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Jim Shore Figurines: A Gift That Will Be Treasured Forever

Sometimes, finding a gift for someone that you love can be a difficult task. It can be hard to think of something that your loved one would really appreciate. While you could buy clothing, a toy, or perfume, these are items that your loved one may already have tons of, and the last thing you want to do is find something that this special someone will really appreciate and treasure forever.

Instead of struggling trying to think of something that your loved one will love, consider purchasing Jim Shore figurines. These figurines are handcrafted and depict some of the most beloved characters that have become such a staple in fantasy land. From the most famed Disney characters to holiday figurines, the gifts are something that your loved one will be sure to cherish forever — whether it’s a child or an adult.

So, why are these beautifully crafted figurines such a wonderful gift idea? Here’s a look at some of the biggest reasons why you should consider investing your money in these figurines for a gift instead of your old stand-by gift:

They won’t be tossed in a closet. While a shirt, a sweater, or a pair of shoes may be something that your loved one will appreciate, that gift will really only be used for a short period of time. Clothing and shoes get worn, they shrink, or they just go out of fashion. A Jim Shore figurine, however, is something that your loved one will be able to enjoy forever.

They are meaningful. While yes, a toy or a new counter-top appliance may require some thought, they aren’t as thoughtful as a Jim Shore figurine. Taking the time to think of the perfect figurine to give your loved one just how much you care.

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Show Someone You Care with Hallmark

Are you looking for a way to show someone you care, but aren’t sure what to get them? You are sure to find something special when you shop at Hallmark. Coppin’s is proud to provide you with a wide array of unique Hallmark collectibles that make perfect gifts for special occasions. Whether someone in your life is celebrating a birthday, you are seeking a gift for a graduation, or you just want to show someone that you are thinking about them, Hallmark has long been the source for great gift items.

Since 1910, Hallmark has been providing unique greeting cards and gift items to people all over the country. It’s humble beginnings start in Nebraska. Since then, Hallmark has been responsible for creating modern wrapping paper, as well as producing some of the best and enriching television with the Hallmark Hall of Fame, a series that started in 1951 and has now become it’s own television channel.

Children and adults alike are sure to enjoy all of the Hallmark collectibles we have to offer. Whether you do not live near a store or just prefer shopping online, Coppins’s Gifts is proud to provide you with the best items available. These selections include plush animals, Jim Shore figurines, and Davinci beads, as well as games and Disney items.

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Jigsaw Puzzles to Combat the Winter Blues

puzzleOnce the holiday celebrations are over and the New Year festivities are done, winter can get a bit dull and gray. There’s not much to do outdoors when the mercury drops and cabin fever doesn’t take long to settle in. What’s there to do? Everyone, young and old, feels bored. We have an idea—jigsaw puzzles!

You can find an endless array of jigsaw puzzle themes online, with a wide variety of difficulty levels so that you can enjoy hours of family fun! We carry 3D puzzles that are sure to offer a challenge to even the most experienced puzzlers. Some have 500 pieces to help you while away a Saturday afternoon, while a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle may have you working all week. There are holiday themes for those that aren’t quite ready to close that door, as well as fruit themes and scenes from nature that may get you excited about the impending spring and summer season when you’ll be ready for that summer vacation.

Jigsaw puzzles are perfect—they are affordable, simple, and readily available to enjoy. Generations of family members can enjoy time together, having lovely conversations and appreciating their completed works of art. Encapsulate this activity with a bit of puzzle glue and frame your masterpiece to enjoy for years to come.

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Thanksgiving Traditions: Novelty Aprons as Hostess Gifts

apronGathering around the table and giving thanks is a lovely celebration that many look forward to each year. If you’re visiting someone’s home or even just headed to Mom’s or Grandma’s you may want to bring something special for the cook who has been up since dawn preparing the feast. Sure, a bottle of wine or fresh flowers is always welcome, but you may want to bring something a little more personal and unexpected.

The collection of Spoontiques novelty aprons may be just the thing! You’ll find collectible aprons featuring such characters as Betty Boop, Elvis Presley, as well as ones with other humorous phrases. Got a cook that loves to hit Black Friday sales after the guests leave? There is a “Born to Shop” apron that might be perfect! Maybe a leopard print or a smiley face better fits their personality. With the wide selection of novelty aprons, come with coordinating hand towels, you’re sure to find something that will truly show your gratitude to the cook!

CoppinsGifts.com has many special gifts that can’t be found just anywhere. Let us help you add a touch of thoughtfulness to your holiday gift giving!

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Cozy Mugs & Warm Brownies

cozymugNothing says fall better than a warm and delicious mug of hot chocolate, cappuccino, or cider. And what can make it even better? A lovely hand warmer mug that was made for sipping steaming drinks as the mercury drops, of course! The Cozy Mugs collection has a number of rustic styles and colors that are sure to please! Go for your favorite drink or try this great treat:

Hot Mug Chocolate Brownie

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 4 Tbsp Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Butter

First, combine the flour and hot cocoa mix, then stir in the water, butter, and vanilla. Microwave for one to two minutes and you’ve got a delicious and warm treat for a cold day!

Sounds simple? It is, and you can jazz it up any way you like!

  • Add mini marshmallows or whipped cream
  • Top with ice cream and caramel sauce
  • Go healthy by adding sliced bananas, chopped nuts, hazelnut spread, or peanut butter
  • Make it fun for the whole family with sprinkles

These Cozy Mugs are a perfect way to celebrate fall and when you get one for everyone in your family, you can make great mug brownies that are quick, easy, and so much fun to make together!

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Fall Wedding Season: Willow Tree Cake Topper & Other Autumn Accents

Many brides love an early Fall wedding and September is one of the most popular months for nuptials and there’s good reason! If you’re planning awilllow tree cake topper wedding for this fall, hopefully you have all the big items crossed off—the location booked, vendors secured, and other details settled. Here are just a few ideas to bring that warm, cozy, autumn feel to your wedding in the last minute details:

  • Add some silk leaves in gold and red to your centerpieces or buffet table.
  • Get a Willow Tree cake topper, which features warm neutral colors. Willow Tree figurines are collectibles and this can be the start of your set.
  • Incorporate other elements of nature, such as acorns or pine cones, for seating cards or other last minute details—cheap and easy!
  • Paper bag luminaries can be used on walkways or other areas that need subtle lighting.
  • Make favors that align with the season, such as cellophane caramel apples, homemade preserves, or leaf-shaped soaps, and others.

The Fall is synonymous with bounty and richness of life, perfect themes for weddings. These are just a few details of autumn that you can add, but with some advanced planning, you can create a wonderful Fall wedding from start to finish.

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An Interesting Marshmallow Roaster for a New Take on S’mores

No summer is complete without backyard barbecues, camping trips, and of course, s’mores. Loved by parents and children alike, this yummy DIY dessert is not just a menu course, but a great activity. Over the years, people have developed innovative marshmallow roasters to minimize burn potential and give us a much better alternative to a long stick.

We even have the fire fishing pole right here that adds a whole new dimension of fun to roasting sugary goodness over an open flame! “When you JIG it, it FLIPS it!” Any family that camps often will love how easy these are to use and will find that they are not just perfect for marshmallows, but also for hot dogs, shrimp, and anything you can skewer.

Want something different than the classic graham cracker, chocolate bar, and marshmallow combination? firepole_7_2013Try these ideas:

  • Use a different type of candy, like peanut butter cups, rice crispy bars, or caramel bars
  • Jazz up the basics with sprinkles or nuts
  • Add fruit, particularly strawberries or bananas between the marshmallow and chocolate layers
  • Use a hazelnut spread or peanut butter instead of candy (Note: this is a great addition for indoor s’mores!)

Have fun, be safe, and get creative on your next camping excursion or backyard adventure!

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Warm drinks Recipes for Fall

Fall is on its way, so why not celebrate with your Hand-warming cozy mug and a hug cup of homemade apple cider? Coppin’s Gifts has some great warm beverage recipes so you can feel warm from the inside out!

Homemade Apple Cider

Ingredients:

  • 12 Honey Crisp apples

    Enjoy a warm drink on a chilly day with your Hand Warming Cozy Mug!

    Enjoy a warm drink on a chilly day with your Hand Warming Cozy Mug!

  • 1/3 of a cup of sugar
  • 1 peel of an orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean, opened up and insides taken out
  • Enough water to fill pot and cover the rest of the ingredients

Directions:

Peel apples and cut them into quarters. Next, add water to a Dutch oven pot or a large boiling pot. Place apples into the pot, along with the sugar, orange, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla bean. Bring the pot to a boil, and then simmer for two hours. Mash the apples within the pot; continue to cook for another half an hour, then strain. Enjoy in your Hand-Warming cozy mug for a sweet autumn treat!

Pumpkin Chai Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Chai tea
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions:

Start by mixing the sugar and water together to make a simple syrup. Next, stir in the pumpkin pie spice into the syrup and bring it to a boil. Continue to cook on low setting. Brew Chair tea. Add simple pumpkin syrup to tea. Add a small amount of milk and enjoy!

Have more fall beverage recipes? Leave us a comment below!

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July is National Ice Cream Month

Celebrate this fun holiday in style!

Celebrate this fun holiday in style!

Ronald Reagan dubbed July national Ice Cream Month in 1984. Specifically, the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day, and that’s when proper ice cream celebrations take place. Why not celebrate every day of the month in fun, cool, and sweet ways? Or perhaps by putting a new ice cream charm on your Charm It bracelet? CoppinsGifts.com has a great recipe on how to make this sweet treat at home without an ice cream maker!

Make your own ice cream!

Vanilla

Makes 1 quart or about 8 servings

1 1/2 cups whole milk

2 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 vanilla bean split and scraped (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Things you’ll need to make it:

Large mixing bowl

Small 1-quart bowl

Chopped ice

3/4 cup rock salt (or kosher salt)

Electric hand mixer (or a whisk)

Towel

  • Fill your large bowl half-way with ice and salt. Put the small bowl in ice, almost completely buried. Fill that bowl half-way with the ice cream mix you made.
  • Beat this mixture for ten minutes with the hand mixer. The mix will not turn into ice cream immediately. If you’re using a whisk, beat for an extra five minutes.
  • Freeze for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer. Mix again for 5 minutes.
  • Cover the top with plastic wrap, stick back into freezer for at least two hours.
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Family Game Night Inspired Games

The weather is getting warmer, Easter is drawing closer, and while many children will be heading outside to play over Easter weekend, it’s still fun to have a family game night. At Coppin’s Gifts you’ll find a wide variety of games for children and adults of all ages!

Spot It Spot It

  • 2 to 8 players
  • Ages 6 and up
  • This search game offers five different games in one! Players must work fast to find matching symbols between two cards. This game challenges visual perception, memory, and matching skills.

Word on the Street

  • 2 to 10 players
  • Ages 13 and up
  • Players divide into two teams and try to capture tile letters by selecting words that include the letters they want, and pulling the letters off of the street before the opposing team can pull them back. The team to capture 8 tile letters first wins!

Word on the Street Junior

  • 3 to 8 players
  • Ages 7 and up
  • Similar to Word on the Street, the players divide into two teams, and on each team’s turn they’re given a category. The team has 30 seconds to come up with an answer in that category, and move the letters in the word to their side of the board. The team to capture 8 tile letters first wins! This game promotes vocabulary development, creative thinking, and teamwork.

Reverse Charades Junior Edition

  • 6 or more players
  • Ages 6 and up
  • Split up into teams, and during their turn each team has 60 seconds to act out as many words as they can while one person on the team sits back and tries to guess the words they’re acting out.

Have fun with your family when you create a fun-filled family game night! What are some of your favorite family game night games? Let us know with a comment. 

 

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