Holiday Gift Guide

Have you made your list and checked it twice?…The Crown Shop gifts are ALWAYS nice! We have put together a Holiday Gift Guide to help make your gift giving easier. We like to think that we have some of the most unique and personal gifts around and our gift guide is no exception! From candles to pajamas and everything in between, we have the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

 

For the host….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thymes Frasier Fir candles are the perfect gift to take the host of all of your holiday gatherings. The iconic scent fills your surroundings with crisp, just-cut forest fragrance that evokes seasonal celebrations, Christmas holidays and the winter solstice.

 

For the southern girl who loves a monogram…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you know, Southern girls will monogram ANYTHING…what better way to show her you care than to personalize her pajama pants for her?

 

For the entertainer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etta B pottery is the gift that keeps giving! Serving loved ones at family dinners or a gathering of friends has never been so festive with this stunning line of metallic pottery. Mix and match patterns for a beautiful tablescape.

 

For the girl who has everything…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does your girlfriend or sister have it all? Your search is over for the perfect gift…these cotton sleepshirts and capris feature playful and inspiring messages, Faceplant always delivers the perfect message for the moment.

 

For those who love the reason for the season…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trees and trimmings seem to be the themes of the season, but let’s not forget the true symbol of Christmas, the Nativity. Give the special gift of a Fontanini Nativity to that special friend or family member to share the true meaning of Christmas.

 

For the girl who loves a little sparkle…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross off your Christmas list and get lost in the many beautiful pieces in the Pandora collection. The attention to detail and glamorous holiday sparkle is the perfect gift (for YOU or a friend)!

 

For the kid in us all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a blast even when the weather outside is frightful with this delightful toy for all ages…the indoor snowball shooter!

 

 

Happy Shopping from all of us at The Crown Shop!

 

Going Green-er

I love to recycle…I’m one of those people who goes behind the not-so-green members of my family and digs their recycleables (is that a word?) out of the trash! Our city just recently adopted single-stream curb-side recycling…so before that, I would collect all the materials that could be recycled and take them to a recycling center on Saturdays.  Needless to say, I was excited when I found a wonderful company called Core Bamboo. Core Bamboo is the manufacturer of the world’s finest Bamboo products. All of the bamboo used to make their products are 100% organically grown. Using a food safe water base adhesive and finished with top grade natural oils, Core Bamboo adheres to the FDA and European equivalent standards. It is so nice to know their are companies out their who truly live organic, for safe and healthy lives! Core Bamboo has lots of cool products, but my favorite is LUXEWARE, an eco-friendly alternative to paper and plastic serveware. Clean up is a snap and won’t harm the environment. Use LUXEWARE at your next party or picnic and help save the planet one paper plate at a time!

 

Pamper the pup!

It is an indisputable fact that dogs are man’s best friend. They are always there for you when you need company, they fetch the paper in the morning, keep you warm on cold nights, and even start a pot of coffee in the morning before you get up. Okay the last one we are still working on, but in any case you know that your little pup will be loyal to you and love you unconditionally and you return the favor.

In most cases, including my own, it goes so far as to your K-9 only wanting to sleep on your clothes or just things that smell like you. You buy them a nice comfy dog bed from your local pet shop or animal supply retailer and they ignore it for your basket of nice clean clothes.

Well we here at The Crown shop just got in a batch of problem solvers in the form of Molly Mutts dog bed duvets. Instead of throwing out your old clothes put them into the Molly Mutt stuff sack then slide it into one of the many beautifully designed Molly Mutt dog bed duvets and Tada! Your dog has his or her own personal space that smells just like you and all of your nice clothes stay hair free. It is one of those “OMG why didn’t I think of that!” ideas.

My little one clung to her duvet pillow almost instantly! Works like a charm and everyone is happy. Now back to that coffee pot trick I was teaching her.

A new year, a new wall!!

At the beginning of a new year, I always have grand ideas for change in my house. I want to get better organized and change up the decor a bit. I’ve had this blank wall in my home that I’ve been wanting to do something with for 7 years…yes I know, I procrastinate. I’ve had this inspiration picture floating around my Pinterest page for quite some time that I wish I could replicate and I think this may be the year that I FINALLY get it done!

I just love these signs by Primitives by Kathy®. These signs come in many sizes from 3 inches to 24 inches and they have words that can fit any home. From religious and inspirational, to humorous and pet lovers, there are tons of themes to choose from.

We’ve just gotten back from market in Atlanta and have ordered a ton of new sayings and quotes. I’m sure there will be something for everyone once they arrive!

 

All people pursue happiness….

All people pursue happiness…Alex and Ani creates it®

Alex and Ani believes in the power of positive energy, a core company principle. They have made it their mission to share the benefits of positive energy through the unique beauty and symbolism of their products.

Inspired by the wisdom of ancient thinkers, Alex and Ani researched the most effective methods of designing their products with the beneficial positive energy that scientists refer to as vital force.

Ancient and modern traditions refer to vital force by many names; chi, prana, etheric energy, life force, zero point energy, homeopathic resonance, etc.

Vital force is understood to be the key principle or animating force within living beings. In French Philosopher and Nobel Prize Recipient Henri Bergson’s theory, vital force is independent of physical and chemical forces, regarded as being causative in the evolution and development of living organisms.

Alex and Ani’s revolutionary process of designing positive energy into each product is an important step in their mission of spreading positive energy worldwide.

Support your favorite small business.

This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

The Crown Shop is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th.

Plus, we’re having several Small Business Saturday special offers! Come on in and check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecrownshop to find out about these specials.

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for Small Business.

To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.

My Favorite Things….2012

Oprah unveiled her 2012 list of her “Favorite Things” yesterday and it got me thinking about some of MY favorite things….whether it be favorite gift giving ideas or something that I would “gift” to myself. Here is the list of My Top 10 Favorite Things for 2012:

#1 The  Hobo Lauren Wallet

Lauren is Hobo’s iconic double frame clutch wallet. Legendary for her stylish design and carry-all attitude. Toss in your bag or carry alone! Lauren is bold as ever in the tiger print.

#2 The Original Savory Saltine Seasoning

I never knew a simple saltine cracker could be so good!! The seasoning mix is so easy to use and no baking required. Just put the contents of the seasoning packet, some saltines, and some canola oil in a bag and shake…it’s that simple, and you WON”T be able to step away from these delicious crackers! I’m going to get a packet for all of my friends &  family and hope they invite me over when they make them.

#3 The Lily Pad Lid:

Ask my family…I’m a freak about recycling, and I’m always looking for ways to get out of throwing something away. The Lily Pad Lid is the perfect answer to having to throw away plastic wrap. It is made of FDA approved silicone. It seals tight on all smooth rims: stainless steel, glass, plastic, melamine. It prevents Spills, the Lily Pad Lid creates an airtight, watertight seal for reheating and storing. It saves on plastic wrap, it can be reused and reused and reused, and it is safe for oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher.

#4 The Sea Salt Caramel Truffle from Sweet Shop USA

Ok…now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty!! Sea salt, caramel, and chocolate? Shut the front door!! These are to die for…I love the hint of salt with the luscious caramel and milk & dark  chocolate. This is definitely a gift that I intend to keep for myself!

#5 Suspend Family Game

We have 3 girls that range in age from 17 to 5 and I’m always looking for games that would be fun for everyone…I’ve found it. Suspend is a family game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Try this hanging balance game and you’ll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sound easy? Try adding another piece! Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? This tricky game for 1-4 players is a test of steady nerves and steady hands. This would be a great “family” gift.

#6 Tyler Glamorous Wash

I gave some of this to a friend for her birthday and I have to say I was a little nervous about it because you never know how anyone will react to a fragrance. She loved it! She washed her “unmentionables” in the wash then hung them to dry around her house. When her husband came home, he was walking around trying to find what smelled so divine.  Her husband loved it so much that he washed his GOLF shirts in it! (It’s ok to cringe now ladies…we know this stuff should be saved for special things). After my friend (and her husband) quickly went through the 32 oz bottle that I had given her, she came and bought a GALLON of it!! Now when we get together she always wants us to smell her shirt!

#7 The Votivo Red Currant Candle

This is the old standby…whenever I’m having trouble coming up with a gift idea for a friend, neighbor, teacher, family member, etc…this is what I get. The smell is so fresh and clean. A savory blend of tart red currants and golden fruit glaze ladled over coarsely ground vanilla bean ice cream and served along side of raspberry filled sugar cookies… the original Red Currant.

#8 Lenny and Eva Bracelets and Sentiments

These beautiful leather cuff bracelets and metal sentiments are great gifts for women and girls of all ages.  Lots of bright beautiful colors and inspirational messages are available to create the perfect look for all the special ladies on your list.

#9 The Amazing Presto Bucket

…and we mean AMAZING! The AMAZING bucket is made from lightweight but tough nylon, with durable polypropylene rims and is 100% waterproof. A matching nylon draw string carrying case is included.

Just think of all the uses!
*It’s a convenient utility item for R.V. and boat owners.
*For those gardeners out there, it’s great for weeding; picking fruits & vegetables and transporting water.
*It’s the perfect personal drink cooler for picnics and outdoor sporting events.

Stores flat & opens into a watertight 2.9 gallon bucket in seconds!

#10 Tervis Tumblers

This is the original insulated tumbler. Made in the USA with a lifetime guarantee. They come in variety of sizes and hundreds of designs. The perfect gift for every age and gender! I keep one on my desk every day, my kids drink their milk out of one every morning, I take the Tervis water bottle with me on my walks. The world’s first “smart cup”!!

 

There you have it!! My top 10 Favorite Things of 2012. I really could post dozens more and it was hard to narrow my list down, but I don’t have a staff that would put all of that together for me like Oprah! 😉 Happy shopping!

 

Wendy

Style it up with a scarf!

I have been on the scarf bandwagon for a couple of years now, and I am so glad that they continue to come out with bright and bold patterns season after season! I always get asked about how in the heck you are supposed to wear scarves, and technically there are TONS of different ways to make them fit both your outfit and personality! We’ve been getting in tons of new scarves this week, so I thought I would share a few of my favorites here with y’all!

Now for all of you scarf rookies out there don’t be afraid to push the envelope and try something new every time you wear a scarf! I find it amazing how just changing how you wear your scarf can completely transform an outfit! Here are some tricks and tips on how to wear all your fantastic scarves from The Crown Shop!!

Girl’s Nite Out….FINALLY!!

I don’t know about you, but I am soooo ready for our annual Girl’s Nite Out!! If you’re not familiar with this annual event, you are missing out! We start out by giving a 20% discount store wide, we also serve some TASTY snacks & sweets, and we serve Wine-a-Ritas and spiced apple cider. We have such a great time visiting and laughing too.  This is a great time to get started on the Christmas Shopping or just splurging on something for yourself!! Bring your girlfriends, mom, sister, daughters, and make it a tradition year after year…that’s what I do!

Come join us!

Thursday, October 4    5:00-7:30 p.m.

Life is Good® at The Crown Shop

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I find a good, soft t-shirt that I love, I keep it for decades! Several years ago, someone gave me a Life is Good® t-shirt for Christmas, and I don’t think I have taken it off since. These are the softest, most comfortable shirts I have ever worn! To me that was enough. When we started talking about carrying the line in our stores, I thought it was just a t-shirt line.  I couldn’t have been more wrong. The folks at Life is Good® want life to be good for everyone! For every item purchased, the Life is Good® team donates money to Playmakers: a non-profit organization designed to provide children with opportunities to feel creatively engaged, safe, loved and joyful. This type of transformative play helps children build relationships with the key people in their lives and enables them to build resilience in the face of life’s greatest challenges.

They even host a music festival every year to help raise money and to date they have raised over $1 million to help kids in need and over 130,000 children have been positively impacted through Playmakers. Now that is one powerful t-shirt!

T-shirts, caps, mugs, pajamas…all available now at The Crown Shop.