Present Ideas this Holidays

 

FIlipinos are known for having the longest celebration of Christmas in the world. As soon as the BER months start, so are the preparations for the holidays. And one of the most consuming in terms of time, effort, and thought is the process of choosing the right gift for the loved ones. While it is tempting to revert to the traditional picks, keep in mind that many of these gifts -although they can give happiness for a few days – are most likely just going to sit somewhere in the house over time and lose value as the days pass. So instead of giving the same gifts as usual this Christmas, consider giving a gift that will last beyond the holiday season. Choose financial gifts that have the ability to increase in value over time. Listed below are some of the example gifts that you can give your loved ones that could make them smile even after the 12 days of Christmas.

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Wine and Spirits

A lot will agree that a celebration is not a celebration if there is no wine nor any kind of liquor. But for this holiday season, give your loved one a bottle of wine not for consumption but for investment. Serious wine investment means buying whole cases and keeping it in “bonded” storage to maintain its value – meaning you’ll be handing over a certificate, rather than a bottle on Christmas Day. However, if you don’t have the budget to buy a whole case, it is also possible to buy individual bottles that will gain in value. Just do some research or visit Wine Spectator and Winedoctor to find out which wines are the most in demand. You can give this as a gift on weddings too (by the way, if you are a best man in a wedding, my friend Adrian Simpson can help you with some writings. Check out his website)

 

Spirits, on the other hand, is also a good alternative for small investors. Whisky is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after spirits and by choosing a good bottle and aging it properly, the returns can be quite good. Just make sure to do some serious research first especially if you are a newbie in this area.

 

Art Pieces

Giving a good piece of art is the ultimate rejection of throwaway Christmas consumerism. However, buying original art pieces can be quite expensive, plus knowing which artists make the best investments is notoriously difficult. Good thing the internet has made the whole process much easier nowadays, allowing people even outside the art world to buy prints by leading artists – many of which will at least hold their value and some of which could appreciate over time.  But just like in choosing the right bottle of wine and spirit, buying an art piece also requires research and probably some leg work. Since there are still a few month left before Christmas, consider attending open house art fairs or auctions to learn more about which pieces are worth investing for.

 

Antiques

Like art, antiques are good investments that make great gifts especially if you’re the type that wants to give something unique. There are several antique shops in the country that offer different items but of course, the right gift will depend on the interest of the recipient. Antiques can be quite pricey too, especially if you’re considering big items such as furniture. However, there are smaller pieces that also have good investment prospects such as the ‘character dolls’ -those with real expressions on their faces – made in Germany from 1908 through World War I (you may look them up on the internet). You may also consider unique handmade ornaments that were made in the 1900’s. Again, choosing the right antique depends on the person who will receive it so you better start observing the interests of your prospect.

 

Fine Jewelry

Jewelry, in general, already have great value to begin with. But well chosen jewelry can even increase in value over time. Experts say, however, that if you want to buy a jewelry that retains its value, you should go to one of the big name jewelers such as the Garrard, Asprey or Tiffany. Even if it’s a tiny piece, especially if the box is still intact, the value should hold well.

 

Vinyl

Yes, you read that right. Vinyl are slowly coming back from the dead. A very unlikely side effect of the internet where everything is just downloadable with the touch of a button, vinyl revolution is gradually attracting more and more music lovers who want to get their hands at permanent, tangible copies of their all-time favorite icons. The rarest versions of the classic albums are highly prized. There are several holes in the walls around the metro that sell old stuff (check out Cubao Expo) and who knows, you might just find a hidden gem in there. But if you don’t have the luxury of time to scout for vinyl, Ebay is home to a very busy vinyl marketplace.

 

Well there you go! So while it’s still considerably early now, start thinking of that perfect gift this Christmas that best suits not just your loved ones, but even for yourself.

Emo Girl

She wasn’t really that beautiful. She wore glasses, she was small, the heck, she wasn’t even sexy! But then again, I’m not really the type of person who would fall for just good looks alone. It has always been my personal belief that sexy women are just fun to ogle at but not really fun to be a girlfriend.

WHY I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER: We share the same passion for books. We would talk hours and hours about our favorite books. I usually borrow a lot of her books before. We also share the same passion for writing.  She is very funny. Funny in a way that only I can understand. We had several long conversations together and it was something that I really enjoyed about her.

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HOW I CONFESSED MY LOVE: love letter. To be honest, it was the most disgusting thing that I have ever written in my entire life. It was in 2nd year that I confessed my love to her. I actually forgot the stuff that I wrote there. Probably a string of disgusting cheesy lines that I am so happy to forget.

HOW SHE REPLIED TO MY CONFESSION: In response to my disgusting love letter, she stopped talking to me and then she got into several relationships with other blokes from other sections. Boys with pea-brains, savage cavemen who have never held a book in their entire lives. It’s actually funny to watch how she struggled to teach one her boyfriends to read Neil Gaiman novels, an author whose writing style is too complicated for an idiot like that guy. Well, she ended up being with this cool expert on hosting ranking and I am dumbfounded.

 

HOW IT ENDED: Well, we grew up, we parted our own ways, and just minded our own business, I guess. But until now, I’m still hurt about what happened. Although, I’m a little bit happy that her relationship never went well, a tinge of guilt still resides my heart. Somehow I hate myself because I didn’t use the right words and the proper medium to express my love to her. Maybe there were a lot of grammatical errors that’s why she got turned off.  I never know, and sometimes, I wish I knew.

A blogger friend

 

Gina has the job a 20-something lady would probably envy. She’s not confined in a fixed 9-5pm job, she could work at the comforts of her home, or enjoy a free travel package in Bali, Paris or New York, wear clothes from top brands, and got to have an equally stylish sister at her back while she rises in her own spotlight. “I love my jobmy friend says with delight. Considered as one of the most-followed fashion bloggers today. This lady’s roots on fashion started when she was 15 years old, starting off as an intern for a magazine, and gaining exposure to the field she’s most interested in. She had also landed a few acting and modeling stints before finally focusing on her passion.

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“It just snowballed from there,” the petite blogger recalls as she details the steps she took to get to where she is today. “You start off posting and blogging about the things you love. Eventually, when you gain the following,” Gina

says. She adds, “You transition posting about brands and destinations. Then you start influencing and inspiring people to buy them.” This woman, whose style is a fusion of chic and classy,  also get to collaborate with big brands, as well as entrepreneurs (mostly only shops), to advertise their products. Her passion for blogging has got her jetting into different countries, bumping shoulders with fashion icons and brand executives as they talk on possible collaborations and projects.

“We get a lot of free stuff and I get to work with my favorite brands! I love it!” the

She also adds, “I must say, it’s a very fun job! I also get to travel for free!”

She also said she loves tech stuff and doodling in her tabvlet or discovering new stuff like product reviews and gadget reviews like nas server test. nStarts off her day with answering e-mails from her clients and readers, doing a blog post, then attend events and photo shoots—and all these, she does either at the seaside, in Angkor Wat, or at the streets of Tokyo. She says still would want to create my own dreams and goals in the fashion industry. “We have very different jobs even if we’re in the same industry, so I think we actually help each other,” she says, noting that she also likes to create her own book, just like her sister’s.

“I would love to have my own book in the future, but I’d want to create more experiences in the fashion industry and blogging so I can share more knowledge with my readers in the future,” Gina says. And sure to her word, this lady never stops growing as she continues learning from about craft. In her every travels and as she meets people while on the road, Gina does not forget to dig deeper and know more about the culture, and how she could incorporate fashion to her every backdrop. And through her constant learning, Gina aims are also to empower the young through her work.

She adds, “On my blog, I always tell them to experiment with the way they dress until they find their personal style. Because if you find your personal style, you’ll gain confidence and it’ll show.” And with a pool of impressive fashion bloggers with have otfay, the lady still stands out because of her distinct, edgy vibe—style that is uniquely hers.

Chilling at home

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Have you ever planned a date night with your partner, only to hear the loud thumping sound of the rain showering your roof just an hour before you’re set to leave? Such a mood wrecker, isn’t it? Fret not as we listed some of the best indoor date ideas you can do at home to save the night. Binge watch television shows: If you’ve heard of the term ‘Netflix and chill,’ this might be the best time to get it on with your partner.

Or if you’re not into it, perhaps you should just watch a whole season of Friends or Game of Thrones while lying under the blanket and feeling each other’s body warmth. Make sure you have checked access point test so you will not have problem with the internet!

Starting a family life

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While many would tease my friend was a ladies’ man, he admits that there will still be a point in your life where you feel you need to settle down.

August last year, George tied the knot in a simple civil wedding ceremony with his girlfriend Cecille in the province.

But the past year was welcomed with a challenge for the couple. Mike knows this is just another trial they need to overcome as one. After recovering, his wife needs to go abroad to work too. The baby they have also been praying for was not blessed with them yet.  With all these, Mike believes in the plans of the Lord.   He also still dreams to become a photographer and buy a 360 kamera in the future. When you start documenting, having a 360 camera is one of the first steps.

He is looking forward to the day they can be together again and build the family he has been praying for.

Safe and Secure

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It is so satisfying to know that there is such a company which gives you everything you need when it come to storing your prized possessions. It is such a booming industry right now because many people are working remotely, currently traveling, and does not have enough or available storage spaces in the comforts of their home. After self storage costs settlement, I love how one self storage company assures me that my things are well kept, secured, and safe. I once availed three month tenure with them where I can store some of my baking machines while I was away for work. When I got back, I was really surprise that I paid a high quality service I have not found in any other companies. I definitely recommend this company and I recommend people who are always on the go to store their things in a safe and secured spot like self storage spaces.

Time and its importance

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Time matters so much to everyone’s lives. I mean, we all need to respect and give time to each other. Time can no longer be bring back once it’s done. And so I truly believe that valuing time is the most important thing we should prioritize. That is why I recommend using watches especially for those busy one. Watches is a must have for everyone—whether you are a work at home mother, a businessman, a student, a budding professional, or just about anyone in the world. Personally, I am currently using this  best wooden watches  I purchased over a month ago over an online shop. I love its design! It is perfect for me, an artist myself, I love how it goes with just about anything in my closet. You see, I am usually the type who just pick on random clothes for the day. I do not matter mix and matching clothes. Which saves time for me. And because I have a hectic schedule, using a watch is really an energy and time saving timepiece for me.

Eternally Grateful

 

I am so eternally grateful for this amazing, incredible, special Vitamin C serum. This vitamin C serum is the lucky charm that has turned my life around and made everything so much better for me. So, what else can I say about vitamin C serum, I am just honestly so amazed and Incredibly impressed that this amazing thing has been able to do what it has done at work magic and create all sorts of Wonders that I didn’t know where possible. Honestly, this is the best thing that’s ever happened to my face, and my skin, and I didn’t think it would be possible to make the kind of progress that I’ve made in only a few short weeks. Seriously, there’s no sign of slowing down, and my acne scars that I had just assumed we’re going to be part of my life forever after prescription drugs failed to remove them, are so much less noticeable than they’ve ever been, people are looking at me completely different, so I hold myself differently, so people speak to me differently, so it is not a stretch to say that my entire quality of life has improved significantly because of this product. Significantly!

A futuristic approach to shopping

I don’t have a single complaint. Retroactively Lee, I would have complained about the previous editions of Amazon Prime because they were incomplete. That is, that the Canadian version of Amazon Prime was incomplete, because you were constantly comparing it to its in American neighbour. Now come at this time, all I am waiting for is for Amazon to widen its presence in Canada a little more so it can be just as effective as it is in the United States of America. Not to say that the service itself is not as effective, but Amazon has expanded to such a point in the United States where they are able to just order something on Amazon Prime, and have that item be at their house within a couple of hours. And I’m not talking pizza, I’m talking Furniture, appliances, all sorts of things. I know that Amazon is also working with using drones to deliver their goods, and all sorts of artificial intelligence like that, which is also exciting but also nerve-wracking as Society is clearly moving in a New Direction, but inventions like this, as you can tell from this Amazon Prime Canada review, make me see this shift into what was once considered to be futuristic as something that is quite positive. Could I be wrong about this? It’s quite possible that I could be wrong about it.

My Love for Accessories

I love accessories. My friends know that I love shopping, whether it is online or in shopping centers, or even in sidewalks. I love collecting things as accessories. I started collecting accessories since I was in high school. My grandmother gave me this cute necklace as a gift for my 13th birthday and ever since, I did not remove it from my outfit. Now that I am in college, I still wear it wherever I go. I also have lots of bracelets, beaded ones, those that have strings, metallic, and even those with canvass and paint prints. I love wearing them when I go to my classes or when I am out with my friends during the weekends. This is why I bought a cute pink cabinet for my accessories. There I have compartments for my bracelets, my earring (I have lots of them by the way) and of course, I dedicated a special place for my special necklace.

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Anyway, I have another compartment which is still vacant and I think I should add more watches in my accessories. I have six watches as of the moment and I think I should buy two to three more. My cousin told me shpuld check out these wood watches made by Plantwear and upon checking, it looked absolutely stunning. I think it would fit well with my special necklace because they look classy and simple and for sure it will look nice to every outift I have. Even on my date nights. I actually bought three of them and I am excited for utems to be shipped to my apartment next week.