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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hatch My House - A Gift Registry With A Difference

Gift registries traditionally contain china, kitchen or household items, linens and an assortment of other items.  But what to do for the bride and groom who've been living on their own for years and have everything they need for their home? 

Hatch My House (HMH) is an online gift registry where anyone can sign up for FREE.  Design 'your house' and start saving towards a down payment, home improvements or furniture in a fun and interactive way.  You can actually note if you are saving for furniture or improvements on your existing home or if you're saving toward a down payment on a new home.  Your guests can donate a dollar amount toward a new front door or new windows or maybe a new washing machine! Practical yes.  But certainly a great idea.

The site serves more than 330 accounts and has already hosted more than 1000 transactions with a dollar total of $150,000 collectively. Hatch My House has been featured on and in Brides magazine.

No more worrying about sending china that gets broken in transit or choosing a gift the bride and groom might never use.  Hatch My House uses Paypal, a safe and simple way to have your house fund grow, with the knowledge that all transactions are safe.  Your gift sent via Paypal is 'safe as houses.' 

If you're a bride or groom about to set up a gift registry and wondering how to gently nudge people toward a helping you buy a home instead of sending useless gifts or duplicating items you already have Hatch My House is a good option. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Newlywed Sports Fanatics?

Know a couple about to tie the knot who are sports fans? Why not get them tickets for their favorite basketball team for a wedding gift? has NBA event tickets for some great teams like the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets team. Purchase your gift for the new couple like phoenix suns tickets , sacramento kings tickets , or houston rockets tickets by clicking these links.  Easy shopping! No mall hassle!

Help them start a new 'family tradition' of attending NBA games as a couple.  These are easy to ship, no unwieldy boxes or expensive shipping, and you won't need anywhere near the amount of wrapping paper you'd need for all that fine china! And NBA tickets won't break either!   And while you're shopping for them why not pick up some tickets for you? Why should the newlyweds be the only ones having all the fun?, the answer to all your shopping for wedding gifts!

**The author has been compensated for writing this post. Any opinions/thoughts are the authors own.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Modern, Sleek, Perfect Gift for the Newlyweds

Looking for a gift that suits the newlyweds who are sophisticated and chic with a modern twist? This sleek and modern carafe suits the couple who are fans of I Dream of Jeannie, Modern Style.   This bottlenecked Barbara carafe by Design House Stockholm (chosen by The Dwell  Editors for their collection on Open Sky)—with a glass ball stopper-hopper in its base—will rub them the right way.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Give The Gift of Edible Romance

Dean and DeLuca are the premier purveyors of everything gourmet, so why not give your favorite bride and groom a picnic basket and pack it with goodies from your local D&D store?  They have a selection of great food to choose from, just visit their stores or their web site. Then pack it up in a pretty basket.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Warm Me Up!

CLOSEOUT! Sherpa Micromink Blanket - Black

Sherpa Micromink Blanket...oh my GOD! These blankets are to die for!  I buy them for friends, I buy them for family, I buy them for ME! If you are like me and have thin blood and are ALWAYS cold in the winter time this blanket is a must have!  One for the bed, one for the couch in the living room, one for the media room... I've always loved fleece blankets but these Sherpa Microminks are the best I've ever found.  And not only that, right now they're on sale at jcpenney.  I got mine (a brand new queen size blanket, usually around $100 online for $39.99 plus tax. Then I used a coupon code for an additional $10 (the coupon code was FALLSALE).  I had it delivered to the store where I'll pick it up, so no shipping costs. 

I am tempted to buy out the supply just to have wedding gifts on hand for the next ten years! Oh, who am I kidding, they're for me, I just know the next time I want one they won't be selling them anymore! So grab one now, for you, for a friend getting married, for Christmas gifts--they're warm and comfy and make a perfect gift! BTW, they come in throw sizes as well, on sale, originally $50 for $19.99 (no coupon code, you need to spend $25 to use that). 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wooden Placemats - Laser Cut Perfection

Designer Sarah Finn used high tech woodworking to laser cut pieces of wood veneer.  Use them as place mats or as a centerpiece on a hall table or buffet.  Not in the market for a place mat? Consider framing them and hanging them on your wall or using them as a frame for a collage of wedding photos.  I never thought I'd say place mats were romantic, but  these are.  They are the perfect wedding gifts or shower gifts.  If you're looking for something smaller, Sarah also designs a set of four coasters.  The coasters are available at 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Personal Gift--Given With Love

I saw this DIY wedding gift and fell in love! What a perfect gift.  The tutorial to make it is on The Hybrid Chick's website--if you're like me you can't wait to try it.  Perfect for a tile or for some coasters if made with smaller tiles.  If you're looking for a personal gift that no one else is giving, this is the perfect answer!  Christine is one of a group of women who post to this site and make it a great resource. Take your time browsing through it or bookmark it for an afternoon of pleasure when you have more time.  Talented crafters, ideas to die for...what more can you ask?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Perfect for the Newlyweds Who Love Beer


Simon Pearce opened his first glass blowing workshop in Kilkenny Ireland in 1971.  Prior to that he worked with his parents at their workshop, the Shanagarry Pottery honing his design aesthetics and glass blowing skills.  He later worked for various European glass blowers and traveled throughout Europe learning his craft. 

Simon is known for his quality glass used to make everyday objects that are beautiful and functional.  In 1981 Simon moved to the United States seeking independence from the European glassblowers as well as looking for less expensive energy costs.  His first workshop in New England utilized hydroelectric power to power not just the workshop but the entire facility of glassblowers, potters and a retail shop and restaurant.  The Glassblower Cafe is known as one of the finest restaurants in the state of Vermont.  Simon has expanded into two additional workshops, another one in Vermont and one in Maryland where he maintains the same superior quality of lead free glass that is handblown by master glass artisans.  The attention to detail on rims or handles is a hallmark of Pearce's work. 

Simon Pearce glassware is the perfect wedding gift or a gift for your groomsmen.  Classic design married with function make his glassware a welcome gift for everyone. 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Just wanted to wish all my readers a Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy your cookouts or beach trips or the day at the pool. See you tomorrow! Nancy&Bill