There's nothing like the satisfaction of giving the perfect gift. The Society of American Florists has developed this convenient guide on how to give great gifts and when to give them.
Prioritize special dates on your calendar. Stay on top of your gifting needs by checking your calendar at the beginning of every month. Better yet, solicit the help of your local florist. All you have to do is tell your florist the important dates you would like to be reminded of. He or she will contact you ahead of time with gift suggestions for the upcoming occasion, and can even make suggestions or remind you what kind of flowers you sent last time.
Take the time to find something that is perfectly suited to your recipient's interests, personality and style. These tips can get your thinking on the right track:
Does he or she have a special hobby or interest? Add to an antique lover's collection with a vintage vase filled with flowers (a florist can create the perfect arrangement to complement the vase).
Would he or she prefer a quiet and romantic celebration? Try tickets-for-two to a special event. Send a dinner invitation delivered to his or her door in a bouquet of flowers.
Does he or she deserve some special pampering? Ask your florist to help you create a special spa kit in a basket with goodies like bath beads and oils on one side and a beautiful arrangement of flowers on the other.
Remember Special Days All Year Round
There are many occasions throughout the year when gifts are traditionally given and received, but don't forget those special days that celebrate personal milestones.
Anniversaries, birthdays and holidays are special occasions, but they're not the only times when giving a gift brightens the day. Celebrating a long friendship or shared accomplishment can renew and strengthen relationships with friends and family.
Don't let personal milestones go by uncelebrated. Be sure to note upcoming events like graduation, new baby, new home, new job, promotion or well-deserved retirement on your calendar. Be sure to add new occasions as they occur. Personal milestones such as a first recital, finishing an important work project, quitting smoking, losing weight or passing the bar exam deserve a gift of recognition. A personalized gift adds to the sense of accomplishment and increases the enjoyment of a job well done.
Gift Giving Tips:
Don't just consider what you like to give...think about what they would like to receive...it's their gift!
Do ask what they really want - don't assume anything!
Don't give up until you get an answer or snoop around enough to know what they like.
Do listen out for hints, and don't believe them if they say they don't want anything. There's a great gift for even the hard to please and you'll discover it if you put forth the effort.
Do know that there is a perfect match for everyone and what one person considers a purposeful present is another person's dust collector. Make a match!
Don't give up until you know what they need or collect or love to receive!
Do keep in mind that gifts should be something that makes someone feel adored and treasured and cared for...it's not the amount you spend but the time you spend searching for the gift.
Do remember that your presence is the best gift of all...add your feelings, thoughts, tell someone how much they mean to you and transform your gift into a treasured memory
Do take the time to present your present creatively. If you are giving a piece of jewelry, hang it on a stuffed bear, wrap it up in style and add a card that says you can't bear to be without them! Go to great lengths to surprise your gift recipient with a very special delivery!
To make sure your present is a good match, do consider offering the gift's receipt in a sealed envelope to your gift recipient. Write 'Just In Case' on the envelope and tell them to use it in case it's the wrong color or size! They'll think you thought of everything!
A baby's feet grow very rapidly in the first year of life. The development of your baby's feet is very important as it can cause physical problems if they are not allowed to develop properly. It is extremely important that your baby wear soft soled shoes if you choose to put them on him or her at all.
Pediatricians now recommend baby's under two years of age do not wear rigid and restrictive shoes. Barefoot is actually best and is optimal for proper foot and muscular development. You may be tempted to abide by the rules our parents used, in that more support for a developing foot the better. But don't get caught up in that old way of thinking! Foot specialists will agree! It's not true at all, that more support is better, and that line of thinking can actually cause damage your baby's foot! Foot problems can lead to knee and hip problems as well, so it is very important to not inhibit the growth of your baby's feet in any way.
The human foot is made up of 26 small bones. A baby's foot is much different from an adult's as it is very flat and much more flexible. A misconception is that a baby has no arches in their feet. This is untrue. The soles of a baby's foot is usually padded with fat and this hides their arches until about age 3 when they will become much more prevalent and you will actually be able to see them.
The most desired thing in your baby's development is to let them go barefoot. This is really the best thing you can do for their foot development. For beginning walkers socks with non skid bottoms are ideal. Once your baby is walking all over the place soft soled shoes are highly recommended by parents and pediatricians. Soft soled shoes are usually made out of natural materials and look like booties. They offer plenty of protection for growing feet though and are much better for growing babies feet than traditional hard soled shoes. The rule of thumb when buying shoes for your child under 3 is you should be able to bend them by squeezing them in one hand. If this is not easy to do then the shoes may be too restrictive and because your babies problems with foot development as well as walking! Shoes that don't fit properly keep our baby from learning to walk properly. Ideally you want you beginner walker to be able to feel the ground with his toes. The toes grasping action helps with learning to walk. Too much support in a baby's shoes can actually damage their feet as cartilage can be actually be bent out of place and you might not even know it.
Soft soled shoes are perfectly safe. They are protective of a baby's delicate foot but not restrictive at all. A good rule of thumb to follow when your baby is wearing shoes, is if they are leaving any kind of marks on their skin they do not fit correctly and are too restrictive. It's hard to tell what is comfortable in small children as they can't always communicate how they feel, but this is just a common sense approach.
Soft soled shoes can actually help your baby walk better as they will not fall down as much and they will be able to feel the ground beneath them while learning to walk. This offers more balance and support than any shoe can!
You can find soft soled shoes in many department stores or online for about $10-$25 a pair. They are well worth the investment to insure your child's feet will develop properly and uninhibited.
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