There's nothing like the satisfaction of giving the perfect gift. The Society of American Florists has developed this convenient guide on how to give great gifts and when to give them.
Prioritize special dates on your calendar. Stay on top of your gifting needs by checking your calendar at the beginning of every month. Better yet, solicit the help of your local florist. All you have to do is tell your florist the important dates you would like to be reminded of. He or she will contact you ahead of time with gift suggestions for the upcoming occasion, and can even make suggestions or remind you what kind of flowers you sent last time.
Take the time to find something that is perfectly suited to your recipient's interests, personality and style. These tips can get your thinking on the right track:
Does he or she have a special hobby or interest? Add to an antique lover's collection with a vintage vase filled with flowers (a florist can create the perfect arrangement to complement the vase).
Would he or she prefer a quiet and romantic celebration? Try tickets-for-two to a special event. Send a dinner invitation delivered to his or her door in a bouquet of flowers.
Does he or she deserve some special pampering? Ask your florist to help you create a special spa kit in a basket with goodies like bath beads and oils on one side and a beautiful arrangement of flowers on the other.
Remember Special Days All Year Round
There are many occasions throughout the year when gifts are traditionally given and received, but don't forget those special days that celebrate personal milestones.
Anniversaries, birthdays and holidays are special occasions, but they're not the only times when giving a gift brightens the day. Celebrating a long friendship or shared accomplishment can renew and strengthen relationships with friends and family.
Don't let personal milestones go by uncelebrated. Be sure to note upcoming events like graduation, new baby, new home, new job, promotion or well-deserved retirement on your calendar. Be sure to add new occasions as they occur. Personal milestones such as a first recital, finishing an important work project, quitting smoking, losing weight or passing the bar exam deserve a gift of recognition. A personalized gift adds to the sense of accomplishment and increases the enjoyment of a job well done.
Gift Giving Tips:
Don't just consider what you like to give...think about what they would like to receive...it's their gift!
Do ask what they really want - don't assume anything!
Don't give up until you get an answer or snoop around enough to know what they like.
Do listen out for hints, and don't believe them if they say they don't want anything. There's a great gift for even the hard to please and you'll discover it if you put forth the effort.
Do know that there is a perfect match for everyone and what one person considers a purposeful present is another person's dust collector. Make a match!
Don't give up until you know what they need or collect or love to receive!
Do keep in mind that gifts should be something that makes someone feel adored and treasured and cared for...it's not the amount you spend but the time you spend searching for the gift.
Do remember that your presence is the best gift of all...add your feelings, thoughts, tell someone how much they mean to you and transform your gift into a treasured memory
Do take the time to present your present creatively. If you are giving a piece of jewelry, hang it on a stuffed bear, wrap it up in style and add a card that says you can't bear to be without them! Go to great lengths to surprise your gift recipient with a very special delivery!
To make sure your present is a good match, do consider offering the gift's receipt in a sealed envelope to your gift recipient. Write 'Just In Case' on the envelope and tell them to use it in case it's the wrong color or size! They'll think you thought of everything!
Barstool Basics: Choosing Barstool Size, Styles, and Features
Barstools aren't just found at your local pub anymore. More and more people are placing them in their home to accommodate breakfast nooks, kitchen counters, and even home bars. If you are purchasing barstools, you don't have to be overwhelmed by the selection available. Simply choose the right barstool height, style, and additional features. Your home decor will be complete in no time at all!
Step 1: Deciding Bar Stool Height
The height of your home bar, kitchen counter, or pub table will help determine what the appropriate height of your barstool should be. The height is determined by the stool's seat height, not its total height. This ensures that the legs will fit under the table's surface. Your kitchen counter should be about 10-12? higher than your barstool's seat height. Typically, counter height seats are 24-26" high, while bar height seats are 30-32" high. For more information, please visit our Barstool Height Guide.
Step 2: Choosing the Perfect Barstool Style
Purchasing barstools is a great opportunity to display your personal style. There is a wide variety of styles that can match your home's current d
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