When You Give A Gift, It’s The Thought That Counts, Right?

It’s a no-no to tell someone you don’t like their gift because it’s the thought that counts, right?

Sure, but just how ‘nice’ are your thoughts towards your gift giver who doesn’t listen in order to know what your likes and dislikes are?


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How disappointed are you when with anticipation you unwrap your gift to stare down at an ugly pair of socks, or when your husband of four years decides his wife would absolutely love a broom for Valentine’s Day?

Gift giving is more than just the thought. It’s the thought, the gift, the intention – the whole package. The best gifts are ones that directly think of the recipient, that’s truly when the thought counts.

If you know your boyfriend will just about die for the whole collection of South Park, then why buy him a tie? What value would your girlfriend find in a pretty package of art supplies when she has no interest in painting?

We’ve devoted a whole page on our website with “Horror Gifts” Received.

Take for example the man who received a box of chocolates from his girlfriend who should have known that he was allergic to it. Or the man whose girlfriend gave him tickets to a show he didn’t want to see.

When it comes to your loved ones, gifts shouldn’t be given out of obligation but from the heart. Gifts that are appreciated can be practical or they can be impractical. This depends on what your recipient wants or would like.

When I was at college I really needed a text book on C programming. I kept borrowing a copy from the library but there were times when they were all taken.

At that time, I couldn’t afford to buy one for myself. How would I have loved a text book as opposed to the sterling silver bracelet my then boyfriend gave me? It was a lovely gesture but…

To find the perfect gift, we have to tune into that person. Listen to what they have to say. Did you watch the Friends episode where Ross bought Rachel the broche she had seen in a shop window some months ago?

What’s what I mean by tuning in. Find what the person wants and then give it to them. That’s when the thought really counts.

You know when you have done a good job with your gift selection when you absolute astonish your recipient.

There are times when we don’t know what our recipient would like.

There are ‘safe gifts’ we can give. Safe gifts are flowers, a gift basket perhaps, even a bottle of wine – something that is popularly considered ‘nice’. Safe gifts are what we give people we don’t’ know too well.

From someone that has been disappointed many times and astonished others, if you are to give, listen to what your recipient wants. You will find they will treasure you and your gesture 100 fold.


Gift Ideas on a Budget: Holiday Gift Ideas Under $25

In our fast-paced world full of high-speed everything, one thing that seems to be a prevailing factor in our lives is how so many things require so much of our well-earned money. From paying for the necessities, such as rent or mortgage, car payment, insurance, utility bills, as well as food and clothing, most of our checks seem to fly out the door. Then there are entertainment expenses as well, including cable or satellite TV and even our Internet access. So when it’s time to figure out what holiday gift ideas we are going to give out this year, the decision becomes harder and harder on what makes a good gift to give.


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In the past it was not uncommon for someone to receive expensive jewelry, watches, handmade clocks and other such prestigious items. Unfortunately for most of us, those days are gone, but we still want our holiday gift idea to make the person feel like a million dollars. The question thus becomes how to achieve this seemingly impossible feat.

Holiday gift ideas that cost under twenty-five dollars have the unfortunate stigma that they are somehow cheap and gaudy, not at all what someone should be giving away for the special occasion. This could not be any more untrue. The fact of the matter is that being frugal in this day and age often times makes sure that most, if not all, of those on your gifting list actually receive something that they can cherish and enjoy from you. And truth be told the price oftentimes does not equal the true value of the heartfelt gift.


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Take for instance most books. To the wise shopper, many of the popular titles, including even the new Harry Potter novel, can be purchased for less than $25. And for those who would rather listen to the book than actually read it, there are still bargains to be had. Literature in all its forms are wonderful holiday gift ideas, for even in fiction there are lessons to be learned and fantastical lands to escape into.

Another popular inexpensive gift to give is music and video. CD’s are still a popular holiday gift idea, but is more and more going into gift cards for iTunes and Rhapsody services. On the other spectrum is DVD’s and the movies, television programs and other such videos that the smart shopper can find still under the $25 range. For the adventurous shopper, with careful inspection and research they may even find DVD, CD and MP3 players for under this range as well, which many would be blessed to own.

Of course as a last resort for a good holiday gift idea, anywhere from five to twenty-five dollars in a gift card (or even a combination of gift cards) will always work. When your recipient gets the card, they will feel grateful for the thought you put into it because it shows them how much you care. How does it do this? Quite simple actually: You show that you have listened to their wants and that you have gotten to know their desires over the time spent together, and thus you buy the cards for their favorite places. What’s not to love with this holiday gift idea?

So there you have three wonderful holiday gift ideas, all under twenty-five bucks. Just remember that if you use your imagination, you will find there is so much more opportunity with this seemingly small amount if you but just look for it! Happy bargain hunting and may your gifts be received with gratitude and love!

Things to Consider When Attending a Party

So, you’ve been invited to an event or even asked to help organize it. It may be a huge birthday bash, a surprise bachelor’s or bachelorette’s party, an anniversary with friends and family, or a small gathering with attendees you can count with your fingers. You agree to become a part of it and thank the host for the invitation. What next?

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Regardless of the type of party you’ve committed your participation or attendance to, it is important that you to ensure that you will be there, look your best and have fun from start to finish. Many people have their own routine that you can apply on your own as well, in order to be sure that you rock that party.

The moment you’ve agreed to be in someone’s guest list, make sure you squeeze it in your schedule. Most often, we know when a good time will be and when your job or other commitments won’t allow it. Committing your attendance to this event would mean a lot to the host, so make sure you mark your calendar. Unless something really more important comes up, focus on being there on that day.

Commit to looking good, smelling good and feeling good on the day of the party. Plan to don a nice outfit that fits the occasion. Polish your footwear. Wear a perfume. Be sure your confidence level is up on this day. You’ll be meeting the host, the celebrant, your friends and acquaintances, and even make new ones. It pays to pay attention to your overall appearance. Try to be in a good mood for this day as well, particularly if it is a formal occasion or one with a particular significance to you.

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Ready your gifts, if any. Take the time to learn about your recipient’s hobbies and interest, and then shop for the perfect present. You don’t want to get some generic item you see on an online shop. A well-thought gift speaks volumes about you. Make sure it is something that your receiver will appreciate. In not-so-formal get-togethers, you may be asked to contribute some party supplies. Be sure to search for Parties Online when looking for top quality items.

If you’re someone who isn’t particularly good at striking a conversation and making friends with strangers, it pays to know the people in the guest list. If it’s not something you’ll know from your circle, politely ask your host. Having an idea about the attendees can help you become better prepared for the individuals you will be meeting or rekindling lost ties with.

Coming on time matters! If you try to switch roles with the party host, you know you’ll never appreciate people who don’t commit to the time that has been set. This is particularly true if you have been requested to accomplish some tasks. Show that you appreciate the invitation and are interested to do the part you’ve been asked by showing up on time.

Days before the actual event, anything can happen. If it becomes impossible for you to be present in the party, be sure to inform your host. It is your way of paying courtesy to the person or persons who have thought about making you a part of their special celebration.

Top Toys Every Kid Should Have Right Now

In today’s digital age wherein everyone is ‘wired’, including kids, there are some toys which are neglected. Unfortunately, these toys can help the young ones in their formative years. While we appreciate the wonders of technology, it is important to note that the ‘old – school’ toys have tremendous benefits and that is why we encourage parents to have few of these items for the children. Kids being too exposed with tablets, Smartphones and other technological advances have less attention span and less social skills, something parents should avoid happening.


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Balls are very helpful, most especially for toddlers. And since a lot of sports use balls, it’s a good practice while they are still young. Just make sure that it’s the perfect size and weight for your kids as we want to avoid getting hurt. Playing with balls also encourages them to go outdoors. Engaging in outdoor activities should be a must for a growing child.

Building Blocks

There are a lot of benefits of having building blocks. It can improve children’s spatial kills. Apart from that, their imagination is being exercised, simply because they try to make the most out of it. Can you still remember the days when you were still young and that you pretended that your building blocks were your dolls’ fortress? That’s something we don’t hear often nowadays because kids are more engaged with their android tablets.


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Art Supplies

And speaking of imagination, why don’t you buy art supplies? This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need an art area in your house. Why don’t you make use of the outdoors and use their bare hands to paint? It is fun and also a great learning experience for parents and kids. You might even be surprise to discover the next Picasso in your children.

Musical Instruments

We all love music, especially our kids. Can you still remember the days when your kid would dance over a jingle he heard from a TV commercial? Now is the time that they make their own music. Who knows if you have your little Mozart, right? Learning a couple of instruments is also great for children because this can be their outlet for creativity and their emotions as they go through changes and challenges in life.

Can you add more toys which you think are best for the kids? We are open for ideas. Let us know and help us teach our kids to be their best.

Gift Giving Ideas: What to Give Kids According to Their Age

Choosing a gift might look like an easy task, but in reality it isn’t given the options you’d see from stores. So the question now is, what do we need to give our kids which are age – appropriate? We have gathered some of the best responses from responsible adults and parents. We hope that this post will be able to help you choose a gift that will wow the kids.

The best first step we can recommend is to know what the child wants. If you are the parent of the kids, this should be easy because all you have to do is to observe. Offering something different can also open up new possibilities and talents you never knew your child have. But if you are not really aware of what kids want when it comes to toys nowadays, then you can probe more by asking the parents. Otherwise, here are some of the safest but great choices.

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Reading is good, and that’s a fact. What we notice about the kids today is that they don’t engage much on books. This should be changed. Get something which is age – appropriate and we are sure that they will appreciate it. Books for kids are being more creative and interactive nowadays. You can actually color and do several other activities in a children’s book. As parents, we should always explore our children with reading the conventional way.

Pretend Toys

Why not buy a cooking set, or perhaps some hardware tools? Let’s just try to avoid toys which are violent like guns. This is also a creative way in introducing your children into real household chores. Playing pretend also stimulates their creativity and social skills.


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Brain – Enhancing Games

Getting such is both educational and fun! It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. This can be a bit costly than most toys, but the reward is just priceless. Younger children should be exposed with colorful toys to boost their brain activity while bigger ones should be given challenging toys like board games and puzzles.


Lastly, giving clothes will not only make the kids happy, the parents will surely appreciate this. Before you get one, make sure you are aware of the kids’ measurement. Otherwise, opt for a gift check or voucher so the parents can pick the best clothes for them.

Very practical tips, right? It doesn’t have to be very expensive – or if it is, make sure that it’s worth it and can be used for a long time. Remember that as adults, we want to nurture our children right. Stick with presents that will not promote violence. Go for those that will improve them holistically.