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  1. Marcie
    Marcie / 7-14-2010 / ·

    I always send guests home from a late night dinner party with a box of muffins for the following morning, along with the muffin recipe!

  2. Carol
    Carol / 7-14-2010 / ·

    I like to knit, so I’ll often wrap guests in a homemade sweater or blanket–it’s functional and fabulous!

  3. Stephanie
    Stephanie / 7-14-2010 / ·

    My favorite gifting tip is to give gifts when they are least expected…on non-occasions and/or to celebrate small milestones.

    For example, I love giving baked goods anytime EXCEPT November-January (because people get so many cookies and cakes in those months).

    I also love giving small gifts throughout the year – just because. I know how exciting it is to get a special gift or card in the mail as a surprise so I love to create that feeling for others.

  4. Maureen
    Maureen / 7-14-2010 / ·

    I like to have something handmade be part of the gift. The recipient then is aware that love and thought went into the gift.

  5. Bill
    Bill / 7-14-2010 / ·

    I really like to host a party, like a brunch, and send guests an email with event pictures and thanking them for attending.

  6. Don
    Don / 7-14-2010 / ·

    I love to surprise people with random kind acts, like leaving a basket of flowers or cookies on a neighboor’s doorstep anonymously…The best gifts are from the heart (and from Mrs Fields!)

  7. Maria
    Maria / 7-14-2010 / ·

    Lots of cellophane. I use it to make gifts look extra fancy…oh, and curly ribbon…let’s not forget that.

  8. Stefanie
    Stefanie / 7-15-2010 / ·

    I think gift giving is all about being personal and not how much money you spend. I love to bake cookies and cupcakes for friends, and will always make their favorite flavors. For hostess gifts, I love to bring something that they can use, such as a tool for the kitchen, or a pretty candle to fragrant their home. For holidays and birthdays I always keep a few small presents on hand in case I have to give something at last minute and I shop year round if I have a gift idea for someone to find the best deal. I also love to give gifts for no reason, just to make someone smile. I don’t think there is a wrong gift, as long as it is personal and thought out. The best gift ever of course is Mrs. Fields which makes everyone smile =)

  9. Emily Barklage
    Emily Barklage / 7-15-2010 / ·

    I think my biggest gift giving tip is to listen to your friends and make mental notes of their likes/preferences – I always find special items unique to my friends that fit their personalities to a tee!

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  12. Kristina Crank
    Kristina Crank / 7-15-2010 / ·

    We love to make handmade gifts. For teachers we decorate hand sanitizer bottles with school themes. We also love to make up candy/muffin/fruit baskets for new moms and just for a random gift.

  13. Milcah
    Milcah / 7-16-2010 / ·

    Gifting tip:
    A little something for everyone. I know for children’s parties the other attending children are often sent away with little goodie bags. When you have a party that’s more centered around adults, it’s nice to have a little something to take home with us as well. Or even something like a picture taken of the group or a mini album put together to be sent later.

  14. Milcah
    Milcah / 7-16-2010 / ·

    Shared on Facebook.

  15. Milcah
    Milcah / 7-16-2010 / ·
  16. Kristina
    Kristina / 7-16-2010 / ·

    I love to surprise my friends with meaningful gifts. If I am out shopping or traveling and see an item that is perfect for someone, I pick it up and give it to them immediately.

    At the holidays, I start making my list in early November so I can take advantage of early season sales and also avoid the mall during the crazy months of December! If I order online ahead of time, I can also use economy shipping to save money.

  17. Milcah
    Milcah / 7-16-2010 / ·

    Hopefully this isn’t a repost, but i’ve refreshed and can’t find my last post. Here it is again:

  18. Carolyn
    Carolyn / 7-16-2010 / ·

    I make sure to have a present for each family member–if I order cookies for the family, I always have a batch of doggie treats for the family pet! If I buy a present for a friend, I always include a little something for their daughter or son…peope and animlas love to be remembered

  19. Donald
    Donald / 7-16-2010 / ·

    I definitely over decorate my gifts with tons of ribbon, bows and pretty paper–my friends and family love the wrapping as much as the present

  20. Beth
    Beth / 7-16-2010 / ·

    The thought counts–choc chip cookies for my chocaholic friends, nut free for some or gluten free if necessary!

  21. Jocelyn
    Jocelyn / 7-17-2010 / ·

    I’m not very good at doing this, but I like to keep my gift “closet” full of things that I have found on sale. That way it takes the stress out when I need a gift. Instead of going out and buying something over priced, I just head to my closet 🙂

  22. Amanda
    Amanda / 7-18-2010 / ·

    I love to have homemade cookies or muffins for the host to have the next day, not to share at the party but just for her and her family after a successful party.

  23. Katie
    Katie / 7-18-2010 / ·

    I’ve found that spending a little bit of extra time to nicely wrap a gift (with all the bows and trimmings) can make even a small gift extra special. And if I’m mailing a gift, I’ll even take time to decorate the outside of the package too–I especially like to put cute paper cut-outs on the box!

  24. Katie
    Katie / 7-18-2010 / ·

    tweeted. 🙂

  25. susitravl
    susitravl / 7-20-2010 / ·

    I’m not very creative so no great tips from me. I keep things on hand to give as last minute gifts and if I don’t have the perfect thing, then I cook. And my 17 yr old DD is very artistic, so she does all the packaging, wrapping so everything at least has a beautiful presentation.

  26. Gifting Tips By You
    Gifting Tips By You / 7-21-2010 / ·

    […] Big thanks to everyone who shared gifting tips last week! In fact, you had so many good ideas, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. […]

  27. Pam Brown
    Pam Brown / 7-24-2010 / ·

    I love the idea of cookies and a keepsake container as a gift. This box is beautiful.

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