How cool are dinosaurs? I’m quite sure that my alternative career path could have been Â paleontology. When I was a little girl I was fascinatedÂ by dinosaurs and knew all the names of all the different kinds. My favorites wereÂ PlesiosaursÂ andÂ Pterodactyls (which technically isn’t a dinosaur, but still totally awesome). When I saw the wonderful personalized prints by Dinoprints, all the different sides of me were thrilled! First, the dinosaur lover in me, wanted a self portrait on a Pterodactyl.Â As an interior designer, I believe that your home should reflect your personality, and the same goes with your bedroom. Therefore,I thought it would be cool to wallpaper a child’s room with a huge dinosaur print. As a gift specialist, I love personalized gifts, I believe that it is the key to a great gift, when I saw this I wasÂ trying to think of a nephew or niece with an upcoming birthday. My nieces and nephews aren’t into dinosaurs so I’ll have to wait till Eli is a little older. I really wish there were more prehistoric animal options such as a cyber tooth tiger or huge dragonflies (did you know that prehistoric dragonflies were half a meter (1.6 foot) long?? I would love to ride one of those).
Anyways, if you are looking for a cool gift for a Dinosaur loving kid, look no further since this is it!
Three gifts that my dad and spouse would love toÂ receiveÂ for fathers day.Â Three classy gifts for two classy guys. I have to say that my spouse owns two of these: the Brooks brothers pajamas and the Bose headset. He loves both of them and was extremely excited toÂ receiveÂ them.Â Â Bose noise canceling headphones: TheseÂ are a great gift for a man who enjoysÂ watchingÂ movies or hearing music. They are also great for noise canceling which can be handy for air travel or work.
Brooks Brothers pajamas:Â People usually don’t like to overspend on sleepwear. This gives you a great opportunity to buy them a high-end pajamasÂ such as this one. It is comfy, wrinkle free and will make your dad feel like Don Draper.
Rock glass and ice ball: This isÂ a cute gadget for the whiskey lovers. The design is made to chill the drinkÂ without watering it. Some of the reviewers wereÂ disappointedÂ in the glass quality, However,Â I think theÂ ice ballÂ is cool enough.
Who said shopping for men isÂ difficult?
“I was born in a factory and nursed on machine oil”
These were the words used by designer EfratÂ Fridenzon at a lecture she gave about her “Precision-decision” collection. Efrat “grew up” at an industrial Â factory that is commonlyÂ usedÂ for production ofÂ mechanicalÂ assembliesÂ andÂ
The notion ofÂ love is physically represented in aÂ target pendent engraved with the word AimÃ© (Similar to aim, “beloved” in french). The target is you and you wish that cupid hits his arrow to your heart, you wish to love and be loved.
The “HiddenÂ Direction”
A series of capsule like pendants which open toÂ revealÂ a compassÂ and aÂ level. In the real world, the compass points to a direction whileÂ theÂ level finds balance. Here theÂ interpretationÂ shifts from the physical world and finds a more spiritual definition: A guide for internal balance.
I love this collection since it is simple, meaningful and unisex. My favorite item is the “Hidden Direction capsule” I think it’s a lovely talisman and could work as a great gift for graduation, newÂ beginningsÂ or for someone who is traveling.
Efrat’sÂ jewelryÂ can be found at stores around the world
I was telling a new friend about my blog and heÂ immediately sent me a link to Child’s own studio. Here’s the deal, Wendy made a doll for her 4 year old son, based on a sketch he made. Her son was so excited about theÂ softiesÂ and Wendy realized that this was her calling, making dolls out ofÂ childrenÂ doodles. If you’ve been reading this blog since I started it, you will surly remember the post about my avatar doll. Unfortunatly I just learned that the game I love is shutting down. Thanks for my friend i’ll have my pet stay with me, long after the game is gone.
This gift is similar, but even more moving since it uses the child’s own imagination in creating a doll that is truly unique.
What a great way toÂ celebrateÂ creativity!
Some gifts stay with you forever.
I finally got to finish setting up Eli’s Nursery the way I wanted it, when I found an old gift that warmed my heart.Â FirstÂ a little introduction to the history of this gift. When I was 14 years old, I decided that I have to grow up and be a better person. I turned to the greatest role model I could find back then,Â Winnie the Pooh. I would read the books thoroughly, embracing Pooh’s casual outlook on life and learning how to handle myself more gracefully in this world. By the time I was 16, my love to pooh was shared with my close friends. One of these friends (A very dear one until this day indeed), made a beautiful gift for my sweet 16.Â SheÂ drew the map of a 100 acres forest (This was 1996, and colored printers were not veryÂ common), and framed it. I remember how surprised I was toÂ receive this gift. My friend obviously dedicated time and thought in making this gift for me, and it has been very dear to me for me ever since. Another nice touch was that sheÂ wrote the birthday wishes on the back (Which means I can still read them to this day).
ThisÂ photo was hung in my room and in every apartment I lived in ever since, and today it is proudly displayed in Eli’s nursery.
Some gifts, just stay with you forever…
This blog is all about gifts. Gifts of all sorts: Some are cheap, some are expensive, some are hand made, some are functional or beautiful. But the best giftsÂ regardlessÂ of their price, are meaningful.When I had my baby a year ago IÂ receivedÂ many gifts. Blankets, toys, cloths and Oh too many Teddy-bears. Today, the gifts keep coming and I mustÂ admit that I prefer a bag ofÂ diapers over a new toy.
Last month when I was planing Eli’s first birthday party I knew I wanted to have a “HungryÂ Caterpillar” theme. I also knew that there is no way that I wouldÂ Â have time to make the decorations. I was smart enough to Have a professional make the cake and to ask for help from a friend who loves to make party decorations. It meant so much to me that I even offered to pay for her trouble, however, she refused saying that it was herÂ giftÂ to Eli. This got me thinking about service gifts. When I had Eli, My mother cleaned the house, my mother in law cooked healthy meals and my dear cousin washed the dishes. They were contributingÂ theirÂ time and IÂ received someÂ peace and quite.
Christine the owner ofÂ IOU, offers you a hint to what new mothers and probably all women, want most; AÂ fractionÂ of your time, to help with the endless chores. Here lies the power of the written word. Most women, when offered help, would say that there is really no need. However, if your offer comes in a thoughtful card, with a set date and time, it will be harder to refuse. This is a great example for a low cost gift that may mean the world to someoneÂ else.
Share with us, how did you give of your time to a special someone?
It’s been such aÂ hectic month!!!Â I really neglected my blogging duties, but I have a great excuse. Two months ago, I started my own business as an interior designer. Â I’s been a wild ride so far, I guess I won’t be able to blog as much as I used to for a little while. But stick around, I promise, I will keep writing about great gift idea’s that will really inspire you. Speaking of inspiration;Â TheÂ previousÂ post I wrote inspired me to write about gifts for princesses. I can’t believe I never thought of this before.
Here are myÂ favoriteÂ gifts fit for a princess:
1. Your precious little girl will love to make-believeÂ with these printableÂ Princess masksÂ byÂ BessiePooh.
2. A true princess remains a princess from the minute she wakes up in the morning until… Well, until forever. Just because the sun is down doesn’t mean that the crown should come off. IÂ absolutelyÂ adore theseÂ Princess BeddingÂ by Snurk.
3. Make your little princess feel like one from the moment she starts her day. WithÂ Disney’sÂ princessÂ waffle makerÂ , everyÂ breakfastÂ is fit for a princess.
5. Being a princess isn’t as easy as it seems. Matilda Â can tell you all about it, since sheÂ comes from the palace where she serves the queen. She writes all the secrets about the palace in her diary. A great gift for a new princess who wants to know all about life in the palace.
6. A princess, whether real or make-believe, needs a palace where she can play and read. I especially love thisÂ Princess tentÂ that would serve a young princess for many years of fun and games.
Between you and me, if you feel like a princess, you are a princess. Just remember to wear your invisible crown.
IÂ trulyÂ believe in positive thinking. I think it is a great way to achieve the goals in your life, big or small. In the gifting world, wishlists are a great way to turn your dreams into reality. How does it work? All you have to do is Â make your wishlist known to the world.
My friend was thinking positively. She posted several times on herÂ Facebook wall, that she would love to get aÂ Cinderella DressÂ Â for herÂ upcomingÂ birthday. Seeing anÂ opportunityÂ to make a wish come true, I arranged a few friends and we got the gift together. It wasn’t simple since the dress that we saw in the store wasn’t the deluxeÂ version presented online. I didn’t want to settle for second best, therefore, I found the dress on Amazon. Unfortunately, shipping to Israel wan’t available. I wasn’t ready to give up and I kept thinking that I can find the exact dress my friend wanted. Luckily, my dad was visiting my grandmother in the states. I shipped the dress there, and he was able to bring it back with him just in time for the birthday party.
Photograph: Eitan Ben-Haim
This is anÂ excellentÂ example for how positive thinking works. I could have said: “It won’t work”, “It’s too hard”, “I’m never gonna get it”, etc…. But I kept thinking positively and so was my friend. Together, we managed to make this dream of hers come true, Simply by the power of positive thinking.
Look how beautiful she looks in it, a real princess indeed!
2012 was such a meaningful year to me. I became a mother, I quit my job and decided to open my own design studio. I always believed in doing the brave thing as apposed to the safe thing, however, being brave isÂ scary and I really hope that the changes I made in my life are going to work out for the best.
Every year Pantone, known as the world’s color authority, come up with the color for the upcoming year. 2013 color choice is Emerald, a lively, radiant color that is associated with elegance and beauty. I am happy to present my color of the year gift guide.
1. A great gift for newÂ beginningsÂ is a camera toÂ captureÂ all the magical moments. The emerald greenÂ Fisheye camera, is aÂ fashionableÂ choice with a circular kick.
2. This isÂ defiantlyÂ a personal choice. After opening my own design studio, thisÂ T-shirtÂ literaryÂ begged me to join this round up… Well maybe noÂ literary, but it just felt right.
3. Add a dash of goodÂ fortune to someone’s year. A lucky cloverÂ BraceletÂ should do the trick.
4. With fourtune comes welth. A wallet is a wonderful way for wishing abundance. I especially like thisÂ Heart Lock walletÂ byÂ UrbanÂ outfitters.
5. A new year is always a time for hope. AnÂ inspirationalÂ 2013 printÂ is a welcomed motivation.
6. Winter is a time for cosiness. Whether a wool hat, a scarf orÂ mittens, make it Emerald, and you are sure to give a trendy gift.
I can’t wait to see what 2013 hold for me. Wishing a happy new year to all of you.
I’ve been meaning to post an article about the “experience gift” for over a year, since I love the idea of giving an activity as a gift. Some of you may remember the skyÂ glidingÂ gift or theÂ PhotoÂ sessionÂ gift, since I blogged about them. However, today I want to talk about the “experience gifts” I didn’t write about, the ones that striked out.
I had a great gift idea for some of my more creative friends, a certificate for a craft class of some sort or another.Â I thought I had it all planned out: I arranged for a certificate with the art studio, made sure it was geographically close to theÂ receiver, paid in advance for the class and gave the certificate as a gift. What I failed to understand is human nature toÂ postponedÂ unpleasantÂ tasks such as calling toÂ scheduledÂ anÂ appointmentÂ (Which always feels kind ofÂ awkward). This is what happened to the friends whoÂ receivedÂ a gift certificate for a class or a dinner from me. They were really excited about the gift, but never fully redeemed it. Thinking about it, I Â myself,Â receivedÂ a dinner certificate more than six months ago, and I still haven’tÂ usedÂ it. I was trying toÂ understandÂ why this came to be and I think I got it figured out. I would like to share with you some tips that would help you to successfully give an “experienceÂ gift”. I believe these tips would make the difference between a certificate sitting in aÂ drawerÂ and anÂ unforgettableÂ experience.
Tip number 1: Know your friend
Who is your friend? What kind of person is s/he? wellÂ organized? Has a lot of time? Social orÂ independent?Â Bottom line, If you give this person a certificate would it sit in a drawer with all the other piles of things to do or will that person put it to use. Let me tell you that most people, including myself, would probably forget about itÂ untilÂ it’s to late, even if it’s the most amazingÂ experience on the face of the earth. This is just the way people are. Don’t give a certificate unless you areÂ absolutelyÂ positive that this person would use it.
Tip number 2: Set a time and place
Setting a time and place is very important. Once a person is invited to a specific time and place, he is more likely to arrive, as apposed to an open invitation that he may or may not choose to take.
Tip number 3: Make an event out of it
Planning the gift as an event is the best way to make sure the gift isÂ fulfilled. You can invite a few friends, or have a privet birthday “date”. By planning an event or meeting you are making it very hard for the person not to come.Â This is the reasonÂ why the sky gliding and photo session worked, they planedÂ as events, and sharing the experience with my friends was just an added bonus.