Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Remember the paper valentines you used to give out in elementary school. In retrospect, what I liked was everyone got one. No one was singled out or felt left behind. This year, bring that feeling back. It doesn't have to be expensive. Think about those on your team and how you can express appreciation for their daily efforts.  This becomes important these days as life is presenting many challenges and a token of appreciation will go a long way.

Years ago, I worked in an office that had low dividers. When someone got a delivery of flowers, even if you didn't know them that well, you'd find a reason to stop by and say "Hey, I see you got some flowers. Those are beautiful", hoping something will arrive for you soon.  Don't make members of your circle of friends or influence wonder if you appreciate their support!

Now, if you are considering a Valentine's Day gift for someone you know on a personal or professional basis or you want something special for the one you love, here are a few possibilities:

1. Something homemade or handmade - to know someone took the time to craft a homemade items or something made by hand (e.g., a food or other item) for you, you definitely will feel special.

2. Something you do FOR them - if you know someone who has a hectic schedule and they keep talking about things they need to do, offer to do it for them.  The gift of time and consideration speaks volumes and shares goodwill exponentially.

3. Something to do WITH them - taking the time to create an experience with someone you care for or love and having shared memories deepen the important  relationships we have.  Dining out, visiting a museum, taking a trip, playing a game are just a few suggestions to show caring feelings for someone.  Taking the time for a team-building session or stepping away from the seriousness of your work lets those you rely on in the workplace feel recognized and appreciated.

Giving a visible gift that someone can show-off and let others know how loved and cared for still works for Valentine's Day.  If you do not want to go that route of sparkling jewelry, upscale clothing, or the latest gadget, consider the gift of time and spend it with those with whom you appreciate the most.

Savor life's best,


Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

What do you get for those who have everything?

Every year, I'm confronted with this very issue.  Since I am a business owner, I have been able to give a sampling of my products, which serves more than one purpose.  However, I'm wondering what to do with a couple people who gifts of candles or chocolate would not fit for them for varying reasons.  And what to do for those who literally have everything and can get whatever they want or need.

I think about these possibilities:

1. Something to read - book or magazine subscription

2. Something to eat - consider any dietary or preferences

3. Something to experience - this includes tickets for an event on their own or a way for them to accompany you to an event

Knowing your budget and possible retail outlets to find the gifts help with your gifting dilemmas as well.

While I work through my gifting dilemmas, I hope I have given you something to ponder also.

Savor life's best,






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