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January Celebrations & Themed Gifts | What’s Up in January 2018, 1st-14th (part 1)

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Wohoo, dear gift lover! Take a ride in January celebrations and see what (and how) to celebrate this month! Every month you’ll get a clear idea what celebrations are coming and how to theme a birthday gift according to the specific date celebration in 2018. Starting with January, 1st – 14th.

Are you ready for an awesome & amazing new 2018 year? 365 days, 365 challenges, 365 gift choices, 365 ways to celebrate! Whole 12 months to enjoy! 31 reasons to be happy! 31 gift ideas for those who celebrate an occasion in January

Let’s kick off the first month of 2018 together and get prepared for some cool, funny and weird celebrations and holidays!

But first,

Some Brief Information About January

january celebrations general

January is the month named after the god Janus. It originated from the Latin ‘Januarius‘ meaning ‘month of Janus’. He is believed to be the god of beginnings and transitions. Sounds logical, right?

Topic – Gratitude (check thank you gifts to express your post-Christmas appreciation here plus a wonderful selection of thank you quotes  and how to say thank you in different languages)

Flower – Carnation (check Carnation flower symbolic meanings)

Gemstone/Crystal –  Garnet, Emerald or Rose Quartz

Color –  Black, Dark Blue, Dark Red

Zodiac signs – Capricorn, Aquarius

January 2018 Main Topics:

  • Get-Organized
  • Hot Tea Month

Gift Topics:

# 1 Birthday Gift Themes for Foodies  in January 2018

  • 4th January – Spaghetti day
  • 19th January – Popcorn Day
  • 20th January – Cheese Lovers Day
  • 30th January – Croissant Day

# 2 Birthday Gift Themes for Sweet Aficionados  in January 2018

  • 10th January – Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 27th January – Chocolate Cake

# 3 Baby/Kid Birthday Gift Topics in January 2018

  • 17th January – Popeye Day
  • 18th January – Winnie The Pooh
  • 28th January – Rubber Duckie Day

# 4 General Birthday Gift Topics  in January 2018

  • 4th January – Trivia Games on Trivia Day
  • 8th January – Bath Bombs on Bubble Bath Day
  • 15th January – Hat Themed Gifts on Hat Day
  • 16th January – Dragon Gifts on Appreciate A Dragon Day
  • 20th January – Photo Gifts on Camcorder Day
  • 21st January – Squirrel Themed Gifts on Squirrel Day
  • 29th January – Customized Photo Puzzles on Puzzle Day

# 5 Appreciation Gift Topics in January 2018

  • 12th January – Pharmacist Day
  • 25th  – Thank Your Mentor Day
  • 26th January – Spouse’s Day

# 6 Other Special Celebrations in January 2018

  • 11th January – World Thank You Day
  • 16th January – Martin Luther King Day

# 7 Handmade Gift Topics in January 2018

  • 3rd January – Repurposed Straws on Drinking Straw Day
  • 7th January – Repurposed Rocks on Old Rock Day

# 8 Party Topics

  •  4th  January – Trivia Games Night
  • 5th  January – Italian Food Spaghetti Dinner Party
  • 7th January – Japanese Food Party
  • 15th January – Wear A Hat Party
  • 17th January – Winnie The Pooh Baby Party
  • 19th January – Movies & Popcorn Night Marathon Party
  • 20th January – Cheese & Wine Party Dinner

# 9 Activity Celebration Day

  • 6th January – Cuddle Up Day
  • 14th January – Organize Your Home Day
  • 21st January – Hugging Day
  • 22nd January – Celebration of Life
  • 31st  January – Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
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3rd january celebration

Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

It is impossible to have only one of these chocolate-covered cherry candies. Their other name is cordials. Black chocolate, juicy cherry dipped in a slightly burning sugar liquor – wow, I so much love them! (check what your favorite candy tells about your personality here)

Drinking Straw Day

It is believed that the very first drinking straws were used by the Sumerians for drinking beer.  It is speculated that they used the straws to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that would have sunk to the bottom. One of the most ridiculously spread myths I’ve ever heard however was that when you drink a beer with a straw, you’ll get drunk more easily. (anyway, what’s your experience?)

How to celebrate the day? Simply find a bunch of straws, scissors, turn on the iron and choose one of the absolutely awesome craft ideas using drinking straws. Any of projects are pretty fun to do and are great activities to do with your kids. I’ve personally tried the  easy bracelets from plastic straws project but turned it into a vase decoration.

Gift Ideas for people who celebrate a birthday on 3rd Jan 2018:

  • cool handmade gifts made of plastic straws;
  • lovely tasting cordials;
  • incorporate plastic straw craft activities into your kid’s birthday party.  


4th january celebration

The World Braille Day

The day recognizes the contributions of Louis Braille in helping blind and visually impaired people to read and write. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world use this day to create awareness about the challenges faced by visually impaired individuals and to encourage businesses and governments to create economic and social opportunities for the blind.

Trivia Day

The term “trivia” originally means something very new. Over time, it has become a term referring to obscure, curious and odd facts about geography, history, art, science, sports, entertainment, and pop culture. In the US, the game, then called Trivial Pursuit was released in 1984, when over 20 million games were sold.

How to celebrate the day? Gather up some friends and play the Trivia game. Use #NationalTriviaDay to post on social media.

Gift Ideas for people who celebrate a birthday on 4th Jan 2018:

  • Trivia games of all kind
  • Encyclopedia of everything


5th january celebration

Spaghetti Day

One of the most lovable (and easy) dishes all time! Which is your favorite – spaghetti ala Carbonara or Bolognese? Garlic, basil,  olive oil, tomato sauce, meat sauce, Alfredo sauce, clam sauce – all of these variations make my dinners yummy. Thank you, Italy!

How to celebrate: check a new spaghetti pasta recipe and bring your friends to test it out. Better option to get prepared an Italian Dinner Party for your family and friends – you know, spaghetti al-dente, a lot of parmesan cheese, Italian wine… oh, and don’t forget about Julia Roberts and Eat, Pray, Love.

Gift Ideas for foodies who celebrate a birthday on 5th Jan 2018:


6th january celebration

Cuddle Up Day

As  January is typically one of the coldest months of the year,  what better way to stay warm by cuddling – your lovely partner, your furry friend or your Teddy Bear?

Some health facts – cuddling releases oxytocin, the hormone that reduces pain and ache ( if you once gave birth, you know about it!). Cuddling releases dopamine, the hormone that stimulates the brain to seek pleasure. So cuddling boost sexual desire, too.

How to celebrate? On this day cuddle as much as you can. If you don’t have someone to cuddle up with, why not make an appointment for a relieving massage? And use  #NationalCuddleUpDay


 7th january celebration

Tempura Day

Tempura is a traditional Japanese dish. It is made up of either seafood or vegetables that are battered and deeply fried. Oh, and enjoyed by millions of people across the world. Chefs include tempura on their menus using a variety of different ingredients, even not typically Japanese. Some meats, usually chicken and cheeses, are known to be served tempura-style in many restaurants. But for sushi lovers (like me), the tempura sushi has the entire piece of sushi dipped in batter and fried.

How to celebrate? Enjoy a Japanese food dinner at the nearest Japanese restaurant.

Gift Ideas for foodies who celebrate a birthday on 7th Jan 2018: Funny Tempura memory flash driveKing and Prince Mrs.Fridays 4 Large Tempura ShrimpsTempura Mini fryer-pot with drainer, or the favorite Japanese food cookbook (available on Kindle too)

trivia: the word “tempura” comes from the word “tempora”, a Latin word meaning “times”, “time period” . 



8th january celebration


Do you know that the main purpose of the bubbles on top of the water is to keep it warmer for a longer period of time? And giving us a lot of pleasure, especially on the cold winter January nights.

Rich bubbles, beautifully scented candles, luxurious body oils, quiet music, and a little time to ourselves…or in just one word – RELAXATION. Bubble Bath day is best celebrated by pampering yourself in a nice warm/hot bubble bath.  Why not try a DIY Bath Bombs? The best part is that you can switch up the look and smell of the bath bombs to your favorite ones – check a fast tutorial here. Use #BubbleBathDay to post on social media. And invite your lovely dear to celebrate together.
Gift Ideas for people who celebrate a birthday on 8th Jan 2018:  a nice set of 12 colorful bubble bath bombs, BUBBLE Bath Bombs for Kids with Surprises Inside, Spa Gift Basket With Lovely Pomegranate Fragrance and generally all kinds of SPA-at-home-sets.


9th january celebration


It is thought that the word ‘apricot’ originated from Latin, meaning “precious”. And that’s what apricots are – precious by all means! Apricot lovers know that a single cup of apricot halves is beneficial for their health (read the post on this). Plus they are extremely yummy!
To celebrate Apricot day, it is way too boring to go, buy & eat some fresh, frozen or dried apricots. Then why not an apricot-themed day? Try a new apricot recipe, buy that enchanting fragrant apricot body mist, pour a glass of Barack brandy, relax in a hot bubble bath full of apricot bath fizzles, try that super easy and refreshing apricot face mask. You can even plant an apricot tree! It is not the apricot season, but still, you can be creative!
Gift Ideas for people who celebrate a birthday on 9th Jan 2018 and all apricot lovers here.


 10th january celebration


Bittersweet chocolate (known as dark chocolate) is one of the healthiest candies. So the smarties who love the 80+% cocoa celebrate today. Have you ever heard that a piece (or maybe 2, or 3…) of dark chocolate is ‘good for the heart’? And it is true, according to health studies (and my grandmom). This is the kind of chocolate most commonly used in baking, including the American favorite chocolate chip cookies. Use #BittersweetChocolateDay to post on social media and try a yummy recipe.
Gift Ideas for people who celebrate a birthday on 10th Jan 2018 plus all dark chocolate lovers:  Dark Chocolate Handmade SoapDark Chocolate with DiamondOrganic Non-Dairy Vegan ChocolateDark Chocolate Wine Set.
Extra Hint: look at the Ultimate Chocolate Lovers Gift Guide to reveal personality according to the favorite chocolate candy here


11th january celebration


Today is the politest date in the year, no doubt. We all realize the importance of good manners in our life, but most of the thanks we say is with no-thinking about the real meaning of the words.

Meanwhile, according to psychologists, words of thankfulness are almost magical for our both mental and physical health – a simple, but thoughtful thank-you increase our happiness level with 10 percent, while depressive symptoms falls down ( 35 % less, wow!) Also, the words of gratitude have a warming and comforting effect if you say them sincerely and from the bottom of your heart. So let’s thank more often and more honestly! This celebration is the ideal opportunity to show your gratitude to people who make your days happier!
 Gift Ideas for people who celebrate a birthday on 11th Jan 2018 plus whoever you are thankful to: click here



12th january celebrationPHARMACIST DAY

This day aims to honor the pharmacists. It is not a holiday, but a simple way to bring a smile on your favorite pharmacist who is always there to give you a precious advice and reminders, knows much more about your private life and health status than anyone else and only ever sees you at your worst condition. In other words – a friend, a personal advisor, a magician (as said in the Pharmacist Definition Funny Gift Mug)

Take a moment to visit a pharmacy (especially the one you visit regularly) with a smile on your face and a healthy bounce to your step – a simple greeting and a “thank you” can boost their enthusiasm to do their jobs patiently, tolerably, always happy to help. Use #NationalPharmacistDay to post on social media and send greetings to your fellow pharmacists.
Gift Ideas for Pharmacists: funny mugs for pharmacists like this cute Atlas Of A Pharmacists Brain Mug 


13th january celebration


This unofficial holiday encourages people to be proactive about achieving what they want toSo if you have been a terrible procrastinator on fulfilling your dream, this is your chance to get things in the right direction. Don’t make the mistake to let your dreams remain just dreams and tiny bits of fantasy {doomed to remain that way}.

Take advantage of today’s celebration, talk to someone who inspires you, make a vision board {with images and words relating to your dream}, write down your dream, plan a route to success, set clear goals and deadlines. And don’t be afraid to dream with wide opened eyes!
Gift Ideas for people who celebrate a birthday on 13th Jan 2018Vision board suppliesShe Designed A Life She Loved Planner


14th january celebration


It is difficult to keep our homes tidy and organized all the time, especially having kids or pets (hopefully, toy organizers saved my home from toy-cluttering!).  And it is so damn easy to keep putting off tasks that always seem to require too much effort and time. Organize Your Home Day is the perfect chance to stop making excuses for just one day and get your home back into shape! Like all those little and DIY tasks that you hate or you’ve been planning to finish like months ago.
Gift Ideas for people who celebrate a birthday on 14th Jan 2018: cool organizers and storage solutions of all kind

 Check what January celebrations and important dates are coming up in the second half of the month. Plus lots of birthday gift ideas and themed daily activities. Can’t wait to share with you!

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