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But instead of the grand gesture, what if Valentines Day was a celebration of small, sensual pleasures? There is so much pressure concentrated on this day: we mistakenly think the larger the gift, the larger their affection. Instead of hoping for something grandiose to brag about around the water cooler, what if we let the wonderful flavours and textures of Valentines Day (the flowers, chocolate, wine…) bring us joy and satisfaction as is?
That means, if you happen to receive flowers, make sure you care for them and take this time to breathe in the delicate fragrance.
If your colleague hands you some chocolate, why not move away from your desk and allow yourself to enjoy the experience without looking at the screen?
If you are so fortunate as to have someone to kiss, make sure to let the kiss linger…
Take joy in these moments – let them fill you and sustain you. Allow the smell, taste or feel of a moment stay with you throughout your day.
This is also a way to participate if you feel excluded from this holiday. If you and your partner don’t have the money to spend on a three-course dinner this year…light some candles and enjoy a romantic meal of Shake and Bake chicken. If your partner comes from a culture that traditionally doesn’t celebrate Valentines Day, why not take a walk in nature together hand-in-hand? And if you happen to be single – buy your favourite box of chocolate and probably have more fun than anyone else as you try each one.
Just like our approach to designing gifts, we at Green & Green suggest you adapt the scale and style of Valentines Day festivities to fit your needs! If the shoe don’t fit, buy a new one! This year, we are going to use the day to celebrate the romance, poetry and sensuality of small pleasures. That way – we are guaranteed to avoid disappointment when no limousine pulls up in front of our apartment. We encourage you to use February 14th to take a deep breath in and just enjoy the something special – a song, a dessert, a touch… You can do this regardless of your budget, cultural background, or relationship status.
We have many gifts to tantalize and titillate your loved ones. We want to work with you, your specific needs to make sure the gift is perfect this year. If you have questions about Valentines Day shopping, or want to customize a gift, please give us a call at 604-689-5027 or email us at email@example.com.
Remember, your enjoyment will inspire joy in others. So have fun and enjoy the small things for V-Day!]]>
The Spring Festival (or Chinese New Year) is valued above all other Chinese holidays. No matter how far away from home, Chinese people always try to go back and reunite with their loved ones. During the festivities, they reconnect with family and enjoy relaxing at home.
The New Year’s traditional activities include: New Year’s greetings, decorating the house by posting spring poetry on the walls, hanging up new year pictures, pasting stickers on the window, playing with firecrackers, giving/receiving red envelopes, wearing new clothes, eating dumplings, watching the traditional dragon/lion dance, hanging lanterns, and much more! Although some of these traditions and rituals have fallen away in some of China’s big cities, the core event, which is family gathering, has been passed down from generation to generation throughout the country, and remains strong to this day.
When I was a child, I looked forward to Spring Festival every year! For me, it was special because school would be closed for winter holidays, I could go shopping with my mother for new clothes, and…most exciting of all….we would go to my grandma’s place and get together with all the relatives! There were six children of my generation, and we always had fun celebrating together. We are a big family and are very fortunate to get along very well!
As a child, the New Years festivities went as follows: on New Year’s Eve, we usually cleaned our house in the daytime to prepare and get ready for the upcoming year. The dinner on New Year’s Eve is the most important meal for most families, including ours, which is called “Nian (year) Ye (night) Fan (meal)”. It is common for Chinese families to prepare their best dishes and make a full table of delicious food for themselves. Some dishes are “must” for the meal. For example, we eat fish on the New Year’s Eve because fish has the same pronunciation as “remainder” which means you will save money in the coming year; most families make meatballs as they are round, and “round” in Chinese also means “family unite/gathering”.
After dinner, we together watched the most famous TV program in China: The Spring Festival Gala. It usually lasted from 8pm to midnight after the countdown. The most famous celebrities, singers, actors and actresses in China and from all over the world would perform on the program every year. This was the only day we could watch television for four hours continuously.
On the first day of the New Year, we used to wake up really late (because of last night’s TV entertainment). We wore new clothes and kowtow (bowed) in front of our grandma and grandpa. They would then give us red envelopes. Of course, the money was managed by our parents, but we were still pleased. The adults played mahjong together for the whole day and we, the kids, just ate and played, and ate and played, ate and played…
It was a holiday full of happiness. Now when I think about it, it is a sweet memory. Today, a lot of families don’t bother preparing food for themselves and have their New Year meals booked in restaurants. However, it still brings particular joy to me when I see a big family reuniting and sitting at a round table, eating, drinking, chatting and laughing.
I immigrated with my parents to Canada in 2000. From then on, it was not easy for me to join the New Year’s family meals at my grandma’s at home in China. However, the rest of our big family back home have kept the tradition. I have joined them twice in recent years and hope to return for New Years soon.
Now I am a mother with two sons and I have a small family of my own. Spring Festival is more meaningful to me because it reminds us of the value of family and beloved ones. I always get together with my parents and brother during the festival. On the New Year’s Eve we make telephone calls to China to send our greetings to all of our relatives. After dinner, my parents still give red envelopes to me and my brother.
I am delighted to pass on the same tradition to my sons. I hope they can understand the meaning of this festival and that it will always connect them to their culture and family.
The Chinese New Year will be upon us soon! I wish you and your family all the best in the Year of the Pig!]]>
Nuts, fruits and grains native to the Middle Eastern region are commonly served to celebrate this holiday, especially the species described as being abundant in the land of Israel: barley, dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates, olives, and wheat.
Today, Tu BiShvat is celebrated by secular Jews as a day to honour the natural world and spread awareness about ecological movements. It is customary in Israel to plant trees for Tu BiShvat, or donate to tree planting initiatives in Israel. One religious Jewish tradition is to plant “marriage trees”, cyprus trees for girls and cedar trees for boys, the year they are born. When the children grow up and get married, the trees are then cut down and used to make the marriage canopy.
This year Tu Bishvat takes place on Monday January 20th, beginning the evening Sunday the 19st.
In Israel, fruits are ripening and trees are blossoming, but things aren’t quite the same here on the West Coast. In honour of Tu Bishvat, in the Green & Green office, we will be celebrating by eating dried figs, dried apples, almonds and grapes!
If you have a request for a special holiday gift, or if you want to customize your order with particular products, give us a call at 604-689-5027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Use Both Hands
When accepting a gift in person, hold the gift with both hands when you receive it. This indicates that you are open to the gift and the person who gave it to you. It demonstrates to the giver that all your attention is devoted to the gift and that you are treating it with care.
2. Say Thanks In Person
If possible, try to say thank you in person. If you have received a gift in the mail, it is very considerate to take the giver out for a coffee or meet for lunch to say thank you. The willingness to take time out of your life goes a long way to demonstrate that the gift made a meaningful impact. If you can’t meet face-to-face, a hand-written note is always a thoughtful way to demonstrate your gratitude.
3. Speak Clearly
When actually saying the all-important words “thank you”, remember to smile and speak in a clear, friendly voice. It is essential that the giver hears these words, so speak clearly and emphatically.
4. Be Specific
Be specific about what you are saying thank you for, which likely goes beyond the gift itself. Acknowledge the aspects of your personal or business relationship that you appreciate. Tell the giver a little bit about why the gift is meaningful in your life and how you intend to use it. For example, if you have received a bottle of wine, you could explain that you and your partner will enjoy it the next time you are celebrating an accomplishment or milestone.
5. Be sensitive to different cultures customs of gift exchange.
In Japan it is customary to wait until the gift giver is not present to open the gift. In Chinese culture, recipients often refuse the gift before accepting it. It is not necessary to engage in these customs if it is not your culture, but be sensitive to them, and let the gift giver set the tone of the exchange.
If you need help determining the best way to say thanks, you can always give us a call at 604-689-5027 or email us at email@example.com. We are the gift-giving experts and we are always happy to support you in your giving (and receiving) endeavours!]]>
As a gift expert, I’ve learned that relationship building is about the little things – the words you share, the small gestures you make, and the connections you nurture. My goal is to help you succeed in your relationships, both personal and professional.
As we head into the holiday season, I am reflecting on the many stories I’ve heard in the last 25 years and the reasons people give gifts. I have learned many lessons on relationship-building from you. These simple tips are especially important at this time of year.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Wow! comes from thinking outside the box.
Anyone can send a bouquet. It takes a thoughtful person to send a bouquet full of the recipient’s favourite flowers. Leaving a lasting impression starts with learning about your recipient and by being attentive to likes and dislikes, allergies, family structure, etc. Incorporating those into the gifts you send is the key to WOW!
Clarity! will double your goodwill.
Make sure the gift is addressed to the right recipient (or recipients). A client ordered a $500 basket for an office to share but only put the boss’ name on the card. The boss figured it was just for him and kept the whole gift without sharing. If you mean to send a gift to the whole team, address the card and the message to the team, not just an individual. Let them shout out your name!
One chance! to make a great impression.
John wanted to send a baby gift to his client and insisted only his first name be used on the card. He was sure the recipient would know who “John” was. She didn’t. She called us to make sure it wasn’t her ex-boyfriend, whose name was also John! When you are sending a gift, never assume the recipient will know who the gift is from. People are busy – don’t send them on a wild goose chase to figure out who to thank. Make your message and signature clear, so they can sing your praises and you can glow in their appreciation of your thoughtfulness.
Being thoughtful! means considering more than the obvious.
A client wanted to thank an employee for staying over the weekend to finish a project. At first, he wanted to send a nice jacket. I asked whether the employee had a family, and reminded him that, while it’s important to acknowledge the individual, it is also important to say thank you to the wife who unexpectedly had to care for young children alone, and to the children who missed out on seeing their dad for an entire weekend. Instead, the client ordered a large picnic cooler full of goodies and outdoor tableware so the family could enjoy the gift and their time together every time they went outside. I heard from the client the next day that the wife had called to thank him directly for his thoughtfulness.
Acknowledgment! is key.
Acknowledging and marking a special occasion for an employee or client shows that you value them. Injecting delight into your personal and business relationships with a gift and a thank you leads to more thoughtfulness overall. Being thoughtful is contagious and leads to a happier, healthier, and wealthier community. The little things – sometimes just the gift of a smile – double your goodwill.
Over the last 25 years, I’ve learned that no business goes from good to great without exceptional relationships with its clients and employees; make sure your organization has a strategy for building those. Thoughtful gift-giving is important, and helps businesses become opportunity architects. It is one of the most effective ways to wow someone, and is a simple way of injecting delight into the day-to-day affairs of business.
Keep our tips in mind, and you are sure to deliver WOW this holiday season!
It’s time to start planning for your holiday gifts!
Although it is still early November, keep in mind that there is lead time and shipping associated with holiday orders, and offices are often closed from mid-December. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your gifts ordered!
We provide specialized and luxury gift boxes for all needs. If you don’t see what you are looking for on our website, call us at 604-689-5027. We can customize to the recipient’s profile or add in wine, liquor or additional gifts.
All the very best,
In September of 1993, I opened a gift basket service in the back of my brother’s store on Robson Street in Vancouver. I expected to have some fun and fill a handful of holiday orders while I contemplated the next step in my career. Instead, I was overwhelmed by requests for my creations. I enlisted all of my resources – my then-boyfriend and all the staff at my brother’s business – to be my Christmas elves, and we filled every order (on time!) with signature Green & Green flair.
Twenty-five years later, we are still delivering baskets every day, and we continue to have fun. That boyfriend is now my husband of 22 years and the team I’ve built are gift-giving experts. Spending our days delivering your sentiments is a gift to us. We pride ourselves in taking time to thoroughly understand your message and create beautiful, thoughtful gifts that accurately deliver your message. Whether your gesture is celebratory or sympathetic, lavish or low key, once or recurring, we help find the perfect gift to suit the purpose and purse.
As a gift expert, I’ve learned that relationship building is about the little things – the words you share, the small gestures you make, and the connections you nurture. Some of our first clients are still our regulars, and knowing that we have lasting relationships with wonderful clients is what has kept a smile on my face every day.
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To all of you, from our very first client 25 years ago, to our newest client this morning: Thank you for being with me on this journey. Here’s to another 25 years of delivering WOW!
All the very best,