House Warming Presents – How to Be More Thoughtful Than Just a Typical House Warming Present

When someone new moves into the area, it is traditional to buy them house warming presents. It is a sign of friendship, and reaching out. But, you might want to stand out, and be a little more thoughtful than what your typical house warming present will say.

First off, lets identify what a typical house warming present is:

- wine
- fruit basket
- plants/flowers
- cookware
- wine glasses
- symbolic gifts
- food

Imagine being the new people on the block, with a crowd of people coming to your door with these gifts. The first thing I think when I see a plant or flower is:

“Great, more work I have to do around here. Thanks.”

And food? Really? Do they like the same kinds of foods you do? How do you know? They just moved in. Most likely, it is just going to go to waste, plus, its best to give a gift that will be kept, so it will remind them of you, in a good way.

We all want to be remembered in a good way, right? Yes, I thought as much.

You should think outside the the box just a little bit. Maybe go a little fancy, every one loves fancy, as long as it’s tasteful, right?

So there you have it, a list of things NOT to buy for house warming presents. Sure, people say that it is the thought that counts, but really, you do need to actually put more thought into it than that.

The original gifts are going to be remembered, the unique one of a kind gifts are going to be treasured. If they treasure, and remember your gift, they may just do the same thing with you. And in the end you will walk away with a new found friend. That is why you were giving them the house warming presents in the first place is it not?

Life in the Present

“Only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present.

Most of us spend fifty-nine minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for lost joys or shame for things badly done… or in a future which we either long for or dread. There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute, here and now.”
-Storm Jameson

Where is your attention right now? Are you awake and aware of your surroundings?

I hope this reminder brings you squarely into the present. Although it is good to remember favorite events from our past and to be excited about what might happen for us in the future, real joy comes in the journey.

There is a wonderful quote of Thomas J. Leonard that goes, “Make the present incredibly wonderful, and the future will take care of itself.”

Our daily lives offer many opportunities for peak experiences, moments when we are feeling our happiest and strongest. This idea is explored thoroughly in “Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In it, the author defines flow and offers examples of people achieving flow. Contrary to popular belief, that optimal feeling does not happen when we are at leisure (perhaps reminiscing about the past or dreaming of the future). It is most likely in the midst of intense effort either at work or play.

When can you appreciate these moments?

• You take a smart risk
• You learn something new
• You are engaged in stimulating discussion
• You make a discovery
• You begin to understand
• You put something together mentally or physically
• In some way, you go farther or faster

When we are in the moment, time stands still for us. We appreciate what is around us and whatever is happening to add to our happiness. We feel in control of our actions, and there is a deep sense of exhilaration and enjoyment.

Wow! That sounds great! How can I have that?

Pay attention. Take time during every day to notice what you appreciate. As you reach your goals or the milestones toward them, congratulate yourself and let the satisfied feeling sink in. Don’t travel to your desired destination wearing blinders! Admire the scenery that your daily experiences offer you, whether that scenery is physical or a mental image and feeling. When you are faced with a challenge, think of how you can learn and become stronger by facing it squarely.

Savoring the moment is the most pleasant feeling!

“Some people are making such thorough preparation for
rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.”
- William Feather

Use the Place Card Holder As a Vacation Present

Last yr I struck ‘gold’ while I came across miniature decoration place card holders. I had initially purchased a dozen for one dinner celebration I was throwing. Then I set them up at the whole setting, and as my visitors sat down on their respective seats, there was many the ‘oohing’ and also ‘ahhing’ over them (that I had anticipated!) However I had not anticipated their requests to bring them home to use them as photograph and memo holders within their own houses. Then it hit me:the mini decoration place card holders became terrific and reasonable vacation gifts for every one on your list!

Why they are so terrific?

* they’re extremely useful when they’re utilized as:

Tree embellishes, place settings, photograph holders, Memo holders

* they’re affordable costs at often beneath $10 every set.

* they’re stunning to look at or display

I discovered that grandparents or mother and father have been particularly delighted to use them as photograph holders. They put photographs of their youngsters or grandchildren in embellishes and place them all through their apartments. They put the smile on their faces because they like these holders so much. (and some thought that these holders have been so beautiful and distinctive that they kept them all the years).

While giving them, it may be useful to attach a tiny present tag that explains they may be utilized as in 4 capacities talked about above (tree embellishes, photograph holders, position settings and memo holders). It is a nice gift, isn’t it?