Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

Pet giving – Half of pet owners will buy for Fifi and Ruffus this holiday season


I read somewhere in my internet travels last week that over 50% of pet owners will buy their beloved pet a Christmas gift this year.  I found this number quite large but the more I think about it, the more sense it makes.  People love love love their pets. This is evident in the number of cat videos that go viral in a short time and the sheer number of gifts available for pets. And Fifi and Ruffus are part of the family, are they not? They certainly deserve a little something under the tree too.

If you’re buying for your furry feline finalist or your best-in-show perfect pooch, may we suggest some gifts for your beloved pets this Christmas.

Dog Tag

Engrave your pooch's name on this sylish dog tag. Click pic to buy.

Cat Tag

Kitties need tags too! Totally engravable. click pic to buy.

Dog Frame

Frame featuring YOUR DOG. Engrave the frame with a personalized message. Click pic to buy.

Dog Tag

What's your princess' name? Engrave it on this special tag. Click pic to buy.

We have many more dog tag designs, please visit our website.


Don't forget Ruffus needs a Christmas stocking too. We can make you one! Click pic to buy.

Cat Stocking

Don't forget FiFi needs a Christmas stocking too. We can make you one! Click pic to buy.

Employee recognition – an inexpensive way to gain loyalty and reward good work


Whether you’re the head of HR for a large multi-national corporation or the manager of a small retail store, odds are you aren’t giving your employees the recognition they want or deserve. And yet we know good employees are more likely to leave a company if they don’t feel appreciated.

Creating a simple system to recognize employees for their hard work can help retain good employees and motivate existing employees to work harder.

Treat everyone

You can schedule periodic recognition for the entire staff. For example, if you have periodic busy times, once things slow down, treat everyone to coffee and muffins or gift cards to a local eatery. Another idea is to choose a holiday that is not normally recognized by employers. Surprise your staff with funny gifts for Groundhog Day or St. Patrick’s Day. They’ll have fun and the surprise will make them appreciate it more. One word of warning. Don’t do this at Christmas. Many employees expect a Christmas bonus and getting a muffin will seem like a cheap cop out.

Recognize a group or department

You don’t want to forget to recognize people for their hard work. If a department or team has done an exceptional job on a difficult project, give them all a special bonus. It doesn’t need to be expensive; a business card holder or a pen given as recognition of hard work can really make a difference.

Individual Rewards

While it’s important to recognize groups, don’t forget individual effort. There’s nothing more demoralizing than having a slacker get recognized when the really hard workers are ignored. So be sure to reward people for their effort. It’s easy for managers to feel like “she’s just doing her job” but everyone appreciates a pat on the back now and again.

Give a gift after someone does a great job on a project or recognize someone for length of service.

Employee of the Month

This can be a double-edged sword. Done well, and an employee of the month awards become coveted and cherished by employees. Done poorly and they are seen as recognition of the boss’ favourite and has nothing to do with merit.

If you choose to implement an Employee of the Month award, have clearly defined criteria for choosing the winner. Make sure every employee has the chance to vie for the award and knows what it takes to win.

To avoid the look of favoritism, try having a committee choose the award winners. Then the manager isn’t on the hook and everyone knows the process is fair.


Scrapbooking your wedding


Married? Love scrapbooking? Nothing goes together better than your special day with your favourite hobby. It allows you to go wild with your creative juices while creating a keepsake of your special day. And because it’s for your wedding, no one will question your desire to spurge on special papers or accessories!

Here are some links to articles that will give you inspiration for your wedding scrapbook.

Kodak has a nice tips for creating a wedding layout complete with a list of instructions and a step-by-step how to.

Scrapgirls has plenty of scrapbooking designs as well as some freebies to download and some tutorials to help you get started on your project.

Love My Scrapbooking Ideas has a great list of photos you’ll want to have (give them to your photographer before the date) as well as links to other articles with actual layout examples.

The Thinking Closet has a resource for the less-craft savvy…”A Non-Scrapbooker’s Guide to Creating a Wedding Scrapbook”, to be exact. They offer step-by-step detailed instructions on how to best capture your memories in scrapbook form.

From Your Things Engraved Social Team, 



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