Even though you can still find bargain-priced gifts at Lakeside today, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the (very recent) past. And if, like most Americans, you stocked up on great gifts during the busiest shopping season of the year, now you need to wrap those gifts up and prop them under the tree. We’ve got a few easy solutions for gift wrapping ideas, from festive gift bags (for under $10) to creative solutions for presenting gift cards and hostess gifts. And if you’re wrapping some gifts with paper, be sure to check out our article below.
Gift Bag Sets Under $10
31-Pc. Chalkboard Carols Gift Bag Set
42-Pc. Designer Holiday Bag Sets
Creative Gift Wrap Ideas
6-Pc. Snowman Treat Bags
Gift Card Puzzle
DAY TEN Holiday Fun Fact:
Wrapping gifts can be traced back to ancient traditions in Japan, Korea, and more famously to upper-class European customs. However, it was a couple of famous brothers running a stationery store in Kansas City who are responsible for wrapping paper as we know it today. After selling out of tissue paper during a busy holiday season, the brothers replaced it on short notice with fancier paper they had in stock that was meant for lining envelopes. This paper sold out as well, and in the following years, the brothers started producing decorative versions for Christmas gifts. The brothers were Joyce and Rollie Hall. Their store was Hallmark.
Holiday Hustle: Tips for Beautifully Wrapped Gifts
There’s something about showing up to holiday gatherings with a perfectly wrapped present that makes us so proud, even if it was secretly wrapped by a professional. The majority of us have not mastered the art of wrapping presents, and paying a professional to do it for us isn’t friendly to our Christmas budget. However, there are a few tricks to doing it right yourself. Here are five easy at-home tips for beautifully wrapped gifts.
Cyber Monday has been extended on Lakeside. Whether you missed out on Cyber Monday or still need to finish up your Christmas shopping before it’s too late, we’ve organized a diverse collection of gifts to please the entire family this holiday season, including markdowns on toys for kids. Delight the little girl on your list with the 18″ Girl Doll and Outfits. The 18″ Girl Dolls feature hair that can be styled and eyes that close when the doll is laid down. Each vinyl doll comes dressed in a cute outfit with matching shoes. Plus, you can add to any 18″ doll’s wardrobe with Set of 3 Doll Outfits. Learn a few fun holiday facts about doll history below.
Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 29th)
DAY NINE Holiday Fun Fact:
Many of the best-selling and most influential toys of all time were dolls. The Barbie doll reinvented the trend in the late 50’s, the G.I. Joe changed the game by giving boys a doll of their own, and action figures climbed in popularity following the release of Star Wars in the 70’s. Dolls have been an important Christmas tradition for centuries, from nutcracker dolls in 17th century Germany to Russian nesting dolls in the 19th century. It’s such an important Christmas tradition in Portugal, that doll hospitals thrive during the holidays, restoring and repairing all kinds of dolls that are cherished and passed down in families from generation to generation.
Tech-Savvy Holiday Guide: Shopping for Teens & Young Adults
Teens and young adults can be some of the most difficult people to shop for during the holiday season. With each generation being a little more tech-savvy, it’s easy for parents to fall behind on newer trends targeting younger audiences. Finding the right gift for your tech-savvy teen doesn’t mean spending a fortune. Learn a couple new trends or get ideas for thrifty alternatives with this tech-savvy holiday shopping guide for teens.
We’ve Extended Cyber Monday — Shop Now!
It’s Cyber Monday! Lakeside is celebrating with new markdowns on some of our top items to help you find a few affordable gifts and holiday decorations. After all, we’re officially in the holiday season. Greet guests for every household event leading up to Christmas with this Monogram Snowman Door Hanger. The laser-cut snowman silhouette features a scrolled initial and wears a top hat that’s accented with a snowflake. Hang it on your front door with the included twine. Learn fun facts about snowmen below and enjoy Cyber Monday!
Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 28th)
DAY EIGHT Holiday Fun Fact:
The tradition of building snowmen during the holidays has been around for quite a long time. Just to get an idea of how old the tradition is, it’s known that the artist Michelangelo was once commissioned to sculpt one of his own design in the courtyard of a ruler in Florence, Italy. The year: 1494; when Michelangelo was 19.
How to Sit Back, Shop Smart & Enjoy Cyber Monday
When Cyber Monday first started, it was based on the idea that people wouldn’t be able to do the majority of their shopping online until they got back to work after Thanksgiving weekend. Most shoppers today have the internet right at their fingertips at all times. With holiday bargains available all week, new deals pop up every day. Get tips on how to sit back and shop smart so you can enjoy Cyber Monday and track down the deals.
Cyber Monday Deals Available Right Now!
Cyber Monday hasn’t even started yet and Lakeside is already offering new markdowns to help you get out in front of the Cyber Monday madness. As we’ve been doing all week, we’re starting things off today with an amazing Deal of the Day. Today, you can surprise the football fan in your life with the NFL Bottle Bank. The handy bank gives you a great place to store spare change while adding some team spirit to any room of the house. The oversized bank features your team logo. If you’re a football fan, read on for football holiday facts.
Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 27th)
DAY SEVEN Holiday Fun Fact:
Dick Lebeau, the Hall of Fame coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, is renowned for his defensive mind and known for inventing the zone blitz in the 1980’s. But he wasn’t just creating exciting new defensive schemes in Pittsburgh. Steelers players got to see a different side of coach during Christmas Eve. Every year, Lebeau recited his favorite holiday story, “A Night Before Christmas” from memory to his players.
Holiday Gift Inspiration for Sports Fanatics
Just about everyone in the family has a loved one who loves sports. If you don’t love sports, knowing what to get that person for Christmas can be challenging. Whether you’re shopping for a football fanatic or that MLB enthusiast, check out this helpful Lakeside article for a little holiday gift inspiration to please sports fanatics.
Great Deals Today and Cyber Monday!
Just because Black Friday is over doesn’t mean the deals are going to stop at Lakeside. We’ve got another Deal of the Day to help you cross a couple names off your Christmas list. Learn more facts than ever before with the brand new 2017 Guinness World Records book. It’s packed with fun facts and bursting with all new records on a diverse range of topics from black holes to killer plants. It features full-spread infographics that illuminate several fascinating subjects, including animals, the human body and explorations. Get started on your world record discovery with our Christmas facts, and get some tips on buying books as holiday gifts.
Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 26th)
DAY SIX Holiday Fun Facts:
In 2007, the largest gathering of Santa Clauses (13,000) took place in Northern Ireland. A couple years later in Wales, the largest gathering of people dressed as Christmas Elves (800) was achieved. And in 2008, the largest game of Secret Santa was played–in the United Kingdom–with 1,270 participants. The UK obviously takes their Christmas world records seriously. Learn about more world records with our Deal of the Day, and if you’re interested in giving books for Christmas, find a few tips and inspirational ideas in the article below.
Holiday Shopping: Tips on Buying Books as Gifts
Thinking up a unique and personal gift for each person on your list can be a challenge. For some people, a good toy or a purse is appropriate. For others, something to support a hobby, like yarn or knitting needles, is in order. But for those who seem to have everything, a few good books might be the solution you need. You just need to figure out what type of book to get. Here are a few tips for buying books as gifts this Christmas.
Sneak Peek Now! Sofa Sunday Tomorrow!
Black Friday is the best time of year to find Christmas gifts for everyone on your list, but it’s also a great time to treat yourself. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment in the comfort of your home with the Cozy Sock & Lotion Gift Boxed Set. The revitalizing scented foot moisturizer and ultra-soft socks give your feet the star treatment. It’s boxed and ready to give as well, so you can take advantage of that 40% off and stock up to treat all the well-deserving members of your family. Explore our Black Friday deals, and read on for holiday jewelry advice.
Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 25th)
DAY FIVE Holiday Fun Fact:
Year after year, the Christmas season beats out every other for the most marriage proposals. Christmas Eve is the most popular day to pop the question, but in a recent survey, men and women seemed to differ on the popularity of Christmas Eve proposals. Many women agreed on the holiday timing, but a bigger percentage thought Valentine’s Day or anniversaries were better. Read on for holiday jewelry tips from Debra Shepard.
Christmas Jewelry Trends & Shopping Tips
Christmas isn’t just the season of giving. It’s the season of giving jewelry! Shopping for jewelry can be tough if you don’t know what to look for, aren’t up-to-date on the top trends or unfamiliar with online shopping. As a designer who’s been featured on fashion authorities like the Cosmo Hot List, Debra Shepard prides herself on knowing what’s in and what’s out in jewelry. Check out her views on trends, jewelry shopping and more!
Enjoy Black Friday Markdowns All Weekend!
For Thanksgiving, we’re offering a special Black Friday discount on an item that celebrates family. With this Family Plaque, you’ll be able to keep track of those special days throughout the year. It has a stylish country look, a durable wooden construction, and includes 24 tags that you can personalize with a family member’s name and birthday. Hang tags on the loop under each month so you’ll never lose track of whose birthday is coming up. Keep reading for holiday birthday facts and ideas to preserve Thanksgiving during Black Friday.
Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 24th)
DAY FOUR Holiday Fun Fact:
The traditional Christmas celebration might revolve around the birth of Jesus, but fewer babies are born on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day compared to the rest of the calendar. Christmas Day is the least common birthday in America, second only to Leap Day. Christmas Eve isn’t very far behind, ranking fourth on the list. With Thanksgiving falling on different dates, it’s likely that it takes the top spot regarding holiday birthdays.
How to Avoid Losing Your Thanksgiving to Black Friday
Thanksgiving is a day for counting our blessings. Those fortunate enough to fund a feast will fill their chairs with family and their table with delicious food. It seems only natural that Black Friday is trying to devour it. In recent years, the start of the holiday shopping season has been nibbling at Thanksgiving’s crust. This year, retailers are demanding a full slice. Before you ditch family time for a half-priced flat screen or trade in your savory dinner for a halfhearted brunch, check out some of these easy tips for preserving your Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Deals Today! Black Friday Deals Tomorrow!
Don’t miss out on Day Three of our Black Friday Deals. With all the online holiday shopping we’re doing at home, it’s hard to ignore the disorganization or holiday mess we accumulate around our desks or computer areas. Defeat desk clutter with the efficient Computer Organizer. The stand raises your monitor 4-inches for comfortable viewing, adding storage underneath and on both sides. It also has a built in drawer underneath for keeping notes, pens and supplies out of sight and within reach. Don’t wait for New Year’s to start getting organized around the house. Find storage for Christmas, and gifts for everyone on your list with Lakeside’s Black Friday deals, available right now. And keep reading for facts about Santa’s worldwide Christmas trip.
Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 23rd)
DAY THREE Holiday Fun Fact:
Santa Claus covers nearly 175 million miles in his worldwide Christmas Eve tour. He also has to consume over 260 million calories from cookies alone, and deliver over 20 million presents that would weigh around 700 million pounds. Santa also has to speak hundreds of languages to read all those notes and say “Merry Christmas” when necessary. Read on to learn several of those Christmas greetings from around the globe.
Christmas Greetings from Around the World
Over 160 countries officially celebrate Christmas. With so many nations celebrating Christmas in so many different languages, it follows that a typical Christmas phrase like Merry Christmas is only one of hundreds of greetings from around the world. Take a quick trip around the globe and impress your friends during the holiday season with these unique Christmas greetings from every one of our planet’s seven continents.
Put Family First with Tomorrow’s Deal of the Day!
Day Two of our Black Friday Deals reminds us what the holiday are all about — creating amazing memories with our friends and family. Preserve all your holiday photos and stay organized throughout the year with the 1,600-Photo Organizer Case. This durable case includes 16 acid-free photo cases that each hold up to one hundred 4″ x 6″ photos. The case has a sturdy handle for carrying and snap closures to keep photos secure. Make sure you’re dressed for holiday photos and the winter ahead with markdowns on apparel and more at Lakeside. And keep reading to learn holiday facts about Santa, stockings and the odd ugly sweater tradition.
Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 22nd)
DAY TWO Holiday Fun Fact:
Christmas stockings are one of the oldest Christmas traditions, dating back to one of the most popular origin stories of Santa Claus almost 2,000 years ago. The story revolves around the Greek Bishop, Saint Nicholas. Even though the events in the story can’t be proven, it also offers insight into our tradition of gift giving during the holidays. Get the details and learn more about Santa hats, ugly sweaters and more in the article below.
Fun Holiday Fashion from Sweaters to Santa Hats
It doesn’t quite hold a candle to the costume craziness of Halloween, but the holidays do play host to a wide variety of unusual fashion trends. From the classic Santa hat to the strange tradition of ugly sweaters, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that the holiday season is the best time of year to play dress up. Get to know a little more about some of the Christmas attire you can’t help but wear with this fun holiday fashion overview.
Come Back Tomorrow for Another Lakeside Deal of the Day!
It’s the first day of our Black Friday deals on Lakeside, and we’re starting you off with a fun way to get going on your Christmas decorations. The Lighted Holiday Lampposts are the perfect way to illuminate your home for the holidays. Feature them on the stairs in your entryway to welcome holiday guests, or add them to your existing decorations in the family room or dining area. Use your savings to stock up on even more Christmas decorations available now at Lakeside. And get into the Christmas spirit with the Day One Holiday Fun Fact.
Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 21st)
DAY ONE Holiday Fun Fact:
Clement Clark Moore, author of the famous poem we know as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, was one of the first authors to mention elves in the Christmas tradition. But the elf in Moore’s story isn’t who we’d expect. Moore describes Santa as the “jolly old elf.” This early depiction of Santa might be one of the major reasons why elves are such a big part of Christmas today. Find out more about the origins of Christmas elves below.
Holiday Traditions: The Origins of Christmas Elves
Most of us grew up never questioning why elves are such a big part of the holidays. Santa’s little helpers are everywhere, from adorable Christmas elf decorations to some of our favorite characters in classic Christmas movies. Elves became a huge part of the Christmas tradition fairly early, and much like the reason behind why we decorate with holiday lights during the winter season, their part in the Christmas story can be traced back to ancient myths and folklore. Find out how elves first fit into the Christmas tradition with these fun facts.
Come Back Tomorrow for Another Lakeside Deal of the Day!