Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Top 5 Mother’s Day Presents

Frantically looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift that will show Mom how much you love her? Want to make sure you retain your “favorite child” status? Need a Mother’s Day gift that will make up for all the angst you caused as a teenager? Forget flowers and chocolates…think creatively with these top 5 Mother’s day gift ideas!

1. Electronics: Many moms are hoping for the latest electronic gadget for a great Mother’s Day gift! With the prices of IPOD Shuffles under $50, MP3 players are super-hot Mother’s Day gifts this year. GPS units, either for Mom’s car or the personal units for the avid exercise enthusiast, are also highly in demand. Many moms are hoping to find a digital camera in one of the hot new colors in their Mother’s Day gift. Cell phones are another trendy Mother’s Day gift.

An HP Printer Mailbox makes a great Mother’s Day gift for the computer-phobic mom or grandma. The Printer Mailbox allows Grandma to receive e-mails and digital photos without a computer! The Printer Mailbox shares an existing phone line, and several times a day – at Grandma’s chosen schedule – it prints out e-mails and digital photos that friends and family have sent. It’s a wonderful way to keep Grandma in the family e-mail loop!

2. Digital Photo Gifts: It’s almost ridiculously easy now to create beautiful Mother’s Day gifts, customized with photos of her loved ones. Gifts range from bookmarks and coasters for under $10, to personalized photo books complete with individualized text, to blankets and purses. Don’t forget about coffee mugs, playing cards, and aprons!

Another great digital photo Mother’s Day gift is a personalized cookbook. With this option, you add your own recipes and pictures/memories. So if your family can’t live without Aunt Laura’s pineapple casserole, or Cousin Lina’s chocolate cake, you can add the recipe to the book, and include pictures of Aunt Laura and Cousin Lina!

3. Experiential Gifts: These great Mother’s Day gifts provide Mom with a memorable experience as a present. Experiential gifts are one of the fastest-growing segments of the gift industry. An experiential gift can range from dinner at a restaurant, a hot air balloon flight, a visit to a spa, at-home cooking classes, scuba-diving lessons, theater tickets, or rock and roll fantasy camp. Experimental Mother’s Day gifts allow Mom to live her dream activity…just make sure it’s HER dream, not yours!

4. Gift Baskets: You can find a great Mother’s Day gift basket in just about any theme these days. Just think of what Mom considers a luxury item…chocolates, perhaps? Is she more of a coffee or tea lover? Would a garden-themed basket be Mom’s perfect Mother’s Day gift? If you can’t decide, go for one of the luxurious gift basket towers filled with chocolates, fruit, cheese, and other snacks. Or splurge on a Dom Perignon gift basket!

5. Outdoor Furniture: Buy Mom the gift of relaxation for Mother’s Day! Is she ready for new patio furniture? Would she enjoy …

Shopping Mall Leasing Strategies for Real Estate Brokers

The leasing of a shopping mall is a specific strategy relative to the location, the property type, the customer demographic, and the landlord. All factors come together to contribute towards a successful leasing outcome and tenancy mix.

It should be said that a successful leasing strategy will contribute towards the greater the benefit of the property. More customers will be encouraged to visit the property and purchase goods or services. On that basis retail leasing is quite special.

Here are some tips to help you with leasing a retail mall in today’s property market:

  1. Understand the vacancy factors that apply to the precinct or location. An excessive number of vacant tenancies will have an impact on market rentals and incentives. Check out the factors of supply and demand that apply within the region. Look for any new property developments that could have an impact on tenant movement and market rentals.
  2. Understand the types of incentives that can be offered by the landlord to attract tenants. Also understand the requirements of tenants when it comes to incentives in today’s market. Any vacancy that you have available for lease needs to be matched to the prevailing market conditions. That will include the rental types, and the incentives offered. The landlord needs to adjust to the prevailing market conditions. Get some details of comparable rentals and other properties nearby to help the landlord understand the packaging of their vacant tenancy.
  3. It should be said that a lease incentive cost should be recovered through the rental structure over the lease term. In other words, any money that is lost or offset in the incentive availability should be recovered by rental growth and escalation across the lease term. You can do this calculation through an assumption of market rentals and a discount cash flow calculation. The net present value of the deal can be compared across the duration of the lease.
  4. Successful leasing executives usually have a substantial database of retail tenants to contact. Any new leasing opportunity can be offered through the database to targeted tenants, anchor tenants, retail specialists, franchise groups, and other industry professionals. Any vacancy can be directly marketed to these groups through cold calling, direct contact, e-mail marketing, and direct mail.
  5. It is acceptable and normal to market a vacant tenancy through the generic media. That will involve newspaper advertising, and Internet listing. There are costs associated with that marketing activity and the landlord should contribute towards those costs.
  6. Most successful leasing transactions occur through the involvement of the leasing executive and direct marketing to the right people. I go back to the point that the database for each broker or agent is quite important to converting more commissions and listings.

It should be noted that any quality property in a good location will create good inbound enquiries. If you are selective with your property appointments and vacant tenancies, you will create more churn and activity in property leasing.…

A Cheap Wedding Can Be Fun

A cheap wedding does not have to be a second-rate affair. In fact, if properly organized and planned, it can be very much a five-star event. Here are some simple tips to save money and reduce the cost of your wedding.

Why not restrict the number of guests to the main event? Starting with the two simple facts that no matter how many people you invite, you will always leave someone out (who will be deeply offended) and also that the further removed people are from you, the more of them there are, it is an obvious solution to reduce the number attending the wedding ceremony to the bare minimum. A suggested shortlist for a cheap wedding would be the mother and father, siblings and best friend of both parties.

Write (or better still, visit) everyone before the marriage takes place and explain what you are doing and why. Spend quality time with each in proportion to how close they are to you.

Church may (arguably) more 'romantic' but a registry office is more practical and is more relevant if you are looking for a cheap wedding.

If one of the guests is an accomplished photographer, get him or her to come along to take the pictures. Save money on hiring an professional photographer.

Organize the reception for later that day as normal but why not make it a bring-a-bottle affair with a funny theme to it? It may not be traditional but the idea is that it is fun and something that everyone can let down there hair at.

Instead of buying clothes that are likely to be worn only once, wear something smart from your existing wardrobe or buy something practical that you can use again. Likewise go for a simple but appealing bouquet instead of hundreds and hundreds of flowers.

Do not get married in June, July, August or at Christmas or Easter as it will mean you paying a premium price for your honeymoon.

When you are purchasing your holiday, see if the price includes any special deals for newly-weds. If not, try telling the holiday company and ask what they can offer. Most companies will be pleased to include a package for honeymooners in return for a few public shots.

When you have chosen your honeymoon location, why not ask for cash presents towards the cost? If you feel it is a little 'too personal' receiving the money yourself, why not ask one of the parents to receive it on your behalf?

Another way of getting a cheap wedding is instead of sending out lots of expensive photographs afterwards and being tied to postcards during your honeymoon, get photos printed by a color laser printer and send them out with a newsletter. Add in a short personal comment to each.

We hope you will have found these suggestions helpful and, even if not, sometimes given you a starting point. This is your big day and what you say should go. Remember the best wedding is …

Six Great Gift Ideas For Friends – Birthdays, Holidays, and Just Because

Giving a gift to your best friend may sound like an easy task at first. You know what she likes and what she likes to do. But since she is your best friend, you may want to give her something extra special. This means that the pressure is on, which can make any gift-giver nervous. But by paying attention to the suggestions below, you can find a gift that shows your friend that you appreciate her.

If you want to give your friend a gift that you can share with her, try buying tickets to an event. Tickets to a play, a sporting event or a special museum exhibit is something that you can share together. The trip to the event is two presents in one; the event itself and a special memory for you both.

Some gift ideas will depend on gender. For women best friends, treat her to a relaxing day at a spa. You can even book two massage appointments and make it a trip for the both of you. Spending time together will be an added benefit of giving this type of gift.

If you and your friend are both male, a day spa trip may not be up your alley. In this case, you can book an afternoon at the golf course, a hunting weekend or a day of fishing as a present for your friend. Golf courses or tennis lessons are a gift that a best friend of either gender would appreciate.

You can put a spin on your friend's favorite books, movies or television shows by buying special memorabilia. You can find items such as props, posters, scripts and autographed items on online auction sites like eBay. Make sure to set a budget for your spending so you do not pay too much for the item. It can be tempting to keep raising the bid to get the memorabilia you really want, but try to stay within your budget.

Another great unisex gift idea is food. Everyone loves food, and you can make a food-related gift personalized by zeroing on your friend's preferences and tastes. If your friend loves sushi, give her a cookbook and a sushi starter kit. If barbecue is more her style, a selection of specialty barbecue sauces is a perfect gift. Gourmet chocolate is a great idea for a friend who has a sweet tooth. Food related gifts are always appreciated, and they can be very easy to buy.

If you'd like to get your friend a personalized gift, you can create a collage of your friendship that they'll be sure to appreciate. Collect pictures and other memorabilia from the times you've hung out, trips you've taken together or events you've attended. You can make a scrapbook of your time together, or buy a wall collage that will hold all of your photographed memories.

No matter what kind of gift you choose to give your best friend, she will appreciate the thought you put into the gift. Keep in …

Choosing A Boating Gift

Choosing a gift for someone special can always be a bit of a challenge. But when you're buying for a hobby enthusiast, your options expand as a host of hobby-related gifts becomes a possibility. For boating enthusiasts especially, a well chosen boating gift can be both enjoyable and functional.

There may be those people who are difficult to buy for because they seem to have everything. But when it comes to boats, "everything" is a bit more difficult to acquire; for this reason, giving a boating gift means that you'll always have something to buy that special someone – outfitting their boat with the latest and greatest in modern gadgets.

Today's renovated boats are outfitted similar to floating homes. Subsequently, you can easily find a boating gift that adds to the convenience and luxury of the boat's living quarters. Boating supply stores offer a wide variety of convenience items and appliances that are specially designed for onboard use such as blenders and coffee makers. Another boating gift could be a host of safe and attractive dinnerware that the boat owner can use to entertain. There are a variety of beautiful cocktail glasses, plates, serving trays, and utensils that you can arrange in a basket with linens that complement the boat's interior.

To go along with this boating gift theme, you may want to present the boat owner with an additional basket of easily stored, non-perishable food items to keep on board for entertaining purposes such as small jams, crackers, or a nice bottle of wine . If you are staying on board for the evening or for an extended period of time you could think about bringing along a pre-arranged meal for an onboard feast.

There are also a host of decorative items to give as a boating gift including small candles, placemats, picture frames, and non-breakable vases. You could even put together a lovely basket with miniature toiletry items including small towels, creams, lotions, soaps, and powder.

Of course, there are also quite a few practical items that would serve as a wonderful boating gift, although these tend to be on the pricier side. Check with the boat owner to try to find out what items he / she still needs but has not yet purchased.

No matter what you choose to purchase, the truth is that a thoughtful boating gift for the water enthusiast in your life will be well received and much appreciated! …

Writing Your Own Wedding Vows – Do not Be Scared

The wedding bells are ready to ring in your life. Your wedding date is fixed and the so you are all geared and tucked up for the greatest moment in your life. Well! You should be, for that big moment of your life. If you have plans of writing your own wedding vows write them such a way that the memory of it will last for one lifetime for both of you.

Writing your own wedding vows can be really a pleasurable experience for some while the idea of ​​writing sends down jitters down the spine for some. In any case if you can plan well in advance you can write your vows without any sort of nervousness. The idea of ​​writing your own wedding vows is becoming increasingly popular these days. Many couples want to do it by themselves.

But remember that you need to write unique vows to make your special day different and memorable for not just you both but for the wedding guests as well.

Definitely it's a challenge and without any preparation, if you sit down to write your wedding vow you may experience a writer's block, and will not come up with great ideas on what and how to say.

Also, it should be noted that wedding vows are and should be a personal expression, so let not perfection take over the personal expression while writing your vow. It is not necessary that you are a master of flowery language or you read Keats. Neverheless, speak from the heart and the soul naturally. Grammar, spellings, length, should not obstructive the flow of words from your heart regarding your promise to your groom. Tell him why you truly love him the first place, and what quality in him made you decide to take on this long journey of a lifetime. Jot down what you wanted to write and then reserve it for refinement.

Make sure you put your relationship with your fiancé in words and add what kind of a relationship do you promise for him and expect from him. Siphon out your innermost feelings as words and you will be awed at your own expression.

Allow whatever you have jotted down to sink in for some time and go out with your fiancé and then go through those written vows once again. You may have the feeling to edit it as well. Read them aloud to yourself or to your close friend again and again, until there is nothing to be edited.

Lastly, do not be surprised if he echoes your feelings. That's the magic of love and since you shared a common relationship, there is nothing strange that you may be having similar feelings for each other. So your vows may be reading similar. …

Practical Wedding Gifts For Parents

Your wedding occasion is also a time for you to show your love and gratitude to your parents. Without both of your parents, the two of you wouldn’t have met and have this wedding. Parents deserve to be acknowledged especially now that you are leaving their nest. Of course, we still love them but a tangible gift is symbol of everything nice you have to say to your parents and to your partner’s parents, too.

These gifts need not be that exquisite or expensive. What matters best is your heart that goes with it and what they can do with your gift. You and your partner can give individual gifts to each of your parents. You can give it during the wedding rehearsal dinner or at the wedding party. Just make sure that the gifts you give are of value because they are practical and you really chose it with all your heart.

Some of the practical wedding gifts you can give to your parents can be based on the following concepts:

1. Memories – Have your favorite childhood picture recopied and framed. Personalize it by adding texts on the photo. Use texts with a personal message such as “Thanks for bringing me to this world!” Pair your picture frame with your partner’s own photo with the same concept but with a different text or message. Someday, your parents would look at your photos and compare it with your own kids.

2. His and Hers – Even when they have been living as one for many years already, they still deserve to have individual items yet will portray their lasting union. Gift each parent with a bathrobe in your wedding motif color. If it is available in a mall, choose one with the stitched on HIS and HERS on each respective bathrobe. If not available, then personally do the stitching.

3. Play music together – This gift would surely come out of its rack when, someday, you and your brood will come to visit your parents. The old folks could listen to their music and you and your spouse could also listen to your own beat. Practically, have each of your parent’s favorite music recorded in a DVD. Include in that disc you and your spouse’s favorite music. Arrange the music by alternating your parent’s music with your music. Then, during get-togethers, everyone can hear his own favorite music as a family.

These practical wedding gifts will surely be of use to your parents. It is one way of showing them they are the best parents after all.…

Cycling Clothes and Cold Weather

Do you ride during the colder months? Do you have the necessary clothing for it? This could mean anything from warmer socks to a long sleeve jersey. It is not fun to ride with out the proper clothing and being cold. There are a few possibilities of how you can have warmer clothing while using what you probably already have. You can stay warm while riding by putting on a pair of sweat pants over your cycling shorts.

Make sure the sweats are not baggy. This can cause your pants to get worn in the chain and gears, if the sweats are baggy. You can also do the same for the top part of your body. To help keep your feet warm, you can get cycling shoe covers. Or you can get warmer socks. Either method you chose should keep your feet warmer.

If you do not want to wear sweats over the top of your existing cycling clothing. You can always get tights or warmers for your legs. You can also get base layers for the top or a long sleeve jersey. A little bit cheaper method is to get warmers for your arms. Wearing a long sleeve shirt under your jersey can give the same desired result. Base layers work wonders on keeping you warm while you ride.

There are also cycling jackets you can wear. Jackets sometimes do more than just block some wind. Some will actually protect you from the rain or snow too. If you do not have some of the items mentioned you can always improve with what you already possess. There is always a way if you are willing to do it. It is better to have on too many layers than not enough.

I have had the problem of not enough layers. The ride was not very pleasant and it does not end soon enough either. Do not be heard on a ride unprepared, as I have been. When you go out on the cold rides you will be glad you have on some warm clothes. …

Tips on How to Improve Your Socks Fashion

Socks are an essential component of a man’s wardrobe. They are, in fact, one of those must-have pieces of clothing for men of every age, color, occupation and status in life. But most people usually fail to realize the incredible opportunity they have at enhancing their sense of fashion and style with the right kind of socks fashion. If properly blended in with the right choice of wear, socks can go a long way in not only improving but also showing forth your personality. Below are helpful tips to consider when making a choice of the type and nature of socks to acquire the next time you’re out clothes shopping.


Professional settings and general black-tie events call for neutral socks. Consider acquiring a good number of black, brown, gray and even navy blue pairs for these occasions. Brightly colored socks, on the other hand, are usually good for blending in with any wear, whether formal or casual. They can be contrasted with practically any outfit and for any occasion. This category includes the different shades of blue, green and purple.


There are all manners of material for socks to choose from. From cotton, which is the most common, to wool and the costlier silk and cashmere, you will be spoilt for choice. Only the size of your pocket will limit you in this area.


Numerous patterns are available for you to choose from. Dotted, striped and argyle are some of the options available to you. The various patterns in socks communicate lightheartedness in your outfit. Make a point of adding a few striped varieties to your ensemble that will bring a certain finesse and sense of style.

Other Considerations

Consider matching your socks to the color of your long trousers in surroundings that are a bit reserved such as meetings, funerals and dinners. And while you’re at it, play around with the texture of your socks, such as going for the ribbed socks in neutral colors to maintain the reserved appearance. Use patterned socks as well to enhance your personality and project a uniqueness of style. In case you decide to do this, ensure that you match them (socks) with the color you have on above the waistline.

The tips are designed to help you up your sock game and in the process improve your confidence and sense of style. If you put these in mind when you are dressing up for any occasion, then you will well be on your way to a more positive public image.…