Finding Cool Presents For All Your Family and Friends

Is it your best friend’s birthday? Maybe it is your anniversary in a relationship or marriage. In any case, most people have a hard time finding cool presents for those that they care about. It really should not be that hard if you follow the tips set forth below.

First, make a list of those people for whom you would like to buy a gift. Think hard about where these people fit into your life. Some of these people may be very close to you. You mutually know each other and what each of you enjoy doing. Others on your list may not be as close, such as a brand new friend or your boss. Even though you do not have a closeness with them, you may decide to keep them on the list. You really do not have to put much thought in finding cool presents for these people. Just get them something that most people like and you will hit it right most of the time.

On the other hand, those on your list that are close to you require a little more thought when choosing the right gift. When choosing cool presents for these folks, you need to review what they like to do, such as their hobbies. Then, make a mental note of what they have already and what they need in relation to a certain hobby. Of those things they still need, figure out which items you can afford, choose the one of those the recipient needs the most and buy it. In other words, if your friend or family member is into astronomy, do not by them a telescope if they already have one. Be practical when choosing your gifts.

After you have made your list, it is time to go shopping. However, why get in the car and go to the mall when you can shop online from the comfort of your own home. Most of the popular stores (Best Buy, K-Mart, Sears, Walmart, etc) also have a website where you can buy their products. Often, these stores have deals that are only good through the website. In other words, you can not get the same deal if you walk into the store.

There are also businesses, such as kippsmart.net, that are strictly online that are worth checking. You can often find better deals online than you can when you physically go to the mall. There is a shipping charge. However, when you consider the cost of gas and your time, you can still save a great deal when you shop for cool presents online.

Crystal and Glass Are Now Very Popular With Corporate Awards Presentations

By far the most popular awards with companies and other associations looking for prestigious awards at their award ceremonies are quality crystal trophies, claret jugs, and other crystal items. Crystal really seems to have taken over from other awards. A good reason for this is because a lot of the awards presented have enough room for good quality engravings. These engravings often contain artwork of various types like company logos and appropriate pictures with reference to the particular award category.

Why has crystal become so popular at company presentations? It cannot just be because of the engraving potential. Something that struck me at the last event I was at where crystal awards were being presented was how good the crystal and glass reflected the stage lighting shining on them. Glistening like a table full of fallen stars, the sight was breath taking, and must have been exciting for the winning recipients as they walked up to the stage to collect their trophy. Yes the artwork was good, but there was something about the crystal decanters and claret jugs that oozed class and quality. People were genuinely impressed at how good they looked, both the people winning them and those at their tables who were not so lucky that night in picking up any awards themselves.

Pewter and silver plated tankards and salvers still look good, don’t get me wrong. But even at golf club events where tankards and salvers were the staple award for presentations, crystal trophies, and indeed crystal tankards are now becoming more dominant out of all the awards presented. It could just be a phase, or a fashion. Maybe it will slowly become less popular, and once again the various metal awards will become more fashionable.

A golf club manager explained to me once as I drank in the bar after playing eighteen holes with my business partner that crystal trophies usually comes boxed in presentation cases and have a charm and presence not found in many metal and resin awards. He told me how golf clubs had moved more towards crystal to upkeep the image of high quality at their awards evenings and competition days. I suppose when other clubs are awarding a particular type of trophy or award, it doesn’t take long for most to follow suit. No golf club wants to be seen as offering inferior awards at their functions.

Will new materials take over from the current trend of crystal and glass? Most alternatives, like gold, silver and platinum are far too expensive to be presented in large amounts at a presentation evening or sporting function. I personally think that crystal and glass will lead the way for a long time. Many products are now cheap enough for football & rugby clubs now, and many associations look to present crystal awards instead of the traditional metal and resin ones. I suppose we will have to wait and see if things change back to the traditional resin and metal items. I am quite happy if they don’t.

If Arsenic Drinking Water Contamination Is Present – Use A Home Water Purifier

Arsenic drinking water contamination is a problem that has received a lot of attention recently. Recent studies have shown that exposure to even moderate levels of the poisonous metalloid greatly increases a person’s risk of heart disease. Here are some FAQs about the subject.

Why Is Arsenic In Water?

In some cases, it is naturally present in groundwater because of underground mineral and metal deposits. It is an element of volcanic ash, which means that surface water may be contaminated with it as well.

In fact, there is so much of the metalloid in our waters that the most common source of exposure is through eating seafood. Like mercury and other contaminants, arsenic-traces build up in the tissues and organs of fish and seafood. They build up in our bodies, too.

The compound is also found in wood preservatives, rubber, insecticides, fungicides and anti-bacterial agents. It is commonly added to animal food to prevent disease and stimulate growth. For example, about 70% of all chickens grown in the US are fed roxarsone, an arsenic-derivative.

Compounds derived from it are used in medicines, traces of which end up in our waters. It is sometimes present in plumbing fixtures and as the fixtures degrade, the poison is released into the tap-water.

To think that some amount of the poison would not be present in our freshwater and our homes is na├»ve. It’s everywhere.

What are the Risks of Exposure?

At high doses, it causes death. It’s a poison. Symptoms of poisoning include headache, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion and convulsions.

Contact with pesticides containing it can cause brain damage. When it becomes airborne and is inhaled, it irritates the lungs.

Consumption of small amounts over the course of one’s life increases the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. The same is true of the heavy metal lead. The long-term risks of exposure to the two are similar.

In areas where there is known to be arsenic in water supplies, the cancer rate is higher. The World Health Organization has estimated that some 57 million people are at risk, because the amount present in their drinking water is higher than 10 parts per billion, an accepted standard for safety. Other estimates say the number of people affected is closer to 80 million.

A study conducted in Wisconsin, where the natural concentration is relatively high, showed that exposure to the compound was accompanied by an increased risk of skin cancer, even at levels below 10 parts per billion. An increased risk of bladder cancer is also associated with consumption.

The concentration of arsenic in water commonly found in the US suppresses immune system function, making people more susceptible to viruses and other kinds of infections.

What Can We Do to Protect Our Families?

If poisoning is suspected, one should see a doctor immediately. Chelation therapy can remove the metalloid from the body.