Gift Giving By The Numbers

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me….. ” Do you want to know what your true love really wants? I thought it might be perfect timing to point out that Numerology is a wonderful way to select a gift because we tend to gravitate towards things that are a reflection of our energy, in fact, our energy is the very reason we want the things we do.

Here is a little shopping advice courtesy of the Numbers:

Born on the 1st, 10th, 19th or 28th

Uniqueness counts to a person with 1 energy so look for something unusual. 1s tend to be quite physical so look into his or her favorite sport and perhaps buy them the tennis racquet of their dreams or even consider purchasing tickets to their favorite sporting event or even a sports club membership. Ones are quite ambitious and are destined to be their own boss so perhaps a subscription to an Entrepreneur Magazine would be a useful item. For her a unique “one of a kind” piece of jewelry would make her eyes light up and make her spirits bright. The one thing you don’t want to give a 1 for Christmas is advice…or anything everyone else in the world has.

Born on the 2nd, 11th, 20th or 29th

Your 2 person is such a romantic so think about a framed picture of yourself with a little love note. You might buy a bottle of wine and some crystal glasses and add in a candle and a promise of an intimate dinner together. People with 2 energy tend to be collectors so perhaps, if you do not know, find out what item they collect and buy a new addition for their collection. A CD of their favorite music is an excellent idea and you might even want to pick out some soft vibrational music to soothe their souls. Heart shaped necklace for her or any jewelry that is sentimental. A gift of a poetry book or a DVD of a romantic movie might be just the ticket too. 2s can be a bit nit-picky about their clothing so it might be best to leave those choices up to them.

Born on the 3rd, 12th, 21st or 30th

People with 3 energy tend to be trend setters so when it comes to how they dress, think stylish and trendy. They also do not mind the attention so do not fear bold colors and styles when picking out clothing. 3s admire luxury so when it comes to decorator pillows and throws or anything for the home, think decadent. Perfume or cologne, hair products, cosmetics and jewelry all would please a 3. Think playful and fun too and remember video games for him and a DVD of a great comedy for her. If it makes you laugh, buy it and you can be sure your favorite 3 will love it.

Born on the 4th, 13th, 22nd or 31st

Think practical and sensible and you have the picture for your favorite 4. They hate to waste money and that includes yours, so make sure it is an item they can use. Gardening tools might be a good suggestion as people with 4 energy enjoy working outdoors or in the garden. When it comes to clothing keep your choices on the conventional and practical side. 4s love to be organized so anything for the home, such as desk organizers, would be a welcome gift. Better yet, ask your favorite 4 for a list of items they would love to receive and make them happy by allowing them to make, yet another, list.

Born on the 5th, 14th or 23rd

If your significant other has 5 energy, you have a wide range of options because 5s are multi-talented and have such a curious nature. They love to learn but tend to read the “cliff notes” so an ideal gift would be a magazine subscription on one of his favorite subjects. 5s love things which create an experience and they love travel and adventure. Consider a gift of a getaway weekend, a concert ticket or a gift certificate at a fine restaurant. If your favorite 5 is a female, make Victoria’s Secret a first stop on your shopping trip because she will surely appreciate it. 5s are quite sensuous and making her feel feminine and desired is a great gift. If all else fails, buy your 5 the latest in electronic gadgets or cell phones because 5s truly appreciate new technology.

Born on the 6th, 15th or 24th

Keep warm and cozy in mind and you will do fairly well with a 6. Anything that beautifies the home and brings comfort is a welcome gift. A gift that would delight would be a basket of homemade cookies and hot cocoa mixes, complete with colorful kitchen towels and cocoa mugs. Female 6s prefer comfortable clothing and would probably prefer a soft warm velour jogging suit over something fussier. 6s appreciate homemade gifts and take great joy with decorating so if you have a flair for being crafty, why not consider making your favorite 6 their Christmas gift this year. Other gift ideas include family portraits, music CDs, cookbooks and Godiva Chocolates and animal inspired gifts.

Born on the 7th, 16th or 25th

Time to go to Barnes and Nobles and grab a gift certificate because a book is always a great idea for your favorite 7. You can not go wrong! 7s also appreciate time-worn pieces that speak of simpler times so you might want to consider shopping at your local antique shop for that special something. 7s appreciate quality over quantity so one very special item is your shopping goal.Your 7 is either very spiritual or very scientific but, either way, probably loves anything that is challenging to the mind. A Mahjong game or perhaps a Su Doku Puzzle book would make for an interesting gift. When it comes to clothing, think dignified and classic designs.

Born on the 8th, 17th or 26th

Your favorite 8 likes to look successful so hopefully your pocketbook can stand shopping in the designer label departments. To an 8, appearances do matter. Male or female, your 8 likes expensive jewelry and top of the line apparel. I am sure their letter to Santa included the words BMW, Armani, Bose and Gucci. Can you say “Neiman Marcus?” If all else fails, a leather-bound day runner or attach will do nicely and if you have time, get it monogrammed.

Born on the 9th, 18th or 27th Your 9 has a love of the arts and is probably appreciates fine novels as well. There are many lovely coffee table books on many artistic subjects ranging from interior design to fine art.Your 9 might be one of those people who already has everything so, if that is the case, you might want to donate to his or her favorite charity in his or her name. 9s are the humanitarians of the world and would consider that a worthy gift.

-Alison Baughman

Christmas Gift Ideas for Golfers

Looking for a great and unique gift idea for the golfer in your life? If so, I bet you’ve already considered some of the more “traditional” golf gifts – things like new clubs, a new bag, golf shirts, shoes, training aides, etc. But, since you’re reading this article, I’m guessing that you decided that those gift ideas were not good enough. Perhaps they’re too traditional. Perhaps the golfer you’re shopping for already has enough golf shirts (who doesn’t?!) and doesn’t need new clubs. Or perhaps you’re just the type of person that likes to give creative gifts instead of the standard, boring gifts.

Whatever your motivation, I’d like to use this article to introduce you to a couple of unique and creative gift ideas for golfers that you may not have considered. All of the golf gifts for men and women that I’m going to mention here are experience gifts. If you are unfamiliar with experience gifts – they are exactly what they sound like. Whereas traditional gifts are things that people take home and keep at their house and use when they want/need to, experience gifts give people an opportunity to go and do something new and unique and create memories that they carry with them for a lifetime. So what kinds of experience gifts are there for golfers?

The most popular of the experience golf gifts for men is one on one lessons with a PGA pro. Now, before you go saying how you know that so-and-so would hate to get some lessons and that they don’t need them and so on…stop and think about it for a minute. PGA professionals are simply the best golfers in the country. No Average Joe Golfer can become a PGA pro, so these lessons will be far and away better than what he’ll be able to get at his local driving range (unless they have a PGA pro on staff). Further, think about all the things that golfers do to try to improve their score – buy new clubs, try different balls, use training aides, read magazines…the list goes on. How many of those things do you think actually help them get the results they want? Well, since they continue to buy them, I’m going to guess zero. Why? Because none of those things are tailored specifically for the individual golfer. Golf magazines can’t write an article that will help cure everyone’s slice because everyone has a difference swing. However, a trained PGA pro will be able to look at their swing and provide the tips they need to improve their swing. So, these are not your average beginner lessons – they’re more of a coaching session with the best possible coach. Best of all, lessons with a PGA pro are not nearly as expensive as you’d think and are available across the country.

If lessons with a PGA pro are not something that you think they’d like, what about a chance to play at one of the courses that the PGA plays at in their most prestigious tournaments? Getting on to these courses can be a lifelong dream for many golf fans and often involves sitting on a waiting list for years. However, with the help of an experience gift company, you can get them a tee time on famous courses like Pinehurst, PGA National, The Homestead, and more.

Finding great golf gifts for men and women that love the game does not necessarily have to involve a trip to the local golf superstore. Instead, check out what experiential gift companies have to offer in your area in the way of gifts – you (and they) will definitely be surprised.

Gift Cards – Travelling Light!

As the world shrinks at an alarming rate and more and more people are on the move, we find ourselves meeting and greeting people one day and bidding adieu the next, more frequently. People seem to be in transit most of the time, either for business or pleasure. But they still find time to celebrate special occasions.

Now many of these special occasions require giving gifts. And when we’re invited to these occasions we find ourselves in a quandary – what gift can we give to someone who lives out of a suitcase most of the time? First of all, frequent travelers have access to so many items from all over the world. What more can they possibly want or need?

The other aspect of choosing a gift for a regular traveler involves the utility factor – what’s the point in giving something that they cannot carry or use? To give a gift that is going to be consigned to a carton in a loft somewhere seems to be an exercise in futility.

In other words, when we have to choose a gift for someone who’s always on the move, we need to find something that is convenient and easy to carry. And the only gift item that seems to fit the bill is gift cards.

Gift cards can solve all our gifting dilemmas quickly and efficiently. You can easily order gift cards online for amounts that we can choose according to our budgets – there are no impulse buys here! This ensures that there is no stress for either donor or recipient – everyone concerned knows exactly where they stand vis-à-vis the budget.

In addition, gift cards offer a range of products to suit all tastes and requirements. So recipients can choose from an array of brands in different product categories from leading manufacturers. This gives them the option to choose items that are convenient for travelers in terms of size, weight and shape, hence any gift that is acquired with a gift card never goes to waste and is always appreciated.

So not only do gift cards ensure that recipients are always happy with their choice of gift, but that donors derive pleasure from giving a gift that they know has brought joy to the recipient. Above all else, what really convinces us that gift cards are perfect gifting solutions is the ease and convenience that we experience – because gift cards save us time and eliminate stress.