Stocking Themes


english-jack-russell-terrier-0010Moondanz, my 11-year-old Jack Russell terrier, is a lover if ever there was one. She’s a food scarfer, too – but she absolutely loves being held and petted, so much so that if you’re petting her and you stop, she nudges you to start again until you do.

For being such a dog person (we have six in our family, across three households), I sure seem to have a lot of non-dog people in my life. It’s always baffled me just a bit how anyone can live completely alone, without even a pet goldfish or parakeet to talk to. But having a dog – or even a cat – to come home to is a whole different experience. Dogs wait patiently for you to arrive, only to lavish you with love and attention, and with those actions boost your happiness level, which in turn boosts your wellness level.

Come on – even the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports the health benefits of pet ownership:

Pets can decrease your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Triglyceride levels
  • Feelings of loneliness

Pets can increase your:

  • Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
  • Opportunities for socialization

Many groups support the health benefits of pet ownership. You can learn more about the health benefits of pets and how to keep your pets healthy by visiting the following sites.

What they don’t say overtly is that a bunch of that benefit is derived from touching and petting your four-legged companion.

Somewhere along the line, we adult humans have lost our way when it comes to the importance of touch in our lives. Think about how often you hug or touch another person. Chances are good that you touch your dog more – and while, as we’ve mentioned, that’s a beneficial thing – touching a person is even more rewarding.

An article on Unilever details the human need for touch this way:

There is no better way to demonstrate the importance of touch than by examining what happens when we are deprived of it. Most of us have experienced the sensation of touch deprivation at some point – the need to feel the benefits of touch.   But touch deprivation can also have more serious consequences.

In the 19th century, infants in their first year of life commonly died from a disease called Marasmus, a Greek word for “wasting away.” Doctors later discovered that this disease was caused by a lack of touch: babies not touched on a regular basis would literally starve themselves to death.

An amazing study completed in the 20th century by touch researcher Ashley Montagu found that children deprived of loving touch suffer the consequences in their bones – small lines of retarded growth, known as Harris lines, appear at the ends of the tibia and the radius.

And the need for touch doesn’t diminish as we age. In fact, research on adults has proven that touch is essential for physical and emotional well-being: regular touch can lengthen life and cut down on doctor’s visits. Touch provides solace, safety, tenderness and soothing.

They go on to explore the four most prevalent areas where touch plays a key role:

Biological – Studies on infants and children link touch very directly to healthy physical development.   And in people of all ages, touch reduces stress, releases seratonin and oxytocins and reduces cortisone levels in the body.

[A friend and former client of mine, Kelly Damron, eloquently illustrated the importance of touch therapy for premature infants in her book, Tiny Toes: A Couple’s Journey Through Infertility, Prematurity, and Depression. She described that the highlight of her days during her twin daughters’ stay in the NICU was when it came time for “kangaroo care,” a way of holding a preterm infants that creates skin-to-skin contact between the infant and the person holding him or her. The baby, wearing only a diaper, is held against the parent’s bare chest. Kangaroo care for preterm infants is typically practiced for two to three hours per day over an extended time period.

Kangaroo care was so named because the method is similar to the way a kangaroo is carried by its mother. Researchers have found that the close physical contact with the parent can help to stabilize the preterm infant’s heartbeat, temperature, and breathing. Further, researchers have found that preterm infants who experience kangaroo care have longer periods of sleep, gain more weight, cry less, have longer periods of alertness, and are discharged earlier.]

Communicative – There is perhaps no more effective way to communicate than through touch – in fact, touch produces a series of neural, glandular, muscular and mental changes that we interpret as emotion.

Psychological – Touch provides reassurance and comfort and aids in the development of self-identity and self-esteem.

Social – Research has linked the quality of touch experiences to competence in interpersonal relationships. The ability to trust others, and understand the needs of others, is directly related to touching.

Touch-Centered Gift Ideas

If you’re struggling for a Christmas stocking theme, why not offer the gift of touch? There are tons of options in this arena, but here are just a few to get you started. You can certainly spend a lot of money on these kinds of gifts … or you can take the opportunity to create a new intimacy by performing these touch acts yourself.

Massage – One of the most relaxing ways to destress and unwind, massage offers the recipient the chance to release all the thoughts of the day and be fully pampered. There are many methods of massage and every practitioner has their own specializations. If you’re giving massage as a gift, though, why not offer to do it yourself? Create a quiet opportunity to cherish your loved one, further your touch (but not necessarily sexual) relationship with them, and give of yourself.

Haircut – Who doesn’t feel better after getting a new ‘do? One of the nicest aspects of getting a salon cut is the washing that comes with it. But here’s another opportunity for you to treat your loved one! Draw by hand or on your computer a certificate good for one personal hair-washing. Towel or blowdry afterward and then brush out their tresses. They will feel pampered, and you will feel closer.

Manicure – OK, this one may better be left to the pros … but if you’re open-minded, you may be able to create a manicure day at home. Ladies, perhaps this is something you can think about for your daughters or girlfriends. One of the nicest parts of a manicure is the hand massage, truly a delightful treat.

Spa Day – Package all of the above together into a Spa Day. If you’re really in that giving, intimacy-creating space, see if you can create something like this at home for your loved one. Pack the kids off to Grandma’s or their best friend’s house for the day and take the time to touch your partner in a loving way that doesn’t necessarily lead to sex. Your relationship will be vastly enhanced for your effort.

hug-certificateHugs – Yup. Plain, old-fashined wrap-your-arms-around-’em hugs. Make this a gift by creating a little book of certificates your loved one can redeem at will. I’ve heard that we each need seven hugs a day to stay healthy. Here’s a perfect way to up your hug ratio.

Reiki – Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Find a provider in your area and give a gift certificate.

Rolfing Rolfing® Structural Integration is a hands-on manipulation developed by Ida P. Rolf 50 years ago. It works on the connective tissue to release, realign and balance the whole body. Rolfing enhances your posture and freedom of movement. It can resolve pain and discomfort from many different causes, including back pain, repetitive motion injury, trauma, and aging. Find a provider in your area and give a gift certificate.

Chiropractic – Chiropractic emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, with the understanding that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system. The main treatment involves manual therapy and manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissue. Treatment also often includes exercise and health and lifestyle couseling. Like massage, there are many different forms of chiropractic. Find a provider in your area and give a gift certificate.

Acupuncture – Acupuncture is a component of  Chinese medicine that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi – pronounced “chee”) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin.

The thing about the touch therapies mentioned above is that they are not simply reserved for healing, but actually can be very beneficial in maintaining health and preventing illness. The gift of touch. Give it to others and the beneifts will undoubtedly come back to you.

the-five-sensesThe dictionary defines “sense”  as any of the faculties (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) by which the mind receives and perceives information about the external world or the state of the body. Each of us tends to favor one sense over the others when it comes to calming effects, stimulating creativity, and simply enhancing the enjoyment of life.

Here are some ideas for creating a stocking that appeals to all five senses.

One is this great book called Crave the Feast of the Five Senses by Ludo Lefebvre.

Sight

iPod touch – Millions of songs. Thousands of movies. Hundreds of games.

Digital camera with YouTube capture mode allows you to shoot video for easy online sharing

Kaleidoscope – All these kaleidoscopes are hand-crafted in the U.S.

Sound

Noise-canceling headphones

Nature sounds – Create your own CDs or MP3 playlists with royalty-free music and sound-effects from this site

Wind chimes

Smell

Scented candles

Fragrance diffusers

Rain-forest friendly coffee beans – appeal to both taste and smell

Incense and essential oils

Taste

Personalized M&M candies

Flavored popcorn

Royal Riviera Pears

Jelly-Belly jelly beans

Touch

Miniature Zen rock garden

The traditional scarf/mittens combo

Even more traditional slippers

Massage items

Soaps and scrubs

Hand-held showerhead

Plush toys

Once upon a tiwoodsmanme, a lovely maiden had an extra basket lying around the house, just collecting dust from sitting on her dirt floor. She also happened to have a stockpile of extra spices, fruit, dried venison, and other sundries. “What can I do with all these excess foodstuffs?” she wondered to herself. “And what about this basket that keeps tripping me up every day as I head out to milk the goats?”

One day, a handsome, strapping stranger came to town and proceeded to build a home just o’er the hill and across the stream. “I must welcome the  virile newcomer to town before witchy Esmerelda gets her claws on him,” the maiden thought aloud. “I wonder what I can take over to him as a welcome gift, as my baking is atrocious – not even the goats will eat my biscuits,” she muttered as she again tripped over that blasted basket. Ahhh…the basket!

And that is how gift baskets were born.

No – not really. Well, maybe!? In my thorough 5-minute search, I unearthed absolutely no information on the history of gift baskets … so voila … I fabricated a plausible explanation of my very own.

Gift baskets have come a long way since our merry maiden’s time. Gift basket services litter the Web now, and you can spend into the hundreds of dollars on a single basket.

One innovative holiday spin on the gift basket idea is creating themes for your Christmas stockings! Rather than fill your loved ones’ stockings with random goodies, you can single in on a particular passion, and fill the stocking with items that all relate to that pursuit.

Here’s my tiny stab at the no-doubt endless ideas for stocking themes:

  • gardening
  • wine
  • movies
  • foodies/gourmet cooks
  • handyman
  • high-tech
  • swimming
  • golf
  • baseball
  • tennis
  • sports fans
  • college alumni
  • metaphysical
  • religious/spiritual
  • music
  • dogs/cats/horses/animals
  • travel
  • letter writing
  • journaling
  • teaching
  • nature
  • bird watching
  • exercise
  • patriotic
  • ethnic
  • political

In case you’re still not convinced a themed stocking is a good idea, here are a few reasons to consider it:

  1. A themed stocking will save you time, because you can probably find all the “stuffers” in a single location, preventing the need to drive from store to store.
  2. Themed stockings can be made in a variety of sizes and price ranges, so they flex to fit your budget.
  3. A themed stocking will demonstrate to your loved one how much you care, because you personalized their gift.
  4. A themed stocking makes a great present for that difficult-to-buy-for person who has everything.
  5. You don’t have to wait till Christmas to give one – a themed stocking works for any occasion, year-round.
  6. Let’s face it – they’re fun to make!

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Typical traits …

Friendly and humanitarian
Honest and loyal
Original and inventive
Independent and intellectual

On the dark side …

Intractable and contrary
Perverse and unpredictable
Unemotional and detached

Aquarius is a fixed air sign. Gifts that correspond with “fixed air” will do the job if you want to seduce, attract, or show your Aquarius how much you value him/her.

The generally individualistic Aquarius is associated with all things future-oriented, including science, technology, and radical political change. (Hmmmm … I wonder if they’re throwing a collective party right now?) They often pursue an eclectic mix of quirky hobbies and interests, both physical and intellectual.

Aquarius Hobbies

  • Activism
  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Collecting unusual things
  • Computer programming
  • Coffee shop conversations
  • Gadgets
  • Humanitarian or volunteer work
  • Intellectual and political debates
  • Inventing (new ways of doing) thingsaquarius
  • Paranormal/occult studies
  • Reading
  • Sci-fi/fantasy movies
  • Science
  • Skiing and other snow sports
  • Socializing
  • Surfing the Web
  • Traveling
  • Video games

Aquarius Colors, Patterns, and Designs

Aquarius is generally associated with vibrant colors, like purple and electric blue,as well as shades of neon green and blue; it is also linked with geometric patterns and designs.

Although Uranus, Aquarius’ ruling planet, is associated with bright, splashy colors and patterns, Aquarians often prefer monochromatic clothing, usually basic shades of green, blue, or purple, though some eccentric Aquarians dress a bit oddly and may adopt very nontraditional style. Aquarians prefer themes that include space (e.g., planets, galaxies, stars) or suggest science, technology, and the future.

Aquarius Gemstones

Gemstones associated with Aquarius include aquamarine, garnet (January), and amethyst (February).

Aquarius Trees, Plants, Flowers, and Foods

Typical  Aquarius trees include pine, rowan, and ash. Plants and flowers include hemp, sorrel, moss, and pansies. Aquarius-associated foods include spinach, sorrel, and parsnip.

Aquarius Gifts

Because your Aquarian is likely to love hi-tech/electronic products, futuristic and innovative gadgets always make wonderful Aquarius gifts. Things like:

  • high-tech toys
  • high-tech watches and clocks
  • security systems
  • computerized/electronic home products
  • nifty outdoor gadgets
  • original and unexpected gifts

Even something as ordinary a mug for the car will be greatly appreciated if accompanied by a thoughtful little poem.

Gifts for the Aquarius Man

  • Glass items
  • Unusual figurines
  • Cool, trendy gadgets like iPods, iPhones, or Webcams
  • Robotic items
  • Shower radios
  • Sports watches
  • Digital cameras
  • Mini-table tennis set
  • Desk darts
  • Ice crushers
  • Puzzles and brain teasers
  • Trendy cuff links
  • Elegant clothing

Just keep in mind that it’s not the packaging that matters to an Aquarius man, but rather the time and effort you spend selecting a unique, innovative gift you know he will love.

Gifts for the Aquarius Woman

Female Aquarians love jewelery. With amethyst as their birthstone, you have an extensive variety of items  from which to choose, like pendants, rings, and earrings. Other ideas include:

  • The latest handbag and accessory fashions
  • Stylish shoes
  • Cosmetics and perfumes
  • Bath and spa products
  • Trendy tops and leather jackets
  • Greeting cards with witty notes

If you still haven’t seen the gifts that will please your Aquarian, click here for more ideas …

When’s the last time you were in a toy store – without your children and for no other reason than to go in and wander around? If you’ve never done it, I highly advise it! Take your partner or your best friend and just roam the aisles, checking out all the new gadgets, games, and technological wonders that today’s kids have at their disposal.

You can also take a stroll down memory lane. I’m dating myself with this post (good thing I don’t care who knows that I’m 41!), but it really seems like childhood was simpler when I was growing up. I’ll admit I went to Catholic school, but the biggest infractions any student ever committed when I was in school were chewing gum and saying “Shut up.” I’m serious! In high school, they ditched and drank and all the “normal” teenage stuff … but even then, it was pretty tame, compared to today.

What follows is a list of nostalgic stocking stuffer ideas that come purely from my own childhood memories.

JACKS – I loved playing jacks. There was something soothing about the rythmic quality of bouncing the ball and scooping up the little plastic or metal spikes. I would still play today, except that I care a bit more about my fingernails these days, and the constant rubbing across the floor or table surface causes the nails on my right hand to wear down at an odd angle.

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JUMP ROPE – What little girl didn’t jump rope at some time or other? Now I tend to think of jumping rope as more related to exercise than fun. As a kid, I never got to be anywhere near as good as the girls in this picture, but it was fun to recite the little rhymes:

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back
She asked her mother, mother, mother
For fifty cents, cents, cents
To see the elephant, elephant, elephant
Jump the fence, fence fence
They jumped so high, high, high
They touched the sky, sky, sky
And didn’t come back, back, back
Till the fourth of July, July, July

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CHINESE JUMP ROPE – An odd combination of jump rope and hop scotch, Chinese jump rope was, in my opinion, more fun than regular jump rope. Of course, the knowledge geek that I am, had to investigate where it got its name. According to a very sketchy source, the game has been traced back children who played it in 7th century China.

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barrel-of-monkeys1BARREL OF MONKEYS – Don’t you sometimes wonder about the things that take off? Hey, Joe. I have an idea for a new toy. Let’s stamp out some plastic monkeys, throw them in an equally cheap barrel-shaped plastic container, and call it a game. That sounds like a good idea, Stan. What will we call it?

Interesting side note: I have a friend whose e-mail address attaches to a domain name he has never, to my knowledge, actually used: barrelofmonkeys.net. Every time I come across the phrase “monkeys in a barrel” (not all that often, to be honest), I think of him.

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PASS THE PIGS – Apparently, this is the commercial version of a dice game called “Pig.” I admit, I never played this as a kid, but we did find a game at a yard sale when I was in my mid-20s, complete with instructions. Now, we bring it out once or twice a year as a break between cribbage matches at the holidays.

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PADDLE BALL – I will admit to a certain level of gawkiness as a child, perhaps lack of coordination. But who doesn’t trip and bounce down the stairs on her ass during lunch at the boys’ school in her uniform skirt? Seriously, I’m not really that big of a klutz – but I could never get the hang of paddle ball. I think the most consecutive bounces I ever achieved was maybe 11 or 12.

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YO-YO – Does anyone else think it’s amusing that one of the most famous cellists in the world has a name that many people still associate with a childhood toy? I was never much for the yo-yo, but the boys always knew they could impress girls by mastering yo-yo tricks.

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HULA-HOOP – Yes, this one is probably too big to fit into a stocking, unless it is one GIANT stocking, but it fits with our theme of childhood games and toys. I know after reading about the stair-bouncing incident, you’ll be shocked to hear this, but I was never much of a hula-hooper or baton twirler.

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HOP SCOTCH – Now here’s a game I loved! It was part balance and coordination – yes, I managed without killing myself – but there was also the skill of tossing your pebble just far enough that you landed on the proper square. Add to it the whole rainbow of chalk options, and you’ve got a game!

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PLASTIC STRAW BALLOONS – Wow! Talk about a blast from the past. I couldn’t find a picture of an inflated balloon, but does anyone remember these things? With a smell strong enough to get an elephant high, this stuff had to have been every kind of toxic! You squeezed out a little bit of goo from a metal tube, affixed it on the end of the small straw they provided, and blew yourself a magical, psychedelic balloon. Crikey – who on earth came up with this? But we loved them.

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SILLY PUTTY – I mentioned this one in my original post on stocking stuffer ideas. Not sure why Silly Putty remained one of the perennial stockings stuffers in our house, because you can’t really do all that much with it. We always thought pulling up newsprint (especially the color comics) was kind of cool … but in the days of low-smudge ink, that will be less likely today, I’m thinking.

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PICK-UP STICKS – Another one of those games that, if brought to the market today, would probably fail miserably. It’s a great game, though, that certainly requires concentration and dexterity. I remember seeing collector game sets, with polished oak sticks in a velvet-lined box, back at an arts and crafts store in New Jersey in the late 90s.

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TINKERTOYS – Somewhat on the stick theme, these classics were loads of fun for building, way more so than the ubiquitous Lincoln Logs, in my opinion.

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LEGOS – When it came to building, though, nothing topped Legos! I still love to give and receive the little kits as stocking stuffers. Far and away, my favorites are the castle and pirate kits. I think we wound up merging the two, having the dragons and horses do battle while the knights and pirates drank ale and watched the goings on with tacit interest.

If you have any knowledge of/affinity for New York City, you won’t want to miss this creative use of Legos!

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PLAY-DOH – Also somewhat related to the building theme, there’s the colorful and horrific smelling Play-Doh. It’s one of those scents that you’d recognize anywhere, and for me, every time, it takes me straight back to childhood. Never personally much got into this machine that squeezed out tubes of the Doh. Was more intrigued by blending the colors to come up with new hues.

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ETCH-A-SKETCH – Who can forget the magic of the Etch-a-Sketch? Some people (a) have too much time on their hands and (b) are amazing artists! To navigate those dials to create such detailed images … kind of takes your breath away. On a personal note, this is always my default gift for the annual Toys for Tots campaign.

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FRISBEE – Of course, there were basic staples like the Frisbee. In order to partake in the Frisbee sport, however, a certain amount of coordination is necessary. I don’t think I ever noticed before how many of these toys require coordination!

Recently attended the Fiesta Bowl Parade here in Phoenix. At one juncture, toward the end of the parade, they had a gaggle of people tossing Frisbees to the crowd with some bank’s logo on them. One gal, though, was walking up to people and handing them the plastic discs. You had to wonder if she was Frisbee-challenged…

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NERF FOOTBALL – I have a confession to make. While we had a couple in the house during my childhood, I never learned how to throw a football. When I throw one, it flips and turns, end over end. No nifty spirals like even an average 9-year-0ld on a playground seems to be able to manage. Ah, well. There’s still time.

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SLINKY – Also mentioned in the original post on Stocking Stuffer Ideas was the ever-popular Slinky. One question: WHY? They have even less functionality than Silly Putty. Sure they can “walk” down a set of stairs, but they sure can’t walk back up. Oh, well, who can argue with pop icons? Would you believe there are still nearly 4 million Slinkies sold every year?

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STRETCH HULK – One of the stranger gifts we ever got was a Stretch Hulk when we were in the 3rd or 4th grade. I can’t even imagine my dad’s thought process behind that one. Really. He’s in the store. He knows he has two daughters. He knows less than nothing about what’s popular on TV or the latest fad impressing the kids. So he picks the Stretch Hulk as a Christmas present.

Actually, it belonged to my sister, but we both played with it … whatever that meant. She had a friend who was something of a dingbat who wanted to know what was in it to make it stretch. We neither knew, nor cared, but Erica was determined to find out. She she kept poking it with a ballpoint pen until she broke through the green “skin.” I remember it being a blue, sticky, oozy substance. I also remember being really ticked because she broke our Stretch Hulk.

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LIGHT  BRIGHT – Easily the most technologically advanved of all the toys and games of my childhood, Light Bright is another one of those things you just look at now, in hindsight, and wonder, “Why?” We loved it, though. And I imagine it might still hold a certain amount of fascination for small kids.

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UPDATE – 8 January 2009, 1115 p.m.

Today was my mom’s 80th birthday, and I had the chance to talk about this post with my sister over dinner. She explained the Stretch Hulk mystery – she asked for it! She also reminded me of a couple other games we  had that fit the “stroll down memory lane” theme.

TIDDLY WINKS – OK, I have to admit I don’t have much of a memory about Tiddly Winks, but maybe it’s because my sister says she was the queen of the game. If she won all the time, it’d make sense that I’d forget about it, wouldn’t it?

But it must have made some sort of impression, because I used to use it often as a toss-off line at networking functions when we’d do “dancecards.” This is where everyone puts their business card in a bowl and draws one other person’s card, giving each individual two pairings. The idea is that each couple get together sometime before the next meeting, for breakfast, coffee, lunch, drinks, dinner, a phone call … or to play Tiddly Winks … so they can get to know each other better.

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BATTLESHIP – Wow, have they upgraded this one. Gone all electronic and everything. I think I might prefer to watch paint dry now, but when we were kids, this was a pretty exciting game. Check out the name of the link where I found this picture: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-board-games-we-secretly-hate.php.

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PERFECTION – I can’t believe I missed this one earlier. This was the game to end all games! I loved racing the timer to beat the trigger that caused all the little plastic shapes to loudly explode across the table/floor. Not sure how I’d like it today … but I think it fed my need for detail and precision, even back when I was a  kid.

I had breakfast this morning with an old friend who’s a well-respected sales trainer. It’s a tradition we have of getting together at the holidays, particularly if it’s  been a long time since we’ve connected. We always swap information, some business-related, some just applicable to life in general. Today my friend, who happens to be a redhead, told me about a great Web site she came across called JustForRedheads.com. Their tagline is: “Finally, beauty products designed just for redheads, by a redhead®.”

I thought back to the various redheads I’ve had in my life over the years and realized it’s probably a great marketing niche for hair products, cosmetics, and the like.

She also told me about a site that her husband had learned of, related to narrow shoes. Apparently they can be pretty hard to come by. I did a little research and came across two good sites for people in search of narrow shoes:
Site One

Site Two

Learning about those specialty sites, of course, got me thinking about what a great gift-giving (and stocking-stuffer) idea it would be to focus on gifts centered around the things that make a person unique. Generally speaking, we’re really good at hobby-related stuff (golfers, musicians, casinogoers, movie buffs, gourmet chefs, dog owners, etc.), but how often do we think to go after gifts that can actually make someone’s life easier?

Here are a few other similar (in my opinion) kinds of needs and sites to accommodate them:

Nursing Moms

Nursing Mother Supplies claims to be one of the premiere, boutique providers of breast-feeding supplies in the United States.

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Short People

This page lists Web sites that sell, list or discuss products for short people.

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People in 12-Step Programs

AA and recovery gifts; AA Big Book, 12-step books; medallions; drug-addiction books, AA merchandise.

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Vegans and Vegetarians

Find cruelty-free & eco-friendly vegan gifts plus everyday vegetarian grocery for your family, friends, and yourself!

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Vision Impaired and Hearing Impaired

The catalogue of products for the visually impaired and hard of hearing.

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Left-Handed People
Site One

Site Two

Interestingly, the two top sites for left-handed products both originate in the UK. Do they  have more lefties than the US?