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Alternative to Fresh Cut Flowers | Flowering Plant Basket

I have a confession. I tell my husband NOT to buy me flowers.

flowering plant basket

Flowering plants are arranged beautifully in this moss covered basket.

You’re probably thinking, “What’s wrong with her? Does she hate chocolate and unicorns too?”

There’s nothing wrong with me. I love flowers – just not the expensive type that comes in a vase and dies a few days later.

I’ve experienced the thrill of receiving a dozen roses or a spectacular flower arrangement, and I’m good. I treasure those memories, but I don’t need to experience them again.

I tell my husband I’d rather take the money he would have spent on flowers and go shopping with it. Yes, I’ve become practical like that.

In other words, flowers? No thank you. Instead, show me the money, honey!

Let me add, I’m not alone in this. Several of the ladies in my office agree with me and have told their husband the same thing.

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Changeable Felt Letter Board

Everyone has favorite quotes or sayings they absolutely love.

changeable-felt-letter-board-quoteThey could be inspiring, funny or motivational, and almost always elicit positive and powerful emotions from within us.

This one I probably say the most…

WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU
MAKES YOU STRONGER

It reminds me to see the positive side to something I’ve experienced that was hard, negative, or hurtful.

This one has changed my behavior…

WHAT WOULD YOU DO
IF YOU WEREN’T AFRAID?

Want to know my new favorite?

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Thumbprint Family Tree Retirement Gift

For many of us, a large portion of our days is spent at work. Research shows the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime.

thumbprint-family-tree-retirement-thoughtful-giftSo the people you work with do become family.

When Eldon, our organization’s CFO, decided to retire after 28 years, his work family wanted to find a special gift for him to remember us by.

Work Family Tree | Unique & Memorable Retirement Gift

I found a birch tree on Etsy that was perfect for for the addition of thumb or finger prints of each employee. This is an office gift that allows everyone to participate.

We have almost 100 employees, and it wasn’t easy sneaking around to different offices and conference rooms to have everyone place their thumb or finger print on the tree. But it was worth it for the end result!

Three colors for the thumb prints were chosen. Green, gold and grey to represent a change in the season–just like retirement is a change in a person’s life.

Some employees were creative with their thumb prints by making them look like leaves falling to the ground. Pretty clever!

OHFA Family Tree

thumbprint-co-workers-family-tree-retirement-thoughtful-giftOur company is in the housing business and for that thoughtful twist we added our house-shaped  logo and the words “OHFA Family Tree.” 

Eldon loved it! You could tell by his grin from ear to ear!

Thumb print gifts are unique and allow everyone to add their personal touch.

There are many variations to this gift idea such as trees, balloons, and heart shapes for weddings, baby showers, and teacher gifts. thumbprint-baby-bear-balloons-thoughtful-gift-idea

What do you call a person who is happy on Monday?

Retired!

And that is so true for our friend, Eldon. We already miss you, and we’re excited for your future adventures.

Remember, we may have given you our thumb prints but truly, it was you that left a print on our hearts!

Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.  – Judy Blume

Bombas Socks | 1 Purchased = 1 Donated

For Christmas, my grandparents would give my brothers and me socks. They lived through the Great Depression and their gifts were very practical.

My friend, Linda, introduced me to her favorite socks–Bombas! 

bombas-socks-one-purchased-one-donated-thoughtful-gift-ideaThese aren’t your grandparents’ socks!

Ever heard of socks that support the midfoot? Me neither until now. Now my whole family wears it!

They feel wonderful on my flat feet because of their comfort, support, and softness.

My son loves Bombas because he always turned his socks inside out so he wouldn’t feel that annoying seam across his toes. Bombas found a way to get rid of it!

They also have anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties to keep feet dry all day which makes them perfect for my husband’s feet.

The name Bombas is derived from the Latin word for bumblebee. Bees live in a hive and work together to make their world a better place. They’re small but their combined actions have a big impact on the world.

Socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. This fact is the driving force behind Bombas–to support the homeless community and to bring awareness to this problem in the United States.

I work for an organization that provides housing to the homeless and every Christmas we collect socks for homeless shelters. So you can see why I would be intrigued not only in the comfort of the socks but also in a charitable company like Bombas with a mission of giving back to communities.

8,641,077 Pairs of Socks Donated

One pair purchased = One pair donated.

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Wooden Beer & Soda Caddy

If you know someone who likes to drink bottled beer, craft beers, root beers, or sodas, then this gift is for them!

wooden-beer-soda-caddy-groomsmen-giftGive someone six 12-ounce bottles of their favorite beverage in a Wooden Beer & Soda Caddy.

The wood has a rustic, handcrafted look, and it’s the perfect accessory for transporting drinks to picnics, BBQs and parties.

It also comes with a handy bottle opener attached to the side!

It’s so cute you won’t even need to wrap the gift. Simply attach a bow on top and you have a thoughtful gift ready to go. Easy peasy!

Personalized Wooden Caddy

For a thoughtful twist, give a personalized or monogrammed Wooden Beer & Soda Caddy with someone’s name or initials.You could also add a date, a custom logo, or a custom message.

They make really cool groomsmen gifts, but they can also be given as presents for Father’s Day, birthdays, graduations, housewarmings, and other occasions.

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Foreign Currency for Travel Gifts

My friend, Linda, loves to travel. Her goal is to travel to all seven continents before she retires.

travel-gift-foreign-exchange-currency-thoughtful-gift-ideaLinda was leaving on her birthday this year to Australia. I was racking my brain on what special gift I could give when it hit me–Australian money!

I contacted our close girlfriends, who are more like sisters, and they wanted to participate in this gift giving idea too.

Foreign Currency for International Travel

Foreign money for a person’s vacation is the ideal gift for someone leaving on an international trip.

A person can never have too much money for vacation!

 

 

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Giant Greeting Cards

When you want someone to get your message loud and clear, bigger is better.

jumbo-giant-greeting-cards-giftGiant Greeting Cards supersize any celebration!

Pick from big birthday cards, huge holiday cards, giant graduation cards, monstrous Mother’s Day cards, and more!

Make a Memorable Statement

Giant Greeting Cards are often 2 feet by 3 feet in size, although they do come in other sizes such as 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

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Unique Custom Painted Shoes

Do you have Hamilton fever? I haven’t seen the musical yet, but I’m obsessed with the soundtrack.

I have my niece, J’menii, to thank for getting me hooked on Hamilton.

hamilton-custom-painted-shoes-gift

This same young lady has a thing for Converse sneakers. I’m not exaggerating when I say she has more than 10 pairs of Converse shoes in her closet. All colors. The girl even wore a pair with her formal dress to high school prom!

J’menii is graduating from high school this year so I decided on a graduation gift that combined her two obsessions and I ended up with Hamilton-themed Custom Painted Converse Shoes!

Custom Hand Painted Shoes

For the shoes, I had an artist paint them gold and black with a couple of logos. Then I had the artist paint phrases from the musical to inspire my niece to kick butt in college and to achieve her goals in life!

The outside right shoe features the Hamilton logo with the words “I’m not throwing away my shot.” The outside left shoe features a silhouette of the Schuyler sisters with the words “Rise Up.”

The inside left shoe reads, “There’s a million things I haven’t done.” The inside right shoe reads “Just you wait…”

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Birthday Cake Not Birthday Candles

My girlfriends and I love to celebrate just about everything, and we especially make an effort to be together for our birthdays.

birthday-cake-not-birthday-candles-thoughtful-gift-ideaElise brought a box of four individually packaged cakes made from the Original YaHoo Baking Co.  Of course, you can make your own or purchase from a local bakery.

Janiece had fun trying to choose either the Bourbon Pecan, Chocolate Espresso, Rum Crunch or Chocolate Chip Amaretto Liquor Cakes.

They were delicious and the perfect size. Besides, who needs the calories of a regular size cake?

Prior to Elise lighting the four candles, she said:

“This is a birthday cake but not birthday candles.”

Then she said:

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Big Face Cutout for Graduations & Parties

Looking for an attention-grabbing gift? I say, go big or go home!

big-face-head-cutout-graduation-giftCreate a Big Face Cutout of the gift recipient you can use for funny photos or to show support for graduates. It’s just the right size for all ages and the perfect accessory for any party or event!

What is a Big Face Cutout?

Big Face Cutouts are photos printed on an oversized face cutout made of heavy-duty weatherproof paper. They can be attached to a stick so they’re easy to hold.

They’re really popular at sports games, graduations (first make sure they’re allowed by the school), and birthday parties.

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