If you’re not sure how to approach  business gift-giving, here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you face this challenge and get gifts, which will be appreciated.

Do: Make a list

Even at work making a gift is a personal gesture. Consider all the people at work you want to get a present for. Think about your work environment – your colleagues, supervisors and maybe future business clients and even coworkers – and make a list with suitable gift ideas.

Don’t: Worry if you don’t have any ready gift ideas

At Barlize.de you can always find ready gift ideas, which are suitable not only for your office coworkers and friends, but also for the given occasion. From “Thank you” presents to holidays gifts and surprises. Just have a look and you will find the perfect present!

Do: Think about the recipient

Think about the person you are getting a gift for. How long have you known each other or have you worked together? What will be useful or enjoyable for the recipient? Where is the recipient from and do their culture have different perceptions when it comes to gift-giving? You don’t want to make a mistake that can hurt rather than help you and your business.

Don’t: Forget about the specific occasion

Are you getting the gift as a thank you or for a special occasion? Certain gifts are more appropriate at specific times than others. Near Christmas for example it’s better to get a gift with a holiday spirit, but for office celebrations formal gifts are preferable.

Do: Get a thoughtful gift

Getting a gift that shows thoughtfulness it’s not an easy task. Keep in mind things your coworkers and business friends need. And think about which gifts would be truly appreciated. Modern Suitcases for the always busy ones, a classy accessories and scarfs for the trend followers and a artwork for the art admirer.

Don’t: Set a low-budget

When it comes to gifts quality matters. No one likes cheap gifts. That doesn’t mean you should buy extremely expensive gifts for everyone. Consider each one on your gift list and set a reasonable budget that’s fair for everyone – not too high, but also not too low.

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Valentine’s Day is here. The flower shops and the restaurants are full. Heart decoration and couples in love can be found everywhere. The holiday has been associated more and more with romantic love only… But it doesn’t have to be that way! We have 4 ideas how to fully enjoy the day as a single.

Make a lovedeclaration to yourself

Love doesn’t have to come from someone else. Self-love is much more important, because only when you feel comfortable with yourself, you can be happy in relationships with other people. Give yourself attention and love on this day. Create a cozy atmosphere (here are few tips), cook your favorite meal and enjoy the evening with a glass of wine and why not even with a gift from yourself?

Say “yes” to the bargain hunt

Who said that Valentine’s Day should only be a holiday for couples? Just before Valentine’s Day and on the day, there are so many good bargains. As a single, you don’t need to spend hours looking for a suitable Valentine’s Day gift, instead you can treat yourself with something beautiful… A good perfume or a chic accessory, for example, are always a good treat. At Barlize.de you can find these and more high-quality gifts for a good price!

Treat yourself

To enjoy the day alone and to be able to escape the everyday stress is the dream. Treat yourself with a day of relaxation and pampering. Gift yourself with SPA procedures or beauty products. It is important that you feel good and forget the whole stress for a day.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your dearest friends

Your friends are the people who are always on your side – no matter if you are in a relationship or single. What a better reason to surprise them on Valentine’s Day with a nice present? The day of love doesn’t necessarily have to be celebrated in a romantic way. Everyone has very important people in their lives who can be given love and attention on this day.

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1. Create a suitable environment

Set up your own apartment with romantic decorations. Rose petals and hearts are not the only thing you can use. A beautiful light (lamps, lanterns, etc.) brings in more romantic atmosphere. Scented candles and essential oils can provide even more romance.

2. Gifts

You can hide several gifts in the apartment and enjoy the surprise effect by your partner afterwards. Beside the classic gifts such as roses and chocolate, you can also prepare something unique to make your partner feel special.

3. Let the emotions flow

Do not limit yourself when you’re expressing your love. Whether you prefer expressing your feelings in writing or verbally, do it without feeling guilty. A good and thoughtful gift could also very well convey your love. If you need help with the gift search, take a look at the following articles.

4. Let yourself and your partner to be spoiled

A spa day or a little trip together can help you forget about the everyday stress. Take the day off and do something. Even if it seems unromantic at first glance, it is the activity together itself that actually makes the day romantic and special!

5. Put the big expectations aside

Valentine’s Day isn’t about fulfilling any social expectations, but to spend the day with your loved ones. Forget about all the other people and think only about yourself and your partner. Give yourself a wonderful day of togetherness and let yourself and your partner be pampered with a special gift from our Valentine’s Day pallet! You deserve it!

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1. Division of the responsibilities

Christmas is a family celebration. Therefore, all family members should not only be involved in the celebration, but in the preparation as well. In addition, when everyone takes on one or more tasks, it becomes much more easy and enjoyable. Thus, a big part from the stress is also gone. Who said you have to be a superhero and do it all by yourself? However, it is also more fun if you prepare the whole thing together. It may sound like a cliché, but decorating the Christmas tree is one of the best and most memorable Christmas activities, when it’s done together with the family.

2. Determine your priorities

During the Christmas season, one is often overwhelmed by the entire preparation and the related stress. Often, beside the everyday tasks there is no time for relaxation. Therefore, it isn’t a surprise that one’s own needs are often stuck in the background. Engagements, to-do and grocery lists are mostly a priority. However, the link between this and increased stress level and even burnout-state it’s not uncommon. But this is probably not new to you. You can avoid it by taking breaks from time to time and by paying more attention to your own needs. Sometimes one hour more sleep or 10 minutes more under the shower are crucial. Let yourself relax from time to time. It has been scientifically proven that even half an hour for self-care a day is sufficient to avoid stress.

3. A perfect Christmas doesn’t exist

Don’t forget that not everything depends on you and that you cannot have 100% control, even if your intentions are purely altruistic. No matter how much effort you put in to planning and the organizing, the likelihood of someone’s dissatisfaction is high. Conflicts and arguments can be also expected during the Christmas season. Unfortunately, that’s all part of it. Don’t be disappointed. On the contrary, go with the flow. If you have high expectations, drop them. Allow yourself and everyone else more serenity. After all, Christmas is also a celebration of peace and relaxation.

4. Christmas is not just a duty

The sense of duty around Christmas is often very strong, especially when it comes to invitations. Who do you have to visit and who else you have to invite are the two inevitable questions. However, when the duties grow more and more, things tend to get complicated. Allow yourself to break the tradition, if it’s too much for you. Just say “no” and enjoy the Christmas season! You could also make it easier by postponing some of the Christmas visits for a better time. In this case you’d also have more time for presents shopping and to just let yourself take it easy.

5. Let yourself relax / have fun

Forget for 1-2 days for all your tasks and duties. Turn even your cell phone off or at least the notifications and let yourself relax for a moment. Forget about all deadlines and just live for the moment. Above all, Christmas is a celebration that should bring you happiness and inner peace. Allow yourself to push briefly all different problems in the background and to just have fun!

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Be inspired by the season!

Is this the birthday of a close friend, family member, or colleague, and you have no idea for a present? Let’s take a look at the inspirational machine – experience again that giving presents is at least as enjoyable as being given a gift!

Take a look out of the window!

The main source of inspiration lies right under our noses: each season brings its temperature and weather features. And if that does not bring a suitable result, we cultivate customs and festivities in every season, which can also provide ideas for brainstorming for a suitable present. So…

Let’s get started!

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Saint Martin …

Pumpkin lanterns, spiders, skeletons, and ingredients, and pumpkin pies recipes make us laugh in the shops. Halloween has long conquered Europe, and while there are no “Halloween gifts” to our knowledge, we are inspired by the traditions and customs of the ghostly festival.

Would you like to give a present to your partner? Or your new crush?

Around Halloween there are traditionally many fortune telling games and games to predict the future. The topic of relationship and partnership is particularly important. Unmarried people should be able to see the face of their future partner on Halloween while looking in the mirror.

You also may find something suitable and funny for your colleagues or your child’s teachers, around Halloween.

If not, there are even more autumn festivals. First and most important are the ideas for presents for Thanksgiving. The range of fruits in the Halloween season is particularly rich, colourful and wide – that makes you want the autumn colours at home. Therefore, a nice gift can therefore be a small or larger shell. Present your gift with multicoloured pumpkins and autumnal leaves gathered in the park with your child, and then tell your friends how you prepared the gift for you. So you breathe life into the eternal mantra of the personal gift and at the same time learn that it is not the price that matters, but your commitment.

Outside, it gets uncomfortable – cuddly and warming for the home

Candles are not just for remembering the dead and Halloween. They are the epitome of cosiness, everywhere, where since October the late afternoons become darker and the temperatures drop.
Candle holders are a classical gift, and when they shouldn’t be made from a carved pumpkin, how about an indoor lantern? It spreads a particularly warm and cozy light.

A fine silk scarf also provides warmth with a wonderful autumn motive: the vineyards of Vincent van Gogh, or one of Vermeer’s play of light and shadow.

Does your child have a birthday and it is cold to throw a birthday party outside? With a popcorn machine, the kids will certainly be busy inside for a while. You see, with weather, colors and festivals the autumn holds a lot of occasions for a present inspiration. Grab it!

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Individual gifts show appreciation

You know it very well from your own experience, but a small personal gift shows much more honest appreciation than a shopping voucher. Even when its monetary value is higher. And when it comes to a birthday gift after several years of good collaborative work you probably do not want to give your colleague a gift card for the umpteenth time.

The personal gift says much more than “the company spent a little money for you”. It shows that you and, of course, other employees have invested not just money but also time. Time to think, time to look for, time to get something that will deliver delight to your male or female colleague, something that they really enjoy and is personally addressed.

Sense of gifts for female bosses and colleagues

Gifts for a colleague, employee or boss require intuition. You want to show your appreciation to the person and her work, but without currying favour. Ideally, the gift creates a relationship of a shared experience. What did you laugh at in the canteen together? Did the colleague tell you about his daughter’s first tooth? Didn’t you row together in a canoe during the last team building ?
Collect such experiences and impressions, and when you have a gift idea, put it into action right away. It can take a while before the next gift giving occasion comes.

Give anti-cyclical

And why you should wait for one of the usual occasions? John Ruhlin, the guru of the strategic gift, points out that the value of gifts is lost during the usual gifts occasion time, i.e. holidays. But if you invest in the gifts with a working context, as you do it in your personal life, you will be able to strengthen your professional relationships. So why do you not use this inspiration right away? Or do not reward your team for the successful completion of the large project with a little attention?

Worried about the choice? BarliZe Gift Finder!

Even if you know exactly what the person likes, the decision is not always easy in the flood of offers. There is help for this: the gift finder from BarliZe. Even if you do not know the colleague well, choosing an individual gift for the colleague is not a rocket science. Barlize offers a wide range of small and large gifts for everyone and every occasion. Particularly convenient and helpful here is the search function, which you can customize. With the very detailed possibilities of the restriction, you can quickly reach a selection of suitable gifts.

The BarliZe website offers a variety of categories and subdivisions to simplify the search. In addition to the classics such as “For Him”, “For Them” and “For Children”, you will have the opportunity to add the whole thing to other subcategories, such as: for girlfriend / friend, mother-in-law / father-in-law, teen, grandparents and many more.

If these subcategories are not enough, we also offer filters for events such as birthdays, holidays etc. and product types, such as “Adventure & Sports”, “Business”, “Home & Garden”, and much more. So everyone will find what they are looking for quickly and easily.

Last but not least: do not forget tax regulations for gifts in the work context

However, with all the enthusiasm about the personal gesture, do not forget the tax rules on gifts for employees. Note the different upper limits for tax-free benefits for employees on different occasions. It would be a pity if the recipient to whom you wanted to show genuine interest and appreciation have to pay extra taxes for the gift he had received from you.

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