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How to Party! Irish Style…

March 16, 2012    |    By +
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How to Party! Irish Style…

  When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, most people think: green, corn beef, cabbage, and beer.  Coming from a large Irish family, I love to incorporate other aspects of my culture when throwing the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  For this year’s party my main themes are ‘everything green’ & ‘symbols of luck’.... Read more »


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Oscar Night Entertaining

February 24, 2012    |    By +
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Oscar Night Entertaining

Lights! Camera! Action! The 84th Annual Academy Awards Want to host your own Oscars party? We can help. Make the party look effortless and inspired by “Best Picture” nominees: War Horse, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life, The Descendants, The Help, The Artist, Moneyball, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Before serving your... Read more »


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Chinese New Year Traditions: Year of the Dragon

January 23, 2012    |    By +
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Chinese New Year Traditions: Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year is a time where family members celebrate, reunite, and give thanks.  Each year my family goes to the temple a week before and the day of the New Year to say thank you to the gods for a healthy and prosperous year. We usually arrange dinner on New Year’s Eve and... Read more »


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Sites We Love: Tastebook

January 10, 2012    |    By +
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Sites We Love: Tastebook

As a Gift Guru, I consider it my number one priority to not only find great gifts, but to give them as well. I’m always on the lookout for that something special that stands out from all of the usual stuff you find in the malls and other major retail chains. So anytime I... Read more »


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The Coolest Calendars of 2012

January 3, 2012    |    By +
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The Coolest Calendars of 2012

In today’s digital age, it’s a wonder that any one wears a watch or uses a calendar at all. Even kids have their own mobile devices and smartphones. So while we all have our schedules plugged into every device, it’s a nice change to have a beautiful calendar to hang up in your home... Read more »


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Alternative Holiday Wreaths

December 14, 2011    |    By +
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Alternative Holiday Wreaths

There’s nothing more fun then prepping your home for the holidays. You put on some festive music, make some treats and break out the tinsel! But like any type of home decor, everyone has their taste and style. Some like flashy accents, others like to go a more subtle route. And one of the... Read more »


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Guest Guru: Dawn Sandomeno of Party Bluprints

December 6, 2011    |    By +
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Guest Guru: Dawn Sandomeno of Party Bluprints

After serving as a guest judge for our Giftee Awards, Dawn Sandomeno, graciously enough has offered to share her entertaining expertise with us. As one half of the dream team behind Party Bluprints, she and her partner Elizabeth Mascali have been dishing out helpful advice and guides to hosting and throwing the perfect party... Read more »


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Guest Guru: Debba Haupert of Girlfriendology

November 29, 2011    |    By +
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Guest Guru: Debba Haupert of Girlfriendology

Debba Haupert is founder of Girlfriendology.com, the online community for women based on female friendship. And, although she is a little ‘addicted’ to social media, she loves her friends way more than the world wide web! That’s why we asked her to share her favorite gifts to give your gal pals this holiday season,... Read more »


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Thanksgiving Gifts for the Host

November 18, 2011    |    By +
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Thanksgiving Gifts for the Host

While most holidays involve a gathering a friends and family, no other holiday celebrates the art of entertaining and home cooking more than Thanksgiving. From the small intimate gatherings, to the large scale family reunions, this holiday is all about showing our thanks to the bounty of the season and the people who take... Read more »


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Easy As Pie

November 14, 2011    |    By +
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Easy As Pie

Whether they’re an every day baker or are intimidated by the precision required to create the perfect pie crust, this little gadget from Breville will have them whistling while they work. It doesn’t get easier than baking cute, perfect little individual pies in 8 just minutes. The non-stick surface and included pastry cutter make... Read more »


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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at Gifts.com. In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.