Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s time to start thinking about what you want to get for those around you this Holiday. Though you can always go with the cliché holiday gifts, this year, we have some unique holiday gift ideas that might catch your attention! 

  1. Bathing Petal Flower Soap

This petal flower soap is the perfect gift for someone with an elegant bathroom décor. This soap can be used in the bath, or just for everyday hand washing purposes! Since this is a smaller gift, we recommend combining it with other bathroom goodies to make a gift basket. For example, you can pair this soap with bath bombs, body scrubs, face masks, hair treatments, perfumes, and anything else you think they might enjoy!

  1. Pinch Me Therapy Dough 

This present is perfect for those who need a little stress relief throughout the day. Anytime they feel irritated, they can take out the therapy dough “gently knead away your nuisances”. Infused within the therapy dough are oils that are for calming purposes. If there weren’t enough reasons to buy this therapy dough, every Pinch Me product purchase funds their support of the Wounded Warrior Project. 

3. Whiskey Chilling Stones

These chilling stones are perfect for all the whiskey loving individuals in your life, though it can also be used for other drinks as well. It might seem like an odd present at first, but once you realize that the flavor of whiskey is diluted by ice cubes, you’ll understand that this present will enhance your loved ones whiskey experiences. Not to mention that these chilling stones keep your drink colder for longer periods of time. One last added element to consider is that this set comes with a wooden tray which you can customize! 

  1. Elegant Bond Necklace 

Though a necklace is a cliché gift, at Dear Ava, they have the perfect elegant yet simple asymmetrical necklace that is meant to portray an inseparable bond. Anyone you want to get this necklace for, there’s probably a specific necklace for them. For example, there’s necklaces for your best friend, grandma, mother, sister, daughter, or even teacher! They are all the same necklace, but they all come with different notes. An added bonus to this gift is that you can also order gift wrapping with your purchase! If necklaces aren’t your thing, we recommend looking at other jewelry selections that Dear Ava has to offer. 

  1. Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards have been popular for a while now, and if you have someone that is always talking about charcuterie but doesn’t have a proper board, then you should consider adding a charcuterie board to your shopping list! There are many different styles of charcuterie boards out there and with just a simple google search, you’ll find all of the different options. In this blog post, we linked a swivel charcuterie board that also comes with knives. This style is great for sharing amongst a group of friends and you don’t have to make the extra purchase of getting cheese knives. 

Ornament DIYs

It’s that time of the year again to start decorating your tree for the holidays. Many people already have boxes filled with ornaments for their tree, but who’s ever complained about having too many ornaments! In this list we’ll be going over some ornament DIYs that will be sure to make your tree even merrier!

Photo By: Melissa Fenlon
  1. Indigo Marbled Ornaments 

These indigo marbled ornaments are fun to make and will add a classy look to your tree. The main things you’ll need for this DIY are some plain ornaments and a nail polish of your choice. So if you have a color theme for your tree, you’re able to make these ornaments fit that theme!

Alice & Lois Full Tutorial 

  1. Snowy Pine Cones

This DIY takes the normal pinecone ornament to the next level with some fake snow, berries, and a red bow. The best part about this ornament is that it’s super easy to make! 

A Pumpkin & A Princess Full Tutorial 

  1. Hanging Planter Ornament 

If you’re looking for a more natural ornament, then this hanging planter ornament is perfect for you! With just a small pot, faux plants, and yarn, you’re able to decorate your tree with mini plants. We recommend getting some faux succulents for this project, but you can choose any type of plant you think would be perfect for your tree!

A Beautiful Mess Full Tutorial 

Photo By: Jeff Mindell
  1. Rudolph Ornament

These Rudolph ornaments are so simple yet so cute! You only need five things for this DIY: a hot glue gun, some scissors, an ornament of your choice, foam, and a pom pom. You’ll want to get a few ornaments for this DIY because once you make one, you’ll want to make more!

Studio DIY Full Tutorial

  1. Scrabble Ornament 

If you have an old scrabble game that you don’t use much anymore, then you might want to consider making those scrabble pieces into a christmas ornament! All you have to do is choose a saying of your choice, find the scrabble letters for it, and glue those pieces onto a stable piece of material. 

Crafts by Amanda Full Tutorial 

Toys, Then and Now

It is finally December, and for many people that means holiday shopping. Children all over the world are excited to see what gifts they will get this year and what they are expecting changes a little more every year. New technologies, trends, and lifestyle changes have led to the evolution of toys that we see each holiday season. Some toys come and go, but others seem to be a constant throughout the years. Here are the toys that were most popular for each decade since 1910:

1910s: Teddy Bear

1920s: Yo-Yo

1930s: Shirley Temple Doll

1940s: Slinky

1950s: Mr. Potato Head

1960s: G.I. Joe

1970s: Star Wars action figures

1980s: Cabbage Patch Kids

1990s: Beanie Babies and Tickle Me Elmo

2000s: Wii

What was your favorite gift when you were a kid? Were your presents similar to what kids want today? Comment and tell us about your all time favorite gift!

For more information about the popular toys each decade click here!

Lake Geneva’s Holiday Open House

This Saturday and Sunday Lake Geneva is hosting the Holiday Open House! Stores from downtown Lake Geneva will be hosting promotions and in-store events to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

Where? Downtown Lake Geneva

When? November 10th and 11th from 10:30am-5pm

For more information click here!

As a part of the event there will also be a Holiday Window Display Competition on Saturday, November 10th from 9am to 5pm. This year’s theme is a Whoville Christmas, Growing the Heart of our Communities. The community members will have a chance to vote on which display they like the best to decide the winner!

For more information click here!

Additional events in Lake Geneva this weekend:

Lake Geneva Country Meats Holiday Wine Tasting

This event allows participants to taste over 45 wines from all over the world. The wines will be available for a significant discount the night of the event!

Where? Lake Geneva Country Meats

When? Saturday, November 10th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Price? $40 that includes a goody bag, quality wine glass to take home, and a $10 donation to the Walworth County Food Pantry

For more information or to sign up now click here!

Christmas Holiday Market

Boutiques and local artisans will be having pop-up shops with lovely handmade items that will make the perfect Christmas gifts! Stop by to find a unique, one of a kind gift for someone special!

Where? The Cove of Lake Geneva

When? Saturday, November 10th, from 10am-5pm

For more information click here!

2017 Gift Trends!

The season of giving has arrived and nothing makes you warm inside (besides hot chocolate, of course!) more than the face of someone you care about receiving the perfect gift from you.  Buying gifts can be an overwhelming process especially during the hustle and bustle that the holiday season brings with it, so here are a couple of gift ideas and trends to help you out.