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For Him:

1. One for One. That is Toms’s motto. For every pair of shoes sold they give a pair to a child in need. What could be better than that? Get a little give a little.

For Her:

1. No one likes walking to class – or anywhere else for that matter – in shoes that get your feet soaked. Hunter boots are a necessity for icky weather. Best of all they will last for years!

2. Queen’s Poppy King created these lipstick shades for Kate Spade New York. They are bold,  and most of all, fun.

For Both:

1. This little gadget boils water in about 30 seconds. This watched pot will boil! It is also energy efficient for your green gift-getter. Got an avid tea-drinker on your list? This is the perfect solution!!

2. Wallpaper City Guides are the best travel guides around. They offer the most up to date information on over 80 cities written by both magazine editors and residents. Whether visiting for 48 hours or 2 weeks, these guides will ensure a trip nothing short of fulfilling.

                                 3. Music, apps, T.V., movies and more. Everyone can use this iTunes gift card!!

Written by Real Life 101, Inc.

December 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm


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Nothing makes us feel more special than when someone creates something just for us.  We’ve done all the shopping to help you find the perfect gift for your special someone.

One of Oprah’s favorite companies, Felix Doolittle, is a perfect place to go for a unique personalized gift.  They carry stationery, recipe cards, book plates, invitations, return-address stickers and much more. There isn’t anything we don’t like on this site, but here are a few of our favorite items:

Play date cards

What parent wouldn’t want to share these darling cards with new friends?  They don’t get any cuter than this, folks!

Choose from almost 100 illustrations to get the right look and feel for your child.

20 illustrated play date cards on 2.5” x 3.5” medium weight with rounded corners.



Recipe cards

Finally, a recipe card worthy of our amazing recipes!  24 Recipe cards with 3 each of 8 illustrations personalized with the cook’s name.  5” x 7” medium weight with rounded corners.


Bakers labels

How many times to we bake treats to take to friends, neighbors and coworkers?  Here’s a darling label to “spice up” your special deliveries.

Choose from over 50 designs to embody your cooking style.  25 individual personalized and illustrated cards, 2.75” x 4” on premium self-adhesive paper.


Book plates

The perfect gift for a voracious reader, these book plates add a personal touch to any book collection.  Choose from over 50 designs to reflect the taste of your fellow librarian.  25 individual personalized and illustrated labels, 2.75” x 4” on premium self-adhesive paper.


Shutterfly offers a wide variety of photographic gifts which easily interface with your digital photos.  You’ll find photo books, mouse pads, magnets, notepads, mugs, stickers, wall decals, playing cards, tote bags, calendars and much more.

Wall calendars

Everyone needs a calendar, and Shutterfly allows you to create a calendar with your own photos in a snap.  Keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and more by placing important dates on the calendar before it is printed.  Simply drag-and-drop your photos into the already prepared templates.

Choose from 20 stylish designs and showcase up to 9 photos in collage layouts. Personalize dates with a photo and text (Three events per date.) Calendar measures 8×11 and is printed on high-quality cardstock.

$15-$27 each

Photo mugs

A great gift for your favorite tea or coffee drinker, a customized photo mug is a fun way to commemorate the memories you share.  Shutterfly makes it easy with different boarders, messages and colors to give the mugs your own special touch.


Canvas wall art

Take your favorite photos to the next level by turning them into wall art printed on canvas.  Available in several sizes and shapes, this is the perfect gift for your parents or loved ones.


Playing cards

Customize a set of playing cards with your favorite photos for the card shark in your life.  This poker-size deck comes in a hard case.


How many times have you wanted to make customized tees for your family reunion, sports team, club, company or special event?  This site allows you to place your design on a garment of your choice.  They’ve got caps, bags, aprons, robes, blankets, tees, outerwear, polos, fleece and even infant and toddler wear.  Available in any size and color, this is really the go-to site for creating your special piece.

Simply choose your garment, upload your artwork (you need to create the artwork in advance), specify whether you want embroidery or screen printing, the location of the artwork and voila, customized garments in no time flat.  From one shirt to 1,000, this is the place to go.  Their friendly customer service team cannot be beat, and their prices are great.

Pottery barn has a vast array of personalized gifts including cosmetic bags, soaps, candles, towels, robes, luggage, trophies, decanters, cocktail shakers, clocks, barware, glassware, coasters, plates, vases, jewelry boxes, frames, pillows and blankets.  Here is a link to the personalized gifts page.

Monogrammed Oval Soap

Who wouldn’t want these beautiful soaps for their guest bathroom?  Infused with a paperwhite scent, this set of 6 triple-milled oval soaps leave skin soft and smooth.  They are made with only vegetable-based ingredients and are available with a single-initial or a 3-initial monogram.


Cigar Cutter

An indispensable tool for all cigar aficionados, this cutter has the weight, precision and silver-plated finish of the best designs. Have it monogrammed, and give it as a stocking stuffer. Or make a special gift set by combining it with the coordinating Silver Cigar holder.  6″ long x 2″ wide, and made of zinc alloy with a silver-plated finish.


Saddle Leather iPad® Cover

Crafted of complexly grained buffalo leather with a lightly distressed cognac coloring, this piece offers handsome, durable storage.   It is 8″ wide x 1″ deep x 10″ high and made of distressed leather over MDF; dark-brown faux suede interior.



Bohemian Bottle Stoppers

This set of two stoppers adds a lovely decorative touch to leftover wine. Inspired by chandelier crystals, these glass wine stoppers have cut-glass finials that crown heavy zinc alloy.  Rectangle: 1.5 x 5″ high and Round: 2.25″ diam., 4.75″ high. Rubber gaskets ensure an airtight fit on bottles in a range of shapes and sizes.


No matter what gifts you choose for the special people in your life, it’s worth checking to see if they can be personalized.

There are dozens of companies which will embroider, etch or imprint your gifts, and sometimes that personalization can make all the difference.

Happy Shopping!

Written by Real Life 101, Inc.

December 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm