Posts Tagged ‘Cool Valentine’s Day Gifts’

Valentine’s Day Love

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Is sending a Valentine’s Day card to the special people in our lives passé? The same question goes for Christmas cards? If you send out Christmas cards,  I then believe the answer is no. Once or twice a year, pay it forward, support your postal service and buy that stamp. Snail mail still needs to be utilized as it can’t disappear. Many people rely on it. More on that in a another blog post. We all sent out Valentines when we were young in elementary school. Why can’t we do so as adults? Have a little heart-to-heart and write your main squeeze a sweet (or spicy) Valentine’s Day love letter.

Animated Valentine’s Day Cards with Envelopes

With a touch of vintage, these cute Valentine’s cards will spread love the old fashioned way.

Animated Valentine's Day Cards

Give the unexpected…a paper card. Express your love! Send directly using the old fashioned method,  snail mail  these lovely vintage Valentines Day greetings.

Valentine’s Day cards are the perfect way to express your love, the most beautiful feeling in the world!

If you’re looking for something more than just a card check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas at Danna Bananas.

Valentines Day Gifts

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

With some more snowy blasts or more to come, it is safe to say winter is here to stay for awhile. ‘Weather':) you love it or hate it, it’s time to get out, embrace it and have fun in it because it is SNO-Much Fun.

Kickstart your wild imagination with Sno-Stompers. Stomp and roar making tracks like a dinosaur in the snow. They easily snap over boots and shoes. The Sno-Stompers are easy to take on and off and could also be used during summertime for making footprints in the sand. When your neighbours are not looking, why not leave tracks and keep them guessing.

Valentines Day Gifts for Winter Fun

Since Valentines Day is in the season of winter, wouldn’t these make a fun outdoor activity for the whole family? Sno-Stompers inspire imagination and creativity. Pretend to be animals, stomp around and roar out loud sounds. Awesome fun for all!

Sno-Stompers for Valentines Day at Danna Bananas

Sno-Stompers Green for Valentines Day at Danna Bananas

Cool Valentines Day Gifts

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Christmas has come and gone and so are the holidays.

Can you believe we are now two weeks into the first month of 2018?

As we all turn a new page into 2018, we can all reflect on what was, what is and what will come. Well in a few days, Valentines Day will be a month away.

“I just called to say I love you

I just called to say how much I care

I just called to say I love you

And I mean it from the bottom of my heart”

Valentines Day Gifts for All

If a funny Valentine’s Day is your go to theme this year then you must look for funny Valentines Day gifts? Danna Bananas has you covered with a plethora of funny Valentine gifts for him and funny Valentines Day gifts for her.

Pink Talk Dock make a fun Valentines Day Gift

Hello! Remember the days where you could have a phone in the kitchen with a long cord while you talk to your friends all hours of the day? Relive those glory, simpler days with The Talk Dock. With a dash of old school, this lovely, fun and functional Valentines Day gift will ring their heart. Functions as a dock, charging station and a receiver, the Talk Dock will charge your phone. May look vintage but don’t you worry this charger dock connects to all the latest Smart phones.

10 Hot Toys That Changed the Way People Play

Monday, January 1st, 2018

The Fingerling Monkey may be this year’s hottest toy, but its popularity is far from unparalleled. A new must-have toy seems to arrive every holiday season. Richard Gottlieb, the chief executive of Global Toy Experts and publisher of Global Toy News, discussed some of the Hot Toys like the Fingerling’s craze-making predecessors over the last generation.

Popular toys are often like comets across the sky, drawing attention quickly and fading just as fast. “A good fad is about eight months from explosion to collapse,” Mr. Gottlieb said. While few toys outlast the initial hype, the ones he listed have endured as cherished memories from childhood and helped shape play time expectations long after they left the shelves.

They were also big business. Mr. Gottlieb ranked the toys below based on the impact each had on the industry, indicating when they became major hits in the United States. “These products,’’ Mr. Gottlieb said, “became cultural touchstones.”

Beanie Babies Hot Toys

A collection of Beanie BabiesCreditSuzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

1993

Hot Toys #1 Beanie Babies

These pellet-stuffed animals, Mr. Gottlieb said, had an outsize cultural and financial impact. “It became an investment portfolio if you will,” he said.

He described how the company voluntarily limited supplies of these Hot Toys, leading to long lines of customers whenever a store got a fresh shipment. But the bubble quickly burst.

“Lots of people invested a lot of money and time,’’ he said, “but it wound up being worth virtually nothing, what a used plush animal would be worth.”

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Cabbage Patch Kids Hot Toys

Cabbage Patch Kids are shown on display in Boston in 1983. CreditElise Amendola/Associated Press

1983

Hot Toys #2 Cabbage Patch Kids

“It wasn’t a pretty doll, they were strange looking.” Mr. Gottlieb said, “Maybe there’s some appeal to the imperfect for us, because it’s who we are.”

Although these Hot Toys may have appealed to people’s humanity, they did not always bring out the best in shoppers.

“There were fistfights in the stores,’’ he said. “Big, big fights. People were nuts.”

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Super Soaker Hot Toys

Super Soaker’s added a more powerful dimension to the concept of a water gun.CreditAndy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal, via Associated Press

1992

Hot Toys #3 Super Soaker

“Super Soaker I think was revolutionary in outdoor play. It took the water gun to a whole new level.”

The thrill was in the power, Mr. Gottlieb said. “I just remember people were blasting the hell out of somebody with a heavy stream of water.” And now, he said, that enthusiasm is much the same for these hot toys. “People still get excited about the latest, most powerful water gun.”

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Razor Scooter Hot Toys

Jake Smith, 16, of Queens rides his Razor Scooter June 1, 2000 in New York City.CreditChris Hondros/Newsmakers, via Getty Images

2000

Hot Toys #4 Razor Scooter

Mr. Gottlieb said he still sees people riding these metal scooters to work today. Although they have had some staying power, they also represent the dangers of a product getting too popular, too quickly.

Early customers wanted more than retailers could stock, but that trend reversed after the first holiday rush. “You would go into stores and just see pallets and pallets of these hot toys, and it was over.”

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Transformers Hot Toys

A woman shops for Transformers toys, made by Hasbro, in New York in 2009.CreditShannon Stapleton/Reuters

1984

Hot Toys #5 Transformers

“It was a really cool form of play,” Mr. Gottlieb said. Transformers could be manipulated in ways that other hot toys could not. “It’s double the pleasure.”

Since their release, Hasbro has kept the brand alive by expanding the Transformers universe. “It really created an entire category,” he said.

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Bratz Dolls Hot Toys

Bratz dollsCreditMGA Entertainment/Associated Press

2001

Hot Toys #6 Bratz

These dolls, Mr. Gottlieb said, signaled an awareness that dolls that are blonde and white are “not reflective of the culture that we have anymore.”

Some parents criticized Bratz for wearing clothes they viewed as sexualized, but Mr. Gottlieb said sex appeal was not the reason the dolls had staying power. Rather, these hot toys became so popular because America was becoming more diverse, and children wanted to play with a doll that looked more like they did.

“Bratz is the only doll that really ever challenged Barbie.”

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Pokemon Hot Toys

Two friends hold up their favorite Pokemon trading cards in 1999.CreditCharles Krupa/Associated Press

1999

Hot Toys #7 Pokémon

“It started in what I like to call the schoolyard social network” in the United States. Several years after its start in video games in Japan, the Pokémon craze in America centered around groups of children who collected and traded the cards, and local merchants who catered to them, Mr. Gottlieb said.

“I can just remember going to retail stores and they’d have signs in the window saying, ‘we have Pokémon cards,’‘‘ he said. “It was that popular.”

The brand is having a renaissance now, thanks to the Pokémon Go augmented reality app. “I don’t think in some ways, we want to give up these things we loved in childhood, but we’re told as adults that we’re not supposed to be so enthusiastic. The augmented reality gave permission to re-embrace.”

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Tickle Me Elmo Hot Toys

A Tickle Me Elmo doll in New York.CreditBebeto Matthews/Associated Press

1996

Hot Toys #8 Tickle Me Elmo

Elmo was already a television celebrity when Rosie O’Donnell brought these hot toys onto the set of her talk show. “People just went nuts,” Mr. Gottlieb said. “They loved the way it had that chuckle.”

At the height of its popularity it also drew crowds at retailers. “I’m sure somebody got punched in the nose over Elmo, but I really don’t remember.”

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Teddy Ruxpin Hot Toys

Teddy Ruxpin combined technology and the cuteness of a stuff animal. CreditPRNewsFoto/BackPack Toys

1985

Hot Toys #9 Teddy Ruxpin

“Teddy Ruxpin was kind of the first animatronic plush animal,” Mr. Gottlieb said. Although it was somewhat unreliable at first — about half of the early versions failed and were returned by customers — it broke the mold for how hot toys and technology could mix.

“Technology, part of that was always seen as hard, but teddy bears were soft,’’ Mr. Gottlieb said. “The combination of those things was fairly radical, as well as the notion that technology could be cute and emotionally engaging.”

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Magic the Gathering Card Game Hot Toys

Students, from left, Nick Horne, 6th grade, and Jason Curtis, 7th grade, play the game “Magic: The Gathering” in their free time at The American Boychoir School in Princeton.CreditAaron Houston for The New York Times

1993

Hot Toys #10 Magic: The Gathering

This fantasy-style card game had intricate rules and a huge number of possible paths to the final win-or-lose outcome, and helped bring a small gaming subculture into the mainstream. “It’s a little bit of an outrider, but I included it because it was a real popularizer of the concept of the Dungeons and Dragons gameplay to a wider audience,” Mr. Gottlieb said.

Mr. Gottlieb said that the game genre grew in popularity thanks partly to “Magic.” The play format continues to attract people today.

Original Source of this post is the New York Times.

Star Wars Gifts

Monday, December 11th, 2017

With Star Wars The Last Jedi Movie opening on December 15th, you are probably looking for Star Wars inspired gifts? We have been working with Yoda Santa and have summoned the force to bring you some fun and geeky gifts!

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Star Wars Gifts!

May the Force be with all aspiring Jedi cooks as Yoda, Darth Vader and R2-D2–shaped cookie cutters can create 30 sweet and savory treats with the Star Wars Cookbook – Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones, and Other Galactic Goodies!

Star Wars Cookbook at Danna Bananas

Isn’t this cool? The Star Wars Death Star Ice Mold lets you create ice spheres that are shaped like the 360 degree Death Star as featured in Star Wars Episode 4.

Star Wars Death Star Ice Mold Glass at Danna Bananas

 

May the force of the holiday season be with you!

 

Celebrating Kitschmas

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Are you looking for the perfect Kitschmas gift for a friend or family member? Well, we have something for you.  This gift is not only kitschy but funny, memorable and believe it or not functional too. The Water into Wine Drink Makers make a great novelty Christmas gift for your wine loving family member or friends. We all need a drinking buddy especially one who is kind to all.

It’s not always easy to remember “whose glass is whose” when enjoying a glass of wine or two(wink) with friends or family.  This festive drinking buddy will protect your drink and keep track of it’s whereabouts. Also, they will ward off the beverage smugglers.

It’s always a party with the giggle inducing drinking buddy!

 

Remember Jesus is the reason for the season!

 

 

Water into Wine Drink Markers for Kitschmas

Cool Valentine’s Day Gifts

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Do you feel it? Do you smell it? Even though love is in the air everyday, there is one specific day everyone(mostly) puts forth more love and that is on February 14th. Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day 2017 is just around the corner.

This love-filled day is the perfect time to spread your love through a gift you have thoughtfully selected. What to give your love is sometimes tough but we have some great gift ideas for you. Flowers, jewelry, chocolates, sweet notes, dinner out in the town are lovely, romantic traditional gifts but why not be different this year. If you are struggling, ,we’re here to help you think outside the heart-shaped chocolate box. Give your sweetheart something that is unique, fun and has a twist of ridiculousness!

Cool Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him or Her

If your idea is a funny Valentines Day theme, we do have a funny Valentine gift that may make you go a tad red and your Valentine as well. In Season Salt & Pepper Shakers will for sure spice up your meals(wink, wink)!

In Season Salt Pepper Shakers Make Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

Why not express your love with baking a cake…who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate cake? The I Heart Cake Mould serves up six pieces of sweet deliciousness from a heart shaped cake mold. Also, ideal to celebrate on a birthday at a baby shower and at a graduation.

I Heart Cake Mould makes Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

Did you grow up with a telephone receiver and have the luxary of slamming it down when someone peeved you off during a chat session in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s? Show someone what it was like with the Talk Dock. It will let you charge your phone, talk and stir your soup all at once.

Talk Dock Makes Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

If you are into doing something simple but sweet, write I love you on this jumbo heart sticky note.

Jumbo Heart Sticky Note makes Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

Simple but yet very meaningful. The way to someone’s heart is to make them a hot cup of love with the Tea To My Heart Tea Infuser.

Tea To My Heart Tea Infuser makes Cool Valentine's Day Gifts

Danna Bananas has you covered with some cool Valentines Day gifts, funny Valentine’s Day gifts for her, funny Valentine gifts for him and funny Valentines gifts for boyfriend!  Delight your sweetheart with Cool Valentines Day gifts they will love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!