Helpful Tips To Start Your Holiday Shopping Season

Starting your holiday shopping can seem like a daunting task at the beginning of the season. We have new people to shop for, new ages to shop for, and new trends to keep in mind to please everyone on our list. It’s pretty common to feel like we have to start our holiday shopping season from scratch every year. Discover a few tips to help you start Christmas shopping and give great gifts this year with our weekly articles from LTD.

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How to Shop Online for Clothes for Holiday Gifts
Clothes are some of the most difficult things to shop for on most of our Christmas lists. Getting the right size and trying to pin down everyone’s fashion preferences seems like enough of a hassle to keep us out of the online clothing racks. If you are stressed about finding clothing online, check out this quick guide to buying clothes as holiday gifts so you can start crossing names off your Christmas list before Thanksgiving begins.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Aspiring Athletes
Finding the perfect gift for your little athlete might turn out to be a little harder than you expected. You might be hesitating because you’re overwhelmed by all the different types of sports gear, trying to figure out which sport to focus on for the kid who likes everything or trying to find a substitute for the overpriced sports gift that is just out of your budget. Solve your final Christmas crisis with these holiday gift ideas for aspiring athletes.

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Host and Hostess Gift Ideas
Holiday parties are an exciting part of the winter months, but if you’ve ever tried to put one together yourself, then you know that throwing them can be a lot of work. Every host and hostess should be properly thanked for putting together an amazing party, preparing that delicious holiday feast or just for inviting people to their homes. Here are five great gift ideas to help you prepare for the holiday parties you’ll be attending this year.

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Little Christmas Accents That Make A Big Difference

Christmas decorators know that the tree is essential, that untangling the string lights will be worth the hassle and that the fireplace is a great place to draw the eye with festive decor. But even when you have all of your big pieces in place, your home might not feel like it’s been completely transformed for the holiday season. If you’re looking for that finishing touch, you’ve come to the right place. It’s not always about the big pieces. It’s about the little Christmas accents that can tie rooms together or add the perfect dash of holiday to any area. Luckily, Lakeside has a wide variety of small finishing touches for your home that will make a major impact.

Adorable Shelf Sitters

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Holiday Button-Leg Shelf Sitters
Add a little extra decoration to your home with these cute sitters. Each friendly character is dressed head to toe in holiday attire with fun accents, including unique legs made of buttons. Filled with sand for sturdiness.
Holiday Elf Collection
The delightful elves in this collection are ready to spread holiday cheer throughout your home. Each lighted shelf sitter holds a color-changing item and is weighted with sand to keep it in place on your mantel or shelf.
Plush Holiday Shelf Sitters
Add an adorable accent to your home this season with one of these festive sitters. The classic character is a fun way to celebrate winter in any room. Weighted with sand to sit upright on a shelf with both legs dangling.

Festive Figurines

Bring a little holiday cheer to any flat surface with our festive figurines.
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Holiday Lighted Figures
These lighted figures add a colorful, nature-inspired theme to your Christmas decorations. The base of each figure lights up with a magical color, revealing a starry night sky with woodland silhouettes for a wintery feel.
Inspirational Angels
Give this angel to someone special to let them know just how important they are. Each angel statue features a sentimental message on its neutral-colored base. It’s a cute, easy way to accent any desk, shelf or mantel.
Set of 3 Snowball Figurines
These decorative figurines are a delightful addition to your seasonal decor. Each snowball is decorated with a sentimental phrase that’s perfect for the holiday. Place them together or separately to spread some cheer.

Christmas By Candlelight

Find the perfect Christmas glow for any room in the house.
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Set of 6 Reindeer Tea Light Holders
Create an adorable holiday display with these tea light holders. Each metal reindeer has a spot on its back to hold your own tea light or LED tea light candle. Keep the herd together or split them up around the house.
Lighted Snowy Candle Lantern
This candle lantern is destined to become your favorite winter decoration. It features faux candles inside that brighten with white light. Interior is filled with glittery liquid that moves around like a snow globe when it’s on.
Holiday LED Candles
This flameless LED bulb flickers like the real thing, giving the wax candle a warm glow. It’s wrapped with a Christmas scene that will look perfect on a mantel or as part of your holiday centerpiece in the dining room.

Holiday Recipe Ideas for National Chocolate Day

It’s pretty easy to find an excuse to enjoy our favorite chocolate treat. How easy? Well, National Chocolate Day is on Friday, October 28th. That easy. There’s no better time to try out a new chocolate recipe. Leave the Halloween candy to the kids and bake one of these amazing chocolate recipes for yourself right now.

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Charming Chocolate Fudge
You know it’s holiday season when you start craving chocolate fudge. While there’s really no reason why a delicious creation like fudge has to be held ransom by a specific part of the calendar, the holidays are close enough. This chocolate fudge recipe simplifies the process and provides helpful additional tips for cleanup.


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Rich Chocolate Cookies
The chocolate chip cookie is king. The sugar cookies sneak onto the throne during the holidays. Something as simple as the chocolate cookie is often overlooked, but with the right recipe, like this one from The Food Network, you’ll never leave them off the holiday menu. Get cooking with these LTD kitchen cookie helpers.

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Simple Chocolate Brownies
Ahh, the brownie. Another simple recipe everyone seems to have lying around. It’s probably hard to think of anything you’d want to do to your brownie recipe to make it better. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your brownies for the holidays or just feel like baking with the kids, these brownie ideas are destined to please.


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Easy Chocolate Pudding
If you’ve been taking your chances with store-bought chocolate pudding kits, you might be missing out on a delicious addition to your monthly dessert menu. Putting a homemade spin on your chocolate pudding isn’t just fun to taste-test the difference. Impress holiday guests with this great recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

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Christmas Checklist: Holiday Decorating & Guest Room Ideas

Halloween is just a week away, and there’s only a month until Thanksgiving. Even though your schedule is packed tight with fall activities, it’s time to start checking off some things on that Christmas to-do list. Get into the Christmas spirit by preparing for holiday decorating and holiday guests with these helpful LTD articles.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas Inspired by the Outdoors
Many of the most classic Christmas scenes take place in wonderful winter settings, somehow fooling us into believing that stepping outside will be much more enjoyable than it really is. Winter weather is always more inviting sitting behind foggy windows with a warm mug. We don’t want to spend an entire day out in the cold, but we do want to create that wintery Christmas feeling in our homes, and that means bringing the outdoors in. If you like the look of winter or are just a nature fan, get the season rolling with these holiday decor ideas.

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4 Ways to Make Your Holiday Guest Room One-of-a-Kind
If you’re hosting holiday guests during Thanksgiving, Christmas or somewhere in between, the list of things you have to get done in the next few months is most likely pretty long. But getting ready for the holidays isn’t always stressful. Sometimes you’re able to get the to-do list finished ahead of schedule. Getting a headstart, planning ahead and checking off holiday to-do lists allows us to make more time for special holiday projects. Find out how to make your holiday guest bedroom one-of-a-kind when you find some extra time this season.

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Taste of Fall: Oktoberfest Traditions & Apple Cider Tips

With most of us busy preparing for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole season of autumn activities to enjoy. From exploring the local orchard with the family to enjoying your local Oktoberfest, now is the time to delight in the cool, crisp weather and rediscover the unique taste of fall.

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Oktoberfest Traditions and Useful Tips for Newcomers
Oktoberfest has become very popular in the United States. Festivals large and small have been celebrating the German tradition for many years. Most of these festivals have taken on lives of their own. You don’t have to fly all the way to Munich to experience an authentic Oktoberfest. Learn about the original event, traditions and get the tips you need to walk the grounds like an expert with these Oktoberfest facts, figures and advice.

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Apple Picking: A Beginner’s Guide to Homemade Cider
There’s a huge difference between the apple cider you get from the store and the handcrafted version you can make in your own home. Despite what many people believe, it’s not that difficult to make a high-quality apple cider that tastes even better than any store brand. All you need to learn are the simple techniques to begin a fun tradition during the harvest season, some basic recipes you can tweak with your own touches.

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A Brief History of Oktoberfest
Fall is packed with festivals and celebrations all around the world. While Halloween is the holiday kids look forward to, Oktoberfest is one for the adults. Beer comes to mind when we think of Oktoberfest, but it’s about much more than just large steins full of suds. If you’re attending your local Oktoberfest this year and want to learn a little more about its rich history, check out this brief summary of how it started and spread worldwide.

Story Time: Fun Children’s Books for All Kinds of Readers

Encouraging kids to read is one of the best things we can do for them as parents. Getting them hooked on good books is essentially guaranteed to help develop their young minds. Not only will reading assist them when it comes to getting ahead in the classroom, it will also inspire their creativity and give them a healthy way to relax outside of school. Whether you’re looking for a classic story to read to your kids at bedtime or want to stock up on children’s books for Christmas, LTD has something for everyone on our bookshelves.

The Classics
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Children’s Must-Have Classic Picture Books
Create lasting memories with your child by reading Children’s Must-Have Classic Picture Books together. Each book is a true classic, and has been entertaining and inspiring generations of children and adults.

Dr. Seuss® Learning Library Books
Each Dr. Seuss Learning Library Book teaches kids about a different subject. The books were inspired by the fun artwork and spirit of the original Dr. Seuss tales, educating young readers with memorable stories.

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Set of 5 Children’s Storybooks
Inspire a lifetime appreciation for books and share special story time with your child reading the Set of 5 Children’s Storybooks. Each story teaches kids about love and the importance of family using fun tales.

365 Stories and Rhymes Treasury Books
365 Stories and Rhymes Treasury Books is a wonderful addition to your child’s bookshelf. Enjoy a different story each day of the year with a beautifully illustrated compilation featuring classic and brand new rhymes.

Favorite Characters
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Licensed Look & Find® Books
Keep your child engaged for hours with a Licensed Look & Find Book. As they search for items, they will be able to join their favorite characters on an adventure. It also encourages the development of matching skills.

Licensed Book & Figure Sets
With the Licensed Book & Figure Set, your kid can act out stories with some of their favorite characters from movies or television. Each set comes with a hardcover storybook, 12 plastic figurines and a giant play mat.

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Giraffes Can’t Dance Book & Plush
The Giraffes Can’t Dance Book & Plush shows kids that everyone is a little different, and each person has to find their own music to dance to. The fun-filled book comes with a cute plush of Gerald the Clumsy Giraffe.

Licensed Books & Plush
Bring the story to life with the interactive Licensed Book & Plush. The easy-to-flip, 6-page board book has a bunch of full-color illustrations, plays 3 different sounds from the story and comes with a licensed plush toy.

Young Adult Novels
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Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys 4-Book Box Set
Follow along as teen-aged sleuths solve mysteries in these Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys 4-Book Box Sets. Each set includes 4 softcover books in a convenient slipcase, every book full of suspense and fun twists.

Harry Potter 7-Book Box Set
Experience the entire magical world of Harry Potter in this collectible 7-book box set. Perfect for longtime fans of the series or new readers, the set gives you all seven best-selling novels in a slipcase for storage.

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The Big Book of Search & Find®
Challenging and fun, The Big Book of Search & Find will sharpen your kid’s observational skills. It features more than two-hundred busy, colorful pages that are brimming with amusing things to discover and solve.

Set of 5 Activity Books for Kids
Keep your child entertained for hours with this Set of 5 Activity Books for Kids. They can search for specific items in the pictures, find the differences between the pictures and enjoy a number of other fun activities.

Reading Advice to Kick Off National Book Month

Despite the popular belief that less and less Americans are reading books, research shows that the number of adults who claim to have read at least one book in the previous calendar year remains pretty steady. The surprising thing is that the younger generations, particularly millennials, make up the highest percentage of readers, and the preference for print books continues to stand up strong against e-books and audio books. Whether you’re an avid bookworm looking to pass on the love of reading to your kid or hoping to dust off the bookshelf and start turning pages, kick off National Book Month with this constructive LTD reading advice.

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6 Types of Books for Non-Readers
Reading for pleasure isn’t something everyone does, but there are benefits of reading just a little bit every day. It increases blood flow to the brain, encourages analytical thinking, and improves our attention spans. Many people don’t read if they don’t have to for a variety of reasons, but there are several ways to get them to crack open a book. Here are six different types of books non-readers will be able to enjoy this month.

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Storytime: Tips for Reading with Your Kids
It’s never too late to start reading to your child. Across every demographic, a surprising number of parents don’t read to their children on a regular basis. The earlier you start the better, but even if you haven’t been reinforcing your kid’s interest in reading, there’s still plenty of time to catch up. Check out these fun tips for reading to your kids in a way that will inspire a lifetime of proper reading habits and an interest in books.

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Tips for Finding Holiday Reading Time
It’s hard to avoid the chaos of the holidays. All the parties and presents make it hard to find time for yourself and get in that much-needed reading time. Sometimes you need to escape into your favorite novel to calm your mind or kick back by the fireplace with an interesting read during the holidays. If you’re having trouble working in time for a book, take a quick look at these four tips for finding reading time during the holidays.

Fall Franchise Favorites You Can Only Find Online

There are some exciting events happening this fall. Harry Potter fans will be whisked away to the wizarding world in an entirely new way with Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, Star Wars diehards will be able to experience a new chapter in the epic franchise with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Cubs fans might just get to see their beloved MLB team shrug off the pressure, beat the odds and make it to the World Series. Celebrate and prepare for all the big events this fall with these franchise favorites you can only find online.

Explore the Magical World of Harry Potter
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Harry Potter 7-Book Box Set
Experience the entire magical world of Harry Potter in this collectible 7-book box set. Perfect for longtime fans of the series or new readers, it includes all seven best-selling novels. Comes in a slipcase for giving.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them comes straight from the library at Hogwarts. Almost every wizard owns one. Now you can too! Learn what Puffskeins eat, why not to leave milk out for a Knarl and more!

Expand Your Star Wars Super-Fan Collection
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Star Wars™ The Force Awakens Throw
Celebrate the latest sequel of the classic film saga with a Star Wars The Force Awakens Throw. This woven throw captures images of the new villain, Kylo Ren, Stormtroopers and more in a cozy tapestry construction.

Star Wars® Jelly Belly® Gifts
The Dispenser holds up to 23 oz. of Jelly Belly treats and includes a 1-oz. bag of Jelly Belly candies to get you started. The Gift Bag is filled with 7.5 oz. of Jelly Belly candies. Includes a gift tag area for gift-giving.

Get Ready for the Playoffs with MLB Gear
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Cubs™ Earrings and Pendant Set
Support the Cubbies during the playoffs with the stylish Cubs Earring and Pendant Set. Each piece features a full-color disk with the Cubs’ logo. Wear both the necklace and earrings, or mix and match on game day.

Cubs™ License Plate Frames
Support the Cubs on their playoff journey with Cubs License Plate Frame. It features a metallic blue border with “Chicago Cubs” in raised lettering, and has two pre-drilled holes for easily mounting it to you vehicle.

Halloween Countdown: Helping You Put Your Plans in Action

It’s hard to believe Halloween is less than a month away. Early October is when neighborhoods start to get into the holiday spirit, turning front yards into spooky graveyards and front porches into haunted Halloween tributes. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to start the timer on your Halloween countdown. From conjuring up your perfect costume to decorating your home for fright night, LTD has you covered with these fun tips and tricks.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween
In an age where greeting cards and retailers seem to be the experts on holidays, it’s natural to wonder how or why the celebrated days of the year even started in the first place, not to mention why certain traditions are passed down year-after-year. Check out these five things you may not have known about Halloween.

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Halloween Makeup Advice to Bring Your Costume to Life
Makeup makes it possible to add unique details to your Halloween costume that will help give you an edge over store-bought solutions. And knowing how to use makeup for your kid’s costume will help them stand out while trick-or-treating. Assemble a makeup kit and learn some tricks with these Halloween makeup tips.

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Ghosts, goblins and ghouls are preparing for their favorite night of the year. Halloween is here! Costumes, candy and pumpkins occupy our minds as the holiday approaches. While we have a special safety plan in place for the kids, we also need a plan for our pets. Here are some Halloween pet safety tips to think about.

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5 Must-Haves for Creating a Hair-Raising Halloween Room
Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like trying to find new and unique ways to transform a warm and welcoming home into an eerie abode. If you want to add some serious scare into your Halloween decor, take a quick look at these key elements that will help ensure an authentic, blood-curdling ambiance.

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Halloween Trick-or-Treating Alternatives
Candy and costume-wearing is what Halloween is all about! But trick-or-treating isn’t always a reasonable activity: the weather isn’t always perfect, kids might not be the right age, and safety can be a concern. There are ways to celebrate Halloween without going door-to-door. Here are five alternatives to trick-or-treating.