20 Brilliant Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms Who Deserve 50 More

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1. The Sunday Tote  2. The Accessory Bag  3. The Luggage Tag
4. The Gold Glass Mason Jar    5. Moon & Lola Acrylic Necklace, SM. 1”
6. The Floppy Hat    7. The Large Cooler Bag   8.  The Beach Bag
9. The Sealife Icon Straw Clutch   10. The iPhone 4 & 5 Cover  11.  The Cooler Tote
12. The Lola Overnight Bag   13. The Monogram Sunglasses  14. The Cheshire Script Double Chain Bracelet  15. The Origami Pouch  16. The Paige Cosmetic   17. The Tortoise Monogram Bangle   18. The Poncho   19. The Island Clutch  20. The Kate Spade Pen & Notecard Set      *Add $10 for personalization

Our moms already do a bazillion things for us, so let’s do one good thing for them! (Luckily, there’s a whole day set aside for you to do just that.)  Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show you care by giving your mom a little extra sass and flair. And this time, let’s try not to borrow your gifts back. Let’s give her more than a gift she wants, but one that she really REALLY needs! Good thing we’ve made it easy—Surpriseeee.

Introducing Ban.do!

Spring is finally here! And that means we’re gearing up for a lot of new and exciting things at Swoozie’s; one in particular being the newest addition to the Land of Swoo, Ban.do! If you haven’t already heard of these stylish, La-La land-inspired accessories and gifts, you’re in for a special treat. Ban.do adds the perfect touch to the Swoozie’s lineup by giving you lots of color, taste and just the right amount of girly options to jazz up your every day style.

 We’ve got Canvas totes, Key chain pouches and Carryall duos for on-the-go girls…

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Back Me up Mobile Chargers, Power Trip chords, iPad/iPhone cases, Disco Tech Wristlets and Ear Buddies for the tech goddesses…

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Crystal Crush Bobbies , Sparkle & Shine Bobbi Sets and It Girl Bobbies, Twists Scarves and Girl Talk Headbands for the trendsetters….

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AND Sip Sip Tumblers, Drink Sleeves and Cross Body Party Pouches for the social butterflies!  

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Simply put, there’s a Ban.do essential for every fashionista and occasion! Looking for designer accessories at the perfect price? Ban.do is the way to go!

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Brilliant Gifting: Bridal Showers

As “wedding season” fast approaches, our calendars are filled with festive events pre-Big Day. Bachelorette parties, bridal showers, dress fittings, bridesmaids gifts, rehearsal dinners & more.
Here are our top picks for Brilliant Gifting at your next Bridal Shower!
1. Always Kiss Me Goodnight Sign {Great advice for the bride!} 2. Redneck Champagne Flutes {Toast the bride & groom in true Southern style} 3. Personalized Square Tray {Perfect for a kitchen shower – and showcasing her new monogram} 4. All You Need is Love Frame {Include a photo of the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. and this makes a meaningful gift} 5. Lots of Dots Duffle in Blue {Make sure her “Something Blue” is checked off early – perfect for honeymoon packing}

In Denver with The Laid-Back Skier

Since the grande opening of our new Swoozie’s store in Denver last month, we have been busy digging into the local culture and meeting all kinds of fabulous new friends along the way. One of the best things about Denver is their laid-back lifestyle and casual hospitality, much like what we’re accustomed to in the South.

Today we enjoyed having local author Colleen Smith at the Denver store for a discussion and signing of her new book, The Laid-Back Skier. We are excited to have it on the shelves at Swoozie’s;  the whimsical illustration is delightful, and the spirit is playful. Read below to learn a little bit more about Colleen and the inspiration behind her new book.

What was the inspiration behind your book?

Alpine skiing has taught me so much about myself and provides for me a metaphor for life and living through ups and downs. While skiing, I began holding short, sweet, positive mantras in my head to work on my form. One of the first was “Lead with your heart.” I added another, and soon started seeing them illustrated.

Where do you draw your creative inspiration?

I tend to find lots of creative inspiration everywhere!

I draw creative energy from snow skiing, gardening, yoga, swimming, travel, Colorado outdoors, nature, books and other printed materials, art and music.

We love the illustration! Tell us more.

I met Patty Leidy, the book’s illustrator, through Facebook. I saw Patty’s cartoons and appreciated her sense of humor and her style. I messaged her about the idea.

What is the perfect occasion to give this book as a gift?

This spring book-signing emphasizes Laid-Back Skier as an ideal gift at Easter time: All our ski bunnies, and the spring colors, and the fact that the book’s size lends itself to Easter baskets. Spring skiers will enjoy the book. Laid-Back Skier is ideal for Christmas, too. Or a birthday, or for somebody who is not feeling well or is down on their luck. The messages are uplifting and positive.

And I do want to emphasize that Laid-Back Skier is not for skier’s only: The book offers whimsical ways to face life’s ups and downs.  Great for kids, but adults enjoy it, too. Laid-Back Skier includes practical pages: a skier’s journal and a skier’s packing list, so the book makes a perfect gift for a skier any time.

We’re new to the city, how has Denver influenced this book?

Denver’s proximity to world-class skiing influence Laid-Back Skier. When I ski, I’m often on chairlifts with people from all over the world who’ve made their way to ski Colorado. I enjoy the international aspects of skiing: the different languages spoken, all the international flags flying. And Denver is so close to that magnificent outdoor playground.

Additionally, because I’m a nature-lover, I’m ecologically minded, too. Denver is progressive when it comes to the “green” scene, and stewardship of our environment is important to me. I broke the budget on the book’s paper because I wanted a quality sheet to show off the art, and I insisted on an environmentally friendly paper.

One more thing: Friday Jones Publishing, the independent artisan press that published “Laid-Back Skier” is Denver-based. The Friday Jones Players who contributed are Denver residents: In addition to the illustrator Patty Leidy, and the designer Nancy Benton, the book got off the ground with the help of Friday Jones Players: Jesse Krieger, Amanda DePaul and Roeanna Frechette. We are “the little publishing house that could,” and that underdog, entrepreneurial spirit has been part of Denver since day one of the Mile High City.

At Friday Jones Publishing, our tagline is “Wag your tale,” and we appreciate your help with wagging this tale. Welcome to Denver, Swoozie’s!

Jennifer Aniston’s Swoozie Gifting

Did your Labor Day BBQ get rained out? If so, you may have caught one of our favorite shows, Ellen. Jennifer Aniston, stopped by to catch up with Ellen and gave her a few fabulous gifts. Has Jen been shopping at Swoozie’s?

Jen gave Ellen a pair of cozy white slippers, embroidered with an “E.” Whether you’re searching for a cozy gift or putting together a wedding day survival kit for your best friend, we agree with Jen, these slippers make for a gracious, personalized gift…that are clearly handpicked for the recipient.

After visiting Ellen’s home, Jen also noted that Ellen didn’t have any pictures of the two of them. She proudly gave her a framed snapshot of the them arm-in-arm. Although it was hilarious on the show, we totally understand the sentiment Jen.  This is one of the easiest gifts to put together, but always provides the perfect, personal touch.

But the gift stole the show was one of our most popular, most enduring gifts – Table Topics. We LOVE the Original Table Topics Cube that Jen gave Ellen! This acrylic cube is filled with 135 questions and conversation starters in the form of sleek, red cards. Set the cube on your coffee table and your guests will be chatting all night long! Just tie it up with a bow and bring it to your next party. And, although Jen brought if for Ellen in case she had any ‘boring guests’, you’ll never have  to worry about uncomfortable silence at your next party with this little trick up your sleeve.

Now we all know that Jennifer Aniston is a gracious guest. What about your guests? What is your favorite hostess gift you’ve ever received?

A Sneak Peak into the Best of Fall

A crispness has started sneaking into the air, September is right around the corner, Fall is nearly here.

As Labor Day has long marked “the end of Summer”, Fall kicks off next week with a burst of energy that couldn’t be more exciting. Bustling with events and activities, from  back-to-school to tailgating, Halloween to holiday card, the fall is upon us with Thanksgiving and the holiday season right on their coattails. This is the most fabulous time of year! Hope your fabulous agendas broken in and ready to go!

Here’s a tiny sneak peak (just for you!) to give you a head start on some brilliant trends we have in store for Fall. We think these items with make wonderful gifts. We will be giving them to our friends and family, and wanted to point them out to you as well.

Cocktail hour is happy all year long, but cozying up with a hot toddy this Fall is sure to warm the soul. Pop open a bottle and remember the celebration for years around, our Cork Cages are back! You LOVED them last holiday season and surely this year will be no exception. And, the Chilled Wine Bags are a perfect accessory for any hostess when paired with a bottle of your favorite white.

With Tailgate fresh on our minds (have you taken our Pre-Season Poll?), oh boy do we have some brilliant finds for you this year! The Stadium Tote is a multi-tasker just like you, both stylish and functional with a special bottom compartment to tote your game day dishes to and from the tailgate this year with ease. And, the soon-to-be famous Double Compartment Carrier is ALL the rage this year. This is a must-have gift for any leading lady in your life.

For any woman on the go, our new Jute Totes are available in a variety of Fall colors, perfect for toting gifts to and from and packing in all there is to do. Personalized, this makes a brilliant way to package any gift this season.

And, just for our special friends, now that you’ve previewed we want you to have first dibs on the best for Fall, click here to see our entire Fall Preview Book. And as you browse early and preview the new items for fall enjoy 20% off, an exclusive offer we are extending to you, our loyal customers. Happy browsing!

What’s your favorite find for Fall?

Class of ’11. It’s a Wrap.

Believe it or not, it’s April, and this means we are only weeks away from one of the most important events in a mom’s life. Her child’s high school graduation.

This is an exciting time for a mom even when emotions are so high and to-do lists are so long. My best piece of advice, consult with those who’ve been through the experience first-hand for some expert advice. Having three high-school graduates, I have been in your shoes. I have co-hosted poolside dinners, attended dozens of grad parties, and coordinated with other moms to ensure that we each had a perfect theme and day. The memories that I have from the high-school graduation years are some of the best because they centered around the important relationships for both me and my children. These are the relationships that should be celebrated.


Here are 3 tips for making your graduation events fabulous.
#1. Plan for the Parties and Personalize the Experience
From Graduation Day brunches to lake parties and backyard bar-b-que’s,  the possibilities are endless. Talk to your child, select the theme and go from there. Start with the invitation, and have fun with it. If you are planning a party where two best friends are honored, find a great middle school picture of them and use it on your invitation. And, if you are hosting a party at the lake, perhaps use a summer or lake picture of the graduates. Many families celebrate the college their child will be attending and the theme of the party would revolve around that experience. Place a little college flag at each place setting representing where that graduate is going to college. It shows you care and that you have taken them time to make them feel special. Other options play off the Class of ’11 or school colors.

#2. Make it Memorable
The special little touches make all the difference. This is a special time for you, the graduate and all their friends too so take the time to make it memorable. Be prepared as the parents to deliver a toast to your graduate. Be sure to write it down and then give it to your child as a keepsake. Put together a slideshow filled to the brim with photos that all the parents can contribute to, add music for an extra-special effect. Let the kids draw names of their friends and each toast to what they’ll remember most about that person as they head off to the real-world.

With any party, you must be prepared to have fun! We love personalized koozie’s as favors, they’re a big hit for this age group. Add a fun message like, “What happens at college stays at college” to ensure it’s a hit. A party banner with Class of ’11 can be hung and signed by all guests. During toast time, provide shatterproof or foam cups for the cheers.

#3. G is for Gift.
Graduation gifts are a passion of ours at Swoozie’s. There are certain classic categories that every graduate wants (and needs) for the future. Several of these gifts include items that can be used in a dorm and during summer getaways. When a more specific gift suggestion is required for your certain situation, we are the experts. In fact, check back tomorrow for our Graduation Gift Guide 2011.

Woohoo from the Swoo!