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big & tall men gifts under $50

7 Big & Tall Men Gifts Under $50

You don’t have to spend a lot to make life for the big guy easier and more fun. Here are a few ideas for big & tall men gifts under $50.

Shopping Ideas: Big & Tall Men Gifts Under $50

curved shower curtain rod1. Make his shower more comfortable. Consider a curved shower curtain rod to get extra width between the wall and the shower curtain and he will have a more enjoyable shower experience. Very easy to install. Under $37.
2. Give him a hat that really fits his head like the Gray Ear Flap Baseball Cap from Big Head Caps. Under $35.
3. Let him sit comfortably. If he tailgates, fishes or just likes sitting in his yard, Amazon carries a wide selection of folding outdoor furniture that is super sturdy. Under $40. Is he an NFL fan? Then, be sure to check out the NFL folding outdoor chairs.
4. Give him more room when he drives. Seat belt extenders for cars and trucks are very affordable, require no installation and make a super gift. Under $20.
5. Sooth his aching muscles. Why fight with a tiny heating pad? Instead, check out the Sunbeam Renue Extra-Large Heating Wrap. Under $50.
6. Give him socks that fit his wide foot and leg. Destination XL has a 3-pack of extra-wide crew socks for casual or work. $30/3-pack.
CLC 3-Pocket Suede Tool Bag with Belt7. Make it easier to complete projects at home or work with the CLC Suede Tool Bag with Web Belt. Under $20.

Every man, regardless of his size or age, will probably really enjoy a gift that makes his life easier and more fun. There are now lots of items available for the bigger, taller man. So, he no longer has to struggle with everyday items that are difficult to use because they are designed for smaller men.

Plus Size Women Gift

5 Awesome Gifts for Plus Size Women Under $25

Looking for gifts for plus size women? Whether you are shopping for Mother’s Day, the holidays, a birthday or any other occasion you CAN surprise the plus size woman in your life with a special gift that she will enjoy everyday. All it takes is a little thought and planning.

Gifts for Plus Size Women

Gifts don’t have to cost a lot to be awesome. They just need to make her life better, easier or more fun.

Here are five ideas to get you going:

  1. Give her something memorable. She would love to receive a framed picture of a special person (like you!), of her pet, of her family or of her favorite place.
  2. Most women love to receive something useful and fashionable. Sometimes the most practical gifts are the best gifts. Many plus size women have learned to settle for a too-small hat. Get her a hat that really fits her head from e4hats or Amazon.

    Gifts for Busy Women

    If she’s a woman on the go, consider a belt-free pouch that magnetically clips onto her waistband, holds her phone and leaves her purse-free when shopping, playing, walking, traveling or partying.

  3. Most women like jewelry that can be worn in several ways. She could probably really use a long (i.e. 40″) chain necklace that she could wear full length, doubled up for a shorter necklace or wrapped around her wrist multiple times to wear as a bracelet.
  4. Women of all ages usually appreciate something cozy. Consider knit sleep shirts, infinity scarves, and fun printed tees and sweatshirts from Target or JustMySize.
  5. Give her something you know she can use. Consider a gift card to a store with unique, fun stuff. A plus size women will appreciate not having to tell you if it doesn’t fit or having to return the item if it is too small. There are lots of options for gifts under $25 for plus size women. Target has trendy accessories and jewelry, Ulla Popken has unique accessories for all women of all ages. And, she can buy fun stuff like books, accessories, flavored tea & coffee and beauty care items with an Amazon gift card.

Bottomline: You don’t have to spend a lot to give a great gift.

Need more info on plus size clothing? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size clothing posts.

Surviving Plus Size Holiday Activities: How to Thrive!

Whether you are ready or not, the holiday season comes every year! Enjoy your plus size holiday activities. This is no time to let your dress or shirt size get in the way of enjoying times with your friends and family.

Plus Size Holiday Activities: Survival Tips

Here are five tips to help you keep your positive body image, your own individual grand style, your holiday spirit — and to thrive throughout the season!

Tip #1: Don’t give up participating in an activity just because of your size.

  • Hire a neighborhood kid (or your nephew!) to hang your holiday house lights or to stand on the ladder and finish off your inside decorating.
  • Make airline travel more comfortable for your rounder tummy and hips by selecting a big plane that is flown by a size-friendly airline. Also be sure to check out the airplane seating charts on seatguru.com, reserve an aisle seat and take your own seat belt extender.
  • Don’t avoid holiday pictures, either formal portraits or informal photos. Remember: Photos capture the memories. You sure don’t want to be without the memories ten years from now just because you thought you have too many chins this year!
  • Go to all the parties and gatherings. For informal get-togethers, Avenue and Catherines are great sources for reasonably-priced, holiday separates. Need a party outfit? You don’t have to spend a mint. “Holiday-up” your black slacks or suit with a red satin blouse or a crisp white blouse with some great braid or velvet ribbon from the sewing counter tied around your waist.
  • For a little more formality, consider adding a gold or silver scarf or pin to a red or black dress. Check out Ulla Popken or Kiyonna for dresses that look great now and for your after-holiday needs. Add a pair of velvet or metallic flats from Wal-mart or Target for less than $15.

Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to create memories that incorporate your personal sense of style.

  • Put a little confetti in your holiday cards.
  • Bake dog and cat treats for gifts for your neighbors (holiday magazines have the recipes).
  • Give indulgence balls as hostess or office gifts. Just fill craft store mesh ornaments with a scented tea candle, a few Hershey kisses, a bubble bath capsule, a tiny sachet pillow, a pair of dice, a few stickers or a gift certificate for ice cream or a cup of coffee or a hamburger.

Tip #3: It’s hard to show your style when you are stressed out.

  • Avoid the malls. Go once to see the decorations and to get into the spirit. Then, come home slip off your shoes and shop online. For extra time and postage savings: Have your selections gift wrapped and shipped directly to your family and friends.
  • Set practical objectives for family gatherings. You can’t solve 20 years of family problems in one afternoon. When your sister harasses you about weight, tell her “Thanks” and change the subject.
  • Don’t wait until January to get your stressed body moving. Start walking today. Put your favorite tunes on the iPod and walk … don’t stroll … around the block, around the mall or in place in front of your TV – but walk.

Tip #4: Give. It’s the best medicine for the hurting heart or the sad soul.

  • Drop off a card or a little surprise at an elderly neighbor’s door.
  • Offer to baby sit while a young mother or couple finish their holiday preparations.
  • Buy a new toy or drop off a warm coat for the women’s shelter.

Tip #5: Use the after holiday sales to your best advantage.

  • Use common sense. Remember: If it didn’t look good on you when it was full price, it’s not going to look any better when it’s half price.
  • Buying on sale lets you purchase clothes that may be a little better made than you usually buy; but, for a lot less money the regular price.
  • Treat your grand style to an item or a color that you truly love but that that you would usually not purchase at full price. Let your style shine through the holidays.

Happy Holidays!