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I am a Midwestern transplant from Upstate NY. My husband and I left our family and friends behind to embark on an employment adventure.

Then we had babies.

The grandparents were still in NY.

Needless to say, there are many road trips back and forth for family visits! I am a stay-at-home momma so that flexibility helps.

I am so excited to be sharing my ideas for gifts with you. I have had a passion for gift shopping for as long as I can remember and I love to scour around for “just the right gift”. I found that there were not many places online that gave different and unique ideas for gifts when I searched around, unless you had an idea of what you were looking for.

These days, most of my “scouring” is through catalogs and the internet because store shopping with three young kids takes some of the passion from the adventure. 🙂 I think I need to do some gift giving to my mailman, UPS and FedEx drivers for all of my online shopping deliveries!

Shopping and planning for gifts to find something fun, different and meaningful is a hobby of mine. A giant collection of handwritten notes and ripped out pages from catalogs and magazines of fabulous gift ideas sits beside my computer. Admittedly, some of those fabulous ideas are for me, but most of them are ideas for other people.

Gettin' to work

If I have purchased an item I will offer my opinion. I cannot vouch for most of the items listed though, they just looked like a great gift. Feel free to read reviews if they are offered and use your own judgment. I do not receive any compensation from any of the products, recipes or sites that I post about. These are my selections of some items that would make neat gifts.

The ideas in this site cover many types of gifts. Giving a gift often comes from the heart and can be more than a social obligation (although there are those obligatory gifts, but they may as well be fun for you too). There are sooooo many ways to give a wonderful gift. It could be store-bought surprises, homemade foods or handmade crafts. Although it is always fun to receive a gift, thinking of the person who gave you the gift every time you use it or eat it can keep you connected.

Every time I snuggle under the couch blanket, drink from that neat glass or the kids play with certain toys and wear certain clothes I think of the person who gave it to us. It reminds me that they took a moment during their busy lives to think about us.

Throughout my journey on this blog I will share ideas for a wide range of gifts and price ranges. I hope to hear from you as well on the fabulous gifts that you have given or received.

Happy gift hunting! Stay a while and browse…



I believe that a gift is more than an item to be received. The giver has taken time and/or money as well as thoughtfulness to make a gesture that should be acknowledged. These days, technology often replaces the handwritten thank you note. Any “thank you” is a wonderful way to let the giver know you recognize their effort and thoughtfulness.

I love the handwritten “thank you” note. First of all, I am a sucker for cards. Secondly, it was required of us as kids to write thank you notes and I guess it just stuck with me. It is also a time for me to send a personal note to people I rarely sit down with to “catch up” on life.

Getting thank you cards on sale and stockpiling them is fun for me and I enjoy finding various types for all the kinds of givers in my life: seasonal, masculine, feminine, silly, artsy, from kids etc.



Most of my fabulous ideas come in a short window of time. I am home with my muffins all day so my brain is usually incapable of coherent thoughts. There are three moments when my brain can function on a higher than basic level…

1. When I have my toddler snuggled up with me while rocking him for naps or bedtime. Then I have to say my thoughts over and over in my head so that I remember them when I leave. This makes me miss the “moment” with my muffin, but what is a girl to do but accept that “it is what it is”!

2. While I am in the car driving and cannot do anything about those fabulous thoughts except hope that I will remember them and everyone will give me time when I get home to jot them down. Never happens. Or send myself an email on warp speed if I am lucky enough to stop at a red light.

3. Almost always when I have hopped into bed. Then I hop out of bed and jot them down in a notebook that I keep in my room just for that purpose. Remembering to leave that notebook in my room and not take it to the computer with me is another story. Many a note has been scribbled on a piece of toilet paper (clean at least) or lately my kids have been coloring pictures in my room and leaving them there, so I write on their pictures. What a gift!


I am one of those people who impose deadlines on themselves even when none really exist. I have to remind myself to “simmer down”…a lot.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jackie Athearn
    Jun 03, 2014 @ 19:32:38

    Hey, don’t I know you. Unfortunately I forgot I was using this email for a while. This is awesome fun. You’re doing a great job and I’m loving your ideas. Did I know you had such a great sense of humor! AJ



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