Little Gifts of Thanks

Little Gifts of Thanks

Little Gifts of Thanks

by Dani (PIP summer intern)

Every once in a while, each of us goes through a stage or phase where as much as we hate to, we need to rely on the kindness of friends, family, and even strangers to help us out.  Sometimes we are home bound and a friend will run to the grocery store for us.  Other times, we need someone to take us to the doctor's office,  pick our children up from school, or just be there with a heartfelt hug.  It seems insensitive,  verging on insulting to offer a “too big” gift as a thank you, but a little token of thanks is thoughtful, sweet, and absolutely appropriate.  Our suggestion is that if, and when, you are finding yourself relying on the kindness of others, consider stocking up on small gifts that you can keep in a basket and give when the moment moves you.  Surprisingly, it has been hard to find the perfect token gifts of appreciation  but here are a few of our favorites.  Keep checking back because as we come across “little somethings” we will add them here.

Hint:  Items that come bundled but are packed attractively, individually, can easily be broken up into smaller gifts.  Instead of giving a pack of 24 soaps, give just one or tie 3 together with personalized ribbon!

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Our Favorite Flower Girl Gift

 Flower Girl Dress FL4001    Dessy Girl Matching Doll Dress: DOL401

Our Favorite Flower Girl Gift

Are you a bride or groom looking for the perfect gift to give your flower girls as a memento of your wedding?  We stumbled upon these adorable matching flower girl doll dresses from Dessy.  They fit 18′ dolls like American Girl DollsOur Generation Dolls, and Madame Alexander Dolls.  Not only will your flower girl love, love, love the gift, the photos will be absolutely precious.

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AmazonWireless Launch

AmazonWireless Launch

If you have ever wished you had another option as you waited in line for what seemed to be an eternity to purchase a new cell phone at your local wireless carrier store, Party Idea Pros has just received word that once again, Amazon has stepped in to fill a void in the marketplace, saving you time, money, and aggravation.

AmazonWireless (http://www.amazonwireless.com) is a new website by Amazon.com that offers cell phones and wireless plans, easy shopping without rebate hassles, and FREE two-day shipping.

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Bandz Party Favors

Bandz

Bandz Party Favors

Finally a craze slow in coming to California, yet before it even takes hold, schools and school districts across the country are banning bandz.  The bandz craze seems to have begun in Birmingham Alabama last year and now bandz are flying off shelves throughout the country.  These colorful rubber bands are made of silicone and die molded, come in a variety of shapes and themes, and are manufactured by a handful of vendors. Basically, kids wear them, collect them, and trade them! Bandz come in multi-band packs starting at about $5.00/pack.  Best of all, Bandz make for great party favors and napkin rings! (Warning:  Choking Hazard!  Not recommended for children under 3 years old!)

So why are they being banned at schools?  Basically kids are distracted by the bandz — fiddling with them and plotting trading strategies, all day, all night.  Occasionally, trades go awry and schoolyard brawls ensue. Should bandz be banned?  And if so, does banning bandz make them more desirable?   Let us know what you think! Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Entertaining

Thanksgiving Entertaining Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

It's Turkey Time!

Thanksgiving Entertaining Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

Thanksgiving is without doubt my favorite holiday — beautiful tables, great food, and none of the stress associated with the winter holidays. This is the perfect time to reconnect with loved ones whether they be family or friends. So first things first, if you haven't yet made your travel arrangements, the time is NOW! Continue Reading →

Pink Bat Thinking

Pink Bat Thinking

Turning Problems into Solutions!

Pink Bat with Free DVD

Everywhere you look today there are problems. Turn on your TV or computer, pick up a magazine or paper, and what do you see? Problems. The story of the pink bat is so engaging you and your team will be inspired to view problems as solutions. Pink Bat thinking will bring innovative results!

Pink Bat Movie

Michael McMillan's newest release “Pink Bat” will turn your thinking upside down and get you and your team seeing problems as opportunities. Maybe you think this idea seems impossible, but you're about to discover: “Pink Bat Thinking” makes the impossible possible.

Pink Bat …Turning Problems into Solutions is an  inspiring story that will change your thinking forever.  It is the perfect gift for anyone searching for creative inspiration whether it be a family member, a co-worker, or even an Odyssey of the Mind or Science Olympiad coach needing to jump start their team as they enter the dreaded but inevitable stage of  feeling like the obstacles to creating a viable solution are insurmountable.  Remember “Pink Bat Thinking” makes the impossible possible.

Designate  your next teacher institute day,  company team building event, or any day,  Pink Bat Day!

Looking for innovative ways to inspire your team without investing in a major team building initiative?  Model your next Pink Bat Day after Smith College's Mountain Day where every year, the president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces a holiday  day off  to re-invigorate the soul by ringing the college bells.  Even though you most likely won't choose to give employees a day off,  incorporate creative thinking exercises and inspirational activities  into the day's normal routine

Deliver a Dollhouse Miniature Baseball Bat painted pink to everyone involved.  (If out of stock, consider this baseball bat penor Baseball Bat keychain)

Develop spontaneous thinking skills by creating 5-10 minute team creative thinking breaks.  Consider investing in an Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous problem solving book

Create a spontaneous wiffle ball tournament at lunch.  Wrap the bats'  handles in a stripe of  pink duct tape.

Ask all employees to bring in canned goods to donate to your local food pantry.  Now surprise them and ask each department to take the collected cans and  collectively and collaboratively arrange them in a way to denote something special or unique about  your company.  Take pictures and post on the company website.  Now donate the cans.

Make it a great day! Make it a Pink Bat Day!

Turn Facebook Photos into a Shutterfly Photo Book

Turn Facebook Photos into a Shutterfly Photo Book!

Shutterfly + Facebook

Now creating memories has become  easier than ever! Shutterfly members can now also create photo books with Facebook pictures. Plus, members can also use their own or friends' albums or any photo they are tagged in!

Benefits of a Free Shutterfly Membership

Securely store your images for a lifetime—at no cost. We never delete photos
Get guaranteed 100% customer satisfaction
Benefit from award-winning customer service
Store your pictures, just as they are, at full resolution

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Bandz as Napkin Bands!

Bandz

Bandz as Napkin Bands

Bandz as Napkin Bands!

Update 

Yes, even though it has been ten years since the bandz craze began, these silicone rubber band bracelets are still available! And our guess is you will soon see a bandz revival. Plus, in our ever so humble opinion, they still  make great napkin bands! Continue Reading →