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Gifts to Make People Celebrate Your Business

Seasonal gifts are a great way to boost your business. Whether they are given to employees, customers or business clients, a gift will create a positive impact and help capture the mood of the season. It will also show people that you are willing to celebrate with them and make them feel valued as a person instead of just a customer or cog in the machine. Of course, much of this is true for corporate gifts at any time of year, but when people are getting ready to celebrate a special occasion this effect can be multiplied.

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As gift-giving is a key feature of Christmas, this is one of the most popular and best times for businesses to give a gift to customers, employees or business clients. It is usually best to make the gifts relevant to the season, and this can go beyond a festive packaging design. Specific Christmas products are a great, fun way to get people’s attention and make the biggest impact for your business. For example, most people will be very impressed by a company that gives them a chocolate advent calendar or Christmas themed personalized sweets as a corporate gift. These can be printed or molded with company logos, to ensure the gift is firmly associated with your business.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is marked by corporate gift-giving far less often than Christmas, partly because it is such a personal holiday that business gifts may not seem appropriate. However, there are a range of corporate gifts available for Valentine’s Day, and as with Christmas many of the best gifts come in chocolate form. Giving personalized Valentine’s Day chocolates is an unexpected move for a company to make, and often a pleasant surprise for employees. Options for personalised Valentine’s Day chocolates are often fun and interesting, and range from simple heart shaped chocolates to chocolate roses and selection boxes. All of these, of course, can be printed with your company logo. Due to the highly personal nature of Valentine’s Day, it can be a good idea to give a gift that may contribute to employees’ celebrations. For example, you could give employees a small box of heart-shaped personalised Valentine’s day chocolates with your company logo, or provide chocolate roses they can give to their partners.

Employee Birthdays

Employee birthdays are something that businesses have increasingly celebrated in recent years. For example, many employers have started to offer employees a day off on their birthday. Another possibility, however, is to keep a supply of items such as chocolates or biscuits that can be given to employees who are celebrating birthdays. Like the act of giving personalised Valentine’s Day chocolates, this is an incredibly personal way to celebrate with an employee. It is also one of the most effective ways to make them feel valued as a person instead of just a worker. This is an idea you could also have fun with. For example, you could give employees a “birthday bonus,” which is paid in chocolate coins.

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5 Tips to Help You Shop Smart This Holiday Season

This holiday season, it is all about shopping smart. Not only do you have to purchase gifts, but you also have to be mindful of other expenses, like groceries and even your large heating bill. The last thing you want is to go over your budget and then realize you left out a gift. Moreover, with all the relatives coming to town, or even if you are traveling out of town, you don’t want to be stressed and worried about money the whole season – you want to at least relax during the holidays and catch up with family. The holidays are a time of rejoice after all. So, how do you shop smart? Here are five tips to help you shop smart this holiday season.

Holiday Season

  1. Price check. Before you actually purchase an item – perhaps before you head to the store – you want to make sure that you have some good price comparisons nailed down. If you simply bought items at the first store you visit, you may realize later that you could have saved more money if you shopped elsewhere. Also, another store could have a better discount – you just never know.
  2. Do your research. Before you shop, you want to do your research. This is important – not only because it will allow you to find the best price, but because it will also allow you to save time. Shopping smart this holiday season is also about shopping effectively and conveniently. So, be sure to go online and map out your shopping strategy, check prices, map distances and pick a few stores that you may shop from. You may be surprised to find that you will not only save money, but you may save time, which can be quite freeing, especially when everyone else is scrambling around.
  3. Shop in the sale section. Many stores have a sale section where items are significantly marked down. Your goal is to find that sale section. When it comes down to it, the sale section is usually at the very back of the store. Items are often marked down 50% to 70% off. In clothing stores, the sale section usually features past seasons, but when it comes to the savings, it is absolutely worth it.
  4. Use coupon codes. When you are shopping online, coupon codes may as well be gold, because you can literally save hundreds of dollars by using them. A coupon code is a small code, or password, you can enter at check out that takes a reasonable percentage off your total order. For instance, you can use a Best Buy coupon code to purchase electronics, which can save you a lot of money and you’ll get some really great gifts.
  5. Shop online. This one may be obvious, but it is worth noting – if you want to save money this holiday season, you want to shop online. The Internet was invented for smart shopping and all you have to do is utilize its convenience. Not only can you find more affordable items online, but it will be a big time saver too.
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Unique themes for your baby shower

Baby showers are often thrown to celebrate the pending birth or recent birth of a baby. Traditionally they were only for the first child in a family and were women only events. Today they are a great excuse to shower mothers-to-be with love, well-wishes and gifts for both her and her baby. If you are throwing a baby shower for a family member or close friend, here are four unique themes that will make the baby shower a day to remember.

Bun in the oven tea party

We often refer to pregnant ladies as having a ‘bun in the oven’, so why not go for a baking themed baby shower? If you know the mum-to-be loves to bake, this will be something she truly enjoys. You could either get everyone to bake together, or you could pre-bake the cakes and set up cake decorating stations. After you have made your sweet treats, set up a table that everyone can sit around and throw a traditional tea party. The little details can make the biggest difference so be sure to pick a pretty table cloth, hang coloured bunting and present your cakes on vintage style cake stands. If you are unsure of the baby’s gender, opt for a neutral, yet pretty colour like mint green.

Ready to pop party

Mums-to-be always describe themselves as being ‘ready to pop’ so why not make this the theme of your baby shower? Think of everything that pops like soda pop, champagne, balloons, bubbles, cake pops and popcorn. This is a baby shower theme that you can certainly have a lot of fun with! You could even choose colours that pop against each other to keep consistent with your theme.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar baby shower

We absolutely love the idea of throwing a baby shower based on the famous baby book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. For the decorations you could use prints from the book and choose colours which are inspired by the caterpillar transforming into the beautiful butterfly at the end of the story. You could also make butterfly mobiles which will add a special touch to your party decorations. Food wise, why not pick out some of the food mentioned in the baby book? The caterpillar chomps through so many different foods including strawberries, oranges, chocolate cake, pickles, Swiss cheese, salami, cherry pie, sausage and cupcakes!

You could try a Safari theme
You could try a Safari theme

Twinkle Twinkle baby shower

Lullabies and nursery rhymes are often associated with children, so why not throw a baby shower based on these themes? We love the idea of throwing a ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ baby shower. For the decorations you could hang moons and stars from the ceiling and feature lyrics from the nursery rhyme on your invitations. You could even make prints to hang on the wall which could go in the baby’s nursery after the shower. In terms of food, think about creating star shaped cakes and biscuits, decorating them with edible glitter to make them twinkle!


When it comes to planning a baby shower there are so many different themes you can choose from. Whilst some baby shower themes have been done over and over again, the themes featured in this article are all relatively unique and will make your baby shower stand out from the rest. Putting thought into the baby shower and planning a special theme is sure to be well received by the mum-to-be who will love that you have taken care into making sure her day is a day to remember!

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5 Effective Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday

Your birthday is surely a special day because that was the day you came to this planet years ago. We celebrate birthdays to add sweet memories to our lives. When it comes to making your birthday a special one and a memorable occasion, let me give you some ideas.

5 Effective Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday

5 effective ways to celebrate your birthday

  1. Spend time with your loved ones: The best way to celebrate your birthday is to spend time with your loved ones. May it be your friends or family members; it is good to plan your birthday party with people whom you love. Love is a very valuable emotion and it is what that keeps us bonded together. Love makes life worth living. So, if you love someone, the best thing to do is to spend some time with that person or persons and make your birthday party a special one. Irrespective of your busy schedule, if you can actually take some time out and plan your birthday with people who are really important to you then you’ll surely be able to enjoy a lot.
  2. Plan a birthday party in a cool spot: If you can plan your birthday party in a beach or in a nice picnic spot then you’ll definitely enjoy it a lot. Spending some time in the lap of nature will definitely refresh you and make you feel peaceful. If you have the chance to arrange for a party far away from the city in a nice valley or any other kind of a picnic spot, then you and your friends will never forget that party. You can carry everything in a car from the sound system to the food and drinks you can make yourself convenient in any spot. You can start singing, dancing and enjoying in a silent valley under the shade of a tree. The moments spent in the lap of Mother Nature will make you connect yourself with the silence and the beauty of nature itself.
  3. Donate something to the poor: The best way to make your birthday special and memorable is to do something for the poor and needy. Go to a slum, meet some poor people and donate your old clothes or any other belongings to them and see a smile on their faces. That is the best way to make your birthday party a special one in your entire lifetime. Bringing a smile on human beings’ faces with some efforts will really give you real happiness. For an entire lifetime, you will never forget the kind of happiness that you have added to the other person on the occasion of your birthday. If you start it once, you’ll feel like doing it again and again because your heart expands and your kindness increases when you step out and do something for another human being on this planet. What a great feeling it is when you add value to someone else who is craving for basic necessities. Apart from making your birthday a special one, this gesture of yours will surely make you a better human being and that is the actual goal of any human being.
  4. Plan for holiday package: If you’re craving to go to a particular country since long, then your birthday is the right occasion to make your dream come true. You must be having a favorite country to visit. Plan a holiday in that particular country and travel abroad on the occasion of your birthday. Celebrate your birthday in a foreign country and enjoy it a lot. Nowadays, there are so many affordable holiday packages. Know about those details and plan your birthday well in advance because you need to book your tickets, hotel accommodation and other things. If you’re planning to take someone else with you may it be your friends or family members, make all the arrangements. At the end of the day, you will give yourself an unforgettable memory by travelling abroad.
  5. Buy yourself your favorite gift: You must be planning to buy something since long and must be postponing that particular idea. If that is so, your birthday would be the right occasion to buy yourself your favorite gift. May it be your favorite car or bike; go ahead and buy it. Even if it is something like a guitar, if you have been postponing since long, it is high time you be more generous to yourself and buy it.

This way, think of some innovative ideas and make your birthday a beautiful experience. If you’re planning a birthday party for kids, then ensure that you order for birthday invitations too.

Author’s Bio:-

Laura Godfrey is a guest blogger who has contributed articles for

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Catering Hire Tips For Large Events

If you are planning a large event, the catering equipment that you hire needs to be able to accommodate your guests sufficiently without compromising on quality or style. With the London 2012 Olympics still in full swing, a broad range of events are hosted across the country as the UK celebrates the honour of hosting one of the world’s oldest and most renowned sporting events. To ensure that your event goes smoothly at all times (whether it is an Olympics event or otherwise), consider the following tips for large scale event hire.

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Large Scale Event Catering Hire

Before you begin the process of choosing the items you require for your event, it is best to keep the following tips in mind.

  • Indoor versus outdoor events. Many events held throughout the summer and even early autumn can be held outdoors, especially events for London 2012 that cater to large numbers of guests. Weather is something that should be kept in mind when selecting the products you wish to hire however. Outdoor seating is often more durable to ensure that it is able to withstand any weather conditions, while indoor seating can be far more elaborate. Banqueting chairs for instance are suited to indoor events, while café chairs and other types of durable seating work best for outdoor events.
  • Venue size and capacity. It is always best to overestimate the number of seats, glasses, crockery, cutlery and individual placement items that are required. A large venue will provide sufficient space for extra items, while other venues may have a storage area that is suitable for last-minute changes in guest lists, unexpected guests and any other potential eventuality. Tables should not be too close together either, ensuring that guests are able to be seated easily.
  • Lighting and facilities. Bar equipment may be required if the venue does not have these facilities, while the lighting of your event also needs to be considered. There are many new hire products on the market such as LED tables that provide subtle lighting that also adds visual impact to the event. You should also ensure that the venue provides a kitchen and serving staff area that is centrally situated, allowing guests to be served promptly without hassle.

Once you have a clear idea of the venue and space restrictions, you will be able to select the exact products that you need to suit the venue. This simplifies the catering hire process, leaving you free to focus on the myriad other details to plan for your event.