13 Dec

Sentimental Gifts Are The Sweetest

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 13.12.12 by John Meloche

In yesterday’s blog, we discussed the powerful advertising abilities of the promo gift. We mentioned, of course, that one of the greatest benefits to promoting your business with promo gifts is the relatively low cost of investing in them. Since the holiday season is upon us, it’s natural for most people to be in the gift-giving spirit these days.

And just like business owners who are looking to promote their companies, holiday shoppers look for ways to give gifts without breaking the bank. What are some ways that we can save money and still avoid being Ebenezer Scrooge? Let’s look at a few gift ideas that won’t cost you and arm and a leg.

Now, Oprah Winfrey is not someone who is known for her inexpensive gift-giving. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Oprah is famous for having doled out lavish gifts to the audience members of her former talk show. But on Oprah.com, Robin Monheit writes that sentimental value counts for a lot. So if you’re not up on spending a lot this Christmas, consider giving gifts that will mean a lot.

Archive Photo Albums. There’s nothing like a thoughtful collection of joyous memories to put a long lasting smile on the face of a loved one. Especially with everyone taking digital pictures these days, it’s becoming more rare to find actual photo albums. Think about creating your own scrapbook and don’t worry so much about spending money on an extravagant photo album.

Cleaning Services. What do most people complain about doing? Chores. It would be quite the gift to offer to reorganize closets, sort through an attic or basement, dust, scrub, wipe or vacuum in the home of your loved ones. Taking on a big cleaning project will provide your friends and family members with some much-appreciated rest, in addition to a spic and span living environment.

Substitute Shopper. Some people, quite frankly, hate shopping. If you plan on going shopping anyway, offer to do the shopping for that mall-hater in your family. Naturally, as long as they pay you for the items on their lists, this will be a no-cost sweet thing to do. You can also be responsible for returning unwanted gifts and doing exchanges, says Monheit.

Be A Buddy. “Offer to be a buddy – If you know someone who is starting a diet, an exercise regimen, a meditation practice, a round of chemotherapy, or something that they might otherwise have to do alone. Even if you don’t need to diet, you can work out with the person, listen to their food diary, and encourage them,” suggests assistant editor of O (Oprah’s magazine), Polly Brewster.

Promise Certificates. Create your own little gift cards that represent a promise for the future. Perhaps, you can offer to help with the gardening in the spring to a homeowner friend. Maybe you can offer drives to important functions to someone without a car. Whatever you promise, be sure to follow through when the certificate is redeemed!

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