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Father’s Day Around the World Gift Tips

Another wonderful family holiday, Father’s Day, is around the corner. Celebrated in over 50 countries across the globe including the USA, the UK, Canada, Ukraine, Mexico, France, Japan, China, Argentina, India, South Africa, Greece, and many other countries on the third Sunday of June (June 20, 2010) this holiday commemorates fatherhood and paternal bonds.

Although the date and style of celebrating Father’s Day may vary slightly from country to country, the spirit of the occasion remains the same: it’s celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm all around the world. People take an opportunity to send greetings to their fathers and tell them how much they are loved and appreciated. On this day people can also pay tribute to grand fathers, fathers-in-law, uncles, stepfathers, and those who play the father figure in our lives. Along with indulging daddies with breakfast in bed, get-togethers, games, and various activities on Father’s Day, it’s a good idea to present them with cards, flowers, and, of course, .

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Father’s Day in the USA

Father’s Day in the USA is a joyous event celebrated with big enthusiasm. This holiday is a time for family reunions, lively family dinners, and outdoor activities. Pampering daddies with breakfast in bed and Father’s Day gift baskets filled with his favorite items is a conventional way of celebrating Father’s Day in the USA.

Father’s Day in UK

Father’s Day celebrations in the UK are very similar to those in the USA. Along with honoring fathers with much attention and Father’s Day gifts, different clubs, schools, and cultural societies in the UK organize Father’s Day parties and gatherings with games to give people an opportunity to celebrate the holiday in a joyous and fun-filled manner.

Father’s Day in South Africa

Like in other countries, people in South Africa don’t miss the opportunity to express their love and gratitude to dads on Father’s Day. Traditionally, children give the beloved parent Father’s Day gifts and enjoy time with family, going out for picnic, fishing, or simply go out for a meal in a restaurant.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Celebrating the importance of motherhood is a long-standing tradition that dates back to the ancient world. Nowadays a special day in honor of mothers, Mother’s Day, is celebrated in over 40 countries around the world, although it is celebrated on different dates. In a large number of countries—including the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Japan, and Turkey—Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, but in many other countries Mother’s Day dates vary greatly. Whatever the date of Mother’s Day may be, the spirit of the holiday remains the same in every part of the world.

This special day is the time when people give thanks to their mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, aunts, and any special maternal figures for their extreme devotion and love towards their children. It is traditional to present them with Mother’s Day gifts such as flowers, chocolates, cards, or any gift fitting for a special lady.

Flowers are certainly the most important gifts for Mother’s Day. All countries take part in the tradition of sending Mother’s Day flowers to the important women in their lives. Carnations as well as tulips, roses, and daisies have traditionally been the flowers of choice to send to mothers since these flowers were the first important symbols of the holiday’s meaning.

Another must-have gift for Mother’s Day is chocolate. Show your mum how special she is to you with a gift that’s as sweet as she is! Giving a mouth-watering gourmet chocolate basket for Mother’s Day brimming with luxury sweets is the best way to show your mum how much she is loved and appreciated.
Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with an amazing flower basket or gift basket to show her you’ll always remember the special moments you’ve shared!

Mother’s Day Celebrations in Canada

Mother’s Day in Canada is the most popular festival after Christmas and Valentine’s Day. On this day, people pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for their constant support and love. In Canada, cards and flowers are the most commonly used methods of expressing love for moms. Many people also take their mothers out for dinner and bake special cakes for them. Usually, loving children pamper their mothers with lavish gifts and a day off from kitchen duties.

Mother’s Day Celebrations in Australia

In Australia, just as in the U.S., it is customary to wear a carnation on Mother’s Day. A colored carnation signifies that a person’s mother is living while a white carnation is used to honor a deceased mother. Besides their own mothers, children honor their grandmothers and other women who love and care for them as a mother does. Children ponder the role of mothers in their lives and acknowledge the hardships their mothers endure while raising them. As a mark of respect, children show their appreciation for their mother on Mother’s Day by treating them to breakfast in bed as well as gifts and cakes.

Mother’s Day Celebrations in the U.S.

Mother’s Day is the United States’ third largest holiday after Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Children usually express love for their mothers by preparing a sumptuous lunch or brunch, and many spouses take their wives to dinner. The practice of gifting flowers and Mother’s Day gifts is also widespread. It is most common to send carnations since they are the official flowers of Mother’s Day. People buy red or pink carnations for the mothers who are living and place white carnations on the graves of the mothers who have passed away. Children also perform skits, plays, and songs in honor of their mothers. Some also make cards and gifts at home to show their gratitude.

Mother’s Day Celebrations in Finland

Mother’s Day in Finland begins in the morning when the family goes for a walk and picks the freshest spring flowers to make a bouquet for Mom. Everyone seeks a special flower in particular for their Mother’s Day bouquets called valkovuokko. It is a sweet-smelling, small white flower that every mother loves. Appreciative families present their Mom this magnificent bouquet and serve her a delicious breakfast in bed.

Mothers Day Celebration in Japan

Mother’s day in Japan, called ‘haha-no-hi,’ was first celebrated by Christians in 1913, but became more popular in 1931 with the establishment of the Imperial Women’s Union. The holiday fell out of favor during the Second World War, but has since become an important date on the family calendar. Japanese kids often make cute crafts or draw pictures for their mothers. Carnations and roses are the most popular gifts for Mother’s Day, so you see lots of colorful flowers sold in supermarkets around this time of the year. Devoted children help out with household chores and give meaningful gifts to show their gratitude.

Purim Gift Ideas to Israel

Purim in Israel is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther.

Purim in Israel is celebrated on the 14th of the Jewish month of Adar, which usually corresponds to the middle of March, this year, though, it fells on February 27. Despite the gruesome overtones of the holiday, nowadays Purim is, actually, a merry and joyful festival, featuring costumed parades and family feasts with much eating and drinking. Two other principal Purim customs are giving Purim gift baskets brimming with food to friends and gifts of charity to the poor. The charity custom prescribes that everyone – rich and poor – should give the same amount of charity, reminding that every person has an equally crucial role in the destiny of the Jewish people. The custom of giving Purim gourmet baskets to friends and family, known as Mishloach Manot or “sending portions”, prescribes that the Purim basket should contain two different types of ready to eat food. There are two rationales behind this custom. The first one is practical: to ensure that everyone has enough food to enjoy the Purim feast. The second reason for giving Purim gift baskets to Israel is more veiled: to increase the feelings of friendship and love. Harkening back to Haman’s evil plot to destroy the Jews, the gift giving custom is an attempt to perennially repair that rift.

If you also want to experience the joy of giving gift baskets on Purim to Israel, start with making a list of all your friends, neighbors, family members, colleagues and business associates you would like to congratulate. Then think about what kind of a Purim gift basket you want to send. A traditional Purim gift basket to Israel contains a small bottle of grape juice, candies, dried fruits and nuts and hamantashen. The traditional Purim pastry, a hamantashen (or Oznei Haman, as it is called in Hebrew) is a three cornered cookie stuffed with poppy seed or jam.

But there’s really no reason to get stuck in standard components for your Purim gift basket. You can go thematic and make a package up two or more food items that go together to form a fun theme. Italian gift basket or any other gourmet basket is a good choice. Sweet basket is ideal for children, while adults may want something a bit more adventuresome like spirits or wine basket.

Think creative and fun and you are sure to give the best Purim gift basket to Israel ever!

Chinese New Year Gift Traditions

New Year in China is the most important holiday, a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks, and gift-giving.

The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. In 2010 this national holiday is celebrated from February 13 up to February 20 and coincides with St. Valentine’s Day. Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days (it’s an old tradition followed mainly in countryside), starting with the Lunar New Year and ending with the Lantern Festival on the night of the fifteenth day. Each day of Chinese New Year has its own significance and set of festivities that are to take place. For example, the first day is for visiting and honoring elderly family members and welcoming various Chinese gods, while on the second day time is set aside for prayer to ancestors and deities and for married daughters to visit their parents. Other days of the Chinese New Year are for staying at home, going to the market, having time with families, reunion dinners, and visiting friends.

There’s a popular tradition in China of red envelopes filled with “lucky money”. These envelopes are given to children and unmarried adults by the married couples. The red color is considered to bring good fortune, and the money is used to buy holiday treats.

In addition to red envelopes, New Year gifts in China are also exchanged between friends, relatives or business associates. Chinese people prefer practical and useful gifts over fancy items. New Year Gifts are usually brought when visiting friends or relatives at their homes. Common New Year gifts in China are fruit baskets, gourmet baskets, sweet baskets filled with biscuits, chocolates, candies, or some other gifts. A good imported cognac, fine liqueur or wine (especially Medium Dry Wine, Dry Red Wine and Medium Sweet Wine) are some of the famous spirits that are apt for holiday gift giving, particularly for men and colleagues. Flowers and blooming plants is also a great gift idea for Chinese New Year because flowers are considered lucky in China as they signify rebirth and new growth. Along with romantic messages to beloved ones, you can also send the greetings of prosperity in the coming year with a beautiful flower basket to China.

When it comes to gift wrapping, if possible, have your gifts wrapped in red paper, which is considered a lucky color. Plain red paper is one of the few “safe” choices since a variety of meanings, many of which are negative, are attributed to colors in Chinese culture. Pink, gold and silver are also acceptable colors for gift wrap, while white, black, or blue should always be avoided.

These are only some of the gift tips to delight both your nearest and dearest and business associates on this Chinese New Year. Visit our website and you’ll find much more New Year gift ideas to any taste!

International Valentine’s Gift Traditions

Every year on February 14 flowers, gifts and other romantic gifts are exchanged between loved ones in most parts of the planet and it’s all in the name of St. Valentine.

Though popular all around the world (in the first place among young people), St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in its own peculiar way in every country due to social and cultural differences (see articles Valentine’s Day Celebration Around the World #1, Valentine’s Day Celebration Around the World #2). Anyway, Valentine’s Day is always a whirl of hearts, sweets and good wishes in the form of bright, lacy, colorful cards, with loving symbols and amorous doggerel, saying: “Be my Valentine”. Boys and girls, husbands and wives, sweethearts and lovers, friends and neighbors, and even the office staff exchange greetings of affection on that day.

Actions speak louder than words and that is why people tend to gift the most valuable Valentine’s Day gifts. There’s no better time to let your loved one know how much you care or let your feelings flow to that special someone that you haven’t approached yet.

Valentine Gifts can be anything from classic flower baskets to elegant Valentine gift baskets filled with recipient’s dream items. So then, you can never drop short of ideas when it comes to Valentine Gifts.

Flowers and especially red roses, a traditional symbol of love, is a must on that day. Transcending language, flowers speak volumes about care and consideration. Heart-shaped accessories will give a valentine’s look to almost any bouquet or flower baskets for Valentine’s Day.

Romantic gift baskets are the great ways to express your deep love and affection. It’s a good idea to show your creativity and natural thoughtfulness by personalizing the gift that will make your sweetheart feel really special. When creating a custom Valentine’s gift basket you can include beautiful flowers, gourmet heart shaped chocolates, exquisite perfumes, cute teddies, choicest of vintage champagne, colorful balloons, scented candles or other items depending on his or her interests. Ready-made gift baskets like spa baskets, chocolate baskets, wine baskets, fruit baskets and other can also make a perfect Valentine’s gift.

Don’t forget that the love, attention and warmth from your heart will be the most cherished memory about any gift!

Have a great Valentine’s Day!