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Girls Getaway Gift Ideas

Summer is here! With the beautiful sunshine and to-die-for sandals, come with a little more free time to hang out with your favorite girlfriends. Whether it’s a weekend away or a more extended vacation, grabbing a few of your girls, jumping in the car and hitting the road is the perfect way to unwind and have some fun. What better way to surprise your besties than with a gift to help liven up your experience? A thoughtful curated gift to complement your time away together makes for a great keepsake and will add to an already unforgettable experience.

Feet in the sand

A beach getaway could be the solution to all of your worries and weekday stresses. Take good care of their skin before and after time in the sun, so include a quality SPF moisturizer to help soothe your sun-kissed skin. In case she gets a sunburn, aloe vera would be much appreciated.  Add in a beach-inspired picture frame to commemorate your time spent together and help you remember every moment spent laughing and relaxing for years to come.


Chick Flix

Movie nights are so much fun and even more fun with your girls!  You get to watch all the movies your significant other refused to. Plan a night in with your friends and make it unique by presenting each sister-friend with a gourmet movie-inspired gift they will adore.  Add in a snack size gourmet popcorn along with a few of their favorite movie theater snacks.  Don’t forget to add in the tissues for those sad movies or the laughing so hard you cry movies.


Wine Not?

This one is for the gals who prefer to spend their time together sampling an excellent red, white, or rose. Treat the girls to a custom gift that has everything you need for a night of wine tasting.  Decorative coasters, wine opener, stopper, and of course a decadent dark and milk chocolate, this gift will be the highlight of your evening as you pop a few corks and let the good times roll.


Relax and unwind.

The whole point of getting away with your friends is to be able to completely unwind and relax. Give your girls a spa gift filled with full of spa day goodies. Plush robes, eye mask, soothing scented candle, and relaxing bath salt will make an average day feel luxurious. Pamper yourself and your friends because you all work hard and deserve a break!


Choose your own adventure!

Each friend group is unique. Some like to explore the outdoors while others prefer to stay in and let others wait on them hand and foot. No matter where you decide to get away, there is always a way to liven up the trip with a custom gift. The fun part is picking and choosing what items you would like each of friend to receive. They can all receive the exact same thing, or we can customize each gift to suit each recipient.



Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May is the month to honor our mothers and the mothering figures in our lives. They do so much for us and guide us through our lives with compassion, strength, and grace. What better way to show them your appreciation for their dedication and love than a heartfelt gift basket? Make this the year you take her breath away. Show her how much your relationship means to you in the form of a very special present.

Celebrate this special day with your mother outside!

If your mom has a green thumb, a gift that gives her everything she needs to have a great relaxing day in the garden is the way to go. Make her yard blossom with color with seeds of her favorite annuals or tree to add to her collection. As the seeds grow, she will be reminded of the amazing gift you gave her.  A beautify frame to commemorate her special day, an organic, SPF lip balm, and you can never go wrong with a deliciously scented candle.

Give her the tools for relaxation.

No one has ever said that being a mother is an easy task. Remind your mom that she deserves time to take care of herself and get some relief from the stresses of day to day life. Bath oils, salts, and bombs are a sure-fire way to grant your mom that perfect, relaxing night in. Calming scented lotions and an aromatherapy candle can be a great unwinding tool for many women.


For the mom on the go

Moms are always taking care of everyone else and take very little time for themselves. Whether it’s running kids to practice and after-school activities or running to meetings at work, she’s always on the go, so give her a gift that keeps her going in style. A travel mug with her favorite tea or coffee is great when paired with a cozy scarf, delicious dark chocolate, and a trinket tray and you’ve got a perfect gift for your busy mom.

Personalize her experience.

Every mom is unique, so every gift should be as well! We can customize each gift to fit the personality and wants of each client. Mixing and matching each item together to create the perfect blend of gifts that will make her remember this Mother’s day for years to come.


Shine Above the Rest

You have just spent days, weeks, possibly months finding your clients new home.  You have probably spent countless hours with them, some fun and some of those hours may have been very frustrating.  Now it is time to express your thanks to them for closing the deal on their new dream home.  Closing gifts should express your gratitude, be a nice gesture while also leaving a nice impression on them in hopes they will refer you to their friends and family or use you again.

First, let’s start with what “not” to do!

  • Don’t over-do the branded items.
    The gift is not about you or your company it is about the client. Please do not give them a basket filled with your company’s brand.  It’s okay to have a few items, such as a mug or a memo pad, but placing too many branded items is a surefire way to get the whole gift thrown in the trash.  Remember that gifts are not about advertising.  Make the gift meaningful to the recipient, this illustrates how much you care.
  • Give something they will like based on their interests.
    Learning about what your clients like, what they do in their free time helps you when it comes time to give them a gift.  Listen to their side conversations. Oh, this would be a perfect place for the wine bar (ok, they like wine), this deck is perfect for the bird feeders (ok, they like nature).
  • Avoid the “typical” gifts.
    Typical gifts are gifts people most likely already have. An example of a typical gift would be knives. If your client is anything like me, I want all my cutlery to match, so unless you’re giving me a whole new set, I don’t need them. Thanks but no thanks.
  • Don’t give the gift the day of closing.
    I want to preface this statement by saying, giving a gift on closing day is great and your client will be very grateful. My company has delivered hundreds of gifts to title companies in my career. If you’ve ever purchased a home you know that you can’t find anything for at least a week!  Unless your client is moving out of town I would suggest waiting at least one week before giving them a gift. If your client is moving out of the state, I suggest giving them a gift on closing (maybe something based on their new hometown).  Instead of having your gift delivered by someone (like me – which we will do), if possible, deliver the gift yourself.  About a week to a few weeks after the closing, call your clients and say “I have a gift I would like to bring to your house.”  You are using this time again, to get in front of them and let them know you were thinking about them.  This may also be a good time to ask for referrals in a gentle way, for example, “by the way, if you happen to know anyone who I can help, please send them my name.”  This is also a great time to ask for a testimonial.


Now on to gift ideas

One of the easiest ways to leave a lasting impression on happy clients is by giving them a gift thanking them for allowing you to be part of their home buying/selling experience.  Custom gift baskets and crates can be very versatile and meet most price points.

  • New Home Owner
    This is perfect for someone you just couldn’t figure out their interests or they are a first-time buyer.  Yes, this is a practical basket, but it includes necessities – welcome mat, toolkit, batteries, extension cord, picture hangers, etc.  To make it more personal, add a photo frame with an image of their new home, or an image of them with their sold sign. If it’s new construction, frame their blueprints. Adding a gift card to their local pizza restaurant or grocery store is a nice touch also.
  • Hot Cocoa Enthusiast
    If you like chocolate you’ve most likely been given the typical chocolate cocoa mix.  To spice it up a little, add some Mexican hot cocoa or decadent sipping chocolate with a beautiful set of mugs. Don’t forget the marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate covered spoons, biscotti or cookies and maybe a soft Sherpa blanket.  No one can ever have too many fluffy blankets.
  • Family Game Night
    For the family that plays together, a game night gift is perfect!  Fill with classic games that are great for the whole family to play. Throw in some snack favorites or even a gift card to their local pizza restaurant.
  • Breakfast in Bed
    This gift is great for the newly married couple or even a new Mom. Include items that are easy to prepare like scone mix, pancake mix, real maple syrup, mixing bowl, measuring spoons, wooden spoon, a tea towel and don’t forget coffee or tea.
  • Ice Cream Gift Basket
    Do we really need to say more?  Fill this with cones made by a local shop, sprinkles, homemade caramel and/or chocolate sauce…the ideas are endless.  Nice dessert bowls, decorative spoons, and festive napkins add a nice touch too.
  • Coffee Enthusiast
    Many of us can’t start our day without a cup of java. With the influx of amazing coffee machines for the home, coffee making has become an art. Try adding a coffee sampler or local coffee. Don’t forget flavoring syrups, sugar cubes, chocolate-covered espresso beans, cookies, mug or travel mug and even a nice book on coffee from around the world.
  • Tea Lover
    Most people are either a Coffee or Tea Lover.  There are a wide selection of teas and some places you can blend your own private flavor.  Make sure to include biscotti, a local honey, shortbread cookies and a nice travel mug.  The cozy blanket would go perfectly in this gift as well.
  • Flowers & Landscaping
    It’s that time again, people are slowly coming out of winter hibernation and yard work is looming on the horizon. This gift is perfect for the person who loves to get their hands dirty.  You can include a book on gardening, gardening gloves, hose, seed packets, watering can, bird feeder, door wreath and hanger and so much more.  This gift is nice inside of a galvanized container.
  • Local Products
    This is perfect for the new homeowner relocating to the area. Creating a gift filled with your local favorites is a great way introduce your client to their new area.  If they’re relocating to a new part of the country you can give them local items to help remind them of their old home.

There are so many ideas on what you can give your clients as a closing gift.  The Personal Gift Basket can create any of the gift ideas spoken of in this post or better yet, let us customize a gift, especially for your client.

Don’t forget the Handwritten Thank You Card!

This goes a long way!  I know there are companies out there that offer computer generated “handwritten” cards….please, take the time and write the note yourself or have it written by someone.  This will go over way better than the computer-generated ones.


Our Happy Customers

As a manager it is difficult to purchase Christmas gifts for all of my employees. You made the process so easy, and even delivered late at night for my convenience. I am recommending you to all my banking clients, friends, and family.
Dwight HinkleNational City Bank

Our team of concierge gift shoppers and gift designers will select the perfect gift for your loved one, family member, friend, colleague or client. We will take personal pride and care in selecting a gift that will help you shine and impress the receiver. We’ll save you time by shopping for you, creating a custom gift basket for you or wrapping a gift you have already purchased to make it look amazing with beautiful embellishments.

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