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5 Easy DIY Flower Table Arrangements

April 1, 2016
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Creating inspiring or even jaw-dropping flower table arrangements isn’t a task fit only for the professionals. You can do it to, at your own home. With our help! Here are 5 suggestions for easy-to-do flower table arrangements that will make the room pop with… whatever you want it to pop with!

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  • Clean and Classy Poppy

If you’re looking for something really elegant and radiant, that doesn’t require a lot of cutting, arranging or thinking, go for ruffly poppies. Get your favorite bowl or a vase, and get a handful of hosta leaves. Place the leaves outside of the arrangement, and make sure that the ruffly poppies make the center of the arrangement.

You can either put one of these arrangements on the table, or make a combo of smaller and bigger vases, and simply change up the color of the flowers.

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  • Inside the Glass

Just because you’re not hiring a professional to do your flower table arrangements, doesn’t mean that they can’t look expensive and stylish! Here’s a gorgeous idea: Take the flower of your choice, it could be a calla lily, an orchid and place it in a really high, glass vase. You don’t want the flower to stick out of the vase, yet mysteriously stay inside the vase. Just like in the Beauty and the Beast.

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  • Serving Flowers

If you really love the look of big blossoms such as roses, peonies and hydrangeas, then you will really love this flower arrangement. Take one of your favorites, whether it’s roses or hydrangeas, or basically all three of them and pick a pastel and calming color. Cut the stems short, because you won’t be putting them in a tall vase. You’re going to take one of the gorgeous looking serving bowls and place your flower arrangement inside. It won’t matter how you arrange it because the beauty of the lush flowers and the gorgeous serving bowl are an unexpected combo that will definitely turn heads.

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  • A Growing Table Runner

This table arrangement is going to give your table a charming, natural feeling and give it just the right amount of decor it needs. Gerber daisies have always been one of our favorites. They are bright, gorgeous and fun, and can be used in absolutely every arrangement. Pair them up with wheat grass and align them along the center of the table for a vibrant and real-life table runner!

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  • Clusters of Color

Short on time but really need a flower table arrangement on your table? Go to the grocery store and get a flower combo that you love the most. Then, get a medium tall vase and cut the stems short. Now, arrange the flowers into groups by color, not by variety, so that your quick and simple arrangement gets a little flair!

 

Being short on time or cash is really no excuse not to create a table arrangement that will dazzle everyone who walks by it. All you need is a handful of flowers and a couple of minutes to read out the easy walkthrough and you’ll make arrangements like a pro.

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7 Amazing Presents for Your In-Laws Birthday

March 25, 2016
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Finding presents for your loved ones can be a fun, yet stressful and puzzling process. This, of course, depends on who you are shopping for. If you’ve never shopped for your in-laws before, you won’t be aware how frustrating this process can be. Not because they are your in-laws, but because you want to hit the right the note, which can be hard, if you’re not really skilled at playing the piano.

As always, we’re here to help you play the right tune. Here are 7 awesome gifts that your in-laws are going to adore.

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  • Spice Set

If your in-laws like to spend a lot of their time in the kitchen next to the stove, or in the garden next to the grill, this is the perfect gift for them. Every foodie, who loves cooking and crafting delicious recipes, would enjoy a set of exotic spices, especially if it consists of something they have never tried using before.

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  • Tablet Stand

For those techie in-laws, a table stand will be the perfect solution. Grab a huggable tablet stand and make their browsing and reading a lot easier. They can take it pretty much everywhere with them, which means technology and comfort will always be at their disposal.

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  • Board Games

Add a little fun to both their and your life, so that the next time you come over you can play board games together. There are so many options to choose from these days, which makes fun for the whole family!

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  • High-Quality Glass Set

They might not be missing glassware, but a contemporary set of glasses that have an elegant style will make a perfect gift for your in-laws birthdays.

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  • Customized Cutting Board

They might not be that into cooking, but this gift will definitely get them to spend more time in the kitchen. A personalized board for cutting can contain their family name, and it makes for a great personal touch.

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  • Keepsake Book Set

If you want your in-laws to save the memory of their relationship with their grandchildren, pick this treasure book, which they can store letters, photographs and cards to cherish the loving memories forever.

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  • Portable Table Tennis

There’s nothing better than the gift of fun. This portable table tennis set is perfect for taking on camping trips or road trips so that the whole family can have fun, especially if you manage at beating the in-laws!

 

The key to acing the gift for your in-laws is knowing a lot about them and predicting what they would really love and need at this moment. It doesn’t have to be expensive or unique. It just has to be thoughtful and show that you care.

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A Guide to Writing Condolence Messages with Flowers

March 18, 2016
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It’s always difficult to write or even speak to someone in a time of sorrow because losing someone is never easy. You’re never quite sure what to say, and what is the right thing to say. When a loved on passes away, there’s a lot you can do. For example, be there for the family, offer your help and give them your care. One way of showing sympathy and support are condolence messages, which are usually coupled with flowers that additionally help express your compassion and sorrow for their loss.

To cut to the chase here’s how to write condolence messages the right way, and which flowers should accompany it.

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  • Make It Short and Considerate

Condolence messages should, in essence, be short and concise, but still have a thoughtful tone. They should express support, show that you feel for them, and think of them in such hard times. Write something along these lines: Always in our hearts. Accompany this short and sympathetic message with a bouquet of lilies, which usually symbolize the return of the deceased has found peace.

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  • Be Respectful

In delicate times of sorrow, we have to be very careful not to insult or hurt anyone, and make sure to show utmost respect in every aspect. Therefore, respect the deceased and his family, no matter what their religious beliefs and life decisions were, and show sympathy by writing something like: Thinking of you at this time of sorrow. Coupled with an arrangement of orchids, which symbolize eternal love,  you’re going to send out a message of love and compassion.

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  • Reminisce of the Good Old Times

If you want your condolence message to show how much you loved the deceased, you can always include a fond memory of an experience the two of you shared. If you’re still not comfortable with putting your feelings into words, you can always share the burden of grief and show sympathy by accompanying the message with a bouquet of gorgeous hyacinths, which indicate that the grieving family is in your prayers.

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  • Offer Your Help

Along with writing a message such as Gone but not forgotten, you can make sure that those grieving have your support and that they can count on you. Offer your help, whether it’s with housework, or arranging the funeral, but do let them know you are there for them. Now, pair the message with a classy bouquet of hydrangeas, and you’ll show true heartfelt emotions.

 

Giving and showing support at difficult times can be hard, but it’s crucial. And if you’re not really good at using words, you can always use the symbolic power of flowers to show how your sympathy.

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7 Cool and Practical Baby Shower Gifts

March 11, 2016
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Oh my God, you’re invited to yet another baby shower and you have no idea what to buy? We’ve come up with a few ideas of our own that will make for a cool yet practical baby shower gift.

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  • The Gift of an Extra Eye

The first couple of months can be hard on parents. The chaos, the sleepless nights, the constant getting up, carrying the baby, walking up and down trying to get her/him to sleep. If you want to make this period a little bit easier for parents, gift them a baby video monitor that will save them a lot of running up and down the house, checking on the baby.

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  • The Gift of Cuteness

If you still haven’t seen this simple yet wonderful invention, prepare for a cuteness overload. This turns any sink into a bath for your baby. Not only is it safe, soft and cute, it’s practical and great for mommies on the go. A poop explosion in a restaurant will be a problem no more.

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  • The Gift of Diapers

Hold on, before you discard this as not really an authentic gift, every new mommy can appreciate this gift. They go in and out of diapers quite quickly, and it’s really a practical gift that will save them money in those first few critical months. If you want it to be practical and cool, try designing a custom diaper cake.

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  • The Gift of Convenience

Whether it’s their first or second baby, or even their fifth, a gift certificate for a certain amount of money is always appreciated. Choose a store where they can either purchase diapers, wipes and other basic essentials or go specific and visit a local store where they do portraits of babies and newborns.

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  • The Gift of a Backup

Having a diaper bag ready at all times is great, but as a new mommy, you usually aren’t organized enough. Life with a new baby can be chaotic, without packing a diaper bag every time you plan on going somewhere.  Pick up an emergency diaper bag for the mommy-to-be, and stuff it with all the essentials a baby would need during their first outings. That way newbie moms don’t have to worry about forgetting to pack something in their diaper bag.

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  • The Gift of Storage

This little accessory isn’t really essential for the baby. But it is for the parents. Store your mobile phone, valet, keys and everything you need at hand, in a purse that can be attached to the stroller. It’s affordable, yet practical and perfect for the mommy and daddy of the 21st century.

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  • The Gift of Privacy

Moms on the go can appreciate a good nursing cover. It’s great for moms who need privacy when they are breastfeeding in public. There are all sorts of different designs and colors to choose from so it can fit in with a style of every mommy.

 

Whatever you end up choosing, it’s important that it comes from the heart. Gifts are great, but it’s the thought that counts.

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Gifts for Your Boss: 7 Awesome Ideas

March 4, 2016
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Written by: Snezana Krdzic

Buying a gift for your boss is one of those tasks that you can’t but not stress over, at least the slightest bit. If you want to find the perfect gift, without coming off as a shmooze, or even making your boss feel weird and uncomfortable, read our 7 awesome ideas, that will definitely make your boss think twice why he still hasn’t given you that promotion. These gifts, tailored to a leader’s personality, are what you need to think about when buying gifts for your boss.

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1)    Wine Opener

If your boss likes tasting or collecting wines, every Wednesday is a probably a Wine Wednesday. And this requires opening up a bottle. An electric wine opener is a pure example of how you can combine the practical, modern and thoughtful. Your boss will surely appreciate it and think of you every time he has guests over and needs to pop open his favorite bottle of red.

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2)    Give Him Power

And we don’t mean metaphorically, but literally. Your boss probably already has all the power he needs over you, but he could probably use some power from you. What are we babbling about? If your boss is a technology enthusiast, get a backup battery for his phone. We’re pretty sure he will appreciate this gift, especially when he hears the annoying sound of an empty battery, just two hours after charging.

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3)    And Then There’s Chocolate

Honestly, you can never go wrong with chocolate. If you’re falling into the temptation to get your boss the cheapest chocolate you can find at your corner supermarket, stop right now. But if you know he has a sweet tooth then you should reach for your valet or for your secret stash of chocolates and get him a decadent box full of chocolates. Pure joy for his taste buds.

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4)    The Show Off Book

If your boss is the one who likes to show off his family to everyone, why not make the experience of bragging a lot easier and more modern. This compact storage device holds just enough photos to flip through for hours, and it can fit into just any purse or bag. More than perfection!

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5)    Gift Him a Show

Entertain your boss with a couple of concert tickets, if he’s into shows, and you’ll sweep him off his feet forever. Or just for a few months. Whatever the case may be, a concert enthusiast will appreciate the magnitude of this present because show tickets aren’t that easy to get, and definitely aren’t a cheap gift.

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6)    Bring in the Organizer

Every entrepreneur needs some organization in his life, whether he wants to admit it or not. While the entire Pinterest and Youtube community is going crazy over organizers, your boss never seems to have his things in order. Surprise him with a unique and quirky organizer that he could use for his desk at work, where he can place all his pens, pencils, and business cards.

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7)    Let the Games Begin

We’re not trying to stereotype your boss, but why not bring a little bit of fun and games to his office by gifting him a portable golf game? Those movie scenes on the rooftop, playing golf games can’t have come out of nowhere, right?

Tell us, do you buy your boss gifts, and if you do, share with us what they are?

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5 Types of Wedding Bouquets for Every Bride to Be

February 26, 2016
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Written by: Snezana Krdzic

Before the adventure of your lifetime begins, and by that we mean your wedding and marriage, all brides are faced with an endless decision to make about the wedding ceremony, the dress, the bridesmaid dress, the cake, the guest list, and of course, the wedding bouquet.

It is said that flowers are a part of the wedding ceremony as a symbol of fertility. Bouquets back in the day were nothing like beautiful flower arrangement today that resemble more art than just a bouquet.

 

Carnation Simplicity

Carnations have been used as wedding bouquets for a long time and are loved for their simplicity and light fragrance. Different colored carnations have different meanings, therefore, if you’re looking to carry a symbol of love down the altar, opt for a red carnation bouquet, while your boldness and courage will best be represented with pink carnations.

Sophistication of Roses

Rose wedding bouquets do not only look classy and decadent, but the very meaning of this flower perfectly blends into the story of a wedding. Roses represent love, and what better way to incorporate love into your ensemble than with a beautiful rose bouquet that can look stunning alone or in combination with any other flower. Any bride would be proud carrying down a lush rose bouquet down the aisle.


Passion of Tulips

If you’re passionate in every aspect of your life, as well as your relationship, you should definitely represent that on your special day, by carrying a tulip bouquet down the aisle. The amazing, vivid colors show off your equally amazing personality, and it’s definitely a unique solution for a wedding bouquet.


Magnificent Beauty of Calla Lilies

No fairy tale wedding is complete, without that one beautiful piece that will astound everyone with magnificent beauty. There’s no other flower with such deep cultural and historical roots, which not only does envelop beauty and significance but gives a special note to every bride that carries it. Each color has a different connotation, but one thing is certain. It’s nonetheless, the perfect wedding bouquet.

 

Joy and Purity of Gardenias

Tie the knot as peaceful and joyful you can be. Flowers are used instead of words, and showing how happy you are during that special day can only be achieved with a very fragrant and elegant gardenia bouquet.

We’re pretty confident that no matter what kind of a flower bouquet you decide to have on your wedding day, you’re going to look beautiful. However, we believe that finding the right one isn’t just a matter of looks, but also of their symbolism and meaning. Which bouquet represent you, the passionate tulips or joyful gardenias?

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Everything You Need in an Amazing Get-Well Package

February 19, 2016
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Written by: Snezana Krdzic

There’s no better way to brighten someone’s day and wish them a quick and easy recovery than with a get well package. They’re fun to make, especially if you’re customizing it for a special person. There’s no denying that a creative package has almost a magical ‘’healing’’ power because it immediately chases the blues away.

If you’re not really the creative type and need a few ideas on how to create your own get well package, keep on reading, because we have a couple of ideas for you that will definitely put a smile on someone’s face today.

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  • Homemade Soup

If you really want to let someone know you’re thinking of their well-being, why not include some food for comfort? Pack some delicious homemade soup that will awaken their taste buds and help them feel like they are home again. Nothing shows love and support like a homemade dish.

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  • A Book of Jokes

When you’re feeling down, you’re in need of something that will uplift you and make you smile again. Every get-well package should include something that will make the person laugh. therefore, go out and buy a book of jokes. Laughter is priceless!

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  • Basic Toiletries

In the time of sickness, you always need basic items that will make your recovery days easier. Pack a bunch of toiletries such as a moisturizing hand cream, a lip balm, or even a face mask. This will make them feel pampered and happy.

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  • Favorite Movie

Staying healthy and positive is essential, but it’s equally important to stay entertained and optimistic. No package is complete without their go-to movie when they are feeling down. We all have movies that take our mind of all our problems, even if we’ve seen them a thousand times.

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  • Flowers and Cards

Don’t forget to include something personal, that will let the person know you put a lot of thought and care into it. Why not write a personal note or a card, and attach a flower to it? Flowers have the power to transform an ordinary package into a colorful and vibrant one, so why not use that power to bring life to your gift.

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  • Inspiration

Now you must be thinking, how do I gift inspiration to someone? That’s easy! Gift something that will remind them that life is beautiful and they have something to hope for. Make them feel eager to get healthy as soon as possible. For someone, this might be a gift card for Sephora. For others, it might be a voucher for a dance class.

Last but not the least, make sure to package it like a pro. Ribbons, bows, decorative paper, you name it. The content of the package is important, but the look as well. And whatever it is you decide to stuff your package with, remember. You want to show love and support, and if you get a few laughs here and there, you’ve done a pretty good job!

 

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7 Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

February 12, 2016
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Written By Kyriaki Chatzistavridou

Valentine’s Day is only a couple of days away. The stress of finding the ideal Valentine’s gift for him is piling up. And although guys tend to have more simple needs, finding the perfect Valentine’s gift can be rather challenging. This is why the following countdown is bound to solve your problems.

 

No. 7: The Personalised Man Crate

Since 2012, an e-commerce business, Man Crates, decided to make a stand as far as guys’ gifts are concerned. Who says that the only options are limited? The range of over 50 man crates says otherwise. These wooden crates contain a variety of goodies for your partner, solely based on his interests. For example, is he a video game enthusiast? Then, you can’t go wrong with the Retro gamer Man Crate. Each crate comes with a crowbar for opening – because it’s way more exciting opening a crate full of great stuff than opening a plain gift card.

No. 6: Man-gerie

Underwear as a Valentine’s gift is classically given to women. But have you ever thought about giving it as a present to your special guy? It may seem corny, but underwear is a choice you need to consider seriously. The selection is wide and the final choice can really spice things up between you and him. So, whether it’s single-coloured silky boxers or tight macho briefs, you are the winner.

No.5: Hidden Spoon Message

This option might sound a little bit more romantic. And it can be. But, it is up to you to stir things up. You are the one who decides what your boyfriend will read, once the chocolate cover melts away.

 

No.4: Remember Me Every Time You Wear It

Classic, but awesome. How cool would it be to know that every time he sees that T-shirt, he’ll remember you and smile? Then, don’t waste any more time!!! Print your inside joke or even a photo of you to and let memories do the rest.

 

No.3: To Cuff Or Not To Cuff

Cufflinks. This is the type of present which clearly insinuates that you admire his career. Just make sure they have your initials. So, if your guy is a busy workaholic, this gift will undoubtedly win the impressions and remind him of you throughout the day.

No.2: Every Surface Is A Fair Game

Every couple has a song. But, here’s a twist. Songs are not just meant to be heard. So, turn your couch cushion into your canvas and print the lyrics of your song onto it. This way, each time you both lie down on the couch, you can read them and smile!

No.1: Make A (Gadget) Stand

Let’s face it – most men are messy. Their phones, watches, wallets or car keys are bound to wander around the house. So, why don’t you offer him a tool that will eliminate this issue once and for all? A gadget stand! Leaving both of you happy that those stray objects finally has a home.

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7 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

February 5, 2016
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Written by: Snezana Krdzic

Attention, boyfriends and husbands! We all know that you mean well and that you give your best to be as loving and kind to that one special woman in your life that has you head over heels for her. Yet, we can’t deny that the track record for buying presents for your girlfriend or wife hasn’t always been the best, and the stress of buying a gift rises significantly when Valentine’s Day is approaching. Because we empathize with you, we’ve come up with seven special ideas for a Valentine’s day gift that will blow her mind.

  • Cliché Is Not Always A Bad Thing

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If you’re not really up for a ‘’corny’’ romantic gift, why not go for the cliché and gift your sweetheart ’naughty’ vouchers. Or any kind of vouchers you think she would love. Bring a little bit of playfulness into your relationship on this special day.

2) Simple Heart for Your Sweetheart

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Due to the simplicity and thought behind it, the ladies are going to love this present. Surprise her with a cute, heart-shaped umbrella that will remind you both of your love story each time you’re all lovey dovey under the umbrella during rain.

3) Jewelry, but Personalized

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Jewelry gifts are classic, but let us give you a little bit of advice. Apart from choosing the right kind of jewelry, make sure that it’s personalized. Jewelry be engraved or customized with charms that can take a simple jewelry gift to the next level.

4) The ‘’Favorites’’ Basket

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Why not get her a basket of her favorite goodies? What do you fill it up with? Think like this: What’s her favorite mascara? Which chocolate does she love? Does she need a new body lotion? Does she need cute, new gym clothes?

5) Charming Coffee Wrappers

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It mind not sound romantic, but coffee wrappers for couples will be appreciated by every true coffee enthusiast. And if your lady is one of them, don’t hesitate to buy her love-themed wrappers that remind her of your love throughout the entire year.

6) Tell Your Love Story

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Shower your lady with love and affection by rolling up your sleeves and creating a love journal filled with all your pictures and stories of the most memorable moments of your relationship. Trust us, a DIY journal made by a guy isn’t something the ladies see every day, so you’ll definitely score a few brownie points there.

7) Jar of Love

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It might be simple and expensive, but the idea behind it usually sweeps the ladies away. Buy her a cute, heart-themed jar with ten notes saying what you love about her.

 

Since the day is approaching, it’s ample time to get started with research and shopping. Use one of our ideas, and in no time you’ll be the one that put the charm in Prince Charming.

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5 Chinese New Year Gift Hamper Ideas To Make You Go, “Huat ah!”

January 22, 2016
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Written by: Melissa Chue

Christmas has come and gone and before we know it, Chinese New Year is upon us once again!

Other than the usual exchanging of Mandarin oranges, New Year goodies feasting and the ever ubiquitous #OOTD photo taking sessions with your relatives, there’s another time-honoured tradition that you shouldn’t forget – the gift hamper.

Whether it’s to maintain friendly relations with your business partners or to win your in-laws’ favour, we’ve round up some great gift hamper ideas that will show your recipient that you’re not monkeying around (pun intended):

1. For the in-laws (or future in-laws)

Your partner’s partners are likely to be traditional folks who are also on the health conscious side, given their age. Conventional and healthy items like bird’s nest and egg rolls, which represent fertility and mortality, are the way to go.

And since Singapore is a nation of foodies, why not ramp up your in laws’ food supply with snacks like red dates, crackers, and nonya kueh? For those of you marrying into a family that appreciates a good drink now and then, red wine is a must-have, as it symbolises respect, gratitude, and luck.

2. For your business partners

Gong Hei Fat Choy! That’s Cantonese for “congratulations and wishing you prosperity”. And what better way to start the lunar new year than with good wishes for your business?

Food consumed during Chinese New Year bears a lot of significance, depending on how it’s pronounced in Cantonese and Mandarin. Among the items related to luck and prosperity are: abalone, prawn rolls, black sea moss, and bak kwa.

If you’re feeling generous, toast to a new year of business with a bottle of Cognac.

3. For the dessert lover

Ok, technically, all Chinese New Year gift hampers are food centric, but here’s how you can cater to the sweet toothed.

Guilty pleasures include pineapple tarts, chocolate gold coins, nonya cookies, and even bak kwa, whose smoky, slightly sweet aftertaste is bound to delight most tastebuds. You can’t go wrong with nian gao, otherwise known as sticky rice cake, either.

4. For the vegetarian or health conscious

But before we get carried away with our cravings, it’s also important to remember our vegetarian friends and relatives.

Non-meat choices include teas, fruits, and E Ben vinegar for that much needed nutrition. There’s also shiitake and Japanese flower mushrooms, known for their medicinal properties.

5. For the traditionalist

Chinese New Year is a time to remember our roots, and what better way to remember our culture than by honouring it?

Traditional symbols such as oranges (which translates to “gold” in Cantonese) are greatly received. If your hamper includes Spring Festival couplets, or even items in pairs, all the better!