9 Awesome Modern Valentine's Day Cards for Men

by Chris Gardner

9 Awesome Modern Valentine's Day Cards for Men

It's February 1st, and so we figured it was about time to find this year's most thoughtful and heartwarming greetings for Valentine's Day. But, it's now 2012, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find the best way to say "I love you" at the card store at the mall, or worse, the aisle at the supermarket. Times have changed, and there's a whole world of stationery out there to help you share your warmest thoughts.

For help, we turned to our pal Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationery firm based in Portland, Oregon. First up, we're excited to have Carina share her favorite V-day cards for guys...no fishing poles, footballs, or TVs to be found. But there is pizza. And robots. And bacon. Which is exactly how things should be.

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Hit List: Recapping Our 2011 Holiday Content (Gift Guides, DIYs and more!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

2011 Holiday Hit List - the best posts of the 2011 holiday season


We've made a real effort this year to ramp up our original content and roundups for the holiday season. Believe it or not, we actually started planning this stuff out in August! As a result, I think we have a collection of gift guides, roundups, and original content that is really superb (I admit, even I was shocked by how many posts it turned out to be).

In case you've missed any of it, or just want an easy way to see it all laid out, I'm going to list it all below! Come along!

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Gift Guide: 16 Great Gourmet Gifts for Home Chefs and Food Lovers

by Bruno Bornsztein

2011 Curbly Kitchen and Foodies Gift Guide

Somehow I managed to score this gift guide assignment again this year (see my post from 2010), even though Chris is clearly the more qualified person to do it (I mean, c'mon, he makes stuff all the time, like donuts and romesco sauce).

Nevertheless, I am nothing if not a shameless amateur, and I like to think of myself as food-literate. So, fueled by this decidedly non-gourmet turkey sandwich I whipped up for lunch and a string of INXS that...

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Curbly Gift Guide: 29 Perfect Stocking Stuffers

by Alicia Lacy

Curbly's stocking stuffers gift guide 2011


Something about mid-November stirs my holiday spirit and revs up my gift-list-making muscles. Stocking stuffers are my favorite gifts to buy; there's something magical about tiny, great things. As a child, waking up on Christmas morning was exciting because our house rules allowed for going through our stockings' contents without parents (I now realize this was a total ploy to buy my dear old parents another snoozy 45 minutes).

Everything in...

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Luxury for Less: 14 Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

by DIY Maven

Luxury for Less: 14 Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

The best reaction you can get from your sweetie after she has opened her Valentine's gift is a squeal with delight. This roundup of affordable luxury includes such things that will surely produce the desired reaction and all are $100 or less. 

We're gonna start with one of the big guns: Tiffany. Don't hyperventilate. Tiffany DOES sell items that won't break the bank. They actually have a $100 or less selection on their website. Case in point...

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Curbly Gift Guide: No Purchase Necessary

by Jill W

Curbly Gift Guide: No Purchase Necessary

With only five days left for Christmas, there isn't much time to find that totally unique, one-of-a-kind for every one on your list. And that's okay, because there are plenty of meaningful things to offer your loved ones that don't cost a thing. Whether it's something you've made, a gift of your time, or a promise, we all know, as the Grinch learned,

"Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.

Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!"

 

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Curbly Gift Guide: The Best Toys for Creative Thinking

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Curbly Gift Guide: The Best Toys for Creative Thinking

If you're serious about raising creative, imaginative, problem solving kids, you need to focus on toys that are open ended and not prescribed by a toy developer. Thoughtful consideration about the quality of play can result in toys that provide the delicious opportunity for kids to use their own noggin' to develop stories, build structures, paint pictures, role play and problem solve. Toys that spoon feed a set start-to-finish experience rob kids of the chance to discover some very interesting side roads that can provide lessons and knowledge no one else could manufacture for them. Let's see here...

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Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

Making your home a better place doesn't take a lot of money, and you should never let a lack of supplies or tools intimidate you from trying a home improvement project. Remember, you can always rent or borrow any special tools you might need (a drywall jack, for example, is one of those things you probably don't need to own, but comes in really, really handy when the time is right).

That said, having the right tool for the job can be the...

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Curbly Gift Guide: Gifts for Cooks & Foodies

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly 2010 Kitchen Gadgets Gift Guide

Curbly's motto is "Love Where You Live", so, naturally, that includes the most important room in the house, the kitchen, and what you do in it, which is COOK! No, we're not a cooking or food site, but we do our fair share of coverage on that topic (see our Food Fridays section to explore), and I like to think we can offer a different perspective than some of the more hardcore foodie sites. 

So, here's my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide For...

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Curbly Gift Guide: Best Crafty Gifts for Fabric and Yarn Junkies

by DIY Maven

Curbly Gift Guide: Best Crafty Gifts for Fabric and Yarn Junkies

Crafts. There are SO many to choose from, it would be virtually IMPOSSIBLE to put together a gift guide to cover them all. So, for the sake of space (and my sanity), we've pared 'crafts' down to the big three: Knitting, crocheting and sewing. 

Now, gift cards for yarn shops, craft stores and fabric boutiques make great gifts for knitters, crocheters and seamsters, but for something a bit more personal, check out these ideas we've amassed for the fiber junkies on your Christmas list.  

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