Christmas Gifts for Her

Now that it’s closer to Christmas, men all around must be panicking on what to pick out for the women in their life! That’s where I come in! Here is a nice handy list of gift ideas for the lovely ladies out there!

1) Beauty Box Subscription

Yes, I may be a tad biased, but this serves to be kind of like 4-12 mini gifts if you get an annual subscription! There are so many beauty boxes out there! Ipsy, Topbox, Luxebox, etc etc!

2) Macaron

These are elegant desserts that come in various colours. They get packaged very nicely and definitely makes a better gift than chocolates!

3) Hair straightener or Curl iron

I feel like a straightener is a must in every female’s household. You can use it to straighten hair, curl hair, and even iron out small wrinkles on clothes!

4) Photo album

This is more for the close females in your life. Buy a photo album and fill it with pictures of happy moments you guys had together! This is a great gift for mothers and girlfriends. Lets them know you care! If you don’t have enough pictures, fill it with small things that had meaning, such as first movie date tickets, first parking ticket you got while she was there or some other meaningful flat items! Maybe throw in a single rose/favourite flower as well!

5) Dress

This is definitely a tricky item. My general rule of thumb is to probably never buy a female clothing unless you know their size 100%! And even then, it could come off as offensive because you didn’t choose a smaller size! But I like the idea of a dress especially if it’s coupled with a dinner that they’re able to wear the dress to. Remember, it has to be a dress that fits perfectly! Maybe a dress they tried on before but didn’t buy because they didn’t need the dress. Something along those lines! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

6) Clutch/Wristlet

These are those tiny bags women like to carry their essentials in! Just big enough to hold their phone, a few cards, and some cash!

7) Spa Package (Mani/Pedi/Massage/etc)

Lots of spas offer Holiday packages that include various treatments! You can let them know they deserve to spoil themselves once in a while!

8) Jewelry Box/Music Box

Both these boxes carry/organize jewelry.

9) Premade gift baskets/packages (Make-up, lotion, toiletries, perfume, chocolate, etc)

If it’s a female who you have absolutely no idea what to get them, premade gift packages will save you. They cover all grounds!

10) Jewelry (Necklace, bracelet, earrings, etc)

Last, but not least, jewelry! This gift is literally the default gift you can give any female of any age! Which jewelry you give could indicate more intimacy. For example, a necklace would be more likely fit for a girlfriend whereas a bracelet would do for a female cousin or sibling. If you’ve already given the girlfriend a necklace, the braclet/earring/etc would also work as a gift!

As I was writing this list up, I realized, females are just as hard to shop for as guys! Hope you enjoyed!

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Christmas gift ideas for him part 2

So I realized the first list of Christmas ideas were very typical guy gifts, so I spent quite some time thinking of other possible Christmas (or birthday) gifts! Here it goes!

1) Electric Razor

These things are fun. When I was watching my boyfriend use his electric razor, I totally wanted to give it a try on my own more or less hairless chin! Though a regular razor gives a cleaner shave, electric razors are more convenient and leaves no cuts! This is a great gift for your significant other. So if you’re not a fan of stubble and your man isn’t a fan of shaving, this will solve the problem!

2) Keyboard

Gaming keyboards are fantastic. Even if the guy isn’t a gamer. Gaming keyboards are of superior quality and they feel really great! Some look amazing too!

3) Mouse

When I say mouse, I mean gaming mouse. These come in so many designs! This is a practical gift, but gaming mice are, like the gaming keyboards, very high quality. Some of these have special features built into the mouse such as mouse sensitivity!

4) Headset

I know you’re probably seeing a pattern that all these gift ideas are related to computers, but in modern times, this allows us to have a more diverse choice in guy gifts!

5) (Beginner) Bartender set

These generally come in pre-made sets. Comes with everything a new bartender would start off with! You can probably couple this gift with a bartending for dummies book or some other beginner’s book! This is definitely a fun gift for anyone!

6) Whiskey stones

Whiskey stones are essentially rocks that stay cool and don’t dilute your drink! Sweet!

7) Dashcam

I think these things are great! They should be in every car! Dashcams are cameras docked onto the rearview mirror. They record everything that happens infront of you. Super handy if a car accident takes place (-knock on wood-)

8) Ties

Ties come in so many shapes, patterns, and price tags that make this gift a possible recurring gift! A simple, but elegant gift!

9) Swiss Army Knife

Choose one that has a beer opener! Soo handy!

10) Messenger Bag

With laptops, tablets, and ipads dominating, a messenger bag is the perfect bag to carry the essentials!

Goodluck Christmas shopping!

XoXo

Christmas gift ideas for him

Gift season is coming up!! So I thought it would the right time to do a gifts guide, starting with gifts for HIM. We all know it’s impossible to shop for a guy! Whether it’s your significant other, your father, your grandpa, older/younger brother, male friend, colleague, and so forth! Here’s a list (no particular order) of gift ideas that I have previously given to guys that loved their gift!

1) Belt

Most guys I know have that ONE belt that they use for absolutely every occasion. Some leave it in their pants and just wear the sameee pair of pants the next day…and the day after that, simply because the belt is already pre-looped in!! So having an extra belt wouldn’t hurt him, or even a fancier belt for fancier occasions! You know what, two belts might even have him consider wearing two pairs of different pants! Win.

2) Watch

Whether the guy you’re buying a gift for is in business, healthcare, etc. a watch will always finish an outfit. And the best part is, now he has no excuse to ever be late! No more “my phone ran out of battery” or “I forgot my phone at home”! A watch just makes a guy look so much more distinguished don’t you think?

3) Dress shirt

With the holidays coming up, there’s bound to be countless Christmas/New Years Eve parties and dinners to attend! So grabbing him a nice dress shirt for Christmas will give him something new to wear to one of the parties! And of course, people will compliment him on his amazing dress shirt that you picked out! Both of you would feel amazing! Compliments just work that way! You can never own too many dress shirts.

4) Wallet

A good 50% of my male friends don’t seem to care about their wallets! Some of their wallets are just super damaged and they’re just simply too lazy to get a new one! Some have had their wallets since they were like 10 years old…and yes, the velcro wallets. It’s time for a change! My suggestion would be a leather bi-fold wallet. This is a classic!

5) Cardholder

Of course a good chunk of guys don’t even own a wallet. They just bring the essentials in their pocket! Get him a cardholder to hold and organize his cards in! The main reason I’ve come across for guys to favour cardholders over wallets is that it’s much more compact and they don’t even have that many cards! Unlike girls, if they’re anything like me, I have about 30 billion cards and half of them are points cards! Men rarely have a bazillion points cards. They just need to carry their creditcards and IDs.

6) Money clip

Same logic as the cardholder. Men like simplistic stuff (at least the men I have come across). They just want their creditcard, drivers licence, and some cash for convenience and/or emergencies. A money clip often comes with a super thin wallet. Sometimes they come with cardholders. This just keeps their bills down in one place!

7) Tablet

There are so many different kinds of tablets out there, there is bound to be one that they would like or use! I find this is a good gift for anyone in the age range of 14-30. They always have some reason to use a tablet, whether it’s for school, games, or just browsing the net! Reading comics and skpying on a tablet is pretty amazing too!

8) Scarf

For some reason, guys just  don’t own scarves. It could be -1000 outside and they’ll somehow convince themselves they don’t need a scarf. Get him a scarf. Even if he’s truly not cold in -1000 degrees, you probably are, so you can steal his scarf instead of his coat for those days!

9) Cellphone

Phones. Guys seem to like phones. They always want to have the most updated phone, but they can’t ’cause their old phone is still perfectly functional. This would probably make him happy!

10) Videogames

This gift idea works for any guy who owns some gaming console. If you don’t know anything about games, ask the store for the most popular one. Remember to get a gift receipt so they can go exchange the game if they already have it or they don’t like it. Don’t forget to mention that when you give him the videogame! Or else the game will end up in his livingroom somewhere, still in the wrapper for many years to come!

I hope this helps with your Christmas shopping this year, especially with black friday and cybermonday rolling around the corner! =)

Best Halloween Costume Ever!!!

Stickman costume

I remember in my days when I was a tiny little person, my Halloween costumes were of the classical type! I was either a witch, vampire (non-sparkly), cat, or some other scary thing! Nowadays, people just keep getting more and more creative! Imagine a WHOLE FAMILY wearing the now-famous LED Stickman costume!!! It would be a great way to find your child in the masses of children wearing masks and other costumes! Don’t have to worry too much about drivers not being able to see them, and best part of all, they’ll probably get more candy for just wearing an awesome costume!! This costume will probably be super cost-efficient for the family as well! (Looks) easy to hand-make, and simply just a great idea all around!

Here’s the youtube link of the lucky little cutiepie running around as a stickman! Enjoy!

Cure for Cancer is… HIV?

A few weeks ago there was a pretty viral video about how the cure to cancer is HIV. The video is about how a child with recurring leukemia was infected with a virus that had the ability to reprogram the immune cells to attack cancerous cells within the body. And of course, that virus was the infamous HIV virus. The title of the video, Scientists are now beating cancer with the HIV virus” is somewhat misleading. I hope the title didn’t send the message that it was okay to go and purposely get HIV in order to cure cancer for patients suffering from it!

There are a couple of things I wanted to note about this video. One is that in this study, they were using gene therapy. Gene therapy is more or less an alteration to organisms’ genes for the better (hopefully). They used a modified version of the HIV virus because of its gene reprogramming capabilities. They altered the virus in such a way that the virus is unable to use the host’s own cell machinery to replicate and subsequently cause AIDS. This altered HIV virus was used to reprogram the little girl’s immune cells (T Cells), so that they could recognize and eliminate cancerous cells. Secondly, even though gene therapy has been used in the past, we want to remember that this was done on a little girl who was given the death sentence. Our sample size in this study is 1. We don’t know if it will work for everybody or the long term effects (if they do, let me know!).

This has got to be the most amazing thing ever! On one hand (completely unrelated), a man is on his way to finding the cure to HIV (I believe they are at stage 2), while somewhere else, someone is getting close to finding a cure for cancer! How cool is that?! Yay, science!

Love Letter from Old Love Heals Man in Coma

I just recently came by an article in the Chinese newspaper today (October 20, 2013) that was about how a man, after getting involved in a car accident was put in a coma. His wife had tried various things including reenacting scenes and singing songs from their own happy moments before the accident. However, the wife found nothing had stimulated her husband. One day she came across a hidden love letter from his past love (before their marriage) and she decided to read this letter to him. It was when she read the letter to him that she saw a response from him. For 12 years, she continued to read this love letter to him. Finally, she brought him to the hospital and the doctors confirmed that he had regained  consciousness.

Even though this was in the Chinese newspaper today, after a quick google search, I found that there was an English translation of this wonderful story dated back in 2010. Here is the link: 12 years of reading of another woman’s love letter wakes her husband up from coma

I thought this was a very romantic/sad/happy story that I just felt the need to share! I think the wife was amazing for being able to continue reading a past love’s letter to her husband in hopes of him recovering. She is one strong woman! Hope you all enjoyed!

CNE – Canadian National Exhibition

It’s that time of the year again!!! The CNE (The Ex) is opened on August 16, 2013 – September 2, 2013! If you’re planning to visit this year, here are the prices and specials!

General Admission: $16

Child (5-13): $12

Child (4-): Free

Senior (60+): $12

Family Pass (2 adults and 2 kids 13-): $48

Parking

$25 Monday-Sunday

$30 Labour Day

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SPECIALS

*August 16, 2013 – Opening Day Special: All Admission is $8

*August 27, 2013: FREE for teens 19 and under until 3pm

Monday-Thursday (Except Labour Day): $5 after 5pm

Mondays: $2 for Kids 13 and under

*8 Rides for $20 Special on these dates