Guys, Need Gift Ideas for Women in Your Life? Find Them on Pinterest!

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The special day–birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day–is on the horizon. You are on the verge of panic mode at the thought of trying to find the perfect gift for your wife, girlfriend, mom, or other female relative. This article tells you how to find a site online that tells you exactly what they want, without having to ask them directly!

The secret is Pinterest (www.pinterest.com). Your first response may be “What’s Pinterest?” Pinterest is a social media site that is very popular with women. While browsing the web, you can bookmark something you like by “pinning” it to your Pinterest page. It is like an online version of tearing a page out of a magazine, and hanging it on an “inspiration” bulletin board with thumbtacks.

Pinterest lets “pinners” organize their pins into different boards by topic. Members can store their own pins in categories, and can browse and follow other users’ boards, repinning or liking their images.

Since it started, Pinterest has caught on with some male users, but the majority of users are women. Popular uses include pinning food and craft inspirations, desired clothing, shoes, purses and accessories, and travel destinations. Chances are excellent that your wife, girlfriend or other female gift recipient is on Pinterest, and if you find their page they can tell you exactly what they would love as a Christmas or birthday or anniversary gift.

 

Here is a step-by-step guide to tracking down someone’s Pinterest page:

 

  1. Go to Pinterest (www. pinterest.com).
  1. Join Pinterest as a new member.

Unfortunately, Pinterest requires you to join up before you can search for other members. You have two options: joining through Facebook or joining through setting up a login just for Pinterest.

Clicking the Facebook button is faster, but if you are trying to really surprise your gift recipient, don’t use it. When someone joins Pinterest, Pinterest notifies your Facebook friends that you have joined and they might want to “friend” you. So join via Pinterest login instead.

If you are trying to be super-stealthy, set up a separate address from one that might be part of your other social media information, so that Pinterest can’t helpfully notify the person you are want to surprise. Also, once you have started looking at shoes and lingerie and jewelry, Pinterest will start sending you emails every week about other shoes, lingerie and jewelry you might like, and who wants that popping up in your work email?

 

  1. Go to the search bar in the top left corner and type in your target’s name.

When you hit the Enter button, you will get an additional choice of searching “Pins”, “Boards” and “Pinners.” Click on “Pinners” and everyone with that person’s name will come up.

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  1. Figure out which Pinner is your gift recipient.

If she included a picture of herself, it will be easy. Otherwise you might have to do some searching through the people with the same name. Look for pinned items that seem to be her style, or clues in boards like “Places I’ve Lived” or “Where I’ve Traveled”. Or click on a board that might be hers, click on Followers and Following buttons in the upper right corner of the Pinterest navigation bars, and look for names you recognize.

  1. Browse her boards.

Sometimes it will be easy–since you can write a caption when you pin something, look for captions that say things like “I want this!” or “Must go here” and such. When you find a pin that looks like a good possibility, click on it and a larger version will open. Then click the picture to go to the website. If you are lucky, it will go to the website selling the item and you can go for there. Otherwise you may have to do a little more searching online. If you have to, you can print off a photo of something she likes, and use it as inspiration when you hit the stores. Or, if she is pinning a lot of items from the same shopping site, she should be thrilled to get a gift certificate for that site.

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  1. Found her board but can’t decide on anything? Try this…

If you went the super-stealth route, go ahead and login through Facebook instead, letting it notify her that you have joined Pinterest. Or let her “catch” you browsing the site, or even her page. If she asks why you are on Pinterest, look mysterious. She’ll figure it out, and, hopefully, start pinning strategically, knowing that you are watching her boards. And hey, now that she knows you are on Pinterest, you can always pin a few gift ideas for yourself, too!

One last thing–if you are shopping for a girlfriend, don’t freak out if you see boards about weddings. Lots of women like to daydream about weddings whether or not a prospective groom is in the picture. Just tiptoe past those, and get shopping for the perfect gift!

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Cheap Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day 2016

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No matter who you are, chances are your mother is one of the most important people in your life. Finding a way to show her just how much you care on Mother’s Day can be a challenge. While there are plenty of boring, generic gifts on the market, most of them aren’t very meaningful. Fortunately, this article has some creative gift ideas that you can use for Mother’s Day 2016 to ensure that she absolutely loves the gift that you give her:

 

  1. A one-of-a-kind photo album. If you are at all crafty, putting together a photo album of family photos can be a great way to remind her of how much you appreciate everything she’s done for you over the years. There are so many different scrapbooking tools on the market that can be used to embellish the pages in the book. With a little bit of time, creativity and imagination, you can create a lasting tribute to all of the hard work that she has put into raising a family.

 

  1. A digital photo frame. If crafting isn’t your thing, a digital photo frame can be a good alternative to a traditional photo album. Pre-load the photo frame with photos of all of her children. Wherever she decides to put it, she will be constantly reminded of the love that her family has for her.

 

  1. An experience. What better gift than a weekend at a bed and breakfast or tickets to a theater show in a nearby city? Brainstorm some activities that your mother may enjoy. If she loves going to the movies, you could get her a movie pass. Alternatively, if she enjoys art, a museum membership at the local art museum would be a great gift. Rather than giving her a physical gift, think about what experiences you could give her that would enhance her life and keep her entertained.

 

  1. A trip to the spa. When what the last time that your mom took time for herself? Sending her to the spa for an afternoon can be a great way to ensure that she gets the pampering and attention that she deserves. Whether you buy her a massage or treat her to a manicure or pedicure, chances are she will love spending an afternoon relaxing and being treated like a queen.

 

  1. An adult coloring book. Is your mother artistic? If so, an adult coloring book could be the perfect gift. These books are incredibly popular right now, mainly because they are so good at relieving stress. There is nothing quite as calming as sitting down and coloring in beautiful patterns. A coloring book and a set of pens, colored pencils or markers makes a great gift for any mother who enjoys being creative.

 

Hopefully, these gift ideas for Mother’s Day 2016 will help inspire you to find the perfect gift for your mom. Although shopping for the right gift can be difficult, in the long run, it will be worth it when you see the look of joy on her face when she opens it.

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Martin Luther King Day Sales

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Sales are one of the best opportunities when it comes to shopping or buying things. Holidays are typically the days when sales are held. They’re very popular options for having sales because they are easy to advertise and by now people have come to expect that there will be sales on holidays. They’re more likely to expect and look for sales and buy something, and may even be waiting for the holiday to come so that they can take advantage of the reduced prices on goods and services. That’s why having holiday sales can be so important for businesses and they make a special effort to not only advertise their sales but make them good deals so customers will be more likely to buy.

Sales happen on nearly every holiday, from Labor Day to Memorial Day and even Martin Luther King Day. Martin Luther King Day Sales are a great opportunity to take advantage of all the reduced prices and shop around a little. It doesn’t matter whether you are window shopping or looking for something specific; the sales will be there! The sales can often be store wide, which means great savings on a huge range of goods. You’re more likely to find something that you need on these days for a great price, which is why Martin Luther King Day Sales are so attractive to many. They offer prices that just are not the normal retail price and are significantly lower than usual. It’s a great time to take advantage of these sales and save some money so you can put it towards other things.

You may want to pick out certain items that you need that are typically in a higher price range if you want to take full advantage of these deals. One good way to do this is to look around your home at the big ticket items that either need to be bought now or will likely be required in the future. This can be everything from a washing machine to a water heater. Even if you don’t need it at the moment, if you have older models you may likely need one very soon. That’s why it’s a good idea to scope out things around the house that typically cost quite a bit in order to see what is likely to break down. If you have appliances that are ten years old or older, research the life of these products and see how likely they are to last. That way, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about what you need and what you don’t.

Martin Luther King Day celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King and the strides he made for civil rights, but it’s also arguably one of the best days of the year to shop. If you’re looking for some tempting sales and you’re relatively close to January (or it already is early January), see if you can wait a while. When Martin Luther King Day comes around, you’ll be well poised to score some things you need or want at a great deal. Never pay full price when you can pay less! Take advantage of this holiday sale and see how much you can save!

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