If you're anything like me you haven't been on the look out for a Father's Day Gift Guide quite yet. In fact, if you're anything like me (until recently that is), a proper gift for my dad is in the too hard basket and so I hold off on looking until a mad panic on the Friday, or even Saturday before, or if I'm being entirely honest, even the Sunday of Father's Day...(eek!)
Well, it's not really good enough is it? I mean how hard is it to show this man a little love and gratefulness? Okay, okay, I hear ya, he's not that easy to buy for. Well, um, that's kind of what we do here at Bundle + Twine. We search for great gift ideas, we wrap them perfectly, we write the card and we deliver it. Yeah, your the one who pays for it, but are we supposed to do everything?
So, no excuses, no stopping at Mr Murphy's on the way to Dad's house this Father's Day. Here's what we've got...
So you're getting married soon and you want to give your mates something to thank them for keeping their mouths shut years of loyalty and friendship. Your partner is giving their nearest and dearest something special, and you want to do the same. But where to begin?
Google 'groomsmen gift' and you'll be confronted with pewter mugs with "GROOMSMEN" engraved on the front (super useful!), bullets (yes bullets) with "GROOMSMEN" engraved into the side of them, or maybe bottle opener with, you guessed it, "GROOMSMEN" engraved into it.
Enough already, it's got to stop! NO MORE BOGAN GROOMSMEN GIFTS!
Not wanting to state the obvious, but weddings are expensive (Sherlock!). If you're in the process of planning one, or are involved in one or worse yet, paying for one, then you're going to want to read on.
If weddings are not in your future, but a 21st, baby shower or corporate event is, that is, anywhere where it's customary, or just plain nice, to give a little something to guests to thank them for celebrating with you, then yep, you should probably read on too.
Mother’s Day is rolling around soon, Sunday May 14 to be precise. Concerned? You probably should be because if you haven’t turned your mind to it yet you’ll soon be staring down the barrel at buying a bunch of chrysanthemums from the side of the road (and who hasn’t done that!) or worse yet, some ‘servo flowers’…argh!!!
Don’t panic yet though, you’ve still got time to recover. In fact, you’ve got time to dominate!
You may well be wondering and indeed asking, what on earth is this blog about? How could there be any correlation (at all) between baby gift boxes and Fight Club? Well, in 'blog world', specifically Bundle + Twine 'blog world', they are intrinsically linked. The real world is an entirely different story (but I reckon you might already know that).
In this blog, I'm going to share some baby gift box wisdom, share some photos of gift boxes designed by our clever customers, and controversially (not really, just said that to build drama), share a pet gripe - and that's where things might get ugly!
Not sure if you've been lucky enough to experience it, but sometimes, if you stay at a swanky hotel, there's a fancy bowl of fresh fruit or a basket of goodies perched on a coffee table waiting for you when you enter your hotel room. It's terribly exciting! Sometimes the hotel might organise it for you for an anniversary or special event in which case you go for it! Other times sadly, it is trickery and deception, and just like a spring loaded mini bar, one way or another you know you're gonna pay for it! But let's just stick with the positives shall we?
What's the first thing you think of when it's time to give a gift? Don't lie, because you're only cheating yourself, you and I both know that the question is "How much is this gonna set me back?". Perhaps closely followed by "How much did they spend on me last year?" or "Have I got anything in the cupboard I can re-gift?".
Now, I'm not one to judge because I want this blog to be a safe environment. There are no wrong answers. In fact, I'm here to help - sort of like a gift therapist (is that a thing?). Anyway, after much research and deep thinking, I've developed a simple Gift Giving Algorithm to help you figure out firstly if a gift is required, and secondly, how much to spend.
Valentine's Day ♥ It's not that bad, no really, it can be ok. So what if you don't get a gift from your partner, that my friends is future leverage. It's also ripe fodder for water cooler conversations at work or dinner party anecdotes at your partner's expense (does anybody even have 'dinner parties' anymore?).
If this should happen to you, do as I do when I'm catastrophising and ask yourself, "What's the worst thing that can happen?". Well, here are 3 things that make not getting a gift for Valentine's Day sound like a dream come true:
This time of year can be a treacherous, particularly if you're in a new relationship. Do you go in hard for Valentine's Day and risk looking too needy and clingy? Do you play it cool, and risk losing your one shot at true love? It's a minefield out there! Oh, the stress of giving something that demonstrates the appropriate amount of affection, reflects a degree of thought (ie not flowers again!) and will keep you in the good books.
I've been married for quite a while, and just between you and me, the effort put into Valentine's Day has been on a steep decline. I can say that here as he's never read one of my blogs and unless one of you six tell him, he's never going to find out. There's only so long you can ride the "I owe you one back rub" voucher train...I mean, have you ever tried to redeem one of those things?
But luckily for you we've got a few ideas that might help solve your Valentine's Day dilemmas. This week we're looking at gifts for blokes (SPOILER ALERT: next week we'll be looking at gifts for non blokes). So here's my list of Valentine's Day gifts for 5 types of men.
So who made a New Years Resolution this year? I did. It involved depriving myself of things I enjoy and making myself do things I don't enjoy...hence I failed miserably..again. Pretty sure I'll do the same thing again next year if my form continues. In fact, as far as not sticking to resolutions, I'm a lot like Black Caviar ... unbeaten!
So, how did 2016 go and what have we got planned for Bundle + Twine in 2017?