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GREAT KID PLAYHOUSES

October 13, 2013

Playhouses for kids are the perfect “Splurge” holiday present because it’s the gift that will give for years.  Playhouses for kids provide children with the private space they need and the backdrop for hours of imaginative play.  They are made for either indoors or outdoors — just depends upon how big your house is.  Here’s a collection of some inspiring playhouses for your little ones:

FAMILY PAJAMA SETS

October 10, 2013

Family Pajama Sets are the BEST gifts for the holidays, even for the deepest cynic.  Family pj sets are practical (who couldn’t use a new pair of pajamas every once in a while) and yes, they will bring the family together… even if it’s only for that one holiday afternoon photo op!  The biggest fans of Family PJ sets?  The kids, of course!  Bury your inner cynic for just a day.  It’ll be worth the memories.

CUTE ANIMAL SLIPPERS

October 10, 2013

Cute animal slippers — Yes!  We’re on the prowl for them.  Why?  We love whimsy.  These animal slippers are designed for adults even though, they bring out the child in all of us.  Who needs to be serious all the time?  Feet can be warm and still conjure up the kid in all of us.

MOTHER’S NECKLACES

September 30, 2013 2 Comments

“Mother’s Necklaces” are personalized necklaces honoring one’s children, either through personalized charms, engravings or both.  We love them because they mix fashion with emotional sentiments — wearing something pretty that also represents the relationships that matter most to mothers.  We like giving these as holiday gifts to the mothers in our lives.  Here is a great selection of mother necklaces to choose from:

JEWELRY for GIRLS

August 16, 2013

Most girls love jewelry and it’s a great gift idea for both a special girl in your life or for a girl you don’t know well.  It can be both very personal for that loved one or very appropriate for a young girl whose style you don’t know well.

Initial Reaction Cursive Word Necklace $129/$380 at PB TEEN

Initial Reaction Cursive Word Necklace
$129/$380 at PB TEEN

14K Gold & Diamond Flower Necklace $188 sale at MACYS

14K Gold & Diamond Flower Necklace
$188 sale at MACYS

Personalized Charm Necklaces $89 at POTTERY BARN KIDS

Personalized Charm Necklaces
$89 at POTTERY BARN KIDS

Goldplated Silver Enamel Bangle $79 at OVERSTOCK

Miadora Goldplated Silver Enamel Bangle
$79 at OVERSTOCK

Personalized Identity Bracelet with Pink Swarovski $88 at LAYLA GRACE

Personalized Identity Bracelet with Pink Swarovski
$88 at LAYLA GRACE

Sterling Silver Heart Locket $50 at MICHAEL C. FINA

Sterling Silver Heart Locket
$50 at MICHAEL C. FINA

Precious Moments Diamond & Sterling Silver Bracelet $56 at BERGNER'S

Precious Moments Diamond & Sterling Silver Bracelet
$56 at BERGNER’S

Crystal Strawberry Pendant on 10K Gold Chain $56 @ GETTINGTON

Crystal Strawberry Pendant on 10K Gold Chain
$56 @ GETTINGTON

Sterling Silver Initial Pendant $55 at LILIIAN VERNON

Sterling Silver Initial Pendant
$55 at LILIIAN VERNON

Little Diva Diamond & Sterling Initial Pendant (All Letters Available) $50 at TARGET

Little Diva Diamond & Sterling Initial Pendant (All Letters Available)
$50 at TARGET

Crislu Stone Heart Sterling Necklace (pink or white) $36 at VON MAUR

Crislu Stone Heart Sterling Necklace (pink or white)
$36 at VON MAUR

Sterling & Enamel Butterfly Bracelet $34 sale at ROSS SIMONS

Sterling & Enamel Butterfly Bracelet
$34 sale at ROSS SIMONS

Jeweled Ribbon Necklace $32.50 at J.CREW

Jeweled Ribbon Necklace
$32.50 at J.CREW

Kristin Charm Necklace $26 at STELLA & DOT

Kristin Charm Necklace
$26 at STELLA & DOT

Molly and Emma 18K Gold Overlay Enamel Charm Necklace $23 at OVERSTOCK

Molly and Emma 18K Gold Overlay Enamel Charm Necklace
$23 at OVERSTOCK

Rose Gold Pocket Watch Pendant Necklace $20 at CLAIRE'S

Rose Gold Pocket Watch Pendant Necklace
$20 at CLAIRE’S

Green Crystal Ring $20 sale at JCPENNY

Green Crystal Ring
$20 sale at JCPENNY

CM Hope Bracelet $18 at SUGAR BABIES

CM Hope Bracelet
$18 at SUGAR BABIES

Adjustable Friendship Silver LInks Bracelet $10 at KIMMYSHOP

Adjustable Friendship Silver LInks Bracelet
$10 at KIMMYSHOP

Enamal Mood Necklace (various designs) $6 sale at JUSTICE

Enamal Mood Necklace (various designs)
$6 sale at JUSTICE

GREAT TEACHER GIFT IDEAS

May 13, 2013 1 Comment

Almost time for the end of school — and here’s a list of some good teacher gifts.  Get them early.  Most are on sale now!

Essential Oil & Lotion Set (On sale $32 & Free Shipping)

Essential Oil & Lotion Set
William Sonoma
($32 on sale & free shipping)

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Bronze Malta Lantern (Small or Medium) Pottery Barn ($23 & $31 on sale, with free shipping)

Bronze Malta Lantern (Small & Medium)
Pottery Barn
($23 & $31 on sale & free shipping)

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Summer Open Weave Throw Blanket CRATE & BARREL ($49 on sale for $15 with $5 shipping)

Summer Open Weave Throw Blanket
CRATE & BARREL
($15 on sale with $5 shipping)

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Takenaka Bento Boxes (single & double) West Elm ($20 & $24 on sale, with free shipping)

Takenaka Bento Boxes (single & double)
West Elm
($20 & $24 on sale & free shipping)

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Pack-It Insulated Cooler Lunch Bag PACK IT $19 each with Buy 1/Get 1 Free Special

Pack-It Insulated Cooler Lunch Bag
PACK IT
$19 each.  Current sale: Buy 1/Get 1 Free

CUFFLINKS

January 27, 2013

Cufflinks are a great Valentines gift idea.  We think every man’s wardrobe should include at least one pair of cufflinks.  Whether the cuff link design is fun or serious, cufflinks always bring a polished style to their wearer.  We tend to favor the more “professional” styles of cufflinks (although novelty cufflinks do have their place, especially if a man has a particular interest or hobby — then a pair of novelty cufflinks are perfect).  Otherwise, we lean towards interesting, stylish and colorful “basics”  that can be worn for those important meetings or dates when you’re looking to a big impression.  And in case you’re wondering – YES, we love it when women wear cufflinks, too!

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Burberry Metal Check Cuff Links$225 @ NORDSTROM

Burberry Metal Check CuffLinks
$225 @ NORDSTROM

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Sterling Silver Engraveable Cuff Links$225 @ TIFFANY & CO

Sterling Silver Engraveable CuffLinks
$225 @ TIFFANY & CO

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Fossilized Wood Cufflinks$195 @ TATEOSSIAN

Fossilized Wood Cufflinks
$195 @ TATEOSSIAN

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Two-Color Oval Cuff Links$195 @ BROOKS BROTHERS

Two-Color Oval CuffLinks
$195 @ BROOKS BROTHERS

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Copper Silver Cufflinks$185 @ VICTORIA VARGA

Copper Silver Cufflinks
$185 @ VICTORIA VARGA

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Reclaimed Ballpark Bench Cuff Links$180 @ RED ENVELOPE

Reclaimed Ballpark Seats CuffLinks
$180 @ RED ENVELOPE

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Sterling Motherboard Cufflinks$140 @ CUFF LINKS DEPOT

Sterling Motherboard Cufflinks
$140 @ CUFF LINKS DEPOT

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Boss Black Garit Cuff Links$125 @ SAKS FIFTH AVENEUE

Boss Black Garit Cuff Links
$125 @ SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

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Auspicious Sterling Silver Script Cufflinks$125 @ MICHAEL C FINA

Auspicious Sterling Silver Script Cufflinks
$125 @ MICHAEL C FINA

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THomas Pink Wheel Cuff Links$105 @ NORDSTROM

THomas Pink Wheel Cuff Links
$105 @ NORDSTROM

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Vintage Liberty Stamp Cuff Links$95 @ BROOKS BROTHERS

Vintage Liberty Stamp Cuff Links
$95 @ BROOKS BROTHERS

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Union Jack Flag Cufflinks$79 (from $160) @ CHARLES TYRWHITT

Union Jack Flag Cufflinks
$79 (from $160) @ CHARLES TYRWHITT

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Blue Enamel Starburst Cufflinks
$49 (from $100) @ CHARLES TYRWHITT

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Wood Keyhole Cufflinks$40 @ CUFF DADDY

Wood Keyhole Cufflinks
$40 @ CUFF DADDY

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HEART JEWELRY

January 25, 2013 1 Comment

Great Valentine’s Day gift ideas are tough to find but here are some heart-shaped jewelry pieces to consider, in a price-range that won’t break your bank (or budget).  You can’t go wrong getting heart-sharped Valentine jewelry — whether it’s a treat for a loved one or a gift for yourself.

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Gold Heart Earrings$150 (from $395) @ ROSS SIMONS

Gold Heart Earrings
$150 (from $395) @ ROSS SIMONS

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Pink Murano Glass Heart Pendant Necklace$115 @ FORZIERI

Pink Murano Glass Heart Pendant Necklace
$115 @ FORZIERI

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Sterling Silver Hearts Pendant Necklace$110 @ TIFFANY & CO

Sterling Silver Hearts Pendant Necklace
$110 @ TIFFANY & CO

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Silver Heart Parade Bracelet with Garnets$98 @ SUNDANCE CATALOG

Silver Heart Parade Bracelet with Garnets
$98 @ SUNDANCE CATALOG

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Sterling Silver 3-Heart Drop Chain Bracelet$90 @ BROOKS BROTHERS

Sterling Silver 3-Heart Drop Chain Bracelet
$90 @ BROOKS BROTHERS

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Bestey Johnson Black tone Heart Stretch Bracelet$85 @ MACYS

Bestey Johnson Black tone Heart Stretch Bracelet
$85 @ MACYS

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Sterling Silver Heart Locket Necklace$54 @ OVERSTOCK

Sterling Silver Heart Locket Necklace
$54 @ OVERSTOCK

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Bee Charming Set of 12 Heart wire bracelets$45 @ MAX & CHLOE

Bee Charming Set of 12 Heart wire bracelets
$45 @ MAX & CHLOE

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Sterling Silver Heart Lariat Necklace$40 @ ALISON EASTMAN  BRITT DESIGN

Sterling Silver Heart Lariat Necklace
$40 @ ALISON EASTMAN BRITT DESIGN

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Pave Gold-tone Heart Ring$45 @ J CREW

Pave Gold-tone Heart Ring
$45 @ J CREW

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Gold-plated Heart Stud Earrings$32 @ ANTHROPOLOGIE

Gold-plated Heart Stud Earrings
$32 @ ANTHROPOLOGIE

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Key to My Heart Necklace$16 @ URBAN OUTFITTERS

Key to My Heart Necklace
$16 @ URBAN OUTFITTERS

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Heart Silver Ring$16 @ NORDSTROM

Heart Silver Ring
$16 @ NORDSTROM

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Heart Ring Gold-tone$10 @ LULU'S

Heart Ring Gold-tone
$10 @ LULU’S

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DECOUPAGE GLASS TRAYS

January 9, 2013

Decoupage glass trays are an easy way to upscale a coffee or console table.  A neat stack of large art books, a silver frame, a set of beautiful coasters.  Such a vignette sets an artful scene and helps transform a living room.  One of our favorite accessories of top interior designers is the decoupage tray.  Fashioned from paper glued to (or pressed between) glass trays, they offer a burst of color, whimsey or sophistication.  They offer texture to give depth to a arrrangement, pattern to tie colors together, color accent to liven things up or the feel of art to an otherwise uninspiring set-up.   They also have a practical value as a place to dump change, your jewelry or your keys.  Check these out:

Big Circle $195 @ MITCHELL GOLD

Big Circle
$195 @ MITCHELL GOLD

Balais en Blairea Tray$175 @ CALYPSO

Balais en Blairea Tray
$175 @ CALYPSO

Four of A Kind Hearts Tray$125 @ MITCHELL GOLD

Four of A Kind Hearts Tray
$125 @ MITCHELL GOLD

BG Architectural Blueprint$110 @ BERGDORF GOODMAN

BG Architectural Blueprint
$110 @ BERGDORF GOODMAN

John Derian Tall Tree Tray$106 @ LEKKER HOME

John Derian Tall Tree Tray
$106 @ LEKKER HOME

John Derian ABC Card Tray$80 @ THE PICKET FENCE

John Derian ABC Card Tray
$80 @ THE PICKET FENCE

John Derian Arrow Tray$80 @ LEKKER HOME

John Derian Arrow Tray
$80 @ LEKKER HOME

John Derian Spoon & Knife Tray$80 @ LEKKER HOME

John Derian Spoon & Knife Tray
$80 @ LEKKER HOME

John Derian Characterology Rectangle Tray$66 @ THE PICKET FENCE

John Derian Characterology Rectangle Tray
$66 @ THE PICKET FENCE

London Padlocks Tray $66 at JAYSON HOME

London Padlocks Tray
$66 at JAYSON HOME

Breakfast At Tiffanys book cover$64 @ PARIS BOUTIQUE HOTELS

Breakfast At Tiffanys book cover
$64 @ PARIS HOTEL BOUTIQUE

Ben's Garden "Never Complain"$58 @ NORDSTROM

Ben’s Garden “Never Complain”
$58 @ NORDSTROM

Ben Garden Hydrangea Tray$58 @ NORDSTROM

Ben Garden Hydrangea Tray
$58 @ NORDSTROM

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Red Crab by John Derian$48 @ NEIMAN MARCUS

Red Crab by John Derian
$48 @ NEIMAN MARCUS

John Derian "Unity" Tray$45@ CALYPSO

John Derian “Unity” Tray
$45 @ CALYPSO

Ben's Garden "If I have to Explain" Tray$44 @ NORDSTROM

Ben’s Garden “If I have to Explain” Tray
$44 @ NORDSTROM

Regal Peacock Glass Tray $39 at GUMPS

Regal Peacock Glass Tray
$39 @ GUMPS

Feather Collection Tray $35 at JAYSON HOME

Feather Collection Tray
$35 at JAYSON HOME

Frommage Label Tray$35 @ LOVE SHOP GIVE

Frommage Label Tray
$35 @ LOVE SHOP GIVE

Fringe Vine Foil Rectange$35 @ BLOOMINGDALES

Fringe Vine Foil Rectange
$35 @ BLOOMINGDALES

Fringe Gothic Foil Square$25 @ BLOOMINGDALES

Fringe Gothic Foil Square
$25 @ BLOOMINGDALES

Rosanna French Pink Veil Bride$18 @ AMAZON

Rosanna French Pink Veil Bride
$18 @ AMAZON

Rosanna Parisian Fashion Tray$16 @ AMAZON

Rosanna Parisian Fashion Tray
$16 @ AMAZON

Fringe "Summer" Tray$15 @ BLOOMINGDALES

Fringe “Summer” Tray
$15 @ BLOOMINGDALES

Rosanna 6-inch French Perfum Wrapper Tray$12 @ AMAZON

Rosanna 6-inch French Perfum Wrapper Tray
$12 @ AMAZON

Fringe Studio Paris Square$12 @ AMAZON

Fringe Studio Paris Square
$12 @ AMAZON

Sarah Campbell Rectangle Tray$9 @ WEST ELM

Sarah Campbell Rectangle Tray
$9 @ WEST ELM

GIFTS for BOYS 5 – 7 YEARS

October 23, 2012

We believe in gender equality and while most of these toys work well for both boys and girls of this age range, we know they are sure favorites for boys.   Happy Holiday Gift Shopping!

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Quadrilla Twist Marble Set
($134 on sale @ FAT BRAIN TOYS)

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“It’s a Draw Art” supply box
($79 @ LAND OF NOD)

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Two-Way Radio Walkie Talkies
($45 @ AMAZON)

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Lincoln Logs Classic Frontier Cabin
($35 @ TARGET)

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Lego Transport Chopper 3-in-1 Kit
($35 @ LEGO)

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Grip 9-Piece Children’s Tool Kit
($27 @ OVERSTOCK)

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K’nex Value Box 400 Pieces
($24 @AMAZON)

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Perplexus Maze Ball Puzzle
($19 @ TARGET)

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Stomp Rocket
($15 @ AMAZON)

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Indoor/Outdoor 6′ Rope Ladder
($15 on sale @ MAGIC CABIN)

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First Act Learn & Play Harmonica Kit
($13 @ TOYS R US)

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Playground / Handball 10″ Rubber Ball
($8 @ SPORTS CHALET)

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GIFTS for GIRLS 8-10 YEARS

October 18, 2012

Starting our run on Holiday Gift suggestions, we’re looking at 8-10 year old girls.  There’s always the standbys (like Barbies and/or 18″ Doll accessories) but we like to “think outside the box” a bit.  Hope this helps with your Holiday Shopping List ideas:

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Rock Polishing Kit
($85 @ MAGIC CABIN)

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3-in-1 Apple Tree Lego Kit
($44.99 @ LEGO)

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Adjustible Size Figure Ice Skates
($30 – $45 @ AMAZON)

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Electronic Snap Circuit Kit by Elenco
($40 @ AMAZON)

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Ravensburger 3-D Beaded Animal Kit
($35 @ AMAZON)

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American Girl Magazine Subscription – 1 year
($27 @ AMERICAN GIRL)

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Hammered Metal Craft Kit
($25 @ MUSEUM TOUR)

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Alex Bead Bonanza Kit
($24 @ AMAZON)

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Loop & Loom Potholder Making Kit
($16 @ AMAZON)

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Bella’s Deck of Mini-Mystery Cards
($15 @ MINDWARE)

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Ravensburger 200 – 300 Piece Puzzles
($12 – 13 @ SERIOUS PUZZLES)

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Usbourne Sticker Dress-Up Dolls Book
($9 @ AMAZON)

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Fashion Design Portfolio Pad & Stencils
($8 @ AMAZON)

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BIRTHDAY CAKES (ONLINE)

August 17, 2012 1 Comment

In honor of my daughter’s August birthday, I think it important to find out where you can buy — and ship — great birthday cakes on the web.  There’s nothing quite as fun as opening up your door to find the Fed Ex man holding a delicious cake.  You can share it.  You can freeze it.  Or you can eat the whole darn thing yourself.  It’s your Birthday, after all.  These all delivery nationally.

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Layer Cakes in various flavors
(WE TAKE THE CAKE)

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Various Layer Cakes
(EDIBLES INCREDIBLES)

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“Perfect Endings Vintage” Cake in Various Flavors
(WILLIAMS SONOMA)

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Various Cheesecakes & Cakes
(CHEESECAKE FACTORY)

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Various Flavors & Styles
(DAVID’S COOKIES)

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Various Cakes & home of the “Oprah Red Velvet Cake”
(CAROUSEL CAKES)

Various Layer & Brownie Cakes
(BAKE ME A WISH)

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Various Layer Cakes
(VERY VERA)

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Bundt Cakes with Creamcheese Frosting
(NOTHING BUNDT CAKES)

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Various Flavors & Sizes
(BERRIES)

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Various Layer Cakes & Elaborate Designs
(CHOCOLATE BAKERY)

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Various Cakes, Styles & Types
(1-800-BAKERY)

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Cheesecakes & Traditional Cakes, Inspired Designs
(ELEGANT CHEESE CAKES)

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Various flavors & sizes
(SWEET STREET)

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Various Flavors & Whimsical Designs
(BLACK HOUNDNY)

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A Few Varieties of Cake & Pops
(HARRY & DAVID)

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GIFTS FOR THE GRADUATE

May 3, 2012

Graduation Season is upon us.  While store gift cards are always easy (and welcome), here are a few “something-other-than-cash” gifts to give the graduate.

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Goatskin-covered Personalized Dictionary
($165 at BERGDORF GOODMAN)

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Deep Sea Sand Art
($85 at UNCOMMON GOODS)

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Kindle 6″ Ink Display
($79 or $109 at AMAZON)

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“Good Morning Sir/Madam” Alarm Clock
($69.99 at THINK GEEK)

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Personalized Gray Hand-Bordered Correspondence
($63 for 50 cards at AMERICAN STATIONERY)

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“Nailed It” Recycled Desk Organizer
($58 at UNCOMMON GOODS)

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Native Union Retro Pop Phone for Iphone/Android/VOIP
($39.95 in various colors at KITSON)

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Corporate FlashCards
($12 @ SEE JANE WORK)

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“This Book Belongs To” Stamp Set
($20 at ANTHROPOLOGIE)

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