Some tips for men: gifts for women

>> Thursday, October 25, 2007

Is Your brain puzzled how can You please Your girl? Remember - every woman loves toys.

Sometimes not only men are grown children. Women are also!

She gets attracted every time she notices a sophisticated doll made up in XIX century technique and dressed up with XVIII century clothes. There even some sites and blogs, for example,, dedicated to historical dolls news and acquisitions. Admire a picture from there...

Present one of the kind once, and maybe she'd become a collector. Both of You will be happy: she'll have a new passion, You won't be puzzled anymore. Not for always, of course...

If You lady adores watching the stars and is involved in those astrology things, look for the statues of Zodiac signs.

If Our woman tend to romance, find that little musical box which plays a sentimental melody when one opens it.

And, of course, You'll never lose presenting jewels..You'll never imagine what a vast majority of jewels exists unless You go to the place they are sold at. Are You afraid of going there? Afraid of possibility to get lost? It's natural:) Just remember: the way to the shop You can find by map. But when You enter, search for the gift by heart. That is the whole trick.


Some tips for women: gifts for men

>> Sunday, October 21, 2007

Today we will talk about gifts for men. It is because of my will to emphasize that tickets for UFC 77 are not the only great present for Your friend, farther or brother.

To think stereotypically, it seems that they already have everything: most favorite tie, book or luxurious lighter. Maybe they haven't their favorite car, but usually You don't have enough money.

To make things more difficult, men rarely reveal what they want. What is more, frequently they do not know themselves what they want. You can find it tricky to choose relevant present unless You have a sense of fay or a skill of detective to draw correct conclusions from tiny references or subconscious contemplation.

Do You feel lost? Have no ideas what to do? Then we should do a short brainstorm.

Think about all advantages and disadvantages of the man You want to give a gift for. Maybe he is always late? You can laugh at him but don't do it unkindly or banal. Instead of ordinary watch find something original.

Computer fans will enjoy a watch with microchips. The only problem could be that You'll never understand what the time the watch shows...

Or be more ironic. If he is late, maybe he doesn't find the way? In this case clasp-compass would be a great present. Then he'll always be right on time.

Another masculine thing is beer, isn't it? There are a lot of amusing things for beer lovers from a special beer-bag to an original opener, for example bike chine opener:

But maybe our guy does not drink beer? Maybe he drinks wine, then? He'd like wine diary where he can note what kinds of wine he'd tested, I guess.

All in all, don't take this post as the only way. It is simply a start, a beginning. I just wanted to give some examples how to make gift searching more adventurous and efficient. The best tip for You is free Your mind and imagination and mix some love in the process.


Sweetest Day

>> Saturday, October 20, 2007

The third Saturday of October has come and brought for us the Sweetest day. It is often claimed that this celebration was proposed by Herbert Birch Kingston, a philanthropist and candy company employee but some argue it was an idea of economist and writer Murray Newton Rothbard. However, everybody believes that the Sweetest day originated in Cleveland in the third decade of the XX century.

Following by the most spread version, observance of this day began in the third Saturday of October, 1922. Herbert Birch Kingston wanted to bring happiness into the lives of orphans, shut-ins and others who were forgotten. He and a few friends began to distribute candy and small gifts to the underprivileged.

There are some stories that on the first Sweetest Day movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their service to the public. Another popular movie star, Theda Bara, distributed 10,000 boxes of candy to people in Cleveland hospitals and also gave candy to all who came to watch her film in a local theater.

After a year more Clevelanders began to participate in the celebration ceremony and the day got the name of the "Sweetest Day". The idea was soon widened by giving gifts not only to the underprivileged but to everyone. A custom of giving some little present to others on the Sweetest Day spread all over the country.

Till nowadays Sweetest Day has evolved into something similar to Valentine's Day,
but not so widely celebrated. However, a vast majority of small presents such as greeting cards, candy, and flowers are gifted on this day.

You can find some Sweetest Day greeting cards here. And my gift for You will be the song of Danielle Peck:


Gift's value and meaning

>> Thursday, October 18, 2007

A gift or present is the transfer of something, without the need for compensation that is involved in trade. A gift is a voluntary act which does not require anything in return. Even though it involves possibly a social expectation of reciprocity, or a return in the form of prestige or power, a gift is meant to be free, says wikipedia. And those phrases like "without need for compensation" or "voluntary act" note the most important message - when we give a gift to someone we create the tie, the relation which is not money paid for the gift anymore. It turns into something bigger, something more significant than it's material worth. And the key is to give without taking.

Here we should distinguish the difference between gifting and giving. While giving is casual action, gifting has different status in time. Gifting is instantaneous and unpredictable (well, it is very predictable sometimes, but it's a shame on those who are gifting). Present should be unique (for example, when Microsoft discounts some it's products for me, I do know it discounts the same products for millions of others. It is not a gift). These three features transforms a thing into the gift.

The real present always has it's value. Both gift presenter and gift presentee should have something valuable, one to be able to gift, another to be able to take.


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