Have you ever seen pictures of the extravagant Mardi Gras parades and wondered what exactly it is that they are celebrating? Is it just an excuse to have a wild parade and to party all day? Not at all- there is actually quite a bit of history behind this fanciful day:
Dating back to perhaps the 1st century BC, Christian countries have been celebrating Mardi Gras
Other names for this day: Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday (the English translation of Mardi Gras)
It is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent
Celebrated as the last day of indulgence before the fasting season of Lent begins
How can you indulge your employees and customers today? Any of these engraved flashlights will do the trick:
Whom do we rely on to protect our communities day and night? Our law enforcement officers are the dedicated people who put their lives at risk to keep our society safe. Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.), a day that gives us the opportunity to thank our hard-working law enforcement officers by recognizing the sacrifices they make daily.
What is the one connection that all of your everyday essentials- your phone, computer, car, newspaper, have in common? They are all based in some form of technology. Today is National Technology Day, a day that celebrates the fastest growing sector in the world. Odds are that all of your customers and employees rely on multiple forms of technology throughout their day, regardless of the industry in which they work. Why not make all of their lives a bit easier and reward them with any of these handy technology gifts:
To help charge their phones on the go:
Bluetooth speakers for music wherever they are:
A stylus to help write or draw on their touchscreen devices:
Finally, Friday is here! How do you celebrate the end of the workweek? Do you order takeout, crack open a cold bottle of beer, or are you more of a wine drinker? Any red wine enthusiast will be happy to celebrate today- it’s Chianti Day.
Did you know…
Chianti is a region in Tuscany, Italy
Bottles are traditionally a squat-style shape enclosed in a straw basket
If you happen to open up a bottle with a black rooster seal on the neck, it’s your lucky day- it’s from the heart of the Chianti region; produced by the local association of producers called the Chianti Classico Consortium
One of the requirements for a Chianti is a minimum of 7 months aging in oak
One of the unofficial requirements to open a bottle of Chianti is to use this Rabbit Corkscrew wine opener– trust me, it’s the fastest wine opener you’ll find!
Have you been perusing Pinterest over the weekend, looking for the perfect cocktail recipes to make for your family, friends, and coworkers tonight? Or will you stick with something simple and easy like champagne or wine? Either way, don’t be an innocent bystander as you watch someone fumble with a low-quality corkscrew at the party tonight. Make it easy for everyone to ring in the new year by bringing your favorite corkscrew.
Today is both Christmas Eve and the third day of Hanukkah, a day of anticipation for everyone of the Christian and Jewish faiths. What do you think your customers will be doing tonight? Going to a special candlelit church service? Hosting friends and family for dinner at their home? Wherever they will be, they would appreciate having a reliable electric candle lighter with them. It will help them quickly light the candles at church while singing “Silent Night”, and when they get home it will help light their centerpiece candles on their dinner table, or the candles of the menorah. Make sure to have this candle lighter laser engraved with your company logo so that your customer thinks of you all year long- whether it’s this winter while lighting holiday candles, or in the summertime while lighting their grill.
This time of year parents and relatives are on the hunt for the *perfect* gifts for the children in their lives. They’ll consult blogs, magazines, and friends at school to figure out what gift will create the biggest smile on those kids’ faces. Is it that hot new talking robot? Or a new video game? Or perhaps you have a crafty kid who loves to do art projects. No matter the gift, you always have to make sure that it is appropriate for the child’s age and developmental level.
Some other things to consider when buying for children:
Is it durable?
Is it lead-free?
Is it non-toxic?
Is it a choking hazard?
America has the toughest toy-making standards in the world, so it’s not hard to find safe American-made toys. But remember that many toys are made outside the US.
Another thing to remember is to read online ratings and comments about the product before buying it.
After you’ve chosen the right toys for the children in your life, treat your adult customers to these technology gifts. They’ll be as excited as a kid opening that thoughtful gift from you.
This week, as you’re zoned out on your computer, tablet, or phone keep in mind the complicated science that brought you those devices and programs. This week is Computer Science Education Week!
Teachers and companies nationwide are hosting coding events and encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to try any “Hour of Code” lesson. You can go to https://csedweek.org/learn for tutorials that span all levels and work on a range of different devices.
How else can you encourage CS knowledge at your workplace?
Have a friendly office competition to see who can complete an coding tutorial first. Winner gets one of these great technology gifts!
Hand out and watch everyone fight over custom goodie bags with these technology gifts with your company logo
Have your company’s tech guy host an “Hour of Code” event at your office
On the second Sunday in December candles worldwide are lit at 7pm to commemorate and honor the memory of a child who has passed. The Compassionate Friends organization established Worldwide Candle Lighting Day in 1997 for family and friends to remember their sweet little ones who left the world too soon.
There are many ways in which to participate in this worldwide holiday:
Attend your local candle lighting service at 7:00pm local time & help light everyone’s candles with your electric candle lighter
Find a local chapter of Compassionate Friends to support
Preserve memory of child by engraving their name on an electric candle lighter