Out of the Box Gift Ideas

We are just 18 days from Christmas and I see the panic on the faces of many struggling on what to get those on their holiday list.  I will admit, I had those moments looking for the “perfect gift”.  Having moments where I let the inner gremlins step in bashing those out of the box ideas….

Has your gift giving list grown?  Has your office just decided to hold a Secret Santa?  Are YOUR friends looking for gifts for people in their office or do they know someone who is looking to give gifts to their co-workers or customers?

For those of us in direct sales, I know this sounds OBVIOUS but have you approached them about using YOUR products as gifts.  Now, I don’t mean just hand them a catalog to look through, I mean really help them with their gift giving dilemnas.

I offered my customers this year the opportunity to make their Christmas Wish List.   Remember the wish list of your childhood.  The one where you scoured the catalogs and sale papers making a list of EVERYTHING you could possible want then gave it to your parents who shared it with everyone in the family.

Some created their own list of what they wanted and then told family to contact me.  While others, provided me with a gift list and a few words describing person they needed to buy a gift for.  I then made practical suggestions from our product lines for them.  I know you are all thinking – when do I have time to do that in addition to my shopping, work (full and part-time), kids, etc.  The reality is most will not take advantage of it BUT you could start off by offering it to your hostess or those VIP customers who shop year round with you, never missing an opportunity to share your business with others.

Let’s try it with some of our Thirty One products:

  • Busy Mom, Mom Taxi – what about a Thirty One Hanging Traveler Case bag filled with pens, pencils, note paper, crayons, etc. to leave in the car.  Maybe even a few non-perishable snacks for the kids or an energy bar or two for mom. You never have to hunt for a pen or you can keep the kids busy while in the car.

  • Hubby, Mechanic, Car fanatic – How about an Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote filled with everything they would need to take care of their car?  They can keep everything in the trunk – organized so there is still room for the groceries.

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  • College Student – How about a Large Utility Tote filled with everything they would need in an emergency?  Blanket, jumper cables, first aid kit, etc.  Our daughter got one when she started driving. I know, most people have AAA but honestly sometimes they take FOREVER!  In the dead of winter, would it be nice to have a filled bag in the trunk so when a good Samaritan stopped to offer assistance you had the supplies you needed.  How about filling it with snacks along with a gift card or two.  You will be sending them back to school with food to get through those tough nights of studying..

So, have I sparked any ideas?  Are YOU thinking outside of the box?  Some people will think it is tacky to give a gift of the product you sell but think about how special it will be if it is combined with something they would know you picked out just for them.  I mean we all LOVE our products, why not share them with friends, family and co-workers.

What are you doing for “outside of the box” gift giving this holiday season?  I am still looking for a few gift ideas, how about sharing YOUR best company gift idea with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Santa Bundle Challenge

Are you starting to stress about holiday shopping?  Are you worried about your holiday budget?  I have a solution for you….

Check out these FOUR bundles available for a limited time…. You may be wondering why it is a challenge, right?  I’m not one for usually sharing about challenges but Thirty One’s Home Office has challenged us to sell 10 of these AMAZING bundles by December 11th.  Do you think I can do it?

Bundle #1 features our BIGGEST seller, the large utility tote.  A great gift for anyone on your holiday list.  Uses range from grocery shopping, to the beach, to organizing the car or storage.  The Littles Carry Alls are so much cuter than a gift bag.  Add some homemade treats or a gift card and you have the perfect gift.

Bundle #2 is for the traveler on your list or maybe a dancer or cheerleader. The Hanging Traveler Case will hold full size bottles standing up to eliminate spilling.  Some have used it to carry their Bible or planner with their iPad.  The Glamour Case will hold your make-up or maybe those essential oils you need when traveling.  The Mini Zipper Pouch has so many uses – make-up, first aid kit, epi pen holder and the list goes on.  Easy for kids to carry their “stuff” in too.

Bundle #3 features our personalization options.  Did you know 90% of Thirty One’s products can be personalized?  Perfect for those who have unusual names or different spellings for every day names.  Our Canvas Pillow Cover is a great way to celebrate the holidays or as a gift for a new home owner.  This bundle combined with the Littles Carry All and the Mini Zipper Pouch for a total of THREE personalized presents for one great price.

Bundle #4 is my favorite.  We all know a “girl on the go” whether it is a college student getting ready to graduate, a career women, a business owner or a mom.  This is a great set given together but can also be broken up into 3 great gifts.  The Around Town Tote is one of my go-to bags.  This classy bag has lots of room while looking fashionable.  Add the Savvy Sleeve to hold files, up to a 15″ laptop or iPad and planner.  A nice gift for the man on your list who juggles a lot of papers on the road.  The Super Swap It Pocket is the big sister of our Swap It Pocket.  The larger version has handles which allows it to be used on its own.  Organize files, a mini diaper bag for the car, a Bible case, a snack bag or even a purse.

These four bundles are available for a limited time only.  To place your order, CLICK HERE. Need help with your order, feel free to text me at 609-457-4249 or send an email to HopeWs31@gmail.com

Don’t let stressing over holiday gifts ruin your holiday spirit….

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

We are in between holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It is a great time to clean your makeup brushes.  I don’t use makeup a lot BUT I am learning the importance of cleaning them on a regular basis.

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Cleaning your makeup brushes can be a bit of a chore, but it’s vital not only for a flawless application but hygiene reasons too. Here are some of the best tips on how to clean your makeup brushes I found online.

  • Washing your brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine, as when you use your brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt and even bacteria get trapped in the bristles – skipping cleaning can often lead to clogged pores and spots too.
  • Not only will cleaning your tools help keep bacteria off your face but it will also condition those expensive brushes – if you look after them they should last a very long time.

Professional make-up artist, Louise Young shares the best way to keep large powder brushes super soft is by using a conditioner will keep them super soft.

Here is a STEP-BY-STEP on how to wash your brushes:

  1. Rinse the bristles under lukewarm water, and make sure you don’t get water into the handle of the brush as this will loosen the glue over time.
  2. Squirt a small amount of brush cleanser/gentle shampoo in your hand and use a swirling motion to lather up the product into the brush. Remember to keep the brush tilted downwards at all times.
  3. Run through the water, and once the water is running clean you’ve successfully removed all of the product out of the brush.
  4. Then gently press on the bristles with your fingers to release excess water.
  5. Lay the brush or brushes flat on a towel on the edge of a table overnight – always lay them flat so water doesn’t get into the brushes handle.

I know, now the question is “what products can I use to clean the brushes?”.  There are many cleaners on the market, and if you have a fav company/product, be sure to check with your consultant for their recommendation.  Here are some inexpensive and probably already in your home clean solutions:

  1. You can use unscented bar soap, dish detergent, or baby soap mixed with lukewarm water to clean your brushes.
  2. For extra cake-y brushes, use a dab of almond or olive oil to break down the residue before you wash.

Now, cleaning your brushes is a big help to getting rid of bacteria BUT did you know bacteria lingers in your make-up.  How many of you have products older than 6 months or a year you use?

Do you know the rule for hanging onto make-up products? It is all about the water content – I had no idea!  The drier the product e.g. powder, the longer its shelf life. Here are the products to be more cautious of:

  • Mascara & liquid eyeliner – The dark damp environment and frequent contact with eyes makes this high risk for infection.  Throw both away after 3 months
  • Foundation – This is a typical product to cause problems. We often use our hands to apply and then put them back into the bottle. We may be covering up blemishes which easily transmit infection. Bases often start to separate after a few months and lose efficacy, so change your fluid base every six months
  • Powder & Concealer – These will last longer but make sure to keep cases closed and lids on. Once exposed to air products may start to dry and lose their consistency, also airborne bacteria may also be a problem
  • Eye & Lip Pencils – These will last between 1 and 2 years but be careful using them if you have a cold sore or eye infection. Never share lip or eye products and be careful with make-up sponges. Frequently clean and sharpen pencils to stay protected.

Do you have a tip on how to clean your brushes? Or are you in the beauty business and have a product to help clean brushes?  Please share below.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Organize Your Jewelry

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Are you a jewelry hoarder?  Now I don’t mean that you qualify for the TV show “Hoarders” BUT you have a lot and most of it is tucked away, right?  I have to admit that I have lots of jewelry.  I have always been an impulse shopper and as a result, I would see something that went with an outfit and I would buy it.  The problem is that when I got rid of the outfit, I never got rid of the jewelry.

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I have basic pieces that I wear all of the time.  Why?  Mainly because they are hanging on the wall next to my dresser or they are sitting on top of the dresser.

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In my business, I help women (and men) organize their physical space so they can maximize their time; I thought it was time I practiced what I preached.

In an effort to find a necklace that my husband gave me for our first Christmas, 15 years ago, I ended up organizing my jewelry.  I used some tips from Inkwell Press.

Step #1: Gather all your jewelry together.  My work spot was the bed which let me lay out all of my jewelry.

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Step #2: Sort through your jewelry by type (rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.) and group them together.  I was amazed at how many things I had – some were still in boxes waiting to be worn.

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Step #3 – I will admit that this is the toughest step.  This is where you are going to start purging your collection.  Ask yourself three questions:

  • Do I love it?
  • Is it in style?
  • Will I wear it?

If the answer is no to any of these – then it needs to leave your collection and head to the donation pile.  I will admit there are pieces that hold sentimental value that you don’t want to part with.  If a piece has sentimental value, showcase it rather than keeping it hidden in a box.   How about having it remade into something new or add it to your wearing rotation.  I have some of my special pieces in a corner cabinet in my living room where each family member who has died has their own shelf.  I am thinking about changing it to a shadow box that I can hang on the wall.

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Step #4  Now, it is time to group your pieces by type and store them in a way that allows you to see them. I love the picture frame one that lets you see your organized pieces as you get dressed.  If you see them, you are more likely to wear them!

What is your best tip for keeping your jewelry organized and ready to wear?  Share it with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!