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Richard L. is a Canadian lifestyle blogger well too familiar with the joys of luxury shopping and the throes of choice (he keeps it practical too!). Richard regularly contributes to special occasions magazines (print and digital) in the U.S. and Canada, and also writes for a few well-known apparel brands.
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Xmas Vase Ideas to Make Your Floral Displays Stunning No ratings yet.

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A beautiful floral arrangement can be taken from gorgeous to stunning simply with the addition of the right vase. More than just a vessel to keep the stems in water a vase is as personal a choice as is the blooms that will grace it. From the simplest ceramic vase to a gold-dipped bud vase making the right choice for each flower arrangement is essential to making it look amazing.

If using more than one flower arrangement for your Christmas dinner table, bear in mind that they don’t have to be all the same. In fact it is more interesting if they are different. Each arrangement can be part of an overall theme but have different elements. If you have 3 small arrangements spread along the length of the table you can make the center one different and the two end ones closer to matching each other.

The vases that you use to hold your table flower displays do not have to match either. In fact this is where you can really make your table décor look unique. Think outside the box for vases. Instead of using ceramic or glass vases why not consider unusual containers such as small metal buckets. Preserving jars are another fun vase idea for small posies. The larger ones can accommodate more substantial floral displays of course. The idea is to not limit yourself to traditional vases but to add interesting elements to the table that no one would be expecting. Provided it holds sufficient water to keep the flowers fresh and can’t easily be knocked over chances are it is viable as a vase.

Some other unusual and interesting vase ideas are:

  • Long stemmed wine glasses
  • Brandy balloon glasses
  • Silver or gold goblets
  • Hollowed out pineapple
  • Empty perfume bottles
  • Wine bottles
  • Punch bowl (float flowers on top of water)

These are just some ideas to get you thinking ‘outside the box’. Remember that many of the items above can be painted, decorated or covered in Christmas paper, colored foil or tissue paper to change their look to compliment your table décor. With the addition of a bow, lace or ribbon you can really turn your simple but beautiful posies or bouquets into stunning floral displays.

Colored glass vases add a big splash of color to your flower arrangements. For Christmas you can choose colors that match your overall décor, or you can choose to use the traditional colors of green and red. If you don’t have any colored glass vases already, or are struggling to find them in the store a clear glass vase can be transformed into a colored glass vase simply and easily. You can either cover the outside of the vase with colored film or add food coloring to the water. If using the punch bowl as your centerpiece floral arrangements try putting swirls of food coloring in the water, particularly around the inside edge. Dipping the tip of colored markers into the water so they just break the surface will leave interesting blobs of color too.

For a more defined, designer look to your floral displays you may choose to purchase some elegant glass or ceramic vases that will look stunning at Christmas time but also add a classy element to your everyday home décor after the Christmas holiday period has ended. Some vases look great with nothing in them, while others can look interesting with some long twigs in them. Vases come in such a huge variety of shapes, styles and colors as well as materials that no matter what the style of floral display you are aiming for you should be able to find something that is complimentary.
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If single blooms or very small posies are the style you are planning then you should consider the sleek but stunningly elegant 24 karat gold-dipped vase from Eternity Rose. At 6 inches tall it is perfect for a single flower, or a flower with some foliage, or 2 or 3 complimentary blooms. It is made of heavy solid brass and then generously coated in 24 karat gold and would be the perfect companion to any number of flower arrangements regardless of color. Eternity Rose also has a vase in the same style but silver-dipped.

For those seeking a modern look in a vase Eternity Rose’s crystal clear acrylic vase with solid square faceted base has all the class of glass without the concern that it will shatter if bumped. The acrylic is so clear and beautiful that it could easily be mistaken for glass. It truly is a piece of timeless elegance that will make your floral displays look absolutely stunning. Ideal for your Christmas dinner table or to strategically place around your living room, Eternity Rose’s acrylic vase is an easy choice to make.

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Luxury Xmas Gifts for the Special Woman in Your Life 5/5 (1)

When you are deeply in love with a lovely lady it is perfectly natural to want to give her a special gift that she will truly treasure. Luxury Xmas gifts will tell her in no uncertain terms that you value her in every way. Knowing what you think she will appreciate is only half the battle but the following list of ideas for a gift that will let her know that she truly is the love of your life will give you a great start on your Christmas shopping for your special woman.

Jewelry – If you want to see your special lady melt before your eyes give her a beautiful piece of jewelry. She can wear it every day or treasure it and wear it on special occasions, but either way if you choose a piece of jewelry that is of excellent quality, beautiful and versatile enough for any occasion then you will make your lady extremely happy on Christmas. This beautiful pendant and earring set from Eternity Rose feature gorgeous miniature red roses trimmed in 24 karat gold on a heart-shaped pendant liberally studded with synthetic diamonds and is a set the love of your life will enjoy wearing for the rest of her life.

Every woman should own a fur garment at some point in her life, and Christmas is a great time to present your special woman with a coat, jacket or stole made either of real or synthetic fur. If she is the type of woman who would not enjoy wearing anything made from the skins of animals there are many high quality synthetic furs that you can buy that are very much like the real thing.

One of the items that few women can live without is a spacious handbag. For most women it is a place to keep all of those essential items they cannot live without while away from their home. When it comes to choosing a handbag that is both durable and attractive you cannot go past genuine leather. Though handbags are a personal item and many women prefer to choose their own take a look at the ones she already owns and you should be able to make a choice that is likely to please her.

The luxurious 24 karat gold-dipped natural rose with matching bud vase from Eternity Rose comes presented in an attractive display case. The rose is an actual bloom and stem that has gone through a detailed process to create a gift that is completely unique as no two roses are exactly the same. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is an heirloom gift that your beautiful lady can then pass down to her daughter later.

Champagne truffles are one of life’s luxuries that your lovely lady is sure to enjoy. The combination of Dom Perignon champagne and creamy dark chocolate ganache will melt in her mouth. As they are the type of item that she will likely only eat one of at a time give her a box of at least 12 and she will be enjoying them for many days after Christmas, thinking of you and your thoughtfulness as she nibbles.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of smooth silk against a woman’s skin, so why not consider giving your special lady a pair of pretty but practical silk pajamas to wear? The lightness of the fabric and the warmth the top and pants provide both in bed and out will likely make a luxurious pair of silk pajamas something she will want to wear while relaxing at home. Silk pajamas are great for wearing all day if she doesn’t have to go out but can be slipped out of quickly if you decide to surprise her by taking her out to dinner and dancing. They will still be waiting for her when she returns home to kick of her high heels and spend the rest of the night with you.

A weekend spa getaway will let her know that you are thinking of both her comfort and her good health. Being able to relax and let the stresses and worries of the week fall away will do her the world of good. Let her be completely pampered for two days, with a complete spa treatment that will leave her feeling energized and revitalized. If you make it a spa weekend for two and go with her you can take some time to enjoy each other’s company over a wonderful dinner and wine before retiring to bed. Choose somewhere quiet and secluded if you both need to totally get away from the hustle and bustle of your busy lives, but if you want to enjoy some night life, find somewhere close to museums, restaurants, theaters and the like.

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Xmas Gifts for Coworkers You Like No ratings yet.

Your work environment and the people you work with can ‘make or break’ a job. When you work with a number of other people there is a strong likelihood that you will have at least one coworker that you really try to avoid.

Fortunately there is just as strong a likelihood that you will find one or more coworkers who you enjoy working with and find fun to be around. If your office or workplace organizes a ‘Secret Santa’ at Christmas time then hope that you pull the name of one of your most-liked coworkers out of the hat. If exchanging gifts is purely an individual choice then here are some gift ideas and tips for those colleagues you actually like!

Not everyone will choose to buy their coworkers gifts at Christmas time. For many it’s not that they don’t want to but more a case of working full time doesn’t give them much time for shopping and just getting gifts for family takes a lot of effort. Just be aware that unless you already have a tradition of exchanging gifts with a particular coworker you may not receive a Xmas gift from your coworker in return.

Expensive gifts are not necessary. The main purpose of Xmas gifts for coworkers is to make a token gesture that conveys to them how much you have enjoyed working with them for the past year and that you hope they have a wonderful holiday season. To this end a thoughtful but small gift is likely to be well received and appreciated. This of course will largely depend on how close you are with your coworker(s). If you are very good friends then a more expensive gift may well be in order.

For coworkers that you like but do not have a particularly strong friendship with, a coffee mug is usually a safe and easy gift to give them. Coffee mugs or travel mugs are something that almost every commuter uses if they drink coffee. If they don’t drink coffee you can give them a stainless steel water bottle instead. These do not have to be plain items. Look online for one with funny images and/or text on them that will make them smile every time they see it.

If you like to bake and traditionally do for Christmas anyway why not make a couple of extra batches of cookies to give to your coworkers. Who doesn’t love to receive homemade cookies as a Christmas gift? It doesn’t have to be cookies. You could make individual Christmas fruit cakes or homemade chocolates. Cupcakes are another great idea. If you are not a great baker you can do the same thing with nuts and dried fruits. Mix them up like trail mix and put them in nice glass jars and put a ribbon and bow around the top. A homemade gift says so much more than a store-bought one.

A day planner or organizer is another great gift for busy working people. Sure, they probably have one for work but do they have one to organize their home and social life? Parents with children who are forever running off to sport practices or other after school activities need somewhere to keep all those dates and details organized. Some day planners are just the right size to fit in a woman’s handbag. Choose one with a bright and cheerful cover that makes them think of you and your thoughtfulness every time they look at it.

If your coworker is a cat or dog lover and is often sharing stories of how their pet has done something unusual or amusing there are a huge number of gifts for them. You can choose a calendar for the following year with beautiful pictures of puppies or kittens on each monthly page. Another option is to give them a calendar that has a page for every day with a cute picture on it. For dog owners of a specific breed narrow your choice down to something that features images of that breed. A t-shirt with a saying something along the lines of “Proud owner of a Greyhound (or other breed)” might be a nice gift. Just make sure you buy the right size for your coworker. The same idea works for people who have a particular craft or sport they enjoy.

For that coworker who is constantly getting up to reheat their coffee a mug warmer will be a very welcome gift. The warmer is plugged into a regular electrical outlet and when the coffee or tea mug is placed on top of the warming pad it is kept at a good heat for drinking for as long as the beverage lasts. This is the kind of gift that will be very much appreciated for the person who feels they cannot get through the day without their coffee. Your boss is likely to appreciate you giving your coworker this gift too because it will increase the coworker’s productivity!

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Fun Ideas for Exchanging Christmas Gifts No ratings yet.

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The months of preparation that go into the Christmas gift buying and wrapping can be exhausting but we all do it willingly in anticipation of seeing the joy on family and friends’ faces as they unwrap and reveal what we have gifted them. More often than not family sit around the living room and presents are passed out by one person. While this is an effective way to exchange gifts there are lots of fun ways that gift exchanging can be done that add an even more exciting element to the whole tradition.

For young children having to wait to open their gifts is agonizing. They have been told over and over that they have to wait until the gift exchange time arrives, so when it finally does all they want to do is tear off the wrapping and then play with the toys they get. While you can do something a little different in the way of how the gift exchange plays out, it is better to get the young ones’ unwrapping out of the way first.

If you are part of a large extended family consider using the ‘Secret Santa’ method of exchanging gifts. This allows each person to buy for one other family member instead of for everyone. Everybody gets their name placed in a bag or hat and then each family member draws out a name. The idea is to not reveal to anyone else who you are buying for. It is wise to put an upper limit on the amount each person is to spend on their gift, but the gift can be made up of several items that total the limit set. Once all gifts have been exchanged on Christmas Eve or Day it is up to you whether you reveal who you purchased for, but chances are your gift recipient will have guessed!

Consider instead of spending large amounts of money on buying everyone in your family individual gifts that each family member contributes to a charity of a pre-agreed upon choice. There are a huge number of organizations crying out for financial help during the holiday season. Animal shelters gear up for the influx of unwanted pets gifted for Christmas, old folks homes try to give their residents as fun a Christmas as possible on limited funds, churches try to provide food and clothing for their parish, and the food banks’ resources are typically stretched to the limit.

If you know a family who is struggling and may not have Christmas dinner or toys to give their children why not consider asking the children to consider donating one toy each to the needy family and the adults can put together a food parcel. This is not only a great way to ensure a family gets to enjoy Christmas too but also a nice way to get to know someone in your neighborhood. An alternative to this is to invite them to join you at your Christmas dinner table if you have the room. What a wonderful way to spend a few hours with old friends, family and loved ones, and some new friends. Christmas is about caring and sharing and you will give a deserving family a warm memory they will never forget.

A growing trend in many homes today is minimalism. If you or another family member has chosen a minimalistic lifestyle it may be a bit of a challenge to convince other family members that a huge pile of gifts is not what you want from them. Grandparents in particular will want to spoil their grandchildren and so you may be challenged with getting them to understand that you want to keep the gift giving and receiving to a minimum. If this is the case you can suggest to your children that for every gift they receive they have to select an old toy to donate. At least in this way the number of toys your children have will not be any more than it was before Christmas, and some other children will get to enjoy the ones they donate.

If Christmas dinner is traditionally hosted at your parents’ house but they are growing older and it is becoming more of a chore for them, why not forego the gift giving and put the money towards either having the meal catered or going out to a reputable restaurant to have your meal? You can always return to the family home to partake of a dessert or Christmas cake. Children will still want gifts so arrange to do their gift giving prior to leaving for the restaurant. This is likely to promote better behavior during dinner. Another alternative is that instead of gifts you each select one dish to bring and then make sure that the younger adults go on kitchen duty so that Mom and Dad can relax and enjoy having their children and grand children around them without worrying about spending hours getting the house back in order.

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The 10 Worst Gifts You Can Give Her for Christmas 4.5/5 (2)

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worst giftsEveryone experiences receiving a gift that is less than inspiring at least once in their lifetime. You know the sort of gift I mean – the one where the one receiving the gift wonders if the gift giver has lost his or her mind. Sadly, all too often, women are on the receiving end of such gifts. It’s not that there is anything strange or odd about the gift item itself; it’s just that it isn’t something women really want as a gift from their significant other. Buying a really great gift for your girlfriend or wife is challenging. You go into gift buying mode knowing it’s going to take an enormous amount of thought and care to purchase something that will knock her off her feet. That pressure all too often leads to poor choices. If you are the kind of guy who struggles every time Christmas comes around the following list of gifts to avoid should make your buying easier:

Cash or Gift Cards

Nothing says lack of thought more than giving your girlfriend or wife cash or gift cards. While you probably chose to go that route because you wanted them to be able to buy something they really want the perception will be that you didn’t take the time to think of something special to give them. Your wife or girlfriend wants to feel that they are worth you taking the time to not only come up with a gift that they will love but go into a store to purchase it and then gift wrap it so it looks pretty.

Kitchen Appliances

Anything to do with the home is as far as romantic and thoughtful as you can get. All a gift for the kitchen or housework will do is tell her that you think she is only valuable to you as the person who cooks and cleans for you. Stay away from the entire house wares section of the stores when shopping for a special Xmas gift for your special lady.

Apparel

Unless you have exceptional taste in women’s clothing and know for a fact that the item will fit her perfectly and is something she would enjoy wearing don’t give her apparel. If you get it wrong she may feel obligated to wear it because you gave it to her, hating every minute of it.

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Like apparel this is a big no-no. Because you gave it to her she may feel obliged to wear it and sadly thought it may have smelled great on the saleswoman it might smell really bad on your girl. Perfume is a very personal choice for a woman, but if you insist upon purchasing it for her then choose a Christmas gift set in her favorite scent.

Fake Jewelry

When you give your girlfriend or wife fake jewelry her immediate thought is likely to be along the lines of “Oh, I’m not good enough for real gems”. It is better to give her something with a small but real gem than something with a large fake one. If your budget won’t stretch to real stones avoid jewelry altogether.

Adult Toys

Like the kitchen appliances and house cleaning tools adult toys will tell her that you think she is only good for one thing – keeping you happy in the bedroom. Your wife or girlfriend wants to feel that you see her as more than a bed mate so resist the temptation to go down the sex toy aisle.

Gag Gifts

You might think giving her a gag gift is funny but rest assured your lovely lady will see it as anything but amusing. If you choose to give her a gag gift to tease her but have a real gift to follow up with make sure it is really something special or the entire plan is likely to blow up in your face.

Re-gifting

So you received a gift that you haven’t used, are unlikely to use but don’t want to see it go to waste. Christmas, or any other time for that matter, is not the time to wrap it up in pretty paper and give to your significant other. A re-gifted item is more about you getting rid of something you don’t want than giving your girl something special that she will love. Just don’t do it!

Digital Gifts

Part of the fun and excitement of receiving a gift from her husband or boyfriend is being able to savor the moment and then unwrap the present slowly to reveal something amazing inside. Digital gifts, even if she is big on all things tech, will not cut it no matter how hard you try to justify them. Your lovely lady wants to be able to brag about the gift you gave her.

Nothing

So you have reached a point where everything you have thought of is either on this list or just won’t do for another reason. Do NOT be tempted to give her nothing. She will have spent hours deciding what to give you and then to find out that you chose to not get her a gift will totally crush her. If your relationship is anything but strong this could be the thing that results in a break up.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Family and Friends Far Away 5/5 (2)

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long distance gift ideasWhile Christmas is the one special occasion of the year that family and friends try hard to be together for, long distances often make it unfeasible. The exchanging of gifts, instead of being done in each other’s company, has to be done by mail. With rising shipping costs both within the country and internationally sending large, heavy items through the mail can be expensive. Fortunately there are some great gift ideas and tips that will make long distance Xmas gift buying as fun and stress-free as it should be.

There are two ways to ensure you are able to give your friends and family living long distances away the gifts you want them to have. The first is to shop for them locally or online and then arrange to have them shipped. The drawback to this is that some countries on the opposite side of the world have very early shutoff dates for international mailing that guarantees delivery by Christmas. Unless you are particularly well organized you may miss deadlines.

The other drawback to shipping Xmas gifts to long distance relatives and friends is that the cost can mount quickly if your gifts are particularly large, heavy or breakable. If you would rather not package items to ship yourself there are stores that will do this for you for a price. In the case of breakables this may be the preferred option provided the store doing the packaging provides a money back guarantee should breakage occur.

To avoid costly shipping, deadlines or potential damage to packages in transit you can do your shopping online and have items either sent directly to your relatives and friends or to a nearby physical store for them to pick up. Naturally you will want to choose online stores that are willing to ship internationally or alternatively choose online stores that are based in the country your relative or friend is living in. The cheaper option most often is to purchase from a store in your gift recipient’s country.

Even when sending to relatives and friends across the country you can save money and time by shopping online at stores that have physical stores nearby where your gift recipients live. In this way you are limited only by the items available in those online stores but can be assured that gifts will be received in time. The added advantage of this is that it is probable that the stores in question have a return policy that allows your gift recipient to exchange the gift in-store rather than online, should the item not be right. Just ensure to make an arrangement when purchasing that allows the gift recipient to do so.

If shipping nationally or internationally from home you should keep the size and weight of your gifts to a reasonable minimum. Shipping services tend to charge by both size and weight. Where it pays to use a larger box than the item calls for is in the case of very small items that when packaged might get misplaced in transit. Provided the package is of a significant size to not slip behind or under something you should feel reassured that it will arrive as planned.
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Buy insurance for expensive items. While it may seem like an unnecessary precaution to take, given the huge increase in packages being moved across the country and around the world, it is easy for things to get misplaced or damaged in transit. Insurance will not replace the lost or broken item but will reduce the financial loss to you. Check with your shipping agent to find out if the insurance they offer includes the cost of the shipping as well as the contents of the package, as some do not cover shipping costs. Become familiar with the conditions of the insurance so that should a need for a claim arise you will be able to go through the steps quickly and efficiently. Advise your gift recipient that should the item arrive damaged it is likely that the shipping agent will want extensive photographs of both the item and the packaging. Though you hope your gifts will arrive on time and in intact insurance will provide you with a little bit of peace of mind, and can be had for a nominal charge in most cases.

What you choose to send as a long distance Christmas gift will be cherished just as much as if you had handed it to your family member or friend yourself. It will show clearly that you put a lot of thought into choosing something special just for that person, and has the added value of them knowing you had to ship it or arrange to have it shipped to them. He or she will be every bit as appreciative of receiving your gift because it was sent with lots of love and good wishes for the holiday season.

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5 Tips for Using Gorgeous Flowers at Christmas Time 4.5/5 (2)

Some people firmly believe that a house is not a home without flowers or potted plants. This is never more so than at Christmas time. With all the splendid flowers available during this special time of the year it is fun and easy to add some floral touches to your Christmas décor and dinner table. Whether it be a simple centerpiece for your Christmas dinner table or an elaborate arrangement for the front entranceway flowers add a magical touch of beauty to Christmas.

The following ideas will help you come up with your own stunning flower arrangements to grace your home this Christmas time:

flower arrangements ideas1. When creating centerpieces for the Christmas dinner table be sure that you either place them strategically or keep them to a low enough level that they will not inhibit the ability of your guests to talk across the table to one another. To avoid this you can create a long, low profile table centerpiece that incorporates lots of greenery and a few flowers to give it a pop of color. The color of your flowers does not necessarily have to match your table décor but should be at least in complimentary colors to keep the overall look of your table in balance.

2. You have likely heard the saying “Less is more”. In the case of flower arrangements, if you don’t have any particular skills at arranging flowers you may elect to use subtle touches such as single flowers in bud vases along the length of your dining table. These can be fresh blooms or you could choose to use the stunning gold and platinum roses that are available at Eternity Rose. These gorgeous flowers will look equally good laid strategically along the length of the table. Because of the timeless elegance of these gold and platinum dipped roses they can be used for any special occasion or put on display all year round.

3. When planning a large floral display choose the vase carefully. First, it must be large enough to accommodate the number of flowers and amount of foliage/greenery you will create your arrangement from. It should also compliment the colors used in the arrangement, but is not necessary to be a matching color to any of the elements of the display. Be aware that tall vases with small bases can be easily knocked over by small children so if planning a large arrangement for your front entrance be sure to select a vase that will not fall over easily. For single blooms or the gold and platinum dipped roses available from Eternity Rose you might like to consider the elegant and classic styles of bud vases available on their site. Vases do not have to be traditional glass or ceramic containers. If you like a rustic look consider using small metal buckets or preserving jars for small bunches of flowers.

4. Flower arrangements do not have to consist of only flowers. Consider the use of pine cones, small apples, twigs, feathers, small gourds and other additional elements along with a small number of flowers to turn your arrangement into a large, gorgeous display that has lots of fun elements that all come together well. Gold wire is another interesting element in a festive flower arrangement or silver if that is more in line with your décor. Candles can also be used provided they are strategically placed so the flame when lit will not set fire to anything, or wilt blooms.

5. A window box can be a great way to create a display that consists of foliage, flowers, pine cones, candles and a myriad of other decorative touches. It can be placed in the center of a long table to work as a centerpiece or on a sofa table or cabinet where everyone can admire it. The advantage of putting your floral elements within a window box is that you can place things in an arranged manner and not worry about stems showing or anything falling over. For a more decorative touch consider covering the window box in holiday paper, silver or gold foil or paint it to match or compliment your Christmas décor. If you have a green thumb you could grow your own plants in the window box and use them as the basis for your arrangement, adding other elements to the box to complete the arrangement.

Additional tip: While there may be a limited variety of blooms available during the winter months there are still plenty of flowers that will add a wonderful splash of color to your Christmas décor. Let your creativity with flowers and other elements to create a floral display that will be unique. There are no rules dictating the colors or elements you must include so let your imagination soar to create floral pieces that are beautiful and festive this Christmas holiday season.

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Saving Time on Christmas Gift Shopping 5/5 (1)

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Christmas time can be an exciting time of year, with carols playing in all the stores and Christmas decorations everywhere, but it can also be extremely stressful and busy. December can be a whirlwind of engagements and trying to deal with last minute work details in order to gain a few days off. It is little wonder that there is very little time left for Christmas gift shopping.
Fortunately there are things you can to reduce the stress of gift shopping and save you time.

Before even beginning your shopping you should take some time and decide what you want to buy everyone. Even if you have no Xmas gift ideas whatsoever try to make a list of several options for each person you are buying for. This will make doing the actual purchasing a lot easier because you will have a list to refer to and not be randomly selecting gifts as you go. This is also particularly helpful if you have a definite budget in mind, and will go a long way towards preventing overspending.

Shopping online can be the easiest and most effective use of your time when getting your Christmas gift shopping completed. It can often, but not always, be a more cost effective option too. Certainly it is physically easier as you aren’t driving around town looking for gifts, trying desperately to find an empty space in the parking lot, fighting crowds of other shoppers who may be looking for the same things as you, and wearing out your shoes and your patience.

Shopping online from the comfort of your own home provides the opportunity to relax and take your time finding the best prices. Planning can be done weeks in advance, and provides you with the ability to take advantage of sales before the prices go up in anticipation of Christmas buying. Some great deals can be had around Thanksgiving and even earlier than that and by stretching the purchasing over several weeks or even months your wallet won’t take a massive hit all at once.

Be sure to comparison shop. While for the most part many items have a recommended retail price you can often find those same items cheaper online than in brick and mortar stores. Many of the large physical stores have online stores as well, and will give you the option of having your items shipped to the nearest physical store for pick up, or for a reasonable shipping charge you can have them delivered to your home. If saving money is a must choose to have the items shipped to the nearest physical store. It will mean you have to go and pick them up but as you will likely be collecting several items at once it will be far less stress than shopping for the items individually in the store.

Some items are available online exclusively and not available in physical stores. The advantage of such items is that shoppers choosing to do their buying in physical stores will not be able to purchase those online-only items. This will in turn give your gifts an element of uniqueness. An example of Xmas gift ideas that are special and unique are the stunning gifts that can only be found at www.eternityrose.cа. Personalized gifts will also require ordering with enough advance notice so that they can be engraved with your special message and shipped in time for Xmas.

While shopping online will save you time, stress and often money it is imperative that you allow sufficient time for the items to arrive. Any delays may force you out into the physical stores to grab last minute gifts. A quicker delivery time may make purchasing at a slightly higher cost from one store more advantageous, particularly in the final week before Christmas. The price of shipping is usually significantly higher in the last few days because the items have to be packed and rushed to you. Hopefully with these tips you will have gotten all your gift shopping done well ahead of the last week and therefore this will not be an issue.

A note to the wise: If having items delivered to your home, keep track of the days and times they are expected to arrive so that you can be on hand to receive them. Theft of packages from front door areas is greatly increased during the holiday shopping season. If a would-be thief notices you are receiving packages regularly they may target your home and steal your packages before you have a chance to realize they have been delivered. If possible install a video camera at your front door so that should something go missing you will have a record of when the item was placed at the door and hopefully an image of the person who removed it without permission and can pass the information along to your local Police.

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7 Myths about Christmas Gifts 5/5 (1)

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If you have been around for a year or two (or more) it is very likely that you have heard some so-called facts about Christmas gifts and gift giving. In fact if you have heard them enough times it is possible that you now believe them to be true. Some of those so-called facts are very likely myths however. Let’s look at some of the biggest myths surrounding the art of gift giving at Christmas.

1. Giving to charity at Christmas time will not benefit those who need it most – Regardless of many of the stories that have been circulating for several years about administration costs of non-profit organizations and charities eating up the majority of the money they receive, there are plenty of charities who do indeed use the largest portion of your monetary donation to benefit the needy. If you want to help people in need within your own community find a local church or charity that has a good reputation for putting donated funds to work in ways that make a difference. If you are in doubt about any of the charitable organizations in your area consider buying food and gifting it to a food bank or soup kitchen. Another way you can help is to contact your local church and ask if there are any families in need of assistance. The church can either pass on your donation directly to the families or you can make up food baskets to have distributed.

2. Christmas is all about seeing how many gifts you can get – Contrary to this belief Christmas for many families is the one time of the year that they are able to all gather together in one place and enjoy each other’s company. Yes, gifts are nice, and it is pleasing to receive something nice that another family member has put a lot of thought into but at the end of the day it is likely to be the memories of sitting around the Christmas table and laughing and having fun together that will be of the greatest value.

3. Christmas is too commercial – While it is indeed true that Christmas gift buying season seems to begin earlier and earlier with each passing year there are many people embracing more minimalistic lifestyles and foregoing the commercial aspects of Christmas in favor of experiences. There is more emphasis being put on sharing good times together and less on buying expensive gifts that many can ill afford. Naturally businesses want you to buy and for many the 4th quarter of the year is the most financially rewarding but every individual has the ability to shop within a budget and still manage to find wonderful gifts for every family member.

4. Pets make wonderful Christmas gifts – Sadly, while the heart may be in the right place when a puppy or kitten is given as a Christmas gift, unless the idea has been discussed thoroughly with the child’s parents first and agreed upon, the idea may backfire. Not everyone is willing or ready to open their home to an animal no matter how cute they are. Puppies and kittens both grow into adult animals and require vet checkups that can be costly. Puppies in particular are a lot of work to house train and teach obedience. Animal shelters become inundated with unwanted pets in the New Year, many of them having to be put down due to an inability to re-home them.


5. Everyone can use socks and underwear – There is very little more disappointing than opening a beautifully wrapped package that promises to hold something exciting only to discover that inside are socks and/or underwear. While it is true that these items do need replacing periodically they are probably one of the least exciting Xmas gifts to receive. Children are typically the recipients of such gifts and it is very disappointing to them to receive such practical and mundane items.

6. A man can never have too many ties – While there are some absolutely beautiful ties to buy at Christmas time many men have very little interest in owning more than half a dozen ties. Unless it is a particularly special tie that holds special meaning, such as an alma mater tie, it is best to steer clear of buying ties for Christmas gifts. A tie pin on the other hand is likely to be appreciated if carefully chosen with his tastes in mind.

7. Christmas gifts need to be expensive to have value – The amount of money you choose to spend on gifts is entirely up to you and should not be dictated by someone else’s expectations. Too many people go into credit card debt trying to buy expensive gifts because they have been led to believe that unless it cost a lot of money it has very little value to the recipient. This simply is not true. Many of the best gifts either cost very little or nothing at all. Homemade gifts are some of the best gifts to receive, and the gift of time is precious beyond belief. There are so many craft items that a person can make for gifts, or you can give the gift of your time to your loved one. A special outing, a picnic prepared just for them, babysitting for parents of young children and even something as simple as putting up pictures for grandparents can all be gifts of great value.

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Unusual Xmas Gifts Teen Girls Will Love 4/5 (1)

Teen girls can be both the easiest to shop for if you go with gift cards to their favorite clothing stores, or the most challenging if you choose to select a gift for them yourself. Teens tend to change their tastes in so many things quickly, following the latest trend, which if you are not up to date with what is going on you could think you have a great gift idea only to find out that it is ‘so yesterday’. One way to get around this problem is to choose one of the following unique Xmas gifts for teen girls that they would not be expecting but will love.

If your teen loves nature and the great outdoors how about buying her a hummingbird feeder? These come in a variety of styles, colors and prices, from simple to elaborate. Be sure to also include a bag of bird seed designed for hummingbirds and other small birds. Your teen can then enjoy providing a place for these gorgeous little birds to come and feed. If she has somewhere outside her bedroom window to place it all the better so she can enjoy this unique Xmas gift!

A bedside or desk lamp is something that can be either standard or completely whacky. Look online for ideas and then check out your local lighting shops for unusual, funky lamps that you think your teen might like. Though lava lamps have been around for a long time they are enjoying a comeback with teens who love things retro, and for those who are interested in good health and relaxation a Himalayan Salt lamp might be the perfect choice. Whatever you can think of as interesting, unusual and somewhat whacky is likely to have a lamp made for it!

You’ve heard of leg warmers, right? Remember when they were the rage a few decades ago? Today they are back and in just as many funky styles and colors, but rather than leg warmers, how about arm warmers? These practical and yet whacky-colored long fingerless glove-type garments will keep your teen girl’s arms warm all day long. When it comes to Xmas gifts for girls you typically cannot go wrong with clothing!

A chia pet is a novel gift for a teen girl. The range of holders has increased significantly over recent years so you are sure to find one that would appeal. This is a fun thing for a teen girl to tend to and then watch it grow over the following days. Even if at the end of it she doesn’t want the chia stalks she can throw those away and still have the fun holder for storing little things in.

game_of_thronesIs your teen crazy about Game of Thrones? Did you know there is a Monopoly version of the popular television show? While your teen may not be ‘big’ on playing board games this one may change her mind about that. This would be a great game to play on a slumber party night with all her fellow GoT-crazy girlfriends. Throw in a few bags of ready-to-make popcorn and she will have the recipe for a great sleepover.

Most teens love to take photographs and then share them with their friends. A smartphone projector is a great way for your teen to show off her great photographs to her bestie when she comes over to hang out with her. The projector places an image 8 times larger than the original phone screen image up on a wall and can be tweaked to insure it is in focus. These projectors fit even the largest of smartphones regardless of brand or model.

Hickies are a great gift idea! No, not those big red marks left on a girl’s neck – these Hickies are cool-looking and practical laces for shoes. They attach to the eyelet holes and are easily removed so your teen doesn’t ever have to worry about laces coming undone ever again. What is especially cool about this unique lacing system is that you can mix and match colors with your shoe color or go with a mixture of completely random colors. These essentially are a fashion accessory for shoes!

Bean bag chairs were a huge hit with teens ‘back in the day’ and still are somewhat popular today, but now there is a new version/style available called Yogibo. These chairs/loungers and pillows do the same thing as the traditional bean bag only with a lot more comfort and conforming. They come in a wide range of cool colors to match or compliment your teen’s bedroom décor and some are big enough for two.

You know how attached your teen is to her smartphone. Can you imagine the shock and horror she goes through when her cell phone battery is depleted? It’s almost as if her life has come to an end. This gift idea will alleviate all her cell phone charging worries. It’s a portable smartphone charger that is zipped up neatly inside a wristlet! She can be coolly charging her phone and no one will know, and the best thing is that she will never be without a charger again.

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