Posts Tagged ‘holiday gift guide’

How to Gift Wrap your Holiday Gift

December 21st, 2012 No comments

Gift-wrapping always triggers a tension between my arts & craftsy skills, and vivid memories of once small kids tearing through carefully wrapped presents like rabid wolverines.

Slowing them down became a bit of a past time.  Starting with rolls of Penny Saver end roll paper (really, why buy fancy paper for them?), the best trick was gluing favorite wrapped candies to the paper (needed to remove them first), pulling the old box-within-a-box trick, and lots of double knotted ribbons.

But for special gifts, it is fun to get creative.  Origami boxes are always good – and crazy simply to make.  (For big items, find any nice paper that you can cut into a square; make two for the top and bottom.) Nice packaging is an appropriate showcase for the thought and time invested in homemade gifts.  It doesn’t take a lot – plain paper, brown kraft paper, or white end rolls (call Penny Saver in Yorktown to see if they have them available) or fabrics (think cloth napkins). You can cut out shapes, and use markers, sprigs of pine or dried herbs, along with contrasting ribbon.
To get ideas:
  • If you’re in the library, head to Dewey # 745.54 – that’s where we’ve cataloged books on gift wrapping, making homemade cards, and other paper crafts.
  • Do a Google search and look at the image results.  It’s always amazing to me just how specific you can be; for example “gift wrap ideas for large gifts” or “wrapping food gifts”.
  • Go directly to the online photo sharing virtual bulletin board Pinterest for a quick visual feats.
  • And then there’s always Martha.

Happy Holidays!

— Elena Falcone, Director, Office of Community Connections


Crazy & Cool Gadget Gifts

December 13th, 2012 No comments

Tablet computer floor stand

And the “Why Didn’t We Think of That?” award goes to adjustable floor stands that hold iPads, e-readers and other tablet computers hands-free. Set it up anywhere – near the couch, beside the bed, in the kitchen for reading recipes – and this clever device will hold its own. Available at Sharper Image.



Practical gadgets: iPlunge

This looks like a gimmicky joke, but it’s actually a supremely practical way to accomplish something we all sometimes need to do – prop up our smartphones. This extremely affordable (and utterly inventive) thingamajig goes under the heading – “the gift for someone who has everything.” It makes a great stocking stuffer! Available at Amazon.


– Kate Meyer, Director of External Relations


Delicious Gift Baskets from Dylan’s

December 11th, 2012 No comments

One of my favorite places to shop for the holidays is Dylan’s Wine Cellar in Peekskill. For those who know me well, you know that I am not a fan of clutter – so I try to give gifts that are easily consumable. Gift baskets prepared by Dylan’s are just that – food and beverages that are always welcome and easy!

A gift basket that I bought at Dylan’s for some lucky person in Westchester even comes with a book of drink recipes! You can shop online for gift baskets or visit the store in person at 50 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill, NY. The store’s phone number is (914) 930-8003.

Terry Kirchner, Executive Director