Making a List, Checking it Twice

When it comes to gifting are you naughty or nice? Naughty people leave their holiday shopping until the last minute and are scrounging just to get anything out the door, hopefully to arrive in time. Nice gift givers are planners that go to the store- be it physical or virtual – with a list in hand and on a mission.

A well organized list will include pertinent information including the recipients age (or age range), sizes, colors, budgets, shipping addresses and my favorite- a section to mark off when its been completed. Its not a bad idea to include some potential gift ideas as well.

You may have heard that saying “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail“, well it is definitely applicable to this endeavor. Get ahead of the game, take some time to think about those on your list, write it down so that you aren’t wandering aimlessly down the virtual or retail aisles during the busiest time of the year. Taking on the traffic and the mobs of people without a plan in hand is enough to make anyone who is nice, well, a bit not so nice and a bit grumpy and naughty.

Now of course, there are some, that even with a list in hand are overwhelmed and just don’t have the time, or talent for choosing the right gift. If this rings true for you, well guess what? You can just give us a call and we can do all the hard work for you. It’s what we do best, so you can focus on what you do best.

I think its safe to say here at Tinsel & Bow we like to think of ourselves as nice gift givers. To prove our point, we made a free template of a holiday gift list you can use to get you started. It can be printed or filled out electronically and customized to your liking. If you haven’t already signed up to receive our emails do so now and it will be sent straight to your inbox.

We would love to know how our list works for you! We also want you to tell us which kind of gift-giver are you? Naughty or Nice?

Expert Gifting Tips – The Element of Surprise

Here’s the thing with flowers, they are hard not to appreciate unless you have an allergy to them or for some odd reason just don’t like them. While sending flowers is customary and perhaps even expected (on certain Holidays such as Valentines Day and Mothers Day) I would argue that they are most appreciated when they aren’t expected.

The same principle applies to gift giving. When the recipient isn’t expecting a gift from you, this is especially true around non-holiday times it holds a lot more weight than when it is expected. As we all know, expectation can often lead to disappointment, therefore its important to remember that the element of surprise is essential to good gifting practices.

This is equally -if not especially- true in business relationships. Whether its employees, clients or colleagues everyone is sure to appreciate a gift they weren’t expecting in the first place. If they don’t well they probably are the kind of people that kick puppies and don’t believe in Santa Claus so forget about them… Just kidding.

Ok back to business gifting. How many of you can remember awaiting your holiday bonus (when it’s not a pre-determined amount) and being disappointed when it was not as much as you hoped (or even planned) for? Let’s say you were hoping for at least $100 and only received $50? Now imagine its just another day in March and you arrive at the office and on your desk you found a gift card for $50 thanking you for your hard work. It’s the same amount of money but you tell me which one would did you appreciate more? 

Of course there are some of you which are more gracious than the rest of us and a gift of any kind is equally appreciated. If this is you leave us a comment and tell us you appreciated this gift of good information. 🙂 Until next time my gift giving folk, be kind and remember to always give more than you receive!