Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Send gifts to the UK for Mothering Sunday


Sunday April 3rd 2011 is UK Mothering Sunday.   All can be sent to the UK or Isle of man and many to the Channel Islands too.Order your gifts in time to get them there for the Friday before.     Click on the gift name to check details and purchase.   Many more on our site to choose from.

Mothers day Delux Cream Tea

 Flowers & Chocolates
 Fresh Linen cupboard
 Belgian Chocolate box
Westcountry Cream Tea
 Maple Selection
Scented Bath collection

Monday, March 14, 2011

Leprechaun tricks


St Patrick's day approaches and it must be time to set the trap. Of course we all set traps don't we???  I have set traps with my daughter since she was 5 which is a great activity, inviting much creativity and madness. Each year, we have to think up a better way to catch the little tinker, and Mark 3 is coming up this year!  

 Most designs start with a box that is painted and decorated, but the trap has to get more difficult.    The simple Y shaped stick that held it up ready for capture, when he ran for the pot of gold chocolate coins when he knocked it down did not work. He was much smaller than we thought and ran past without knocking it down.  He did such a great job on the chocolate he even left his little belt behind when it got too tight.   There were some remnants of teeth marks in the last coin though.....

Last years had a door way with a pot of paint above it, we got him.   But he left a trail of footprints on his way out the door.......then he painted a face on the toilet seat of himself pulling out his tongue and made the water green!         Watch out for the tricks, the year before he painted our eggs green and left hand prints on the fridge door.       We even have a shadow of him which he left like a calling card, what a sight! 

From green M&M's to a bite mark on my ear - it is always a sight to behold the next morning to find out what he has done.     A poem is a nice touch that he leaves along with the mess, of course he is always messy!      We have had poems left by the Leprechaun, the Easter Bunny and even the Tooth Fairy.

Enjoy the day and maybe you will find a Pot of Gold - if,  he is being kind this year..

St Patrick's Day gift baskets Boston and Nationwide


Still time to send your Irish St. Patrick's Day gifts across the US.      Local Boston area delivery in 1 day.

Welcome St Patrick's Day - Includes the Welcome door sign with the Leprechaun hat.

Irish & Loving it

The Olive colored tin includes plenty of Irish colored treats and  Dublin Tea with a Shamrock Mug to brew in.    Teddy is Irish and Loving it!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Apartment and House Welcome gifts in Boston


Calling all Apartment Management offices.  We have some useful and welcoming gifts to buy in quantities. Move in essentials.

                                                                   Moving Day

Apartment welcome gift.  This lovely galvanized pail with handle would be great to add a plant to, but now contains the 1st day essentials.

                                                      Moving Day essentials kit

This gift is wrapped in cello or cello bag with happy bow on the top.   Can be made in quantities to store for future tenants, also happy to customize.

                                                                     Welcome Box 

Gable boxes filled with your choice of gifts for the new rentor or new occupant.   Here are our thoughts that can be priced as you request.  Local area complexes can buy in quantities at a discount.

Friday, March 4, 2011

UK & Ireland Mothering Sunday gifts April 3rd 2011


April 3rd 2011 is Mothering Sunday in the UK and Ireland.  Always the 4th Sunday in Lent, although other countries celebrate in May like the US or other times. 

We have some lovely gifts to send to the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands, do check them out.

Flowers and chocolates


Mothers Day Cream Tea delux

Maple Selection

Lindt Chocolate Basket

Flowers and Gifts to Ireland for Mothering Sunday

Pure Pot Pourri

Spring Beauty

Aloe Vera Vanity

Butlers Chocolates

Please check our Ireland category for other gifts too!

Show Mum that you care and send a gift this Mothering Sunday!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Custom gifts versus web copies?


Everywhere you go, there are faceless entities. Recorded messages from telemarketers, information centers with press button requests for your local Bank just 2 minutes down the street, beautiful websites for everything you can imagine you need, but no direct contact number or sometimes not even a location address to find out which country you are buying from!

Have you noticed that some of the beautiful gifts on web sites are very stiff, and cardboard looking with no personality to their make up? How about some foliage now and then or a jaunty little collectible that gives the gift life. A personalized magazine to get well with.

What happened to the good old human contact? Lets be honest we would all pay a little more to actually get a person help us that was empathetic to our needs in the local hardware store rather than go to the chain super stores which are so big, impersonal and never enough staff around to help or indifferent to help.

It is no different in the gift giving industry. The immaculate gift baskets that we see set in picture perfect settings, with identical colored coded packaging and simple tied ribbons are very elegant, and maybe the choice people want to send to their Corporate contacts. But personally even for Corporate gifts, I think it is lovely to see added in between the yummy delights a Company logo pen, pad, mug or equally suitable additions to the arrangement to remind the receiver who sent it to them and why.

In the gift that you send to your Aunt Gladys for her 80th birthday, would it not be a delight for her to open it and find the ribbons, tissues or other adornments are her favorite shade of teal blue with Azalea flowers – a life long favorite – entwined? Her much loved Walkers shortcakes perched cheekily at the back?

The problem is, most Companies do not promote the ‘personalized ‘touch, or bespoke hamper service. They may do it, but never seem to quite mention it early enough before you loose interest or see what else is out there. Often they cannot personalize, as too busy making carbon copies to stop and take the extra time needed to talk to you. Or have no interest in being - different.

A thought, if they are carbon copies, how long may they have been pre made on the shelf? Don't forget some Companies only market and use drop shippers to forward the gift to it's destination, in other words they have no hand in the creation of your carefully chosen gift. Could explain why you see the same photos in different web sites all across the world!

One of my regular customer’s, loves the fact that she can tell me about the sort of person she is gifting for, what they like, what their restrictions are, and even chat through the list of what we will add to her chosen look within her price range. Can you blame her?

Look out there for Companies that will give you this kind of service. They are there, but may not be the glitzy looking gift sites that you come across in the first page of your search engine site. More than likely, they are smaller businesses that do not charge extortionate prices for well filled gift baskets. Remember, those bigger businesses have much higher overheads including huge advertising bills.

I know which I rather would look for.