Why Kitchen Accessories are a Perfect Wedding Gift?

The kitchen is the most important room in the house and comes first in most peoples list of priorities when choosing a wedding gift. The kitchen used to be a purely functional, tucked-away utilitarian room where the wife prepared the family meals each day and served them in a separate dining room (sometimes through a special serving hatch). Nowadays most people desire a large open plan kitchen dining room fully equipped with comfy sofa, TV, perhaps a play area for small children and doors opening onto the garden.Why are kitchen accessories popular wedding gifts?

Once a couple have achieved the kitchen of their dreams the next job is to accessorise it. There are so many different kitchen accessories on the market now from slick, stainless steel to modern retro. Some people like everything to match and look good – to tie in with the design of their kitchen. Others are purists who need each utensil and gadget to have a function. My grandmother’s kitchen utensils consisted of a potato masher, a tea strainer, a mincer to fix to the tabletop (perfect for rissoles), a selection of Pyrex and the piece-de-resistance, the runner-bean slicer.Going back to basics

With the trend for later marriages many couples now already have their own fully-equipped homes. When they do get married their wedding-list is an opportunity for them to upgrade their kitchens and acquire their most- desired kitchen items. Therefore, beautiful glass, stainless steel cutlery, French cast iron casseroles, wooden chopping boards, copper pans and state of the art toasters can be original gifts for the couple that has everything. You may even choose a retro-style digital radio to co-ordinate perfectly with your kitchen units. The cosy feel of days gone by with a thoroughly modern function.Modern Utensils as an option

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5 Expert Tips for Memorable Thank-You Notes

Thank-you cards should be handwritten to anyone who has given you a gift, whether or not you’ve already spoken to the giver personally. This winter-holiday roll call may be the longest you tackle all year.

How can you transform this correspondence from routine to inspiring? Holidash asked a few etiquette experts for tips on writing meaningful thank-you cards — plus advice on making the process enjoyable, not a thankless task.

1. Write thank-you cards sooner rather than later, but later is better than never.
2. Plump up your setting, then pace yourself.
3. Keep it short.
4. Keep it personal and specific.
5. Avoid overripe writing.

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How to Choose Baby Gifts or Baby Shower Gifts

The opening of gifts is probably the most anticipated, anywhere baby or baby shower party. The chorus of oooh on the beautiful baby gift basket, soft cover reception, baby clothing and skin is a sweet memory of the rite of passage into motherhood. As a family member, friend or client to new parents, you always want to make unique baby gifts to parents to impress new.

But choosing the right baby gift can be very stressful. Here are some tips and gift ideas can help you find the perfect baby gift. There are many gifts you can give the new baby, whatever the mode or exclusive of the gift is to always keep on hand!

Baby Basic Necessities

Everyone loves to dress a child, friends and family all want to buy clothes for the baby when he was born. You can purchase basic baby layette includes generally 4-6 shirts across the cotton collared shirts or T-3-5 soft cotton panties, 2 receiving blankets, two to ten or bibs, burp cloths, 2 ties feet or nightgowns, 1 external combination, 2 cotton hats, 2 pairs of socks. Some layette hooded towels and baby wipes. Many mothers would have liked to have received more clothes, because their children have become too big for the clothing size newborn in two months.

You can add or bed duvet covers, crib sheets, crib bumpers, or products of skin care for children such as baby shampoo power, oil and soap. To make a small box of disposable diapers, in addition to the main baby gift is always appreciated. If parents have adopted an older child, you can enjoy the greatest clothes.

Basic Baby always needs to find in stores or online stores for children baby gift. They have all baby needs, and a basket, gift box to create the gift presentation, and there are many colors, themes and styles that you can choose. Part shower, gift basket for baby gift sets, and diaper cake are always the perfect gift for children, can also be used as building blocks for baby shower.

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Low-price, high-impact presents

From the SF Gate:

I co-hosted a baby shower yesterday for one of my dearest friends, and a gift from her mother-in-law had the room all verklempt.

Inside a box: a onesie that the father-to-be had worn, a photo of him in the outfit at six months, and a note explaining the onesie’s history. When my friend’s baby is born, she’ll have the opportunity to create a new tradition — dressing the baby in his father’s outfit and snapping a photo.

On a somewhat related note, a few years ago, my mother gave me one of my favorite presents of all time: a simple frame with my paternal grandparents’ wedding photo on one side, my maternal grandparents’ wedding photo on the other, and my parents’ wedding photo in the middle.

The opportunity to introduce or extend a little family history is one of those low- or no-cost gifts that goes a long way with the recipient.

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A 50th anniversary gift commemorates a milestone most married couples wish to reach. What can you possibly give a couple after 50 years of marriage? The most meaningful wedding anniversary gift is one that comes from the heart: to express your love and appreciation towards all that they mean to you, how their staying married through the thick and thin of life has influenced you, to tell about the warm and loving memories you shared with them throughout the years.

The 50th anniversary is commemorated by gold and the flower is violet. A gift certainly doesn’t have to be gold, wrap a gift in gold paper or paper decorated with violets.

50th anniversary gift ideas for the couple

* Keepsake personalized anniversary gifts, such as a photo quilt or pillow

* Monthly or quarterly lo-carb, dietetic or fruit gift baskets

* Restore their wedding photo and place in a gold frame

* Have a painting or caricature made out of their wedding photo

* As they probably don’t cook for themselves as much, gift certificates to restaurants would be appreciated

* A gift of theater or concert subscription tickets. Make them a patron with VIP privileges

* The children can create a 50th anniversary keepsake journal gift. Ask family and friends to write a paragraph or two to share a memory with their parents. Or ask for a photo with the couple that the children don’t have and write a caption about it

* Instead of a guest book, buy a music box and fill it with messages of love written on gold or handmade paper from family and friends

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Thank-You Note Etiquette Tips

Ahandwritten note is the most personal way to say “thank you” during the holidays, whether it’s for a cashmere scarf or a Sunday dinner.

“Writing thank-you notes is an important skill, one that you should teach your children even before they can write,” says Jacqueline Whitmore, a Palm Beach, Fla.-based author and the founder of www.etiquetteexpert.com. “I can’t tell you how many e-mails I get from grandparents who are upset with their grandchildren, or with their children for not teaching their grandchildren to write thank-you notes.”

Source: Etiquette Expert

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Anatomy of a Thank-You note

Why, you ask, should your children learn to write thank-yous?(Uh, because they are not wild animals?) Correctly written, a note imparts true gratitude to the giver. While a verbal “thank you” is also appropriate, having them put their thoughts into writing memorializes the giver’s thoughtfulness, time, expense, and effort in a way that is not achieved with a verbal acknowledgement.

The skill of writing the thank-you note is not only for gifts. Your college-bound child will probably eventually request items like letters of reference from teachers, counselors, or community members. A written thank-you will be in order. After a college interview, they should send a thank-you note. A good thank-you note also impresses after a job interview. There are numerous occasions when your child should have this ability.

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Wedding Thank-you Notes

Here are Wedding Thank-you notes etiquette advice from Emily Post:

There is nothing more appreciated than a lovely handwritten thank-you note. Some tips from Peggy Post on turning this obligation into a pleasure not a chore.

When should notes be written?
Contrary to popular myth, the happy couple does not have a year’s grace period. All thank you notes should be written within three months of the receipt of the gift. Ideally, a response should be written on the day you receive a wedding gift. If that’s not possible, set a daily goal. It’s a lot easier to write three or four notes a day than to have to write a hundred notes in a month after the wedding!

What stationery should be used?
First of all, stationery is the operative word here: No fill-in-the-blank cards, no pre-printed cards, no phone calls, no emails and no generic post on your website!

Who needs a note?

Ten Do’s and Don’ts of Thank You Notes

  1. Do personalize your notes and make reference to the person as well as the gift.
  2. Do remember that a gift should be acknowledged with the same courtesy and generous spirit in which it was given.
  3. Do be enthusiastic, but don’t gush. Avoid saying a gift is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen unless you really mean it.
  4. Don’t send form letters or cards with printed messages and just your signature; don’t use email or post a generic thank you on your wedding web site in lieu of a personal note.
  5. Do promptly acknowledge the receipt of shipped gifts by sending a note right away or calling and following up with a written note in a day or two.
  6. Don’t mention that you plan to return a gift or that you are dissatisfied in any way.
  7. Don’t tailor your note to the perceived value of the gift; no one should receive a perfunctory note.
  8. Do refer to the way you will use a gift of money. Mentioning the amount is optional.
  9. Don’t include wedding photos or use photo cards if it will delay sending the note.
  10. Don’t use being late as an excuse not to write. Even if you are still sending notes after your first anniversary, keep writing!
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How To Make Your Baby Gift Basket A Hit At The Baby Shower

The gift of a baby gift basket is one that can show that you are very kind and thoughtful if it is done right. If you fill it full of useless items it will be tossed to the side, but if you put a little thought into it you can create a baby gift basket that will impress all of the attendees of the baby shower. Here are a few ideas.

First off, remember that baby shower gifts should be for a baby, not for toddlers. The new parents will have enough lying around without having to store gifts that can’t be used for a year or more!

Items for the baby nursery are always in vogue. Include a brightly colored mobile, musical mobile, or nursery rhyme CDs. If you are making a large basket you can even include things like changing pads. Age appropriate educational toys are always appreciated as well. In addition rattles, teething rings, pacifiers, bibs, and baby spoons will go nicely too.

Most babies love a bath and so does the new mommy. Including bath products for the new baby will go over big. Put items like baby shampoo, bubble bath, baby towels, and some toys for the tub that the baby will enjoy playing with. You can also include baby clothes in the gift basket, just make sure that they are for the gender of the baby or if the gender is unknown go with neutral colors like yellow or green.

It is a pleasant surprise to include fresh baked baby cookies, jelly beans, and other baby foods in the gift basket as well. Since the new parents will undoubtedly be taking lots of pictures, things like photos albums and picture frames will be greatly appreciated too.

Bearing in mind that the gift basket is as much for the parents as it is for the baby, you can also include items like fine gourmet food and a nice bottle of wine for the mommy and daddy to have for a relaxing evening.

If you are the crafty type then make your own bows and ribbons and customize the basket in other ways to express your personality in your gift. The recipient of the baby gift basket you have created will know that you have surely put a lot of thought and work into putting it all together. Just taking a little extra time to think it all out makes a huge difference in whether your baby gift basket is a flop or a hit!

Gregg Hall is an author and internet marketing consultant living in Navarre Florida. Find more about birth announcements and baby shower invitations at monkey business invitations

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Wish upon a wedding gift

Most wedding gift registries tend to specify actual products but a new Canadian one, UponAStar lets you see inside the wishes and dreams of the couple getting married, not how many towels nor knives and forks they need.

It is, in fact, an online “wishing well” asking for money but it’s done so stylishly that guests who normally baulk at being bailed up for cash will enjoy taking part.

UponAStar’s wishes of course, cost money (and they specify how much these “wishes” cost and the quantity they’ll need) but the nice thing about it for many is that it is not “stuff” but memories they can share for always.

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