Regift Swap Party

- - Christmas

The holidays gift giving season is fast approaching! Are you ready?

regift-swap-party-exchangeHave you started working on your gift list?

Have you purged your home to make room for the new items you and your family will undoubtedly receive?

Let me suggest something that addresses the two questions above, and now is the perfect time to start planning for it. It’s a fun time with friends that’s also friendly on your wallet!

Host a Regift Swap Party by inviting friends over to trade BRAND-NEW items–nice things that could be given as gifts.

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Peek-A-Boo Dog Lamp | Animal Lover Gift

Have you ever thought about a gift for someone but didn’t have a clue what to give?

Yeah, me too but when I see it, I know it!

dog-lamp-thoughtful-gift-ideaThat’s exactly what happened when I spotted this cute decorative peek-a-boo dog lamp at the Oklahoma Designer Show House.

Randy and I enjoy spending Sunday afternoons walking through beautiful homes with the newest floor plans, decorating trends, and unique furnishings.

While looking at the latest designer show home, I saw the “when I see it, I know it” gift.

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Genie Makes A Visit to Employees

- - Business

My friend, Jennifer, sincerely cares about the employees she supervises. More importantly, she doesn’t just tell them she cares, she shows them with her actions.

genie-makes-visit-employee-appreciationEvery two or three years, she does this thing for every member of her staff that she calls “Genie Makes A Visit!”

It’s such a fabulous concept because she is the genie and she grants them their wishes!

The Genie Grants Three or More Wishes

She hands out pieces of paper to her employees that ask the question, “What can I do to make you love your job or love your job even more?” and with space to list up to 20 wishes.

She requires them to write down at least three wishes.

Jennifer told me she tries very hard to grant every wish. If necessary, she’ll even take a wish request to the higher ups in her company if it’s not in her power to fulfill it. Wow!

Talk about going the extra mile for her people!

If she cannot fulfill a wish request, she takes the time to explain to the employee why she can’t.

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Welcome Gifts for New Boss

- - Business

I have a new boss for the first time in 20 years!

Deborah has worked at our agency for 34 years, and when our previous executive director announced he was retiring, she applied and was selected.

welcome-gift-lotion-for-new-boss-thoughtful-gift-ideaWe are so fortunate to have a new leader that is someone we already know and love!

First Day as Executive Director

Our Administration Team planned something fun and special for her first day to welcome her and show our support. We came up with several gifts and paired them with creative sayings.

Gift #1 – Lotion
Don’t worry if it’s extremely rough & bumpy, your Admin Team will help with a smooth transition!

Gift #2 – House Slippers
The Admin Team is like these slippers, we are your fiercest supporters! Welcome to the Team!

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Summer Break Quality Time With Each Child

- - Experiences, Kids

My friend, Carol, told me about a wonderful summer tradition she started in her family that I want to share with you.

summer-break-quality-time-child-experienceEach summer, she spends 5 days with each of her children, just the two of them.

She explained her children act differently when she is alone with them. For this reason, she loves to give them quality one-on-one time during their summer break from school.

She has done this for years with each of her children, and they always look forward to creating new memories together.

For each of the 5 days, she follows the same order of events every year.

Quality Time Over 5 Days

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Rock Painting Kit

- - $20 or Less, Kids

My son and I were shopping at an outdoor mall when he found a piece of “treasure.”

rock-painting-gift-kids-giftHe held it in the palm of his little hand. The look on his excited and eager face said, “Can I keep it?”

He showed me a smooth, round rock painted red with blue polkadots and a large pink heart.

Painted on the back were the words, “Facebook Frogville Rocks #FrogvilleRocks.”

I explained to my son that someone must have wanted him to find the rock and that the person wanted us to visit their Facebook page.

Spread Joy With Rock Painting

I was intrigued myself! We visited the Frogville Rocks Facebook group and this is what it said:

This group was created as a simple way to have fun and share some random acts of kindness by sharing a little piece of artwork. We encourage this random act of kindness through painting rocks and hiding them for others to find.

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The Power of Words | Book Inscription

The power of words give joy, move you to tears, show encouragement, inspire imagination, express love and admiration.

There are millions of books, letters, quotes and sayings in support of how powerful words can be.

power-of-words-book-inscription-thoughtful-gift-ideaWords of Appreciation

My boss of 20 years is retiring, and we had a retirement celebration of 100 current, retired and ex-employees in attendance.

Throughout the celebration, many employees were involved in giving gifts, performing funny skits, and sharing heartfelt words of his leadership and friendship.

After the accolades were bestowed upon him, Dennis expressed thankfulness and love for working with such an amazing dedicated staff.

Then he shared a story about a gift I had given him years ago…

The Power of Words

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Mouthwatering Truffle Oil

- - Food & Drinks

The aroma of truffle oil seriously makes my mouth water. I’m in love with it!

white-truffle-oil-culinary-giftThe rich, decadent flavor of the golden oil on my tongue takes me to heaven every time.

A drizzle of truffle oil takes a dish from good to gourmet!

It recently gave my homemade pizza that “Wow!” factor. After it came out of the oven, I drizzled the top with white truffle oil and strawberry fig balsamic reduction.

You should have seen my husband’s face after his first bite. His eyes actually got bigger! The dish really impressed him.

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Guardian Bells Good Luck Charms

I never really believed in a rabbit’s foot for good luck. Think about it… losing a foot wasn’t very good luck for the rabbit.

guardian-bell-hearts-thoughtful-gift-ideasOn the other hand, I always liked the saying, “Find a penny pick it up, for all day long you’ll have good luck.”

After reading about the legend of the tiny Guardian Bell’s good luck charm, I wanted one for myself. Plus, it has such a sweet ring!

Legend has it that the use of bells as a channel for positive energy dates back to antiquity.

Across cultures, continents and religions, bells have been rung to banish evil spirits.

Share the Good Luck of Guardian Bells

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All-in-One Membership to Multiple Fitness Gyms & Studios

Do you know someone who likes or wants variety in their fitness routines or workouts?

I have the perfect gift! Get them a ClassPass or StudioHop all-in-one membership.

With this type of membership, someone can attend a variety of fitness classes at different gyms and studios in their area.

all-in-one-membership-gym-fitness-gift

Never Get Bored With Your Fitness Routine

They could pick Yoga on Monday, Cycling on Tuesday, Barre on Wednesday, Boot Camp on Thursday, Pilates on Friday, Rock Climbing on Saturday, and Rowing  on Sunday.

Choices and more choices! Many people find it easier to stick to their fitness goals when they have variety in their workouts.

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