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Best Gifts for the Outdoorsman

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

Have an outdoorsman in your life? What can you get him that will make his day? Whether you are buying presents for a birthday, father’s day, anniversary, or something in between, you can always find great and thoughtful gifts for the outdoorsman in your life. Here are just a few of our suggestions: Multi-Tool There are plenty of multi-tools out there. Whether you want to get the traditional Swiss Army Knife or something newer, do some research to find the best possible one for what your outdoorsman likes to do. Tools like the Huckberry EDC Kit 2.0 are easy to...

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Tips for Buying The Perfect Graduation Gift

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

Personalization Getting a gift that is personalized means you really thought about them and the gift you are giving them. What you get and personalize really depends on what type of person they are and where they are going. Consider getting monogramed wallets, bags, laptop cases, or luggage if they are entering the career world. Consider water bottles, backpacks, custom wood boxes that can help them store things or even bedding for someone going off to college. This is the time for you to show that you care about this person and their future. Names, monogramming, and even just an...

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

With Mother's Day being this past weekend, it now might be a good time to start thinking about Father's Day. Undoubtedly, your dad is one of the most important men in your life. Whether you have his blood running through your veins or not, it is important to celebrate him and remind him just how important he is to you. A little stuck on what to give him? Here are a few non-cheesy ideas: Kinkajou Bottle Cutter If your dad is on the craftier side, the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter is a fantastic option. This roller-clamp device allows him to score...

Tags: Dad , Father , Father's Day

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Great Mother's Day Gifts for Techie Mom's

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

Everyone knows that people make fun of moms for not knowing much about technology, but there is a subset of moms that love technology. Getting your mom a gift that will help her embrace technology and make her life easier. If your mom loves technology and you want to expand her horizons beyond her iPhone, consider some of these mother’s day gift ideas: 1. Kate Spade Nearly every woman would love a Kate Spade New York bag. It is one of the most versatile and adorable fashion lines that also knows how to combine technology and fashion. Their line of...

Tags: Gift Ideas , Mom , Mom Gift , Mother's Day

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Essential iPhone Travel Accessories

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

It is almost time for road trip and travel season, which means that you will want to stock up on accessories for your trip. The most important thing you can accessorize is your tech and phone collection. No one wants to be stuck with nothing to look at during the boring parts of the ride, without music to listen to, without battery power for the AUX cord, and especially without protection against the bumps and drops that are bound to happen. If you are planning on a road trip, going on a longer plane ride, or just want to have...

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Unique Ways to Charge Your Phone

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

Unique Ways to Charge Your Phone When You Don’t Have a Charger It has happens: you lost your charger, it broke, you just do not have it with you when you need it, or the electricity goes out. While this is not as comparable to the catastrophes encountered by the rest of the world, it can leave you feeling anxious, alone, and bored. How can you charge your phone? Well, if you happen to have any of these cool chargers, you will be fine. Hand Crank Eton’s BoostTurbine 2000 is one way to charge your phone. If you are unfamiliar...

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Unique Accessories for your Android Device

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

One of the best things about owning an Android is that they are compatible with many different products due to its open-source platform. What you use your phone for might be different than someone else, and there are accessories that everyone can use, for whatever reason. With all of the tech innovations and changes coming out in 2017, these are the ones we are most excited about: Mophie Powerstation Pro One of the most important accessories for any Android owner is a portable battery. While Android battery life tends to be better than some of its competitors, there are still...

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Unique Accessories for your Android Device

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

One of the best things about owning an Android is that they are compatible with many different products due to its open-source platform. What you use your phone for might be different than someone else, and there are accessories that everyone can use, for whatever reason. With all of the tech innovations and changes coming out in 2017, these are the ones we are most excited about: Mophie Powerstation Pro One of the most important accessories for any Android owner is a portable battery. While Android battery life tends to be better than some of its competitors, there are still...

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Must Have iPhone Accessories

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

If you have an iPhone, you are probably attached to you at almost all times. In so many ways, it has made life easier for so many people. However that being said, there are definitely some shortcomings that accessories have been developed for to overcome. Of course, there are the popular iPhone accessories that we all have: earphones, chargers, and cases. Earphones and chargers come with all iPhones, and a case is usually the first accessory purchase. However, there are also some accessories that not everyone has that are useful and can improve the way you use your phone. Motorcycle...

Tags: Accessories , Cell phone , iPhone

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Understanding the Basics of Cribbage

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Useful Tips

Cribbage is a card game that utilizes a Cribbage board for easy score keeping and a standard 52-card deck. At its simplest, it is a game of numbers. You collect points by scoring combinations or putting cards together to make runs. The math is simple, but you do need to know some tactics and strategies. You have to know which is the right card to play is and which is the wrong card to play. If both players do know that, you can complete a game in less than 15 minutes. But there are a lot of rules and vocabulary...

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History of Cribbage

| Posted by Andy Griffin in History

Cribbage is a card game with a long and colorful history. Sir John Aubrey, the 17th century archeologist and folklorist, attributes the creation of cribbage to Sir John Suckling. Suckling, a poet and a soldier, was regarded as the most skillful card player in Europe at the time.   Suckling derived Cribbage from Noddy, an English card game that had been popular in the previous century. In the language of the day, noddy referred to a fool or dunce. Within the game it is the name for the jack of the suit that is turned up at the beginning of...

Tags: Cribbage Boards , History

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The Many Uses of Wooden Boxes

| Posted by Andy Griffin in History

Wooden boxes are so common; most people don’t give much thought as to their uses. This was even truer years ago, before plastics and resins became commonplace, and tools made metalwork easier and cheaper. For hundreds of years, wooden boxes were the only containers available to most people. The wealthy could invest in the artisan work needed to produce brass or iron boxes, but anyone with a saw and a few nails could make a wooden box.   Hardwood boxes were strong and sturdy, suitable for all types of travels. Almost every child has heard tall tales of pirates burying...

Tags: Boxes , Secret Boxes , Wood , Wooden Boxes

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Most Expensive Jewelry Boxes

| Posted by Andy Griffin in History

Throughout history, jewelry boxes were handcrafted luxuries that only the wealthy could afford. Artisans created boxes for royal households, members of the clergy, and other affluent patrons who loved using them to store their valuable jewelry. Often the boxes were works of art in their own right, inlayed with precious gemstones and metals, as they needed to be worthy of the elite who would own them.   Today, jewelry boxes are available online and in almost every department store. These easily found boxes are fairly standard, made of wood or plastics, and come in almost every design and color. However...

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History of Puzzle Boxes

| Posted by Andy Griffin in History

The creation of puzzle boxes originated in the Hakone region of Japan in the 1800’s. These boxes were originally created for workers who needed to safeguard their tools. Each box required a set of twists and turns to open. The trick was to determine the correct set of movements to open a specific box.   In the 1800’s Hakone was known for its hot springs. Many people visited the region for vacations and the tourism industry flourished. Puzzle boxes began to become popular as souvenirs. This continued through the World Wars, when soldiers on leave would purchase boxes to bring...

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American Jewelry Box History

| Posted by Andy Griffin in History

Throughout history, jewelry boxes were handcrafted luxuries that only the wealthy could afford with artisans creating boxes for royal households, members of the clergy, and other affluent patrons. Some areas became known for the expertise of their artists, such as the enamel painting of Limoges, France. Often the boxes were works of art in their own right, inlayed with precious gemstones and metals.   The Industrial Revolution changed all of that. For the first time, jewelry boxes could be made by machine. This allowed for mass-production of different styles, and a price that was affordable for the middle class. Mail...

Tags: History , Jewelry Box

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Summer Time Games for Kids

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Wooden Games

During the summer, there is a lot of time to fill for your kids. From rainy days when you can’t go outside to sunny days when you want to protect sensitive skin from the UV rays and the heat, finding things to do inside can be difficult. Luckily, there are some options that will make summertime just as much fun indoors as it is outdoors:   Simon Says   A traditional game of Simon Says is an easy way to keep your children entertained just about anywhere. The concept is simple: If you say “Simon says” and a command or...

Tags: Children , Fun , Games , Kids , Summer

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We’re bringing back family game night!

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Wooden Games

You’ve heard the reports—executive function is key to “successful learning,” says The Atlantic, citing these skills as “more important to learning and educational success than IQ or inherent academic talent.” And one of the best ways to help your kids hone their cognition, executive function and, even, boost attention spans is with structured games. In other words, bring back family game night! We’re overwhelmingly committed to bringing back game night. That means ditching the smart phones, the tablets, the video games and, of course, shutting off the TV. It means gathering the gang around the table for some fun family...

Tags: Family , Games , Wooden Cribbage Boards , Wooden Games

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Crafts for Kids

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Wooden Games

We like our children to be well rounded and explore different sides of their personalities, and arts and crafts projects is a great way for them to express their creative side. When choosing an art project for your kid to do, it is important to pick something that will be of interest to them or it will seem impossible to actually get them to sit down and try it. Here are four crafts projects that almost any kid can do, no matter what their skill set is:   Easy Airplanes   Making an airplane is a great way to get...

Tags: Children , Crafts

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Popular Wooden Games

| Posted by Andy Griffin in Wooden Games

Board games have been played for thousands of years by most cultures around the world. Most games included wooden boards, as wood was readily available and easy to fashion into the required shapes. Some artisans crafted elaborate boards that blurred the lines between game board and artwork. Wooden game boards have been found among the historical treasures of many civilizations.   Several of the board games popular today have existed for hundreds or even thousands of years. These games have become part of the cultural heritage of different societies. Some games have been adapted from even older games that are...

Tags: Wooden Games

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