How To Buy Christmas Presents For The Women in Your Life

Is your Christmas present shopping done yet? No? Me neither! If you are still looking for clever and stylish presents for the women in your life, I will share with you the results of my research of the best ideas to give to Mom, grandma, to sisters, aunts and cousins alike.

The first idea for a gift that will be appreciated and welcomed by 100% of females is a gift of flowers, plants or a gift basket. There are so many options and variations for the perfect custom Christmas gift basket that you can easily and quickly buy online or on the phone for all the women in your life.

For me, I love to send Christmas centerpieces especially when I know the person, such as my mom, loves to entertain and will proudly display her centerpiece during the whole Christmas season. Centerpieces can last from 1 to 3 weeks! So can Christmas plants…

A poinsettia is the classic Christmas plant of course but did you see what your local florist can do in the way of twisting the tradition to include candy cane poinsettias, burgundy sparkly poinsettias in arrangements with white chrysanthemum, frosty branches, pine cones, berries and big bows.

All I’m saying is that you can’t get florist quality and style in a large department store. And for the person who doesn’t like fresh flowers (is that possible?) or for the allergic woman in your life, just get her a gift basket. There are as many gift basket ideas as there are stars in the sky….ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit but you get the picture….

From fruit baskets, gourmet baskets, tea & coffee baskets, chocolate baskets, fruit & cracker baskets to pamper me please baskets, lavender and vanilla beauty product baskets and chef’s baskets, the possibilities are endless… You can order flowers, plants and gift baskets online easily and get your order delivered in the next few days in the city of your choice. Of course, if you are rushed for time and like visiting local businesses personally, you can also order these items at your local flower shop.

The other obvious gift idea for the special woman in your life, is jewelry. What woman wouldn’t like a new pair of earrings, a necklace or a bracelet? If this is a special year and you want to get a gift that will be treasured daily for years to come, get your Mom, your grandma or your sister a birthstone ring. Just determine if she wears gold or silver and order a precious keepsake customized to her birth month.

Finally, for the book lover, the reader in your life, the ideal gift is an e-reader. This is a perfect gadget for the woman in your life who likes to keep up with the times, who travels or who just plain old loves reading. I was always thinking it was better to have paper books until this past summer. Don’t get me wrong…I still love the feel, the smell and the sensations that come from devouring a new book!

Just before my trip to Nashville this year my whole book bag got soaked before leaving (I won’t go into the details, let’s just say it involved a tap dripping…) Anyways, let’s just say I don’t have the problem of bloated and discolored books anymore nor will I have the problem of lugging heavy books now that I have an e-reader. If the women in your life already has one, you can get them a gift certificate for buying more books, if not, get them an e-reader. They are getting very affordable now and go from simple and inexpensive to high tech and inexpensive so it’s a win win situation.

Business Presentations – For Greater Clarity Use Child’s Play

When presenting data or analysis to senior executives or committees it’s obvious that if they don’t understand your message then they won’t your concept. But something equally important is the issue of actually understanding the presenter e.g. the speed at which you talk, the way you pronounce words, or a strong regional accent can all influence the clarity of your message. One easy way to fix this problem is to articulate every word.

I’ve presented at a small conference – 90 people – the presenter before me was a Doctor. She was presenting some very important research about the need to use sustainable materials in the construction of public sector housing. A very important message; Al Gore, after-all, got a Nobel Prize for work on a similar theme.

But she mumbled her way through the presentation, mostly with her back to the audience reading her slides. Despite having a microphone the audience struggled to hear or understand what she was saying. Amongst her worst faults were dropping the ends of her words, especially when the letters, T or D, or ING were involved. This had the effect of making her mumble even more difficult to understand. And then when she noticed that the audience were losing interest she started to rush, which made comprehension even worse.

If she’d asked here’s the advice I would have given her: ANNUNCIATE! Specifically, pronounce every single word properly. The effect it has is to:

1. Slow you down so that you are better understood by your audience
2. Allow you to breath properly because you have slowed down, hence you don’t swallow your words
3. Allow you to think, so you can go off-script and really react to your audience
4. Make your facial muscles congruent with what you are saying.

Don’t underestimate the power of proper pronunciation it can have a dramatic effect on your presentation. Here’s how you do it.

The minute you close this article go to your nearest bookshop and buy “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr Seuss. Read it out loud for at least three consecutive nights before a presentation. Re-read it again just before your presentation. Then marvel at how much more time you seem to have and how much better your audience rates to what you say.

Remember if they can’t understand you, they won’t buy your ideas.

5 Inexpensive Birthday Presents for the Grandparents

When buying a gift for grandparents, people will usually have difficulty choosing what to give because grandparents have accumulated many things over their lifetime. Consequently, before you buy grandparents a gift you need to think of something that suits their circumstances and interests, or which might emphasise their outstanding role to the extended family. If a grandchild gives the gift, then a handmade gift could be an excellent choice. Grandparents have a special bond with their grandchildren and will always welcome a gift from a grandchild.

Custom-made doormat
You can give a customized doormat specially made by an artist with a special message for your grandparents like, “Grandchildren Loved Here”. The doormat’s main colour could reflect their favourite colour and possibly match the colour scheme of the room, and with the message running on the edges in one or two lines this would create a unique mat. Another suggestion might be a tapestry bedside mat made in fluffy and soft yarn with a similar message – they will remember you each morning they get out of bed and step on the soft and fluffy mat.

Personalised canvas art
Get an artwork in canvas and personalise it with your chosen title, telling your grandparents how much you love and care for them. Stretch the completed canvas in wood and package with a hanger or encase it in an exotic frame. Treat the canvas to withstand ultra violet light and to resist environmental damage that includes moisture, so it will remain intact for years to come.

Portrait photo
You can obtain a picture of your grandparents on a vacation or at a recent family gathering and get an artist to sketch paint or draw a portrait of the couple. This will make a unique gift that they will love and cherish. You can get a list of artists available in your locality through the Internet and possibly have the option of placing the order online.

Custom made car number plate

A customised car number plate will be a great reminder that you love and care for your grandparents, and will proclaim to everyone that someone thinks well of them. Get an appropriate number to convey your message.

Give them a day out
Giving your grandparents a day out doing their favourite pastime activity is a great birthday present. If your Grandfather loves fishing you can take him to the local river or lake for a fishing afternoon, followed by a meal. On the other hand, you can treat your Grandmother to a gallery displaying her favourite pastime, for example, if she loves knitting, take her to a “knitting and crocheting” exhibition and she may even learn one or two new skills.