Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Category : Gifts

With Father’s Day just around the corner, many Dads are faced with the possibility of receiving the traditional gift of a neck tie or handkerchief. Although it is true that it is the thought that counts, we can put a little more thought into picking a gift from a list of unique Father’s Day gift ideas. Here are a few options to make your Father’s Day gifts stand out a little more this year, and show Dad the sentiment a great Father’s Day gift can provide.

Anyone can give a tie as a Father’s Day gift. One of the easiest ways to give a unique Father’s Day gift would be to have his gift personalized. Personalized gifts can include anything from picture frames to beer steins, and a jersey from your Dad’s favorite sport team to something as easy as a T-shirt.

If you are going to buy your Father’s Day gift over the Internet, be sure to order early and allow time for personalizing and shipping. Many of these online shops can help you with personalized messages, and give you some ideas for your engraving. Novelty gifts, like putting your Dad on the cover of a magazine, make great personalized gifts too.

Instead of giving dad a bottle of his favorite cologne this year, why not have a signature scent made up especially for him? Many of today’s finer cologne shops now offer a service of blending scents to create your own cologne for Dad.

Creating a custom cologne is like blending a wine, you don’t need a lot of different scents to make a good blend. In fact, two or three are probably all you will need. A gift like that will certainly show Dad how much effort you put into his Father’s Day gift.

If your Father loves gourmet dining, you might consider having a professional chef come to your father’s home and cook him his favorite mealfor dinner on Father’s Day. If your father is a big steak eater you will need to go out and purchase the best grade steak that you can find. Prime steak is the best, but it’s also the most expensive. However, a juicy prime steak to a steak lover is a gift they will love to experience, and not likely buy for themselves.

If you do hire a chef, it is best to be able to give the chef a complete menu. Include appetizers, soups or salad, entrees, side dishes, vegetables, and desserts. Some chefs prefer to do the shopping themselves, so they can buy the best and freshest ingredients. A less expensive option would be to send your Dad prepared meals from a chef prepared meal delivery service.

Is your Father a sports fan? Many sports, like golf, for example, have disposable equipment that always needs to be replaced. Personalized golf balls is a great example. If he plays tennis, a gross of tennis balls will always come in handy. Just be careful to buy the same exact equipment your dad uses and not load him up with a brand he doesn’t care for. Sports clothes is another good idea for this type of Dad.

If Dad likes to drink wine, one of the most popular online trends these days are the wine clubs. You can start your Father out with a couple of bottles and let him experience a new wine every month. It is a great Father’s Day gift idea that reminds your Father how much you love him every month! Similar monthly clubs are available for gourmet coffee, tea, and beer too. It’s a gift that gives all year.

Yes, it can be difficult to pick out the most perfect Father’s Day gifts. Chances are, you have known your father all your life, and you have a general idea as to what he likes, and what he does not like. If he truly has everything, go with a gift card and let him choose his own gifts.

Whatever you decide to give, be certain to write a little card that tells Dad exactly how much you love and appreciate him. That is a gift that even the hard-to-shop-for Dad will cherish.


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Graduation Gift Ideas

Category : Gifts

When spring approaches, it is that time again. Time for graduations from schools. While some kindergarten and elementary and primary schools have graduation ceremonies, the biggest milestones in students lives are the graduation from high school and from college. These graduation milestones are usually celebrated with graduation gifts. While cash makes a nice gift, there are plenty of other graduation gift ideas that are more personal.

High school grad gifts can range from low to high-priced. If you know the graduate is headed to college, here are quite a few ideas for the perfect high school graduation gift.

• 1. One graduation gift idea for the college-bound student is a subscription to the local, hometown paper. This way the graduate will be able to keep up with all the local news.

• 2. A tourist guide to the town the college is located in makes a good gift. These guides will enable college-bound students to easily locate areas of interest, restaurants, and theaters in their new town.

• 3. Another graduation gift idea for the college-bound student is an envelope of gift certificates to the local pizza places. Everyone knows that college students stay broke and hungry, so this is an amazing gift.

• 4. Another popular high school graduation gift is a dorm-sized refrigerator. This way the graduate can keep snacks and drinks at his or her fingertips for all those late-night study sessions.

If the high school graduate is not planning on attending college or technical school, consider these grad gifts:

• 1. A certificate to a résumé writing service is a useful gift for a high school graduate who is looking for a job.

• 2. An address book filled with all of his or her friend’s names, addresses, and phone numbers ensures that even though they are all moving on, they can all stay in touch.

• 3. Gift certificates to the local coffee-house are both practical and fun.

• 4. Another school graduation gift idea is a gas gift card. Gas prices have gotten very high and often Mom and Dad will no longer foot the gas bill for graduates.

College graduates need two main types of graduation gifts. They will need either a college graduation gift that will get them started in their new career field or they will need a college graduation gift that will get them set-up in their apartment or home.

College graduation gift ideas for college graduates headed into their new career field include:

• 1. A high-quality briefcase or leather portfolio for work.

• 2. A professional looking frame for their college diploma.

• 3. A professional looking accessory such as a high-quality umbrella, scarf, or tie.

• 4. Software for the computer that “grownups” would use, such as tax software or money-management software.

College graduates who are moving out of the dorm or out of a shared apartment into their own would appreciate some high-quality home goods that actually match. College graduation gift ideas for college graduates moving into a new home include:

• 1. Matching dishes and glasses, complete with a nice tablecloth for entertaining.

• 2. Small kitchen appliances such as coffeepots, toaster ovens, blenders, and crockpots.

• 3. A set of “around the home” tools that includes screwdrivers, a hammer, picture hangers, and nails.

• 4. Matching sheets and towels for the bedroom and bathroom.

Other graduation gift ideas that can be used for any type of graduation, including elementary and middle school graduations are:

• 1. Cash is always appreciated. Cash may not be the most personal gift you can give, but it is a gift that will be used.

• 2. Flash drives are a good school graduation gift for those advancing to high school or college.

• 3. A gift certificate to iTunes is currently a popular gift idea.

Digital photo frames are a good gift choice no matter what future plans are. These enable graduates to keep a “running memory” of their senior trip, spring break trip, or even just a fun-filled summer with friends.

A cookbook is good for those graduating from either high school or college. Eventually the graduate will get tired of campus food or fast food and long for something “homemade.”

A very popular graduation gift is the book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. This classic gift is also appropriate for graduates of all ages.

Alarm clocks are a practical gift idea. Get one that can be set with a “back-up” alarm. This will ensure that the high school graduate is not late for class and that the college graduate is not late for work.

Personalized keepsakes are also good choices for gifts for the graduate. Personalized wall plaques, picture frames, book ends, and paperweights are popular choices.

Of course, if you have the means and the money, trips and cruises are always appreciated and offer the opportunity for wonderful school graduation memories.


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Gourmet Food Gifts

Category : Gifts

Whether you are buying a gift for a spouse, adult, child, co-worker, or boss, gourmet food gifts are always tasteful and appreciated. Often, a gourmet food gift gives the recipient the chance to try a food or indulge in a food they have never tasted. Gourmet foods come in wide variety and are sure to be pleasing. The newest food fashion to hit the gourmet industry is the sending of a gourmet meals prepared by a professional chef.

Gourmet Food Gift Suggestions-

Gourmet Chocolates

Gourmet chocolates are rich and decadent. Consider sending hand-dipped truffles or chocolate-covered strawberries. Belgian and Swiss chocolates are rich and delicious. Send chocolates filled with a liqueur such as Grand Mariner for an added treat. Whether you send a basket filled with sweet treats or a few, select pieces packaged in a beautiful box, specialty chocolates will sweeten anyone’s day.

Gourmet Gift Baskets

Gourmet gift baskets can be practical or luxurious. For men consider a basket filled with smoked salmon or smoked oysters along with a homemade cocktail sauce. For the griller, fill a basket with steak seasoning, grilling tools, specialty sauces, and throw in a few high-quality steaks. Women will be pleased to receive a basket filled with imported teas and coffee. Add a few biscotti and some specialty creamers and you have a gift guaranteed to please.

Gourmet Cheeses

For the cheese lover, consider a basket filled with gourmet, imported, or artisan cheeses. This is sure to “brie” a hit. Cheese gift baskets can be an assortment from all over the world, or they can focus on regional favorites. Italian cheeses such as fresh Mozzarella, French cheeses such as Brie or Camembert, and British cheeses such as Bleu Cheese are always “grate.” Add in some smoked lox or salmon, fruit chutney, and shortbread cookies or gourmet table crackers and you have a ready-made feast. Don’t forget to find an elegant wine to complement the cheese.

Gourmet Cookies

Who doesn’t love fresh cookies straight from the oven? Impress your recipient with fresh chocolate chip cookies or crispy peanut butter cookies. Petit fours, brownies, and other decadent desserts are waiting to be ordered. For football fans, consider cookies shaped like football helmets, decorated with icing in their team colors and logos. For Valentine’s Day gifts, cookies in the shape of flowers and hearts are sure to be a hit. Whether in a box, tin, or basket, nothing is as sweet as a cookie.

Gourmet Food Delivery

Gourmet food delivery is the newest trend. Imagine sending the man in your life thick steaks from ranches that practice free-range feeding methods and do not use antibiotics or hormones. Having fresh steaks, chicken, or pork delivered is sure to make your gift stand out in a crowd. Numerous ranches now offer fresh beef that is packed in dry-ice and shipped overnight. Want to impress the boss or say “Thank you” to a co-worker? Having gourmet food delivered is the best way.

Gourmet Gift Certificates

Want to send or give a gourmet treat, but are unsure about the recipients’ food preferences? Consider giving a gourmet gift certificate to one of the top-rated gourmet food companies. Whether you choose sweet, healthy, full-meals, or special wines and spirits, you can never go wrong with a gift certificate. With so many choices, your only problem will be choosing what type of gift certificate to send.

Gourmet Meals Delivered

Imagine having gourmet meals delivered right to your door-step. DineWise is one company that has a professional, on-site chef prepare a gourmet meal that includes an entree, two side dishes, and a dessert. Choose from a vast array of entrees, such as blackened catfish, lamb shank, broiled Tilapia, or old-fashioned pot roast. Add two delicious sides, such as corn and asparagus medley or pureed cauliflower and add a vegetable such as broccoli and red peppers.

These are just a small sampling of the delicious choices available fromDineWise. DineWise also offers choices such as reduced-sodium meals, meals for Seniors, diabetic meals, or low-fat meals. All are prepared fresh daily by a professional chef and then immediately packed in a cooler and shipped right to your door. Imagine the surprise on your recipient’s face, when he or she discovers that the meal for the night is completely prepared.

Gourmet Steaks

Thick, hand-cut, aged Kobe or USDA Prime-Choice steaks. What else needs to be said? Perfect for the meat-lover, gourmet beef steaks are sure to please. Whether you prefer a t-bone, tender filet mignon, juicy ribeye, or the jumbo porterhouse, gourmet steaks will please any meat-lovers palate. Include some grilling condiments and steak seasoning and you have a meal anyone would love to receive.

Gourmet Fruit Baskets

Gourmet fruit baskets are a healthy way to send a gift. Whether you choose a gift that is in season or an exotic fruit basket, gourmet fruits are always juicy and flavorful. Consider sending hothouse grapes, exotic island fruits like fresh mango or papaya, or a taste of America with fresh Washington apples or Florida citrus. Gourmet fruit is always in season and sure to appeal to adults and children alike.

Gourmet Wine Gifts

Gourmet wine gifts are the perfect gift for the sophisticated giver and recipient. A gift that includes a variety of wine samplings from a local winery is a tasteful choice. Or consider pairing a gourmet wine with some other regional goodies. Pair a Chardonnay with fresh pears, sharp cheddar cheese, and dark chocolate, for a sinfully delicious gift.

Gourmet Specialty Food

Imagine giving the gift of taste. Imported salmon from the shores of Scotland, fresh Maine lobster, crab cakes straight from Maryland, or fresh maple syrup from Vermont. Gourmet specialty foods are available in a wide range of varieties for all tastes.


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Gifts for Men

Category : Gifts

While men say that shopping for women is difficult, it is my opinion thatshopping for a man can be one of the hardest things a woman does, outside of having a baby. Unless your man has a hobby that he is very vocal about, purchasing gifts for men can present women with a dilemma.

Why?

Because men don’t tell us what they want. If you have a husband, boyfriend, brother, father, or male co-worker or boss that you need to buy a gift for, then hopefully this guide will help.

Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Him

You don’t have to break the bank in order to show you care for him. Some small token that shows you know his likes and dislikes is enough.

• If he golfs, golf balls and tees are an inexpensive gift idea for him.

• Is he into poker with the boys? Drinxx makes a set of waterproof playing cards. This way if the beer gets spilled, the game isn’t ruined.

• Maybe he likes to fire up the grill on the weekends. New grilling tools, some special steak seasonings, and spices are gift ideas for husband who enjoys providing the meat for his family.

• Is he a tech geek? Even if you are on a budget, you can still get him protectors for his screens or a special charger that allows him to charge all his accessories at once.

Special note for wives, girlfriends, and sisters: Unless he specifically asks you for a “man-bag or man-purse,” do not purchase one. Trust me, I got one for my hubby once. Worst present idea ever, according to him. He still hasn’t forgiven me.

Moderate Priced Gifts for Him

If you have a little extra cash, consider some of these moderately priced gift ideas for husband and gift ideas for boyfriends:

• Gift certificates are a gift that will be appreciated. If he is into the outdoors purchase him a gift certificate to a store such as “Bass Pro Shop,” or “L.L. Bean.”

• Show him you don’t mind the time he spends with his friends. Give him a pass for a day spent with his buddies. Throw in a gift certificate for lunch at a place men crave, such as “Dave and Busters.” Your man will thank-you for understanding his need for “male-bonding time.”

• Give him high quality, gourmet meat. How about the gift of gourmet steaks that are delivered to him monthly? What man would not appreciate Kobe beef that has been grain-fed and is rated as Prime? Men love red meat. If you have the budget, pair the gourmet food gifts with a wine-of-the-month club or a beer-of-the-month club. What better way to say, “I love you.” to a man than by through his stomach?

High End Gifts Ideas for Him

If you have an unlimited budget, then the sky is the limit when it comes to gifts for men.

• Technology gifts are always popular. Choose from the new iPod Touch, the iPad, or any of the new android-powered phones. Is he a bibliophile? Either the Kindle or the Nook will be much appreciated.

• Other technology gifts include the latest digital cameras and GPS units. In addition, by purchasing the latest GPS unit for him you can rest assured that the two of you will never become lost and will never succumb to arguing over whether or not he should stop and ask for directions.

• High-end train sets, do-it-yourself model kits, and remote-controlled cars and airplanes are gifts that are perfect for the man who hasn’t quite grown-up.

• Give him the gift of lessons. Pilot lessons, race car driving lessons, or skydiving lessons are gifts that will enable him to experience that adrenaline rush.

Other “Manly” Gifts for Him

You can never go wrong with power tools. Men love power tools. If you are unsure as to what he needs, purchase a large, rolling tool chest. Not only will he love it, but you will also enjoy this gift because it will get the tools out of the garage or out of your kitchen drawers.

Another “manly” gift is a roadside assistance kit. These kits usually come equipped with flares, a heat blanket, drinking water and a few MREs. This way if he is ever stranded in a snowstorm or in a remote location, he can survive.

Most men also enjoy CDs of their favorite bands and DVDs. Look for DVDs that feature either military history or those of popular men’s shows, such as:

• “Man vs. Wild”
• “Deadliest Catch”
• “Survivorman”

Just remember ladies, when purchasing a gift for a man, look for a gift he will appreciate. Don’t try to change him with your gift or buy him something you like, but he doesn’t. A gift should be an expression of love.


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Gifts for Him

Category : Gifts

When it comes to choosing gifts for him, many people don’t get any more creative than a multi-pack of socks or a new pair of slippers. It’s important to consider, however, that if you’re bored buying them, the chances are he’s bored receiving them! Choosing a gift that will suit his personality and interests is a little more challenging, but it needn’t be quite as difficult as it seems.

Whether you’re buying for your husband, grandad, brother, dad, or even for a friend or colleague, a gift hamper could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Knowing a little bit about the intended recipient of your gift hamper is all you need to get you started, and once you’ve chosen your theme you’re ready to begin creating agift hamper he’ll absolutely love.

He may be a keen gardener or musician, he may love sport or be a bit of a movie buff. Whatever his hobbies and interests, the gift hamper means that gifts for him no longer need to be limited to cuff-links and underwear, because your gift hamper need only be limited by your own imagination!


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Gift Ideas on Sale

Category : Gifts

Who doesn’t love a sale? There is no feeling in the world like the one you get when you score a great deal on something you need or want. Periodically, merchants send me advance notice of special sales. Often, they will send me “secret sale” information. They are kind enough to offer sales that are only available to my customers.

I have strict standards about the merchants I promote. You will find only the very best merchants on my site and you will find only the best sales as well. Simply taking a few cents off here and there does not qualify as a sale in my book. I want to see deep discounts and I adore seeing free shipping.

Each of the sales you see listed below is a limited time offer. I can’t guarantee that each deal will still be here tomorrow. I can guarantee that you will want to check back often, because I add new secret sales daily.

These offers would make excellent gifts for the loved ones in your life. In fact, since I am on a budget, like most of you, I often take advantage of these gifts on sale and shop ahead. Then, when a special holiday is approaching, I am able to give gifts without breaking the bank.

*Note: In order to access the sale, you will need to enter the store site. Simply click on the store banner and follow the directions on the website in order to take advantage of these gifts on sale.*

Gift Cards on Sale

Gift cards are a good choice as gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people in your life. This includes family members you may not be close to, children of friends, and co-workers and business acquaintances.

The Disney store has something for all ages. Give the gift of childhood to an adult or the gift of magic to a smaller child. Even teens will be able to find some type of gift choice from the Disney Store. The Disney Store is currently offering free shipping on all gift card orders. The cards may be used for online purchases or at any store. In addition, Disney Gift cards are usable at both Disney World and Disneyland resorts, as well as being good for the popular clubpenguin.com site and disneyphotopass.com.

Prepared Meals Delivered as Gifts on Sale

Give the gift of food with DineWise prepared meals. Top-rated chefs from all over the world prepare and ship gourmet meals to the recipient of your choice. In addition to tasty, home-cooked meals, DineWise offers a variety of healthy-fare choices. From meals for those who must follow a low-sodium diet, to meals for diabetics, DineWise incorporates nutrition without skimping on taste.

Currently, DineWise is running a sale offering a buy one, get one free gift card. You can also shop and receive up to 12 free meals. In addition, customers from my site receive an additional 15% off their orders or free shipping.

Gift Baskets on Sale

Gift baskets are becoming more popular than ever. Gift baskets are popular gifts for any occasion and with gift baskets on sale now, you can’t beat the price. Gift baskets can be arranged for any taste, whether your recipient is a chocoholic, flower lover, coffee lover, or exotic fruit lover.

1-800 Gift Baskets- This company is the première gift basket company. Basket choices include meat and cheese baskets, wine baskets, spa baskets, sweets and nut baskets, organic tea baskets, and more. Shoppers of my site can also receive 15% off any other gift basket. Sorry, offers cannot be combined.

Boca Java offers design-your-own order baskets in addition to a monthly coffee club. This is the gift for the java lover in your life. Boca Java also offers you the choice to create and customize your own blend. Shoppers of this site receive 20% off their first order, plus an additional $10 credit for referring a friend.

Gift Ideas on Sale

I have many other merchants who have offered special saving to customers from my site. Here are just a few gift ideas on sale now:

Gevalia Coffee- In addition to their free pot offer with any coffee purchase, Gevalia is offering free shipping.

The Limited- A very popular site and store for teens, The Limited is offering free shipping to my customers who spend over $100 on merchandise. Use promo code 646 at checkout to take advantage of this special order.

eSports- Currently, eSports is offering 20% off all purchases and free shipping on all orders. Tell them Cassandra sent you.

Be sure to bookmark this site to your favorites and check back periodically for even more great sales events.


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Gift Ideas for the Boss

Category : Gifts

Gift Ideas for Male and Female Bosses

Is there anything more stressful than trying to buy a gift for the boss? You need gift ideas for the boss that are professional, yet have a slight personal touch to them.
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Gift Ideas Boss

You’ve come to the right place to find gift ideas for bosses. My name is Cassandra Lee, and I am an HR specialist who has years of experience in purchasing gifts for bosses.

I know how to strike the right balance between professional and personal gift ideas for boss men and gift ideas of boss women.
There are a few things to take into account when trying to select the perfect gift ideas for your boss.

• Try to choose gift ideas for the boss that are useful gifts, rather thangift ideas for boss offices that will just sit on the shelf or wall.

• Don’t blow your budget in an effort to impress your boss.

• Don’t choose gift ideas for bosses that are disrespectful or inappropriate.

When should you purchase a gift for your boss? The most common times to purchase a gift for your boss are:

• His or her Birthday

• Christmas

• Boss’ Day

National Bosses Day Gift Suggestions

Natural Bosses Day is usually celebrated on October 16th. If the 16th falls on a weekend, then Boss’ Day is celebrated on the working day closest to the 16th. Boss Day gift ideas include:

• Fresh flowers delivered in a tasteful vase are a thoughtful gift. For a male boss, you and your co-workers may want to consider a live plant. By buying one group gift, you and your co-workers can afford a nicer gift than if each person bought an individual gift.

• Gift baskets are appropriate Boss Day gift ideas. Whether you choose fresh fruit, gourmet coffee, or any other type of gift basket for your boss, gift baskets are both personal and professional.

• Personalized gift ideas are also wise choices for a boss. An elegant picture frame, vase, or wall plaque that has been engraved is tasteful and is sure to be appreciated for years to come.

While these are all gift ideas for boss women and boss men, there may be times you wish to choose a male or female specific gift.

Gift Ideas for the Female Boss

Gift ideas for boss women may include gift certificates to department stores, jewelry gifts, such as a bracelet, or chocolate gift baskets. Another wise gift choice would be the gift of professionally prepared meals fromDineWise Meals. Your boss is sure to appreciate the gift of a gourmet meal that is professionally prepared and delicious.

Female bosses who love to read will enjoy the gift of books. More than likely someone in your office will be able to discover the genre of books your boss prefers.

Popular Gift Ideas for Male Bosses

A popular gift idea for boss men is to give a membership to a wine-of-the-month club. Pairing a gourmet wine gifts with crackers and cheese is a masculine, professional gift your boss is sure to appreciate. If your boss enjoys sports, and loves sports gift ideas, consider a gift card or gift certificate to a sporting goods store.

For those bosses who enjoy golf, green fees or personalized gifts such as engraved tees and golf balls are gifts that are professional and personal.

Other popular gift ideas for your boss include coffee and tea gifts such as gourmet coffees, teas, and hand-made biscotti or muffins. For a year-round gift, consider purchasing a membership in a tea or coffee club for your boss. This is one of the top Christmas gift ideas for boss men and women.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Boss

Other top Christmas gift ideas for boss men include gifting them grill accessories, seasonings, and steaks from one of the popular online steak delivery companies, such as Colorado Prime Foods.

They offer all types of gourmet steaks, and my clients have raved about getting their steak gift boxes. If you have a male boss that does not enjoy grilling, consider gifting him with DineWise meals also. Professionally speaking, they are one of thebest gift ideas for your boss. A boss can use a DineWise professional-chef prepared meal as either a personal meal to be shared with friends or loved ones, or your boss can choose to have the meal delivered to his or her home on a night when he or she is entertaining clients.

Remember, no matter what your gift idea for boss men and women is, it will be appreciated because you took the time to remember your boss. Don’t let shopping for your boss intimidate you.

He or she is a human being just like you. Your boss has hobbies and interests outside the work environment. Getting to know your boss and his or her outside interests can be done in a professional manner.

If none of these gift ideas suit you, please contact me on my email page. I will be happy to respond to you personally. I know together we can arrive at a gift decision that suits both your boss and your budget.


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Gift Ideas for Seniors

Category : Gifts

So many people complain that they have problems buying for senior friends and family. Often, it can be difficult to know what a senior may want or need. However, purchasing a gift for a senior is really not that difficult. There are many different gift ideas for seniors that are not only practical, but will also be appreciated.

My Top Ten Senior gift ideas include:

1. Gourmet Meals
This is an excellent senior gift. Too many times, a senior who lives alone does not get proper nutrition because he or she just does not feel like going to the trouble of preparing a meal for one. Home Bistro, a popular gourmet gift company, will prepare meals and deliver them nationwide. Their menu is very popular with seniors.

All your senior loved one has to do is pop the meal into the microwave or a pot of warm water. There are a wide variety of meals to choose from and all are nutritionally balanced, healthy, and delicious. DineWise, the parent comany for Home Bistro, offers Senior Meal Plans, Diabetic Meal Plans, and Low-Sodium Meal Plans.

2. Housekeeping Services
Why not give your loved senior the gift of a clean house without all the bending or stooping? A maid service that can come in once a week to do heavy housekeeping such as vacuuming or he wash would be a thoughtful senior gift idea. You may wish to consider a yard maintenance service which is along the same concept.

3. Large Button Cell Phone
Jitterbug is a cell phone company that offers an inexpensive phone plan that is just for making phone calls. No Internet, no texting, just phone calls that can be made in case of emergency. The keys on the cell phone are large and lit so they can be easily seen. There are no distracting keys or keyboards, just a fully functional, easy-to-use phone.

4. Throws, Blankets, or Snuggies
Seniors tend to get chilly when they are sitting reading or watching television. A warm, plush throw is a wonderful gift idea for senior citizens. You can guarantee that each time they wrap themselves in the comfy blanket or throw, they will feel as if they have been “wrapped in warm thoughts.”

5. Tickets and Gift Cards
Give your senior friends and family tickets to the movie theater or gift cards to local restaurants. Many seniors don’t get out much as they are on a fixed income. Give them something they can enjoy either alone or with their friends.

6. Lawn Services
Hire someone to come over and weed, garden, and mow the grass during the spring and summer months. Have a landscaping company keep the leaves cleared out during fall and winter. Many seniors once took great pride in their yards. Enable them to feel that pride again.

7. Life Alert
Give the gift of security to a senior living alone. Many companies offer Life Alert or a similar program. The necklace or bracelet that is issued has a button that can easily be pushed in case of an accident or fall. The company then pages the proper rescue or emergency personnel.

8. Flashing Light Telephone and Doorbell
Many seniors have trouble hearing the doorbell or the telephone ring. How about having one installed that flashes a light when it rings? This way they know when someone is at the door or on the telephone.

9. Tea or Coffee Gift Basket
Whether you order the tea gift basket or the coffee gift basket from a company or make it yourself, this is sure to be a sensation. Let the senior you love indulge in freshly ground coffee or a relaxing cup of tea. Include a personalized gift with the selection, such as a mug.

Remember that often seniors are bothered by caffeine. It can interfere with medications and it can lead to sleepless nights. Therefore, make sure that you include some decaf choices for them also.

10. Large Button Universal Remote
Unfortunately as seniors get older, not only can they have trouble seeing the tiny buttons on remotes, they often have trouble pushing them thanks to ailments such as arthritis. A universal remote control for the television that has the large buttons can be a great aid to them. They can comfortably push the buttons and they can see what they are pushing also.

Out of all these top senior gifts, the best gift you can give to any senior is the gift of your time. Find out where your senior friends would like to go and drive them there. Often, seniors become “shut-ins” simply because they have no one to drive them to the grocery store or the hairdresser or barber shop.

Take a senior to the store, the movies, or out to eat dinner. Just stop by and visit and talk to them. If they love books and have difficulty seeing, read to them. Remember seniors are people, just like you, and the two of you may have more in common than you think.


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Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Category : Gifts

When it comes to Mothers Day gift ideas, often both children and spouses encounter a quandary. What do you get for the woman who gave birth to you and has either raised you or is still raising you?

if you are the spouse, you are responsible for purchasing the gifts for Mothers Day until the children are old enough to purchase them on their own. Even after the children are grown and out of the house, it is still a good idea for the spouse to offer the Mother a token of esteem, just to say, “Thank you for giving birth to my children and helping raise them.”

Any gift that comes from the heart will suffice. Popular Mothers Day giftsinclude flowers, dinner out, and candles. But there are plenty of choices available.

Flowers for Mother’s Day

When choosing Mothers Day flowers, get a nice arrangement and bouquet. This is one time running by your local grocery store the night before and choosing a bouquet of whatever is on sale is not going to do. Pick a beautiful bouquet in a nice vase and have the Mothers Day flowers delivered to Mom. Mothers love having flowers delivered that are arranged and in a lovely vase.

Candles make a good Mothers Day gift. Choose soy candles that burn all the way to the end and that have a pleasant fragrance that you know Mom enjoys. She has had to smell dirty laundry and smelly gym socks for many years. Make up for that by giving her the gift of “good scents.”

Gift Cards for Mother’s Day

You can give Mom a gift card, but there are two things to remember. One is that you had best ensure that you have given her a gift card to somewhere she shops. If she loves reading, then a gift card to the local bookstore is perfectly appropriate. After all, you certainly don’t know every book that she owns or has read. The second thing to remember is that the gift card needs to be in a nice card with a handwritten message. Mom needs to know that you have put some thought into her Mothers Day presents.

Mothers Day Perfume

Another good choice is perfume. Some Moms wear perfume everyday; other Moms only wear perfume on special occasions. Whatever type of Mom you have, she is sure to appreciate a bottle of perfume. If you are unsure as to what type of perfume she wears, look on her dresser or vanity. If that still does not help, stick to buying Mom a classic such as Chanel or Joy.

Mother’s Day Dinner

One of the best gifts for Mothers Day you can give is the gift of not cooking. How many meals do you think Mom has cooked for you? If Mom has cooked at least 300 meals out of 365 days and you are at least 18 years of age, then your Mom has cooked over 5,400 meals for you already. Treat her to a gourmet meal prepared by a professional chef. DineWise is the newest trend in personal gourmet meals. Send Mom a gourmet meal for two, dress as a waiter and serve it to her and Dad. She will be amazed at your taste.

Luxury Mothers Day Gifts

How about giving a Mother’s Day gift that reeks of luxury? Even if you can’t afford a Coach purse for Mom, or a piece from the Michael Kors collection, there are still affordable things carried by each shop that you can gift Mom. Coach carries a selection of wallets that are priced under forty dollars and Michael Kors carries several accessory items that can fit any budget. In fact, all designers usually carry several inexpensive accessories to meet every budget.

The Tradition of Mothers Day

Did you know that the tradition of giving gifts for Mothers Day goes as far back as the ancient Egyptians who offered “mothering gifts” to the goddess Isis, the mother of all pharaohs? In the 1600s, the clergy in England created “Mothering Day” which honored both mothers and the Mother Church. This holiday fell during Lent and allowed a break from Lent where a large feast was prepared in honor of the mothers.

When the Puritans settled America, Mothering Day was ended, as it did not fit in with their ideals and beliefs. It wasn’t until almost 200 years later that the idea of Mother’s Day would become known in America. Julia Ward Howe, who wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was so upset over the deaths of men during the Civil War that she called upon all mothers to join together and protest the Civil War. Howe paid the bill for various cities to fund Mother’s Day for the next 12 years, but once she stopped paying, the cities stopped celebrating.

In 1908, a woman by the name of Anna M. Jarvis petitioned for the creation of Mother’s Day, both to honor her mother and to honor the idea of peace. After endless years campaigning, Woodrow Wilson signed Mother’s Day into observance in 1914.

The first few official Mother’s Day celebrations were low-key affairs that were marked by the giving of flowers to mothers, a tradition that continues to this day.


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Gift Ideas for Kids

Category : Gifts

Gift Ideas for Kids and Children

Buying a gift for a kid aged 12 or under can be difficult if the kid is not your child. If you are a parent, you know exactly what gifts your children want because they tell you, frequently, oftentimes hourly.

However, if you are searching for gift ideas for kids who are not your own, purchasing a gift can be tricky. You want to get them a cool gift they can enjoy, but you don’t want to break the bank either.
Some popular kids gift ideas include:

Gift Ideas for Children – Boys

1. Light Saber Umbrellas

It’s an umbrella. It’s a toy. It’s a “Star Wars” light saber. The light saber umbrella lights up with LED lighting. It also makes that cool “light saber” sound. This is a very cool gift for boys aged 12 and under. The light saber umbrella is also one of the most unique gift for kids currently available.

2. Lego

Yes, even after all these years the Lego sets are still cool. There’s something about all those little blocks and the intricate diagrams that appeal to boys. For the younger set, consider the Duplo blocks, which are larger Lego blocks.

3. Bakugans

These are little balls or spheres that open and convert into small action figures. The coolest ones are the black and green ones. Naturally, they are usually the hardest to locate. These are not recommended as gift ideas for children, due to small parts.

4. Matchbox Cars

If you’re looking for a gift idea for a child, these are still very popular in the younger set. I recently picked up a small pack of these for my six-year-old nephew and in terms of popularity, he stopped playing a Wii game he had just gotten in order to play with his toy cars.

Other Children Gift Ideas

Other kid gift ideas for boys include anything that features SpongeBob, remote-controlled dinosaurs and cars, Batman or Spiderman play-sets, walkie-talkies, NERF guns, which, by the way, are still popular with grown men, and sports equipment.

For boys who like to read, books are a great gift. Popular books among the boys at this time are the Harry Potter series, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and the Percy Jackson series. Note: These books are also popular with girls.

Gift Ideas For Children – Girls

1. Fur Real Pets

All girls seem to fall in love with these stuffed animals that purr, roar, or bark when turned to the on position. Cuddly like a stuffed animal, yet interactive, these pets are the next best thing to having a live pet.

2. Pillow Pets

Does anyone else have the jingle stuck in their heads? These come in assorted shapes such as dolphins, ladybugs, unicorns, cats, and dogs. It’s the pet that turns into a pillow.

3. Barbie

Barbie is still popular as are the Disney Princess dolls. With the advent of the new Ken, Barbie is expected to be even more popular than ever. For the pre-teen set there is even a Justin Bieber doll. Just think of the fun Barbie can have dating Justin.

4. Sing A Ma Jigs

These are cute plush toys that sing and “jabber” both to their owner and to other Sing A Ma Jigs. Each one sings its own song and can harmonize with others. They come in a variety of colors and are the newest craze. Note: Some boys will enjoy playing with these also.

Cool Gifts for Girls

Other popular gifts for girls include the Littlest Pet Shop gift sets, anything that features Wizards of Waverly Place, dress-up costumes, and for the pre-teen set, anything that features Edward, Bella, and Jacob from “Twilight.”

Girls who like to read are currently enjoying the Twilight Series, the Allie Finkle series, and the Immortal series. The hottest, coolest gifts for girls seem to lean toward anything that I like to term “brooding, handsome, vampire.”

Unique Gift Ideas for Kids

Of course, any of these kids gift suggestions can be for either sex. Younger kids seem to be currently enjoying the Leap Frog and vTech Readers, while older kids always appreciate mp3 players and video games. Old-fashioned gifts such as board games, crayons, art kits, bikes, and wagons are still extremely popular.

Older board games such as Clue, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit are still popular, but there are some really cool new board games on the market also. The hottest current games include Farkle, a dice game, very similar in nature to Yahtzee, Qwirkle, a game of matching shapes and colors, and Blokus which pits each player against the other.

For the smaller and youngest toddlers, old stand-bys such as doll houses, kitchen sets, Tonka trucks, dolls, Fisher Price toys, and Disney Babies are always a good choice for a gift.

You may also want to consider personalized kids gifts such as the new books where you record the story using the child’s name or personalized blocks, backpacks, room organizers, toy chests, photo albums, or puzzle step-stools.