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Manolo for the Home » Gifts http://manolohome.com Practical Lifestyle Advice for Homemakers and Home Owners Fri, 06 Sep 2013 02:14:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.8 10 Easy Holiday Gifts for the Home http://manolohome.com/2010/11/26/10-easy-holiday-gifts-for-the-home/ http://manolohome.com/2010/11/26/10-easy-holiday-gifts-for-the-home/#comments Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:56:32 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=5132 Gifts for people are easy, but great gifts for people’s home can be a lot more difficult to find. With that in mind, Manolo for the Home has put together a Black Friday list of ten(ish) gifts for the home and for the men and women who live in it in case you’ve found yourself at a loss as to what to buy her or her or him. Have a look and see what inspires, then tell us what are your favorite holiday gifts for the home?

1. A less expensive lookalike:

It’s not always possible to give the best when you can’t afford the best, which is why copycats are so pervasive. I can’t afford the Herman Miller Eames reproduction, but I can afford this Eames-inspired cradle rocker at 24% off with free shipping. Not everyone is cool with designer furniture knockoffs, but if you are, this chair isn’t a bad deal.

2. A little DIY inspiration:

We all know someone who manages to have kids (or dogs), a house, a full-time job, and 15 hobbies, none of which get neglected. Me? I don’t have much time for projects these days *sniff* but I’d still love to get some books like The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor, Real-Life Decor: 100 Easy DIY Projects to Brighten Your Home on a Budget, and DIY Art at Home, which are all on sale at 25% or more off the cover price.

3. Something to cuddle:

owl pillowunion jack pillowgold sparkle pillow

Too many throw pillows? Not so great. Just enough throw pillows? Great. I love little pillows because they’re such an easy way t add some fun color to a space without a lot of commitment. What’s on my gift giving list? Some of these, definitely: a Owl Nature pillow (a steal at $18), a Union Jack pillow, and a gold sequin pillow. Don’t they look fun and cuddly?

4. You can’t go wrong with:

… aLe Creuset 5-piece cookware set at 34% off! All right, so it’s kind of a big, probably for someone special on your list.

5. Quickie gifts:

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Who hasn’t found themselves scrambling for a last-minute gift for someone friendly but not exactly a good friend? The Martha types will keep a store of small gifts around for just such occasions. Here’s a trio of good keep-around gifts for emergencies: a sure to please Burt’s Bees gift set, a Feng Shui gift set (under $20!), and a cute rainbow utensil gift set.

6. A way to keep your books in check:

james book endpolar bear bookendarrow magnetic bookends

As recently discussed, book lovers with lots of books can end up with books falling off of every conceivable surface. To keep books in check, give the gift of fabulous bookends, like James the Bookend, adorable Polar Bear bookends, and these neat Arrow magnetic bookends.

7. Gifts for the wintertime green thumb:

indoor gardening setmini greenhouse

Indoor gardening requires the right tools. That’s why I love my Threesixty indoor gardening tool set, which was just $19.99. And I wouldn’t mind receiving a Smith & Hawken mini greenhouse so the cats would stay out of my herbs. Or a pair of toasty, dry Bogs Classic Hi Fern boots, for that matter, when I do have to go out in the muck.

8. A tasty treat or two:

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Sweet treats to eat, drink, and prepare make always appreciated gifts. Who wouldn’t want a Bodum coffee press or a nice big package of King Leo peppermint bark or even a Sierra fondue set for those mid-winter get togethers that aren’t precipitated by any particular holiday?

9. A quick fix for almost anything:

It goes without saying that homeowners and apartment dwellers will need at least some must-have tools. Give the tool deficient recipient on your holiday list a Denali 115-Piece Home Repair Tool Kit and you’ll have the comfort of knowing they can deal with all the little mishaps of modern life.

10. Something to bank on:

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And finally, for the little ones on your list who are hopefully saving their pennies, piggy banks are in again. My faves are the clean white Cilio Piggy Bank, the silly McPig Posh Piggy Bank, and the awesome Pink Piggy Pirate!

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Tasty Trivets of Toast http://manolohome.com/2010/10/04/tasty-trivets-of-toast/ http://manolohome.com/2010/10/04/tasty-trivets-of-toast/#comments Mon, 04 Oct 2010 11:12:39 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=4526 Is there a toast lover in your life? Toast lovers are an interesting breed – if you think there’s not much one can say about what is essentially re-heated bread, I am here to tell you that thousands of people would love to prove you wrong. There are blogs devoted to toast (Dr. Toast loves two things: music and toast)… lists of ways to enjoy it… and heated debates concerned with how to properly toast bread and which toasters will rock your socks off.

Now that you know about toast lovers, here’s a little something that they might just love:

Namely, these Toast It trivets designed by Patricia Naves for Design Studio OITI. Cute, no? It just kind of works out so perfectly that the cork most trivets are made from happens to be a nice toasty brown!

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Who Knew Homemade Breakfast In Bed Could Cost More Than a Breaky Out? http://manolohome.com/2010/09/09/who-knew-homemade-breakfast-in-bed-could-cost-more-than-a-breaky-out/ http://manolohome.com/2010/09/09/who-knew-homemade-breakfast-in-bed-could-cost-more-than-a-breaky-out/#comments Thu, 09 Sep 2010 11:01:24 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=4339

Designer Peter White remembers his dad bringing mom a delish homemade breakfast in bed and the crystal bud vase toppling over into the pancakes. Quelle horreur! In response to the memory, White whipped up this charming breakfast in bed tray with a built-in bud vase. The price tag is a little high at $99, but breakfast is cheap, right? How do you show mom you really care with an inexpensive omelet if not by serving it on an absurdly overpriced breakfast in bed tray?

Note: If the above link doesn’t work, look this plastic tray up on TWEAK directly. For some reason, it’s labeled in the url as “chalkboard-stickers.”

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Making Me Want to Get Extra Clean http://manolohome.com/2010/07/15/making-me-want-to-get-extra-clean/ http://manolohome.com/2010/07/15/making-me-want-to-get-extra-clean/#comments Thu, 15 Jul 2010 11:46:59 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=3845 There is a rule in my house that says we cannot buy any soap, no matter how cute and amazing. It’s circumstance, not anything against soap. For whatever reason, at Christmases and birthdays, The Beard and I have been the recipients of an inordinate number of soaps. Black soaps from Spain that my uncle maintained were good for pregnant women. Bear shaped soaps meant for the baby. Olive oil soaps from Greece, eco-friendly soaps with hollowed out centers to decrease waste, and even one clear soap in a bag with a toy goldfish in the middle. And then, you guessed it, I gave soapmaking a try.

And normally, this soap moratorium doesn’t weigh heavily on my mind. In fact, I can honestly say I hadn’t thought of it at all until, that is, I came across Soapylove. Soapylove, created by Debbie Chialtas, began as a hobby and evolved into a line of soaps, a shop and an Etsy shop, a magazine for soapmakers, and a book! But as cool as the Soapylove story is, the Soapylove soaps are even cooler!

Oh. My. Gosh. Or should I say SQUEEE? Makes you want to hop right into the shower, right? Except when soaps are that awesome, how can you possibly think of using them? (Especially that retro robot soap, which would drive The Beard right out of his mind.) It’s a quandary! But at least it’s a fun one!

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For Those Who Forgot It’s Almost Dad’s Day http://manolohome.com/2010/06/17/for-those-who-forgot-its-almost-dads-day/ http://manolohome.com/2010/06/17/for-those-who-forgot-its-almost-dads-day/#comments Thu, 17 Jun 2010 11:17:49 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=3629 Uh oh, Father’s Day is imminent, and I know there are some of you out there in a panic because this Hallmarkish holiday has completely slipped your mind. Good thing I’m here to first remind you that dads and the dad-esque men in your life deserve a little recognition and then give you a couple of rad gift ideas that will totally blow your sister’s Outback gift card right out of the water.

So let’s do this thing, yeah? Because Father’s Day is just around the corner!

For the new dad and the dad-to-be:

DJ Diaper Bag

The DJ Diaper Bag is designed with all the amenities of a great diaper bag while keeping a sophisticated style. While The Beard is happy enough carrying my gigantic Beatrix Potter themed hobo that I sewed myself, I know that there are some dude dads that are just not as comfortable with girlie gear. DJ bags are one way to get papa excited about lugging around dipes and wipes.

For the dad who’s happiest cooking with FIRE:

Grilled by Dad Platter

The Grilled by Dad Platter embraces the widely known concept that dads believe that they are the “kings of the grill.” So it’s not exactly PC – we know and dads know that ladies can be kings of the grill, too, so let’s let dad have his fun.

For the who gets his drink on:

whiskey stones

Whisky Stones can be used to cool down your favorite spirits just enough to take the edge off without “closing down” the flavors. Designed by Andrew Hellman (a big fan of malt scotch) and milled in Perkinsville, Vermont, (in the oldest soapstone workshop in the United States) these natural stones won’t flavor or odor your beverage. They also won’t break your glass!

For the gearhead dad:

Modern Gears Table Alarm Clock

Not your ordinary alarm clock, the Modern Gears Table Alarm Clock is ideal for the bedroom or anywhere in the house where you require an alarm that is a bit unique. Take a peek of the inner workings of time and watch the gears of the clock move while the clock runs. Extraordinairement manly!

Neat, right? But don’t forget to give dad the greatest gift of all: A phone call to tell him that, yeah, you love him.

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The Gift of Perplexity http://manolohome.com/2009/12/09/the-gift-of-perplexity/ http://manolohome.com/2009/12/09/the-gift-of-perplexity/#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2009 11:59:29 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=2042 A puzzle box is a container that can only be opened using some obscure and often unexpected form of manipulation. It can be as simple as pressing a hidden button on the side of the box or as complicated as turning the box in space so many times. Variations can be found all over the world — Costa Rica, Vietnam, Poland, and Turkey, to name a few countries — though Japanese puzzle boxes seem to be the most common. I like to give them as gifts because I’m mean like that.

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The examples above all came from Amazon and can be had with a click. For the gift giver, puzzle boxes are a little bit of harmless sadism. For the gift recipient, they’re as fun as they can be frustrating, especially when there’s something like a gift card, a spot of cash, or a piece of jewelry hidden inside.

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Holiday Gifts, This Time From Atypyk http://manolohome.com/2009/12/03/holiday-gifts-this-time-from-atypyk/ http://manolohome.com/2009/12/03/holiday-gifts-this-time-from-atypyk/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2009 11:29:40 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=2004 The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Aaargh! No matter how hard I try, I cannot avoid the slow drag that leads toward December’s end and masses of money spent on others. Not that I mind buying holiday gifts, of course. It’s just the shopping and the shipping and the wrapping and the packing and the traveling. The hassle, really. I long for simpler times, when no one expected holiday gifts of me, and my crudely fashioned macaroni necklace was the biggest hit of Christmas.

In that spirit, here are some sweet holiday gifts from Atypyk that are playful and reasonably priced. It’s almost like you made them yourself, but you didn’t. You picked them out yourself, though, or you can tell people you did. They’re holiday gifts for the quirky and forgiving loved ones in your life, not those recipients expecting a boc from Nordstrom. I guess you could package any or all of these in an old Nordstrom box, thus confusing your recipients.

pizza slice plate

Why waste a whole plate on a slice when you could put your slice on a pizza slice plate? Less space, sure, but also less to wash.

six pack vase

Quench your flowers’ thirst in eco-friendly containers. Drink beer first, though. Or soda. You give a little to get a little to give a little with a six pack vase.

no slip banana

Bananas are good for your health, and no-slip bananas are no exception. Step one: Peel off bananas. Apply them to the bath floor, bathtub or shower stall. Step two: No slip-and-fall anymore.

wine bottle rolling pin

Who hasn’t used a wine bottle as a rolling pin, in a pinch? I’ve done it plenty, and I actually own a rolling pin. Give bakers without rolling pins something chic in the form of a wine bottle rolling pin.

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Think You Have a Small Yard? They’ve Got You Beat. http://manolohome.com/2009/11/19/think-you-have-a-small-yard-theyve-got-you-beat/ http://manolohome.com/2009/11/19/think-you-have-a-small-yard-theyve-got-you-beat/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:48:22 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=1904 Lawn lovers who haven’t yet joined the landed gentry take heart! You, too, can care for and cry over your own little patch of green — or brown — like those of us who battle blight and bugs and the mysterious creeping death that comes a’calling every dang fall. Haffsteinn Juliusson’s Growing Ring lets you experience the trials and tribulations of lawn ownership in a tiny little take-it-with-you package.

small yards

Silver and soil, a little TLC, and some water are all it takes… a green thumb doesn’t hurt, though. And $179, which is how much your personal plot will cost you. Hey, it’s cheaper than real estate!

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Get A Little Cuteitude (for the Holidays or Otherwise) http://manolohome.com/2009/11/17/get-a-little-cuteitude-for-the-holidays-or-otherwise/ http://manolohome.com/2009/11/17/get-a-little-cuteitude-for-the-holidays-or-otherwise/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:31:57 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=1868 If you can believe it, it’s looking like The Beard and I have our Christmas shopping just about all wrapped up this year. I kid you not. It doesn’t hurt that we’re economizing by getting everyone the same thing holiday gifts year… hint: handmade by a friend of ours, which is all I’m saying. Those who don’t have DIY skills or a crafty friend, however, may need to actually shop for their holiday gifts, and I definitely recommend getting it over with early early early. Screw Black Friday. Who wants to get trampled? Not me, and not you, which is why I’m going to be recommending holiday gifts now then from here until the end of December. Here are four potential holiday gifts I’m digging on:

zipper mugs

Zippers are used everywhere… in our clothes, on our bags, and now on our mugs? Ohay, so the zipper on these zipper mugs doesn’t actually open and close, it does keep your tea bag tag from falling into your cup. A holiday gift that prevents burnt fingers? Sign me up!

fish vase

Simple and graceful lines make these koi pitchers seem so elegant, but when you pour, things get playful. The pitcher actually gurgles when you serve your favorite beverage and it’s one of those sounds people can’t get enough of. Of course, you can also use these fresh fish as vases or art objects instead of kitchenware.

rubicks cube salt and pepper grinders

A 1980s icon — writing that makes me feel so old — finds a new place on the dining room table! Classic Rubik’s Cubes become colorful salt and pepper grinders that have the same feel and make the same sound as the toy/puzzle they’re paying tribute to. A great holiday gift for the 80s enthusiast, no?

cute bowls

Forget the ugly Tupperware that’s been scratched and dinged by the dishwasher. These snap and shut bowls put a little art in your lunchbox, with designs by emerging artists Matte Stephens, Amy Ruppel, Emily Martin and Catalina Estrada. Yummy.

Did I mention that all of this stuff is $42 or less? The economy be damned, let’s get gifty!

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Beautiful Shadows http://manolohome.com/2009/10/28/beautiful-shadows/ http://manolohome.com/2009/10/28/beautiful-shadows/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:38:56 +0000 http://manolohome.com/?p=1713 I try to check out Megan Hobson’s Entertaining, Events & Beautiful Things at least once a week because it features a great mix of home decor, fashion, and *squee* wedding stuff. A few days ago, she posted that Le Papier Studio and Paloma’s Nest (maker of adorable ring bearer bowls) have put their heads together to create a lovely line of hanging custom silhouettes.

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There are pre-fab silhouettes to choose from, but what fun is that? Especially when a custom silhouette ornament will only set you back $40. The deets:

Each ornament is crafted by hand by Paloma’s Nest utilizing fine pure white clay which has been fired and then finished with a special protective surface treatment. Silhouettes are hand painted to perfection with the finest black ceramic paint.

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Don’t think that you have to use these hanging silhouettes as holiday ornaments. We’re planning on having one made of our daughter’s silhouette and it will be displayed in the hallway all year long. They could also make fun (albeit slightly pricey) gift tags, no?

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