Top tips to help purchasing gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas easier and less stressful.
Ever forgotten someones birthday, how embarrassing. Here's away to remember them all. Buy all your cards at the
beginning of the year and in the top right hand corner were the stamp goes with small writing write the date and
the person it is for. When it is time to send the card hide what you have written with the stamp or an attractive
sticker. Or you may wish to use one of the folders that are available specially for birthday and anniversary cards.
Write the person under the month where their anniversary or birthday occurs and place the card in the special
envelope provided. Keep a few spare cards at the back for emergencies.
Christmas, Anniversary and Birthday Presents
Start buying your Christmas Gifts in the January Sales, this will mean you get better presents
for the amount you wish to spend on each person. Always have a shelf or two in a cupboard dedicated for gifts.
Make a note of the gifts you have purchased and who they are suitable for. This will make it easier later when
making your final decision. Print of the birthday and
anniversary chart to make it easier to keep track of all those special dates. I keep mine on the side of
the fridge where everyone can see it and use it if required.
Top Tip For Christmas Cards
Place a mark on your address book next to all the people you wish to send cards. If you receive a card from
someone new remember to make a note so that you are able to send one in future years.
Always allow plenty of time to wrap the gift as this is an important
part when giving and receiving the gift. Think of original ways in which you could wrap the gift. Use the colors
associated with the birthday or anniversary. If you are able to add the flower that has a special meaning for that anniversary or birthday, then it will make the gift special.
This must be one of my favorite 'top tips' as I have found it so useful over past few years. Use the 'freedom'
knot to tie the bows on your gifts. The knot is less likely to come undone. You can also use this knot on your
shoes. No more bending down in the middle of the street to re-tie them. About 4 years ago my husband told me that
he had found the answer to the problem and he taught me the 'freedom knot'. Ever since that day I have tied my
laces this way and only rarely have they come undone, usually after I have sat with my legs crossed under a table
Ever wondered why when you buy a blue hydrangea it changes to pink, this is due to the soil type. Acid soils
will maintain the blue color, but if you have a neutral soil type the hydrangea will become pale cream. Pink or
purple flowers are produced when the soil is alkaline. Often a good garden center will sell feeds to keep the color
of your plant.
How To Look After Cut Roses
Roses are notorious for drooping soon after purchase, this is due to an air bubble forming just below the head
of the rose. Top tips to stop this happening would be to try to keep the length of time they are out of water to a
minimum and as soon as you get them home cut the stems under water at an angle, this increases the surface area for
the intake of water. Placing the roses in warm, even hot water will also help to stop the heads from drooping. If
you run out of plant food try using lemonade(not the sugar free variety though) this will help prolong the life of
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