All posts tagged: gift

Becoming a gift card convert… Well, almost!

Gift cards… We all buy them often enough to justify their existence, but I have to admit, it rarely feels like you’ve done a good job: a baby shower in the office, a birthday party of a distant cousin, or when the closest shopping centre closes in ten minutes and you just “have to get something”. Convenient – absolutely,  satisfying – not quite. I doubt I could put it any better than my favourite “freakonomists” Dubner and Levitt: “For the giver, a gift card could hardly be easier. But most economists would argue that if a gift card is so transparently good for the giver, it is necessarily bad for the recipient: the fact that it can be bought so easily signals to the recipient that the giver didn’t put much effort into the gift.” In short: something that screams “lazy” will always be perceived as having less value. However, thinking about it again, I’ve pinpointed where this dissatisfaction lies and, in the process, discovered how gift cards can regain their value again. It’s simple, really …

Valentine’s Gift Ideas: When passion becomes a dance…

Hello, my dear readers! I always encourage to celebrate all kinds of love as often as we can possibly fit into our busy schedules, but there is one day a year when romance fully takes over. Yes, you guessed it – Valentine’s! Over the years, I’ve gone through the Valentine’s classics and how to elevate them (see my post on flowers and chocolates here),  suggested unexpected romantic dinner solutions (here) and even offered some fashion advice for men’s underwear gifts (yep, I really have). This year, I’ve gone for something quite unusual. I’m gifting a skill that can only be mastered as a couple – tango. Anyone who has ever experienced tango, either as a dancer or as a lucky observer, will tell you that it’s not about skill, complexity of steps or experience. It’s about the connection between two people sharing a powerful, almost primal emotion. The teacher I know has given me further interesting insight into tango that makes it even more relevant to modern day relationships: the 80/20 rule. 80% of your focus in a tango …

“Bricking” awesome kids’ gifts

So, my dear gift lovers, summer’s over, and kids are back to school. I have to say, nothing can cheer them up better than a new Lego toy 🙂 Lego have done phenomenally well over the past few years.  I just love how they let us— ordinary customers—dream big and come up with unique toys, using our creativity and imagination. I am always extremely excited when kids from my inner circle begin to show the first signs of Legomania, the way I experienced mine (alongside the Barbie obsession, don’t judge!) from six onwards. What makes Lego a great gift? From my personal experience, it is one of the most fun ways to learn about pretty much everything, from famous landmarks to basic engines. By the way, a good lifehack I’ve learnt recently (from this gift, actually): children go super-quiet when they build stuff, so if you need a stress-free moment to finish that last work email, this is your way out! The very last bit of advice: forget all toy stereotypes. If you are choosing …