Personalized candy is a new and creative way to get your message across. Whether business or personal you can now put your message on candy.
Candy has long since been a way to give a simple gift to someone. For your business it will make a great gift for employees and colleges alike. You can personalize your candy with a label congratulating an employee on a job well done from your company. You can also use the labels to advertise your company. Why hand out typical boring business cards when you can hand them a candy bar with your business on the label? Your business will be sure to be noticed when they improve on the business cards!
Another exciting part of personalized candy is the vast amount of reasons to give. A new baby in the family generally entails sending out announcements that are glanced at in passing. With personalized candy you can announce all the wonderful stats of your new bundle of joy on the wrapper or even directly on the candy itself.
Birthdays will never be the same again with a treat for the birthday boy when he opens his own personalized candy. His friends will be excited and impressed to see his name in print.
Holidays are another excellent reason for personalized candy. Instead of handing out simple valentines to your friends and family, watch them smile when they receive personalized messages on the candy. Christmas morning will fill with glee from children when they see Santa Clause delivered a candy bar with a personal message from him directly for them! Halloween treats can be enhanced when you add a special message to your candy, but watch out or the kids may return for more! You can enhance your wedding with personalized candy for others to remember that special day they shared with you.
Entire parties can be personalized with special treats, leaving a lasting impression. A child's "pirate birthday party" can include clues printed on hidden candy that will have even the adults participating.
The Internet has a vast market available for purchasing the personalized candy. You can also find personalized candy at many specialty candy stores around the nation. It is available to order in advance or with a few days notice. The possibilities for using personalized candy are endless.
There are also many possibilities for personalizing candy at home. You can purchase computer programs to print labels right on your home computer. There are many molds available if you want to make candy with your message. You can even make your own molds for candy.
Personalized candy makes an excellent gift no matter what age you are. There are so many ways to use personalized candy in your business or personal life. Whether for parties, holidays, or special days, you will find so many ways to make others smile with personalized candy.
Christmas is a wonderful time, but finding great Christmas gifts can be a little difficult. But everyone loves candy. Why don't you find some hot homemade candy recipes and make some great homemade candy for Christmas gifts this year?
With most Christmas gifts there is always the risk that the recipient won't like their gift. But just about everyone loves candy, especially homemade candy, and it's not hard to make. You just need some good homemade candy recipes to get started, some simple tools and a little dedication and time.
There's so many great homemade candy's you can make. I'm getting hungry just thinking of things liek chocolate peanut butter candy, corn balls, cream candys, chocolate fudge, candy corn and so many more. You can find recipes for homemade candy for hundreds of different candy's, and most of them aren't all that hard to make.
Butterscotch, nut brittle, candy apples, angel food candy and so much more, all are relatively simple to make.
There's some absolutely wonderful hard candies or mold candies you can make yourself without too much practice.
And in my view a gift of homemade food is a gift from the heart. It's so easy to go to a candy shop and just buy some candy, ask them to wrap it and the jobs done. Christmas gift purchased, nothing more to do. But if you're prepared to spend some of your own precious time and put in the effort to make the candy yourself, that says something about how you feel about the recipient.
Homemade candy says I love you so much more than store bought candy, and can taste just as good, or better.
And there are very few people who dislike candy. It's so popular that if you make some homemade candy for a gift the chances are pretty high that the recipient will love it, and eat it happily. They may even decide to reverse the idea and make some candy for you next year.
Even if you haven't made candy before it's not that hard. Spend some time on the net and you'll learn. You need some time, some dedication to learning if it's your first time making candy, a kitchen and a few basic candy making tools.
Some recipes are a little more difficult than others. Any homemade candy recipe that requires you to simmer water with sugar to a certain temperature can be a bit of a challenge for the beginner because if you get the temperature wrong it won't work so well, but with a little practice you'll be making homemade candy like the pros.
So if you're looking for some good Christmas gift ideas for this festive season, grab yourself some homemade candy recipes and start cooking. Do it now while you've got some time to practice, don't make it hard by starting on Christmas Eve, and you'll have a stack of great Christmas presents ready when you need them.
Just remember, don't eat too many as you eat them, that's always a risk.
So get out there and find yourself some homemade candy recipes.
The main thing to a Talk to me chocolate gift basket is to give a good basket of chocolate to a chocolate lover.
The Talk Chocolate to Me gift basket is made in a wire Vern basket so the person that you give it to can have it as decoration in their home long after the chocolate had been oust.
Chocolate can, can of course be made into many types of chocolate and can be given to many types of chocolate lovers. Included in the Talk Chocolate to Me gift basket is two dozen cookies that are baked with a certain type of chocolate that the chocolate lover is sure to enjoy. Also what is included in the talk to me chocolate gift basket is a bunch of chocolate that the chocolate lover is bound to love no matter what kind of chocolate lover they may be.
There are eighty kinds of chocolate that will be going into the gift basket that you are giving to the chocolate lover. That is enough chocolate to cure the urge of any chocolate lover no matter how big of a craving they may have.
The Talk Chocolate to Me gift basket really is a beautiful gift!
WARNING- the talk to me chocolate gift basket is not a low calorie nor fat treat but otherwise can be enjoyed by all chocolate lovers at any time of the day or night when needed.
The value of this gift basket in money terms is a good value to the chocolate lover and can be the best.
You can find this basket anywhere on the web just look it up through Google.
If you are a chocolate lover then this is the chocolate gift basket for you, if not then you may have friends that are chocolate lovers and would love eighty different types of chocolate to eat without having to worry about carbs and fat. This is the gift basket of chocolate lover's dreams and will be long remembered. If you were to give this to someone that doesn't eat chocolate that much but likes to eat it, it wouldn't get ate for a long time since there is a lot of chocolate in it but if you were to give this to a chocolate lover all the chocolate would probably be gone within a week or so depending on the chocolate lover and how much they like it. You could give them all the chocolate that you think they may like but it could turn out to be all the chocolate that they don't like. You just need to pay attention to what people like and what they are always doing.
1. Kindness is not weak.
2. Often, kindness not easy.
Kindness is often characterised as an individual who is missing his backbone. Someone who apologizes for something that's neither his responsibility nor doing or who is standing in the background being trampled on and taken advantage of because he has no boundaries.
True kindness, however, is neither weak nor easy. It takes strength, patience, and wisdom to be kind. The "kind" acts that we do to be "nice" in order to avoid conflict, confrontation or seem mean aren't kind at all. Unfortunately, by being "nice" we neglect the potential negative impact of our actions. For example, when we tell someone that his below average-level work is really good just so we don't hurt his feelings, we avoid telling him that his work actually needs more attention. Of course, what happens here is he presents it to his boss who is probably more concerned with the quality of the product and not very interested in being "nice." In effect, we're not really being nice to him but are setting him up to be taken down by his boss. We're being nice to ourselves by avoiding a negative, and potentially uncomfortable, conversation.
To tell him truth about his work may not be easy, especially if he thinks it's great and he really wants to be complimented. A lot of the time, however, we can be kind and honest by communicating well; we can give negative feedback positively. For example, if your colleague is asking your opinion on his work and the reality is that it isn't as good as it could be, giving constructive feedback is far more beneficial to him than being "nice" and setting him up for disappointment with his boss' "feedback" (which as we all know can be pretty harsh sometimes).
It's times like these when we really need to think about what we should say and how we should say it so we don't crush his self-esteem but help him understand what's not working well and how he can make it better. For example, you could say to your colleague, "These two areas are done pretty well, but if you want to bring your work up to the next level, you could do..." and give him some ideas to improve.
Other times, we try to convince ourselves that being "nice" is being kind because we don't want to deal with the discomfort of kindness. We have to decide who we want to be kind to. If it's to ourselves, then it's easier to do the less kind action so we can be comfortable and not face any conflict. If it's to others, then we often have to have the strength to put ourselves in an uncomfortable position for the long-term benefit of another.
For example, having to tell someone that he has to leave the team because he's holding back the rest and you don't have the luxury of time to get him better trained can be a really hard thing to do. It would be easy to cast a blind eye and not deal with the issue because we want to be "nice" and not hurt his feelings. But is that being fair to the rest of the team? If he stays on and the team loses, who benefits? The team will blame its failure on him and this will damage his self-esteem and self-confidence. What we have to remember is to do the right thing in a kind way.
When kindness is expressed in a way that is compassionate, understanding and respectful, it is easier to be kind without the potential hazards of being "nice." And while it can be hard to be kind, it's even harder to live with the after effects of "nice."
When Daniel and I were involved in KindActs, a local Random Acts of Kindness Foundation chapter, it was our mission to spread the word on how powerful acts of kindness can be on others.
It's a subject I'm passionate about because growing up was not easy for me. I was bullied at home and at school where I received, on a daily basis, very convincing messages that I was a freak, insignificant, and unworthy.
A recent birthday celebration reminded me of my sixteenth birthday when I was feeling all of those things. I remember my Mom presented a frozen McCain cake with the birthday candles on it. Message I received: I'm not worth the bother of baking a cake. (Back then, cakes were typically home baked, not bought, especially not frozen ones!) I recall my brother's gift was an unwrapped, opened can of tennis balls with a bow stuck on top for good measure.
Now before you question why my childhood trauma has anything to do with your business, bear with me, there's a point to my story. After you finish reading, you will have a clear understanding on how kindness and making people feel special can make a huge impact on your business success.
Back to my birthday"¦. once the obligatory birthday song and cake eating was out of the way, I was left to watch TV by myself.
By now, being a teenager once yourself, I'm going to assume you are aware of my state of mind at this point. I was feeling pretty worthless and wallowing with the fact that there were very few people in my life who cared that I was born. A bit melodramatic? Of course, I was a teenager!
But then an act of kindness happened that changed everything.
My brother's friends Simon and Dan showed up and noticed the half eaten cake and saw that it was my birthday. Keep in mind these guys were 4 and 5 years older than me and I was just Kelly's kid sister so there was no expectation of anything from them but what they did next turned my gloom into absolute joy.
They immediately got into celebration mode and sat beside me on the couch, put their arms around me and sang "happy birthday" as loudly as they could.
For that moment I felt special"¦ that someone cared. My smile couldn't have been any bigger.
I'll never forget it for as long as I live.
I guess you're wondering what does that have to do with business?
Create Lifelong Customers At An Emotional Level
People don't forget when someone else makes them feel special and as a business owner, isn't that what you want? For people to not forget about you?
Doing a quick Google search reveals lots of reports that support how acts of kindness positively affects business growth.
Henry Mason, head of research and analytics for TrendWatching.com, says: "For consumers long used to "" and annoyed by "" distant, inflexible, self-serving corporations, any acts of kindness by brands will be gratefully received. For brands, increasingly open communications, both with and between consumers (especially online), means it's never been easier to surprise and delight audiences; whether sending gifts, responding to publicly-expressed moods or just showing that they care."
With that in mind, when was the last time you purposely performed an act of kindness for a client, prospect or associate and showed them that you cared?
Kindness Doesn't Have To be Extravagant
Over the past couple of Christmases, the WestJet airline has conducted extravagant acts of kindness where they interviewed people at the airport and asked what they hoped Santa would bring them that year. When the passengers arrived at their destination, their "wish list" gifts were there waiting for them!
How cool is that? Sure, it was all done for publicity but you'll be hard-pressed to find someone say something negative about the WestJet brand after witnessing an act of kindness like that.
But not all business budgets can accommodate such an enormous gesture so buying presents for airline passengers aside, here's some ideas you can use to make someone feel special in your day-to-day business activities:
- When you know someone is having a bad day (thanks to Social Media, this information can be readily available) send them flowers, a chocolate bar or even just an e-card letting them know you're thinking of them.
- The next time a client calls you on the phone, make them feel special by asking them something about their life that you remember from a previous conversation.
- Create a "Client Appreciation Day" and do something at a local level or virtually to give thanks back to the people who have been supporting your business.
- The next time a prospective customer contacts you, make them feel special by letting them know how truly honoured you are that they reached out to you.
- Find opportunities to give compliments to anyone you meet throughout the day.
- The next time you go to a networking event, go with the intention of making as many people as possible feel special.
Then watch what happens; both to you personally as well as professionally.
People don't forget how special you make them feel. Ever.
These are just a minor sampling of ideas that you can incorporate to your company culture and whether they do business with you (again) or not, your actions could very well make a similar impact on them that Simon and Dan did on me. That alone makes it very much worthwhile.
What Acts Of Kindness Look Like
When I was a Mary Kay consultant, it was drilled into us during new consultant training to pretend everyone we met had a sticker on their forehead that said, "make me feel special."
A great business example of this was when I was working at an answering service years ago. Each year our boss had us submit a list of our favourite clients. (And guess what? Those names were submitted because THEY made US feel special each time we answered the phone.) After compiling the list, each favourite client received a can of mixed nuts in the mail with a thank you card telling them that we were "nuts" about them.
Do you think they felt special receiving that small act of kindness package? You bet they did!
My father in law had an incredible knack of making people feel special. His incessant curiosity about everything that was going on in your life left a long-lasting sense of feeling respected, revered and heard.
On my daughter's 10th birthday, a real estate agent that I only knew on a casual basis delivered a huge balloon bouquet to our door. That act of kindness was never forgotten by either of us.
When Daniel and I recently stayed at the Grand hotel in Kelowna to celebrate his birthday, they unexpectedly delivered a bottle of Champagne and box of chocolate covered almonds to our door. That was treating us special all right.
You Can Do This Too In Your Business
A recent consumer poll by Edelman, and Young & Rubicam says 71% of people will support companies whose values are similar to theirs.
When you make someone feel special, the wonderful ripple effect and potential this has is far-reaching in many different ways for both you and the recipient.
People will remember you far more when they see your values are in alignment with their own. And when they're ready for your product or service, you will be the person they go to. The word of mouth effect will also be huge: they will be the ones who refer others to you. They will become your biggest cheerleaders.
So make an effort to have kindness be a constant part of how you do business. Think of ways you can make people feel special and your returns will not only make you feel amazing each time, but your business will prosper as well.
And by the way, not only did Simon and Dan make my sixteenth birthday the best ever, Simon returned a few days later with a belated happy birthday card in hand. I'm pretty sure I decided to marry him right then and there. Too bad I was only sixteen though! Yeah, he qualified for sainthood in my books.
Has a business ever done something for you that made an impact on how you felt about them? Share below what happened so that others can be inspired on how they can incorporate random acts of kindness into their business activities.