Thursday, 27 March 2014

Tips to Choose Gifts for Children

Choosing gifts for children is fun and challenge as well. They are extremely particular about what they want and what they don’t. So, you have to consider your little recipient’s likes and dislikes before you start hunting for the right gifts. Right from chocolates and toys to gourmet gift baskets and sports goodies, you have a wide variety to take your pick from. Focus on some reputed online gift to choose from varied options.

If you are still worried about finding a gift that would bring smile on your little recipient’s lips, here are some useful tips:

  • Know the little one’s preferences: If you have met the child a couple of times, perhaps you already have some idea about what she/he likes. If not, you can always ask their parents about it. This would form a base for your gift search. For a toddler, you can buy common gifts such as toys, clothes, or a couple of essential items like food products, diapers etc. However, it’s better not to overspend on gifts for toddlers as they will quickly outgrow these gifts. Another thing to remember is that even if you can't find or don't know what to get for the child, you can always opt for safe bets like chocolates, cookies etc.
  • Decide on the genre: Most online as well as brick-and-mortar gift stores have separate sections for baby girls and baby boys, apart from having some gender neutral gifts. Decide the type of gifts you want to buy and then search extensively within the relevant categories. A random search would throw so many options overwhelming you. Be it interactive games, board games, books or sports gift baskets, deciding on the type would help you narrow down your search and take your pick easily.
  • Buy gifts that encourage child’s development: While board games (creation of words with alphabet blocks, doing simple math problems with numerical blocks etc) and toys that can be arranged to form shapes or objects (such as Lego) encourage child’s creativity, those like crayons, pens, Play Dough and sketchbooks let them have fun with their imagination. Thus, buying such gifts will be a good idea. You may also opt for gifts that let a child share the same with his/her friends. This paves way for sharing and social interaction which can be fostered by gifts that encourage more than one child to play at a time.
  • Set aside a budget: Before you start looking for gifts, set a budget. Young children are seldom impressed by a gift’s price tag. Rather, they prefer to have something to play with and have fun. Setting aside a budget (based on the child’s tastes and age) will help you in limiting your options for picking the right gift. Happy gift hunting!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with Unique Gifts

Saint Patrick's Day is another occasion that calls for celebrations! It is a religious and cultural holiday celebrated on 17th March every year to commemorate Saint Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland. Throughout the world, the holiday is celebrated with Church Services, great feasts, processions and parades, thus making it perhaps the most celebrated saint’s day in the entire world. Along with these festivities, won’t it be a great idea to choose some unique gift baskets for your loved one this St. Patrick’s Day?

Customize gift baskets for your family and friends to celebrate the occasion in a different way. Though there are many gift stores that offer Irish-themed gifts for the occasion, it is difficult to get the ones that meet your tastes and preferences.

Here are some novel gift basket ideas for Saint Patrick's Day, from which you can take your pick:

  • Gourmet Food: Gourmet foods such as a wide variety of cheese, cookies, candies, dried fruits as well as nut bars are the perfect way to celebrate this special day. When you send these lip smacking treats to friends and family, they make the day all the more special.
  • Wine and Beer baskets: Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. If you wish to join the bandwagon, there’s no better way than to send some bottles of Irish wine to your near and dear ones. Many reputed online gift stores offer customized beer buckets in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day, for you to choose one. Some of these gift buckets even combine popcorns, salted peanuts and pretzels etc that are perfect complements to your beer. You may even opt for classic wine baskets if you wish to satiate the connoisseur’s taste buds.
  • Chocolates: Select chocolate gift baskets that are full of delightful treats to the brim. Starting from rich dark chocolates to yummy cookies, crunchies, biscuits and more, these baskets will put your recipients in the holiday spirit for sure!
  • Health Baskets: If your intended recipients are very health conscious, nothing more than personalized health gift baskets can make the occasion. With fresh, organic fruits and foods, dry fruits, these baskets are the perfect choice for those who keep a watch on weight and eat healthy even on special occasions. Be it fresh fruits such as crisp apples and oranges or dry fruits like almonds, nuts and cashews etc, you can have them all and more in these health gift baskets. If a little indulgence is allowed, you could even sneak in a couple of chocolates, cheese, focaccia crisps, salami etc to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style.

You can find many other gift options if you do some online research. Some stores even let you order online gift baskets that will be delivered right at the doorsteps of your recipients. So, take your pick from a reliable and reputed online store to send luck to your loved ones on this special day. You may even attach personalized messages to these gifts to make your St. Patrick’s Day gifts special, which would be sure to delight your recipients.