Surprise Finds at 4 Favorite Companies: Lands End, HSN, QVC, Lands End & The Disney Store
by Alison Blackman
HSN, QVC, Lands End, and Disney are four well-respected companies that most of us associate with specific types of items.
But they offer so much more than that! I In this feature, I’ve selected a “surprise from each of these companies that you might not really associate with it.
Don’t worry, your favorites items are also there.
Surprise Find at Lands End: Lovely Gourmet Gifts
I think of Lands End as the first place to find attractive clothing and home items, and personalized gifts. I didn’t realize they also have some great gourmet items.
For example, check out these nicely boxed gourmet gifts that include one, (or all four) artisan cheeses from four award-winning cheesemakers in Wisconsin.
The one-cheese boxes are $50: Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese Gift Set, Marieke Gouda Cheese Gift Set, Roth Private Reserve Cheese Gift Set, and the Dunbarton Blue Cheese Gift Set,are all just $50 and the Best of Wisconsin Cheese Gift Set with all four cheeses, is $150.00. The sets include a nice hunk of the fresh wrapped artisinal cheese, a box of Potter’s appropriately seasoned crackers, and a small jar of complimentary relish/preservers. Visit http://www.landsend.com
Surprise Find at HSN: Fine Furniture
I think of HSN as the place primarily for accessories and fashion items, but for furniture? It never crossed my mind and probably hasn’t been on yours, either. But HSN has plenty of home and furniture items to feast your eyes on (or to order to help with the family when they come for the holiday feast).
Surprisingly, HSN has plenty of home and furniture items to feast your eyes on (or to order to help with the family when they come for the holiday feast).
Consider. for example, this indoor/outdoor Amalfi/Borghese Dining Table from Ballard Designs – Oval 104-7292 $479.96 S&H: $44.22
Surprise Find at QVC: Trendy Electronics and Gadgets
I think of QVC as the place to find great special on beauty items, and it’s one of the most comprehensive sites for boutique beauty (of course they have plenty of other things as well).
But I was surprised to find how many computers and tech items QVX has for sale. /
Advicesisters.com reviewed this fabulous Monster SuperStar Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, but we didn’t know that QVC had it, too.
This little speaker makes a great holiday gift for young and old. (See our review) to get all the details. But basically, this travel-friendly, speaker/speakerphone delivers clear sound from any smart phone or music player.
It comes in black with silver, or bright blue or black with a sort of neon green and silver accent. It has loud signature “Monster SStereoSound” that we love, and yet it’s small enough to fit in a pocket, a backpack or a briefcase. It has the usual functions such as volume adjustment buttons/power switch, and it easily syncs with most mobile devices even a reasonable distance. You can lie this speaker flat and it will still sound good.
At just 0.5 lbs. 5″ in length by 2.55″ in width and 0.86 inches in diameter it’s the perfect take-along item. The Bluetooth is nice, but you can use a cord, too. You’ll also like the water-resistant design and built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery (micro-usb port). Visit http//www.QVC.com
Surprise Find at the Disney Store: It’s Not Just For Kids
I expected the Disney Store to have lots of toys, games, clothing and other things of child-approved delight (and they do). But I was surprised to discover how many things they also have for adults including fashion accessories and clothing.
The item that really captured my attention at the Disney Holiday Editor’s preview was the Circle With Disney ($99.99) . I immediately thought it would be great not just for families, but for couples who have stopped communicating with each other because they’re always on their phone, tablets, etc.
Circle With Disney is a simple device that pairs wirelessly with your home Wi-Fi and allows you to manage every device on the network – tablet, smartphone, or laptop. It can filter content, set a bedtime for devices, and even completely pause the internet. Each user’s profile can be customized based on age and parents’ preferences.
Of course you can use this to control what your kids do, but i can see using this to set a “time out” for your partner so your devices shut off automatically on apps and popular sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.. Talking to each other? What a novel concept! Get this at the Disney store and DisneyStore.com plus a lot of other online retailersTarget and BestBuy.
Talking to each other? What a novel concept! Get this at the Disney store and http://www.DisneyStore.com