Energy Beliefs Affect Household Conservation Habits

Baby Boomers vs. Millennials: A Look at Energy Usage and Climate Change

Being environmentally conscious is a hot topic today with most individuals reporting some serious social pressure to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible. This means trying to be conscious of your daily habits and conserve energy whenever possible.

Many people would consider their home to be an oasis of sorts. It’s a place to do whatever you want without judgement. For this reason, we thought it might be interesting to learn about the household habits of people across the US. We wanted to see what happens behind closed doors. Are American citizens reducing their energy usage, or do they throw caution to the wind and continue on with their traditional behaviors? We conducted a survey to find out their household habits and our findings are below.

The first thing we thought we should uncover was whether or not individuals even believed that there was a problem in our world that should cause them to conserve energy in the first place. It turns out that people aged 18-24 are the most likely to believe in human-impacted climate change.

We discovered that people who don’t believe that climate change is caused by humans are the least likely to intentionally conserve energy.

Energy Beliefs Affect Household Conservation Habits

Residents of some states are more willing to make an effort to conserve energy over the coming year. Oregon, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Utah, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Wisconsin were the states with the residents who were most willing to change their habits. Arizona was the least likely state to make a conscious effort to change their household habits for the environment.

What does the gender breakdown look like? Of those survey respondents that stated they would not make a conscious effort to be green this year, men were the larger share of the pie, with males twice as likely as females to say they wouldn’t make an effort.

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When it comes to household chores, how often are Americans engaging in these necessary activities?

While dishwashers (especially older ones) require a large amount of energy to heat water and sanitize dishes, the majority of Americans report using their dishwasher multiple times a week.

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Compared to getting the dishes clean, the majority of survey respondents report doing laundry just once per week.

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And what about vacuuming? While the majority reported that vacuuming takes place about once per week, 10% of respondents admitted they NEVER vaccuum their home. Hopefully, they are using a swiffer or a mop — you’ve got to keep those floors clean somehow!

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Interestingly, despite the fact that older Americans tend to live in larger homes than millennials, many of their household habits are similar. A much larger home doesn’t significantly impact the frequency of chores.

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While most of these household chores are necessary to keep a home clean and organized, over-use of these home appliances can be detrimental to the environment. The younger generation clearly has a stronger belief in the impact of our daily habits on climate change, so perhaps as this subset of the population ages and forms their own families and households, they will make green decisions that help cut back on overall energy consumption.

What can you do? Opt for energy-efficient appliances when possible and make it standard practice to check-in with yourself and see if there are any small ways you can reduce energy usage in your home.

 

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Choosing Bathroom Lighting

Bathrooms perform a double duty in the household; they’re definitely functional but can also be your haven for relaxation.  When renovating or designing from scratch, you’ll want to pay special attention to your bathroom lighting.  It’s often overlooked in the face of so many other design choices; the fixtures, the wall color, tiles, tub surround, etc.  The right lighting can take a bathroom from dull to delightful.  Here are some tips before you make your choice:

Style

Obviously, no matter what function the light is going to serve, you’ll want something that goes with the style you’re trying to create in the rest of the room.  Take into account the color of your taps and tiles when choosing your light fixture finish.  If the bathroom has a modern feel, a light fixture that has a brushed nickel or black finish with simple, straight lines might be your best bet.  Stick with the same theme throughout so that your light fixture doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb, but blends with the room as a whole.

Finish

The world is your oyster when it comes to finishes.  Light fixtures can be made of an assortment of products; metal, plastic, crystal, wood…there’s no limit to your imagination these days.  Again, you’ll want to think about the theme or feel of the rest of your bathroom.  It’s a good idea to keep the finish on your taps and light fixtures complimentary.

Task Lighting

This type of lighting is the workhorse of any room.  In a bathroom, it’s the light by which you’ll shave, apply makeup, and do all of your grooming.  Task lighting is most often placed right at the vanity where it’s largely needed, but it’s often done improperly.  If you mount task lighting over top of your mirror, the light will cast a shadow over the lower half of your face; mounted on either side of the mirror, however, improves the visibility of your whole face.  Sconces work great for this type of lighting.

Accent Lighting

If there is anything that you want to highlight in the bathroom (maybe a recessed wall with art or a tile mosaic) accent lighting is your best bet.  You could also put an accent light over a shelf with folded hand towels and soaps.  Whatever you’d like to feature in the bathroom, consider accent light to show it off to the best degree.

Decorative Lighting

Looking for a light to tie everything together?  A decorative chandelier or pendant light adds that sparkle to any bathroom, no matter the style.  Think dazzling crystal or feathered piece for a delicate, feminine bathroom, or a dark wooden frame surrounding a bare bulb pendant for a cabin style bathroom with a more masculine bend.

Natural Light and Wattage

If there’s a lot of natural light in your bathroom (during the time when you’ll most need it) then you can consider a lower wattage of bulb, especially in the case of your decorative light.  As a rule, however, it’s best to go with a 75 to 100W bulb in your task and accent light fixtures.  Since natural light changes drastically throughout the day, and can certainly be an asset, you’ll want to have control over the times when you can’t rely on what’s coming through your window.

Choosing your lighting can be as enjoyable as choosing any other part of your bathroom.  Explore the possibilities and have fun with it!

This article was written by Jon Reyes from Clearwells. Jon has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community.

 

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2017 Lighting Clearance Sales – Save Up to 85%

Did you know that one of the best times to purchase a new lighting fixture is in January? Just like car dealers, lighting manufacturers typically start to make way for new inventory for the coming year – at the end of the old year. This creates a natural push to rid warehouses of older models that might not have sold very well in the previous year. One can find outstanding bargains when manufacturers race to clear space for fresh new designs that they are anxious to sell!

The irony of these great sales is that some really beautiful and very expensive fixtures end up going for rock bottom prices – sometimes up to 85% off! These sales are called ‘clearance sales’, because that’s exactly what the manufacturers are doing – clearing their buildings of products they no longer want to house.

It’s been our experience that sometimes a stunning design or collection is put on clearance simply because it was originally thought to be a best seller. Then over time, the fixture failed to produce adequate sales numbers. Sometimes a design just won’t sell no matter how much is it promoted. And these low volume selling designs can actually be quite elaborate and beautiful. If one shops though the clearance sales – a true gem can often be found. Sometimes it can take a little longer to peruse through the clearance racks – but it is so worth it to do so! Elitefixtures.com has three sales sections where you can find great products at bargain prices…

MONTHLY PROMO’S – There are ‘sales and promotions’ that are dictated by the manufacturers on a month to month basis. Typically, a manufacturer will issue to us a count of sku#’s that they have decided to let go on sale. These are normally priced products that they will temporarily lower price-wise for a 30 day period; with the use of a coupon code offered. Sometimes they’ll simply allow us to lower the price on certain marked items for a designated period of time. One should always check the general sales and promotions tab first to see if there is a favorite brand that might be having a great and ‘current promotion’ going on. With over 100 manufacturers on board – there is always a very wide range of fixtures to choose from.

OPEN BOX SALES – There are also ‘open box’ sales. Though there is not always a huge selection of these items available, sometimes, by just clicking on the Open Box link for a ‘quick see’; that one tiny action can land you a really great bargain that you didn’t expect. Open Box items are items that are brand new, never installed, but the packaging may have been opened for various reasons. If you don’t mind that it’s not a brand new box, you can get a great price on a fixture.

CLEARANCE SALES – are always ongoing because we house over 100 manufacturers on site. These clearance items are usually soon-to-be-discontinued items that manufacturers just want to push out of their factories. So if you choose a fixture that has several shade covers, as in a vanity with four bulbs; it would be a wise idea to inquire about purchasing at least one extra shade just in case one breaks a few years from now. Though a fixture can last a decade or longer, most often it is a shade or a diffuser that gets accidentally shattered while cleaning it. Use your smarts and make the ‘extra shade’ purchase in that case. Then you won’t go through the headache of realizing that you can’t find a replacement shade ANYWHERE online, because it was discontinued 2 years prior! Inquire about additional shades or bulbs that you think you may need and make the purchase while the manufacturer still has some of them in inventory!

Sales are great any way you cut the cake. Everybody loves a sale. But GREAT SALES happen when you truly pay attention! Check the product details. Make sure it’s still in stock. If the stock count shows only one left – it’s worth it to call in or chat in to make sure that ‘one’ actually still exists. Better get cracking! 2017 lighting clearance sales, where you can save up to 85% – are going on now!

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Gift Healthy – Himalayan Salt

One of the neatest things you can gift someone with is a present that will help enhance or maintain their health. There is a huge difference between electronic and organic products and perhaps we should look at the difference between items that contain the two vastly different life properties. Because what you give to someone you love, may indeed affect them more than you may know. So why not gift healthy – a Himalayan Salt lamp?

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Manhattan Comfort Salt Basket Sku# AMC95030A

It has been long debated that cell phones and many other electronic gadgets, including microwaves emit EMF’s, (electro-magnetic frequencies) may to be harmful to the human body, especially when such products are in-use over prolonged periods of time. In 2008 ‘Scientific American’ ran an article called “Mind Control by Cell Phone” which explained the danger that Wi-Fi has on the human brain. Cell phones and many computer based products, in order to operate, emit radio frequency energy; a form of non-ionizing radiation. Humans, in close proximity to these items can absorb this energy. Positive ions are created by electronic devices like computers, TVs, microwaves, and can exacerbate allergies or add to stress levels. Negative ions neutralize positive ions. Negative ions occur in nature and are created by lightening storms, waterfalls, and most other sources of moving water. Salt lamps also generate small amounts of negative ions when used consistently over time.

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Pyramid Salt Lamp , Nepal Collection Sku # AMC95004

Himalayan salt lamps became popular initially among the holistic-green minded communities because of their greater acceptance of all things organic. In the last few decades there have been various studies on the effects of positive and negative ions on environmental things, including humans. Similar to a sense of clarity just after a rainstorm, or a heightened crispness felt after taking a shower, moving water is not the only thing that alters the environment by arousing negative ions – which are positive for our bodies by the way.  Salt lamps are essentially large pieces of pure Himalayan Salt with a small bulb inserted inside. Products offered these days can be solid pieces of salt added to decorative baskets or singular large pieces that can offer a nice warm glow when lit. Other pieces are carved out to hold tea lights.

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Nepal Collection, Set of 2 Sku # AMC2-95000

Himalayan salt lamps are made from pure, food grade salt crystals and the salt itself is often ground into powdered form, so as to be used in food recipes. Aside from the fact that salt lamps emit a soothing glow about them, they also attract water vapor in the air (including things such as dirt and debris contained in the vapor). This is another benefit of salt lamps, and the reason why some people have them in most rooms of their homes – to help clear the air of debris.

Salt, by its nature attracts water to its surface which evaporates quickly due to the small amount of heat from the light source. You may notice that after using one for a long while that it tends to sweat or appear wet in humid climates. Some lamps over time, can even begin to dissolve slightly due to the repetitive water and heat attraction. Salt is a living property and therefore, actively reacts with its environment.

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Nepal Collection Shot Glasses Sku # AMC4-95029

One may not believe all the hype about the healing effects of Himalayan salt lamps and science may never fully define exactly what they do for us in terms of health benefits. Regardless, they certainly are an enjoyable feature to have when entertaining a room full of house guests…especially around the holiday season!

 

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50 Shades of Green

Helping you to bring in the New year and to celebrate the entire holiday season, we offer you 50 shades of green and gift you with some fresh lighting ideas for working with this color. Green is actually a wavelength of light. Visible light is perceived as spectral colors, which are often divided into named colors. Traditional colors include: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet, with red, yellow and blue being what artist’s consider to be primary colors. Green is the color between blue and yellow on the spectrum of visible light. It is evoked by light with a predominant wavelength of roughly 495–570 nm. It is also considered worldwide – as a healing color. Standard green often correlates to the note ‘C’, 527.35 Hertz and  517.03 nanometres.

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Featured: Elk #31080-3L-GRN,   Z-lite #131SB-GREEN

When shopping for new fixtures, consider a fun pop of green shading instead of seeking out a traditional or contemporary white or eggshell colored light fixture. Here are a few hues of green to consider when searching out the right fixture shade or lamp for a room:

Avocado green, Apple green, Dark green, Fern green, Forest green, Hooker’s green, Irish green, Jungle green, Laurel green, Light green, Moss green, Mantis green, Myrtle green, Mint green, Pine green, Sap green, Shamrock green, Tea green, Teal, Olive green, Army green, Bottle green, Bright green, Bright mint, Brunswick green, Castleton green, Celadon green, Dark pastel green, Dartmouth green, Emerald, Feldgrau, Green-yellow, Harlequin green, Hunter green, India green, Islamic green, Jade green, Kelly green, Malachite, Midnight green, Neon green, Ocean green, Pakistan green, Paris green, Persian green, Russian green, Rifle green, Spanish green, Screaming green and Turquoise green.

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Featured: Yosemite  #6353-2GS, BESA # 1JT-MILO4GR-SN

As it is well known in Chromatherapy studies, the color green plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Color does affect one’s feelings, moods, and emotions. When considering adding color to a room, whether you are completely overhauling a room or just want to add a few new elements to perk a designated area up, think about the effect light and color has on your physical self. With the added stress of shopping and wrapping gifts for friends and family, and then shopping some more to prepare food for holiday gatherings; green seems to be a color one should consider adopting. After all, tis the season to at least think about it!

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Cyber Sales All This Week!

Why party on just one day of the week? We’re having Cyber Sales all this week! There are over 100 top brand name manufacturers to chose from and over 100,000 products on sale this week. Listed online are both indoor and outdoor fixtures, plumbing products, range hoods, home decor, furniture, rugs, mirrors, wall art, appliances, water coolers, fans, hardware and garden ornaments.

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Authorized Dealers of these Manufacturers: A&E Bath & Shower Anji Mountain, Besa, Bulbrite, Capital, Corbett, Crystorama, Dimond, Elegant Lighting, Famination, Golden, Hinkley, Hudson Valley, James R Moder, Kichler, LBL, Maxim, Murray Feiss, Monte Carlo, Momeni, Nuvo, Oriental Weavers, PLC, Progress, Quoizel, Sea Gull, Sage, Spa World, Schonbek, Tech Lighting, Troy, Trans Globe, Thor, Uttermost, Vaxcel, Xtreme Air, Yosemite, Z-Lite & Zuo….just to name a few! Hurry! Go NOW!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

On this very special Thanksgiving, we wish each and every one of our customers and manufacturers a very Happy Holiday. To help you celebrate, we’ve given you a little turkey searching exercise just for fun. Should you fail to find all the turkeys, we’re happy to furnish you a few hints along the way….

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There are 16 turkeys total in the above image. There are 6 different kinds of turkeys to find. Some are incredibly obvious for those of you who have a ‘very little patience’ factor. There are some that are fairly well hidden, for those of you who enjoy a good solid challenge. For those of you who require a few easy hints, because you’re either very lazy or sight challenged, we’ve provided a turkey chart just below, so you can concentrate on what you’re looking for.

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By the way….

…and while you are searching for turkeys, we are also having lots of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales; not only to keep in the spirit with holiday shopping trends, but because our manufacturers tend to reduce their prices for the Holiday weekend. Thus, we can reduce our pricing across the board! So now you can search turkeys and then shop over 100 top name brand manufacturers on our website all day long if you please, because hopefully your employers have given you at least one day off to enjoy the company of family and friends…and to toodle around on the internet too! After all – there’s another big holiday right around the bend where usually, presents are required. So we have some shopping ideas for you, while you have some time on your hands this weekend….

For instance, all through the weekend – there is 20% off all Maxim and ET2 fixtures. There’s no coupon needed – the price adjusts at checkout! Or take a look at our Cyber Monday Sales page, with multiple brands! If you love the Hinkley brand, they too are having a 20% off Cyber Sale.

How ya doing with those turkeys so far? Find the 16 yet?

This weekend there are also some magnificent clearance sales as manufacturers clear their warehouses for next years inventory. If you’re looking for Home Decor items, take a look at the Uttermost Company who has sales up to 60% off! That includes, furniture, lamps, rugs and home decor items. Yosemite Home Decor is another manufacturer that sells more than just lights. They carry loads of artwork and water fountains, as well as unusual furnishings. Did you find all the turkeys yet? Just in case you didn’t, here are your clues to show you exactly where they all are!

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 HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

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Let’s Talk Vintage!

Bulbrite has just come out with a new product, which leads us around to a conversation about everything vintage. The company has just released a series of LED Curved Filaments. These new bulbs are created to mimic all styles of nostalgic incandescents. But now they have the added benefits of LED’s. So let’s talk vintage…

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Each bulb is fully dimmable on all dimmer types and it’s ingenious shape of the filaments offer up a visually stimulating element while still providing the ambient, nostalgic lighting needed. These bulbs are perfect for commercial light strings as well as decorative light strands, or any decorative application that accepts ST18 teardrop bulbs with E26/E27 bases. The ST18 bulbs imitate the look of thin filament wire in antique style bulbs. This is a great part of their appeal.

These vintage LED bulbs are a perfect match for the newly emerging restoration type chandeliers and pendants that one often sees in restaurants and commercial environments. A few years back, a few manufacturers like Elk Lighting began crafting collections of Vintage style fixtures – which took off in popularity, especially with homeowners.

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About Elk Lighting

ELK Group International, or as consumers more readily recognize them as Elk Lighting, is headquartered in Nesquehoning, PA. The company is a premier designer and manufacturer of indoor and outdoor residential and commercial lighting fixtures, decorative accessories and furniture. Elk offers several collections in the vintage styling, including The Chadwick Collection and the Carolton Collection. If you’re looking for an exciting new look, yet have a certain affection for nostalgic items, perhaps a vintage fixture is a choice to consider. Just keep in mind that if you need bulbs for it, Bulbrite has them!

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Holiday Lights and Dining Styles

Along with a tiny dose of recent world change via the strangest election ever; humanity could use a small break. It’s been a tough year for almost all, with exception to perhaps the globes lofty 1%.  If you fall into any bracket other than that, chances are you’ve had some life challenges of late. Now, with societal changes finally manifesting into place, and with the Holidays right upon us – perhaps it’s time to take some ‘time out’. Before the New Year sets in, with it’s own sort of forward pressure rolling in; the year-end season change into winter can be a time of quieting down, laughing and just kicking back. While entertaining just who to entertain this festive season, it might be wise to give your dining table a celebratory boost as well.

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Most of the rest of the year, dining tables can become a storage house for homework, car keys, bills and other household clutter – especially if it serves as a temporary desktop in a small home or apartment. Sometimes it takes the holiday season to remind us that the table’s place mats have been lulling about just a few seasons too long. This year do things different. This year – let’s all entertain the idea of upgrading holiday lights and dining styles all across the country, via one new chandelier!

Choose a Glittery Chandelier

The Christmas Tree is not the only thing that has a right to sparkle. Creating an elegant and festive dining area for guests this year should not be an activity that causes stress and dread. It should be one where excited anticipation helps to add spark and kick to some of the standard utensils you use on a daily basis. For instance, if as in the image above, your dining decor tends to range in the beige or brown region, just one or two complimentary colors on the dining table can be enough to add a bright exciting pop to your dinnerware. It need not be much. Sometimes less is best. Where you should go for the dramatic change is in considering one or two unusually designed dining chandeliers. One whimsical choice can keep smiles of satisfaction happening all throughout the year.

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Go Modern or Not at All

One thing about modern fixtures is that they tend to be simple in overall design. That’s part of the beauty of contemporary styling. When furniture, decor and fixtures are modern styled, the simplicity allows a room to breathe with ease. Minimalists know one thing – and that is when your environment is clean and neat – internally you feel just the same. One’s environment is often considered a reflection of one’s inner health and a clean, clear room begets a sense of ease and relaxation. If your dining room of late feels a bit cluttered, maybe it’s time to clear the shelves, change the centerpiece and consider more modern chandeliers like the ones above. Featured above are the Athena Collection #3074-6P-CH and the Garvin Collection # 2360-LP-RBZ by Golden Lighting. Both scream ‘stylish’ and both easily add a touch of elegance to the room’s that they are hung in. By the way, they’ll also be far more easy to clean than the more intricately designed traditional styles! Happy Holidays all!

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Black Friday – Functional & Fun Gifts

Black Friday is upon us and in gearing up for the best sales of the year, retail stores typically bombard consumers with sales ads online, in the mail, via email and just about everywhere anyone can look. Sometimes, the sudden influx of so many gift ideas can flood the mental senses and cause more shopper confusion than ever. One way to step aside of the glut of products on Black Friday is to re-think shopping before you even get started on the activity of it. What would be the best gift to give a friend or loved one? What products will last longer than the rest? What products are actually useful and yet gift-like? Here are a few of our suggestions for Black Friday functional and fun gifts. They may be a little out of the box, and yet when you stop to think about it….they are products that are not only fun to receive…but serve a function and will last over a long haul.

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Bowls

You might not immediately think to gift someone with a bowl….but anyone who’s walked into a Home Goods retail store, can immediately attest to the store’s consistent and stunning display of beautiful glass bowls, vases, urns and dishes. Not only are glass bowls dazzlingly beautiful, they are functional on so many levels. They can hold car keys, fruit, glass marbles, plants, candles, and just about anything you can think of that needs a container. These days glass can be crafted and melded with many different kinds of resins and colors; including natural objects, such as shells, ferns, flowers or crystals. A brilliant pop of color via glass is a wonderful way to gift those who are considered a length or two beyond personal friends or family members, such as an acquaintance or co-worker. And it’s a fun beat above the standard gift giving practice of handing over a boring ol’ bottle of wine.

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Candle holders

In the same vein as bowls and glass dishes, are candle holders. Since they come in so many styles, colors and shapes, you have quite a choice in terms of how much you want to spend. Some of the most beautiful candle holders on the market are the smallest ones that hold tea lights. Tea light candle holders can sit in a window sill, on a mantle and even on certain shelves. They can last for many years, are portable so they can be moved from room to room, including out of doors. They can virtually provide an unlimited source of ambient light – since replacement tea lights come in bags of 25, 50 and 100. One can brighten up any room space, large or small, with candles. Just be sure when selecting gifts for others – to choose a candle holder that reflects their personal taste or favorite color, not yours!

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Rugs and Pillows

Perhaps you’ve known a co-worker for many years and have had the opportunity to not only go out on occasion together, but you’ve visited each others homes as well. Perhaps you have a wife who’s closet and jewelry boxes overflow and the thought of purchasing one more clothing item might just bring the house down. If you’re on a close enough basis that you truly know your friend or partner’s personal style habits, gifting them with something that will warm up their private sanctuary space can be a hit, especially of you combo a few pieces to help re-drape or update a room. This can be a few pillows, an unusual throw rug, and a snuggle blanket with a few tea light candles thrown in. Similar to creating a bath-time gift basket, you can do the same for someone’s bedroom or den. This year don’t think in the standard, same old gift giving ways. Think creative, innovative and out-of-the-norm, and make this holiday season a much more memorable one for all your friends and loved ones!

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