Elfster Blog http://blog.elfster.com Birthday & Holiday Party and Gift Exchange Ideas Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:10:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 The History Of Father’s Day http://blog.elfster.com/2018/06/13/history-of-fathers-day/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:28:15 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10148 LiveScience.com tells us that one Sunday in May, 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd sat in a church in Spokane, Washington listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. She had never known a mother. Hers had died in childbirth, leaving her dad to raise the newborn Sonora and her five siblings by himself. On that day she decided that her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War Veteran, should have a day established to honor him. The next year Sonora petitioned the city to recognize...

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Must-Have Wedding Registry Items: Creating the Perfect Wedding Wish List http://blog.elfster.com/2018/06/11/must-have-wedding-registry-items-creating-the-perfect-wedding-wish-list/ Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:00:28 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9713 It’s easy to miss the must-have wedding registry items that you’ll need to build a cohesive home for you and your partner when you’re in the midst of wedding planning. After all, there’s a lot to keep track of! When I was first married, I didn’t realize quite how much stuff I’d need. It was a bit of a learning curve when I discovered that my new husband lived a bare bones existence while everything I had was pretty feminine....

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Celebrity Book Club Hosts Book Exchange to Express Love of Reading http://blog.elfster.com/2018/06/05/celebrity-book-club-hosts-book-exchange-to-express-love-of-reading/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:29:50 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10114 Read any good books lately? As I stare at the stack of unread books that has accumulated on my bedside table, I’m overwhelmed by my options. Like many folks, my favorite indulgence is curling up with a really good book to soothe my mind, but let’s face it, with our busy lifestyles these days, we don’t have much time to spare. So when it comes to how to spend my “me” time, I need a little help converting that “to-read” pile into my “best...

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How to Host the Best Secret Santa Book Exchange http://blog.elfster.com/2018/06/04/how-to-host-the-best-secret-santa-book-exchange/ Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:00:34 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9625 A circle of moms in my neighborhood once hosted a Secret Santa book exchange but with a unique twist. We were supposed to give our giftee a book that best described us, and the receiver was supposed to guess their giver’s identity based on the book. It was a lot of fun and a really great way to get to know everyone. We enjoyed the event so much that we decided to make it an annual event. Now every year,...

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The Top Father’s Day Gift Basket Ideas http://blog.elfster.com/2018/05/28/the-top-fathers-day-gift-basket-ideas/ Mon, 28 May 2018 13:00:47 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9640 My dad is practically impossible to buy for. It seems like he already has everything and either wants for nothing or wants something so specific I’d have to be a mind reader to guess it.   I know I’m not alone in this issue. After all, dads are notoriously hard to buy for. So, every year when Father’s Day rolls around, I find myself scouring the internet for gift basket ideas . There’s a method to my madness. I figure if I focus on quantity with a...

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The History of Memorial Day http://blog.elfster.com/2018/05/25/history-of-memorial-day/ Fri, 25 May 2018 13:00:18 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9928 Memorial Day is an American holiday established to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. It is observed on the last Monday in May. In 2018 it falls on May 28. The First Observances of Memorial Day More Americans died in the Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, than in any other conflict in U.S. history. The great number of fatalities led to the creation of the nation’s first national cemeteries. By...

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Baby Registry Checklist: Create a Comprehensive Wish List Online http://blog.elfster.com/2018/05/21/baby-registry-checklist-create-a-comprehensive-wish-list-online/ Mon, 21 May 2018 13:00:47 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9533 When you’re trying to plan for a new baby, I’ve found the best way to do it is to create a baby registry checklist. After all, there’s a lot to think about! While I was pregnant, I had a bit of trouble keeping everything I needed straight. Even though I created a pretty extensive wish list, one of my friends pointed out that I’d forgotten more than a few important necessities, like pacifiers and teething rings. Luckily, we caught it...

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Secret Santa Themes for Family Gift Exchanges: Getting Everyone Involved http://blog.elfster.com/2018/05/14/secret-santa-themes-for-family-gift-exchanges-getting-everyone-involved/ Mon, 14 May 2018 13:00:59 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9595 “We need to dust! And wash the curtains. And can somebody please find the other air mattress?” Our house was in a flurry of activity because we had relatives coming to visit. Not just one or two people, either—we were hosting 12 people at our house for a family reunion. Getting the house ready seemed to take days, but my sister and I cleaned faster and more thoroughly than ever before, fueled on by our excitement at seeing all our...

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The History of Mother’s Day http://blog.elfster.com/2018/05/11/history-of-mothers-day/ Fri, 11 May 2018 13:00:01 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9868 Mother’s Day’s Beginnings Elfster celebrates giving and no one gives more than the sometimes under-appreciated awesome moms everywhere. What better way to celebrate than to look back on the history of Mother’s Day? Our modern American Mother’s Day had antecedents. The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals honoring the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The most direct ancestor of the modern Mother’s Day, however, is the early Christian festival called “Mothering Sunday. This holiday dates back centuries to pre-Reformation days in Great Britain...

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Create an Online Classroom Wish List: Gifts For Teachers http://blog.elfster.com/2018/05/07/create-an-online-classroom-wish-list-gifts-for-teachers/ Mon, 07 May 2018 13:00:51 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9408 “You got how many totes?” I asked my best friend Rena, a fifth grade teacher. It was the end of the school year , and while she appreciated the generosity of her students and their families, it was a little overwhelming for her to receive so many gifts. A dozen tote bags, countless mugs, and enough Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards to caffeinate an army were definitely a demonstration of her students’ affections, but also the result of parents shopping for someone they didn’t really know....

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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Woman Who Has Everything http://blog.elfster.com/2018/04/30/mothers-day-gifts-for-the-woman-who-has-everything/ Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:00:32 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9546 What do you get the mom who seems to want for nothing? I find myself pondering this question every year. My mom doesn’t quite have everything, but she certainly seems to think she does, and it’s almost impossible to get her to produce wish lists on her own volition for her birthday , Christmas, and, of course, Mother’s Day. As someone who loves to shop and give gifts, it can leave me in a bit of a tough spot. I know she’s expecting...

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50 Amazing Groups Staying Connected Year Round On Elfster http://blog.elfster.com/2018/04/24/groups-staying-connected-with-elfster/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:18:18 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9816 At Elfster , we think every day should be a celebration!  It goes without saying: “ ‘Tis always the season of giving!” And since we’re in the business of bringing people together through acts of generosity all year long, we’re sharing the stories of some of the many ways people of shared interests are using Elfster to stay connected. Here’s our list — we checked it twice — of how 50 Amazing groups are staying connected and the ways you too...

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Spring Gift Basket Ideas For Celebrating the Season http://blog.elfster.com/2018/04/23/spring-gift-basket-ideas-for-celebrating-the-season/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:00:08 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9499 Every year, to celebrate Spring, my mother used to have a Spring Fling party. She’d invite our relatives over for an early season afternoon barbeque and decorate the house in Spring colors like yellow, green, and baby blue. My mom also used to make Spring gift baskets as party favors. She put a lot of work into them, as everyone got a basket that was uniquely their own. A couple years ago, I decided to carry on the family tradition....

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Unexpected Gifts | The Joy and Power Of Anytime Giving http://blog.elfster.com/2018/04/16/unexpected-gifts/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:00:05 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9558 Flowers picked from a friend’s garden and left on your porch just because. A latte from your favorite coffee shop sitting on your desk when you walk in the office, for no reason at all. A package from your best friend who just couldn’t resist buying you the earrings inside. Nothing fills us with little moments of unexpected joy quite like a gift given for no particular reason, at no particular time. “We enjoy things more when they positively exceed...

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Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day http://blog.elfster.com/2018/04/09/eco-friendly-gift-ideas-for-celebrating-earth-day/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:00:13 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9424 Finding eco-friendly gift ideas is a lot easier now that sustainability and environmental awareness have become so widespread. That’s something I noticed when I was choosing gifts for my friends for our annual Earth Day party . There were so many options available, from small and large companies alike. Still, it’s wise to be selective with the gift you choose. After all, many companies claim their products are safe for the earth, but sometimes it’s hard to tell if that’s true or if...

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