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  • Meaningful Gifts Can Come in Really Small Packages

     stocking stuffer ideas

    I've come to realize that people either dread the idea of purchasing stocking stuffers, or look forward to it. Personally, I adore the idea of finding small treasures that will light up faces on Christmas morning. Growing up, Santa always filled my stocking with the smallest (but most thoughtful)  gifts.  But the truth is, most stocking stuffers are not thoughtful at all.

    How many of us give or receive stocking stuffers that appear to be from the grocery store impulse buy section? Does chapstick, beef jerky, and gum sound like your typical stocking stuffers?  We can do better. Just because a gift is small doesn't mean it has to be from the gas station or impersonal. This year consider filling their stockings with meaningful gifts they will be as thrilled to receive as the gifts they unwrap from under the tree. Giving a meaningful gift of any size will put a smile on their face (and yours as well).

    Meaningful stocking stuffers for her

    Meaningful Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Her

    LOVE Reusable Bags: Perfect for your wife, mom, or college-age daughter. This cute reusable bag is the  perfect space saver that can tuck into a purse or pocket. It folds up to the size of a tennis balls and can be unfolded with she goes to the market or needs a bookbag.

    Toesizes:  Toesizes come in fun colors and are great alternative to barefeet. Toezies are the sock for pilates, yoga & lounging around.

    Unitrex: Flexible silicone rubber pocket-sized pen and stylus tools come in bright colors and are compatible with all touchscreen devices. The perfect size to tuck into a stocking.

    Meaningful stocking stuffers for him

    Meaningful Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Him

    Razor Renew: Leather strap that sharpens and smoothes razors, blades, and knives to last at least 10x longer than normal. Use suede side to sharpen; flip over to smooth side to polish.

    Napa Soap Company:  This handy travel size shaving soap and traditional shaving brush will elevate his shaving experience. The travel tin and brush make it the perfect size for his stocking.

    This is Ground: Easily wrap earbuds, USB cables and other small wires in the convenient envelope-like case leather  case. The Cord Taco comes in a 5-pack so you can stick them in all of your family's stockings.

    Meaningful stocking stuffers for kids

    Meaningful Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

    The Dipr: A spoon made just for dunking cookies! You can even eat off the dipper! They come in a pack of four.

    Whooz?:  Whooz? charger stickers are full of personality, and will set their device accessories apart, so they'll always know which ones are theirs.

    Shains: Colorful rubber bracelets feature interchangeable peg charms (letters, and icons) that attach to spell out a message.

    Looking for more meaningful gift ideas? We have an entire Holiday Catalog full of gifts with meaning. Check it out here.

  • You're About to Discover the Best Holiday Gifts of the Year

    The crisp air of fall has barely set in but here at The Grommet, but we’ve been in full-swing holiday mode for months. In fact, we’ve been planning for the holiday season since this past spring. I can honestly tell you that the products we will be sharing with you this fall are nothing short of amazing. Shopping for that “perfect gift” is hard. We get that. Don’t worry, we’ve done all the running around (we’ve scouted the globe to bring you the best gift ideas).

    What can you expect in the next couple of months? How about marvels in felt, a special method for preserving precious cheeses, new ways to make fire, and even a euro chic carryall to bring holiday spirits to every party you attend.

    We’ve even turned an ordinary gift such as a scarf into the unexpected and have taken handcrafted jewelry to a whole new level by discovering new designs and materials.

    Give Differently this year with The Grommet Grommets are as surprising and delightful to give as they are to receive. This year, give differently.

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    Want more? We’ll be connecting your iPad generation kid with the concept of building with their hands through some unique DIY kits, and encouraging girls to branch out beyond dolls and dress up with some unique toys made just for them.

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  • Holiday Cheer from Daily Grommet!

    Rosie the Boxer says Happy Holidays! 

    We're not sure about you, but the last few weeks have been a whirlwind! The office has been full of shipping, meetings and deadlines to get things done before the break. We expect this week to fly by even faster! Below are a few pics of the holiday cheer we've had around the office, including our colleague, Melinda's beautiful dog Rosie!

     

    Happy Holidays! What Grommets are on your wish list this year?

     

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  • Gingerbread House Ideas (and giveaway!)

    Candy CottageToday we're featuring a gingerbread house kit by Candy Cottage and we have a sugar rush just thinking about all of the endless gingerbread house ideas we can create. The cool think about this kit is that it doesn't include stale pre-baked gingerbread or require you to bake it from scratch. Nope -- the fun is in the decorating and that's what these kits let you focus on.

    These are reusable houses that are easy to assemble and ready to decorate -- all year long. Left over Halloween candy? Check out these spooky gingerbread house ideas:

    Gingerbread House Ideas

    Now you can create gingerbread houses all year (isn't that fun?). Check out other holiday ideas:

    Holiday Gingerbread House Ideas

    And of course, you're kit will be put to good use around Christmas.

    Christmas Gingerbread House Ideas

    Are you inspired to come up with other gingerbread house ideas? Tell us, what type of candy house would you create?

    **Contest is now closed. Thank you to all who entered. The random winner chosen was Jacqueline, congrats!

    Leave a comment telling us and we will select one person to WIN their own Candy Cottage! 

    General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U.S. resident and at least 18 years of age. You must leave a comment on this post. No purchase necessary. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited. Contest will end October 5, 2012 at 9 am PST.

  • Elves make handy helpers

    This is Patrick.

    Patrick like to hang around during the holidays.

    Patrick is an "Elf on the Shelf," and he belongs to Wendy (from our Discovery Team). Sometimes though, he stows away in her bag as she heads out the door to Daily Grommet HQ (he's mischievous adventurous like that). And he seems to be popping up all over the place.

    Patrick hanging out with Kate and Jen. He's giving them some ideas about new Grommets he'd like to see.

    He likes to hang out with the Discovery team and hear about what cool, new Grommets we have coming up.

    He also like to try new things, like working the camera (backwards?).

    Patrick decides to help out on filming day.

    Don't get me wrong, no one's complaining. It is holiday season after all -- the more elves who want to hang around and help, the better!

    Do you have an elf in your family? Where's the oddest place he's turned up?

  • Holiday help from our community

    With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the count-down to Christmas underway, we're feeling like this year has flown by. Decorating, planning holiday menus, shopping -- doesn't it seem like there is so much to do? We were sure feeling that way, so we decided to gather a few holiday pros to help us gather ideas (and our wits!) to prepare and enjoy this holiday season. Hope you can join us (the more the merrier of course).

    Join expert entertaining, design, and food bloggers as we share tips and ideas to make this holiday season more fun, more creative, and of course, stress-free. We'll be gathering on Twitter for a Twitter Party and giving away some great prizes.

    When: Monday, November 21 at 7-8pm EST (4-5pm PST)

    Hashtag: #HolidayHelp

    Co-Hosts:

    • @CelebrateAtHome - Entertaining expert Chris Nease is bringing creative holiday party ideas
    • @CarissaRogers - Family blogger Carissa Rogers is sharing special holiday traditions
    • @ABCDdesigns - Design blogger Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo is giving up her insider tips for holiday decorating
    • Keep watching ... even more experts will be joining us for the event

    Prizes: We'll be giving away four $25 Daily Grommet gift cards live at the party, plus announcing a HUGE giveaway as well - just in time to help out with your holiday shopping.

    Hope to tweet ya' there!

  • Grommet Gift Guide - Last Minute Gifts

    We're a mere seven days away from Christmas day (!) and we've rounded up some great Grommets that can bail you out in a pinch. Here are our last minute gift ideas:

    41pounds.org, Stop Junk Mail and Catalog Delivery Take Back Your Mailbox 41 pounds (a nonprofit organization) is named for the 41 pounds of junk mail the average adult gets each year. The company was founded by the three DeVries brothers (on the right) who turned their own frustration with junk mail into a service that stops up to 95% of unwanted deliveries. Sure, it’s something anyone could do — but, honestly, who has the time? For $41, 41pounds.org will protect your mailbox from unwanted junk for five years, plus donate $15 to the charity of your choice. Total charitable contribution: $100,000 and counting. ($41) Learn more about 41pounds.org and learn how to stop junk mail here.



    Pandora, Create Your Own Radio Station Online Radio Is New Again Enter the name of one of your favorite songs or artists, and Pandora quickly scans its database of analyzed music — new and old, well known and completely obscure— to find songs with interesting similarities. Pandora dishes out the tunes, and you sit back and enjoy a customized listening experience. Create as many “stations” as you want and refine them by hitting thumbs up or down on a song. (Free) Learn more about Pandora and how to create your own radio station online here.




    Mokugift.com - Share the Inspiration, Plant a Tree CharityPlant A Tree. Good news: Yes, you can do something about global warming! And it’s surprisingly simple. Just plant a tree. Besides providing beautiful foliage and cooling shade, trees help trap ozone layer-depleting CO2 emissions, minimizing the effects of climate change. Planting is a cinch with Mokugift. You don’t have to dig deep into your pockets or even lift a shovel. And it’s as easy as sending an e-card. ($1 per tree) Learn about mokugift.com and how to plant a tree for charity.




    Angelina's Crab Cakes, Buy Crab Cakes for Delivery, Let Them Eat (Crab) Cake  Let Them Eat Crab Cake It’s a pretty well-kept secret that most crabmeat in this country comes from Asia, EXCEPT the true blue lump crabmeat from the Chesapeake Bay where Angelina Tadduni once owned a popular Italian restaurant with her husband for many years. Though the couple passed on, and the restaurant is no longer, Angelina’s famous mouthwatering lump crab cakes can be yours for the asking. ($59.70 and up) (Order by December 21st) Buy Angelina's crab cakes here.




    Animoto - Make Your Own Video Slideshow, Make Your Own Video SlideshowQuick and Easy Memory Makers Animoto.com is a cool website that lets you create your own photo videos set to the music of your choosing. Imagine pictures of the kids set to your family’s favorite hits, or snapshots of good friends over the years with memorable tunes playing in the background. Just upload your photos and music, insert text, and arrange it all the way you want it. In a matter of minutes you can have something that looks TV-worthy. (Free and up) Learn how to make your own video slideshow with Animoto.com here.



    Jeni's Truly Splendid Ice Cream, Best Gourmet Ice Cream, Premium Ice Cream GiftSimply Splendid. All of Jeni’s treats are delivered deeply frozen, so they’re easy to ship (in packs of six or nine flavors) just in time for a decadent holiday dinner or to your favorite food-lover for an unforgettable gift. One bite and your gift recipient will be hooked. ($70.00) Buy Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams gourmet ice cream here.



    Wild Creations Frog EcoAquarium, Pet Frogs, Frog Aquarium,Frog Wild Finding a pet that’s exciting for kids but low maintenance for parents is a tough challenge. But we’ve found a really fun solution. The EcoAquarium from Wild Creations is an all-in-one aquatic environment that will thrill kids and adults alike. The kit comes with two frogs — excitable, jumpy creatures that are great fun to watch. The “living gravel” that comes with the kit acts as a natural filtration system, so no additional chemicals, aeration or filters are required. The frogs need to be fed twice each week (which kids love doing) and the food comes with your system. As for tank maintenance, the water only needs to be changed once every five or six months. Easy! ($3.99 to $30.00) Buy Wild Creations' pet frog eco-aquarium here.



    Kiva - Loans that Change Lives, Help a Global CharitySmall Loans, Big Impact. In times like this, it’s more important than ever to reach out to those in need. Kiva connects lenders with hard-working entrepreneurs from impoverished countries. Browse profiles on the site, choose who you want to lend to, learn the story of the entrepreneur and about the business he or she is creating, and then decide how much to lend. Donations can be as little as $25 and the loan cycle is typically six months to a year when the loan is then repaid. Learn more about Kiva's loans that change lives here.




    A Better Back - Lumbar Support Pillow, Back Support Pillow | Back Posture Support Called A Better Back, it’s a lumbar support pillow that can be worn like a backpack if you’re on the go, or strapped onto a chair if you’re working at a desk. You can use it everyday as a gentle reminder not to slouch. The pillow comes with two thermal packs, one for the microwave and one for the freezer. So when pain flares up, you can alternate between hot and cold therapy – a proven method to relieve all types of soreness and muscle tension. ($69.00) Buy A Better Back's back support pillow here.




    Cloud 9 Living Passage to Adventure Some might be seeking clarity, others might be seeking g-force. No matter the mission, Cloud 9 Living has an experience to match. Co-founder Adam Michaels and the team at Cloud 9 Living have done the legwork to find 1,700 activities across the U.S. that make for unforgettable gifts. You can send a friend bungee jumping or to ninja school, or have them ride shotgun in a race car. If you’re looking for something less physically challenging, you could choose a food tour, private DJ lessons or pottery classes. Or maybe you know someone who longs to star in a movie, play poker with pro Jamie Gold, or pull off a perfect crime? Cloud 9 Living offers so many experiences that the hardest part might be deciding which one to choose. ($50 and up) Learn about Cloud9 Living's experience gifts here.



    Switch Gear 2, Interchangeable Jewelry Kit
    Go Go Gadget Earrings. You can give many gifts in one, with this super-smart earring kit from artist Lisa Monahan. A clever little collection of diverse jewelry options, the Switch Gear kit offers hundreds of unique earring combinations from one travel-sized selection of materials. How fun! ($65.00) Buy Switch Gear's interchangeable earring kit here.

  • Do-Good Artisans Have Philanthropy in Mind

    Sometimes the commercialism of the holiday season can seem a tad overwhelming. We've got some Grommets that cater to the social enterprise side of you. Give gifts with meaning:

    MotherTongues- Poetic T-Shirts and Hoodies, Buy Fair trade T-shirts and Hoodies With International Peace Messages, Unique Gifts Spread The Word Michelle Hamman created a T-shirt with the word "ubuntu" printed on the front and a poetic description of its meaning on the back. And that’s how MotherTongues got its start. Her simple, fresh designs reinforce her commitment to mindful living. In addition, for every item sold, MotherTongues donates $1 to the Center for Women in Transition, an organization that helps women and children in need. ($24.99-$44.99) Buy Mother Tongues shirts with international messages of Peace here.




    Aprons by Nondyebo Art, Nondyebo Art, Hand Painted Aprons, African Aprons, Tribal Art Aprons Out Of Africa Nondyebo (pronounced “non-dee-A-bo”) Mashiyi was a quick learner and became very proficient in the production of graphic arts and textiles. With the help of Jane Philippi, who spends several weeks every year in South Africa volunteering, our talented African designer now has a staff and a growing business. Her aprons are made from cotton canvas with acrylic paint and will brighten every corner of your kitchen. (Prices vary) Buy Nondyebo art products here.



    JL Lane Evening Clutch, Embroidered Beaded Clutch Bag That Gives Back With the economy aching, the world weary, and the globe far from green enough, accessories with a conscience are what we need right now. JL Lane handbags fit the bill precisely. This company, started by a mother-daughter duo, is all about bringing the talents and handiwork of women in countries like Vietnam to light. They also donate 20% of their profits to PLAN, an organization that empowers women in the developing world. JL Lane embroidered beaded clutch.  ($85.00-$165.00) Buy a JL Lane handbag here.




    Root Cellar Preserves Pickle Sampler, Buy Gourmet Pickles Pickle Love Root Cellar Preserves is dedicated to bringing back the art of pickling and has established a fund from their profits to help preserve early American homesteads - what a special, and meaningful gift! ($5.99 and up) Buy Root Cellars Preserves here.




    Kiva - Loans that Change Lives, Help a Global Charity Small Loans, Big Impact. In times like this, it’s more important than ever to reach out to those in need. Kiva connects lenders with hard-working entrepreneurs from impoverished countries. Browse profiles on the site, choose who you want to lend to, learn the story of the entrepreneur and about the business he or she is creating, and then decide how much to lend. Donations can be as little as $25 and the loan cycle is typically six months to a year when the loan is then repaid. Learn more about Kiva here.


    Chivas Skincare, Goat Milk Soap and Natural Skincare Goat Milk's Beauty Secret Legend has it Cleopatra bathed in goat’s milk. We can understand why, now that we’ve experienced firsthand the nourishing, moisturizing power of goat’s milk and Chivas Skin Care. If you really want to take gift-giving to the next level, you can give the gift of a goat. Chivas Skin Care has partnered with The Nomad Foundation to donate a herd of goats to the Tuareg people of Niger. If you purchase this option, one goat will be donated in the recipient’s name. ($25.00 and up) Buy Chivas Skin Care here.


    Indika Tree of Life Appliqué, Tree of Life Wall Hanging Cooperative Art Indika Imports has connected with various organizations or artisans around India that focus on eco-awareness and self-sustainability, as well as focusing on keeping traditional skills alive. The results are beautiful craftsmanship depicting the intrinsic link between humankind and the environment. Each appliqué is cut from a single piece of cloth, hand-stitched by three women over the course of three days to completion. ($44.00) Buy Indika Imports products here.



    Amber Chand, Gifts for Peace and Prosperity, Global Gifts for Peace Celebrating Women's Resilience Ugandan entrepreneur Amber Chand was once a refugee. Now she’s made it her mission to sell handmade items by female crafters who reside in countries beset with serious conflict. The proceeds keep these brave women in business and independent. Every gift comes with its own unique story to promote global peace and understanding. You can be an ambassador of goodwill with your first purchase. Why wait? ($25.00 and up) Buy Amber Chand's gifts here.


    Arghand Sarah Chayes, Soap from AfghanistanWashing Away The Opium Trade.In 2002, National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Sarah Chayes started a cooperative called Arghand to make these unique soaps resembling beautiful stones polished by river water. The enterprise encourages farmers to plant crops like apricots, pomegranates, spices and herbs — instead of opium. Arghand means "triumphant” in Persian. That’s how you’ll feel when you bring them to a special holiday event. ($15.00) Buy Arghand products here.


     

    Mayu Hand-Knit Alpaca Knit Alpaca Shawl Wrap with Hood Capelet Crusading.  Chicago native Kate Robertson fell in love with Peru when she was there with the Peace Corps - she came to know and appreciate not just the artisans and founded her business, Mayu as a way to bring hand-knit Peruvian products to a larger market.  The Mayu hooded shawl is all the rage and shows you cared enough to be creative; plus your purchase is making a difference in the lives of women in Peru. ($139) Buy the Mayu shawl here.

  • Gift Ideas for Girlfriend

    We all have a girlfriend on our list, whether she's the love of our life, our latest crush, or the girl we call when we need to talk. Treat your special girlfriend to one of these fun Grommets! Here are our suggestions for gift ideas for girlfriend:

    gift ideas for girlfriend | TCHO ChocolateChocolate 2.0. TCHO is decidedly different. This San Francisco-based chocolate factory was founded by a Space Shuttle technologist-turned-chocolate maker and a chocolate manufacturing veteran. These are chocolate you'll be dying to give to your favorite girl! ($55.00) Buy TCHO good fair trade chocolate here.


     

    Gift Ideas for Girlfriend | MotherTonguesSpread The Word. Michelle Hamman created a T-shirt with the word "ubuntu" printed on the front and a poetic description of its meaning on the back. And that’s how MotherTongues, the small business Michelle created with her husband, got its start. For every item sold, MotherTongues donates $1 to the Center for Women in Transition; truly a gift with meaning. ($24.99-$44.99) Buy Mother Tongues shirts with international messages of Peace here.


    Gift Ideas for Girlfriend

    Parisian Charm. LilyMe is all about understated charm. Instead of a heavy link bracelet, LilyMe’s jewelry is mounted on a thin satin cord (you choose the color) with unexpectedly cool slipknots. The charms themselves are simple and chic. You can personalize a disc or heart, or choose from funky butterfly, flower, clover and peace designs. The effect is a hip, casual look that still has all the personality of vintage charm jewelry but none of the clunkiness. ($30 and up) Buy LilyMe French silver charm bracelets and jewelry here.


     

    Mayu Hand-Knit Alpaca Knit Alpaca Shawl Wrap with Hood Capelet Crusading. Don't give another plain-old sweater to the Mom in your life this holiday season - the Mayu hooded shawl is all the rage and shows you cared enough to be creative! It’ll work with a fancy dress as well as with jeans and T-shirt, and it’s warm enough to layer like a cardigan or substitute for a jacket, depending on the weather. Ideal for the your favorite girl. ($139) Buy Mayu's knit alpaca shawl wrap with hood here.

    wrap braceletsBoHo Style Wrap Bracelets. iheartjenna's leather wrap bracelet is one of those discoveries that causes instant obsession. It has everything going for it – lots of layers, natural materials, and a cool, bohemian vibe that’s perfect for now. Handmade leather cord, gemstone and silver toggle wrap bracelets. ($55.00-$68.00) Buy iheartjenna Bohiemian Wrap Bracelet here.

    Hanky Panky Thong Panty, Stretch Lace Comfortable ThongOne Size Fits... Not only does it fit, it flatters. And it looks good under clothes (no visible panty lines, no creeping up above the waistband), and it feels good. Hanky Panky underwear isn't felt at all while wearing them, and we think that’s the whole point. ($13.99-$18.00) Buy Hanky Panky's comfortable stretch lace thong here.

    Ann-Made Art - Handcrafted Recycled Soda Tab Jewelry, Soda Can Tab Recycled JewelryRecycled, Wearable Art. Ann Skydell Harmon believes that “recycling can be beautiful.” There are so many levels of meaning to Ann’s “wearable art.” With Ann-Made Jewelry you can show how much you care about the planet and be stylish while doing so. Being green is the new black, after all. ($18.50-$22.50) Buy Ann-Made Art's soda can tab recycled jewelry here.


    Luxe Link Purse Hook, Purse Holder, Handbag HangerThe Must-Have She Doesn't Have. Luxe Link purse hooks are small, stylish (recycled zinc alloy paired with vintage Asian designs), and either attach to your purse strap or tuck into their own little suede pouch when not in use. When you get to your destination, just rest the round, decorative top on the table, and hook your purse strap on the chain link that hangs off to the side. ($35) Buy Luxe Link purse holders here

    retro apronsA Dash of Vintage, a Pinch of Chic. Kitchen aprons typically conjure up images of Bree Van de Kamp and Sunday roasts, but these funky aprons from Funktion aren’t nearly so prim and proper. They look so good you may not want to take them off when company arrives — and they just might inspire you to do some “al fresco” cooking, if you’re feeling adventurous. ($42.00-$46.00) Buy Funktion Retro Kitchen Aprons here.

    See more gift ideas for girlfriends here.

    See what unique gift ideas the Daily Grommet team has discovered today.

  • Stand out with these teen gift ideas

    Teens these days are smart, savvy, and looking for a way to stand apart from the norm. These Grommets are sure to bring a smile to the face of the teen in your life.

    Gibbon Slack Line, Tight Rope Balance and Agility FunHang Tight. The Slackline is a new-age, bouncy tightrope, constructed of nylon fabric that’s roughly the width and texture of a seatbelt. The sport, which is sometimes called “jiblining,” was invented by rock climbers who would practice their balance by walking parking lot chains or ropes between climbs. Eventually, the climbers settled on webbing as safer and easier to walk. The Gibbon Slackline kit we’re featuring includes webbing and anchors — everything one needs to quickly “get online.” ($79.99) Buy the Gibbon Slackline for tight rope balance and agility fun here.

    Shred Sled Try this New Caster Board, Extreme Skateboarding Fun Why Skate When You Can Shred? Imagine the combined sensation of skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing, and you’ll have a good idea of what the Shred Sled is all about. Reaching for the Dramamine? That’s okay, you’ll never get a chance to ride it anyway, since the daredevil teen in your life will probably love it more than you would anyway. ($119.00) Buy Shred Sled's caster board here.

    Vurtego - Extreme Pogo Stick, Extreme Pogo Stick, Air PogoRelease Your Inner Boing If you’ve ever tried a basic pogo stick, you know all too well that bouncing off the ground even just an inch or two takes tons of effort. Rubber-band cores give a little more oomph to newer models, but the really big bounce still eludes most jumpers. We big kids — and teens with lofty hops in mind — need a super-powered pogo stick. The Vurtego, which uses a patented air-spring propulsion system, unleashes the big bounce. In the hands of a master jumper, this puppy can soar as high as eight feet in the air. ($295.00) Buy Vurtego high perfomance extreme pogo sticks here.

    Altec Lansing, Orbit Portable MP3 Speaker Big Sound Little Package We’ve found a smashing portable speaker solution in the Altec Lansing Orbit speakers. The teen in your life can have something small and portable (and—bonus!—not too pricey) that sounds great! ($28.95-$39.00) Buy Altec Lansing Orbit portable MP3 speaker here.

    Sodastream Soda Club, Make Your Own Soda and Sparkling Water, CarbonatorFizz, Sparkle, and Pop. Love the fizz of a carbonated beverage but hate taking the empty ones to be recycled? We were thrilled to find SodaStream from Soda Club Group. With a touch of a button you can turn flat water effervescent. Add any of the company’s 25 flavored regular and diet syrups and you’ve got homemade soda at a fraction of the cost of store brands (and without high fructose corn syrup). It’s a great way to save time and money—and reduce your carbon footprint. This will duly impress the teen in your life. ($99.95-$199.95) Buy Soda Club Sodastream carbonator to make your own soda here.

    MotherTongues- Poetic T-Shirts and Hoodies Spread The Word. Michelle Hamman created a T-shirt with ubuntu printed on the front and a poetic description of its meaning on the back. And that’s how MotherTongues, the small business Michelle created with her husband, got its start. Michelle’s design is simple and fresh, and her material choices (100% organic cotton, made according to fair trade practices) reinforce her commitment to mindful living. In addition, for every item sold, MotherTongues donates $1 to the Center for Women in Transition, an organization that helps women and children overcome obstacles. ($24.99-$44.99) Buy Mother Tongues shirts with international messages of Peace here

    Annie Howes Pendant Kit, Necklace Kit Pretty In Pendants. Want to bring out the inner crafter in the girl on your gift list? Annie Howes Make Your Own Pendant Kit is the perfect way for them to use their creativity to design one-of-a-kind glass pendants. all the non-toxic materials and instructions included. And so her kits were born. They come with everything needed to make six pendants, along with the step-by-step instructions, and a small metal container to keep all of the supplies organized. ($15.95) Buy Annie Howes pendant kit here.

    Luxe Link Purse Hook, Purse Holder, Handbag HangerThe Must-Have She Doesn't Have. Luxe Link purse hooks are small, stylish (recycled zinc alloy paired with vintage Asian designs), and either attach to your purse strap or tuck into their own little suede pouch when not in use. When you get to your destination, just rest the round, decorative top on the table, and hook your purse strap on the chain link that hangs off to the side. ($35) Buy Luxe Link purse holders here

    GRID-IT Netbook and laptop case, Hard Netbook and Laptop Cases With Organizer Cocoon Your Laptop A laptop is your link to the digital world, so show it some love with a clever case that can protect your portable PC and organize all your electronic accessories. These streamlined laptop and netbook cases from Cocoon have a semi-hard shell and a built-in GRID-IT organizer, which have a weave of rubberized elastic webbing that holds all your stuff — mouse, cell phone, iPod, keys, calculator, you name it. Each laptop and netbook carrier has one of these indispensable organizers built right inside the shock-absorbent, molded case. ($44.99-69.99) Buy Cocoon Innovations GRID-IT! netbook and laptop cases with organizer here.

    The Hole Thing The Hole Thing-Colorful Felted Garland, Unique Handcrafted Holiday Garland, handcrafted garland, holiday decoration, recycled holiday decoration, Louise Cady-FernandesWholly Homespun. These colorful, fun and creative gift homespun pieces of jewelry and accessories from The Hole Thing are at the top of Daily Grommet's giving list. Made from recycled wool sweaters — it’s hard to believe something so hip could come from such humble beginnings — you can choose from necklaces with big, bright spheres and squares of felted wool, laced with buttons and strung on a leather cord, as well as pins with a funky, retro vibe. ($12.00 and up) Buy The Hole Things' unique handcrafted felted garland and accessories here.

    OtterBox- Protective Covers for Mobile Technology, Mobile Cases and Protective CoversProtective Covers For Modern Technology Everyone—busy teens included—will appreciate how they shield against harmful drops, shocks, scratches, sneezes, even Cheerio dust. OtterBox is designed for all the spontaneous, chaotic, graceless individuals who have ever broken an electronic device due to their active lifestyle. (Prices Vary) Buy Otterbox mobile cases and protective covers here.

    Gorillatorch Hands-free flashlight, Flexible, Magnetic Flashlight that leaves hands freeGorillatorch Let them have light! The Gorillatorch flashlight from Joby combines an LED light source with three strong magnetic feet and flexible legs that you can bend and twist to secure the light to a tree branch, bed post or under the hood of your car.($29.95) Buy the Gorillatorch flexible, magnetic flashlight that leaves hands free here.

    Jade Harmony Yoga Mat Eco-friendly Non-Slip Yoga MatsDon't Slip In Downward Dog. JadeYoga makes mats using natural rubber, which is a renewable resource tapped from rubber trees. The company’s Jade mats contain no PVC, synthetic rubbers or other ozone-depleting substances. They’re made in the U.S. in compliance with all environmental and labor laws. ($59.95) Buy Jade Harmony's eco-friendly non-slip yoga mats here

    Road ID - Personal Identification Gear To Wear Road ID, ID Bracelet, ID TagIdentification To Go. Sometimes outdoor enthusiasts do meet with misadventures. That’s why helmets, elbow pads and life vests are so important, after all. But personal identification gear, such as the Road ID, is just as critical. If there’s an accident, a readily visible ID tag, complete with emergency contact information and medical needs, could make the difference between life and death. ($19.99) Buy Road ID's ID Bracelet and ID tag here.

    The Charles Collection - Stretchable Silicone Clock The Charles Collection - Stretchable Silicone ClockNine 2 Five. The Charles Collection founder Charles Heydinger was inspired by the melting clocks seen in the work of surrealist painter Salvador Dali. He chose to highlight three numbers on the clock face — 9, 2, 5 — to play up our conventional workday hours in graphic typeface. You can stretch a 9-inch square clock into different organic shapes, up to 12 inches square, that are held in place with pegs. It’s a clever, fun way to stretch your imagination. ($50) Buy the Charles Collections unique clock design here.

    SlouchBack, College Dorm Furniture |Inflatable Couch BackSlouch Potatoes Welcome. Longtime friends Jeff Seibert and Andrew Goetting thought up the idea for the SlouchBack when they were in school, then came together after college to make it a reality. Their invention is a portable microsuede couch that inflates automatically in less than 30 seconds, bringing instant comfort and convenience to the dorm room or extra seating to the family room. ($99.00) Buy Slouch Back inflatable couch back here.

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