Asian women, and these blankets are made from old saris that are collected, washed and stitched together. They are handmade by women who have broken away from the red light district in Bangladesh.

Available from Ten Thousand Villages: Sacred Sari Throw

10. ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Candle

Unique Gift Ideas: Banned Book Collection

From the Banned Books Collection, this is the candle inspired by Where the Wild Things Are with scents of sweetened grapefruit, lemon, and orange and a touch of slightly exotic island greenery.

Available from Etsy: North Ave Candles’ Sugared Citrus + Island Greens Candle

11. Tea Cups

Unique Gift Ideas: Etsy Tea Lovers Set

I love coffee, tea and a great pun. These mugs are everything!

Available from Etsy: Lenny Mud’s Ultimate Tea Lover’s Set

12. Margarita Glass

Unique Gift Ideas: Crate and Barrel Margarita Glass

These rustic-styled Garcia Margarita Glasses are handcrafted from recycled tequila bottles. Thank you Crate & Barrel for making it okay to drink from the tequila bottle 😉

Available from Crate and Barrel: Garcia Margarita Glass

13. Fun and Funky Jam

Unique Gift Ideas: The Jam Stand's Drunken Monkey Jam

Handmade in Brooklyn, it “tastes like sugar-coated bananas dipped in rum”

Available from Scoutmob: The Jam Stand’s Drunken Monkey Jam

14. Holiday Soaps

Unique Gift Ideas: Cranberry Goat's Milk Soap

Handmade goat’s milk soap with cranberries and fig, a great go-to holiday gift or the perfect way to bring a little fa la la to your powder room.

Available from Etsy: Buttercup and Thistle Cranberry Goat Milk’s Soap

15. Fun Ideas for Dads

Unique Gift Ideas: Made by Dad Blueprints Book

Sometimes we might find the men in our families hardest to buy for. If he’s a dad (or even an Uncle!) to small kiddos, give him the blueprints to rockstar dad status. More than 60 cool and clever DIY projects and mad scientist experiments.

Available from Amazon: Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff

16. Cooperative Play Board Game

Unique Gift Ideas: Pandemic Board Game

Perfect for extremely competitive groups because this is a collaborative game! Still, there can only be one winner, the diseases or humanity. The goal of the game is to eradicate the deadly viruses before all of the humans die…you know, just a little light hearted family entertainment

Available from Barnes and Noble: Pandemic

17. Children’s Book

Unique Gift Ideas: I Am Amelia Earhart, Children's Book

This book by Brad Meltzer is one of my all-time favorite children’s gifts, especially for little girls! This picture book with it’s beautiful illustrations tells the true story of an inspirational hero who even as a little girl knew she would have many adventures.

Available from Amazon: I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer

18. Decorative Pillow

Unique Gift Ideas: Otto Finn: Pretzel Pillow

One of many huggable home decor pieces from Pittsburgh designer OTTO FINN

Available from OTTO FINN: Pretzel Hug Pillow

19. Fun Office Supplies

Unique Gift Ideas: Googly Eye Push Pins

A fun holiday stocking stuffer! Perfect for teenagers, college students and your friend’s work cubicle.

Available from Amazon: Googly Eye Push Pins

20. Pie Carrier

Unique Gift Ideas: PieBox

The perfect way to deliver your famous pumpkin or pecan pie this holiday! Even if baking isn’t your thing, pick one up from the freezer section and dress it up in this beautiful handcrafted wooden pie carrier. That pie sure will taste homemade!

Available from PieBox: PieBox with Small Strap/Handle Bundle

21. Dazzling Earrings

Unique Gift Ideas: Frost Finery: Black Druzy Earrings

Handmade silver earrings with a modern and edgy look from Pittsburgh jewelry designer Melissa Frost.

Available from Etsy: Frost Finery’s Druzy Silver Stud Earrings

22. An Infusion of Flavor

Unique Gift Ideas: Flavor Infusing Decanter

For the master mixologist on your Christmas list. They can make their own liquor infusions with berries, fresh herbs or straight from their imagination.

Available from Uncommon Goods: Flavor Infusing Decanter

23. Building Blocks

Unique Gift Ideas: Childcraft Building Blocks

These colorful blocks were a staple of my childhood. My cousins and I spent years building many forts and wonderlands out of these blocks.
They are sturdy, durable and lightweight blocks – the building blocks of endless fantasies and adventures.

Available from School Specialty: Childcraft Corrugated Blocks

24. Random Act of Kindness

Unique Gift Ideas: Random Acts of Kindness Calendar

The Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative, who believes we can change the world with kindness, is sharing 24 ideas for a random act of kindness. They’re offering so many great ideas, why stop at just one? I’m totally doing number 13! 🙂 I’m also committing to 8, 10 and 20.

View larger image of calendar

25. Handmade Pitcher

Unique Gift Ideas: Sangria Pitcher

This authentic and cheerful sangria pitcher is handmade and handpainted. It has a clever pinched spout design to keep the wine flowing and the fruit in the pitcher.
And Sangria’s not just for summertime! Caramel apple sangria is my new fall favorite!

Available from La Tienda: Sangria Pitcher-Colorful ‘Flor’ Design