Monday, November 24, 2014

5 Reusable Gift Wrap Ideas

5 Reusable Gift Wrap Ideas

If one of your least-favorite Christmas memories from last year is that huge pile of crumpled wrapping paper left under the tree, Buyer At Large has some ideas for you. Not only can you give unique Christmas gifts, but you can also wrap them in something clever and reusable. It’s like getting two gifts in one! 

Fabric — Use a colorful bandana to wrap something small, or a pretty kitchen towel if you’re giving something for the kitchen, such as spices or utensils.

Plastic bag — A color or holiday-patterned plastic bag will protect homemade goodies and still let them peek through.

Eco Tote Bag — If your friend has mentioned she’d like to cut back on all the shopping bags that seem to multiply in her closet, wrap her gift in a chic, sturdy tote bag that she can reuse again and again.

Clothing — Giving a book? Wrap it in a T-shirt or pretty scarf.

Newspaper — Though it’s not necessarily re-useable, newspaper — especially the comics — can be the perfect wrapping paper for kids and is recyclable.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

5 Awesome Family Activities for Thanksgiving Day

After everyone is stuffed to the gizzards with the traditional turkey feast, most of us are left with a nice, long four-day weekend to fill. Here at Buyer At Large, where you’ll find top selling gifts for women, we’d certainly love you to start your holiday shopping with us. But if you’re not quite ready to embrace the next mega-holiday, we understand. So here are some fun family activities to make the most of your holiday time together:

1.     Watch The Macy's Parade. Gather around the TV for this wonderful holiday tradition, on NBC from 9AM to noon in all time zones. Watch for the giant character balloons, celebrities, marching bands, and more.

2.     Get outside. Sure, you’re entitled to a nap after all the meal prep and turkey tryptophan. But before or after the big meal, find some time to get some fresh air. Sign up for a Turkey Trot — many cities have short, fun marathons for kids and grownups. Or, if it’s cold enough, build a bonfire, a snowman, or strap on some ice skates.

3.     Do a craft. You know what they say about busy hands. Stock up with kits from your local craft store, or use what you have on hand to create something. Decorate ornaments or start to make holiday gifts for sisters or unique gifts for mom or for dad.

4.     Have a game tournament. Build a fire, get out the snacks, and dig out all those board games and decks of cards. Find out whom in your family is really good at Scrabble or Monopoly or ping pong.

5.     Give back. Plan ahead to volunteer at a local charity, such as a soup kitchen. Or be spontaneous — clean out some closets to donate to a thrift store, or rake an elderly neighbor’s yard. It’s a great way to recognize all the blessings you have.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top 5 Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

Top 5 Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween is almost upon us, but there’s still time to have a party. Make the most of the spooky season with these last-minute party ideas from Buyer At Large. You don’t need to plan ahead (too much) — in fact, you probably have most of what you need on hand. Just gather friends, neighbors and kids for some fall fun.

1.     Neighborhood Brew Tasting — Pick up some tasty Octoberfest microbrews — local, if possible — and hold a neighborhood brew tasting. Encourage friends to provide a few of their favorites. If you’re lucky, perhaps one your guests will supply you with one of our most popular gifts, our Pick Your Poison Glass.

2.     Pumpkin & Gourd Hunt — If you have a large yard, hide small pumpkins and gourds for kids to find. Provide prizes for the largest number found, or finding a particular one. Invite them to keep or decorate the ones they find.

3.     Mystery Board Games — Got a Ouija board? Magic 8 ball? Break out the board games you’ve stashed in the back closet. Set them up around your home along with snacks and drinks.

4.     Scary Movie Marathon — Great for a rainy weekend, when it’s not possible to get outside. Dim the lights and break out the popcorn and snacks for a marathon of classic scary movies — think Dracula, Frankenstein, The Blob.

5.     Trick or Treat Party — Encourage adults to come in costume on trick or treat night. Serve easy, filling fare, such as tacos or chili. While one or two adults take the kids around the neighborhood, the others can relax.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Dinner Party Ideas For The Lake

Fall is here — with a welcome crispness to the air. Most people think of entertaining in summer, but fall offers plenty of wonderful reasons to gather and celebrate. And if you live on the water, all the more reason to extend the season. If you’re a lucky guest, here are some great fall hostess gifts to ensure you’re invited back.

First Day of Fall Jump In The Lake & Bonfire: It’s not snowing yet, so you can still jump in the lake! Fire up the grill. Grill brats, corn on the cob, a pork roast, beer butt chicken and other late summer produce. Put on your Lake Girl Classic Zip Hoodie, build a bonfire and toast s’mores (and stay warm).

Craft Beer Party: Gather on a sunny afternoon to taste local craft beers or buy a beer making kit and have everyone bring their own brew. A great gift for a party like this would be the The Growler & 4 Pint Glass Set will help your hostess serve it up in style.

 Thanksgiving Feast: If you’re invited to a Thanksgiving dinner, don’t arrive empty handed. Consider this fun towel that says “Get YourFat Pants Ready”, or, bring this cute turkey timer, whose legs pop up when the turkey is done.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The 5 Worst Housewarming Gift Ideas

The 5 Worst Housewarming Gift Ideas
Someone’s moved into the neighborhood or bought a new house. And it’s time to celebrate. When it comes to housewarming gifts, there are plenty of great options out there … and there are plenty of well meaning but bad ideas. Here is our top 5.


1. Food they can’t eat. Somebody’s always going to be gluten-free, allergic to peanuts, or trying to stay away from alcohol. If you want to give them something food related, you’re better off with cute servingware or a gift card to a local grocery.  

2. Something “helpful.” Maybe she really does need a mop or jumper cables, but what fun is that? Instead, consider a pretty platter, measuring cups, or this To Do/To Buy notepad.

3. Something to wear. Unless this is your best friend, and you know her size and specific tastes, try to avoid clothing — unless it’s something they’ve specifically mentioned. A better option would be a charming apron.

4. Something that’s just not “her.” If she’s not much of a cook, a new house probably won’t turn her into a gourmet foodie. Don’t give her something that’s going to make her feel guilty about that — like a new cookbook or fancy spices.

5. Something you love more than she does. It’s easy to fall into the trap of giving our friends and loved ones something we like — then feeling a little put out when they don’t share the same enthusiasm for that particular style. Always take a deep breath and ask yourself, can I see this at her house? Or at mine? If you’re not sure, always provide a gift receipt for easy returns.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Back-to-School Shopping: 5 Ways to Save Money

Are you ready? Summer’s winding down, and back-to-school season is here. Time for new backpacks, crayons, notebooks, clothes… And don’t forget gifts for teachers. But before you whip out that credit card and buy things you don’t necessarily need, take a few deep breaths… and read on to discover 5 ways to save money on your back-to-school shopping.

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1.     Take inventory. On a rainy afternoon, have your child try on their late summer and fall clothes to see what fits and what needs to be replaced. See if their backpack is in decent shape (and can last a few more months) or falling apart. It’ll be much more fun to get new stuff in January, right?

2.     Delay cold-weather purchases. If your kid is growing like kudzu, you’re better off waiting to buy snow pants or boots until the snow actually falls. Then there’s little risk they’ll outgrow them before they have a chance to use them.

3.     Make a list. It’s too easy to be charmed by all those cute school supplies and end up buying things you don’t need. Make a list — with your child if possible — it helps to get their buy-in on exactly what they need. 

4.     Shop online. Some schools offer a bundle of school supplies that you buy online — completely avoiding the store. It also helps to shop online if you have a kid who is easily swayed by in-store flashy displays.

5.     Get creative. If you need teacher gifts ideas for the new school year, there’s no better source than From useful to quirky, heartfelt to silly, we’ve got the gift for the great teacher in your child’s life. Bookmark the site for the holidays and the end of the school year.