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Hilarious Gag Gift Ideas To Give To Your Best Friend

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hilarious Gag Gift Ideas To Give To Your Best Friend

Do you have a silly relationship with your best friend? If so, you may want to give your friend the perfect gag present as a birthday gift. The purpose of the gag gift is to make your friend laugh hysterically, especially if they are expecting to receive something else from you, so it is important to put some creativity into the item you are planning to give to them. The Marble in a Bag If you often tell your best friend that he or she is losing their marbles, the marble in a bag is a great gift to give to them. You will need the following items to make this gift at home: 1 marble (color of your choice) 1 plastic bag 12 inch piece of ribbon 1 sheet of paper 1 colored marker Once you have your supplies, pull out your sheet of paper and write a silly message to your friend about losing their marbles. You could write something like, “If you feel like you are really losing your marbles, here is an extra one to keep with you at all times!” Cut the piece of paper into a shape of your choice and put it inside of the plastic bag. As soon as you have the message in the bag, throw in the marble and seal it shut, tying it tightly with a piece of ribbon to make it look more decorative. It will take less than five minutes to put this gag gift together, and your friend will surely think it is amusing. Donald Trump Gag Gifts Can you imagine Donald Trump becoming president of the United States? Although there is no guarantee who will become the next president, he continues to do well and is even expected to get more votes than George W. Bush did when he was running for president. If your best friend is not the biggest fan of this entrepreneur-turned-presidential-candidate, you could always pick out a Donald Trump gag gift. Because he is a hot topic and people seem to either love him or hate him, it is not hard to find an impressive selection of silly Donald Trump gifts to give people just to make them laugh. You can have a t-shirt printed out for your friend with a picture of Donald Trump’s face and a quote that says, “We Shall Over Comb.” Instead of overcome, the shirt is poking fun of Trump’s comb over hairstyle. Along with the t-shirt, you could get your friend a roll of toilet paper with Donald Trump’s face printed on each sheet. For more ideas on Trump gag gifts, check out sellers like Dallas Cartoonist Charles King. A Big Box of Bubble Wrap Is your best friend often stressed out? Do you make jokes about how he or she should relax a bit and not act so uptight at times? If so, a box of bubble wrap is a great option. You would simply need to buy a spool of bubble wrap and then place it inside of a cardboard box. You can make the gift look like it is something else by wrapping it up nicely with birthday gift wrap and a beautiful ribbon. Do not forget to include a note that says something like, “Want to relive that stress you are...

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Tips For Buying An Authentic Antique Engagement Ring

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When searching for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring for your big proposal, consider choosing an antique diamond ring. This is a particularly good idea if you don’t want to give your future wife a ring that looks like every other engagement ring at the jewelry store in the mall. Buying an estate ring can be tricky, though, so pay attention to the following tips before you shop: Look For Features Unique To Antiques Antique jewelry is typically defined as any piece that was made before 1930. Using a jeweler’s loupe, closely examine the inside of the band for a maker’s mark or hallmark stamp. If you do find markings inside the ring, it will be much easier to research the piece online to determine its origin and value. If you cannot find any type of marking inside the ring, you may have your work cut out for you unless you find a knowledgeable antique jewelry appraiser who can figure out when the ring was made. Some methods an antique jewelry professional may use to determine its date of manufacture include: Craftsmanship: Antique jewelry differs from contemporary jewelry because it often includes design elements that are rarely used anymore. For example, the ring may have a different type of prong securing the stone than you’ll find on a modern ring. Cut of the diamond: If the estate ring is a true antique, it will likely have a traditional old-style type of cut instead of a modern cut. Style of the setting: The setting on an antique ring often covers more of the diamond than the settings of younger rings. If possible, try to do some research before you buy. Take pictures of the ring and compare them to photos online of well-known antique rings. Of course, if you’re at an estate sale, you may not have time to do this before the sale ends and the ring is gone forever. Examine The Ring For Signs Of Age Unless the ring has been restored, its finish should show some signs of patina because of its age. However, be cautious here because there are ways to create the look of patina on a modern ring. In fact, many people patina their jewelry just because they like the way it looks. If the ring was truly manufactured before 1930, it should show other signs of age, such as: Tarnish A lackluster shine Dents or dings Most antique estate jewelry is sold as-is to avoid damaging the metals and precious stones. If the ring looks brand new, find out whether or not it has been restored. If it hasn’t, the ring is probably not an authentic antique. Ask For Documentation If you find the perfect diamond engagement ring at an estate sale or antique jewelry store, ask to see its certificate of authenticity. It’s not uncommon for a genuine diamond ring to have some sort of documentation proving its authenticity. Unfortunately, this certificate may be long gone, especially if the ring is almost a century old. If there’s no documentation to prove it’s the real deal, have the ring appraised by an appraiser who has no affiliation with the seller. Although you’re wise to have the ring immediately appraised after purchase, common sense can sometimes tell you whether or not an estate ring is authentic....

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