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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!