Category Archives: Holiday

Becoming Jewelry Product Pick

We here at Out of the Box know that sometimes Valentine’s day can sneak up on our loved ones faster than they may think it will! Luckily, we are here to help solve all of their problems! This week’s product Pick is one that we have highlighted before, however we believe it is the perfect addition to a jewelry collection of a loved one, or your own!

Becoming is handmade jewelry line created by Tracey Graves in Maine. Tracy started the line as a hobby while she raised her twin daughters. She taught herself how to design jewelry and soon realized her passion for it. In 2012 Tracey became a company wholesaler of the Becoming line and formed a great success.

Becoming necklaces and jewelry are hand-crafted entirely with sterling silver or 14k plated gold. The styles have a simple, tasteful essence, and some with a humorous flare. This week we are highlighting some great styles perfect for this week’s holiday.

Whether it is for this week or for a lifetime, Becoming jewelry are pieces that one can have and cherish forever! Be sure to stop in and see some of our favorite styles of the line!

Mixture Candles and More Product Picks

Here at Out of the Box we find Valentine’s day a holiday that not only pertains to significant others, but all loved ones! The gift of giving never has to stop after the Holidays, and we think Valentine’s Day is a great time to tell someone you appreciate their friendship and love.

Our Product Pick this week may be Valentine’s Day themed, but the brand is one that we here at Out of the Box hold true to our hearts and adore! Mixture is a line of handmade Soy Candles, Bath Bombs, Shower Bombs, Soaps, and more that not only smells great, but feels great on your skin!

Their Shower Bombs are a Customer Favorite and new one’s will be arriving soon! Just like a Bath Bomb, you place the Shower Bomb at the bottom of your shower and Voila! You have a Spa-like Aromatherapy Session right in your Shower!

Mixture is an Inexpensive, Handmade, Natural, and Thoughtful brand that we think is great for a husband, wife, family member, or friend! Pictured are some of their Valentine’s Day pieces. Along with this we will have some great everyday Spring Scents of all of their products this season!

Be sure to stop in and see all of the great items Mixture, and our other brands have to offer! We hope you have a great week, and thanks for being our Favorite Customers! <3

Product Pick of the Week

We all know that January is not everyone’s favorite season. The holidays have passed and it is way too chilly outside, but something that we love about January is all the new items we start to bring into the store! While everyone has there own new years resolutions, one of our’s here at Out of the Box is to bring in more handmade and locally made products!

With that said, our product pick this week is a new Soap line we carry made locally in Crystal Lake called Cori Beth Soaps! Cori created her company as an extension of a passionate hobby just a few years ago. She started off with making soy candles, and it wasn’t until a family member suggested it that she began making her handmade soaps. After making her first batch of soaps, Cori as addicted and continued to make them as not only part of her career, but as her escape as well! Cori described her passion and soap line by saying, “The creativity, the research, the wide variety of colors, textures, and even fragrances has no limits on what I can create with my soaps.” All of this description is shown through the beautifully presented pieces of soaps! Some of us here at the store love them so much we don’t even want to use them up!

Cori Beth Soaps is just one of the many new lines and products we are getting excited to share with each and every one of our customers! Keep an eye out each week for new and favorite items in 2018!

Our Favorite Part about the Holidays

Merry Christmas! All of us here at Out of the Box hope you are enjoying this beautiful White Christmas just as much as we are! Usually on Mondays we talk about our favorite product of the week, and highlight the story behind the gift idea! Instead, this morning, we want to highlight our true favorite part of not only this holiday season, but every season.

Although we do get excited about new items, specialty items, and big sales, what we get most excited about is watching all of you walk through our doors! Our true favorite part of Out of the Box is all of our customers, and the contagious joy you bring in throughout the holiday season. Whether it was your first time in this season, or we see you every week, you are the reason we open our doors each and every day! Many of you bring friends and family in for the first time, and they become friends and customers of ours! As you open gifts today in our handle boxes and wrapping paper, we hope that you know we are grateful for the smiles the gifts will bring you! Thank you for a wonderful holiday season, and we wish you a Safe and Happy New Years! Stay tuned for next week’s Product Pick of the Week, as we bring in the New Year!

Holiday Product Pick of the Week

Well, the time has come and we are officially One Week Away from Christmas! This means we are just one week away from a day full of laugher, smiles, full bellies, and plenty of Giving! We know that many of you, just like many of us, still have loads of preparation to do before this week is up and that is why we are here to help! This week’s Product Pick of the Week is a bit different, and will include some ideas we think are great for you to pick up for any last-minute gifts.

Since the stockings may still need stuffing, and there still needs to be more presents under the tree, here is a list of some of our favorite gift ideas we have for you inside Out of the Box!

– Blue Q Men and Women’s Socks (Great for White Elephant too)
– Scarves, Hats, and Gloves
– WoodWick Candles (Plus other brand Holiday Candles)
– Christmas Décor (Currently 30% off)
– Pudus Slippers and Socks (One of Oprah’s favorites)
– Joy Susan, Mona B, Baggallini, and other great brands of Purses
– Walton Woods Men’s Solid Cologne and Lotion
– Formulary 55 Personal Care Products
– Da Bomb Bath Bomb Fizzers (Great Stocking Stuffers)
– All of our Unique Jewelry Lines!

This is just Ten of our Top Ideas we currently have in the store if you are stumped on ideas for a Special Someone. And what is even better is…we have So Much More! Were here to help you find any perfect gifts you still need, and to make it even easier we will be here a little more than usual! Here are our Holiday Hours for the Week before Christmas, hope to see you all. If not, Thank You for a Wonderful Season and Happy Holidays!

Product Pick of the Week

Here at Out of the Box we absolutely love gift giving, and helping you find the perfect gift. However, we know that it is not always easy. We all have that person who is impossible to buy for, has everything, or you simply cannot find something special for them! We also know, that a lot of times this person is a dad, uncle, boyfriend, or grandpa! Even though we have many options for your favorite girls in your life, we also have some awesome, unique ideas for your favorite men! This week we are going to tell you about a very special line we have in the store, that will have your men smelling great and smiling bigger!

Walton Wood Farm is a farm-based personal care product company that is located in Ontario. They first started with making bath salts in their kitchen, and have now offer over 80 hand crafted products just three years later! Some of our all-time favorites from Walton Wood are the Men’s Solid Cologne and the Hand Rescue.

Sometimes, cologne can be too over powering, but with these Solid Colognes comes a subtle, natural smell, that leaves men smelling fresh and clean. They are easy to apply, so they can never complain about putting them on! Our next fav is the Hand Rescue, which is so great for the cold winter we have in our near future! Whether it is after shoveling the driveway, or putting up Christmas decorations, our hands can get easily chapped and dry. Hand Rescue is a thick (but never greasy) hand cream made with 98% natural ingredients to prevent those dry hands. Available in the same great scents as the Solid Cologne, the pair is a great gift for any guy!

This is just one of the many lines we have that is great for Guys and Gals! Be sure to stop in before the Holiday and check everything out, we will be happy to help! Have an awesome week, and stay warm!

Product Pick of the Week

One of the best parts of the Holiday Season is the chance to dress up and spend time with the people you love! Many of our loyal customers know that we carry a variety of seasonal accessories to dress you in holiday style. Sweaters, Shawls, Scarves, Ponchos, and Jewelry are just some of the many things we have for all your special occasions. We are so excited to share with you a new accessory that truly ties your holiday outfits together. This week’s Product Pick is the MagneButton!

MagneButton is a fashionable magnetic button that can clasp any vest or shawl closed, can tie up a nice scarf, or even just as a little bling to your outfit! So many styles, so many choices, and so many ways to wear them! We think the best part about MagneButton is the subtle sparkle that comes with each one. Wear a simple black shawl and a MagneButton will add some sparkle and pull it all together!

Not only is it a great addition to your holiday outfit but also a great gift to give to a friend, sister, or mom! There are so many styles, you are guaranteed to find one that is perfect for every outfit!

We hope that you are getting your holiday shopping done, and are happy to help over at Out of the Box! Hope to see you all soon!

Product Pick of the Week

We hope that each and every one of our customers had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and we are so thankful for everyone who came out this past weekend for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! Now that Thanksgiving is over and it is officially the Holiday Season, we are here and ready to help get the gift shopping done! For many years, we have been providing our customers with not only unique gift ideas, but high quality gift ideas as well. One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is a quality accessory to last them a lifetime, so today we will share with you inside info about some of our best quality handbags and purses from Baggallini! Along with some great info, we also have a great offer for you guys!

Baggallini was started by two flight attendance who wanted a bag with all the practicality needed for travel, that was also very stylish! Baggallini carries passport cases, back packs, duffle bags, handbags, luggage, and pretty much any travel storage bag you can think of! The simplicity of the styles not only adds to the greatness of the bags but it enhances it!

Many of the items have RFID protection. For those of you who do not know it is a necessity when traveling, especially abroad! RFID protection acts as an enclosure for you to put all credit cards, passports, and identification in where they will be protected from outside scanners and fraud. The RFID protection is created through metal alloy that is lined within the bags. Whether it is throughout your entire purse, or just your wallet, RFID protection is a must!

We want to make sure you and your loved ones are protected this holiday season, so we are doing a little giveaway to help you out! When you buy any Baggallini, no matter what size, you will receive a Free Baggallini RFID protected wallet! This offer is while supplies last, and let me tell you the pattern on this wallet is to die for! Feel free to ask us more to know about the Baggallini line, because it is one of our favorites to talk about! Have a great week, and Happy Holidays!

Product Pick of the Week

While the weather gets cooler much faster than any of us were hoping for, stores begin to fill up with winter options of sweaters, scarves, gloves, jackets, boots, etc. They pretty much have us covered with every piece of clothing for going out in the cold! But what about for when you’re just inside the house by the fire? That is where this week’s Product Pick of the Week comes in. Pudus are a new slipper sock we are obsessing over and here is why.

Pudus, are a slipper sock made with the softest, fluffiest most comfortable lining guaranteed to wrap your precious feet in warmth and comfort all day, all night! Pudus makes sure to let us know that none of their materials are animal produced or animal tested, and everything is certified cozy!

Pudus have been recently added to Oprah’s Favorite things list of 2017, and we definitely see why! With patterns and sizes for all kids and adults, this is a gift idea you can’t pass up!

Along with Pudus we have loads of options for winter accessories, so feel free to come in with ideas or no ideas at all! We can always help, thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving to all of our customers! We are thankful for you.

Product Pick of the Week

As many of you may know this past weekend was our 9th annual Holiday Open House! The store is officially transformed for the Holidays and we are ready to get you ready for the season! We have everything from ornaments, candles, trinkets, to better yet, serving pieces for all the upcoming celebrations. This week we will spend our Product Pick of the Week post talking about some of our favorite serving pieces in the store from Mud Pie!

We carry a variety of products from Mud Pie, but one that always stands out to customers are their simple, tasteful, and fun serving pieces. Each piece has a simple saying on them about the piece. Some are witty, and some simply make you smile, but our favorite thing about them is their versatility. The holiday pieces are simple enough to be used all year round, and the year-round styles can be used for any holiday!

As years fly by, these serving pieces continue to be loved by all customers! We have heard great stories and ideas of how the pieces have been used that only encourage us to carry the line more! From classic house warming gifts to wedding guest books, the creativity behind our customers’ minds truly astonish us. Who knew a simple platter could become a story that is used at Out of the Box for years to come!

As always, thank you for being our loyal customers and giving us great stories to share with all the customers that follow! Let us know what you think, and we will see you next week!

Product Pick of the Week

Along with gifts for adults and adolescence, Out of the Box’s has also begun to expand our baby section. One of the best gifts you can give to a mother or father of a new child is something special and safe to wrap up their little one in. We think that when it comes to baby gifts, and all gifts, that quality is important! This week’s Product Pick of the Week is about a special and safe baby clothing line that we continue and love to carry!

Milkbarn Kids has a mission statement that resonates with us very much! “Crafting fresh and imaginative gifts that enrich lives.” What could be better than a mission like this one behind the clothing you put on your children’s backs? Well, the idea behind this mission is even better! Milkbarn believes that a child’s imagination is the most free and pure place in the world, and it is where they find the inspiration behind the Milkbarn Kids clothing.

Milkbarn clothing is well-designed and well-made. It is not manufactured or mass marketed. As you can see, those who created Milkbarn in San Francisco truly care about their customers, and understand all that is put into taking care of little ones. Not to mention, the clothes are adorable!

One of our favorite pieces from Milkbarn are the Organic and Bamboo Burp Cloths. Depending on the style you choose, these are made from 70% Bamboo and 30% Cotton or 100% Certified Organic Cotton. The designs are inspired by children’s imagination with unique and simple designs of animals, floral patterns, and more!

As the holiday season approaches quicker and quicker, we understand gift giving can be difficult! If you are in search for a baby holiday gift, Milkbarn is most definitely one we will recommend!

Thank you all for reading another Product Pick of the week, and make it a great week!

Product Pick of the Week

After a very hot end to the summer, it is about time we get to enjoy some brisk days! Fall weather means fall accessories and we have got some favorites to share with you. Our Product Pick of the Week this time is… (drum roll please) Blanket Scarves!

Scarves in the Fall and Winter have always been a favorite for our customers. Whether they be thick knit scarves, or small sheer scarves, they always have been a hit! This year we wanted to provide the best of both worlds. Scarves that are a statement piece of an outfit, and keep you warm with a nice jacket! That’s where these beautiful blanket scarves come in.

With a great variety of plaid patterns and color schemes there is one that will go with every single outfit! These scarves are in the shape of a large square, and can be worn in a variety of ways. When you stop in, any one of our girls working can show you our favorite ways to wear them.

Along with blanket scarves we still have an awesome selection of different pattern and weight fashion scarves. Each scarf is meant for one special customer of ours and we hope you find the perfect one for you! As always, we want to know what you think! Have any suggestions on products to talk about? Let us know. Once again, have a great week and thank you for being you! We love our customers!

Product Pick of the Week

Welcome back! Or if you’re new, welcome! As we all know, colder weather is just around the corner. Unfortunately, we also know that with cold weather, comes dry skin. We thought we would share more info with you about one of our favorite skin saving brands!

Formulary 55 started out as “Essential Soaps” a small vegan soap line sold in fresh markets every weekend. Founder and Creator, Cordelia, quickly realized her vegan soap line was going to be much more of a success than she anticipated! From this came Formulary 55!

Formulary 55 is a 100% Vegan personal care product line. Along with being vegan they are SLS-free and entirely cruelty free! We know that not every one of our customers are beauty enthusiasts, and this line is perfect for everyone!

A few of our favorites to help your skin transition into winter are the Shea Butter Hand and Body Crème, the Sea Mineral Foot Soak, and the Shea Butter Soap. These products are filled with everything your skin needs to stay hydrated and healthy even in our unpredictable Midwest weather.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions of a product pick of the week, let us know! We are here for you. Have a great week!

Product Pick of the Week

Welcome back to our Product Pick of the Week! As September has come to an end and October is in full swing there is one thing on our minds at Out of the Box, and that is Fall! One of the best parts about the Fall season is the wonderful variety of candle scents it has created. Autumn Leaves, Pumpkin Spice, or even Fig, we have them all and they are from a great company we would like to tell you all more about!

Here at Out of the Box we carry candles by WoodWick. They have three different types and we are obsessed with all of them! WoodWick’s traditional candle is just what it sounds like. It is blend of soy wax surrounding a wood wick. So, what is so different about a wood wick you may ask? Not only do wood wicks last longer than a normal wick candle, but they crackle as they burn as well! The subtle crackling noise will make you feel like you have a little fireplace in every room of your house.

Along with the WoodWick candles, we also carry the RibbonWick and HearthWick candles. The RibbonWick candles are meant to create a dull glow effect that illuminates an entire room. These however, do not crackle like the WoodWick do, so the company came up with a combination of the two! The HearthWick candles are made with the same wick as the WoodWick, and are shaped in the same way as the RibbonWick. HearthWick candles crackle as they burn and have an illuminating glow. Talk about the best of both worlds!

Whether it be Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring, we have a variety of WoodWick’s candle choices, as well as some other decorative candle lines, such as Mixture 100% soy votive candles. All candle lines and scents have been specially picked for our store and our customers! If you do not see a scent you like, just ask! We can help you find the perfect one.

Product Pick of the Week

Out of the Box is beginning a new tradition and we want all our customers to tune in on it. We like to call it Product Pick of the Week, and it starts now! Every Monday we will post on our Gift Gab blog about a new, popular, or unique product that we feel you should all know more about. As the holiday season is just around the corner, we hope these featured products can be gift ideas for friends, family, or even yourself!

To begin the tradition, we will tell you about a new unique jewelry line that we are just a little obsessed with! Fashion guru and artist Kate Mesta began Kate Mesta Inc. in Laguna Beach, California where she hand makes each piece of her jewelry to be one of a kind. Each necklace is meant to look different from the next, and all pieces are meant to stand out! Kate often attends fashion events to keep her work inspired by the best and most current fashion trends.

Kate Mesta Jewelry has been featured in magazines, worn by celebrities, and featured in many celebrity events. Let’s be real, who wouldn’t want a piece of jewelry all the celebrities are wearing? While Kate Mesta’s pieces are different, they are most certainly an eye catcher! With inspirational messages and beautiful colors, we think there is one special piece meant for each special customer of ours!

Being the first of many Product Picks of the Week, we want to know what you think! Questions are welcome, and If there is a certain product you would like to know more about let us know!