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January 21, 2014 0 comments Gift Ideas, Gifting

Wedding Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Couple!

A few weeks back, we shared two posts on holiday gift ideas for men and women we know (Part 1 and Part 2), based on their personality or style. It’s not just singles we worry about when we’re wondering what to gift someone, though. A lot of couples tend to take on similar quirks and styles when they are together, so let’s consider them too!

Picking the Perfect Wedding Gifts as Per the Couple

While there is no hard and fast rule deciding what category a newlywed couple falls into, chances are you will recognize at least one or two of them. Of course, when you’re buying a wedding gift for someone, you have to take into account what they would like to receive as a couple. You should get some ideas when you look at the five types of couples listed below:

1. The Lovey-Dovey Twosome – We’ve all seen these newlyweds, the ones who can’t take their hands or eyes off each other! They are romantic and thoroughly immersed in the first flush of love, so gifts for them should celebrate that attachment. Romantic lights, matching his-and-hers towels and eclectic ‘couple’ home accessories are perfect for them.

Pick unusual accessories and gifts that celebrate couples in love! (Image Courtesy: fabfurnish.com)

Pick unusual accessories and gifts that celebrate couples in love!
(Image Courtesy: fabfurnish.com)

2. The Art Lovers – These are the newlyweds who collect and display pop art, graphic prints and paintings. For the art-loving couple, you could pick out home linen in bright vibrant prints, coffee table art books and beautiful canvas wall prints. One thing you can be sure of is that whatever gift you present them with will be displayed with pride in their home!

A gorgeous wall art print for the home is perfect for art lovers!

A gorgeous wall art print for the home is perfect for art lovers!

3. The Consummate Hosts – When these twosomes set up their new home, they design it with the intent to cause a splash with guests. They are the ones who will throw a pre-wedding, post-wedding and weekly or bi-weekly bash at their place. Friends will always be welcome, so home decor accessories designed for parties will definitely bring a sparkle to their eyes!

Accessories for the home and bar are perfect for couples who love entertaining! (Image Courtesy: rooja.com)

Accessories for the home and bar are perfect for couples who love entertaining!
(Image Courtesy: rooja.com)

4. The Family Planners – Many newly married couples start planning their family well before they get married. They really want to become parents as soon as they possibly can and their future plans all revolve around the children they will bring into the world someday. For these incredibly family-oriented twosomes, you can’t go wrong with nursery furniture, stuffed toys and adorable decor for a baby’s room!

For the couple who wants to start a family, nursery decor is ideal!

For the couple who wants to start a family, nursery decor is ideal!

5. The Best Friends – When people look at these two, it’s quite common for them to mistake the newlyweds for a pair of close friends rather than a couple. They share similar interests and are passionate about displaying their ‘team’ status, so unique and themed wedding gifts would strike their fancy. They could both be into a common sport, movies or videogames, among other things, so get them something that matches their passion.

Honor shared interests, like gifting a two-person tent to a couple who loves camping! (Image Courtesy: flipkart.com)

Honor shared interests, like gifting a two-person tent to a couple who loves camping!
(Image Courtesy: flipkart.com)

When it comes to figuring out the perfect wedding gift, look beyond the ordinary. There will be enough well-meaning relatives, colleagues and friends presenting them with useful and practical items. Your job is to ensure you get them something they would love to own, but wouldn’t splurge on themselves!

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December 27, 2013 0 comments Gift Ideas, Holiday gifting

Happiness-Inducing Holiday Gifting for Everyone You Know – Part 2

In our earlier post on holiday gifting, we shared some ideas on how to find the ultimate holiday gifts for some unique kinds of people. Today, we continue in that vein, since there are a few other personality types we really want to talk about!

Each of them has a passion that sets them apart, whether it is family, work or a beloved hobby. Without further ado, let’s look at how to play Santa for some of our favorite people:

1. The Biker – Biking enthusiasts take their machines very seriously, so presenting them with vintage motorbike figurines, collectible license plates or limited edition gear (like Harley Davidson gloves) is bound to wow them.

Bike-themed fashion accessories like these Harley Davidson cufflinks are drool-worthy! (Image Courtesy: shop.inonit.in)

Bike-themed fashion accessories like these Harley Davidson cufflinks are drool-worthy!
(Image Courtesy: shop.inonit.in)

It’s practically a love affair, so any gift that pays tribute to their mean-machine obsession will definitely be appreciated. You could even combine more than one area of interest, like a ‘Bat-Pod’ for a Dark Knight fan!

Heck, everyone would want one of these limited edition Bat-Pod figurines! (CC Image Courtesy: Leap Kye on Flickr)

Heck, everyone would want one of these limited edition Bat-Pod figurines!
(CC Image Courtesy: Leap Kye on Flickr)

2. The Girly Girl – In complete contrast to the toughness of the biker is the super-feminine young woman who really loves being a girl! She’s probably the easiest to shop for, since there are so many products available that she would love.

A gorgeous and unusual piece of jewelry would make a great gift for a girlie girl! Image Courtesy: donebynone.com

A gorgeous and unusual piece of jewelry would make a great gift for a girlie girl!
Image Courtesy: donebynone.com

Rather than buying run-of-the-mill stuff like perfume or makeup (which are very personal choices for most women), look for unique fashion accessories like eye-catching rings, crocheted scarves or super-feminine dresses!

A girl can never have too many pretty dresses! (Image Courtesy: thequirkbox.com)

A girl can never have too many pretty dresses!
(Image Courtesy: thequirkbox.com)

3. The Homemaker – Do you dare ask what is unique about a homemaker? It takes a lot of guts and gumption to surrender a job or independent lifestyle and take on the task of running a home. Today’s homemaker (man or woman) is a strong and confident person who would love funky gifts instead of the boring stuff!

Colorful kitchen linen is practical and funky at the same time! (Image Courtesy: zansaar.com)

Colorful kitchen linen is practical and funky at the same time!
(Image Courtesy: zansaar.com)

When you’re shopping for one of these incredible people, please skip the regular choices. Mugs, cutlery or fruit baskets are things they already have, so pick out something that is unique and wonderful, like a cheery wall print or a gorgeous rug.

Cheerful prints for the kitchen are perfect for the modern homemaker!

Cheerful prints for the kitchen are perfect for the modern homemaker!

4. The Animal Lover – While most of us love animals, there are a few people for whom they are as good as (or better than) most humans. These folk are the ones who actively work on animal rights or adopt a whole litter of four-legged family members!

Eco-friendly lamps like this one are perfect for animal lovers! (Image Courtesy: fabfurnish.com)

Eco-friendly lamps like this one are perfect for animal lovers!
(Image Courtesy: fabfurnish.com)

Animal lovers appreciate gifts that announce their love for cats, dogs, birds, turtles or any other creature they are particularly fond of!

5. The New Parents – The joy of a new baby forms the center of a couple’s life when they become parents for the first time. Who cares about sleepless nights when there is an exciting, gorgeous bundle of energy at home?

How about a whimsical phone cover with an adorable baby on it so you can flaunt your happiness even on the go?

How about a whimsical phone cover with an adorable baby on it so you can flaunt your happiness even on the go?

Their little one is the most important person in the world, so your gifts should revolve around the child. Decor or wall decals for the baby’s room, soft toys, or learn-with-play games are great gift choices for first-time parents!

Gift new parents some awesome decor for the baby's room!

Gift new parents some awesome decor for the baby’s room!

It takes all kinds of people to make a world, and all of us know a few who stand out from the crowd. Dreamers, artists and romantics – versus hard-headed, ambitious and practical folk – the contrast is beautiful, creating a balance between left-and-right ‘brainers’. No matter the kind of person they are, your gifts should make them smile whenever they look at them!

December 24, 2013 0 comments Gift Ideas, Holiday gifting

Happiness-Inducing Holiday Gifting for Everyone You Know!

With the festive season in full swing, it’s time to start planning your gift list for the new year, as well as any holiday presents you’ve missed out on. If you couldn’t meet loved ones on Christmas or gave them an ‘I Owe You’ for their gifts, you should get cracking on them now and have everything ready by New Year’s Eve. After all, there’s nothing quite like playing Santa for the special someones :)

So How to Pick out the Perfect Gifts?

Your closest friends and family are easy to shop for, since you have a fair idea that the fantasy fiction aficionado would go ga-ga over a surreal wall art print! Others like your colleagues, boss, or the person you just started dating, might present a bit of a challenge. How do you pick gifts that they will really love?

A fan of surreal fantasy fiction would love a unique art print like this one!

A fan of surreal fantasy fiction would love a unique art print like this one!

The number-one tip is simple – turn into a super-spy and ask a few innocuous questions, or troll their Facebook page for ideas. Most people are quite happy to talk about themselves, so ask about their hobbies, interests, favorite movies, books and whatever else they like. Once you’ve collected some fun secrets of their personality, find stuff that fits the bill, like:

1. The Foodie – This could be someone who loves cooking, or someone whose idea of a good time is digging into delectable chow and wine. If you know someone who treats food as serious business, there’s nothing as awesome as a sassy apron, food-shaped plushy or a gorgeous wine rack!

Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these whimsical wine bottle holders?  (Image Courtesy: rooja.com)

Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these whimsical wine bottle holders?
(Image Courtesy: rooja.com)

2. The Photographer – One of every five people we know nurtures a passion for photography. Professional photographers and amateurs alike would be thrilled to receive a large-scale print of one of their photos, a lens-shaped speaker/mug or any other themed goodies!

Even non-photographers would freak out over this realistic lens mug – Can you tell the difference?  (CC Image Courtesy: Unexplained Bacon on Flickr)

Even non-photographers would freak out over this realistic lens mug – Can you tell the difference?
(CC Image Courtesy: Unexplained Bacon on Flickr)

3. The Traveler – If you know anyone bitten by the wanderlust bug, get them gifts that allow them to fantasize about their next getaway. It could be memorabilia from a certain region, inspiring travel or nature art pieces, or even a gift coupon for a weekend resort!

Inspire a travel enthusiast to plan their next getaway with a gorgeous print!

Inspire a travel enthusiast to plan their next getaway with a gorgeous print!

4. The Sci-Fi Fan – For people who are serious about their love for science fiction, there is no lack of gifting options these days. Futuristic figurines, costumes, sci-fi books – the list just goes on and on. If you need to think about it, just imagine their expression when you gift them a Yoda poster or awesome iPhone case!

Sci-fi fans will adore a phone case or print that honors their love for the genre!

 

collage5. The Tattoo Buff – All of us know at least one person who can talk about tattoos all day long. Tattoo enthusiasts are always planning their next ‘ink’, so a tattoo-themed t-shirt, phone case or other accessories are some gift ideas you can be sure will get them grinning!

Tattoo designs aren’t for skin alone!  (CC Image Courtesy: micaeltattoo on Flickr)

Tattoo designs aren’t for skin alone!
(CC Image Courtesy: micaeltattoo on Flickr)

Picking out presents is always a confusing task, so if you need some ideas on what someone would appreciate, just ask them. You may have to deal with the formal ‘No, Nothing’, but everyone likes being asked for their opinion and may just tell you exactly what they want. Best part, whenever they look at their swag, they will always remember you with a smile! :)

Part two of this gifting guide continues later this week. Stay tuned!