Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cute and Affordable!

Thanks go to Commenter Laurie for recommending this great little site called LittleMissMatched.  There are brightly colored, whimsical things for kids though they have a furniture, books and toys, mens and women's section. There are many gifts under $10 and $20... The 100 % cotton baby kimono below is only $15!
Their gimmic is that things are mismatched but clearly go together.  Like these flip flops -- one of a dozen color combos at only $5 a pair!

Laurie put it best: "If you have young people in your life or are young-at-heart yourself (and you know you are) you will enjoy viewing and possibly buying some of these things. "

Their socks come in "missmatched" trios of singles in every color and pattern combo you can imagine -- truly unique. May sound odd, but it works. 

The trio of reversible colored pillows below are $30.

Just CLICK HERE or go to and click around on their site to see what I mean. Bookmark it for birthdays, party favors for your teens, teacher gifts, summer fun too.

Thank you Laurie!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Baby's First Ornament Kit

No matter what seasonal or spiritual tradition one might celebrate, a baby's first holiday is something special.  Here is a lovely way to preserve that memory.    

$29.95 for round ornaments, $34.95 for multi- shaped (as shown).

I imagine grandparents would especially love this ... And who's to say this could not be a gift for an animal lover as well? I could see a paw print in there too. :-)

CLICK HERE to order from Red

Also, CLICK HERE to see the one that listed last year as one of the best gifts (imho) for new parents around. Classy looking, fun to make, forever a treasure, and all for under $50! 

You've Got My Heart Locked Up

Here is something interesting -- a locket that holds 4 pictures.

I could see this being great for a grandma, a  a mother or for someone who's crazy about their animals (who isn't?).  

If for grandma and she's got more than 4 grandkids, you could always string two lockets on the same chain if you are feeling flush.

Sterling silver, 20-22"chain, locket 3/4" in diameter, $69.95

Thanks go to Red Envelope for photo

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Well, I really don't know why the publishers chose such a dreary title, but the subject sure is of the moment:  people with allergies and food sensitivities.

It seems everywhere I turn, someone is on a gluten-free diet. We know kids allergies to peanuts have grown to epic proportions.  I personally am fatally allergic to shellfish. It can make you feel a little -- or a lot -- left out. Once, folks with food allergies were thought to be whiners or hypochondriacs but now the world is starting to understand.   Now we have our own magazine!

How about a subscription (oh so affordable) to Living Without Magainze?

Just CLICK HERE or go to

and like the picture it says you can save close to 40% off the newsstand price. 

Articles in this month include: Pregnant and Gluten free, Sensitive to Soy, Autism and diet, Food and Feelings -- emotional wellness for food allergic kids, an article on your pet's seasonal allergies, how to deal with Halloween and allergies, recipes for delicious looking Rice dishes and a Thanksgiving Feast, and homemade breads, a doctor's column for questions, etc... 

I found a physical copy at Whole Foods. It can be nice when giving a subscription as a gift to roll up and wrap an actual copy of the magazine itself (good for stockings), but often the magazine will send you a card to notify your recipient or send one themselves. You can always write up your own card too.  The best thing about magazine subscriptions is that most of them are really affordable, and they last all year long. Every time it arrives, the person will think of you and -- not to sound like Martha Stewart --  THAT is a good thing!

Never Too Early

I started this blog to comment on pop culture but also to recommend great products when I come across them.... and that included Great Gifts. 

This year Miss Type A (that would be me) decided she'd like to create a little more room between Thanksgiving and New Years Day so, I don't know if I will be able to post as many gift ideas as I did in the past here. Or I will start earlier... like now, for example.

For those of you who don't know, I was a professional shopper, stylist and gift buyer for many years.  It has always been one of my favorite things to do to find just the right gift for someone, and though there are some tried and true fall backs, I am always looking for something that has not been seen before. Often those things become big sellers later.

But I have been looking for some things extra early this year. I want the holidays to be less cluttered, so am determined to have at least the gifts that I wrap and send out of state all done and off before Thanksgiving. I've heard several people express the desire to have theirs done in this time frame too, so they can relax for real and enjoy holiday time and all the deeper things that the season is about -- time with family and friends, cooking and eating, volunteering and reflecting.  BEING even.

Also, so many of us are budgeting more than ever this year.  We may have decided to not give gifts but do things for someone, make or bake instead of buy, or find great things under $100, under $50, under $20.  

And of what we give, I know that there's a greater desire for things that are made from recycled materials or is earth friendly in some way.   So I will keep that criteria in mind and if I find something that just blows those bounds away, I will sneak it up... after all, there's no harm in looking! :-)

So please check back and pass this link along to all your pals... and don't forget that there's a plethora of ideas that I put up from last year , 90% of which are probably still available.  Just hit the GREAT GIFTS label on this home page and you will find them all.  

Happy Holidays to All!