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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What I never knew about gifts

Looking back

We've been working at this gift idea concept for a while now -- starting way back with our first prototype in 2010.  It's not that far back, though one might argue we're like 20 in website years.

Along the way, there's been a lot of surprises.  Some people spend a lot more money buying gifts that I had ever personally been aware.  There's products out there that I never knew existed, such as  heated jackets.  Musical gifts are way more popular than I ever would've imagined-- we had to add a category specifically for them. And again... learned what a djembe is.

There are even holidays I've never heard of before-- such as Sweetest Day, celebrated right here in the good ol' US of A, particularly around the Great Lakes.

So far it's been fun.  We're gearing up for Christmas now, and looking forward to what's coming up in the pipeline.  So bear with us and keep on checking back for the latest new ideas. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How to choose the best birthday gift

It's that time of year when it seems like everyone has a birthday this month.  Birthdays are the most common gift occasions (everyone has one), and one of the most individualized ones - whatever gift you get should be highly related with the personality of the recipient.  Jelly of the month clubs need not apply... unless your husband or wife really loves jam.

In picking out a gift, try to think back to what that person might need.  Maybe they've dropped hints in the past month, like needing a new KitchenAid mixer, or perhaps they've had their eyes on an item for some time but couldn't pull the trigger - now might be the time to get them that Bushnell trail cam they just couldn't justify earlier.

As a last resort, you can always consider upgrading an existing item your gift-getter already has.  Perhaps their coffee maker is on the fritz... maybe upgrade them to a fancy Tassimo or Keurig machine.

Still having trouble finding the best gift?  That's why we're here- stop on over and check out the best gifts people are actually getting.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Best gifts of the week!

It's time for another "best of".  Today it's a look back to the best gifts of last week, from birthday gifts to wedding gifts received in early August.

#10: A Nerf N-Strike Blaster - A timeless classic.  From my own youth I can attest Nerf guns are some of the best gifts ever devised for a young kid.

#9: Save your friend from needing to worry about damaging their latest fancy phone with a LifeProof phone case.  Stylish, too.

#8: A lil' on the wild side.  This guy's wife really surprised him with a didgeridoo as an anniversary present!

#7: It's back-to-school time again.  From highschool to college, try a day planner for keeping track of all that schoolwork.

#6: Girls just gotta have clothes.  From a boyfriend to his lady, check out this cute dress.  Summer isn't over yet!

#5: Another one for a lady, but guys can use it too in the kitchen.  Give your friend or spouse a fancy new mandolin as a gift.  As an added bonus, they might cook you something!

#4: Now for the guys- you'll be amazed how useful a complete socket wrench set will turn out to be.  Personally, this author could use more metric sockets, since it turns out his SAE connectors are becoming less prevalent.

#3: The real McCoy - a Ninja Professional Blender. This one is a perennial favorite, and it'll please any chef or homemaker.

#2: Get out and run.  This Garmin GPS watch will let you know when you can turn around.

#1: And finally, the creame de la creame- Our #1 gift from last week is an AeroPress Coffee / Espresso maker!  Just check out the sheer number of reviews this thing gets on Amazon.  Anyone who drinks coffee will love to get this, from weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, you name it.

That's all for the top ten list, but don't worry!  There's plenty more where these came from.  Check out the latest at Picky Presents, where we're always on the looking for gift ideas to make your next gift search easy.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Perfect gifts for those breezy summer afternoons

One of the latest gifts to come across our radar was this attractive backyard hammock.  What could be more relaxing than kicking back in the shade on a warm, breezy day and letting your troubles fade away from your mind.  The yard work won't do itself, but that doesn't mean you don't deserve to kick back and relax once in a while.  Husbands want to earn some brownie points?  This will make a great gift for your wife for any birthday or anniversary.  As an added bonus, while she's out sippin margaritas in her new hammock on the back porch you got her, you can loaf on the couch and watch whatever you want on TV-- no need to argue that the Lifetime channel hurts you physically.

Looking for a gift for someone a lil' more active?  Here's another throwback gift - a classic pair of Converse sneakers.  Everyone has either owned a pair of these Chuck Taylor All Stars at some point in their life or they've missed out.  Perfect kicks for playing tag or kickball with the neighborhood kids, and a sure-fire trip down memory lane for anyone who's worn these.  Makes a great birthday gift and even a good pickup for back-to-school shopping coming up.  Check 'em out!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How we find the right gift idea

When it comes to finding the right gift idea, all of a sudden the internet seems to shrink.  Many of the most popular sites seem to offer a bunch of personalized swag.

Rather than act like everyone else and just publish stuff we *think* would make a good gift, we mine the web to discover what gifts people are actually getting and pick out the ones they love the most.  That's right-- all the gifts we show are proven successes, not just some list of products some 'guru' thinks you'll like.

No matter how creative anyone may be, there's a limit to their abilities.  Eventually all gifts they choose start to converge and show some level of similarity with each other.  By crawling the web, we have a constant, fresh supply of the latest and greatest gift ideas that people are getting each day. 

Ever have a good gift but it feels incomplete?  Our technology even recommends great pairings for gift ideas by extracting what they were bought with, like this pair of sunglasses which is a great gift to go along with this pair of sandals.   We even cross check our gifts against similar ones, so if your husband might like a grill, but you're not sure which type, you can see different types people have gotten, such as charcoal, propane, and even indoor, models that could fit the bill.

So come on over and check us out the next time you need to find a great gift for a guy or gal.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gifts for Uncommon Occasions

We all know the times when gifts are customary - like birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas.  No doubt these are times when a husband better have something to show his wife, even if it's just a card or breakfast in bed.

Sometimes, however, the less-thought about occasions are the ones where a gift can make a big difference to a person.

Consider a present for first-time parents to congratulate them on their new baby.  You don't even have to wait for a the baby shower, just surprise them with a small gift to show your shared excitement.

You could also consider a gift for someone who just lost a job or even a loved one.  At times like these, even the smallest of gestures can make a huge difference in somebody's life.

So don't wait until you have to be a gift-giver.  Chances are someone you know would be more surprised and more thankful than you'd think to get a special sign of appreciation sometime soon.  And as always, we've got you covered if you need new gift ideas.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Father's day gift ideas

Father's Day is this Sunday, and it's not too late to buy gifts online with one-day shipping.  In case you're not a 'prime' member (where 1 day shipping is just $4 on Amazon) or you prefer to run to the store at the last minute, we can still help.  The early present-pickers are already reporting what they're getting their pa's.

Some of the most popular presents so far have been grills-- outdoor charcoal grills, indoor grills for the countertop, and even super-fancy smokers.

For the handy dad, one can never go wrong with a Craftsman socket set.  We've also been getting a surprising number of fishing accessories, like rods, reels, and lures.  Turns out they're some of our most popular presents for any occasion.

Hobby-related items always make good gifts, but in case your dad isn't into any big hobbies like golf or hunting, all dads could use a vibrating razor or use a dry-erase calendar for keeping track of their chores.

Stop on by and check out all the latest gift ideas for Father's day or for any occasion.  We have a constantly-updated stream of ideas coming out all day, for everything from birthdays to housewarmings.  Our presents are real-world suggestions, so they're all tried-and-true ideas you can trust.