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Gift Giving Occasions

Gift Giving

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There are many reasons why people give gifts to one another. After all, we are social creatures and we enjoy showing our appreciation and recognition for and of others. We often do this by giving gifts.

We give gifts to celebrate holidays such as Christmas. We also enjoy gift giving to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and retirements. We give gifts to honor our mothers and fathers on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It has become tradition and is an expected ritual for many holidays and occasions.

We also give gifts to celebrate special events such as graduations, to welcome a new baby, moving to a new home and recognition of a new job.

Another reason we like gift giving is to show our affection to someone we care about. Gift giving has become a perfect way for many of us to do this, especially on Valentine’s Day.

Companies give gifts to their employees to show appreciation for their valuable contribution to the company.

When it comes to giving gifts, online shopping has made this task so easy. You can find a wonderful selection of gifts with a wide range of prices. You can have a gift shipped to your doorstep or to the doorstep of the gift recipient.

Occasions for Giving Gifts

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In the past, it was customary to give gifts on special occasions such as Christmas, birthdays and weddings. But, today gifts are now expected for just about any occasion one can imagine. The average family spends well over a thousand dollars on gifts each year.

Some of the major gift giving holidays and occasions are listed below.:

Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Baby Christening/Baptism
Baby Shower
Bachelorette Party
Bachelor Party
Boss’ Day
Bridal Shower
Customer Appreciation
Employee Appreciation
Father’s Day
Get Well
Good Bye
Grandparent’s Day
Grand Opening
Job Promotion
Job Anniversary
Mother’s Day
New Baby
New Home
New Pet
New Job
Passed a Big Exam
Rosh Hashanah
Secretary’s Day
Special Accomplishment
Teacher Appreciation
Thank You
Thinking of You
Valentine’s Day
Weight Loss
Welcome to the Neighborhood
Yom Kipper

The above list is not all-inclusive and is only a guideline. There may be other occasions that require gift giving of some sort based upon your preferences and beliefs.

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Christmas Gift Basket Ideas

Give A Christmas Gift Basket

When its time to celebrate the season, a little creativity can help
with gift giving. Imagine how nice it is to get a Christmas gift basket after a hectic schedule of preparing Christmas dinner or hosting a party.


Christmas baskets are the perfect way to celebrate the season. There is no better gift during the holidays than an assortment of the season’s best. A basket brings together a variety of treats and gifts in a beautiful presentation. Sending a Christmas gift basket during the holiday season is a great way to show you care.  It can be the ideal gift for someone who lives far away.

Many people simply need cheering up during the holidays. A Christmas basket can be just what they need to make them feel special. When you add some signature items and unique decorations, your gift will be even more memorable!

holidaytraditionsWhen I was invited to a recent holiday party, I didn’t know what to take along for the hostess. I decided to make a Christmas basket to do something a little different. I picked out some gourmet food items, a few holiday toys for the kids, and decorated it with Christmas ornaments. She loved it and was overjoyed by the personal attention I gave her gift.

On another occasion, my neighbors were pleasantly surprised when my family and I sent over some holiday gift baskets filled with home made treats. It added a personal touch to the season instead of just buying a box of chocolates. I have realized that making your own Christmas baskets can be especially helpful in sharing the spirit of the holidays. Baking up some treats with the family can become a tradition in itself!


Most Christmas baskets are made up of gourmet chocolates, Christmas tree ornaments, nuts, snacks, and other treats. Finding a few unique or imported items is a great way to dress up a basket. It’s easy to be creative with holiday decor to put together the presentation.

I’ve sent custom gift baskets to the neighborhood retirement homes and senior centers, since the residents there often don’t have family close by. Sending a basket of goodies during the holidays is the perfect way to cheer someone up.  This can be especially valuable to people who are lonely during the holiday season, or those who do not have family members to share it with.


However you choose to give during the holiday season, consider the many options with either a hand made or a custom Christmas gift basket from any one of a number of gift basket companies.

Your gift recipient will be very pleased and grateful.

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving!

Debra’s Gifts

Personalized Gifts – A New Trend in Gift Giving

Giving personalized gifts is a new trend in gift giving, because they solve a difficult dilemma for many gift shoppers.

For example, what do you get the person who has everything? Or, what can you buy the person who is just hard to buy for, is very picky or doesn’t have many interests?  Unfortunately, those are a few questions that plague millions of Christmas gift buyers every year and can make the holiday gift buying season very stressful.

Do you aimlessly wander the local malls and aisles of department stores in search of an inspirational moment that will lead to the perfect gift? What do you get for someone who has a lot of money, does not really need anything, rather eclectic or has expensive hobbies you cannot possibly afford to support? What about the person who you do not know all that well, but whose invitation has left you feeling obligated to come with a gift in hand?

Many a time in the past, you have probably given in to giving a gift card. And you have succumbed to the promise of ease in gift giving by simply purchasing a little piece of plastic that entitles its bearer to purchase anything they like for the gift card amount.  Sure, when your card was opened you felt a pang of guilt and a moment of shame at your open capitulation and admission that you could not think of anything that the recipient of your gift card would have enjoyed. Fortunately, there is a way out of this dilemma!

Personalized Gifts Have Distinct Advantage

Personalized gifts are a new trend in gift giving and there are so many options from which to choose.  With just a little effort you can find something for even the most difficult gift recipients on your gift list.

Personalized gifts have a very distinct and unique advantage.  They combine the mundane with the extravagant.

For example, a towel is so ordinary, yet a towel with the recipient’s monogram or perhaps even name embroidered on it is a rare gift. Sure, not everyone will enjoy receiving a towel for his or her birthday, but let’s think about it a little further.  What about baby gifts! Did you know that a towel, blanket, and bib make for an okay gift, but have the child’s name embroidered on these same items, and now you have an automatic keepsake!

Golf balls are another good example. For the avid golfer in your family or circle of friends, a box of the best golf balls is still just a box of golf balls. But with his or her name or initials, and perhaps an anniversary date or retirement date engraved on them, suddenly this humble gift becomes one of thoughtful contemplation and a well wish all of their own!

The possibilities of personalized gifts truly are endless, and many a gift giver has already recognized the potential of this avenue. It is no wonder that these gifts are becoming so popular whether it be for holiday gifts, birthday gifts or any other gift giving occasion.

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts


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Holiday Shopping for Men

Let’s talk about holiday shopping for men and how to make it easy and fun.

We all know how Holiday shopping can be crazy!  There are too many crowds, too many cars on snowy or rainy roads, too much shopping stress and little time with busy schedules.  So what does that do for holiday fun?

Remember when gift giving WAS fun? It can be again, with a little help with online shopping.  Online shopping is your ticket to easy shopping and FUN gift giving this year. Finding online coupons can make your shopping even more enjoyable, because you are saving money.   And, who doesn’t like to save money? Don’t forget to look for free shipping deals, too.  Many sites offer free shipping during the holiday shopping season. Just be aware of shipping and delivery schedules.  Remember, shopping early in the season will ensure your gift purchases arrive on time.

One of the big worries at holiday time is what to buy that special someone in your life. Many men and women alike, struggle over what to buy each other. Instead of aimlessly wandering through the shopping malls, take a fun stroll through the internet. This is such an easy and enjoyable why to shop. So why wouldn’t you want to shop leisurely from the comfort of your home for some great gift ideas?

Internet Shopping for Your Special Man

For your special man, try searching consumer electronics, gadget, sports or men’s gift websites. Following are a few great gift ideas that might be the right fit for your special man or at least give you some ideas to encourage your imagination and find a gift he would like and appreciate:

iPad or iPhone Accessories
Headphones & Earbuds
Stereos, Radios & Speakers
Remote Control Toys
Electric Tools
Grilling & BBQ
Home Bar Accessories
Personal Grooming
Physical Fitness Accessories
Personalized Signs
Sports Memorabilia
Sporting Equipment
Sports Clothing
Computer Accessories
Cameras & Photo Accessories
Home Theater System
Audio Books
CD Gift Sets
Video Gift Sets

So what are some good shopping websites you can browse? Here is a list of my top, personal favorites:

Best Buys
For Men Gifts
Hammacher & Schlemmer
LL Bean
Men’s Best Gifts
Sky Mall

So it’s important to keep three things in mind when shopping this holiday season:

1) Shop Early in the Season
2) Take advantage of internet shopping to find the best deals
3) And, most of all, have some fun and enjoy the holidays with your special someone.

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts