Showing someone you appreciate them is very important. When someone takes the time to do something nice for you acknowledging that means so much. I like to send thank-yous for my guests at parties and I have my children do this as well. I think it is good for them to take the time to show appreciation for kind gestures and gifts. Sometimes instead of the traditional thank-you card we make thank-you gifts. They do not have to be anything fancy, usually we make them at home ourselves. You can mix up a batch of banana bread or cookies, people love to get baked goods for a special treat.
That is often what I do for my neighbors when they do something nice for us. I have a neighbor who helps pick up our leaves in the fall so I make a double batch of soup or casserole and take them over some. They appreciate the gesture and I love having the help with our lawn because we have tons of leaves. Special friends and neighbors deserve recognition when they do something nice, it helps keep people close and connected. I don’t give gifts or thank-yous to everyone but folks like the bus driver and my children’s teachers I like to recognize them. I do draw the line with the service people, work crews and the elevator manufacturer it has to stop somewhere.
This winter we have gotten so much snow. Temperatures have been colder than normal which is not my favorite, I prefer somewhere between 20-30 so I can get out and enjoy playing in the snow. I am loving the snow situation though. It is nice to have a winter with a lot of snow. The past few we have not gotten much for snow so this has been fun. When there is a fresh blanket of snow things are clean and bright. When there is not much snow in the winter everything gets so dirty looking.
Fun gifts to give during these times of snow are snow shoes. Snow shoeing is great exercise, you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment and you can do it at a local of state park. People of all ages can snow shoe if they can walk, it is also a great way to give your dog exercise, dogs get tired bouncing around through the deep snow so they don’t need to go as far to get the same benefit. Ice fishing is another activity that is fun to do in the winter and taking someone ice fishing or giving them a pole is a good way to spend some time together and take advantage of the winter. Summer is right around the corner, get out there and enjoy what is left of the winter.
I always have a hard time thinking of something to give as a gift. I don’t know what it is about me, but I am really terrible at giving gifts. Ask anyone who has received a gift from me… Horrible. Finally I realized something that I can give to my girlfriends for probably the rest of their lives that they will be happy with every time. What girl wouldn’t like to get a facial from orange county? I have gotten many facials from Orange County, and I am pretty obsessed with them. They make my face feel unbelievably smooth and clean. Getting a facial at the end of each month is a great way to clear off your palate and be ready to conquer another month! Being at your best is your job, so why wouldn’t you want to do anything that could help you!? I know my friends are always complaining about how they feel like their faces just take a beating all the time with all the make up and stress sweat, and dirt from outside. Of course this facial from Orange County would do the trick!
It is trade show season and I get very excited at this time of year. It is when I get to score all kinds of freebies at the shows from the exhibitors. The little trinkets make excellent additions to presents or are even a nice present all on their own. I look for ways to save money in all areas of my life and this little trick of mine is a great saver for me. I use these Promotional items and give-aways for kids birthday presents, my kids are invited to so many parties, I also give nice little gift bags filled with neat items like flash lights and pens at my own kids parties. The sewing kits go over very well.
Thank goodness for the exhibit manufacturers who make the shows look great and help the exhibitors set up and take down so easily. This keep the exhibitors in a wonderful mood and I think it must contribute to their generosity. Promotional items have been an excellent way for me to stretch my budget and come in very handy in a pinch as well. Sometimes I just do not have time to run to the store so having a stock of ready items for the unexpected occasion is helpful.
I just discovered a new site called Uncommon Goods. They have got the most unique gifts. There is lots of fun gift ideas that would put a smile on someone’s face. There are people I know who have everything, they are so hard to buy for. Unique gifts are great for that because these people won’t have them already. Like these mugs, how fun right?
They are just silly and fun. Coffee mugs make great gifts and these are not ones you see often. I just love them.
I also saw this fish tank, it is so cute, it would make a nice office present or a house warming gift. It is just unique so it would put an interesting touch on a table or desk. There are also more traditional gifts you can use as a birthday present or something.
These birth month flower necklaces are so pretty but because you can order the flower by the birth month it puts a personal touch on the necklace.
This site has a lot of great gift ideas. When you need a special gift and have a hard time coming up with something there will be something at Uncommon Goods. They are also independently owned, I like supporting that versus chain retail stores.