07 October 2010

Not to jump the gun, but the holidays are around the corner

Believe it. Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend. Thanksgiving in the US will be here in seven weeks and Hanukkah starts a week after that. Hanukkah starts in eight. Christmas is in 79 days. Kwanzaa starts the day after Christmas. I'm sure I'm missing more than a few of them. Oh yeah, Saturnalia runs from December 17th through the 23 if anybody out there still celebrates Roman holidays.

So it's already time to start thinking about exchanging gifts with the people in your life and I just came across a gift idea that never would have occurred to me but makes perfect sense.

In keeping with the practicality that's suddenly all the rage, Top Knobs is selling gift certificates. Theses gift certificates are available in amounts from $50 to $500 and are redeemable at any of the 5000 Top Knobs showrooms found all across North America.

The best way to give a quick makeover to a kitchen, a bathroom, a closet or a piece of furniture is to replace its hardware with something new. Top Knobs has over 3,000 products available in 30 finishes and there's something for everybody in their collections. What an original way to give somebody something most people wouldn't do for themselves. Especially now.

I have to say I thought this was an odd idea at first but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made and the better I liked it. If somebody on your list is putting off a remodel until things start to improve, this is a great way to give them a mini-makeover without breaking the bank. After all, 400 of their offerings sell for $7.99 or less.

You can buy Top Knobs gift certificates on their online store, just follow this link.

And no matter how much I want to ignore it, the holidays really are just around the corner. I think this is going to be a hardware Christmas.


  1. Psssst, Paul, Canadian Thanksgiving is THIS weekend. Just thought I'd give ya a heads up ;0)

  2. Ooops. Why do I always think it's at the end of October. Lemme fix that and thank you!

  3. HOLIDAYS .... just the mention of the word is enough to make me run out of the room screaming. :)
    Yes Paul it is our Thanksgiving this weekend. Opting for Beef Wellington instead of Turkey since Christmas really isn't all that far behind.
    Am heading over to Top Knobs' website now to check them out. Excellent idea as a gift by the way. Ever thought of moonlighting as a 'personal shopper'? -Brenda-

  4. Paul, I popped into the Top Knobs website and they do have a fantastic selection. I also printed off their sheet "How To Plan and Work with Designers and Contractors to Achieve a Successful Remodel Project", so I have a question for you: Have you ever done or would you consider doing a post 'on what preparation expectations YOU personally expect from a client'?

  5. Back in my archives somewhere are an article or two about preparing for a renovation. I always include the responsibilities of a client when I hold forth on that topic so that's already trod ground. Would you like to see a post in the future that's just about how to approach a renovation from a homeowner's perspective?

  6. Thanks Paul. I'll take a peak at your archives and yes I would love to see an article on 'how to approach a renovation from a homeowner's perspective'.

    As you know I visit a lot of Decorating blogs which often include the subject and at times I feel there are few Designers who choose to condemn a client's ignorance on the subject, rather than guide or instruct them through the process. -Brenda-

  7. oops, shud have read: 'there are A few Designers who .........' -Brenda-

  8. Neat idea for a gift. It's too bad that during gift giving season that it's not easier (and more "polite") to guide people to giving you things like that which are useful to you. I am a huge fan of Useful Gifts but so many people seem so adverse to giving them!


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