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‘Gag’ gifts, sometimes lost on the receiver, and other times, a big hit at birthday or retirement parties, necessitate premeditation. Like the art of comedy, some do well in achieving a desired effect while others fail horribly, and ‘tank’ with the audience.
Before you give the gift of gag, consider the following insights related to the when, where, and who.
Of course, any person is a potential victim of a gag gift. Yet, like snowflakes, we’re all unique, some unequipped with a good sense of humor. Moreover, some people don’t mind a gag but draw the line when the joke is on them. Before you plan on someone becoming the eventual victim of a gag gift, be sure that person has the sensibility and penchant for humor to appreciate the gag rather than rue being the butt of the joke.
There is no gospel regarding when to give and when to abstain from providing gag gifts, but one must consider the occasion. As mentioned in the intro, a retirement party is a good occasion for a light-hearted gift. However, giving a gag gift in exchange for attending a grand, ornate wedding is a faux pas. Moreover, in addition to the recipient, one must consider onlookers. Grandma may be appalled when your girlfriend unwraps a present that is better given in private for example. Maybe you need two (an appropriate and less appropriate for the masses) gag gifts. Shop your online gifts store for ideas.
Some are destined for greatness, and such heights necessitate confidence and a bit of risk. For example, the employee who does not blindly agree with but challenges an overbearing boss is presented with a raise and promotion for candor. Exceptions exist in life, and the gag gift is certainly that – an opportunity to get noticed. Playing the devil’s advocate, don’t dismiss a well-placed gag’s influence on others and how they perceive you, and separate you from the herd.
A successful comedian always has a ‘backdoor plan.’ So, in case an edgy or risky joke goes over poorly, they can still get the audience back in the palm of their hands with an added turn of the screw or subsequent gag. Have some kind of backup plan (like a serious present) reserved. There’s no harm in trying, yet a poor performance is more likely forgiven if you have a reserved present in place.
Don’t miss your chance to catch the gag on film. Aside from your smart phone or mobile device, manufacturers offer covert cameras that capture moments you don’t want to forget. Check out this high definition pen cam for instance. Preserve the legacy of your gag and the levity of the occasion by capturing it on film.
Sometimes, it’s best to get the perspective of others before going forth with a gag gift. Ask a few friends or family members, who know the intended recipient, if they believe the ‘gag’ is appropriate. You’ll sacrifice the element of surprise yet grow better assured of the subsequent feelings and actions of the recipient.
Karina Davis loves to buy gifts for her huge family. A passionate writer, when she finds a new idea, she loves to sit down and share it with others online. Look for her entertaining posts on a number of websites and blogs today.
Who doesn’t love the latest and greatest technology? Give someone special a high tech gift they weren’t expecting.
Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA: It seems everywhere you go, smart watches are all the craze. While we love the idea of a watch, why not up your style game with a smart bangle. Opening Ceremony has crafted a gorgeous snakeskin bracelet powered by Intel so now the fashionable girl can also keep organized with appointment reminders, yelp recommendations, email, and text notifications.
Kotur ‘#getsmartbag” iPhone case: What’s better than an iPhone case? One that turns into a chic evening bag with room to store lipstick and credit cards. Plus the best part is you can answer emails, receive texts, and even take photos without ever taking your phone out of your bag. On the negative side, this hybrid minaudière is too tiny if you have a lot you need to take with you.
Sure they aren’t the newest or latest, but sometimes those items that have stood the test of time make really great presents.
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Convertible Crossbody Bag: This designer bag is just the right size for every day use. Perhaps that’s why it’s one of the most popular crossbody bags on the market. We love it in black with gold hardware to take it from day to night or try it in Taupe/Light Gold for a perfect bag to wear into the spring. (Order one now from Nordstrom.com and get a free RM luggage tag with purchase!)
Anthropologie First Frost Jewelry Box: This gorgeous delicate box will store all her treasures and it’s frosted design will look great on top of her dresser. How can you go wrong?
UR Connected Leather Tech Gloves: With an ultra soft lining these gloves will keep her looking stylish and warm on her commute and with touch screen compatibility, she won’t need to take them off to check her emails.
Society, by default, assumes that rings are automatically purchased in lieu of weddings or engagements. Even if just to say how much you care, there are literally thousands of reasons why you should give the gift of diamond rings. To help inspire you, here are several common occasions where rings are an appropriate purchase.
Once couples have hit milestone anniversaries, they’ll entertain renewing their vows which basically reaffirms the same love they promised each other ‘x’ amount of years ago. This would also be an opportune time to give each other new wedding bands to symbolize the reaffirmation of these vows (not to mention your rings are probably pretty worn after 25 years). Platinum would be perfect around the 25 year mark, while gold would probably suffice at your 10 or 15 year affirmation. Anniversaries coincide with renewing vows as you’ll more than likely have your nuptials read at your anniversary party.
Birthdays, of course!
Instead of throwing outlandish parties for someone’s 30th, 40th, or 50th birthday party, why not take them out to eat and offer them a beautifully created diamond ring? Gifts of this magnitude should gradually get better in terms of quality as one ages; a beautifully hand crafted platinum setting for an S1 clarity of diamond would be perfect at the half-century mark of one’s life. Chocolate or strawberry gold would be perfect for a young girl’s 18th birthday party as it symbolizes both a daring and conservative appearance often showcased in our current era.
Child birthing (the ‘Push’ present)
After going through long, excruciating hours of labor pains then finally delivering a beautiful miracle, what better way to congratulate the newly proud mother than by giving her an exquisite piece of diamond jewelry! Provided she picked the name out prior to giving birth, you could actually purchase the ring with both the mother and child’s name inscribed on the inside of the ring. There is honestly no other more immaculate occasion to give someone a beautiful gift than after the woman brings new life into existence. You can learn more about sizing rings appropriate to her finger size by downloading various ring sizing guides found online today.
Yet another popular category for purchasing rings casts a wider net even still. Honestly, you really don’t need an excuse to hop down to the jewelry store to purchase a beautiful diamond ring. Giving random gifts to the person who loves you proves how much the love is reciprocated. You could take your loved one to a picnic and surprise them with a diamond ring, leaving rings inside wineglasses then pour your dinner wine, or come up with another creative way to present a diamond ring to this truly remarkable person.
Whether for anniversaries, graduations, birthdays or giving credit where credits due to a new mother, every special occasion is the perfect time to give the gift of precious jewelry. Bonus points to the person that creates their own special occasion and makes the moment the most memorable one yet.
Special occasions tend to increase the pressure to buy the perfect gift. We’ve taken some otherwise generic ho-hum gifts and gave them a makeover.
These lacy flowers have a sexy secret. When you unwrap this bouquet, you find each ‘rose’ is actually a lace thong. Pick up these racy flowers at www.hankypanky.com
Who wouldn’t love a bottle of their favorite Merlot or Zinfandel? But why give them a plain old bottle when you can encase those flavors in chocolate! 2 Chicks with Chocolate combines flavors such as Cabernet Caramel and Spicy Merlot mix spices and wine into sweet confections. Packaged in a satin wine bottle bag, this is the ultimate gift for a wine connoisseur. Find out more at www.2chickswithchocolate.com.
An expensive bottle of perfume is a fantastic gift. That being said, Tory Burch’s perfume comes in a pendant with a gold-tone graphic pattern. The stunning necklace opens to reveal the solid perfume. With a mix of floral peony and tuberose, combined with crisp citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli, Tory Burch’s fragrance is feminine, as well as tomboy, and totally unexpected.
While most ladies wouldn’t turn down a box of truffles, a chocolate diamond engagement ring might make for a more memorable present. This 1.67 Carat Natural Fancy Chocolate Brown Diamond Engagement Ring 14K White Gold from Liori Diamonds will be her favorite sweet treat of all. Already married or not ready to pop the question? Try a pair of chocolate diamond earrings!
Let’s face it; choosing gifts for the man in your life isn’t the easiest of tasks! There are only so many pairs of socks, power tools and cufflinks you can buy before he starts getting frustrated! The good news is, thanks to the never-ending reach of the Internet there are plenty of unique gifts you can invest in, and personalised presents can be found in the unlikeliest of places. If you’re stuck for inspiration then the ideas below will help.
Remember this is his ideal gift, not yours!
According to Psychology Today, we often find it hard to buy for others because we focus instead on our own ideals. You look for what you think he will like, rather than what he would think is an ideal gift. So the key to finding the perfect present is getting inside his head. Obviously this isn’t as easy as it sounds! To make it easier, there are a few general gifts that most men would be more than happy to receive. The list below will give you some good ideas of what to invest in.
1. All things gadget
If there’s one thing men love, it is gadgets! There are all kinds of weird and wonderful gadgets out there. Some are useful and some are just plain weird. If you’re looking for a useful gadget for the computer lover in your life then a customised USB from USB Makers could be the answer. You can opt to have your own logo on there, so make it personal to him. It may sound like a boring gift, but for the tech savvy guy it’s bound to put a huge smile on his face!
Men have a reputation for being stubborn and never admitting it when they don’t know something. If they are indeed this way, it tends to surface in two important areas – a reluctance to ask for directions and shopping for gifts for a special someone. It can be risky buying a gift without really knowing what you’re doing, though – especially if it’s something like jewelry where it can be hard for the uninitiated to know what exactly makes one piece of jewelry desirable over another. You need to go in with the right idea about what to pick. Whatever you do, you need to try not to make these mistakes.
Not reading up
Most men don’t appreciate that fashion is a deep subject. There’s at least as much to learn there as there is in shopping for sporting goods or tools. Just as one would never make a purchase in these areas without some learning, it would be a mistake to go in to shop for jewelry without reading a few books and articles. You need to learn about the different metals, stones and designs that make sense to the modern woman. Only then should you step into a shop.
Not paying attention
If the woman that the gift is for often wears jewelry with a little stones rather than large ones, that’s an important preference to keep in mind. If she likes to wear matching jewelry rather than a particular color all the time, that’s another point to know. Paying attention can only tell you so much, though. If you can manage it, spending a little time going through her current collection at home can be a good way to familiarize yourself with what the general trend is.
Buying something your very first time at a store
It’s important to first cruise jewelry selections on display on every interesting jewelry store page online to really take in what the jewelry on offer today looks like. You should make a few selections, consider buying them and then leave to come back the next day to take a second look. It takes time to really get jewelry. You can only be a good shopper when you understand what you’re buying.
Choosing the wrong store
There is another reason to not buy your very first time at a jewelry store – you can choose the wrong store. Shopping around is important not only to because it gives you a look at all the prices and products available, you also come by better salespeople and more trustworthy stores as you look around. Jewelry is expensive – you can’t just buy from any store. You need to get find a place that both offers reasonably priced merchandise and also appears reputable.
Thinking that jewelry is the wrong choice of gift because “it’s just too expensive”
In an old 70s Blondie comic strip, Dagwood shows up at a jewelry store and asks the salesperson what he can show him for $20. “Nothing but my complete contempt,” retorts the salesman. Many men fear something exactly along these lines – they don’t want to consider jewelry for fear of embarrassing themselves. Jewelry doesn’t have to cost £1,000, though – great jewelry can start for as little as £50. You just need to go out and look.