Featuring the 4F’s of Christmas (My own guide to great Christmas gifting).

FAITH/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.  Whatever your faith or lack there of, it’s always a good idea to gift something that contributes to someone’s personal development.  Last year a friend gave me a Happiness Journal.  It was lovely and an awesome gift whether you’re spiritual or not.

FINANCES.  Money is never a bad gift.  Let’s face it, the times that we live in are not easy for everyone and I always know someone who can use a quick infusion of cash or an American Express gift card.  So get a great card and slide in a couple of bills.

FOOD.  This is a new gift area to me, but I really enjoy receiving either food items (Cheryl’s cookies  anyone) or food gift cards.  My mom loves Panera Bread – you can’t go wrong with a gift card that buys her breakfast and lunch.  If I was shopping for my sister it would be P.F. Chang’s all the way.  In short, we all have fave foods – why not make it a part of a gift.

FUN.  This gift takes a little more creativity.  Maybe it’s a Groupon deal or a gift certificate to a dance class.  Maybe it’s movie or concert tickets.  Perhaps a friend needs a new golf club or set of balls.  Either way you can’t lose when fun is  part of the gift.

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Because it’s never too early to start planning…

Christmas will be here before we know it.  Although the weather is still warm (at least where I live) and the days are long, I’ve found that great gifts take some planning.  Especially when it comes to the holidays and multiple gifts.

A Simple Guide to Creating Your Christmas List

A good friend who knows that I have a gift blog shared a clever method of selecting gifts for kids.  But it’s so great and simple that I think it will work for anyone.  So I dusted it off and included it here.  

Simple Christmas List - Christmas in July

I’ll offer my take on this soon!

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The Sweetest Thank You

It’s quick, easy and relatively inexpensive (pinky promise)…

My team at work had a major success last month (hence the lack of blogs, my bad).  I was able to sign off on some bonuses/awards for them – which is great.  But I prefer something just a little more tangible to show my appreciation for all of their hard work.

Et voila – Cupcakes!

Gourmet cupcakes make a great thank you especially for small office get-togethers.

I got these from Kupcakes and Co. (a great spot not too far my from job that opens up at 7 a.m.)  Their cupcakes are so good and they have gluten free options.

And Cookies!

I also had the opportunity to thank some of our non-profit teammates who helped us reach our team success.  If you’re familiar with this blog then you know I love sending Cheryl’s Cookie Cards.  I went a little bigger this time and splurged on a cookie pail.


I was completely charmed by this cow-themed one “Moochas Gracias” – that cow face still cracks me up!

See easy!

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