When shopping for Christmas jewelry, one popular style that is adored among many is the the white topaz ring. Since it is the purest form of topaz, with no impurities, it is often used in the place of a diamond. Since it is so beautiful, yet much more affordable (usually within $100 – $400) than diamonds are, you may often find that white topaz is used as a common replacement for the birthstone of those who were born in the month of April. But it certainly isn’t the imitation factor that makes white topaz rings so desirable. In fact, it is instead the meaning behind the gem.
Whether it is for a birthday, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or just because, giving a white topaz ring is an excellent way to say “I love you” with genuine emotion. There is perhaps no other gem that is so capable of expressing trust, love, communication and warmth than with white topaz. In fact, there are even those who hold the belief that the gem itself has the power to protect against misfortune and calm the soul. For this reason, the popular gem has become a common placement in promise rings for those who wish to say something that will forever be remembered.
Another great feature of this type of topaz is that when there is a thin layer of titanium placed underneath the topaz, there is an ending result of “Mystic Topaz” which results in a shimmering burst of many colors when light strikes the gem in a particular way. In truth, it doesn’t matter what occasion calls for these beautiful rings or even if there is an occasion. When it comes right down to it, these particular gems make a wonderful gift that will ultimately be treasured for an entire lifetime to come. That’s the kind of gift that essentially becomes priceless.
How to Curl Ribbon
With the Christmas holidays coming up and the many other gifting occasions throughout the year, learning how to curl ribbon can help make those gifts even more beautiful. Your friends and loved ones will appreciate the extra creativity that you put into wrapping their present.
The great thing about learning how to curl ribbon is that there are endless possibilities when it comes to what you can create. All it takes is a pair of scissors and some ribbon of your choice. It can be decorative Christmas ribbon, polka dotted ribbon or simply varying solid color ribbon of your choosing. Unlike ribbon which is already curled and has limited options in colors and designs, curling your own ribbon provides an opportunity to be creative. You may wish to coordinate your ribbon with the look of the gift wrap or gift bag that you are using or you can choose contrasting colors that compliment your gift wrap. The choices really are endless.
To start, cut a section of your selected ribbon approximately 10-12″ in length. The width of the ribbon isn’t very important. In fact, you can alter the look of your finished gift by using curling ribbons of varying widths and lengths, just be sure that they are of sufficient length to achieve the desired curl.
With the blades of the scissors opened and a firm grip on one handle and blade, press one end of the ribbon firmly between your thumb and the blade. Maintaining a firm grasp, pull the entire length of the ribbon tightly with your other hand across the blade of the scissors. When you complete the length of the ribbon, release it and you will have a newly transformed, and curly, ribbon.
If, by chance, your first attempt at learning how to curl ribbon is unsuccessful, simply repeat the above procedure until you have achieve the desired look.
Best Christmas Flower Arrangements and Gifts
Aside from those who may have allergies, there are few people who don’t like receiving flowers as a gift. Many people associate flowers with spring time, anniversary’s and Valentine’s Day, but the Christmas holidays are just as appropriate of a time as any to give flowers as a gift.
The festive colors in these Christmas flower arrangements set them apart from standard flower bouquets, with beautiful splashes of reds, golds, whites and greens. In fact, these particular bouquets have so much Christmas spirit that they would even be excellent choices if you’re looking for that perfect Christmas centerpiece for your holiday dinner table.
Candlelight Christmas Centerpiece features vivid red and snow-white blossoms nestled in fragrant evergreens with pine cones, berries, bows, and twin taper candles.
Say ‘Season’s Greetings’ with a cheery basket bouquet of fresh pine, traditional red and white blossoms, and festive holiday trim.
This popular holiday bouquet features festive red and white flowers, fragrant pine, and all the trimmings in a compact little basket bouquet that’s perfect almost anywhere.
With Christmas just around the corner, finding the best Christmas gifts for Mom is a high priority on many Christmas lists. Sometimes, coming up with gift ideas for mom can become hectic as the holiday season gets into full swing, but fortunately, this Christmas gift guide will help you find a perfect gift for mom. Whether you’re searching for jewelry, perfume or unique gifts for mom, you won’t have to look much further for that perfect Christmas gift.
Presents for Her: Perfume
What woman doesn’t love a great perfume? This Christmas, the best perfumes are going quickly, so you may want to get your hands on that perfume gift set before you miss your chance. When it comes to perfume 2010 gave way to many new scents that are absolute must-haves this Christmas. Beyonce Heat perfume by Beyonce, is a huge hit among women and having just been released, this one is flying off of shelves quickly. If you’re looking for something a bit more classic, Obsession Gift Set by Calvin Klein Gift Set for Women is another great gift option that almost never fails with Mom. Pleasures Perfume by Estee Lauderis also classic scent that Mom will love, while Coco Pure Perfume by Chanel is a great choice if you’re looking for something a little fancier.
Jewelry for Mom This Christmas
This Christmas, capture the love that rests in every mother’s heart by giving Mom a beautiful piece of jewelry that she can cherish for years to come. The Forever In A Mother’s Heart Personalized Heart-Shaped Birthstone Pendant is a spotlight gift this year and a personal favorite of mine because you can personalize this heart-shaped necklace with the birthstones of each of her children. Another great idea is to give her a special piece of jewelry that will always remind her of this Christmas. The Gift Of Love Sterling Silver Diamond Gift Box Pendant Necklace: Gift For Mothers is a great gift idea this Christmas that will forever hold a special place in her heart. Setting atop the 24K present is a genuine hand-set diamond.
Unique Gifts for Mom
If Mom loves spending time in the kitchen, consider getting her a video game that she will actually love. The Food Network Cook or Be Cooked, Wii Game will give Mom a chance to be a pro chef in her very own virtual kitchen cooking up more than 30 different gourmet recipes. Even better, she’ll love that each of the recipes are authentic so when she’s done playing, she’ll be able to try out those great recipes for real.
With any luck, hopefully this guide has given you some great ideas for Christmas gifts for Mom, but you’d better hurry, there are only a few days remaining until Christmas, so get your hands on that perfect gift while you still can.
How to Light Up Your Christmas Tree Photo Using Your iPhone
If you’re like many this time of year who are snapping photos of your Christmas tree, you may be looking for a way to brighten up those cell phone pictures. As far as Christmas trees go, it doesn’t get much brighter than Christmas trees, so why not add your own digital lights to that photo before sending it to friends or uploading it to Facebook?
Step One: Take a photo of your Christmas tree.
Step Two: Download the app “Glow Coloring”
Step Three: Tap the star icon in the lower right hand corner and select “Import a Picture”. Select your Christmas tree photo from your Camera Roll.
Step Four: Next to the star icon you will see the icon that allows you to choose your selected paint brush for coloring your photo. To add Christmas lights, choose the small rounded circles and the color of your choice from your color palette, which is the square icon in the middle bottom half of the screen.
Step Five: Add “lights” to your Christmas tree as I have done with the one above with varying colors of your preference. Whether you choose a rainbow of many colors or a pattern for your Christmas tree lights, you’re well on your way to a newly transformed Christmas Tree photo.
Step Six: Once you have added the amount of lights that you wish to add, consider further updating your photo with the snowflake paint brush or any of the 30 paint brushes that you can choose from in the Glow Coloring iPhone app. When you’re ready to save, simply tap the icon in far left corner and select save or upload your photo to Facebook or Twitter.
Who doesn’t love candy canes? Better yet, who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Second on the list of best alcoholic Christmas drinks, this candy cane Christmas cocktail is a great holiday treat. These candies are popular throughout the Christmas season and are often used to decorate Christmas trees as well as in favorite holiday recipes such as cookies and cakes, dessert bars and, yes, alcoholic Christmas drinks. This candy cane Christmas cocktail puts a new twist on two of your favorites.
Candy Cane Christmas Cocktail
You Will Need:
1 ½ ounces of Vanilla Vodka (recommended: Smirnoff)
1 ½ ounces of White Chocolate Liqueur
¾ ounce of Peppermint Schnapps
With a chilled cocktail glass, dip the rim of your glass into a shallow dish of grenadine. In a cocktail shaker, combine your vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur and peppermint schnapps with 1/3 cup of shaved ice nd shake vigorously for at least twenty seconds. Strain the cocktail into your glass and garnish.