Unique Gifts Online

Many of us look for gift items that are one of a kind, unusual, and not just ordinary – something special. Thanks to technology, we can also find unique fits online.

Some online gift stores allow you to design your own gift baskets and paper greeting cards and postcards from your computer. Some feature weather instruments like barometers, weathervanes, and thermometers. Others emphasize nautical items like ship wheels, tide clocks, and telescopes. There are also hand-painted or handcrafted home décor items and handmade sweets and candies.

Products of modern technology continue to amaze us with their unique special features. If you're looking for unique gift ideas for men, you can choose from these new items like a massage chair with built-in speakers and subwoofer; a rechargeable shaver that shaves at 13,000 strokes per minute and cleans and dries itself in its own plug-in charging stand; a portable GPS that fits in any vehicle and provides verbal instructions to your destination; a rechargeable digital photo frame that displays pictures with slide show options directly from your camera's memory card; Egypt a silent and efficient watch winder.

If you're looking for a unique present for her, you have a lot of choices like an automatic soap and lotion dispenser, an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner and tarnish remover, a floor-washing robot that cleans all floor types and dries by itself, a Natural curve neck-support pillow, a brewer with push-button speed that brews a variety of café drinks, a shiatsu massage bed rest with a built-in LED reading light, or a silent air purifier with ultraviolet germicidal protection and ozone-guard.

If you're looking for a gift for a child, some choices are a portable and flexible forty-nine-key electronic keyboard that sounds like a real piano and 100 more musical instruments, a laser baseball with advanced circuitry, or a motion-activated , remote-controlled cat exerciser with auto-sensor.

There are more choices in store for you over the Internet. Browsing the web will acquaint you of different kinds of gifts that will widen your range of choices and enable you to come up with unique gift ideas and the exact kind of gift that you really want for your loved ones. …

Her Wedding Was Just So TACKY!

Stories of the wackiest and tackiest weddings of all time

We've all heard the stories – Angelina Jolie marries her first husband with his name written across her white silk blouse in her own blood. Photos are released of 'Posh and Becks' sitting on golden thrones and frosted in diamonds on their wedding day. The first words out of Black Eyed Pea's singer, Fergie's mouth after her vows are "I'm married b $% s"! Sarah Jessica Parker ties the knot wearing black. While we may think that tacky weddings are a practice reserved by the rich and famous, the truth is that they cross all socio-economic barriers. Here are a few of the wackiest and tackiest weddings, cakes and chapters in the twenty-first century:

Army-chic

One particular inventive couple, who chooses to remain anonymous, decided to support their men in Afghanistan by getting married in camouflage. We do not mean in a discreet yet romantic jungle location so that the press and mad Aunt Gertrude could not find them – we mean they literally got married in camouflage. The bride wore a camouflage skirt and a khaki colored veil. The groom at least had the decency to wear a white shirt; however this was coupled with a camouflage jacket. And the cake? It proudly held up two plastic army men.

Vulgar Vegas

Vegas is a bad joke to most people. They may drop the word in a light-hearted conversation if they're joking about eloping or they may know someone who has a cousin who got married in Las Vegas. But the scary truth is that weddings in Vegas are on the rise. Since 1970, weddings have increased five-fold. In fact, recent statistics peg it at 120 000 weddings a year and 50 000 renewals of vows, making up 5% of all weddings in the USA. Elvis would be proud. In fact, Elvis is proud. But this industry is worth over $ 1 billion dollars, so who's laughing now?

Cinderella cheap

Coming in at first place for the tackiest wedding cake of all time is the Cinderella castle cake – so large it needed an entire garage just to house it. Purple and white turrets made up the cake itself with Cinderella and Prince Charming carefully positioned at the front. The cake was framed by a carriage – not made out of pumpkin but out of white balloons and silver plastic wheels. You've got to hand it to this particular bride and groom though – it might be tacky but it's pretty romantic too.

Offbeat Brides.com said it best when they wrote: "Yes everything you want to do for your wedding is tacky. .. [But] when it's all tacky, none of it is really tacky ". There you have it. So now you can use as many sequins, pink bows and cans of whipped cream as you like without even a smidgen of the usual guilt. …

Christmas Gift Baskets, a Holiday Treat

Christmas gourmet gift baskets must come as a real surprise to someone who loves to eat and they are a great gift for just about anyone who likes to eat. Personalized, handmade gift baskets are a wonderful gift idea to brighten a loved one's Christmas. Most gift baskets will include some type of ornament or decoration that will make it seem all the more special such as a sprig of silk flowers, fruits, or a spray of tinsel. Many businesses present Christmas gift baskets to their employee as a token of appreciation.

It is always appropriate to follow certain conventions while sending Christmas gift baskets, or any seasonal gift basket to clients, and take into consideration the etiquette and corporate policies followed by the client company to avoid unnecessary hassles. Particularly, Christmas gift baskets should be equipped with all of the items appropriate to the holiday season. And there are many holiday foods that apply; great Christmas foods, cakes, and spirit warming holiday wines. Or, you could include a CD of Christmas carols, a book of Christmas stories, ornaments and a small stuffed teddy bear. Do not forget Santa's reindeer. And gift baskets for a couple are fun to create. You can start with a gift certificate to the couple's favorite spa for a special day of pampering and add a few CD's full of "old favorites". It's easy to become overwhelmed by the thought of making your own holiday gift baskets but with a few easy recipe ideas it is easy to create a personalized and thoughtful hand made Christmas food gift basket.

Since Christmas is one of the most popular times of the year to be giving food baskets, it is fairly easy to find something online to fit your needs. And the items included within the gift baskets are limited as well, as we have said before, only by your imagination, budget and to some extent only those items that will fit within the basket itself. Gourmet fruit gift baskets have become such a hot item that many ethnic items are launched in America through the fruit basket business and provide you with a much greater choice and diversity.

Christmas gift baskets for your dog or cat are becoming more and more popular. Christmas gift baskets are an excellent choice for the holidays. They are actually fool-proof and always a big hit with the recipient. Christmas wine baskets are easy to get, fun to accessorize, and often greatly appreciated by a large assortment of different people. Themed gift baskets take a bit of time and some creativity, but the thoughtfulness of the gift will not be lost upon your friends.

Make a list of the people that you know you that you will be making gift baskets for and include their interests and hobbies. If you're looking for a special ethnic treat, try a gourmet Italian gift basket that includes appetizers, vinaigrettes, salad mushrooms and a savory sauce. Gourmet tea and coffee gift baskets are always welcome …

Qualification: Your Road Map to Know How to Attract Women

If you want to be successful in your attempt to learn how to attract women , you must master the art of qualification. This is especially your way of letting a girl know that you are interested in her for more than her looks. All women like to know that you are attracted to her because of the way she looks; however, most women want to know that your attraction goes deeper and you are interested in her for the things she enjoys as well.

Qualification is basically your road map toward understanding whether or not the girl you are trying to pick up is attracted to you. For instance, if you ask her a personal question and she brushes you off and does not provide any kind of real answer, she is not interested in you. If you ask a girl a personal question such as "what do you like about yourself", and she gives you a legitimate answer such as, "I like that I am generous," then you can know for a fact that she is interested in you. If she was not interested, she simply would not answer that question. In this way, you can tell where you are in your pick-up process and whether or not it is going to go any further.

In addition, you can determine through qualification how close you are to getting her to sleep with you. The more personal the questions she answers or requests she fulfills, the closer you are to your ultimate goal of taking her home with you. For instance, if you ask a girl to hold your drink and she does it, you have gained some value in the relationship and have taken a step towards this goal. If she refuses to hold it for you, it is probably time for you to move on. As you continue through your process, you will increase your value by asking her more personal questions or more demanding requests. As you escalate your position, you are more likely to get the girl.

When it comes to understanding how to attract women, you need to know where you stand in the pick-up process through qualification. Test the waters, increase your value, and get her to go home with you using a road map. Go forward with great confidence and you will surely gain a positive result in the end. …

Treated Silk Clothing Proves More Effective Than Cotton For Eczema Treatment

The 'winter itch season' is particularly bad when temperatures fall and conditions become windier. The key cause of increased 'itch' is predominately:

o changes in the interior and exterior climate.

o central heating dries out the air in the home.

o cold wet conditions penetrate the skin.

o the body's temperature mechanism is difficult to balance.

o the 'itch-scratch' cycle in eczema flare ups.

Choice of clothing is an important element in controlling eczema. Whilst cotton has in the past been the fabric of choice, a recent breakthrough in the manufacture of knitted silk underwear impregnated with an antibacterial Microbial Shield, has shown in published clinical trials to be much more effective than cotton in breaking the 'itch-scratch' cycle.

This specially treated fabric, developed in Italy, clearly shows that silk has a much better moisture absorbency factor than cotton and it also retains better temperature controlling capabilities than other fabrics. A new range of eczema underwear, worn close to the skin has been launched in the UK. This range is designed for infants, children and adults by DermaSilk and further information on use of these garments as part of an overall eczema treatment program can be found on http://www.dermasilk.co.uk

BODY TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Excessive moisture loss is a common feature of all eczema patients. Unlike cotton, DermaSilk absorbs excess moisture without the fabric feeling damp and therefore allows better control of body temperature, keeping it cool when it is warm and warm when it is cool. This is important for maintaining the moisture balance of the skin. It is this balance that dominates skin reactions and the importance of moisturizing the skin frequently and following a prescribed treatment program is therefore essential.

Whilst everyone appreciates the value of central heating, it can be a major skin irritant. It is better to keep a home slowly cooler, to use humidifiers to counter-balance dry air conditions and to bathe or shower less frequently. The use of DermaSilk, as part of an overall treatment program, will then reduce the itching and scratching. A recent small clinical trial from Switzerland even suggested that there was no significant difference between the therapeutic effect of using DermaSilk alone and using a topical corticosteroid with cotton clothing. The implications of this finding are interesting because parents continue to have great concerns about using stereoids on children. …

The Gift is in the Giving

I have to be honest. I made the woman cashier at BIG! LOTS cry. I had shopped and collected three baskets full together at the check out line and she just said saying "This is so emotional". I just kept encouraging her by acknowledging that she was playing an important part in making a lot of people very happy, that she was participating in an essential act of charity.

I rarely make people cry when I shop, but today was something special. I had checked my "Giving" jar and found it quite full since I'd been on vacation last month, so I called one of my favorite charities to find out what was on their wish list. Then, I went shopping.

I wanted to have my money make a difference on their behalf, so I went to a discount store. As I went through the store, I was thinking of the abused women and children who did not have the luxury of going out to buy what they wanted. I was on a mission of charity on their behalf.

As I took my carts, one after another, to the main checkout stand until I finished, I told them about my mission. Other shoppers came over to ask about what was going on as I checked out. I shared the story with them and they began to get excited, too.

When I delivered the bags of treasures to the organization, they were surprised. The woman I had spoken to on the phone, Lisa, said she had no idea when I was called that morning that I intended to do this. Then she said, "It feels like Christmas! It's so exciting!"

As I was finishing my purchase at the store, the cashier thanked me for making a difference in her day and for teaching her more about the importance of charity. She said she was going to go home and tell everyone about me, about what I did done.

As the man from the store helped me out to my car, he asked me "Are you really giving this all to charity?" Then, we began talking about the children. I told him that the children of the world need to know that life can be good and generous, that they can have their dreams, and that there are people out there who really care about them.

Every small act of kindness and charity can make a huge difference in life. We all need to know that we are counted and that we are visible. Even when we can not be seen.

It's important to remember to give on a regular basis. It just feels good to be generous with an open heart. Giving is the other hand of our receiving to be in the flow of life. We must continually give to keep the flow coming to us and to expect to receive that flow in return for what we contribute.

Now, the truth is every gift, especially those of charity, should …

Baby Basket Idea For a Baby Shower Gift

Are you attending and baby shower and you've run out of ideas on a nice gift to give to the mom to be and the new baby. Do not fret, there is still time and plenty of ideas you can work with.

One idea is putting together a nice baby gift basket. You do not have to go out and buy a baby basket from a gift basket store, you can put together a baby basket yourself with some crafts from your local craft store, a few newborn baby toys, baby bath products, a couple of onsies or a couple of inexpensive 3-6 month outfits.

Most of your craft stores have many varieties of baskets you can use as the start of your baby gift basket. There are different designs and colors to select from, if you know the new mom to be having a baby girl, maybe a princess style basket would be appropriate for the occasion or choosing a pink basket would be ideal. You can even find character baskets or pails which would be the start of a nice themed baby basket. Many of the craft stores also have an isle with many baby shower favors such as color plastic diaper pins, baby carriages, storks or plastic baby bootie favors you can attach to the basket by hot glue or double sided tape. The little shower favors can be your accents on your basket and even the start of your theme. You can pick up a small spool of baby printed ribbon, such as baby footprints or it's a girl or it's a boy, to make a bow for the front or attach it to the handle of your basket.

Go to a Dollar store and pick up some small baby items such as pacifiers, gel teeth rings, plush baby rattles and sometimes you can find candles in the shape of baby blocks or even a pink or blue baby carriage. You can even find these candles at the craft store and these make a lovely gift just for a decoration to set on a baby dresser. Sometimes you can even find nice baby outfits at the Dollar store but go somewhere like Big Lots or a Burlington Coat Factory who usually has very nice selection of name brand baby outfits in many colors and themes.

Now that you have everything to build your baby basket, let's put it together for your baby shower gift. One good trick is to use some paper at the bottom of the basket so everything does not sit to low. You can use anything as filler for the bottom such as paper towels, newspapers, brown paper bag or if you really want to keep with your color coordination, use tissue paper or use disposable diapers which would also be very useful. Once you fill your basket with the paper, make sure you create a flat top so everything with sit level. If your outfits are in a box, set them in …

Back To School Gift Ideas

College Students leave for college with grand ideals, huge expectations, and ambitious plans. Once your college student arrives on campus however, the reality of a small dorm room, showers down the hall and homesickness appears. Help ease their transition with interesting, thoughtful and personal back-to-school gifts.

This fall, remember your favorite college student with colorful back-to-school gifts.

  1. Pretty Paper by Vera Bradley … Vera Bradley created Notebooks, 3-Ring Binders, Pocket Folders, File Folders, Office stationery and pencils now in her gorgeous Vera Bradley Office Paper signature colors. Capri Melon, Capri Blue, Peacock, Mod Floral Pink, Kensington, Cambridge plus more. Your home, school or office papers never looks so good
  2. Personalized Hanging Shower Caddy … Organization never looked so good! Travel Cosmetic Hanging Caddy has everything you'll need to travel in style. Black and white polka dot bag features four easy zip compartments, a pocket flap for smaller brushes or jewels, frosted easy clean lining, leatherette handles and trim, and a hook attachment for hanging.
  3. Monogrammed Clipboard … adds character, style and class to your school or work environment. Personalize with your name etched on an oversized Clear Acrylic Clipboard. Identify classes, jobs or roommates with personalized clipboards.
  4. Retro 1970's Drip Candles …… simply insert these colorful Retro Drip Candles into an empty wine bottle. Through your dinner hour, these drip candles drip wax down the side of your wine bottle, building upon each wax layer. Over weeks, these drip candles build up a thick layer of colorful wax. …. Memories on a bottle.
  5. Express Yourself … Bake cookie words from A to Z. Create words, bon voyage greetings, favorite sayings, new street name, welcome-to-the-neighborhood treats with these Alphabet Letters Cookie Cutters. Quick, easy and a fan favorite.
  6. Words of Encourage … Insert words of encouragement with each greeting card you mail. Words include: Be Happy, Imagine, Believe, Good Luck, Dream plus more. Mail tiny Glitter Words Ornaments for a thoughtful gift for bulletin board, mirror or window. Crafted of tin, tour glitter word ornaments are painted white, dipped in white glitter, and hung with a thin wire hanger
  7. Personalized paper ….. Leave their mark of distinction with every piece or correspondence they write. You choose the color of paper and ink with their name embossed or upgraded ink print. Note Cards, Personal Stationary and Legal Pads too. College students need to thank job recruiters with a thank you note. Help them leave a lasting impression with each job interview with personalized note cards.
  8. Counting and Measuring ….. Numbers Cookie Cutters create a yummy math treat. Bake their birthday age, anniversary date, SAT score, or their new address house numbers. Once you bake number cookies, you will amaze yourself with your creative ideas. Promote lots of A-plus in Math class with a tray full of A + cookies. Grade school students especially love these simple number cookies trips.
  9. Keep them organized …. Gorgeous Vera Bradley 2008 Agenda Organizer crafted in her newest signature colors including Mod Floral Pink, Peacock and Java

Gift Ideas for Teachers

Teachers spend so much time with our kids! Do not they deserve a thoughtful gift this holiday season? Here are some gift ideas to show the teachers how much you appreciate all their hard work.

L otions – many teachers keep lotion on their desk. Next time you visit the classroom, notice what kind they prefer, and get them a small bottle. If you're unsure, go with a hypoallergenic lotion.

Handmade gifts – teachers love handmade gifts from their students, almost as much as parents do. Take time to help your student decide what to make for their teacher. Maybe a picture frame, an ornament, or almost anything your child can dream up.

Desk set – a nice desk set, with a personalized pen / pencil set, note pads, sticky notes are useful gifts. A desk blotter or desk calendar is also nice. There are also nice quote-a-day type calendars that are made just for teachers.

Cards – if the teacher likes to send personalized notes home to the kids, maybe put together a set of blank note cards, with nice pictures on the front.

Charitable donation – find out from another teacher if your child's teacher has a favorite charity. Then you can make a donation in his or her name.

Cookies – who does not like homemade cookies? Make a variety of cookies and put them together in a pretty basket or tin. You might even go together with some of the other families, and each donate a dozen of different kinds, and have a cookie exchange among themselves at the same time.

Volunteer – even though you probably do what you can for your child's class, volunteer to come in to do a story time, or be an extra pair of hands for a class party, even if it's not your turn. The teacher will always appreciate it.

Spa treatment – many spas have specials around the holidays. Surprise the teacher with a gift card to a little pampering.

Coffee mug / assortment – a cute mug with the teacher's name on it with an assortment of teas, coffees and hot chocolate are also a welcome gift. Even if they do not like all the types of things in the assortment, they probably know someone with what they can share.

Gift cards – there are many office supplies and teacher supply stores that offer gift cards and your child's teacher might appreciate being able to pick up some things for the classroom. Gift cards to almost any store or restaurant are a good idea, especially if you know the teacher enjoys things from that store. …

Collagen – A Beauty-Bestowing and Health-Promoting Protein

Collagen has been known to be a panacea for all age-related woes, and it's an indispensible component of most skin care products – particularly the anti-aging ones. However, that is not all! Collagen has been one of the most widely used food additives as well as a must-have component of most of the Nutri cosmetics that are gaining popularity. Let's explore the market sentiments to this novel protein.

Proteins are one of the important classes of nutrients. Protein is the structural component of body tissues, which helps in the growth and overall development of the body. Collagen protein is the cement that holds everything together.

Collagen is the most profuse protein in the entire animal kingdom, constituting approximately 30% of the proteins in the body. It is naturally produced in the bodies of animals and is the main component of connective tissues, thus contributing to the elasticity of the skin. Apart from that, collagen is also one of the important components of the first line of defense and events absorption and spreading of pathogenic (disease-causing) substances, environmental toxins, microorganisms and cancerous cells.

How the global market is responding to this natural sweetener?

A report by a market research firm, estimates global collagen market to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% during the period 2017-2022.

As per the source, there are two varieties of collagen, namely, animal-based collagen and marine-based collagen. The former dominates the market with more than 75% of the total extraction being sourced from animals, particularly the bovine and porcine sources. The reason for this major market share of animal-based collagen is its economic extraction, abundant supply, and easy availability.

Despite being a dominant source of collagen, the popularity of the animal-based segment has been declination gradually due to the risk of disease transmission, immunogenicity, allergenicity, and mandatory halal status required in the Islamic countries where porcine-based collagen is strictly prohibited.

The marine-based collagen segment is expected to grow moderately at the cost of animal-based collagen, positioning itself as a suitable alternative. Marine-based collagen is characterized by various advantages, such as, high bioavailability (quickly absorbed into the bloodstream), odorless and tasteless quality, ease of blending, and zero fat and calcium content, which is not the case with animal-based collagen. Moreover, the extraction of marine-based collagen is a classic example of waste product utilization as collagen tissues are majorly found in skin, bone, and scales, which measure about 30% of marine fish processing waste.

Globally, North America has the largest share of the collagen market due to the largest consuming populace residing in the United States. The growing popularity of bone-broth among millennials, owing to the surging sports nutrition segment, and huge demand for dietary supplements from growing geriatric population have been retaining the market share for developed regions, like North America and Europe.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market for collagen and its derivative products due to increasing health consciousness, rising disposable incomes, and huge demands from various application segments, such as dietary supplements, food additives, meat & …