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Old 12-01-2019, 08:06 AM   #1
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Hubby wants to give a small gift to the 25 people on his staff. He’s the Education manager at a City run paramedic company. So of course there is no budget thus I plan to make the gifts. One of the proposed projects is a coaster decoupaged with an image. I have several ideas but he want to use a company logo. I say ‘super boring’. So here is the question. If you were his employee, what would you rather have? A coaster that is generally appealing to look at or a corporate logo? Last year the gift was a mug with the same boring logo. I have other ideas as well which I’ll steer him toward rather than this one. I figure if the person wants to use it at home, so they really want to be reminded of work all the time? And of course, not-for-profit means they are very over worked. That seems to me like they’d especially not want to be reminded of work when they aren’t there.



I’d actually mentioned the coasters as a potential gift for him as I saw ones with some pretty cool beer logos on them (loves beer) but he misunderstood and thought I meant for the group. Ugh. Men right?



So be honest with your answer. I can take it!



In case you were wondering the other gift ideas are: spice rub or dip mix in a cute jar (he thinks people won’t use it), a leather cord wrap (probably the most expensive idea but I think the nicest), hand warmers (fabric bags with rice inside), a shot glass with a calligraphy initial, or a bag of sweet n spicy mixed nuts.
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I would do the Nut mix and decorate the container or cello bag. Tie a pretty bow and you’re done. I love to get gifts that get used up rather than add to the stuff I have. There is always a gift cards for a cup of coffee or sandwich.
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I would do the Nut mix and decorate the container or cello bag. Tie a pretty bow and you’re done. I love to get gifts that get used up rather than add to the stuff I have. There is always a gift cards for a cup of coffee or sandwich.

I agree with the mixed nuts idea. My husband and I are at the age where "if we can't eat it or wear it" we just don't need it. I think people really appreciate items which are baked during the holidays. Good Luck with your decision; and, please share what you did with us. Happy Stampin'!
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I’m also in the “consumables” camp - we all have so much stuff these days that anything I don’t have to find a permanent home for is appreciated! So I’d go with the nut mix or the spice/dip jars. Or maybe bake cookies if you have the time and inclination, when I’ve done these big soft ginger cookies as neighbour gifts they’ve always gone over really well, a few in a cello bag tied with raffia with a tag.
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I always give a bag of Chex mix with lots of nuts! I do tweak the recipe and add teriyaki sauce and a small amount of dark brown sugar. Salty, sweet, yum...wish I had some right now! LOL!
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I agree with not adding to "stuff" that needs a permanent home. I also agree with your husband that a rub or spice mix wouldn't be useful to everyone - it would totally depend on what kind of cook they were, or if they even cooked at all.
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It would also be nice if you do the rub or a mix in a jar to include the recipe so that they can refill the jar after they are done using it.


I would choose a mix that is useful to all...not so specialty that someone doesn't know what to do with it.
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Here is an idea but a different approach. What about one large tray of goodies for everyone in the lunch/staff room? Rather than individual gifts, everyone can enjoy homemade treats. I used to make 3 or 4 batches of peanut brittle for hubby’s work. Your Chex mix could be in one big bowl for snacks.

I realize that there are limitations with that idea- shift workers never are all together at the same time, and may be you aren’t a peanut brittle maker ☺️ But maybe it would get you thinking of other possibilities.
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Another vote for something consumable - nuts or dipped pretzel rods or turtles (made with square pretzels, Rolo candies and a pecan) or candy cane treats (made with square pretzels, candy cane kisses and an M&M).


For my staff this year, I am going to do up a microwave popcorn ("Just popping by with a holiday hi!") with a RedBox code.
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I made a bunch of treat boxes and filled them with candy!

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I do bake and would do so except we have a cat and the hair is always EVERYWHERE! My hair ends up stuff too but I could wear a hair net. It’s a great idea I considered. But also baking a bunch of stuff would be too much for me. The other ideas I can do sitting down which is more my speed these days due to my health.

I will pass on the consensus of consumables as being the best choice. I was planning on the chip dip mix or the spice mix as being pretty versatile so everyone can use it. Everyone eats chips or have people over sometimes who do. Even people who don’t cook much usually BBQ around here so the spice mix would be useful too.

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If you wanted to go with a mix idea, maybe cocoa or chai tea or mulling spices or something like that would work, too (and they could put it in their logo mugs from last year, lol). Even people who don't cook enjoy beverages...
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Personnel in the medical field will appreciate any kind of food item. A sandwich tray delivered at lunch, make up a crockpot of soup. That would be easier than doing 25 individual gifts.
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I made star treat boxes (that could be ornaments if a loop was attached) as handouts for my mother-in-law’s Christmas party last year that apparently were a hit. But they were rather small - enough room for 3-4 wrapped Lindsor chocolates that I bought in holiday colors at Tuesday Morning. Bonus: fun to make and once I got the hang of it, went quickly.

Muscrat’s boxes would hold more and would be a keepsake, and the different types so fun.

I don’t think I’d use hand-mixed spices for dip, partly because I don’t eat dip.


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I made star treat boxes (that could be ornaments if a loop was attached) as handouts for my mother-in-law’s Christmas party last year that apparently were a hit. But they were rather small - enough room for 3-4 wrapped Lindsor chocolates that I bought in holiday colors at Tuesday Morning. Bonus: fun to make and once I got the hang of it, went quickly.

Muscrat’s boxes would hold more and would be a keepsake, and the different types so fun.

I don’t think I’d use hand-mixed spices for dip, partly because I don’t eat dip.

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I would steer clear of anything with nuts because of nut allergies.

Going with food is good though. Chocolate dipped pretzel rods wrapped nicely, or popcorn. Or how about the large Hershey bars either decorated like a character (snowman, reindeer, etc.) or wrapped nicely with a candy cane? You could even slip in a scratch off lottery ticket.
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OK, it's obvious you are invested in the spice mix and the dip mix. As to the cat hair issue- if you're making up a spice mix or dip mix, the same potential exists for hair getting into it. So, could you clean the kitchen well, exclude the cat from the kitchen for a day, put on clean clothes the cat hasn't had a chance to shed on, and do your gifts?

BTW- I have issues with standing for very long, and I manage to bake and make jams, etc. Prep can be done sitting in most cases. I have an extremely easy jam recipe made with bananas, crushed pineapple, & maraschino cherries that the ingredients are always available, and can be made in batches, to spread out the work. A half pint of jam is a nice gift. Pepper jelly is another idea- lots of people put it over cream cheese and serve with crackers.
If you do go with your preferred spice mix or dip mix, the little 4 ounce canning jars are adorable- you could make a cute topper, and tie with ribbon.
Also, aside from edibles, there are easy to make cinnamon ornaments (just Google that- many recipes) that smell nice, and can be saved with the Christmas decorations every year.
Ditto making die cut ornaments as gifts. Not hard to do, can be used on the tree or as gift tags, easily saved. I layer mine for sturdiness.

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sorry, but if I was the recipient, I would prefer a gift card. I appreciate a good cup of coffee or tea, and it can be an expensive habit. I always went for a take out coffee before I went to work (coffee there was yuk!) Food mixes, prepared food can be a challenge due to allergies or special diets, ie: diabetic, gluten free, lactose intolerant. You could make beautiful gift card holders, and the cards would always be welcome.
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sorry, couldn't edit my comment above. I was assuming there was a small budget, if your husband wanted a company logo on the gift. I liked the ideas of the boxes with wrapped candies (like Lindor), they can always be regifted if f the recipient chooses. If there is a small budget from the company though, a five or ten dollar Tim H card or Starbucks would be appreciated. Did the company buy last year's mugs or did your hubby?
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I made star treat boxes (that could be ornaments if a loop was attached) as handouts for my mother-in-law’s Christmas party last year that apparently were a hit. But they were rather small - enough room for 3-4 wrapped Lindsor chocolates that I bought in holiday colors at Tuesday Morning. Bonus: fun to make and once I got the hang of it, went quickly.

Muscrat’s boxes would hold more and would be a keepsake, and the different types so fun.

I don’t think I’d use hand-mixed spices for dip, partly because I don’t eat dip.

I think I need to make some of these - could you share your template/tutorial/a link/whatever? Just too cute and not the same ol', same ol'... Thanks in advance!
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Sure! Actually, before you asked, I started searching for the template and website, a little panicked that I couldn't find them, though had the paper template.

The original site with the template link is in Spanish, and while there's a translate button, the video is in Spanish. I'd just get the template and pass on the video.
http://papelisimo.es/2014/12/tutoria...ella-star-box/

But wait, there's more. Maymay of Maymay Made It made a youtube video with crystal clear instructions.

One change: For the thumb notch, instead of scissors, I used a 1" circle punch pushed about 1/3 of the way in. And the important part? My husband turned my first star around a couple times to find where to open the box. So to make it more obvious, especially for older guests, I added a thumb notch to the short piece that lays on top of the wider thumb-notched piece. (The thumb-notched piece on the template has to be folded in first to look right.) Maymay folds those pieces starting at about 6:38 on the video though she didn't add the thumb notch to the top piece.

I used a trimmer for some outside cuts by stacking some sheets together.
It's 2" high in the middle and would hold a lot of little treats, jewelry, etc. The first one took a while but then a rhythm takes over. Then came the fun of using really little stamps and dies to decorate them - there's a good 1-3/4" at the widest part. But they don't have to be decorated.


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As someone with food allergies (gluten, dairy) please be very careful about food items. I couldn't eat pretzels and I don't drink coffee or tea. A lot of people are allergic to nuts. Shot glasses, in my opinion, are not appropriate as someone could be a recovering alcoholic. A suggestion is a small frame that has an uplifting saying such as "You are amazing!"
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For a group gift, since we can’t cater to every taste, sensitivity or allergy (though agree nix the peanuts), can we appreciate that it’s the thought that counts? I’m lactose intolerant and don’t like coffee or most teas, but if someone gave me a handmade box containing something I don’t eat, they’ve shown effort and caring. (And I could CASE the box.)

On the other hand, after spending umpteen hours decluttering our house and getting rid of tons of knickknacks, I don’t want one more knick to knack.

With unwanted food/candy, we can give it to someone else or dispose of it. With an object that isn’t one’s style, it’s a thing to get rid of.
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Funny you thought that. I actually think the cord wrap is the best idea! Everyone seems to have a million devices that need charging these days.

I also think the shot glass is a great idea. But he has a Muslim colleague (she is new) so he had to check with her about the suitability. Apparently he knows a few Muslims who drink. I guess most of the group joke about needing a drink after a hard day so that’s why he likes the shot glass idea. I suggested he simply substitute a drinking glass for her.

He knows this group pretty well as he interacts with them on a daily or weekly basis. So he knows no one is allergic to anything significant like nuts or dairy.

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Personally, if I'm already an employee, getting a "gift" with a company logo on it is a slap in the face to me. Those items are given out as promo gifts to get more customers/clients, so giving to your employees as a gift shows just how little you care about them, nor do you want to spend any money on them.
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