Gift-giving, whether for a holiday, a birthday, or another special occasion can be quite difficult for some of us. Trust me, I know the perils of standing in the middle of the gift shop, staring at all the items on display, and debating whether I should go home and forget all about it or buy everything in sight, just in case.
When you really think about it gift-giving is an art that’s tightly connected to how well you know the person you’re buying for as well as how close you are to them. Knowing their hobbies, likes, and dislikes can greatly help your chances of picking a great gift for them, but even if you do, sometimes it can still be a bit hard.
With this blog, I’d like to address the issue many of us face when picking gifts for loved ones and friends and propose a few gift ideas that are both universal and special enough to make sure the giftee loves them, but also feel like you’ve given them a lot of thought and have put in the effort.
Most of the information I’ll share you probably already know, but it takes a kind of centred thinking to be able to fish it out, so read on and let’s get to the bottom of this together!
When on the fence about a gift it’s always great to ask yourself what is an absolute necessity that can be turned into a special present? There are many, many answers to this question, but the one that pops up the most is always mugs.
We all need to drink something every day, be it water or juice or coffee or tea, so why not take a daily essential and turn it into a charming ritual your friend or family member will absolutely fall in love with?
I’ve gotten my fair share of beautiful mugs as gifts and I still keep and use every single one of them, no matter how much time has passed since I’ve gotten each. I’ve also given quite a bunch of them, too, so hear me out!
The most important thing when searching for mugs for sale is knowing exactly what you’re looking for. You may look for the perfect mugs online or in physical stores, but either way, it’s important to always remember that anything generic just won’t do.
You want the giftee to feel special so go ahead and find a handmade mug in an interesting shape and featuring an amusing pattern and gift it. Trust me, you can’t go wrong when doing this and your friend is sure to fall in love with it instantly.
What’s more, you can gift a set of two or more mugs if you feel like it and sometimes even accompany them with matching saucers, so the possibilities really are endless.
All you need to know when searching for the perfect mug for that special someone is a very basic idea of what kind of colours and patterns they like and then match that with what the store you’ve chosen has available. Easy as pie! Just remember, the more personalized – the better!
Moving on, another universal yet greatly intimate present – candles!
Some people may seem like they wouldn’t be into candles, but let’s be honest, who can not be into a little wax puddle that smells good, offers an amazing atmosphere-making ability, and just beautifies any room it’s placed in, no matter what kind it is?
That’s right, nobody.
The key to buying candles is to know how far you can take your purchase as well as when to hold back and choose something that’s a bit more conservative and plain.
For example, if a male friend is having a housewarming party and you’d like to gift them a candle, pay attention to their clothing style, whether they wear any perfume or not and if they do what it smells like, and so on. You can even go as far as taking a quick look at the home they bought to get a feel of whether you should go for a strong-smelling, detailed candle or a more subtle, fresh, and unobtrusive one. The same goes for your female friends, too.
Candles nowadays are heavily focused on fragrances as well as how they’re sourced, so don’t get a regular one if your friend is a vegan. Instead, opt for a handmade soy option that’s bound to bring joy to the person receiving it and pay close attention to the smell.
Finally, the packaging and colour of the candle should also follow the style of the giftee to round everything up and really kick that gift ball out of the park.
Home Decor Items
Yeah, yeah, I know what you must be thinking. “Aren’t candles home decor items?” The answer to that question is a definitive no. Much like their essential oil brothers, candles are all about relaxation, soothing, and spending some quality time either by yourself or with someone else, so categorizing them as “home decor items” really takes away from their purpose and meaning.
Even though I don’t mean candles, what I do mean when I talk about home decor gift items are things like couch cushions, throw blankets, vases, picture frames, art prints and artworks, decorative plate sets, figurines and small statues, rugs and mats, potted plants, lamps, and so on. You get the idea.
Each of these items requires a similar knowledge as the previous two with the only difference being that they are probably going to be more costly, so choose this option only when you’re buying for someone really, really special in your life.
You can also use any of these items to create a base for a sort of gift basket that’s going to include a candle and a mug as well, or any other pieces you think your giftee would like.
The rule of personality and style applies here as well, so pay attention, personalize, and you’re most definitely golden! Good luck!
What is Client Appreciation?
Have you ever heard about customer/client appreciation? Besides the ‘thank you’ words you might be using on a daily basis, sometimes doing more than that can help you make this relationship stronger and long-lasting. Generally speaking, customer appreciation is the art of expressing gratitude to your clients which can benefit a lot of different aspects of the business.
What’s more, feeling and expressing gratitude can also help you get rid of many toxic emotions and can benefit your psychological health. Doing the job you love in a positive working environment is truly priceless. It can impact the positive energy in the office and it can reinforce teamwork.
What Are the Best Corporate Gifts?
Starbucks Gift Cards
Since a great number of people love the idea of working from a cafe sitting by a large window while enjoying the view and the background noise, Starbucks gift cards can be a great client gift of appreciation. With locations all over the country, your clients or employees can easily find the closest shop near them and enjoy their working routine. You can choose from branded gift cards, physical gift cards and digital gift cards that can be delivered directly to your recipient’s email. You can also buy these cards in their stores or online via their customer support email where you can order a larger amount.
Heaven in a Box
You can never go wrong with gifting some deliciously sweet treats. You can narrow down your choices by searching for type, size and quantity, so you can choose one of the different options from the many corporate gift baskets. Whether you’re looking for the most basic gift box that consists of doughnuts of your choice or one that has both sweet treats and beverages in it, baked goods are always a good idea. Jams, different types of fillings, glazes and toppings are some of the doughnut types you can select. One thing is certain, these sweet and mouth-watering corporate gift baskets can tease the taste buds of each and every one of your clients and employees.
Since this should be a gift of appreciation, you should do a careful and thorough research when it comes to choosing the right bakery. When picking, go for a company that uses the finest ingredients. Quality should never be compromised, especially when it comes to food and gifts, so choosing a bakery shop that can deliver literally heaven in a box without being spoiled is crucial.
Reliable and trusted bakeries can even give you the opportunity to choose from vegan doughnuts, made with high-quality plant-based milk. These bakeries can even answer to any of your special orders. For instance, if some of your clients or employee are allergic to a specific ingredient, you can write that down in the order note and have peace of mind that they won’t get sick. Make sure to also write down any of your specific delivery instructions (if any).
Tasting Gin Packs
In case you want to give your team or clients something more than just sweet treats, you can pamper them with a premium-quality gin tasting set. Woody, fruity, grassy and with spicy flavours from infusions with berries, seed, roots and herbs, gin is a heavenly tasty liquor. In fact, these gin tasting packs are so good, that you might just gift one to yourself. And since Australian gin is extremely quality and tasty, it is no wonder why Australian distilleries are winning so many prestigious awards.
Depending on your budget and how many gift packs you want to gift, you can choose from the most basic two Australian craft gin bottles to twelve or more specially selected Australian gins from across the country. Elegantly packed with distillery labels, a gin tasting set like this can delight anyone. Usually, these gift gin boxes contain gin tasting notes and serving suggestions. This can help your giftee to have a better understanding of the gin’s origin and its taste.
If your giftee is a true gin lover, you can surprise them with a monthly gin subscription. You can choose between one month, three months or six months subscriptions where they can receive a selection of different craft gins from across the country. Besides being tasty, gin can also have some health benefits, just like wine. It is believed that light to moderate gin consumption can decrease the risk of heart disease.
The only love we can count on for a lifetime is on the love of our moms. They are the one person we were directly connected to even when still in the womb, which explains the special connection. Since Mother’s day is coming soon, you can spoil her with a unique gift to show your love and appreciation. This doesn’t mean that you need to try too hard or spend too much… Remember that spending an afternoon with her and a long hug is what she’d like the most, but here are some simple ideas that are sure to warm her heart.