Thursday, 22 June 2017

8 Mother’s Day Ideas to Celebrate Your Mom

Every living creature on this planet Earth, shares a special bond with his / her mom, be it animal, mammal or a human being. And every living creature is there today, because a mom gave birth, nurtured the newborn and raised him / her to adulthood. In short, “She" has been there and celebrating “Her” on that one special day, “Mother’s Day”, is just a small demonstration of how much you value and love her. Demonstrating that appreciation by giving her a gift or pampering her, which will create memories that she will always treasure.  But, how do you tell her you appreciate her without sounding impersonal?

Here are a few ideas to pamper your mom this year!

Breakfast in bed

Her first meal should not be anything less than delicious! Making her a breakfast and serving it on a tray, delightfully arranged is a great way to begin celebrating her day. Place your card, your gift to her and a small vase with a few flowers or a flower on the tray with her breakfast. Take care of the small details, such as cutlery, napkins, presentation of the food and together with your gift, card and flowers, you will definitely bring out that special glint of delight in her eyes. This small gesture from you will mean the world to her and she will only envelop you more into the abundant love she has to give to you.

A lux beauty treatment

Once her stomach is full, now is the time for some real fun! Does your mother dream of going to a spa, but does not have the means or the time? Give her the gift of beauty and relaxation by booking a spa treatment for her. Let her take the entire day off from her regular grind. She will love the change.

Gifting your mom some wonderful fragrant products is also a great add-on. The feeling of spritzing some floral perfume is going to put a smile on her face!

Comfy pillows

This may seem like an unusual gift but is actually a very practical gift. Buy your mom a comfy pillow, silk pajamas, or any such luxury bedtime gifts she may like. Hide the present on her bed so that she finds it just before going to sleep, snuggle in a mint on the pillow. She will sleep with the satisfaction that her children love her!

Chocolates

If your mom loves chocolates then a box of hand-made chocolates, created out of the finest ingredients makes for a perfect gift. Top it off with a heartfelt Mother’s Day message. She will be the happiest person in the room while devouring the delicacies.

All in one gourmet gift basket

Let her unwrap a basket brimming with her favorite things. Snuggle in her favorite cookies, chocolates, gourmet cheeses and a bottle of fine wine with a couple of flutes. You can also add a CD of her favorite movie for her to watch on the special day. The idea is to surprise her with all the things she loves.

Gratitude kit

Living with gratitude is the essence of life. A gratitude kit will help remind your mother of all the beautiful things she should be grateful for, making her heart lighter, and her attitude brighter. The kit includes a thank-you note that she can send each week, insight on how to write a meaningful letter, and a beautiful journal that will help keep track of her thoughts. Buy a kit for yourself as well so that your mom can know how grateful you are for her every week.

Coral relaxation kit

A coral relaxation kit includes an ocean riche Shea butter soap and lotion with beautiful shell embellishments and a customizable label.

Zen tea

This will make a great gift for a mom who loves her tea ritual! A Zen tea gift basket includes a tea cup mat, mini tea cup, green tea candies arranged in a darling brown trunk.

Mother's Day presents may come in all sizes and shapes, but what really matters is that they should come from the bottom of your heart. Whether you plan to give her something luxurious or something simple, you're guaranteed to make her happy on this special day.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

How to Throw an Easter Dinner Party Your Guests Will Love?

Throw in a charming dinner party this Easter, with a delicious menu, party favors and a gorgeous kid’s table.

Create an Easter table landscape:

Begin by setting a dinner table that is full of charming Easter details. Pick out a color palette such as, green and yellow to usher in spring. Arrange blooms of tulips, maidenhair ferns into simple vases or Easter rabbit vases. Then add a pop of color with colorful flatware. Nestle a center piece on each table with a bunny vase inside a bowl or a wide vase with green grass for creating a festive centerpiece. Add plastic yellow Easter eggs. Top of the day with party favors.

Party favors:

Send your guests home with beautiful party favors to remember you by. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Gift baskets with chocolates

Small Easter baskets filled to the brim with mini white chocolates make a great party favor, that adds an extra touch of sweetness for the guest. Let your guests remember the dinner long after, each time they nibble on one of the chocolates.

2. Truffles and toffee cookies

Offer your guests the experience of delicious chocolate truffles created with the finest ingredients. With each bite, the delicate chocolate will melt on their palate. They will certainly thank you for the decadent gift!

3. Buy scented candles

Choose from different candles made from fragrance oils and vegetable wax! Each time your guest lights up the candle and take in the fragrance filling up their room, they will think of you. You can choose from a range of different fragrances and colors, depending on your theme!

4. Body butters

You can also pamper your guests with a fragrant body butter that will provide the much needed, long-lasting hydration to keep skin supple and soft. You can choose from a myriad of fragrances to match the taste of each guest. Your thoughtfulness will go a long way in impressing them!

Menu Ideas for the night:

Food is always the highlight of a party. Make sure you go that extra mile when deciding your menu.

Brown sugar ham

Cook a traditional Easter ham and brush it with delicious brown-sugar glaze. Make sure you carve the ham so your guests can take easy serving. Display the dish on a tray garnished with fresh lemon wedges. There are plenty of delicious recipes you can find over the internet!

Honey Glazed Carrots


Serve honey glazed carrots as a side dish. It will be a perfect accompaniment to brown sugar ham. The carrots can easily be made ahead of time, just warm them before serving.

Fresh Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls frosted with icing make an amazing addition to your Easter dinner. These can also make a yummy breakfast treat for your friends and family when they wake up next morning.

Easter kid’s table:

Use the same color theme you used for the adult table and set up a table for your little ones, complete with delicious treats, favors and Easter egg touches. Make sure you add pops of color to the table with paper plates. Fill in mini baking cups with chocolate eggs for the children to nibble on.

Give the children a special treat by organizing an Easter egg hunt around the garden or backyard. You can snuggle in little toys, edible bunny-shaped cookies, mini chocolates, and much more inside the egg. Hand every child a small basket and ask them to collect as many eggs as they can. The adults can also join in the fun and festivities!

With just a little effort and creativity, you can come up with the most beautiful theme for your Easter dinner party and have your guests enjoy and leave with the most memorable Easter dinner they ever had!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Gift Ideas to Pep up Your Recipient's New House

There is nothing more exciting than moving to a new house! Every blank space offers boundless potential and a sweet promise to a fresh start. Housewarming presents are a positive way to help residents feel comfortable in a new place. This list of housewarming gifts can cater to all sorts of recipients: from retirees moving into a vacation home to your business clients or first-time homeowners. We have something for every budget and style!

1. Pillows:

Beautiful pillowcases are a perfect housewarming gift. Custom throw pillows will add a dash of color to a living room couch, make a comfortable reading nook, and add interest to the bedroom or entryway bench. You can buy these pillows in a range of different materials including jute that is sure to become treasured keepsake for your recipient. No matter which print or design you choose, beautiful pillows will make a great addition to anyone's house.

2. Pazitive plates:

Elegant and sophisticated, pazitive plates are ideal for gifting. Choose from an artfully designed, elegant pattern in a beautiful color, personalized with a poem, name or quote. This gift is sure to bring a smile on your recipient’s face!

3. Customized jars:


Mason jars are one of the most popular glass forms, and they are trending in restaurants and bars across the nation. Whether you like elegantly engraved jars or printed mason jars in different colors, there is something in the market to cater to everyone’s needs.

Celebrate a special day with personalized couple Mason jars. Your recipient can display these glasses in their living room or can use them to enjoy their favorite beverage. Perfect for housewarming, weddings and much more!

4. Popcorn maker:

Looking for a housewarming gift for someone who is a movie buff? A popcorn making machine is your best bet, making it easy for them to bring the movies home. Personalize the gift by adding seasonings, kernels, orange soda, movie theatre candies and retro board game. If you have an open budget, you can also sneak in a Netflix gift card!

5. Indoor Planter:


A planter makes a great housewarming gift for someone who has just moved into a spread with very little natural light. Indoor herb gardens are the best way to integrate greenery without taking up too much space. The available options of plant cartridges is pretty extensive.

6. A welcome home basket:

This is just the right house warming gift to congratulate anyone on their move! Sneak in Santa Barbara popcorn, sparkling juice, truffles, chocolate treasures, dried apples and more.

7. Wine basket:

There is nothing that shouts celebration like a bottle of fine wine. Wine bottles make for a wonderful gift for people of all ages! You won’t believe how many combinations you can make to create a gift basket that matches perfectly to anyone’s style. You can sneak in personalized wine glasses, champagne flutes to make a special impression. Choose from a sauvignon Blanc, chardonnay, or cabernet and surround them with flavors of hard fruit candy, wafer cookies, sourdough crisps, smoked almonds, salami, and biscotti.

Find the perfect item to gift to your recipient. From vibrant pillow cases to wine baskets, pazitive plates, customized jars and more! There is something for everyone and every budget!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Gift Ideas to Delight your Grand Parents

Your grandparents may have everything but there is always something thoughtful or creative you can buy to delight them. This will help you show your love without stuffing their house. Here are some gift ideas that are a perfect way to say “I care” to your grandparents.

Before you become too caught up with looking for the right gift for your grandparents, remember you can never go wrong! Your grandparents love you unconditionally.

Robotic floor cleaner for hardwood

Robotic floor cleaners are a useful and thoughtful gift for grandparents who still live alone in their home (with no carpets) and finding it hard to keep it clean. This will help in keeping the floors clean, while having your grandparents something new to discuss.

Coffee brewing system

A coffee brewing system is the most exciting gift for your grandparents. They will no longer have to root around to find filters and coffee grounds! With the coffee maker, they will not have to brew coffee when someone comes over. This is a useful and thoughtful gift for the older parents as they’d never think of buying one themselves.

Massager

A massager with heat is an extremely useful gift for grandparents who have pain and aches. A good massager has nodes that help relieve and relax muscle tightness. It soothes aching muscles as well.

Digital key finders

The key finder is a great idea – and not only for grandparents but for anyone who has the habit of misplacing their keys!  Look for a key finder that is loud and durable, and operates for approximately 300 feet. Also, choose a simple product that does not require programming or setup. Most items come with a money-back, 90 day guarantee and a warranty.

A family locket

Sterling silver locket with an engraving or picture is a great gift for grandparents. A grandmother can carry her family close to her heart by wearing the locket. Make sure to insert your family photo before giving out such gifts.

Gourmet treats gift basket

A great gift for your grandparents is a gourmet coffee or tea gift basket. You can include personalized mugs with a variety of tea and coffee. Add to the delight with some gourmet treats that go with the drinks.

If your grandparents like treating themselves to gourmet food and tea, then consider a gift card to one of their favorite stores or restaurant. Thoughtful and practical gift certificates for older people include restaurants, health spas, grocery stores, and the like.


There is no better way to say “I love you” than a basket full of delicious healthy treats. Snuggle in dried fruits, nuts, organic spreads, crackers, cookies, peanut butter, jams and much more. You can also add gluten free products such as, baked potato sticks, brownie mix, peanut brittle, and the like.

Your grandparents will be delighted to receive such a variety of healthy and great tasting gourmet foods!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Choosing that Special Gift for Your Man

2017 was welcomed with resounding celebrations worldwide and now it is time to think of the next exciting and special day in our lives. February 14th and Valentine’s Day! It is also the time to ponder on what would be the best gift you could buy for that special someone. The occasion can be a little tricky to shop for as it carries different levels of significance for different couples. Below are some of the best Valentine's Day gift ideas that are perfect for a man- we are leaving the romance to you (remember, gifts are a part of what makes this day special).

Gifting rules:

1. Make sure you give gifts that are commensurate with the number of years you have been together.

What this means is that if you have been out for a few dates, you should pick a gift that is less mushy gushy. A present that is too expensive or overly romantic will make things uncomfortable and give off a wrong vibe. Similarly, if you have been in a relationship for a good amount of time, you have to be more thoughtful and romantic. It also makes more sense to buy an expensive gift once you have been with each other long enough.

2. Choose something that your guy will like, not something you would prefer gifting.

For example, don’t gift him a couple’s spa day. This gift is equal to him gifting you tickets to a Knicks game rationalizing that it will be your day out together. Think of what he likes and then go for it.

3. If your budget is restricted, go with a sentimental and creative gift.

When budget is low, you can always get creative. A few good ideas are things such as, handmade gift certificate they can redeem for a back massage or a mix CD of all of their favorite songs. But remember, the CD should contain their favorites, not yours! There is no reason for gifts to be expensive for them to be romantic.

Gifting Ideas:

Chocolate and wine basket:

Chocolate and wine is a fool-proof gift! It is pretty much the go-to if you cannot think of anything else. But, if your guy is a wine enthusiast, a wine gift basket makes for a thoughtful gift. However, for a wine lover, just any bottle of wine won't do. Research and observe your man’s taste and try to collect especially picked out wines and pair them with gourmet chocolates.

Beer brewing kit

If wine seems too much of a gift cliché but you still wish to take the booze route, a beer brewing kit is not a bad idea at all. You can shop for quality beer brewing kits with premium ingredients and unique recipes online. Snuggle in a couple of personalized beer mugs to add to the fun.

Coffee gift basket

Coffee is a great present for a coffee lover because not only does it come with several interesting blends, but there is also a lot you can do with it. Different varieties of coffees packed with delectable goodies like cookies, dark chocolate, dried cranberries, flavored almonds, a personalized coffee mug make for a perfect gift.

Gadgets:

Men love their gadgets. From massive home entertainment systems to tablets, mobile phones, and much more, there is always something your guy will love to have. If you’re dating a gamer, then Play Station 4 is a great idea. If he already owns the console then buy him the latest releases for his gaming collection. For a gear guy, the latest iPhone or iPad makes for a great gift. You can also gift your ultimate geek an Amazon gift card so he can buy whatever he wishes.

In the end, what really counts is the thought. And, as old and tired as this saying may seem, it still holds true. The gifts our loved ones treasure most are not always the most expensive ones, but instead the ones that come from the hearts of the people they love. So, make sure you shower him with a lot of love and appreciation to make this day special and unforgettable.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Wines : A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Tasting

Are you a new wine enthusiast? If yes, then this blog contains useful resources that will help in rounding out your knowledge of wine.

The basic types of wine:

Wine is made from grapes, but not the classic table grapes you find in grocery stores. Wine grapes are sweet, small, and have thick skins with seeds. There are more than thirteen thousand different varieties of wine grapes, but only a few are used all over the world.

Wines that are made with just a single grape type are known as varietal wine or a single-variety wine. On the other hand, a wine created out of several different types of grapes is called a blend.

Common types of wines include:

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon. Taste: black currant, black cherry, cedar and baking spices.
  2. Syrah. Taste: plum, blueberry, tobacco, black pepper, meat, violet.
  3. Zinfandel. Taste: An exotic, broad array of fruits from stone to sour cherry, raspberry, plum, blueberry, blackberry, sweet tobacco, and the like.
  4. Pinot Noir. Taste: Extremely red fruited (cranberry and cherry) and red floral, with subtle vegetal notes of rhubarb, beet, or mushroom.
  5. Chardonnay.  Taste: Yellow citrus, pomaceous fruits, tropical fruits and sometimes butterscotch, cinnamon, and notes of toasted caramel.
  6. Sauvignon Blanc. Taste: Grapefruit pith, with exotic fruits (passion fruit, honeydew melon, and kiwi) and mint, grass, green pepper.
  7. Pinot Gris.  Taste: Delicate citrus and pomaceous fruits, with some floral notes.
  8. Riesling.  Taste: Citrus and stone-fruit with sweet and floral herbal elements.
Choosing the right glasses for different types of wines

White wines:

White wines are normally served in smaller bowled glassware. This is done to,

  1. Maintain cooler temperatures
  2. Preserve the floral aromas
  3. Offer more aromas
Red wines:

Red wines are normally served in bigger bowled glasses. The glasses help to:

  1. Deliver more compounds of aroma
  2. Greater surface area for letting ethanol evaporate
  3. Wider opening ensures that the wines taste smoother
Developing your sense of taste                                                    

Learning how to taste wine can help you pick flavors and point out wine faults. Here is a tasting method practiced by professionals.

1. Look

Check out the opacity, color, and viscosity of the wine. You do not really require to spend more than five seconds at this stage. Most clues about the wine are hidden in its look.

2. Smell

When smelling wine, think of flavors ranging from big and gradually to small. Can you sense fruits? Orchard, citrus, or tropical fruits when tasting reds. Generally, you can segregate the nose of a wine into 3 main categories:

  • Primary aromas, i.e. fruit-driven, floral and herbal notes.
  • Secondary aromas. The most common are yeast-derivative such as, cheese rind, stale beer, and nut husk.
  • Tertiary aromas such as baking spice, cured leather, roasted nuts, vanilla, old tobacco, autumn leaves, or mushroom.

3. Taste

Taste is how you use your tongue for observing the wine. 

After the three steps, did the wine taste out of balance (i.e. too alcoholic, acidic, or tannic) or balanced? How did you like the wine? Was it unmemorable or unique? Were there any features that were striking and impressed you?

Wine tasting is a beautiful art and the more you learn about it the more it will intrigue you. So, the next time you are invited to a wine tasting session or if you receive a wine gift basket, use your new skills to impress your friends.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Hostess Gifts to Bring on a House Party!

When someone invites you to their house to celebrate, show your appreciation by getting them a hostess gift. Begin by thinking about their personality and their style of entertaining, then choose an item that they will actually enjoy. Do you require some suggestions? Here are some hostess gifts they will love!

1. Homemade edible gifts

There are so many scrumptious homemade edible gifts that will bring a smile to the face of your host and hostess. From cute minty treats to melted dark chocolate cookies, there is so much that you can create in your kitchen. Bring in vanilla and chocolate cake pops dipped in luxurious Belgian chocolate decorated with adorable drizzles.

Another great gift is a cake. You will find hundreds of tasty recipes over the internet. A delicious cake with frosting in between and covered in homemade buttercream is bound to be the host’s new favorite. If baking goodies on your own seems like a task, you can always purchase them from a provider. Make sure they use only the highest quality ingredients to create one-of-a-kind treats.

2. Wine gift basket

What’s a party without wine and champagne? A wine gift basket can boast of famous wines, paired expertly with gourmet foods, such as cheddar cheese and crisp crackers.

But what’s classier than wine, and does not stain your teeth, and is bubbly to drink? Champagne. This drink is certainly a great way to pop fun into any kind of occasion, whether it is New Year, Christmas, or an anniversary. This is why a champagne gift basket can be a hit among the hosts! Pair it with an assortment of gourmet snacks and you are good to go!

3. Customized chocolate gift tower

A customized chocolate gift tower is just what you need to add to the flavor of the party. Choose a range of chocolate products that are made with only the best ingredients, so they taste divine. These towers are a perfect gift for the hosts. You can snuggle in impressive selection of gourmet chocolate snacks and treats. Complete with velvety chocolate peanuts and wafer petites!

4. Coffee gift baskets

There is no morning that is complete without a hot cup of coffee. So, why not enrich the host’s day with a delicious coffee basket. Choose a gourmet coffee gift basket that comes with everything they will need to transform their morning routine into a ritual. And to add to the ritual, snuggle in scrumptious chocolates and cookies that they can enjoy with their cup. To make the coffee basket more interesting you can also add a couple of mugs and coasters.

Showing that you are grateful is easy if you stay a little creative and thoughtful with your gift selection. A gift loaded with gourmet sweets and treats, like coveted wines, fresh fruits, and decadent desserts, offers the perfect complement to any party. The gesture will also make your hosts feel more appreciated and loved.