Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Handmade gift ideas - inexpensive and personalized gifts - Part One

Your friends, colleagues and family will appreciate the extra thought and effort it takes to personally make them a gift. Whether it be for wedding favors, stocking fillers or as a thankyou, making your own gift items can prove much less expensive than buying. This is a great way to personalize what you give and be sure that it's something the receiver will enjoy. Alternatively, if you have many people to give to, you could make items in bulk and have them on the ready to give out when needed.

I also believe that crafting gifts together with your children sets an excellent example to them - spending loads of money is not always the way - they will also benefit from the positive time spent with you, learning new skills, using their imagination and having fun.

There is really no limit to your options. I have tried to make this list extensive enough so that even if you have no special skills, there will be something here that is within your capability.

Part One: Cooking and baking. You will need an equipped kitchen, ingredients and storage containers, pretty boxes or some way to present your finished product as a gift. If you are preparing something for an individual you know well, attempt something you know is their favorite. Be considerate of people's dietary requirements if possible. It is depressing to be given something that looks delicious but which you know you can't eat. Consider including a list of ingredients (or even the recipe) with the gift, so that those with allergies are aware of what they're eating. Most of my suggestions can be made in bulk so are a good way to cater to many - to give out to the neighbours at Christmas, for example, or your colleagues at work or as party favors.
  • Old fashioned pickles, chutneys, conserves and sauces. Sadly, this process is going out of fashion, but people really enjoy receiving home made jams etc. as they taste better than store-bought equivalents and it's a gift that's a little out of the ordinary. This idea is perfect if you also grow your own produce. Keep in mind, before buying ingredients, that you will need glass jars or bottles to store your products. If you collect them in advance, by washing and keeping empties, there will be no need to go out and buy them. Take care to sterilze them correctly and make sure they seal properly. Remove the product labels and replace with your own hand-written labels. Decorate the jars with ribbons. The great part is, you can make these well in advance, they keep for ages. Try these sites for ideas and recipes : Chutney & Pickles, Jams & Conserves, Sauces, Salsa & Condiments
  • Cakes and slices. There are an endless variety of recipes you could choose. Go with classic favorites or your own specialty (if you have one). If the person you are giving to has a favorite kandy bar, do a net search to find a recipe that includes that ingredient (eg. Mars Bar Slice or Toblerone Cheesecake). Once you know what you'll be making, take some time to think about the presentation of your baked goods. How will you make it an attractive gift? Perhaps try cupcakes with the receiver's name iced on top, or create a selection of slices on a small platter that can be re-used, that way the packaging becomes part of the gift. Remember that cakes have a short life span and will need to be kept in appropriate conditions. Sometimes you can freeze them and then ice them at the last minute. Most slices can be frozen also. Browse some simple cake recipes here.
  • Sweet or savoury snacks. Put together a mini care package filled with bite-sized confectionery and snacks, gift boxed or wrapped in colored cellophane with curled ribbon. Think apricot, coconut, chocolate or rum balls. These are some of the easiest recipes and are a lot of fun for kids to make - many of them don't require cooking. Take care with items that involve chocolate or copha - they will melt in warm conditions. Here are some confectionery ideas and recipes. If your recipient isn't a sweet tooth, try a savory alternative, such as nuts & bolts.
  • Meals. Preparing a meal can be a huge help and appreciated so much more than a card or flowers, particularly for someone who is bereaved, unwell or has a new baby at home. Make enough for a family meal or single serves for someone who lives alone. Take dietary requirements and preferences into account and forget about trying to retrieve your casserole dish after the fact - give a new dish as part of the gift or use disposable containers to save washing up. Choose recipes that can be frozen and re-heated. 
Stay tuned for Part Two to get some more ideas for home made gifts.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Neon and glowing kandi jewelry at Rave Beads

Rave Beads stocks the coolest jewelry and accessories you'll find anywhere. A lot of the items in the store are handmade and unique. Rave Beads specialises in rave kandi - jewelry made from brightly coloured acrylic beads - many of them glow in the dark or under black (uv) light. Kandi can be worn to rave and dance parties and shared like friendship bracelets.

You can purchase either DIY bead supplies or ready-made bracelets and necklaces at Rave Beads.  You will also find other cute accessories and craft items as well as a range of rainbow pride products. At the moment, this store only mails within Australia.

Monday, August 9, 2010

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Give a universal gift - name a star

Name a star

For someone you care about, naming a star for them is one of the most special gifts you can give. Now you can register the name of your choice and be sent a gift package by simply ordering online. Whether you need a gift for a birth, anniversay, birthday, wedding or other special occasion, your loved one will be impressed with their very own star.

Online Star Registry offers a choice of three Name a star packages. All purchases include The Star Kit - a certificate of registration for your star name, a star map showing the co-ordinates and location of the star and the Book of Stars which contains detailed color photos of various star clusters taken with the Hubble Space Telescope.

The standard package for only $79 includes one star name, one certificate, one star map and one book of stars. The zodiac star package is the same as the standard with the additional bonus of being able to choose the constellation your star comes from, so it is customized to any zodiac sign. The Twin Star option includes one star name with two certificates, two star maps and two book of stars. This would make a fantasic wedding present.

Whether it is Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas or a Christening you need to buy for, Online Star Registry can help you honor your loved-one. Ordering is simple and your items will be delivered.

For personalized baby gifts, try CornerStork

Super and Unique Baby Gifts

This site contains some of the prettiest items in this genre I've ever seen. There are plenty of gift ideas which are quite different and unique as well. If you've been looking for the perfect, sweetest baby gift, CornerStork is a must-visit before you consider buying anywhere else.

Choose from gift baskets, baby care essentials, keepsakes and memory books, decor, vintage gifts, books, toys, lovely baby blankets and gorgeous little outfits. Most notably, there is the cutest selection of goods that can be customized with the child's name and details.

Gourmet coffee and chocolate gifts

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If you know someone who really enjoys their coffee, consider Cafe Britt to select a gift they'll love.

Cafe Britt Gourmet Coffee are experts in coffee and also offer a selection of chocolate, nuts and sweets. Their coffee selection includes gourmet blends from Peru and Costa Rica as well as Fair Trade, Organic and Decaf varieties.

From the food category, choose between chocolate coffee, choc covered nuts, tropical fruit chocolates and gourmet hot cocoa. Better yet, select a gift bag or box and receive a combination of coffees and sweets for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Samplers are available, as well as seasonal deals, volume discounts and free shipping offers.

Personalized children's books and gifts

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I See Me has some of the cutest personalized products available on the market. Specializing in books which feature your child's name, this company's website has an excellent 'walk through' feature which shows you exactly how the end product will look.

Apart from books, you can also personalise a variety of other gift items including floor puzzles, canvas wall art, plates, clothes and gift sets.

Themes to choose from include animals and fairies. You can even have products created which feature your child's own artwork.

Another lovely option is the 'You and Me' personalized memory book kit for parents and grandparents.  Fill in the details to tell your children all about what you were like as a child.

I See Me offers a 100% satisfaction gaurantee and gift certificates are also available.

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Pranks, collectables and unusual gifts

If you're looking for a gift that is a little out of the ordinary, try browsing through the extensive catalogue at Things You Never Knew Existed.

There are numerous pranks, puzzles, novelties, costumes, collectables, magic tricks and gadgets to choose from at this site.

Collectables include coins and currency, bobble heads, trading cards, movies, comics, cult figures, zippo lighters, nostalgia, military and die cast items. Alternatively, if you have a friend who loves pranks, tricks and toilet humour this is also the place to find the perfect gift.

There is a great selection for Star Wars fans, including this cute talking Yoda.  At Things You Never Knew Existed, you can also find products based on other cult favourites like Star Trek and A Nightmare On Elm Street.
Star Wars Talking Yoda Plush
Star Wars Talking Yoda Plush
Hear Yoda "speak" when you press on his chest area. Yoda says 6 phrases: Judge me by my size, do you? Size matters not. For 800 years have I trained Jedi. When 900 years you reach, look as good you will not! Concentrate...feel the force flow--yes! Do or do not--there is no try. This collectible is about 9"H and includes 3 replaceable button cell batteries. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

A Nightmare On Elm Street Freddy Krueger Stand Up
A Nightmare On Elm Street Freddy Krueger Stand Up
Make a big-as-life statement with a cardboard stand-up figure. Constructed of 1/8th-inch corrugated cardboard with high resolution graphics, he can command attention in the center of the room, or stand quietly in his own little corner--it's up to you! Over 6 feet tall!