Watch out Silly Bandz—there’s a new bracelet in town. When I stumbled upon the website for Braced-Lets—colorful, collectible bracelets made with actual orthodontic braces—I knew I had to blog about them. Not only are they great for stacking and trading, they’re the perfect present for kids and preteens sporting braces (as well as those who simply worship a metal-mouthed babysitter or older sib).
Resarch revealed the following information about these four gifter categories:
The Emotional Gifter: Forty-two percent of women identify with this profile and buy unique, thoughtful gifts for each person on their list to show they really understand that person, plan ahead, wrap their own presents and take the time to hand-write a card.
The Practical Gifter: Nearly a quarter, 21 percent, of women consider themselves to be practical gifters, often giving gift cards or cash, and prefer to allow the recipient to make the decision about what’s best to buy.
The Convenience Gifter: Sixteen percent of women identify with this profile, approaching holiday shopping with maximum efficiency, getting shopping done at one store or on one website. These women feel holiday shopping is something that needs to get done, rather than a joyful experience.
The Last Minute Gifter: Thirteen percent of women consider themselves to be last minute gifters, typically buying gifts close to the holidays. They don’t often plan ahead and hurry through the mall at the last minute.
70% of women feel pressure to find the perfect gift, but for 60% shopping brings more stress than joy. 76% also believe exchanging gifts in person is important. More surprising information revealed that Last Minute Gifters were composed more of Gen Y/Millenial women around their 20s while Practical Gifters were composed more of Boomers women around their 50s.
Unique merchandise from the theme park is now being sold in their new online store, and there is something for every Potter fan in your house. Along with the requisite t-shirts, tote bags, scarves, and mugs, you can buy a Sneakoscope from Dervish and Banges, a Pygmy Puff from Zonko’s, the Sorting Hat and Mad-Eye Moody’s staff from Filch’s Emporium, the Elder Wand from Ollivander’s, and Hedwig from Owl’s Post. There’s something for fans of every Hogwarts House…even something for fans of the Dark Arts.
Skip the Black Friday mall madness and take a virtual Hogwarts Express to buy Harry Potter gifts quicker than you can say, “Wingardium Leviosa.”
Video games are going to be hot stuff again this year, thanks in large part to the launches of new systems, such as PS3′s Move and Xbox 360′s Kinect. With the help of our friends at Children’s Technology Review, we covered 15 of our fave games of 2010 in the December issue of Parents (click here to read). Now we’re squeezing in 10 more titles that will top kids’ wish lists for the holidays. Check them out!
Ho! Ho! Ho! We’ve decided to give Santa a little extra help this year. Right now on Parents.com we’re giving away all of our favorite toys! Check out our top picks in the November issue of Parents (on newsstands now). And make sure to click here to enter to win these awesome gifts. Goody luck!
Mother’s Day is so early this year, it’s catching me off guard! I just logged onto Design Mom and found that she’s doing an awesome week of giveaways to celebrate all the fabulous mommies out there! A few of the gifts are already closed (bummer) but 2 are fair game today, and I imagine there will be at least 2 more this week. Click here to enter to win a $300 shopping spree at Cambria Cove, or here to win a $200 package which includes a digital camera, products from Safety First, and a Tasty Baby eco bag.
So run, don’t walk, over to this totally inspiring blog and enter to win some goodies!