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  • Dorm decorating ideas and deals on USCOOP.com

    Getting ready to send a loved one off to college? We've invited Madeline, from Uscoop.com to share some decorating tips and ideas with us (plus they have a cool giveaway going on, check it out!).

    by Madeline Moore

    September, Jocelyn and I launched Uscoop for the college market back in January, in hopes of creating a platform for students to inspire other students through pictures in our “Campus Style Watch” and “Campus Cribs” and sections of the website.  Our goal was to exhibit trends happening on campuses across the country relating to dorm décor and style so that we could curate students’ shopping needs with relevant deals on online brands. By working closely with 50 campus reps who provide us with pictures and content, we are now able to tell students what’s hot and let them get the featured look at a discount.

    Moms, we know back to school time means bonding with your kids over duvet covers, lamp shades and other dorm accessories, so if you’re looking to shop for your kids dorm and want them to be up to date with hot dorm room trends, take notes from our findings below!

    Top 5 Dorm Room Trends:

    1. Decorative String Lights are a must for guys and girls to add a little ambiance to a room at an affordable cost. For a girl’s room, we especially love the lights with little white paper lanterns. (Partylights.com)

    2. For a guy or gal, big Block Letters or Wall Monograms in your child’s Initials are the best way to spruce up empty wall space (Anthropologie; Dabneyleehome.com)

    3. Organized Chaos; With such a small room it’s important to have a place for everything and with the colorful jewelry or athletic gear these days it’s easy to turn your everyday stuff into fun dorm accessories. Girls display their bobbles on jewelry stands and tennis rackets on the walls, while guys can put their skate boards and baseball hats on hooks on the walls. (PBTeen.com)

    4. T-Shirt Blankets; Send your kids to school with all the memories they need right on their bed. We love these quilts, because it allows you to hold on to and display all the championship and travel t-shirts without collecting dust in storage bins. (CampusQuilts.com)

    5. Colorful Bedding; this isn’t a new revelation, but what’s still very much in these days is colorful bold bedding that acts as a centerpiece for the rest of your room and allows your child to distinguish their style and personality from all the other undergads. (serenaandlily.com; anthropologie.com; pbteen.com)

    We hope the tips above help you decorate in style. We also ahave some exciting news: In order to help you navigate the expensive and chaotic world of decorating your child’s dorm room we have come up with a week of exclusive discounted dorm décor offers and giveaways. Today, we are launching a sweepstakes sponsored by Serena and Lily where students can enter to win 2 dream dorm rooms.

    UPenn girl dorm ideas

    We staged two dorm rooms at UPenn for a guy and a girl, with the giveaway package as the focus to position the product for college students. We love this line of bedding and home accessories and know all the students will too!

    Why is Serena & Lily the perfect bedding for college living?

    1. The beautifully patterned sheets and duvets will brighten up any dorm room.

    2. The sheets and duvets are some of the softest we’ve slept on.

    3. The multiple color options make it easy to coordinate with a roommate.

    UPenn boy dorm ideas4. The twin sheets and duvets fit on an extra-long twin, which is the standard for most dorm rooms.

    5. It’s 50% OFF on Uscoop! Buy a $100 e-voucher on Uscoop worth $200 on SerenaandLily.com starting Monday, July18th and choose from tons of awesome bedding, furniture and dorm accessories to furnish your child’s entire dorm room!

    For more details on this sweepstakes and more college dorm decor ideas, visit Madeline and the crew over at  Uscoop.com.

  • Send a virtual thank you note with iGiftThanks app

    Ciaran Blumenfeld has been a long time friend of Daily Grommet. Ciaran is a talented entrepreneur (be sure to check out Francie Pants!) and recently shared with us her newest idea with us -- iGiftThanks is a thank you app for sending a virtual thank you note.
    virtual thank you noteTell us how the idea of iGiftThanks came about?

    I was at my daughter's birthday party and she was tearing into her presents, one after another.  I was snapping pictures with my phone and then I realized I wasn't writing down the gifts and who gave them  for thank you notes so I started scrambling for pen and paper (a scrap of wrapping paper). I had my phone in one hand, the list in the other and it just occurred to me if there had to be a better way. I assumed there would be app for my particular problem but none of the ones I found did what I wanted them to do. I knew I had to make one
    How exactly does it work?
    iGiftThanks lets you lose that list scrawled on the scrap of paper - the one you were going to lose anyways! It allows you to take a photo as the gift is opened, and note what the gift is, and who gave it.  You don't have to take a photo of the gift to enter an item on the list, but it does serve as an excellent visual cue and a great way to share the moment when it's time to write your thank you note. It is for lack of a better term, a Virtual Thank You Note! When you are ready to thank someone, you choose the image you want to send with your thanks. Most people like to share the photo of the gift being opened because it really brings the sender into the moment.  You can also create a handwritten note and take a photo to send that as your thank you if you believe in handwritten notes. Once you have chosen your image, you can decorate it with a frame, and then you can send it via email, twitter, facebook or text message.
    thank you app
    Sounds like a great problem solver! What has the feedback been so far?
    People love the simplicity and ease of this app! So many people feel grateful but lack the follow through to send proper thank you notes and that is the source of a lot of tension for them and their friends and family. This app is a lifesaver for them! It's also been very popular with families that are eco conscious. No trees are cut down, and no resources are wasted in delivering a note that will probably ultimately be tossed in the trash. We thought that grandparents might object but even they are won over by the images that their grandkids are sending them and in the case of grandparents with Facebook walls - they love that their friends can all see the photo thank yous as well!
    Where can we get it?
    The app is available on the iTunes app store at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/igiftthanks/id411045326?mt=8

    We're currently working on the Droid version of the iGiftThanks thank you app and hope to be sharing that soon!

  • Shopping for two: Cool Couple Gifts!

    How about a partridge for your favorite pair? Or two turtle doves for a winning twosome? If you're looking for some great couple gift ideas, look no further. We've found gifts for every dynamic duo.

     Indieflix Film Festival in a Box

    Indieflix - Film Festival in a Box

    Instead of a book club, why not host a film festival in your home? IndieFlix makes it easy to screen short, superb independent films. Buy the Indieflix film festival in a box game here.
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     V:King Swedish Viking Lawn Game

    V:King - Swedish Viking Lawn Game

    Inspired by a legendary Swedish game, this beautifully crafted lawn game challenges players to topple opponents’ shields and conquer the king. Unleash your inner Viking! Buy V:King swedish outdoor lawn game here.
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  • Taking a spin on the party circuit? Don’t go empty-handed

    Irish mums teach their kids not to show up “with one arm as long as the other.” Translation? Don’t arrive empty-handed when you’re invited to someone’s home. We’ve found plenty of hostess gifts that will make it easy to arrive, arms askew, with a charming gift for your hosts.

     Taza Chocolate Stone Ground Organic Chocolate

    Taza Chocolate - Stone Ground Organic Chocolate

    Artisanal chocolate melds flavor, tradition and history. You can see, feel and taste what’s different about this chocolate Buy Taza Chocolate organic chocolate gifts here.
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     Big Dipper Beeswax Candles

    Big Dipper - Beeswax Candles

    Sculptural beeswax candles burn long and clean, and they’re naturally aromatic, infused with the sweet scent of honey. Buy Big Dipper candles here.
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  • Size matters: Perfect stocking stuffers

    Great things come in small packages, including fun games, cool baubles and clever accessories. If you're looking for unique stocking stuffers for kids and grownups, look no further.

     Corkcicle Wine Chilling Bottle Stopper

    Corkcicle - Wine Chilling Bottle Stopper

    Shaped like an icicle, the Corkcicle keeps white wine chilled and can cool a red wine to the optimal serving temperature. Buy the Corkcicle single bottle wine chiller here.
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     TAXI Wallet by Alicia Klein

    TAXI Wallet - by Alicia Klein

    The Taxi Wallet has smart universal design and beautiful leather plus all the pockets you need and none you don’t. Buy the thin Taxi Wallet by Alicia Klein here.
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     Sugru Hacking Putty

    Sugru - Hacking Putty

    Don't junk your stuff. Fix it, improve it or remake it with Sugru. Buy Sugru moldable silicone putty here.
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     Krave Pure Eats, Inc Gourmet Jerky

    Krave Pure Eats, Inc - Gourmet Jerky

    The next time you need an energy boost, skip the chips. Krave’s meat jerky is high-protein, low-carb and totally delicious. Buy Krave Jerky gourmet jerky here.
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     Cufflinks Inc Men's Accessories

    Cufflinks Inc - Men's Accessories

    Great cufflinks are a clever way for men to express their personal style. Choose classic, sporty or unexpectedly techie. Buy unique cufflinks here.
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     Zipboard Portable, Retractable Whiteboard

    Zipboard - Portable, Retractable Whiteboard

    A whiteboard that rolls up is the perfect accessory for coaches, teachers and anyone who thinks on their feet. Buy the Zipboard portable dry erase board here.
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     Drawstring Tool Drawstring Threader

    Drawstring Tool - Drawstring Threader

    Reach for the Drawstring Tool when you want to re-thread a lost drawstring or retrieve an object from a tight spot. Buy the Drawostring Tool drawstring threader here.
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     One Good Earbud Single Earbud

    One Good Earbud - Single Earbud

    A single, stereo-quality earphone lets you listen to music without tuning out your surroundings. It’s the safer way to play. Buy One Good Earbud single earbud in stereo here.
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     Snap Infusion Vitamins and Candy

    Snap Infusion - Vitamins and Candy

    Candies that multitask: they’re tasty, energizing, hydrating, and boost your immune system. Sweet! Buy Snap Infusion healthy candy here.
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     Travalo Travel Perfume Bottles

    Travalo - Travel Perfume Bottles

    A travel-sized perfume atomizer makes it safe to stash your favorite scent in a purse, suitcase or carry-on bag. Buy the Travalo refillable perfume atomizer here.
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    Discover more stocking stuffers here.

  • On the clock: Best gifts for coworkers

    Business and pleasure can mix. They do at Daily Grommet, where we have the pleasure of doing business with entrepreneurs and artisans who care about stellar design, quality materials, and impeccable customer service. These Grommet makers have all sorts of unique gifts to offer coworkers and bosses, plus other surprises that will keep the office buzzing.

     Is Not Broke Recession Proof Wallet

    Is Not Broke - Recession Proof Wallet

    Handcrafted wallets keep money in your wallet and tell great stories about strength and resilience Buy an "Is Not Broke" unique recession proof wallet here.
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     Wallet Pen Small Sterling Silver Pen

    Wallet Pen - Small Sterling Silver Pen

    Longtime Wallet Pen loyalists rave about this tiny silver beauty. Who knew a pen could be so cool? Buy the Wallet Pen here.
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  • Give to the givers: Special gifts for grandparents

    It's time to turn the tables on your grandparents. If they've done more than their share of spoiling you, you can return the favor with splendid gifts that will show just how much you care.

     ChappyWraps Cotton Fleece Blankets

    ChappyWraps - Cotton Fleece Blankets

    A ChappyWrap woven Jacquard blanket is luxuriously cozy yet durable enough for indoor and outdoor use. It will quickly become the family’s go-to favorite. Buy ChappyWraps woven cotton blankets here.
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     Crosby & Taylor Handcrafted Pewter Items

    Crosby & Taylor - Handcrafted Pewter Items

    Crosby & Taylor creates original, contemporary pewter pieces that are beautiful, quirky and usable. You’ll treasure these for generations. Buy Crosby and Taylor's handcrafted pewter ware here.
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  • Knock one out of the park with awesome gifts for kids

    There's no disguising a kid's first impression. When you give a gift to a kid, you'll know right away if you've hit a home run. We can help improve your odds with a treasure trove of awesome gifts that are kid tested and Daily Grommet approved.

     Switch2Health Physical Activity Monitor

    Switch2Health - Physical Activity Monitor

    The S2H Replay wristband monitors physical activity while the wearer earns rewards that range from a free ringtone to an Xbox 360. Buy the S2H Replay activity wristband monitor here.
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  • The best gifts for picky teens

    What's the best way to figure out what teens like? Just ask them. We make sure our trusty teenage testers give their stamp of approval to all the teen products we feature. It's much easier than trying to guess what gifts might get the younger generation buzzing.

     O'clock Novel Watch

    O'clock - Novel Watch

    Wristwatches with minimalist form, maximum impact and surprising affordability. You'll need more than one. Buy the O'Clock silicon watch here.
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  • Great gifts to wow your favorite gal

    Sometimes it feels like a test – choose the wrong present for her and you fail. But we’ll set you up to succeed. Every Grommet we feature is hand-chosen (and we’re awfully picky). We’ve got scores of gorgeous jewelry, chic accessories and sumptuous treats that will earn you an A+ in holiday gift giving.

     Violet Love Scarves & Headbands

    Violet Love - Scarves & Headbands

    Stay-put headbands and wrap-around scarves from Violet Love solve a problem, make a statement and look really fine. Buy Violet Love's fashion scarves and headbands for women here.
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