Thursday, January 31, 2008
Here are some of their rings as an example (from an earlier blog).
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
This year, why not say “I love you,” with something that lasts longer than a dozen roses? The right gadget can score points with your favorite sweetheart and be the one Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving.
The iGifts Have It
|Apple Macbook Air|
For the ultimate gadget gift you could get that special someone in your life one of the sexiest laptops on the market; the recently announced, Apple Macbook Air. This super svelte laptop is so thin it fits inside a manila envelope yet it still boasts a full size keyboard and 13.3 inch LED backlight display. It may not be available for Valentine's Day but you can preorder it now for $1799.
iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch
|iPhone||iPod touch||iPod shuffle||iPod classic|
Take your pick of Apple gadgets and score major points with your special gadget lover. You might consider an 8GB iPhone or a 16GB iPod touch for $399. The iPod touch which has everything the iPhone has minus the phone service.
There are many recently redesigned iPods to choose from including ones with different colors and capacities. Watching videos on iPods is very popular with videos becoming more widely available for download especially with Apple’s recent launch of an online movie rental business.
Apple iPod shuffles are smaller than ever and come in many colors. They cost $79 and hold 1GB worth of files which is about 240 songs. The iPod nano comes in colors, displays photos, plays videos or audio files, and costs $149 for a 4GB version and $199 for an 8GB one that will hold 2000 songs.
The iPod classic comes in black or white, has a big 2.5-inch color display. You can buy one with 80GB of storage for $249 or 160GB for $349. The iPod touch 8GB version sells for $299 and the 16GB version $399.
Buying red gadgets can help support the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. Apple offers a red iPod and Motorola has a red Razr that are both associated with the charity. Microsoft has a red Zune but it appears to be geared for Valentine's Day not for Bono's fund.
|For a special touch, you can get a free engraving on an iPod or iTouch when you buy it from Apple's online store.|
Microsoft's Red Zune
|Microsoft continues to improve their Zune MP3 player and even offers features not found on iPods like WiFi connectivity which lets you trade songs with other Zune users, surf the web, or use other online interactive features. For Valentine's Day they are offering a Red, 80GB Zune and free engraving with one of 20 special valentine designs or a personal text message. You can buy this or other similar Zunes for around $249.|
The right GPS PND (personal navigation device) might just help find the way to your special friend's heart. GPS devices continue to get better and cheaper every day. For Valentine's Day gifts, we recommend looking at a portable unit that fits in a pocketbook or even one of the sports versions that you wear on your wrist.
|Garmin nuvi 680||TomTom Go 920T|
The Garmin nuvi 680 could be a very expensive Valentines Day present but for under $600 you can give someone a highly rated, versatile GPS , that has a large 4.3 inch color display and is still small enough to fit in a pocketbook or briefcase.
The TomTom Go 920T is another highly rated GPS that falls in the same price range and feature group.
|TomTom XL-S||Mio c230|
The TomTom XL-S sells for around $350. It has a 4.3 inch widescreen display, offers text-to-speech and MapShare which allows users to update maps.
For the budget minded, the Mio c230 is a basic 3.5 inch screen GPS that features TTS (Text-to-Speech) functionality and gets high marks for performance and ease of use for well under $200.
|Garmin Forerunner 205||Garmin Forerunner 405|
The Garmin Forerunner 205 is a GPS device that you wear like a wristwatch. It tells you how far you ran and how long it took. Serious runners rave about this GPS device. You can buy the Garmin Forerunner 205 for around $180. If you prefer to wait, Garmin just announced a very cool wristwatch type GPS called the Forerunner 405 which is supposed to ship in the first quarter of 2008 and sell for around $300.
Digital Photo Frames were a big hit this holiday season. They provide an easy and attractive way to put your digital photos on the mantle, kitchen counter, desktop, or even on a key chain. Some units play audio files as well.
|Kodak EX811||Westinghouse DPF 0802||Tao 1.4 inch Digital Picture Keychain||Coby DP 151|
The Kodak EX811 is an 8 inch, 800 x 480 pixel photo frame, with 128 MB of memory that will cost you around $200. You can load pictures with the built-in WiFi, through the memory card slot, or the USB connector.
The Westinghouse DPF 0802, 8 inch photo frame has a wood frame,128 MB of storage, and a high resolution 800 x 600 screen. You load up the frame from your camera’s flash memory card or a USB connection. You can buy the Westinghouse DPF 0802 for around $150.
The Tao 1.4 inch Digital Picture Keychain holds 56 photos and costs $29. It has a rechargeable battery. You load it with a USB connector. They offer a square version and a round one.
The Coby DP 151 1.5 inch Digital Photo Key Chain is a tenth of inch bigger than the others. It stores 62 pictures and is on sale at Amazon for $16. Some users are happy with it, some aren't.
A small and compact point and shoot camera might be just the right gift this Valentine’s Day.
|Canon SD1000||Nikon CoolPix P5100|
The Canon SD1000 fits easily in a pocket or pocket book, offers 7.1 MP and new face technology that makes taking bad pictures harder. You can buy one for under $200.
If you can afford to spend around $300 then take a look at the 12.1 MP Nikon CoolPix P5100 which has optical image stabilization to eliminate fuzzy pictures, a big 2.5 inch LCD screen, and 3.5x optical zoom.
Top 5 Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Men
By Jessica M. Collins
Choosing the right and ideal valentine gifts for him is not an easy task. A gift for him should largely depend on his personality so a gift that suits the personality will be considered ideal.
However, most men tend to more appreciate a functional gift that is gifts that actually can be used or useful. They are not quite appreciating something that just looked pretty but not useful like flowers or chocolates.
Here are the top 5 valentine's gift ideas for your boyfriend, fiance or husbands that not just please them but they actually love and will use everyday.
1. Watches. Most men not so comfortable wearing jewelry but a cool, stylish and fine watch is ok for most of them. They not just use it but it also reminds him to spend time with you.
2. Wallet. Ask your man, how long has he been carrying that same wallet? May be the answer is: It's long ago or I don't remember. It's a sign to consider replacing it with a smart looking new wallet. It will be much better if the wallet can be personalized so his initial name is on it. But don't forget to slip a picture of you inside.
3. Ipod 8 GB Nano Video. Men crazy about electronics and as a modern and tech-savvy guy, your man will find the new Ipod Nano that can view video is a perfect gift that will make him smile, happy and will bring his new toy to everywhere he go. It's like bring some part of you to everywhere.
4. PING Polo Shirt. Most men are lazy to buy his cloth. A comfort PING Polo Shirt is perfect for leisure and casual wear which makes him wear this often. This shirt usually can be personalized so it can have his initial name on it. And you will have a good feeling each time sees him wear this polo shirt.
5. Personalized Medallion Black Coffee Mug. Whether your man drinks black coffee or tea to start their day, they will love and use this personalized coffee mug that has his name on it everyday. It also makes him remember you each morning even it is just for seconds each morning.
Finding and choosing a special Valentines Day gifts for your special man may take your time and thought, or even some headache. But it is worth it because it showed to him that he is mean a lot to you. And it will help bring your relationship to the next level.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
For the outdoors:
- Flowering plant with a trellis.
- Bocce balls.
- Personalized welcome mats are a great gift. They come in all sizes, colors, textures, and can have themes that reflect your friend's interests.
For the kitchen:
- An electric wine cooler can be had for about $80 at Home Depot and for a wine lover makes a great gift.
- A collection of wines and a gift pack of cheeses, or a pottery wine cooler.
- An assortment of cleaning products, pail, mop, broom, and dustpan is not fancy, but something they will need.
- The aspiring gourmet may appreciate, a cookbook and a specialty rack for hanging pots, or a filled spice rack.
- A print or piece of artwork that you know they will appreciate. You may also want to have a picture of the couple framed for their new home.
- For the holiday season, a personalized tree ornament or decoration for the home to start their collection makes a memorable gift.
- A gift certificate to the local hardware store, Home Depot or decorating store is something they are sure to use.
- A set of screwdrivers, pliers, hammers and other basic tools along with a home fix-it book is a gift they will use over and over.
Sometimes if you know a new homeowner needs a large item, it's better to combine your resources with other friends or family members and purchase one big gift. Here are some ideas for those types of giving.
- Lawn mowers are a necessity that most homeowners don't think about until the lawn is ready to be cut. Any sort of landscaping tools such as hedge trimmers, weed-eaters, a wheel barrow, or a collection of shovels (including a snow shovel), rake, hoe, and other garden implements are welcomed gift ideas.
- Barbecue Grills are a much needed item that will be welcomed when the nice weather approaches. - Storage shed for garden tools or waste cans.
- Vacuum cleaner or carpet cleaner is a useful gift, especially if you have an idea of what the homeowner is looking for.
- A kitchen appliance such as a food processor or a set of pots and pans.
Before deciding on a gift, make sure the new homeowner doesn't already have the item and that the color or theme fits. You don't want your gift to be an item destined for a garage sale, but rather a useful gift that creates a fond memory whenever used.
Friday, January 25, 2008
So, you have spent a heap of cash on the most fantastic wedding ever, invited all your family and friends, celebrated in style and had the most romantic holiday ever.
A wedding is the most special day of your life and after the first year together you will soon be faced with the dilemma of a finding a suitable wedding anniversary gift.
Most people say the first year of marriage is the best, all those new experiences, finally being together all the time and the simple fun of being called Mr and Mrs. However, realistically quite often the first year is in fact the hardest! Getting used to sharing a home not to mention the day to day stresses that life throws you.
With this in mind I personally think your 1st wedding anniversary is the most important and therefore choosing the perfect wedding anniversary gift is essential.
The traditional wedding gift given for the first year of marriage is paper. Depending on the type of relationship you have and what your partner enjoys will determine the best possible anniversary gift you could choose.
A romantic wedding anniversary gift that is made from paper could be a romantic novel, wedding day certificates, money, tickets to a show or concert, a wedding memory book or even a poem created by a poet and printed on paper of your choice.
For any anniversary how the gift is presented and given is the most important aspect. If your gift is for a show or a concert then take your partner for a romantic meal and when she thinks this is her gift surprise her with the tickets.
If your gift is a book, run her a bath with candles, a glass of Champaign and let her relax and unwind whilst enjoying her new novel.
Celebrating a wedding anniversary especially the first is something that is special to the couple, at this stage in your marriage it is advisable to celebrate it with just the two of you. Inviting the world and his wife for a good old knees up is better saved for a 25th or 50th anniversary.
Searching on the internet for a 1st anniversary gift will give you a wide range of choice, the important thing is to consider who it is for and will they really appreciate it, the last thing you want is to disappoint your loved one on this special day.
Finding a suitable anniversary gift need not be hard, remember the real reason you are buying this gift is to celebrate and show your partner or love done that you love them and have enjoyed the first year together. Sometimes people get so caught in buying a gift of value and forget the true value is in the thought.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Gift packaging is an art in itself. Very few people are able to create stunning Gift bags that make for superb presents. However, when you understand what goes into great custom gift packaging every gift you give will be well appreciated. Here are some ideas!
Make sure to use colors that are different from the usual green or red which is used for Christmas. Think fuchsia pink, lavender, ice blue etc.! If you notice, most specialty packaging will tend to use unusual colors that really make you notice the gift!
The kind of Gift accessories or packaging you choose will largely depend on the theme of the gift. You can select the theme of the gift based on the recipient's tastes and preferences. Let's say your friend is a fashion enthusiast then you could gift her a set of apparel boxes with interesting color combinations and sets of decorations on the boxes.
Nothing works as well as a little bit of pampering. So if you plan on gifting something special to your beloved or wife, then you could gift her a discount package to a spa or health resort! You could enclose the gift voucher with cute ribbons and bows for that added romantic effect!
Most of the time the kind of gift we choose for the person will largely depend on the occasion. If for example your best friend is pregnant then nothing works better than a maternity set, as well as other essentials she would need once the baby is born. Most specialty packaging will almost always take care of the occasion at present and then decide on the gift.
One thing that really works and creates a personal touch is to gift someone something you made yourself! Let's say you make great brownies or cook fabulous pasta, then send a little of it along with the gift. You could enclose these inside cute looking Gift boxes.
If you want to add a touch of adventure into your gifting efforts try using contrasting materials. For example, using newspaper along with some nice ribbons and bows or maybe Gift bags with a touch of velvet cloth on them.
Using materials at home
If you want to perform exquisite gift wrapping on a budget, then try using materials and cloth which are already there in your home. You could use an existing piece of cloth for a fashionable bow tie or a patchwork of some nice glossy paper! Try combining these materials along with some nice looking Gift accessories.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I hope that the first week of the new year has gone well for you all. Now that the holidays are packed up and the new year has begun it's time to plan parties and events for this new year. Is your daughter's sweet sixteen birthday party this year?
Because it is winter and cold in many places, there are a couple of themes that are easy to put together and make your guests feel as though it's summertime for the night.
Fiesta Party - A Mexican Fiesta theme can really be a fun, bright way to have a party. For decorations you can get brightly colored tablecloths, colored lights, a piñata and a couple of sombreros.
I recommend having a Mexican buffet...it can be as simple as make your own tacos to adding enchiladas, tamales and rice and beans. For drinks have a frozen drink (See below in the December newsletter)and something fruity.
If you can hang a backdrop of another multi colored fabric, have the guests pictures taken with the sombreros. Perhaps they can hold one of those frozen drinks too. Have a couple of fun shirts for them to put on for the pictures. Print the pictures out as party favors.
Download the Mexican Hat dance song from the internet. See what talent your guests have doing the dance!
Summer Beach Party - It's not summer...but the winter blues may be setting in...why not have a summer beach party? When the guests are invited, ask them to come in summer attire. Depending on where you live, you may have to crank up the heat on the eve of the party but it'll be worth it. Or research renting a few heat lamps.
Much the same as the Fiesta in ease, the summer party can be very simple, yet a lot of fun.
For decorations, decorate with beach balls (all sizes), umbrellas, a few beach chairs and towels around. All of this can be inside, even on a cold day. If you go to orientaltradingco.com they have lots of inexpensive decorations and silly summer things.
If you'd like to have a casual menu, bbq and chips and dip...sodas and bubbly waters. If you'd like to be a little more upscale you can still have a bbq but make shish ka bobs or tri tip with grilled bread and a tossed salad. It's very tasty and still simple. Serve ice cream on a stick for dessert.
Music can be mixed with the Beach Boys tunes and other summer memorable songs. Have it coming from a boombox.
Once again, like the fiesta, have a photo set up. Your guests can sit under a beach umbrella in their summer wear, sun glasses and funny hats and get their picture taken as a party favor.
Just think summer and ideas will come. Have the smell of sun tan lotion! Make Pina Coladas (virgin), Iced Tea and Lemonade.
You want a party favor to stand out and be memorable. A new line of fun and/or inspiring T-shirts are now available and a great idea for a party favor or theme for your sweet sixteen party or a party that may be a milestone such as 21st or 40th birthdays. I would like to present them to all of you, my readers. Of course, ideally, one or more make you smile and you'd like to order one for yourself, or perhaps you know someone in your circle of friends and family who would enjoy them and consider them for a special group or party. "Today's the day to get up the nerve" is a great quote for all of us heading into the future, boldly.
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Friday, January 11, 2008
Second Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
By Neil Aronson
Your first anniversary has passed and now you're looking forward to your 2nd. But, what are you going to buy your spouse for that 2nd wedding anniversary gift? You may not yet have a handle on all of your spouse's likes and dislikes. You could just come right out and ask your husband or wife what to get. Asking never hurts, but make sure you don't tell them exactly what your final choice will be.
Does your spouse spend a lot of time watching sports on television? Or, maybe you and your spouse enjoy a movie together every Friday night? If this is the case, you may consider getting a bigger and better television for your spouse as a wedding anniversary gift. Together, you and your spouse could enjoy watching television on a big screen T.V. If you already have a nice television you could purchase an elegant television stand with built-in bookcases or other add-ons.
How About a Photograph Sketch?
Does your husband or wife have a favorite photograph of the family? If so, you could consider taking it to an artist and have the photo sketched out in pencil. Imagine your spouse's face as she opens up a big envelope to see her favorite photograph rendered as pure art. She'll wonder where you had it done and will probably want to have more photographs made this way. If you are good at sketching, you could consider doing the sketches yourself. Your spouse will truly see this as a gift straight from your heart that will be cherished forever.
If you still can't find anything that your husband or wife would like for that 2nd wedding anniversary gift, you may want to look into purchasing a personalized photo album. Personalized means you can have whatever you want engraved on the photo album. You could put your wedding pictures in the album or you could turn it into a photo album for your upcoming years together. However you choose to create it, you can't go wrong because it will stay in your family for decades.
Does your husband or wife enjoy gaming? Maybe the two of you would enjoy gaming together. If so, consider purchasing a new gaming console as your 2nd wedding anniversary gift. Already have all the gaming consoles you need? Consider purchasing him or her a collection of the games they've been drooling over. As long as you know the type of games your spouse enjoys this purchase will be easy. Just familiarize yourself with the types of games he or she is into by looking through the stack of games they already own. If your spouse is a true gamer, you can't go wrong with this gift.
Does your house have a large front or back porch that seems empty? Have you ever thought your spouse might love to have a nice comfortable swing? What a great way to relax and communicate with each other. You could spend many evenings on the swing as you watch the night stars and cuddle. You'll both remember this 2nd anniversary, as this is one gift that just keeps on giving.
Have a Happy Anniversary
Planning a wedding anniversary can be stressful. You might be fearful of purchasing the wrong anniversary gift. After all, you don't want to let your spouse down. But, chances are you are doing all that worrying for nothing. When it comes to purchasing a 2nd anniversary gift, don't stress over it. You can count on your husband or wife cherishing whatever gift you decide to buy them. Hopefully, this article has given you some great new gift ideas.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008
By Alice Duong
Valentines gifts are, generally, associated with romantic gifts. Men usually (well hopefully) shower their women with jewelry, chocolates and flowers. Men love to receive gifts that serve a useful purpose or appeal to their interests. In addition to this, I believe that picking a thoughtful gift that you and your partner can both enjoy and share is meaningful and embraces the notion of love and appreciation for each other. In this article, I would like to recommend my 6 favorite valentine's gifts that are suitable for both men and women.
Bath Pearls and Mood Glow Candles
These are perfect gifts to wind down and relax after a long and stressful day at work. It is an opportunity to relax in the bath surrounded by colored glowing bath pearls and burning mood color candles. It is sure to get you in the mood for true relaxation and enjoyment. The bath pearl lights have a silvery, pearlescent shell and are shaped like a pearl with two sensors located on the base of each pearl. When the sensors come into contact with water, the soothing light show begins and phase through five different colors. Similarly, mood glow candles change numerous colors emitting a relaxing glow.
Head and Body Trip Massagers
For total relaxation, why not take turns massaging each other from head to toe with the amazing Head and Body Trip Massagers. Specifically designed to stimulate your nerve endings and massage acupressure points on various parts of the body, the Head and Body Trip Massagers are sure to send shivers and quivers from head to toe.
Sterling Silver Love Hearts
We all remember one of our childhood favorites - pink candy Love Heart sweets. We all remember going through the packet and picking out our favorite love message? Brings back those warm fuzzy feelings doesn't it? Now you can spread the love with this grown up version of the classic romantic candy. Neatly packed in a simple box, this perfect replica of the classic sweet is the perfect token of affection. Made of sterling silver and hallmarked with the three precious words 'I LOVE YOU' making it perfect to give to the love of your life. They can carry it round everywhere with them as a constant reminder of your love. It's perfect to give to men or women.
Chocolate and Strawberry Body Paint
This relatively inexpensive yet effective gift is a great way to add some fun on Valentine's day. The Body Pen is an erotic and sensual way to indulge your sweet tooth! Express your love by creating fun messages that are for your partner's eyes only. Body chocolate and strawberry body paint make a great gift for your romantic partner.
Digital Photo Frame and Digital Photo Keychain
Giving a digital photo frame or digital keychain may not seem like a very romantic gift. However, you can make this thoughtful and special by downloading some of your favorite pictures onto the keychain or frame before giving it to her or him. Imagine the smile on your partner's face when he or she opens the gift and is greeted by a beautiful picture!
Jellephish Mood Lamp
This is one of the best pieces of contemporary ambient lighting that I've seen. The Lamp flashes numerous shades, ideal for setting the mood or providing a relaxing atmosphere with its mood changing colors for a night of love and romance.
There are endless choices when it comes to picking the right Valentine's gift for your loved one. The recommendations I have provided in this article are gifts that you would buy for your partner. They are even suitable for a special or best friend who you simply want to show him or her that you are thinking of them on Valentine's day.
Monday, January 7, 2008
The concept of Valentine's Day as a day for the celebration of romantic love originated in the early time, along with the development of the concept of courtly love. In the contemporary world Valentine's Day is celebrated in the 14 th day of February and in recent times it has taken the shape of a phenomenal event. While Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love, it has greatly benefited the various gift product manufactures who during this period create specialized products to attract the various consumers. Gift baskets are very popular to be gifted to one's beloved on this occasion. It is doubtless to say that chocolates score over all items to become a part of the Valentines Day gift basket. A great assortment of some of the best chocolates like Swiss chocolates and their numerous variants are available in various forms. At times, dark chocolates or even white chocolates are used to design different shapes like those of the heart and these chocolates are also very much loved by the consumers. Chocolate chips, almonds, chocolate swizzles are very popular and prevalent components within the Valentine's Day gift basket. The red rose ahs for long been associated with romance and love and it is symbolic of the passion that brews between two hearts. Therefore, a Valentine's Day gift basket cannot be complete without red roses. Most often what has been observed is that beautiful butter cream cookies are designed and decorated with icing and these are usually arranged in the Valentine's Day gift basket in the form of a bouquet and decorated with ribbons to give a wonderful effect. It not only appears exquisite and alluring to the eye but it is sure to impress the consumer as well.
Apart from flowers, an assortment of romantic items is also prevalent in Valentine's Day gift baskets. These include scented candles which are often shaped in the form of a heart and are red in color and these perfumed candles are accompanied by votives as well and at times romantic musical CDs are also present in these Valentine's Day gift boxes. It is also observed that beautiful stuffed toys like teddy bears and hearts are also included in gift baskets accompanied by cookies and brownies. The primary motive of these gift baskets are to ensure that the various items that it comprises make it memorable for a lover and his beloved for times to come.
Bath and body products gift baskets make great Valentines' Day gifts.
Click here for a selection of Valentine's day gift baskets