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Monday, October 28, 2013
During the 1950's, there were lots of amazing events taking place and is known to have changed the world for the better. Many of these changes involved manufacturing amazingly tasty candy as well as gift ideas which are, in fact, still being used today especially by baby-boomers. Although these candies may be hard to find in local stores, they are easily purchased online and have been providing 1950's candy services for quite some time. While these online stores may exist and provide such services, many would say that this is a dream come true, giving the reason of being able to have something to remember parts of their childhood by.

If you are looking for your favorite candy, don't forget to purchase some for your fellow baby-boomers. Baby-boomers love their candy and they wouldn't want anything in the world to replace such fantastic childhood memories that each piece they savor brings back. Purchasing 1950's candy as gifts for the holidays will be next to the best, if not the best, present they will have gotten this year. Giving them a candy which will remind them of a special time in their childhood is priceless.

I bet you're wondering what type of 1950's candy is being purchased online these days, right? Well, believe it or not there are over 100 1950's candies being produced and purchased online. Some of which include; Giant Taffy, Good and Plenty, Chuckles, BB Bat, Zotz, Bonomo Turkish Taffy, Sugar Daddy Jr., Violets, Wax Lips, and much more. Depending on the company you choose to buy your favorite 1950's sweets from, you will see that you can purchase a box full of favorites. These boxes of candy can replace stocking stuffers or you can lay them on each table during your Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts.

Buying these 1950 s gifts of candies can be a great birthday gift was well. For instance, if you decide to throw a party for someone, you should try creating a theme around 1950's. This would be a great idea for someone who was born during this time or has been able to connect well with the 1950's. You can even put a box of candy on each table at the party, allowing guest to dig in and tell stories about a particular time in their childhood when they first had that piece of candy. During the party, you will be amazed at how many people and stories they can come up with by savoring certain pieces of tasty 1950's candy.

Whether it may be Christmas, Thanksgiving, a birthday or just because, purchasing 1950 s gifts candies will always be a great choice for those who were born during that time. This will be a great opportunity for them to sit back and enjoy the great taste of each piece. When it comes down to it, it's guaranteed that each 1950's piece of candy eaten will bring back those special childhood memories. Don't believe it, try it - you'll be amazed!


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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Being sick can really take a toll on one's body and mind. In addition to the body aches, fevers and nagging coughs, your brain can become a sluggish and slow organ, making normal tasks and jobs that much harder to accomplish. And, if you are a male, this can be even tougher to do. Men pride themselves on being strong, tough and somewhat invincible, but being sick changes everything. Instead of feeling strong and invincible, many men feel weak and needy. Some women even lovingly joke that a having a sick man is the same as having a sick baby. However you describe it, being sick is no fun. So, in addition to proper rest and following the doctor's orders, here are a few unique get well gifts for men that can help speed up the feel better process.

Electronic Goodies

This may seem like a no-brainer but men, sick or not, love their electronics. A great way to show that you care and give them something to do while stuck on bed, is to purchase something to help make the time pass. Nook and Kindle are great for the man who enjoys reading while hand held video games can also be a winner. And, to encourage actually resting, a sound machine can also make a great get well gift for men.

Gift Baskets

Gifts baskets may be the one gift that you can never go wrong with. It's a win for all involved. Everyone loves getting them and gift givers love buying them. Gift baskets have come a long way from just fruits and wines. Gift baskets have evolved into something more unique and depending on likes and personalities, you can find almost any basket to give.

Personalization

Sometimes simple is better. The key to turning simple get well gifts into unique get well gifts for men is personalization. Gifts can be engraved with well wishes, personal messages and more, to upgrade a normal get well gift into something spectacular. Gifts like mugs, watches and even blankets can all be personalized to show that special someone how important they are. The possibilities are endless.

Sometimes finding the perfect get well gift for a man is as easy as figuring out his personality and likes. Is he an athlete? A business man? A gamer? Does he love candy? Can't live without his beer? Your answers can clue you in when looking for the best get well gift.   


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Monday, October 21, 2013
Often a person is at a loss to know what to purchase as a gift for someone who "has everything". When a person is growing up the one thing they will always remember is their favorite candy. With each generation different candies have emerged that have become popular. When these are replaced in the marketplace, they are seldom seen in stores or other places that sell candy.

Today, it is possible to purchase candy from any era, including before the 1920's. Imagine what a pleasure it would be for someone to receive one of these retro candy gifts and, opening the box, find candy that was popular when they were young. It will bring back the nostalgic feeling of a different time or place.

Penny candy was extremely popular in the early days. A child could take five cents to the store and come home with a bag full of candy. Wax containers full of a tasteful liquid, Licorice Snaps, Mary Jane's, Rock Candy, Goo Candy, wax lips and many other confections were a delight to the youthful shopper who often spent quite some time in making choices.

As time went on there were favorites in the 20's, 30's, 40's and so forth, up to today's generation. One way to determine exactly what kind of a purchase to make is to add approximately 6 years to a person's birth date. That will equal about the time when they were doing serious candy shopping. Finding a gift of their favorite childhood candy is something that would be a big surprise and gratefully received.

Today it is possible to have a professionally wrapped gift that will carry the theme of any era. These are artistically done to emphasize the occasion. Depending on personal choice, the gift can come in a basket, box, or other container that specifically pertains to the pleasant memories of the recipient.

Today's retro candy outlet can furnish any kind of candy that was popular from the 1800's to today. Gifts can include things such as Marshmallow Peanuts, Anise Squares, Maple nut goodies and others that were popular before 1920. Then there are things such as Cherry Red Buttons, Chick O Sticks and Tootsie Pops from the 1930's. The 1940's, with sugar rationing due to the war, still brought forth favorites such as Bazooka Bubble Gum,Turkish Taffy, Fun Dip and others.

These are just a few of the examples of candies that are available that represent different eras. Retro candy gifts are an excellent choice for any occasion and are something that will be remembered for a very long time.  


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Saturday, October 19, 2013
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man,
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man,
I’m strong to the finish
Cause I eats me spinach.
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.

This song is still known in 2013, by a young, technologically advanced generation. The Popeye the Sailor character, has been a part of our media cultural for over 80 years. His spinach obsession,which gave him supernatural strength, his laughter, and his adventures with Olive Oyl, Sweet Pea, hamburger hungry J. Wellington “Whimpy", Bluto/Brutus, and other characters, are forever in our memories and heart.

Popeye was originally created by E.C. Segar and was introduced to the world in 1929. In the 1930's the Popeye character was a popular comic strip and remains in some national newspapers today. In 1935 the moniker, Popeye the Sailor was heard on the radio and ran until 1938. In the 1950's, Paramount Picture Studios made Popeye, an animated TV cartoon hero. These short films were so popular with children, adults and the spinach industry, that a membership club was established and a Saturday movie matinee was held in theaters.

A new generation is learning about Popeye the Sailor through DVDs and merchandise which continues to be sold everywhere. Licensed Popeye gifts continue to be manufactured, in the novelty likeness of:

Hats and caps
Bendable toys
Home and Office items
Kids and Baby products
Kitchen items
Mens, womens and childrens clothing items
Mugs
Pet novelty items
Pins, stickers and posters
Sweatshirts and Hoodies
T-shirts and Tops
Water Bottles and more.

There are many retro Popeye collectors who handle 100's of products from the 1930's, featuring toys, puzzles, magazines, piggy banks, comics, handkerchiefs, scarves, toothbrushes, and much more. Popeye enthusiasts enjoy buying and collecting modern day Popeye gifts and collectibles. With the Internet, there are many websites dedicated to this character's history and many novelty sites, as well as mail order companies that feature quality-made items.

The legend of Popeye the Sailor lives on in the varied gifts that are given to family, friends, and co-workers. A limited edition Popeye Shaving Collection featuring a hand-made signature tin can, is sold at high end retail stores and at certain brick and mortar locations. Popeye remains a popular licensed character in major theme parks and resorts in the United States and at Universal Studios in Japan. Clothing gifts for adults and children by Dolce and Gabbana, Benetton, Gap, H&M, Zara, and Miss Sixty, feature the Popeye the Sailor and Olive Oyl iconic logos in their shirts, cuff links, ties, socks, etc.

Children will enjoy the Popeye game apps and adults will love receiving Popeye and Olive Oyl VISA prepaid gift cards. Baby boomers would get a kick out of a bendable set of Popeye and the gang figurines. The beloved casual sailor image of Popeye has gone exclusive, whimsical, and customized, with the Popeye Yachtmaster Rolex Watch by London's Bamford Watch Company.

Popeye is a special cartoon character that will always be a part of American culture and history, yet shared with the world. Popeye gifts are available for all holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. Rather than cartoonish, gifts with a Popeye logo are considered to hold fond memories for those who watched this cartoon character on TV, and whimsical for a new generation.


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Thursday, October 17, 2013
What better gift for a young child or adult that watches Sesame Street than a Tickle Me Elmo Sesame Street Mug. Elmo is that red monster with plenty of fur who hosts the last part of the Sesame Street Show. He has a high voice that children love. His voice has been performed by several actors over the years.

The Elmo character is 3-1/2 years old and he always talks about himself in the third person. The Elmo character has appeared on the Rosie O'Donnell Show, Emeril Live, and The Tony Danza Show. In 1996 a Tickle Me Elmo Doll became a very popular toy. Now this 12 ounce ceramic Elmo mug with gift box makes a great gift for children or adults.

The gift box that this trendy mug comes with makes it easy wrap. It is a great gift for a young child's birthday party. When you have to bring a gift, the Sesame Street Mug will be a big hit with kids and parents. Kids can drink juice, milk, or soda from the mug while feeling like adults at home.

You can throw a special party for your toddler or young child and order this mug as a gift for everyone. It can be Winter Party to help everyone get out of the winter doldrums. Serve hot chocolate in the fancy Elmo mugs with your favorite cookies. This can be a party for adults too.

Think the Sesame Street mug is only for children? Well, its not. Some adults love Elmo. The mug can be used at work for coffee, tea, juice or water. It is an attractive mug that brightens up a gloomy rainy day. It’s a great mug to give to co-workers or friends for the holidays or on special occasion.

The "Tickle Elmo" mug with the bright red Elmo character fits into the Christmas holiday season. It makes a great stocking stuffer or grab bag gift for clubs or work. Kids will love drinking out of their Elmo mug during the holiday season. The week off after Christmas is the good time to use it.

The mug can be a trendy gift for college student who likes to be different. Anyone that likes Elmo will enjoy drinking out of this colorful mug. Order this mug for holidays, birthdays, office parties, grab bags or just everyday use. It's very useful and decorative mug too.   


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The 1960s was a decade of radical change in American society. From the Beatles to the Vietnam War, protests, and women’s lib, energy levels ran high, and the wide variety of candy from the 1960s reflected some of that vitality.

Although only four new candies were introduced during that decade - Blammo bubble gum, Lemonheads, Starburst Fruit Chews, and Sweetarts - they joined a wealth of others that seem to have been created for the moods that swept the nation.

For example, the 1960s saw the birth of flower power, hippies, and tie-dye clothing. Many of the candies mirror that burst of color:

  • Jujyfruits: gumdrop-like, chewy candies in five bright colors
  • Smarties: little sugar tablets available in six different flavors and colors
  • Good & Plenty: pink, white, and black licorice sensation
  • Necco Wafers: eight different flavors and colors of simple sweetness
  • Candy Buttons on Paper: dot-like sugary treats in three flavors and colors arranged on a strip of paper
  • Candy Necklace: colorful candies strung like the bead necklaces worn by hippies in that era
  • Chuckles: sugar-coated jelly treats in five different colors and flavors
  • Dots: a gum drop grand introduced in 1945. The Dots available during the 1960s came in five different flavors and colors
  • Razzles: five different colors and flavors of candy that, when chewed, turned into gum

The 1960s also were explosive, beginning with the Cuban missile crisis and progressing through the Vietnam war. As protesters took to the streets and college campuses, some of the candy from the 1960s seemed to mirror that tension.

Pop Rocks, for example, are a hard candy processed with carbon dioxide. These candies melt in your mouth and pop as the tiny gas bubbles burst. Atomic Fireballs are spicy, hard round candies that can fire up your mouth with their rich cinnamon flavor. Zotz, an Italian candy that found its way into the states in 1968, has a fizzy center surrounded by a hard candy.

One of life’s simple pleasures is blowing a big bubble, and the 1960s had great poppers. Gold Mine Bubble Gum, Blammo Bubble Gum (discontinued), Dubble Bubble Gum, and Bubble Gum Cigar allow kids young and old alike to try for the biggest bubble on the block. The more sedate chewing gum Chiclets is available for those who want a more relaxing experience.

Chewy candies were not in short supply during the 1960s. Some of the retro offerings included Giant Taffy, Tootsie Rolls, Black Taffy, Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy, Bit-O-Honey, Charleston Chew, and Sugar Daddy Jr. For the look of a cigarette without the nicotine and other harmful ingredients, brands like Kings and Stallion were found in realistic boxes.

For those looking for lasting sweetness, several hard candies were marketed. Kids of all ages can still enjoy Root Beer Barrels, Lemonheads, and Gobstoppers, the jaw breakers that can be enjoyed for days.

Like Gobstoppers, candy from the 1960s has withstood the test of time. Fortunately, nearly all the sweet treats from decades ago are still for sale today. 


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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Get well candy baskets are designed to turn that frown upside down. When someone you know is under the weather, or nursing an injury, sending a candy basket will let them know you are thinking of them. Candy baskets do more than delight a sweet tooth, they show a person that you really care and put a smile on the face of people that are suffering. You could make a get well gift basket filled with candy, but it looks much more professional when you buy one.

Get well candy baskets have a variety of options for people to choose from. You can send a basket filled with retro candies or candy that is popular right now. Retro candy is ideal for adults, who will love strolling down memory lane while they eat the delicious goodies from their candy basket. Younger patients are likely prefer a candy basket that is filled with all the most popular candies currently sold.

What kind of candy might be found in a get well soon candy basket? If the basket has a nostalgic theme it is likely to have things turkish taffy, Pop Rocks, Pixy Sticks, Dots, Razzles, and Chuckles. A standard candy basket would have things like Fun Dip, Red Hots, Good & Plenty, Smarties, and Bubble Gum Cigars. A basket made specially for kids might include Skittles, Swedish Fish, Nerds, and Warheads. A kids basket might even have some retro favorites like Pop Rocks, Pixy Sticks, and Razzles.

Get well candy baskets are designed to put a smile on their recipients face. If someone you know is sick, or injured and you can’t be there to comfort them, a candy gift basket lets them know they are on your mind. Sometimes knowing a person cares enough to send a gift basket can help lift a person’s spirits when they are down. You can add a message along with the candy, so they know you are thinking of them during their time of need.

A nostalgic get well soon candy basket can be sent to a person’s home, work, or even to their hospital bedside. Hospital patients will love eating the candy from the basket more than they love the hospital food they are getting served. Plus, there is plenty of candy for them to share with their visitors and caregivers. When someone is recovering at home, a candy gift basket can take care of their sweet tooth while they take care of themselves.            


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Monday, October 7, 2013
Songs from the past can revive pleasant memories. They can be a reminder of a special someone from the past, a first dance, a holiday or a special occasion. Nostalgic memories are treasures and many childhood, teenage and young adult memories involve some sweet treats. For that reason alone, retro candy baskets are a wonderful gift idea for almost any occasion.

By the time someone reaches age 60, 70, 80 or more, they have received all of the trinkets and traditional senior citizen gifts they could want. A gift box or basket filled with nostalgic candy can generate a smile on their face that is just as big and bright as the smile on a child's face when someone hands them a piece of their favorite candy. Milestone birthdays are cause for celebration. A gift basket filled with candy necklaces, banana taffy, Chiclets, Mary Janes, rock candy, dots and many other old time favorites can be the beginning of a fantastic birthday celebration.

Flowers are not the only way to perk up a friend who isn't feeling well or is recovering from an accident. Retro candy baskets are a great alternative. They are a gift that can easily be sent to a friend who lives a distance away. Someone doesn't have to be over-the-hill or even nearing the top of the hill to appreciate a basket filled with delicious, fun and nostalgic candy.

Not every anniversary gift has to be extravagant. It's often the sentimental gifts that make the longest lasting impression. A gift basket filled with an assortment of candy is a unique way to say " I love you." Retro candy baskets can be personalized with specific dates. Some very happy memories can resurface when two people begin unwrapping candy like they used to share at the movies or that they ate while cruising through town on a Saturday night.

When it comes to choosing a theme for a birthday party, a nostalgic theme can be a hit for kids, teens and adults of all ages. Novelty glasses, hats and party favors add an additional element of fun to the party. Golden Oldies music and retro clothing make the celebration even more authentic. Above all else, it's the assortment of nostalgic candy that will have everyone excited. A few boxes of assorted retro candy set about for everyone to share opens up an opportunity for the older guests to share stories with the younger guests. The birthday party man or woman deserves a big box of candy all their own. They can take it home and make their birthday last a really long time as they enjoy many sweet treats and fond memories.



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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Santa Claus is, by tradition, a very kind but fabled figure strongly related with Christmas. He is by legend supposed to bring goodies and presents to the kids who have been good that year. However there are many instances when you might need a Santa Claus costume. Therefore you need to be aware of how to obtain a cheap Santa Claus costume.

When planning for your Christmas party, you do not need to spend a fortune on your Santa Claus costume. You can still be the life of the party with a reasonably priced costume. Depending on how you are going to use your Santa Claus costume and your budget for it, you can decide which costume to buy. For instance you could settle for a costume with a pullover jacket which is cheaper than a zipper jacket. Santa Claus suits come with a Santa wig and beard set for the cheaper versions. Whereas the dearer the Santa suits, the higher the class of the material and other supplies used to make the Santa suit.

Santa costumes are used for different reasons, such as the office party Santa who is only seen at office parties and is much closer to the people who might already know the face behind the costume. Then there is the faraway Santa who never gets up-close with anyone, and is often seen from a distance with a target of kids who want to see him up and down dropping Christmas presents. The store Santa Claus, on the other hand, spends a lot of time with shoppers weeks before Christmas and requires a more cleanable Santa suit, which is easy to wear. The visiting Santa who has children sitting on his lap requires a Santa costume that looks just perfect considering the photos taken that serve as lasting memories.

The economy Santa Suit is just right for family merriment and is a good one for those on a budget. It comes complete with a pullover jacket and fleece pants with pockets. It has a fleece hat and a black vinyl belt, as well as black vinyl boot covers with nylon gloves. Even though only the children will be fooled with this cheap Santa Suit, it is a good one if you only plan on using it two times at most.

With the coming of the cold season heralding the coming of Santa Claus, you need to be the Santa that the kids look forward to the whole of that year. Since it is not just the presents that matter, but that Santa Claus will be coming to town, you will need a Santa Claus costume for a good cause, which is the real meaning of Christmas. You can even get a disposable Santa suit for a one time employ since the whole idea is to spread Christmas cheer. A flannel Santa Claus costume will save some money and yet not conflict the looks of Santa Claus. Most of these cheap Santa Claus costumes come with the accompaniments needed to complete the Santa look.


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Retro penny candy is enjoying a new revival despite changes in people’s shopping behavior and a highly competitive market fully saturated with sweets offering new and exciting flavors. Penny candy is a tough opponent to defeat. Most varieties have been on the market for close to a century, and it looks like they are not going anywhere. In fact, thanks to a new marketing strategy capitalizing on people’s fondness for a trip down memory lane, retro penny candy is making a full comeback.

The original penny candy came to life in the late 1800s, when grocery stores, soda fountain stores, and variety stores started offering them in small quantities. At the beginning, it was indeed possible to purchase most of these mix-and-match candies for a penny. With inflation over time, the price rose up to a nickel, then to a dime, and finally to a quarter around a piece. The name penny candy, however, stayed.

It is not a novel idea to reminisce with the aid of sensory experiences. Naturally, most people have pleasant, and even cherished, childhood memories that are connected to sweets treats. Christmas, Halloween, birthdays, visiting grandparents, or simply a trip down to the corner store to spend one’s pocket money with friends are all occasions deeply connected with one’s favorite penny candy. These are the memories retro penny candies can bring to life for those who remember going grocery shopping at family-run stores on their small town’s main street, barbershops with seemingly unwavering number of old men, and housewives gossiping on their porch over cake and coffee.

In fact, Good & Plenty, the oldest penny candy branded in the United States, could bring a smile on a centenarian’s face, as it has been on the market in the same form since 1893. Similarly to Good & Plenty, most old fashioned candies started their life in privately owned small companies. For instance, the Fox-Cross Candy Company gave the world the cold-loving Charleston Chew in 1922; the Chicago based Williamson Candy Store created the suggestively named O Henry! Candy bar in 1921, and one Clarence Crane in Ohio invented the American classic, Lifesaver, in 1912. Today, of course, original recipes of penny candies are owned by large corporations. The Lifesaver is a Wrigley product and Hershey acquired Good & Plenty in 1996. The Tootsie Roll Industries owns Charleston Chew, and O Henry! continues to pique interest as a Hershey brand in Canada and as a Nestle product in the Unites States.

However fascinating and singular their stories might be, penny candy continues to charm and delight fans across generations. With its contemporary revival, retro candies are sure to make new friends along the way among the younger generation as well. In the end, those centenarians cannot all be wrong.


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