These wine gadgets make perfect gifts for adults who love their nightcaps

 

One of the coolest things about being an adult is that you can always relax to a good glass of wine after a stressful day at work or running around your kids for the entire afternoon. A good glass of wine goes perfectly with almost everything – from a good movie to a delicious pizza, from making vacation plans with your BFFs to celebrating a new job promotion.

Ever since the earliest ages, the wine has been the most popular choice of beverage. From the Ancient Greeks to the Middle Ages and up to the 21st century, it is still considered one of the most beneficial alcoholic drinks if consumed with moderation.

So, it comes as no surprise that an entire industry has developed around the concept of wine. From wineries to wine seminars, tasting experiences, books, and the most expensive bottles of wine in the world – this industry counts for billions of dollars yearly in revenues.

So why not benefit from it by choosing the best wine gadgets? Whether you’re buying them for yourself or for your adult friends, we know that choosing one is never enough, so here is a list of the coolest items we could find on the market.

 

 

Deluxe wine opener kits

A regular corkscrew might get the job done, but why not brag a little more about your great wine opening skills and opt for a deluxe wine opener set? These usually come in luxurious gift boxes made of suede, leather or velvet, and feature the most useful accessories for your wine bottle.

These wine sets are complete with a corkscrew, a vacuum pump, a foil cutter, some wine corks, and stoppers. The choice of materials differ from one set to another but expect to find quality glass, stainless steel, and even silver.

 

Electric bottle chillers

Assuming you have guests for dinner and they brought a delicious bottle of wine, what do you do with it? Rosé and white wine are best served cold and keeping the bottle in the freezer will take a long time for it to reach the perfect serving temperature. So why not appeal to a true party saver such as an electric bottle chiller?

These small devices can be used for a wide range of products, not just wine. One of these will chill a can in just one minute and the entire bottle of wine in under six minutes. It could also come with additional features such as preset times and extra-chill settings.

Lavish wine decanters

Although not technically gadgets, wine decanters come in truly elegant designs which could impress your friends and guests. Most of these decanters are made of fine glass but the design you choose is up to your budget and creativity. What type of wine gadget do you prefer?

 

 

How to buy the perfect blow dryer for your hair type

 

 

I have not come across anyone who is happy with his/her natural hair. If a list of such disgruntled own-hair-haters is ever made I will be the first in that list. People like me are constantly under an unknown pressure to find newer ways to transform their hair into their dream style. The most essential of these hair managing and grooming tools is a blow dryer.  Believe me you cannot buy a blow dryer randomly especially if your hair is accustomed only with the best blow dryers. Yes of course brand, quality, settings provided are essential features to look into before getting a blow dryer. But the pivoting guide to buy a perfect blow dryer is your own hair.

Your blow dryer must cater to the needs of your hair. It must improve your hair in texture and look. So here is a set of rules you can follow to buy an ideal blow dryer for your hair type.

 

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Curly hair

If you have been battling with those unruly curls all your life then look for a blow dryer that is made from ceramic. The reason for this choice is that this kind of blow dryer uses infrared heat and dry hair from the inside out. This ensures that the moisture in your hair is retained, controlling curls to a great extent. Its wattage must also be in higher range because these stubborn hair need a real hot blow to manage them.

Frizzy hair

Frizzy hairs are more of a delicate kind and are prone to breakage. Your blow dryer must be able to do the damage control here. You can reliably trust a blow dryer that comes with tourmaline or thermal ionic technology. These type of blow dryers do not fry up your hair while managing the heat required. It retains the natural dampness of this kind of hair while improving on the lost luster in your hair.

Fine Hair

Never go for a blow dryer with powerful heating for this hair type. They will be blown with the overheating to the point of total damage. Select a blow dryer with anti overheating control and low heat settings to preserve the fineness of your hair.

Thick hair

Thick hair are generally quite strong to handle any kind of care or un-care. Thick hair need a dryer that dries faster, so a high wattage blow dryer will be the best option. If your hair is thick and glossy go for a ceramic one. But if your hair are dull as well, then get a blow dryer with ionic technology so that while drying your hair quickly the dryer adds to the sheen also.

 

 

Point and shoot digital cameras – why I like using them

I have been a dreamer throughout my life. I had this dream to be a photographer whose photo-shoots and exhibitions would take the world by surprise. Well, after spending 48 years of my life as a banker I decided to give my best shot on my most cherished reverie to be a photographer.

 

I must confess that even though I always had this dream, but I had no clue about which is the best camera available today. So I took advice of my grandson who is a gadget guru. He advised me to buy the best point and shoot camera for wildlife if this is where I will be using it. I was very confident about his suggestion so I went ahead and got this amazing point and shoot digital camera by Sony. I have been using it for two months now and in a position to admit that this has been one of the best decisions I have ever taken. Here are my views about why I like this camera so much.

 

Clear Images

I am really astonished by the clarity of images that I am able to shoot. The camera is digital so it captures the real colors.  This point and blank camera completely complements my vision of the scene I want to capture. I just get images as I want them with no distortion at all. Yeah! The good count of megapixels does the trick for me and I get all the credit for outstanding clicks.

 

Zooming

The whole optical system provided in my point and shoot digital camera offers me another capability. I can zoom as close I want. With this advantage on my side I get highly detailed and expressive images of flowers and birds that make favorite theme of my photography.

 

Easy settings

I cannot control the natural light and shades. My camera gives me some great options to set the camera in a way that I manage to have amazing images in spite of limitation on external factors. I can control light sensitivity and apply special preloaded effects. The autofocus ability of the camera do wonders when I am shooting people (With camera! Of course)

 

LCD screen for preview.

Whatever I photograph I can have an immediate look on the results of my creativity on the LCD screen provided in my digital camera. I can delete any image that is not up to my standards and try again for  a better capture.

I am coming up with my first exhibition in the last weekend of this month. I am totally in love with my first ever point and shoot digital camera. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, I am sure that this gadget will be an excellent choice for you as well.

Why I choose a convertible crib for my child

Yes, it is really exciting and overwhelming to shop for all those delightful small and big baby necessities out in the market. But before getting infatuated by anything that sounds cute and pretty and get ready to spend over your budget, it is of utmost important to be wise and smart and go for a long term investment. This is the reason why I feel that a convertible crib is the best kind of crib to spend the money on. It is a sensible and practical choice for all the far sighted and well-planning parents. Isn’t it very obvious and logical to buy something that can be used for years after its actual use is no more needed over something that will be good for nothing after only a year or two?

Children grow every day, and they will in no time grow enough to climb up that crib making it a useless piece of wood. But if your crib is convertible, it will serve you years after your child outgrows it.

Convertible cribs are the ones that mature with your child. They are available as two-in-one, three-in-one and even four-in-one cribs, the functionalities and costs of which grow accordingly. Their prices are mostly based on the functionalities and transition they offer (and are directly proportional to the available factors). You can buy convertible cribs even if you are a little short on budget, only that those will offer comparatively lesser features and transition. There are a range of convertible cribs available for every budget and need in the online as well as offline market.

These cribs easily convert from an infant crib into a toddler’s bed and then to a full-fledged bed for grown up children. This not only saves your time and money for buying new furniture year after year, but also saves your budget of buying new curtains and coloring to match the furniture.

This multipurpose capability of convertible cribs makes them environment friendly. Also, most of these cribs are strong enough to tolerate adult weight, which makes them useful even after your child enters pre-teen years.

Long story cut short, convertible cribs are the most prudent investments even after being expensive. They are one time, long lasting investments and hence are becoming more and more popular among parents today. So if you are out to select a baby crib for your baby, go for a convertible crib.

Shopping for a GPS unit for your next holiday

GPS is a navigation system that provides the geographic location and information about the time without any fault. GPS unit is a very handy system to have in your vehicle when you go out on a holiday. Let us see why.

One of my friends went on a vacation in his car along with his family. During his journey, he was very sure about the way to his holiday resort. But, on the route to the resort, he lost his way and reached somewhere. It was an isolated area. So, there was no one to help him. Even his phone was dead. He struggled and had to spend the whole night with his family in a deserted area without knowing how to go back.

Many people are likely to face similar situations when they go for a holiday. They don’t know the exact route and struggle to find their way to their destination. To solve the problem, I recommend to use a GPS system in their vehicle. There is no need to go for an expensive model if you are just looking for a GPS system that shows the route and map correctly. You can get a reasonably good GPS system without draining your pocket.

This is the best time to buy a GPS system, the competition from the Smartphone industry has resulted in reducing the price of the GPS system. You can get a good standalone cost effective GPS system easily nowadays. Here are some basic things that you should have in your GPS system.

The size of the screen is an important factor in deciding the GPS system. The current standard size is 5 inches but you can get units with lesser size at a lower price. Most GPS systems come up with in-built maps of the United States. If you need additional maps, you can easily download using your PC.  Before you start on your holiday, make sure your maps are updated as the roads keep changing.

Bluetooth calling is another useful feature that needs to be present in your GPS unit. By enabling Bluetooth, you can easily sync your contacts from the Smartphone and make hands-free calls using the GPS system.  All these essential features are generally present in a GPS unit and do not cost you more than $200.

When I decided to buy a GPS unit before we left for our holiday last summer, I checked various models and finally purchased the Garmin Nuvi 2350LMT. I had to shell out less than $150 and got all the necessary features that made my holiday an outing to remember.

Convertible car seats saved me

Buying stuff for babies is a tough job, especially if have been no experience in this. And since things are for the BABIES, and most of the times, things we buy are foreign. People tend to become extra conscious before making any choices. Car seats are one such difficult decision, and in that too, the kind of car seats that one must choose becomes a big question all the time. In my opinion, convertible car seats are a better investment over traditional ones or any other type.

 

 

What are they?

These are the special seats that you can set up in your car to seat an infant or a toddler. They can be used for infants to keep them facing the rear and for the toddlers to face front of the vehicle. They usually come with 5-point harness that is built into the car seat model itself. This holds the baby at a place and ensures safety while driving or on a sudden halt.

 

Why are they better?

Convertible car seats are way safer than other car seats because they remain fixed at a place and hold the baby strongly at one place. So, children are protected in a bumpy ride from the upheavals of uneven roads. Many convertible car seats come with higher rear facing weight limits that helps parents keep their babies rear facing for better protection, up to two years of age. This is one of the major advantages of using a convertible seat.

Moreover, convertible car seats are a long term investment. Children grow really fast and if you start with an infant-only seat then you may probably be forced to replace it within four to six months to match the growing kid’s weight and physique. It is better to shift to the convertible or a bigger one. However, if you buy a convertible seat the very first time, you won’t have to replace the outgrown units frequently and that too until your child is two years old (in most cases) or the seat gets damaged due to overuse. This is because most convertible seats fit babies with around 5 to 40 pounds weight.

This also saves a lot of money because as you are skipping the infant-only seat and directly picking up the next level seat, you save a lot on your budget and time.

Therefore, convertible car seats are always my first recommendations to all those parents who are right now contemplating to buy a new car seat for their kiddo.