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Game-Day Ready: Homegating Done Right!

October 8, 2012    |    By +
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Game-Day Ready: Homegating Done Right!

Sports fans live for the fall. What’s not to like? Football is underway. Baseball’s second season has begins. Basketball pre-season is tipping off.  So now is a great time to do a quick refresher for an at-home tailgating, home-gating if you will, game plan. Here are a few ideas: One of my favorite game-day... Read more »


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Oktoberfest Traditions and Gifts

September 21, 2012    |    By +
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Oktoberfest Traditions and Gifts

Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival in September through the first weekend of October in Munich, Germany celebrating all things beer! An important part of Bavarian culture, Oktoberfest has been celebrated since 1810 and is the largest fair in the world. Although it started as a wedding and subsequent anniversary celebration of a Prince... Read more »


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Emmys Awards Party Ideas

September 14, 2012    |    By +
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Emmys Awards Party Ideas

  Maybe it’s my inner homebody, but I LOVE award shows. I love having friends over, I love making hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails, I love the fashion and I love cheering on my favorite nominees! After a long, fun summer of not watching television, I look forward to watching the Emmys every fall... Read more »


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How to Create a Super Fun Summer Sleepover

July 11, 2012    |    By +
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How to Create a Super Fun Summer Sleepover

Sleepover parties were a childhood favorite of mine. I loved staying up late with my girlfriends gossiping about the latest teen heart throbs and doing head-to-toe makeovers. When throwing a sleepover party it’s always fun to have a central theme such as “Spa”, “Candy” or even “Camping”. When picking a theme focus on the... Read more »


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4th of July: Guru Style

June 29, 2012    |    By +
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4th of July: Guru Style

We take celebrating our nation’s independence seriously and like to make it seriously fun even when we’re off the clock! So we wanted to share with our loyal readers some of our favorite things about the 4th (fireworks and Declaration of Independence and products that make them even better. I think we all agree... Read more »


Guest Guru: Elizabeth Mascali

April 5, 2012    |    By +
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Guest Guru: Elizabeth Mascali

Elizabeth Mascali talks Easter entertaining. Elizabeth and her partner Dawn Sandomeno, co-founders and and owners of Party Bluprints and authors of Plan to Party, are lifestyle and entertaining experts who live by the philosophy that entertaining in your home can enrich your life. Thank you for contributing Elizabeth! When it comes to Easter Entertaining,... Read more »


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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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Get the Halloween Spirit on a Budget!

October 26, 2011    |    By +
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Get the Halloween Spirit on a Budget!

Halloween can be a lot of fun, but it can also get crazy expensive. Although we love the $1600 talking ghostly marble bust, we know that we’d rather save our pennies for presents in December. So, how do we conjure the spirit of Halloween without breaking the bank? Enter the Gifts.com “Halloween Thirteen” guide.... Read more »


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Giftee Awards Guest Judge: Buy Seasons

October 6, 2011    |    By +
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Giftee Awards Guest Judge: Buy Seasons

We have gotten some truly stellar folks to join us in our search for the best gifts of 2011 and each week, we’ll be featuring one of them right here on the Gift Rap Blog. Meet Karen Van Ert, who makes it her business to know how to throw a party and how to... 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.