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Gift Giving Ideas

Throughout the year you are likely to be presented with an occasion in which you need a gift to give. You may need a gift for a birthday, aniversary, christening, Christmas, Valentine's Day, or wedding. Sometimes an occasion will arise when you will need to find a gift quickly. Sympathy, thank yous, and "congratulations on your promotion" are occasions that might surprise you. Here are some gift ideas that are appropriate for any occasion. Keep one of these gifts on hand and always be prepared.

Gift baskets are great for any occasion. Create a gourmet foods and wine gift basket. Add gifts such as personalized wine glasses and wine bottle openers. You can create a special basket based on the interests of your gift recipient. A movie themed gift basket can include a favorite movie and popular movie snacks such as popcorn, candy, peanuts, and a nacho kit. Pack your items in a personalized popcorn bowl. A gardening themed gift basket can include a book on gardening, gardening hand tools, garden markers, seeds, and a kneeling pad. Pack your items in a personalized flower pot. A housewarming gift basket can include cleaning products, kitchen gadgets, spices, pot holders, kitchen or bath towels. Pack your items in a basket that can be reused for decorative purposes or storage.

Personalized gift items make anyone feel special. For a woman, jewelry, picture frames, stationary, and purses are all items that can be personalized or monogrammed. For a man, money clips, wallets, pen sets, and golf club covers are examples of items that can be personalized and any man would appreciate. For kids, personalize CD cases, books, beach towels, backpacks, or school supplies to make them feel special.

Corporate or executive gift ideas include gift baskets, desk sets, personalized pen sets, clocks, monogrammed passport holders, and money clips. These items are great for secretaries, bosses, and co-workers. Give them as a thank you, promotion, Secretary's Day or Boss's Day.

Keep extra gifts on hand that are appropriate for any occasion. Shop throughout the year and purchase gifts that can be given at any time. Create a gift closet where you keep all your gift giving essentials such as wrapping paper, cards, and extra gifts. You won't be caught off guard if you have a gift closet. Gift cards to various stores are also easy to keep in case a gift giving occasion comes up.

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