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Turning Back The Time

Would You? In a blink of an eye, it’s going to be over – would you turn back time if you could? Or are you happy to be where you are today?  I believe it matters what we’re doing now! Now is all we have and no matter how much we may sometimes wish we could turn back time, it’ll never happen, nor do we really want it.

Make the time for what does matter … now, today. We have this life once. How are you choosing to spend it? What is in your heart and why wait? Can you imagine a world where we each live our purpose, love ourselves and each other as we are? Why not start open-heartedly communicating with one another?

Remember to enjoy each experience in life,  even tough times give you the opportunity to learn something new. Until you’ve accepted yourself and know your full self-worth, you’ll continuously seek other people’s approval just to feel good about yourself. The life we have left is a gift. Cherish and Enjoy it now, to the fullest.

I am about to retire at the ripe old age of 60 and about to head into a brand new future as the big Kahuna of  the Gift Basket Villas. I am so excited. We can enjoy life now and pursue our dreams today.

Big Kahuna

LIVE for the present, we can also choose to plan for the future. Like the Zen masters say, we can just BE, we are free to be the people we were born to be and make our world a better place by following our true hearts’ callings.

If you wake up every morning being grateful for your life and living your passion, following your life’s heart language, living your purpose it will your life be phenomenal, extraordinary. Alive people radiate, they shine, they smile often. Laughter is infectious.

Here are some really tough decisions I’ve made, buy a house, sell a house, give up climbing towers, give up hiking, give up indoor rock climbing. But one thing I learned from all of this is that one door closes and others open. It’s all a matter of perspective.

This is now my life, even after giving up all that I knew and exploring outside my comfort zone:

  • Enhance your life, change your lifestyle, make these a priority:
    Spend time with your significant other, show them how important they are.
  • Take the time to cuddle, to read, to play. have good conversations,
  • Take time to be in nature.
  • Appreciate the beauty of the world around us. Take time to savor the little pleasures in life.
    Be adventurous.
  • Meet people you’d normally meet
  • Be true to yourself – be authentic.
  • Love more. Live a life you truly love.  Follow your passion.
  • Use your creativity
  • Travel to near and distant places.
  • Listen to that song -Dance like nobody’s looking.
  • Make new friends. Change something about yourself.
  • Try something new.
  • Question everything.
  • Go on an adventure or just climb trees.
  • Play with anybody’s kids
  • Learn something new.
  • Be vulnerable to someone
  • Take chances.
  • Trust that in the end, everything works out.
  • Don’t worry about making mistakes.
  • Be goofy – Laugh often
  • Travel as much as you can afford.
  • Spend time with Family.  Girlfriend Time is so Important
  • Explore the ordinary. Explore the extraordinary.

Evolve – grow. That’s my purpose on this Earth School.  Above all, be authentic and see how life feels!


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How Long Do You Have to Give?


What would you do if you were told you had 6 months to live? What would you give? Who would you give to? How would you choosing to spend it and with whom? I would give experiences to my nieces, nephews, sisters, brother and friends. I’ve started already, though I really hope I have more than 6 months to give.

I’ve opened my mind to exploring outside my comfort zone, to travel, make new friends, find someone to love, go after my dreams, learn about different cultures. I know for sure that opportunities open up when doors close.


Can you imagine a world where we each live our purpose, love ourselves and each other as we are? I’ve chosen to follow my passion (the proud owner of Gift Basket Villas), to find love and to live in this quaint little town of New Bern.


I hope I have at least 6 months to live, I definitely want to Live each moment, Love those around me and belly Laugh as much as possible.

Make time for what matters and gauge yourself by asking: How much fun am I to be with?

Brenda, GiftBasketVillas

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What to give a Cancer Survivor?

I believe that the Best Gift Is a Lasting Memory –  laughter, kindness, handwritten notes, inspirational quotes, a book of poems.

There are times that sending a handwritten note or a card to someone who is dealing with cancer can have lasting memories. It shows that you cared enough to take the time, in this crazy/busy world to sit down at your desk  to write inspirational words of encouragement.

A compilation of your favorite poems, or ones you know she may enjoy, will be something she’ll cherish for years to come. Click on the link and check out some of my favorites.

Here are some gift ideas that can inspire or cheer up a friend  who is going through chemotherapy. It is at this time that she will need all the support that you can offer. It doesn’t need to be expensive, it can be simply be:

1. A  magazine subscription  will keep her inspired with greabreast cancert stories, fashion and beauty. There are so many to choose from and this is such an affordable gift that can last a full year. She will think about your kindness every time she received this gift.

2. A series or film trilogy that she hasn’t yet seen or one she would enjoy seeing again.

3. Give Her A reason to laugh.

Laughter is the best medicine – a comedy DVD or taking her to a stand-up live show that would keep her laughing. Researchers at California’s Loma Linda University  looked at adults in their 60s and 70s, measuring their stress levels and short-term memory

The study showed lower levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone,” after wLaughter1atching the videos. The non-humor group’s stress levels decreased just slightly. Other stu
dies have also shown even more health benefits of laughter. Studies found that a sense of humor can protect against heart disease, lower cortisol, lower stress, and benefits leading to a better quality of life. Incorporating time to laugh with with friends, watching comedy can enhance learning ability and memory.

4. Beauty items – i.e. nail polish or even a skin brush. One of the claims is that there are benefits to skin brushing. It can be done at home or may be offered at spas and can possibly help:

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2 Types of Corporate Gift-giving?

cropped-60503-gbv2bgift2btag.pngThere are at least 2 Types of Corporate Gift-giving?

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:

The reward – employee/client loyalty.
Helps maintain relationships with the company.
Bottom line – Corporate gifts can help the stakeholders feel their investments are worthwhile and are appreciated.

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6 Benefits Of Corporate Gift-Giving


Gift Baskets Villas works marketing managers, owners, realtors who already have a gifting program in place or would like to implement a gift-giving programs for customers retention, new customers and referrals. If you presently do not have a Corporate Gifting Program in place and would like to grow your business, it would be our pleasure to help you set up and implement a well-defined program to meet your budget and satisfy your long term goals. Ask us about our popular client-touch, drop-by and pop-by gifts, at minimal cost can lead to amazing results. with our delivers corporate gifts in North Carolina, our online store is located in Raleigh and New Bern, NC

Corporate Pop-By Gift

What is the reason for gift-giving in the corporate world? Corporations need to grow and ultimately increase revenue, customer base, and even more important recognize and maintain good employees. This is an amazing benefit of a gift-giving program.

The benefits of corporate gifts are numerous to:

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

Corporate Thank You Gift

Building 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:

  • Memo-pads,
  • tote-bags,
  • key chains,
  • notebooks,
  • 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.

If you are the marketing manager, buying on behalf of your corporation, the owner, a realtor or small business owner, we can help.

Our gift basket designers create memorable gifts that will make a lasting impression on your business partners, clients, employees, press contacts, and investors.We’re here to help you manage your customer reach out, client touch, keeping you top-of mind with a corporate gift-giving programs designed specifically for your company. If you do not currently have a Corporate Gifting Program, it would be our pleasure to help you create and execute a well-planned program to meet your budget and goals.

Examples of Corporate Gifting Programs

The programs are set up on a frequency defined by our clients or dictated by the type of program. For instance, GreatArrivals sends out gift baskets for one of our large corporate clients each time they hire a new employee. Another one of our clients gives Birthday and Baby baskets to celebrate employee’s milestones. Whatever your goals and budget, GreatArrivals can customize a Corporate Gifting Program to help meet your gift giving needs.

Client-Touch Programs

  • Reach out to Clients – new customers, retain customers, create referrals
  • Client Appreciation
  • Retention/Renewals/Upgrades
  • Client Briefings/On-Site Client Visits

Corporate Events Planning

  • Chamber Trade Shows, raffles, giveaways, ribbon-cuttings
  • Off-Site and Board Meetings
  • Sales Meetings and Conferences

Business Development Programs

  • Partnership Appreciation
  • Partnership Signings


Gift Basket Villas makes it easy and simple for you to order in quantity and ship to multiple addresses. If you are ordering multiple baskets, you may submit your order in several ways.

  • online
  • email your information to
  • call us at 631 252-0002 and we’ll take your order over the telephone

Include the names and addresses of your recipients, the baskets you want to order, your gift card messages, your name and billing address in your email and faxes. We’ll call you for your credit card information.


In addition to taking advantage of the high value we offer in our baskets, we offer our clients discounts for ordering multiple baskets. Our discount structure is based on the total order (not including shipping) and is as follows:


Branded gifts and baskets can make a huge difference in your business. We can create a custom gift basket to meet your specifications, no matter what the budget. Whether you are sending out Holiday gifts, appreciation gifts, new hire gifts, or any other gift giving program option, we can make your gifts ‘extra special’ by including your company’s logo merchandise (tee-shirts, mugs, pens, etc) at NO ADDITIONAL COST. You can either ship us items that you currently have in stock or we can have the logo merchandise created for you. We can also customize your ribbon and your gift cards!

Employee Award and Recognition Programs

  • Employee & Department Recognition
  • Employee Acquisition Program
  • New Product/Service Launches
  • Birthday Program, Baby Program, Get Well/Sympathy Program
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New Bern, NC. My Happy Place


Gift Basket Villas’ transitions to New Bern, NC

Small Business Owner finds Quaint Town in NC

As a small business owner (Gift Basket Villas), I was on a quest to find a quaint little town to grow some roots. I wasn’t sure it was something I could find and not really sure my gift basket business would thrive outside of a large city, but it was worth a try.

I was pleasantly surprised when I’ve recently found this beautiful little town,  New Bern, NC. Most people seem to have heard of it as a town on the way to the beaches, but for whatever the reason, it still appears to be a well kept secret.  This small town appears to be growing in leaps and bounds.

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It seems that a small percentage of natives still live here, however a lot of the folks I’ve met seem to have moved from elsewhere and lots of outsiders are moving in. This is evident in my encounters and I feel an embracing of diversity, new and different cultures and ideas.

New Bern is a charming little town. 

The streets are lined with gold…leaves that is, from the Ginkgo Biloba tree, in  downtown New Bern.


With the summer and humidity, New Bern may not be for everyone but I’ve decided it is where I am going to live the rest of my life. I have found the most beautiful area to live in and am not sure how this accident came about that I found it.

Gift Baskets in the Harbour

Keep an eye out for other articles about the evolution of experience as a small business owner in a small town and gift basket villas. I am very excited about this part of my adventure. I’ll keep you posted.

Read more about New Bern, NC:

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Asking for a Referral with Pop-Bys.

 Asking For a Referral

Sometimes it can be awkward to ask for a referral, however it’s much easier to request referrals before, during, and after working with a client who was satisfied with your performance. Remember to tell your customers at the end of a successful transaction that the highest compliment our customers can give us is to recommend us to a friend and you would really appreciate their referrals.

Marketing Strategy

One really fun marketing strategy is the use of a Drop-by or Pop-by. It has been proven to have positive results with minimal costs and can become an important function to be included in your corporate gift-giving marketing strategy.

Pop-By and Drop-By gifts

Pop-bys are small gift given to clients – generally if they drop-by your office or you pop-by theirs. There is no longer a need for cold calling.  Just a quick “just popping-by to say ‘Hi’ and a face-to-face chat so you keep top of your customer’s mind. It may be a surprise to you, but customers don’t always have you or remember to tell their friends about you, as their top priority.pop by The intended purpose of dropping by, chatting and giving a small gift is to deepen your relationship and provide the best oppurtunity to make a connection. Most people add a quirky “tag” on the gift to make memorable. Thereby, ultimately promoting themselves and their business.

Pop-bys have been proven to deepen your relationships and if you do as previous mentioned and let the gift do the asking (see picture) clients are more likely to make referrals. Pop-bys can, if you do it often enough and get really good at your tag lines, become my favorite part of you business. The true value of a Pop-by is showing your customers that your care enough to invest time and effort in your relationship with them.

Industries that can use Pop-By gifts as referral requests.

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Pop-By/Drop-by Gifting can be used by:
Insurance Companies
Real Estate Agents
Construction Companies
Recruitment Offices
Electronic Companies
Golf Associations
Pharmaceutical RepresentativesAccountants
Financial Institutions
Health Management
Nursing Homes
Auto Shops