The most wonderful time of the year is now.
You’re probably listing the people to get Christmas gifts for, and coming up with gift ideas for all of them. The whole enchilada can be fun, especially if budget is no issue and you can afford multiple presents for everyone to ensure happiness. However, like most of us, there are gifts, holidays and lots of food to spend our pennies on, so you need to put in some thought and planning for the perfect gift. By taking into account the personality and interests of the recipient the gift you’ll give will completely delight them. To help you, we’ve collated seven delight-inspiring Christmas gift ideas. And why not drop drop some hints to the people who have you on their shopping lists…
- Jewellery and watches – Starting at just $25 they are perfect for all the gals in your life, be they five years old or 40. There are plenty of designs to choose from and you can be sure to find styles that will meet the fancy of the recipients.
- Frames – These make versatile gifts, especially nowadays when there are all sorts of DIY projects for them. More than just mere picture holders if you give these as gifts to some really creative people in your life, for sure, they’ll come up with their own special way of using or displaying these frames.
- Nordic decorations and lights – These are quite charming presents for loved ones who enjoy decorating their homes for the season enhancing everything that’s lovely about it. What’s particularly nice about giving these as presents is that they can be used for many years to come, and may eventually become family heirlooms, too.
- Handbags – clutch, mesh, leather, fringe, bucket, backpack, over the shoulder – who doesn’t want to find one under their tree! Highly giftable, there is one for everyone.
- Scarves – These are great gift ideas. Of course, in Oz, Christmas is not the time to don these cool weather accessories. They still make appropriate presents though and can be kept aside for the cooler months and can even provide shade from the sun.
- Cushions and throws – These are always useful and people really cannot have too many, especially for the bedroom and living room.
- Scented candles – Our evergreen popular gift. Perfect for illuminating spaces with a warm glow and scenting a gorgeous space with a gorgeous smell. Useful during power outages; as well as for creating a cosy ambience when entertaining. Scented candles are very affordable, and they come in a large selection of designs and scents.
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How to find the right gift for your loved one.
(even those difficult to buy for!)
Finding the right gift for loved ones and friends can be a challenge.
On one hand, you want the recipient to appreciate the time and effort you’ve invested in choosing the present. Ideally, this gift should be useful with meaning too. Furthermore, you want a gift that is unique, like a Mexican oil cloth or Hope in a Box—essentially, something the recipient does not already have. And you will need to stick to a good budget to enable you to buy for everyone on your gift shopping list.
How to achieve all this? Here’s a checklist to make a difficult present-buying process easier.
Create a list of people to buy gifts for
Whether you intend on buying gifts one by one throughout the year, or prefer to buy all the presents in one go, having a list of people will make things quicker, easier and more convenient for you. All you have to do is tick off the people you have bought gifts for.
Create a budget
Creating a budget will help you choose gifts that are reasonably priced and avoid overspending.
Go over your list and write down how much you are willing to spend for the person. Take note that the price you set for each person on your list will differ. Maybe, you are going to spend more for the people you are closest to, like your children and your spouse.
Factor in what the recipient needs or wants
Performing a little sleuthing can go a long way when it comes to shopping for gifts. For one, this will allow you to save time and energy. Second, the chances that the recipient will like your gift will increase exponentially.
Look for clues from the recipients—what they like and dislike, or even posts on social networks.
Put yourself in the recipient’s shoes
Sometimes, you will encounter items that you think may be novel and fun to give. But before you buy such an item, consider whether the recipient will appreciate and actually use it.
Think of what you are communicating
Presents can be viewed as a form of communication. And when you are communicating, you may end up sending the wrong message if you are not attentive to the finer details.
For example, giving a copy of Michele Bridges’ latest DVD to someone who has not explicitly asked for one may misconstrue it as a commentary on their weight gain…
One last great idea, buy something that they may want however perhaps wouldn’t purchase themselves.
Birthdays. Anniversaries. Career achievements. Tokens of appreciation. Giving gifts is a part of life, no matter the occasion. What better way to show your love and gratitude toward someone special or someone who has made a difference in your life.
The Art of Choosing Gifts
What is the best way to choose the right gift? Do you compare the symbolic or functional value of a gift? Should you consider the concept and style?
By all means, think about your budget and weigh the symbolic versus functional value of a potential gift. But consider also the appeal of a carefully crafted and remarkably designed gift, because the perfect design will make your gift stand out from all the rest, and inspire that special someone to keep it for a long time. This not only applies to fashion and accessories but also home décor and even skincare products.
The Emotional effect
Think about the difference between plain utensils and uniquely shaped or patterned silverware. Plain silverware is classic and the person who receives it will find it functional. But with patterned or designed silverware, that person is bound to cherish your gift by using it only on special occasions or keeping it safe in a special box.
A beautifully designed gift has more value—and not just in monetary terms. Stylish gifts tend to be appreciated more. They also add to the colour and personality of any home and the charm of any person. And when the person you’re giving the gift to opens that wrapping paper, the wonder and awe in their face makes the giving process an even more positive experience .
Today’s creatively designed products are not simply eye catching, with their prints and patterns. The best designs are also highly functional as well as durable, with many lasting for decades. From handcrafted decorations for your home to intricate accessories for yourself, many contemporary gifts will be appreciated for many years to come.
So they are a good investment.
Moreover, many well-designed items are also unique; some products are even marked as limited, having been developed and produced in small batches. This allows the recipient of your gift a feeling of exclusivity. And that, of course, is the secondary point to giving gifts: to make someone feel special. With well-designed products—from fashion and accessories to kitchenware and décor—as your gifts, you will be able to express your appreciation and make someone feel very important indeed.
How to Find Quality Jewellery
A piece of jewellery makes an excellent gift. A necklace is delightfully appreciated by a significant other on her birthday. You can give your little (or older) sister a sweet bracelet to celebrate her graduation or as a special keepsake when she moves out of the house for university. A fine drop earring would be an elegant gift for your mother or another dear relative who loves accentuating her clothing with something shiny.
Of course, you want to be able to pick out a piece your recipient will be sure to love—but with so many choices available, how do you know you’re getting a good one? And it’s not just the style that best fits the person’s preference you’re thinking about; you also want to be sure you’re getting good quality jewellery that will remain in good condition for a long time, and is absolutely worth the price.
Ready to learn how to find quality jewellery that will captivate the heart of the person you’ll be giving it to? Here’s a simple guide that will help you pinpoint what to look for:
Consider the material
Your most important decision is whether to purchase solid or plate jewellery. Solid pieces are made from pure platinum, silver or gold (rose or yellow). The price of this type fluctuates daily according to market price for the metal.
There are jewellery pieces made of a base metal such as copper, nickel or zinc, and plated with silver or gold. While plated jewellery will have a lower price, you should be mindful that it can eventually show signs of wear and tear.
Alternatively, you can select other kinds of jewellery with varying appearances. Sterling silver, for example, refers to an alloy of silver that contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% of other metals (copper is often used for the latter percentage). This kind of silver has a 925 stamp.
And then there’s oxidised sterling silver which goes through the process of oxidising to create a black matte finish with an attractive gun metal lustre.
And we can’t forget fashion jewellery. This is often in your under $50 bracket and is made of mixed metals and coloured coating. This type of jewellery is not recommended to wear in water, and shouldn’t be worn when using skin and soap products. It’s a great and affordable way to keep up with trends and to purchase an affordable gift, however not recommended for those with sensitive skin.
Have a style in mind
Does the person you intend to gift with jewellery have a fresh and youthful vibe, or does she exude more of a sophisticated and elegant air? Would she appreciate jewellery that she can wear effortlessly every day, or is she the type to adorn herself with jewellery only during special formal occasions? These can clue you in on the type of jewellery they may like. Pay attention to her lifestyle and personality, and you’ll have a better idea of whether she likes the bohemian appeal of costume jewellery or the delicate lines of more classic pieces.
Be selective with the seller (on or offline) and ensure that the price you are paying is reflective of the quality of material and make. Do research top sellers by going online and looking for reviews. Make an effort to look through each seller’s practices and policies on returns, shipping, delivery insurance, and other key details too.
Schedule your purchase
Experts have different recommendations on the best time to shop for jewellery. Some will say that off-season is ideal, since stores will be eager to clear their shelves of older merchandise so they can have the latest lines available when peak season arrives. Other sellers say that the busy holidays are the perfect time to buy because there will be a greater variety of styles, and sellers will be competing with each other by offering special promotions. It will boil down to your preference—trendier jewellery will be showcased during peak shopping seasons, while older styles may be more affordable during slower shopping months.
Most importantly, buy the piece you love. Jewellery can have an array of sentimentalism and nostalgia attached to each piece so don’t be shy and follow your heart ❤️
5 Easy and Affordable Jewellery Styling Tips
One of the best ways to take your outfit to the next level is to simply add a well-chosen piece of jewellery or two to complete the ensemble. An ordinary jeans-and-shirt combo, for instance, can instantly look: bohemian, with bold Tree of Life or Monte Carlo dangling earrings; sweet, with an infinity mint necklace; chic, with stacking rings and bracelets, and so on. A dress you wore to work can do double duty as a date night outfit when jazzed up with a sterling silver set.
The concept of jewellery styling, however, can be a bit intimidating to some. And to some extent, it’s true that it can be challenging, because there’s an art and science to it—there’s a thin line between smart accessorising and looking like a Christmas tree dressed up with all that tis’.
Check out the following top tips for jewellery styling that will make the process easier and affordable:
Audit your wardrobe
Before buying jewellery, have a thorough review of the clothes you have on hand. This way, you can make sure that the jewellery and watches you select will complement the outfits that you already have. If you want to transform your look, that’s not a problem either. You can experiment because you can definitely find on trend jewels that are lower priced, but definitely as stunning and captivating as the higher-priced pieces.
Know your style, take some risks
Some people can pull off huge, colourful blings while other individuals feel more comfortable with the most minimal designs. To sharpen your jewellery styling chops, start with your usual preferences first. Then, from time to time, dare to venture out of your comfort zone. You’ll never go wrong with affordable and new season finds from Amelie & Eve if you want to freshen up your look.
As with all things that involve design, style and fashion, some practice will help you understand what works and what doesn’t. You want to train your eyes and instinct on jewellery choice and jewellery layering so you don’t waste money on the wrong pieces. Don’t be afraid to invest in essential pieces and everyday staples such as a statement watch, gold studs, a sterling silver ring or a rose gold bangle.
Use jewellery as beauty tools
Did you know that besides makeup, jewellery can also be used to highlight your most beautiful features? If you’re oval faced, long strand necklaces further emphasise the symmetry of your facial structure. If you’re round faced, drop earrings and plunging necklaces slim down your cheeks. Or take a cue from Taylor Swift, who once wore green dangling earrings which added punch to her perfectly red lips.
Apply art and design principles
You can treat accessorising with jewellery as an actual form of visual art. Look at jewellery-like design elements that you can combine together to come up with a cohesive image. Create interest by mixing up textures, such as layering a stack of necklaces with different finishes and materials. Wear multiple rings with coloured metals. Or wear a minimally structured, single-colour outfit and make it the perfect canvas for your necklaces with pendants of varying shapes and colours.
“Dreamers move the world forward, toward directions that many think are not possible”
Through an unrelenting faith in their vision, coupled with hard work, dedication and tenacity, these people show that for every problem, there is a solution—but only if you can look past what is obvious, beyond what has been tried and tested.
Indeed, these people face an uphill battle. The naysayers will tell them to give up on their dreams and simply opt for the formula discovered by those who came before them. Their families, friends and peers may see them as fools seeking the unattainable. The world may laugh at their failed attempts.
But dreamers know better…
Working toward the achievement of your dreams
Whatever your dreams, be they personal or professional (or a combination of both), you will surely face stumbling blocks which can sap your motivation. There will certainly be days when you ask yourself if it is worth the sacrifice—days when you find it tempting to simply give up and take your position as just another spoke in the proverbial wheel.
What you can do
If you find yourself struggling and when your willpower is waning, here’s how to follow your dreams when things start getting difficult.
Visualisation is one of the most common tools taught to people who seek to make their dreams a reality. However, the proper way to visualise is not to simply see yourself achieving your goals. Rather, the best way is to see yourself mired in struggle and slowly working your way toward the achievement of your goals. The key here is developing your resilience and working your way around the stumbling blocks that you may encounter along the way.
Know what you need to do
Visualisation can be a powerful tool, but it can also lead you to a state of impotence. In order to fully reap the benefits of this tool, you have to complement it with concrete actions, starting with knowing the things that you need to do.
Look at the masters in practically any field. You will immediately see that they did not necessarily invent things from scratch. Most stood on the shoulders of giants and introduced innovations. This simply means that you can draw inspiration from practically anywhere, including the familiar. Look up what others in your field have done before you and find ways to improve their achievements.
Sometimes, the only thing that you need to do in order to fulfil your dreams is to show up and start. When you hesitate, when you let your fears swallow you whole, you get paralysed. But when you take the initial steps, you slowly gain momentum and everything will fall into its rightful place.
Surround yourself with positivity
Some people will tell you that you should keep your ideas to yourself so that others won’t steal them from you. However, if you believe in your idea, you should not be afraid to let others know about it. Through feedback and support of others, you can fine-tune your ideas. If you find yourself in a plateau, do not hesitate to ask for help. You may be surprised at how others will readily provide their support to you.
And remember: Dreamers move the world forward, toward directions that many believe are not possible.
What’s that dream you secretly yearn for?