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Last Minute Gift Guide
Last Minute Gift Guide
Eco-friendly gift ideas for ‘green’ giving

Eco-friendly gift ideas for ‘green’ giving

Giving eco-friendly gifts is now easier than ever before. As more and more people are conscious of reducing their impact on the planet, the demand for environmentally-conscious products and services has grown. Choosing earth-friendly gifts is not only generous, but gift-givers also can rest assured they’re doing their part to safeguard natural resources for future...

Contribute to charity… Even if your cash flow is low

Charitable giving is a noble gesture that can potentially benefit scores of people. But many people intent on giving must find ways to budget their charitable contributions so that donations do not negatively affect their personal finances. Although nonprofit organizations solicit donations throughout the year, never are such solicitations more prevalent than during the holiday...
Gift exchange dos and don’ts

Gift exchange dos and don’ts

Gift exchanges in the form of grab bags, auctions, swaps and other games make for fun additions to holiday festivities. They also can be a part of any family or friends gathering to add excitement and entertainment to the occasion. The following are a few do’s and don’ts to ensure participation in gift exchanges is...
Stuff your stockings with stocks

Stuff your stockings with stocks

What is a typical last-minute gift? An expensive shirt, a box of candy, a coffee mug, a picture frame? As you consider what to give your loved ones this holiday season, ask yourself, how useful are these gifts? Are they ultimately destined for a tag sale? How quickly will they lose their value? What can...
Give a gift with a message

Give a gift with a message

What female doesn’t like a piece of jewelry for Christmas? Not many. And jewelry with an inspirational message can be a special keepsake. Love Sees jewelry, created one year ago by Nancy Diehl, a Wilton resident and mom of two teenaged daughters, features sterling silver, delicate necklaces and bracelets engraved with various love phrases. “Love...
Time to stuff  those stockings!

Time to stuff those stockings!

With one week left until Christmas, it is time to scurry, scurry, scurry and tick those gift items off your list and turn to the stockings hung by the chimney with care. While it’s easy to hit the local CVS, Walgreens or mom-and-pop pharmacy and buy some small toiletry items and toys, playing cards, or...

Top new toys for boys: And hot updates to classics, too

Buying for boys this holiday season? There are two pieces of good news: 1) Industry experts have done the research on what’s hot for you, and 2) There is no single must-have-for-all hot toy. “It’s really what’s ‘hot’ for the child, about what the child is interested in,” said Adrienne Appell, a toy trends specialist...
Exotic Gifts from Bali Thai Imports

Exotic Gifts from Bali Thai Imports

Bali Thai Imports at 360 Sniffens Lane, Stratford, offers a selection of items to fill your home — and your closets. “We import from northern Thailand and Bali, Indonesia,” said Michael Ross, owner. “It’s very unusual,” he said of the items in the store. “It’s items you won’t find anywhere else.” From vases to bowls...

Last-minute shopping for the holidays

It’s Dec. 22 and you’ve just barely made it through half of your holiday shopping list. The panic may have set in that you just don’t have enough time to get everything done. This is a common scenario around the holidays. Shoppers have the best intentions to get their gifts early, but whether because of...
Gifting Pretty

Gifting Pretty

LUSH your loved ones this Christmas

LUSH is a “fresh, handmade cosmetics” company, that invents products from fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics. The company believes in buying ingredients only from companies that do not conduct or commission tests on animals and in testing its products on humans. All products are made fresh by hand, using little...
Clean Design At Glass House Design Store

Clean Design At Glass House Design Store

The Glass House Design Store, located at 199 Elm St. in New Canaan in the Glass House Visitor’s Center, was recently renovated and is featuring new products and gifts that make for one-of-a-kind and/or unique Christmas presents for children and adults alike. During December, the store is open Saturdays from 10-5, Monday through Friday by...
Give the gift of 'made in Connecticut'

Give the gift of ‘made in Connecticut’

Treat your friends and loved ones both near and far to a made-in-Connecticut Christmas gift this year. There are hundreds of products created and sold in the Nutmeg State. From Wiffle Balls to Pez to homemade lotions and potions, toys to tools, and from jewelry to chocolates, one can choose from many items, sold both...