Archive for November, 2009

Sweet Dreams

Whenever you are in need of a quick gift, one thing that no person can go without is pajamas. Each Christmas it was always a tradition in my house for my sister and I to open one present on Christmas Eve and every year it has never failed to be pajamas. This is a tradition that I hope to pass down through my family as well. Pajamas will generally not make a significant dent in you bank account and are easy to select for your loved ones regardless of how picky they may be. It is the perfect gift for men and women, no matter what age. It is easy to pick out pajamas that your loved ones will not be able to resist. If you are unsure of what their taste is, as long as you focus on comfort you cannot go wrong. L.L.Bean offers pajamas for everyone on your list with everything from boxers to nightgowns all of soft, quality fabric for a reasonable price. Based on your relationship with the person too don’t be afraid to select more fun, playful pajamas for a friend or something more intimate for a significant other. 

    All that Sparkles and Shines

    With the passing of Thanksgiving, the holiday season truly has arrived and is in full swing. Knowing this, there are very few women who wouldn’t be excited to find something sparkling with their name on it under the tree this year. After visiting Peru several years ago I became inspired by the sterling silver jewelry that I found there. The unique and exquisite pieces made it easy for me to want to fill my entire suitcase with this one of a kind artisan jewelry. The sterling silver that is used in each piece remains light and delicate, while still crafted from a higher quality of silver than you would commonly find at home. One of my favorites is the silver chains and beads necklace. This artisan necklace is sure to grab the eye of everyone in a room, as the necklace shines and gives off a light that will have each person memorized. The glittering elegant beads are coupled with a burnt silver chain that creates a look that can only be found in Peruvian jewelry. I cannot wait to give this necklace to my mother this year who I know has been looking to add to her growing jewelry collection. 

      Lifestyle Gifts

      When you really are drawing a blank on what to get your loved ones for the holidays or any other occasion, there is never any harm in asking what they would like. This takes a lot of pressure off of you and practically guarantees that they will love the gift. If your family members are anything like mine however, this question is almost certain to go unanswered. I have found the best thing to do then is to pay attention to what is going on in their lives and select gifts that center around these things. My cousin, for example, spent this past summer traveling and working across Europe. Before she left I gave her a tote from Coach, which I know is one of her favorite brands. The bag was not only practical for when she returned home but was the perfect size to fit all of her work and personal belongings as she explored the world. Purses, and briefcases alike, are often great presents to give to nearly anyone as they are sure to be used on a daily basis and can last years. If these are all slightly out of your price range, a clutch or wallet is another perfect gift that has the same lasting ability but on a much lower budget. 

        Uniquely Elegant

        • With Black Friday only a few days away, keep in mind that these extreme sales are not only exclusively in stores but are just as readily available online as well. In fact, some of the best deals can often be found online but allow you to avoid the hassle of fighting through traffic and crowds, and best of all can help you avoid the inevitable long lines. While people are often more reluctant to purchase jewelry online, I can assure you that by buying sterling silver jewelry from Tikanchay you will not be disappointed. I am an avid customer to the site myself and have always been impressed by not only the high quality of the products but by the ease of purchase as well. With necklaces currently 20% off, among other discounts, it is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of. The handcrafted necklaces are all made with .950 sterling silver and provide a uniquely elegant look that can fit any personality. One piece that I recently gave to a friend is the silver flower necklace and she could not be happier. The necklace is centered around a simplistic flower design that is representative of colonial Peru and is a definite conversation piece. The burnt silver of the necklace will match any outfit perfectly without blending in or getting lost. It is the perfect gift to give to any of your loved ones. 

        If the Boot Fits

        This season in particular, it is nearly impossible to go anywhere and ignore the new trend of high boots. Boots are not only practical as the weather chills but look great on people of nearly all ages, making it an ideal gift to give to anyone. Another plus to buying boots for someone is that sizes are often a lot easier to judge than with other shoes. With this being said, if you are still hesitant about guessing on a size, ordering off of Zappos can leave you worry free. If the fit or style isn’t right, you can easily return the boot without even having to pay the shipping and will have a different size delivered to your house within days. Boots are great to wear with jeans or a dress and can be worn on a night out downtown, to work or just out running errands. With hundreds of designers and styles to choose from you are sure to find something for your loved one, whether it be at Zappos or at a nearby store. Available in black suede and leather, among many other options, the boots can also often be worn for the majority of the year and are not limited to winter months alone. This gift is easy to personalize for your loved one and puts a new twist on otherwise typical Ugg or snow boot.

          Jewelry That Will Leave You Glowing

          With black Friday only a week away and with cyber Monday soon to follow, it is never too early to start working and checking things off of your Christmas list. Regardless of your taste and style there is no denying that silver is in this season. The elegance and vibrant nature of sterling silver is the perfect compliment to any winter wonderland scene and truly does embrace the holiday season. A piece that embodies this idea to its fullest is the white silk filigree sterling silver necklace. This Peruvian necklace was entirely handcrafted in Peru by crocheting silver wire into a work of art. The art of transforming silver wire into beautiful jewelry is an ancient tradition in Peru and the extreme talent and history of this can be seen in each exquisite detail of the necklace. This handcrafted jewelry is the ultimate accessory for any holiday gathering as it has a light and airy feel that will leave you glowing. It is perfect to give to a loved one or even as a gift for yourself. 

            For Those Sunday Drives

            If you are looking for a gift for a man, you often times don’t have to look much farther than car accessories or electronic gadgets. Most men cannot resist anything related to their cars. An iPod car adapter for cars for instance is a perfect gift. It allows anyone to be able to easily travel with all of their favorite music without having to aimlessly flip through static filled radio stations. If you are looking for something else along the same lines, a Sirius satellite radio is another great option. Not only does it open up en endless variety of music options but offers all of your favorite sports teams and games available at any time. If they tend to spend a lot of time in the car, a phone charger is another great idea. A GPS is also a great gift that no car should be without. If you are looking for a smaller present to give to celebrate a new car, a key chain is quick and easy. A license plate cover is also an inexpensive gift that is easy to personalize by choosing their favorite sports team or place. 

              Get Carried Away with Butterfly Wing Jewelry

              My sister has always had an extensive jewelry collection that even puts mine to shame. While this always comes in handy when needing to borrow a necklace for that special night, it makes purchasing jewelry for her nearly impossible, as she already has everything. After a lengthy search, I once again resorted back to Peruvian jewelry as the perfect solution. The high quality of the sterling silver that is used in each piece of jewelry fits in perfectly with her already well-established silver collection but adds a new twist. I chose the Amazon butterfly silver cuff bracelet for her and can confidently recommend it for any of your friends or loved ones. The silver cuff follows the current trend of bangles but is sure to stand out in comparison. Centered on the cuff is a pendant inlaid with a butterfly wing that was gathered from the jungle floors of Peru. The rich texture and airy feel of the butterfly wing creates an exquisite look that no one can resist. The butterfly wings are said to represent beauty and free spirits; qualities that describe my sister to a tee making it the perfect match for her. This handcrafted bracelet is unlike anything else, as no two pieces are the same. It provides a natural look that is perfect for any occasion. 

                The Melting Pot

                If you are looking for a gift to bring for a housewarming or wedding and are sick of bringing the typical flower arrangements and money, a Belgian chocolate fondue maker for two is perfect. Chances are, every household is already complete with glasses and dishes and weddings will result in a surplus of this. A fondue set is the perfect gift for after a wedding, as it will make for the ultimate romantic night at home. It is also a great present to bring to a housewarming party and perfect to set up for everyone as dessert. A fondue set is easy to use and is a unique dessert to enjoy with your friends, family and significant other. You could even include fresh strawberries and other fruits or chocolates to use with the fondue set. If you are getting the present for people who do not have such a sweet tooth, the fondue maker is versatile and can be used for cheese or to cook meat as well. The set can be used over and over again and will be perfect for future parties, holidays or nights in. 

                  A Message for Everyone

                  No matter the amount, jewelry is one of the token items that you can never have too much of. The key to giving jewelry is variety. Instead of once again giving yet another ordinary gold necklace, handcrafted jewelry is the best way to spice things up. This shows more thought than simply picking something up at the local department store. Handcrafted jewelry has a story behind it and is not just spit out of a machine. Each piece is unique and can be personally designed for each person who wears it. One of my favorite pieces to give is the multistrand Huayruro seed bracelet. The vivid red emitted by the seeds is perfectly balanced against black strands and sterling silver accents. The handcrafted bracelet is made entirely in Peru, based off of traditions and skills that have passed on in Peru through generations. The Huayruro seed is known by natives to bring good fortune and ward off negativity. Before you give the gift be sure to include a note of the rich culture of Peru and the meaning behind the bracelet. The symbolism behind the bracelet can be easily related to anyone’s life. If you are looking for something additional to give, a matching set of handcrafted earrings or a necklace is the perfect companion.