BUSTED: Seven Popular Gift-Giving Myths – Myth #7

Myth #7 – I can rely on my calendar to remind me of important dates.

Calendars can be the most unreliable helpmates. How often have you forgotten a birthday that was circled on your calendar? You’re probably safer trusting established websites like CarePackage.com where you can order way in advance, and then we’re responsible for getting your item delivered on time and in style.

Congratulations!  You’ve completed three gift-giving series with American CarePackage: Don’t Miss the Three T’s in EtiquetteThe Five W’s to Help You Buy for Your VIP and BUSTED: Seven Popular Gift-Giving Myths.  You’re on your way to becoming a Gift-Giving Guide for others!

P.S.  Remember to look for our #SpeakSagely quote of the day on Twitter and Facebook!

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BUSTED: Seven Popular Gift-Giving Myths – Myth #6

Isn’t busting myths fun?  Share your newfound gift-giving knowledge with family and friends.  Ask them if they’ve believed any of these myths.  If they have, rescue them.  If they haven’t, then welcome them to our Myth Busters club.

Let’s look at the results so far:

BUSTED Myth #1 – Price determines value.

BUSTED Myth #2 – In-store purchases are more meaningful than “online” gifts.

BUSTED Myth #3 – Gift cards are always the way to go.

BUSTED Myth #4 – If I wouldn’t want it, I won’t buy it.

BUSTED Myth #5 – I can’t trust myself to select the right gift.

BUSTED Myth #6 – I’ll just ask them what they want and buy it.

If everybody else is asking your friend what he or she wants for their special occasion, you’ll all end up giving the same present. That’s no fun, so be different! Surprise them with the unexpected. Embrace change and go against the flow.

P.S.  It’s almost time for our #SpeakSagely quote of the day on Twitter and Facebook!  See you there!

BUSTED: Seven Popular Gift-Giving Myths – Myth #5

Welcome back, fellow myth-busters!  So far you’ve got a perfect score – busting four myths!  One point for personalization. Hurrah for online gifts. Don’t forget gifts to remember.  Goodbye, picky palates…and hello, trusted gift-giver!

Myth #5 – I can’t trust myself to select the right gift.

Your friends trust your judgment and we do too. So go ahead and give it a try. Even if you make a mistake on their preference, you will definitely have given a gift to remember (unintentional white elephant gifts—like sending a football carepackage to an avid golfer—can be the funniest).

P.S.  Don’t forget to look for American Carepackage’s #SpeakSagely quote of the day on Twitter and Facebook!

BUSTED: Seven Popular Gift-Giving Myths – Myth #4

Three myths busted, four to go!  No, price doesn’t always determine value.  It’s poppycock to think in-store purchases are more meaningful than “online” gifts.  And gift cards are great, but not in the equation for a gift to remember (Don’t forget: Effort + taste = A gift to remember.)

Myth #4 – If I wouldn’t want it, I won’t buy it.

Even if you have an aversion to cheesecake (we’ll try to forgive you), that doesn’t mean you should necessarily bypass it in favor of a fruit carebasket. What does your friend prefer? A good test for choosing the right present can be to remember the last time you shared a meal or shopped together. What did they purchase?

Send love – unbiased by personal preferences and picky palates.

P.S.  Don’t forget to look for our #SpeakSagely quote of the day on Twitter and Facebook!

BUSTED: Seven Popular Gift-Giving Myths – Myth #3

So we’ve busted two myths — Price doesn’t necessarily determine value and in-store purchases are not always more meaningful than “online” gifts.  So what about the FAQ – Should I send a giftcard?

Myth #3 – Gift cards are always the way to go.

Gift certificates are nice (we offer some), but we believe that choosing a particular gift is more meaningful to your VIP. There’s more personality in a decorative present than a plain gift card, don’t you think? Plus, the recipient knows it’s easier to pick up a gift card rather than putting in the extra effort to personalize your gift.

Don’t forget: Effort + taste = A gift to remember.

P.S.  Look for our #SpeakSagely quote of the day on Twitter and Facebook this afternoon!

BUSTED: Seven Popular Gift-Giving Myths – Myth #2

Yesterday we busted Myth #1 and discovered that personalization—not price—determines value.  Today Carepackage.com busts Myth #2…

Myth #2 – In-store purchases are more meaningful than “online” gifts.

Poppycock.  The internet has redefined gift-giving.  We’ve evolved from sending snail mail to email, developing photos to sharing pics on Facebook, wasting gas driving from mall to mall to shopping online. So what do online gifts have over in-store purchases?

You can be choosier, selecting the best gift by comparison shopping, and have time leftover to do what you like to do…like commenting on our blog!

We want to know your thoughts!  Share your experiences with us, so we can learn the art of gift-giving together…

P.S.  Remember to look for our #SpeakSagely quote of the day on Twitter and Facebook!

BUSTED: Seven Popular Gift-Giving Myths – Myth #1

We’re guessing that you’re like many of us who have believed—at some point in time—popular gift-giving myths.  But American Carepackage is ready to bust these myths and set you loose to reach new gift-giving heights.  Are you ready?  You’re going places…

Myth #1 – Price determines value.

Ever felt limited shopping within a budget?  Nervous that you’re not spending enough to show you care?  Say goodbye to budget mania.  Discover that personalization—not price—determines value.  Whether it’s a tender touch like wrapping your present with a personalized ribbon (I love you, Mom!) or including a specific item as an inside joke, you add the value.  Send love—the intangible ingredient that keeps on giving.

How have you personalized presents with love?  Let us know your gift-giving traditions by commenting below…

P.S.  Check out our #SpeakSagely quote of the day on Twitter and Facebook!

The Five W’s to Help You Buy for Your VIP – Part 5 of 5

You’ve made it!   You’re over halfway through Gift-Giving Etiquette 101.  Over the last few weeks, you’ve learned the Three T’s in Etiquette, and today we wrap up the Five W’s to Help You Buy for Your VIP.  What’s left?  BUSTED: Seven Popular Gift-Giving Myths.  So be sure to keep checking back for gift-giving tips.

So we’ve got Who, What, When, Where and…

Why?

The type of present you send is crucial to communicating your personal message and best wishes. Your VIP better know the reason you’re sending the gift so they can link your love with their special day. So be sure to include a thoughtful note letting them know why they’re on your mind.

How has our Gift-Giving Guide series helped you this holiday season?  We’d love to know!  Please leave a comment here and join in our Care Blog conversations.

The Five W’s to Help You Buy for Your VIP – Part 4 of 5

Let’s review.  So far we’ve discussed how important it is to remember who we are buying for (Focus on your recipient: age, preferences, hobbies, etc…)

Next we talked about how to narrow our choices down of what to buy (Remember to buy diet-specific items when applicable. Many food companies are now sensitive to diet restrictions – sugar-freegluten free, etc.).

Yesterday we reviewed how timing is crucial in sending gifts (Never send love late).

And today brings us to the fourth W…

Where?

Are there regional favorites that your VIPs prefer?  Texans love their pecan pralines, Californians cherish their fresh fruit, and Italians love authentic Italian dinners.  Geography does affect the tastebuds in many instances.  And as we’ve already discussed, so do genes.

Do you agree?  We want to know!  Please comment below and stay tuned for the final W…

The Five W’s to Help You Buy for Your VIP – Part 3 of 5

So far we have talked about how knowing who we are buying for and what we are looking for is crucial in the gift-giving process.  Today we uncover the perfect timing to send a gift…

When?

Timing is crucial. Whenever and wherever you need it, be ready. Never send love late.

When you start thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice to send something special to her” or “Isn’t his birthday coming up soon?,” it’s best to remember that there’s no time better than now. Better to send early than late (or have the company you’re buying from manage the details).

Stay tuned  for the fourth W!