Elfster Blog http://blog.elfster.com Birthday & Holiday Party and Gift Exchange Ideas Mon, 13 Aug 2018 22:24:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 How to Beat the Summer’s Almost Over Blues http://blog.elfster.com/2018/08/13/how-to-beat-the-summer-is-almost-over-blues/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:00:46 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10307 Summer is not over yet, there’s still a few weeks left to lounge in your unicorn pool float or spend the day munching on nothing but ice cream and rosé. Enjoy every moment you can of these last few weeks, but know that the end is in sight. To ease the pain we all feel this time of year, we’ve come up with a few ways to beat the summer’s (almost) over blues. Plan a Staycation Vacations are an amazing end-of-summer tradition, but...

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The Art Of Japanese Gift Giving http://blog.elfster.com/2018/08/06/japanese-gift-giving/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:00:28 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9674 I met my husband while teaching English in Japan many years ago. Last summer, we took our sons to Tokyo and Kyoto to see the country we’d fallen in love with. Before we’d even left Shinjuku Station, my boys were fascinated by the world’s greatest vending machines—and the mountains of beautifully wrapped treats and souvenirs on display at every train station and department store. The gorgeous boxes made even simple mochi treats seem like something special. The Etiquette of Japanese...

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Gift Ideas for a Long-Distance Relationship: So Close Yet So Far Away http://blog.elfster.com/2018/07/30/gift-ideas-for-a-long-distance-relationship-so-close-yet-so-far-away/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:00:03 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9659 Any couple who has tried it knows how challenging long-distance relationships can be, and sharing thoughtful presents is a good way to keep the spark alive. Some of my best gift ideas for a long-distance relationship occurred when I was in the military. It used to take a lot to keep my relationship going with my significant other, and I was constantly looking for clever ways to stay connected. I wanted to find a way to not just tell him...

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Summer Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas http://blog.elfster.com/2018/07/23/summer-wedding-anniversary-gift-ideas/ Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:36:32 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10253   It’s wedding season and for many of us, that also means it’s anniversary season. It’s time to celebrate the one you cherish most and show them how much you care, today and everyday. For many of us anniversaries can creep up, so plan ahead, set a yearly reminder in that calendar and make this time of year a time you focus on you and your special someone. From a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride to a personalized game with...

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10 Best Science Fiction Classics – An Anytime Gift Guide http://blog.elfster.com/2018/07/16/science-fiction-classics/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:00:25 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10016 Almost everyone loves a good book. Here at Elfster , books are some of our favorite gifts. So, without further ado, here is our guide to the top 10 classic science fiction novels of all time, suitable for giving year round. First, what qualifies a science fiction book to be considered among the “best?” Ideally it uses a great story and well-developed characters to explore concepts about, well, everything: society, race relations, religion, technological advancement, space, time, humanity’s place in space...

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Bday Gift Ideas For Your Best Friend: Make Her Birthday Special http://blog.elfster.com/2018/07/09/bday-gift-ideas-for-your-best-friend-make-her-birthday-special/ Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:00:54 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9730 I gave one of my greatest birthday gifts for my best friend when I was just a kid. On her 8th birthday, I got her a “best friends” necklace. You might remember the kind. It was actually two necklaces, connected by one heart, that you could split in half and share. To this day, we both still have our halves, even if they are a bit weathered from time. That’s the great thing about bday gift ideas for your best friend —even if what you gave them...

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How to Make Baby’s First Birthday Gift Registry http://blog.elfster.com/2018/07/02/how-to-make-babys-first-birthday-gift-registry/ Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:00:35 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9748 Preparing for your baby’s first birthday party also creates another first for your baby: a first birthday gift registry. When you’re planning a first birthday party for your kid, I can’t recommend using an online registry highly enough. My first birthday party for my son went the way most first birthdays go; it wasn’t so much a party for my baby as it was a party about him. As a one-year-old, he had very little idea of what was going on—including what kind of...

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Celebrate Christmas in July with a Summer Gift Exchange http://blog.elfster.com/2018/06/25/christmas-in-july-gift-ideas/ Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:45:35 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=10136 Christmas in July is the perfect excuse to plan a festive summer soiree and give guests all the holiday feels smack dab in the middle of the summer.  It’s also the perfect time to do a summer gift exchange since July is prime time for retailers to offer major deals on seasonal goodies. There are a few key elements you need to successfully pull off a Christmas in July gift exchange party. Planning A Christmas in July Party First off, you need some...

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The Best Fourth of July Gift Basket Ideas for a Patriotic Celebration http://blog.elfster.com/2018/06/18/the-best-fourth-of-july-gift-basket-ideas-for-a-patriotic-celebration/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:00:37 +0000 http://blog.elfster.com/?p=9695 If you’re looking for Fourth of July gift basket ideas, then your goal should be creating something patriotic, exciting, and useful. That’s what I focus on when I make favors for my annual Fourth of July barbecue to ensure my gift baskets will be a hit. I also look for items that are economical, as I’m buying a lot of baskets for a lot of people. Plus, Independence Day isn’t a time when you usually shell out the big bucks...

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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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