Hickory Farms gives back when you give to others #HickoryTradition

 This is a sponsored post about Hickory Farms.  Opinions are my own. 

We all know that gift-buying can sometimes be difficult. Especially for those people who already have everything they need/want, your boss, a co-worker, neighbor, mail carrier, an acquaintance, or even a family member. One thing that is extremely popular and welcomed is products from Hickory Farms. For those of you who are not familiar with this brand, Hickory Farms offers holiday food gifts and specialty foods that are sure to please everyone on your list. They are also reasonably priced, which should put a smile on your face.

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Hickory Farms has upheld their standards in providing holiday food gifts for shoppers for more than 60 years. What makes this brand so popular is because they are made with quality ingredients and packaged well. Furthermore, Hickory Farms cares how your holiday food gift is presented to its recipient. They take time to ensure that each holiday gift is beautifully wrapped and ready for gift giving.

They are extremely proud of the fact that their Signature Summer Sausage won the Masters of Taste Gold Medal Award for Superior Taste in 2011. This premium sausage has been rated as the #1 Summer Sausage in America. Many new products have recently been added to the brand’s line up. Some of the delicious artisanal products include eight all-natural cheeses and Dry Aged Salami. You will find these classed under Hickory Farms Reserve. Interesting and delicious combinations such as Cheddar Flight with Salami is one product that you will find under the Reserve Brand.

Hickory Farms believes in giving back to the community. They actively participate in Charitable Giving with their partnership with Share Our Strength. SOS or Share Our Strength works to eliminate childhood hunger. Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign. The Charitable Giving donation for this holiday season only applies to the Party Planner gift box.

Free shipping is applicable to eight of Hickory Farms products to FPO addresses and military APO. Two of the eight free shipping gift baskets include their “Beef Hearty Hickory” and their “Home for the Holidays” gift basket. As for their Charitable Giving venture, Hickory Farms takes pride in the fact that they, along with their customers have donated a total of $1.9 million.

If you need to purchase a gift for that hard to buy for person or anyone else for that matter, do your part to help end childhood hunger. Participate in Charitable Giving Hickory Farms and purchase a Party Planner gift box. If you are wishing to purchase any of the Hickory Farms Reserve, you may do so online at HickoryFarms.com, from their catalogue, or in select stores.

 

Upcycled Craft: Grinch Vase

Grinch Christmas Vase

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Supplies:

  • Empty wine bottle (or other bottle – shape or size of choice)
  • Green yarn
  • Green curly felt (wool)
  • Red sheet felt
  • Hot glue & glue gun

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This is such an easy & fun craft for the holiday season and requires so few supplies!  Who doesn’t love that silly old Grinch?

 

Step 1

You can begin by removing the label on your bottle.  Depending on the size and how securely it is still adhered to the bottle you may or may not need to.

Start by placing a small bead of hot glue around the base of your bottle and firmly pressing your first row of yarn into the glue.

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Step 2

Continue wrapping the yarn tightly around the bottle and keeping the rows of yarn tight to one another.  You should only need to glue the yarn in place every few inches or where the bottle size or shape changes

Completely cover your bottle with the green yarn.

Step 3

Pull apart a few strands of the curly green felt and glue them around the neck of the bottle, creating the hairy neck of the Grinch.  Add a small, fluffed piece of the curly green felt to one side of the front of the bottle.  Place graduating sized hearts on top of it to show how his heart grew & grew!

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Final Step

Add holiday greens or flowers of your choice and enjoy!

Last minute gift ideas they will LOVE and 20% off Shari’s Berries #holidayberries

I realized today, in a panic, when my friend Bri posted on Facebook that Christmas is, indeed, NOT a week from tomorrow, but a week from TODAY…I realized that I lost a full day.  Um, I can’t lose a day. I have a billion things TO DO!  We have some parties and get togethers and the kids only have 2 more days of school before the break and ohmygoodness!!  I lost a day!  So now here I am scrambling to think of last minute gift ideas they will love.

I like to do a little something for each of the teachers who spend time with  my kids.  This year, my son’s teacher very suddenly retired, and a sub filled in who – well, she filled in.  They did find a permanent replacement who started today, in fact (yay!) but there’s been a lot of issues with my little first grader and I’ve been a frequent flier in the school office with questions and concerns. As if the women who work in our front office don’t have enough to deal with, they’ve had extra Brett time.  Bless their hearts…and their bellies.  Since I don’t have a lot of time, but I really want to do something to say “Hey THANK YOU for caring so so much about our little ones every single day!” I thought perhaps I could bring a tray of goodies for everyone in the office to enjoy.

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And that’s where Shari’s Berries come in. They were so super nice and sent a whole array of goodies here to the house to help me create a platter of holiday AWESOME for those wonderful folks who run our little school.  Last minute gift ideas they will love?  CHECK!

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One of the ways we celebrate holidays is with food.  In most cultures, there are traditional foods we prepare and enjoy and share with friends and family.  So it seems like food would be a last minute gift idea they’d love, right?  Shari’s Berries has that food…like many…but they have the presentation down to a science and make those foods look simply gorgeous and almost too good to eat!  (Almost)

Gourmet Dipped Swizzled Strawberries 

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It’s kind of hard to say “no” to those, right?  Plus they are strawberries!  Big plump strawberries!

We’ve taken our world famous strawberries and dressed them up for Christmas. First, we pick only the freshest, juiciest and biggest strawberries we can find, and dip them in milk, dark or white. To make them fancy enough for a Christmas gift, we top the milk off with red & white swizzles, the dark with chocolate chips and the white with Christmas sprinkles.

Your Gift Includes
4 Strawberries Dipped in Milk with Red & White Swizzles
4 Strawberries Dipped in Dark with Chocolate Chips
4 Strawberries Dipped in White with Christmas Sprinkles

Holiday Cake Pops

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These festive chocolate cake pops are perfect to celebrate Christmas. Each fudgy chocolate cake pop is the perfect combination of gooey fudgy chocolate interior with a crisp chocolaty exterior. Decorated with characters like Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and even an Elf they’re perfect for any chocolate lover.

Your Gift Includes

Handmade Santa Claus Chocolate Cake Pops
Handmade Mrs. Claus Chocolate Cake Pops
Handmade Elf Chocolate Cake Pop
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Chocolate Covered Snowman Hats

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 Our gourmet Oreo® cookies are topped with marshmallows, covered in chocolate and sprinkled with white “snow” nonpareils to create a delicious “snowman hat”. Gift includes 16 handmade chocolate covered snowman hats that arrive in a winter top hat keepsake box.

Your Gift Includes
16 Handmade Chocolate Covered Snowman Hats
Keepsake Snowman Hat
Certified Kosher Dairy by Orthodox Union
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 Now, if you aren’t a Christmas person, or really don’t like doing the holiday themed stuff, there are TONS of other options available.  There are cookies and cake pops, chocolate dipped strawberries and Buche de Noel cakes and oh so much more just for the holidays- but also, for any occasion.  Picnic spreads, chocolate themed baskets, fruit baskets, wine pairings and more.  You can satisfy your sweet tooth and your savory cravings with a beautifully packaged purchase from Shari’s Berries.  

When your order from Shari’s Berries arrives, it’s very well bundled up so it won’t get damaged nor affected by the weather. Each box is a signature Shari’s Berries box and is beautiful in and of itself.  You can find get well gifts to send, hostess gifts, thinking of you and more.  There’s a Wine Country Picnic for the Holidays that would be a wonderful surprise for that newly engaged couple (like my niece Sam and her new fiance Jeff!), fruits, fruits with cheeses and so much more.  The possibilities are many. You can even find sugar free chocolate dipped berries – and many items are also Kosher on the site….organic…

Once again I put my money where my mouth is- we’ve been stressing and fretting about what to get my husband’s parents and uncle for Christmas since they don’t need a thing — I found the PERFECT treats for his mom, his dad and his uncle on Shari’s Berries last night and they’ll be delivered Monday morning just in time for Christmas.  They get a little spoiled with some of their favorite treats and we can get them something they won’t return or give away!

One thing I LOVE about Shari’s Berries is that the pricing is quite fair and reasonable.  Right now, we can all get free shipping through Christmas Day, too! 

Printable Gift Bag Templates Make Gift Wrapping a Snap

This post about printable gift bag templates was sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

We are snowed in here, even my husband’ is working from home today. Which gave ME the chance to slip downstairs and get some much needed wrapping done.  Except that I discovered 2 little kittens found the wrapping supplies and destroyed half my gift bags!!  I needed to keep going while I had some time… and in a panic I started telling my husband I was going to run to the store for some bags.  That went over like a lead balloon!

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BUT then I remembered that Nestle is doing this AWESOME Holiday Countdown campaign right now and every few days is a new freebie (and chance to win awesome prizes) and today is December 17- the day there are free printable gift bag templates!! Head to the Nestlé Solutions Center: Holiday Countdown and click on the 17th.  That brings you to where you can download the printable template. Please note: after an hour of trying my friend Janel helped me realize if you have a pop-up blocker, you have to right click and open the PDF download in a new window!!)

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The kids all have asked to give a little something to their friends- these little bags are the perfect size to tuck a few little Nestle holiday candies into, or a rubber band bracelet.  Nothing big, nothing fancy, but a little something nonetheless.  We may even bring a few pieces of fudge to our older neighbor behind us – she’d not eat more than a few pieces anyway and I’m sure it will brighten her day!!

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AND… while you are downloading that gift bag template, enter for the chance to win a $100 Walmart Gift Card! You get one entry per day on the Season of Surprises calendar. Check each card for that day’s entry form. Winners will be notified by email after the New Year.

Countdown to the holidays with Nestle! A few times a week from November 18th to December 31st, we will be unveiling a new holiday treat for the whole family to enjoy at Walmart.com!

These treats can range from online activities, such as holiday eCard creators, printable crafts and even gift card giveaways! There will be several Walmart gift card entry periods, with gift card prizes ranging from $25-$100. We won’t reveal which days the prizes will be available, so visit Walmart.com often to find them!

What would you put into these cute little gift bags? 

Gift Ideas for Men

Some of these gift ideas for men were received in exchange for inclusion in the gift guide.  Others we just love.  Some items were donated to local organizations or national organizations for those less fortunate.

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Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

This little machine is awesome. Preheat the maker, grab your ingredients, and make your own delicious breakfast sandwich maker just like at a fast food place- but this way, you know just whats going IN that sandwich.  You’ll save money making your own, too.  GREAT gift- my hubby makes eggy sandwiches daily before work and this saves a lot of time!

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Phiten and Be The Match:

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Photo Credit: Phiten.com

  • Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia, yet only half receive the treatment they need. It can happen to anyone, at any time. But there is a cure, a marrow transplant. That’s why Phiten has partnered with Be The Match, a nonprofit organization that helps save the lives of people with blood cancer. The Phiten Help Be The Match Eliminate Blood Cancer program and the sale of the limited edition Tornado necklace will raise money to support the mission that every person who needs a bone marrow transplant receives one.
  • The limited edition Tornado necklaces will be available for $35 exclusively at www.PhitenUSA.com/BeTheMatch.  With the purchase of this necklace, 25% of net sales support the Be The Match mission to save lives through marrow transplants.

 

Stoneware Pickling Crock

This is my favorite gift for my husband (who won’t be reading this so I’m safe to share).  He’s really gotten into pickling and canning since we’ve been doing more and more gardening and when my friend Julie mentioned she was getting one of these pickling crocks for her hubby, I knew I’d just discovered a perfect gift!

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New release movies-

The Lone Ranger is one I’m sicking in Mr. Martin’s stocking…but Iron Man 3 is  a great option too! Not wanting a new release? Grab an old series he loved and buy a few seaons (or the series)

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in THE LONE RANGER, from Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Director Gore Verbinski. It’s a wild ride of high-velocity action, explosions and gunfights that brings the famed masked legend to life through brand-new eyes. The Lone Ranger (Hammer), the last of his kind, teams with Tonto (Depp), a dark and mysterious vigilante, to seek vengeance after justice has failed them. It’s a runaway train of epic surprises, as these two unlikely heroes must learn to work together before the ultimate showdown between good and evil explodes.

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BOGS Socks

  • BOGS CLIMATECH™ SOCKS retain heat with thermal polypropylene and naturally soft, absorbent Tencel® yarn. Bogs Channel Air design, on the sole, maximizes breathability while the AEGIS Microbe Shield™ controls odor (Imported).
  • Medium socks fit boot sizes 8 – 11

My hubby works outdoors a LOT and I like knowing he’s warm enough.  I’m pretty sure he likes to be comfortable. Great quality socks are a MUST for him- comfortable and warm!

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Cards Against Humanity

(Please note- this game is purported to be AWESOME. It’s NOT for everyone, but if you have a sense of humor like we do, you’ll probably love it)

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Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

 

Philips Norelco Shave Style Groom Kit

  • Comfortcut blades glide gently for a smooth, close shave
  • Body shaver and trimmer comfortably trims and shaves below the neck
  • Beard styler has 5 length settings to create anything from a perfect stubble to a neatly trimmed beard
  • Aquatec technology allows for a refreshing wet shave with gel or foam or a convenient dry shave
  • Battery indicator with up to 40 minutes of cordless shaving

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American Girl Gift Ideas

Here are several American Girl Gift Ideas  for that girl in your life who just loves her 18 inch doll play!! American Girl Gift Guide


American Girl of 2013  – Saige Doll & Paperback Book $179


Doll Wheelchair Set for 18″ Dolls $36.95


Doll Soccer Outfit $23.50


Doll Bunk Beds With Ladder $35


Doll Cheerleader Outfit Set $12.95


18″ Doll Cookware Set $15.95


Junior Girl Scout $14.99


Lavender Field ~ Party Doll Dress & Sandals $24.95


Doll Scooter & Helmet Set $22.95


Salon Doll Chair $27.95

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American Girl Mini Dolls $12.48 to $26.50

American Girl Clothing:

American Girl dolls are a toy that every little girl wants at one point in her life. Not only are they beautiful, special, and lots of fun, but the fact that your child and their doll can dress the same is pretty darn neat.

This holiday season is the perfect time to let your little girl dress the same as her doll.

With the super cute holiday dresses available from American Girl, there is no reason not to!

Red is the perfect holiday color, and when you pair that with sparkles, you have the perfect dress. Available for big girls and little girls, plus their dolls – this is one dress that you don’t want to miss out on.

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The little girls Twinkle Party Dress features a knit bodice with puff sleeves, an adorable bow, and a sparkly mesh bubble-skirt. Available with a matching satin-covered headband, this outfit is sure to be a favorite. Available in sizes 3 to 7, it matches perfectly with the doll version (that fits the Bitty Baby and Baby Twins).

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For older girls, the Sparkle Party Dress is where it’s at. This fancy, sleeveless dress has just the right amount of sparkly in the mesh bubble-skirt, and ties in the back with a satin sash. Finish off the look with a luxurious cream-colored shrug and matching rhinestone-studded satin headband. This fabulous outfit is available in girls sizes 6 to 16, and the matching ensemble is available for the larger American Girl dolls.

Gift Ideas for Women

Here are some gift ideas for women – not just for holiday time! Some of these items were received in exchange for gift guide inclusion- some were donated to those less fortunate.  Opinions are my own.
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cyndi-bands
Quality hair ties are pretty hard to come by. Most of the ones found in the supermarket only last for a week or two as best, and honestly, I lose them just as often as I break them. And don’t even get me started on how often my hair gets damaged by them.
Thankfully, Cyndi Bands are much different than your typical hair tie.
Available in huge variety of colors and prints, the Cyndi Bands are wider and much more comfortable to wear than the standard thin variety found in stores. Plus they are super gentle on your hair.
Each Cyndi Band is made from a soft, flat elastic that will not snag or damage you hair. Even better – the days of being frustrated over ponytail creases are now over!
Cyndi Bands are currently available as a hair tie or as a headband, and come in multiple pack sizes. There are tons of different sets to chose from and there is even the option to create your own custom set full of all your favorite colors!
Gift sets are available, as are some really cute holiday gift tags – each with its own Cyndi Band of course! You can even have your hair ties and headbands personalized with your company logo for a big event.
Not only do these hair ties look great in your hair, they also look nice around your wrist; meaning that you will never have a reason to be without a hair tie again!

YUKO Hair

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Yuko’s Anti-Frizz Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-in Conditioner and Anti-Frizz Hair Serum are perfect for getting hair holiday ready and are fantastic for any hair type.

· These are great products for the holiday season as they leave hair, smooth, silky and shiny and provide hair with nutrients, protect it from harsh weather, and keep it from getting dry and brittle.

· The products make hair more manageable and healthy not only through the holiday season, but all year long. Additionally, Yuko uses gentle formulations that include naturally-derived ingredients and are free of harsh chemicals like sulfates, petrochemicals, parabens and sodium chloride.

· The ‘ANTI-FRIZZ BY YUKO’ Home Hair Care Line is available to consumers at more than 70,000 salons worldwide as well as Amazon.com and www.YUKO-USA.com.

My favorite thing about the Yuko line?  It actually works.  I’ve been ready to chop off my hair I have hate hate hated the frizz so much but in the few weeks I’ve been using Yuko I’ve seen a big difference and it makes me less crabby.

 

BOGS Boots

I’ve needed some good waterproof boots for a long time. I have kids who love to play in the snow and i want to be out there with them! I have a super WIDE foot and wear these with ease. We’ve had a few snow events here already and I’m ecstatic to say that my feet were both warm and dry.  That’s a win!  Now I just need to get myself some snowpants…
  • Height: 15”
  • 100% waterproof
  • Constructed with 7mm waterproof Neo-Tech™
  • Bogs Max-Wick moisture wicking technology to reduce moisture and stay comfortable
  • Non-slip and non-marking outsole
  • DuraFresh biotechnology activates to fight unwanted odors
  • Dual-density,contoured EVA insole
  • Easy pull-on handles
  • Comfort rated from temperate to -40°F/-40°C

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Magellan Smart GPS 

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 If she’s anything like me….having a GPS is a safety measure everyone will appreciate.  Having a GPS that can help you find a good restaurant/shop/place to sleep? Priceless. For those of us who don’t have a new car that’s equipped with a built in bluetooth GPS, we have to look to after market availability.  Magellan meets that need.  Now I just need the back up camera.  That’s on my wish list for 2014.  We drive 3 older vehicles- 1997, 2001, 2004 (my van) and none have the backup camera nor blue tooth enabled.  In fact, none has a phone input.  Two do have combo CD/Tape decks though!
So why a SmartGPS?
  • Save money by receiving gas prices, based on your location from your preferred stations
  • Connect to Dash and Send Destinations and Contacts to SmartGPS from your Smartphone
  • Receive Dynamic Navigation Content Automatically: Best Parking, Weather, Traffic Camera Alerts by PhantomALERT
  • Yelp & Foursquare: Reviews, Ratings and Money-saving Deals Received Automatically
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth along with premium & safety features: Speed Limit Warnings, Hands-free Calling, Customizable Screens, Free Lifetime Map Updates & Traffic Alerts and more

Other Ideas and Suggestions:

Camera Strap and/or case/bag.

No matter what size the camera, there’s usually a cute strap or bag available for it.  I like matchy sets myself.

Nice Pajamas

– I discovered The Cat’s PJs through another blog recently and holy moly. I’m in love with 80% of their pajamas. Of course, I adore bed, and pillows, and pajamas. So there’s that. But some nice pajamas will be very appreciated!the cats pjs

Grinch Cake

 

How fun is this guy?  This Grinch Cake is not only adorable and fun, but  quite simple to create!

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This is what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 8” round cakes (completely cooled then frozen for approximately 30 minutes)
  • 9” cardboard cake base
  • Prepared buttercream frosting (in white)
  • Prepared fondant frosting (in green & red) (Satin Ice. Save yourself the time)
  • Icing bag with tip,  insert, and large star tip & #2 round tip
  • Fine tip paint brush
  • Silicone rolling pin (for rolling out fondant)
  • Fondant smoother
  • Spatula (for spreading buttercream base coat)
  • Powdered sugar (for rolling out fondant to prevent sticking to counter & rolling pin)
  • Green food coloring
  • Vanilla

Step 1

Place your bottom 8” round on your cardboard cake base.  Cover the top generously with your white butter cream.  Add your next layer and with your spatula spread a thin layer of white buttercream over the top and sides of both layers.  This layer of frosting does not need to be extremely smooth as it will be covered with your fondant.

Step 2

Carefully roll your green fondant out on your powdered sugar covered surface.  You should roll a little to a time, rotating the fondant and spreading powdered sugar underneath to make sure it does not stick to your surface.  Once it is rolled out large enough to cover your entire cake, roll it onto your rolling pin and lay it over the cake.

Step 3

Carefully roll your red fondant out on your powdered sugar covered surface.  This will be rolled out to create the “Santa hat” so it will not be round.  the hat does not have to be smooth or perfect.  You want it to look as though he is wearing the hat and the tip is flopped over, this is where you can use artistic interpretation.  I LOVE when things don’t have to be perfect!!

Step 4

Once the red is laid in place, begin piping the white buttercream onto the cake using the star tip.  This will be used to add the furry band to the hat and the furry ball at the tip of the hat.

Step 5

Mix together a small amount of green gel food coloring with a few drops of vanilla to create a watercolor type paint.  Use a fine tip paint brush to paint on the face of the Grinch.  You can create the same adorable face you see here or get creative!  You do want this green to be slightly darker than the fondant.  Allow the “paint” to dry.

Step 6

Finally, change your star tip to a #2 round tip and carefully pipe the teeth onto the face of Grinch between the lines you painted on.

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 Check out our DIY Grinch Crafts and Recipes post, Grinch Cookie Pops  and  Grinch Vase Craft!

Gift Ideas for Girls

Some of these gift ideas for girls  were received in exchange for inclusion in the gift guide.  Others we just love.  Some items were donated to local organizations or national organizations for those less fortunate.

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American Girl Clothing:

American Girl dolls are a toy that every little girl wants at one point in her life. Not only are they beautiful, special, and lots of fun, but the fact that your child and their doll can dress the same is pretty darn neat.

This holiday season is the perfect time to let your little girl dress the same as her doll.

With the super cute holiday dresses available from American Girl, there is no reason not to!

Red is the perfect holiday color, and when you pair that with sparkles, you have the perfect dress. Available for big girls and little girls, plus their dolls – this is one dress that you don’t want to miss out on.

american-girl-twinkle-party-dress

The little girls Twinkle Party Dress features a knit bodice with puff sleeves, an adorable bow, and a sparkly mesh bubble-skirt. Available with a matching satin-covered headband, this outfit is sure to be a favorite. Available in sizes 3 to 7, it matches perfectly with the doll version (that fits the Bitty Baby and Baby Twins).

american-girl-sparkle-party-dress

For bigger girls, the Sparkle Party Dress is where it’s at. This fancy, sleeveless dress has just the right amount of sparkly in the mesh bubble-skirt, and ties in the back with a satin sash. Finish off the look with a luxurious cream-colored shrug and matching rhinestone-studded satin headband. This fabulous outfit is available in girls sizes 6 to 16, and the matching ensemble is available for the larger American Girl dolls.

 Goldie Blox 

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 This is one of my favorite things my girls will be getting this year for Christmas.  I’ve been excited about this company and their products since I heard the first inklings of a toy concept that encourages engineering and spatial thinking…for girls.  I’m not necessarily one to buy into the boy / girl toy thing but I’ve long said that many “girl” versions of toys that echo the concepts in using GoldieBlox seem to be dumbed down.  Goldie Blox has taken those skills and elevated them on a whole new level.  It’s no wonder they are selling like hotcakes.

 

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PlayMG Mobile Android Entertainment System Bundle with Charger – 24GB Storage

(We loved this last year too!)

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Parents, get your phones and tablets BACK from the kids!  A portable does-everything-but-make-calls smartphone (I guess you could say it’s a smart device??)  that fits in a (largish) pocket and comes bundled with all you need to get going!!

And parents, we have control measures!! YES! No More Over Spending Issues With The Prepaid MasterCard®. Included with every PlayMG is an optional dedicated SpendSmartTM Prepaid MasterCard that helps manage app spending. Get $10 free when you sign up and add at least $10. Manage your app spending through a real-time balance on your home screen! 

Not only have Olivia Holt (Disney) and Kyrie Irving (NBA/Cavs) joinedPlayMG as partners/owners,  they are now fully integrated into the product experience with a new app recommendation engine and weekly app recommendations, including a widget on the home screen.

Gelarti:

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Stickers are lots fun, but let’s face it – they can be a bit frustrating. As a little kid, I cannot even tell you how many times I stuck my favorite sticker down on something crooked and ripped it trying to get it back it off.

Plus, most sticker packages offer the same sticker many times, instead of providing a bigger variety. This is great if you like the main sticker, but most of the time I prefer something a little more unique.

Gelarti has a fun solution to these traditional sticker downfalls.

It all starts with creating your own stickers. The Gelarti Designer Studio has everything that you need to create these mini masterpieces.

There are 6 sticker sheets filled with a variety of fun images. Simply pick the sheet with your favorites and place it on the rotating platform. Using the 3 different colored paint pens and the glitter paint, get to work making it pretty and perfect!

Finish off the look of your sticker by swirling the paint with the marbling tool and sticking on one of the fun gems or embellishment pieces that come with the kit.

After letting your unique, created-by-you stickers dry completely, stick it wherever you want.

Yup, you read that right.

Anywhere!

No, I haven’t gone crazy – these fabulous stickers are removable and re-stickable! They can be placed wherever your heart desires because it you don’t like it, you can simply move it – without having a ripped sticker or sticky residue left behind.

 

Zelfs Venus Flytrap Spin Salon

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Zelfs are a little toy full of big, imaginative fun. Only coming out when the twilight moon is in the sky, they live in a magical secret garden filled with, well, magic.  Each Zelf has a head full of wild hair, and their own special powers.

But let’s focus for a moment on that hair! It’s wild. It’s crazy. It’s tons fun. It is almost as tall as the Zelf itself (and oftentimes taller), and can really get out of control. These magical little creatures need someone to help them tame their mane!

Thankfully, Zardenia – their magical garden – has a Salon!

The Venus Flytrap Spin Salon is the perfect place in town to get a hip new style. You can curl, crimp and primp each and every Zelf that comes in and sits in the funky purple and green chair. Feed their hair into the mouth of the fly trap, push the button and let the spinning – ur – styling begin!

The Venus Flytrap Spin Salon, run by the gossipy hairdresser, Tressa, comes with hair extensions, hair accessories, and storage space (the salon folds together to look just like a potted plant!).

Available at Toys R Us and Walmart, this is must have for all homes with Zelfs in them.

 

Blingles Glimmer Glam Styler:

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This holiday season, give the sticker lover on your list the Blingles Glitter Glam Style and let them bring on the sparkle!
Girls can create their very own stickers, and use them to customize their favorite accessories, textbook covers, bag, pencil case and so much more. The Blingles stickers are designed to stick to almost any smooth surface making them the perfect way for kids to express their very own sense of style.
Perfect for ages 6 and up, the Blingles Glimmer Glam Styler comes with everything needed to create 60 sparkly, fabulous stickers!
Included in the Blingles Glimmer Glam Styler:
  • Glimmer Style Studio
  • Glitter Styler Collection Tray
  • 1 Glimmer pen
  • 1 Glimmer brush
  • 4 different color Glitter tubs
  • 8 Sticker Sheets (Makes 60 Stickers!)
  • 10 Large Gems
  • Instruction booklet

My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Sling Gym Drawstring Bag Backpack

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Every little girl needs a backpack of her very own. One that is light enough for her to carry all by herself; and of course it has to be super cute, easy to open and close … with lots of room for her to pack all of her favorite toys.
And it wouldn’t hurt if it was fuzzy and soft, too.
Sound like an impossible task? Well, it’s not as hard as it may seem! The My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Sling Gym Drawstring Bag Backpack is just what you are looking for.
It covers all the necessities – its cute, lightweight, easy to open and close, big enough to fit all those must-bring-everywhere toys, and yes, it is even fuzzy and super soft. But the real icing on the cake is the adorable face of Rainbow Dash that covers the front of the bag.
This is a must have bag for any My Little Pony fan in your life! Cute and practical, it will quickly become your child’s favorite accessory.
Pinkie Pie Storyteller:
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What could be better than snuggling up and hearing a good story?
Cuddling up and hearing that story from a talking My Little Pony of course!
The My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Storyteller Plush Horse is sure to be any little girls best friend. Soft, cuddly and super cute, Pinkie Pie will enjoy hours of play and story time with your child.
The story controls are soft and easy to activate, insuring that even little kids will be able to work Pinkie Pie’s magic on their own. Your little one will be thrilled to see that Pinkie Pie’s mouth actually moves in sync with the stories she tells and the songs she sings, making her seem that much more alive and special.
Pinkie Pie comes with 4 full color storybooks, and she knows them all by heart. Anytime a toy can invoke a love of reading, it is quickly marked a winner for me. Recommended for kids ages 36 months and up, any My Little Pony fan will be thrilled to have Pinkie Pie as a friend.
Hello Kitty Dance Doll:
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Calling all Hello Kitty fans! For the first time ever, Hello Kitty is being offered as a large posable doll!
Now that Hello Kitty can sit, stand, turn her head and strike a pose, fans everywhere are going to have a new best friend for hours of play. Plus, the new Hello Kitty dolls feature removable clothes, offering tons of fashion possibilities!
Available in 4 different dress-up themes, these dolls are perfect for girls ages 4 and up.
The Hello Kitty Dance Doll is 13-inches of pure dancing fun! Perfect for any little girl that loves to dance, this super cute doll will be ready to practice with her all day long. Hello Kitty comes dressed to impress in an adorable removable outfit; a pink and teal dress, purple “knit” hat,  legwarmers, socks, and shoes.

Minnie Mouse BoomBox

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Pretty, pink, and super fabulous, the Minnie Mouse Sing & Stroll MP3 Boombox Purse lets your little music lover rock out in style.
Weighing in at only 1.6lbs, this mobile music station lets even the smallest of Minnie Mouse fans bring their favorite tuns with them wherever they go.
Whether you choose to sing along to the built-in Minnie songs, or plug in your very own MP3 player, this stylish “purse” will not disappoint. There is even a handy compartment on the back that can be used to hold your MP3 player, or another small item.
Special voice effect let your superstar sound just like Minnie, and there is even the ability to add an echo to their voice. And ever performer needs a standing ovation – the applause effect gives the perfect amount of encouragement for the next song!
And don’t worry about where to find a microphone – the Minnie Mouse Boombox Purse comes with a real working daisy-style one attached!

FURREAL FRIENDS DAISY PLAYS WITH ME KITTY Pet

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The FURREAL FRIENDS DAISY PLAYS WITH ME KITTY pet is an adorable orange tabby cat that is full of energy and eager for playtime! Show DAISY PLAYS WITH ME KITTY pet her toy and this frisky kitty will bat at it, swatting her paws in the air like a real cat. DAISY PLAYS WITH ME KITTY pet can rise up on her back legs and bat her paws, lower onto all fours and knead her front paws.  She even pounces forward, mewing and purring as she plays. A day full of fun makes for one tired kitten. When it’s time to wind down DAISY PLAYS WITH ME KITTY pet loves to cuddle; stroke her back and this kitty will gently purr and knead her paws as she relaxes. Includes four “AA” demo batteries. Four “AA” replacement batteries required. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE Pony

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In the land of EQUESTRIA, studious TWILIGHT SPARKLE represents the element of magic. Now, the magic is in your hands with the PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE figure, a moving, talking pony that comes to life! The PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony is the most interactive MY LITTLE PONY friend to date.  This magical pony will respond to touch and motion; simply touch her cutie mark and she will move her head and blink her eyes as she awakens. Brush her mane and the PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony will hum songs and speak whimsical phrases as she’s being pampered. Her iridescent turquoise wings and unicorn horn illuminate with a touch, creating enchanting patterns of light. Push her along and watch as PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony’s wings flutter as if she was getting ready to take flight! Includes four “AA” demo batteries. Four “AA” replacement batteries required. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

What’s on your list of gift ideas for girls? Be sure to check out our gift ideas for boys too!