Take Care of Your Commuter: Gifts for Travelers

For most of us, the best gifts we receive are often the ones that make our daily lives a little easier, a bit more comfortable and a lot less stressful. Luckily, especially if you’re still trying to find gifts for loved ones, there is one aspect of everyone’s day that can be improved with a thoughtful gift–the daily commute. End the search with some of these great gift ideas for travelers that drive on the daily, frequently fly or ride the train to work.


Ideas for Daily Drivers

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22-Oz. NFL 360° Wrap Travel Tumblers
Universal Phone Magnetic Dashboard Mount
Memory Foam Microsuede Auto Cushions


Gifts for Frequent Flyers

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Personalized Duffels or Cosmetic Bags
1,000 Dot-to-Dot Activity Books
2-In-1 Stand with Power Bank


Deals for Railroad Riders

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Breathless Trilogy Set
Collegiate Mascot Neck Pillows
Lisa Frank® Power Banks


DAY TWELVE Holiday Fun Fact:

According to this interesting infographic from Travel and Leisure, nearly 100 million Americans travel during the holiday season. Airfare is typically the lowest and least hectic on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for the simple fact that many people aren’t looking to travel on these days. However, airfare usually spikes right after both of these days. And for future reference, if you’re one of the 6 million people who typically fly during the holiday season, booking your domestic flights two months in advance will typically get you the best deal.


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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Frequent Traveler
People celebrate Christmas many different ways, but if there’s one thing nearly all of us can agree on during the holidays it’s the fact that traveling is a pain. While most of us just get a taste of these traveling challenges during the holidays, there are a few people in every family who put up with many of these traveling woes on a monthly, weekly or daily basis. Whether they’re logging a lot of hours driving, flying or riding the train it’s in your power to make their life more comfortable and a little less stressful with these thoughtful Christmas gifts.

Gift Ideas to Thank Veterans During the Holidays

Veterans Day is only a couple days away. There are a number of ways you can give back by donating and getting involved in your community. But even though we reserve November 11 to honor American veterans, every day on the calendar is a potential day to say “Thank You.” With the holidays approaching, most of us are busy trying to find presents and plan holiday parties. It’s also a great opportunity to surprise the veterans in your life or your community with a thoughtful holiday gift after Veterans Day is over. Take a moment out of your holiday plans to pick out a gift for the veteran in your life or give back in a unique way with these ideas.

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Homemade Meals for Veterans

The gift of food is a wonderful thing, so if you have a special homemade recipe, a little talent in the kitchen and want to make your Veterans Day gift memorable, get cooking for the veteran in your life, invite veterans you know over for a meal or bring them a delicious homemade treat to say ‘Thank You’ on Veterans Day or any other day during the upcoming holiday season. Bake or cook something delicious and easily transport your dish with the Set of 3 Covered Casseroles or this 6-Pc. Locking Lid Stainless Steel Bowl Set. You can also make some cookies and other homemade desserts using the Set of 3 Reusable Baking Sheet Liners.

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Inspiration & Appreciation for Veterans

The men and women who’ve served in our military inspire us with their courage, selflessness and sacrifice on a daily basis. On Veterans Day or during the holidays, we can try to return the favor by offering our own inspiration and encouragement. This Faux Leather Scripture Journal has an uplifting scripture on the front. For the veteran in your family, you could use the 31-Photo Collage Frame to surprise them with pictures of the entire family. You could also get creative and take photos on Veterans Day at your local parade or any community event and use those photos to make a collage for a veteran in the community to commemorate Veterans Day and show how many people in your neighborhood, town or city truly appreciate their service.

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Try “My Perfect Present” Free on iTunes & Google Play

Trying to find the perfect present for everyone on your Christmas list just got a lot easier with The Lakeside Collection’s “My Perfect Present” App. Available for a free download right now on iTunes and Google Play. We’ve also included an online version so you can try out “My Perfect Present” on Lakeside.com right now.

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How “My Perfect Present” Works

“My Perfect Present” helps you find the right gift for the family and friends in your life in just a few clicks. First it breaks down your Christmas shopping list into simple categories to narrow your search. That means you’ll be able to shop for everyone, whether it’s an Adult Man, a Young Adult Girl, a 6-to-8 year old Boy or the tiny Baby in your life. In a few clicks, the App uses the information you provide to create a series of questions that will narrow your search even more. Read on to learn how the App uses all these questions to form a profile.

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Let’s say you’re shopping for the Adult Man. Some of the questions that might pop up will be something like: “Which of these cars best describes him?” or “Where would he spend his dream vacation?” The clever App uses your answers to determine whether they’re an Outdoorsman, Sports Enthusiast and more! All that’s left to do is click on “Shop Gifts” to see the top products Lakeside recommends for the Adult Man you described. Then repeat the process for every single person on your shopping list. The best part about using the App is that you’ll be able to find gifts you probably haven’t seen before, expertly selected to fit your holiday needs.

Where to Download “My Perfect Present”

“My Perfect Present” can be downloaded on iTunes, Google Play, or just explored here on Lakeside.com.

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Wine Decor, Hostess Gifts and Tabletop Essentials

You don’t have to be a wine enthusiast to appreciate the fun home decorating possibilities of a wine theme. From repurposing corks and wine bottles to create a design all your guests will envy to personalized gifts to please your generous host or hostess, Lakeside is filled with wine decor products everyone will appreciate.

Tasteful Decor for Wine Enthusiasts
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The Metal Monogram Wine Cork-Holder adds a distinctive look to your dining room or kitchen, especially when you fill it up with the corks left over from your favorite wines. Just start from the bottom and try to fill up the entire letter. Get multiple letters to spell out your name or wine-related words for a truly unique design.

As long as you’re reusing your corks, why not reuse a wine bottle too? Light My Bottle adds a dazzling touch to your tabletop. Simply thread the 42″ light string through the top of any bottle that’s at least 9″ tall, place the pole inside and click the on/off switch on the top to watch the 15 beautiful fairy lights illuminate the interior.

Gifts for Your Host or Hostess
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The Set of 4 Personalized Travertine Stone Coasters makes a great gift for almost any occasion, but it’s the ideal gift for a wine-tasting or dinner party. Each stone coaster protects your table surfaces from water rings. The cork design on the bottom helps prevent scratches. Personalize the coasters with the recipient’s name.

Monogram Wine Gift Set makes it easy to add a thoughtful, personal touch to that wine-tasting, dinner party, housewarming, birthday or wedding. The classy gift set comes with a metal coaster and wine stopper. Each piece has an identical monogram worked into its design, and comes in a stylish box that’s ready for giving.

Don’t Forget the Tabletop
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Add a romantic touch to your decor or set the scene for an elegant party with Set of 2 LED Taper Candles. Each candle has a wax coating and gives off an amber glow that looks beautiful in a floral arrangement or centerpiece. Timer lets you set the candles to automatically turn on at a desired time and off after 6 hours.

Organize the eating necessities on your tabletop with an elegant Buffet Caddy. Each caddy features a lovely scroll design that complements existing decor. The Plate Caddy provides quick, easy access to plates, while the Flatware & Napkin Caddy has 3 separate sections for utensils and an open space for holding napkins.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

If you’re like the rest of us, most of the holiday shopping is done, but there are a few people left on your list to buy for. At the end of a work week with holiday parties ahead, you don’t have time or energy to do anymore shopping. But with the power of the Internet, shopping is hardly a burden! To make it even easier, we put together a list of some of our favorite products for you to browse. Here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week.lak-soapAroma Therapy Handcrafted, plant-based Simply be well Holiday Soap will leave your hands feeling clean and smelling fragrant. Using traditional soap-making techniques, this luxurious set of 2 triple milled, long-lasting bars provides a rich lather as it mildly exfoliates the skin. It’s infused with natural glycerin to leave your skin soft and moisturized. Cranberry has a tart and fruity fragrance, while Peppermint Bark gives your skin a sweet peppermint scent. Arrives festively wrapped and ready for giving. 5 oz., each.

footless-tightsPrincess Pride The Girls’ Favorite Character Footless Tights are a versatile addition to her everyday wardrobe. The tights feature bright colors and photo-real designs of beloved characters. Footless construction is easy to wear and make these tights the perfect accessory for any outfit. Polyester and spandex. Machine care. Imported.

squeakie-pup-padPuppy Love The Dog Breed Squeakie Pup Pad keeps your furry friend occupied for hours. With 11 squeakers inside and no stuffing to come out, it’s the perfect dog toy. Cute facial expressions and plush textures make it look like your favorite breed. Approx. 12-1/2″W x 9-3/4″L. Polyester and EVA. Imported.

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Superheroes, A-Z The Marvel Encyclopedia is essential for die-hard fans of these well-known superheroes. Created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics, this edition features new entries on the latest characters and teams, updates on the existing comics and storylines, and expanded entries on Spider-Man(TM), Thor, and The Avengers. Organized alphabetically. 10-1/8″W x 12-1/4″L. Hardcover, 439 pages. disney-meal-setMickey Meals Make mealtime fun with a 3-Pc. Disney Meal Set. Perfectly sized for Disney fans and collectors of all ages, the mug and plate feature a favorite character. Matching bowl is ideal for soup and oatmeal. Porcelain. Dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe.gift-app

Look to the The Lakeside Collection for all your gifts this holiday season! We have hundreds of items at discount prices for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. Check out our Perfect Present Gift App to steer you to the right present.

Holiday Hustle: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her

It’s that time of year when shopping is more than just a pastime! If you haven’t gotten your holiday shopping list together for the women in your life, we have a few ideas to get you started and inspired. Here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her.lak-fleece-text-gloves

Pretty & Practical Fleece Text Gloves with Zippered Pockets keeps you connected while keeping your hands warm. Thumb and index finger are touchscreen compatible. Zippered pocket on each glove gives you a secure place to store your items. Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes; one size fits most. Polyester. Imported.

lak-inspirational-braceletsCharming & Inspirational Slip on this Set of 3 Inspirational Crystal Stretch Bracelets with any outfit to carry a positive message anywhere. Stack them for a fashionable mixed metal look, or wear them individually. The bronzetone, goldtone and silvertone bracelets slip on and off with ease. They’re engraved with uplifting messages and accented with crystals. 2-1/2″ dia., each.

lak-pioneer-womanSweet & Joyful Join Ree Drummond as she whips up some old and new holiday favorites. The Pioneer Woman Year of Holidays Cookbook includes 140 recipes for every holiday, from decadent Dessert Shots on New Year’s Eve to a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day. Includes recipes for meals and gifts and step-by-step photos. 10-1/4″ x 8-1/4″. Hardcover, 387 pages.

lak-rhinestone-scarfChic & Snug The Rhinestone Embellished Monogram Scarf adds elegant flair to your attire. The stylish scarf features your monogram in sparkling white crystals. Playful 3″ tassels hang from either end. Made with soft viscose, it’s the perfect way to add your own touch to any outfit. 27-1/2″W x 69″L, not including the tassels. Imported.lak-suede-slippers

Cozy & Cute Women’s Genuine Suede Moccasins will protect your feet from the cold. Get these cozy slippers at our incredible low price! Comfortable slippers are crafted with genuine suede uppers and warm acrylic fleece linings that look and feel like plush sheepskin. A bow near the toe adds feminine detail. Durable rubber soles make them suitable for wear both indoors and out. Imported.

gift-appFor the other people on your holiday list, make sure to check out our Perfect Present Gift App to select the right gift with just a few clicks!

Holiday Hustle: Product Picks for Personalized Gifts

It’s time to get on that holiday shopping! With so many people on your list to shop for, we know how tough it is to come up with something thoughtful for everyone on your list. One short cut to coming up with a thoughtful gift is to personalize it. Lucky for you, we have plenty of items to personalize. To get you started, here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Personalized Gifts.lak-personalized-rag-doll

The Girl is Mine This holiday will be extra special when she receives a Personalized Holiday Rag Doll. She’ll love playing with this adorable rag doll, which can have any name up to 12 characters embroidered on its dress. Thread color and font as pictured. The soft doll has an embroidered face and comes dressed in holiday attire, including an attached dress and cape. Her yarn hair is tied back with a bow, and button details enhance her shoes. 16-1/2″ tall. Polyester. Imported. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-cheese-boardsCheese to Go with Mine Make this Personalized Wine Bottle-Shaped Cutting Board uniquely yours by adding your name or initials. The bottom of the board has feet so it won’t move around or scratch your table, and the top has a loop of suede for hanging. It provides a decorative touch hanging on the wall of your kitchen or home bar. Colors and fonts are as they appear for each design. For the Chalkboard choice, “The” and “Family” are a given–just add the name you want. 4-1/2″W x 12-5/8″L. Glass. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted. This item cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.

Personalized-pendantPersonal Devotion Celebrate any religious event or special occasion with a gift of this Personalized Cross Pendant. The pendant has a cutout cross and may be customized with a name of up to 9 characters. The personalization will be engraved into the center of the pendant. Includes an 18″ chain with a lobster claw clasp. Pendant, 1-1/8″ dia. Metal. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-car-organizerPersonal Space Keep items neat and orderly inside your car without taking up space using this Personalized Car Organizer. It’s specifically designed to be hung around a headrest or strapped around one of the car’s seats. Adjustable straps clip on and off for added versatility. It features 2 mesh pockets on the bottom, large and small pockets in the middle, and 3 small mesh pockets on top. Personalize with any name up to 15 characters. Name is embroidered on the large pocket in white thread. 17″W x 22-3/4″L. Polyester. Imported. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-bakingHomemade Excellence This Personalized Nordic Ware Baking Dish is a fun and convenient way to share your homemade treats. The 13″ x 9″ pan features a vibrant snap-close lid with a tab for easy removal. Personalize it with up to 9 characters for the name or 3 for the initials. “The” and “Family” are a given for the Chalkboard choice, and it also has a space for the year your family was established. 14-3/4″W x 9-5/8″D x 3″H, overall. Aluminum and acrylic. Pan, dishwasher and oven safe. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted. This item cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.

gift-appIf you have more people to buy for and you just don’t know where to start, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to help you select a great gift for anyone on your list!

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for Graduation Gifts

The countdown to the last day of school has begun! For some students, it’s the start of another summer, for those who are graduating, it’s the start of a new life! We want them to be prepared for whatever they have planned — whether they’re headed off to college or their backpacking through Europe.  Here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for Graduation gifts.luggage

3-Pc. Luggage Set comes with different bags to suit your traveling needs. Fun, vibrant prints make sure that grad’s luggage is easily recognizable. Each bag has a zippered closure for safe storage when traveling. The duffel bag has a 13-1/2″ telescoping handle that collapses into a zippered pouch. It has a single zippered front pocket, 2 carry handles and 2 easy-glide wheels. The double-handled tote has a zippered pocket on front. The toiletry bag fits inside the tote, which fits inside the duffel for compact storage.lap-desk

Computer Lap Desk with 2 Fans keeps the grad and the grad’s you computer cooler to work more comfortably and efficiently almost anywhere. Its fans prevent the computer from overheating and the foldable table is adjustable so your grad can work flat or tilt the tray to any comfortable angle.  Sets up in seconds and opens at the press of a button and the legs are adjustable. Features a built-in mouse pad, cup and pen holder on the right side, as well as a 29″ USB cable to power the fans.jumbo-hampers

No laundry hamper is too big for a college student! The large handles of this Jumbo Handled Hamper have padded grips for comfortable maneuvering on laundry day. It’s well designed for carrying laundry to the washing machine, whether in a home, apartment building, or college dorm. But that’s not all it’s good for…it also makes a great beach bag or everyday tote.school-years-frame

Display memories of your grad in a School Years Photo Collage Frame. Highlight important moments throughout your graduate’s school years in one frame. Has 12 openings for 2″ x 3″ pictures, as well as an opening in the center for a 4″ x 6″ picture. 2015-throw

A treasured keepsake for any graduate! Our woven jacquard Graduation Throw is perfect for those nights in the dorm room when it starts to get chilly! It’ll keep any graduate cozy in the dorm, overseas or in apartment far away to give them some comfort from home.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for Mother’s Day Gifts

The countdown to Mother’s Day has begun! You have plenty of time to come up with thoughtful ideas to spend the day and pick out the perfect present to please your mom — if you start now! We have a few ideas of our own to get you inspired. Here’s this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for Mother’s Day Gifts.sunflower-bird-house

Gardenista For the mom who loves her garden and all the critters that come with it, she’ll be able to welcome feathered friends with this Sunflower Birdhouse. The metal flower has glorious yellow petals that draw the eye and adorable birds to add a little more life and beauty to her yard. The opening to the birdhouse is in the center, complete with a perch for all her feathered friends.sport-mom-tote

Soccer Mom A soccer mom (or basketball mom or football mom) can never have too much room in her bag for the next big game! She can pack up everything she needs for every sporting event with the Sports Mom Organizing Utility Tote. The spacious, open interior lets you prepare for sporting events, the pool, grandma’s house and more. There are 2 patch pockets on the front for drinks and water bottles, and each of the sides has an elasticized mesh pocket for extra storage. The front has an embroidered design with your sport of choice. Double shoulder straps for easy toting.wooden-baskets

Entertaining Mom Give mom the gift of a little country with a Set of 2 Lined Wood Baskets. The stylish baskets have cutout stars along the front and back, revealing more of the red-checkered fabric lining. Each basket has 2 leather handles for easy carrying from the kitchen to the table. Get these for Mother’s Day and she’ll be all set for her Memorial Day cookout! handprint-wall-art

Sentimental Mom Delight mom with a sentimental gift she’ll cherish through the years! All you need to do is add handprints to this Framed Handprint Wall Art with your own paint. Personalize the potted plant in Mom’s Garden of Love with her kids’ handprints to create a wall hanging that will be admired well after the kids go off to college. The finished art is protected under plastic in its wooden frame. Comes ready to hang.prayer-box-charm-necklaces

Faithful Mom Prayer Box Charm Necklace makes a wonderful gift for a mom of faith. It features a prayer inside the pendant and comes with a prayer card inscribed with the same words that can be carried in a wallet. You can choose from a prayer for a mother or daughter, the Lord’s Prayer, or the Serenity Prayer.

The Lakeside Collection has gifts and ideas for every holiday and season. From trinkets for mom on Mother’s Day to kitchen gadgets to put together a fall party, shop The Lakeside Collection for great products at the best deals.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it is time to express your love for the special people in your life. The Lakeside Collection has plenty of gift ideas if you are not sure of just what to get. Personalize a photo frame just for them, or a piece of jewelry they can wear every day. A whimsical mug might make them laugh, or read up on new ideas on how to be romantic. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.

Display a cherished moment in a special way with this Personalized Holiday Photo Frame.

Display a cherished moment in a special way with this Personalized Holiday Photo Frame.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

This Love Pendant Gift-Boxed Set is the perfect way to show someone how special they are to you.

The colorful and fun design of the Whimsical Mason Jar Mug adds a festive touch to any day spent with the girls.

The colorful and fun design of the Whimsical Mason Jar Mug adds a festive touch to any day spent with the girls.

Transform your relationship into a vibrant, exciting love affair with 1001 Ways To Be Romantic.

Transform your relationship into a vibrant, exciting love affair with 1001 Ways To Be Romantic.