Summertime Gift Ideas for the Griller

The summer season is filled with the aroma of sizzling hamburgers and hot dogs wafting in the air. The hot weather brings out the scent of burning charcoal and vats of spicy barbeque sauce. Neighborhoods swell with family gatherings and celebrations for the Fourth of July. It’s a time of great joy for the griller at heart. Whether you’re looking for the perfect birthday gift or wish to help a loved one kick off the season, consider the following summertime gift ideas for the grilling enthusiast:

Butcher’s Choice Fancy Foil

A quirky novelty gift for a griller may include decorative foil. Butcher’s Choice Fancy Foil is embellished with choice cuts of meat – perfect for lining serving trays or packing doggie bags for BBQ guests. Some people have even used the foil to wrap presents. They also make a BBQ Buddies Fancy Foil that offers images of hamburgers and hot dogs.

Bobby Flay BBQ Books

Take a peek at the book selection of Bobby Flay BBQ books. Some of the most popular titles include Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, Bobby Flay’s Grill It!, Bobby Flay’s Grilling For Life, and Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook: Explosive Flavors from the Southwestern Kitchen.

A New Grill

From electric smokers to grills on wheels, there are plenty of options to consider when buying someone a new grill. Small portable models are priced as low as $14.99 with other options costing thousands of dollars. For the loved one who spends a great deal of time in the backyard admiring their next grilling masterpiece or who constantly invites friends over for a BBQ, you may want to consider the extremely fancy selection called the TableQ Charcoal Grill. The TableQ is a table that comes integrated with a center grilling section offering three indirect cooking temperatures. The design keeps the table surface and grill body cool while guests are seated.

Other gift ideas for grillers may include:

Gift Ideas that Glow in the Dark

my_pet_fireflyThere’s just something special about a gift that illuminates the darkness of a room or outdoor sky. This eye-catching feature is one that attracts loved ones of all ages. Glow-in-the-dark gifts certainly make turning out the lights fun and exciting. To get you started on finding the perfect gift, consider the following suggestions:

My Pet Firefly

Available in green, blue and pink, this a humane way to enjoy the glow of a lightening bug with their pet fireflies. This gift creates a flickering light effect that moves with realistic motions. The “firefly” comes in a custom sculpted glass that is fun for all ages. All you need is 2 AA batteries to keep your pet aglow.

Glow-in-the-Dark Stars

Encourage a child’s interest in astronomy by decorating their room with glow-in-the-dark celestial bodies, including a crescent moon and stars in assorted sizes. Some sets include the planets and other elements of the Solar System, such as comets and constellations. Turn out the lights and watch the night skies light up the ceiling and walls.

Glow-in-the-Dark Nail Polish

For the fashionable tween who is not afraid to shine with personality, consider gifting a glow-in-the-dark nail polish set. Other cosmetic accessories to consider include glow-in-the-dark lipstick, hair pieces, and press-on nails (including glowing tips). This idea makes a perfect gesture for the Halloween season.

Glow-in-the-Dark Lightsabers for Lego

The creativity of Lego toys never ceases to amaze and entertain children and adults alike. Sized to fit into the hands of Lego characters, these glow-in-the-dark accessories illuminate after charging in strong light.

Wii Dual Glow Sabers

For the Star Wars fanatic that enjoys a good game of Nintendo Wii, gift a pair of glow sabers (red and blue) that help enhance gameplay for sword-fighting and slashing titles. The Dual Glow Sabers pack also comes with interchangeable saber extensions and two custom Wii remote cradles. You will need two AAA batteries to operate your Glow Sabers.

Glow in the Dark Paint

Paints that produce a glow-in-the-dark effect are quite popular with kids. Depending on the age and function, there are many different options to consider. Some paints come in aerosol cans (like Krylon spray paint), while others require a brush, such as the DecoArt Glow-in-the-Dark Paint for craft projects. Kid projects for glow-in-the-dark paint may include decorating a T-shirt, backpack, or creating a work of art that hangs in their room.

Crayola Glow Station

When looking for a creative fun gift for a young child, the Crayola Glow Station incorporates a glow-in-the-dark canvas (the size of a poster), which has built-in hanging features. With the help of a light wand, a crystal tip attachment creates magic coloring effects. Additional accessories include stencil sheets and a dry erase marker.

Gift Ideas for Drinkers

Ice-cold beers on game night. A glass of wine with dinner. The life of the party. You probably know someone in your family or amongst friends that fits this description. When shopping for gifts for those who enjoy beer, wine, champagne and other alcoholic beverages, consider some of the following suggestions:

Home Bartender Set

There are plenty of gift ideas for the loved one in need of a barware set, accessories, and bartending gadgets. For example, the Pro Bartender Cocktail Mixing Set comes with a stainless steel shaker, mixing glass, 2-sided measuring jigger, and a heavy-duty combination bottle opener/cork puller. Avid readers and adventurous drinkers may enjoy a book full of cocktail and mixed drink recipes. For a unique gift idea, consider the Boston Cocktail Shaker Gift Set – Includes Hawthorn Strainer, Muddler, Bar Spoon with masher, 25ml and 50ml Jiggers and a WIN-WARE pocket size cocktail making guide. All enclosed in a WIN-WARE gift box – Great kit for home/recreation use!

Homemade Beer Kit

For the loved one who enjoys a cold glass of beer with meals, perhaps they’d be interested in exploring ways on how to make their own brews. There are homemade beer kits to fit a range of budgets and levels of enthusiasm. For example, the Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Beer Kit is a reusable kit that only requires the addition of water. Home brews are made in as little as 14 days.

Decorative Stir and Swizzle Sticks

For the martini drinker, decorative stir sticks add class and character to a personal bar. Consider the personality of your loved one to pick out the perfect theme. If you are buying a gift for someone with a sweet tooth, choose sugar-candy straws with a lemony flavor from Hammond’s Candies. They add flavor and color to drinks. A few ideas for decorative swizzle sticks include:

  • Tropical theme with pineapples and palm trees
  • Sea life theme with starfish and dolphins
  • Fruit bowl theme with apple, cherry, orange and strawberry designs
  • Holiday themes, such as Halloween pumpkins, Christmas trees, and the Easter bunny

Personalized Drinking Vessels

For the couple that likes to drink together, add the last name of a newly married pair to create the regal look of a personalized beer stein. Choose champagne glasses and have the names of bride and groom etched on. Personalized flasks also make popular Christmas or birthday gifts for drinkers.

Drinking Games

For the fun-loving drinker that likes to add a twist to their parties and get-togethers, there are plenty of drinking games to consider. The Shot Roulette Drinking Game incorporates gambling and drinking entertainment. There’s a Drinking Darts Game for the sportsman at heart. Travel back to your childhood with a Spin the Bottle Adult Drinking Game. Other gift ideas involve board games, cards, and dice – the possibilities are endless.

Cool Gift Alert – Play-and-Freeze Ice Cream Maker

Play-and-Freeze-Ice-Cream-Maker-inflatable-coverJust when you thought swimming in the backyard or camping out couldn’t get any more fun – there is a new way to cool down that makes a delightful, fun gift for anyone. Liven up a birthday party. Celebrate the Fourth of July. Put a smile on your child’s face. The possibilities are endless when you purchase a Play-and-Freeze Ice Cream Maker.

For a moment, let’s imagine an inflatable ice cream maker that works in the same manner as an old-fashioned churner. The only difference is that you don’t have to put much effort into making your sweet treat. All you have to do is place your ingredients in the pint- or quart-size inner compartment. The rest of the ball is filled with ice and rock salt. An inflatable cover is slipped on over the ball. The ice cream is made as you toss the ball around while in the pool. It takes anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to get a cool refreshing treat in the summertime – depending on the level of effort put into getting the ball moving.

The swimming pool is not the only place that the Play-and-Freeze Ice Cream Maker comes in handy. The ball is perfect for camping trips, picnics, and family barbecues. You could also break the ice during a kiddie birthday party. The inflatable ball and cover come in two sizes (pint and quart), and comes in a variety of colors, such as blue, green and pink. The Play-and-Freeze Ice Cream Maker also comes with a recipe booklet and 1-year warranty in most cases. Creations can be as simple as combining cream, sugar and vanilla, but you can let your imagination run wild. Get yours today!

Gift Ideas for New Fathers

81MIRHKkVSL._SL1500_Over the years, the number of products available to new fathers has greatly increased. Companies now offer choices that emphasis style, enhance function, set trends, and celebrate fatherhood. Below you will find gift ideas for new fathers that help increase bonding time, promote safety, and assist Dads in easing into the role of becoming a new parent:

Stylish Baby Carrier

Keeping a baby safe, close by and in comfort is a priority for parents when they’re out and about with their infant. The portability factor of baby carriers also helps create stronger bonds between parent and child. Baby carriers additionally allow men to conveniently keep an eye on their child while completing everyday tasks and chores, such as mowing the lawn. For a new father, a carrier can seem daunting at first, but to make the transition easier, perhaps you could gift one of the following trendy options: Baby K’tan Baby Carrier (shown), Sport ERGO Baby Carrier, and Phil and Teds Escape Baby Carrier.

Diaper Bag for Men

Changing diapers isn’t just for the mommies and today, there are plenty of stylish options for new fathers to consider. For instance, the Building The Foundation Daddy Diaper Bag comes with seven convenient outside pockets and a small zipper pocket inside for storing toys and cell phone. The adjustable strap makes wearing it over the shoulder a breeze. The inscription “Daddy’s Little Project” on the front will bring a smile every time!

Cool Baby Mobile

If you’re shopping for a new father who’d rather not stare at pink bunnies and cows jumping over the moon, perhaps they’d enjoy a baby mobile geared towards the sports fan at heart. Sports usually incorporated into such a mobile include baseball, basketball, football, and soccer. For example, Bedtime Originals Super Sports Musical Mobile is made with dangling footballs and baseballs that stimulate a baby’s eye development. There are also team-specific mobiles, such as the New York Yankees Baseball Mobile by Distributoys that actually plays “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” With a dangling baseball, a baby will also have four adorable characters wearing the team logo to keep him or her busy.

Digital Camera and Photo Frame

Babies grow fast! Give the new Dad a digital camera so he can take pictures of his baby from day one! The Nikon COOLPIX L830 Digital Camera with HD Video is a great choice! Another great one is Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Digital Camera due to its quiet, fast, very responsive full resolution burst mode that will help the new Dad catch his baby’s smiles and fun moments in no time! A digital photo frame like NIX Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor would allow him to show off all the pictures of his baby while at work!

Personalized Baseball Mitt

If the new father in your life is now caring for a bouncing baby boy, commemorate the occasion with a personalized baseball mitt. Add the name, date, time of birth, and measurements to a newly bought leather baseball glove. Package the mitt neatly in a box to create a simple yet touching gesture for a new father.

Gift Ideas for Baseball Lovers

From a personalized wooden pen in the shape of a baseball bat to team-themed bedding or even a baseball table lamp, using a favorite sport is a good way to get ideas for gifts. If you want to knock one out of the park with your gift choice, you first need to know your loved one’s favorite team. Get to know the team colors, mascot and logo. Then, map out a game plan and start your gift search. To get you started, a few gift ideas for baseball lovers include:

Baseball Apparel

The MLB organizations make millions of dollars by selling themed apparel. From baseball jerseys to hoodies, it’s quite easy to get a hold of team apparel, especially if your loved one cheers for the home team. Other places to browse include eBay, FootLocker, FinishLine, Nike.com, and local department stores. Your loved one didn’t have to pitch for their college team, but if they love baseball – a sentimental gift idea might be to purchase collegiate clothing from their alma mater. Think baseball jerseys, baseball caps, or a stadium jacket. Let them wear their school colors with pride while celebrating their favorite sport.

BASEBALL MOM SHIRT
BASEBALL MOM SHIRT by Lizreg
Check out more Baseball T-Shirts at Zazzle
Denver Bears Tees
Denver Bears Tees by crum6178
Check out other Baseball T-Shirts at zazzle.com

Rare Baseball Cards

For the collector at heart, getting a hold of a rare baseball card is like finding the Holy Grail. To increase the specialness of the gift, autographed rare cards will earn endless cool points with your loved one. Perhaps they are missing a card in a set. Maybe they’ve been trying to track down their favorite player. Sports-related shops, memorabilia shops, auction sites (like eBay), and online card galleries are just some of the places you can look for your next gift. Also, don’t count out estate sales and pawn shops to seek out valuable baseball cards.

Autographed Baseball Card

A less expensive route to paying homage to favorite players is to track down autographed baseball cards of current stars. If your loved one enjoys a good piece of signed memorabilia or other items, don’t forget that baseballs, gloves, hats, posters and prints are also just as nice.

Baseball Clock

From the typical colorful timepiece that hangs on the wall to the classic carved wooden beauty, a clock that pays homage to baseball could make the perfect gift for a birthday. Clocks are not only functional, but can also decorate any room – especially a private study, den, or office.

Baseball Fan Wall Clock
Baseball Fan Wall Clock by DizzyDebbie
Look at another Wall Clock at zazzle.com

Unique Baseball

How cool is it to gift an authentic baseball bearing city designs?  These eye-catching baseballs are made out of leather and present a colorful outline of regional standouts of popular destinations. Some of the cities available include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington.

More Baseball Gift Ideas

Baseball Mugs
Baseball Mugs by Just2Cute
Check out more Baseball Mugs at Zazzle
Baseballs Collage Commuter Bag
Baseballs Collage Commuter Bag by dgpaulart
Shop for another Bag for Laptop at zazzle.com

Gifts for People who Love the Color Orange


People who are attracted to the color orange are often flamboyant, enthusiastic, have a warm personality, and are full of energy. Finding just the right gift can become a challenge, but if you zero in on their love of the color – you can work with an assortment of interesting ideas that include bold gemstone creations and quirky, off-the-wall gestures.

Orange Gemstone Jewelry

Wearing jewelry with orange stones is thought to grab the attention of onlookers. Orange is also the color of creativity, so a gift with a gemstone of this shade would especially make a perfect gesture for an artist. The color orange also represents energy, so choose a bracelet, necklace or ring with an orange stone to send ‘get well’ vibes to a loved one. Gemstones with an orange color or tint include oxblood coral, chalcedony, hessonite garnet, fire opal, amber, sunstone, chrysoberyl, and topaz.

Garfield

The iconic cat from the Sunday morning comics is a favorite of many and could very well appeal to someone that loves the color orange. From DVD movies, cartoon collections, and stuffed animals, there are plenty of gift ideas to consider, such as key chains, clock, jigsaw puzzles, pencils, handheld massager, and a vintage coffee mug highlighting the personality of the infamous feline.

A Cheetos Gift Basket

If you’re looking for a light-hearted idea for a gift basket that highlights the energy of the color orange, allow Chester the Cheetah and an assortment of Cheetos and cheese curls to do the trick. Fill a simple wicker basket with the fun snacks, wrap with decorative ribbon and top with colorful bow. If you are lucky to find one, a plush orange cheetah could bring an extra smile.

Carrot Cake

Often decorated with carrots or flashes of orange frosting, carrot cake makes a sweet gift for a loved one crazy about the color. Local bakeries or mail-order gourmet stores will offer a variety of options for the cake that may include cream cheese frosting, finely grated carrot topping, walnuts, raisins, and crushed pineapple.

An Orange Tree

Gifting an orange tree is appropriate for people that live in a climate that accommodates the needs of the plant. It’s certainly the gift that keeps on giving with juicy, colorful fruit. Depending on where you purchase the orange tree, the average price is around $50.

Gift Ideas for Rabbit Lovers

Whether they are caring for a new Easter bunny or have been cuddling with a floppy-eared companion for years, gift ideas for rabbit lovers may range from unique toys for pets to presents for toddlers. If you’re looking for ways to put a smile on a bunny lover’s face, consider some of the following suggestions.

Kiddie Costumes

Perfect for a gift around Halloween or Eastertime, bunny costumes for kids are usually a hit with fairly new parents. For the rabbit lover, there’s nothing cuter than a pair of bunny ears to complement the chubby cheeks of an infant. This sweet gift idea provides the opportunity to create adorable picture-perfect moments.

Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

Thanks to Beatrix Potter, the tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny are a classic – spurring a following for the stories, original artwork, illustrations, and plush toys. Out of all the rabbit characters on the market, Peter is a definite favorite. With the Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Classic Gift Set, you can gift an eco-friendly hardcover collection of stories that include Jeremy Fisher and Tom Kitten.


Rabbit Gift Basket

When a loved one has recently received a rabbit as a pet, a gift basket filled with essentials makes a delightful gesture. Popular items to consider include treats, grooming products and toys. Peter’s Waterless Rabbit Shampoo keeps squirmy, hard-to-bathe pets clean. Offering hours of fun and exercise, choose a natural grass ball that is safe to chew and helps with proper dental health. Dried fruit drops and yogurt chips add a tasty feature to a gift basket for rabbits.

Rabbit Hutch

For the extreme rabbit lover that may have more than one pet or enjoys breeding their pets, you will surely impress by gifting an outdoor rabbit hutch. These structures provide protected shelter and may offer outlets for breeding and exercise. For example, the Rabbit Hutch with a View comes with non-slip ramp and hatch door to restrict access between levels, a pull-out plastic pan, an attic with convenient removable floor. A less expensive hideaway for a rabbit is the Grassy Roll-a-Nest Hideout, which promotes natural nesting instincts in small animals.

More Wabbit Gifts


Jute Tote Bags - Eco-Friendly & Recyclable

Cuddle Toe Slippers, White, 6-12 Months

"Easter Bunny" Gift Basket for Girls

Baby Aspen Bunnies in the Garden 3-Piece Gift Set

K&H Heated Resting Mat for Small Animals

Easter Bunny Vehicle Costume

Elope White Rabbit Topper

Gund Easter Magnolia Bunny 18" Plush

Gift Ideas for Fans of Vincent Van Gogh

A master artist during the Age of Expressionism, Vincent Van Gogh famously painted some of the most recognizable works of art in the world. Bouts of mental illness caused him to famously cut off his ear and madness finally drove the artist to commit suicide in 1890. When choosing gifts for a fan of Van Gogh, popular themes often center on his colorful paintings, Starry Night and Sunflowers. Below you will find a few gift ideas for fans of Vincent Van Gogh.

Daily Journal

The market is filled with journals and sketch pads decorated with sunflowers and the vibrant blue/yellow colors of Starry Night.

Sunflowers Gardening Gift Basket

Use faux sunflowers to decorate a gift basket for a gardening enthusiast that includes packets of seeds with gloves, trowel, shovel, and hand rake. Other items to consider: sun hat, lemonade mix, luxurious hand soap, and hand shears. Instead of using a basket to pack the gifts, think outside the box – such as arranging items in a watering can or gardening tote.

Sunflower Jewelry

The bright colors of sunflower jewelry (like this fashionable cuff by DBK Design Arts) add a splash of yellow to outfits with accessories that demand attention. For a pricier gesture, seek out earrings or a pendent with petals made out of gold and a center filled with diamonds.

Van Gogh Sunflowers Colored Pencil Set

“Sunflowers” was the first of a series of still-life oil paintings that Van Gogh created with variations of three or fifteen flowers. At Shakespeare’s Den, you can find a delightful gift for art lovers with the “Sunflowers” Colored Pencil Set. With six different colors (black, white, blue, red, yellow, and green) measuring 3 ½” long, this decorative set is perfect for Van Gogh fans, sunflower lovers, and budding artists.

Van Gogh Irises Art Tote Bag

To carry the beauty of Van Gogh’s work wherever you go, the Van Gogh Irises Art Tote Bag is sold on ArtistGifts.com and pays homage to the artist’s painting, Garden of Irises. You can also pair with a matching mini umbrella of the same print.

This post was written by Yona Williams.

E-Readers for Gifts

When looking for a gift to satisfy a book enthusiast, you may want to consider an e-reader – especially if they enjoy electronics or like to travel. Thanks to the beauty of competition, some of the most popular electronic reading device makers have started to lower their original prices. Other companies are also making it more affordable to give an e-reader as a gift.

What is an E-Reader?

An e-reader (or e-book reader) is a portable electronic device that is made for the purpose of reading digital publications – such as books and periodicals. This type of reader is quite similar to that of a tablet computer, but is limited to the kinds of functions a user is permitted to perform. An electronic paper technology using ‘electronic ink’ creates enhanced readability on the screens. Other advantages include a longer battery life and ability to read in bright sunlight conditions.

Some of the most popular e-readers to consider for a gift include:

  • Amazon Kindle Amazon.com is considered one of the most popular e-readers on the market with a line of products that offers an array of convenient features. The wireless connectivity allows users to shop for, download, browse and read e-books, magazines, and newspapers. The first Kindle was introduced in 2007 with the larger-screened DX model released in 2009. The Kindle Fire HDX not only acts as a reader, but also acts like a tablet computer.
  • Barnes & Noble Nook The Barnes & Noble brand of e-readers was based on using an Android platform that originally launched in 2009. The original device included both Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity. Some of the models of Nook include the Nook Color with a color LCD screen, and the Nook Simple Touch. One of the latest models is NOOK HD Tablet Snow.
  • Sony Reader Sony released the first in their line of e-readers in 2006, which have evolved over the years. Current models need no power to maintain a static image and offers portrait and landscape orientation. The reader also has the capability of displaying Adobe PDFs, RSS newsfeeds, JPEGs, and can even play MP3 audio files.
  • Kobo Kobo e-readers offer Wireless and Touch models. The Kobo Touch model comes with an infrared touch-screen interface. The device offers 1GB of memory (or around 1,000 books), where you can also use up to 32GB SD card to expand your collection.
  • Pandigital What started as a company that focused on manufacturing digital photo frames, now offers a line of e-readers, such as the Pandigital Novel Digital Book Reader that comes with a 7-inch color screen and Wi-Fi.

Gift Ideas for Apple iPad Accessories

The Apple iPad is a line of tablet computers that enhances an audio-visual media experience by offering a portable mean of accessing books, movies, music, games, magazines, and web content. The size and weight of the devices are somewhere between a smartphone and laptop – making it a popular item amongst app-happy tech lovers and convenient gadget hunters. If you have a loved one that owns an iPad, you may want to consider some of the following gift ideas for accessories:

Leather Case

For the stylish businessman or-woman, leather cases for the iPad come in an array of colors, including red, blue, purple, pink, brown and black. Some cases provide a convenient built-in stand that makes reading easier, while others simply protect the unit during travel with a secure snap. Some options come with a strap for the shoulder that makes it easier to transport the iPad – especially during times of travel and when attending classes.

Personalized iPad Case

You could also opt to give the gift of a personalized iPad case. With My-Edge, you can design a customized jacket for the iPad, iPad2, e-readers, or other tablet devices. Using interactive design tools, you can import your own photos or select from a gallery of artwork to create a personalized gift for your iPad-owning loved one. If you do not feel like creating your own iPad case as a gift, you can simply purchase one decorated with the first initial of your loved one.

Stylish Earbuds

From Swarovski crystals to the colors of the rainbow, there are endless options for choosing a stylish pair of earbuds to give as a gift.

Touch Screen Stylus

A PDA stylus allows a user to quickly take notes or tap the screen of an iPad when they do not feel like using their finger. For some users, the stylus greatly increases their speed and accuracy when using the tablet. The end of a stylus is made with a soft rubber tip that prevents scratches on the handheld screen. Touch screen stylus also come in different colors, such as red, blue, silver, white, and black. Select this item as a stocking stuffer for Christmas time or filler for a gift basket with an electronics theme.

iPad Keyboard

The iPad comes equipped with a touch screen, but not everyone feels comfortable with this kind of technology and may prefer the function of a keyboard. You may consider purchasing a keyboard dock, wireless keyboard, or a Bluetooth flexible silicon keyboard – many of which offer an ergonomic design that helps prevent strain.

iPad Accessory Bundle

A handful of companies have created bundled packages of goodies for iPad users that may include cases, protection screens, cables, and chargers (for the home and car).

iTunes Gift Card

If you have a music or app fanatic on your hands, perhaps the best thing is to buy an iTunes gift card and let them choose the latest tunes they’d like to listen to on their iPad.

How to Dress Up a Gift Card

Gift cards are functional gestures that accommodate any special occasion or holiday. They help shoppers give a gift that allows the recipient to choose what they like best. This method comes in handy for people that have no idea what to get someone, and also saves the day with a last-minute gift idea. However, some people turn their noses up at gift cards because they feel they are impersonal or too small in size. They are sometimes left with a feeling that they “didn’t do enough.” Luckily, dressing up a gift card is a good way to add personal touches and show someone how much you care.

Say ‘goodbye’ to the little envelope and consider the following suggestions:

Helium Balloon

The colorful display and endless number of decorative shapes, sayings and themes make helium balloons a delightful accompaniment to a gift card. Opt for a bouquet of ‘Happy Birthday’ balloons or choose the shape of your nephew’s favorite superhero. When presenting your gift, you can attach to the end of the string or tape the gift on a part of the balloon that conceals the card. Just make sure the balloon doesn’t float away with your gift card before you have a chance to give it to your loved one.

Box of Candy

For the loved one with a sweet tooth that is hard to shop for, consider slipping a gift card inside the lid of a decadent box of chocolates. Amazon.com gift cards go well with chocolate. If you can stand the suspense, place the gift card underneath the chocolates so as they start to nibble – your sweet gesture is revealed.

Stuffed Animal

Who can resist an adorable teddy bear holding a gift card to Victoria Secrets as a Valentine’s Day gift? A friendly stuffed animal face can also make the transition into a new home more pleasant – especially when holding a gift card to the Home Depot, Pier 1, or Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Hide It in another Gift

You can always purchase a smaller gesture to hide your gift card. For example, coffee lovers will squeal at the added bonus of a Starbucks, Panera Bread, or Dunkin Donuts gift card hiding in a bag of gourmet beans. For the small business owner, slip an Office Max or Staples gift card inside a personalized business card case. Hide a gift card to Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics in a basket full of yarn.

Gag Gift

There are plenty of ways to distract and add a laugh to the gift-giving process of your small-sized present. All you have to do is think outside the box and settle on an unusual gesture that opens the door for a welcomed sigh of relief. A few suggestions include:

  • Gift an ugly Christmas sweater with a gift card to their favorite department store taped to the label.
  • Offer one used shoe from a thrift shop with a gift card to a footwear store, such as Nine West or Zappos slipped inside or taped to the bottom of the heel.
  • Wrap a slice of cheesecake with a Cheesecake Factory gift card tucked inside
  • Box a Big Mac with a gift card to their favorite restaurant taped to the hamburger’s wrapper