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.


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.


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.