Getting to Know You
There is nothing more precious than a new baby. When one enters your life, you'll want to find a gift that is very personal, adorable, and affordable.
You don't want to just grab any old thing off a store shelf. You'll want to make it personal and unique that no one else would be giving him/her.
So, what are some of the hottest personalized baby gifts out there? Read on and find out.
Timeless and Regal
Silver or pewter baby cups are still an elegant and thoughtful way to give a personal baby gift. They've never gone out of style because they are timeless and classic.
There's something so sweet about a new baby having their own cup and spoon monogrammed with their name. You can go pricey with a Tiffany's version, or you can find them in jewelry stores and online. Most places will engrave them for you quickly. The set shown to the right even includes a fork with a little bling on the bows .... adorable!
The Layette Set
Cutest Baby Out There
Baby's going to be changed many times a day, so why not ensure she's the best-dressed girl on the block? A personalized layette set will usually come with a bib, romper, booties, and blanket. The one shown to the right was designed for baby's trip home from the hospital and for many more that she will take as an infant.
And now, you can find them cleverly rolled up as baby bouquets. You can now order a layette that actually looks like a bouquet of flowers but it's made entirely of baby clothes. They also do diapers to look like a cake. Very cute.
Give Them Security & Personality
Another great gift to give to a little one is a brand new baby blanket.
Baby blankets are some of the most cherished items that a baby receives.
These days, blankets come in such lush fibers that they are perfect against baby's precious little skin.
You can choose microfiber, fleece, wool or cotton, but be sure to have baby's name embroidered so she can keep it forever.
Jazz it Up
It's always nice to give something that can hang in the nursery and in their room for years to come.
Whether it's a door plaque in an adorable shape like an elephant or monkey, or personalized room signs that bears their name and its meaning, it's going to be just lovely.
On the Day You Were Born
You can order (or do it yourself) a framed copy of a newspaper from the day baby was born or when her birth announcement was printed. You can include her name in scrapbooking letters along the frame or make an entire scrapbook page out of it. Baby will love to look back and see what was going on the day she was born.
Unique & Pretty
You can either paint one yourself at a paint-your-own pottery place or you can order personalized plates for baby. Either one is a fun choice and is so personalized, that they'll never forget who gave it to them.
You may also have the option to paint your plate or actually create a piece of pottery. Both options are great fun and will be well received for sure!
The handmade plates are darling and can be hung on the wall or actually used as baby grows up. When they kids grow older, it'll be a nice memento to show their children!
A Welcome Wagon
Riding in Style
This is one you can either do yourself easily, or purchase. Fill a little red wagon from a toy or hardware store with a themed collection. Choose anything from puppies to Dr. Seuss.
Include books, clothing, diapers, bottles baby blankets and stuffed animals that feature the theme. Then have baby's name stenciled on or apply it with stick-on letters.
A very cute idea that can be done so many different ways. You can wrap it in large sheets of basket cellophane, or give it as is for special baby wagons.
'Save' the Best for Last
Have a silver, copper or ceramic piggy bank personalized with baby's name on it.
Then, you can include baby's first deposit. It's a nice way to start baby saving from day one. And then for every holiday, you can add to it.
It's a great way to help teach children about money and it'll be a great addition to any nursery or children's room. Plus, kids just love things with their names on them!
Have a Happy Heart and Help Others
Many people give to charities all year long. And many want to make an extra-generous contribution around the holidays. There are so many ways you can bless others who might happen to be less fortunate, even if it's just by making a small donation. Here are some places that you can look into when you're considering giving.
Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child
This organization is now gaining recognition for their Operation Christmas Child shoe box charity. People are asked to fill a regular sized shoe box or plastic bin of the same size with goodies for impoverished children in various countries.
Things to pack in your box include toothpaste and toothbrush, small toys, stuffed animals, socks, or soap. They ask that you not include liquid items that could leak or foods that could spoil.
Along with your generous shoe box, each child will also get a copy of the Christmas message in their own language. There are various collection sites in each state, usually at churches, where you can drop off your shoe boxes.
Workers across the globe distribute the shoe boxes by hand to thousands of children for whom this may be their only holiday gift. You can contact Samaritan's Purse at www.samaritanspurse.org and you can also give a cash donation online. This is an excellent way to see that these children get a holiday gift this winter.
How to Pack a Shoebox
Ending world hunger is the goal of Heifer International. They provide "living loans" to starving families in impoverished areas across the world in the form of cattle, goats and other livestock. You can order from their gift catalog and provide the cost of a cow, chick or other animal to a family overseas.
This not only provides food and nutrition for the family who receives it, but it also helps them make a living selling eggs or milk or other products gleaned from their animal. They can be reached at www.heifer.org. You can find out more about where your gift goes and other ways that you can help.
Images by Heifer International
Be An Elf
There's a way to brighten a family's Christmas this year that puts a smile on everyone's face. An organization called Be An Elf (www.beanelf.org) allows certain post offices across the United States to allow "elves" access to children's letters to Santa that would otherwise go unread.
Image by beanelf.org
You can purchase the things the child asks for and mail these kids Christmas gift baskets to the child to arrive by Christmas day. Often the children ask for basics that others take for granted like shoes and clothes.
You can also make donations by check and mail them to the family. The designated post offices are listed on the Be an Elf web site. It's a wonderful way to spread cheer to those less fortunate.
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Do Your Research
If You Go Elsewhere
No matter which charity you choose to give to, you should research it before you send anything. Are they legitimate? Do they have a number you can reach them at? Have you heard good things about them? Most charities are 100% fully committed to placing your gift in the hands of those who need it most. So, be generous with your excess this Christmas season.
Yours may be the only Christmas basket a family or a child receives this year. It's a heartwarming feeling knowing you took the time out of the crazy business of the American Christmas season to think of someone in another part of the world who isn't as fortunate.
Throwing a baby shower is one of the nicest things that you can do for a friend or family member. But just as the expectant mom is busy, so too are you and the other invitees. If you don't have a lot of time to spend or a lot of money, don't worry. You can still create a fabulous, welcoming, and memorable shower.
All that is required is a few supplies, some time, and some imagination. The results will be beautiful and much-appreciated by mama.
Image by yorkd on Flickr
Cheap, Easy & Cute!
Homemade candle favors are a great idea, and they can be used over and over again. You can find easy candle kits are craft stores or you can make your own with paraffin wax and some crayons for color.
Simply melt the wax with a double boiler, add in an old or broken crayon, stir, and when the mixture is melted thoroughly, pour into a glass jar or mold. Attach a length of wick to something heavier, like a washer and sink into the wax. You can make a large quantity of these, particularly if you make small, decorative or votive candles very easily.
Make Candles - "Cute as a Button!"
DIY Perfume or Fragrance
Smell Good & Have Fun!
Beautiful fragrances can be made easily with essential oils and ethyl alcohol. Mix two tablespoons of the alcohol with two cups of distilled water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil - lavender, jasmine, or rose are perfect choices.
Pour your fragrance creation into a spray bottle and shake well. You can find small, cute spray bottles online at low prices, and if you're feeling ambitious, you can make a label on your computer or by hand to give it a professional touch. Spritz and enjoy.
Homemade Bookmark Favors
Reading into it
Laminated, homemade bookmark baby shower favors are great for any guests, and are even more fun when you make them yourself!
Use strips of oak tag and decorate with drawings, stickers, inspirational sayings, and other designs.
Be crafty! And enlist some friends or family help.
If you have a small child, it will be an adorable idea for them to draw the bookmarks or write the guests' names.
Cover these with clear contact paper, punch a hole in the top, and tie with a ribbon.
Tasty & Affordable
Whether or not you have a women-only baby shower, food will be an appreciated favor.
Find a recipe for biscotti and make a batch for your guests. These keep very, very well, and will look great in a decorative bag or favor box. Lemon and thyme, apple and rosemary, and good old chocolate biscotti are excellent choices.
You can find recipes online or in cookbooks like the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. If you have a little more money to spend, put a few flavored tea bags or coffee packets into the baby shower favor boxes.
A Tasty Favor
Chocolate and pretzels: a match made in heaven. Get some chocolate bark or just plain milk chocolate and some large pretzel rods at the grocery store (you can do pretzel twists, but it may be more time-consuming. Melt your chocolate very slowly, while stirring continually - it doesn't take long, but watch it the entire time so it doesn't burn.
Dip your pretzels in; leaving an un-dipped end is perfectly fine - it makes a nice little handle. You can leave these on wax paper to dry or dust candy sprinkles or drizzle white chocolate over them. Let dry, put in a glass jar or bag, and you're done. Oh, and you'll probably want to save some for yourself.
Homemade Olive Oil
You can easily make herb-infused olive oil bottle favors for your guests.
Purchase a large bottle of olive oil or white or apple vinegar.
Find fresh sprigs of herbs, such as rosemary, dill, garlic, peppercorns, basil, or yummy lemon basil.
You can find beautiful glass carafes or containers to put the mixture into, and it makes a useful and decorative accessory for your guests' kitchens.
Practical, pretty and tasty! I can't think of anything better in a favor or guest gift.
"She's Going to Pop" Kernels
Pun on Popcorn
If you really want to get into the baby theme, buy a large quantity of popcorn kernels and glass jars. Pour kernels into each jar and tie with a ribbon. Make a label or tag that says, "About to Pop" and instructions for popping corn on the stove (for guests who don't have an air popper). You could also buy or make caramel popcorn and pour it into decorative containers with the same message.
These homemade baby shower favors are thoughtful and very personal; you can be assured that your guests will love them and that your shower will be a success.
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Welcome to My Corporate Holiday Gift Guide!
The Christmas season is when many corporate professionals and companies give gifts to their clients to show appreciation for their business. The key to a great corporate gift is giving something that is specifically tailored to the recipient.
If you are sending something to several people in an office environment, be sure to buy something that they can all enjoy (e.g. Christmas food baskets). However if you are sending something to an individual, find out what their interests are....if they like sports, then tickets to a sporting event would be a terrific idea.
In this lens, I've put together a list of some of my favorite Christmas gifts for clients. I've included something for just about every style and price range. Happy Shopping!
Holiday Gift Basket
My number one favorite gift for clients is a holiday gift basket that is overflowing with ready-to-eat goodies for an entire office. Be sure to select a gift that includes both sweet and savory goodies so that you can please every one's palette.
The Season's Best Gourmet Gift Basket shown in the photo fits the bill with a wide array of goodies such as zesty cheddar crackers, cheese biscuits, smoked almonds, cookies, coffee, and chocolate covered strawberries (and much more!). A bountiful basket like this is sure to leave a lasting impression on your clients!
Who doesn't love flipping through the latest magazine? These are an especially good choice for the traveling business associate. Give a gift that keeps on giving! Choose a magazine that you know your recipient will enjoy. If he is a golfer, then choose golf digest. If she loves fashion, then Vogue would be the best option. If you don't know their hobbies, you can always ask a fellow office mate so that you don't ruin the surprise.
Executive Desk Accessories
Gourmet Gift Towers
Show off your logo on imprinted ribbon!
Another great gift that is designed to feed a group of people in an office are gourmet Christmas food towers. These days you can find tons of companies that sell towers overflowing with all kinds of delectable goodies such as fresh fruit, chocolate covered almonds, peppermint bark, caramel corn and more.
If you'd like to incorporate your logo on a Christmas gift, towers yield the perfect opportunity on the ribbon that holds the gift together. Logo ribbon is a tasteful way to include a logo without being too promotional. Remember, it is about saying thank you and not about self-promotion.
Gift of the Month Club
Get a bottle of wine locally and add some accessories along with a hand-written card for the perfect client gift. Be sure that your client actually drinks alcohol before purchasing this type of gift to avoid any faux pas.
We have all kinds of personalized wine accessories such as the set shown, personalized wooden wine bottle holders, engraved wine stoppers and much more.
Wine Gift Basket
Let someone else do all the work for you!
If you know that your recipient is a wine connoisseur, then choosing a gift that incorporates wine is a no brainer. That said, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle by purchasing a Christmas wine gift basket online.
Let someone else take care of choosing some great tasting wines that will pair well with the gourmet goodies also included in the gift. Best of all, they can ship it directly to your recipient which will definitely relieve some stress this holiday season!
Usually less than $20 so a great inexpensive gift!
Men and women alike love chocolate so if you want an inexpensive gift that they'll savor, consider a gift box of basket full of Belgian chocolates. You can often find a 1/2 lb Gift Box of Fancy Belgian Chocolate for less than $20. Perfect for a chocolate lover or for an office to share! Find even more Chocolate & Christmas Candy Gifts on our website!
Gourmet Cookies with your Logo
Another tasteful (and tasty) way to incorporate your logo on a holiday gift for clients is on gourmet cookies.
The custom logo holiday cookie box shown in the photo includes 2 hand-decorated jumbo shortbread cookies along with a rectangular shortbread cookie that has your logo imprinted in edible ink.
Choose to give either 1, 2, or 3 dozen assorted cookies along with the 3 jumbo short breads for a fantastic gift that your recipient will certainly enjoy.
Corporate Christmas Gift Ideas
Keep it Simple, Get Organized
Seems from the day before Thanksgiving to New Year's Day life becomes a whirlwind of chaos. There are gifts to find, parties to attend and give, cookies to bake. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be. You can get organized if you just plan ahead.
Don't Do Too Much
Destress Tip #1
Who says you have to accept every invitation you receive this Christmas? It's okay to send your regrets to one or two events-especially if they fall on the same night.
Organize your calendar so you are not running from place to place. Fifteen minutes at one party and then off to another for an hour before heading to a third does not make for happy holidays.
Get a Calendar You Like
Destress Tip #2
By the end of the year your planning calendar may be illegible with cross outs and scribbles. You can find great bargains on leftover calendars at the end of the year. Dollar stores are great places to find them. Grab one and tack it up for November and December. Put it in a place you will see it every day.
Image by Meepness - Daniel C on Flickr
The refrigerator or somewhere in the kitchen is a good choice. If you like the design and the space available for writing events in, you're more likely to use it. So don't choose one with minimal writing space if you like to write big and bold. Full month calendars work best so you can see your schedule laid out all at once.
Buy in Advance, Once
Destress Tip #3
Forgot the tape? Used your last sheet of wrapping paper? Don't run out to the drug store and spend more than you have to. Plan ahead for your holiday wrapping needs. Visit that dollar store, where they will have started putting out the Christmas wrapping supplies in October, and pick up a bundle of supplies. Get an abundance of paper, tape and bows. At a dollar each, you can afford to splurge. If you have any left over, you'll be ahead for next year.
Grab other things you might need while you're there at the dollar store. Candles and wreaths are often available as are other holiday decorations and projects for the kids to give as holiday gifts. Take some time and look around. Get it all in one trip.
Buy the Mega Way
Destress Tip #4
Chances are you can't throw a stone without hitting a Target, WalMart or Sam's Club. Everywhere you go you'll find mega-retailers just waiting for your business. There's a good reason these stores are so popular. They are convenient places to find everything you need, at a good price, all at once. Go armed with your gift list as well as a list of any holiday supplies you need. You can spend a few hours there getting everything done. It's less time than you'd spend rushing from mall to mall searching for Christmas gifts here and there.
Visit the toy aisle and get everything all at once. Then, hit the holiday aisle. You'll find decorations, plates, cookie cutters and everything else you need to make the house festive. Grab ingredients such as nuts, flour, chocolate chips, oil and baking powder that you'll need for your Christmas cookies while you're there. Shopping at one store for everything makes financial as well as logical sense.
Staying Organized Helps Your Sanity
So Make it Simple
Stay organized this year by thinking ahead. Buy for your family and closest friends and then keep a gift closet stocked with extra presents for those who stop over unexpectedly with a gift for you. Keep extra inexpensive holiday gifts, bags and tissue so you can just pop a gift in at the last minute. Plan out the day you'll bake instead of spreading the baking out over several nights during the week. Get it all done at once and it will be more fun and productive. You can always freeze the cookies until you're ready to distribute them.
The holidays are fun when you're not stretched like a rubber band. This year, organize and you'll be spreading the cheer instead of circling the mall for a parking spot.