Gift Giving Plan Ahead

Sep 13, 2014 by

Plan Ahead to Make your Gift Giving Smooth as Silk – 2 Sisters Gift Baskets

Keeping ahead of your gift giving obligations can be challenging, especially if you’re responsible for gifting on the home front and in the workplace.  If you have children at home and a list of relatives at a distance that goes on for days you may feel like throwing your hands up in despair of ever getting anything done on time. We need to plan ahead.

With a little bit of time spent planning ahead you can streamline the whole process and keep your sanity intact. As an additional bonus people will be wickedly impressed with your skills.

Even if you’re not the most organized person in the world you CAN organize yourself once a year. This is a time to go old school! Go to the office supply store and get yourself a notebook with 12 sections divided by pockets. Each section is a month. For each month write the occasion and name of the event you want to remember. Include the date, email address, shipping info and any other important info. The pockets are to hold receipts and greeting cards you want to send. They sell books like this in greeting card stores but I like notebooks as they are expandable.

1.  Keep this book handy and buy greeting cards for people when you’re out doing other errands. How many times have you bought the perfect card and then misplaced it in the black hole that is your desk? If you find something you like better along the way, so be it, but at least you won’t be at the all night drug store the night before your mother’s birthday looking for a card that expresses how you feel.

2.  Use the book to note the gift you bought for someone, how much you spent and when you shipped it. Keep receipts and tracking info there in case something goes astray. You can also use it to note things people have mentioned they like or want for those times when you have no idea what to give.

3.  If it’s hard for you to get cards sent out on time consider subscribing to a service that sends cards for you. This is great for people you’re not that close to but still want to remember. It’s great if you’re running a business and want to send cards to business associates. DO NOT use this to send cards to your mother.

4.  Wash, rinse repeat! Keep your gift system in one place and it will become your bible. Each year you can eliminate some things from the list and transfer the information you want to keep along with new dates to your new book.

You can of course manage all this in your computer, but I find using a book is easier and more fun!

Good luck and remember gifts are supposed to be fun, not a chore. Keep that in mind above all else and you can never go wrong.

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Baby Showers at a Distance- 2 Sisters Gift Baskets

Aug 4, 2014 by

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Baby Showers at a Distance

Baby showers are traditionally ladies only, lots of food, lots of gifts and really silly games. In the new millennium though we’re shaking things up a bit. We’ve seen couples showers, green showers, the gender reveal baby shower, and diaper derbies for dads. It’s hard to keep up with all the “trends.” I think that trends don’t matter as much as having your heart in the right place.

With friends and family spread all over the map it’s often difficult to get everyone in the same room for a baby shower. One idea is to have a “virtual” baby shower from a distance. If you’re the hostess you can have everyone bring the gifts to you and be responsible for shipping them all at once to the mommy to be. On the day of the shower set up a webcam and use Skype so everyone can watch as she opens the presents.
You could also arrange to have the gifts shipped in staggered intervals so she gets a gift a day and then have everyone over for the games and food, again using a webcam so everyone can join in. (Don’t forget to arrange cake and food for the future mommy!)
baby showers 2 Sister Gift BasketsIf it’s a second or third child usually the mom has things she’s saved from babies past so perhaps a diaper and formula shower is the way to go. Don’t forget the siblings who might be feeling a bit displaced by a new arrival. If they are old enough to be included give them special “jobs” the day of the shower. If they’re still young perhaps a special gift for them would be a nice gesture.
In any case, remember a baby shower is to help the new mom and dad get a leg up on outfitting their nursery. Be sure you tailor your party to what the expectant couple needs.

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A Gift for the Guests

Jul 30, 2014 by

Planning a wedding is part great fun, part huge stress. This is especially true if you’re having a destination wedding, or an event with many out of towners coming in for the occasion.
Since you can’t be there in person to welcome your guests it’s a nice gesture to leave them a little arrival gift in their rooms. Just a little something to thank them for spending their money and time to be with you on your special day.
The number of people coming, and your budget will determine what you put inside. You can use a nice gift bag in your wedding colors, or a small basket, or crate. Again, what you put inside will determine the size of the container you choose. Here are a few suggestions:
A welcome letter on good quality paper or cardstock. Use your computer to write and print it, being sure to use your guest’s name in the greeting. Each letter should be signed by the bride and groom. If time allows or there are only a few guests consider writing these by hand.
A copy of the event agenda, with times, locations and a map. A list of local restaurants and some local attractions is also nice to include.
A small fashion rescue kit is a nice addition. Some things to include might be a lint roller, a sewing kit, a shoe shine sponge, safety pins, headband or hair elastics, hair pins, band aids, individual packs of Advil, Alka Seltzer, and Pepto, an emery board, gum or mints.
A small picture frame with a nice photo of the happy couple.
Keep in mind how your guests are traveling. If they arrive by car it’s easy for them to tote their goodies home. If traveling by plane be sure what you leave is easy to pack and put into a suitcase.
If you don’t have time to do this yourself, (and who could blame you) talk to your wedding coordinator, or the concierge in the hotel.

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The Gift of Service

May 20, 2014 by

With Memorial Day so close, I can’t help but think of our service people, far from home, but close in our hearts. In honor of our military, all care packages are on sale through July4. Remember that special soldier or sailor with a taste of home.
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Gift Basket Obsession – 2 Sisters Gift Baskets

May 7, 2014 by

I am obsessed with choosing gifts for people I love, and even people I only like. I credit my mother for this. Apparently I come from a long line of gift obsessed women. When my sisters and I were growing up we didn’t have a lot of money, but my mother always managed to give us gifts we really wanted, and there was usually a little something extra enclosed.

If you got a shirt you could be sure somewhere in the package there was a pair of earrings to match in the box. A new pair of pants? Look for a belt or socks or a hair clip in that package. One of my best gifts came when I was 16. She found a pretty, pink pre-decorated gift box and filled it with lots of 16 themed gifts individually wrapped. There was a charm for my bracelet, matching earrings, a camisole with Sweet Sixteen embroidered on the front, a beautiful handkerchief with the number 16 in each corner (I still have that 41 years later) and other things that I don’t recall. What I do remember, was how excited I was when I untied that beautiful bow and took the lid off the box. In later years I’ve come to realize she must have spent months putting that gift together and it still makes me smile.

As an adult I’ve spent hours scouring stores and catalogs in attempts to delight my own children and loved ones. One thing I’ve found is that a combination of thoughtfully chosen small gifts frequently brings more pleasure than one giant gift. So when it came time to reinvent myself recently, I asked myself what I really, really love. After all I spent the first part of my life helping other people realize their dreams, or at least their Board of Director’s dreams.

Now it’s my turn and I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I am. After all, you never know what may be at the bottom of that gift basket!

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