Make This Holiday Season Special with Personalized Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom

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Whether she is in the trenches raising little ones or her kids are all grown up, mothering is serious work.

These maternal marvels deserve truly special gifts this holiday season.

While she would be sincerely delighted with a preschool macaroni necklace, these personalized Christmas gift ideas for mom will be a bit more stylish.

 

Cutting Boards

She spends hours in the kitchen chopping veggies and preparing healthy meals; she should have something beautiful to work with.Bamboo Cutting Board

Every domestic diva needs a great cutting board. Have a bamboo board personalized with the family name and established date, or one of her favorite sayings such as, “You can’t have dessert until you eat your Brussels sprouts.”

If you aren’t feeling inspired, the Edge Striped Bamboo Cutting Board features pre-designed sentiments for you to add a name to.

 

Knives

A pocketknife might seem like a man’s gift idea, but rest assured, this one didn’t get put on the wrong list. From cutting open packaging to cutting tags off of clothing, women will find millions of uses for a folding knife.

Pink Camo KnifePlus, when emblazoned with her name or a sweet message, knives make perfect personalized Christmas gift ideas for Mom because it’s something she would never think to buy for herself.

Still not convinced? The Buck Bantam Pink Camo knife comes is a girly shade and is small enough to slip in a handbag.

 

Ceramic Mugs

Packing lunches, locating lost shoes and getting the kids dressed and to theLatte Mugs bus stop makes Mom a morning-time hero. Yet, she still manages to get to work on time, perfectly dressed and ready to tackle her day.

None of that would happen without her A.M caffeine. A personalized mug is a superb way to remind her how much she is appreciated while she is battling though the most hectic part of her day.

At 14 oz, the Engraved Tall Latte Mug delivers a big dose of her favorite pumpkin-spiced beverage to get her through the day.

 

Fleece Blankets

Engraved BlanketThe work is never quite over, but when there is a lull in the action, Mom might like to curl up with a nice book and a comfy blanket.

Make her moment of relaxation extra special with a Super Plush Fleece Blanket all of her own.

These can be engraved over the full blanket or just the corner to make Mom’s blanket perfectly customized.

 

Wine Boxes

After a long day juggling work, home and family, sometimes there is nothing better than sipping a glass of wine.

Wine BoxSure, you could run into the grocery store on Christmas Eve, grab a cheap bottle and toss it in her stocking, but that probably won’t get the reaction you are hoping for.

Instead, turn a bottle of wine into a luxury gift worth savoring. The Burlwood Finish Wine Presentation Box comes complete with a foil cutter, decanter pourer, stopper and corkscrew so everything she needs to taste her favorite vintage is right on hand.

Finish off the gift with an upscale bottle from the year you were born or the year you met.

 

Jewelry Boxes

Jewelry BoxMaybe she needs a place to keep all her treasures, like her wedding ring and those macaroni necklaces.

For a pretty and thoughtful gift, get Mom an Ornate Silver Jewelry Box. You can engrave it with her name, initials, or a special message from her husband or children.

To make it even more special, give it to her with a piece of jewelry already inside to start her collection.

 

Moms do so much without ever asking for anything in return. You may not be able to repay her for everything she does, but these simple and elegant gift ideas will surely show her how much she is appreciated.

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Engraved Buck Folding Alpha Hunter Video Review

One of the most beautiful, elegant and long lasting gifts you’ll ever give (or receive), the Alpha Hunter with Rosewood Handle is a piece of art.

TRANSCRIPT:

This is the Buck Folding Alpha Hunter with Rosewood Handle.

One of the smoothest one handed opening knives I have ever felt.

The blade is S30V steel for edge retention, has a rosewood handle, a 3 1/2″ long blade. And is 5″ long closed.

The knife comes packaged in Buck packaging, and comes with a leather sheath for safe transportation and storage.

The Folding Alpha Hunter is available in drop point, most popular, or gut hook.

Your logo or text laser etches in black on the blade.

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Engraved Buck Squire Video Review

The Buck Squire – a long time favorite in the folding knives line from Buck.

Smaller in size than the Folding Hunter (2 3/4″ compared to 4 7/8″), it is a good mid-size classic knife. The wood grain and nickel silver bolsters give it an elegant look and feel, making for a great gift.

We laser engrave your logo or text on the blade, handle or even the bolsters by special request.

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This is the Buck Squire, a great midsize knife. Similar in size to the Buck 55, it has a 2 3/4″ blade and 2 3/4″ handle, made out of 420HC stainless steel.

It features a nail notch for easy opening.

The Buck Squire comes with a black leather sheath with belt loop, for easy carry.

Your logo or text make this a great gift, laser etches in black on the blade.

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You Are What You Give – 3 Important Things to Consider Before Ever Giving a Business Gift

Every business devotes time and energy to carefully crafting its image and brand. From the logo to the mission statement and advertising materials, every detail is coordinated to send the right message.

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But, after all that effort in developing a marketing strategy, many managers and business owners choose promotional items and employee recognition gifts by simply scrolling through the options and selecting one they like.

However, giving the wrong promotional items can detract from the brand and image you have carefully built.

 

Instead, use these guidelines for selecting an item that complements your message:

 

1. Consider Your Audience

Every effective marketing campaign has a target audience. When choosing a promotional item, consider the age, gender, income level, education level, and occupations of your intended recipients and carefully consider which items will be of use to them.

You might need to recruit a little help with this. If you are a middle-aged man trying to select a promotional item that will appeal to college-aged women, you might miss the mark.

Pull in employees, friends, and family members that fall in your target audience and ask what they would find memorable and useful.

 

2. Choose Quality Carefully

No matter what other message you are trying to send with your marketing, you likely want everyone to know that you offer a high-quality product or service.

Pin Stripe Pen GiftIt’s always a good idea to choose a promotional product that reflects quality. However, that doesn’t mean that an expensive or fancy-looking item is the right choice.

While promoting luxury might call for a high-end promotional item, a small start-up or nonprofit organization might choose a less expensive-looking option to avoid the appearance of overspending on giveaways.

For example, if affordability is a key component of your marketing strategy, you might choose a basic pen such as the Charleston Javelin Click Pen, but if your businesses brand is based on luxury, you might opt for the Pin Stripe Ball Point Pen and Stylus instead.

High-quality promotional items are available at every price point, so choose what best matches your business’ brand.

Always remember: Quality over quantity.

3. It’s All About Personality

The personality of your business might be a bit more subjective than your target audience Sports Bottle Giftsor the quality level you need, but it is just as important. In fact, it might be the most important consideration, since it defines the most identifiable aspect of your business to customers and employees.

Is your business laid-back and casual? A sports bottle might be a good fit. Or, does a leather key chain represent your business’ buttoned-up and professional style best?

 

When you’re creating your brand and image, you want to make sure you get the desired result from your hard work. Keeping these three factors in mind, you can be sure to get the best result from all your time and energy, and your promotional items will truly reflect the image of your company!

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3 Tips to Help You in Motivating Millennials

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They probably don’t remember life before the Internet, they know more reality stars than movie stars, and they are always waiting for the next smart phone release.

The millennial generation, now 18-35 years old and 79 million strong, is taking over the workforce and tossing out the established rules as they do.

Baby boomers have been known to refer to the younger generation as entitled, spoiled, and lazy, but Millennials are more likely to describe themselves as innovative, tech-savvy, and open-minded.

The truth is, members of the millennial generation, or Gen-Y, view employment, motivation, and recognition differently than any generation before them and businesses will need to adapt in order to thrive.

 

With that in mind, here are three ways you can harness the power of the Millennials for your business:

 

1. Make It More Than A Job

Prior generations saw employment as a necessity to earn a living. Millennials are looking for more than a paycheck (or a direct deposit notification). They want to feel passionate about the work they do.

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Many Millennials have a deep desire to change their corner of the world (or the entire thing) for the better, are creative thinkers, and are ready to offer fresh perspectives and unique opinions.

Managers can harness these attributes by being open to hearing (and implementing) the innovative ideas of even entry-level employees. Not only can this bring positive results, it will also help Millennials feel they are a valued part of the organization.

However, it’s not enough for most members of this generation to feel good about their work. They also want to feel a connection to the company. Start off strong, by building this connection by giving top candidates a branded item such as a stylus pen or small token at the end of their interview.

After hiring a new employee, offer plenty of opportunities for them to meet and bond with their new work family. For this new generation of employees, working for a great company is a status symbol; so let them show off by greeting them on their first day with a swag bag including personalized apparel and other items they can be proud of.

These simple touches tell your fresh-faced employees that your company is the place to be.

 

2. Offer Frequent Feedback and Recognition

This generation was the first to embrace text messaging, fast food, streaming video, and high-speed Internet. Everything is fast-paced, and most respond best to quick, frequent feedback.

This means the traditional annual review and bonus probably won’t meet their needs. Instead, aim for feedback that is less formal feedback on a quarterly, weekly and even daily basis.

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There’s no need to make this a time-consuming or expensive endeavor. Managers can provide drive-by reinforcement to employees by simply stopping by their desks for a word of praise and a high-five.

Not only does this serve as informal feedback; it further establishes the much-needed personal connection.

On a slightly less frequent basis, it’s a good idea to reward meeting quarterly goals or completing a large project with a tangible item. Look for tech-savvy items such as portable charging devices, or smartphone cases or electronics.

 

3. Get Social

It’s no secret that the Millennial generation has a love affair with social media. Though posting on personal Facebook account while on the clock might be a office issue, social media offers a powerful tool that managers can use to connect with employees.

This generation lives their lives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Harness the trend by praising individual employees or teams on social media and tagging them in the posts.

 

Though it may seem daunting at first, these few tips should help you understand and relate to your Gen-Y employees, while boosting productivity.

What do you do to motivate your Gen-Y employees?

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Best Bamboo Cutting Boards Review

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the market for a new cutting board.

It wasn’t always this way. My mom bought me a beautiful, sturdy bamboo cutting board a couple of years ago and it served me well. It was solid and pretty and good to my knives.

But then along came my cat, swaggering along the counter where he’s not supposed to be. The cat decided the counter wasn’t big enough for both him and the cutting board, and I found the board in two pieces on the floor shortly afterward.

With the two resulting “mini” cutting boards tiding me over until I get a new one, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at our best bamboo cutting boards for every recipient or occasion.

Best Cutting Board for Football Season

Did you know there was such a thing? Well, there is! You can make game day so much more festive by prepping your veggie tray with a Football Cutting Board.

It looks so impressive, you can even use it as a serving tray and impress all your fellow football fans.

Not only does the football cutting board bring the game into the kitchen, but the bamboo is easy to maintain and naturally anti-microbial.

Just be sure to personalize your board with your name or your team’s name so everyone knows whose ball it is and there are no interceptions.

 

Best Cutting Board for the Master Chef

If you cookKona cutting board a lot—especially a lot at once—the best cutting board provides ample space for everything you’re chopping, as well as a groove to catch those veggie juices.

The Totally Bamboo Kona Cutting Board gives you plenty of space to work with at 18”x12” and has a groove running all the way around the board on one side to keep your counters nice and clean.

Laser engraved with text or artwork, it makes a great gift for yourself (if your cat destroyed your last board), or for friends and family who enjoy cooking.

 

Best Cutting Board for Space Savers

Molokini cutting boardI think we’ve already established that there isn’t enough room on my counter for both my fat cat and a big cutting board.

If you have a small apartment or a hefty cat (or both), the best bamboo cutting board won’t take up too much counter or cabinet space.

The Molokini Cutting Board is nice and compact at 7.5” x 7.5”, and looks smart and sophisticated underneath all those veggies.  Add your artwork, text, or logo to the corner, and this could be the best little cutting board that ever graced your counter.

 

Best Cutting Board for Large Spaces

Dominica Cutting Board

Maybe you have the opposite problem and need to fill up as much space as you can! And don’t forget: the bigger the board, the more food you can put on it.

There are some pretty big cutting boards out there to meet your needs.  The Dominica Cutting Board measures in at 12.5″ x 20″.  That’s 250 square inches of space for all your slicing and dicing needs!

Plus, this board’s got a beautiful grain inlay and is customizable, making sure you never want to take it off your counter again.

 

Best Cutting Board for Wedding Gifts

Aruba Cutting BoardNow, I didn’t use to be great at giving wedding gifts. “You’re getting married? Uh…do you need any dish towels…?”

No offense to dish towels, but they’ve got nothing on bamboo cutting boards. They’re so useful and they can be so beautiful, especially after you add personalization.

The best cutting board for wedding gifts is something that is high quality and is going to last for decades.

The Aruba Cutting Board will surely impress the happy couple with its pretty end grain inlay, and years later, they will still be impressed because that board will look the same as it did when they first got it.

You know that item your mom always showed you and said, “I got that as a wedding present 30 years ago”?  This is going to be that present.

There are so many boards to choose from! But hopefully, this will help you narrow it down to the best in each category and make your choice a little easier. I know for me, at least, it’s time to go cutting board shopping.

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