What to give to couples?
There are plenty of great gifts that you can buy for couples. The gifts don't need to be very personal. Just give them something useful and your gift will surely be treasured. If you don't know the couple very well, try to find out a bit about them. How old are they? Are they a newly married couple who have just moved into your town? Or are they empty nest couple who are soon to retire?
Unless you're close to the couple, I think it's best to stay away from gifts like appliances and furniture since they may already have them (Who needs two microwaves at home?). Also, it's risky to buy things that are size-specific such as Venetian blinds or beddings (except free-size ones). Your best bet is to buy something that people are less likely to have or something that they can collect or consume. Couples who have been together for a long time are tougher to buy gifts for. Their home may already have practically everything that they need. If you don't know what to give them, I'd recommend you to buy things that they don't really need but would love to have such as fancy-looking dinnerware or a gorgeous room decoration.
I've looked around my home and found dozens of items that will make a wonderful gift for couples. These are things that both of my parents love.
A few years ago, my parents got a Noritake gold rimmed plates from a relative. It was placed inside a pretty floral box. My family loves it. I would use it during special occasions to make our meals look fancier and more elegant.
Since I'm partial to Japanese brands, I recommend this Noritake dinnerware. This set looks similar to my parents'. With this elegant tableware, the couple won't have to leave home for a romantic dinner night!
High-Quality Can Opener
For years, we've been using a cheap steel can opener that my dad abhors. We got a free gift check and decided to buy a new one with it. My dad picked this one which happens to be the most expensive of its type in the store. Since then, opening cans has become much much easier. I spent a few minutes figuring out how it works. This can opener is used by positioning the blade into the can. It is locked into place by pressing the handles together. The wheel turns very smoothly. I was delighted when I learned that it has a magnet for easy removal of the lid. This is a great gift for older couples, though couples of any age would love this!
We have a bamboo chime at home. It is different from other chimes. It creates a more natural sound which makes you feel closer to nature. The sound also makes you feel cooler during a hot summer day. I love how it looks - not colorful and more natural-looking.
According to feng shui
, amethyst signifies good health, which means adding this crystal to your home would bring good health to your family. While I haven't lived long enough to prove this true, giving an amethyst stone to someone shows that you care about his or her wellbeing. Not only that, it looks royal and adds character to a home. An amethyst stone with a wood base looks absolutely beautiful.
When we went to an amethyst store during our trip to Korea
, we were told that the darker the hue, the more expensive the crystal is.
is proven to have several health benefits. It contains antioxidants that are good for us. Studies have shown that different types of tea can prevent diseases such as cancer and stroke.
I like jasmine tea, particularly the type that blooms when steeped. It's best to steep the flowering tea in a transparent container so the blooming can be seen. I think this makes a wonderful gift as it is not only healthy but also beautiful to look at.
This yoyo is not just for kids. Many Chinese adults play with this Oriental toy. It is so fun to play with and it makes a unique gift for couples. We have a couple of these yoyos at home. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of it.
A typical Chinese yoyo is much bigger than the one we're all familiar with. This toy has been around for centuries. It looks like two spinning tops with their pointed ends connected to each other. It comes with a long rope with handles that is used for spinning the yoyo. Unlike the regular yoyo, you'll need a flat surface to be able to play with a Chinese yoyo. Once you have learned how to spin it, you can practice tossing it in the air! The best thing about this is you can play it with one or more people. To do this, they'll each need to have a pair of yoyo handsticks too.
To play, place the yoyo on the floor first. Put the rope on the axle and move your handles up and down like how you would play drums. Try to balance it as you slowly lift the toy from the ground. Then, toss it and pass it to the next player. It's very exciting to play with and you'll feel like a circus performer. You will hear screams and claps from curious neighbors every time you throw the yoyo up in the air. Couples, especially those with children, will definitely love this. You can learn many tricks with it. It's a really cool toy for both male and female of all ages.
Duncan Phoenix Diabolo Juggling - Colors May Vary
Amazon Price: $19.41
(price as of Jun 29, 2016)
This one is made of rubber and plastic. It weighs 15 ounces - a lot lighter than my wooden yoyo. Its axle is adjustable, so it can be given to players of any level. This may not have an attractive design, but I recommend this to beginners or to anyone who has never played with a Chinese yoyo. Once you've mastered this toy, you can adjust the knobs to make the axle shorter or longer.