It is the time of year where you may be asked to provide an office “Secret Santa” gift, or asked to give ideas on a supervisor’s/manager’s gift, or even meet relatives that you have not seen for a long time. Each of these situations may cause a little hesitation or indecisiveness when choosing a gift because we may not be familiar with what these people like or want.
Never fear, here at Nature’s Art Village we have a wide selection of items that could potentially provide a well thought of gift.
Gift cards are an excellent gift because they allow a person to pick out something they may have had their eye on for long time. If a gift card seems too impersonal, here are a few suggestions for gifts with a more personal touch:
Great ideas under $10 for the younger ones in your life:
- Sticker sets are always timeless. We have one use stickers and reusable stickers with scenery.
- Art supplies from colored pencils to doodle pads. These items will keep children occupied and the refrigerator art gallery full.
- Small science and craft kits. Most of these kits provide more than one project and can help teach different life skills.
- Edible insects. What more can I say? For the youngster who likes the “gross and unusual.” – Yes, they’re real insects and yes, they’re delicious!
- Tumbled stones or natural mineral specimens. Pretty crystals and colors fascinate children of any age.
- What child isn’t mesmerized by shark teeth, dinosaur bones or other evidence of life from thousands, or even millions, of years ago?
Next to come is our office gift guide! Come down to The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut and browse our endless aisles of amazing gifts. We are open 7 days a week from 9:30 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. through December 23, 2017. Happy Holidays from all of us at Nature’s Art Village!
Crystal Journey Candle Gift Sets
Monday, December 4th, 2017 until Sunday, December 10th, 2017 Crystal Journey Candle 4 Piece Gift Sets are on sale for 20% off at Nature’s Art Village!
Another excellent gift for the holidays is on sale this week in The Shops at Nature’s Art Village. Save 20% off this week only on these beautiful 4 piece candle gift sets by Crystal Journey Candles! Each set has a theme from Caribbean Nights to Winter Wonderland and many more. The collection comes with 4 unique, square votive candles in scents that fit the theme.
Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full collection of candles, essential oils, candle holders and many more amazing gifts for loved ones on your holiday shopping list!
Monday, November 27th, 2017 until Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 all Bookends are on sale for 20% off at Nature’s Art Village!
Just in time for the holidays, we have the perfect gift for you at Nature’s Art Village – and it’s on sale this week! Save 20% off all Bookends at Nature’s Art Village this week (ends Sunday, December 3rd). Our unmatched collection of one-of-a-kind bookends will blow away any reader or interior decorator on your holiday shopping list. Choose from our selection of mineral bookends including Utah Septarians, Agate Geodes, Amethyst, Rhyolite and many more.
Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full collection of bookends, mineral specimens, carvings and other gifts for the holiday shopping season!
Monday, November 20th, 2017 until Sunday, November 26th, 2017 all Wooden Giftware is on sale for 20% off at Nature’s Art Village!
Beautiful, eye-catching and unique, Nature’s Art Village’s wooden giftware items make ideal additions to your home’s decor. Whether you need a sturdy, natural root wood bowl for your dining room table, or want to find the perfect wood-carved sculpture for someone special on your gift list, these pieces are just what you need. With sculptures of a variety of animals and bowls of all sizes you are sure to find something you’ll treasure for years to come.
Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of gifts, sculptures, bowls, and other gifts for the holidays shopping season!
Monday, October 30th, 2017 until Sunday, November 5th, 2017 all Mosaic Bowls are on sale for 10% off at Nature’s Art Village!
These one-of-a-kind mosaic bowls are eye-catching additions to every dining and living room. Whether you need an ideal centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner, a special addition to your living room decor or the perfect gift for someone special on your holiday shopping list, these mosaic bowls are just what you are looking for. Beautifully made in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes they are sure to leave an impression on everyone who visits your home this winter.
Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of bowls, glassware, home decor and other gifts for the holidays shopping season!
A Cheerful Giver Candles
Monday, October 23rd, 2017 until Sunday, October 29th, 2017 all A Careful Giver Candles are on sale at Nature’s Art Village. Buy 2 candles, get 1 of equal or lesser value FREE!
A Cheerful Giver Candles are beautiful, strongly-scented candles which offer a variety of powerful aromas to freshen-up any room in your home. Scents include Baked Candy Apple, Bamboo Waterfall, Island Breeze, Spicy Cinnamon and many more. Plus, A Cheerful Giver supports an excellent cause! A Cheerful Giver employs special needs adults through a community partnership to wick their candles. These ‘wickers’ decide how many hours they work and all receive a paycheck each day to build a sense of pride, purpose and accomplishment.
Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of candles, incense, essential oils and other unique gifts.
Creativity for Kids
Looking for a great activity for your children? Having a party and want to keep your younger guests occupied? We have a solution!
Look no further than out Faber-Castell Creativity for Kids kits. Whether you’re looking for quick and simple crafts or for projects that may lead to new hobbies, these kits have it all.
Creativity for Kids was started in the 1970’s by Phyllis and Evelyn. They were volunteers at their children’s elementary school and witnessed firsthand how children are able to express themselves through art. Together (and with help from their husbands) they created art kits packaged in burlap bags. Through the years their popularity grew and they were able to expand the brand into what it is today.
What makes Creativity for Kids Kits so unique? Everything you need to complete the project is in the kit. If you need scissors, there are scissors in the kit. If you need glue, glue comes in the kit. The idea was to create an experience where you don’t have to find or purchase any other materials for the crafts you are making. Open the box and you are ready to create your masterpiece.
Creativity for Kids kits come in large and small sizes. Each kit provides anywhere from four to twenty-four projects to do. This means you could potentially use the kit over and over again. Keep your play-date interesting or even use the projects as party giveaways so you don’t have to purchase goody bags.
Here at The Shops at Nature’s Art Village we have a wide variety of Creativity for Kids kits to choose from. Make soap or jewelry, craft paper airplanes or creepy monsters, the possibilities are endless!
All Creativity for Kids kits will be on sale 15% off during our upcoming Toy Sale, October 26-29, 2017. Click here for more details!
Piggy Banks – Marketplace Spotlight
Why are children’s coin banks referred to as “piggy banks”? It is commonly believed that piggy banks get their name from a type of reddish clay used in the Middle Ages called “pygg”. Throughout the Middle Ages, people often made bowls, plates and jars from this pygg to hold small items. The pottery made from pygg clay was not very durable, it was a soft material that scratched easily and it was permeable – unable to hold liquids.
A popular item made from this type of pottery was a small storage pot used to hold coins. Coin boxes and money jars had been around for centuries, but the pygg clay coin holders became very popular in the Middle Ages. It was referred to as a pygg pot or pygg jar. Although the word pygg is actually pronounced “pug”, it did not take long for artisans to take advantage of the pun and make pig shaped banks and coin holders. Pigs have long been considered symbols of good luck in different parts of the world, so making coin banks in pig-shaped tied in well. Similar to modern piggy banks, if the owner of the pygg jar wanted to retrieve his or her coins, they would have to break the container open or slide the coins back through the slot with the aid of a knife.
There have been boar and pig shaped pygg pots discovered that date back to the 15th century. Many European countries have traditions of giving piggy banks to bring luck and good fortune. Even today, children are often given piggy banks for birthdays and holidays to encourage saving money. Many cultures consider strong financial management to be essential to a successful and teach these habits to children at a young age. This makes piggy banks a popular and educational gift to children. As they grow, so do their savings and monetary awareness.
The Past Antiques Marketplace has many vintage piggy banks and other models of coin banks available. Piggy banks always make a great gift as well as teach a valuable lesson of saving money. Visit The PAST Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles.
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Carved Animal Himalayan Salt Lamps
Beginning Monday, October 9th, 2017 until Sunday, October 15th, 2017 all carved animal Himalayan Salt Lamps will be on sale 15% off as part of our Featured Product of the Week Promotion.
These unique salt lamps are beautiful gifts that add a relaxing ambiance to any home. It is said that these lamps emit negative ions and can attract and clean the air of harmful positive ions. Positive ions are released by electronic devices, car exhaust and other industrial emissions. These positive ions can affect us in many different ways both physically and mentally. Positive ions can cause lethargy, anxiety and other mental stresses.
Visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of Himalayan Salt Lamps and other unique products from around the world.
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Himalayan Salt Lamps
Himalayan Salt Lamps are a beautiful addition to anyone’s home. Himalayan salt ranges in color from the lightest pink or orange to a deep rich orange/brown. The light inside the lamp makes the salt glow and sparkle.
According to popular belief these lamps emit negative ions and can attract and clean the air of positive ions. Positive ions are released by electronic devices, car exhaust and other industrial emissions. These positive ions can affect us in many different ways both physical and mental. Positive ions can cause lethargy, anxiety and other mental stressers. There is also evidence that they can cause asthma symptoms to worsen. They have been linked to blood pressure, immunity and lethargy issues.
According to belief (but no wide scientific fact or study) salt lamps emit negative ions by evaporating the moisture that the salt attracts. The heat from the bulbs inside of the lamps helps to speed the evaporation and it is this process that causes the discharge of negative ions. Increasing the number of negative ions in the air help attract positive ions such as dust and other particulates. They are then neutralized by the negative ions. The negative ions also help counteract the ions emitted from your appliances and electronic devices.
Salt lamps do occasionally “weep” as the salt attracts water in the atmosphere. If the light is not on and evaporation is not occurring this water can build up in the salt and cause water to pool around the base of the lamp. The solution for this is to keep the light on for long periods of time.
Himalayan salt lamps add a soft ambiance to the home. The unusual shapes and sizes are in themselves natural works of art and bring a sense of earthiness to anyone’s personal space. The Shops at Nature’s Art Village carry a unique selection of Himalayan Salt Lamps as well as many other Himalayan Salt Products for sale. They make wonderful gifts and beautiful additions to any home. Visit Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of gifts and home décor accessories.