Gift Books on World Book Day celebrations

The World Book and Copyright Day has become established as the biggest global event aimed at promoting the pure joy of books and habit of reading. The day has been designated by UNESCO as a celebration of knowledge sharing through books. It’s marked in over 100 countries.

The celebrations are launched in March, with Britain stealing a march, literally over other countries. The origins of the day, celebrated in the UK & Ireland owe their origin to Catalonia, where books and roses were given as gifts on St. George’s Day to loved ones. In Catalonia, on 23 April (Saint George’s Day), for each book sold a rose is traditionally given as a gift. Most other countries hold World Book and Copyright Day on 23rd April every year.

Indeed, giving books as a gift can be a real meaningful gesture. According to a recent survey on gifting patterns conducted by Nielsen India, books were mentioned as their preferred gifting item by 49 per cent people. But the choice was found to be more popular with the mature group aged 45 and above.

To cater to them, many leading bookstore brands in India have opened spacious shops in leading metros of the country where book lovers can discover the pleasure of buying books. They can hang around for as much time as they wish to. One can see even youths leafing through books of their choice, lolling in comfy sofas with their favorite author or genre for company at these bookstores, which indeed is an encouraging sign.

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These gifts can act as a stress buster


 

While April is International Stress-Free Month, April 7 is World Health Day. Sitting in an air-conditioned office safe from the heat and dust and pollution of the outdoors, you might think your health is better off but actually, there are other potential health hazards you have to look into. Most of us do not lead very exciting lives. Our days are governed by the wall clock in office and we are sitting for the better part of the day. Here are some great gifts that will make anybody’s day much better –

 

Muscles – From a small foot massage machine or a high-backed massage chair, these great stress-busters are available in many shapes and sizes. As a boss, you could buy one for the department or your special core team to use as and when they please. They make great gifts for a potential partner too. As employees, you could pool in and buy one for the boss.

 

Eyes – Eyes undergo the most stress as they are forced to stare into computer screens most of the times. Other than basic eye exercises which you can learn about from an optician, eye-masks are easily available nowadays. Best when chilled, these masks cool your eyes down and reduce puffiness. As a boss, ensuring a regular supply to your team will enable them to work better. Studies have proven that occasional breaks are great for the working mind. And peppermint or cucumber eye masks are great for the eyes.

 

Skin – You may not realise it but the skin gets very dehydrated in an air-conditioned environment. While as a boss it might be great to switch the AC on for regulated periods of time in the day, it’s not good for the machines. Bottled skin sprays are great to rejuvenate one’s sense of being. Preferably choose moisturising ones from a reputed brand or a mineral spray like Evian bottled mountain spring water. They’re not as costly as they sound and well worth their price. Certain brands also have facial wipes enriched with Vitamin E that are great for the skin and lend one a pretty, subtle fragrance too.

 

These little objects go a long way to protecting your health while your fingers click-clack away on the keyboards. They’re simple but take care of essentials that you probably don’t have time to look into at a gym or through home-cooked meals. So remember these pointers on this special day of this month.

Getting you first step into office right

A friendly atmosphere pervades most offices these days. In fact, most professional organisations understand the importance of making a newcomer feel right at home and everyone from the departmental heads to seniors consider it part of their job to help the new guy or gal learn his or her way around the office and feel a part of the team. The most common way to make a person feel home is with this question, ‘When are you treating us?’ This one treat can smooth the way to a great camaraderie at the workplace, enabling you to not only meet everyone you will work with but also generate goodwill from the word go.
No one expects a lot from this ‘treat‘. The word itself is so vague that it can mean anything from individual pen-holders to a box of mithai being passed around to a cake to a post-office hours drinking session. It is totally up to you. However, there are some rules-of-thumb that anyone should keep in mind when he wants to start off on the right foot.

Decide your budget?

Even when it comes to a box of mithai you must be sure of how much you are willing to spend, and then pick your mithai accordingly. Do you want to give this treat to the entire office or just your department? Must you keep some extra for second helpings or stick to a strict number? Will you be buying a Rs.300/kg sweet or a Rs.100/kg sweet? If you’re taking your colleagues out are you taking them out for drinks or just a simple meal or to that flashy new restaurant that has opened around the corner? The bigger the number of people the more it makes sense to make your gift as economical as possible. With a smaller team you can afford to be more generous and perhaps even give individual gifts.

Food

Distributing mithai is alright, but if you want your new colleagues to remember this treat more than the others, then gift them a jar of olive tapenade each or an imported cheese dip. Bring along a big box of crackers and you can all dig in together during a break. Some of your colleagues might find it unusual but at least it would stand apart from their long line-up of ‘treat memories’.

Office Stationery

No one can have enough of these and they can be very boring actually, but with a little thought and time on your hands you can get something sweet. Make a note of everyone’s names and get pen-holders or coffee mugs with their initials on them – they’re pretty inexpensive. Or pick them out in odd shapes and colours (April is International Frog Month so you could pick out some funny frog designs too). Pens are really very passé – you can never make them interesting, honestly! And steer clear of notepads – they’re of the use and throw variety so even if you hunt down some novelty notepads like ones with animal-print covers and funky add-in decorations, they will eventually be thrown away or maybe perhaps not even appreciated by your colleagues. Other interesting office stationery could be funny desk calendars or ornate paper cutters that stand apart from the usual that one sees in workplaces.

Non-Office Stationery Gifts

If you want to give them anything other than office stationery then re-think that decision for the moment. These are people you are not familiar with and more than likely you will be going wrong with your choice. So stick to something that would be useful for the office when you are thinking of giving individual gifts.

A newcomer who skips this treat usually finds himself to be a bit of an outsider of the team. So be sure to get it right. Your gift should not be ostentatious and try and pick something humorous or dead practical. Mithai is so common that people will take it for granted and forget about it. Making your gift unusual is a great way to ensure that your colleagues feel special right from the start.

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Gift Vouchers is a perfect festive gifting option for Gudhi Padwa

India’s most shopping chains, stores and malls have attractive Gift Voucher plans. Visiting these shopping hubs is not about self-indulgence; it’s an experience that you can share with your beloved ones thanks to Gift Vouchers. You can wish your friends and relatives on special occasions and days like Gudi Padwa by giving them Gift Vouchers. Apart from celebrating birthday, wedding Anniversary, they make a perfect Festival Gifting.

Let’s check some of the Gift Voucher plans on offer. Shopper’s Stop Gift Vouchers ‘symbolize the joy of living.’ A corporate house can employ their Gift Vouchers for rewarding employees, distributors/dealers; gifting Clients; redemption from Loyalty Programs; Redemption from Loyalty Programs; Sales / Marketing Promotions; Uniform Allowances, and Festival Offers like Gudhi Padwa.

GiftMate from Futurebazaar.com is an innovative M-voucher that can be used to pay for online purchases without divulging credit card details. All a user needs to do is enter the mobile number on the screen and authorize the payment with a 4-digit Pin, which he or she gets at the time of buying the voucher.

GiftMate is a perfect method of pampering the individuals who mean much to you. It gives them the power to pick & choose from a wide array of buying options, including apparels, tele-shopping, electronics, flight/movie tickets, restaurants. They just need to redeem the gift voucher at any of the PayMate merchants. They can shop what they wish to and just pay via GiftMate when you check-out. GiftMate Voucher stays secured in the mobile; it can be accessed with a PIN secured SMS. So there are no hassles of handling & carrying physical voucher. A user need not use it in one purchase. The flexibility of this product allows using it in varying denominations and on multiple visits at any of PayMate’s online merchants.

One of India’s biggest hypermarkets Big Bazaar, which guarantees bigger value for your money, also has on offer Gift Vouchers. With them a buyer can address a wider range of product lines backed by excellent service and good ambience that makes shopping a memorable experience. Big Bazaar has on offer a wide range of apparel & accessories, cosmetics, grocery, crockery, dress material, baby accessories, suiting & shirting, footwear, household appliances, toys, luggage, home textiles and much more! The Gift Voucher is redeemable against products and accessories purchased at any of the Big Bazzar outlets in India.

Mostly, Gift Vouchers are available in variable denominations – from Rs 500 to Rs 10000. You can make your choice keeping in mind your budget and the person whom you wish to gift. Gift Vouchers add to the festive spirit and provide a receiver with the best possible choice, value and convenience.

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Gudi Padwa marks the Hindu New Year

Gudi Padwa is a festival of special significance in Hindu mythology. It’s celebrated as the first day of the Hindu year. On this significant day a ‘gudi’ (auspicious pole) is erected in front of the house.

The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor in almost all states of India, but more so in Maharashtra, as well as Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in south India, where it’s is called ‘Ugadi‘.

Like all religions, Hinduism also celebrates the first day to welcome and inaugurate the end of the old and the beginning of a New Year. The Hindu year begins on “Shuddha Pratipada” the first day of the month of Chaitra.

A brand new sacred cloth is tied on the gudhi, and a metal vessel is put on it, which is then hung with a garland. The significance of this ritual is unique, as it is a sign of celebration.

Padwa is simply another name for ‘pratipada’, the first day of the lunar month. The day is significant to all Hindus. With this day starts the new season – spring. On this day people offer rituals, prayers, prasad of neem leaves, gram pulse and jagerry (gud). The ritual is a ritual steadfastly followed by most Hindus on this day. It’s also considered auspicious for building or entering a new house, putting a child to school, or starting a business. People also buy new clothes on this day.

Celebrate this auspicious occasion by exchanging nice gifts to make it even more memorable!

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Gudhi Padwa marks victory of good over evil

The day symbolizes the victory of Rama over Vali, a demon King. As a legend goes, Rama and Laxman, in their endeavor to bring Sita back home and vanquish demojn Ravana, happened to meet Sugreeva. At that time, Hanuman was hiding in the forests fearing Vali, his demonic King brother.
After a bloody battle with Vali, Sugreeva assumed the demon was dead, as there was no response from the inside of the cave where they fought. He covered the mouth of the cave with a big stone and returned to Kishkindha, the capital, to occupy his brother’s vacant throne. But then, Vali reappeared.

Rama and Sugreeva decided that the former would assist Sugreeva defeat Vali, and in return he would help Rama in rescuing Sita from Ravana. Enthused by this, Sugreeva was confident and ready to face Vali for the third time. While Vail and Sugreeva were engaged in an intense battle, and Sugreeva was on the verge of defeat, Rama, hiding behind a tree, shot an arrow at Vali, who fell mortally wounded.

It is believed Lord Brahma created the world on this day, according to the scripture of Bramhand Purana. As the official tourism site of Mahrashtra Tourism notes, the festival is the most significant for it marks the start of the New Year dedicated to Sahaliwan, the son of a humble potter who overthrew the reigning Guptas of Malwa to become an important monarch guiding the fortunes of a new dynasty.

Families erect a gudhi or bamboo, with a colored silk cloth and a bright garlanded goblet is hung on top of it, which symbolizes victory or achievement. In a modern city like Mumbai where business is conducted as much through modern technology as ancient wisdom, the advice of astrologers on this day is highly sought. You can give an appropriate gift on this day to your friends and relatives to mark the occasion!

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Online Shopping: Advantages over the Offline Alternative

In this day and age there are many who would be skeptical about shopping online for gifts. Granted, the net holds many perils, but keep your eyes peeled and you won’t get ripped off.
Choosing the site is important. EBay is one that has made a name for itself for selling anything and everything, but that is because it panders to the eccentric whims and fancies of people. However, it is possibly one of the better sites you could go to for your shopping. If you have the time then check out the credentials of the site by contacting the people behind it and visiting their regional office, if they have one. If you plan to do a lot of online shoppgoogleshopping.jpging then it is imperative that you do this. In order to test the products and the kind of services the site provides, then simply start shopping – start with small purchases first.In time you will get to know the site better and understand how it works. With minimal energy you will have found yourself a veritable gold-mine for all your colleagues and bosses who are, after all, your main focus in this exercise.

But why shop online?
The obvious: it saves time! Time is the biggest cruncher of all in our times of fast money, fast cars and fast lifestyles. Often with the culture of gifting creeping into our workspace we end up being forced to buy gifts for people we don’t give a rat’s ass about. Pardon the French. So why spend too much time and energy on that? Money can also be saved – think about the travel expenses you would be saving by simply clicking a button on your computer. It might seem like nothing to you now, but think of it in the long run. You save time as well as money. And it is just as easy to get it delivered to the recipient as it is when you are shopping personally.

shopping2.jpgMoreover it is not as ‘shady’ as it used to be. When you shop online you get a 360 degree view of the product you are considering. So you’re not buying anything blindly.
There are so many corporate gifting websites that it is difficult to sift the chaff from the grain – check out how many people would actually endorse the website. It’s not too difficult or time-consuming as websites would happily advertise anything positive said about them. So investigate the site and see what the customer feedback is like. Ask people you know who have sold or bought things online and get to know the site through their experiences.
Just like the services provided at a store, websites also have fun add-ons that make the whole experience memorable. Funny icons, catchy opening lines, riotous colours … they’re all in place to keep the consumer – you – hooked. Online shopping is much more safe than it used to be earlier and a whole lot more fun too!

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Holi Hai!

“Do me a favour, let’s play Holi…”

crooned Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra in a blockbuster film with Akshay Kumar. In spite of the barrage of colours that they threw at each other and several others during the filming of the song sequence, Priyanka survived the ‘assault’ with her hair intact. Priyanka Chopra may recommend Sunsilk for the hair, but we recommend going a little deeper when it comes to keeping your hair and skin intact during one of India’s favourite festivals.

Holi hai..!!

  • Always buy your colours from a reputed brand.
  • Apply oil to your skin and hair before commencing with the celebrations; they coat your body with a protective layer.
  • Wear synthetic clothes – cotton clothing absorbs liquids only too well.
  • Use mostly gulal – it might not sound as fun as the water colours but it is a whole lot better for your skin and hair.
  • Use relatively safer colours like red and pink. Colours like purple, blue, green and yellow contain far more chemicals and are way too harmful.
  • Make sure that you keep a great soap and shampoo (no, not necessarily Sunsilk!) ready for your bath!

Holi Don’ts…

  • Go on a colour rampage on the streets in your car with your friends. That kind of fun suits only those uneducated or little educated hooligans who live in chawls or slums.
  • Force anybody to play. Holi is a very physical festival, so to speak; forcing someone to play by throwing water balloons at him or her is a serious invasion of one’s personal space.
  • Throw any colour at someone’s face. The chemicals in the colours have been known to damage people’s eyesight.
  • Play within throwing distance of the mithai and other food that may have been kept for the Holi party – you definitely don’t want to swallow any of the chemicals either!

So go safe this Holi and have clean good fun!

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Sniff it the Right Way on Fragrance Day

March 21 celebrates all the wonderful fragrances in the world. We often underestimate our olfactory nerves. Did you know that these nerves help us taste our food? Skeptical? Eat and drink while pinching your nose shut. The food will fail to stimulate your taste buds.

Smell plays a significant part in our memories as well. Certain smells will always remind you of certain incidents, and it is not as simple as the smell of bhajiyas frying making your mouth water. From musk to fruity to floral to woody and spicy – it is all about the play of the ‘upper notes’ with the ‘lower notes’… much like tasting wine. Here are some tips for office perfume etiquette that helps you make the right impression.

Choose Wisely : The only way to select a perfume that works well with you is to select it yourself. These days the fashion is to spray perfume onto strips of paper, wave them about and sniff delicately in between coffee bean shots. This does not help. Dab the perfume onto your wrists and wait for a few seconds. Just as wine takes time to come into its own and bloom into its true nature on your tongue, so does perfume take time to blossom on your skin. A perfume smells quite different a few minutes after it has been sprayed and its reaction with your skin also determines how long it will last. So ditch the paper strips and spray onto your skin directly; never mind the snooty sales assistant’s expression of distaste.
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Perfume or Deo?
Fine you hate the thought of picking up those cheap deos that come in plastic bottles with spray buttons that need to be jabbed extra hard for them to work. Yet the expensive perfumes that you pick up fade away in four hours, max. That’s because they’re supposed to – they’re perfumes, not deodorants that are meant to last the whole day through. But look at the labels carefully – ‘eu de cologne’ is what you must avoid, ‘eu de deodorant’ is what you should go for, and there are plenty of brands offering your favorite smells in the deodorant format that will last you the whole day. Davidoff’s Cool Water is only one of the options.
Never, but Never Let Your Perfume Overpower You
Each perfume is different; some are mild and delicate, others like to dominate the air around them. It is never good to smell as if you have bathed in your perfume; Cleopatra had her reasons, but those are not for this day and age. You may smell pretty, but nobody wants to soak in floral or woody or musky fumes from your desk. Besides, studies have proven that your natural scent can work more wonders for you than anything from an assembly line. So always go for a subtle fragrance.
Wear it Right : Where you dab your perfume is as telling on you as the scent you choose. Never spray it on your clothing; besides leaving unsightly marks behind, it is just simply not done. Hold the bottle at a suitable distance and spray onto your wrists; contrary to popular perception perpetuated by the movies, you do not rub your wrists together – that destroys the top notes. Rub your finger on the bottle nozzle and apply the perfume behind your earlobes. Spray some on to your neck and cleavage and you’re all set. For added drama, you could spray the air and walk through it to ‘absorb’ the perfume – it ensures that you are almost literally enveloped in your perfume!
So go ahead and floor everybody with your perfumed aura that is certain to make your presence felt the right way.

A piece of art: Valuable gifting idea from long-term perspective!

With stock market in a tailspin, people are looking to build a more diversified portfolio of investments that will cushion them against such random and rapid falls in equities. Indeed, stock markets world over have turned topsy-turvy in recent times as the indices have become hyper-sensitive to inflation, recession and any negative macro or micro-economic clues. Experts are advising investors to stay away from the stock markets, and rightly so!

Art as a Gift
It may be that one of your friends or family members have burnt their fingers in the stock market meltdown. Can you provide them with some succour? Do you want to suggest them an alternative avenue to park their hard-earned money to safeguard and grow it? Is there a way to assured wealth building in these uncertain times? Well, you need not harangue them on risk-free investing. What you need do is just buy a nice piece of art, and gift it to them. It’s bound to fascinate them. Then draw their attention to the fact that many high net worth individuals and non resident Indians are putting their money in art!

Art is now viewed not only as an object of pleasure but also as an attractive asset to hold. Especially, Indian art is emerging as a safe investment option, making it a valuable gift from long-term perspective. What better way of making your friends or family drawing to value investing in art than gifting them a piece of art? What thousand words can’t do, a piece of art will!

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