#GuestPost Finding the Perfect Holiday Gift

xmas gift 2The holidays, as happy as they can be, tend to be a stressful time of year. After all, on top of the normal obligations of daily life, there’s bound to be a slew of festivities to attend or prepare for. Between trimming the tree, baking cookies for Santa, and attending ugly sweater parties, things can get a little hectic. Top it all off with needing to find that perfect gift for your special someone and you’re likely to throw in the towel and curl up by the fire with a glass of eggnog. But finding just the right present for your significant other doesn’t have to be taxing. Take a peek at these fun (and easy!) ideas and before you know it, you’ll have that perfect gift checked off your list.

Something you can do together

Though you and your partner probably see each other quite often, devoting hours each day to just the two of you is unrealistic and often unattainable in today’s world, especially during the busy holiday season. But as Real Simple Magazine points out, getting enough couple time builds intimacy, opens communication, and strengthens your bond, all important factors for fostering a successful relationship.

A gift that allows you and your significant other to enjoy an activity together is two-fold in its purpose: carving out time for just the two of you to reconnect while doing something you wouldn’t usually do. Never got around to taking those ballroom dance lessons you always talked about? Have you always wanted to learn how to make a gourmet meal that would put a world-renowned chef to shame? Sign you and your partner up for a class that provides an exciting experience and a new skill you can learn together.

Something to enhance your love life

They say variety is the spice of life, and that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to how you and your partner spend your time between the sheets. The holidays are about family and togetherness, which often means you and your significant other struggle to get a moment alone. Give him a gift that you’ll both have fun with when you finally escape to the privacy of your bedroom. A special piece of lingerie is a great way to make any night with your other half feel even more memorable. For a holiday twist on things, Adam & Eve suggests donning a sexy Santa Claus-inspired outfit, sure to get both you and your partner in the festive spirit. With so many options designed specifically with couples in minds, a gift that will enhance your love life is sure to make the rare time you and your significant other have alone during the holiday season that much more amazing.

Something you can enjoy separately of one another

As noted before, spending time with your significant other is important. However, with life moving a mile a minute, it’s essential that you both have time alone in order to relax, recharge, and bring the best version of yourself to the relationship. According to Psychology Today, there are many physical and psychological benefits to spending time alone, including enhancing the quality of your relationships with others.

You and your sweetie may have a ton of common interests, but chances are there’s at least one thing he loves to do that you merely tolerate, and vice versa. So why not take advantage of your differences and gift him something he would enjoy—without you? Maybe that means setting up an afternoon of paintball for him and his friends, or surprising him with an hour-long rental of the car of his dreams. He’ll appreciate how much thought you put into the planning and you’ll appreciate the free time his golf trip gives you to settle in to a much-needed Netflix marathon. It’s a win-win!

When the idea of finding the perfect gift for the perfect person in your life seems a little too overwhelming, use these ideas as jumping off points to holiday present bliss. Whatever you choose doesn’t have to be complicated or filled to the brim with all the bells and whistles. As long as it’s given with love, your significant other is sure to love it, too.

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Corey Ponder tells us how “Giving is Sexy”

Everyone has heard the saying that it is better to give than to receive…

This week on “Late Night with LaKesha”, Corey Ponder and I will discuss how giving can be sexy.  We will share our top gift ideas for the holidays, why we think giving back to your community is a turn on and some others ways you can “give” to your mate…

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Join Corey and I on Tuesday, December 14 at 10pm on http://blogtalkradio.com/lakeshawomack

 

About Corey Ponder…

Corey Ponder founder of The Young Writers Block

Corey Ponder grew up in the Atlanta area and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville for undergraduate and spent time at the University of California, Berkeley in pursuit of his Master’s in Public Policy.  Now he works in the Washington, DC area.  He spends his time looking to connect himself with motivated and passionate people in the area and around the nation that shares his interests in politics, service, civic engagement, and social awareness.

This was the inspiration for his personal blog site, The Apathy Remedy.  Established in October 2008, Corey felt that the discourse on politics, social issues, news, and society only exacerbated the level of skepticism, apathy, and cynicism with which Americans approached these issues.  The goal of The Apathy Remedy was to be objective without losing passion, be informative yet engaging, and most importantly, provide a type of coverage that would inspire readers to do something: from simply researching further all the way to effecting change on a political or social movement level.  Donning the pen-name SpkTruth2Pwr, he wanted his blogging to be a reflection of the truth of his analysis – an alter-ego – so that whatever your thoughts about the motivations or intent of Corey Ponder, SpkTruth2Pwr was only motivated by bringing the light objectivity and inspiration to act to his reader.

This passion stretched to the establishment of The Young Writers’ Block.  Corey realized there are so many enlightened voices in the blogosphere that can be lost in the oversaturation of the web.  YWB was established to provide those enlightened voices a platform from which to be heard and recognized, and ultimately inspire readers to think, discuss, and engage on social issues that matter to young professionals.  Like a support group, young writers use YWB as a place to develop and reach a wider audience.

Find Corey online…

@SpkTruth2Pwr

@YngWritersblock

http://youngwritersblock.org

 

 

Building a man’s jewelry collection

When it comes to men’s jewelry, I am very traditional so this shouldn’t be a long read. I believe a man should not wear more than five pieces of jewelry at one time (preferably not all on the same appendage). Although I am a member of Generation Bling, I don’t think a man should subscribe to that way of thinking unless he is in a music video or it’s Halloween.

A man’s jewelry collection can consist of multiple pieces but it is not necessary for them to all be worn at the same time. Knowing the appropriate time to wear jewelry is a statement of class for men. Not to go on a fashion tangent but every man should have three looks – sporty, casual and dressy – and a jewelry collection for each look.

A sporty look is appropriate for sporting events and playing sports. An athletic watch is the only piece of jewelry that can sustain the roughness of man-sport, otherwise, you are just trying to show off and will probably end up losing your piece or it will get broken.

Casual dress provides a little more leeway, however, don’t overdo it. A casual watch is a worthy investment that can be worn daily. It should be a piece that can be worn with jeans or khaki’s and looks good when your sleeves are rolled up. The actual style will vary depending on your personality but chronographs are one of my favorites. The band of the watch is a very important detail but if you choose a good face, you can always have the band replaced. A necklace or bracelet may be appropriate but I prefer that a man not wear both. Also, fashion rings only look appropriate if it is a class ring or if you not married. If you are married and choose a fashion ring or class ring, it should be worn on the opposite hand of your wedding band to create a balanced look. If you are a man with pierced ears, this may be the time to wear them but be careful not to go overboard. A nice diamond stud (between ½ and 1 carat) is appropriate but hoops and earrings with designs should be left for the women.

When wearing a suit, depending on your style, you can sometimes add a little more flash to your ensemble with cuff links. Tie tacks and tie bars should be avoided at all costs unless you prefer a more dated look. With this look, you can make a bolder statement with your watch because it can be used as a symbol of power. It is hard to resist a man in a dark suit with a crisp white shirt, french cuffs, shined cuff links, polished shoes and a nice watch.

A man’s jewelry collection may be easier to assemble than a woman’s because there are less options available. Each man should invest in three watches, one ring if he chooses and as many sets of cuff links as his heart desires. The price points of these pieces, however, should stay in line with his budget. 

Also, for all of you women wanting a rock for an engagement ring, I have been told that it is a wedding tradition for the bride to buy her husband a watch, as a wedding gift, equal in value to that of her engagement ring.