How To Sell Santa’s Slip-Ups

Shoppers spent more than $15.5 billion this Christmas on gifts on the Internet alone. Just imagine how many millions went to unwanted polka dot sweaters, electric nose hair clippers, and thigh masters. That wasted cash piled up under the Christmas tree. We’ve all had it happen to us. In fact, you had it happen to you this year. You unwrapped the pretty red bow and tore through the shiny paper on that present from your Uncle Mortie, and immediately, you had to put on your best poker face. How did you know I needed a sushi roller kit?” you exclaimed with as much excitement as you could muster through gritted teeth. The problem is you don’t eat fish sticks, let …

How to Save Money with Great Gift Ideas

Want to save $1000 this year for very little effort? Gift giving is an area where impulse buying is a frequent occurrence. I was amazed to discover I was spending over $1500 or more per year for gifts. What have you spent for gifts in the last 12 months? In my experience, gifts were last minute purchases for which money was no object. I now spend less than $500 per year for gifts. Take two hours of your life and save yourself $1000 or more per year on gift giving. Get Prepared Label 12 manila folders January – December. On the front of each monthly folder, write the days of the month. Next to the appropriate date on the folder, …

50th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

A 50th anniversary gift commemorates a milestone most married couples wish to reach. What can you possibly give a couple after 50 years of marriage? The most meaningful wedding anniversary gift is one that comes from the heart: to express your love and appreciation towards all that they mean to you, how their staying married through the thick and thin of life has influenced you, to tell about the warm and loving memories you shared with them throughout the years. The 50th anniversary is commemorated by gold and the flower is violet. A gift certainly doesn’t have to be gold, wrap a gift in gold paper or paper decorated with violets. 50th anniversary gift ideas for the couple Keepsake personalized …

25 Festive Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

Christmas is coming – soon it will be time to wrap holiday gifts! Do you want to do something different with your gift wrap this year? Here are twenty five festive holiday gift wrap ideas guaranteed to make your gifts look just as special as your holiday season! Many of these gift wrap ideas suggest adding ornaments to decorate your gifts. This can look pretty and be an added gift for the holidays. You can find inexpensive ornaments at Miles Kimball www.mileskimball.com and also Lillian Vernon www.lillianvernon.com. Consider also visiting your local church holiday fairs and even your community’s “dollar stores” for some pretty ornaments at very reasonable prices. These gift wrap ideas are ideas to inspire you. You may …

10 Reasons to Create and Give a Gift Basket!

10. A Themed Gift Basket is for everyone and every occasion. 9. Gift Baskets can be created easily with minimal time and effort. 8. Creating a Gift Baskets will save you time and money! 7. Gift Baskets can be made in a variety of sizes and price ranges, making them ideal for the budget conscious giver. 6. By creating a Themed Gift Basket, you tailored the basket for the particular occasion. 5. Filling the Gift Baskets with lots presents represents excellent value to the recipient! 4. Gift Baskets convey the feelings of the sender in a way that is unique and personal. 3. Lets fact it, who doesn’t love to receive a Gift Basket! 2. Gift Baskets make wonderful gifts …

10 Great Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Here are a few great gift ideas for that special mother in your life on Mother’s Day. 10. Weekend Getaway. A weekend retreat to a ski lodge could be great for the mom who needs a weekend to unwind. 9. Digital Camera. For the new mom, this makes a great gift. Children grow up so fast, catching those fleeting moments are important. With scrap booking becoming so popular, digital cameras also make a great gift for the scrapbook lover. 8. Charitable Donation. For the mom who never stops giving, she would be honored to know that a donation was given to her favor charity in her name. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving. 7. Buy a Tree …

12 Steps for a Stress-Free Holiday

Do you feel like Clark W. Griswold trying to make a perfect holiday and stumbling through mishaps? Everyone faces challenges of juggling their time effectively during the hectic holiday season. We all have to carry on our normal activities plus shop, wrap, cook, clean, bake, decorate, travel, etc. Here are 12 ways to manage your time so you can feel relaxed, happy, and joyous during the holiday season. 1. Practice good self-care: Eat right and get enough rest. Do something special for yourself every day, even if you only have 10 minutes to spare. Do what makes you feel relaxed; take a walk, listen to your favorite music, have a massage, stretch. Periodically stretch and take a few deep breaths. …

How To Please Your Boss With Gifts

Confused?? What to give your Boss on his/her birthday?? Read On:::::::: Birthdays are always special for the person as well as for his/her friends. Friends, relatives and loved ones make the birthday more special with the gifts, cards, flowers and loads of love. It becomes a little difficult to choose the suitable gift for someone special. Choosing a perfect gift for a perfect someone always depends upon relationships. You should always take care of the depth of your relations before choosing a gift. I’ve always found it a little difficult to buy gifts for my dear Boss. Yes, he has always been very dear to me. It was my first job and he was my first BOSS in life. He …

How to Have a Stress Free Holiday

Increase the memories and satisfaction and decrease the stress with these ideas! As the holiday season approaches, my well-organized, super achiever friends have already put into motion the plans for their annual, holiday extravaganza. All year long, they have purchased gifts at bargain prices. Their favorite family photo is duplicated onto 1000, addressed greeting cards. They can’t wait to flip the switch illuminating their house which is permanently wired with twinkle lights and they have a file of menus carefully clipped from last year’s Thanksgiving edition of Oprah magazine. Sometimes I am envious of this achievement, sometimes I hate them for it (not really) and sometimes I even get caught up competing with them. The real freedom comes when I …

How to Give the

Giving that special someone a special gift can be very difficult. Depending on the situation and occasion, it can be a very tricky thing. You want to do the right thing, but if you’re not careful, it can backfire. As many have found out, you need to give this some considerable thought. But everyone wants to give the “right” gift. What makes up a great gift? In my experience, a great gift: Is truly unique, personal and creative; Demonstrates to the recipient the thoughtfulness and caring that went into securing the gift; Evokes emotions from the recipient whenever it is used, seen or thought about; and Makes the recipient truly feel special. A great gift doesn’t necessarily have to cost …

How To Give A Great Gift Without Breaking The Bank

Let’s start with the big E …Expenditure I started with an outline budget of what I wanted to spend on this occasion. After I finished examining my expenditures for last year and created my new budget, I found a few less relevant categories that needed cutting out for this coming year. I especially found a great opportunity to save money in our “gift” category. See More First, I made the decision that my theme for this year would be gift giving from my heart. Last year as I had Christmas packages spread around the living room and was trying to sort them for mailing, I found myself thinking like Scrooge. I decided that wasn’t really a very good way to …

How To Buy The Perfect Gift For Anyone

Shopping online for gifts rather than going to a store is not only convenient, but you save time, money and have an incredible variety of gifts to choose from. It’s no wonder online shopping is growing at a phenomenal rate every year. But with so much to choose from, how do you buy the perfect gift for someone? The mistake most people make is buying something that they like instead of thinking hard about the interests of the person they are buying for. Admit it; you have probably done this before. If you want to buy the perfect gift for your recipient, take the time to learn about the interests of that person even if it’s something you don’t particularly …

How to Beat the System and Actually Get Free Gifts from Incentive Programs

We’ve all seen the flashing banners, annoying pop-up ads and junk emails with the too-good-to-be-true free gift offers, like “Free iPod!” or “Free Laptop” or “Free Digital Camera.” Many of us simply think to ourselves, nothing is free; this is just a scam, right? Not necessarily. The plain and simple fact is, many incentive programs actually do work, according to their Terms & Conditions. But who really wants to read all of that legal mumbo jumbo? Well I’m here to tell you that I have read the fine print for many of these free gift incentive programs, and even completed a few. That’s right. I have received a few free gifts from these programs, including a Sony Vaio Laptop, an …

How To Avoid Christmas Debt Overload

The Christmas season is truly the season of giving. There is no other time of the year when people’s hearts are as open or their hands are as freely generous as they are during the Christmas holiday. I mean, even our favorite Christmas motto states, “It is better to give than to receive.” While giving does fill your heart with joy and help those who are less fortunate than us, many have taken this motto to extremes when it comes to buying Christmas presents for their children, spouses and other family members. It is not uncommon for families to run up tremendous high-interest credit card debt to buy their children elaborate and expensive gifts such as computers, stereos and designer …

10 Great Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Ok, so Father’s Day is approaching and you’d rather go to the dentist than buy another tie. Save the appointment for wisdom teeth trouble and make shopping a little easier. Here are 10 gift ideas for Father’s day that are sure to bring a SINCERE smile to his face. 10. Father of the Year Plaque – Show your appreciation for that special Father with a trophy or plaque that honors him as a Father. 9. Magazine Subscription- This is the gift that keeps on giving year round. Popular subscriptions are Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal and Muscle & Fitness. There are others that I would rather not mention, but I am sure would get a positive reaction, if you know what …

10 Birthday Gifts Your Kids Will Love

Everyone loves a special gift on their birthday: especially our kids! I have put together a list of 10 memorable gifts you can gift your children on their birthday without breaking the bank. Art supplies: almost all kids enjoy crayons, markers, stickers, colored pencils, gel pens, special papers and scissors, sidewalk chalk, water colors, homemade rubber stamps, “how to draw” books calligraphy instructions, or origami instructions and colored paper. An art supply gift not only encourages the youngsters to use their imagination, but it can be an extra treat when you spend time with them using them. Books are always great gifts for any age: you can get musical or squeaky books for the little ones, short stories for preschoolers, …