It is recommended for ages 4 to 8 though of course anyone can enjoy the story and pictures in a wonderful children's picture book. Pete's Dragon and dog lovers alike will love the tale of this puppy's adventure.
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You can find my complete page on how to create a Rudolph-themed gift set here and you can find these cute little Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jingle Buddies on Amazon by clicking here.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a television show that many of us grew up with. That is, the 1964 animated Rankin/Bass television story. We shared the story with our children when they were growing up and we still look forward to watching it every year.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written in 1939 as a short story in a thin booklet form by Robert L. May. It was a giveaway for the store he worked for, Montgomery Ward and that year, the store gave away 2.5 million copies to visiting children. The Rudolph story went on to be part of a popular song, the television program in 1964 and a movie in 1998.
You probably know the plot of the story of Rudolph, the young reindeer with the glowing red nose. Rudolph was not accepted by his peers because his nose glowed but eventually proved himself on Christmas Eve when Santa Claus needed help pulling his sleigh.
Rudolph is now firmly established as part of our pop culture. He is so popular that we love the idea of putting together a gift set for both the young people in our lives or for the older folk who hold Rudolph firmly in their hearts. Therefore, on this page, we have assembled a few of the best Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer products available to help you create a simply smashing gift set for someone on your gift list this Christmas.
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A Rudolph Hardcover Book
Find the hardcover Rudolph book on Amazon here.
A Funko Rudolph Plushie
If you are looking for something soft and cuddly, you might consider adding one or even all three of the Funko Rudolph plush toys. Your choices include Rudolph himself as shown here as well as Hermey the Elf from the Island of Misfit Toys and Bumbles. They're fun hug-gable, collectible toys that will be treasured every year at Christmastime.
Find this Rudolph Funko on Amazon.
A Jim Shore Rudolph Christmas Ornament
If you are looking for something a bit more grown up but still precious, you might consider a Jim Shore figure like the one shown here. They are hand-painted and hand-crafted and this one features a musical sleigh with Santa, Rudolph and Hermey.
You can check out all of Jim Shore's Rudolph pieces on Amazon by clicking here.
A Rudolph Coffee Mug
I am a big coffee mug enthusiast. I like mugs because they are usually practical and affordable. (This mug currently retails for less than $10.) I would be remiss therefore if I did not include a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer coffee mug option on this page. I like the Vandor Rudolph mug seen here but given the current very expensive price point, I presume that it is no longer in production so I went searching a bit farther and came up with this handsome new blue Vandor mug. Another fun item to take out of the Christmas box each and every year.
You can find this Rudolph mug on Amazon by clicking right here.
A Rudolph Tote Bag
Finally, you might choose to pack your gift in a handsome and reusable bag, like the Rudolph one shown below. This bag is strong and water resistant. It is meant for shopping but also makes the perfect gift bag for your gift set and it is an item that will be used by the recipient over and over again.
You will find the Rudolph tote bag here.
Remember that Amazon will ship your order for free if it totals $35 or more so be sure to bundle your Christmas shopping to save money on shipping!
Are You a Fan of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer? the Book? The movie? Both?
More Christmas Gift Set Ideas:
A Frosty the Snowman Gift Set
The 12 Days of Christmas Starbucks Gift Ideas
It's been a long while since I have had a new wand to write about. However, there's a new wizard in town and the folks at Noble Collection have created a wand for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them's wizard Newt Scamander. It is an authentic prop replica, officially licensed and comes complete with a collector's box.
According to the website Fandom, Newton Scamander’s wand was likely purchased from Ollivander's Wand Shop and was constructed from lime with a bone core and some shell at the end. It was of unknown length though the one offered here from the Noble Collection is 14 inches long.
How exciting that Eddie Redmayne, who portrays Newt Scamander in the film, gave away wands to 6,000 fans at San Diego's Comic Con. Here's your chance to own one, too. I would like to wave my wand and give you one but I am pure muggle so I cannot employ magic to obtain a wand for you and I definitely do not have the connections that Redmayne has in order to be able to give you one so you will just have to follow this link to Amazon to buy your own.
Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? Is there a wand in your future?
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That same year, Little Golden Books published a book sharing the story.
There was a short 3-minute film made but the film we all know and hold dear in our hearts is the 1969 Rankin-Bass television special of the same name.
When I was a child, this television special was one that we watched every year and when I eventually had my own family, we shared the story each year with them, too.
Frosty's popularity continues to endure. He's a timeless Christmas classic and an important part of our pop culture.
This popularity means you probably already know the plot of his story, the snowman who comes to life when children place a magical hat upon his head. Frosty enjoys playing with the children but is unable to tolerate the sun and eventually leaves, promising "He'll be back again someday."
This show is so popular that we love the idea of putting together a package for both the young people in our lives as well as for the older folk who have fond memories of the story. Therefore, on this page, we have assembled a few of the best Frosty the Snowman items available to help you create a wonderful themed set for someone on your list this Christmas.
Start with a copy of the television show and add any of the following...
A Copy of the Book
Of course, your gift set should probably start with a copy of the classic book, as shown here. This is a Little Golden Book style of book and seems appropriate given the fact that the first Frosty book was a Little Golden Book, too.
A Coffee Mug
There do not seem to be any official mugs so I shopped around and found this cute and adorable snowman mug by Fitz and Floyd. It's full of spirit, practical and affordable, too. Find it on Amazon here.
A Plush Toy
I love the Build-A-Bear Workshop plush pieces, like the Frosty the Snowman plush toy, which features Frosty and his hat. There is an accessory kit that will allow you to include his broom, scarf and pipe. There are other stuffed toys that include his friends, Karen and Hocus Pocus. Find it and other Build-A-Bear pieces on Amazon by clicking right here.
A Hallmark Ornament
A Snowman Kit
Another great option is a snowman kit, which contains everything you need to build a snowman except, of course, for the snow! We show below the Burton & Burton set, which cost a bit more, but which appears to have the nicest hat.
A Reusable Tote Bag
Finally, we have included a reuseable totebag that is adorned with the image of a snowman and can be packed with whichever Frosty-themed treats you choose. Be sure to tuck in a couple of edible treats, too! They'll enjoy the goodies and be able to use the bag for years to come.
We hope this page has given you some inspiration for a unique Frosty the Snowman themed gift set!
More Christmas Gift Ideas:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Gift Set
A Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Set
The 12 Days of Christmas Starbucks Gift Ideas
I know this calendar would make a great option for anyone who has been engrossed in J.K. Rowling’s world and who looks forward to and/or loves the Fantastic Beast expansion of that franchise.
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What fun! Every now and then the Lego company releases a building set that really makes me smile. The Yellow Submarine set, released on November 1, 2016, is one such set.
Anyway, back to the Lego set, which is set number 21306 with 553 pieces and recommended for individuals aged 10. It is super fun – done of course in bright yellow and accompanied with four handsome mini-figure versions of the Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. In addition, it has a Jeremy figure. For those not in the know, Jeremy is a fictional character that appeared in the original animated movie.
Here’s a peek at the original movie, which is available on Amazon by clicking right here:
Pair this fabulous new Lego set with a copy of the movie or the movie soundtrack and you will have a fun, fabulous and totally unexpected gift idea for dad or for any Beatles fan. I believe that this set is designed to appeal to the nostalgic amongst us, ranking right up there with the 2011 Lego Creator Volkswagen Camper Van set, another set that stole my heart. You can find The Beatles Yellow Submarine Lego set on Amazon by clicking right here.
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The dictionary defines courtesan as,"a prostitute, especially one with wealthy or upper-class clients." In the Renaissance period, courtesans stood out by being not just beautiful but also talented, intelligent and, as the movie says, "amongst the most educated women in the world."
Veronica Franco, played by Catherine McCormack, presents all of those traits in this movie. Traits which she learns from her mother who is played by Jaqueline Bisset. The film presents a number of other familiar faces, including Rufus Swell, Oliver Platt, and Naomi Watts.
Here's a peek via the official movie trailer:
It is an R rated movie, as befits the subject matter of prostitution. There is plenty of skin revealed as well as the main character sleeping with numerous men. When asked how many of Venice's noblemen she had slept with, she was unable to say. Twenty? One Hundred? The sex is portrayed in away that is less off putting than it is in many current day films.
Despite the R rating, I felt that the movie was worth watching to see VENICE depicted as it was in the 16th century. Watching and then visiting that city, allowed me to picture it in those days. To have an idea of how it must have worked, at least in relationship to the nobility, the doge and the church. In the movie you will see rich palaces, the Grand Canal, fancy dress, feasting, the plague and so much more.
The main character becomes a very popular courtsan because of her intelligence, beauty and with. She also becomes a heroine by bringing France to the aid of Venice in the war with the Turks. However, when the plague descends and the religious and political climate shifts, she becomes a victim of the Inquisition.
DO I RECOMMEND DANGEROUS BEAUTY?
I did enjoy this movie and I do recommend it. It is biographical in nature. It is a period drama and, as the cover says, a scandalous love story. It was beautifully set and filmed. Additionally, it has some very funny moments, particularly in some of the verbal sparring scenes between Catherine McCormack and Rufus Swell and Oliver Platt.
If you are interested, you can read more about or order your copy of Dangerous Beauty on Amazon by clicking right here.
If you're planning a trip to Italy, you might also enjoy my reviews of Letters to Juliet, The Tourist and Summertime. Stay tuned for more and beware that unless you start watching and reading about Italy long before you go, you will run out of time.
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