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Year: 2019

Putting on Santa’s Hat. Carmen Monroe, GBO Corporate Gift Specialist, Interviews Vanessa Voorham from SMT Shipping Company

I love hats. And I’ve gotten to wear a lot of them while working with Gift Baskets Overseas for almost 10 years. Although these days I wear the Director of Marketing hat most often, during the winter holidays I put on my Corporate Gift Specialist hat – like a toboggan full of Christmas spirit.

Unique Summer Festivals Around The World

Our favorite season is here, and it ushers in a stunning array of international summer festivals! This most popular time for traveling offers endless opportunities for celebration. Honestly, no matter where you’re spending your summer vacation this year, you have plenty of exciting festivals to attend. Whether it’s the arts, culture, music, sports, food or wine you’re into, there is a festival that gathers like-minded people from around the globe to celebrate the things you enjoy the most. From the bizarre Burning Man to messy La Tomatina, here are a few international summer festivals for your bucket list.

Burning Man Festival

A Quick Guide To Gift Giving Traditions in Japan

A country deeply rooted in history, there are many long-held and important gift giving traditions in Japan that significantly differ from Western culture. While in other parts of the world, people give gifts without expectations, gift giving in Japan is an endless gratitude cycle. There’s a lot of emphasis placed on the act of giving rather than the gift itself. For the Japanese, gifts are not just a way of showing appreciation, but also a sign of respect, generosity, and friendliness between people. Gift exchange is common through during common celebrations like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations or housewarmings. There are also many other occasions when people expect to give and receive small gifts.

Gift Giving Etiquette in Japan

5 Ways to Reward Employees and Improve Your Workplace

No matter where you work, everyone enjoys being recognized and rewarded for the hard work they do. The same holds true for employees at your workplace. In my experience, team happiness spurs productivity and adds to the company’s overall success. By making your work environment happier, you can take care of your team and encourage them to keep up the good work. Positive reinforcement sets an example for everyone, demonstrating the kind of work you value.

Recognizing your team doesn’t need to be elaborate. The key to productive employee rewards is being thoughtful and creative. To give you a better idea, here are 5 ways how you can start rewarding your employees today so they stay happy, motivated and continue helping your company thrive.

5 Ways to Reward Employees

Celebrating Semana Santa in Mexico & Worldwide – Beyond Easter

There are forms of Easter celebrated all over the world. And you don’t have to be religious to have some form of family gathering, or celebration. However in Mexico this time of year brings a holiday that is second only to Christmas. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday people in Spain celebrate something called Semana Santa, a holy week filled with celebrations that are a mix of Catholic and Christian. This year Semana Santa falls during April 14th to April 20th. But what is Semana Santa? How do people celebrate Santa Semana in Mexico and around the world? Where is it celebrated? What is the difference between Easter and Semana Santa? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know!

Semana Santa celebration in Spain

Reduce Stress in the Office – Simple Strategies Tackle A Productivity Killer

Did you know recent research calls stress in the office one of the most significant contributors to the cardiovascular and mental health issues, sleeping & eating disorders, and even chronic anxiety? To improve your employees’ quality of life, we have to face it and try to handle stress levels at the workplace. But how?

  1. Know the causes of stress in the workplace: workload, being constantly plugged in, poor management practices, unhealthy physical working environment.
  2. Learn simple strategies for the stress management in the workplace: approach your office design and architecture mindfully, encourage employees to surround themselves with items they love, use stress-relieving toys and gadgets, and the right types of furniture.
  3. Include fun stress management activities for office management in your corporate employee loyalty program: celebrate birthdays, your company’s significant dates, employee recognition awards, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and/or spa days for the teams. Introduce Take Your Pet To Work events.

How to Reduce Stress in the Office - Know the causes of stress in the workplace by Gift Baskets Overseas corporate blog

As a corporate gift service provider, we work with many international companies facing the problem of workplace stress and addressing it with interesting solutions implemented with their employee loyalty programs.

First of all, let’s look into the root causes of the problem, and then let’s dive into some easy-to-implement strategies to cope with it.

What is Mothering Sunday in UK?

Even though people compare Mothering Sunday in the UK to Mother’s Day in US, it is actually quite a different holiday. The two holidays have no historical connection and people celebrate them on different dates. These two festivals do have one main thing in common: they celebrate the most important women in our lives, our dear mothers. But that was not always the case. Originally, daughters who worked far from home had Mothering Sunday in UK as a day off to visit family and “mother” church. Today, it is a day for all children to show appreciation for their mothers and give them flowers, cards, and heartfelt Mother’s Day gifts.

Success Stories: You need to use Gift Baskets Overseas! Oasis Ads Media, Corporate Client

Oasis Ads Media deals with clients on a global scale, which makes maintaining relationships essential. To show its partners and clients appreciation during the holidays, Oasis Ads Media sends out high end gift baskets. This is where office manager, Nicola Masterson shows how indispensable she is to the team.

During the holiday season, Nicola organizes hundreds of orders for gift baskets to be delivered all over the world, this is a lengthy process that typically begins in October. Due to the nature of the situation, no expense is spared including a number of tailored requests for high-end clients.

Today, we were meeting with Nicola in a cozy little cafe in Midtown Toronto after her busy work day in the office to learn what she has to share about the Oasis Ads Media experience with Gift Baskets Overseas.

All You Need To Know About Japanese Girls’ Day

When the spring’s warmth comes to Japan, it is also time for one of its most beautiful traditional holidays: Hinamatsuri. Also known as Japanese Girls’ Day or Doll’s Festival, this annual festival falls on March 3rd to celebrate young girls in Japan and to wish them good health, happiness and a successful marriage.

Japanese Girls’ Day – Hina Doll
Hina dolls (Japanese traditional doll) are totems for prosperity, and often prized possessions for Japanese girls, passed down from generation to generation.