This holiday season we are focusing on gifting experiences to our loved ones. In this blog series we discuss how to slow down and enjoy the season. Enjoy.
Gifting Experiences: Date Night In
On the whole, we’re a busy society. Nearly everyone these days is scheduled to the max, and if it’s not on the calendar, it’s not real. For couples, it’s easy to get lost in the activity and forget what’s most important – our significant other. That’s why it’s important to carve out time in that calendar for date nights.
And let’s be clear – date nights are special. These are the evenings with your love and should be treated with care. No rushing allowed! A bit of planning and some careful thought go a long way in creating an experience that keeps the magic alive in your relationship.
That said, sometimes the best date nights are those without a lot of fuss. The time and energy you put into planning a special evening doesn’t have to mean a dinner reservation and theater tickets. Sometimes the greatest joy can be found right at home, appreciating your shared space in a new way and for a new reason.
Still, you want it to be special. You spend a lot of time in your home, and it can be the scene of rushed greetings and exits, crying children, and the national news on the TV. Just because you stay home for a date night doesn’t mean you can simply order in and kick back on the couch.
For the night to be special, you must transform your home from the daily grind to an oasis.
You want the experience to feel luxurious, bespoke, and meant for a couple reconnecting.
To get started, lower the lights, turn off your phones, have a glass of wine. And light a beautiful, handmade candle.
Candlelight is the most effective way to create a whole new environment in your home. High-end candles evoke not only a feeling of indulgence perfect for a date night, they also provide a smokeless, dripless burn that doesn’t distract from the experience you’ve created.
Apart from decluttering, you really needn’t do much more – the warmth and ambiance provided by candlelight is all you need to enjoy your home from a new perspective.
So send the kids to grandma’s or the neighbor’s, bring in or prepare a nice dinner, and enjoy each other by the light of a few nice candles. It’s bound to be an evening you won’t forget, and hopefully will become a regular occurrence that shapes the future of your relationship.
Gifting Experiences: Home Spa
Numerous studies expound the health benefits of a bath – everything from improved sleep to boosting memory. When you give the gift of a home spa night, you are allowing your friend to take a break, disconnect, and focus on herself, all of which aid in relaxation, stress reduction, and shifting our point of view in a harried world.
In today’s connected society, our homes are often our refuge. Most people today are subject to a lot of demands from others. It’s essential to our mental and physical well-being that we take the time to pamper ourselves on a regular basis.
To create a home spa experience, you only need a few items - starting with a few candles.
Candles are present in every iconic relaxing-in-a-bath photo and epitomize a luxurious setting for taking care of ourselves. The natural warm glow that only candlelight can provide instantly calms our minds and appeals to our senses.
And it’s important to have the right candles to put the perfect touches on your home spa. To truly shut the door on the world at home and come out feeling refreshed, make the most of the experience by filling it with the best. Handmade, artisan candles match the unique and high-end experience you’re creating for yourself.
Candles are the single-most important element in designing the home spa experience that will transform your day. Knowing those candles are carefully made with this experience in mind means you can’t find a better option to create just the right room for just the right moment.
Gifting Experiences: Book Lover
There are few pleasures in life greater than being fully immersed in a great book. The struggle is finding the time. Let’s face it – carving out space in our day to sit down with a good read is difficult. Despite the mental and physical well-being benefits of relaxing with a stimulating novel or work of non-fiction, we often overlook this as a proven way to remove ourselves from the daily grind.
Making this a habit is a good idea, and it helps to accompany it with a bit of a routine that changes your mindset and helps you unwind.
As with most relaxing environments, lighting is key. Creating the ambiance in which the benefits of reading can be fully realized is an important aspect of the experience. Further, the ritual of taking the time to prepare the room gets your mind in a place to take full advantage of the escape into your book.
Once you’ve selected the optimal reading nook in your home, complete the space with candles. While you’ll likely need another light source for reading, candles provide two important things – defining the space and defining the event. Setting the tone with soft light is instantly impactful, and taking the time to light the candles and settle in helps you luxuriate in your precious reading time.
It’s a small thing, really – pausing for a moment to prepare your room and your mind for immersion in a good book. But like most small things, it’s worth it and makes all the difference.