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Take a Break! Packing Tips and Essentials for Your Spring Getaway

  Since most of the country is still braving cold temperatures, we’re dreaming of Spring Break and some much-needed fun in the sun.  Whether you’re driving to Florida or flying to the Caribbean, preparing for a beach vacation takes a lot of planning and organization, especially if you have children.  To make your trip easier, we’ve compiled some handy tips to keep you smiling from door to door. Before You Go: -Check ...

Share the Luck ‘O the Irish and Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Lillian Vernon

  When Irish eyes are smiling, St. Patrick’s Day is probably right around the corner.  What began as a religious holiday in Ireland, March 17th is now a world-wide celebration of culture, religion and folklore…mixed with a bit of buffoonery.  Though St. Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland, he was not born Irish.  Originally from England, he became an integral part of Irish heritage, mostly through his missionary ...

Make Plans for the New Year: Stylish Photo Calendars for Friends and Family

2017 Graphic Photo Keepsake Calendar features a different monthly die-cut to frame your 4 x 6″ photo. Buy 1-5 for $14.99 each; 6-11 for $11.25 each;  12 or more for $9.00 each Photo calendars make the easiest and most memorable gifts.  Plus, it’s always fun to look back and re-live your family travels and memories throughout the year.  Shop our exclusive and personalized photo calendars featuring you! Exclusive to Lillian Vernon, ...

Get Santa’s Little Helpers Organized with our Top Five Tips to Staying Tidy

      If you’re like most mothers, keeping your home tidy is sometimes a never-ending battle.  Add the holidays, decorating, cooking and cleaning to the mix, and things can get chaotic.  Teaching your children good organizational skills will not only help you, but will stay with them for a lifetime.  Check out some great tips for tidy kids and some of our favorite items to help you get your home in order.   1. Kids ...

Everyone Loves a Sale! Shop our Top Sale Items Under $20 (Many are Under $10!)

    Who doesn’t feel satisfaction from getting something on sale?  No matter how much or little we have, we always love a deal!  According to Dan Ariely, a writer at the Wall Street Journal, happiness is often a relative judgment about the distance between where we are and where we could have been. If we think that something could have been better, we feel bad, and if we think that something could have been worse, we feel ...

Christmas is Coming! New Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

    Whether you’ve already decked your halls for Christmas, or just beginning, it’s always a good idea to combine the old with the new:  Family heirlooms and keepsakes, mixed with fresh ideas for the new season.  When the boxes come down from the attic, take a quick inventory of what you should keep and what needs updating.  Is your tree skirt looking so 10 years ago?  Do you need some festive pillows on your chairs or ...

Give Thanks the Old-Fashioned Way: Tips on Teaching Children to Write Thank-you Notes

  ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding. -Alice Walker Children learn manners and gratitude from their parents.  From an early age, we teach our kids to say please and thank you, but it’s also important that they learn to formally thank those who give them gifts or do something special for them.  Learning this skill ...

Top Tips on How To Nurture Your Budding Artists

  Finally an easy solution to display your child’s artwork!  Our handy Art Cabinets display one piece of art while storing up to fifty 8 1⁄2″ x 11″ masterpieces.  The hinged frame comes in white or black with a white mat.  Buy one or many to create your own art gallery! Can be hung vertically or horizontally. $39.99 HERE       Is your child the next Picasso?  Does he love to draw, paint and create things ...

Hitting the Road for the Holidays? Check Out Our Top Tips for Traveling with Kids

Your princess will love her personalized Pretty in Pink collection of travel essentials in her favorite color!  From l-r:  Customized Striped Ballet Bag, $24.99, Pink Polka Dot Rolling Luggage, $49.99;  Polka Dot Duffle, small $27.99, med. $34.99;  Striped Ballet Duffle, $34.99; Ballerina Water Bottle and luggage tag designed by Maureen Anders, Bottle, $14.99; Luggage tag, $6.99 each.  Owl Boot Cuffs by Two’s Company, $21.99; Project ...

May Your Holidays Be Sweet: Introducing our Personalized Collection from Dylan’s Candy Bar

Filled with gummy bears big and small, our personalized “Unbearably Awesome Paint Can“ by Dylan’s Candy Bar serves chewy, fruity goodness to “kids” of all ages. Great for an office holiday party, children’s event or on a dessert buffet. Personalization is free of charge. $18.99   “There’s no better way to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season than with bright, cheery colors!” ...

Let the Games Begin! New and Classic Family Games for the Holidays

      Before Ipads, Play Stations and TV, families actually spoke to one another during the holidays:  they played games, told stories by the fire, and created memories.  This year, after the presents have been opened and dinner devoured, turn off the television and break out some fun family games to get everyone laughing….even the couch potato in your group.  Check out some of our traditional and new games that will ...

Creative, Personalized and Unique Baby Gifts for All Seasons

      When it comes to buying baby gifts, it’s often the most thoughtful, personal or heartfelt presents that will be the most appreciated.  Whether you’re on a budget or ready to splurge, we’ve curated a list of our best baby gifts and ideas for new parents and babies.   1.  DIY Baby File   Give a new mother an organized and labeled accordion file for important pieces of paper, from birth ...

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader: The Best Personalized Books for Kids

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!” My Very Own World Adventure is an educational storybook, in which your child travels around the world on a magic carpet. During visits to various world countries, his or her first and last names are spelled out letter-by-letter according to the countries that he or she visits – D for Denmark, etc. ...

Here Comes Santa Claus! Our Top New Stocking Stuffers for Kids

          They might be some of the least expensive items on your gift-giving list, but that doesn’t mean that stocking stuffers can’t be just as thoughtful as all of the others! Spare your kids the predictable boring socks and candy canes, and get creative!  Check out some of our fun ideas and our Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Kids:   Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas:  Include a heartfelt note in each of your ...

Making a List, Checking it Twice: Lillian Vernon’s New and Personalized Gifts for Children

        The magical season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about meaningful and creative gifts for the children.  To make this holiday extra special, we have rounded up some of our top new and personalized children’s gifts, from luggage and beanbags, to toys, dolls and customized books.  Shop HERE for gift inspiration for any child on your list.       Whether they’re going to ...

Deck the Halls with Personalized Christmas Stockings! New, Classic, and Fun Designs for the Whole Family, Even Your Pet

      Along with trimming the tree, hanging stockings on the mantle is one of our favorite Christmastime customs.  Folklore tells us that the tradition goes way back to when Saint Nicolas learned about a poor man who couldn’t afford to pay a dowry for his three daughters.  Saint Nic decided to help the man, and took three bags of gold down the chimney of the family’s home. Once inside, he found the girls’ stockings ...