5 thoughtful corporate gift ideas

Employee motivation is a key aspect of every business, no matter how big or small. As a new quarter rolls in, it’s important to keep your employees energetic, pumped and ready for the upcoming challenges. And to do this you need something that not only acknowledges their individual efforts in the previous quarter but something that keeps their eye on the goal. Apart from performance appraisals it might be a good idea to gift your employees to acknowledge the work they have done in the previous quarter. After all, it’s the people who make the workplace. So let’s make them feel special.

Here are a few corporate gift ideas to motivate and appreciate you employees.

Vouchers

You can promote a healthy work-life balance within your company by gifting your employees spa or shopping vouchers. It is something they can enjoy on their day off and it promotes employee welfare. It could even be a company sponsored dinner for 2 in a restaurant. It gives your employees a chance to spend some time with their loved ones, and also a reason to come to work happily the next morning. It’s a win-win.

Corporate gift baskets

How awesome would it be to walk into the office and find a basket full of your favourite sweet treats? So how about corporate gift baskets filled to the brim with cookies, cupcakes and delicious brownies. Employees can welcome their work day with a sugar rush!

Crumb Cakes
Crumb Cakes

Personalised gifts

If you want to make an employee feel extra special, you need to start snooping. Get their teammates to list things that he/she absolutely cannot live without, get them a customised phone cover with pictures of 5 things they love and the company logo of course. A little branding doesn’t hurt anyone. It increases team bonding and makes for colourful phone covers all around the office! You could also decorate their workspace with their favourite band poster or even a few minions around their desk, to keep a part of their personality for people to see.

Jar of compliments

Praise and appreciation are the best kind of gifts. They make your work day brighter and happier in an instant. To make this happen for your employees, you could set up a jar of compliments. Every employee in the organisation could pen down a compliment about said employee on a chit and deposit it into the compliment jar. The best part? It’s free and is extremely motivational.

Years of service

It’s best to stick to luxury items when dealing with senior management. Maybe an engraved Mont Blanc for completing 10 years and more with the company, or a weekend away for their family, to a company guest house or a bed and breakfast in a quaint scenic town.

So get your luxury corporate gift ready, and hit the ground running. It’s time for some motivation!

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Crumb cakes to include when you buy birthday gift baskets

Take a piece of crumb cake and have your first bite and this is roughly what you will experience; a layer of magnificent crumbs crackling in your mouth like it’s the fourth of July and when you go further, you hit that soft sponge that makes it all come together. Crumb cake is not your traditional chocolate explosion but it’s a neatly thought out, supremely delicious dessert originating from Germany, that has every other kind of cake beat. So when a birthday is nearing or when the calendar marks a farewell party, why not share this delicious dessert on their special day?

Here are a few Crumb cakes to add to your gift baskets. You can not only buy these crumb cakes online, but you can also bake them right at home with these simple instructions.

Sour Cream Crumb Cake

Here is a classic spin on Crumb cakes, it’s easy and delicious, it makes for a great thank you gift, and something you can whip up with lots of crumbs and more importantly love and add it to that thank you gift basket.

Preheat the oven to 350°F, in a bowl combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter and mix until it resembles pea sized crumbs. Meanwhile in another bowl put in baking powder, flour, baking soda and salt, then, beat butter and sugar until it’s smooth and creamy. Now add the eggs one at a time on medium speed and whisk them in as well, followed by vanilla extract and sour cream. Simply add the dry ingredients next and pour into a baking tin topped with the crumb mixture. Bake it for 30 minutes.

Thank You Gift Baskets
Thank You Gift Baskets

New York style Crumb cake

When your toppings are twice the size of the cake, you know you’ve got yourself a New York crumb cake! So on your friend’s birthday, give her a taste of New York! You can bake it in a few easy steps and it makes a great addition to her birthday gift basket!

Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a bowl sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl whisk together eggs, milk, canola oil and vanilla. Now with a rubber spatula mix the dry ingredients in the mixture. Spread this mixture evenly into the baking dish which has been brushed with canola oil and dusted with flour. Now it’s time to combine the remaining flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter until large crumbs are formed. All you have to do now is top batter with crumbs and bake for 35 minutes.

Crumb Cakes
Crumb Cakes

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Preheat oven to 375°F. Set out to prepare the toppings, mix flour, sugar, and cinnamon, salt and butter till it forms coarse crumbs. Now whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl beat butter, sugar, lemon zest, egg and vanilla until it becomes light and fluffy. It’s time for the fun part, mix the dry ingredients in with mixture and remember to add some milk. Let’s put the blueberry in the blueberry crumb cake! Fold in blueberries evenly in the cake batter and sprinkle some walnuts on top. Watch it bake for 40 minutes and voila! You have your very own Blueberry Crumb Cake. The last step, gift wrap it and send it over to your neighbors for their anniversary, nothing says good wishes better than Crumb Cake.

So what are you waiting for? Either buy a birthday gift basket full of crumb cakes or bake one yourself! It’s time to Crumble!

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Best Thank You Gift Baskets for your Parents

Parents are special people in your life who will do everything for you and expect nothing in return. But everyone loves to feel special every once in a while and your parents are no exception. You might have been buying gifts for their birthdays and anniversaries but have you considered giving them a gift for no reason or just to say thank you for all that they do for you? If you haven’t, then now is the right time to do so. In case you have no idea what you need to get for them, here are few ideas that might help.

  • Visit them

The best gift you can give your parents is your time. Take a mini vacation and pay them a visit. Arrive unannounced with a thank you gift basket on their door and spend some quality time with them.

  • Cook a meal for them

Invite them over for lunch or dinner and cook their favorite cuisine. Even if you are a bad cook, the efforts you put into making it will definitely make them happy. Don’t have time to make a meal? Simply wake them up to a wonderful breakfast when you go to visit them next.

  • Plan a vacation for them

Give them a break from their monotonous life and send them off on a vacation. Either to a different state or country and this mini getaway will definitely make them happy. Alternatively, you can invite them to your house, this way you can give them a vacation and also spend some quality time together.

  • Gift basket

A number of gift baskets are available today for different personalities and occasions. But when it comes to giving one to your parents the best thank you gift basket is one which has been personalized. Include a little of everything that they like, this is a good way to show them how grateful you are to them for all that they’ve done for you.

Best Thank You Gift Baskets
Thank You Gift Baskets
  • Hobby kit

This is another wonderful gift you can send across to your parents if you can’t be with them at this moment. If you Dad likes playing golf or gardening you can send him a golf or gardening kit. This will keep them busy as well as happy.

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Delicious birthday cupcake and song combinations

There cannot possibly be a moment so blue that good music and a cupcake couldn’t fix. If the two were ever whipped together in a bowl, it would initiate a chain reaction that will culminate in an explosion of your happiest emotions.

But this is no new idea, the music industry has been captivated by this idea since the good old days. Knowingly or unknowingly you have been enjoying the sweetness of this music for a good part of your life. However, to really turn things up a notch, pair the right cupcake with a matching song to take a special occasion from happy to divine.

Birthday Cupcakes
Birthday Cupcakes

Here are a few cupcake-song combos that you definitely must try!

  1. Starting with the most recent and freshest songs in your mind, ‘Vanilla Twilight’, by the Owl City gifts you the sensations of a vanilla cupcake!

Your happiest, love smothered moments come to life when you bite into the moist warmth of a classic vanilla cupcake. It is absolute comfort food. First the soft smooth layer of sugary white frosting and then the subtle taste of the vanilla in a delectable cupcake bring back memories you would want to relive every day of your life. Almost quite similarly does the song:

“ ‘Cause cold nostalgia chills me to the bone
But drenched in vanilla twilight….
I think of you I don’t feel so alone”

  1. Next in that happy combo list is the nostalgic and homely , ‘Strawberry Swing’, from Viva la Vida, the Coldplay album

A sense of nostalgia warms your heart when you dig into a freshly baked batch of strawberry cupcakes. Every bite of the fresh succulent red strawberries gracing a perfectly pink cupcake brings back innocent, hopeful memories from your childhood. A walk in a field , swinging cheerfully and giggling at the ticklish feeling of a cool breeze on your face in the company of a good old friend are feelings you just couldn’t imagine letting go of. Such is the song:

“I remember
We were walking up to strawberry swing
I can’t wait until the morning
Wouldn’t wanna change a thing..

It’s such a perfect day.”

  1. To any chocoholic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is an all-time gluttonous movie. So is the song ‘A candy man can’, from the same movie.

This song and of course the movie can make you feel the chocolate! It is a gluttonous sugar coated feeling that makes you feel like chocolate can make anything better and it most definitely can. Bite into a chocolate cupcake with crunchy candy sprinkled over it and you will probably feel a little guilty but mostly just good. Better yet if someone gifted it to you it would be your very own gluttonous birthday cupcake. This songs spells out this feeling:

“Who can take a sunrise
Sprinkle it with dew
Cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two…

Dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream”

  1. Last on this extremely concise list of divinity is ‘the Butterscotch song’, by Cocorosie.

Unlike most other sweet treats, a butterscotch cupcake is sweet with a tinge of salt. It reminds you that life isn’t all things good but is always better when you learn to take it with just a pinch of salt. The crunchy caramel on a soft buttery dream is a good break from reality. So is the song:

“Why does butterscotch taste so good?
And we can’t have any
But we must, we should”

Put together all of these feelings (songs) and sugary delights to indulge a friend or significant other on their special day with a meaningful birthday gift basket. They will definitely be swept off their feet, because who could sing a better cupcake to them, than you!

Cookie gift Baskets and other ideas for your Girlfriends

Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte are inseparable. So are you and your girlfriends. Each one of them has their own unique way of being special. That specialty should be your cue when the time comes and you have to present them with a gift.

Carrie, the dreamer

The Carrie Bradshaws of your life are best described as the eternal romantics. They latch onto every ray of hope and always place a positive spin on everything. If only you could pack bundles of reassurance and positive energy and gift it to them in a wedding gift basket. What you can do instead is gift them a gourmet gift basket that is filled with goodies such as cupcakes, brownies, cookies and other sweet treats. This they can enjoy while they are going through a long day dreaming session, which they do at least once in a day!

cookie gift baskets

Miranda, the mirror

Miranda is the friend who is the mirror. She is the reality check that you need to take from time to time. Flowers are not her thing but as her friend it is up to you to pamper her feminine side because she is mostly too busy to bother with such things. A gift basket for women that is loaded with things that will pamper her is a good idea. Bath salts, scented candles, body scrubs, oodles of moisturizers and a fluffy robe packed in a basket are an indulgence she truly deserves.

Samantha, the sixteen year old

Now the Samanthas of your life are hard to come by, and in no way is one similar to the other. They all have their unique quirks that define who they are and make them stay your friends forever. If this girlfriend of yours does decide to build a home and settle down you should totally help her do so. No matter how impulsive she comes across to you, you know that you admire every choice that they make. A wedding gift basket for her should be assembled in such a way that it always reminds her of her sense of adventure. She will definitely love a plaque or a statue that signifies her independence.

cookie gift baskets

Charlotte, the home maker

They are seamlessly built to stay at home, raise a family and create an efficient household that you are envious of. Their dreams have always involved being the perfect wife and mother. Their biggest concerns sometimes are finding the perfect nanny, or not being able to arrange a luxury vacation! You can easily gift them a gourmet cookie gift basket. Or even a DIY basket that helps them keep things organized will make them love you all the more.

Sympathy gifts for bereaved neighbour

Being a good neighbor means that you show your support through thick and thin. Especially when your neighbor experiences a loss of life in their family. There is so much you can do to show your support and offer your care.

Here are 4 sympathy gifts that you can give to offer your condolences.

Cookie gift baskets

When someone is grieving the best way to show your support is by giving them their space. Instead of always being there and offering them words of advice, it is better to let them be alone and process all that has happened with them. This does not mean that you should be aloof to them. In the meantime, when you come to know of the death, you can send out a cookie gift basket with a handwritten note to show your support and offer your immediate commiserations.

cookie gift baskets

Chocolate brownies

Food is the best way to show you care and express your sympathies. It is also a very traditional gift given during such times. Also during these times people do not feel like eating and skip meals as a part of the grieving process, which is harmful to their health. Be a good neighbor by baking them some chocolate brownies, a tray of lasagna or sending over some sandwiches from time to time.

chocolate brownies

Flowers

Flowers are the most common sympathy gifts that are sent across to bereaved people. But since flowers have such a short shelf life and managing so many bouquets can prove to be cumbersome, many bereaved families opt for the ‘in lieu’ of flowers way. That does not mean that they be deprived of the beauty of flowers. You can easily gift them a flower bonsai that they can plant in their garden or even bring them an indoor plant.

Prayer meet

Your bereaved neighbor will be surrounded by friends and family for the initial few days. It is best to give them time with their relatives and friends. Being surrounded by these people will help your neighbor grieve. However, the toughest times are when all the guests leave. So you can be a good neighbor by offering to organize a small prayer meet or condolence meet in the neighborhood at your house a few weeks after the death. It is best that you inform your neighbor that you would like to organize such a meet and that other neighbors are willing to come and show their support.

After receiving a Gourmet Gift Basket

As a professional you receive many emails in a day that express gratitude towards you that you sometimes read and sometimes don’t. The fastest way to make a positive impression is with a handwritten note.

You receive many corporate gifts that you should say thank you for. Express your gratitude for all of them with a meaningfully written thank you note.

Here are a few things that you should keep in mind before putting your pen to paper.

Thank You Gift Baskets
Thank You Gift Baskets

Customized stationery

When someone takes out the time to gift you something like a gourmet gift basket, they are showing their thoughtfulness by carefully assembling a present that you will appreciate. Return the favor by writing a thank you note using customized stationery. It will enable the receiver to distinguish your note from the rest that they may receive. The other advantage is that it adds that extra flair of personalization.

Follow a structure

Address the person that you are sending out the note to for their corporate gifts appropriately. Avoid using first names and nick names if you are writing to a colleague you are not very well acquainted to.  Start with expressing your gratitude. Try and always specify the gift that you received. Tell the person what you intend to do with it or how much you enjoyed it. Express yourself by saying that you would love to keep in touch with them. Emphasize your gratitude again and then sign off.

Gourmet Gift Baskets
Gourmet Gift Baskets

A note not a letter

Always remember that a note should not be too long and laborious to read. Avoid narrating the entire process of how you received the gourmet gift basket or any other gift, what you did with it and so on and so forth. Stick to the structure listed above. Also, avoid recollecting every occasion that you shared. A compliment is appropriate but not a recap of the incident.

A well-thought out thank you note will not fail to make an impression. It will only strengthen your relationship with that individual. An acknowledgement will go a long way. So go on and write a handwritten note. For all you know, the person may cherish it and keep it for years to come.