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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Gift for Your Employee

– Everyone uses a memo pad even if the memo is only to themselves. Pick ones that reflect their hobbies or show the type of work they do.

– People are always looking for a paperclip for all those papers we still have. If you give a magnetic paperclip holder, they’ll always have their own paperclips. They can also play and make funny shapes when someone on the phone has put them on hold.

– Occasionally everyone has to take work home or get away from the desk to write or proofread what they wrote on the computer. Give them a lap desk. They have some lap desks that have a pillow on the part that fits on your legs. Some of them also have storage underneath the board.

– Baskets full of things are always good. Fill them up with an assortment of coffee sample packages, cocoa, jams and jellies, cookies and snacks, specialty teas, cheeses and meats.

– Did you ever plan on stopping on the way home from work to pick up something but forgot the one item that you really needed? We all have. But now, you can get door hanger note pads that say “Do Not Forget”. They hang on your office door knob or the your desk drawer. You write things on them as you think of them during the day. When you leave, the list is there for you to rip off the sheet and head to the car.

– We all sit in rush hour traffic each day. An audio book on cassettes will take their mind away from the traffic.

– The truth is, we are all clock watchers. Find a small, attractive desk clock. Just don’t give it to the person who is late every morning.

– We don’t always plan ahead. Most of us forget our umbrella on the day that it rains buckets. With the new mini-umbrella, you gave them, that won’t be a problem. Mini-umbrellas fit nicely inside a purse, briefcase, or desk drawer.

– Everyone loves those yellow little sticky notes. You can give a more decorated stack that’s printed with flowers, sailboats, mountains, or whatever hobby best suits the recipient.

– Did you ever receive a card that a guy had in his wallet until it was dog-eared. It looked pretty sad, didn’t it? Anyone who hands out their business card would appreciate a silver or gold cardholder case.

– Find the guy who took pictures of the last company functions; Christmas party, company picnic, company exhibit booth. Get all the pictures of the recipient and his co-workers and fill up a photo cube to place on a co-workers desk. Enclose a note that he can change out the photos for members of his family if he wants.

– We have mail and not everyone has a secretary to open it. A letter opener that reflects the hobby of the recipient will be a welcome gift.

Gift Giving Guide for Men

Choose Something Just For Her

The first tip is this: never buy her a gift that you would like to receive. You probably would not make the mistake of thinking she wants a new John Deere tractor. But you may think that home electronics items like TVs and stereos are fabulous gifts. A new plasma TV is probably not on her gift list. But if a TV, or even a tractor, does happen to be on her list, be sure to buy the one she wants, not the one you think she should have.

Avoid Housekeeping Aids

Another pearl of wisdom : never buy your sweetheart a household appliance, or something to make housework easier. She almost certainly will not be pleased. She may decide to clean house — by getting rid of your items. This prohibition includes cleaning products, like that extra large container of laundry soap that finally went on sale. A new, high-tech vacuum cleaner might be something she wants, but not as a Christmas gift from her sweetie.

Keep It Personal

Another clue to remember when searching for the perfect holiday gift for your special someone — a Chia Pet, or a house plant, is not a romantic gift. Your sister might like to receive a house plant from you, but it is probably safe to say that your sweetheart will be expecting something a little more personal.

Don’t Cut Corners

Jewelry can be the perfect gift for the woman you love for Christmas, but there are a couple of pitfalls to avoid. Always remember that an imitation diamond does not cut it, either figuratively or literally. Imagine the embarrassment she will feel when she tests her new ring in front of her friends by trying to cut glass with it. Such a scene could have dire consequences for your relationship. Buy the real thing.

Don’t Trust Your Fashion Sense

For many men, clothing often seems the ideal gift, especially when the women in their lives love clothes. If you are thinking about clothing for your special someone, please reconsider. While many men think they have a good sense of women’s fashions, in reality few do. If you give her clothes, she may act appreciative, but don’t ever expect to see her wear them.

Take A Hint

Although it may seem obvious, one of the most important gift-giving clues is: listen. Many women drop detailed hints about what they want. If you pay attention, she will probably tell you exactly what to buy for her. You can never disappoint her by giving her something she wants.

Presentation

Never underestimate the power of presentation. Beautiful paper, nice boxes, and bows that sparkle can set the stage, and increase your sweetheart’s anticipation of your gift. Duct tape is never acceptable, and plastic grocery bags do not make good gift bags. If you hire someone skilled to wrap that perfect gift, you give your sweetheart the gift of beauty in presentation, in addition to the gift within.

Your Love Shows Through

That “perfect” holiday gift may be something elusive, and always just out of reach. The gift you give her, whether perfect or not, if chosen thoughtfully will send the message that you cared enough to make the effort. Figuring out the perfect holiday gift for your special someone can be difficult. But following the above guidelines will help you put a smile on her face this holiday season.

 

A Baby Gift Basket

The new mom is going to have an intense period of adjustment before she gets settled into the routine of having another human being to look after, so she will need all the help possible from family and friends to make that transition as easy and memorable as possible. This should be a celebratory time for the new family, not a time of worry or stress, and a gift basket to commemorate the new addition can be just the thing to brighten their spirits even more, and maybe even supply them with some things that will end up coming in handy.

A baby gift basket can be one of the easiest way for you as the gift giver to be creative, and show the person your giving it to just how much you care about them. Instead of one big gift, you get to give out a plethora of trinkets, toys, and other fun items, wrapped together in a beautiful package which, in itself, can be a gorgeous thing to receive. A popular thing to do when buying a gift basket is to let the company who makes it fashion the wicker basket as a bassinet, within which are all the things you want to bestow upon the new child, making your gift all the more thoughtful and appropriate. Better yet, there are so many companies out there that are experts at making these sorts of things, so even if you’re not exactly Martha Stewart yourself, you can let an anonymous craftsperson make it seem like you should have your own cable show.

Within the gift basket, you’ll want to include the basics, those simple bare necessities. This means, teddy bears and or dolls are a given, as any parent will know a young child can never have enough teddy bears. If you want to be gender specific, you can go for the standard pink or blue color palettes to appease notions of femininity and masculinity, but many people nowadays are shying away from such black and white notions of sex, so your best bet is probably to stay as neutral as possible. This also means that you can go nuts and include just about anything in the toy department that you want to give the new baby. No longer do Tonka trucks mean ‘it’s a boy’ nor do Raggedy Ann dolls indicate the infant is a girl, so take advantage of this freedom in creating a truly unique and baby gift basket. Baby oil or baby wipes can be the new parent’s dream as well, since they’ll surely be running through plenty of both, so don’t be afraid to include the practical as well as the sentimental.

In addition to the variety of contents you can include in your basket, you also have the luxury of having a wide range of prices and sizes to choose from, as crafting gift baskets for babies is a burgeoning market right now baby. Obviously, if the expecting mother is only a co-worker or a casual acquaintance, you don’t want to present them with an elaborately fashioned and ornately packaged baby gift basket, as you’d probably be shelling out more money than you really want to spend. A nice, small gift basket can say everything you want to say, and do it in a classy, memorable way, without costing you the proverbial arm and leg.