When you hear the words, "corporate gifts", do you think of pens, desk organizers, and mugs with your company logo? This is the extent of some corporate gift endeavors, and as a result, employees, clients, and associates have a collection of coffee mugs and calendars that they really don't need - especially because they get them year after year!
Whether you have to arrange gifts for holidays, birthdays, promotions, or congratulations, infuse some creativity and uniqueness into the process. Here are some ideas that can have your employees or associates saying, "This is the best corporate gift ever!"
The Gift of Choice.
Everyone loves to get what they want, and this year, you can be the one to give it to them. Instead of spending money on a gift of dubious use to the recipient, give them the ability to choose what they want.
One excellent and innovative way to do this is to find a service like XperienceDays. You can get a voucher in a certain amount which entitles the recipient to one of the "experiences" offered by the site. These can include anything from race car driving and hot air ballooning to horseback riding and dance lessons. Whether your recipient wants a soothing day at the spa or a death-defying skydiving lesson, you can make it happen.
The Gift of Money.
If your area does not have access to a service like XperienceDays, giving the gift of money is always a thoughtful gesture. Bonuses are one of the most popular corporate gifts; probably the most popular!
To give your gift a personal feel, have a corporate gift card custom-made for your business with the recipient's name on it. This gives them the freedom to use the money as they see fit and ensures that they don't have one more dust-collecting coffee cup to deal with.
The Gift of Personal Attention.
Giving everyone in your office or all of your clients a gift card is a very nice gesture and one that is sure to be appreciated. But it is sometimes a bit more elegant to offer a gift that reflects your interest in and knowledge of the recipient. If, for instance, you have an employee who is retiring, a gift card will be welcome. But so will a holiday gift basket that shows how much he has meant to the company.
Say he loves trying new and exotic treats. Why not go all out and find the most unusual goodies? Ginger and wasabi chocolate bars, basil absinthe truffles, Kopi Luwak coffee, bacon caramel toffee, chocolate covered ants, and other interesting choices will be a fun way to say thank you and enjoy your tasty retirement.
The Gift of Gourmet Treats.
Gourmet treats, sans insects or undigested berries, is also a wonderful gift. This is great for clients, employees, and associates that you do not know as well - yet or for whom you want to make a special, high quality presentation.
Include gourmet coffee gifts or even cocoas, gourmet popcorns and pretzels, hand dipped truffles, smoked cheeses, fine wines or even chocolate corporate gifts. Include locally made or produced items as well.
The Gift of Practicality.
Sometimes practicality is called for when you are purchasing corporate holiday gifts. This may be the case when you are giving a small gift to say thank you or good work on that project. An example of a practical gift may be a zip drive. These are useful - and when you choose a great design, they are fun and personal as well. They come in any number of shapes - from butterflies to hamburgers - and you can choose the best design to suit the recipient.
Another idea that will appeal to the practical is a gift card and a matching donation to a favorite charity. This is the gift that helps others, which can make both giver and recipient feel good. Get into the gift-giving spirit. The "best" gifts can fall flat if you forget about your recipients' needs and interests. When you acknowledge there is an actual person behind the corporate gift, you will have much more success.
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AHOY - It's A Boy! Pirate Baby Shower Ideas
Ahoy! There's a baby on board. And you can have fun decorating with a pirate baby shower theme. Go all out and have fun with it. You'll find the guests will love it. Go full costume or just suggest the theme with sugared confections, wall decor, and other pirate themed items. It's up to you how far you want to carry the theme for a jolly good time.
Pirate Baby Shower Invitations
Start off with the invitations. They'll help set the course. If you like to be crafty and do-it-yourself, you can mail out little pirate ships (dollar store toys) or pirate figurines along with all the shower details.
Alternatively, you can send a cut-out of a ship that you make from cardboard/construction paper and hand-write your invitations.
However if you are like me and pressed for time, you'll also find that many store bought baby boy shower invitations come with a pirate theme. Either way, your guests will know a pirate themed shower is on the horizon.
You can choose from fully customized printed invitations or get a pack of invites with a pirate theme where you simply write in the shower information (like the ones shown to the right).
You can also find fully customized invites online like the one shown here that could easily be adapted for a baby shower. Just use some imagination and creativity to make it uniquely yours! The Mom-to-be will love the thoughtfulness you put into it.
Pirate themed Rice Krispie pops would make great cheap party favors for your guests to take home with them as would little treasure chests full of gold-foiled chocolate coins.
Pirate Party Decorations
Ask everyone to come in some kind of pirate garb. You might hand out eye patches and pirate hats at the door. Find them at costume shops. Or you could have a parrot on your shoulder when guests arrive. Make sure you have attire for the mom-to-be as she may have been brought there for a surprise shower. You don't want her to be the only one not in costume. Give out bandanas or fake pirate hooks for hands.
Make a small treasure chest for pirate booty. Ask everyone to bring a small new mommy gift that you can fill the treasure chest with, or fill it yourself with chocolate coins guests can help themselves to. This can be your centerpiece, or you can make a centerpiece out of a big toy pirate ship. Afterwards, the mom-to-be can take the toy home for the baby.
Use construction paper to create smiling skull and crossbones to hang around the party along with tattered flags made from black fabric. You could even use fabric paint to put white scull and crossbones on the flags as well.
A pirate themed baby shower can be really fun and it's one the men won't mind joining in as well. You'll find plenty of resources online, in costume shops, and at thrift stores. There's no shortage of cute pirate decorations that you can easily work into your decor.
Pirate Baby Shower Food
Have all sorts of pirate-friendly eats. Beef jerky and foods that are easy to eat with your hands are fun. Also have tropical drinks and half coconuts to drink out of (these can be the plastic version or real). Create a desert island with a few palm tree favor boxes (or real palm trees) and a beach complete with a ship's wheel or several buried treasure items.
If you can, fill a baby pool with sand and bury small trinkets for guests to find and take home. These can be wrapped scented candles, small bottles of lotion, or wrapped candies. It will be fun for guests to rummage for treasure.
If you are creative, consider making a pirate themed watermelon boat filled with fresh-fruit or create ships made from hot dogs or open-faced hoagie sandwiches that have a toothpick with a little black flag inserted to make them look like a ship.
Other clever ideas include seaweed pasta - green linguine with a green pesto sauce or hot dog octopuses - cooked hot dogs with the bottom half cut to create 8 legs.
For beverages, how about some red "blood" punch or "frosty ale" which is root beer served in frosty iced beer mugs. The possibilities are endless.
Pirate Themed Cake - Cupcakes - Cake Pops
Your cake can be a full-fledged sailing ship or you can have a bakery make a cute baby pirate out of fondant icing. If you're so inclined, watch Pirates of the Caribbean or have it playing in the background (the one with Johnny Depp).
Anything you can do to add to the ambiance like playing pirate tunes or bringing in stuffed parrot toys will make it that much more authentic. You can buy or make adorable baby pirate cake pops for the shower!
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Pirate Themed Baby Shower Gifts & Favors
When it comes time for mom to open her gifts, set her up with a dedicated area for her to open her booty. If you've got a big old wooden trunk from your Grandmother, this is the perfect time to set it up and decorate it with a pirate theme. What a great place for guests and Mom to store the loot.
Buy or make a pirate themed diaper cake to serve as both the centerpiece and your baby shower gift. It looks just adorable at the party. When the day is through, send everyone home with some loot of their own. Consider pirate ship cookies that you can purchase online or have decorated at a bakery. Wrap them in pretty cellophane bags or make them into cookie pops by adding sticks to the bottoms.
Either way, you have an adorable baby shower cookie favors. Or consider buying some personalized pirate themed favors like sunscreen or lip balm.
Add a Little Pink to Your Life
If ever there were a wacky holiday that I would adore writing about, it's gotta be National Pink Day! It just so happens that this day falls on June 23rd this year, and every other year.
But where exactly did this holiday come from, what are we supposed to celebrate on this day, and how should we be celebrating it? Well I have the answers if you have the time!
Origination of National Pink Day
And what is it?
So where did National Pink day come from? Well the true history is yet to be discovered. But some people choose to celebrate it as a breast cancer awareness day, and that seems logical to me! Others say that despite the lack of documented origin, let's celebrate anyways! And I agree.
How to Celebrate!
National Pink Day
Now that we've covered some historical details, let's get on the fun part - celebration! How do we celebrate National Pink Day? Trust me, it's very easy. Let's cover some of your celebration options:
Throw on some pink clothing in the morning. Pink shoes? Do it! Pink purse? Yes please! But clothing is just one of the many ways to celebrate. There are plenty of other ways to take part in this glorious day! Just keep on reading to hear about more fun ideas.
National Pink Day
Make Pink Treats
Desserts are Pink's Best Friend
Pink, pink and more pink. It should be the epitome of your day. So why not give someone a pink edible gift? We all love treats, right? At least I sure do!
Breast Cancer Awareness
The Pink Ribbon
Like I had said earlier, some take the opportunity of Pink Day to recognize breast cancer and inform others of the disease. Others use the pink ribbon idea to celebrate those who have had breast cancer and survived. Either way that you choose to spin it, there is plenty of room for a great cause on a great day. Dish out little pink ribbon gifts, and eat pink ribbon snacks. Make it a special day.
Listen to Pink Music
Yes, I said it!
You might already be jamming to Pink, you know, the singer. But if you're not, then today is the day to start! She's got tons of great songs, and many of them seem to be right in line with what pink (if it were a person) would listen to. Some pop, some rock, and just overall good music.
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So if there were ever a day to listen to Pink, it'd be today. Naturally. Some of her best songs (in my opinion) include:
- Get The Party Started
- Raise Your Glass
- So What
- Glitter In The Air
- Who Knew
Make a Pink Dinner
Doesn't it sound yummy?
Now this might be something for you die-hard pink fans, like myself, but it's certainly worth considering! Make your whole dinner out of pink foods. From drink to dessert, there are lots of options!
Image by doreese on CutestFood.com
Consider steak (if you like it pink), or pink pasta (food coloring), strawberry smoothies, cupcakes, and maybe a strawberry daiquiri? And don't forget strawberry ice cream, because that'd be a crime.
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Saying "Congrats" on a New Home!
If you're shopping for the perfect gift for a new neighbor, think outside the box. Sure, you can bring a bottle of wine, but there are so many other great ideas just waiting for you to discover them. First, think about your new friend's taste. If you've never really been inside her home before, you may have to guess a little. But you can make some educated guesses based on their home's exterior style and the car they drive.
Do they have children? How do they dress? If they are hip and funky young people, choose housewarming gifts that is in keeping with that style. An older couple? Gear your selection towards things they will enjoy.
Here are five ideas that are sure to make yours the hottest present at the party.
Image courtesy of woodleywonderworks on Flickr
1. ALESSI PRODUCTS
Functional and Beautiful
Alessi is an Italian company known for its functional yet beautifully crafted off-the-charts designs. They've won many awards for their ergonomic, streamlined products that make everyday tasks fun. Find them at www.alessi-shop.com.
They offer everything from bold primary colored rabbit toothpick holders to non-traditional teakettles and everything in between. You'll find you're also shopping for yourself when you start looking around their site. Anything you find there is a perfect gift, so just choose within your desired price range.
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2. JCPENNEY HOME
Online or In-Store
For a housewarming gift that's surprisingly inexpensive yet a multitasking genius, opt for the Cooks by JCP Home 3-in-1 Breakfast Center. This gadget has a coffee maker, toaster oven and griddle all in one. It takes up little counter space and is under $40.
Everyone can use a multi-tasker like this gadget. There are tons of other ideas at JC Penney. A set of sheets or towels is always nice as are many of their other houseware products. Find them at www.jcpenney.com.
3. ALL ABOUT GIFTS & BASKETS
Tasty Homewarming Gifts
You're in luck if you're looking for delicious, edible and darling housewarming cookies. We offer cookie gifts that are shaped and decorated like houses or mailboxes and are presented in a container on long stems. The cookies are large, bold and beautiful. You'll be proud to give them.
Ship them directly to your friend if you live far away! It's the perfect gift for friends and family, near and far.
4. FLORAL WREATH
Pretty & Classy: Pretty Classy
www.1800flowers.com will ship your friend a beautiful autumn harvest or other seasonal wreath just in time for their housewarming. These wreaths are long-lasting as they are made of sturdy supplies. You can also have it delivered to yourself if you want to bring it over in person. Very pretty and more practical than live flowers that wilt. Of course, you'll find many other bouquet and arrangement choices as well as food and gift baskets.
5. PERSONALIZED DOORMAT
Clever & Fun
A company called Exclusively Weddings has proven they are more than just a wedding shop as their name would suggest. You can get a personalized doormat for your new friends for under $50 that looks like it cost a lot more. Have it made to say anything you like. Be funny or direct. They can be found at www.exclusivelyweddings.com. Personally, I would love one of these rugs, how cute are they!?
Remember, the reason your host is throwing the party is so you can see their new home and get to know the neighbors. You're not expected to bring an expensive congratulations gift, but showing up with a little something sweet is always in good taste. Mingle, have fun and socialize. Who knows, maybe you'll meet some new friends too!
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Throw The Best Sports Baby Shower Ever!
If the Dad-to-be is a sports enthusiast and a bouncing baby boy is on the way, a sports themed baby shower is the obvious choice. You can either choose the family's favorite activity or just do a generic theme that incorporates a wide range of sports such as baseball, basketball, football and soccer.
I love this shower theme especially for couples showers or if you know that Mom will be decorating the nursery in a similar theme.
Score a touchdown, home run and a hole in one with these fun theme shower ideas! I've covered everything from the invitations, to the food and cake to the guest party favors in this post. So huddle up your helpers and get to planning the best baby shower ever!
Baby Shower Invitations
Many online and local retailers sell sports themed baby shower invitations that are appropriate for both baby showers and even birthday parties for the little sport. You can find invitations that incorporate all the balls or you can find invites for individual ones such as baseball. Tailor the invites to match the interests of the parents and the rest of your party theme. Packs of 8 or 16 invitations normally run about $5 to $10.
Save a little money by making your own baby shower invitations by either using your computer or by crafting them from construction paper, cardstock and other materials. For the crafty scrapbookers among you, you'll likely have plenty of cardstock on hand to create a sports-inspired invitation. That might mean an invite shaped like a football, baseball mitt, football helmet with favorite team colors, or a soccer ball. And I know that you scrapbookers will have stickers so just add a few to the inside of the cards and you'll be all set. Whatever shape you choose, just use some clever wording such as:
"It's an All Star Baby Shower! Come celebrate the newest member of the [mom's last name] team scheduled to arrive on [due date]."
I also found a free shower template that is shown above here. Just fill in all of your shower details and follow the instructions to print these sporty invites.
Party Supplies & Decorations
Decorating the room for a baby shower is fairly straight forward. Use various sports balls and equipment such as helmets, mitts, bats, etc throughout the area. You can hang foam sports fingers, team pennants, jerseys, streamers and ball-shaped baby shower balloons from the walls, tables, and ceilings.
For the buffet table, consider buying some of that fake green turf to use as the 'tablecloth' or buy a green vinyl tablecloth and use a white paint pen to create a lined football field on it.
Many stores sell football, baseball and soccer ball-shaped planters, serving bowls and trays to hold the food. In addition, I've seen some football helmets that are specifically made to hold dips for big parties such as Superbowl parties. They would be an excellent choice for this themed baby shower as well.
One of the most clever decorations that I've seen is a baby shower scoreboard that you can make yourself following the instructions from Plan the Perfect Baby Shower.
Another clever idea is to use a ball such as a new football or baseball on a stand as a substitute for a boring guest book. Have each of the guests sign the ball with a permanent marker and the ball can be displayed in the nursery after the shower. This is one keepsake that Mom & Dad will treasure for years to come!
And for the centerpiece, consider a sports-themed baby shower diaper cake that can do double-duty as your gift for the expectant Mom.
Sports Themed Shower Food Ideas
I don't know about you, but when I think about all the events that I've gone to, I think beer and pretzels for food. Of course, this may not be appropriate depending on the crowd. But chances are that you are throwing a sports theme baby shower where men will be invited too. If this is the case, then consider going with food that will bring them back to the ball game, hockey arena, football stadium, etc.
A barbecue with brats, hot dogs, burgers, and chips is about as American as baseball and apple pie so if your event can be held in the backyard, go for it! You can still serve this sort of food for an indoor shower, but it won't be quite the same.
A big tray of chicken wings with bleu cheese dressing and nachos slathered with cheese and chili are also great additions. And for the more healthy conscious among the guests, be sure to have a fruit and/or veggie tray with some dip.
Dessert for a sports-themed party is always pretty easy because you can buy ball picks for cupcakes or buy a ball-shaped cake pan to create a unique cake for the party. Round cookie cutters can be used to create ball shaped cookies, sandwiches or cheese slices for the party as well.
The above image shows a cake made by Cakes We Bake, and it incorporates all the different sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, football, tennis, volleyball, etc. It's a good way to make sure all the sports are covered and not just dominated by one!
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Baby Shower Game Ideas
What would a shower be without baby shower games? Here are some fun sports-inspired game ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
Wii or Playstation Sports Tournament - If men are going to be at the shower, it is likely that one of them will have a video gaming system where you could set-up a sports tournament like boxing, football, baseball, bowling, etc. Give the overall champ a fun prize.
Famous Sports Trivia Game - This free printable game lists the names of 10 famous sports figures and you must name the sport for which they are known. The guest that gets the most answers correct wins the game.
Outdoor Football Toss - If you are having your party outdoors, hang some hula hoops from large tree branches and place a line where guests try to throw a football through the hula hoops. For every hoop they pass the ball through, they get a point. The guest with the most points wins the game.
Water Balloon Volleyball - Also great for outdoor parties, break the guests into teams of 2 with a team on each side of the net holding a beach towel (2 players hold the towel). Place a water balloon on the towel and that team must volley the balloon over the net to the other team who must catch it in their towel. Points are scored if a team doesn't make it over the net or if a team drops/pops the balloon.
Indoor or Outdoor Basketball - Set up one of those Fisher Price indoor basketball nets or use an existing outdoor basketball net/court. Break guests into teams of two having them shoot at a given distance for 60 seconds. The team that makes the most baskets in the 60 seconds wins the prize.
Sports Themed Baby Shower Favors
Check Out These Gumball Machine Favors!
Give your guests memorable little thank you gifts to show your appreciation for sharing in Mom's special day. In the above photo, you can see some of the fun gumball machines that are shaped like balls available on our website. In addition to these fun favors, you can also find sports themed lip balm, baby shower hand cream, and travel candle favors that feature personalized lid labels with the shower information. Many companies also carry themed candy wrappers including Amazon.
You can also do your own inexpensive baby shower favors by purchasing things like sports shaped soaps or candles or foil-covered chocolates and placing them in a cellophane bag. Tie the bag with a ribbon and add a personalized favor hang tag to create a custom look that your guests will love!
Sports Themed Gift Ideas
Give the little star a fun gift!
I was out shopping for some baby gifts last weekend and found all kinds of cool sports themed stuff. So many boys clothes feature appliques like football, basketball, soccer, etc. They are simply adorable. In addition, I found plush items like baby's first baseball and football.
So many online retailers carry themed baby gifts as well including those shown in the photo - deluxe sport baby welcome wagon and the take me out to the ballgame hot dog gift set. Personalized football and baseball snuggle blankets that can be customized with any NFL or MLB team are also available online. Combine Dad's favorite sports team with the baby gift and you can be sure that your gift will be a home run or touchdown! Sports themed baby bibs, bath robes, and layette sets are easy to find too.
So enjoy shopping - you are sure to find something fun for the little sport!