Gifting Good Practice: How to Never Miss a Birthday Again

If remembering birthdays and other special occasions is one of your new year’s resolutions this year, read on. We’ve all been there – no matter how hard you try there’s always at least one birthday you miss every year, so we’ve compiled our top six tips for making sure you never miss a birthday or anniversary again. Here’s how:

1. Get organised

We all know the old saying, “failing to plan is planning to fail”. The start of the new year is the perfect time to get organised by investing in a calendar and writing in the dates of everyone’s birthdays, as well as making a list of everyone you need to buy for throughout the year. Even better, keep a list on your phone or in your diary so you can look out for gifts every time you are out and about.

2. Buy cards online

Search for greeting cards online and buy in bulk. You may get a discount from the retailer for buying a few at once, or at least take advantage of free postage. There’s no shortage of greeting card retailers (including Mr Gift!) and finding the perfect card for your recipient is pretty satisfying too!

3. Shop the sales

Take advantage of sales and discounts by keeping your Gift List handy and regularly referring back to who you need to buy for. This way you’re always getting the best gifts at the best price. Also look for generic gifts for men, women, and kids. The next time you need a birthday/thank you gift in a hurry, or one of the kids forgets to tell you about an upcoming birthday party you’re prepared!

4. Support local

There’s never been a better time to “shop local” with many local businesses taking a hit as most markets and fetes have been cancelled over the last year. Be sure to make a trip to your local markets when they reopen to support their artisans and producers by purchasing their wares as unique, sustainable gifts. The local business, as well as your recipient will thank you for it!

5. Choose consumable gifts

One of the biggest problems with modern day society is the amount of “stuff” people have. There’s a good reason why so many people are turning to Marie Kondo and decluttering challenges – their homes are crammed! The next time you purchase a gift consider it’s long-term use and the storage it requires i.e. how often will it get used again, and where will it be stored in the interim? Consumable gifts are often the perfect solution, especially for grandparents who have down-sized and don’t want more clutter, people who live in apartments and don’t have storage space, or families who have a number of people in their household and are drowning in stuff. Consumable gift ideas include: food such as jams, chutneys, sauces, spices and handmade chocolates, soaps and toiletry products made from natural products, scented gifts such as draw sachets, beverages such as gin, wines, and cordials from bespoke producers and distilleries.

6. Dedicate a space in your home for gifts and cards

Your mum or grandma may have had a gift draw or cupboard, and for good reason! Years of experience made them realise that a central place for storing gifts, greeting cards, and even wrapping paper was essential for keeping on top of gift-giving. You don’t need to allocate much space, just a draw or shelf will suffice. The key is being consistent so you know where to go as soon as you have a “gift emergency”, and you don’t misplace gifts at the back of your cupboard.

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FREE Printable Christmas Card

Personalise your Christmas cards this year with this FREE printable Christmas card with space to write your top three highlights for the year (and boy don’t we need to focus on the good stuff this year!)

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Simply print and fold! Comes with instructions on how to fold your card – no cutting required:-)

TIP: Print out some extra copies to stash as last-minute cards.

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CHRSITMAS IDEA: Christmas tree without a tree

If you want a Christmas tree with a difference this year, don’t want a Christmas tree, or are going away for Christmas and can’t put up a tree, this is the perfect solution! It’s easy (and cost effective) to execute – you just need tinsel, lights and a handful of baubles and you’re set!


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“I have heard there are a couple of different ways that people come up with an idea for a business:
1. Their idea gradually evolves from an initial thought or trying to find a solution for a problem, or;
2. They are struck with an idea and have one of those brilliant ‘light-bulb’ moments.
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