4 Great Gifts For Someone You Love

It can be tough to find the perfect gift, especially if you’re trying to avoid generic ones like cards, flowers and chocolates. Here are some gift ideas that are both compelling and unique!

1. Novelty Mugs

Novelty mugs come in all shapes and sizes, so you can definitely find something that suits your friend’s interests. For example, if they like a particular TV show, you can buy them a mug with a snappy character quote painted on it. If they enjoy animals, you can buy them a mug with a handle shaped like a tiger’s tail or an elephant’s trunk. The possibilities are endless.

2. Food

Who doesn’t love a gift that you can eat? You’ll need to make sure that you don’t trigger any allergies, of course, but as long as you have a basic idea of what your friend likes to munch on, you should be able to find a food-related gift that suits them. Think about things like spices, snack bags, meat rubs, veggie platters and fine wines.

3. Art Supplies

If your friend is an artist, something like specialty paintbrushes or high-quality sketchpads can show them that you support their creative endeavors. Even if they aren’t a natural Picasso, however, they can still have fun with things like watercolor sets, pottery wheels and adult coloring books. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Everyone deserves a chance to spread the wings of their imagination.

4. Gift Basket

Gift baskets are great when you want to combine the elements of several different gifts into one. For example, if your friend is a movie lover, you can stuff a basket with DVDs, popcorn, candy and nacho ingredients. If they’re a puzzle fiend, you can put multiple jigsaws into a single basket. Gift baskets are fun, friendly and versatile enough to suit any occasion.

These are just a few gifts that will bring a smile to the face of your loved one. Whether you’re planning a birthday, anniversary or general celebration, use these ideas to show someone how much that you care.

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4 Go-To Gifts for Your Secret Santa at the Office

Secret Santa is a classic party game for the holidays, especially around the office. Everyone puts their name in the proverbial hat, shakes things around, and draws a name. This name is the gift recipient, and the drawer is the Secret Santa. So, shhh—don’t tell. Here are a few go-to gifts for the name you draw at the office for the holidays.

Wax Warmers & Candles in Yummy Scents

Vanilla, lavender, ocean breeze, or fresh-cut grass—all of these are mellow, beautiful scents that most people love. So, make candles and wax warmers your go-to. Or, if you want to go the extra mile, find out that person’s favorite scents and go from there. Track down the kind of scents that will uplift their mood and make them smile.

Trinkets, Classic Collectibles, and Meaningful Keepsakes

Baubles and meaningful knickknacks are always a classic for Secret Santa parties. Why? Because most trinkets are, in some way, collectibles. Do a little research into your gift recipient and find out what they love. Snag a keepsake that evokes positive thoughts. For instance, if your Secret Santa recipient is religious, opt for a guardian angel trinket. If they love jewelry, go for an inexpensive, but beautiful, wholesale gold filled chain. Or, if your Secret Santa recipient is a bookworm, get a classic collectible of a literary must-have.

Office Supplies and Life’s Basic Necessities

Have you ever searched for a pen at your desk only to come up empty-handed? So has everyone else. If you want to steer your gift towards useful, professional, and practical, go with a bundle of must-have office supplies for their desk space. Pens, pencils, staplers, paperclips—whatever you think they need on a daily basis. It’s not the most thoughtful gift sentimental-wise, but those necessities will come in handy.

You Can Never Go Wrong with a Good Gift Card

Gift cards are go-to musts for Secret Santa. Why? Because, more often than not, you don’t personally know the gift recipient. Which means you can do your research extensively and befriend them entirely. Or, you could find out what they like, and get them a gift card to reflect their interests. Plus, if your recipient commonly goes out for meals on their lunch or dinner breaks, restaurant and eatery vouchers are always appreciated.

Unless you’re best friends with your coworkers, Secret Santa is always going to have an edge of awkwardness. However, with the aforementioned go-to gifts, you can take a bit of that edge off and make a better impression on the name you draw.

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3 Personalized Gift Ideas

When gift giving season rolls around, and you are stuck for ideas, personalized gifts are usually a hit. Even when you do not know the recipient extremely well, if you know tidbits about them, that is a good start. If your gift’s recipient is a coffee drinker, consider checking out personalized latte mugs, because the best presents tend to be those that can be used. If you personalize the mug with the person’s name, they are more likely to use it often, and when it is used at work, less likely to be utilized by someone else.

Here are three more personalized gift ideas:

Jewelry

Now, if you know the gift’s recipient pretty well and they are more than a colleague to you, a nicer and personalized piece of jewelry, like those found at Tiffany’s, sends a special message. If you are searching for something for a co-worker, however, opting for a bracelet, charm or necklace found at a store in the mall is still considerate and usually budget-friendly. Whether you order a personalized piece of jewelry in-store or online, do not wait until the last minute. Once you have chosen the item, you will have to wait a few days for the engraving to be completed and delivered.

Luggage Accessories

High-end handbag retailers can monogram the owner-to-be’s initials on most of their goods as an extra personalized touch when requested. Personalized luggage accessories also make thoughtful gifts and are more affordable. If you will be gifting someone who travels often, adding their initials to luggage tags, passport holder or key ring is both generous and reasonably priced. You will be doing that person a favor because if they own a black suitcase, their luggage tag will help them find it more quickly among the other black suitcases on the airport carousel.

Knick-knacks

People who like to keep knick-knacks in their work space or around their home may appreciate receiving a personalized knick-knack as a gift. This is a broad category that includes coasters, soap and candles. You can even include napkins, socks and throws. Having these items personalized makes what could be a humdrum gift something special. Simply adding the recipient’s initials shows that some thought was put into the gift-picking process.

Gift giving does not have to be an arduous task. By personalizing jewelry, luggage accessories or knick-knacks you may make the recipient’s day.

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Celebrating Arbor Day With Style

Every year, on the last Friday in April, we celebrate the majesty and importance of trees to our community and our planet with Arbor Day. There are many ways you can celebrate this important holiday, including throwing an Arbor Day party, volunteering for a planting event, or spreading the news at a charity function. While it’s important to make a practical difference and help the environment, you can also do it in style. Here are some tips to making your next arbor day both useful and enjoyable. The earth will thank you for it!

First, look for planting events in your area and attend those events with your trusty shovel. You can easily help transplant saplings to a protected area with little to no tree-planting experience. It really is as easy as digging a big hole, placing the root ball in the hole, refilling the hole, and adding some water. Mulch will keep down on weeding, but someone should plan to water the new tree regularly until it is established. Unless you can find room to plant a tree on your own property, work with a charity group to find your planting opportunity.

Next, consider campaigning for trees at a charity event or political occasion. Lobbying for more natural areas and parks or agitating for more green space in urban areas are all good ways to celebrate the value of trees. Again, nonprofit organizations are the best way for you to find out how to help. Let your voice be heard in your community by speaking out on the importance of trees.

Finally, consider throwing a party to celebrate Arbor Day, either to raise awareness or to raise money for a tree-related cause. Get an ecologically-minded band to play, or hold contests with appropriate prizes like the willow tree figures by Coppin’s. You can even get a tree-themed mascot or entertainer to keep your guests amused. You’d be surprised how much money and attention you can raise with an exciting event. Tell the world about the importance of trees on the holiday dedicated to their importance.

The world needs its trees, especially with the current environmental crisis that is looming. Trees clean our air, prevent erosion, and feed us. Arbor day is the perfect opportunity to spread the word about how trees make the earth habitable. You too can make a real difference for trees.

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Happiness in a Colorful, Fragrant Form

Hawaiian flowers are rich in color, diverse in shape, aromatic and simply all around exquisite. While living in the midst of such beauty may not be an option for you, bringing that beauty into your home is as easy as finding a place such as Hana Flowers where you can shop for flowers throughout the year. A gift of Hawaiian flowers would brighten a friend or loved one’s day. Such an eloquent gift would remain in their memory for years to come.

Have you ever wanted to find an impressive, amazingly unique gift for the special lady in your life? Have you been guilty of forgetting an anniversary or birthday? Taking advantage of a plan such as a “year of flowers” assures that on each and every special day, your stunning gift will impress her. You choose the delivery dates and a beautiful arrangement will arrive at the appropriate time.

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Clients or would-be clients often judge your level of success by how your office looks. They take notice of the furniture, the neatness and the general atmosphere of the area. A magnificent arrangement of colorful flowers placed in the entry way or in the waiting area of your office exudes success. The flowers can lift the spirit of those working in your office and make clients feel more relaxed.

There’s absolutely no reason that you can’t treat yourself to the beauty of Hawaiian flowers. Don’t wait for a special occasion. Just do something nice for yourself because you deserve it.

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