Gift a bundle of love with a twist to it!

February 27th, 2015

Deciding on a perfect gift is an uphill task for many of us. If you think that being a member of a royal family automatically exempted you from this trouble, think again! Even members of the royal families have to think long and hard before they settle on that perfect gift to honour an occasion or a person. In fact, with the availability of a large number of pre-filled gift hampers online, gifting has become a much easier process for us! There have, however, been some shining examples of precious and unique gifts made in history, some of which have been listed below:

The Trojan Horse – One of the most daunting and cunning gifts in the history of time, the Greek waited for a number of years to capture the city of Trojan and carried a large wooden horse when they finally carried out their attack. They tactically left behind the horse and withdrew from the war scene and the Trojans were overjoyed that they won. They dragged the large wooden “gift” inside their city walls but received the shock of their lives when Greek soldiers dropped from it in the middle of the night and eventually accomplished what they had set out to do – win a war!

Clever Cleopatra – Perhaps one of the most unique gifts in history, this involved the very beautiful Cleopatra, who was demanding and audience with Julius Caesar so she could seek his help during their times of war. Caesar kept avoiding this meeting and Cleopatra hit upon a brilliant scheme wherein she asked to be rolled into an expensive carpet that she wanted to gift to him. Bundled in a pricey carpet, Cleopatra “gifted” Caesar more than he expected and she ultimately got what she wanted – an opportunity to speak with the king.

Majestic Beauties – These would be tough to beat but you could steal the spirit of innovation and dedication from these royal examples! Shah Jahan was so infatuated with his wife Mumtaz Mahal that he got an entire world wonder created for her – the Taj Mahal. Considered the ultimate gift one can give to his wife, this beauty was made entirely of marbles and precious gemstones on the banks of river Yamuna in Delhi. Nebuchadnezzar II was another royalty who was totally in love with his wife – Queen Amytis – for whom he got the Hanging Gardens of Babylon set up. It is said that his wife missed the lush greenery of her Median home and to assuager her homesickness, he commissioned this world marvel, which included several thousand kinds of plants, trees, vines and shrubs. Although, largely considered a mythical concept, it is indeed a thrilling one that could inspire you to go green with your expressions of love!

These are just some examples of popular gifts. Others included islands, jewels and bejewelled clothes and weapons, beautifully penned and decorated letters and poems, etc.

Top Cheap Hampers For Loved Ones

February 26th, 2015

Instead of buying one gift for a loved one, isn’t it better that you present a whole hamper of gifts? A personally assembled gift hamper is valued much because of the effort that went into creating it.

Hamper gift is also not expensive as you fear. By carefully picking items, one can cut down the cost. One can also tailor the contents of the hamper according to the taste and likings of the recipient. One can get cheap hampers delivered anywhere in the country.

Here are a few ideas for top cheap gift hampers (All items cost less than £35) at Express Gift Service:

  • Brunch Fruit Tray: This gift box is packed with delicious, healthy dry fruits. It is an exquisite brunch time item to savour. It provides instant dose of energy and pampers the taste buds. The hamper consist of a selection of cranberries, figs, pineapple and apricots. It is packed in an octagonal tray, wrapped aesthetically with a ribbon and can include a personalized gift card.
  • Gourmet Nuts Tray: Nuts are the best way to keep warm in the winter or rainy season and the nuts in the hamper are crunchy and delicious. This hamper contains seasonal dry fruits like walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts and hazel nuts. These can be placed in an attractive box and secured with a pretty ribbon.
  • Birthday Flower Gift: A lovely display of 12 tender spray carnations in attractive hues like white, pink and yellow blooms. There are at least four blooms on every stem, which will provide 48 flowering heads for 12 stems.
  • Pine Nuts Tray: Delight your family with this healthy snack. Hamper is made of a selection of Brazil nuts, walnuts and almonds. Can be set in a pine nut design tray, secured with a ribbon and feature a personalized gift card.
  • Kula Spa Bath Tub: This attractively arranged mini bath tub will sit pretty in any bathroom and provide for a pampering, luxurious experience in summers and winter (the whole year round). Fragrance is of Sea Kelp which calms the body.  It also contains Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Pro Vitamin B5, Evening Primrose Oil,   Vitamin E and Vitamin A.  The hamper also features Body Lotion, Body Butter, Body Spray, Towel Sponge and Shower Gel.

  • Sweet and Pickle Hamper Basket: Add spice and flavour to your meals using sweets and pickles. The hamper is based on a classic contrast between sweet and sour. Some products, which you can add include English breakfast marmalade, Strawberry jam, gardener’s choice chutney and potting shed Pickle.
  • Christmas Tree Fruit Cake: This scrumptious fruit cake is an ideal gift hamper for friends and family in the holiday season. It is made of natural ingredients, top class fruits covered with marzipan and fondant icing. It has a long shelf life, so enjoy for a long time. Ingredients are Currants, Sultanas, Wheat flour, Cherries, Sugar, Whole egg, mixed peel, Vegetable fats, Maize starch, Raising agent, whey powder, natural preservatives, colours and flavours. It is suitable for vegetarians and is free of alcohol.

 These are top seven gift hamper treats you can get within 30 pounds.

Ideas for Some Great Hobby Based Gift Hampers

February 26th, 2015

Gift hampers based on the theme of hobbies suit almost everyone. One obstacle on the way is if you have no idea about the hobby of the recipient.

But there are ways to get around this. First, you can snoop around by asking friends, family or colleagues. Second, you can pay attention to the topics frequently discussed by the recipient. Finally, take a peek into their social media entries like Facebook or Twitter accounts. If all these fail and you find the recipient lacking a hobby, you can get him/her started on one.

Here are examples of a few hobby based gift hampers:

Beach Theme:  Items that can be included are:

  • Container can be a bag: Choose from a straw bag or a plastic bag or  a tote bag.
  • Sunscreen: Choose from  spray -ons to lotions and ones to match the skin types and age of recipients.
  • After sun lotion: to cool down after a day in the sun
  • Mineral water: Beats all the colas
  • Water proof/ zip loc bags: To safe keep water sensitive items like phone, watch, etc.
  • Towels: Most useful items
  • Goggles, flippers and snorkels: for sea lovers
  • Silicon plugs for ears and nose clip: for lovers of pools.
  • Paint brush: to wipe away sand
  • Mini soap and shampoo: To take bath at the pool or the sea before heading home.
  • Hat: Straw hats are popular
  • Sunglasses and case
  • Flip flops: are inexpensive but sturdy wear for the beach.
  • Crossword puzzle, Frisbee, Kite and bucket and shovel (for little ones) for entertainment.

Techie Theme: The life of a techie revolves around his gadgets. Here are a few ideas to keep him happy:

  • Container can be a lap top tray or a basket.
  • Memory stick: To help those running out of memory or battery.
  • USB power car adaptor: to charge any device with USB cable while travelling by car.
  • Ten in one USB charging cable: The cable has 10 different adaptors for charging all kinds of devices.
  • USB port hub: Divides any USB port into 3-4 ports.
  • Cord organizers: To sort tangles made by wires and hubs.
  • Mono head set featuring microphone: Great for users of Skype and for calls over the internet.
  • USB Blue Tooth Dongle: A cool and cheap widget. Allows PC/ Laptop to sync with other Blue tooth devices sans wires.
  • Lap top tray: Protects lap tops from heating
  • Mini lap top mouse featuring retractable cable
  • Silicone USB number keypad.
  • Gamepad USB  controller for PC games.
  • Color sticker for cover of lap top
  • USB fan
  • USB keyboard light
  • Cell phone card holder
  • Table stand for cell phone
  • Wall stand for charging cell phone
  • Universal battery charger for cell phone
  • Charging cable for iPhone/iPad
  • FM Transmitter for iPhone/ iPad.
  • Touch pens
  • Screen protectors
  • Cap protecting ear phone plug from dust
  • i Phone style mouse pad
  • I Phone and iPad cases
  • Silicon speakers

These are two types of hobby themed gift hampers and their useful contents. If you find it difficult to assemble the hamper yourself, you can order hobby themed gift hampers online and surprise your loved ones.