Looking for a gift ideas for the Be Positive Do Something Positive Day?

If you are looking for an appropriate gift idea for the Be Positive Do Something Positive Day, here’s some help on offer so that you can come up with something, which will be cherished for years to come?

Laughing BuddhaLaughing Buddha – ‘The Gift of Happiness‘: You can make your dear ones to feel special on this Be Positive Do Something Positive Day by gifting this traditional and much treasured Gift. Laughing Buddha, it is believed spreads happiness around. The statue is supposed to bring a lot of good luck when given as a gift than when bought and retained with one self, so send one to spread bliss & joy with this serene statue!

ChocolatesChocolate: Most chocoholics will affirm that they love chocolate since it makes them really happy. What better excuse can be there to give it as a gift? Our taste buds will confess to the pleasures of a gourmet chocolate. According to BBC Science and Nature report, chocolates contain tryptophan, the natural ‘love drug’ that is utilized by our brains to make serotonin. A lack of it is generally associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Dark chocolate is high in polyphenols, so it enhances the serotonin level in the brain. This drives away anxiety and can produce happiness. Chocolate also carry small amounts of caffeine that add to dopamine levels, thus activating pleasure centers of the brain.

Other popular gifting ideas: You may go for other popular gifting ideas as follows-

  • Key chains
  • Executive writing pens
  • Manicure sets, bud vases, Mugs
  • Music CDs
  • A pleasant painting or photoframe
  • Jewelry and trinket boxes, charm bracelets.

All these also make a perfect gift not just for the “Be Positive Do Something Positive Day” but for any other personal or professional occasion.

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Meaningful gift ideas that will stay with the recipient forever

Here are some real thoughtful and meaningful gifting gestures on eve of the Be Positive Do Something Positive Day that will stay with the recipient forever and won’t be forgotten easily.

Books on Positive ThinkingBooks about thinking positive: This is the perfect occasion to gift a book like ‘A Little Angel Love: Spread Happiness & Inspiration, with Help from the Angels’ by Jacky Newcomb to bring happiness, fulfillment and love into someone’s life. With this gift book of valuable inspirational guidance, quotes and stories of angels and spirits, happiness won’t be far away. And the recipient would always remember you for the meaningful gift you gave.

Caricature faces MasksCaricature Faces/Masks: Caricature is an intriguing art of creating a funny face. It’s like a cartoon that takes facets of one’s face and body structure. Any peculiar feature of a given face is exaggerated through a caricature, albeit the resemblance to it is not completely lost, so as to recognize the identity of a person. Approach an artist who will create caricatures that look funny. You can send these funny & cool caricatures to your friends, relatives and colleagues as a gift, and make them smile.

You can even use these interesting caricatures for making off-beat corporate business cards, occasion-based greeting cards or the same can be printed or engraved on your official accessories to impart a unique look to them. You can get them done digitally for faster and quality output. Importantly, these caricatures are affordable. They are really catchy, and will stand out as a gift on eve of Be Positive Do Something Positive Day.

RingtonesMusical ringtone: You can send/gift a ringtone. Show off your creativity by combining funny or custom polyphonic ringtones. Give them as gifts to friends, family and colleagues.

You can think of more such interesting and worthy gifting ideas that are true to the spirit of the Be Positive Do Something Positive Day.

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Funky gift ideas for the Be Positive Do Something Positive Day

The aim of the Be Positive Do Something Positive Day is to make people cheer up and feel revived. Here are some funky gift ideas for the day.

Funny Playing CardsFunny Playing Cards: It may be a pack of politicians, actors, cricketers or popular cartoon characters. A deck of funny playing cards will be an ideal gift for the occasion. Check, whether you can get them custom made or select one from the available range.

Burpmaster KeyChainBurpmaster Keychain: It’s literally gas on the go – all set for action whenever you feel like spreading a quick laugh. The Burpmaster key chain variants available on the market have recreations of actual burps.

Butt Shaker SetButt Shaker Set: Shake, shake and shake that booty to add some spice to your daily meal! One cheek is salt, other one is obviously pepper. Look for those funny ceramic salt & pepper shakers that will bring smiles around the dining table.

Radio Control RatRadio Control Rat: Send a Radio control rat jumping across the floor and watch everyone getting ‘rat’tled. This evil-looking rodent, as it scurries forward and runs wild in circles – its beady eyes beaming with an eerie red light – will send shivers and ultimately, smiles. You can control the animal’s antics from some distance with the help of a wireless remote.

Such off-beat gifts will add some funk into the recipient’s life! Look for something original. Search for online and offline (physical) resources for such funky gifts or try to create one using your imagination to make your gift a really cool one!

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Innovative Ideas To Make Your Colleagues Feel Good On ‘Be Positive Day’

Here are some more tips on eve of the Be Positive Do Something Positive Day that’s just round the corner.

Be Positive Day
Don’t have lunch at your desk: Consider heading out to a lovely local park instead of a fully air-conditioned restaurant with your colleagues. Go outdoors where you might enjoy your packed food. If you happen to work nearby your home, it’s a perfect idea to venture back and watch a funny TV show with your colleagues, and then jog back to office.
Tune in to music during the day: Listening to the music breaks up the monotony of work. You can share your CDs, MP3s and discuss your tastes with your colleagues. A little game of ‘Name That Tune’ even while busy doing your work will make your time pass by faster and also help you bond with your colleagues.

Plan a charity and get colleagues involved: Organize a monthly charity event to raise funds for some good cause. This will inspire your coworkers to join you. Instead of asking for donations, you can organize an event with some entry fee to get everyone involved. It will really be a lot of fun!
Read aloud inspiring quotes, poems, thoughts, jokes during your lunch & other breaks: If you like to read, make it a habit to read aloud during your breaks instead of grabbing a snack or sitting outside with a cigarette alone. Reading aloud inspiring quotes, poems, thoughts, jokes will take everyone’s mind off work and make their day a little more pleasant.

What else can we do to make our colleagues happy? Do you have more ideas? You can definitely share them with us. Such intangible stress-busters are the best gifts that you can give to stressed professionals in a highly demanding corporate culture. That’s the very essence of the Be Positive Do Something Positive Day.

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HLD: Have your Chinese Lantern Day at office

February 21 is Chinese Lantern Day and we suggest you take full advantage of the occasion to get some unusual gifts for your friends and colleagues at the office. Everybody loves Chinese lanterns – they’re quirky, fun and add a party element to a room.

You can get Chinese lanterns anywhere. The shops are easy to spot – they have large lanterns in various shapes, sizes and colours hanging outside. These paper lanterns have long been considered works of art and there is so much to choose from a decision can be quite mind-boggling!

For the office it is always advisable to get one of the less flamboyant ones. Opt for a smaller size and possibly a more straitlaced shape. If an office party is coming up, you can always go for a large dragon for the entrance or stars to hang from the ceiling. Where the office is concerned always have a pre-determined spot where the lantern will be set up and buy accordingly. It is important that you do not step out of bounds in the work arena and give a frivolous impression. When opting to personally gift a lantern to a colleague, choose a relatively small one as setting it up will end up being quite a task if the person does not live in a big house. Gifting a business partner or your own boss? A large dragon for his or her office foyer is a great idea – it symbolizes strength, power and productivity. Bold colours are more suitable in this last case, but for your own office choose something that is not quite so startling and distracting. Muted, ‘pretty’ colours do the trick when it comes to the office.

A Chinese lantern can brighten up anyone’s day with its unusual shape and the warm light that it throws upon the room. Much better than the usual staid lampshades, don’t you think!

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Chinese New Year’s Eve and the Lantern Festival celebrations

As is the case with most Chinese festivals, there’s an intriguing legend behind the famous Lantern Festival. It’s the Legend of Yuanxiao. Yuanxiao was said to be a beautiful maid in an emperor’s palace. Despite her opulent way of living, Yuanxiao yearned for her family and wanted to be home during Chinese New Year. The legend goes that the maid lied to the emperor about the God of Fire secretly having forewarned her that he planned to burn down the city. She asked the emperor to make the city appear like it was already burning so the God wouldn’t then bother them. The worried emperor took her warning seriously and ordered that the entire court and city be decorated with colored lanterns.

He also ordered firecrackers to be burnt for giving feel of a big fire. The palace was so engrossed in the preparations that Yuanxiao managed to sneak home!
Chinese Lantern Festival
New Year’s Eve and the Lantern Festival especially, taking a cue from the above incident, signify family bonding. This is the time when all family members gather for eating, dancing and shou sui (staying up all night), to mark the occasion. According to a curious custom, rice dumplings are had at midnight. Hence the Lantern Festival is popularly called ‘Round Dumpling Festival’ Tens of thousands of local people and even foreigners visit the annual exhibition of lanterns of uncountable shapes, sizes and pretty colors to welcome the traditional Lantern Festival.

The Lantern festival marks the 15th day of the 1st month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This year (2008) the festival takes place on February 21. It marks the culmination of the fortnight-long Chinese New Year holidays and celebrations. According to the lunar calendar, the New Year of the Rat started on February 7, 2008.

Yuanxiao on Chinese Lantern Festival

As is the norm, all major festivals in any part of the world set the stage for exchange of gifts. These festivals also act as a perfect means for building and enhancing the brand association for most business houses, allowing them to build a rapport with their clients. Of course, one needs to give a deep thought to the kind of gifts to be offered. The gift should be meaningful enough so that the recipient feels like using or preserving it.

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Corporate Gifting Interview With Neha Katyal, Elara Capital

Dear readers,

Today, we are glad to bring you an interview with Neha Katyal, Associate, Elara Capital to state the marketers point of view with regards to corporate gifting.

Questionnaire For Marketers

1. Does Your Company do Corporate Gifting?
YES.

2. How much on an approximate basis does your company spend on corporate gifting?

30,000 INR.

3. What is the most unique gift that you have come across?

Strawberries dipped in chocolates.

4. As a promotional tool does corporate gifting impact sales? If yes
can you give an example?


Yes it would. Easier to bag a potential client.

5. What are the type of gifts you would normally receive? Which one has
been your favorite?

Clothes, Shoes, Champaign & Bags. My favorite one is a pair of DKNY Shoes.

6. What are the occasions on which you gift your clients? And what is
the gift?

Diwali, New Years, Office Anniversary & Christmas. Sweets & Drinks

7. Do you read blogs or go use Social networks like Orkut? Which one?

Yes. Orkut & facebook .etc.

8. Do you know that Giftex has Corporate Gifting Blog which talks about
latest gifting trends in India? (Blog.giftex.in)

Yes

9. Now that you know, would you visit the blog?

Yes, and I have been before today also.

Thank you Neha for giving us your views on corporate gifting with a marketers perspective. We are glad to hear from you.

If any other marketers/companies/sales people wish to tell us their views on corporate gifting, you can contact us by leaving your email ID and comments below.

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Going Beyond the Rose for V-Day Bouquets

Roses are romantic, but a terrible cliché! There are many other flowers that spell love

BluebellBluebell
constancy and everlasting love

Ironically enough, it is thought to be unlucky to walk through or bring home. The Latin name for this flower is Endymion who was the lover of the moon Goddess, Selene. The goddess put Endymion into an eternal sleep, so she alone could enjoy his beauty.

CarnationCarnation
betrothal, love and fertility

This flower was believed to be an aphrodisiac, hence its popular use at weddings. Due to its association with love it was widely used in wreaths. Gentlemen began to wear carnations as a button hole, Oscar Wilde developed the fashion with a dyed green carnation.

The various carnation colours can mean different things: white – love; yellow – rejection; pink – I’ll never forget you; red – aching heart.

Forget-me-notsForget me not
true love and remembrance

Mythology describes this as the flower chosen by a brave knight for his sweetheart before going to battle, as he knelt to gather the tiny blue flowers he fell into a river and was swept away, calling to his love, ‘forget me not’.

honeysuckleHoneysuckle
devoted love

It is said to protect your garden from evil. It is known as the ‘love bind’ – symbolizing a lover’s embrace in its clinging growing habits. The heady fragrance of the flowers was believed to induce dreams of love and passion. If the bloom is brought into the house a wedding is said to follow within the year. But – the honeysuckle’s berries are poisonous!

HyacinthHyacinth
constancy

Mythology tells how a handsome youth, Hyacinthus, was loved by the god of the sun, Apollo, but Zephyrus, god of the west wind became jealous and blew the discus that Hyacinthus was playing with and killed him. Flowers sprang from drops of his blood and so became known as hyacinths.

PansyPansy
loving thoughts and attraction

Also known as ‘heart’s ease’, this pretty flower was believed to heal love problems. Anyone wanting to ensure they were loved by their sweethearts would carry a pansy.

PrimrosePrimrose
first love

Its name is derived from the Latin ‘primus’ meaning first, due to their early spring flowering. The primrose is the sacred flower of Freya, the Norse goddess of love and was used in rituals giving honor to her.

VioletViolet
faithfulness and modesty

During mediaeval times violets were believed to provide protection from evil spirits, and the leaves were used on wounds as healing plasters. Napolean Bonaparte sent Josephine a bouquet of it every anniversary and apparently wore a locket containing violets he had gathered from her grave. In medieval times the violet was strewn on the floor as an air freshener due to its sweet perfume.

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Corporate Gifting for the Secret Office Romance

So you have an office sweetheart. You know your job would be on the line if your boss got to know and you have to spend Valentine evening with your spouse, but you’re too much of a romantic to wait for work hours to get over before you give your flame a gift.

Romance in Office

Well, there are ways to get around your exuberance, and here they are –

  • Give everyone a small potted desk plant; hide your sweetheart’s real gift inside. Keep it sweet and small, or tiny and expensive.
  • Post the gift with a Secret Admirer card. If this is for your girlfriend, make it obvious, she’ll love the attention! If it’s for your boyfriend, no matter if he insists otherwise, he’ll love the attention too!
  • A photo frame may not be considered a highly interesting gift, but it is reasonably inexpensive to buy one for each colleague … and the one you give your sweetheart could be a special one. Any raised eyebrows? It is just a photo frame, after all! Slip a romantic card inside, meant for his or her eyes only.
  • Buy a gift and keep it ready for your sweetheart at the store. Email the link to the store website to him or her and give a glimpse of what’s waiting after office hours – he/she will leave with a bounce in his/her step.
  • Get to work early and leave a bouquet or a gift on your girlfriend’s desk – no note, no explanation for the office, but she will know it’s from you
  • Similarly, leave your gift at your boyfriend’s desk and hike the curiosity quotient of the office.

Valentine’s Day in the office when your relationship is supposed to be under wraps is quite a task, but with a few cautionary tactics you can stop it from becoming Land Mine Day. It’s all about presenting something special to your flame while in the public eye without arousing suspicions. Though it is very tough to hide – the world loves a lover and a lover can be spotted a mile away!

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Building the V-Day Mood in office

Valentines day moodSensitivity is the new buzzword in corporate circles these days, much like Friday Dressing and Power Lunching. Today, building solidarity with your employers and colleagues go way beyond mere efficiency on a project – showing team spirit is as much about caring through thoughtfully-chosen gifts as it is about doing overtime with everybody else. Building quasi-friendly relationships in the workplace goes a long way towards making the atmosphere light, stress-free and easygoing, which studies have proved lead to better output. While office decorum insists that V-Day celebrations be kept discreet, there’s no rule that says the celebrations must pass you by!

GENERAL POINTERS:

  • Pick soft shades of warm colours like a delicate pink, muted orange, a discreet red, a pale yellow etc, and deep (not bright) shades of cool colours like a sea green, teal blue and mature purple. Warm colours tend to be too eye-catching and distracting when selected in their vibrant shades, and cool colours tend to be cold and hard when chosen in their bright shades.
  • Keep the roses on the backburner – they’re too mushy and traditionally smack of love, but you can always stick other flowers in vibrant shades in your modern equivalent of an ink-hole and gain an aura of old-world charm.
  • Pick shapes that are slim and curved like a tall, willowy floor vase or an extra-slim watch

GETTING DOWN TO SPECIFICS:

  • Calendars: The only real option you have here is picking one with themes. Calendars come in a variety of love themes from raunchy K-S positions (strictly not recommended for the office!) to historical facts and figures about Saint Valentine would reduce any romantic feeling to dust. Select one that is easy on the eye, un-embarrassing to the recipient and gets the romantic feel across without giving rise to office gossip.
  • Watches: Keep the straps slim, the dial delicate with diamantes embedded in it, and pale colours for women. For men – go the traditional way with bulky black straps; after all, men have to be men!
  • Clocks: They come in various colours other than the usual black and brown ones, and in interesting shapes and sizes. Stay away from the ones whose faces are painted with hearts and teddy bears though as well as musical clocks – they are too distracting in a workplace.
  • Chocolates are the least fussy gift one can give to a person at the workplace – and the most innocent of all Valentine presents!

Celebrations are about marking the passage of time, but each need not be a raucous, loud expression of excitement. It is easy to set the right Valentine mood at the workplace without becoming unprofessional. However, it is always wise to find out from old-timers what the office protocol is, and then take it from there.

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