Gifts For Your Life – Not Only For The Holidays/Christmas.


Is working for money good enough?

I received some advice as a young career woman starting off:

  1. Make lots of money – hate the job, may be okay.
  2. Make little money – love the job, may be okay too.
  3. Make little money – hate the job, then it’s time to move on!

There’s a 4th one that I’ve created for myself. I used to really enjoy my job, but I’ve been doing it for a long, long time. Though it’s great money and fairly easy, it’s stifling my creativity and it’s time to move on! That’s where gifts and gift-giving came into my life.

Take Time For Your Life:

One thing I did, starting in my 30s, was to travel. It taught me that I should have exercised more, gotten involved in physical activities.


By the time I reached my 30s, I was not in the condition I needed to be in, to do all that I wanted – to hike mountains, bike though vineyards, rock climb etc. I was however, lucky to get a chance to do some of before I had to give up the strenuous activities. I’ve traveled quite a bit and I’m glad that I fit travel in when I was younger (and had the energy).

I often ask myself, what is the point of saving and not enjoying  your daily life, just so you can enjoy retirement?  My answer came years later when I was able to afford to live where I wanted to in retirement.

I have saved all my life, and still work my day job, but am slowly transitioning into my role as CEO of my life and my business, Gift Basket Villas and this is my passion:

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It’s not only the gift – it’s where you create it.

Money over Health and Passion
I am finding that I no longer value money over my health and passion. When what we do no longer is a journey you want to be on, it’s time to get off that train, to start living fully and in the moment.

Enjoy Life’s Moments


I’ve pretty much lived by the 1st choice – good job, decent salary. However, I’m ready to move on. I am no longer that young woman and I need to  stay true to myself.

Ever Heard of Pop-By Gifts?


What are Drop-By or Pop-by gifts? They are beautiful little gifts given to clients face-to-face. There is no longer need for cold calling.These gifts ensure you’re are a welcomed sight.

Do You Hate Cold Calling? Try walking in with a little gift that lets them know they’re appreciated.The gifts are intended to deepen your relationship and provide an opportunity to connect.


Most people add a catchy line with the gift to make it fun, memorable, and ultimately for inexpensive marketing purposes to promote their business.

They can become a favorite part of your business.

Each is done by hand, customized to the clients requirements.





popby1These gifts, when customized, can include your name, company info and
phone # with a quirkily, memorable tagline such as ‘Just Popping By to Say Hi’



Get It Done! Send Your Christmas Gifts On Time.

Get it Done Before It’s too late. If you never seem to remember until the very last minute when to send a gift, schedule it early and get it over with so that your Holidays will be less hassled

Gifts sent on time leaves a lasting impression.  At Gift Basket Villas, that’s our job and can help you get it done on time.

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A Guy’s Gift For Christmas.

Are you searching for the perfect guy  gift for your Dad, for your brother? The perfect gift lets him know how much you or the kids care and the gift ideas below will definitely put a smile on his face.

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A fishing Gift “basket”

From you, not the kids! If your he loves beer, you should consider taking him to the local pub, the local brewery for those flights or giving him some specialty beer! There are some fantastic selection of microbrews. Amongst craft beer enthusiasts, these beers defines e7288u_Craft-Beer-Snacks-Basketxcellence and will make him extremely happy. You can create your very own Craft beer gift basket featuring top-ranking IPAs, Ales and Belgian-style beer. Seek out some of the amazing high ranking and award winning microbrews that you can find locally and you can’t go wrongIf you haven’t given craft beer, you are missing out on a getting to a beer lover’s heart. Beer lovers are notoriously in search of adventure, romance and enlightenment. Be careful, you may get more than you bargained for.

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Send a toolbox “gift basket”

This will definitely deliver smiles, at a minimum, to both parties.







If he’s a beer lover, you can gift him a collection of microbrews to try. There are so many to choose from to put in a gift basket. Here are some descriptions that can help you choose:

German-style – lager – think malt, hops
English-style – pale ales, porters and stouts
American-style – pine, citrus and resin
Belgian-style – Think fruity, spicy ales or sour beers
Belgian-American | fruity and spicy Belgian with hops
If he likes to drink wine, beer, the hard stuff or a combination of all three. This can make an amazing Father’s Day Gift Basket that he’ll enjoy. If he loves wine, consider signing him up for a “wine of the month” club, or give him a few bottles of his favorite. You can do the same thing if he enjoys drinking . Buying him a bottle of his favorite, the most popular types include: vodka, whiskies (Scotch, Irish, Canadian and Bourbon), rum, gin, tequila, and brandy are also a great ideas.

From the Kids – Let them Make Cake

Another great Father’s Day gift is for kids to be involved in the gift-giving. Help them make a special cake.He also appreciate to cookies, brownie, and ice cream cakes. This is a perfect if you’re having Father’s Day barbecue. If it’s too difficult for them to make dad the cake from scratch, order one with a special message on it!


Does your dad/husband/brother have a favorite

You can give him tickets to watch other sports, such as basketball and football, but he’ll have to wait until the season begins to attend the game. great Father’s Day gift is to give him some tickets to a game in a gift basket filled with snacks. If he happens to love baseball, you may even be able to take him to a game on Father’s Day! Y

Corporate Holiday & Christmas Gifts

drop by giftdWhat is the reason for gift-giving in the corporate world? Corporations need to grow by:

Increasing their client base
Increasing Revenue
Maintaining good employees
The benefits of corporate gifts are numerous to:

Increasing employee cohesiveness through teamwork awards.
A way to reward specific employees
A strategy to attract and maintain customers
A method to build brand image,
Stand out from the crowd – recognition among their peers
Increase customer loyalty.
How to Build Loyalty

Potential customers need items that can make them remember your company brand or image. There needs to be a token of appreciation and an extra-ordinary benefit, if you want to stand out from the competition. There are so many others in your field that are not providing these small extras to attract customers and to make a connection with your company. This can help brand your company, and communicate your style of business.

Employing a corporate gifting strategy is one of the best investments your company can make, it is unexpected and it can make your job so much easier.

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What kind of Corporate Gifts?

Internal Gift-giving
Corporate gifts can be internal to the company. A manager or executive can give to their employees to let them know that they are the company’s most important asset and resource. These internal gifts are defined as gifts that are given to the staff, other managers, company executives or other stake holders who are involved in the day-to-day operation of the company.This is often done to build cohesiveness and increase morale.
Internally – for employee loyalty, reward for good work,
Rewards help workers recognize their part in the big picture of the company. If a worker deserves a reward for their hard work, a corporate gift to that person can help him or her feel like their work is noticed by management and executives.
External Gift-giving
These are gifts the company gives to their customers and clients. The gifts could be given to new clients, in an effort to stand out from the crowd. External gifts can also be given if the company:

Reward client loyalty.
To maintain a relationship with the company.
Corporate gifts can help the stakeholders feel their investments are worthwhile and are appreciated.
Build A Company’s Brand and Image

It’s interesting what gifting can do for a company. When a company provides a free corporate gift, it may be the incentive that the client may need. Many clients may jump at the opportunity to begin a professional relationship with the company because of gifting practices.


No matter how small the gesture, these presents can:

Help clients associate brand image,
Build loyalty to clients, and
Often attract new customers.
Help Build relationships
Bring instant recognition
How to Attract New Customers and Clients
With a gift at hand, the customer now has something visual to remind them of that company.

How to Build Networks
Corporate gifts may not just be simply be a t-shirt or pen with the company logo on it. However, many corporations may give away products that are not available to the market yet and shows clients that they are unique.

How to Create Brand Recognition
Other corporate gifts are longer-lasting or have dual purposes and may be useful in day-to-day activities. Almost everyone loves a gift or gift basket that may include branded:

key chains,
Other office supplies.
A gift basket with a message or logo
The company’s image or logo on the gift will be a consistent reminder.C

Christmas Gift Ideas – a personalized gift.

happy-camperSo, what do you give the person who has everything?

When a friend or family member already has everything, an experience lasts so much longer than a tangible gift. Also, a gift with a personal touch might mean the difference between a boring gift vs something truly meaningful; maybe something engraved, embroidered, or otherwise designed specifically for your recipient, you prove that you’ve put a little extra thought and effort into finding the perfect gift.

Other suggestions include:


Adventure Tours: Check Hike Bike tours of Europe.
Donation to charity of his choice
Hot air balloon ride – if he likes heights
Cooking class – in Italy!
A ‘Stay-cation’ – a lot of people don’t visits sites close to home (check out museums, restaurants, and tourist attractions)
Tickets to the Theater or other event
Class – Look for local classes – Photography, design, any class he may enjoy
Whitewater rafting – go with him so you can enjoy it too.
Wine tasting
A night out at a Local brewery or a manly basket or beer crate!A

Gift-Giving Rocks!

One of my best deliveries thus far. The guy in the picture, received an unexpected package from his best friend from college that said “You Rock”. The sender also asked if I could sing a song….I said NOT. When I delivered the gift, I told him what his friend asked and said I would sing Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ if I could. Funny thing, he started singing it and I joined in (my friends and family would be horrified if they heard that I sang) but we were so caught up in the moment.


I then asked if it would be ok to send his friend a picture. He was so excited, he ran back into the office and found his college coffee cup. I sent his friend the picture and he was pleasantly surprised that a gifting company would do this. He said it was awesome, and that he loved the picture. No doubt that gifting helps retain lifelong friendships.

When I was A Little Girl We Didn’t Celebrate Thanksgiving

When I was a little girl, we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know what it even meant. Now, I am so excited and almost can’t wait for the end of the year with all the wonderful holidays.

Now it’s right around the corner! This is definitely one of the highlights of my year though it used to be so much more fun with  the family around. Being a part of a huge family, there’s nothing like sitting around the table on Thanksgiving with more food than we probably had the rest of the year. We used to gather around one of the siblings tables with so many teeny tiny kids running around. Where did those days go? I miss them so.


I remember getting together at my house with tee other family members we hadn’t been able to see in awhile. We stand around talking, laughing, making wise cracks or running around with the kids. The day may begin with Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, great coffee, and some NY bagels, lox and cream cheese or just a huge pot of coffee . At times  each family member is asked to make a dish over the years,  we’ve found our favorites.

I am never asked to make the turkey…long story. Now that I am the owner of Gift Basket Villas, I bring a basketful of snacks, great while we cook!

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How to Use A Pop-By Gift

Have you ever thought how easy it is to keep in touch with your clients and market with Pop-By gifts. It’s is cost-effective and can be the funnest part of your job.

A Pleasant Surprise Gift

Remember how nice if felt when someone surprised you with your favorite snack? It made you feel really special that you were remembered.  Your customers and clients feel the same way when you pop-by their workplace with a small gift, known as a Pop-By or Drop By gift. It not only lets them know you’re thinking of them but that you took the time to visit, to sit and chat over a cup of coffee or tea especially if the tag on the Pop-By says “Just Popping By to see what’s brewing”.


Creating Relationships with Pop-Bys

Pop-Bys are great ways to enhance your relationships, personal and professional. It may seem like a simple appreciation gift but it makes people feel special, they are acknowledged and appreciated. People don’t get up every morning saying “I really need to get it touch with ….” You need to keep front of mind and this is a great way to stay ahead of the crowd. Do you stand out from your competition? Do you think your competition really takes the time to make people feel special? Those who are successful, do!

Remember to add a quirky tag and your business card to your gift! Also, let the gift ask for the referral or do the thanking.

Make a list

Get on your computer and make a list of those who you want to create a relationship, touch base with and are your top clients that could help with referrals or who can expand your business.

Pop-By Ideas for

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• Accountants – includes aspirin, a calculator and a stress ball
• Gardening customers – in the springtime
•A teabag and pretty teacup
• Batteries for smoke alarms
• An apple – “Your referrals is the core of my business”
• a pear – offer a “Pear of Helping Hands”

What to say when you Pop-By

  1. “I’m going to be in your area (nput date) between [time of day]; I’d love to  pop-by , say ‘Hi’ and see how you’re doing.”
  2.  “If I can help, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I value our relationship and want to build my business by working with great people like you.”
  3. Making sure the gift says “I’m never too busy for any of your referrals.” or say it to them as you leave.

Keep a stash of Pop-Bys

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Always, keep some handy Pop-By items in your car. Make sure it can be kept in the heat or cold and that it’s not perishable so you can readily pop-by a customer if you happen to be in the neighborhood.



What are Drop-By or Pop-by gifts you ask?


Pop-bys are simply a small gift given to clients face-to-face. They are intended to deepen your relationship and provide an opportunity to connect. Most people add a catchy “tagline” with the gift to make it fun, memorable, and ultimately to promote their business.

A Quirky Gift

A well thought out Pop-By gift (or a Drop- By gift) can help to make you stand out from the crowd and become one of the funnest part of your business. It’s simply a small gift given to clients face-to-face as you drop by for a few minutes to chat.  It’s been shown that Pop-bys can fundamentally deepen the relationships you have with your clients and the referrals you receive. How cool would it be if you no longer need for cold calling! 

How Pop-Bys are made
Each is done by hand, customized to the clients requirements including:

  • Name
  • Company Info60503-gbv2bgift2btag
  • Phone #
  • Email address
  • A quirky referral or
  • thank you message

If you are a realtor, you may be a follower of Brian Buffini and you surely know what a pop-by is. You may want to check out a really good examples in “Pop By Ideas – 25 Examples from the Pros” By Emile L’Eplattenier in FitForBusiness.

Drop- By with an Inexpensive Marketing Gift

These gifts ensure that you’re are a welcomed sight.They are intended to provide an opportunity to connect. Most people add a catchy line with the gift to make it fun, memorable, and ultimately for inexpensive marketing purposes to promote their business and can really get people to know, like and trust them.

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