10 Unique Gift Ideas for Every Budget

With just a week to go before Christmas, there are bound to be a few gifts – or more than a few – left to buy. But even if it feels like the 11th hour, there are plenty of unique and thoughtful gifts in every price range… available at Snow’s, of course!

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Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 12.48.49 PM$15 range

Town Tribute – Give them the gift of their favorite Cape Cod town. Choose from coasters, mugs and classic weathered signs. 100% handmade, earth-friendly and made in the U.S.A.

felt bagHandmade Handbags  – Felt clutches, handcrafted by artisans in developing countries, Each is one-of-a-kind!

colorful socksColorful, Cozy Coverings – A little something fun for your feet: whimsical and mismatched socks for adults, children and babies. Knit with recycled cotton yarn – hats available, too!

nat jules stuffed animalSnuggle Buddy – Soft plush toys from Nat & Jules are so adorable, it will be hard to choose just one for your favorite youngster. This dinosaur is named Staggie. :-)

 

diffuser$25 range

Summer Breeze in a Box – Sea Salt + Ocean Surf fragrance diffuser by Paddywax, hand-poured into a 4 oz. aqua glass vessel. Many oter “flavors” available, such as  Blood Orange + Citrus and Lavender + Thyme.


fish bowlGo Fish!
– Whimsical “Aqua Fish” design from Le Souk Ceramique. Platters, bowls and assorted matching tableware, hand painted in Tunisia. Forget formal – go festive! Pieces start at $10.

antique thaisExotic Earrings – Antique Thai earrings by jewelry designer John Michael Richardson. Metals are hand crafted in Thailand and finished by hand in the United States. Rich in look, affordable in price = the perfect gift! Snow’s is one of a very select group of retailers offering this special jewelry collection.

soft blanket$50 range

Blanket Bliss – Soft, woven boucle throws from Kennebunk Home and Bedford Cottage.  Classic designs, timeless colors, excellent quality. Many styles available.

scout bagScout it Out– Scout bags are a stylish way to carry just about anything, and a must-have for road trips and beach outings.  Snow’s carries a myraid of shapes, sizes and colors; shown is the “Original Deano” covered in a pink paisley pattern.

blue dressDressed for Success – This everyday dress from Pomegranate Moon flatters nearly any figure, but it’s as soft as your pjs! It also works as a tunic with leggings – and pairs with countless accessories. Light enough for spring with enough coverage for winter, this will be a true staple in your closet. Several colors available.

Real or Fake: It’s All Green.

christmas-tree-decoratedMore than 79% percent of all American households will display a Christmas tree in their home this holiday season. That’s a lot of trees … more than 94 million!

But as much as we all love to deck our halls with a holiday tree, there are definitely two different camps when it comes to the type.  You know what, though? Artificial or real, they’re both green.

A study by Life Cycle Analysis comparing artificial and real trees found that neither one has a major impact on the environment. Interestingly, what makes more of a difference are factors like length of ownership, disposal method and “tree miles” (how far your tree travels to get to you).

So there’s no right answer. But here are few things to take into consideration:

fresh cut Christmas-Trees1. Stay local. If you get a live tree, purchase one that’s grown locally, if you can.

2. Think about tree miles. Not just how far the tree traveled, but how far you travel to get to the tree.

3. The magic number is about 9. If you’ve purchased a cut tree for 9 years or more, consider transitioning to an artificial tree.  If  you already own an artificial tree, make sure and keep it in use for 9 years.

4. Disposal is important with both types. If you plan to transition from artificial to real, donate your tree rather than disposing of it.  If you have a real tree to dispose of after the season, make sure to check with your town on how to dispose of it properly.

 

watering the tree

The most important part of keeping a live Christmas tree healthy is making sure it gets enough water from the start. The first day it will downright guzzle: up to a full gallon of water in 24 hours. Don’t let it dry up: if it does, the base of the trunk develops seal that prevents it from drinking in more water.

Whether you go artificial or fresh, Snow’s has a large selection of both.  Artificial trees are from 2’ to 7’ tall and come in a variety of shapes to suit your home and decor.  You can also purchase pre-decorated (and pre-lit!) trees in a variety of themes, such as gardening, pets and ‘country’ Christmas.

If you prefer a fresh cut tree, you will find a lovely, lush selection at Snow’s. And of course,  a friendly  staff member will be happy to give you tips on keeping it fresh before securing it safely it to your vehicle.

Happy trimming!

 

 

Source: Nielsen survey on behalf of the American Christmas Tree Association, (ACTA).

Home for the Holidays: Tips for Getting Ready

It’s a familiar feeling. We’ve hardly finished washing the dishes from Thanksgiving – and the Christmas season arrives, with bells on.

If you play host or hostess for the holidays, a good game plan will help you get your home in order more easily.  After all, the best gift you can give your loved ones is to be relaxed and joyful, knowing you have the prep work squared away.

Here are 5 ideas for getting ahead of the holiday rush:

make ahead soup#1 Make Meals for Crunch Time
There are definitely some holiday treats – like cookies – you can make ahead and freeze. But if you can also squeeze in items like casseroles, soups and stews, you’ll appreciate having an easy home cooked meal when the rest of your schedule gets tight.

Find it at Snow’s: canning jars, slow cookers, oven safe cookware, reusable / portable food containers

#2 Pack, Purge and Polish
Before you start filling closets with gifts from Santa, make some room by sorting through your clothes and making a dash to Goodwill. After the purge, you can give the house a thorough cleaning – before that task overwhelms you.

Find it at Snow’s: household storage containers, cleaning products (including all-natural and non-toxic cleaners)

cape cod wreath#3 Enhance the Entryway
When holiday visitors come-a-knocking, a festive entryway will let them know good times are waiting inside. Sometimes less is more: a single lush, live wreath with some seasonal accents can transform a front door.

Find it at Snow’s: live wreaths and trees, garland, decorative holiday trimmings

#4 Create a Welcoming Washroom
Except for the kitchen (everyone really spend time there!), your bathroom is probably the most visited room in the house. Freshen up the space with some special soaps, lotions and perhaps a lightly scented candle or two… your guests will appreciate the effort.

Find it at Snow’s: premium lotions and soaps, bath accessories, towels, candles and diffusers

puzzle#5 Stock Up on Fun
We love the food, we love the gifts. But what’s better than doing nothing more than sitting down to play a game? Your friends and family will jump at the chance to break out a classic board game, work on a big puzzle, or simply relax and connect with one another.

Find it at Snow’s: toys, games and puzzles for all ages, including the classics!

Game Day Decision: 3 Ways to Cook a Turkey

The countdown to November’s big holiday meal is on. Mashed potatoes? Check. Stuffing? Check. Cranberry sauce? Check. The 20 pounds of turkey you need to cook when you have a houseful of guests and an over-committed oven? Hmm.

While a roasted Thanksgiving turkey is by far the most traditional, there is more than one way to get the job done.  Here are three techniques that just may prompt you to consider something different this year.

Classic: Roasted

The most obvious choice first, a roasted turkey is a known quantity for most us of, so perhaps the most comforting. And no doubt, delicious. Yet there are many ways to roast a bird – a quick Google search for “roasted turkey recipe” yields more than 850,000 results. Yikes.  This how-to video from All Clad is one you can trust.

Creative: Barbecued

barbecued turkeyIt seems like we should call this a grilled turkey, except that it doesn’t sit directly on the grate, so it’s really more accurate to say barbecued.  As uncommon as is seems, cooking the bird this way is a Snow’s family tradition, and they say once you try it, you’ll never go back.  Check out our post from last year that describes the process.

How to barbecue a turkey

Carefree: Slow Cooked

If you plan on having a turkey breast this year, using your slow cooker is a great option. Whether you have a few “white meat only” eaters – or lots of guests and need more than one turkey – this idea may come in handy.  Check out this easy recipe from Eat at Home Cooks:

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

No matter how you prepare you bird this year, we’re sure it will be great. And as you get all your ducks – or turkeys – in a row, the friendly staff at Snow’s will help you select the perfect roasting pan, grill, slow cooker or kitchen gadget to help make your holiday meal a success.

Get Your Home Holiday-Ready with Ben Moore’s Color of the Year

The holidays are on their way, and so are your holiday guests. To get your home ready for a season of good cheer, there’s nothing that brightens up a space more than a fresh coat of paint.

What’s also nice about painting before the holidays is that you can select colors that do double duty – they play off your seasonal decor, yet remain relevant the whole year through. Sound interesting? Then we have a palette to inspire you.guilford green

Benjamin Moore just announced their 2015 Color of the Year: Guilford Green. 

It’s a neutral , silvery green (how “holiday” is that?) that ties together the other sublime shades in Ben Moore’s 2015 Color Trends collection. Layering these colors throughout your home helps to create a graceful flow from room to room. Four main color families are featured for 2015: Berry, Green, Blush and Blue. Again – gotta love the timeliness of these new colors… Berry + Green = Beautifully festive!

color ideasTo see how some of these gorgeous paint color combinations might look, Benjamin Moore has a couple of great online tools:

Personal Color Viewer – A virtual visualizer lets you see how paint colors will look before you even pick up a brush.

Color Gallery – Color selection tool with access to their 3,500 colors and countless color combinations.

Of course, choosing paint colors isn’t always something that can be done online. It may be a way to get started, but talking it out with a real live person often feels much more reassuring.  That’s what we’re here for…Snow’s paint department is always eager and ready to help.

 

All the Fixings: Tools and Tableware for the Holidays

It’s just four weeks until Thanksgiving…wow.  But don’t worry,  Snow’s has everything you need to pull of this year’s turkey day without a hitch.

For the Kitchen

basterThanksgiving is the ultimate multi-tasking cooking marathon. But with the right tools for the job, preparing your feast gets a whole lot easier.

Basters are a necessity for the perfect turkey… and this one from Animal House is both fun and functional. Just squeeze the rubber turkey and get those juices flowing!

stuffing bagIf you like your stuffing cooked inside the bird, these disposable mesh stuffing bags are really easy to use. No mess, and no reason to scoop that stuffing again!

Plus,  you’ll find pop-up timers, poultry lacer sets, gravy separators, cutting boards and lots more.

If you need cookware, Snow’s is definitely the place to go. Much of our name brand quality cookware is sold for far less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. So much less, in fact – we can’t advertise it!

 

For the Table

pheasant paper goodsBirds are a popular holiday theme this year, and Snow’s has some beautiful new designs to inspire you.  Many of our dinnerware collections are versatile enough to go from Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond…they are so attractive, you’ll want to keep them out year-round. And for those times when you can’t bear to wash another dish, stock up on some holiday paper goods, like our plates and napkins featuring these colorful pheasants.

woodwick candlesFor your table decor, Woodwick candles are a lovely addition. They look great, and guest will love the subtle crackle of the wooden wick. And with scents like “pumpkin strudel,” there’s just one more mouth-watering aroma to enjoy.

Finally, don’t forget the little things. Holidays and big family gatherings are a time when we ask ourselves: “Where did all the teaspoons go?”  Whether the dishwasher ate them or they mistakenly ended up in the trash, replenish your set with open stock flatware – buying only the pieces need. 

New at Snow’s: Women’s Fashion and Eco-Friendly Alpaca

You may know that Snow’s carries a wide assortment of women’s scarves (100+ designs) and jewelry, including many handcrafted pieces. And this year, we expanded our fashion accessories department with a great selection of totes and handbags, and an ever-increasing line of Snoozies to keep your tootsies toasty.

You may not know that we have just made the leap into women’s clothing, too!  We have brought in a few select pieces, chosen for their quality and effortless style.

turquiose dressThe Everyday Dress

This dress from Pomegranate Moon is truly a miracle garment. It flatters nearly any figure  – yet feels as soft as if you were in your pajamas. It also works as a tunic with leggings – and pairs with countless accessories.

Light enough for spring with enough coverage for winter, this will be a true staple in your closet. Several colors available.

The Essential White Shirt

essential shirtEveryone needs a crisp, classic white shirt, and this one from Catherine Lillywhite has everything you want. The fit is tailored yet comfortable, the sleeves actually look good when they’re rolled up, and the shirt has an overall versatility that will take you seamlessly from your morning meeting to a dinner out on the town.

Soft, organic alpcaca

Now here’s something you’ll literally want to wear – although it’s not an article of clothing, it’s a blanket!  Our new alpaca throws by Shupaca pay homage to the ancient traditions of South American artisans, while incorporating contemporary details that will fit right in with your decor.

shupaca-alpaca-throw-catalinaThese gorgeous alpaca throws are:

  • hypo-allergenic
  • lightweight and breathable
  • durable
  • eco-friendly and organic
  • soft as silk
  • naturally water-resistant
  • fair trade

Snow’s has several stunning designs to choose from, with colors ranging from deep blues and greens to soft, warm neutrals.

A Peek Inside the Holiday Shop

The Columbus Day weekend marks a special time at Snow’s. It’s when we start putting all the trimmings on our Holiday Shop – which is the Cape’s largest! This week, we begin constructing the holiday train table, decorating our many themed trees, and lining the shelves with the thousands (yes, we said thousands!) of ornaments we hand-select each year.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s new and festive:

boy with trains

The trains

The train layouts are a beloved tradition at Snow’s. There’s nothing better than seeing your child or grandchild’s eyes light up as they watch the trains go by.

In addition to our year-round train display, the holiday train set up gives families a chance to stop for a moment – and get a little nostalgic.

I have 5 grandsons…4 little ones. Coming to Snow’s at Christmastime is a traditions, and it’s all part of the family. –Lee Sullivan, Orleans

The trees

With more than 3,000 unique holiday ornaments to deck your halls – and trim your trees – the possibilities are almost endless. We have ornaments in just about every theme you can dog ornamentsthink of, including the seashore, music, wine, sports and pets.

Speaking of which….

There’s nothing quite like the affection we have for our dogs, and our large collection of hard cast resin ornaments represents all of our furry companions. Labs, retrievers, poodles, boxers, beagles, terriers, collies, schnauzers…you get the idea. We have a great representation of cats, horses and other wildlife, too.

willow tree starlight topperAnd for the top of your tree, our new angel tree topper from Willow Tree collectables is a lovely finishing touch. Standing 12″ high, the angel holds a delicate, glittery metal star that will catch the light and sparkle at every angle. The inside of the figure is hollow to accomodate the top branch of the tree.

We hope you’ll come see us soon, and gather a little early holiday spirit!

Fall in Love with Home

Four warm ideas for cool weather

livingroom rug#1 Add warmth underfoot.

Accent rugs are a great way to add warmth to cold stone or tiled floors, or add texture and interest to hardwood. Rugs can also help harmonize the design elements in a room – placed under a decorative table, in front of a sofa or in a hallway.

We have expanded our rug selection significantly at Snow’s — with dozens of styles, sizes, colors and materials to choose from.  From traditional striped cotton rugs to blended wool rugs in rich, seasonal colors, you are sure to find just the right rug to warm up your floors this fall. (Photo credit: Houzz)

bamboo-towels#2 Warm up your bath.

For a truly spa-like experience in your own home, consider natural bamboo bath towels. Bamboo is quite versatile, and is uniquely suited for bath towels. In our new line by Kassatex, 60% of the blend is Egyptian cotton, which offers lasting absorbency — and the other 40% is bamboo-made rayon, which makes the towels soft and smooth to the touch.

Bamboo is also a sustainable choice because it grows quickly (renews itself) and requires a minimal amount of chemicals to process. So you can have it all — towels that are eco-friendly, have excellent absorbency, come in a beautiful array of colors, and are sure to add a little extra luxury and comfort to your bath.

fall candles#3 Create a warm ambiance.

There is nothing quite like a flickering candle or two to make a room feel warm and cozy. And while these days, it seems like candles are a dime a dozen, there is a definite difference when you choose a quality brand over a generic variety from a discount store. A good candle starts with good ingredients: the wax, wick and fragrance oils.  It takes skill to make all these parts come together, which is why it really means something when a candle is said to be handcrafted.

Snow’s carries only excellent-quality candles that smell great, burn clean and last for a long time. The hardest choice will deciding on the color and fragrance! One of our fall favorites is Kringle Candle Company’s Apple Cider Donut — without overpowering, it will bring just the right amount of fall “flavor” to your home.

provencal chicken stew#4 Serve a warm and comforting meal.

Although slow cookers can be used any time of the year, the cooler months just seem to beg for comfort food that’s been simmered slowly all day long. We have several slow cookers to match your needs and your budget, many offered at Snow’s Everyday Low Price — a price so low we can’t even advertise it.  So come in and see… and in the meantime, here’s a delicious slow cooker recipe to get your mouth watering!

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