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December 13,2011 at 01:36:06 AM
Just have time to share some other online resources for gift ideas. These are some sites that stood out while I was looking for some new trends.
One that looked pretty good was http://www.giftideasblog.net/, which has a number of solid articles on gift tips for a variety of occasions and types of people, such as gift ideas for travelers or Christmas gifts for inlaws or a small girl . Check them out.
Another blog worth reading for gifts is http://blog.gifts.com/ where again there are many articles for different gifts for different types of people. It appears connected to http://www.gifts.com which is another site to turn to for more custom gift ideas, since the site lets you narrow down gift suggestions by entering information for the gift recipient, for example by telling them you're looking for gifts for a young man, etc.
Finally, another good source for ideas is http://uniquegiftideasblog.com/ which offers exactly what they say-- more unique gift ideas.
There really are a ton of resources out there, though it can be tough to weed out the poor ones. If you'd like help with your own gift brainstorming, tell us about it and we promise to give you our unique take. And as always, feel free to help others by lending your own gift advice.
December 01,2011 at 10:50:30 PM
Today is the first of December, and that can only mean one thing: Christmas is just around the corner.
You're probably wondering a lot about Christmas present ideas and are maybe even asking yourself questions like "What should I get my mom for Christmas?" or "What is a good present to get my dad?" as you should be. Family always comes first, so you need to make sure that out of all the gifts you purchase this holiday season you buy the best gifts for your family. This is a time for you to show your family how much you care (or at least how much you're willing to spend to keep them distracted while you eat all the Christmas cookies and eggnog). If you're worried about the whole process of gift giving, worry no more. Picking the perfect gift is simpler than it seems.
Let's start off with parents. After all, your mom and dad gave you life. The least you can do is buy them a decent gift. Any kind of gift for the home such as picture frames, pillows, or throw blankets will do. For mom you can buy jewelry, clothes (if you know your mother's proper size), or maybe even a certificate for a day to the spa to unwind from all the holiday stress. Dad would surely appreciate a new work tie, a watch, or something to go along with his favorite sport, such as golf clubs. However, if you are looking to be more frugal, flowers and other plants are always a nice gesture.
When it comes to your siblings, it is most important to take into account their personalities and interests. The same applies to children if you have any. Just take the time to listen to those oh so "subtle" hints they've been dropping. For younger brothers and sisters, the toy store is where you want to go. The young ones shouldn't be hard to shop for because they normally make it very clear when they write that list for Santa. However, older siblings may be more challenging to buy for because they probably don't send out a list, but if you listen to them, I'm sure they'll talk about what they want for Christmas.
If you are going to a relative's house, food is always the best and most widely appreciated gift you can bring with you. If you can't cook well, then have no fear. It isn't a problem nowadays with so many easy-to-cook dishes. There are enough options that you're sure to find something that even the most culinary-challenged people can prepare.
Just remember, the best way to find the perfect gift is to just pay attention to the people around you. Take notice of their interests and listen for those hints. If you need help with any specifics, or could use more gift suggestions, then don't be afraid to ask us. And if all else fails, there are always gift cards.
November 18,2011 at 04:03:25 AM
Thanksgiving is coming up.
As the most heavily-traveled holiday of the year, most of us will be partaking in the annual tradition of visiting extended family for dinner where we genuinely enjoy the company of some and pretend to genuinely enjoy the company of others, all while making a mental list of the 8,000 other things we'd rather be doing. Like having an apicoectomy.
Honestly, I really do enjoy Thanksgiving. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is reputed to be the biggest drinking night of the year, followed by a gluttonous feast of turkey and that cranberry sauce that stays shaped like a can. What a great holiday.
I've also no doubt that the drinking phenomenon is directly related to the extended relations attempting to mesh. As with most situations in life, beer helps.
What also helps is not showing up at a someone's door empty-handed, especially if this is the first time meeting them.
Homemade baked items are best, but if there's no time or one's simply not a baker, grab an item from the grocery store. You can even grab it 5 minutes before showing up at the person's house and they'll never know. Though, to be on the safe side, it's always a good idea to trash the receipt and threaten the kids to secrecy.
Some other ideas include flowers or a bottle of wine. If you have any unique situations you might like some help with, try asking us and we'll offer our insight for what to bring to stymie any chance of your extended relatives speaking ill of you once you leave.