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Japan Gifts: Unwrapping Do’s and Don’ts

Steeped in history and symbolic meaning, the ritual act of gift-giving is an important cultural tradition in Japan. Gift exchange is a common way to show respect, gratitude, and social status in many different types of relationships. Whether it’s for birthdays, weddings, graduations, or business meetings, the act of giving gifts in Japan is highly nuanced. And, there many different customs and expectations to be aware of. One of our favorite traditions is the Japanese thank you gift. After receiving a gift, it’s common for Japanese people to send a small “thank you” gift back to the sender. They call this sweet gesture an O-kaeshi.

The choice of gift, wrapping, and presentation are all carefully considered, and can say a lot about the giver and their relationship with the recipient. From traditional items such as wagashi sweets, to the latest gadgets and luxury goods, the options for gifts are vast and constantly evolving. Understanding the significance of Japan gifts and Japanese culture is essential for building strong relationships and navigating social situations in Japan. Let’s take a deep dive into Japanese gifts and the do’s and don’ts of gift giving in Japan.

Japan gifts. Japanese temple in Nachi Japan surrounded by green landscape.

Care Package Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Care Packages in 2023

It is no secret that the world has faced a challenging past few years. But, despite these trying times, as humans, we continue to look for ways to stay connected and show our care for one another. Thus, it’s no surprise that the search for care package ideas has surged in popularity over the past few months. And as your go-to gift experts, we’re here to share a few of our own. 

Receiving gifts and feeling cared for are two of the best experiences life has to offer. Since care packages offer both, sending them to your loved ones, friends, and family members can provide them with a feeling of joy and comfort. Whether you’re sending it to congratulate them on an outstanding achievement or want to send aid to someone in need, we have plenty of care package ideas to help you create the perfect gift. Read below for the ultimate guide to care packages in 2023. 

Care Package Ideas: The ultimate self care package for 2023.
Self-care package, seasonal gift box with plastic free zero waste cosmetics products.

The Ultimate Guide to Gifts for Dietary Restrictions — Sending Kosher Gifts, Gluten-free Gifts, and More

Whether you’re sending a gift basket for a birthday, corporate gathering, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, holiday, or shiva, it’s always important to keep the recipient’s dietary restrictions in mind. Many people follow special diets for different reasons, and they all have different rules. It can get confusing at times, so we’ve thrown together this article to give you a quick rundown of a few different dietary restrictions and how to work around them. On to our Ultimate Guide to gifts for dietary restrictions!

Gifts for Dietary Restrictions: Composition of products symbolizing the Shavuot festival

The Do’s and Don’t of Holiday Shopping: Holiday Shopping Trends

Hooray! Can you believe it – the 2022 holiday season is upon us! A time for festive celebrations, a full calendar of social events, wider waistlines, smaller wallets and thankfully more champagne! We’ve all experienced the chaos that comes with the return of Santa Claus and the mass gatherings held at shopping malls. So, why not make this year’s holiday season as easy as possible? Our Holiday Shopping Trends overview and tips here to help!

With the season of giving approaching us, we’ve curated a list of the do’s and don’ts of holiday shopping, so that your shopping experience can be easy as pie! Save time and money by following our list of holiday shopping trends and tips for gift-giving below.

Holiday Shopping Trends: Friends celebrating the Holiday season.

International Gift Giving Tips

Gifting is an age-old practice that dates back generations. On all corners of the globe, offering another a gift was considered honorable and truce-like. As the world split into opposing regions, then gelled back together again, thanks to technological efforts and the resultant co-dependency, region-specific norms emerged. These governed how different groups interacted, and this would affect acts as simple but noble as offering gifts. Hence, international gift giving tips to help you navigate this space.

This article shines a light on not-so-well-known rules to follow when curating personal or corporate gifts. We consider cultural and interpersonal differences and the effects gift-giving may have on relationships. There are a handful of factors to consider before your corporation, micro or macro, decides to launch gifting campaigns. Keep scrolling for some essential international gifting ‘pearls of wisdom’. 

International gift giving tips: Happy business women showing colleague gifts.

Getting Into the ‘Spirit’: Scary Good Ideas For Halloween Alcoholic Drinks

Full disclosure; I am a major fan of all things horror. And, yes, it may have a little something to do with watching ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ way before I should have. However, I’m happy to admit that since then, my love for horror movies, urban legends, and even those trashy ‘Scary Things Caught On Camera’ YouTube videos have only grown stronger. So, as you can guess, I love celebrating Halloween! And, sure, dressing up in cute costumes is always fun. But hosting a horror movie night with snacks, a few friends, and Halloween alcoholic drinks is how I love to spend the scariest night of the year. 

If you share a love for a fright night in like me, you’re definitely thinking about how to spook up your Halloween drinks this year. Fear not. With the help of Gift Baskets Overseas, you’ll get everyone into the ‘spirit’ with our scary-good drink ideas! Read below as we talk witches and whiskey and getting a little tipsy! 

Colorful and delicious Halloween cocktails - Halloween Alcoholic Drinks

I Do! Traditional Wedding Gifts From Around The Globe

Love is a universal feeling. And, when two people vow to spend the rest of their lives in union, it’s usually a cause for a momentous celebration worthy of well wishes and festivities. Although not all love stories end in blissful matrimony, we cannot help but appreciate the power of love and the many ways in which it is expressed worldwide. One of the most fascinating things about our society is how the same occasion can be carried out differently amongst various cultures and countries. Just as cultural customs are diverse, so are the traditions and rituals surrounding marriage and wedding occasions. Innumerable wedding traditions from around the globe symbolize wealth, romance, unity, and health. 

In honor of the wedding season, we’ve taken a closer look into the most awe-inspiring wedding traditions from around the world. Let’s take a closer look at traditional wedding gifts and wedding traditions that go well beyond the bouquet toss. 

Newlyweds holding traditional wedding gifts

Back To School: How You Can Prepare For The New School Year

Summer is coming to an end, and it’s time to prepare for another school year. However, back-to-school planning may look a little different this time around. As a parent, not only must you ensure that the kids stock up on stationery, but navigating post-Covid anxiety is now on the to-do list as well. And, considering that most learners have not experienced consistent in-person schooling since March 2020, ‘first day jitters’ suddenly have a whole new meaning. 

But, fret not. There are simple ways you can make back to school a success! Start by reminding yourself that returning to school is a good thing, especially if you’re a student. School provides an environment for vital social interaction during our developmental years. And during the midst of the pandemic, these interactions were almost non-existent. As the world attempts to jump back into routine, we’d like to help you do the same. Read below as we share a few tips to help parents, students, and teachers conquer a new school year. 

Back to school sign written on chalkboard.

Islamic New Year: Traditions, Celebrations, and Prayer

The world is a melting pot of traditions, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. One of the fascinating parts of our existence is that we are all different, and this diversity should be acknowledged and appreciated. No matter where you are in the world, the coming of a new year is a time of deep reflection and gratitude for the year that has passed. 

Personally, New Year’s Day is only a celebration when I’m surrounded by friends and family. And I give thanks for the rollercoaster that is life by setting new intentions for the year to come. And in honor of all things new, I’d like to share a few things you may not have known about the Islamic New Year! From traditional dishes to ideal New Year’s gifts, read below so you know how to celebrate the Islamic New Year with your Muslim friends and loved ones!

Islamic New Year: Concept of the Islamic religion. Silhouette of the town hall at sunset in the rays of light

The Origin of Father’s Day: Celebrating Dads Around the World

There’s no point talking about the origin of Father’s Day if we don’t first talk about the man in question: dear old dad. He may have questionable style and insist on doing things the ‘old-fashioned way’ (no matter how often you tell him that there’s an app for that now). However, he is ‘dad,’ you adore him, and you’re a part of him. In fact, science proves that, genetically, we are more like our fathers than our mothers! So yes, we’ve all got more dad jokes in our DNA that we’d opt for. 

But, besides their somewhat loveable absurdity, fathers play a vital role in shaping and preparing us for the real world. This means that being a dad is one of the most important jobs one could ever have. And, you’d have to agree that anyone who takes on this role deserves to be celebrated. That’s why we’re diving into the origin of Father’s Day and how it’s celebrated around the world. Plus, we have unique gift ideas for you to make this Father’s Day the most memorable one yet, no matter where dad may be. Read below to learn more.

The Origin of Father's Day: Smiling father and daughter having fun while preparing cookie dough in the kitchen. Baking - happy family time.