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Tired of going out and want a night in with your friends? Turn off the movie you’ve all seen a hundred times, and start playing a game! Old-fashioned, maybe, but you’ll have a blast testing your skills and knowledge with these quirky games. Bonus: laughter is guaranteed.
Adult HedBanz Game: Now adults have the chance to take the quick question game of “What Am I?” to the next level. It’s a multi-player game that will have you laughing and guessing what kind of animal, person or object you are all night long. Toysrus.com, $24.99.
Say Anything Game: This game is perfect for both a group icebreaker or among good friends. The goal is to get people talking about interesting things. Sample questions include “What’s the best action movie of all time?”, “What’s the best activity for a first date?” and “What would be the coolest thing to teach a monkey?” Target.com, $17.19.
The Logo Board Game: Think you can remember the logos of cereals or gas stations? Test your consumer knowledge of popular brands in this hilarious family game. The first person to make it into the winner’s circle takes home first place. Amazon.com, $19.84.
80s Music Trivia Game: Can you remember who was dominating the music charts a quarter-century ago? This game will keep you on your toes for a hair-raising good time for the whole night. Fredflare.com, $15.
Jersey Shore Trivia Game: Gym, Tan, Laundry—Game Time! As the hit series comes to a close, take a look back and see how your Shore Score bulks up! Can you remember when Sammi and Ron broke up and then got back together or when cast members got arrested? Oh wait, those things happened every season! Toysrus.com, $9.98.
The Box Girls Truth or Dare Box of Questions: Liven up a girls’ night in with a fun game of truth or dare that is sure to make everyone grin and bare it—even through the most embarrassing questions! Melissaanddoug.com, $9.99.
Smart Ass Trivia Game: This is a fast-paced, fun trivia game where each player can yell out an answer at any time. First person to land on the donkey’s butt is the “Smart Ass”. Barnesandnoble.com, $24.95.
Battle of the Sexes Board Game: It’s your chance to prove that you are the superior gender in an updated version of the classic game. Better bring you’re a-game or your team will be in trouble. Warning: this game will get heated. Target.com, $19.99.
Would You Rather Board Game: This game asks you and your friends bizarre, imaginative, and hilarious questions like “Would you rather wear a tuxedo made of squirrels or a swimsuit made of starfish?” There’s no way to prepare for these mind-boggling questions. Amazon.com, $18.61.
Party Gras: Liven up a dinner party with this fun add-on activity! Follow the cue cards to earn beads and outwit your friends to earn theirs—the person who has the most at the end is the life of the party and wins! Amazon.com, $15.99.
Here are a few clever DIY ideas to dress up your bottles:
Gifting a chef with a bottle of wine? Bring a bottle of wine that's good to cook with, or one that would go well with one of their specialty dishes, or what they will be serving that evening. If you are unsure, you can't go wrong with a festive dishtowel that's tied securely with a matching ribbon.
Do you have an old sweater lying around that you don't plan on wearing this winter? Take one out of the "Going to Goodwill" pile and transform it into a cable knit cozy for your bottle of bubbly.
Only have one sweater, yet multiple bottles to wrap? No problem. Make a little fabric go a long way and tie a festive scarf around each bottle instead.
Heading to a holiday party? Make your bottle extra festive by stringing some jingle bells on a ribbon and tying them around the bottle. Supplies from a craft store run under $5 and a small pack is enough to spruce up several bottles.
Want to create a simple stylish look? Wrap a bottle in fabric or burlap. Secure by tying a length of leather cording, twine, ribbon or yarn around the bottle. You can even add a gift tag, or use a fabric marker to label the bags.
Every student looks forward to receiving packages while away at school. Here are thoughtful gifts and packages to show your always thinking of them, whether it’s a sick day, bid day, test day, or birthday!
Cheryl’s Happy Face Cookies & Treats Gift Box
Send a smile to let a student know you’re thinking about them! No one will be able to resist this grin-worthy gift filled with cookies, brownies, pretzels and more! Cherylscookies.com, $29.99.
Greek Hoody and T-Shirt Pack
Congratulate your son or daughter on their bid to join the Greek system with this customizable combo. Use the sorority or fraternity’s official colors, or design pieces that will really stand out—there’s plenty of colors and patterns to choose from! Somethinggreek.com, $41.95.
1990’s Nostalgic Candy Mix
Send a college student a flashback from their youth. This package is complete with goody bag favors like Air Heads, Push Pops, Bubble Tape and more! Perpetualkid.com, $12.99.
Can’t be with there for a birthday? Send a kit to make their celebration complete. This care package is equipped with plenty of party-ready items, including microwaveable cake mix, noisemakers and even a disco ball—everything you need to transform a dorm room into a party pad. Hipkits.com, $49.97.
Health Care Package
Not all care packages have to be packed with sweets. This package is for health-conscious students aiming to make smarter choices when it comes to late-night study snacks. Collegecratez.com, $39.99.
The Popcorn Factory® Survival Kit Snack Assortment
The late nights leading up to final exams are always rough! Send your loved ones some study fuel to help them get through long hours in the library. Popcornfactory.com, $29.99.
Stoneware TV Dinner Trays
Dish out a big helping of love! Every college student will appreciate having their entire meal on one tray because it means not having to clean any extra plates. Uncommongoods.com, $20/set of 2.
Hang In There Deluxe Sampler
If your son or daughter is going through a rough patch, this ‘thinking of you’ snack sampler is the perfect way to send a long-distance hug and treats to sweeten up a bad day. Thepopornfactory.com, $29.99.
Ready to clean up your act for the New Year? Look no further. We rounded up 15 items to help you get organized, from multipurpose desk accessories, to color-coded monthly planners, and of course, space-saving closet organizers. Check them out below and get ready for a neat 2013.
Sometimes buying gifts for other people (especially kids) is a difficult process. But have no fear! We are here to help you have a stress-free gifting experience. Check out these 11 simple tips and gift suggestions to ease your stress. Trust us, you’ll become the “cool” gift-giver to both the child, and their parents, in no time!
1. Go personal: Kids love items with their names on it, and parents love being able to keep track of whose toys are whose. Many gifts can be ordered with a personal touch, so we recommend spending the few extra dollars to add the special touch. We love these custom stuffed animals.
2. Give something fun that sparks creativity: Save the practical gifts for their parents. We love these Food Plates that lets them arrange the parts of their meal on a cute face to shape their hair, earrings, smile, etc.
3. Add some extra flare: Wrap your gift in a creative or funky way. Stick a couple tootsie rolls in the bow or wrap a little trinket atop your gift. Our new super easy and favorite wrapping technique is to add sticker letters to each present. A glittery “J” will make little Jessica feel extra, extra special.
4. Be very cautious with siblings: Make sure if you are giving gifts to siblings that both “appear” equal. Price aside, you don’t want to be the one to start World War Three by giving one person a huge teddy bear and one a tiny toy.
5. DIY (Do-It-Yourself): On a budget? Why not make the gift yourself? Sites like Pinterest are swarming with inexpensive and special DIY gift ideas.
6. Make sure the gift is age-appropriate: Some gifts just are not a good fit for a child’s age. For instance, a gift may come with small pieces or have a content rating. Be sure to check the age range on the box and follow these guidelines.
7. Include a Gift Receipt: Let’s face it—not everything works out and kids get so many toys it’s inevitable they may have something similar. Make sure to ask for a gift receipt along with the gift so, if necessary, it can be returned with absolutely no fuss.
8. Ask away: It is totally acceptable to ask the parents what their kids might be into this month (or week!) We always recommend trying to figure out what a giftee needs before you purchase, and especially with kids there is nothing wrong with giving a child something they want.
9. Include the necessities: There’s nothing more disappointing then ripping open a gift you can’t wait to play with and finding out you need batteries or a wrench to get it going. Think of all the little things.
10. When in doubt, leave it out: If you are unsure if a gift is appropriate or inline with the parent’s values, don’t risk it. It is never fun for a kid to open a gift that their parents force them to return.
11. Think about their interests: There are hundreds of gifts out there that are associated with even the most obscure of little one’s tastes. If you can only find smaller items, give a gift that can build a collection or put a few together to create a themed gift set- who doesn’t enjoy multiple gifts!?