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 …

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 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 …

6 Perfect Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

How can you shop for a woman who already owns everything she wants? It’s not as difficult as you may think because there’s always a unique approach at buying for the woman who seemingly has a closet full of clothes or a box full of jewelry. Besides, there’s always room for one more outfit or piece of jewelry. Gift Idea For Her #1: Diamonds Diamonds are timeless and always in style. The most commonly found are white diamonds, but what about a blue, cognac or black diamond? These are becoming more readily available and are quite stunning. They are certainly not something that you see at the local jewelry store without seeing a huge price tag to match. If you’re …

5 Tips For Choosing Gifts

We all love to receive gifts, whether it’s at Christmas or birthdays, or even a special anniversary. But in order to keep getting gifts, we have to give them to others too. And happily we like that part of the bargain almost as much as the receiving bit. Here are a few tips that may help you choose the right gift for the right person. 1. To help make up your mind you can easily read reviews of gifts you are considering buying at places like Amazon.com, Buy.com, Epinions.com, BizRate.com, etc. And of course, you can even purchase from there too. 2. Price comparison for gifts is easy if you’re switching between sites like Shopping.com, PriceGrabber.com and Cnet.com. The lowest …

7 Ways To Improve Your Relationship

Good relationships don’t just happen. I’ve heard many of my clients state that, “If I have to work at it, then it’s not the right relationship.” This is not a true statement, any more than it’s true that you don’t have to work at good physical health through exercise, eating well, and stress reduction. I’ve discovered, in the 35 years that I’ve been counseling couples, 7 choices you can make that will not only improve your relationship, but can turn a failing relationship into a successful one. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF This is the most important choice you can make to improve your relationship. This means that you learn how to take responsibility for your own feelings and needs. This …