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Let’s face it. Even if you think you know how to shop for men, what they want to receive is probably not what you think. Men can be surprisingly particular, unpredictable and downright difficult to shop for when it comes to gift giving.
But don’t throw in the towel and pick up a gift card just yet, we're here to help. This week we decided to do some investigating and go straight to the source. We asked some of our favorite Grommet guys for tips we can use when shopping for them. Get your pen and paper ready because you may need to take notes.
Question 1: Do you like to be surprised when given a gift or do you always want to know what you’re about to open?
Majority Says: No surprises. However our Business Analyst, Ian, did say he likes surprises once in a while. “I like being surprised, but only if it’s a really good gift. I typically buy myself items that I want. I don't wait around for someone to buy them for me.”
Take Away: When in doubt, don’t surprise. He’ll be just as appreciative even if he knows what's inside the box.
With Father's Day right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to take a moment and reflect on those influential dads in our lives. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers -- what a nice time to honor these relationships.
We dusted off a few personal photos of our own dads.
Not surprising that some of our dads are makers and innovators as well. What about your dad? How would you describe him? Leave a comment below, we'd love to read it!
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Love is in the air, and this morning Jeanne headed to visit our friends over at Fox25 Boston, bringing along a few unique Valentine's Day gift ideas. If you're still searching for the perfect gift, these Grommets fit the bill.
It's only one week away, so make sure you get that special someone a gift they'll love!
If you've seen our Daily Grommet video featuring Leather Head Sports, you'll remeber Paul Cunningham. Paul grew up a baseball lover in the ultimate baseball city, Cooperstown , N.Y, and even worked summers at the Baseball Hall of Fame. After leaving Cooperstown, he took a job as photo editor for Major League Baseball — a career he left behind to make hand-sewn baseballs and footballs that are as all-American as you can get.
Our friends at Etsy recently made a video with Paul too -- and we'd like to share it with you. This 2 minutes video features Paul in the process of making a football and is also a homage to a classic American pastime. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
My parents are like many, hard to buy for. They have what they need and they don't ask for much. I knew that the Cloud 9 Living gift would be perfect for my Dad -- and it turned out to be a big hit! He decided to drive an Indy race car as his event. I spoke to him on the phone after and he was quite impressed by their training and operation there at this FL track and he had a blast. He thought it was an amazing experience and was telling me he would want to do a plane ride. I love that he wants to do another one!
If you are looking for unique gift ideas, this week's Grommet line up won't disappoint. From a smashing cake to jewelry that "pops out" -- the line up this week is full of creativity.
Serenade Chocolatier. It's a piñata, it's a cake – it's a chocolate piñata cake from Serenade Chocolatier. Yes, each cake-shaped molded chocolate shell hides a surprise: It’s filled with the chocolatier’s signature artisanal chocolates. This show-stopping, mouthwatering celebration of chocolate could be called the crown jewel of Serenade's decadent offerings. ($50.00) Buy Serenade Chocolatier's Piñata cake here.
SkinnyShirt. If you love the classic look of a collared shirt under a sweater but you’re not a fan of feeling uncomfortably bulky, you’re going to be thrilled with Julie Kalimian’s creation, dubbed the SkinnyShirt. This ingenious shirt has a stretchy, knit body paired with a woven cotton collar. From the neckline up, the shirt appears to be a classic button-front collared shirt. But below the neckline, it’s all about comfort. Imagine your favorite stretchy, comfy camisole -- that’s how the SkinnyShirt feels. In fact, that’s just how Julie came up with the first prototype for the SkinnyShirt. She asked her local tailor to merge one of her collared shirts and a camisole. (Starting at $68.00) Buy SkinnyShirt here.
Keys to My Castle. Michele Lilley loved to discover antique keys when she’d go treasure hunting with her grandmother at estate sales and auctions. She used to wonder why modern keys are so plain compared to yesterday’s beautifully ornate keys. Now, instead of wondering, Michele is creating tricked-out keys with designs that range from vintage classics such as fleur-de-lis and crowns to contemporary icons such as baseballs and flip flops. Add personality to your own key chain or give as a unique gift idea -- think housewarming gift! (Starting at $24.95) Buy Keys to My Castle here.
Spirithoods. Feeling fierce? Frisky? Fraternal? SpiritHoods has the perfect headgear to express your wild side. Each hood is made of faux fur, and you can choose your species: grey wolf, snow leopard, fire wolf, black wolf, grizzly bear or the nighthawk. Buy Spirit Hoods furry animal hats for adults here.Who’s wearing these, you might wonder? Jules spotted animal hoods being worn all over the streets of New York. She posted photos on Facebook and immediately struck a chord with the Daily Grommet community. More than 100 comments later, we started digging into the trend and found SpiritHoods. (Starting at $129) Buy Spirithoods here.
Melissa Borrell merges industrial techniques and organic designs to create remarkable metal jewelry that starts out flat and only reveals its final form when you pop out the shape. It’s fun, contemporary and, since it’s made by lasers, it’s literally cutting edge! (Starting at $28.00) Buy Pop-Out Jewelry here.
Today's Grommet, SpiritHoods, began with this curious photo we posted on our Facebook wall ...
Jules snapped the photo while she was walking the streets of NY during a recent business trip. The animal hat caught her eye and its wearer happily agreed to being in the spotlight.
So along with the photo, here's what she asked our Facebook community:
Would you wear this? I saw so many versions of this "giant animal head" hat all over New York this week. Both on men and women. >Jules
Within instants, we'd received over 100 responses (you can read them all here on our Facebook page). It was obvious we'd hit a nerve. Our Discovery Team began to dig deeper into this idea, vowing to give the people what they wanted: animal-inspired hats.
SpiritHoods is perhaps the most "socially sourced" Grommet to date (how's that for Citizen Commerce in action?). And that makes today a particularly special day for me as the Community Manager here at Daily Grommet. So speak up folks ... we hear you!
No one wants to be the partner who under-delivers on Valentine's Day. We’ve weeded through good stuff, bad stuff and ugly stuff to find the best gifts worthy of your someone special. Plan early and you can have your ideal Valentines gifts delivered to your door, just in time for celebrating.
This week, we shared several creative gift ideas and an extra special video roundup. Take a glance at what you may have missed this week and check out our Valentine's Day roundup -- full of unique gift ideas for your Valentine.
Whip it Good. If you’ve ever tried fresh whipped cream, you know that no preservative-laden grocery variety can match the sweet, creamy peaks you get with the real thing. But if you’re daunted by the thought of hand-whipping your own topping, fear not. We’ve found a gadget that does the work for you. (Starting at $49.95) Buy the iSi whipper for cream here.
Plug Into Positive Energy. HappyLight is a line of sunshine supplement systems comes from Verilux, which has been creating ways to simulate natural daylight since 1956. When sunlight is unavailable, these light therapy lamps can trigger your own natural energy enhancers and help you to focus and feel revitalized. (Starting at $89.95) Buy the Verilux full spectrum light therapy lamp here.
Naturally Crafty. Crayons have a knack for finding their way into little kids’ mouths, and even big kids have a hard time keeping paint-covered fingers away from their faces. The inevitability of art supplies making contact with kids’ skin got veteran teacher Diana Mercer thinking: Just how safe are so-called nontoxic art materials? Diana’s curiosity led to experimentation, and her kitchen experiments led to an entire line of 100% natural art supplies. (Starting at $22.00) Buy Clementine art products here.
Jackie Kaufman. Smudged across the refrigerator, TV and every window in the house, tiny fingerprints are a housekeeping hassle. But preserved on a beautifully handcrafted silver necklace? Priceless. Hand cast silver that uses fingerprints or pet nose prints to create personalized, sentimental, heirloom quality jewelry that will last a lifetime. (Starting at $74.95) Buy Jackie Kaufman's silver cast jewelry here.
Creative Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day. We rounded up several products that are sure to make for a unique Valentine's Day. Set the mood for Valentine’s Day with gifts that are sweet, tasty, scandalous and romantic; unexpected, thoughtful gift ideas that will please your Valentine. (Starting at $7.50) See all of our creative gift ideas for Valentine's Day here.