20 WONDERFUL WEDDING GIFT IDEAS!

Deciding the perfect wedding gift can be an arduous task whether its for family or friends. Obviously the more you know about someone, it becomes easier to choose something! But even if you don’t, here are some cool ideas you can go for….

A wedding gift basket or an indulgence basket comprising of wine, chocolates, dry fruits, premium tea or coffee, flute glasses and more is always a good idea.

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A wine box is also an elegant gift. Or even a decorative pair of flute glasses for champagne!

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A lavish jewelry box cum organizer will be very useful for the bride. Check out our smartly designed options that not only holds all kinds of ornaments but they also look fabulous! http://tinyurl.com/jewelleryorganizer 

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A smart dinner set always comes in useful when the couple is just about to start their journey together! It comes in very handy for entertaining family and friends too.

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A vintage tea set is a charming present and is a lovely encouragement to spend some cozy, lazy time together!

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A Venetian glass wine set is not just a beautiful gesture, it’s a very utilitarian gift too.

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Nothing expresses romantic extravagance like a home spa bath set! Or you can also get a pair of plush bath robes specially monogrammed with the couple’s initials.

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Preparing a delicious meal together is a great for a newly married to bond. So gifting them a copper cooking set can be a great idea.

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A juicer-mixer-grinder always comes in useful for busy couples!

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Does the couple love to travel and are always planning getaways? Gift them a pair of stylish, lightweight suitcases or travel bags.

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If you don’t want to spend a lot on a wedding present but are looking for something thoughtful, here are some cool options! You can get a beautiful ornate photo frame and frame their invitation in it. It’s a lovely gesture.

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Check out our wonderful collection for ideas: http://tinyurl.com/art-of-framing 

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A set of bed sheets and pillow cases is a very utilitarian gift. Add a touch of fun and feelings to it by customizing the pillow cases with embroidery or applique which says “Mr & Mrs” or “His & Her” etc.

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A spice rack complete with cute engraved jars is an awesome way to wish the couple an exciting married life!

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A beautiful customized ceramic bowl or plate that commemorates the wedding day is an inexpensive but very thoughtful gesture…

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A gorgeous bunch of good quality artificial flowers is an unbeatable decorative piece and will stay fresh all the time! Check out our beautiful real feel tiger lilies here: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-tigerlily

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Does the couple love gardening? Or maybe you want to give them something, they can take care of together? Then a low maintenance potted plant or succulents are great options!

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A pair of fun looking mugs is a cool and useful gift. Or you can customize them with their photos too.

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Finally cash or shopping vouchers are always good when you are still in doubt. Or if they are both art lovers or bookworms, get them memberships at the art museum or library!

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Photo Credits: Uberlyfe, Buzzfeed, Crate and Barrel, Crystal Realm, Rocketts George, Sheffield Pottery, Teapots n More, Virginia Hayward, Brookstone.

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THE ART OF FRAMING IT!

We all love to showcase our family photos, happy memories, vintage posters or treasured art collections on our walls. But it’s an art to create an amazing visual impact on observers (especially guests) and lend a character or personality to your walls. Here are a few ideas to inspire your creativity…

A collage of black and white photo frames will always have a timeless charm. They can be of same or different shapes.

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Even a collection of only pristine white photo frames in different shapes, designs or themes will look extremely classy. Take a clue from our awesome collection: http://tinyurl.com/art-of-framing   

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A staircase is a great place to display not just photos but also a bevy of different kinds of frames. Experiment with wooden, metallic, golden or silver finish or any arty frames.

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Did you know that your love for art can liven up your bathrooms too? You don’t have to display only traditional paintings or photos. You can choose to frame a bright vibrant piece of cloth like in the first image below. Or you can choose to frame any random, quirky photo that catches your fancy, like the second image below!

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Empty frames even old ones can be so useful for an interesting piece of wall art! Just affix enlarged photos on them or simply stick decorative papers over them. Another cool idea is to get the glass etched with short words of your choice.

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Combine our eco PVC tree wall sticker with photos to create a unique and charming display. Or arrange 12 different photo frames around a wall clock as shown below.

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If you want to add some color to a collage, get innovative. Create bright borders with chart papers for each frame for that spunk! If you are decorating your child’s room, create framed art for pictures of animals, flowers, fairytale characters, cartoons or your little one’s own artwork.

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If you love some DIY or a personal touch to frames that cherish your fondest memories, this one is for you. Add a hint of paint, ribbons, satin bows, paper flowers or dainty junk ornaments to adorn even plain or old frames. Be surprised by the transformation!

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Use stencil lettering along with photo frames to create an emotionally touching or expressive collage!

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Lastly, a giant photo frame which exhibits all your favorite moments from special occasions, vacations, family picnics or a friends’ night out…can look wonderful and impressive.

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Photo credits: UberLyfe, Blog of Picbackman, Guiding Home, Top Dreamer, Pixshark, Dream Home

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HER!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to think of a special gift for the special woman in your life! Check out some wonderful ideas to bring that spark in her eyes…

Wine is always a classic. Go for a very premium brand, or choose her favorite year or personalize the bottle with say, a digital print wrap that spells “Be Mine” or “Love You”!

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A woman can never say no to intoxicating fragrance. Gift her a great perfume or our Aromatic Tea Light cum Potpourri set (http://tinyurl.com/tealight-potpourri). Look forward to an amazing evening together 🙂

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Do you know what will be an elegant, useful and thoughtful gift? See our awesome jewelry organizers, perfect for arranging all kinds of ornaments and for carrying on travels! (http://tinyurl.com/jewelleryorganizer)

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If you know the kind of jewelry she likes, then go for it without a second thought. Else, depending on the pocket pinch you are ready to bear…choose a simple but chic silver ring or pair of cute diamond earrings or a fashion statement neck-piece.

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Who doesn’t love a luxurious and smart handbag? Immensely utilitarian and style statement too.

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Gifting fashionable clothes is tempting but slightly dicey! If you are certain of the right size, then buying that sassy dress might be a good idea. But if you have even a single grain of doubt, go for a beautiful shawl or stole to win her heart!

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Up for some spicy romance? Gifting aromatic bath oils and exquisite bath salts is a fabulous idea!

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Moments of love should stay in your hearts forever. Gift our floral, gorgeously finished photo frames…cherish togetherness with your dream girl. (http://tinyurl.com/frame-of-love)

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If you have a creative streak, try these ideas. Make a keepsake box with cardboard, felt, ribbons etc. You can also make heart shaped soaps from colored glycerin soaps usually available. Get the word “LOVE” stamped on each of them! A simple idea is also to tie a chic silver belt around a bright red cushion and dangle a tiny frame with your picture inside. Or pack a romantic movie, a light blanket and a packet of popcorn in a dainty basket for a lovely evening.

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Nothing’s sweeter than chocolates…but make it unique. Make small, round paper cutouts for the paper cup base of each chocolate. Write words of endearment and appreciation on each cutout. She will smile every time she has a chocolate!

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Nothing says it better than flowers…specially if you have created the arrangement yourself or a flowering plant in a stunning porcelain pot will be great too.

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And if you can take her on a vacation, then there’s no better gift possible. Share, connect and enjoy!

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Photo Credits: UberLyfe, BHG, Esquire, Fashion Lady, Houzz, Timeout, Paradizo

HOME DECOR IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS!!

It’s the season to be jolly and with Christmas just around the corner, let’s get ready to make our homes look gorgeous and inviting 🙂 Here are some ideas which you can try out for a merry time…

The outside of your home should look as beautiful as the inside…so string lights, garlands, wreaths or greens work amazingly.

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Greens will look good inside your home too…specially it will help create a warm and cozy mood at the dining area. You can simply use them to adorn the table or kitchen island. And if you have pendant lights, it will look lovely if you just entwine garlands around them…

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Clever wall decor can set the mood beautifully. Check out our quaint Christmas themed wall decals to instantly make your home ready to welcome Santa! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-christmas 

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You can never go wrong with flowers…they look enchanting no matter where you keep them. Go for some lovely real or faux arrangements in bright hues and let the magic happen.

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Decorating your doors or windows with wreaths, shiny baubles, toys, streamers or strips of greens will enhance the appeal of your house, manifold.

wreath There’s something exquisitely charming about antique lamps that never ceases to delight! Simply light them for that dreamy ambiance or instead stand out from the crowd by creating a beautiful arrangement of flowers, berries and leaves inside them…

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Tall clear vases or large glass bowls, can act as great mediums to showcase your creativity!! Just fill them up with fun Christmas ornaments or layers of colorful fruits and leaves…

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Christmas is never complete without gifts. Why not get a little innovative while wrapping them? Maybe you can stick Christmas ornaments to the wrapper or the name tags can be paper cut outs in fun shapes!

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Don’t forget the socks if you have kids at home specially…the happy surprise on their faces will be worth it.

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A joyous occasion needs delicious food to keep tummies content. And if you present it gracefully…then nothing can stop you from becoming the perfect host!!

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This is the time to bring out your favorite crockery and cutlery…remember the right colors and accessories can do wonders. And if you are the proud owner of some family silver, get them polished and gleaming and show off happily!

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Last but obviously not the least…let your imagination run wild when it comes to decorating the Christmas tree…glittering ornaments, funky baubles, toys, fake birds, streamers, lights, lace, flowers, the sky is the limit. Don’t shy away from trying out a different theme or color scheme.

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Have a very Merry Christmas 🙂

Photo credits: Uberlyfe, Southern Living, Neon Happy, HGTV, Real Simple, Paper Blog

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PRECIOUS JEWELRY

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Whether you bought that gorgeous pair of earrings yourself, or were gifted that sparkling bracelet by a loved one or were passed on the famous necklace your family has owned over years…jewelry has always been close to a woman’s heart! So it’s good to care for them so that they can be cherished for generations…here’s how:

Tips for wearing jewelry:

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1) Never wear jewelry while performing tasks like house cleaning, cooking, gardening to avoid damage from chemicals, sweat etc.

2) Apply makeup before wearing jewelry to ensure minimum exposure to chemicals in perfume, sprays, lotions and cosmetics

3) Never wear jewelry in swimming pools or spas, to avoid reaction with chlorine water which can cause discoloration or permanent damage.

4) Never wear jewelry during any form of contact sports to prevent physical damage.

Tips for cleaning jewelry:

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1) Remove any ornament before bathing because soap can make it appear dull over time.

2) Professional jewelry polishing cloths or svelte is best for cleaning jewelry. Tissues or paper towels might cause scratches.

3) Regular cleaning is ideal. Remember that alcohol solution can do wonders but bleach is a disaster! Use warm water while cleaning.

4) If jewelry is damaged or broken, don’t clean it before repair…the problem might worsen.

5) Since prevention is always better than cure, regularly check your ornaments for loose stones or any kind of damage.

Tips for jewelry repair: 

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1) Try to prevent any damage as much as possible to keep costly repairs away. Regular inspection helps!

2) Before trusting a jeweler with the repair, check for reviews and referrals of their work.

3) Be careful when the jeweler quotes a price for the repair. They should ideally have a standard price for a particular repair.

4) Learn exactly how the repair is going to be done.The procedure should be explained to you clearly so that you know, it will be done correctly.

5) While picking up a repaired piece, ensure that it has been done as requested and there are no flaws. Also the item should be perfectly cleaned and polished.

Storing and organizing jewelry: 

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1) The best way to keep your jewelry safe is to organize them neatly in a jewelry box. At Uberlyfe we have a host of boxes to suit myriad needs…compact, travel friendly ones, large spacious ones for use at home and even locker sized ones for the bank!! Available in different styles, colors and designs, they are simply awesome for all your “precious” requirements. All boxes are made from premium MDF with leatherette outside and velvet inside.

Check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-jewelrybox 

2)  To prevent tarnishing of ornaments, keep anti-tarnish strips in the organizers to absorb oxidants!

3) Maintaining a detailed description, value and photograph of each jewelry piece is very useful in any unfortunate lost or stolen situation.

4) Always use an organizer while travelling with jewelry to prevent any damage or misplacement.

Photo courtesy: Why of Fashion, Indian Roots, Maipearls

GIFT IDEAS FOR A HAPPY DIWALI!!

The festival of lights brings all our loved ones together…it’s a time to spread happiness and optimism! But it is also an occasion where we rack our brains over the nuances of the home decor, the Puja, the delicacies to be prepared and specially the gifts we want for family and friends. But we think there’s no reason to lose sleep, over the “joy of giving”…when we have such fabulous ideas up our sleeves 🙂

Our Aroma Tea Light Potpourri set is perfect when it comes to creating a charming, fragrant atmosphere in your home. It comprises of 1 big potpourri bowl surrounded with 5 tea light candle holders for some “perfumed lighting”. You can create any arrangement of your choice on the circular wooden holder that we provide with this!

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Our elegant and chic stainless steel tea light candle holder set comprises of 3 holders in different sizes. They stand out, courtesy their beautiful finishing and robust build. These are available in a chrome finished look and Austrian crystal studded look..

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Our “Lazy Bowl” dry fruit serving set is a really useful gift for any festive occasion or party. It comes with a “cherry wood finish” turntable, where the premium stainless steel bowls can be conveniently positioned for easy access by your guests! The bowls have highly polished exteriors and matte finish interiors. So you will just need to rotate the turn table and pick what you want…serving nuts, dry fruits, snacks or nibbles becomes classy and smart!!

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The Puja Thali sets that we have for you are simply wonderful means of expression, when it comes to wishing luck and prosperity to your near and dear ones! They come with mini bowls, bell, Agarbatti stand, Puja Samagri kit … everything in a gorgeous packaging. The plate included in our Ganesh Ji Puja Thali set has Lord Ganesha’s silhouette artistically engraved on it. They are an awesome addition for any Mandir!

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A beautiful idol of Lord Ganesha or Goddess Lakshmi will always remain an auspicious and heartwarming gift.

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Dry fruits and chocolates… beautifully gift wrapped, can never fail to spread good cheer! Good to know…macaroons are gaining immense popularity in recent times..

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Even those among us who are crazy about diets and fitness feel helpless before those myriad mouth watering sweets without which Diwali is incomplete. So gift a gastronomically exciting collection of sweets to a health freak friend…and watch him melt 🙂

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Have a very Happy Diwali!!

Photo credit: Uberlyfe, India Times, Pinterest 

DESIGNING A NURSERY ON A BUDGET? DON’T WORRY!

Designing a dream nursery for your baby is a wonderful adventure and you should be able to enjoy it! Don’t let the stress of financial planning overwhelm it…we have some tips on how you can decide on what to buy, the decor and what is important:

  • Wall décor – using decals is a great but inexpensive way to brighten up dull, blank walls. They are easy to apply, removable, leave no sticky residue and can be re-positioned easily. So you can keep changing the designs as your tiny tot grows up, keeping pace with his choice and interests. Bold, bright colors and simple, well defined motifs help in nurturing the power of recognition and imagination in a baby. See more: http://tinyurl.com/kzeqlye ; http://tinyurl.com/lk8qm7a

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  • Multifunctional furniture – choose pieces which can be used for different purposes. For example, a dresser which can be used as a changing table or a crib that can later on be converted into a bed! A rocking chair is perfect for nursing and you won’t have to get rid of it in future. Such furniture is good investment…

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  • Storage – Simple shelves or cubbies will not burn a hole in your pocket. Abundant use of colorful bins can keep the clutter at bay and store toys, books, clothes and more! They are excellent for teaching kids, how to organize stuff, use space wisely and improve his cognitive skills. See more: http://tinyurl.com/qjyvg7e

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  • Gifts and Hand me downs – many parents have a lot of stuff that their baby has outgrown and they will be more than happy to give it to you. Say yes to such items if they are in good condition. Will save you a lot of unnecessary expense.
  • Stick to the budget planned – no matter how much you love those cute little clothes or toys, resist the urge to splurge! Most of these things, your baby won’t need after some time. Buy what you really need.
  • Do it yourself – there are many fun projects which you can try and unleash your creativity. Try your hand at sewing, painting, making craft items and see how unique they look!
  • Be safe – this should be the prime concern while planning the nursery. Any furniture or decor that you choose should not pose any health hazard to the apple of your eye.

So, plan wisely, follow simple tricks and cherish this amazing phase of your life 🙂

Photo courtesy: “The Bump” and “iVillage”