Taj Mahal – A Mausoleum of Love

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While speaking of exorbitant gifts through history, let’s not forget the grandest gift of love in all time, the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal has been hailed as the everlasting embodiment of true love over centuries and with reason. This splendid memorial is constructed entirely of white marble and is the universally admired masterpieces of Mughal architecture. It’s a real treat to watch the mausoleum on a full moon day; the marble’s glow seems to be emanating from the undying love of the world’s greatest lovers – Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz.

A Mere Lifetime Of Love Wasn’t Enough

Mumtaz Mahal, a princess of Persian origin, was Emperor Shah Jahan’s first and only true love.  She died while giving birth to their 14th child at the relatively young age of 39. When she died, leaving him to face his cruel son Aurengzeb all alone, his thoughts did not turn towards fighting for his rights as emperor of a large kingdom. Rather, the heartbroken emperor threw himself into building a monument of love for his beloved wife.

Out Of Great Grief Was Born The Taj

The Taj is a mute testament to the depth of the emperor’s love, and the lengths to which he was willing to go to declare his love and devotion. It took 22 long years and the sweat-filled labor of 20,000 workers and craftsmen to finish this monument. The Taj Mahal cost the emperor 32 million Indian Rupees. Today, the Taj is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Close to 4 million visitors every year pay homage to this ever-lasting monument of love, hoping that its presence will bend Cupid’s arrows their way!

Get Her A Gift That Endures

The Taj endures everything from wars to the vagaries of nature. So must your love. Show your love through a Woohoo.in gift card for the most enduring symbols of love – diamonds and gold from Tanishq or Joyalukkas. Elegantly crafted gold and diamond jewellery will be your Taj Mahal to her, completely her own; and something that will endure and will be passed on for generations.

 

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(Post updated on 28 March 2016)

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A gift of space travel

News has it that Katy Perry, well known American singer, actress and songwriter has unique and unheard-of-before birthday gift ideas. For her husband British comedian Russell Brand’s 35th birthday, Katy Perry eschewed all the usual gift ideas for men, and gifted him a space trip worth $200,000 instead.

It’s Outer Space Or Nothing Else!

For her, it’s all about making a magnificent gesture, something that her husband will remember for a lifetime, even after all his cologne bottles are over. Apparently Russell Brand will have to undergo a few days of intense training to be fit to get into a space shuttle. Then he’s off on his Virgin Galactic mission, straight up to a height of 365,000ft into the pitchy black of outer space.

Russell Brand To Defy Gravity And Float In Space

John F Kennedy remarked that stepping on the moon was a “Small step for man but a great step for mankind”. We wonder what he would have said for this magnificent gift of a space trip if he were still alive! Russell Brand will be one of the lucky ones to view the earth from a distance of 800 miles via the 17-inch diameter windows, What’s more, Mr. Brand will also be allowed to float weightlessly and defy gravity for all of 5 minutes up there.

Gift Someone You Love The Chance To Fly Free

How can you beat this gift of space travel? Why, by gifting your own version of it, of course! Go to Woohoo.in and buy a gift card from MakeMyTrip.com for someone who loves to travel. Help him or her to achieve their dream of flying free, traveling to distant locations and staying in places they’ve only seen in pictures before!

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Want a new way to express your love? Bag it!

So rapper Jay Z bought wife and pop music superstar Beyonce a whole lot of designer bags to express his love. News has it that he spent a goodly sum of $350,000 over these bags and purses. True love, indeed! Jay Z, millionaire several times over, didn’t invest on just any old bag for his lady love. He bought a set of the world-famous, exclusive collector item Birkin bags from Hermes, which cost about $150,000 each.

Why So Much Generosity?

Well, it’s kind of understandable – apparently, Beyonce spent about $2 million on a gift for Jay Z on his 41st birthday. Her choice for him was the fastest road car in the world, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport. So the $350,000 that Jay Z blew on Birkin bags was definitely due, considering that he has been the recipient of such generosity. Totally understandable, one could say.

How Would You Go About It?

So if your wife or girlfriend were to gift you something amazing and totally expensive, what would you do? We have a better idea. Go to Woohoo.in and pick up gift cards from Hidesign and Holii bags. They may not be the same as Birkin but these are world-class bags made to superior design, aesthetically appealing. What’s more, these bags are available in all possible colors, which is a first for India.

Splurge all you want on your gift card, enough for her to buy several Hidesign and Holii bags. You can do this anytime, and not just in response to her gift! Experience the true pleasure of gift giving via Woohoo.in.

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A sapphire ring hidden within a Grand Piano

Jude Law, the famous and charismatic British actor apparently wanted to give his ex-girlfriend Sienna Miller a grand ring. What he did was to buy a restored baby grand piano and hid the large diamond and sapphire ring inside it. How about that for a pleasant and unexpected surprise! Wonder what Sienna thought about it – which one did she like more, the piano or the diamond and sapphire ring? Just on the offside, the ring cost a cool $200,000!

Of Course It’s The Ring She Liked!

Which woman can say no to a multiple-carat diamond and sapphire ring made out of white gold? The sparkle of the large white diamond amidst the white gold, offset by the deep mysterious blue of the rich sapphire – who can resist that? So what if it was hidden in the restored grand piano? It’s a ring she can wear and cherish for a lifetime!

Bring Out The Jude Law In You!

This is a cool way to surprise your girlfriend or wife if she is a trifle upset with you. Log on to Woohoo.in and order a sizeable gift card from D’dmas. Visit a D’dmas outlet and check out how much a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring in white gold costs. That will help you buy a gift card of the correct value.

Hide Your Gift And Surprise Her!

Hide your gift card inside of another gift and surprise her with it. To give her a hint to your intentions, we suggest that you place a picture of a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring from one of these brands along with your card! What better way to say “you are the love of my life”!

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A limited edition Art Book for a gift

That young, dashing actor from The 70’s Show, Ashton Kutcher and his ex-wife actress Demi Moore have exchanged some spectacular gifts over time. The most imaginative and evocative gift of them all was the Peter Beard Limited Edition Art Book that Ashton gifted Demi.

What’s This Book All About?

This limited edition art book is a compilation of photographs that depict the African travels of the famous traveler Peter Beard. Peter Beard is also a famous photographer and artist, apart from being an avid traveler. His exclusive pictures of the exquisite sights of Africa were compiled into a 500-page book, of which only 2,250 copies were ever printed. Well, that accounts for the hefty price tag attached to this book, a whopping $2500.

Granted, Ashton Kutcher is a man of taste. He certainly gave his wife a gift to treasure and remember. A book, as the wise ones say, is worth a hundred bars in gold. A book contains knowledge, which is the most precious gift you can bestow on anyone.

It’s A Grand Idea, Why Not Act On It?

When your wife’s or girlfriend’s birthday rolls around this year, here’s what we suggest. Check out great books from Landmark in fiction & non-fiction categories. Buy a Landmark gift card from Woohoo.in, and include suggested titles for her in your gift message. If she’s into photography and art or interested in anything under the sun, Landmark is sure to have volumes of books to enjoy in her area of interest. Maybe this will turn into a nice little hobby that the two of you can enjoy – browsing and collecting fine books from around the world.

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To Drip Diamonds and Rubies

Apparently David Beckham and wife Victoria Beckham (former singer in the Spice Girls band) are at it again. Victoria gifted David a £265,000 ($428,000) worth Rolls-Royce Phantom, the world’s most luxurious car over Christmas 2011. David, not to be left behind, returned the favor in equal measure. What was his gift to her? Well, this time it was a diamond necklace worth £1.2 million.

A Gift Worthy Of A Queen

This fancy necklace by jeweler Boucheron is made of white gold, with a pendant formed of two huge rubies and a diamond. This one necklace has more than a 100 glorious blood-red rubies sitting amongst the diamonds. After all, the Beckhams are modern-day pop royalty, and it’s perfectly all right for them to splurge like this.

What Did You Get For Your Queen?

It’s a great idea, to gift fabulous jewelry to your wife. Seeing a finely designed necklace or bangle is a sure way to make her swoon. Make a special effort for her birthday this year. Or, surprise her over Diwali with your own version of David’s gift. Buy her a gift card from Tanishq, and let her select an exquisite piece of white gold and diamond jewelry. Tanishq’s stringent quality standards ensure that the diamonds you buy are of the first class, completely non-conflict, and perfect in cut, clarity and carat weight. Yes, do suggest that your wife pick up an exquisitely crafted necklace. It will be a great treat to see your wife enjoying the envious glances showered on her by friends and relatives.

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Gifting Exclusive Perfumes

David Beckham, the celebrity football star, and his wife Victoria Beckham have a long tradition of buying each other expensive gifts. This time, it was wife Victoria’s turn to break the record and gift husband David Beckham the world’s most exclusive cologne. Clive Christian No: 1 is considered the world’s most expensive perfume costing over 2,000 USD for an ounce. But that was not exclusive enough for Victoria. She specially commissioned a one-of-a-kind bottle of Clive Christian for her husband made in crystal and diamond. It took 6 months to produce this fragrance, and it is estimated that the cost of this exquisite gift was well over  50, 000 USD.

GIFTING A FRAGRANCE TO YOUR LOVED ONES

If exquisite fragrances are what you are planning to gift your spouse, parents, brother, sister or friends; then probably a Woohoo.in gift card is your best bet to make a good impression. Woohoo.in offers gift cards from a host of high end malls like Central, Shopper’s Stop and Lifestyle, who stock the most sought after fragrances from all over the world. With top of the range brands like Boss, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Davidoff, Escada, Ferrari, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Lacoste, Mont Blanc, Nina Ricci, Playboy, Prada, Ralph Lauren or Versace, anybody will be spoilt for choice in the perfumes section of these malls. The gift cards offer the added advantage where your loved one can visit the store, whiff a range of perfumes and select the one most suitable to his/her sense of style and comfort.

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Gifts that Stand the Test of Time

Have you heard of any gift of love that has passed on for generations, been coveted by many, sold at many auctions and is now in the hands of renowned collectors the world over? One great example of such a magnificently crafted heirloom piece is the famed Faberge Egg.

No Ordinary Easter Egg For The Queen

Tsar Alexander III, the Emperor of Imperial Russia, was very much in love with his beloved queen, the Empress Maria Fedorovna. It was his habit to gift her a decorated Easter egg every year. However, in 1885, to commemorate their 20th wedding anniversary, he commissioned the first golden Faberge Egg. The egg was crafted from gold, with an opaque enameled white shell that opened to reveal a golden yolk. The yolk opens again to reveal a colorful gold hen, which reveals a miniature replica of the Imperial Crown.
Even after Tsar Alexander III’s death, his son continued to gift the queen a golden Faberge Egg every year. Over 50 eggs were made, most of which are in private possession, still just as beautiful, standing the test of time.

Gifts in gold and diamond are truly everlasting

When it comes to a family heirloom, nothing can beat a fabulously crafted creation of gold and diamonds. Think of fine gold, diamond and multi-gem jewelry from D’damas, Gitanjali, Asmi and Tanishq. Pamper your wife every year with a new creation that she would love to possess – a diamond necklace this year, matching earrings next year, a fabulous bracelet the year after. Create your own gifting tradition with gift cards from these high-end unique brands.  Gift cards will also give her the freedom of choice to select items that will last the test of time. Let your gifting tradition also bring much joy for generations to come.

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Gifts that Go Beyond Money

When we think of birthday gifts, a framed picture, a vase or something generic comes to our mind. But when famous celebrities gift each other, they sometimes think in terms of huge high end cars costing tens of thousands of dollars.

A Customized Dodge Ram Truck

Jennifer Lopez (42-year-old divorced Hollywood celebrity, pop music sensation and movie star) gifted a customized white Dodge Ram truck to her 25-year-old boyfriend, backup dancer Casper Smart, on his birthday. A regular Dodge Ram truck costs about 30,000 USD, but with customizations and the works, Jennifer Lopez seems to have blown a cool 50,000 USD on her boyfriend’s birthday. It did not end there; the present was followed by an intimate dinner party at a famous Italian restaurant in Hollywood, where she piled more gifts on her man. Jennifer Lopez demonstrates her love in the only way she knows – by heaping gifts and spending time with her loved one!

But Gifting is Not Always about Money Spent

It’s not about the money you spend, but the quality of the brands you gift that makes a difference. Woohoo.in can make your loved one’s birthday special with a variety of gifting options that you had not thought of before. When your loved one’s birthday rolls by this year, get her a gift card from Satya Paul for a customized, grand designer outfit that she can wear to any major occasion. To make her day perfect, give her a gift card from Mainland China for a romantic birthday dinner. A giftcard from PVRCinemas for a romantic late night movie will be just the right touch to the best night of her life. The right kind and combinations of gifts, with lots of feeling, can sometimes outshine even the most expensive gifts that money can buy.

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A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever

Do you ever wonder if gifts are just gifts, or if you can use gifts to obtain an interview or a favor? Take the example of the great Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, who sent the gift of a one-of-a-kind, precious, priceless silk Turkish carpet to the Roman emperor Julius Cesar.

What Did She Want To Achieve?

All Cleopatra wanted was an audience with Julius Caesar, a chance to explain her need for his help to save Egypt.  However, she wasn’t allowed to enter Cesar’s chambers or talk to him. So she got her servants to roll her into a priceless, multi-colored silk carpet and had it delivered to Julius Cesar. Cesar, who loved beautiful things and beauty above all else, was so impressed with the carpet that he accepted the gift without question.

He asked his servants to roll out the carpet, and as they did so, out popped the lovely Cleopatra in all her fairness and glory. Of course, Cesar was doubly delighted – he got two beauties at one go. He gladly declared his support in her battle for the Egyptian throne. They eventually had a son, but it was the carpet that was the prelude to this love story.

You Are The Gift, The Carpet Is Incidental

To your wife, you are the unquestionable gift. However, you can get her a carpet to equal the beauty of Cleopatra’s Turkish carpet. Buy your wife a Lifestyle or Home Stop gift card from Woohoo.in to enable her to buy the carpet of her choice. While she’s at it, she can also buy anything her heart desires to beautify her home.

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