Create Your Own gift Bag

This is one of my all-time favorite ways to create a really special and affordable gift for clients, colleagues and friends.

There are so many things you can put in one of these – that's what makes it so fun – and customizable
Here are a few of my favorite things:
A candle
A package of bath Salts
A pouch of hot chocolate or tea bags
Several cards from favorite decks
A handwritten message or quote
A stone
A toy
And the list can go on and on.
A great source for gift bags is www.papermart.com
They have something to fit everyone's style.
One or two card decks can go a long way when you divide them into smaller packages. We have some great card decks in the Coaching Toys Store. Here are several that would be would be particularly good for a gift bag.
Card decks for gift bag
Pull out a few affirmations that are perfect for the person you are creating the gift bag for.
Choose just the right whimsical message for your giftee. There are 50 to choose from.
Each card has 15-20 open-ended questions on the back around a theme. These make great journaling prompts.
What does your colleague or client dream about? What do they want to acheive? Writing a book? Attracting a soul mate? Own a Lexus? Star in a movie? Pull out the cards that fit.
Check out these and other cool possibilities in the Coaching Toys Store.


A Daily Dose of Inspiration and Encouragement

MousepadsWhen you want to hold an intention for yourself, especially about a direction you want your life to go, you need daily reminders. What better structure than a mouse pad.

These new Mouse Pads from iZoar are perfect!
Choose from 6 different whimsical, fun, characters and their supportive and meaningful life messages.
There are 6 powerful messages to choose from:

It Takes Courage To Be Happy

Create Your Life According To Your Dreams and Dare ToPush Back Your Boundaries

I Have Stopped Worrying About Living My Life Correctly. Oh My, What A Relief

It's Your Life You Get To Choose

Just Be, You Are Enough

Enjoy Your Random Acts of Weirdness

These whimsical mouse pads are visual reminders that empower you to grow, create and manifest intentions.  They make wonderful gifts for friends, family and clients. Keep these in mind as the holiday season approaches, they would make a great stocking stuffer. And why wait, They are on sale now!
Learn more: iZoar Mouse Pads

Play Time, Creative Writing Prompt

Prompt3A writing prompt is an easy way to stimulate new thinking on a project and it doesn't even need to be a writing project.
You could be creating a workshop or planning a birthday party or anything else that could use a creative bump. 
Give it a try. 
Here's a writing prompt excerpted from the F A M E Cards, one of many creative tools we carry in the store. 
Choose a random word and write that word 100 times and note the flow of images
I did it and the images surprised and delighted me. Images have a way of being a step ahead of you on your journey and bring such a wealth of metaphor.
Have fun with this!
To learn more about the F A M E Cards go here: F A M E Cards – Productive Play For Creativity and Self-Confidence

2013 “Art Of The Heart” Product Award – Voting Begins!



As part of our ongoing 10 Year Anniversary celebration,  It’s time to select the Coaching Toys 2013 "Art Of The Heart" Product Award. This is award number 3 and the last one to be awarded in this series.

The“Art Of The Heart ” product award category is all about the ‘heart’ of being human; connecting with spirit, intuition, personal growth and deep acknowledgement. The four product finalists are all standouts in this category. Take a look and vote for your favorite!

Introducing the four nominees for the "Art Of The Heart" Product Award:

1. Enrichuals Cards
Encouragement, wisdom and inspiration are at the heart of this delightful deck of 64 cards.  Each card has
SVM-EC01-2Tan engaging collage image on one side and powerful writing on the other. The words on each card are rich, wise and packed full of ideas, exercises and perspectives to ponder. One card might encourage you to create a joy jar, another to create a collage of possibility, another might offer a new perspective or invite you to stretch a little. Very few card decks pack so much in. Whether used as a journal prompt, part of a daily ritual, or even in a workshop setting, these cards celebrate the human spirit and invite growth. Another powerful contender for the “Art Of The Heart” Product Award.



2. Manifest Magnificence with Kids

If you are looking for a fun, meaningful way to nurture a child’s self-esteem, Manifest Magnificence for Kids
SHN-MM01-2is a perfect choice. The images on the cards appeal to the child in all of us and the affirmations are perfect for children. “I am” is such a powerful statement. “I am an explorer”, “I am amazing”, “I am growing” and “I am original” are all examples from the deck. The intention behind this deck is important for all of us as our children are our future. Imagine the impact of a colorful affirmation card stuck in your child’s book bag or lunch box every day. A child’s confidence effects all areas of their lives from ability to learn to interactions with others. This product is loaded with passion and heart and stands tall in the “Art Of The Heart” Product Award category.

Manifest Magnificence with Kids


3. Spirit Cards

Simple and sacred are the two words I would use to describe the Spirit Cards. The words are paired with a 
Spiritcards-cropsimple affirmation. The words in the red box are paired with the affirmation  “I Am…” The words in the orange box are paired with “I Will…..”. The look, feel and energy of these cards always puts me in a ritual state. The words fit in the palm of your hand and if you take a moment, you can fe el the prayerful energy infused into them by their author. Take a deep breath, center yourself and draw a card. The word you choose, paired with the affirmation will touch your soul in just the perfect way, as if spirit is tapping you on the shoulder and whispering….you are love….you are freedom…you are powerful, you are…..  Spirit Cards definitely exemplify “Art Of The Heart. 

Spirit Cards


4. Unfolding Your Life Vision Kit

Creating a vision for your life is a powerful gift to give yourself and the Unfolding Your Life Vision Kit takes
ULVK-croppedit to a new level. This very cool kit  invites you into a creative, artistic process that engages your heart, captures your vision and elicits energy every time you look at it. Making your vision visual allows you to touch, see and enjoy the energy of it whenever you want. Creating a vision is an act of courage for many. It is declaring out loud and on paper – this is what I want, this is who I am. A perfect contender for the “Art Of The Heart” Product Award.

Unfolding Your Life Vision Kit

Now it's TIME TO VOTE!!!!!

It's up to you to determine who will WIN the Coaching Toys 2013 "Art Of The Heart" Product Award.

Vote HERE: Vote Now

Voting Ends September 10, 2013 at 6pm Central Time. 


“Big Life Big Action Award” Vote Now!

As part of our 10 year anniversary, Coaching Toys initiated three Product Awards. We awarded the "Out Of The Box" product award in March. Now it's time for you to help us choose the winner of the "Big Life Big Action" Award.






Meet the finalists for the 2013 Coaching Toys "Big Life Big Action" Product Award.
The "Big Life Big Action" product category is all about helping people move forward both personally and professionally. The product finalists are all standouts.

The final winner will be determined by YOUR vote.
Voting ends May 28!  If you already know your favorite – go ahead and vote now, or read on to learn more.

"Big Life Big Action" Finalists



Q? Basics. Open-Ended Questions for Coaching Mastery

This training tool has been a best seller since day one. New coaches use it to hone their skills, trainers use it to introduce managers and leaders to the art of open-ended questions and it's a great self-coaching tool.  Open-ended questions empower, shift perspectives, increase awareness and ignite action. Definitely a Big Life, Big Action Contender. Learn more here




Easily Wired, With KW-02-2TNo Unnatural Acts


 Featured in the newsletter recently, this product gives you an easy to use blueprint to leverage and expand your sphere of influence. Your network is gold and this product helps you value and maintain your connections in a way that feels authentic. The tips and tools work equally well for job seekers as they do for corporate executives needing to build strategic relationships. Networking opens doors, builds bridges, and provides the type of foundation that allows you to leap into a big life and take big action. Learn more here





Road to Resilience Values Deck

I love the fact that this deck is really two decks in one. On one side you have a values card sort. Flip the deck over and you have lots of wonderful inquiries to help you explore how to bring those values more alive in your life and work. The perfect tool for coaches working in any arena; business, executive, relationship, teams,life, leadership – you name it. Values are core to living on purpose and with integrity.  Values motivate, clarify, and define who we are in the world. That kind of clarity and purpose leads to big action. Learn More Here


RBBP-AC-03-2TThe Right Brain Business Plan

The world needs more innovators and creatives and thank goodness for this awesome book that helps right-brainers creatively embrace the fundamentals of business. The Right-Brain Business Plan speaks the language of the artist, makes business planning creative and visual and even fun. There are undoubtedly countless creative businesses thriving today because of the ideas in this book. this book is totally committed to big creative dreams and taking action.  Learn more here


Four awesome contenders! Which is YOUR Favorite?
Your vote matters and will only take a few seconds.

VOTE HERE:  2013 Big Life Big Action Product Award

Voting ends May 28!

Besides being recognized as the best product in it's category, the winner gets featured in Choice Magazine and wins a coveted spot on the featured product page of the Coaching Toys Store. (And maybe another surprise or two)