Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

This week, Lakeside is getting into the holiday spirit a little early with our favorite items. Kids love to give gifts for the holidays as much as anyone, but they can’t just hop in the car and pick out the perfect gift at the local mall. Helping children make gifts teaches them about the joys of giving as well as receiving. This year, give them the tools they need to make their own thoughtful gifts for friends and family. By starting now, kids can make something for everyone on their gift lists by Christmas.

Fabric-by-number

Even young children can make beautiful presents with these plush craft fabric by numbers kit. With no sharp needles or scissors involved, a child can create a colorful design in pre-cut fabric on a stuffed plush pillow. Each kit contains everything needed to make a beautiful butterfly or a whimsical frog prince. It’s also a great craft project for parents because it involves no messy glues, paints or glitter to clean up after the craft is complete. The kits are designed for children ages 4 and up, so even pre-schoolers can enjoy the fun of making gifts for others. Your child’s friends will appreciate these colorful cushions as decorative accessories and as thoughtful presents.
Cord-bracelet-kit

For older kids who love to create, the BFF Chunky Cord Bracelet Kit lets them weave colorful accessories for everyone on the gift list. Each kit comes with enough thread for 6 bracelets and the weaving frames work equally well with threads you’ll find in any craft store. Easy-to-follow instructions and foam weaving forms let your child design and make bracelets, necklaces and hair ornaments. The kit contains a foam pattern wheel and colorful thread.

Garden-kit

Kids who like to help in the yard will be charmed with these Fairy or Gnome Garden Kits that let them create an enchanted garden for someone special. You supply the container and a few low-growing plants; the kit provides accessories such as a tiny watering can, birdbath and garden arch to create a whimsical tableau. Designed for older kids who have the patience to get the garden started, the kits are designed for indoor or outdoor display. The sets are perfect for a kitchen windowsill garden filled with herbs or for a miniature flower bed.

Handprint-ornament-set

Even the youngest children can participate in holiday giving when you offer a little help. Let toddlers lend a hand with these sweet Handprint Ornament Sets that turn your child’s unique print into a cherished holiday heirloom. Apply the non-toxic white paint, let the child grasp the base of the ornament and finish the design with hand-painted details you add yourself. Each kit contains a red or green ornament, white ribbon for hanging, white paint, a wedge-shaped sponge, a black permanent marker for details and orange wax for adding carrot noses to your snowmen. Young kids love helping, and with this kit, they get a chance to leave a lasting impression without making a mess. Older kids can get in on the fun too by drawing in the details or adding hand-painted stars with the leftover white paint.

Give your children an early holiday present with these or any of Lakeside’s other creative art and craft kits, and you give them the fun of making something special for friends and family. It’s never too early to teach kids about the joy of giving!

Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

Now that November is here, it’s sweater weather for everyone, including your beloved pets. When you’re chilly, you can pull on a pair of favorite socks or adjust the thermostat, but your pets have to rely on their own fur and feathers to stay warm. This week, we’re taking a look at ways you can pamper your pooch and coddle your kitty with a holiday-friendly twist.

Pet-cave

As anyone who has ever enjoyed sharing a blanket with a pet can tell you, cats and dogs gravitate to enclosed areas. They like to feel protected on all sides, a habit left over from the wild when they looked for hollow logs or small caves to use as dens. Dragging a hollow log into your home isn’t really practical, but this adorable Santa’s Hat Pet Cave gives dogs or cats the protected nest they crave with a little holiday whimsy for you. For cats, the Santa’s hat bed is even more fun; the pom-pom attachment makes an irresistible toy for playful kittens. The red velveteen fabric readily sheds pet hair while the fleecy base has extra cushioning to keep your pet cozy on chilly winter nights. This Santa-themed pet bed is cute enough to be a decoration all by itself, but with your pet’s sweet, furry face at the opening, it’s too adorable to miss.

Pet-sweater-set

Even with a fur coat, pets sometimes need an extra layer or two to stay warm. When it’s snowy outside, keep your pet cozy on walks with this merry striped hat and sweater set. Ideal for short-haired and medium-haired dogs, the machine-washable set has a soft fleece lining and stripes of red, green and white. The matching hat has a sweet pom-pom top and a comfortable elastic strap to hold it secure and protect delicate ears from chilly weather. Long-wearing acrylic is dye-fast and water resistant to help keep your pup comfortable even when sleet or snow is falling. Make walks more fun for you and your pet with extra protection from the cold. Available in small, medium and large, it also fits cats, although not all of them will be as fond of hats as the Dr. Seuss character.

Stuffing-free-dog-toys

Pets don’t always pay much attention to the holidays unless they’re smelling a turkey in the oven or attempting to sneak treats during parties, but they always appreciate new toys. This Christmas, give your pet this set of Stuffing-Free Dog Toys and enjoy playtime without the worry of sending stuffing bits flying. In Santa, reindeer and snowman themes, the toys have squeaky inserts in the tops and feet, giving your dog another reason to love these colorful characters. Each polyester fabric toy has a fleecy exterior that’s easy for you to clean and is appealing for dogs to chew. The only stuffing you want your guests to see is the kind that goes with the turkey, so choose these un-stuffed fabric toys for your pet’s Christmas celebration.

Even if you don’t have pets, you’ll warm the hearts of people who do when you think of their furry friends this holiday season. Everything in this week’s collection also makes a fantastic gift, so surprise someone with a little something for the family pet.

Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

This week, we want to help you make a name for yourself! With personalized items from the Lakeside Collection, you can show pride of place, define a personal space or make a customized statement. Fly your family flag proudly or give a child something special to help personalize a room or dorm. By ordering early, your personalized items will arrive in time for the holidays, so choose a customized gift today and surprise someone with a completely unique Christmas present.

Personalized-flagIvory and gold details on a black background make this personalized scroll flag an elegant addition to any foyer, front porch or flag pole. The polyester flag and its custom text are sturdy enough for outside use yet sumptuous enough to display in your home. Bright poppy accents highlight your name or monogram in the center of the flag, which is a generous 37 inches long and 27 inches wide. When hung outdoors, the flag is a stylish way to let neighbors get to know you, help friends find your home or show family pride. Inside, it’s a beautiful decorative accent for an entryway, rec room or den.

Personalized-necklace

Sometimes, the most meaningful statements you can make aren’t written in large letters but carried close to your heart. One of our weekly favorites is this personalized family pendant inscribed with the names of children, grand-kids or someone else special lets you carry a sweet reminder of your loved ones wherever you go. Choose brilliant gold tones, sleek stainless steel or fashionable black for this stylish ring-shaped pendant adorned with fiery cubic zirconium gems. With room for up to five names, each pendant is a beautiful reminder of the love that’s always with you. These personalized pendants also make beautiful gifts and come with an 18-inch chain in an elegant gift box.

Personalized-children-plaque
Kids love personalizing everything. From their sneakers to their notebooks, they take pride in ownership. Give them a custom personalized wall plaque and let them tell the world whose bedroom or playroom it is. The cute, colorful designs complement any decor and taste, so choose a look that suits your child for an even more kid-pleasing gift. Sweet ballet slippers, quilted pastels, sports themes, contemporary designs and floral patterns give you plenty of options no matter what your kids enjoy. Each plaque has room for up to 10 characters in fonts and cheerful colors that coordinate with the plaques for a designer look. The sturdy wooden plaques work beautifully in a nursery or toddler’s room too. Let your little one practice reading his or her own name with a customized plaque.

Check out the full range of our personalized items and order early to have custom gifts ready in time for the holiday season. Our personalized plaques, flags and art prints are non-returnable once printed, but you’ll have plenty of time to double-check the name or message to make sure it’s correct. You might not see your name in lights on Broadway, but with personalized items from Lakeside, you can make a name for yourself anytime you like.

Lakeside Collection: Our Weekly Favorites

Winter may not have put in an appearance yet, but with autumn comes a certain crispness to the air that means colder weather isn’t far behind for most of us. This week, we’re looking at ways to stay toasty on cool fall afternoons. Autumn’s brisk weather feels wonderful after summer’s sultry heat, but as days shorten and nights grow nippy, it’s even better to come inside and enjoy the warmth of home. Create your own cozy atmosphere with a few of our favorite things this week from Lakeside. Whether it’s a blustery October day or deep into November’s chill, you’ll love wrapping yourself in warmth.

Cozy-Throw-Socks
Don’t wait until the holidays to enjoy feeling enveloped in comfort. Treat yourself or someone special to one of these cozy throw and socks tote sets and take the chill off after a day outside. Available in four stylish colors, the sets include a pair of non-slip socks in festive stripes, a wonderfully soft coordinating throw and a reusable canvas tote bag to keep everything together. Spandex and polyester blend fibers make the socks wonderfully soft and stretchy enough to fit most sizes. The rich hues of the plush poly throw complement any decor, and the matching tote looks as crisp as fall apples. Choose a set in warm chocolate, cozy burgundy, fresh blue or toasty beige. If you’re buying as a gift, pick out a set for yourself; you’ll want to bundle up too!

Insulated-Curtains
Piling on blankets is one way to stay warm, but you can keep your whole house more comfortable while lowering energy bills with the right window treatments. These insulated suede curtains have the luxurious look of suede and put another layer between autumn’s chill and your cozy bedroom or den. Open them during the day to let the sunlight pour in, then close them at night to eliminate drafts from loose window frames. The thermal backing on each set of curtains can also help your home stay cooler on those unseasonably hot days. Because they’re lined, these stylish tab-topped window treatments act as blackout curtains too. Your bedroom will be more restful when you block out unwanted light and sounds from outside.

Fragrance-Chips-Warmer

Warmth is more than a physical attribute; it’s also an emotion. When you think of a warm greeting or a warm smile, you aren’t talking about the temperature. Create a warm, welcoming environment in your home by appealing to different senses. Cuddling up under a fleece throw feels good, but when your home holds the scent of spiced apples, oatmeal cookies or other cozy fragrances, you’ll feel warm in every way. We love this ceramic warmer and simmering fragrance chips to evoke a warm, cheerful mood in any room of the home. The set has no open flame and plugs into any outlet to warm fragrance chips, wax tarts or jar candles without producing smoke or soot. We also like the warmer’s flat plate for its versatility; it works with the attractive clear glass jar that comes with it or with your own favorite scented candles.

Get cozy with Lakeside this week, and you’ll enjoy fall’s cloudless skies and brisk nights even more.