Saturday, 11 July 2015

Corporate Gift Giving: What You Need To Know To Make An Impact

Corporate gift giving has been a ‘thing’ for a while now. It has so many benefits; what better way to make an impression on potential business partners, colleagues, and associates? It’s important that your gift makes an impact, but you need to remember that it must be appropriate. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that your gift makes a big impact:

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Check the Corporate Policy

Each corporate policy is different, but you should always check it out before spending any money on gifts. No matter who you’re buying a gift for; whether it’s somebody you work with or somebody whose services you peruse, you must check the corporate policy. Some policies state that employees can’t receive gifts at all, others state that they must be below a certain value to be acceptable. You don’t want to go through a lot of trouble to find your gift cannot be accepted anyway!

Make it Useful

One of the best things you can do is make your gift useful. What could the recipient/recipients really use? This could be a large selection of office supplies, or some software you think might make their life easier. The key is to be thoughtful with your gift. Some people think that alcohol is a good gift, but it can be very risky. What if you give it to somebody who doesn’t drink, or isn’t supposed to drink?  

Avoid Sweets

While giving certain types of food can be OK, try to avoid sweets during holidays like Christmas. There are probably enough sweets going around offices during Christmas time already, without you adding to the load. Plus, they aren’t very thoughtful! You want to give them a gift, not a sugar rush.

Personalise Gifts if Appropriate

If you’re a boss buying gifts for your staff, then try to personalise them if appropriate. This shows you’ve really thought about each of them, and not just bought something without thinking about it. Personalised gardening gifts are suited to most people, for instance. It’ll mean so much more to them when a gift is personalised!

Know Your Budget

Knowing your budget is essential. You shouldn’t buy for a few people in the office and nobody else, so working out a budget is important. Remember; people in the office will talk! Work out a suitable amount. For example, no more than £20 per person. Also take into account the policy we discussed earlier, that may limit you to the amount you can spend.

Consider Religious Beliefs

Don’t automatically assume that everybody celebrates Christmas or the holiday you’re buying for. Before buying, simply enquire as to whether they celebrate the holiday - no need to pry into their religious beliefs. You’ll create an awkward situation for both of you if you buy a gift without checking!

Avoid Getting Too Personal

Getting too personal can be a huge no-no and seem very inappropriate. For example, jewellery, perfume, and clothing are very personal gifts. You shouldn’t give gifts like this unless they relate closely to the industry you work in and it makes sense.

Don’t Advertise

If you give gifts with a huge company logo, or products that you make, this could be deemed as a company giveaway rather than corporate gifting. Some may find it insulting, as it’s pretty much just advertising what you do. Be more creative than that!

Be Generous With Group Gifts

Giving group gifts is recommended, as you haven’t got to think too much about each person or take too much time. Nobody gets left out, and most company policies do accept group gifts. Just make sure that if you decide to do this, you’re generous with it. Giving a gift basket of foods can be nice, but make sure there’s enough to go around! You’ll only seem tightfisted if you don’t give enough for the whole office.

Wow With the Packaging

The packaging is a big part of the gift giving process. While it’s the gift that matters, the packaging makes a big impact and will impress the receiver. You don’t have to take care of the packaging yourself; I advise you get a professional to package the gifts up for you and make them look suitable. Opening the gift is all a part of the gift giving experience, so make it a good one!

If you make sure you stick to these tips, your gift is bound to make an impact on the receiver. With corporate gift giving, you can go far providing you do it properly!

Friday, 10 July 2015

A Savvy Girls Guide To Revamping Old Clothes


There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to declutter the wardrobe. That prom dress from five years ago is definitely not going to be worn again. Those jeans are a bit too tight. That top you bought but never wore is taking up space. When this time comes, we’re all guilty of throwing stuff away. Good clothes that could actually be made even better! With a little bit of cutting and sewing, you can give old clothes a new lease of life. It’s called refashioning, and it’s right on trend. Here’s how you can revamp those old clothes.

Waste Not, Want Not
Firstly, you’re going to want to attack your wardrobe. I don’t mean go at it with a hammer, I mean declutter. Ideally, you don’t want to throw anything away. Even clothes that are on their last legs can be used for spare fabric. If you do have some seriously hideous garments in the wardrobe then put them on eBay. Or, give them to a local charity shop. Every single thing in your closet may be useful, so think smart.


Get Some Skills
Before you start hacking away at that old prom dress, you might want to learn some basic skills first. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that can teach you what you need to know. Have a look for videos on basic sewing skills. How to use fabric scissors and glue. Oh, and how to hem. That will come in super useful later. Spend a little bit of time refining those skills. Otherwise, your clothes will end up ruined.

Shopping Time!
Now you can go shopping for any equipment you might need. A sewing machine is a must-have if you’re planning on revamping your whole wardrobe. You’ll also need some fabric scissors, glue, patches, and various pieces of fabric. Don’t forget accessories like Preciosa no hotfix crystals and glitter. Especially if you’re planning on glamming up those old clothes. All of these items are going to help turn your boring garments into something truly spectacular. It’s also far cheaper than going on a normal shopping trip!


Draw It Out
Once you have all your materials, it’s a good idea to plan what you want to do with each item. Let’s take those old jeans for example. Are you just going to make the waistband larger to fit in all those comfort foods? Or will you be turning them into shorts for the summer? You don’t need to be a fashion designer to put together some basic drawings. You’ll need these as a guide for when you start chopping and sewing away.

Get to Work
It’s all in your hands now! You’ve got the equipment, you’ve learnt the skills, and you know what you’re doing with each piece. Get to work on creating some truly show-stopping clothes. You don’t need to go overboard and create haute couture outfits. However, have a little bit of fun with it. Use sites like Pinterest for inspiration. You may be surprised at how well those old garments turn out.

What do you think about refashioning old clothes? It’s definitely a big trend right now, and I’d love to give it a go. Now, just to find myself a sewing machine…