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The last post

June 28, 2010

With regret I must advise that this is the final post for Giftology Blog, due to the impending birth of my second child.  With two littlies to care for shortly, I can see that I won’t be able to maintain a regular blog anymore.  I know just how much work a newborn can be!

So adieu dear readers, and may you continue to give creative, timely, amusing and attractive gifts that delight both you and your loved ones.


The gift of unreason

June 25, 2010

Gotta love this exchange, which took place in a Washington call centre:

Me: “Thank you for calling, how may I assist you?”

Caller: “I would like a gift card.”

Me: “You would like to purchase a gift card?”

Caller: “No.”

Me: “I’m sorry, I don’t understand. You said you wanted a gift card.”

Caller: “Well, yes. We’ve been shopping at your stores for so many years, we feel we should get a gift card from you.”


Creativity and gift-giving

April 6, 2010

I’ve heard of two guys, longtime friends, who give each other a tie for their birthday.

Boring? You’d think so. In fact it’s even the same tie. Because the challenge is not in the gift, which simply bounces back and forth between the givers like a tennis ball: the challenge is in the way in which it’s delivered. The more unusual and creative, the better.

For example, a couple of weeks before his birthday, one of the men came home to find a crushed car had been delivered to his house. A wrecker’s yard car, crushed right into a compact cube. The man just smiled, sighed, and walked into his garage to find his tin snips.

After two weeks of painstaking snipping at the twisted metal every evening, the tie was successfully retrieved from the car’s glovebox – where the giver had placed it before sending the jalopy to be crushed.

This story really tickles me. Sure, most of us don’t have the time or money to invest in buying a car just to put a present in (and surely this qualifies as the most bizarre gift-wrapping ever!), but I love the creativity and fun they bring to the gift-giving process.

P.S. This story is hearsay – I heard about it through word of mouth – but I believe and hope it’s true.

On the ‘rocks’

March 9, 2010

Further to earlier posts on amusing ice cube molds (which would make good gifts), here’s the latest: ice cubes in the shape of diamonds.  Can’t you just imagine a couple of giant ‘rocks’ rolling around in your glass?

Why did no-one think of this earlier?  In hindsight, it seems so obvious – what with ‘ice’ being a slang term for diamonds!

Related posts:

Share and share alike

December 14, 2009

Got a loved one who is passionate about a certain brand, organisation or store?  Why not buy shares in it for them?  (Just a token amount, of course, not big bucks.)

I often joke that my friend Fiona is such a great shopper at a certain department store that she should own shares in it.  I actually tried to buy shares in it, as a birthday present for her a couple of years ago, but sadly it turned out to be privately owned.

Don’t let that experience stop you making enquiries about shares, on behalf of your loved ones.  You might have more luck than me!

Dessert, anyone?

October 3, 2009

P1050165I’m panting to sample Lindt’s petit desserts – they look divine.  They also make a pretty, delicious and slightly unusual gift, so I think I’ll be giving a few of them away at Christmas. 

Note to self: buy one for me too!

Related post: Something sweet.

When September Ends

September 29, 2009

Whew, I am I glad to get September out of the way!  So many birthdays – I was running around all month (or so it felt like) organising gifts, wrapping, cards, postage and so forth.  After the calm of July and August – no birthdays on my radar for those months – it was quite a whirlwind.

Of course, when you do the arithmetic, all becomes clear why there are so many September birthdays: amorous couples getting “better acquainted” during the previous Christmas’s festive season!

Random gifts

September 1, 2009

Turns out it’s “Random Acts of Kindness” Day today (in this part of the world, anyhow).  We’re encouraged to get out there and perform acts of goodwill without – as with birthdays or Christmases – the expectation of anything in return. 

You can find out more about it at this website, which also contains some cute suggestions about little acts of goodness you can do.  I like the one about being in traffic and letting other cars in ahead of you.

A trip to the (gift) fair

July 18, 2009

Ever wondered where department stores, gift shops and boutiques get their wares from?  While some of their products come from local artisans, generally the stock is sourced through their buyers attending ‘gift fairs’ – massive events which showcase the latest on offer from gift manufacturers. 

The photos and articles at the following links will give you some insight.  Man, would I like to run barefoot through one of these shows!

Gifts for guyzzzzz

June 24, 2009

Is it just me, or do most gift suggestion sites for guys look kinda boring and clichéd, offering up the same old stuff?  Sports, golf, office accessories, cufflinks, yawn. 

I’m just saying, is all.