tagged accessories, birthday, cheap-gift, coupon, discount, Fun, party and Sale
Spring is here, and the sales are sprouting up everywhere. Right now you can get an extra 25% off of already reduced prices for the Spring Cleaning Sale at BuyCostumes. More than just a costume shop, BuyCostumes is also a party supply store with great prices on party accessories for all types of party themes. They also carry awesome decor items, wigs, hats, makeup and accessories.
COUPON: Get an extra 25% off by using Coupon Code SPRING25 during checkout.
Can’t think of what you need to get? How about some Luau decorations for that backyard party this summer, or that graduation party that’s so fast approaching. Perhaps a costume for little Susy’s school project, or maybe even get a head start on your Halloween costume? Just keep your mind open and hurry up and save!
tagged activity, birthday, coupon, gift-idea, kid-friendly, learn, New-Years-resolution, one-of-a-kind, party and Unique
I’ve had some exciting experiences this past year, but they weren’t the awesome fun kind you can get from Signature Days or Great American Days. Most people, including myself, would like to try new things, visit new places, and learn new skills, which is exactly why these make perfect additions to our New Year’s Resolutions list.
The beauty of an experience gift is that they are planned experiences and activities that can make positive changes in people’s lives. There are so many to choose from that there really is something for everyone.
Some of the more popular experiences are:
NASCAR, Dinner Cruises, Fighter Pilot, Cooking Classes, and Helicopter Tours.
Some of the more unique and unusual are:
Personal Jazz Performance, Rock ‘n Roll fantasy camp, be an Interior Designer, learn to DJ, Kids artistic discovery, and more.
Obviously these can make great gifts for birthdays, holidays, or just for the fun of it. These are all location based as some cities can offer certain experiences others can’t. This allows for either a truly memorable trip away from home, a fun surprise for a visiting family member, or, for those who live in big cities, just an easy way to get someone out of their house.
Some of my personal favorites are:
Private Raw Food Course, Vegetarian Cooking Class, Kids Drawing Class, Kids Surf Party, Stunt School, Skydiving, and Hot Air Balloon Rides. I’d look forward to any one of these experiences for myself if you are interested in buying me a gift certificate.
Where can I get these exciting experiences?
Great American Days and/or Signature Days. Both provide experiences as low as $50 with some experiences up into the $1000′s and both seem to have many options for many popular cities.
COUPON: Save 10% OFF at Signature Days, when you use coupon code SIGJASOND at checkout.
tagged activity, babies, birthday, coupon, custom, discount, Fun, gift-idea, kid-friendly, toy, under-$100 and under-$200
A few months ago I wrote about the clever developmental toy gift packages at eBeanstalk, and have been watching for sales or coupons ever since. They’re one of those companies that just doesn’t do discounts very often, so when they e-mailed me about a 10% off coupon that’s good for just 1 week, I jumped to tell you guys about it! They just started advertising on TV so you may have heard about them that way, but eBeanstalk has been offering educational, age appropriate toys since 2005.
Amidst the recalled toy controversy, it’s nice to know that some stores will never carry items with questionable or uncertain contents. There is a new message on their homepage that says “At eBeanstalk we are dedicated to a child’s development and learning, and we never compromise a child’s safety. Rest assured that NONE of the recalled toys from Mattel or Fisher Price have ever been sold at eBeanstalk. NOT ONE.”
COUPON: Save 10% off anything on the site. Expires October 15, 2007.
Plum Party is definitely the cutest online party supply store, and right now they’re the cheapest, too. Until June 10th you can get %25 off your entire order. This discount coupon can also be applied to all the items in the all ready marked down SALE category for combined savings of up to 75%! Since outdoor party season is fast approaching, now is a great time to stock up on discount party supplies for your themed events: Graduation, 4th of July, Pool Party, summer birthdays, Luau, Beach Party, etc. They also carry other goodies like bold, modern tableware from French Bull, and equally daring accessories from Tepper Jackson.
COUPON: Get %25 off! Enter plum25 at checkout to get your discount. Offer expires June 10, 2007.
tagged activity, babies, birthday, custom, Fun, gift-idea, kid-friendly, toy, under-$100 and under-$200
People tend to use the phrase “the gift that keeps on giving” metaphorically. However, eBeanstalk offers a more literal interpretation with their Gift Series, where your child receives a toy in the mail every 3 months matched to their stage of development. This idea is all kinds of brilliant!
- For those of us without kids of our own, it can be a little tricky to select age appropriate toys for the children in our lives. You can skip the educated guesswork with the Gift Series: all the toys are hand picked by 5 child development specialists and 500 moms from around the US.
- Same thing goes for parents or guardians who travel a lot or don’t get to visit very often. When you haven’t seen a child for a few months or when you look back on the development of your own child…they are a different child today than just a few months ago. Each toy is carefully matched with the appropriate stage of development, so you won’t end up with a gift that is too young or old for your child.
- With the continual gift metaphor in mind, you can actually purchase a set of gifts that are delivered over time. This is the gift that actually keeps on giving.
- Save time by purchasing a set of gifts all in one sitting. Never worry about forgetting a special date in the child’s development or having the gift arrive late.
- If you’re the spoiling type (yes, you) then you’ll undoubtedly appreciate how easy eBeanstalk makes it to lavish gifts upon your wee ones. One purchase results in a whole years worth of gifts!
- Best of all, of the nearly 500 quality toys available at eBeanstalk, every one is geared towards helping your child grow. Their Child Specialists identified the stages of development children grow through. They matched 7 core skills- Imagination, Education, Language, Dexterity, Locomotion, Emotion and Social- with the stages of a child’s development, and then categorized each toy accordingly. Ahhh, science: improving childhood playtime and development!
Also, individual toys are available for purchase too, if you’d rather buy a la carte.
If you haven’t already noticed it’s the 30th anniversary of Star Wars (1977-2007); so we all have a reason to celebrate the entire year. Well, at least Star Wars fans, like myself, have a reason to. What’s the universal sign of celebration? Cake! Everyone loves cake, and most people love Star Wars, and I just want to bring those two things together.
If one were so inclined they could adorn their Star Wars costume and fly hundreds of miles to the official Celebration IV to be surrounded by Force sensitive people and the creators of Star Wars. Or perhaps you can join me and others with bad motivators and just buy a Star Wars cake pan off eBay and celebrate at home with friends and family.
tagged babies, birthday, custom, Etsy, handmade, Indie, kid-friendly, one-of-a-kind and under-$50
How’s this for irony: I’m not a parent, but I’m a sucker for baby clothes. Having a little sister has it’s perks, one of which is shopping for the cutest kind of kids clothes…springtime ones! I’m a big fan of screen print t-shirts, which is why I was drawn to these quirky, glittery tees. Being a big fan of food/dessert related fashion, it was an obvious choice. I love this Morning Swim breakfast cereal themed top from the Children’s Place. (Sorry, sold out!) It’s made from cotton jersey fabric with tagless design for itch-free playtime.
For more sweet themed kid’s clothing, check out this cupcake appliqued birthday girl outfit from liliputiansNYC. It’s handcrafted and oh-so-custom, just for your birthday girl. There are also a ton of other adorable kids items in the liliputiansNYC online boutique featuring “bright colors, retro prints, polka dots and stripes in the finest fabrics”.
tagged birthday, custom, gift-idea, nature, splurge, under-$100, Unique and Valentines-Day
Check out the superb detail. These Personalized Roses come in your choice of red, white, pink, or yellow and your choice of messages. “I Love You,” “Happy Birthday,” “Happy Valentine’s Day” or maybe “You Rock My World”?
I love astrology. Being pretty acquainted with the various signs and their personality traits, I chuckled when I saw the these “Sassy” and “Sweet” astrology tiles. As a Scorpio, I am described as being dynamic, loyal, magnetic, and investigative. But every rose has it’s thorns, and thus every sign has it’s naughty quirks. Scorpios are also notoriously moody, jealous, demanding and obstinate. As with each of the star signs, despite our unlikeable habits, we are still totally worth it!
I like certain artwork on these tiles more than others, (whats the deal with the illustration for Aquarius?) but I suppose that’s a personal thing. The black frame won’t match every decor of course, but it’s a stylish choice over the classic white.
tagged birthday, eco-friendly, handmade, kid-friendly and party
Ever felt like trying something new for your kids birthday? The felt pennant is actually an old idea, but they are becoming more popular in their new incarnation as artistic party decor. I’ve seen gorgeous homemade versions at craft fairs, and these birthday banners from Plum Party are very similar. Handmade in a variety colors and materials, the “girl“, “boy” and “newborn” banners all say Happy Birthday and are beautiful and sturdy enough to be reused year after year. While the “girl” and “newborn” styles are unflinchingly girly and pastel, the “boy” style opts for darker shades that would be suitable for any gender, and it sports multi-colored dangling stars.
Amazing felt crowns are also available for your royal birthday prince or princess. Also handmade of felt, an inner elastic band keeps the crown snug on your childs head. Add some felt prize bags and you will have a uniquely themed party that kids will want to recreate for their next birthday. Since all of this felt decor can be reused, you can oblige your child whilst saving money and natural resources.