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  • Holiday Shenanigans at The Grommet

    I have to say that this year was the first I've ever felt holiday-decoration-induced shame at the workplace. It's a very real and stressful problem, I assure you. The day after Thanksgiving, I came in to a "pod", which is how our teams are organized, that had decked out their space - tinsel, lights, a tree, the works. Slowly, all the other pods started building out their holiday displays and getting creative: hanging things from the ceiling, wrapping their entire walls in paper, getting bigger trees, and making Grommets into ornaments. At this point I was still comfortable with having no real holiday decorations in the design area, thinking that this holiday mania wouldn't spread beyond a few pods. Besides, if we were to do something, it would have to be awesome because everyone has high expectations from "creative" people. No pressure.

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    A few days later, I walked into the developers' office and had a small but substantial panic attack. Not only had they gone above and beyond in wrapping their walls, top to bottom, they had also gone into the design prop closet and fished out most of our holiday photoshoot props, arranging them in adorable festive still-lifes, fit to be in Real Simple magazine. They even had oversized hand-made paper ornaments hanging from the ceiling at various deliberately-calculated heights.

    If people who stare at boring code all day (yes, I said it...) were getting this creative, how could the design team compete? The answer is that we couldn't complete - but we COULD scramble. We ran to Davis' best-well-kept-holiday-secret, The Dollar Store, and bought an unhealthy amount of holiday decorations. We realized as we were there that most of The Grommet had already passed through days ago and bought everything we were eyeing. Originality would not be our winning hand here. We had to get fancy with oversized stockings, a holiday mat, window stickers that just can't seem to stick to the window, and a reindeer puppet. All in all, we didn't do too bad for ourselves - our little holiday spread was festive but not overboard. Most people commented on our well-decorated tree, and our fake paper fireplace (little victories).

    derek_jig (1)All jokes aside, I do love the amount of engagement The Grommet's team has and how it so very positively affects our culture. Plainly said, it's fun to work here, as hard as we do work. It's really very special and unique and i've never worked anywhere quite as consistently collectively joyful and engaged. There was no official call for decorating, no contest, no prize - people just did it because it made them feel good. And the fact that it went viral and created an anxiety-ridden competitive feeling (in some...), only speaks to the over-achiever nature of people who work here, and whom I am proud to have decorated not-quite-as-well-as. There's always next year.

    Happy Holidays!

    Anna

  • 9 Holiday Apps You Need to Know About

    While it may be the “Most wonderful time of the year,” the holiday season can often be full of stress. Here are some Christmas apps  that will help you get the most out of your holidays with a little bit of drink, song, and fun for all ages.

    Christmas Apps

    APPS FOR MUSIC

    Nothing puts you in a festive mood quite like holiday music. We have more access to free music than we ever have before, but it can sometimes be a chore to find the style of music that you want. Here are a few apps to bring the song into your life.

    Christmas Radio – With over fifty stations of music, Christmas Radio will keep your holidays fresh and entertaining. It makes it easy to skip stations if what you find isn’t to your taste.

    Little Fox Music Box – A songbook with three sing along songs for your kids, and the record your own song feature will keep your young ones occupied for hours.

    APPS FOR DRINKS

    Whether hosting a party or simply enjoying a holiday evening at home, a well-concocted holiday beverage by your side is a must. However many of us (myself included), are a bit lost on the art of the cocktail creation. These cocktail apps will help you mix the drink that everyone will remember.

    Christmas Recipes - Winter Drinks for the Holiday Season! –This app boasts good collection of holiday themed drinks will keep you in good spirits. Bavarian Ginger Dream, Nuremberg Holiday Coffee, and German Eggnog are small sampling of the many recipes inside.

    Speakeasy Cocktails – The heavyweight app of the cocktail mixology world, Speakeasy Cocktails has over 200 cocktails from two incredibly talented bartenders. There is no doubt that there is a cocktail for everyone in this collection.

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  • Holiday Help is Here! Join Our Holiday Pinterest Party

    It's that time of year, when we all mildly panic and flock to Pinterest for those last minute holiday ideas (thank goodness for Pinterest, right?). Whether you're looking for new holiday recipes, fun DIY projects, or unique gifts for kids,  Pinterest won't fail you -- and either will our expert contributors.

    We've asked some of our favorite bloggers to give us a little holiday help this year by sharing their best ideas with us.  So, whether you are looking for some crafty inspiration or are determined to find gift ideas that will help you give differently this year, you'll want to join us for a little Pinterest party fun.

    Pinterest Holiday Party with The Grommet

    Our Holiday Pinterest Contributors:

    Tori, The Grommet // Sharon, Cupcakes and Cutlery // Chris, Celebrations At Home // Coryanne, Kitchen Living with Coryanne // Stacy, Kids Stuff  World

    All week our contributors will be adding their holiday pins to our party board giving us all some "holiday help." Follow along to add your comments and  repin your favorites!

    Oh and don't forget to enter our Pinterset Pin to Win contest for a chance to win $100 gift card.

    Follow our Pinterest "Holiday Help" board now! Just click below.

     
    Follow The Grommet Holiday Help on Pinterest

  • Making Gift-giving Personal Again: Gift Ideas for Grandma

    In the 21st century, it has become increasingly easy to buy, well, pretty much anything. With the click of a button or a quick trip to the mall, holiday shopping can be done in a matter of minutes. Yet this kind of modern-day shopping can often turn gift-giving into an impersonal, expressionless activity. In the pursuit of the perfect gift, we drive to big-box retailers or go online and buy a nameless, faceless product that usually doesn’t feel as special as the person we’re giving it to. It’s unlikely a consumer knows where something is made or by whom, or anything about what makes the gift unique. In a recent conversation with my grandmother, I asked her how different shopping is now than it was for her many years ago. Her response went something like this:

    “Do you remember hearing stories about the milkman making a daily delivery right to the front door? That actually happened. When we needed to buy a gift, we walked into town and went to the local family store. No big supermarkets, no shopping malls. I knew those people by first name.”

    In conversations with both my grandparents, I’ve detected a certain nostalgia for this time - when knowing a maker by name was commonplace. With the holidays upon us, it’s the perfect time to rekindle that maker-consumer relationship and make gifting a little more special for grandma this year. Whether she needs a problem solver, wants to be pampered, or would love a sweet something from her grandchildren, she’ll know that her gift was made by a real person with a story to share. And the best part is: she’ll know them all by name.

    To Make Grandma’s Life a Little Easier:

    La LOOP Eyeglass Holder: Elizabeth Faraut, entrepreneur and mother of three, founded La LOOP because she couldn’t find a stylish eyeglass accessory. Equal parts function and fashion, Grandma will never fish around for misplaced glasses again.

    RainRaps Waterproof Wrap: Designed by two longtime friends, Stacy Struminger and Rachel Teyssier, RainRaps were created for practical and stylish women. With no fussy sleeves or zippers, Grandma can easily slip on this piece when skies get stormy.

    Help Grandma Unwind:

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  • Bring on the Turkey! Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

    It's that time of year again, when we sit at our desks and hit up Google in search of  Thanksgiving decor ideas or flock to Pinterest to find the best apple pie recipe. If you're like me the holiday season sneaks up on you despite your good intentions of planning ahead. Thankfully we know the experts when it comes to cooking the best holiday meal and setting a welcoming table. Today, we're leaning on our friend Coryanne from Kitchen Living with Coryanne for her kitchen-wizardry and Turkey Day experience.

    So, pull up a seat and get ready to feel just a tad more prepared for your upcoming Thanksgiving meal. Coryanne has our back!

    Coryanne shares Thanksgiving tips with The GrommetWhat advice would you give to the novice Thanksgiving host/hostess preparing their big meal?

    Regardless if it is Thanksgiving or your fist dinner party, the advice is always the same, remember that your guests come for the connection, not the food and decor. Too many people get tied up in the tiny details and forget that the elements your guest will remember are not the gold dusted pumpkins, but the conversation, the laughter and how relaxed you were as host. That said, a little planning, a carefully thought out seating plan, a full pantry of goodies should the turkey burn, and a place for each generation to enjoy themselves is key to ensuring that you are as relaxed as your guests.

    What kitchen tool or appliance could you NOT live without when it comes to preparing for Turkey Day?

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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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  • 60 Gifts for Mom

    Do you need a gift idea for mom? Is she tough to please? A stickler for style? Wow the most discerning women in your life with our handpicked gift ideas.

     

    Best gifts for mom

    Here are some of our favorite gifts for Mom:

    Joolz Hayworth Bracelets, thinksound earbuds, Gluggle Jug, Jade Harmony Yoga Mats, Kabloom Flowers, Lifestyle Crafts Letter Press.

    See all 60 of our favorite presents for women here.

  • Grommet Finds: Gifts for Teachers

    One of the hardest jobs on the planet is that of a teacher. Show your appreciation for the efforts poured into the lives of your loved ones by treating their teacher to something special. Here are our favorite giftsfor teachers:

     

    Gifts for Teachers: My Cup of CakeMy Cup of Cake 

    $12.95–$39.95

    At home or at work, life tastes great when there’s cake in your cup. Sharon Tracy’s travel-ready chocolate soufflé cake is a delicious way to send warm wishes to faraway friends and family. The chocolate souffle cake, which bakes in its own ceramic serving mug, is the real deal -- light, airy souffle combined with the gooey, melt-in-your-mouth decadence of molten lava cakes. Buy My Cup of Cake here.

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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you

    It's a busy week here at Grommet HQ -- we're working hard at launching the best products each day, making sure your holiday gifts get to you in time and growing our team (all exciting and meaningful events).

    Before we all head off for the holiday, we want to take a moment to say thank you. We wouldn't be here doing this exciting work if it weren't for three groups: our partners, our customers, and our community.

    With the risk of sounding like an acceptance speech, we'd like to write a few words.

    Thank you to our amazing, innovative Grommet partners. For your brilliant ideas, your endless passion and your trust. Everyday we launch a new product and each day we feel as proud as if it were our own "baby." Thank you for your feedback, partnership, and dedication.

    A handwritten note from Grommet Partner, Project Repat

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  • Don't Be Regifted: Unique Gifts They're Sure to Keep

    Our new infographic says it all, really. Scroll below the image for more details on each sure-to-be-loved gift idea and links to help you start your shopping.

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    Here's a recap of the gifts we're sure will be "keepers." Click the links to learn more or buy now.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Remember, friends don't let friends get regifted. Let others know where they can find truly unique gifts this holiday season. Pin, like, or tweet this infographic below to spread the word!

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