Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Perfect Valentines - Part One

Valentines Day is a wonderful time of the year. Love is in the air, spring is around the corner, and many are well on their way to fulfilling their New Years resolutions.The best or worst part of most people's Valentines Day is choosing their loved one's the gift. For some people, finding something special for your significant other is simple, however, for others, this can be quite a daunting task. The one question I hear over and over again is: does the perfect Valentines Day gift exist? It does, thought the hard part might be finding it! Fear not, we are here for you in your time of need with these suggestions below. 

I am sure many of you are familiar with the phrase "analysis paralysis". This simple phrase merely means trying so hard to make a decision that you make none. When we get so caught up in trying to make the perfect decision that we don't make any decision we are then far worse off than if you had simply made a quick less than ideal, decision. With Valentines Day we have found that the longer you wait to make a decision on your gift of choice for the significant other the worse off you are going to be. Sure everyone thinks, "Hey it's still the first part the month so I still have plenty of time to make a decision! But restaurants only have so many seats, florists only have so many roses, and Hallmark only carries so many copies of that perfect card. 

While some gifts are appropriate for both sexes, there are usually two categories gift buying falls into. Men and women. I really don't know who has a harder time here. Guys say they never care what you get them. Women say all they want is to spend time with you when in actuality they want some flowers or chocolates. What does this all really mean? 

Let's take a look at some great gift ideas. 

Flowers - Flowers are mandatory for Valentines Day. The are, or should be, part of every man's repertoire. But what type of flower should you go with? The traditional red rose, tipped roses, or a custom bouquet? I personally recommend going with a custom bouquet. It lets your lady know you put some heart and soul into the decision. Find out the colors, flowers, or smells that she prefers and tailor make the bouquet just for her. Bonus points if your significant other is a gardener and you select a flowering bush that can then be planted and provides her flowers for years to come! Miniature rose bushes are perfect for these occasions! 

Chocolates - Every lady it seems has a love for chocolates unless she is on a diet of course. Now when I say they love chocolate, they may enjoy peanut butter cups or Hershey kisses for the day to day; but for a special occasion like Valentines Day go with something a bit more unique. There are chocolate covered fruits such as strawberries and bananas, chocolate covered truffles, or specialty chocolates filled with cremes and caramels. and many cities have unique craft chocolate companies where you can get personalized gifts. 

Jewelry - This might seem like a no-brainer, but most women love jewelry on Valentines Day. Jewelry however can be a slippery slope unless you know exactly what she wants. Everyone wants to go with diamonds and hearts, but you have to decide if those are really practical or her favorites. Will she wear heart earrings year round? Heart pendants are nice, but make sure they can stand up to being worn on a day to day basis. Rings are great, so see if you can get creative with those. There is pink gold, rubys, sapphires, opal inlays and many other stones that make for great looking rings. Also don't feel locked in to only gold. Alternative metals such as tungsten, cobalt chrome, and ceramic rings can create some amazing pieces as well. Many people love the look and durability of these rings as well. 

Meals - Everyone loves a great restaurant meal. Now the difficult part is choosing where to go. Some women prefer beer and burgers to wine and pasta. But on Valentines, we recommend going bigger and better if possible. This is not the holiday for Chinese take-out unless that is her love language. This requires you to know your date/girlfriend/wife's specialty tastes. If you aren't sure err on the side of fancy and make sure to get the reservations in early and let your date know what to wear. You don't want her to show up in jeans and a tank top when you are planning on eating at a fine dining establishment. The best part is not having to clean up after yourself in the kitchen! Take the time to enjoy some pampering for you both as you indulge in the delicious tastes of the holiday! 

Stay tuned for Part 2 - Valentines Day - Part Two!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year! Here's to 2017!

Happy New Year to all from Unique Tungsten Rings! It’s now the day after New Year’s, all the champagne has been finished, the balloons and streamers put away and for most of us, the holidays have come to a close. As the second day of a new year, January 2nd is one of the most popular days for either starting or breaking a New Year’s resolution. 

Will you be as strong as tungsten and hold firm to your goals for the new year? Whether it’s your second go around with the same resolution from last year or you’ve been on a roll crossing off resolutions year after year, we can all relate with some of the more popular resolutions made each New Year’s Eve. 

Here’s a list of some of the more popular resolutions, maybe even a few we are working on around here:

Treadmill Running

Work Out Everyday 

Everyone knows the gym is packed today. New memberships are sky high on the day after New Year’s and understandably so. But every year the crowd seems to thin out and there’s an extra treadmill or two. Then come March and April and the crowds thin dramatically. If this is you, you’re not alone. You probably even have a close friend in the same boat, get them to push you and vice versa. The gym is always better with a friend anyways and you’re less likely to drop out when someone’s sweating it out with you. Find a workout buddy to stick with your workout goals longer.

Lose Weight/Diet 

This sometimes goes hand and hand with the gym, but maybe you just want to eat better in general. Whether it is a few pounds or many, it’s never easy to stick with. There’s still holiday food circling the office here, so we know it is tough for you too. Maybe it is time to put those sweets away now that the family is gone and get back to more veggies and green stuff. We’re right behind you… just one last cookie first!

One Last Cookie

Quit Smoking 

Another tough one and probably the most common resolution along with losing weight. No easy tips for this one, you just have to go for it. And if you are quitting smoking and resolving to go to the gym more, not smoking can only help your treadmill times, right? Our advice is to get a support group, get a buddy, get an accountability friend, and find your reason for quitting. 

Any others? What resolutions do you have this New Year? And are you still keeping to them? It’s never too late to make a resolution and it’s still too early to quit! 

Happy New Year and here’s to keeping all your resolutions in 2017!