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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Picking the right gift for the right person is a tricky endeavor. If a wrong gift is chosen, you may have the risk of sending an inadvertent message to its receiver. Otherwise, in a fanatical struggle to tell someone how much he/she is appreciated, you expend way over your budget, and factually end up reimbursing for your mistake for months after months. Actually, that's how I feel about the challenge of choosing just the right gift on the right occasion.
I never think that giving gifts have to be prearranged. Suppose if someone gives you a gift during his/her sudden weekend visit at your home, and you have nothing in return, just thank the person for his/her kindness. On your next visit in that person's place, you can write a nice "Thank You" note on a fabulous card, and buy a yummy dessert from a well-known and respected bakery of your town. On the other hand, if you are invited to a holiday party or birthday party at your colleague's house, you might get worried what should you choose for them as your holiday gift budget is almost near to exit. It is not necessary anyone should ever match a gift to the receiver's expectations or household income. Gift those items what they would feel comfortable and would enjoy.
Before buying Christmas gifts for family members and close friends, try to know their interests. If someone is allergic to seafood, it wouldn't be nice to give him/her a gift card of a famous seafood restaurant. As a very good friend or a close one, you perhaps know their likes and dislikes. However, in case of a new relationship, you may do not know all that much then it's better to check out his/her social networking profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Usually most of the people mention something about their hobbies and activities over there. If that's not enough, then you can talk to his/her close mates. Unfortunately, if there is no other way to find it, and then ask him/her indirectly, something like that what was the best or worst gift that he/she has received on the last Christmas. Probably, you will get some idea; all you must do is to notice and carry out some sort of research regarding your friend that's all. For example, my sister is a star watcher, so on her every birthday I try to gift those stuffs, which usually revolve around her star-watching hobby.
At the beginning of the year, it could make a list of everyone you have to buy gifts for anniversary, birthday and holidays with the budget you would like to spend for each of them. Then you can browse online stores, and watch the clearance aisles on any shop, when you would get free time. It would save your money and time; sometimes you could get some fabulous item of any famous brand at a considerable price. In order to fix your budget, you can remember what they gift you in earlier years on different occasions. It would not be nice if your brother-in-law gave you a nice wrist watch and perfume, you give him just a box of chocolates. You can also gift something what has worked in the earlier years, such as a gift card to a desired store, or slight variations on a theme.
I believe buying the perfect gift for your girlfriend/fiancée/wife can seem incredible. Try to pick such a gift for her that would be precious for a long time, as a reminder of your love and also reflects that you understand her exclusive personality. It is often really hard to find the right gift, especially if she already seems to own everything. You can pick her gifts base of her interests, style, or activities. You may buy jewelry from her favorite shop, video games, board games, books of her interest, music, hats, shoes, etc. You can also show your support for her pass time activities. For example, if she loves to paint, you could find a very amusing sketchbook and pencils from an art store. You can also focus about her career and needs. Many persons are passionate with their professions. If your partner is one of them, you can pick a new bag for work or iTunes gift certificate to make those long subway shuttles more pleasant. Making an exceptional handmade gift for beloved one is really amusing, whether it could be a bracelet or something else, it doesn't really matter. Your effort would be counted not the value; certainly she will love anything you make for her.
Whatever gift you pick for anyone, never forget to decorate it nicely. You could wrap gifts with beautiful wrapping paper or insert into an amazing gift box.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Easter gifts aren't just colored eggs; they have grown from simple dyed eggs to a huge variety of things that include electronics. The idea behind all these gift is to take anything ordinary, slap a bunny or egg on it and it will work for Easter. Here's a guideline to buying presents for Easter.
Remember that you're buying Easter gifts and not for a birthday. This means that if you're buying something for your kids, they don't get to ask for 'anything they want'. Make sure that the whatever you get them has some relevance to the holiday. That doesn't of course mean that you buy them a cross, a bible and a bottle of holy water but don't let their gift demands get unreasonable.
Easter gift baskets are a very popular gift but not all gift baskets are right for Easter. Take for example cookie, cheese or wine baskets; they may be appropriate for other occasions but not for Easter. The appropriateness of a gift also depends on who you are sending the gift to. You can give a gift basket filled with candy to kids but not to your boss or your doctor.
The gift itself
Some gifts are just better for particular occasions; Easter gift baskets are definitely the preferred gift for Easter, it's best to stay conventional. Easter fruit baskets and fruit bouquets are a great way to add a unique touch to your Easter gifts, that way you get a good gift but you get to give in a different way. It's also a great way to keep the kids away from too much chocolate and candy. Serving healthy food on the holidays is a great way to ensure your kids are keeping their meals balanced.
Don't get tricked
Make sure you buy from a good brand. Most local manufacturers fill the major part of the basket with straws and only marginally add the candy and chocolate. If you're buying Easter fruit from a local store, make sure the produce is fresh or go online and look for fruit baskets, you're bound to find something unique.
Don't go bunny
A good Easter gift basket isn't one that's filled with bunny stamped everything. Remember that the gift basket theme matters a lot too. A gift basket filled with bunny shaped cheese piece isn't going to make anyone's Easter special. Everyone loves stuff that's symbolic of the Easter bunny but remember the appropriateness factor.
Easter gift baskets and Easter fruit baskets are a timeless Easter gift for kids. Easter fruit bouquets are suitable gifts for kids and great centerpieces for tables.
Friday, 11 April 2014
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Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Looking to find the perfect present for somebody can be extremely stressful, confusing, and in many cases time intensive. Worrying if the individual will enjoy what you have gotten them, questioning if you're investing an excessive amount or not enough. That is why many people have ventured into giving out gift baskets for all their extraordinary holidays and events. Gift baskets are a wonderful treat to give to anyone. It not just gives that person a basket loaded with goodies to enough, but it also gives it that personal feel and touch from you that will make it special. Best component is that there are many different different types that you can give out that everyone would enjoy.
Filling a basket with sweet treats is great for almost everyone. These gift baskets can be stuffed with hard candies, hot coco, cookies, brownies, chocolates, and anything else that looks and tastes sweet.
If you know someone who is that absolute coffee lover, than a coffee basket would be ideal. You will be able to be load it with a range of coffee flavors, various types of creamers, a extraordinary coffee cup, and even a stirring spoon.
Perfume or Cologne Galore
Another great gift basket idea is for that distinctive somebody you know that enjoys to smell good, whether it's a man or woman. You can fill this basket made up of different perfume or cologne samples, men or women lotion samples, soap samples, anything that smells glorious.
Fruit baskets are also a great idea for almost everyone. It are able to be filled with a variety of different fresh fruits like apples, oranges, strawberries, grapes, and whatever else you desire. Arrange it in special designs or just lay them in nice and orderly.
This is great for the children inside of the family or for your friends who have kids. Loading up a basket with gender appropriate toys like stuffed animals, stickers, small puzzles, crayons, or books will make any child smile from ear to ear when they receive it.
In conclusion, there are literally hundreds of different types of gift basket ideas that would make any birthday, anniversary, or event feel like a distinctive one. With a little inspiration and creativity, a beautiful gift basket will be able to be made within a matter of minutes, and it's going to provide a smile that will last for days to come.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Has your Christmas gift list gotten ridiculously long? Then make the move from buying a gift for each person on your list to buying a gift for each family on your list. Not only will it save you a shed load of money, it'll also save you time and sanity.
Shopping for family Christmas ideas can be a tad tricky - hedging your bets or taking risks on what they might like, making sure everyone will love the gift... it's a tough game.
Fear not. Buying family Christmas gifts is a breeze.
If the family in question has a soft spot for all things sweet, opt for a big jar of retro sweets complete with their family surname on the label. Filled with all their old school faves, from Drumstick Lollies to Cola Bottles, these jars make tantalisingly terrific Christmas gifts for a family.
Food hampers make fab Christmas gifts for the family with a taste for the finer things in life. Nowadays, you can get baskets filled with all sorts of festive favourites, including Christmas puds, marmalades, chocolates and cheeses along with a bottle of personalised wine or champagne (for moms and dads only!).
Memories are priceless. So how about treating them to a family portrait to make sure those memories are immortalised? It's all in the presentation: pick a plush picture frame and wrap it up along with the portrait certificate.
The perfect family gifts for Christmas are surely the ones that allow mums, dads and kiddies to spend some quality time with each other, wouldn't you agree? In that case, a luxury spa day for the whole family would make a relaxing Christmas surprise.
One Christmas gift for family that's sure to delight is an activity they can enjoy together such as paintballing, clay pigeon shooting or - if they're daredevils - white water rafting.
There's nothing like homemade biscuits or a delicious cake, right? Put together a hamper with sugar, butter, flour - basically everything needed to make cakes or biscuits - and treat a family to some sickly sweet, succulent sugary goodness. That has to be one of the best family gifts for Christmas around.
Family film nights are an all-round winner. Fill a basket with popcorn, sweets and fizzy drinks along with a movie rental voucher - or a few selections of your own - and you'll have a gift that's sure to get used again and again.
Even better, pick out a fun board game, wrap it up and that's their night sorted. After all, family game nights are always a blast.
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
When you're visiting the parents of newborns, you'd certainly like to carry a gift along, to welcome the new baby into the world and express your congratulations to the new parents. When the parents are close family members, good friends or valued colleagues, then your budget would be slightly higher, but if it's a casual acquaintance, neighbor or someone you know at the office, you'd like to keep the budget at an affordable level. Perhaps you've planned to give a gift basket since that would allow you to put together several small items, rather than spend the entire budget on a single one.
You can pick up a ready-made baby gift basket from a good baby-store in town. These are available in different categories, like below $50, etc and offer a choice of baby-apparel, bath accessories, toys and perhaps a baby blanket or pillow.
On the other hand, if you're creative enough, you can make up a gift basket on your own. Affordable, pretty wickerwork baskets are available and you can dress them up with ribbons and decorative baubles, tissue flowers, etc. Things that you can put into the basket depend on the age of the baby and the total amount you want to spend. Some great ideas would be soft plastic baby-bath toys, like ducks, frogs and comic book characters, an assortment of soft-toys some of which double up as baby-pillows to cuddle up with, soft face towels, toiletries, musical toys, teething rings, rattles, play-mats, pull-n-play toys, crib-sheets and pillow-cases, baby monitors and digital thermometers, nail-clippers, etc. One gift that parents would really love is a baby hand and foot printing kit. They can preserve their baby's first hand and footprints in the frames provided with the kit and these make beautiful keepsakes for both parents and the child. Other affordable gifts are fabric or plastic books, which are soft enough for delicate baby hands and yet safe enough if baby decides to chew on them!
If you are a firm believer in buying organic, then ensure that the product is safe for babies and infants, since some kinds of fabric and materials may not be treated to withstand bacteria and fungi from collecting on them.
Another great idea would be to buy one really good, expensive item and a few more slightly less expensive ones and pack them all into a diaper-organizer, inflatable bath-tub, convertible car-seat or toddler-swing and package them attractively.
Whatever your budget, ensure that you buy quality products from reputed manufacturers.
Working with a budget can really be a lot of fun since it's a situation where you can stretch the limits of your imagination instead of your purse strings!
Tuesday, 07 August 2012
Your good friend, relative or co-worker just had a baby and you want to get them something special. You know they will receive a multitude of new baby gifts including baby toys, pajama sets, diapers, rattles, blankets, and other baby trinkets. And although you can't resist that adorable, soft, squishy, plush teddy bear you found at the baby store, you're thinking the parents need a special gift too!
Well, go ahead and forego the baby clothes and boxes of diapers. Grab that big squishy bear, and pair it up with one of these memorable gifts for new parents:
Spa gift - Give the new parents a much needed gift of relaxation to be enjoyed on a day of their choosing. A deluxe spa gift basket to indulge the senses at home or a certificate to a nearby spa will be a welcome treat when they need it most. Although the new dad may delight in the spa gift as much as mom, you may want to throw in a six-pack of a good micro-brew and a DVD of Three Men and a Baby to add that daddy appeal.
Wine and Chocolates - Those first few weeks home from the hospital will be consumed with all of the new caring-for-baby activities. In addition there will be constant visitors to entertain. As welcoming as all of this new activity will be, the new parents will appreciate those few times when the house is quiet. This is when a nice bottle of wine or bubbly coupled with a box of decadent chocolates would be a welcome alternative to all those new baby toys. Mom and dad will enjoy this delightful treat after baby is fast asleep.
Dinner Certificate (babysitter included) - As new parents, nights out at their favorite restaurant will be few and far between for some time. Give them incentive to plan that first "parents date night" dinner with a gift certificate to their favorite place. This will give them the time they need to unwind from their new hectic parenting schedule. This should include a confirmed babysitter - you! And you won't regret that one-on-one time with your new little friend.
Diaper Bag - Like a good, stylish handbag, mom cannot have too many diaper bags! A good diaper bag will be with them for many years so even if they choose one for themselves, having more than one is great for different occasions. Choose one that matches mom's typical style in color and design, and it should include a good number of pockets inside and out. Many come with additional features such as a matching changing pad, or an insulated bottle covering. A good diaper bag will always be a much appreciated gift.
Don't let all of those different baby gift options confuse you. You now have some great options for gifts for new parents, and the best gift of all just may be a combination of both!
Monday, 23 July 2012
True to the spirit of the festive season, the concept of gourmet gifts has changed the tradition of giving gifts. All cultures embrace the idea of exchanging gifts, seeing them as tokens of appreciation, of love, and of gratitude, or a celebration of life. But this joyous custom is no simple matter; a lot of sentiment and effort goes into making each gift special and memorable.
Certainly we do not want to offend; hence it is important to understand the gift-giving etiquette of varied cultures or religions. Also, the gift must be appropriate for the occasion --the nature of the gift items, their number, the color of the gift-wrapping, etc.
Straying from the path of classic gifts are unique gourmet gifts such as exquisite gift baskets of choice meats/seafood, condiments, specialty chocolates, fruits, beverages such as tea and coffee, desserts, cheese, and wine. Gourmet food is by definition "food that is of the highest quality, perfectly prepared and artfully presented."
Personal or corporate, gourmet foods are ideal choices. As Madame Benoit said, ""I find a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with variation."" The same can be applied to gifts. What could be more creative? A beautiful gift need not be expensive, but should be a thoughtful gesture.
Mankind has come a long way from hunting to farming to what not! The early centuries saw the wealthy enjoying various delicacies that were secretly guarded or forbidden from the underprivileged. In time, with the economic and social progress, people clamored for elegance in lifestyle, whether food or fashion.
It is always a rich culinary experience to treat oneself to the sinful pleasures of rare exotic delicacies that originate in faraway lands, that are not easily available, and that are usually quite expensive and unique in some way. They make you feel special.
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Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Your father is one of the most important people in your life and making him feel special is important to you. Father's day is a time to celebrate your dad and let him know that you are grateful for everything he has done for you over the years while you were growing up. This could be for a number of reasons from paying you through university or college to being a shoulder to cry on after you were dumped by your first boyfriend or girlfriend. You dad is never going to judge you he is just going to provide with love and support in any situation.
This is why it is important that you treat him from time to time and the perfect way to do this is to buy him an extra special father's day gift.
When buying your gift you need to make sure that the gift is within your budget as you father would not want you to over stretch yourself to buy him a gift. This is why that it is important to set yourself a budget and stick to it as no gift is worth going into debt for in these difficult times.
One of the best places to find a father's day gift that is extra special or unique is online due to the large number of websites offering a range of high value and discounted gifts. Each year there a number of trendy gifts to choose from that will give your gift the wow factor. The top five gifts for father day 2012 are listed below highlighting that your do not need to spend a lot of money to get a great gift.
1. Dartboard Set - Darts is now considered to be a main street sport with areas selling out throughout the country and the matches now being shown on sky TV. It is more than likely your dad has thrown a few arrows down the local pub, so a dart board set is the perfect gift to help him practise at home and beat his friends in the pub.
2. Ear iPhone Case - Your dad always says that you never listen to him when he asks you to tidy your room or clean the dishes. You probably say that your dad does not listen to you when you ask him to do something, so the Ear iPhone Case is the perfect joke gift to ensure he listens to you
3. Golf Gift Basket - Golf is one of the popular pastimes in the uk with golf courses being packed out with dads thinking that they are Tiger Woods. This is why the golf gift bag is the perfect gift for any dad so he can enjoy his weekend away with the trendy equipment.
4. 20-in-1 Multi-Play Games Table - Every dad has a small child buried deep inside that is dying to get out and play the games of their youth. This is why the 20 in 1 table is the perfect for the big kid in your life - your dad
5. 38-in-1 Tool Kit - This tool kit could be the best or the worst gift you ever buy your dad as your mum may just ask him to fix the sink that's been leaking for months and he said he did not have the tools. On the other hand for the active dad who likes DIY this is the perfect gift.
The key to choosing the right mens gifts is to shop online or offline so that you are sure to find the correct fathers day gift for example.
Monday, 14 May 2012
Mom's Chocolate Cake
This is a real old-fashioned American chocolate layer cake. It's very moist, very chocolatey, a snap to make and best baked the day before serving.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/3 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 stick (4 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour two 8-by-1 1/2-inch round cake pans. Line the bottoms with wax paper. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves; then pour into a large bowl. Add the chocolate and butter and let sit, stirring occasionally, until melted and slightly cooled. Stir in the vanilla.
3. Beat the eggs into the chocolate mixture at medium speed until combined. Add the dry ingredients all at once and beat at medium speed until smooth. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top springs back when pressed lightly and a cake tester comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans for about 25 minutes, then invert onto a rack to cool completely.
4. Chocolate Frosting: In a medium saucepan, bring the cream and sugar to a boil over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces slightly, about 6 minutes. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl and add the chocolate, butter, vanilla and salt. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are melted. Once they are melted, set the bowl in a larger bowl of ice water. Using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the frosting on medium speed, scraping the sides occasionally with a rubber spatula, until thick and glossy, about 5 minutes. Use at once.
5. Set one cake, right-side up, on a serving platter. Using a metal spatula, spread one-third of the Chocolate Frosting evenly over the cake. Top with the second cake and frost the top and sides with the remaining frosting.
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