History is full of great gifts, gifts that have stood the test of time and have become legendary through our history. They are the gifts that are known by name, gifts matched not only in their legendary status but also size and originality.

What would you consider to be the two greatest gifts in history? Do mythological gifts count? Do real gifts count? In terms of real gifts, there are two that come first.

Statue of Liberty

As far as gifts go, this may be the biggest in history. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the French presented this statue to the United States as a gift of friendship. The Americans built the base for the statue, while the statue itself was constructed by the French under the guidance of Frederic Bartholdi.

The trojan Horse

Some gifts seem like gifts, but are in fact, traps. That was the case during the Trojan War when the Greeks built a horse and filled it with Greek warriors before putting it in front of the gates. It was customary in ancient times for a defeated general to surrender his horse, so the symbolic gift of the horse seemed to trojans to be a notice of surrender from the Greeks. The trap worked and the Trojans were defeated because of one of the most cunning military ploys in history.

In terms of mythological or fictional gifts, you can’t beat these two:

Fire

According to Greek mythology, we can thank one god for the gift of fire – Prometheus. Prometheus, who also gave humanity writing, mathematics, agriculture, and medicine, stole fire from Zeus and gave it to humanity. For his betrayal of Zeus, Prometheus was chained to a rock where an eagle came every day to rip out his liver, which grew back every time.

The Gift of the Magi

In this book written in 1906, Jim and Della Dillingham Young are a couple in love, but who can barely afford their apartment. For Christmas, Della buys Jim a chain for his prized pocket watch given to him by his father. She pays for it by cutting off her long hair and selling it to make a wig. Unknown to her, Jim sells his pocket watch to buy her a beautiful set of combs so she can comb her long hair.

The moral in that story, written by William Porter, is that sometimes material possessions are not the greatest gift you can get, and sometimes unselfish love is the greatest of all gifts.

Sometimes its whats inside that counts! And whats inside a Teddy Bear Gift is what makes the Teddy so huggable! From the very first Teddy Bears, the stuffing used inside has been an important factor. Lets explore those stuffings from the earliest to those used most often today.

Wood Wool Excelsior This strawlike substance was used for many years in the first Teddy Bears. It gave the bear a rigid feel and actually resisted dirt, but it was not washable. Today wood wool. which is actually made from wood slivers, is still sometimes used to stuff the muzzles of Teddy Bears.

Cotton Gin Waste During wartime, Teddy Bears often used an economical stuffing called sub, which was the waste from cotton mills. The general makeup of cotton gin waste was sticks, leaves, soil particles, and cotton lint. Silk stockings with runners or tears were also frequently cut up and used inside the Teddy Bear.

Kapok After WWI, soft fiber extracted from seed pods of the kapok tree became a popular alternative to use as stuffing for Teddy Bears. The pods of the kapok have seeds which are surrounded by a fluffy, yellowish soft fiber. While rather expensive, it gave a soft feeling similar to down, which encouraged bear hugs.

Shredded Plastic Foam This stuffing was not long lasting in use as it did not prove washable and when wet broke down into a sticky powder. There is a shredded soft memory foam that has elastic qualities which make for an interesting stuffing for Teddy Bears.

Plastic Pellets Today that shredded plastic has been turned into plastic pellets that give Teddy Bear Gifts a softer, floppier feel. They are sometimes mixed with polyester fiber fill to give the bear more additional weight so it can sit up more easily.

Polyester Fiber Fill This is the most common filling today. Premium fiberfill has a soft feeling, which makes it perfect for Teddy Bears for infants and small children. Sometimes cotton batting that is used in quilts has been successfully used for Teddy Bear stuffing.

Many methods of stuffing Teddy Bear Gifts have been tried throughout the years of the Teddy Bears existence. Next time your Teddy gets a little tear, check out Whats Inside

Valentines Day is the most romantic day of the year. It can be frustrating for those who are not too keen with it come to gifts. Couples’ celebrating the loveable day is a joy and a way to express each other’s love to one another. If you are trying to find that perfect gift, there are plenty of them out there. This day is just not about pleasing your partner, but you as well. Both of you should do something that will excite one another and make this day memorable.

Here’s a few ideas to have so that you can have the best Valentines Day ever!

Turn your bedroom into your own private getaway. Decorate it with red, pink and white roses, champagne, candles, massage oil, dinner, and some soft music. The old fashion; flowers and chocolate with a card. Book a special trip for just the two of you. Cook a nice romantic dinner with candle light followed by a sweet and loving poem. Spice the bedroom up and get some sexy lingerie and adult toys. Entertain your lover with a striptease. Try the stripper pole it can be very exciting. Buy a big teddy bear, walk in the room naked hiding behind the teddy bear. Decorate yourself with flowers while lying naked in the bed. Do a raffle; each of you write down what sex position you have always wanted to do and each of you take turns digging into the bowl. Which ever position gets pulled first that’s what position you two will do. Strip poker Take a bath or shower together and oil each other’s bodies. I’m pretty sure you know what’s going to happen next. Go out for a romantic dinner and book a nice hotel suite with the works! Create a poem from the heart. Make it a very sweet and heart felt poem, words can go a long way. Thinking about proposing? Valentines Day is a perfected holiday to make this important decision.

Make this holiday fun and special. It should not be boring, enjoy each other. Explore each other’s body. If you are not a big fan of Valentines Day, then do a dinner and a card or something. You have to show some type of affection on that day. I love romance it’s a very special emotion to share with the one you love.

Happy Valentines Day!

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Keeping your action figures in good condition is of huge importance when it comes to action figure collecting. Years and years of storage can wreak havoc on your collection should you not heed to certain pointers.

The storage of action figures can slowly degrade the value of your collection if you are not very careful. It is amazing what time and the continuous burden of certain forces in the environment can do to your collectible action figures.

Ensure that you never store your action figures in a soft sided container. If you do, ensure that the actual figures themselves are in protective casings to provide a little bit of protection. Any force that pushes against the actual action figures, regardless of the weight or actual pressure applied can do quite a bit of damage over a long period of time.

The pressing of any type of pressure against your collectibles will slowly, over time, cause the action figure to take on the impression of whatever is pushing against it. You may not notice at first, and if you are not constantly monitoring your stored action figures, they will absolutely become damaged without your knowledge.

Another very important issue when storing collectible toys and action figures is to ensure that the room is climate controlled. Action figures are commonly painted with a type of paint that may ruin and melt if the climate is not kept at a reasonable temperature. Heat for a short period may not do much damage, however, heat over an extended time can and will degrade the paint of the action figures.

When a climate is cold, especially at the level of freezing, the action figures can become brittle. Any shock or pressure on the figures can cause them to crack or even worse, snap in places. Of course, this is not healthy for the value of your collectibles.

One way to beat a room that is not climate controlled is to purchase a plastic container that can be sealed. This will keep the elements out and come close to maintaining the temperature of the internal storage of the container. You can even wrap the container in packing cellophane to assist with controlling the internal temperature. This is not the best method, but storing your collectibles in this manner can make them last for quite some time.

Last but not least, pay close attention to where you place the containers holding your collectible action figures. You do not want to put them near water pipes or heat sources, such as a hot water heater. Water damage would be a catastrophe if it managed to get on your action figures and stay for any amount of time. That would be the end of the value of your collection.

I cannot say that any collectible will last forever, but proper storage of your action figures will enable you to keep them for quite some time, and most importantly, retain their appreciating value.

Love,and a promise carved forever into a tree. what could be better?

True romance was to carve a heart in a tree, add the date, carve your initials and those of your sweetheart, and pierce it with Cupid’s Arrow! Truly a forever event that will be there for eternity, or so our young minds thought.

But there are a couple of small problems in the age of environmental awareness.

The reason to carve is obvious, but the reasons not to carve include such STD sounding diseases such as Aspen Cankers, and Beech Bark Disease. Additionally, your artwork leaves a place for insects to enter and opens the soft portions of the tree to ravaging animals. To make it worse, state and federal agencies really frown on defacing and destroying public trees. The end result is that it is a bad idea to carve, so read on to find out how to have your initials, date, and Cupid’s Arrow while saving a tree!

But there is an environmentally friendly solution.

The solution is hang your loving heart on a tree in the form of a plaque that won’t damage the tree, and, can be moved when you do. Your initials, and those of your true love, in a Heart Shaped Plaque that you can attach to a tree, fence, or building. What a great way to celebrate the day you met, the date of the proposal, wedding day, or some other little secretive date that only you two share. A very thoughtful gift for yourself, your parents, or your grandparents.

Did you know that various metals are associated with specific wedding anniversaries.

Here is the list of wedding anniversary gifts made of traditional materials. It can be a little confusing because there are both Traditional and Modern versions. I have only listed the anniversaries that include metal to keep the list a little shorter.

* 6th Anniversary – Iron is Modern

* 7th – Copper is Traditional and Brass is Modern

* 8th – Bronze is Traditional

* 10th – Aluminum (our Pewter Finish) is Modern

* 19th – Bronze is Modern

* 21st – Brass or Nickel (our Silver Nickel) is Modern

* 22nd – Copper, listed once again, is the Modern Gift

The bottom line is:

If you don’t kill the tree, your carving will be there until the tree dies of old age, in which case you can go back to see it on your 50th wedding anniversary. If the tree gets diseased, you may look in vain, but never find your declaration of eternal passion. Your dearest may think that you have lost your mind, and put you in a home, when in fact all you did was kill a tree. The solution is so very obvious!

To make Christmas video as Christmas gift is an innovative way to send wishes to your family and friends. It is also a time-effective and cost-effective way because you can simply send the gift via Internet. If you’re a newbie at video editing who cannot handle professional video editor like Adobe Premier or even Windows Movie Maker, this article is written for you and tells how to make a lively Christmas video using your photos effortlessly with PowerPoint.

Things you need to prepare:

1.Christmas Video materials: choose the photos from your storage and arrange them in order; get some Christmas songs as background music; add a few pieces of video clips to make the Christmas gift lovely; prepare Christmas PowerPoint templates.

2.Christmas Video tools: Microsoft PowerPoint (any version), Moyea PPT to Video Converter.

First Make Christmas PowerPoint Slideshow:

1. Launch PowerPoint, and apply the Christmas PowerPoint template by clicking -Design- ? -Themes- group ? -Browse for Themes-. By using a ready-made PowerPoint template, it will save you time and enhance the Christmas senses.

2. Insert photo to the slide by clicking -Insert- ? -Picture- ? select a photo from the folder. Then select the photo and click -Format- tab on the ribbon where you can set the corrections, color, artistic effects, picture style, etc. If you want to set the photo as background picture, -Send to Back- and then you can add text on it. Copy the slide and change the photo with other ones to preserve all the picture format settings you have made.

3. Add PowerPoint background music to bring out the Christmas atmospheres. Click -Insert- ? -Audio- ? -Audio from File- ? select your prepared Christmas songs. Then set it start automatically and play across multiple slides as background music. Guides: for PowerPoint 2010, for PowerPoint 2007 & 2003.

4. Insert your video. Click -Insert- ? -Video- ? -Video from File- ? choose your homemade video. Remember to set the video start to play automatically. Select the video, and click -Playback- tab on the ribbon, set it -Start Automatically- in the -Video Options- group.

5. Add some dynamic effects like animations, transitions to the photos to make your Christmas PowerPoint slideshow more vivid.

Then Save Christmas PowerPoint Slideshow as Video:

The most important thing when saving PowerPoint to video is to preserve all the original effects. If you’re using PowerPoint 2010, directly save PowerPoint as WMV with 3 default video size: 960×720, 640×480, and 320×240. For older PowerPoint versions, Moyea PPT to Video Converter is one of the best solutions to burn PPT, PPTX, PPS, PPSX, etc. to popular video formats like MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, MOV, MKV, etc.

Finally Send Christmas DVD Video as Gift:

Send the output Christmas video to your family and friends as Christmas gift so that they can view it with media player. They must be very happy to receive your home made Christmas video gift.

India is a land of festival, as it contains the diversities of religion and culture. Raksha Bandhan is one of the occasions, which is celebrated in every corner of India. Rakhi is an opportunity for brothers and sisters to share their unconditional love and emotional feeling for each others. This carnival is been celebrated with joy and enthusiasm on the full moon day of Shravan month (as per Hindu calendar). On this day sister ties rakhi to their brother and prays for his long life. Also in return, brothers take the oath to protect them for life time and showers with beautiful gifts on them.

Presenting gifts is not a trend or fashion, its the most impressive way to express your untold & hidden emotions & love to someone you really like. Everybody likes to get gifts & presents, as it gives special, different and loving feeling to the receiver, so they can sort out that purpose that sometimes your words cannot to wish & greet someone really special. But, it becomes a real mess to select a right gift out of thousands available at gift stores, shopping centers, galleries or anywhere.

It is really a hard task to when you are unknown to receivers likes, dislike and needs. Especially, if you are staying far away from your family or relatives; it becomes really confusing. Thus, to solve this problem now market is buzzing with the various ideal for Rakhi return gifts to send Rakhi Gifts to India.

If you really want to surprise your to your dear sisters then send return Rakhi gifts as a small piece of jewelry, box of chocolates, colors and books will be a gear idea as the girls like that more and it brings real happiness to them. You can also gift her dress or favorite movie CD to gets the million dollar smile on her face; sleek looking or beautiful designed watches; a nice camera or a music system with home theatre or a shopping bag will also fit into the Rakhi gift schedule for your dear sis. Or else, present them – laptops, health and fitness equipments that will seal the occasion with love and enthusiasm. Music lovers have an option of gifting MP3 player along with pen drive attached with it. Entertainment mixed with work is one of the best Rakhi gift option.

These Special Rakhi gifts are available with in large verity acc. to age group, professions, occasions & festivals at very affordable price. You just need to rush up and find the best gift for lovely sister from online gift stores. Express Your Love with Special Rakhi Return Gifts for Sisters!

Among the thousands of corporate gifts available, there are hundreds of gifts that are suitable for executives. The list of executive choice of promotional products includes the executive bags, portfolio, conference folders, organisers, laptop carriers, etc. Apart from these classic choices of promotional products for executives, there are many other products that turn the executive gifting an unforgettable experience to both the giver and the recipient.

Clickpromogifts is one of the biggest online stores of promotional gifts in UK. At Clickpromogifts online store www.clickpromogifts.com, a large collection of promotional gifts is available that vary in their price, quality, and features. Our clientele include many big companies and government organisations that are in constant touch with us for periodical promotional products. Executive gifts are one of the favourite choices for all of them. Most of the companies have adopted the practice of giving gifts at the end of a big conference or an AGM. A promotional gift in such occasion will serve as the best medium to convey your regards to them. At the end of the big meeting, you may hand over a conference bag or a laptop case to your clients. They will be elated to receive such an unexpected treat from your company, and they will cherish the moment of gifting for a long time.

To name a few of the best corporate gifts for the executives, Clickpromogifts has got the Chislehurst Leather Conference Folders, Statesman Zipped Conference Folders, City Conference Bags, Urban Designer Conference Bags, Lowry Laptop Bags, Boston Laptop Bags, etc. These are the best quality items available from the popular international brands. At Clickpromogifts store, they are offered from a starting price well below 2 pounds. The price range goes up to more than 80 pounds too. This price range is a clear indication of the variety offered in them. Thus the promotional products offer you infinite selections for customising your brand promotion needs as per your budgetary requirements.

You may choose the special gifts that suit the special executive-level customers. For example, items such as the USB Products, Desktop Items, Golf Kits, etc., can be given to your special clients. Most of them have the habit of traveling, and so the travel accessories and clothing items such as caps, T-shirts, etc., also can be gifted to them. Most of the executives carry laptops with them. Therefore, a promotional USB Flashdrive with a brand name imprinted on it will be the ideal gift for them. The conference bags, folders, organisers, travel accessories- all of these are able to offer a large area for imprinting the brand name on them. If you wish to see the latest collections of corporate gifts available for your executive level customers, you can find them at www.clickpromogifts.com.

th birthdays are special because they mark the end of childhood and beginning of adulthood. Birthdays mean exciting gifts, which makes it all the more special. Now, if you are thinking of a gift for your daughter or son who turned 18 this year, you can look into the different funky, fun and appropriate inexpensive options online. You can now think beyond the generic 18th birthday presents and look forward to something interesting while browsing online.

You can personalize a particular gift item and make your child feel even more special on his 18th birthday. It is a good way to show the efforts you have put in while gifting them something special. Previously, cost of the personalized gift items used to be very high. However, with the growth of online shopping, price of such personalized gift items have gone down to a considerable extent due to competition among different websites. You can look for personalized calendars, mugs, t-shirts and different stuffs online. You can also order a personalized cake on his 18th birthday online and get it delivered to your desired address on time.

If you are thinking of meaningful gifting ideas that will be cherished by the girl or boy for the rest of her life, you can choose a photo frame and personalize it as well. You can look for a funny picture of you and your child and frame it.

A chocolate pizza can be an exciting as well as a mouth-watering gift idea for your child’s 18th birthday. You can top it with delicious range of toppings and present it in an authentic pizza box. The recipient will surely adore this original, creative and funny gift. If you have good culinary skills, you can opt for making a cake yourself as well. A giant sweet hamper can be an interesting 18th birthday present for your child. Even if your child turns 18, it remains a fact that he/she is innately a child inside. So, a giant box of sweets will surely go a long way to impress your kid.

If you are looking for some sensible gifting options, classic CD songs can be a good choice. It can be a compilation of some of the best songs from renowned singers to familiarize him/her to the musical world. So, if you are looking forward to making the 18th birthday special for your child, there are different presents that you can choose from. Look for reliable shopping sites online, where you can get interesting gifting ideas as well. When you are logged into a reputed site, you need not worry about timely delivery or quality of the products. It is a good way to welcome them to adulthood with a smiling face and interesting presents for the 18th birthday.

Of all the things we could give a loved one, something with a unique style counts for more than a generic gift bought at a store. A gift that is individual says something something else. It says ” I have taken the trouble to make this gift special, because you are worth it! ” Without a doubt this applies to both sexes, but women in particular appreciate the extra thought – it’s easy to feel taken for granted when running a home and working on those all-important mundane chores every day. Whenever the time arrives to buy a special item, it can be a problem – what do you get that will make an impact and give the right impression? Its a great idea to search for cheap personalized gifts, but don’t be put off by the expression, and don’t misunderstand the word ‘cheap’. Its just to say that there are lots of such gifts available and what extraordinary deals they are for shoppers of all types.

The huge increase in online services providing cheap personalized items has been tremendous over the past few years for one reason only – people love to have something unique. This kind of thing was quite costly before the world wide web introduced that important element of competition and brought personalized gifts well within the average budget – before the internet, we would have to go to a store, choose a gift and then pay to have it engraved, or illustrated, or stenciled. Now we can just choose online, send the details and the item arrives well in time, suitably individualized to your requirements. It can’t get much easier than that when it comes to purchasing family gifts.

Even though women’s gifts are one of the biggest groups found online, and there is a huge range of products out there, it’s sometimes a bit of a headache finding just the right thing for a special lady. It can seem as though most of the gifts have ‘been done before’, and of course we want to give something unique and extraordinary in some way – personalized gifts for women fit the bill perfectly.

The kind of gift you choose for a man to a large extent depends on your common relationship, which is to say, if he is a father, friend, brother, uncle, nephew or son. It’s a reality that the closer you feel to the person, the more difficult it is to choose a desirable gift. A friend may want to give something manly, like a gift connected to his preferred sport, or other traditional activity such as hunting.