Don’t show up empty handed this Thanksgiving


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You’re invited to Thanksgiving dinner…now what? 

First, jump for joy!  How wonderful that you don’t have to cook and clean up after a huge meal in your own home.  There is so much planning, prep work, shopping, cooking and cleaning that is involved with a successful dinner party.  If you are blessed to be invited to someone’s home for a big supper like Thanksgiving, I’d jump at the opportunity.  After all, don’t we all desire a stress free Thanksgiving?

Holiday DiningOne big mistake people make is showing up for the dinner party empty handed.  We found this excerpt from regarding the proper etiquette when invited to someone’s home –

“It’s always a good idea to show your appreciation with a gift when invited to someone’s home. The problem is many people don’t know proper etiquette, so they feel uncomfortable having to make a decision. Remember that the size or price of the gift is insignificant. What you need to focus on instead is what that person will like.”

“Okay…so what should I bring?”

Here are five unique gifts that would be perfect for just about any host/hostess.  Each item is both unique and will fit into a tight holiday budget.  Every one of these cool holiday gift items ships within a 1-3 business days.

1.  This stunning 3 piece Stainless Steel BBQ Set by Man Law BBQ is perfect for any grill lover!  For only $29.99 and free shipping, this set is a great deal.  Not only do you get the three sturdy barbecue tool set pieces but you also receive two free steak thermometers.  And it all arrives in a nicely packaged set!  Ships out the SAME DAY as you order!!!

3-pc-stainless-steel-bbq-tool-set2.  The Firenze Torch by Fire Sense is a gorgeous polished aluminum outdoor light designed for your walkway, porch, patio and garden.  This torch is illuminated using a standard plumber’s gas canister (not included) and burns up to 4 hours per can.  On sale now, at this low price why not buy a matching pair of them?

Firenze-Torch-Fire-Sense3.   The Deco Breeze Pineapple Figurine Fan is a gorgeous table or desk top fan that includes a two speed motor enabling the user to adjust the desired air flow.  Small but beautifully detailed, this decorative fan will add a tropical feel to any home.  Offered on clearance for only $64.99, get this fan now before stock runs out.  This item also ships within 1-2 days of purchase!!!

Pineapple-Figurine-Fan4.  Modern and gorgeous, the Irradia Ethanol Fireplace by Nu-Flame combines brushed stainless steel and tempered clear glass.  The view of the fire dancing inside is stunning from all angles.  This fireplace can be used indoors and out, and includes a snuffer tool to extinguish the flame.  Oh, and it burns clean bio-ethanol fuel.  Perfect for your earth friendly/conscious family and friends!

Irradia-Ethanol-Fireplace5.  This Moonshadow Fountain by Bluworld is etched with a gorgeous bamboo design and will add tranquility to your table or desk top.  Enjoy the sound of water cascading down the slate panel into the pool of polished river rocks below.  For only $149.00, this is a gift that any receiver can enjoy year around.


These are just a handful of gorgeous, well priced items on sale at Camelot Living.  Be sure to check out all of our gift ideas online now.  Don’t forget we always offer FREE SHIPPING and only California residents pay sales tax!!!

Whatever you do, don’t show up for Thanksgiving dinner empty handed!  It is important to keep up with “old fashioned” etiquette and pass down these traditions (and manners) to the next generation!!!


Frustrated with Prelit Christmas Tree lights not working?


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If you are one of the millions who decorate your home for the holiday, most likely you have encountered complete frustration with a portion (or, gasp…all) of your pre-strung lights on your Christmas tree and/or holiday decor burning out.  It happens all too often and requires persistence and patience to find the reason why your lights are not working.

This past weekend, I began the arduous task of holiday decorating.  Yep, seems a bit early…but we go all out and it takes a couple weeks to  complete the Christmas transformation of our home!  We have to have it done before turkey day, right?

Low and behold, I pulled out my favorite decoration, our Christmas Prelit Cross, and the middle section of lights did not illuminate when I plugged it in.  I was so disappointed and frustrated!  It worked just fine when I stored it away last season.  So now I have to figure out why and how to fix it.  It reminded me that every year, so many of us deal with this hassle and there has to be an easy way to fix it.  So I did a little research this morning and thought I would share some info I found.

But before I delve into that, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the new technology available on brand new artificial Christmas trees.  These prelit, pre-strung lights are amazing.  If one bulb burns out, the others stay lit.  We carry a few manufacturers of Christmas trees in our shop and Vickerman is one of them.  They have a patented technology called Dura-Lit that utilizes a microprocessor inside each socket to manage the power flow and consumption of each bulb independently.  So if a bulb burns out, breaks, twists or is removed, the rest of the string of lights remains lit.  No more hassling with faulty lights on your tree.  It’s a dream come true!  At least for those of us holiday nuts who decorate our home head to toe…like me!

So if you are in the market for a new artificial Christmas tree, shop our Vickerman selection now and you will be happy you did!  Year after year, your lights will shine bright!!!

Now back to how to fix your string of lights that’s not working…

There are a few sites I found with step by step instructions.  From the technical site ciphersbyritter to the ultra popular eHow, there is a ton of information out there to help you problem solve your Christmas mini-light issues.  Even help with LED Christmas lights.

The most helpful info I found that actually worked on my problematic lights was at  Their suggestion was to replace the first light in the first half of the string with a “flasher light.”  You know, that extra bulb that comes with your tree that usually has a red tip.  That is the light bulb that changes your static lights into blinking ones.  Once that light is replaced, the rest of the string lit up with the exception of one light.  Hence I found the problem!  Then I replaced that one bulb, removed the flashing bulb to replace that one too (not a big fan of flashing lights) and whala!  The entire string of lights illuminated to my heart’s desire.  Problem solved!!!  The holiday saved!!!  Well, maybe that’s an overstatement.  But I have to say I am one happy decorator.

Re-posting a great blog post from last year!

Just one last tip…if you are looking for a new xmas tree this year, I suggest buying one online and having it shipped to your front door.  The selection is astonishing!  Thousands of trees of all sizes and colors.  Honestly, there’s a tree for just about everyone and for any budget.  As always, if you need help deciding which one is right for your home or office, give us a call.  We love to help!  (888) 788-3188



For the Birds!!! The Temescal Birdbath by Bond on sale now


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For the Birds!!!  The Temescal Birdbath by Bond on sale now

Birdbaths are…for the birds!

Calling all aviary lovers!!! Our newest addition to our Water Fountain and Birdbath selection at Camelot Living, the Envirostone Temescal Birdbath is stunning and looks like a piece cut out of natural stone.

This durable birdbath is constructed of durable resin stone which is weather resistant and extremely realistic looking. Though this gorgeous water feature only weighs about 13 1/2 lbs., it includes a sturdy footing and basing so it won’t tip over.

Simple to assemble, the Temescal Birdbath by Bond Manufacturing ships within 1-3 business days and will compliment any garden, front or backyard. Also makes a great gift for those hard to shop for loved ones who have everything!

Shop the Bond Temescal Envirostone Birdbath at Camelot Living now for only $149.99 with free shipping! Now that is a great deal.

And the birds in the neighborhood will thank you :)!

Bond-Manufacturing-Temescal-Envirostone-Birdbath-DetailFor more info regarding Birdbaths, visit this cool Blog Site we found –

Shop all fountains and birdbaths on sale now and receive FREE SHIPPING at Camelot Living.