Items We Adore: LTD?s Product Picks for the Week

Happy Valentine?s Day! The day of love is here, so how could we not focus on our favorite fun and romantic items today? We really hope that you aren?t scrambling for gifts and ideas this morning, because you should already have everything wrapped and ready for a big night ahead! Here are some of the great items we?re using today for a romantic evening, or gifting to our loved ones tonight.

owl always love you!Give a Hoot Sentiment Wall Art

We all know that owls are adorable, and these cute sentiment?wall art?pieces are a great gift for your significant other, your kids, or your fun-loving parents. We love these as gifts for ourselves too! Choose from ?Owl Always Love You,? and ?I Love You To The Moon and Back.?

Marla Rae Wedding Frames

This creative Love Frame is a great gift for the newlywed couple still trying to frame a few of their wedding pictures! It?s a really unique way to display any 8×10 photo?at home. We really love this one as a gift for your sweetheart no matter how long you?ve been married. You can choose from the sign language LOVE or the hands making a heart for whichever fits your home best.

Kitchen Krumblers Apple Cinnamon Dessert Candles

What better way to set the mood than by turning off the overhead lights and lighting a few scented candles? We love the soft glow of the flickering candlelight and the amazing scents available with the Kitchen Krumblers Dessert Candles! Who needs to make cinnamon apple pie when you?ve got these amazing candles?

Simmering Fragrance Chips and Warmer

Not into the whole flickering candlelight thing? Many of us have young kids and pets wandering around the house, so an open flame just isn?t going to cut it! You can still have the beautiful scent of candles for a romantic evening without the actual flame with these simmering fragrance chips and warmer! You can even trick your loved ones into thinking you?ve baked oatmeal cookies with their Oatmeal Cookie scent!

LOVE Sheets Sets

Seasonal sheets are such a fun way to spruce up the bedroom, and we are digging these adorable LOVE sheets sets for young girls this February! Pair it with an ombre pink comforter, or even a white duvet to keep the pink a little more muted. Fun and funky!

Peace, Love, & Cupcakes Beauty Sets

We love these adorable Peace, Love, & Cupcakes sets of lip-glosses, shower gels, or body mists for the young girls in our lives. These beauty sets are our go-to gifts for nieces and daughters this Valentine?s Day, and we?ve even seen girls split them up to pair with a Valentine?s Day card for all their female friends. You can get a single pack, or grab the whole bunch!

If you see something here you love – you can always order it to give as a late gift, or pack it away for next year’s Valentine’s Day!

Popular Pins: LTD?s Favorite Pins From January

It?s that time again ? the Pinterest Pins roundup! While we spend time recovering from the holidays and reinventing our live with New Year?s Resolutions, many pinners already have their eye on Valentine?s Day and spring-related items. We?ve got a list of many favorite and popular pins from January, just in time for the month of love!

Gourmet Valentine?s Day Apples

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Starting off with a bang, these Gourmet Valentine?s Day Apples are a great gift for loved ones, family members, kids, and even coworkers this Valentine?s Day! Let your kids bring them to school for their teacher ? the absolute perfect gift. These Granny Smith apples are coated in caramel and then dipped in either fudge or white chocolate and decorated with icing and sprinkles. They?re the perfect balance between healthy and sugary for adult Valentine?s Day treats, and they?re only going to grow in popularity between now and February 14th, so be sure to check them out now!

 

 

Handprint Heart Charms

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Are these adorable or what? These great handprint heart charms for a charm bracelet are popular as Valentine?s Day gifts for kids, and they?re available with all twelve birthstones to match your child?s birth month. You can also let them choose the gemstone based on their favorite colors instead of by their birth month. It?s a great way to let your kids know you?re thinking about them all day long ? and that they?re your TRUE Valentines! We?ve got all options in stock over at LTD Commodities, so check them out today!

 

 

 

Sleep Tite ? Sheet Sets

sheetsTaking a break from the Valentine?s Day pins, these Sleep Tite sheet sets are very popular for when you?re making the switch from warm fleece and flannel sheets to cool and comfortable materials for spring. These unique sheets are made to fit any mattress and stay in place no matter how much you toss and turn throughout the night. The 300-thread count and silky smooth material makes for the perfect lightweight sheet set that will stay put all night long! They?re great for both thick pillow tops and thin, firm mattresses. Just like our pinners, you?ll love these comfortable, practical sheets ? in four sizes and three colors!

How to Send the Perfect Gift from LTD

send-a-giftGift giving can be easy for some in your life and with others; it can be quite the challenge. Shopping with LTD, we have made it easy for all! Not only as you view our vast selection of items online, you can mark your favorites to go back to when you are ready to submit your order.

Need help to prepare for shopping? Here are some handy tips to get you going.

Make a list of names
Put the hardest person to buy for on the top of the list. This way you will get the toughest gift out of the way and the rest of your gift buying will be smooth sailing.

Determine a price range
If you have a price limit in a group you are buying for, stick with it. Sticking with the agreed price range will make the exchange fair.

List any favorite hobbies
Hobbies can include teams, colors, and collectable items that you know each person likes. This will make your time shopping fun and easy.

Personality has it
Do they like to travel or would they rather enjoy time off at home? These are a few of the things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect gift.

Shopping for kids
If shopping for a child, be sure to find out what may be allowable or not with the parents first and then find out the child’s likes or dislikes.

Fun with family
For those goofy family members or the ones that seem to have it all, there are always unique items to choose from in our catalogs.You’ll find the perfect fit in no time!

This-is-a-giftYour gift item(s) selected and you are ready to send.  We can make shipping for you easy as well.  As you check out, you can select “This is a Gift” box and even send a very special message to your gift recipient. There are 140 character spaces allowed to enter your personal message. Send that special thought or make it short and sweet. Either way, a gift is a special thing from a special someone and that someone is you!

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The Real Story of Santa Claus

Santa-ClausDid you believe in Santa Claus when you were a child? Yes?

OK, how about now? As an intelligent and well-educated adult, do you believe in Santa Claus now? Certainly not, you say?

In that case, you might be interested to know that the younger version of yourself – the version filled with the wonder and magic of Christmas, and blessed with the wonderful innocence of childhood – that version of you was correct. And the current version of yourself – the wise and worldly version that knows there’s really no such thing as Christmas magic – that version of you is wrong.

Because in fact, there really is a Santa Claus – or at least there was.

A Man Morphs Into a Myth
Santa is a man of numerous names. One of those names you’ve probably heard many times – jolly old Saint Nicholas. That version of Santa Claus is quite real, because there really was a Saint Nicholas. And he helped to inspire the modern-day myth of Santa Claus.
Nicholas was born into a wealthy family late in the third century A.D. in the Greek colony of Patara. He became a bishop of the church in Patera, where he served until his death in the middle 4th century A.D.

But there’s a legend associated with Nicholas that eventually led to his canonization as a saint. And it also led to the modern-day character of Santa Claus.

The Birth of Santa Claus
Nicholas inherited great wealth from his parents. As a young man he gave away much of that wealth, but there are different versions of just how he did that.

According to one version, Nicholas encountered a man who was down on his luck. The poor man had been wiped out financially, and as a result he was unable to provide a dowry for his three daughters.

But Nicholas came to the rescue. By the dark of night, Nicholas crept up to an open window of the man’s house, and tossed 3 bags of gold inside – a bag for each daughter.
And as one popular version of the story recounts, each bag of gold happened to land in a stocking or a shoe arranged along the fireplace mantle – the root of the Christmas tradition of stuffing stockings with gifts.

Saint Nicholas Becomes Jolly Old St. Nick
As so often happens, the passage of time magnified the legend of Nicholas. He became known worldwide as a protector of children and a giver of gifts. In time, a day was set aside in many regions to honor him: St. Nicholas day. Much of the world celebrates this day in early December, and marks the occasion with the tradition of giving gifts to children.
For many centuries, the Dutch have celebrated St. Nicholas day on December 5. According to long-standing legend, it’s on this day that St. Nicholas re-appears and bestows gifts upon all well-behaved children.

And the Dutch name for St. Nicolas? Sinterklass – known to you as Santa Claus…

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus…
Parents of young children often struggle with the concept and legend of Santa Claus. After all, most parents wish to be honest and forthright with their children.

But Santa Claus is such an integral part of the magic of Christmas, particularly for young children. And few parents wish to rob a child of that all too brief and fleeting window of innocent, trusting belief in a kind and benevolent legend.

So if your child climbs upon your knee one day this Christmas season, and asks with hopeful eyes whether Santa is real – just think of Nicholas, who became St. Nicholas, who became Sinterklass, who became Santa Claus, and answer: “Yes, child, there really is a Santa Claus.”

Jason Woodward is Director of eCommerce for ChristmasDesigners.com, a leading supplier of both indoor and outdoor LED Christmas lights and decoration products. Christmas Designers caters to all Christmas enthusiasts, including private homeowners and professional installation contractors. You can also find Jason on Google+

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