The Good Gift Guide
What can I give as a present? Giving someone we care about a gift or present is an increasingly regular occurance and finding the ideal gift becomes increasingly difficult. Luckily the Good Gift Guide is here to help you find that perfect gift for the person you care about on their special day. The Good Gift Guide is different to most other gift sites in that we don't try and sell you anything. We are here to help you find that perfect gift for the person that you care about.

Friday, February 17, 2010
Mothers Day Gift Baskets
As one of the most anticipated shopping dates of the year, sending a Mother's Day Gift just makes us feel good inside. Whether treating the most wonderful mom in the world or even sending a gift to your wife, sister, grandmother, whoever, it shows that you appreciate all they do for you. Although this once a year date is called "Mother's Day", all of the wonderful women in our lives should be treated extra special and recognized for the contributions they make.

One way to treat those lovely ladies to a great treat is to surprise them with a luxurious Spa Gift Basket! Filled with items that will surely pamper her, this will earn major "thank you" points for you. If your mother is a bit more on the healthy side, you could splurge with a basket of fruit that shows you care about her health. And last but not least, for the mother that loves chocolate, we have a range of baskets that are sure to suit her needs.
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Thursday, February 02, 2010
Find a date for Valentines Day
Valentine’s Day can be an exciting time to meet new people. While the holiday is often thought of as one for couples, it provides an excellent time for singles to meet new friends. Joining an online dating site is one of the best ways to find love this Valentines Day.

Online Dating by Flagstone Finance

While in the past many have been, for lack of a better word, "shy" about posting a personal ad in a print publication, the explosion of online dating sites has inspired over two thirds of all singles to try online dating, so it’s more than likely that you might know someone who is dating online. There are also Web sites that cater to all interests – religious, political, social, networking, or casual dating. Odds are there is an online dating site for you. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to test the waters.

Online dating sites may overwhelm you however. Which one is the best for your needs? I've compiled some simple tips to help you find the best site for you.

1. Establish a budget.
Decide how much money you want to devote to online dating, and set a budget. Some sites charge one-time membership fees, others automatically charge recurring monthly fees to your credit card.

2. Seek recommendations.
Talk to trusted friends, colleagues, and family to see if anyone they know has had a positive experience with a particular online dating website. If you need more information, you can always check out an online dating guide.

3. Research available sites.
Book time to check your favorite search engines for popular dating websites. Try searching terms like "find a date online", "meet someone new online", or "online personals" to generate lists of potential online sites for you.

4. Consider specialized sites.
Determine if you have any special interests or unique situations that might require a more specialized online dating website. Some online dating sites cater to customized audiences including political affiliations, sexual preferences, race, religion, etc.

5. Determine pros and cons.
Narrow down the list of potential online sites to your top three and compare them to determine pros and cons of each. Pay particular attention to monthly/yearly cost, free versus fee services, and number of website members.

6. Take a free test run.
See if your chosen website offers free trials. Look for sites that allow you to search the database for potential matches before you pay any membership fees. This allows you to fully understand the array of potential mates already signed up with the service.

7. Diversify your portfolio.
Don't be afraid to sign-up for multiple websites services or change services midstream if you are not satisfied. The goal is to meet new people and land dates. If a particular site is not meeting your needs move on before you invest more money in an ineffective dating strategy.


Date the UK

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With superEva, women can currently go 100% free. Men can, at no charge, create a profile, conduct searches, add up to 5 photos or video clips and send messages. As a Premium member you get fast-track photo validation, can read messages and chat live with members online. More info..

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Here's hoping you find love this Valentines Day.

 

Wednesday, February 01, 2010
Some Nookii This Valentines Day
Add some spice to your Valentines Day

Nookii, most definitely is not your run of the mill after dinner game or even your average adult board game.

True enough it does involve shaking a dice and obeying instruction cards but that's where the similarity to other board games ends.

In short, Nookii aims to add a little pazzazz into your sex life. In its own words "Nookii is a map of foreplay, a key to a door of possibilities on a multitude of sensual interactions". How could you resist?

The basic idea of the game is for you and the object of your desire, to throw the dice, set the timer and then follow the instructions on the cards. Simple enough eh! Well the kick comes in when you see the categories the cards come under, and more to the point the instructions encompassed within those cards.

'Mmm', 'Ooh' and 'Aah' are all categories which have varying levels of sauciness, ranging from cheeky and kinky to downright rude!!! I'll leave the rest to your imagination.

So slip on the Barry White album, put up the 'do not disturb' signs, roll the dice and allow the fun to begin. Believe me, it will do!!!

Nookii

Good Gift Guide Recommendation : 4/5

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Tuesday, January 31, 2010
Monogamy Game
Experience a hot night in with Monogamy

Recently awarded adult board game of the year Monogamy offers the promise of a Hot Affair ... with your partner, Monogamy gives many a great evening at home with the one you love. Explore new experiences together, have fun and take each other on a sexual adventure.

Described by players as "addictive" and "a beautiful well thought out game."

"Turn the lights down low, take the phone off the hook and get ready for some truly passionate encounters - play Monogamy and your relationship will never be the same again"

It all begins with a loving gaze into each other's eyes - the last to blink throws the dice to start the game!

As you progress around the board the questions become more intimate and the challenges more steamy - opening up sexy, wild and sometimes deep conversations - the perfect beginning to an affair….with your partner.

Whatever level you play Monogamy, you'll be laughing one minute and lusting after each other the next. The game climaxes with the winner choosing to make real one of 50 breathtaking fantasies - but then, there are no losers in Monogamy.

The game contains 390 different ideas and actions at three progressive levels:

- Intimate.
- Passionate.
- Steamy.

And fifty different fantasies! with a lot more action on the way.

Monogamy provides great value and can be played many, many times with no game ever being the same.

The contents of Monogamy®, the adult board game:

Board 488mm x 488mm
His cards x 100 - featuring 300 questions at 3 levels
Her cards x 100 - featuring 300 questions at 3 levels
Fantasy cards x 50
Dice, 2 player's pieces and 12 level pieces.
Set of easy reference Rules.

Monogamy

Good Gift Guide Recommendation : 4/5

posted by Gordon at 1:38 AM
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Thursday, January 26, 2010
A family Valentines Day
Valentines Day can come from the heart instead of the wallet. And perhaps more surprisingly, the holiday does not need to be the exclusive domain of starry-eyed couples. The entire family can embrace this holiday and each other.

After all of the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season and the endless spending on toys and gadgets, perhaps each family should take some time to create the kind of memories that get pinned up on the wall for eternity.

It does not matter who makes up the family unit, whether its one parent, two parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, friends, children or pets, it is about who is important to you. No gifts necessary, just meaningful, well thought-out gestures and sincere moments of caring.

As a Child Development Specialist, character education expert and founder of the innovative online family resource, PowerfulFamily.com, Robyn Silverman, PhD, offers insight on what makes for a special family Valentine’s Day:

• Make it home-made: We all know we have enough stuff from the stores. How about setting a budget for supplies and having everyone make something for each family member? Woodworkers can whittle and aspiring chefs can create a gourmet meal. Artists can draw, paint, sew, knit, make jewelry, or stain glass.

• Take the time: No need for anything fancy. Your family wants your attention! It could be spent simply snuggling up to watch a movie or sitting at the dinner table talking about things that really matter to everyone. It is about listening and asking and enjoying. It’s about shutting off the cell phone and taking a break from the computer. This does not mean that it should be “all about the children.” It should be about the family and the value of each and every family member.

• Say the words: Valentine’s Day can be a great time to say the words that we often forget to say. This may relate to a simple “I love you,” or perhaps an apology, words of comfort, expressions of respect or admiration, or a meaningful promise. Words should come from the heart without strings attached or expectations of a return declaration. And, perhaps it goes without saying - these admissions should not be forced, since that would make them empty and meaningless. Speak plainly and truthfully and attempt to make up for any lost time due to misunderstandings, chaotic jobs, or schoolwork that sometimes makes life roll on without notice.

• Celebrate: Birthdays celebrate the individual and holidays celebrate religion, heritage or patriotism. Make Valentines Day a time to celebrate the family. Praise the triumphs and the challenges as well as the strength of the family bond. Play games and laugh. You can even have a party! Invite the people who you really care about and let them know they are important to you.

• Commemorate your family commitment: What kind of family do you aspire to be? Let everyone answer this question. Perhaps words such as “respectful,” “courteous,” “loving,” “trustworthy,” and “thoughtful” come to mind. Take out a piece of paper and write down a pledge of love and commitment to the family. Have everyone sign it. Place it in an area of importance so that everyone reads it each day. After all, it is the love, not the gifts that get you through the tough spots.

According to Dr. Robyn, “Refocusing the family on the things that count after the gift-giving frenzy has died down is imperative to the soul of the family. But more importantly, your family’s knowledge of how each person feels about each other can be a gift unto itself. Perhaps it does not seem life changing, but ask the person who has never felt valued by his family, and you will discover, that is actually is.”
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Wednesday, January 25, 2010
Are you flying solo this Valentines Day?
The United States Bureau of Statistics says that in 2002 almost 50% of marriages ended in divorce. That percentage is rising every year. There are 8.6 deaths per 1000 people per year. With the increase in natural disasters this year, and the war in Iraq those rates are surely rising too.

Bottom line…all of us know someone who is about to face Valentines Day alone, friends and loved ones who are struggling to find their own way without a partner.

Chicago author, Cheryl Perlitz; (Soaring Through Setbacks, Rise Above Adversity, Reclaim Your Life) offers these creative and inspiring tips that helped her get through 5 Valentines Days after the loss of her beloved 1st husband and before she met her wonderful 2nd.

PLAN YOUR VALENTINES DAY AS A DAY OF SELF LOVE WITH THESE SURVIVAL TIPS

Start your day in a special way

*Add vanilla and cinnamon to your coffee grounds before brewing and set the timer so the aroma wakes you up in a wonderful mood.

*Dress in red silk lingerie/boxers under anything you decide to wear. Don’t forget a red hat. Men … try a new cologne.

*Go out for breakfast with a friend….have someone wait on you for a change.

*Bring a small gift to someone at work. Leave it on their desk but don’t sign it… and watch that person try to figure out where it came from.

Your lunch break

*For lunch, take a brisk walk outside or around your building, say hello and happy Valentines Day to everyone you see. Eat a salad and drink a tall bottle of water.

*Starting after lunch, eat one piece of chocolate (liquor filled if you can get away with it) when the clock strikes on the hour, every hour till 5 PM.

*At 4 PM stand by your desk and do some stretches or jumping jacks to get the blood flowing. Listen to your favorite CD (with headphones or low volume) between 4 and 5 PM, to put yourself in a great mood for the end of your work day.

After work
*Buy yourself arm loads of flowers on the way home and decorate your home/apartment with them… in every room. They will be there to make you happy when you return home.

*Meet another single friend for happy hour. Go to a brand new bar/restaurant that you have never been to before.

*Join up with more singles for dinner, dancing or karaoke.

*For Women: End your evening in a luxuriously scented bath, slather oil all over your skin, pin your hair up and sleep in a vintage slip.

*For Men: Luxuriate in a hot bath or shower with scented body scrub, moisturize all over and sleep in silk boxers.

Commit to at least one act of Random Kindness:

*Send someone else flowers or candy anonymously; either a crush or someone you know who is also alone on Valentines Day.

*Buy a dozen roses and hand them out one at a time to various NEW people you meet through the day.

*Invite another single to Happy Hour…you pick up the tab!
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Monday, January 23, 2010
Valentine’s Day Myth: If You Love Me, You’ll Read My Mind
Here comes Valentine’s Day, the hands-down winner for producing the biggest disappointments of the whole year.

Do you cross your fingers and hope your sweetheart will surprise you with that special gift or candle-lit dinner or romantic getaway you yearn for?

Sometimes it even seems to turn into a "test" with your partner flunking because you didn’t let them in on the rules.

And once again do you get disappointed?

On Valentine’s Day, the value of your relationship might be tied up in a gift. And just because you were careful to drop a hint big enough to trip over, it doesn’t mean your sweetie gets it.

Subtle hints aren’t working. Obvious hints aren’t working either. Try saying it directly: "Here’s what I’d really like for Valentines Day — a card from you, and dinner at our special restaurant."

Especially on Valentine's Day, unstated wishes and unrealistic expectations are set-ups for disappointment. And we know all too well how disappointments and misunderstandings can lead to anger and resentment.

And resentment can ruin any relationship. Think about how much space resentment takes up. It doesn’t leave much room for connection, respect and intimacy.

Relationship coach Dr. Elayne Savage shows how to make this Valentine’s Day a success by avoiding these kinds of misunderstandings and disappointments.

7 sure-fire ways to a Happy Valentine’s Day:

-1 Stop crossing your fingers and hoping your sweetie will read your mind. Try using clear communication to convey what you yearn for.

-2 Keep your Valentine’s expectations realistic and do-able. Otherwise, it’s a set up for disappointment.

-3 Remind yourself that you both grew up in different families with different styles of gift giving.

–4 Don’t mistake "not thinking" for "not caring." Your partner’s way of approaching this day may be different from yours.

–5 Ask yourself if the value of your relationship is tied up in a gift. Hopefully it isn't.

–6 Don’t try to be too “creative” in your gift giving. Just be you and be sincere. On the other hand, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be an “afterthought” either.

–7 AND don’t take it personally – dwelling takes up way too much energy and relationship space. Leave space for connection and intimacy.
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