When we were young kids, we looked forward to our birthdays as these were days that we would be hosting a party and be showered with gifts. Indeed, birthdays are special days that mark the growth and accomplishment we have made in the year past, and for more to come in the upcoming year. Sending birthday gifts alows us to let the recipients know we care about them. This article provides birthday gift ideas for men, women, and kids.One convenient way to convey our birthday wishes to friends and loved ones is to send a birthday gift box. These brightly colored gift boxes are filled with cookies, assorted jelly beans, candy sticks, pretzel sticks, caramel corn, and candies. There are different variations of birthday gift boxes to choose from. The most elaborate one features a “Birthday Cake Kit” that includes microwavable cake mix, a candle, balloons and a spoon. Also included are happy birthday cookies and other treats, as well as a noisemaker, and a plush birthday bear. These fun birthday gift boxes are great for kids, men and women.For your college students, or loved ones in the military, you may want to send them a birthday care package This care package features a 12″ singing birthday bear. Inside the white gloss gift box are red vines licorice, silly string, happy birthday theme bag with mints, gummi bears and candy dispenser. The bear will greet your loved one with the birthday song while they discover all the treats inside.Alternatively, you can send an 8 inch fresh baked giant birthday cookie. Birthday candles are included with this gift. This chocolate chip cookie with a “Happy Birthday” message will sure to make your recipient’s day.For someone who really loves candies, you can send a birthday candy bouquet. This fun and festive plastic popcorn container is filled with individually wrapped swirl lollipops, butterscotch buttons, cherry balls, blue mint hard candies, strawberry filled hard candies, along with a matching bow and a Happy Birthday pick to top it all off. This candy bouquet will sure to satisfy any sweettooth.You can also throw a party for the birthday boy or girl by sending a birthday party pack. Wrapped in a wicker basket with matching ribbon, this fun Party Pack contains all that are needed for the party but the cake. Included in the pack are party horns, paper hats, Happy Birthday balloons in assorted bright colors, box of mini candles, disposable table cover, 35mm disposable camera, and a 6 foot Happy Birthday banner. Also included are a variety of delicious snacks.Birthday parties are not complete without the cake. For birthday cakes, you can send European dessert cakes. These delicous dessert cakes are fresh baked and shipped only via FedEx. You can choose from triple chocolate torte, trois au chocolat, Georgian peanut butter mousse, black velvet cake, hazelnut mousse, white chocolate mint truffle torte, orange cream chiffon, lemon cream chiffon, Key Lime chiffon cakes. Alternatively, you may consider cheese cakes instead. You can choose from many flavors and styles, including chocolate, peanut butter cup, berry, strawberry, caramel apple, Key lime, orange mango, and New York style; and in either 16 or 8 slices. Sugar free cheesecakes are also available.For adult recipients, the birthday gift basket offers a more elegant alternative. This stylish wicker gift basket is filled with top quality chocolates. birthday cake shaped cookies, birthday ballon decorated sugar cookies, chocolate cream puffs, premium coffee, and Jelly Belly confections. The birthday gift basket will bring a touch of class to sweeten your recipient’s special day.For business clients and associates, you may want to send an elegant gourmet gift basket or fruit basket instead. If you know the hobbies of your recipients, you can send a gift according to their passion. For example, you may want to send golf gift baskets to golfers, and gardening gift baskets to avid gardeners.For children, some great birthday gifts include Jelly BELLY bean machine; a jar of cookies; busy kids basket that is packed with DJ party music for kids, sticker game, coloring book, drawing pad, jump rope, and plenty of delicious snacks. Another great birthday gift for kids is a little red wagon filled with teddy bear, crayola crayons, coloring book, and fun filled treats. This red wagon will be remembered for years to come.Occasionally, you may have to consider the dietary restriction of the recipients, and non-food gifts may be preferred. Some great non-food birthday gifts for adults include birthday garden, red roses, and spa gift baskets. The Birthday Garden gift contains easy-grow seeds, nutrients, soil and a decorative leak-resistant bag that is used for its very own growing pot. The recipient just has to plant, water and let the seeds grow in the container that came with the package. This unique and inexpensive gift is a perfect birthday gift for your coworkers, neighbors, or friends.Other non-food gifts for women include red rose bouquets and spa gift baskets. Spa gift baskets are great gifts to help your recipients to release stress and refresh. Spa gift baskets are available for men and women. For children, the singing birthday bear is a great non-food gift. The Singing Birthday Bear is a 12 inch bear that sings the birthday song and delivers your birthday greeting in style.In summary, there are many birthday-themed gifts to choose from, including birthday gift box, gift basket, care package, and birthday party pack. For business clients and associates, gourmet gift baskets and fruit baskets may be better choices. Alternatively, you can send birthday gifts according to the hobbies of the recipients. Golf gift baskets, gardening gift basket, and fishing gifts may be considered. Non-food gifts such as red rose bouquets, spa gift baskets, birthday garden, singing birthday bear may also be considered, especially for recipients with dietary restrictions.
Gift list etiquette can be confusing and conflicting – partly because wedding gift lists are a relatively new phenomenon. We’ve answered some of the most common questions which couples ask about wedding gift list etiquette.We’re not sure about having a gift list because we don’t want our guests to feel obliged to buy us a gift. What should we do?Guests understand when couples get married it’s because they love each other – not because they’re looking for wedding gifts! If you decide to have a gift list you can choose your wording carefully to ensure that your guests don’t feel obliged to buy a gift. For example, a popular phrase to use is “It’s your presence, not your present, that we want!”Even if you don’t want your guests to buy gifts for you, you’ll find that most people still want to give a gift as they feel it’s the right thing to do – and they want to mark the occasion with a gift. Without a gift list to guide your guests you could find yourselves inundated with gifts which you don’t really want. If you really don’t want any gifts for yourselves, why not consider charity gifts? Or you could ask for tree gifts which will grow and mature (just like your marriage!) as well as offsetting carbon emissions.Should we send details of our gift list with our wedding invitations?When couples started using gift lists it was not accepted etiquette to include details of a gift list with a wedding invitation. However, as gift lists have become increasingly popular, times have changed and so has the etiquette. It has become much more the norm – and it’s simpler – to let guests know where a gift list has been set up and saves guests trying to contact the bridal party to find out. It’s highly unlikely that guests will take offense. Most gift list companies can provide you with invitation inserts which you can send to guests.If you don’t feel comfortable including your gift list information with invitations and you’ve got a wedding website, this is a great – and discrete – way for guests to get the all-important details about your wedding and your gift list. All couples who register with Nearly Married get a free wedding website which they can add lots of info and pictures to and their gift list is automatically integrated into their wedding website.Should our evening guests be given details of our gift list?If you don’t expect your evening guests to give you a gift, don’t include information about your gift list with their invitations. If you’ve got a wedding website this is a great way for them to find out if you have a gift list, without having to ask.Is it OK to ask for money for general use or our honeymoon?Many couples already have the traditional household items which were often given as gifts such as toasters, kettles, towels and bedding. That’s why couples often feel that it would suit them better to ask for money which they can use towards something special, such as their honeymoon. If you’re saving towards a deposit on a house, furniture or a new kitchen and would appreciate money towards that why not ask for contributions on your gift list? It is becoming far more the norm for couples to ask for money – but our advice is to let guests know what the money will be spent on so that your guests feel that they’ve contributed towards a specific item rather than giving money which could be spent on household bills or your entertainment expenses! The Nearly Married gift list service lets you customise gifts of money with your own gift name, description, price and picture so you can ask for anything you want!We don’t need household items and we’re asking for other types of gifts on our gift list – how should we explain this to guests?Many couples enclose an information sheet when they send out their invitations. The information sheet could have all sorts of important information such as directions, transport and accommodations options and information about the gift list. You might be able to add this info to your gift list if your provider offers this option. If you’ve got a wedding website this is another great place to add this info.Suggested Gift List WordingIf you want to explain to your guests that they don’t have to buy you a gift, or if you want to tell them a bit about your gift list here are some suggestions:
Please don’t feel obliged to give us a gift – all we really want is to have a lovely wedding which we can share with our friends and family.
Your presence is more important than a present!
You probably know that we usually like to do things differently – so it might not be a surprise to you that our gift list is a little bit different too!
As we already have a lot of household items, we hope you won’t mind us asking for money instead of traditional wedding gifts. We’re planning to spend the money on…
To celebrate our wedding we’re going on a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon which will give us memories we’ll always remember. Our honeymoon gift list shows some of the trips we’ve got planned so you can see how we plan to use your kind wedding gift.
We’ve decided to set up a charity gift list. If you would like to give a gift, this is a perfect way for our wedding to help others less fortunate than us.