Posted by CHARLES on April 6th, 2013
Why should you consider hiring one of your local Jewelry Artisans to create the next birthday present for someone you love? The only reason for not knowing the answer to this question is that you may not be familiar with what it is that jewelry artisans do. They help design and then create custom jewelry. No, not costume jewelry… Custom jewelry. As in one-of-a-kind, made specifically for a certain someone to meet with their tastes, style and personality. Custom made jewelry represents sentiments and emotions better than any piece of jewelry straight out of a display case possibly ever can.
Lots of Love but a Little Budget
Though custom made jewelry is often more expensive than standardly displayed merchandise, it does not have to break the bank. This is one of the things that can be accomplished, by working hand-in-hand with your custom jewelry maker – in addition to exploring what types of semi-precious metals and stones will be included in the piece of jewelry, what style the person wearing it might prefer and other considerations – you will be discussing how much you want to spend on the making of this piece. A talented jeweler will be able to give you the most bang for your buck, when it comes to custom jewelry. They can show you less expensive ways of achieving much the same effect, as with other more expensive stones and metals.
Not Just a Gift but an Investment
With the price of gold and silver being sky high right now, you can consider the gift of jewelry not simply a birthday present, but more of an investment. The price of these metals is only going to go up. This is of course not to say that the person is going to trade it in some day and have it melted down, but one never does know. By showing that you cared enough to invest in this type of gift for this person’s future, you are saying more than words could ever express. Both men and women alike own custom jewelry. It is a significant contribution to their collection, even if their collection is minimal. They are also perfect for handing down from generation to generation as family heirlooms. Yet another way of investing in the future.
If you want to say I love you, I care about you, you matter to me, you’re special… Or any other highly endearing statement, you simply cannot execute it more convincingly than with a custom made piece of fine jewelry.
Posted by CHARLES on April 3rd, 2013
You are probably pretty envious of your friends who are heading on that Greek vacation you have been dreaming about for years. Honestly, no one can blame you for being jealous. The country is gorgeous and has a history that is easy to submerge yourself in, forever. And, you are the one who has been smart enough to learn Greek and help them find the perfect vacation-package, like a good friend. So, maybe you are still a little jealous, but don’t take it out on your friends! Instead, use it as an opportunity to take the high road, and get them that perfect gift to take along on their trip.
Listen to the Hints
Many times, when people are getting ready to go on a trip, they will talk about the trip almost constantly, trying to get their thoughts in order to make sure that the trip goes as smoothly as possible. This isn’t to brag, per se, just thinking aloud. During these times, you will likely hear your friends mention things that they still need to grab or that they wished they had this item or that one to take along with them on the trip. While you may be rolling your eyes on the inside, this is actually the best time to really listen to your friends to find out exactly what they want.
Not Just for Them
If you are buying a gift for a friend who is travelling actually comes along with its own benefits for the gift giver. Not only are you paying it forward a bit and helping your karmic standing but you are putting yourself firmly inside your friends’ hearts. Just think that next time you go on a trip, the roles may be reversed and it can be you dropping those hints for them to pick up on. Not to mention, you want to make sure they remember you on your birthday and holidays!
Just because you can’t go along for the ride, it doesn’t mean that you should be resentful of your friends. Instead, make yourself part of the vacation by giving them something that they can really use. As a friend, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are being the best friend you can at all times. Sour grapes have never sweetened a friendship. So, swallow that envy a bit and put the green monster away. Be happy for your friends and present them with a gift you know they will love.
Posted by CHARLES on April 2nd, 2013
Sometimes, there’s nothing greater than seeing the look in someone’s eyes, when you get them the perfect gift or the smile after opening it. The gratitude and appreciation that is shown is well worth every penny that you spent. For a horse racing fan, there is no prize more sought after than tickets to the Kentucky Derby. For fans of the sport, this is the equivalent to the Super Bowl. So, if you have someone in your life that you care deeply for and is a fan of the sport, why not splurge a bit and get them a gift they will never forget?
Find a Deal
Finding a great deal on the tickets doesn’t mean you care any less. Rather, you just want to make sure you get the most for your buck. If you want to even go with a whole package to the 2013 Kentucky Derby, the internet is a good place to start. While it may be a bit extravagant, there are plenty of great deals for entire vacation packages, that include hotel and tickets to the event. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but it really would be terrible if the person you buy the tickets for can’t attend simply, because they cannot find a place to stay.
Extra Touch At No Extra Charge
If you decided to go with the tickets only, it may be a nice touch to also help with the betting. For instance, you can find a list of Kentucky Derby contenders and even check Derby betting odds on any number of websites. When you hand the person the card containing the tickets, include a sheet outlining the information and which horses are favored to win. It may be a little time consuming, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra and if they happen to bring home the big money, it won’t hurt if your kindness was fresh in their memory.
Tickets to the event aren’t cheap. The fact that you have even considered purchasing this as a gift for someone special really shows how much that person must mean to you. The tickets are not only pricey, but hard to come by. Researching the best deals takes time and if you want to include those little extras, even more time will need to be invested. When you consider it an investment in someone’s happiness, however, it is more than worth it.
Posted by CHARLES on March 18th, 2013
While that special woman in your life may be happy with a pair of diamond earrings for your anniversary, why not surprise her by going the extra mile and designing your own ring? The price is comparable to preset rings, in some cases even less expensive, and it can just as fun for you to give as it is for that person to receive it.
Why Design Your Own?
Obviously, a diamond ring isn’t necessarily the best gift for a first date, so if you are considering this purchase, you likely have been with the person that you love for quite some time now. Every human wants to feel that they are special. When you are in a committed relationship, it is even more important to show your partner just how special they are. Designing the perfect ring, straight from your heart is a wonderful way to show that special someone that you think the world of them. You likely have been with your partner for a while now and are familiar with their tastes. By designing a ring that you believe your partner will love, you are putting that little bit extra into your purchase and are likely to make an even bigger splash than you had planned.
Where to Design Your Ring
Many online jewelers have various options for designing your own ring. You will generally have the choice of design, precious metal and which loose diamonds you would like to include. Most of these sites also have a built in program to show you exactly what your ring will look like ahead of time. This is a good way to save a bit of money and even a bit of time on your purchase. However, many physical locations will also have the same service available. The advantage to visiting a physical location, when designing your ring is that you get to see it up close and personal, while you are making your decision. Most people will agree that this is a better way to ensure your gift will look exactly as you wish it to.
The important thing to remember when deciding between purchasing a preset diamond ring and designing your own is that the rings in the display case may be mass produced and that special person in your life may run into someone with the same ring. You want your gift to be as unique as the person you love and you want that person to know how much you love them. Going that extra mile could mean giving the love of your life a gift beyond anything that they could have wished for. Considering how much you love that person, isn’t it worth it?
Posted by CHARLES on February 15th, 2013
Finding online deals and discounts on different websites or social networking platforms can be very helpful, when shopping on a budget. There are millions of messages and ads on Facebook and Twitter, from normal people and retailers alike, that make it easy to spot a discount on the Internet. For many consumers with bad credit, shopping around for gifts to give others is primarily a matter of approach.
Visiting local thrift stores and gift shops can also be a great way of finding a unique gift available at a discount. Some people even save money on gifts, by shopping for items that are currently out of season. Following different circulars or retailers’ websites to stay current on upcoming sales and clearance items is another effective tactic employed by many shoppers on a budget.
Speaking with a financial planner or bank employee can be helpful in determining what gifts you can afford,within your budget. Having bad credit just means it takes a little bit of extra effort to find the perfect scenario, to meet your specific needs. Many people are unaware that there are shopping catalogs, that are specifically designed for people that have bad credit scores. Many of these catalogs offer law away plans, with high interest
rates, for people that have bad credit issues or maxed out cards. Using these catalogs, make it easy to find just about anything, for which you could possibly be shopping,
Finding online loans for bad credit can be a great way to afford a gift, at the last minute. There are even websites online, that help people with bad credit get new TVs. Special credit cards and loans are often the most popular choices, for people that have bad credit, but need to buy gifts for others. Catalogs for bad credit consumers can help with shopping for large appliances, furniture, games, clothing, jewelry and other items, to add to the home décor. Once the catalogs accepts an application, they assign the consumer a credit limit, minimum monthly payment and typically waive any payment or interest, for the first six months to full year.
Posted by CHARLES on January 3rd, 2013
The cool thing about looking for any type of jewelry is there are always going to be alternatives to diamonds or any other type of stones. One of the main things that you need to do when you are looking for a piece of jewelry is size. You always want to be sure that you get the perfect size for a loved one or a might just be a simple gift. Most women are always going to be looking for a 1 carat diamond ring, but that is so hard to afford because anything that size is going to cost a great deal of money. However, the good news is that you always are going to have options.
Finding The Perfect Size
When you start looking for rings you should always think about the shape of the stone. You might find that you have an idea of what you like but then you start looking at other different types of stones and realize that your style is getting clouded because there are so many different options to choose from. This is when you need to take a step back and really take a look at what you are thinking about purchasing. No matter what you should never rush in the decision you make, because you do not want to buy something that you end up not particularly caring for.
If you are lucky enough to have a fairly large budget then you can go all out and buy that perfect 1 carat diamond ring. However most people do not have money like that to be thrown around buying jewelry. Always look for sales online and if you live in an area that has the mall you might be able to find out when their next blowout sale is going to be and make a great deal.
No matter what be sure you take your time when shopping.
Posted by CHARLES on October 4th, 2012
Giving gifts is always a very rewarding experience because people love to get gifts even if they are not expecting them. If you have a friend that might be going through a difficult time, then sending flowers or even a simple small something can be that little reward that makes their day even a bit better. If you are trying to find small gifts that are extremely affordable so that you do not break your budget, then you need to shop smartly.
The Perfect Gifts
Online shopping is going to get you the best gifts possible, because you’re going to have more of the selection available to you. Major auction websites are always a great place to find extremely good deals on items that people might be selling just to get rid of them, rather than making a huge profit. Another place it you can find extremely affordable gifts is on all of the websites that people hand make all of the different items they are selling.
Keeping Up To Date
Once you have found a few different websites that seem to have the perfect items that you are looking for, then you always need to be sure that you are up to date with everything that they are selling. You can request to get on their evite invitation list so that you are able to know immediately when they are selling a new product. You can also send out evites to all of your friends that are looking to do the same thing so that they are able to be notified as well.
Giving gifts is going to make you feel really good when you are giving nice cute little trinkets that everyone can enjoy. You also will be able to know exactly what you want to give one the holidays approach.
Posted by CHARLES on October 3rd, 2012
Every expectant mother has a variety of new expenses to pay for. The new mom needs just about everything for their baby on the way, including a crib, car seat, stroller, and clothing. The cost of these items adds up quickly. Fortunately, many women receive baby shower gifts to help them get all they need. What should you get the mom to be in your life? Here are some suggestions of thoughtful gifts that she will love.
One of the greatest gifts to get a mom to be is a baby blanket. Sometimes these blankets come in packs – even better. Moms need a lot of blankets for their new baby. It’s easy to misplace a blanket on occasion or get the other one dirty. For this reason, moms say they can never have enough blankets. Since it is not fun to buy an abundance of blankets, this gift is always appreciated. It’s something every mom needs. Plus, you can take your gift a step further and personalize the blanket. Many people embroider the name on the blanket. Others choose an outfit to match the blanket.
Another great baby gift is a diaper bag. New moms have to transition from the purse to the diaper bag. This can be a difficult transition. Fortunately, there are several cute diaper bag options that are practical and fun. Evaluate the style of your mom to be and select a diaper bag that you feel matches her tastes. She will love receiving this gift and be so grateful that she doesn’t have to buy one.
If you are really thoughtful, you will get the mom to be a gift as well. After all, she needs a little extra love as well. Not sure what to get? Consider something fun and useful like pajamas. She will be able to wear these on several occasions. She could wear them in the hospital when she has the baby. And she can also wear them around the house when she is taking care of the baby and napping.
No matter what you buy, every new mom appreciates a thoughtful gift.
Posted by CHARLES on September 7th, 2012
If you have been looking for a way to spark up the romance in your relationship, what better way to bring a new energy into your life than a bedroom makeover. Quite often, the bedroom is the last room we decorate in our home. Much time, energy and money is spent on the perfect living room, the gourmet kitchen, the outdoor spaces and the spa bathroom, and as a result the bedroom becomes the forgotten room. Plans are made to update the room, but for time being the second hand bedroom set from a family member fills the space. A surprise makeover would surely jump start those romantic moments that have started to slip away. Instead, it will be a renewed space, designed to please the senses and create precious memories. Locally Austin Mattress Store has an extensive selection of just the right design and quality you want to bring to your private retreat. In order to please both you and your partner you will want to spend some time looking at current trends in decorating and incorporating both your taste and style into the makeover. Your plans will have to be covert in nature so that the final reveal is a total surprise. Perhaps choosing a time when your mate will be out of town for a few days or even better, a week, will give you the time to make the change happen.
Style, Design and Function
There are so many tools available to help you with the makeover project. Home decorating magazines, television shows and consultants at your local furniture store are available for helpful ideas. Spend some time pondering over what would work best for you and your partner and shop around for the best prices available. Remember you will have this furniture for a long time, so buy wisely and invest in quality. Painting, wallpapering, floor covering and all accessory items should come together to make the space esthetically pleasing. Once your bedroom is complete and you have surprised your partner with your new bedroom, the two of you will enjoy spending and creating many romantic memories in a room that sweeps you away from the cares of the day. Be sure to include candles and lighting in your design, they will cast a romantic glow on your retreat.