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November Birthday Gift Ideas for Him and Her

November 1, 2017

The crunch of freshly fallen leaves under your boots. The scent of warm apple pie wafting from the kitchen. The crisp, invigorating air tingling at your fingertips. What could be better than a gorgeous autumn day? Celebrating November birthdays, of course!

Now that November is here, it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones who were born this month. And with nature showing off her true golden colors, you can find inspiration for fall birthday gifts everywhere you turn. When you’re looking for your autumn birthday gifts, think warm, rustic, simple, and colorful. To help you with your search, we’ve gathered a list of his-and-her November birthday gift ideas that your beloved will simply fall head over heels for!

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Wedding Gift Etiquette: 7 Things to Know Before Sending a Gift

October 26, 2017

From what to wear to wondering if you can bring your kids, navigating the world of weddings can be difficult. But perhaps the most stressful part of being invited to a wedding is deciding what you’re going to get the happy couple. You want to get them something personal yet practical, and luxurious but cost-effective. So what’s a guest to do? While there’s not one simple answer, we’ve outlined 7 of the most common conundrums gift-giving guests come across, and how they’ve persevered.

Wedding Chairs for Bride & Groom

1. You Don’t Have to Stick to The Registry

The registry gives guests a general sense of what the couple is looking for. It’s in no way a mandatory list of required gifts. If you’re close to the couple and want to get them something funny or personal, don’t let a registry deter you from doing so!

2. Forget the “Cover Your Plate” Rule

How much you spend on a gift should depend on your relationship to the person, not how lavish their wedding is. Typically, a good rule of thumb to follow is:

  • Coworkers or Distant Relatives: $50 – $100.
  • Friend or Relative: $100 – $125
  • Close Friend or Close Relative: $150 – $250

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Gift Giving in the Modern Age

October 18, 2017
Friends gift giving

Gift giving is so much more than just handing someone a wrapped object — it’s the way we communicate with one another. It’s how we tell someone “I’m happy for you,” “I was thinking of you,” or “I hope this makes you feel better.” But the rules of gift giving aren’t as rigid as they may seem. Across all cultures and decades, the way we express our love and gratitude through gifts is different. Looking back just a decade or two ago, below are a few of the most extreme ways we’ve changed the way we give gifts.

More Meaningful

Today more than ever, people want to see that there was thought behind a gift. Perhaps the bouquet you get for someone’s birthday is filled with the flower that corresponds to their birth month. Or maybe you give a loved one a personalized gift at their housewarming party, like a sign or blanket. You could even have jewelry personalized with important names or dates.

You Don’t Need an Occasion

It used to be that you gave and received gifts only on important days — your birthday, anniversary, or the holidays. Today, gift giving isn’t quite so structured. In fact, people tend to appreciate gifts more when they’re not necessarily required, but just because their loved one was thinking of them.

 

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Why Flowers Always Make the Perfect Gift

October 15, 2017
Woman giving flowers

You can never go wrong with fresh flowers. They’re beautiful, meaningful, sentimental, and most importantly — they fit every occasion. From celebrations to more sorrowful events, flowers have the ability to touch the lives of every person who receives them and, regardless of the situation, put a smile on their face. Whether you already have an occasion in mind that you need to get a gift for or you feel like making someone’s day brighter, just because, below are a few reasons why fresh flowers are always the right gift choice.

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College Care Package Ideas

August 18, 2017

For the thousands of students heading off to school this month, it’s probably the first time they’ve ever been away from home. So needless to say, they’re going to need a little bit of help from mom and dad. Enter: care packages — the foolproof way to let your loved one know you’re thinking about them.

Whether it’s their first year or their last, here are a few care package ideas that will help any student survive the school year.

Home Goods

It can be hard to make a dorm room feel like home, so personalized items are a must! From welcome signs to wreaths and picture frames, add some character to your home away from home.

Flowers

Since most dorm rooms and apartment complexes won’t let you paint the walls or hang anything up, students have to find other ways to add some color to their bedrooms. That’s where flowers come in! Even a small bouquet can add new life and a pop of color to any room. Continue Reading…

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Housewarming Gifts That People Actually Want

June 26, 2017

Few moments are more exciting than moving into a new home. Every empty room marks a fresh start and promise of new adventures. So it’s only natural that everyone christens their first night in a new house with a housewarming party! Whether you were the friend helping out on move-in day, are the new, next-door neighbor, or a long-time family member, these are a few gifts that will land you the title of ‘best guest ever.’

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Etiquette for Alternative Wedding Registries

April 19, 2017

Whether or not and where to have their gift registries are two of the thousands of decisions that engaged couples need to make before their big day. There are some rather amazing gift-registry choices for couples today. Everything from mutual funds to island honeymoons can be tagged as gift possibilities. But what’s appropriate and how should guests be made aware of your gift suggestions?

Wedding Gift Table

The whole point of registries is to make gift selection convenient for guests, especially those who have little time for shopping or don’t know a couple’s tastes. Note the following: Continue Reading…

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Anniversary Party Etiquette

April 17, 2017

Parties are usually held for milestone anniversaries: first, tenth, fifteenth, twenty-fifth, fiftieth and seventy-fifth (congrats!).

The couple’s children and their families often host anniversary celebrations; however, it is perfectly fine for close friends to host and arrange the shindig; and many couples host their own parties (you certainly get exactly what you want that way!)50th Anniversary cake

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Business Birthday Etiquette

April 17, 2017

According to Peggy Post and Peter Post, co-authors of The Etiquette Advantage in Business, the following suggestions will help you when celebrating co-workers’ and clients’ birthdays.

If you have not recognized a colleague’s birthday in the past, consider doing so for a milestone birthday (we all know them! Thirty, forty, fifty, sixty-five).Business birthday gift

Two things determine the appropriateness of a business gift: its cost and how personal it is. It’s always safer to err on the less personal side. Some ideas for office gifts: food, a desk accessory (picture frame,) something related to the recipient’s hobby interest, or a book. And never spend more than you can afford, regardless of what others are doing.

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