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Happy International Nurses Day: Celebrating Caregivers Around the Globe

If ever there was a time to send thoughtful gifts to nurses, this would be the year. Thankfully International Nurses Day gives us all a reminder to give back to those who tend to our loved ones.

For the third year in a row, caregivers around the globe have handled everything from caring for sick patients to handling life-or-death circumstances for themselves and their families. All of this while working through an ongoing crisis that has affected every hospital in the world. Nurses aren’t always given the respect that they deserve. So we have taken this year as a special opportunity to celebrate International Nurses Day and give our frontline workers the appreciation that they deserve.

Each year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) leads the celebration of International Nurses Day, held on 12 May. The theme for 2022 is A Voice to Lead – which demonstrates the need for social programs to invest in nursing, build a resilient nursing workforce and protect nurses’ rights to strengthen health systems around the world.

International Nurses Day: Stethoscope and wrapped gift on blue background

Celebrating Mum: Mother’s Day Gifts in Australia

She taught you how to tie your shoelaces, be kind to others, and maybe even shared with you her secret recipe to your favorite childhood dish – that, to this day, you still can’t seem to replicate. Mothers are made of magic! Not only have they shaped us into the people we are, but they continue to make our lives happier, funnier, and, dare we say, easier! And there is no exception to the moms who live down under, but what kind of Mother’s Day gifts are sent in Australia?

Mother’s Day in Australia is celebrated a little differently from the rest of the world but is still a beautiful celebration of all mom-like figures. And while you probably think that there’s no way you could thank your mom enough, as leaders in international gifting, we know that sending her mother’s day gifts is a great place to start! That’s why we’re here to help you spoil your mum in Australia with the help of our Mother’s Day gift guide. 

Mother's Day Gifts In Australia: Mom and Daughter hugging with bouquet of flowers.

Gift Giving and Mental Health – How to Show Your Support with Gifts

After everything 2020 had to throw at the world, mental health is one of the leading topics just about everywhere. As someone who has had a healthy relationship with some form of therapist for over a third of my life, I feel I have more than a bit to say on the matter. But your time is precious, and so is mine, so let’s cut to the chase. In this blog, I’m here to tell you a bit about what makes sending gifts feel so gosh darn good. As a bonus, we’ll take a look at what kind of mental health gifts to send to your loved ones to help them smile and take better care of themselves. So, are gift giving and mental health related? Let’s talk!

Is Gift Giving Good For Your Mental Health? Man with his head in puzzle pieces

Gift Baskets Overseas Updates on Team in Ukraine and Dedication to Humanitarian Efforts

This month, people around the world feel shocked. Overwhelmed. We unite in grief and sorrow and hope that the horrendous war crime happening in the very heart of Europe, in a beautiful country with ancient history — Ukraine, will be stopped.

We are an international team, and our colleagues are located all over the world. Several of our team members are in Ukraine and Russia, and we are doing our best to support and help them to safety. Gift Baskets Overseas historically has close ties with both Ukraine and Russia, and now we openly condemn the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.

For all of March 2022, 10% of our profit from CIS sales will go toward helping support those in Ukraine by donating to humanitarian efforts to help civilians.

People Waiting in line for a warm drink and help in Odessa Ukraine
People wait in line for a warm drink and help in Odessa Ukraine

The Best Romantic Gifts Without Flowers

What is romance? Perhaps it is the flurry of excitement that comes when Valentine’s Day rolls around for new couples. Making lists, searching shops, and dropping hints around their partners is an exciting time. Romance as stated in the dictionary is: a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. 

It’s those butterflies you get when you hold hands, the unknowingness when they cover your eyes for a surprise; romance is colorful. It’s so attractive to us because it provides fleeting moments of excitement from the mundane of day-to-day life. With romance comes gifts, and that can sometimes lead to indecisiveness. We’re here to help you figure out your next romantic gesture that isn’t limited to a bouquet of flowers. Let’s dive into the best romantic gifts without flowers!

Romantic Gifts Without Flowers: Man presenting his partner a romantic arrangement of heart balloons.

From Martyrdom to Matchmaking: The Real History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, the setting looks something like this: Love is in the air and romance abounds. Look over there — is that Cupid with his arrow pointed right at you? 

Um … hello? Did you fall asleep? 

What if I told you that Valentine’s Day originated as a ceremonial feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr. 

Have I got your attention now? Good! 

The history of Valentine’s Day wasn’t always cards, flowers, and candy. So, how did Valentine’s day go from execution to amour? You’ll have to keep reading to find out! 

The Real History of Valentine's Day: Gift Baskets Overseas Blog

Surprising New Year’s Traditions in Italy

Happy New Year! This is the perfect time to celebrate the year you’ve been through and reflect on all the beautiful things that have happened, the lessons you’ve learned, and the people you’ve met. Ringing in the new year with friends and family is a feeling like no other, and Italians definitely know how to do it. We’ve put together an article about New Year’s traditions in Italy that will have you planning to spend your holidays there!

New Year's Traditions in Italy : Glass Flutes of champagne on a gold background with white gifts and gold ribbons

Summertime Noel – Celebrating Christmas in Brazil

Christmas traditions in Brazil have a rich history and are always lively and exciting, much like Brazilian culture. Christmas in Brazil is one of the most important days and the Brazilian people wait anxiously for quality time with family, food, and celebration. 

Being a predominantly Catholic country, Brazil celebrates Christmas the way most Western European countries and the US do, with just a few interesting and fun details that are unique to the country’s vibrant heritage. If you’ve ever wondered how people celebrate Christmas in Brazil, you came to the right place. 

Christmas in Brazil: Snowy Background with countdown clock and ornaments.

5 Internationally Acclaimed Horror Films and Snacks That Are Perfect With Them.

Vintage evil spooky doll

A not-so-secret fact about me is that I am a horror movie nut. I started with American classics like Psycho, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street, and I’ve quickly watched as much as I possibly can. I’m happy to say that I’ve delighted in films both good and bad. So this Halloween season, I wanted to give you my top list of the globe’s scariest horror films and snacks that are perfect for munching through them.

Unwrapping Switzerland – Guide to Gift Traditions in Switzerland

Switzerland is a beautiful country, with so much to see, experience, and explore. Whether you’re visiting this remarkable country, or know someone who lives there, knowing all about Switzerland and its many customs and traditions is something we highly recommend you look into. That’s why we’ve decided to write this guide to celebrate the beautiful Swiss people, and to share gift traditions in Switzerland with you! 

Having been to Switzerland myself, I can tell you that this country was one of my absolute favorites to visit. I was lucky to have been there during the Christmas holidays and I’ve got to tell you, folks, I have never seen anything like it before! The beauty and customs I had the privilege of experiencing is something that I will never forget. Join me as I go through some of Switzerland’s most popular holidays, and how you can surprise and spoil your loved ones living there all year round.