Category Archives: Unique Gifts

Mona B Product Pick of the Week

We have all seen the trend of sustainability blossom in almost all areas of our lives! Whether it may be living more sustainably, dressing more sustainably, or shopping more sustainably it is most definitely a popular way to live! We here at the store think that sustainability is great and everyone could easily incorporate it in their lifestyle! An easy way to start is buying sustainable substitutes of items you already buy!

This leads into this week’s Product Pick, one of our favorite bag and purse lines, Mona B! Each bag in the Mona B Collection is one-of-a-kind and is designed with an effort to utilize materials more sustainably and still be stylish and unique. Many Mona B bags are made using recycled tents and army gear. Something each of us love so much about Mona B is their rustic look and durable quality! Mona B makes backpacks, totes, purses, make up bags, even Koozies! We believe they are easily addicting so if you buy one you may want even more! We love the brands mission that they “are not perfect but are dedicated to living a life of authenticity and daring to be the change that the world needs.”

Come in and check out the new Mona B bags for the Spring Season! You will not regret it!

Constructive Eating Product Pick

We all know that one of our Kiddo’s favorite things to do is play outside, and with warm weather in the near future we can assume there will be plenty of days at the park!! As a gift store, we set a goal to carry practical, unique, and fun items for all ages. While we do want our little ones to have a good time, we also want them to stay healthy. The more kids play the less they want to stop to eat, so we have a product for you to make eating fun!

This weeks Product Pick is one we have been loyal to for years, and we cannot get enough of it! Made in USA, Constructive Eating was created by individuals who were construction lovers from the start. When they realized that they lived and breathed construction, founders Carter and Jackie Malcolm thought why not eat with construction too?

With Garden Fairy and Construction Utensils and Plates, the brand provides a great solution to get all of your little ones to enjoy eating, and eating on their own! With utensils sold individually and in sets, it is a great gift for any toddlers you may know who can’t slow down. Maybe even a gift to their parents as well!

We have fell in love with the quality, safety, and impact Constructive Eating has made for our customers, and think you will too!

Lagom Body Co. Product Pick

Now that we have officially sprung into Spring, it is time to start highlighting new, refreshing, and unique gift ideas! Many of you know that Out of the Box carries everything from baby toys to women’s accessories to home decor! Some of you may not know that we have also started to carry unique body care and beauty lines! This leads into this week’s Product Pick, a new Holistic Beauty line that we are obsessed with!

Kristen Runvik, originally from the area, believes that each and every person deserves “fresh, clean, and happy skin every day.” Because of this she began making small batches of everyday facial and body products that are full of ingredients that we know, recognize, and trust. These small batches turned into larger batches, and these larger batches became Lagom Body Co. A company that carries products to create healthy skin using incredibly simple ingredients.

Not only do we love Lagom Body Co. Products, but we love the passionate message Kristen has associated with the brand. Kristen describes that by using Lagom Body Co. products, “it’s making your self-care routine fun and refreshing and reconnecting so many of you to the moment. Taking care of yourself is so much more than skincare, but it’s an important piece in your holistic lifestyle and I’m honored that Lagom’s a part of it.”

Currently, we carry Lagom Facial Tonic Sprays, Clay Masks, and Facial Oils! At the seasons change we think it is very important to listen to your skin, and these products will help! Safe ingredients, affective products, and a great message…What could be better?! We love when Kristen has done with this line, and hope you do too! Spot in this week to check out her products and everything else new we have for Spring. Have a great week, and thank you for being you!

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

Blue Q Product Pick of the Week

While January continues to fly by, we here at Out of the Box have been reminiscing on 2017 and all of the great things that came out of it! It is no surprise that the Holiday season is one for highlighting the top gift ideas of the year, but we think that our top seller is one that will be sticking around for 2018, and we are all stocked up! Our Product Pick this week is one of our absolute favorites, and most popular lines, Blue Q.

Blue Q is a quirky unique line of socks, oven mitts, zipper pouches, and more that can make any person smile and laugh. There are styles great for customers who like things a little more “edgy” and styles for those who like to keep it short and sweet! With each and every product we choose to carry we like to take care of all our various customer’s needs and desires. A great part about Blue Q is the variety of clientele they cater to!

Something even better about Blue Q that many of you who have purchased them may not even know about is their “give back” programs! Every Blue Q bag sold benefits the Nature Conservancy Program, and every Blue Q Sock sold supports Doctors without Borders. Blue Q is a brand that cares about creating smiles on the faces of those who their products influence and we care about this too! By buying Blue Q not only are you smiling, but so are so many others we are helping!

Blue Q is just one of the many lines we carry that have some sort of “give back” program! As 2018 goes on, we will share more and more with you. Always feel free to ask what products give back, because we too love to make a difference in our society!

Product Pick of the Week

We hope everyone is having a great January and is staying warm in this unpredictable weather. Many of you may know, but a strong value we have here at the store is quality in the gifts you purchase for the one’s you love. Nothing feels better than giving a gift to someone knowing it was made in a good place by good people! This leads into this week’s Product Pick, a tried and true handmade line that we cannot get enough of!

J&I Handmade Artisanal Jewelry is a jewelry line entirely handmade in the heart of Philadelphia. The company was started by designer Ian Gibson and his wife. Ian is self-taught in the art of jewelry fabrications, and metals. His desire to work with his hands lead him into the direction of creating this brand that is now not only his passion but also his success!

All J&I jewelry is made with a combination of Sterling Silver, 14K Gold filled metals, Gemstones, and Pearls. One of our favorite parts of the line is its organic, classy essence that is unlike any other jewelry line!

Many of us at Out of the Box own pieces of J&I and have firsthand experience with the brands great quality. Whether it is a New Year gift to yourself, or an early purchase for Valentine’s day, there is no regrets purchasing something from J&I!

J&I is one of the many handmade jewelry lines we carry! If you are ever curious of what jewelry at the store is handmade, feel free to ask! We can point you in the direction of some genuinely hand-crafted pieces!

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!

First 2018 Product Pick of the Week

Now that the holiday season is over, and 2018 is officially here, Out of the Box has some great things in store for the new year! As we ring in 2018, we also bring in a variety of new and improved gift items and brands! However, before we can bring these items in we need to make room for them! That is why our product pick for this week is not just one item, but all the great items we have on sale!!

Limited Holiday Decor, Scarves, Ponchos, Gloves, Hats, Purses, and other great gift items are marked down to great prices and are going fast! January is a month of sales here, as we will also have our Sidewalk Sale Weekend later this month! Be sure to come in and take advantage of the sales, and be on the look out for new items highlighted on our Product Pick Blog each week!

Thank you again for a great Holiday Season, and we look forward to a great 2018 year with all of you!

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

As the weather continues to get colder, there are so many fun cozy things to do! Sit by the fire, snuggle up under a blanket, and even better, take a nice warm bath. Over at Out of the Box we feel that pampering yourself and others is one of the best gifts you can give! That is why this week we are sharing a story about our favorite best-selling bath bombs with you!

Da Bomb Bath Fizzers has a story behind them that will truly warm your heart. When the founders and creators of the company Isabel and Caroline were just 10 and 11 years old discovered their love for bath bombs they realized one thing that was missing. After the bath bomb was done dissolving, they always felt a sense of sadness that the fun was over. This sparked the idea of creating bath bombs that have fun surprises that come with them. When the bath fizzer is done dissolving, there is a fun surprise inside, whether it be a toy, jewelry, or even a nice note. It was then, that Da Bomb was created!

All their bath bombs are made to be as natural as possible and just have a few, simple, high quality ingredients. The girls first begun making their bath bombs by themselves by hand, but after they began flying off the shelves, they have formed a large team of people helping them. The team even includes their little brother Harry, who has added a great sense of creativity to the team.

The girls are now 15 and 16 years old and success is booming. Along with them being great gifts, many of the bath bombs involve give back programs. Portions of every Earth Bath Bomb sold contribute to Ocean Cleanup Organizations.

Da Bomb Bath Fizzers are perfect stocking stuffers or thank you gifts for the holiday season! With a variety of year-round styles and seasonal favorites, we are sure you will find the perfect one!

As always, we love your feedback! Let us know what you think, and thanks for reading. Have 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!