I didn’t think there was such a thing as a “not so great Mother’s Day gift” until I was in my early teens. Of course, my brother and I were too young to work. We were completely dependent on our dad to make sure preparations were made and the appropriate gifts were purchased for this occasion. This consisted venturing out a day or two before.
What women doesn’t love jewelry? Whether it is classic diamonds and gold, or trendy pendants and bangles, every woman secretly wants to be Elizabeth Taylor! Live the dream with our amazing jewelry deals and picks this week! Or, leave your computer open to this page to drop some Mother’s Day hints!
- Diamond Motherly Love Swirl Heart Pendant Necklace at Zales
- Hive & Honey Beaded Hoop Earrings at Piperlime
- Rosena Sammi Two Tone Bangles at Shopbop
- London Ridge Earrings at ModCloth
- Mother’s Marquise Birthstone Name Bracelet at Limoges Jewelry
- Silver Starfish Necklace at Lucky Brand
- Mother, Daughter, Friends Forever Necklace at Bealls Department Store
- Gold & Sterling Silver Heart Locket Necklace at Bargain Outfitters
- A Mother’s Love Diamond Pendant Necklace at My Jewelry Box
Sometimes life is hard work, and all we really want are some fun & games! Luckily, zuuzs sells those too! Here are some fun books, games, and toys to enjoy during a long workweek or a fun weekend!
These two categories may seem different, but for a new mother they go hand-in-hand. Women always need something to make their lives easier, be it the perfect bassinet or a great set of bowls. That is why we are hand-picking a set of products for you all the time…to make your life easier! Shop away!
- My Little Snugababy Cradle ‘n Swing at Diapers.com
- Round Bassinet with Bedding at Target
- I’m the Big Brother Photo Album at Diapers.com
- Infant SwaddleMe 4-pc. Set at KMart
- Little Snugglers Diapers at Diapers.com
We love special deals and giveaways, but here at zuuzs, we are still first and foremost dedicated to making your shopping experience as easy as possible! That is why we created our “Weekly Picks“. These are the items hand-selected from our retailers that we think you will enjoy the most, whether because they are extremely on-trend, classic must-have pieces, or amazingly marked down. There are 4 Channels to choose from: Style, Technology, Family, & Home and each channel has 4 categories. To make your job even easier, we will be showcasing these amazing items on our blog as well, so you don’t even need to search around! Here are this week’s Beauty and Jewelry picks…get shopping!
- John Frieda Hot Air Hairbrush from Target
- Welcome Baby Beauty Gift Set from philosophy
- Rsession Styling Heat Mat from Beauty.com
- Burt’s Bees Medicated Lip Balm from Soap.com
- PHYTO Revitalizing Hair Serum from Sephora
- Espresso Jewelry Box from Target
- Turquoise Teardrop Necklace from Charm & Chain
- Diamond Bangle Bracelet from Reeds Jewelers
- Gold Tone Turquoise Drop Earrings from Macy’s
- Crystal Cluster Necklace from Charm & Chain
In case you don’t already know, zuuzStyle, our fashion & style e-zine, launched last week! Not only are we so excited to share that news, but we are even more excited to share the news of our Shop with zuuzStyle Giveaway!
Here’s How it Works:
- If you win, then you get an amazing Gift Card!
- If a friend you refer wins, then you BOTH get an amazing Gift Card!
- There are several ways to enter, including Subscribing to zuuzStyle, signing up for zuuzs, “Liking” zuuzStyle on Facebook, Following zuuzStyle on Twitter, and so much more!
Finally, THE PRIZES:
- 2 $25 Free People Gift Cards
- 2 $50 ModCloth Gift Cards
- 2 $50 Sephora Gift Cards
- 2 $100 Macy’s Gift Cards
Enter, Shop, and Win with zuuzStyle!
One of the best scenarios for the holiday season is to be the guest rather than the hostess. There are none of the pressures of cooking, entertaining, and cleanup, but be sure to keep in mind the gracious duties of being a guest. First of all, before the party, always offer to bring something (especially if you have any specific dietary needs), and even if they decline, come with a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates.
After your hostess goes all out to make sure the evening is a success, it is proper etiquette to send a gift. The best way to really impress with a hostess gift is to make it as personal as possible. One way to do this is by incorporating the evening into your present. At the party, take as many pictures as possible and try to remember any funny or memorable details. Afterwards, you can turn these memories into a homemade scrapbook. Your hostess will be so honored that the night she worked so hard to make special was received that way as well.
A less involved, but equally thoughtful, idea is homemade treats. If you make great chocolate chip cookies, put all of the ingredients in a pretty jar with the recipe tied on the side. This can also work with hot chocolate mix (be sure to include marshmallows!).
If homemade isn’t really your thing, try going to the hostess’ favorite gift shop or bakery and find something special you know she would like. Make sure to have it gift-wrapped and, if they offer it, hand-delivered. The thought is in the details! If you live in different cities and you aren’t near her favorite place, send something unique from your hometown that you know she would appreciate. The possibilities are endless, and you will definitely be invited back next year!
Dana also writes a vintage fashion blog at woodstockwardrobe.com
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After shopping for weeks on end for the perfect gift, there is typically very little interest (and money) left for the wrapping paper. After all, it is just going to be ripped off and thrown to the side anyway. However, there is also the pesky desire to have a gift’s outside look as beautiful and thoughtful as it does inside.
Luckily, there are ways to save money without sacrificing attractiveness. As the holiday season approaches, gather up old (but not beat-up!) magazines and newspapers. Then, when it comes time for the wrapping, tailor your clippings to the recipient’s interests. For example, if you are giving a gift to a fashion lover, cut out beautiful images from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar until you have enough to cover the package.
This same idea works for tech aficionados, business buffs, and foodies (Wired, Fortune, and Bon Appetit work well respectively). If you don’t have any spare magazines lying around and you don’t want to spring for one, simply go to your nearest grocery store or library and pick up a few free local papers. There will be enough images or clippings to make it personal, and most assuredly unique.
Dana also writes a vintage fashion blog at woodstockwardrobe.com
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While the holidays are generally a time for rejoicing, they are also a time for travel and enclosed spaces, which can lead to un-joyful grumblings. Fortunately, if you have the task of staying at a family member or friend’s home this season, the situation is under your control. For the second part of my holiday survival guide, here are some tips for being a great house guest.
- Be Over-Prepared—Just as I noted in Part I, you can’t always expect others to provide the obvious. If you have a certain allergy, dietary need, or medication, be sure to bring it, as you can’t assume that your harried host will remember. Also, try not to forget any essential sundries, which can lead to awkward borrowing.
- BE RESPECTFUL—This rule cannot be stressed enough. Between cooking a big dinner, buying presents, and having people staying at their house, your host is sure to be crazed. Make their job as easy as possible by being helpful when you can, and knowing when to give them space. Bring a book or hobby with you so you have something independent to do.
- Bring/Send a Thank-You Gift—Manners never go out of style, so don’t forget to thank your host graciously when you arrive and when you leave. Aside from the words, bring them something nice from your own city, treat them to a meal when you are in town, or send them a thank-you note with some sort of fruit basket after you’ve returned home. You will definitely be invited over next year!
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Dana also writes a vintage fashion blog at www.woodstockwardrobe.com