We have talked about buying gifts for those people you love, but how about those other people that you need to buy for yet you have no clue what to buy for them or enough about them to make the gift personable. I'm hoping I can throw a few ideas your way that might help you plug in for those odd ones left.
Liquor...that is one of the easiest things you can purchase around is everyone's love for getting their drink on. We have lots of different fun gifts that fall into that category. From wine glasses that will hold an entire bottle in one glass, to traveling wine bottle holders, trays for cheese on top of wine glasses, openers and more. If you know the person has a love for a certain type of liquor come in and we can direct you to some ideas for the beer drinker, wine or maybe even bourbon drinkers. Our frozen beer glasses and wine glasses have been a huge hit. They were featured on the today show and are an easy gift to give someone. We have pairs or can buy individually. We also have a couple options of whiskey stones that are great for the whiskey, bourbon or scotch lovers.
Another fun idea for people you don't know a lot about is gift certificates....for your favorite local places. This is your chance to share the love of your community and also give back. Don't run out and get them a gift certificate for a big box, go to your favorite local eating place and get them a gift certificate and add a note of what makes you happy there. Or one for your favorite local mom and pop shop. Maybe they haven't heard about it and perfect way to put money back into your community plus share a place you enjoy.
How about a tea towel? Those are always a huge hit. Our tea towels that make you giggle are a hit year round. Everyone uses kitchen towels and they are an adorable and affordable gift. Plus, they totally make people smile. We have towels that hit just about everything. We have ones from Paris with the most adorable prints including Marie Antoinette, to BFF, mom's, teachers, drinkers and more...
Signs, signs, everywhere is signs...(come in and name that song today ( valid on TUESDAY) and you'll receive 10% off your purchase!) We have so many fun signs that you could use for all those random people left! We have signs (naming ones we still have in stock...) that are funny holiday ones, that you could give to any female. We have alcohol, wine, firemen, inspirational, song lyrics and more. Everyone loves these and let's be honest, they make us happy!!
We will be open today 11-6 pm so make sure to come by and let me help you check people off your list, and don't forget I will wrap for you! I believe a good chunk of other NOTO stores will also be open so stop in and I can help direct you.
Alright, I have put it out there. We know we all do it, and if you haven't been using PooPourri chances are there are times that you or your loved ones may have encountered some awkward times. I discovered this product while traveling on the east coast probably about 5 years ago. If you have ever spent time with me, you know I may have to use the restroom, a lot, and this product has been an embarrassment saver more times than I can count.
BUT, here is the kicker...you have to spray 3-4 squirts IN the toilet/"loo" before you go. Once you have started, you can't really go back on the smell...and you can't spray it in the air to cover the stink. Because then it just smells like poo and lemons. Plus...it does contain natural oils so if you misfire it enough times onto a tile floor, the oil slick seems like it could be a slippy hazard to me! Maybe just hint to the fellas that could be using it to spray inside the toilet.
This honestly is one of my favorite gifts to give. Not only is it the best for white elephant exchanges because everyone fights for it, it's also fun to give girlfriends. Although they say they never poop, this is one they wish I would give them yearly! :)
Here are other ideas who could use:
-white elephant exchanges
-secret santa exchanges
-backpack/book bag/work bag
-your guest bathroom
-where your partner "reads"
-anyone that poops! :)
Stop in, we have about 6 different scents and a few gift sets lefts! Plus, don't forget you can order online also. Kim has been able to ship out most orders every day so you will have a quick turn around time. If it's your first online order, enter coupon code POOP to receive 10% off your first order.
P.S. I have loved you all keeping up and stopping into the shop after reading! It's fun to know you are reading and enjoying.
There really is something to be said when you purchase a gift where thought has been put into it and noted to the receiver. If you have ever had someone that is an amazing gift giver, you would know what I am talking about. They are one step ahead on buying the perfect gift for you and you can't believe they thought about it or noticed the want/need. People like that don't come along that often, but when they do, they are amazing gift givers and you appreciate the thought that they put into the gift.
And although I don't believe I was born a good gift giver, I have learned over the years to pay attention, take notes, and try and make the gift reflect a need, personality, or love of/for the person. (which I might add has nothing to do with the price or the monetary value) It is more about taking notice of things that are mentioned or notice things that could make someone's life easier and trying to solve the problem.
The jewelry shown above is by Bailey Marable of Dulces Jewelry. They are not only gorgeous pieces that are hand cut, but you can really put some thought into gifts like these to remind people of a special time or place, something that reminds you of them, or a wish or mantra you want for someone. Of course, most all women love jewelry and sometimes the sentiment and the story behind it from even a friend can mean just as much.
We love being able to help you with your holiday shopping. We had a local chef come in after reading a previous post about our Gilden Tree Foot Scrubber. She had planned to give her loved ones home made spa products and knew those would be a perfect addition. I would have to agree! Every time they use their foot scrubber even long after her products are gone, they will look at the scrubber and think of her and her products often. Promise!
Who loves to play bartender? Who is loves a chilled beer mug or is a beer connoisseur? Pick up a mixed six pack of craft beers from Jac's Liquor on 21st and Fairlawn and tell them Jenny sent you. They will help you pick out a perfect combo. Maybe you have a wine lover, Tyler is extremely knowledgable on his wines and could help you pick out the perfect bottle for you. We still have a few of the chilled wine glasses left. Add those or ingredients in for Moscow Mules with two mugs and it creates a perfect gift.
-neighbor that you may partake in beer drinking with? Or wine?
-holiday party that you know host loves wine/beer...
-everyone should own a moscow mule mug!!
And NUGZ...oh how I love these things. They are one of the best way to create something personalized. Build a bracelet, earrings, necklace, bag and more that has colors, designs and personalized NUGZ snaps that complete reflects the person receiving. Having interchangeable snaps that you can switch daily to match your outfits and whims.
-grandmas, moms, daughters
-people who wear lanyards
We have created a personalized NUGZ piece for everyone from 6 year olds to 84 year olds. Women love jewelry, and their family...and this is a perfect gift that you can purchase and update each year or holidays. Plus, have a child away at school? The snaps are super easy to mail. Pop one in a card every month to let you child know you are thinking of them. Stop in and let us help you pick out a piece or make sure to check out some of the pieces that are available online. If have any questions or need help give us a call or drop us an email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Each and every city has places that are only found in that town. Many of them are mom and pop shops or restaurants but they add so much color and variety to a city. Those small local independents are what set them apart from other communities. Places that can't be found elsewhere, and Topeka is no different.
Of course as a local supporter and lover, I could rattle off countless places that are local to Topeka that I think are must stops when showing out of town visitors. I want them to see what makes our town unique and special. (so we basically avoid Wanamaker... :) ) I take them to places that are a part of Topeka history...The North Star, BoBo's Drive In, Harold's Prize Package....but I also take them to typical touristy places that are a must see while in our great city.
This year I created a custom pillow that reflects the important highlights of Topeka, KS. I originally did it with Topeka High School being on there simply because it is the first million dollar high school built in the U.S., but then after graduations rolled around I realized that people loved also having the ability to adjust the design to the high school they attended. So we have a wide variety of pillows with different print colors that showcase special places in Topeka. Some include the local high schools, Brown Vs. Board, The Equality House, our gorgeous capitol and more.
These pillows really are perfect gifts for someone who has spent a fair time in Topeka or who happens to be from here. They highlight what makes our town great! So go thru your list...these pillows are perfect on a dorm bed, sofa or in your favorite chair.
Pillow gift ideas:
-foreign exchange students to show special places of where they stayed.
-college kids that have moved away
-Seniors in high school
-People who have grown up in Topeka, or whom have lived here
The other favorite item that has been hugely successful in the shop is our "Home T's". We started carrying these last year and their excitement and the love for them has not wained. These are organic cotton shirts that are extremely roomy and comfortable. They are a unisex style that really does look great on everyone. They run about a size too big and are available in xs-xl. These shirts won't shrink and will be your go to t-shirt when wanting to rock something comfortable.
The best thing about the "Home T's" is that 10 % of the proceeds goes to MS Society. So not only are you getting a fun shirt, you are also helping a cause. If you are a twitter user, you will often find celebrities tweeting with their own home shirts on sharing their pride of their home state. There are a few other off shoots of these shirts, but the states are the main ones and the original ones. These are also the shirts many of you might have caught on Shark Tank.
These are gifts that are reflecting a love and a pride for our city and our state, and I know I love where I am from. Again, both of these items are available on our website and in store. Stop in to grab yours and see whom you could cross off next on your list!
You're giving me a what?
These might be gifts that seem odd, but have been some of my favorites!
The Tervis Tumblers and Gilden Tree Foot Scrubbers would have to be on my list. Let's start with the Tervis Tumblers. Remember that thoughtful gift giver I have mentioned before? Well, I happened to learn about these from them! Now I must admit, when I first looked in their kitchen cabinets and primarily saw plastic cups in an adult home, I did think it was mighty strange. But once I fell in love with them, I too am that household. The obvious things of Tervis tumblers are their ability to reflect your personality and likes. My absolute favorite one is "Rosie the Riveter" and it happens to be our best selling one in store also. Both sizes. Nothing like good ol fashion women power! But we also have some that reflect branches of the military, mom, dad, KU/K-State and the newest addition of the Royals World Series tumblers.
Tervis tumblers are created to hold all of your beverages. Hot or cold. They are double wall insulated, so your cold drinks won't sweat and make a mess. They all have lids that you can drink from, use a straw with(which most women prefer), or close for safe travels. They do come in many size options, but we only carry the 16 and 24 ounce tumblers. I personally love the larger size, where the company would say they sell more of the smaller size. But...the best thing about a Tervis tumbler is that there is a lifetime guarantee. So if your glass cracks, the seal leaks, it gets horribly scratched from the lawn mower....mail it in and they will replace it for free! LOVE IT!
*Who do you know who always carries around a drink? Or has a drink on their desk? Hot or cold!
Gilden Tree terracotta foot scrubber
This was something I received from my sister about 4 years ago for Christmas. And I must admit, I thought it was the weirdest gift ever. "Like serious? You got me a foot scrubber, and a weird one none the less?" Well, I don't say this very often, but my sister was right! And so was Oprah....this little bugger is amazing!
Keep it in your shower, or bathtub. Depending on how bad you have let your feet get, maintaining amazing heels take a scrub a week all year long. Just for a minute. And if you are like some people who haven't sanded your heels in a while, you may want to try using it every day for a week or so. Apply your favorite body scrub or even just cleaning gel, and give it a buff. It is amazing how smooth and healthy your heels will become. They are terra-cotta so if you drop them, they will break. I break one on average every year, but I happen to know where I can find them now. :)
Gilden Tree also has a few other spa/pedicure products and many of them are designed for diabetics with feet problems. I only carry a couple of them, but would be happy to look at expanding the line if saw a local desire. They have a small shea butter hand lotion that I carry in my purse that has a smell that is to die for. It is almost a manly smell that is very clean. It's in a small tub so easy to transport and then to refill from a larger size.
Great ideas for:
-college age girls
It is absolutely crazy to me that we are not only having this amazing weather in December, but that we should all be going thru our list and checking it twice! Part of the the reason I personally love to shop all year long is I have the opportunity to find things that I think have a meaning or are just perfect for the receiver. That way I am able to shop when for when I find something perfect versus what the calendar says and my time allows. And as you know my love for travel, so for me to hit an area similar to NOTO where I can shop small mom and pops and explore other areas is a win win for me all around.
Over the next 14 days, I am going to try and post with holiday ideas that may help you cross people off your list. If you are local, make sure to stop in. We are open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until 6 pm, and Saturdays 10-4. We also are having some additional hours Sunday thru Tuesday so give us a call if you plan to venture out. 785.232.4184 We have no problem setting up appoints to help you with your gift giving needs. (or sending great hints to those who need help buying for you...hint hint) These are of course items that we have in store, but we are also have available online to be delivered to you or to someone special. Just let us know if you would like us to handle the fluff.
I may or may not love these signs. They just make me happy. And honestly, I think in one way or another they make everyone happy! There is something about them and their ability to be able to evoke a feeling that really does make you smile, remember, or think. Plus, no one can ever get too many positive messages around them, even if they involve wine.
These signs come in all sizes and the sayings vary from heartfelt to down right funny. But when you see one that reminds you of someone or has you thinking, it truly makes it a thoughtful gift. And the receiver will hopefully have the same feeling when they find a special place for it.
Grab a silver sharpie marker or find a a paint pen that you are able to see. Flip the board over and write a personal, and quick note on the back side. It may be as simple as "Made me smile..." xo Jenny, or "Thinking of you!" Love, Jenny I promise you, it means something to people that you took the time to inscribe. Whenever you have the chance to make something personalized and write a message or make a note, take it! They forever will think of you when they see it and regardless how long it continues to make an appearance in their home, and they can always check the back to see who the giver was. (you can also use different colored paint pens to fill in a word to highlight or emphasize on the front, and to make a statement in a space.)
So many sayings that make perfect gifts. They start at $8 and range up to $84 for our largest in-house size. Start making your list of whose day you could brighten with one of our signs.
See you soon,