When someone I know has a baby I get so excited to shop for newborn baby clothes. I just love to pick out sweet, comfortable little outfits for the precious angels to wear. Baby clothes are simply the cutest, especially those shoes. They look like keychains. Really shoes for newborns are useless but they still sell because they are super cute. So because I usually have several months notice before someone I know is having a baby as soon as I hear I start shopping. I can find really cute clothes on sale. I don’t have to spend quite as much this way and I can give more. I try to limit myself to buying one outfit at a time or by the time the baby comes I will have quite a pile to give as a present.
I found some really cute trendy baby clothes at Naartje. The styles are like miniature real people clothes, they are not the usual pastel clothes full of bunnies, lambs, and zoo animals that you see at the typical department store. The babies I get to buy for are going to be looking like they have a hip job and set their own trends.
There were some phenomenal books published in 2013 and I believe books make very good gifts. Reading a book,, a real book made of paper is such a relaxing way to spend quiet time. In today’s world people do not get enough quiet time. There is much too much time spent in front of a screen so I am an advocate for a real book made of paper. Books on a Kindle or Nook are great for many reasons but when you are reading a real book people around you can see you are in fact reading and they can see what you are reading which is great for the author as well.
Some of the top books of 2013 from goodreads.com that make excellent gifts are;
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Goodreads Author)
An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.
Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.
Inferno by Dan Brown
In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Lover at Last by J.R. Ward
Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….
Any bookstore can point you in the direction of a topic that interests you are suggest a book as a gift for the intended person. It is especially wonderful to give a book to a child and read it with them, that is two gifts in one.
Whether it is giving or receiving one of my very favorite gifts are water bottles. I carry one with me everywhere and that ensures I take in enough water everyday. Often people hear to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, although this is close to the recommended amount it does vary from body size, age, sex, and activity level.
These are the recommended amounts according to Mayo Clinic:
So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
I find that water is the most refreshing drink for me. I drink lots when I exercise, when I go to bed at night I bring my trusty water bottle along side my bed and I drink some during the night and when I get out of bed I drink a bunch in the morning straight away. My favorite water bottle is an insulated Thermos bottle without a straw. The popular straw ones are nice but difficult to clean, once they get moldy they need to be replaced. Another thing about the straw is that I think wrinkles happen more easily from using a straw so often similar to a smokers lips. A great way to encourage drinking more water for a loved one is to give them a really nice water bottle, they will love it!
In the summer months there are many family reunions planned. I think this is because people travel a long way sometimes and all the children are out of school already so they are easier to plan and more people are available. I love family reunions. I have a very large family, some of my cousins I wouldn’t even recognize if I saw them on the street. At our reunions on my Mother’s side we typically gather in her home town, although this year’s reunion in in Missouri. The planning committee looks for a resort that can take reservations for cabins and camp sites, and people often stay at the resort for about a week. Some of us can only come for the weekend so that is when we have our big dinner.
At this year’s reunion I thought it would be a nice idea to make a family tree. I have designed a great big tree with my Grandparents at the base, their 12 kids among the branches and then all families attending will bring a piece to add to the tree. I think it is a great idea to have everyone one participate in the completion of the tree when they add their family members. I am not reveling the tree until it is complete to all so that it is a great surprise.
Everyone knows the best gift for a graduate is cold hard cash but what else can they use? For graduates I don’t know well I always give them cash, its easy, convenient, and appreciated on both ends. I love not having to shop or wrap. When I do know a graduate well I like the give something more personal even if it is just part of the gift. I like to believe they appreciate it and will always keep it and think of me and how kind and thoughtful I am when they use it. I know, it’s most likely a fairy tale but I am going to keep on doing it anyway.
Other go to graduation gifts are gift baskets, I like to fill up a container they can use with items they will need. A good container is a clothes basket or a waste paper basket, the basket becomes a useful part of the gift and there is also NO WRAPPING! Items in the baskets can be laundry soap, household cleaners, homemade dish cloths, easy foods, their favorite recipes and ingredients for them, a gift card for groceries or gas. These are all great items graduates need as they take the next step in life. A clock is also a great graduation gift or a book. One of my favorite gifts was to my nephew, I have him a hammock, he does love it and I think it is great that he spends time there and I could be a part of that.