5 Fun Things to Do This Valentine’s Day

Who needs a table at a fancy restaurant? You can have just as much fun at home. If you’re looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day instead of a three course dinner, why not pick one of these things to do?

Valentine’s Day Karaoke

Pick out some love songs, turn them up loud and sing along. For an added challenge, take turns with the singing. When the other person is singing, it’s your job to turn the music down at a random point in the song – your partner will need to carry on singing on their own, and when you turn the music back up they should be as close to the right point in the song as possible.

Treasure Hunt

Treasure hunts are always fun, and you’re never too old to enjoy them. One of you should set up the hunt, hiding items and clues around the home, so that the other can spend some time searching. Why not plan a treasure hunt as a surprise for your significant other, with a piece of romantic jewellery or another little gift as a prize for finding every clue?

‘Perfect’ Poetry

Write three words on a piece of paper for your partner. Ask them to do the same for you. Swap over, and write a romantic poem including each of the three words that you’ve been given. This is more fun if you’ve included words like ‘pickle’, ‘catalogue’ and ‘karate’ than traditional romantic words, so be creative when you’re making your choices.

Valentine’s Treats Roulette

Melt a big bowl full of chocolate. Dip in a wide range of items from grapes, marshmallows and fudge to more unusual foods – how about a mushroom, or a chip? Wait for the chocolate to dry, put everything into an opaque bag and take turns to reach in, pick something out and eat it. Who will get the nice Valentine’s Day treats, and who’s going to get a bit of a surprise?

Photo Challenge

Grab your cameras, or your camera phones. Sit on the sofa and, at the same time, go on a run around the house. You must take photographs of items starting with each letter of the word VALENTINES. You can’t use the same item for a repeated letter and the first person back to the sofa is the winner.

Have a little fun this Valentine’s Day. A night in could be the perfect way to enjoy quality time together. Why not order in a takeaway, set up your Valentine’s Day games and exchange gifts before the chaos begins? Don’t forget that you’ll find a great selection of jewellery on our website, for ever budget and every style preference.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for New Relationships

If you’re in a new relationship, Valentine’s Day gifts aren’t always easy to find. You’re probably not at the stage where you want to express your endless love, nor are you at the stage where you’re ready to purchase an engagement ring and make a grand Valentine’s Day proposal.

Instead, why not consider some of these Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are perfect for young relationships?

A Day Out

Swap traditional gift-giving for a fun day out together. Visit a zoo or theme park, go for a walk in your favourite park or simply arrange to eat out at a pub or restaurant.

Experiences are just as exciting as a physical gift and can give you some much needed time to sit down and chat, especially if you’re usually very busy.

A Stuffed Toy

Many Valentine’s Day teddies are big plush bears holding large stuffed hearts. Go with the traditional option, or get a little creative. You can buy a stuffed toy of your partner’s favourite animal, or visit a shop that lets you pick and stuff your own bear before choosing some clothing that will suit your partner’s personality.

Why not make a stuffed bear version of your loved one?

Jewellery

Don’t worry – an engagement ring isn’t your only option if you’re purchasing Valentine’s Day jewellery. In fact, there are so many other choices from elegant earrings to cute necklaces and from bracelets and bangles to pretty pendants.

On the Delicate Dreams website we have a category filled with romantic jewellery (and not an engagement ring in sight!), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t pick the perfect piece from products elsewhere on the website.

Vouchers

Buy a voucher for an experience day, or choose a gift certificate and let your partner select their own gift.

Alternatively, make your own gift voucher promising anything from breakfast in bed redeemable on any morning of the year to a night in with a takeaway or a night away in a hotel whenever your partner decides that they’d like to take a break.

Another option is to encourage a skill, by creating a voucher that they can trade in for driving lessons, music lessons or sewing classes, for example.

The Perfect Evening In

Does your partner enjoy gaming? Pick up a new console game for them, add some cash for a takeaway and a few of their favourite drinks. If they’ve been looking forward to seeing a movie and it’s available online or on DVD, get it ready for Valentine’s Day and add some of their favourite chocolate to the mix.

If they’re not a movie fan or a gamer, why not cook a three course romantic dinner and serve it up by candlelight whilst playing music by their favourite artist? Or, if you’re big kids at heart, build a fort in your lounge or try a night of indoor camping.

Picking Valentine’s Day gifts for new relationships need not be difficult or stressful. Be a little bit creative, and remember that you can’t go wrong with a Delicate Dreams gift certificate!

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Family

We all talk about the excitement of Christmas, but preparations aren’t always easy! In fact, it can be really difficult to find the perfect Christmas gift for every member of your family. You want to get the very best present for everyone, but sometimes the choice can be overwhelming! That’s why we’ve put together this guide to buying for certain people.

Don’t forget that if the decision is still too difficult, we stock our very own Delicate Dreams £10 gift certificates.

Buying Christmas Gifts for Daughters

We stock a wide range of jewellery gifts for daughters of all ages. Younger children love wearing beautiful pieces of jewellery, but their rough-and-tumble play can put bracelets and necklaces at risk.

Instead of investing in very expensive jewellery that might be damaged at the park, why not browse the Delicate Dreams selection? Our ladybird bracelets are perfect for younger children as they’re bright, colourful and fun, but at just £12.49 they won’t break the bank.

For an older daughter, our amethyst squiggle pendant has always been a favourite!

What About Christmas Gifts for a Partner?

Our romantic jewellery selection contains gifts for every partner, from the new girlfriend to your wife of 50 years.

Our heart bracelets with mock satin cords are favourites to add to a more contemporary jewellery box, whilst our heart pendant with a peridot facet offers a more classic look.

Are You Buying Jewellery Gifts for a Friend?

If you’re a teenager looking for a cute pair of earrings to give to a friend, then why not take a look at these beautiful butterfly earrings? They’re a stud style, so easy to wear and great even if your friend doesn’t like loops or drop earrings.

For music lovers, our treble clef earrings are a popular choice, or you could even buy a brand new jewellery box for your best friend.

Purchasing a Christmas Gift for Mum

Many of our Celtic jewellery items are favourites as gifts for mums. These items include lovely brooches to accessorise with – perfect for any special events that your mum ends up attending!

Browse our Dew Jewellery category for a beautiful selection of gifts for mums, including pearl earrings. Mum might also appreciate the gift of restored jewellery – a polishing cloth can make all of her existing Sterling Silver jewellery look new and shiny once more, and so it’s a great little present to add to what you buy her!

Buying Jewellery for a More Distant Relative or Secret Santa Recipient

Occasionally, we have to buy Christmas gifts for people that we don’t know too well. That’s a great reason to purchase a Delicate Dreams gift voucher!

Why not see what else is available on our website? You can browse and buy, even selecting by price for the best jewellery for under £10!

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First Holy Communion

A child’s first Holy Communion day is a special occasion, often commemorated with jewellery as a lasting reminder of the event.

If you’re looking to give gifts for a first communion then Sterling Silver jewellery could be the perfect choice, but why is it a favourite?

Long-Lasting Quality

Like Christening gifts, presents for a first Holy Communion are intended to be treasured as a lifelong reminder of the event. Wooden gifts also stand the test of time, but a Holy Communion gift should be something of a high quality that can be kept for many years – chocolates, flowers and age-specific toys aren’t going to have the same sentimental value.

Symbolism

The Holy Communion is also known as the Eucharist, and is celebrated by those of Christian faith. As such, a gift would ideally include relevant symbolism.

A cross pendant specifically for children makes a great gift for a Holy Communion. Alternatives to the round-edged children’s jewellery item include a square-edged cross pendant and a cross pendant with an engraved floral pattern.

Angel themed jewellery pieces, such as guardian angel pendants and angel wing earrings, make a wonderful alternative to the more traditional cross shape.

Affordability

A Holy Communion gift is given for the meaning behind the occasion, and doesn’t necessarily have to be something incredibly expensive. Sterling Silver jewellery need not cost a lot, but will still look wonderful.

Easy to Send in the Mail

We all wish that we could attend every family celebration and every special occasion, but sometimes life gets in the way. Giving jewellery as a gift for the first Holy Communion is an option for those that aren’t able to attend but would still like to send good wishes.

A young person’s First Communion is an important event in their life. By purchasing a relevant and meaningful gift, you’re providing a physical representation of your love and support that can be treasured for a lifetime.

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5 Alternative Easter Gifts for Children

Whether you’re focusing on the religious aspect or celebrating Easter as a secular holiday, you’ll know that kids love the excitement of receiving gifts and possibly even going on a hunt for the Easter Bunny. You’ll also know that Easter is typically an indulgent feast of chocolate, with the kids getting more Easter Eggs than they can comfortably eat in a week. Yet, they’ll still try!

What about those mums, dads, aunts and uncles, grandparents and family friends that want to encourage a healthier Easter? What can they buy that will excite the kids just as much, if not more? We’ve put together a handy list of five alternative Easter gifts that will cut down the calories and stop the sugar rush:

–          Colouring and Craft Supplies

For younger children in particular, craft supplies are a lovely alternative. They encourage creativity, and can offer a quality family bonding experience. Great ideas for Easter gifts include:

–          Velvet art posters

–          Chunky outdoor chalks

–          Colouring pencils and a pad of paper

–          Craft kits

–          Modelling clay

–          Jewellery

Easter presents a wonderful opportunity to buy children’s jewellery as an alternative to an Easter egg. A cute pair of earrings for a girl with her ear pierced, or a bracelet or necklace, could be just the ticket to a favourite Easter present.

–          A Day Out

Treat the kids to a day at a local attraction. Go to the zoo, an aquarium, a park or the beach, for example. Around Easter time the weather is getting warmer and drier, so with any luck you’ll be able to get some fresh air and have fun. If not, there are always indoor attractions to enjoy.

–          New Clothes

Children and pre-teens too old to really appreciate craft supplies might enjoy receiving new clothes for Easter. If you’ve got time to spare, combine this with a day out and take them to their favourite shopping centre to pick something out before lunch in the food court or restaurant.

–          An Easter Bunny

A stuffed bunny cuddly toy is a great gift for a younger child. In fact, any stuffed toy will be appreciated! Stores that allow you to build your own bear can turn the gift into more of an experience, but even a pre-wrapped bear will make a lovely, snuggly alternative to an overdose of sugar.

However you celebrate Easter, remember that alternative Easter gifts aren’t only for people that want to avoid giving chocolate. They also add some variety to the gifts that a child receives, giving them something a little different to enjoy whilst they take a break from their mountain of Easter eggs.

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5 Ways to Make this Mother’s Day Special

Whether you’re the mum, the child or the loving partner or friend making Mother’s Day special for a mum with a baby or toddler, we want to help you to make Mother’s Day magical and memorable.

So, we’ve put together a list of 5 great ways to do exactly that!

1. Focus on Quality Time

Gifts are wonderful, but mums want nothing more than quality time with their loved ones. Take her somewhere that the whole family can enjoy together – a zoo, a park for a picnic or somewhere nice to eat like a restaurant, tea room or ice cream parlour! You’ll often hear that mums love ‘me time’ and appreciate long mornings in bed followed by quiet afternoons at the spa, but Mother’s Day is not necessarily the day for that. Of course, mums really appreciate the promise of a spa day to enjoy at a later date!

2. Start with Cuddles in Bed

Before she gets out of bed and starts to get ready for her day, spend some time enjoying cuddles in bed with mum. She’ll love snuggling with her young children, and would even appreciate a quick kiss and a hug from her teenage son or daughter. Just bear in mind that if you’re in your late teenage years or older, there won’t be much space on the bed!

3. Think Carefully about Gifts

Did you know that the most popular day for giving flowers as gifts is Mother’s Day? Flowers are the ‘go to’ gift, and there’s a reason for that, but think about whether your mum is a ‘flower’ person before you place the order. Jewellery gifts can be a lovely, sentimental and long-lasting choice, whilst younger children can also get away with handmade gifts. If you’re a dad, earn some points by taking your children to a pottery painting studio ahead of Mother’s Day so that your kids can be let loose creating a ceramic gift for mummy.

4. Let the Kids Be Involved

Even children that are too young to go out and buy gifts love to be involved in Mother’s Day – it’s a special day for them, too. Give your child a budget and ask them to find something nice, let them pick an item from an online shop or ask them to help with the gift wrapping so that they’ve played a part in the preparation. And don’t worry – when your son or daughter reveals what they’ve purchased slightly ahead of time, it won’t be the end of the world!

5. Take Photographs

Make the memories last. If you’re the boyfriend or husband, have your camera at the ready. Mother’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to capture natural shots of mum and child enjoying their time together. She’ll look back on those pictures for years to come, and you can even put together a photo album using pictures that already exist!

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Birthstone Guide for December – Turquoise

In its rough form, the turquoise stone is a light blue, almost sky blue, due to the presence of copper. Once it’s been cut and polished, the stone takes on the vibrant colour that is more typically recognised as ‘turquoise’ and that led to the naming of the colour.

The December birthstone, turquoise was a feature in some of the oldest jewellery in the world and has been found in tombs from as early as 4,000BC. Ancient Egyptians believed that turquoise was the favourite gem of the gods. Here, we provide a little more detail about the turquoise stone and its history:

Where is turquoise found?

You might be surprised to find out that, despite being available in cheap Sterling Silver jewellery, turquoise is relatively hard to come by. It’s specifically found in very dry regions with acidic and copper-rich soils, through which occasional rainfall can seep. As the water moves down into the soil, collecting the copper and acid, it reacts with minerals to form the turquoise stone.

Parts of Egypt and China are the main sources of turquoise, which can also be found in Iran, Mexico and Arizona.

What does turquoise symbolise?

The turquoise stone is said to promote wealth, fortune and success. Ancient cultures also believed that turquoise offered protection from forces of evil. Turquoise jewellery, such as our multi-strand bracelet or our contemporary turquoise drop pendant, is particularly popular in Native American tribes where turquoise stones are used in ceremonial rituals. The people in these tribes might not wear the smooth Sterling Silver jewellery that we sell on the Delicate Dreams website, but they do create their own jewellery using turquoise stones and pieces of string, rope and leather.

What does a turquoise stone look like?

When polished, a turquoise stone might have a very even colour. Alternatively, it could include a road map of lines that run over the rock to create a unique and intricate pattern. The lines are formed by the surrounding rock as turquoise is created underground, whilst the green-blue colour comes from the copper that forms the stone. Turquoise stones with their ‘matrix’ of lines are often less valuable than smooth, even blue-green stones.

Turquoise doesn’t sparkle or reflect the light, but is still rightfully recognised as a particularly beautiful stone for use in jewellery across the globe.

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Birthstone Guide for November – Topaz

The birthstone for November is the topaz. On the Delicate Dreams website you’ll find a varied selection of Sterling Silver jewellery featuring the sky blue topaz stone, but did you know that topaz doesn’t just come in a light shade of blue?

In fact, the topaz stone is more typically a brown, orange or red colour, but can also come in shades of pink, purple, blue, yellow and green. It’s also possible to get colourless topaz, which is usually treated to give it the blue colour that you’ll see in cheap topaz jewellery. Here are a few more things that you might not know about the topaz stone:

Where is topaz found?

Topaz can be found in a wide variety of locations including Mexico, Nigeria, Madagascar and parts of Thailand.

Often, topaz comes in very large quantities weighing kilograms, and the red and orange topaz stones are typically the most expensive. Blue and green stones are usually amongst the least valuable, which is why we’re able to feature topaz in our Sterling Silver jewellery including our contemporary topaz squiggle earrings, which are amongst our most popular items.

What does topaz symbolise?

Particularly in Indian cultures, a topaz stone is said to promote intelligence, long life and beauty. The November birthstone is more commonly said to promote happiness and to help to balance emotions and to remove feelings of tension and stress. It’s seen to be the ‘calming’ stone.

Why not consider these heart-shaped topaz studs as a gift for somebody that was born in November?

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Birthstone Guide for October – Opal

The richly coloured opal stone is the birthstone for October, and is arguably one of the most beautiful stones to be found in any item of jewellery. Typically featuring a varied array of green and blue shades, opal can also come in a rainbow of colours and is frequently described as the ‘kaleidoscope gem’.

Here, we explain a little more about the beautiful opal stone:

What does the opal stone symbolise?

You might consider the opal to be a ‘dream stone’. Look into an opal and you’re likely to see many different colours and shades that dance under the light. It’s no wonder that opal is thought to promote positive dreams and to enhance the imagination.

Opal is also said to promote hopefulness, and to banish bad thoughts.

What does an opal stone look like?

Interestingly, the opal stone is arguably one of the few stones that looks more vibrant and bright in its natural, uncut form. Whilst the professionals will tell you that the key to finding the best gemstones is to search for smooth stones without chips or inclusions, some of the most beautiful opal stones are those with a rougher cut. Technically they’re not worth as much, though this does mean that cheap opal jewellery can look far more attractive than some of the more expensive pieces. Rough cuts allow the various colours of opal to reflect from the stone.

Where can opal be found?

Opal stones were historically considered to be the most precious of all, said to fall from the skies during thunder storms with lightning. The reality, however, is that they’re primarily found in Australia.

If you’re looking for your own opal jewellery than you might like our opal seahorse pendant or our opal heart-shaped pendant. Reflecting a variety of colours, no two opal stones are exactly the same which means that your chosen piece of jewellery is a completely unique purchase to keep to yourself or to give as a gift.

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Birthstone Guide for August – Peridot

If you were born in August, your birthstone is the peridot. The olive-coloured stone can be found in a wide range of jewellery, and is one of the only gemstones to come only in one colour.

In this article, we explain what the peridot stone symbolises and where it can be found:

What does the peridot stone symbolise?

The peridot (usually pronounced with an audible ‘t’, but occasionally pronounced with a silent ‘t’) symbolises truth, love and dignity. It’s also the stone that is said to help with fame, and to offer protection. If you’re born in August then you might be interested in singing, dancing and performing and there are many that believe that peridot jewellery will help you to reach your goals of fame and fortune.

Peridot is also said to promote successful relationships, and is ideal as an anniversary gift as well as a birthday gift for people born in August.

Where is peridot found?

Peridot has been mined since as early as 1500BC. It’s commonly found in Egypt. Cleopatra was famed for wearing emeralds, but in fact it’s possible that she actually had peridot jewellery as the two are similar in colour.

Peridot, like diamond, forms in the magma of the planet’s mantle, rather than within the crust closer to the surface. Once formed, it’s moved up by the natural movement of the tectonic plates or is carried to the surface during a volcanic eruption. For that reason, peridot is mostly found along the planet’s fault lines.

Amazingly, peridot hasn’t just been found here on planet Earth. It’s also been brought to Earth from space, within comet dust, and has been found to be a component in many of the meteorites formed at the birth of our solar system.

Why give peridot jewellery?

Peridot is an attractive yellow-green stone that can be used in particularly beautiful pieces of jewellery, like our peridot heart pendant and our peridot drop earrings. As well as being the August birthstone, it’s the 15th wedding anniversary stone which means that peridot jewellery can be purchased for both occasions.

Alternatively, why not pick jewellery with a peridot stone for any other occasion, simply because it’s a beautiful olive-green accessory?

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