Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cute Christmas Gifts

Christmas is that time of the year when sharing, caring and exchanging gifts with each other are the buzzwords. Bring in the cheery spirit of the season by picking gifts that will be appreciated and remembered
for years to come.

Gifts with a Christmas theme are the most-sought after. Jewelry boxes with a Christmas painting on them, star shaped pendants, Santa or reindeer stuffed toys and so on bring a Christmassy feel. A Christmas
stocking fi lled with goodies like candy, perfume, little toys, Christmas story books or CDs would be ideal for kids. You could create your own Christmas theme gift by buying clothes in red for instance.

Candles are strongly associated with Christmas and you could gift candles in fancy shaped like stars, Christmas trees and so on. Gift a Christmas ornament personalized with the recipient’s or family’s name,
this gift will become a traditional decoration that will be used for many Christmases to come.

Gourmet food baskets with fi ne cheeses, tinned food, chocolates and other products make a good gift. Freshly baked cookies in a decorative tin or jar make lovely gifts too. A bottle of wine or champagne is also the ideal gift to kick off the celebratory mood.

Subscriptions to magazines make wonderful gifts that the recipient will enjoy all year through. Since there is a magazine to suit every taste ranging from gardening, cookery, fashion to science, you can pick to suit
individual tastes. You can even think of gifting tickets to sports, concert and theater events that you feel the receiver will enjoy.

Send out a warm message to combat the cold winter season. Gift a cashmere scarf, windcheater, hand-painted silk scarf, pullover and so on. Watches are great gifts and you’ll fi nd one to suit every budget and taste.

Luggage or handbags are functional and make useful gifts. You have overnighters, backpacks, handbags, briefcases, laptop cases and more to choose from.

In today’s fast-paced world, gizmos and gadgets are welcome. Based on the size of your budget, pick up ipods, laptops, DVD players or music systems. Gaming is big and there are new games released around
Christmas and these would bring hours of joy to die-hard gaming freaks. Digital cameras or video cameras are a gift that anyone would enjoy as they help to capture and entire store-house of memories.

Give the gift of relaxation – gentle body massagers and neck massagers can massage away the cares of the world. Aromatic massage oils and relaxing bath sets also banish stress.

Now, all you need to do is, go out and shop till you drop.

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
Burton Hillis

Monday, November 9, 2015

Rock Your Lady on Christmas with Endearing Presents

Every woman gives a special bit of herself to the family throughout her life. Christmas is a time to pamper her with a gift that she will love, cherish and remember as the days go by. If you plan to gift her something special, start the hunt now.

Most women love to adorn themselves with beautiful jewelry. Jewelry as a gift is beautiful because it can convey a special meaning, holds sentimental value and also has material value. Add a special touch to the jewelry you pick, for instance, if you plan to gift a pendant on a chain, pick a pendant with the recipient’s favorite flower, animal, sport or something symbolic of the relationship you share. You can also choose jewelry that incorporates the zodiac sign or the birth stone of the recipient.

Women usually have to work hard balancing home, career and kids. Give a woman something that will de-stress her and pamper her. A gift certificate to an exotic spa or a spa hamper with lovely essential oils,
candles, gel and so on are good ideas. You can also gift luxury perfumes or cosmetics if you know her tastes well enough.

Women are as tech-savvy as men today. Choose a gadget that will be useful but also have a feminine touch if possible. Think laptops with designer skins, sleek mobiles, i-pods in pastel shades or karaoke for
i-pods, digital photo collection key-chain, digital camera and so on.

If you are looking for something romantic to please the woman this Xmas, think sensuous designer lingerie, a box of expensive chocolates, a huge Teddy bear, a bed sheet with hearts all over. You can gift clothes but
unless you know her taste and sizes well enough don’t attempt it. Don’t forget to add a large bouquet of red roses to go with these gifts, for best effect turn up at her home in a Santa Claus costume and surprise her!

Gift some entertainment to spice up a woman’s life, pick movies or music she will enjoy. If you have a bigger budget, a sophisticated music system for her home or car will be great.

If the woman loves to travel, how about gifting an exotic vacation. If that stretches your pocket too much, try luxury travel accessories like overnighters, business cases and other luggage. A designer handbag that’s in vogue is also a gift that will be admired.

Once you’ve picked the ideal gift, gift it to her as you sing a beautiful Christmas carol wishing her a Merry Christmas.

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
Hamilton Wright Mabie

Friday, November 6, 2015

Stump Your Man on Christmas with These Awesome Gifts

Been stumped at fi nding the ideal Christmas gift for a man? Not to worry, Santa’s assistant gives you some interesting tips on picking the perfect gift that will leave him pleased as punch!

Most men are entertainment buffs. A music system with all those watts of powerful sound or a Plasma TV are ideas that will never fail to impress. If your man travels a lot, try a portable DVD player or the latest i-pod.

If you eavesdrop on men talking, you’ll fi nd that the most discussed subject after women is probably gadgets. The i-phone is the hottest on wish-lists but other innovative gadgets can get them excited too. MP3
sunglasses are simply cool, they protect your man’s eyes and are a smart way to listen to his favorite music too. Also try the hot new laptops that come with funky skins.

If the gift recipient is an adventurous type, look for a gift that will suit his personality. A glossy travel book that will stir his imagination enough to take the road not taken is a gift that will bring much cheer. Look for
other adventure gear like a compass, binoculars, sleeping bag, knapsack, Swiss knife and so on.

Is your gift recipient a James Bond fan? Gift him some spy stuff, he’s bound to be thrilled and amused. Look at what you have in store - wrist watch walkie talkies, telephone voice changer to disguise your voice,
sonic super ear which allows you to hear even faint sounds from far clearly, walkie talkie sunglasses, a scanning FM radio pen and others. Oh and yes of course, James Bond DVDs and spy thriller books.

If the recipient of your gift is a die-hard corporate man, it makes your job simpler. Look for smart cuff-links, unusual ties – you can get as wacky as picking up one with a Disney character, formal shirts, fine
leather belts and so on. Since he is bound to spend most of his waking hours at his desk, an interesting desk accessory can add a nice touch, try a Sudoku cube, magnetic sculptures, crystal paperweights, unusual book
ends and so on.

If the recipient of your gift is a connoisseur of fi ne food and drink (most men are) splurge on something expensive. A gift hamper of expensive cheeses and fi ne wine is absolutely perfect. You can also surprise him by putting together a custom hamper of his favorite foods. And if you really want him to have sweet memories of your Christmas gift, go out and buy the biggest hamper of delicious chocolates that you can find.

Now, get cracking and play Santa!

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, November 2, 2015

Cute Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Bring in Christmas fun for the special woman in your life by gifting something cute and unique. Stay away from the common and mundane and take that extra bit of effort to find a gift as cute as she is.

Every woman wants to look her dazzling best during the Christmas season. Wait a bit, don’t just pick the common make-up sets, spend a little time and pick up make-up with a color theme. Try creating a makeup
basket based on colors like strawberry, bronze and so on. Tie on a pair of Christmas bells to the handle of the basket with a satin ribbon and you are ready to go.

Thinking of gifting a gadget, don’t just gift a gadget, gift gadgets with appropriate accessories. For instance, if you plan to gift a cell-phone gift one with decorative cell-phone bags in different colors that can be matched with dresses. If you are gifting a DVD player make sure you also gift some favorite movies or new movies along with it.

Want to gift a dress? Don’t just gift a dress, gift it along with a matching handbag, shoes, watch, you can even add jewelry if you want to. This is one gift that is bound to win over the lady like nothing else can. She
will be touched by your thoughtfulness.

Most women, this xmas, love cute animal or bird figurines. Stay away from the crystals and regular china ones, look for the more decorative ones with hand-painted details – brilliant tropical fish, camels with decorative saddles, elephant with a carriage and so on. These collectibles will be gifts that they will cherish and can even be passed on with affection to the next generation.

If you want to gift jewelry, look for unusual pieces in a different style from what you would normally pick, a good bet would be to pick up jewelry from another country like traditional Russian, Indian, Celtic jewelry. This will not only spice up her wardrobe but also hold a special place in her heart.

Gift a painting, this is not just artistic but also something that will make her remember you every time she looks at it. You can also get her portrait painted by an artist to show how much you love her.

Gift her a vacation to a place she’ll love, you have the world to choose from, warm sea side resorts to cold mountain resorts, there’s plenty to indulge her with. What matters above all is that you give the cute gift with a warm hug.

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
W T Ellis

Friday, October 30, 2015

Celebrate with Chocolates - A gift for any occasion

Chocolates are perhaps the most popular gifts across the globe. Loved by old and young alike, they come in a wide variety of shapes, flavors and form to cater to every palate. Just think for a second – look at the names that crop up in your mind! Mint chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, raspberry créme, peppermint créme, butter créme …and then the yummy chocolate covered Brazil nuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and cashews.

Chocolates and Happiness

These delicious goodies are synonymous with happiness and there is even a scientific basis to this. Eating chocolates releases endorphins that make us feel good. Think about it, Chocolate stirs up our emotions like
no other food. It has turned into a form of expressing our feelings and celebrate occasions.

Chocolate gifts are the easiest to pick up as they come conveniently packages as tins, towers, baskets, hampers and more. Customized chocolates with sweet messages and imprinted pictures are a rage. Look out for confectionery stores that let you get a special message of your own on the chocolate, at some places you can even get photos of special occasions printed on it.

When you are invited out for dinner, a chocolate basket with chocolates with a wine, champagne or liquor bottle could be a welcome gift. Rum goes well with chocolates like ganaches and pralines, while cognac and
armagnac suit dark chocolate. Port, dessert wines and cabernets go well with any kind of chocolate.

Unforgettable Gifts for Chocolate Lovers 

A box of expensive chocolates with a card can make the perfect gift and express goodwill or appreciation in a corporate context.

Chocolates also fi t the bill for special occasions like Easter where you can gift chocolate Easter eggs. For Christmas, you can pick from the evergreen favorite chocolate Santa Claus, chocolate stockings, chocolate
Christmas tree and other Christmas themed chocolates For birthdays, fl ower bouquets accompanied by chocolates will be cherished. You can also send in chocolate CDs or chocolate greeting cards.

Presenting these Sweets

Chocolates make great wedding favors and getting a Thank You message printed on it is a good idea. You can also gift luxury chocolates to the newly married couple to wish them a sweet and happy married life!
When you are gifting chocolates to kids, make it extra special by looking out for chocolates in creative shapes. A princess, car, teddy bear, chimp or any other innovative chocolate shape will make them squeal with delight.

Happy chocolate gifting! Spread the sweetness and joy all around!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cute Gifts for Boyfriends

If you want your boyfriend to fall head over heels in love with you, a
cute gift will do the trick. Cute gifts are not necessarily the most expensive,
all you need to do is keep your eyes open and add a dash of your
originality.

Soft toys are definitely one of the cutest gifts that you can gift. A teddy
bear, cartoon character or any other toy can be made a special symbol of
your relationship; all you need to do is get it personalized with a message
across the jumper or an engraved tag. You can also gift some cute animal
candles that he can use to decorate his table or desk.

Give your boyfriend some cute stationery, look out for cartoon
characters or cute animals – you’ll fi nd a wide range of letter sets, fi les,
CD cases, mouse mats and more. These help to add a dash of fun to
everyday living. A big cute card with your lip impression on it is an
absolutely cute gift.

Give him a fun gift, a personalized Chef hat, many companies offer
to let you put a personalized message on the hat. Another fun gift is
a cuckoo clock, that’s even better as it will remind him of you every
hour.

Turn up at his home with a basket full of towels monogrammed with
his initials; this gift would be a great way to remind him of you every
morning. Even a cool pair of pyjamas and tees for the night with a
humorous message is a great idea.

Get a little romantic; gift him a heart-shaped photo frame with a
picture of the two of you. Hire a small band and have them sing one of
his favorite love songs at his doorstep. He’ll simply love you for this.
You could also bake him a heart shaped cake and write ‘I Love You’ on
it with icing, that’s one of the sweetest ways to show him how much
you care.

Write your boyfriend a romantic poem and slip it into a bottle or into a
pretty picture frame and place it on his desk. You could even write down
33 things you like about him and print it out on fancy paper, laminate it
and gift it. Get his photograph painted by an artist on canvas and gift it.
The best part about gifting something cute is that it will never be
forgotten and evoke a soft, tender feeling about you whenever your
cute boyfriend thinks of you.

Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.
Swedish Proverb

When I saw you I was afraid to meet you.
When I met you I was afraid to kiss you.
When I kissed you I was afraid to love you.
Now that I love you, I am afraid to lose you.
Anonymous

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cool Birthday Gifts for Boyfriends

A boyfriend adds that extra dash of excitement and fun to a woman’s
life. How drab life would be without boyfriends adding that
special brand of spunk! Whether they are cheering you up after you had
a bad day or teasing your new hairstyle, just having them around makes
a difference. When their birthdays come up, don’t forget to pick up gifts
that make them feel really special and reflect how much you appreciate
them.

Today’s men are pretty fashion conscious and love to look and feel
good. A grooming kit that contains a selection of products like a hairstyling
gel, after shave lotion, moisturizer, perfume and so on makes an
ideal gift. If your boyfriend is the adventurous sort, you can add on a
really wild hair color and some sparkling hair gel.

Surprise him with a big birthday cake with a cool message, or try a
wine bottle or champagne.

Present him a gift that touches a personal chord, pick up a cool romantic
gift but personalize it with a special message. Many companies offer a
beautiful message in the bottle that you can personalize, other options
include mugs, T-shirts , key chains and so on. Give a gift that will take his
breath away, get one of his photos designed like a movie poster.

Men are always neck-deep into cool gadgets. The latest brand of
mobile phone, I-pod, digital camera or camcorder and similar gifts will
be met with whoops of delight. Remote controlled cars or planes or an
X-box can be a great stress buster and he is sure to enjoy one of these.
Wallets and other leather accessories like desk top sets, check book
holders, credit card holders are functional gifts that your boyfriend can
use everyday.

Most men love romantic music and action movies, these make good
gifts. If you want to take it a step further, why not gift something unusual
like a guitar or keyboard, it might even bring out the hidden talent in him.
Books are always popular gifts that will last many years; you could pick
something on his hobbies.

Give your boyfriend a romantic birthday gift that will take the stress
away. How about a hammock to laze around in or a massage chair? You
could also give a gift certificate to a spa or a vacation at a beach locale.
If he likes puzzles, a puzzle book or a jigsaw puzzle will give him hours
of entertainment.

This should help you hunt for the perfect gift that will put a wide grin
on your boyfriend’s face and dozens of invitations to go out in the days
to come!

Boyfriend quote
Save a boyfriend for a rainy day - and another,
in case it doesn't rain.
Mae West

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Floor Your Boyfriend with Unique Gifts

Choosing a gift for your boyfriend can be great fun. Spend some time
browsing through the racks of stores to pick that one perfect gift
and the look of happiness when he unwraps your gift is something you
won’t forget.

Gifting for Him

Men love to wine and dine. A bottle of fi ne wine or champagne will
feature high on his wish list of gifts. You can also gift gourmet baskets
of fi ne cheeses, barbecues, cookies or snacks. Remember the proverb
about the stomach being the way to a man’s heart. Bar accessories like
champagne buckets, funky bottle openers, wine holders, beer mugs,
crystal goblets make gifts that will be used and remembered.

Birthday Presents

Guys really dig gadgets. There’s nothing that can bring a bigger smile to
your boyfriend’s face than gifting him the latest mobile, I-pod or music
system that he’s been dreaming of. CDs and DVDs of songs or movies
are a good idea too.

You can also give your man something of utility value that will remind
him of you everyday. This includes leather briefcases, penholders, laptop
cases, leather organizers, fi les, notebooks and so on.

Cute Gifts for your Man

Gifts related to your boyfriend’s hobbies will win you brownie points
with him as he will appreciate your understanding of him. If he’s into
sport, gift him accessories related to the sport like shoes, gloves, helmets
or gift him tickets to his favorite sporting events. Make sure you go with
him and cheer as lustily as he does. If he’s crazy about cars or bikes
which most men are scale models of these will fascinate him.

Christmas Gift Ideas

For Christmas, some gifts can be customized to give a special touch. Gift
mugs or T -shirts with a romantic photograph of both of you with a special
love message. Some other interesting ideas are buying him a keychain
with letters that spell out his name, gifting a pen with his initials inscribed
on it, writing a love poem and framing it in a picture frame, dedicating a
song to him on radio, a bracelet engraved with his initials and so on.
If you know your boyfriend’s tastes well enough, unique personal care
products can make wonderful gifts. A bottle of his favorite perfume, hair
gel, aftershave, electric shaving products and so on. Make your boyfriend
look dashing by getting him some groovy stuff to wear – a funky
t-shirt, a silk tie, a cardigan, a sporty watch, a smart cap.

You could also gift your man gift vouchers to a spa, his beloved book
store, his fashion haunt or the accessory store he’s crazy about. This
gives him the freedom to pick up what he wants. Last but not least, remember
to take care to wrap up your gift to make it attractive and intriguing
enough for him to unwrap it at once!

When the doctor said my mom would die...

It was about 11 in the morning and my mother was bleeding profusely from her mouth. Her dress turned red.

On seeing the most loved one suffer, it churned my stomach inside out. We quickly called for the ambulance and rushed her to the emergency ward. She had been fighting cancer for 12 months now. Bravely. And she was just 60. Young, very young to die.

While the doctors were attending to her, the chief called me over. "You better take her back to your home. She's going to die by tomorrow afternoon," he said.

The earth came crashing down. I was devastated, although she had been ailing for some time. And we all knew the consequences.

What happened after that will melt even a stone heart.

After the chief left, she signaled for me to come over. I sat by her bedside and she gestured, "what did the doctor say?"

Believe me I was fighting tears because she'd be distraught if she knew the truth. Holding back my tears, I lied to her. "He said you'll be fine in a few days."

She smiled. 

Only later did I realise that she did so that this whole thing could be easier on me. She could not see me suffer.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Get the Best for Her Birthday

When her birthday comes around every year, don’t you wish you
had a magic spell that would bring her all the happiness in the
world. We bet you would! Read on for some ideas that can create the
same effect.

Wow your girl with something spectacular! A solitaire ring or pendant
can make her day! If that seems out of reach, look for crystal – crystal
brooches, pendants or little fi gurines have a sparkle that spreads happiness.
How about getting a hundred balloons that say Happy Birthday on them
for her!

Put a laugh into her life by gifting something with an amusing touch.
Gift your girl a cuckoo clock and she will remember you every time it
cuckoos. A book of funny cartoons or mementos with amusing sayings
that can tickle her funny bone are a good idea.

Little trinket boxes are the perfect birthday gifts for her to store her
lovely treasures. Look for photo trinket boxes where she can slip in her
photograph or cute animal or bird trinket boxes. Perfumes are one of the
best gifts you can gift, refer to the latest fashion mags so you get to buy
a trendy new perfume.

Women simply love handbags and purses. Since these must-have
accessories are carried everywhere, most women have an enviable
collection of them. Look out for interesting purses, totes or handbags.
Gift something she can slip into her handbag like a silver hand mirror or
a beautifully crafted purse mirror.

If your woman loves to travel, then gift something that she can take with
her. A travel cosmetic bag is a chic and functional gift that she’s sure to
love. A laptop bag with wheels makes lugging it around easy. Also look out
for chic and trendy luggage that she will be proud to own. Gift something
that will keep her occupied during those long hours of travel, think of portable
DVD players, portable travel games, a digital camera keychain and
so on. Picnic backpack sets and insulated beach `n’ lunch totes are a good
idea for those days she wants to take it easy and relax away from home.

Silk fl owers are the best way to brighten up her space. Exquisite bouquets
and arrangements that can light up a window sill or dresser are a
good idea. If you want to go for real fl owers, make sure it has a special
touch – make up a bouquet of fl owers that go with the month of her birth
for instance.

Everyone is curious about the future. For a different twist to you gift,
gift a horoscope reading or a tarot reading. You can also gift her beautiful
illustrated book that features her zodiac sign.

Go ahead and give her a birthday fi lled with all the happiness in the
world.

Birthday quote
There is still no cure for the common birthday.
John Glenn

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Choosing the Perfect Birthday Gift

Birthdays come around just once in a year; make it special for your
friends and family. Choose presents that have a lot of pizzazz and
pack in a punch!

Birthday gifts for Her

When it comes to choosing a great birthday gift for a woman, traditionally
jewelry, clothes, fl owers, cosmetics and so on are what come to mind.
However, here are some tips to add a special touch to these traditional gifts.
Pick up jewelry with some signifi cance attached to it or a pendant with
initials on it for a personal touch, gift coupons for her favorite fashion store
instead of clothes allows her to choose her own. When it comes to cosmetics,
pick up her favorites and make a personalized pampering kit. You can
also gift vouchers to an expensive beauty parlor or upmarket boutique.

Gift Ideas for Him

Choosing a gift for a man can be an interesting job especially if you
know his tastes. Popular gifts include ties, cuff links, shirts, pens, Zippos,
Swiss knives and so on. A bottle of a man’s favorite liquor will please him
no end. Men love gizmos, so look for stuff like the latest I-pods, mobile
phones, laptops and other gadgets. Sports are also big on every man’s
radar, gift him tickets to sporting events he digs or pick up T-shirts with
logos of his favorite team or souvenirs. You can also give gifts related to
his hobbies like music CDs, fi shing rods, golf clubs and so on.

Choosing unique presents for Teenagers

Teenagers are a fi nicky lot and at a stage where they want to express their
individuality. They love to pick their own clothes and accessories so gift
vouchers to fashion stores they frequent is something that will be appreciated.
Teens are at a stage where they are growing into adults. Gizmos
like digital cameras, I-pods, music systems , mobiles, computer games
and similar products will win you brownie points. You could also host a
party for your teen and his/her friends.

Birthday stuff for Kids

Toys suitable to each age group make ideal gifts. Little tots like colorful
toys that move and make noise, pull-alongs, rattles and toy cars are
right up their alley. Children from 5 to 10 upwards would enjoy simple
games and toys that require effort and imagination from their side, board
games, puppets, puzzles, bicycles are good ideas. Those 10 to 12 can
handle more complicated games like fast paced computer games. If you
don’t want to gift toys, you can go for the perennial favorite candies and
chocolates. Want to get a little innovative, gift kid furniture, the animal
shaped stools and chairs will be a hit with smaller kids, older kids will
love funky designs. You can also gift something that has utility value or
an educational component like fancy piggy banks, do-it-yourself handicraft
or jigsaw kits, educational CDs and so on.

Now, we wish you lots of fun shopping for birthdays.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cute Break-up Gifts for Him and Her

It’s always great to say good bye in a nice way. You had good times,
now you feel things are not going your way, and then it’s only nice if
you broke up in a friendly way. What better way than a cute or unique
gift for him or her.

Going through a break-up can be a very traumatic experience. When
the tears fl ow free and depression is a constant companion, any one
going through a break-up needs some good friends around to shake up
the gloom. Show someone who has gone through a break-up that you
care by gifting something that will bring cheer.

The evergreen gift for any situation is a bouquet of flowers. The sight
of fresh, bright flowers in full bloom can bring joy to the dreariest mind.
If you want to go a step further, gift a lush, green potted plant.
A comfort gift is a good choice. Soft, comfort cushions and pillows are
available in a wide array of colors and shapes; they make great break-up
gifts. Other popular gifts are teddy bears or soft toys which you can
attach a simple yet sweet message to.

Breaking up in Peace

Candle and bath sets can play a role in soothing ruffled feelings –
aromatherapy is really in when it comes to break-up gifts. Aromatic
candles with scents like citrus, lavender or pine can change the feel of
the place and lift your friend or relative out of depression. Sweet smelling
bubble baths, shower gels and soaps in delightful fragrances like
rose, vanilla and chocolate can also rev up the spirit. If you want to go a
step further, you can gift him/her a voucher for a relaxing massage at a
spa or massage centre.

Cute ways to gift and part

Eating delicious food is a feel good activity. In fact, research has proved
that chocolates actually release endorphins that make us feel good about
ourselves. Gift some gourmet chocolates wrapped in a pretty bag. A wine
basket or a basket of gourmet goodies would make a nice gift too. If you
enjoy baking, you could bake a yummy chocolate cake or a batch of
cookies, wrap it in a pretty wrapper and gift it.

Wearing something new with a humorous message or a cheery quote
could perk up the day. Gift a bright tee with a message. You could also
gift a mug with a happy message that inspires or has a dash of fun.
A gift that distracts the mind from the pain of a break-up is a good
antidote. Think books, pick books that make light reading or those with
a humorous overtone. Alternately, pick up a good DVD or a CD by his/
her favorite singer.

A thing of beauty can also numb the mind to grief. Gift a beautiful
artifact like a vase, statue, wall panel and so on.

Now, this little break up gift guide should help you make up your mind
on a break-up gift.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

What Gifts to Buy for Your Boss

Deciding what to buy for your boss can be quite a bit of a dilemma.
Buying something exorbitant or expensive could be embarrassing,
yet something too small might make you look cheap. This is one gift
where you defi nitely need to stop, think and proceed before you zero in
on it. Avoid picking up something too personal like items of clothing or
jewelry to avoid embarrassment.

One of the wonderful gifts you can give your boss is a remembrance
of successes or good times shared. Get a group picture of your boss with
co-workers and put it in an attractive photo frame or album and gift it.
Flowers are great for any occasion; send your boss a generous bouquet
of fresh fl owers with a warm message.

Cute Desk Accessories

Desk accessories are a good option. Funky cartoon pen stands can break
the monotony of work. A small art piece like a small framed painting, a
statue, animal sculptures and so on will also be appreciated. Inspiration
paperweights or plaques which contain an inspiring message can be just
the thing to perk up a day. Clocks are always appreciated, look out for an
unusual clock, maybe in wood or silver.

Business Gifts

A silver plated business card holder will be an accessory that will be
cherished. A deluxe leather business portfolio or a project manager’s
portfolio kit will also make a great gift. You could also gift desktop
leather gift sets, leather passport holders, leather cheque book holders
and similar functional gifts. Designer pen sets make classic gifts that
every boss will love you for.

Books are a good gift that will be cherished. If you know the kind of
stuff your boss reads, pick up a book. Alternately you could gift a gift
voucher to a bookstore. You can gift a magazine subscription and your
boss will enjoy the gift all year through.

Pamper your boss with a gourmet gift basket. Pick up a gourmet chocolate
basket, wine basket or one that stocks up gourmet goodies like fi ne
cheeses or cookies. Dried fruit or nut selections are also a great idea.
Most bosses are stressed out. Gift something that will bring
relaxation – a CD with the sounds of the seashore or birdsong make
lovely gifts. You can also gift a set of exotic and aromatic oils. Bath sets
with luxury soaps, shower gels, candles and so on make a relaxing gift
too.

Use these pointers to fi nd the perfect gift for your boss and watch him/
her light up with a million dollar smile when you give the gift.

Boss gift quote
If you think your boss is stupid, remember:
you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.
Albert A. Grant

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Cute Baby Gifts That'll Thrill Them

Baby gifts are a beautiful way to welcome a new baby into the world .When you give a baby gift, it’s important that it’s meaningful and cherished.

Silver is a wonderful gift that can be preserved as a lifelong memento. You can pick from a silver baby spoon, silver charms, silver baby bracelet, silver photo frame, silver baby rattle and more. Since these are made from a precious metal, they can be treasured and passed on as heirlooms.

Toys for Little Ones

Baby toys can bring a smile to their cherubic little faces. While choosing toys look for colorful, non-toxic toys that are safe with no rough edges.

Toys that make sounds or play music will make babies gurgle with joy, so look out for musical toys like rattles, infant audio developers, baby pianos, chimes, mobiles and so on. These also stimulate their sense of
sound and develop their hearing abilities. Colorful toys in various shapes and sizes will also appeal to babies and help their mental growth. Stuffed toy animals have been an evergreen favorite for gifting.

Gift Sets for Children

Baby gifts sets are a wonderful way to show you care. Baby bath sets that comprise products like baby powder, towels, T-shirts, soaps and more are popular. Bath squirters and bath toys will be a hit too. Baby totes with a baby mattress, matching pillows and blanket especially with the baby’s initials are a welcome gift.

Gift something that will be useful to baby - a cute high chair for baby to have his/her meals in or an infl atable pool where baby can happily splash in. Give a gift that will keep baby warm and cozy - soft baby pillows and baby blankets or quilts with cute prints. If you are good at stitching Kids Accessories Baby clothes and accessories make popular gifts. Choose clothes in cute prints that are easy to dress baby in. Do bear in mind the weather at that point in time and buy clothes accordingly. Soft baby shoes and socks especially the squeaky ones or the animal design ones also make a nice gift.

If you want to go a step further, personalize your baby gifts. Get baby’s picture printed on a mug, calendar or T-shirt. Want to give your gift a touch of sentimentality? Look for a crystal picture frame, charm jewelry,
keepsake boxes and more.

These tips will help you pick a delightful baby gift that will be appreciated and remembered.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Joy of Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Wedding Anniversaries bring back the romance and joy of marriage. They should be celebrated in the right spirit and with the perfect gift. When it comes to picking Anniversary gifts for couples or for your own spouse, here’s a nifty list that helps you take the perfect decision.

Best Anniversary Gift Ideas

The best anniversary gifts have a personal touch and preferably a sentimental touch too. Some of the most cherished wedding anniversary gifts are gifts of jewelry in precious metals like platinum, gold or silver as they symbolize the eternal marriage bond. Gifts with a beautiful touch include painted portraits of the couple, expensive photo frames with their photos, twin candle stands, romantic music CDs, crystal, cups for two, a
holiday for two, fl owers and so on.

Something for the Lady

If you are looking for something for your wife, jewelry, sexy lingerie, a special poem in her honor, chocolates and roses top the list. For men gadgets, shirts, a bottle of his favorite liquor, accessories like belts andwallets, leather organizers and so on will be appreciated. Gadgets that your spouse has always been longing for like I-pods, laptops, mobiles and the like will be greatly appreciated.

1st Wedding Anniversary

The 1st Wedding Anniversary or Paper Anniversary is a very exciting and memorable one. Traditional gifts to celebrate this include romantic stationery, cards, books, posters, photographs, paper mache artifacts
and others. You could write a love letter on some romantic stationery or write out a gift coupon for a sensuous massage by you. The 5th or Wood Anniversary can be commemorated with delightful wooden crafts, a comfy wooden armchair, wooden bowls and so on.

Tin Anniversary Gifting

The 10th or Tin Anniversary is a landmark in every marriage and traditional gifts are given in tin and aluminum. This means that you have a choice of beautiful aluminum vases and cases, candle stands, cookie tins, aluminum wine bottle totes, aluminum picture frames and so on. Modern gifts include diamond jewelry for women and accessories for men like cuff links.

The 15th or Crystal Anniversary can be celebrated with sparkling crystal artifacts, crystal jewelry and in modern times with couple watch sets.

The 25th Anniversary is the Silver Wedding Anniversary and traditional gifts include silverware, champagne in a silver case or silver jewelry. The 50th Anniversary is the Golden Wedding Anniversary and gifts in gold like jewelry, gold lockets, and gold plated trays and so on.

With this ready reckoner in hand, you’ll find anniversary gifting a breeze. 

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
Plautus

Monday, August 31, 2015

SEO Services Tips for optimization of Domain Names

How to choose a good Domain Name? SEO Tip for newbies.

One of the most important things any site owner or blogger must look at is the domain name. Many newbies and sometimes even those who have been online for sometime make the mistake of choosing domain names without much thought.

A good top level domain names helps SEO in a big way. It tells not just search engines, but also the users, what the site or blog is all about. It’s very easy to connect to users with a word or two that is top of mind and they can easily relate to.

When you say astrology.com, you know that the site will offer horoscope readings, compatibility reports, psychic readings, star signs forecasts etc. If you see a domain golfaccessories.com, you instantly recognize that they sell golf accessories. You see the point why a simple easy-to-understand domain name is critical to SEO and users.

SEO Tip
The http://www.webmasters.org/ domain name fetched $50,000 in July 2008. This site had just 3,800 unique visitors a month was earning a mere $25 a month. The value was for the domain name only. Shows how high a value one can get for a good domain name.

If it was www.xyz.com, a user will have no clue as to the content or service offered by the site or blog.

My Simple Branding Philosophy

Not all of us have deep pockets to choose a non-dictionary name and spend on marketing to build the brand. It’s wiser to choose a name that exists in the people’s minds and use it as a site’s name. Instant recognition. No effort effort required.

If you want to run a baby names site, you should look for babynames.com. If you are blogging on pregnancy, you should first look for names with the word pregnancy. Examples of good domains would be pregnancy.com, earlypregnancy.com, pregnancystages.com, pregnancytips.com, pregnancyguide.com etc. While dot.com is preferred, .org, .info, .net, .biz are also good (and of course country extensions).

When people search, search engines like google, yahoo, msn or ask show about 10 results on a page. Apart from the title and the brief on a results page, users tend to evaluate the link to click based on the domain name. If one searched for “cancer symptoms” and found a result whose domain was “ultraxgames.com/cancerguide”, chances are that users will mistrust a gaming site that shows a page for cancer tips.

Choose a site name with core words that go with the theme of your site or blog. If you plan to offer “tips for handling obesity”, then you should look at words like weight loss, fat, obese, health, obesity, overweight, and use a combination of these words with guide, tips, surgery, cure, remedies, wellness, diet, recipes etc to find a good top level name for your website or blog.

I hope these simple domain name SEO selection tips was useful.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Why Quality Content is key for Search Engines and Online Users?

In order to pull traffic from search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask and AOL, fresh and new content is needed on a site or blog. How much to write, find out.

Many people across the world blog on a variety of subjects. As a website owner or blogger you must write or get someone else to produce good quality content. The content should be focused on a particular subject. Let’s say for example, you are running a site or blog on pet care, you must produce content on pets, the general health problems, care for pets, pet diet, cleaning cats and dogs, when you should take them to the vet etc.

How much is enough, we always wonder. My suggestion is look to write about 400 to 500 word articles articles on any relevant theme. This length is enough to cover aspects of theme you’ve focused on, indicates to Google and other search engines that the site provides useful information to the users. The length clearly states to search engines and users your commitment to provide enriching and meaningful articles.

500 pages of content over a period of two to four years. And is bound to pull traffic in droves, especially if it’s focused on a niche, is good quality, and written to benefit users. However, 100 pages of solid content is a good starting point to building traffic on your site.

Millions of people use search engines to look for content on different subjects of interest to them. You stand a good chance to attract visitors on the internet if you produce top quality content.

Never compromise on content, because that’s what visitors come for to any site. Build websites and blogs for online users, not for search engines.

Post content regularly on your site. Atleast twice a week. This is very important. Don’t be sporadic, posting a article daily for a month and then not posting for the next two months. Users who come back to site and don’t find fresh content will not come back again. And you’d have lost the chance to build a loyal user base on your site or blog.

Original content is what you aim for, that’s what everyone loves. And that’s what search engines are always looking for – new content to give their searchers.

No matter what tools, technologies, techniques you employ, you need great content on site to delight users. Just get that clear. And you are on the way to building a good online business.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What to write on your blog or website?

Where to start is a question that bothers millions of bloggers and site owners? It’s good to start with a subject you are passionate about – be it pet care, art or travel. Find out ways to pull traffic with your content.

SEO Tip: Check out if the theme you choose has a lot of products or services around it (and that there’s a need for it in the market). That’s an indication of the money earning opportunity. The higher the value of the services or products, the better your chances of making a lot of money online. Most bloggers and webmasters tend to forget this and build sites that don’t present a chance to earn. After the hard work you put in, you need to make some dollars too, right.

Do a bit of research on the net on your chosen topic. Put down a list of themes to begin writing. Initially, begin writing articles where you have the knowledge. Since it’ll be easy to start here and the passion will convince users.

All of wonder if we are worth writing something. Surprisingly, when we honestly write about what we love or are passionate about, we can almost write a book. Many online newbies have surprised themselves when they begin writing and find that they can’t stop. You know to play the guitar well, write a beginners guide to it. teach people to play it. Or are you a foodie? Write about organic recipes, diet for obesity, healthy juices, low calorie breakfasts and the like.

Think. Think. I’m sure you find some skill you have that you can write about.

Do not worry about your writing skills. 99% of all those online writers are at the same stage. But you need to positively write. As you pen a few dozen pieces of original content, you’ll see your writing skills improve. Be simple, people love to read stuff that’s easy to understand.

Many a time people love to read stuff that’s written based on personal experiences. Use your experiences to tell online users the story. Human beings are always curious about other people’s experiences – failures and successes. This way you can connect to readers of your blog or site.

Research and write quality blog posts
After you have exhausted topics you know, do research on the net, go to forums, see videos, read up experts on the subject and find more interesting subjects to continue producing posts for your blog or site. 400 to 500 words is good for each post.

Make the matter useful to readers. Give tips. Bring out your perspective. Guide them if you are an expert on something. Give them a solid reason to revisit your site.

SEO TIP: Soon you must become an authority on the chosen theme. And there’ll be no looking back, friend.

Initially, plan atleast one post a week and later move to two a week. Fresh and original content and regular posts will get you the visitors you want onto your site faster.

But, sustaining the interest to write is important. 99% of bloggers stop writing within six months. I wish you are not one of them. Keep at it and you’ll find success.

After choosing a theme for your blog or website, only original and quality content on your area of interest will fetch you the traffic. And help you succeed as a online marketer. Keep me posted about your progress. Best wishes readers.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Seo Advice: Write useful articles that readers will love

Want plenty of traffic to your blog. Get them by writing good articles that users are looking for. That’s the simple SEO secret to get prospective customers onto your site.

I keep coming back to good content. Why? Because without quality content on your site, users won’t find a reason to come back. And if you keep losing readers who land up on site, then you can’t build a loyal base of subscribers or readers.

It’s easier to wow your existing user with top quality articles and retain him, than to get new users all the time.

SEO Tip: When more users come back to your site, they indicate to the search engines that your blog or website has good quality content. And search engines like google, yahoo, msn, ask, aol will then send more traffic to your site.

In your chosen domain think about what problems users face, what content they find difficult to find on the internet. Research and write about such subjects. Soon, you’ll get a ton of users to read your stuff.

Choose niche topics to write on. Golf accessories for left handers. Alternative treatment for migraine. Lessons you can learn from a monkey. Making money from your mobile. Where to buy shoes for diabetics? How to make noiseless generators?

You must slowly look to become subject matter experts in what you write. Be it yoga, alternate diet for obesity, wall hangings from waste stuff, domain name resale or whatever.

Write for users, not search engines. Search engines don’t like or rate articles too well when written for the sake of better search rankings. They love to pick and show content written for online readers.

SEO Tip: Use the language of common users when you post an article on your blog. Because readers are going to use similar language to search for content on the net. And when Google sees them on your article, they’ll send users to your page.

Ask yourself a question? Will I find this article useful, if I wanted it. If the answer is yes, publish it on your blog or website. Or else, begin to write a better article.

Connect to users with content that they find useful, enjoyable, readable and beneficial. And they will love your site. They will spread the word around. Link to your blog, dig or stumble it, bookmark it. And that’s a vote for your site.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Search Engine Optimization Tips for Bloggers - SEO

While blogging implement best practices in whitehat SEO for blogs. Here are ethical SEO tips to rank your blog higher on Google.

Optimizing the domain name for your blog

It’s very important for bloggers to operate with an own domain name and use a good blogging platform and paid hosting. Or buy a domain name and map them to your existing blog on blogspot, wordpress or other blogging platforms. Having your own name tells search engines your intention and commitment to give users good content. The period for which you book a domain name also speaks about your long term blogging plans. If it’s booked for a short period, it could also reveal that you may be a fly by night operator looking to make a quick buck.

Tips for Domain names

Domain names must reveal the core of your blog’s theme – example: caps.com (if you were selling caps), starsigns.com (if you were blogging on star signs), or yoga4weightloss.com (if you were running a blog on this theme).
No long domain names
No domain names that don’t instantly connect to the audience. For example, Impact.com and you are talking about fishing.
Preferred domain extensions are .com, .net, .biz, .info, edu and country extensions.

SEO friendly niche content for Blogs

Search engines rank sites higher if they have focused content on a particular subject. Choose a theme for your blog, preferably in niche areas, not in broad domains. For example, if you look at “Gifts”, it will be difficult to get a lot of traffic and rank higher on search engines like Google, since competition will be very high from establishes sites that have a lot of content and money to promote the site.

Instead look at Gifts for New Borns or Gifts for ex-boyfriends, gifts for schoolmates, gifts for older people. Here you need to build your authority on the subject by writing a series of articles on different themes – gifts for various occasions, worst gifts to give, personalizing gifts, special gifts, gadget gifts, wrapping gifts, gift notes, re-gifting, when to send gifts, best gifts, etc.

About 200 to 300 pages of top quality original and fresh content will do wonders for your weblog.

Keywords relevancy to blog post’s topic

When you write a post on any subject, always think of how the user would search for such content. What words would they type into Google, Yahoo, MSN or other search engines. Your title should reflect the core subject with words that users will type to search for the content. Like my title for this post - Search Engine Optimization Tips for Bloggers and Blogs – SEO. Google for your content and see the top results in different search engines to get a fair understanding of what keywords to use in your title.

And your text should have a variation of the relevant keywords. This is to guide the search engine bot to understand the content. So if it’s on gifting to girlfriends, you may use a sprinkling of the words – gifts, gifting, presents, love, romantic, gift ideas, girls, women, wrapping, cute, gifts for her, cool gifts etc.

SEO tips for keyword rich content

Your title should have the important keywords for the blog post
The heading should reflect them
The tags of your post must contain the keywords
The alt tags – the title of you pictures on that blog page
The anchor text – keyword phrases text that link out to the complete post or to some other article outside your site

All the above should not be repetitive, but be variations of the important keywords

SEO Tip: The keywords written must be natural and meaningful. It’s should be overloaded for search engine rankings. Use just enough for users to find the content engrossing.

Blog navigation

The design of your blog should be simple. And the navigation ie., the links on your site should be placed in vantage points to allow user to easily find information on your site. All posts should be categorized well. This is a key SEO advice that you must follow. This allows users looking for a particular topic to quickly head to the relevant content and continue reading your blog posts.

Do not place ads, images or widgets in odd places and interfere with the user experience. Let users quickly go and read what they are interested in.

Tags and categories

Most blogging softwares today have the facility of tagging and categorization. Use the most relevant keywords to tag your post and categorise each blog article well. Do not use too many tags, nor too many general keywords in the tags. Use caetgory names that users generally search for. And limit the number of categories to manageable levels.

Connect to users with interactive tools

I’m sure some of you are familiar with feeds. Kindly give the feed links on your blog. It helps users who have liked your content to keep in touch with your blog. Don’t forget to have a search bar while blogging. This makes for more page views since readers are looking for some content at that point in time, and if you have it served via search, you are only getting them to spend more time reading on your blog. Allow comments to come from usres – they tell you what’s right or wrong with the blog content. Comments are used by search engines like Google to understand whether people liked your blog or not. And they also build your brand.

Using an analytics tool to build traffic

Bloggers must use an analytics tool, like Google Analytics, which is free anyway, to understand user behaviour on site. How search engines like Google are treating your blog’s content is revealed in your blog. What keywords do people use to come upon your blog. Using this you can build more content on such keyword phrases, which are relevant to your webblog.

They also tell you the top content on your blog. Find out why Google is ranking them well and do more of the same. Where do users come from, keywords they used to land on your blog, which are your top landing pages, which page did they go to next – all this and more is revealed by an analytics tool. They help you in mapping user behaviour. And help in building traffic to your blog. Sign up right away for Google Analytics.

These simple search engine optimization tips should help you begin blogging and building a base of loyal users.

(Moving all my content from my old blog SEO4Google.org)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How we hear?

When you stand by a pool and throw a pebble into the water, you can watch little waves spread out from the spot where the pebble hits the water.  (Kids Level: 8 to 10)

These sort of waves are formed in the air too, only we can’t see them.  But, we can hear them.  Sound is nothing but little waves of air moving through the great mass of air around us.

The function of the ear is to catch these sounds.  The ear is a delicate part of the body and the vital parts in it are hidden away inside the ear, to prevent injury.

Sound waves pass through the ear passage till they reach the ear drum.  The ear drum is a small piece of thin skin, or membrane, stretched across the whole of the inside end.  When sound reaches the ear drum, it vibrates.  These vibrations pass along three tiny bones to a long row of hairs.  The hairs move due to the vibrations.  From this movement we are able to recognize sounds.

The three bones in each ear are only about one third of an inch and are named as the hammer, anvil and the stirrup. Next time you hear a sound, think of your lovely ear.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Why do we count in tens?

The answer lies in the number of fingers on our hand.  (Kids Level: 8 to 10)

In the early days men counted on their fingers, just as the tribals do today. It is said that the tribals could count even upto hundreds.  Three men would sit together and a fourth man sat opposite them.  The three would hold their hands with fingers outstretched.

The fourth man would count the first man’s fingers once – that made ten.  Then he bent the first  finger of the man in the middle.

Next he would count another ten on the first  man’s finger, then bend the second finger of the middle man.

When all the fingers of the middle man were closed, he would bend the first finger, of the third man to indicate ‘one tens-tens’ or one hundred.  Thus the natives could cleverly count upto hundreds.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Best Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Friends

While gifting a marriage anniversary present for a friend, don’t just think of what your friend will like, think of what the couple will enjoy. Remember it’s not about how much you spend but how much thought and effort you put into it.

A beautiful painting or sculpture that will match the décor of your friend’s home is an anniversary gift that will be a visual delight they can enjoy. Desktop fountains make a pretty gift and are perfect to soothe
stress. There are many options available like bamboo fountains, Bonsai fountains, solar fountains and so on. You can also think of an attractive bedspread set or some comfy cushions.

How about a set of coffee mugs customized with the couple’s photo on it, this makes a warm and thoughtful gift. If you wish you can complement these with a tray or coaster sets.

Gift a gourmet gift hamper with a selection of exotic eats or a wine and cheese basket. If the couple likes to entertain, gift a bar set, a wine holder or a champagne bucket. A cake for the couple with a special message is a gift they will enjoy sharing. If you like to bake, bake a batch of fresh cookies, package them attractively in a decorative box or cookie jar and gift, the effort you have taken will touch your friend.

Gift a marriage anniversary plate with a custom message, some companies offer an option where it can be printed on or written with a special pen and baked to make the letters stay. This will be a valuable keepsake.

Look for special couple gifts like watch sets for two, a set of wine glasses, a His and Her perfume set and so on. You can also gift couple gifts like a sculpture of a couple.

Electronic gadgets especially the latest ones always make great gifts. Gift a handicam or digital camera for the couple to make happy memories. I-pods, phones, binocular glasses and so on are interesting
wedding gifts.

Colorful and vibrant flowers are an evergreen anniversary gift favorite, if you are hard-pressed for time, go ahead and gift a large basket. If the couple likes plants, gift some exotic potted plants, a green
gift that will be appreciated.

If you really want to pamper your friends, gift a day at the spa or a vacation. Go ahead and have fun picking an anniversary gift for your friends.

Wedding Anniversary Quote for Friends
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me;
I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Albert Camus

Why does a potato have eyes?

Unlike you and me, potatoes can’t see a thing though they have eyes.  The eyes are actually buds from which new plants grow.  (Kids Level: 8 to 10)

The part of the potato that we eat is really the stem.  When a stem grows above the ground, the buds grow into side branches.  The bud found on the underground stem of a potato can grow into new plants.

While sowing, the farmer cuts a potato into many pieces, each with an eye, and plants it in the ground.  Soon each eye sprouts into a new plant which gives us many more potatoes.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Attractive Anniversary Gifts for Friends

The wedding anniversary of a friend is a great time for rejoicing. Make it memorable by gifting them something special.

Go that extra mile to find something just perfect for the adorable couple. If you enjoy cooking, bake a generous batch of heart shaped cookies and fill them in an attractive glass jar and gift it. You can also
gift a heart-shaped cake and write a touching anniversary message for the couple in icing.

Get a pair of coffee mugs with the photograph of the couple printed on it, if that looks like a very simple gift, add to it by complementing with coaster sets, bowls or trays. You can also gift them a poster created with
their photograph. A silver or crystal photo frame can make a pleasing gift too.

Gift a bottle of fine wine or champagne in keeping with the celebratory mood. You could even gift personalized wine glasses with the anniversary couple’s initials monogrammed on them.

Want to gift something that wishes the couple prosperity and happiness? Fill a jewel case with delightful dried fruits and nuts and gift it. Feng Shui offers lovely musical chimes and gurgling fountains to bring
in good luck, gift them.

Gift them something in doubles. Think a twin watch set, a wide range of them are available, you can pick one to match your budget. You can also buy a twin pen set, twin tee-shirts and so on. An embellished kimono set for him and her can be an exotic gift they will adore.

Give them something that will be functional at home. How about a perky coffeemaker or a barbecue? These would be a great idea for couples who love to entertain. A martini shaker, a sandwich grill, electric roaster are other ideas on the same lines.

Attractive home décor is a good anniversary gift. Think a stained glass or ceramic lamp that can kindle romantic moments in the couple.

You can also choose a painting or print that reflects happy emotions or creates happiness when viewed. For a laugh gift a cuckoo clock or look for unusual clocks with Roman numerals or with ceramic textures. Gift something that your friends can relax with. Try a yoga gift basket or a clutch of classical music CDs. You could also gift a holiday at a peaceful hillside getaway or gift certificates to a spa.

Use these anniversary gifting ideas to find something your friends will cherish.

Anniversary Quote for Friends
A true friend never gets in your way,
unless you happen to be going down.
Arnold H Glasgow

What causes rusting?

When iron or steel is left in the wet for some days it begins to rust. But what really causes rusting? Let’s perform an experiment like scientists do and find out for ourselves. (Level: Kids 8 to 10)

Buy some new nails from the nearby hardware store. Find three glass jars which can be corked tight. Drop some nails into each of them and pour some water into the first jar. Put a little lime in the second, and boiled water in the third, filling it to the brim. 

All the air dissolved in water is driven out when it is boiled for sometime. Now cork up the three jars. After a few days you’ll be surprised to see that the nails in the first jar have turned reddish brown, but those in the other two haven’t rusted at all.

You wonder why. Well, iron rusts only when both air and water are present. In the second jar there was air but no water and the third had only water.


Now how do you prevent iron or steel from rusting. By stopping air and water from reaching it’s surface. This is done by coating them with special paint. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Anniversary Gifts to wow Girlfriends

An anniversary is a special day for every couple who has been going around together. Make the memories of the day a beautiful one by gifting something significant enough to mark this milestone.

Jewelry is one of the best gifts to give your girlfriend but gift something symbolic of your relationship. A couples’ necklace is very romantic, with bit of you having half a pendant that forms a whole when joined
together. A sparkling crystal brooch or heart pendant is a lovely way to tell your girlfriend how precious she is to you.

The romance of flowers cannot be beaten by anything else, give her a whole bouquet of red roses. You can even go a step ahead and gift flowering plants in pots so she can enjoy the beauty for many more days,
potted tulips are a good choice.

Musical boxes and musical jewel boxes are traditional but still very romantic, see if you can get one that features a couple dancing. Chocolates are among the top romantic gifts that women love, gift her expensive chocolates in a heart-shaped box or better still pick out heart-shaped chocolates to symbolize your feelings.

Get a picture of both of you clicked at a studio against a fancy backdrop. You can even hire a professional photographer and get some pictures clicked at places you hangout or at the place where you had your first date.

Women love looking and feeling good. Gift her a cosmetic bag full of her favorite brand of cosmetics. You could also pick up some lacy lingerie in racy colors. Continuing this line of thought, you could also
gift her a voucher to a fabulous spa or to a fashion store.

If your girlfriend is a practical kind, gift something useful. A tote bag is a good idea, don’t forget to fill it up with goodies like chocolates, cosmetics and hair clips. A pretty clock, a mug or multi-purpose boxes are good ideas too.

Buy a couple watch set, both of you can wear them together and feel bonded. You can also pick up similar t-shirts that you can wear while on a date.

If you have time to go that extra mile, get your girlfriends something personalized. Pretty candle sets offer you the option of writing a special message for your girlfriend on the candle. Write a poem for her and get
it framed in a pretty frame, many companies offer attractive frames and offer printing on special papers like parchment paper.

Use these ideas will help you make your anniversary with your girlfriend truly special.

Anniversary Quote for Girlfriends
When I saw you I was afraid to meet you.
When I met you I was afraid to kiss you.
When I kissed you I was afraid to love you.
Now that I love you, I am afraid to lose you.
Anonymous

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cute Anniversary Gifts for Boyfriend

An anniversary is a special and wonderful occasion for every couple. A milestone that has to be celebrated with lots of joy and a beautiful gift that will be a reminder of their feelings for each other.

Buying an anniversary gift for your boyfriend is something that you should ponder over and pick. Here are a few ideas to help you kick start your imagination.

Memorable Gifts Ideas for Boyfriend
A watch can make a memorable anniversary gift, pick a formal watch in gold tone or sheer steel to remind him of your timeless love. Classy accessories like cuff links, tie-pins and belts will be liked too. A business
card holder in leather or leather desk top accessories will let him carry a whiff of you into his office life everyday.

If your boyfriend is into the outdoors and sport, gift him something to go with his interests. A water-proof sports watch with a compass is ideal for frequent mountain trekkers and campers. Sports inspired desk accessories and collectibles like miniature football tees, trophies, wall plaques, paperweights and so on are popular with most men.

Personalized Anniversary Gifts
Some companies offer soaps with a personalized message or even the option of adding photographs, this makes a very special gift. Get a photograph of both of you printed on T-shirts and wear it on your
anniversary. You can even make the photograph into a poster, put in a personalized message and gift it. Make a video fi lm starring just the two of you, for this you’ll have to plan a bit in advance and get footage,
use the best in the fi lm and add some of your favorite love songs to the backdrop. He’ll be thrilled to receive this gift.

A fun gift idea. Get a little naughty, gift him some satin bed sheets with heart-shaped cushions with a romantic or naughty message. Another idea is sending him a thermometer and a teddy bear with the message, yThis
anniversary, how hot are you?”

Gift him some fun in the sun, a vacation trip for just the two of you in sunny Hawaii maybe. You can also gift tickets to a sporty event or a movie that both of you can catch together.

A growing plant can be symbolic of your relationship. Gift a potted plant in an attractive pot, you can even add your creative touch by painting the clay pot.

Make the spirit of celebration come alive, gift him two martini glasses and a bottle of fine wine, so both of you can drink to your happiness.

Cute Anniversary Quote for Boyfriend
Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.
Swedish Proverb

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Unforgettable Anniversary Gifts for Dad

If you think back of your childhood, your dad features prominently. He was the one who taught you to ride your first bike and who took you to your favorite pizza joint, now on his wedding anniversary, gift
something that will touch his heart.

If your dad is a travel freak, gift a snazzy leather excursion travel case, a smart travel bag or a pair of spa slippers. A GPS navigator or a book like ‘1000 Places to See Before You Die’ are good choices too. If your dad is more the adventurous type who likes trekking and such outdoor activities, a pair of binoculars, a light-weight back pack, tenting gear or a camera would make good gifts. You can even gift your dad and
mom a holiday to an exotic place which will take them down the path of nostalgia.

Is your dad the sporty type? Gift him tickets to a match featuring the game of his choice. Look for equipment or accessories related to the sport your dad plays say golf clubs, badminton rackets, gloves, sweat
bands and so on.

Most men love gadgets and picking up the latest in the market for your dad makes it extra special. Think the hot new mobile phone or the sleek new laptop. You can also pick up an electronic organizer or PDA.
You can also gift your dad his favorite brand of liquor or something you think he will enjoy. A gourmet basket of wine and cheese or other gourmet treats should whet his appetite. If you have a larger budget, try
a luxury personalized champagne bottle. Crockery like wine or martini glasses, champagne buckets and wine bottle holders are useful gifts that will be appreciated.

Gift your dad an interesting accessory like a fine leather belt with an unusual buckle. Elegant silver cuff links, which can be personalized with his initials on them make an exquisite gift too. You can also think of sun
glasses from a designer brand. A classy watch will remind your dad of you every time he looks at it, this makes a truly timeless gift. If you know your dad’s taste in music or books, these are good choices.
A home theatre system, a portable DVD player, a trendy i-pod and so on are gifts that are popular choices in today’s world. Go ahead now and gift your dad something he will not forget.

Dad quote
Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.
Anonymous

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Awesome Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Mom

Moms are special, her warm hug or a gentle kiss can make all one’s fears and worries dissolve. When it comes to your mom’s wedding anniversary, show her how much you care by gifting her something that
she will cherish forever.

Personalised poetry gifts framed in a classy frame will hold a great deal of sentimental value. These gifts can be personalized with names, poem, personal message and have an optional area for a photo.

Wedding anniversary cakes have a warm touch to them and you can wow your mom by baking a delicious cake for her. Or go and splurge to get a fancy cake and make sure you have a special message on it for
your parents.

Smart electronic gadgets like notebooks, mobile phone, CD Players, i-pods make wonderful anniversary gifts for your mom. They are not just useful but also make her feel younger and make her life easier.

Women at any age want to look young and beautiful. Pamper your mother with a line of the latest beauty treatment or gift her expensive creams and other cosmetics. Or let her lounge in some luxury lounge wear or pyjamas, pick them up in her favorite color. Gift some soft therapeutic flip-flops which come in soothing pastel shades and allow her to walk around the home in comfort.

Jewelry will always remain among the top gifts your mom would enjoy. Based on your budget pick gold, diamond or silver jewelry. A pendant or brooch with significance to the occasion like say in the shape
of a heart will be appreciated. You can even get her a double locket pendant that can hold photos of both your parents. A jewelry box made from leather which will help her preserve her precious jewelry is another
good idea. A pretty watch is also something that she will love.

Flowers and plants are gifts that will add cheer to your mom’s life. Go beyond the usual and gift her the exact number of fl owers that coincide with her anniversary. When it comes to plants, consider a cheery sunflower growing kit, bonsai, an Italian herb garden, colorful flowering plants and so on.

You can also gift a vacation for two to a dream destination your mom has always dreamt of. Try these gift ideas and watch your mom’s eyes sparkle in happiness.

God cannot be everywhere therefore he created mothers
Chinese Proverb

Friday, August 7, 2015

What is love quotes

Best "what's love" quotes handpicked for you.

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties
Jule Renard

Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
Mark Twain, author 

The union of a want and a sentiment.
Honore de Balzac, French Author

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
H.L. Mencken 

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
Erich Fromm 

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
Oliver Wendell Holmes 

Humorous Love quotes
One good thing about internet dating: you're guaranteed to click with whomever you meet.
Mongo 





Remedy for love

There is no remedy for love but to love more.
Henry David Thoreau


If you don't fall in Love
He that shuts love out, in turn shall be Shut out from love, and on her threshold lie, Howling in outer darkness.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 

Anniversary Gifts for Parents

Your parents are a very special couple, do make sure that their wedding anniversary is beautiful and memorable. Gift them something that will touch their hearts and make them cherish the moment.

Gif your parents a holiday at a luxury resort. They will enjoy spending time together and remembering the good old times. Gift vouchers to a plush restaurant for dinner can be the ideal romantic rendezvous for
them. Membership to a club will be loved.

Gift your parents a beautiful anniversary plate personalized with their name and the year. You can also get some personalized pottery like a pair of mugs with their photos or names printed on them. Gift a glass or
crystal keepsake. An anniversary crystal flute set will bring them many more good times.

If you have some photographs of your parents together collected over the years, put them together in a beautifully bound scrapbook and gift it to them. You can also make a scrapbook filled with wishes from family and friends and gift it, we assure you that your parents will be touched.

Gift them a basket full of breakfast goodies so they can start off with a sumptuous anniversary breakfast. You can also gift a gourmet basket featuring their favorite brands. If they enjoy wine or champagne, gift
them something of a good vintage.

Gift something that will brighten up the home. Think out of the box, how about a large porcelain vase or a series of Russian dolls. Gift a handcrafted wooden clock that is a world away from the assembly line
manufactured ones, these have soul and will be appreciated. A stained glass lamp or a paper lamp can add warmth to their home and hearth.

Gift your parents a Mr.& Mrs. spa robe set, they will enjoy relaxing in these comfortable loungewear sets. You can also gift His & Her pillowcase sets, or even an entire set of bed linen monogrammed with
their initials.

Gift your parents something that will help them stay in touch, gift a pair of trendy mobile phones or a laptop. If you are sure of your parent’s tastes, you can gift apparel, sunglasses or other accessories like handbags
and wallets.

Want to gift something functional? Be a little thoughtful, is their microwave looking worn out, buy a new one for them. You can also give something that will make life easier like a toaster, coffee-maker and so on.

Anniversary for Parents Quote
You gave us two gifts. 
One is roots. The other is wings.
Thanks dear parents.
Anonymous

Mind Your English - I

Value of this column. Here we are trying to help those who need to or want to improve their English. We have in mind the average and the advanced learners. The starred items are meant specially for advanced learners. We focus on grammatical correctness, lexical (vocabulary) appropriacy, and idiomaticity. We try to follow both Indian and international standards of correctness and acceptability.

Now, are you ready to have a go at the exercise?
Instructions: The following sentences contain some common mistakes we make in Chennai. Indeed all over India! Some are grammatical; and some are lexical (vocabulary) mistakes. The word or phrase containing a mistake is underlined. Your correction should be a word or two that can be put in the place of the underlined word or words.

If a word has to be simply dropped, your correction should be expressed with a (0) zero.

Example
Incorrect sentence: The early bird get the worm.
Correction: gets
Explanation: The subject of the sentence (“bird”) is a Third Person Singular. It is in third person. And the verb (“get”) has to agree with it.

Example 
Incorrect sentence: I can’t cope up with the work. It is two people’s work.
Correction: 0
Explanation: “With” is not only unnecessary but ill-fitting here.

The exercise
Correct the following sentences.
1.The members of the family discussed about the alliance.
2.When you are leaving for Hyderabad.
3.I am having ten silk sarees.
4.*Which is your native place?
5.*These containers are being sent to the godown.


Corrections
1 0
 Explanation: “Discuss” is not followed by any prepositions such as                                                      “about”, “on”, and “regarding”. But discussion is always followed by “on” or  “about”.
2 are you
Explanation: In questions like this, the first verb (are) has to come before the subject                                  (you).
3  have
 Explanation: When “have” means “possess”, it should not be used in the “ ing” form.
I have a car. Correct.    
I am having a car. Incorrect.

4 home town  
Explanation: This is just a matter of idiomaticity and acceptability.  Internationally acceptable varieties of English, including standard Indian English, prefer “home town”. Strangely enough, “native language”, “native plant”, “native tradition”, “native art” and such combinations are acceptable. For some inexplicable reason “native place” is not acceptable by most speakers of Standard English or the speakers of the Prestige Variety of English.

5 Warehouse
Explanation: As in the case of 4, this, too, is a matter of idiomaticity and acceptability. .Interestingly, this word “godown” is used not only in India but in also in Malaysia. And, believe it or not, it comes from the Tamil word “kidangu”.

Romantic Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him

A wedding anniversary is an occasion to celebrate the beauty of a lasting relationship. Make it truly special for your husband by gifting something that’s so cute, it will be forever etched in his heart. Now, this
does take a little bit of extra effort but then it’s worth the happiness that will sparkle in his eyes.

Add a bit of drama and romance to your gift, buy a bright red post box and fill it with your gifts or cards and handwritten messages of love.

This will truly sweep him off his feet. Gifting a clock can symbolize the eternal quality of the love you share, you could pick a personalized tile anniversary clock on an easel or a heart-shaped clock.

A personalized anniversary message especially a naughty one on a heart-shaped soap or any other cute shape is a good gift. You can even get a bit naughtier and gift an edible soap or edible massage lotion that
you can rub on each other and enjoy yourselves with. That should get his imagination stimulated.

Most men are headlong into sport and have their own personal hero or heroes. A cute gift would be sporty collectibles relating to the sport your husband loves, it could be anything from an autographed baseball, Red
Sox jersey, football helmet.

Gift him a romantic pillow, a heart-shaped pillow covered with red silk or those softy squeezy cushions with cartoon prints. A luxurious bathrobe or a set of new towels monogrammed with his initials or with a
small message would be cute too. Compile together the romantic songs he loves on a CD and gift it to him. How about getting him a massager, after a tiring day of work, this would be the ideal way to unwind. Make
up a scrapbook filled with photos of your favorite romantic moments during your married life.

A hamper of fresh juicy fruits can be a cute gift, who would not love a Carribbean fruit hamper or a Garden of Eden hamper filled with crunchy apples, make up a hamper and add a fun message to it.

Bake him a lovely anniversary cake and on the centre place plastic or metal initials of both of you and write a cute message like , ‘You are my sweetheart’. You can also gift him a huge chocolate heart with the
message ‘I love you’ on it.

Now, use these ideas to pick a gift and we guarantee a big kiss and a bear hug in return from your husband.

Romantic Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him Quote
Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.
Hoosier Farmer

Monday, August 3, 2015

The art of preserving your antique furniture

Antiques call for a great deal of attention. The aim of conservation is to preserve the furniture in its original condition. Since furniture comes in a combination of different kinds of wood, metal, glass, fabric and plastic, each has to be dealt with delicately, in its own way. And furniture being functional is subject to wear and tear, and dents, scraped surfaces , worn pieces of metal or fabric are to be preserved as part of the artefacts history. Preventive conservation can prolong the life of an antique.

Environment
Light radiation attacks furniture, breaking down its finish, damaging fabric and leather, making wood brittle and can lead to change of colour. Ultraviolet and infra-red light must be eliminated. A conservator will recommend 15 foot candles for most organics and 5 foot candles for textiles and coloured furniture. Direct sunlight on the furniture must be avoided. Effective shades should be used to filter out light.

Drastic fluctuations in humidity can be very damaging. Since mould and fungi grow rapidly in still air and darkness, switching on the light and increasing circulation of air will slow down their growth.

Pests
Furniture made of organic material is susceptible to attacks by pests, which seek crevices in unsuspecting places and slowly break down furniture. If you spot fresh wood powder dropping from your furniture, it’s a clear indication of infestation. If the part can be removed, it must be put in a large polythene bag with a black paper below the infected part, and isolated from the rest of the collection. After a few days if it persists, you must call for professional conservator’s help.

Caution: Amateurs can do more harm than good to your dear collection.

Installation:
Keep furniture away from direct sunlight, heat rays and damp surfaces. Always see to it that a piece is supported evenly on all its feet. Don’t overload drawers and refrain from using them often, to prevent wear. Use effective shades to keep out light. Cover furniture with fabric that allows breathing and keeps out dust.

Maintenance.

Generally, water-based cleaning solutions should never be used. Washed, lint-free rugs are fine for dusting. Glass taps can be cleansed with alcohol on cotton swabs. Marble tops can be cleaned with mild soap and water. Re-wax finish, if necessary. Metal pieces like knobs, or handles should be cleaned in a solution of ammonia on cotton swabs, rinsed with distilled water and dried thoroughly. Vacuum upholstered pieces. 

You may be tempted to sit on period upholsteries, but you mustn't. Seek professional advice in case of doubt.