Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Ordering Deadlines for Personalized Gifts

So I just googled "Days till Christmas" and I almost passed out! It is only 26 days aways - yikes:)! I found this website and put it as a shortcut on my desktop so I can stay on top of it - Christmas Countdown 2010 - Find out how many days until Christmas 2010 !

Don't worry - you can still order personalized items on and in our store in Cary, NC, but I did want to give out the deadlines so you guys know how long you can procrastinate till:)

Holiday Ordering Deadlines:
Tara's Picture Tiles - December 4th
Tervis Tumbler - December 4th
PSA Stamps - December 10th
Bigwood Cutting Boards - December 11th
Engraved Jewelry & Embroidered Items - December 15th
Danielson Designs - December 15th
Engraved Glassware - December 15th

Well - I'm off to decorate my Christmas tree! Wish me luck - I'm not very good with the lights:)!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey Day Specials and an AwEsOmE Pumpkin Soup Recipe!

Happy Thanksgiving Day!!!  I am hosting my first Thanksgiving in almost 10 years so I hope I don't mess up the Turkey (or my husband's favorite stuffing!)!  So if you guys could send me some good Turkey mojo that would be great!:)

However, I did make an AmAzInG Curried Pumpkin Soup last night - if I do say so myself:)!  No seriously I think it is going to be my new Thanksgiving Eve traditional menu item!  I have posted the recipe at the bottom in case you want to make it - yummmmmmmmmmmm!

I also wanted to post a couple Thanksgiving Day Specials for all you guys who want to start your Black Friday shopping early!  So without further delay - here they are:

Sterling Silver Mother's Pendant - regulary $125 today $100!  I love this with the kids name around it, but a quote or saying looks great too!

Monogrammed Bucket with Bottle Top Opener - regularly $38 today $30!  This is a great gift for a couple!  I use this for all my entertaining - I like to use it as an ice bucket!  It is heat sealed so it doesn't leak and the monogram makes it looks so cute!
Monogrammed Fleece Blanket - regulary $30 today $20!  A great cozy gift for a family! I  have one (of course) with "The Beckers" written in turquoise and I love curling up in front of the TV with it!  AND it looks great draped over the back of my couch.  I think it would be great for a little or teenager girl too!

Merry Christmas Y'all T-shirt - regulary $24.95 today $20!  How cute is this shirt to get you in the Christmas spirit?!?!

We will be open tomorrow with even more Black Friday specials in the store!  I will be working all day and hope to see you guys!

Happy Thanksgiving!

p.s. - Here's the Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tbsps butter
2 tbsps all-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 tsp curry powder
3 cups vegetable broth
1 can (15 oz) solid pack pumpkin
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Minced chives, optional

In a large saucepan, saute the mushrooms and onion in butter until tender.  Stir in the flour and curry powder until blended.  Gradually add the broth.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Add the pumpkin, milk, honey, salt, pepper and nutmeg; heat through.  Garnish with chives if desired.

Yield: 7 servings

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What’s at Swagger Gifts right now? Check it out!

Savvy shoppers know that the selection at Swagger Gifts changes on a daily basis during the holidays, so I thought I'd give you all a sneak peek at what's in the store right this very moment!

If you're on facebook, stop on by the Swagger Gifts page and check out today's photo album that has all of the photos: What’s at Swagger Gifts right now?!

Swagger will be open today - Wednesday, November 24th - from 10:00am until 3:00pm for last-minute Thanksgiving hostess gifts and early Christmas orders and will be closed on Thursday to spend Thanksgiving with our families. (Have no fear, you can always shop 24/7 at!) The store will re-open on Black Friday with regular hours: 10:00am until 6:00pm. Saturday hours remain 10:00am until 5:00pm.

Happy Shopping!

Psst: Swagger will be open on Sundays starting in December 5th!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gifts with Attitude just in!

Today I realized that I haven't posted many "gifts with attitude" lately, so here are a bunch that we just got in that seriously make me laugh OUT LOUD whenever I see them:)!  These items would be great for stocking stuffers, dirty santa parties, or for that one person that you know would love it!

Do you have a tea lover in your life?  These are great and the fine point on all the boxes is hilarious!

We were crying we were laughing so hard the first time we saw these hand sanitizers!  In case you can't read them - they are OCD, Bitch Smack that Germ, Cleaner than Shit, Smack my Germ Bitch, and our personal favorite here at Swagger -

Maybe you touched your genitals - hahahahaha!  It's funny because it's true!


This oversized flask needs no explanation (and it would be perfect for Holidays with the family!)

You know - this mug reminds me - Where the hell IS my personal assistant?

This soap is great!  I especially love -

because I think everyone has one friend that is a Hot Mess:) and I love -

because you know - sometimes it does!

And finally, for the redneck in all of us - a little Jingle Juice to leave out for Santa!

I hope this "gifts with attitude" made you laugh!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Happy 8th Birthday to US!

Today is Swagger's 8th Birthday - I can hardly believe it!  To think 9 years ago I had a nice cushy corporate job - ha!:)  Of course I wouldn't change opening Swagger for the world!  Besides being surrounded by fun cute stuff all day, everyday - my favorite part has been meeting all of you guys.  We say all the time how lucky we are to have the most amazing customers!  That is why I am so happy to be back from living abroad -I missed everyone!   

To celebrate our birthday, we are having our first Peace, Love & Swagger promotion!  Wear your Peace, Love & Swagger t-shirt into the store today and get $5 off any purchase over $25!

Hope to see you soon!  Oh - and if you want to buy a tshirt online click here - proceeds from the sale of the shirt go to Nancy's Butterfly Fund and the North Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence.