Spoiling Mom This Mother’s Day

1111651_mom_and_newborn_baby_boy_2Today is the one month countdown until Mother’s Day, so we’ve started to compile some of our favorite mother’s day gifts. Not every gift has to be a grand gesture to be special – sometimes it’s about the thought and meaning behind the gift that makes it great. Now is the perfect time to start planning on how you’ll let your mom know what she means to you!

Breakfast in Bed – who doesn’t love a little pampering? It’s easy and simple to put together a tasty treat for mom! Cook up her favorite breakfast treat and sneak in before she’s awake to start her Mother’s Day off right. If she’s not much for breakfast in bed, you can still cook a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner for her during the day!

Willow Tree Figurines – When you’re getting breakfast ready, why not add something extra to the table with a new Willow Tree figurine for mom. These figurines depict loving and tender moments between family that will reminder her of the special moments in her own life.

Tackling Projects – Maybe she’s been trying to paint the dining room, or you noticed the gutters need a cleaning. Whatever it is, now’s the time to tackle that project. Make up a “coupon” for her and leave it in a card, letting her know what her mother’s day present is.

DaVinci Beads – Another great gift for mom is jewelry. European charm beads are extremely popular as of late, which is why we started carrying DaVinci Beads. They’re beautiful and affordable enough that you get her a few beads every Mother’s Day!


Great Candy Alternatives For Easter Baskets


Marshmallow Bunny

Yes, we said EASTER! Valentine’s Day is behind us so we’re hard at work getting all of our new spring merchandise out on the shelves. Even though this long, cold winter isn’t quite over yet, seeing the bunnies and chicks all around our store make it feel a little warmer. We love creating unique Easter baskets for all the children in our family, and we can’t wait to get started!

Of course, the real challenge is creating an Easter basket that they’ll love, but also isn’t filled to the brim with candy. Here are a few of our favorite candy-alternative Easter baskets:

  • Book basket – give them a few paperback books to read. Mix up the classics like Judy Blume with modern favorites like Harry Potter!
  • Webkinz basket – There’s a whole new line of adorable Easter and spring themed Webkinz dolls out now. They’d make the perfect centerpiece to any Easter Basket.
  • Jewelry – Tuck in a new watch for the boys or a cute DaVinci Bead bracelet for the girls. They can wear it with their Sunday best on Easter and every other special occasion.

What are your favorite non-candy Easter basket gifts?


Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

valentineValentine’s Day is almost upon us, and if you haven’t gotten a gift for your sweetie yet, it’s not too late to find something! With a little bit of thought, you can still put together a meaningful gift for all of your friends and family.

First, take some time to think about what they like? Do they have a hobby or a sport they follow? Do they have a favorite store? Why not put together a scavenger hunt full of things they love? You could scatter smaller gifts with clues, like a few DaVinci Beads, and then lead up to a larger gift, like a necklace or a gift card to their favorite store. The thrill of the hunt will make the gift more fun and meaningful!

If you’re short on cash, or your dream gift won’t arrive in time for the big day, you can also give Valentine’s gifts that require a little more elbow grease. Why not clean the house for them, or finish up a project they’ve been waiting for you to do for a while? You could cook them dinner and treat them to a romantic night in their newly spruced up home!

Whether you give them a gift from a store or something you’ve made on your own, the important part is that it comes from the heart!


It’s A Fashion Frenzy!

We kicked off our Fashion Frenzy weekend yesterday in all of our local Hallmark stores, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the first day’s turnout. If you’re in the area, stop by anytime now through Sunday to join in on the excitement. Anything you can wear in stores (jewelry, scarves, purses) is 20% off! Stock up on Christmas gifts for friends and family, and maybe get a few new things for yourself too.

Even if you’re not able to join us in person, you can still get in on the fun! All of our recently launched DaVinci Beads are 20% off online this weekend. Just enter the coupon code “DVNCFF20” during checkout to take advantage of this great deal! At only $6.99 per bead, this is your chance to stock up. If you haven’t heard of DaVinci beads before, check out our DaVinci Bead FAQs to learn more about these colorful European charms, and then get shopping!


Introducing DaVinci Beads!

We recently started carrying a new line of jewelry at our retail locations that we’re pretty excited about. They’re called DaVinci Beads, and we’ve started putting them up on our online store as well. So what’s so great about DaVinci Beads?

European or Italian charm bracelets have been popular for a few years now. They’re fun because they’re so easy to customize. You buy the beads you want and can build your own personalized piece of jewelry. They’re also easy to change up when you need a fresh look, so you never get bored. The major setback with most major European charm lines is the cost. Even some of the less “expensive’ lines can cost upwards of $25 per bead.

This is the beauty of DaVinci Beads. They’re priced at just $6.99 per bead!  We think they look just as nice as the expensive lines, and they come in hundreds of styles and shapes like Art Glass, Birthstones, and Hobby Themed Beads. Come visit us if you want to see them in person, but check out  a few of our favorites below in the meantime: