New to love & navigating gift buying this Valentine's Day?

A rose is just a rose, and a Valentine’s Day gift is just a Valentine’s Day gift, right? Maybe not. The day of love is almost here. For many couples, V-Day has its own special traditions and rituals. Some let it pass like any other day; others plan out a roster of romantic ramblings. You know who doesn’t? The people frantically Googling: ‘What to buy someone for your first Valentine’s Day’.

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Is it ok to give your boss a gift at Christmas?

It’s highly unlikely you’ll find any gift giving etiquette guidelines that say it’s a requirement you give your boss a gift at Christmas. But as it’s the festive season, some of you could be considering whether its ok to give your boss a gift...if this is you then be sure to read these guidelines first. We’ve even got a few suggestions on what might be an appropriate gift idea.

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Jess & Jason Holdaway from FRANK Stationery

Jess and Jason are the couple (professionally and personally) behind the ‘Buy one, Give one’ business that is FRANK Stationery. Their story, beliefs and WHY is so inspirational and they are making an incredible difference on the lives of kids in our community…their product range is gorgeous and we love to support, in our own small way, enterprises with real purpose.

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Camille Co. Soaps by Cheyney

Anyone else use their exercise time to get some clarity about a work project you might be working on?  Well, Cheyney from Camille Co knows all about that and as she is busy juggling two businesses, hopefully her workouts are double the fun!  Cheyney has been really open and honest in sharing her thoughts about her business and in life in general - striving to do better than yesterday is what keeps her going - I think that rings true for a lot of us.

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Acknowledgement is the key to engagement!

The number one cause for employee disengagement is feeling unappreciated.   So true! We have probably all been there!  A Harvard Business Review survey found that 40% of workers would put more effort in to their work IF their contribution was recognised more often and no matter whatever your business or workplace size, this rings true!


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Rachel from Hello Melba

Come and meet Rachel from Hello Melba - she loves female comedians, video games and taking a break from her office in the city (Christchurch) to walk around and appreciate what's going on around her.  How she came to name her business is such a sweet story and when I read it, it really made me think of my Gran and what qualities/skills I might have picked up from her...thanks Rachel for sharing more about you and your awesome business.

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Three gift giving tips you must remember...

I loved the honesty being shown in a recent poll we did asking about gift giving.  86% of you agreed that most of the gifts you buy reflect your own tastes more than the person you are buying for.  Not a big surprise really, we often leave gift buying till the last minute, we can rush the purchase decision and ultimately fall into that old ‘it’s the thought that counts’ thinking...at least you got something right?


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Rachel from Misty Day Plant Potions

I have had such a great response from so many of our suppliers who have taken the time to share their thoughts with us and answer these Meet the Maker questions.  You never quite know what to expect and Rachel from Misty Day Plant Potions doesn't disappoint - she loves horror films and is a podcast lover, you'll love how she came to pick her brand name!

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When did you last write a thank you note?

Hands up if you can remember learning to hand write at school? I can, I actually use to really enjoy it, line after line of capital letters, lowercase and then finally stringing some words together.  I’m sure this will still be taught in our classrooms of today but let's be honest - we live in a world where it’s easier to text, ignore phone calls and catch up with friends via our social networks. We don’t pick up the phone as often for a good chat, we don’t write letters or have pen pals like we used to which begs the question; how are we really expressing our gratitude these days?e…

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Introducing you to my village

They say it can take a village to raise a baby so I wanted to introduce you to my village…my husband Craig - my clean freak cafe partner in crime, DIY lover, (remove and) #1 cheerleader and daughter Eden -  the finger pointing raver who dances to any tune with the cheekiest grin and longest giggle that tugs at your heart constantly (so much like her mother already!).  Starting Gratitude has been for the benefit of our small village and with our extended neighbourhood in support, its a journey that’s already proving to be the right decision.

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