Educational Toys Make a Great Christmas Present

We as parents can give them presents with educational value. We feel no guilt in giving our children presents that help them explore and learn. The holiday is about giving but it can also be a way to replenish art supplies and learning materials at the same time. Giving craft kits to make presents for others teach children value of sharing and caring. When they get that set of loops and loom, they can make pot holders for family and friends. They made it their selves to give to someone else. This gives them a big sense of pride.

Educational toys are still very colorful and kids don’t realize they are learning. Toddlers and babies learn so much in a short time. Why not give them the tools that will help them later on. Learning is fun with the right toys that are introduced.

Just stuffed animals, never, this is a cuddle toy like no other. When the fur is ragged and worn, that toy has done its job of being a little childs’ best buddy to nap or play. When Ty Babies came out they were all the rage and they are still fun for many to collect. This is a good way for little ones to start a collection that can follow through and be enjoyed by their children. Collecting is a great way for kids to enjoy traveling when its something simple they can collect along the way. It can be something as simple as rocks or fall leaves to press in the big catalog at home. Simple things from nature teach them to
respect the mother earth.

When you give a child an ant farm they are thrilled to see the activity. This is a mystery to them without the window to uncover the secrets. Microscopes are a great present that will help them see what is invisible to the naked eye. Science toys are still a great gift and they are learning and enjoying.

Playhouses give little ones a sense of self when they are by themselves to have quiet moments to reflect and read. This is a great place for them to enjoy as a place all their own with everything their size. One is a school bus with the steering wheel in place in the top, large enough to enjoy for meaningful play.

Dress up is a way for little ones to play role models like Mom and Dad. You find out how well you are doing when you listen to the little voices from your children. They hear more than we think they do. Are you proud of the mirror image you are molding into a future Mom or Dad.

Presentation and Customer Attraction Are Essential for the Small Retailer

It’s challenging to make a great thing out of something small and not so attractive, such as a small shop, but it can be done. Management, presentation of wares, and a welcoming environment are a start. During my time in business there were two situations in which such was faced. The first was a baby shop in an out-of-the-way location while the second was a flower and plant shop next to a railway station.

In the first case the shop was housed in an old building, the toilet was around the back requiring the door to be closed for attendance, and it was a fair way from the shopping drag. With practically no finance to start and doing it mostly on credit and with the help of my father the shop opened after some 3 weeks of signing the lease.

There was no money for advertising and the trade was expected to come from the movie theatre opposite and the milk bar next door. Those attending the first would often cross the road to buy things at the second. On the way they had to pass my premises. The bus route also passed the door.

My chance of attracting the attention of passers-by was through the display in the two windows. It meant leaving them illuminated overnight and putting the best of my stock into it. Setting one up as a nursery with a cradle and other furniture was a good start. The other was dressed with babies clothing.

After two years and with a second shop in the main shopping centre of the town both were sold for a profit. It wasn’t a huge gain but the main thing is that they never made a loss.

In my next venture which began when landscape designing gave me an income it was a different story. The premises were in a prime location and my efforts in attracting customers through the landscaping business paid dividends. The shop had a set of stairs up from the street and lining them with flowers made a fabulous display.

The staff numbers of 20 carried out garden maintenance tasks as well as completing the designs from plans and run the shop. The crux of it was presentation. Unlike the first shop’s location this one had everything. The smell of the flowers welcomed people. It was also the passageway to the very popular Chinese Restaurant above. Some famous people who easily opened their wallets were regular buyers.

The bottom line for any business is location while presentation and customer attraction will always see it do better.

Norma Holt has knowledge that enables her to understand many issues. Political, social and behavioural problems are usually on her list for discussion as well as anything to do with the Spirit of the Universe and reincarnation, which she experienced. She is happy to hear from any of her readers.

Colleague Moving Onto Pastures New? Then Give Them A Leaving Present to Remember

Whip rounds. Collections. Whatever you want to call them, they’re part and parcel of today’s working life – whether they’re for birthdays, engagements, weddings, babies or leaving presents. The latter, in particular, is a rather tricky customer, especially if you want to give them something a bit more exciting than a high-street voucher. That said, one possibility is a personalised leaving present.

Take wine, for example. Everyone loves a nice glass of the claret on a Friday night, and never more so than when they’ve just said farewell to an old job. So don’t settle for nipping down to Tesco if buying your departing colleague a nice bottle of wine springs to mind. Instead, get online and get them a personalised bottle of wine or Champagne. You’ll find a choice of label styles, all of which can be customised to include a name and message. And the chance to engrave some crystal glasses would finish things off with a bit of pizzazz.

If you’re buying leaving gifts for a girl, another obvious option would be to treat her to a pampering session. You’ve got spa days, day stays at health clubs, and all sorts of massages and makeovers. A lot of them are available for two as well, so it’ll give her the opportunity of taking her chap, mum or a mate along for company. And because so many of the experiences are available across the country, getting from A to B shouldn’t be an issue.

As for the boys, you’re well set if they’re a footie fan – personalised leaving presents based around the beautiful game are two a penny. So here are a few ideas. Personalised programme covers feature his side’s matchday programme that can be customised to include his name. The clubs’ magazine covers follow exactly the same principle. A football legends calendar is made up of photos of his team that have had his name cunningly integrated into the image. And for the real ‘fan boys’ there are also the football club books. These cover his team’s history through tabloid-sized reprints of reports and articles, typically going back some 100 years and winding up at the end of last season.