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Rae Ann

I'll be sharing all kinds of my favorite books, baking tips, party planning advice and cool ideas for each and every holiday!
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The Origin of the Easter Bunny

Easter Eggs 150x150 The Origin of the Easter BunnyWhile Easter has always been an intensely religious holiday, many of the celebrations that surround the holiday in today’s society are far more secular than religious. The brightly colored eggs, the bunny who hides them, and even the Easter baskets themselves have very little to do with the religious portion of the ceremony. Wondering how a big bunny fits into this holy day on the Christian calendar? The origins actually date back to Germany in the 1500s. Pre-Christian Germany Spring was long known as the season of rebirth, and one of the most fertile symbols of the season was a rabbit. It’s been said that one of Germany’s pagan goddesses named Ostara used the rabbit as a symbol. The story goes that she would turn birds into a rabbit to entertain the children. The rabbit would then Read more

Funny Gag Gifts For Teens

Zombie gift 150x150 Funny Gag Gifts For TeensWhether it’s a birthday, graduation, the holidays, or another special occasion, there are few demographics that appreciate gag gifts quite as much as the teen audience does. As you search for the perfect gag gift for that teen in your life, you may want to keep a few rules in mind. Make sure your gift is appropriate. While there are always going to be gag gifts that border the inappropriate, some will be completely so for teens. What may be appropriate for a nineteen year old college freshman certainly won’t be so for a thirteen year old girl. The socially inappropriate is often perfect for a gag gift. The excessive generally isn’t. What’s more, though, is that you should keep the audience in mind as well. If parents and grandparents might be at the event, you may want to make your Read more

Gifts for Repeat Parents

Baby Cookies 150x150 Gifts for Repeat ParentsThere is always a great deal of excitement when a couple is welcoming their first baby.  People are incredibly generous and equip the parents-to-be with clothes, diapers, books, toys, teddy bears, and other baby essentials.  But when that couple is going to be having their second or third child, there usually is not a gift-giving extravaganza.  It’s not because people are any less happy about the child, but they figure that “old” parents have what they need already or they simply don’t need all the support (and swag) that they did with the first baby.  Every child is worth celebrating, though, so here are some great gift ideas for repeat parents. Food If repeat parents already have the big items, like a crib, changing table, and clothing, give them something they do not have Read more

Valentine Crafts for Adults

Valentine Potholder 150x150 Valentine Crafts for AdultsWhether you’re looking for beautiful decorations for your home or you simply want an exciting Valentine gift for that special someone in your life, there are lots of fantastic Valentine’s crafts you can create this February 14th. Grab your glue gun and head to your favorite craft store to gather the supplies, then get started on one of these great ideas. Heart Shaped Potholders – These are great not only for Valentine’s Day, but to hang in your kitchen year round. All you need is some cotton batting, some pins, 3 12 by 12 inch pieces of fabric, bias tape, and your sewing machine.  Print out a heart template that runs about twelve inches, fold it in half, then fold three layers of your cotton batting in half. Align that with the template’s straight side, pin it, and then cut it Read more

House Guest Gift Ideas

snack basket 150x150 House Guest Gift IdeasHave house guests headed your way? There are lots of things to consider, but one you certainly don’t want to overlook is the right gift. Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be too fancy. The key here is to choose something that will delight your house guests, prove useful, and fit right on the pillow as a special treat. Here are a few ideas you may want to consider. A Cozy Blanket: There are few things that will make guests feel quite as comfortable, as quickly, at your home than a cozy blanket. If you happen to be crafty, this is a great way to show off your own skills. Don’t sew or quilt? No problem. There are lots of new sew fleece blanket kits available. If you don’t want to go the homemade route, look almost anywhere for cozy throw blankets to give to your house guests. Do Read more

Thanksgiving Gift Basket Giveaway - 2 Winners!

aa thanksgiving gifts 150x150 Thanksgiving Gift Basket Giveaway   2 Winners!With Thanksgiving Day right around the corner, we thought we'd give you one more thing to be thankful for with a great new giveaway!  Two lucky winners are going to get to choose their favorite gift (valued at up to $80) from over 40 great designs from our Thanksgiving Gift Baskets page. Whether you're looking for a gift for your Thanksgiving Dinner hostess, or would like to let family near and far know you're thinking of them, we have a creative basket to brighten their day. From decadent chocolate to fresh fruit, there's something for everyone! Enter today - Contest ends on November 24th! Thanksgiving Day is November 28th, 2013. It's a time for friends and family to gather around delicious foods and share stories of the past, present and future. We have a great variety of Read more

Gourmet Gift Tower Giveaway - 2 Winners

corporate gifts 150x150 Gourmet Gift Tower Giveaway   2 WinnersGift giving season is right around the corner, and what better gift is there to give than a tower of gourmet treats?  We're kicking things off with a great new giveaway. All About Gifts & Baskets will be giving away a Gourmet Gift Tower  (a $63 value) to two lucky winners! Each winner will receive the Formal Holiday Tower shown below. Each tower is made up of 4 eye-catching black and silver boxes.  Each box holds an exquisite treat like crunchy and Sweet Almond Pecan Honey Popcorn, Jumbo California Pistachios, Decadent Cocoa-Dusted Truffles, Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds, Deluxe Mixed Nuts and a dozen mouthwatering Pecan Turtles. This contest ends November 10th, hurry and enter today! The Gourmet Gift Tower above is just one of the fine gifts created by Maple Ridge Farms Read more
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