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How to Buy Wine for a Gift

Wine Gifts

by Kim Vermaak

If you have decided to go for a wine as a corporate gift this year, there are some point to consider on how 

 

to buy wine for a gift.

 

Step 1: Get real on the budget

 

If you have decided to chose wine as a corporate gift, realise that cheap and nasty, will give you a nasty reception. Go mid-range to high end. If you do not know much about wine, you can be tempted to go for the cheapest wine.

 

However, cheap wine will taste cheap. Unless you have personally tasted the wine and know that it is an excellent value for money deal, you just don’t want to pick the cheapest wine

.Also, consider who you’re buying the wine for. Buying a very cheap bottle of wine for your boss won’t endear you to them. Similarly, you may not want to buy the cheapest bottle you can find for a close friend.

 

If you’re known as someone who appreciates wine, buying a cheap bottle for someone else can come off as you underestimating their taste or simply not appreciating them as much.

 

Step 2: Consider the season. 

 

If you don’t know where to start, picking wines by the season is a good bet. You don’t necessarily want the same wines in the summer that you do in the winter. In the summer, you want something lighter, for instance, than you do in winter.

 

White wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling are good summer choices. Rose and Merlot are also a good bet. These wines are bit lighter.

 

For fall, you want fuller bodied whites, such as oaked Chardonnay or Viognier. You still want a somewhat lighter red wine, so stick with Pinot noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or a sparkling variety.

 

During the winter, you can go with heavier wines since you’ll have heavier dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux blend, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Malbec are fine in the reds.

 

For whites, choose oaked Chardonnay. You can also go for a sparkling wine. In the spring, you want lighter, fruitier wines, such as Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Unoaked Chardonnay, or Rose. You can also choose Riesling, Moscato, or Pinot noir.

 

Step 3: Ask questions. 

 

If you’re not a wine connoisseur yourself, gazing at a liquor store’s collection of wines can a challenge. 

 

There are just so many to choose from. If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask the person in charge of wines for advice.

 

Step 4: Make sure it’s appropriate. 

 

That is, you don’t want to buy wine the majority of your clients have a no alcohol policy. For instance, maybe your client enjoys alcohol, but they don’t like wine. Another situation you may run into is that your client does not may not drink at all, due to personal choice, health reasons, or religious reasons. If you’re not sure, ask.

 

Step 5: Choose good labeling 

 

When you’re giving a wine, the packaging matters. A  well-designed label will be more appreciated than a subdued, boring label, especially since many people will associate the latter with cheaper wine. So investin a good looking label.  There are many free lance graphic designers who will be able to design a very eye catching label for you.

 

Step 6: Choose your packaging

 

Are you going to wrap the wine, or use a gift bag? Research shows that wrapped gifts produce a better response from the recipient. So spend a little extra to make sure that the gift is well presented.  Remember the gift may be waiting at reception for the recipient if you deliver while they are not there.  In this time, you label on the bag may form as an advertisement for your company or brand.

 

During the winter, you can go with heavier wines since you’ll have heavier dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux blend, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Malbec are fine in the reds.

 

For whites, choose oaked Chardonnay. You can also go for a sparkly wine. In the spring, you want lighter, fruitier wines, such as Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Unoaked Chardonnay, or Rose. You can also choose Riesling, Moscato, or Pinot noir.

 

Step 3: Ask questions. 

 

If you’re not a wine connoisseur yourself, gazing at a liquor store’s collection of wines can a challenge.

There are justso many to choosefrom. If you are feeling overwelmed, don’t be afraid to ask the person in charge of wines for advice.

 

Step 4: Make sure it’s appropriate. 

 

That is, you don’t want to buy wine th majory of your clients have a no alchohol policy. For instance, maybe your client enjoys alcohol, but they don’t like wine. Another situation you may run into is that your client does not may not drink at all, due to personal choice, health reasons, or religious reasons. If you’re not sure, ask.

 

Step 5: Choose good labelling 

 

When you’re giving a wine, the packaging matters. A  well-designed label will be more appreciated than a subdued, boring label, especially since many people will associate the latter with cheaper wine. So invest in a good looking label.  There are many free lance graphic designers who will be able to design a very eye catching label for you.

 

Step 6: Choose your packaging

 

Are you going to wrap the wine, or use a gift bag? Research shows that wrapped gifts produce a better response from the recipient. So spend a little extra to mak sure that the gift is well presented.  Remeber the gift  may be waiting at reception for the recipient if you deliver while they are not there.  In this time, your label on the bag may form as an adverstisemnt for your company or brand.

 

Is Your or Your Staff’s Approach To Finances Leading You to The Post Christmas Divorce Courts?

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by Kim Vermaak

Did you know that in the first working Monday of the year is dubbed “Divorce Day” by lawyers in the UK because of the increase in the number of people looking to end their marriages following the stress of Christmas and the New Year?

In the survey one in five people blamed their partner for their money problem, accusing them of overspending or failing to budget properly. Recently I heard someone say, “If someone tells you that money can’t buy happiness, ask them what poverty can buy.”

As a child I could remember a time where my parents fought so much that I wished they would get divorced.

But divorce can sometimes lead to more financial hardships and a lot of additional struggles that we don;t think of. Life is full of cycles and bad times can and do pass. But if you have a plan that you are actively working on for the future, you can get through to the other side with your dignity and marriage in tact.

Money is simply a tool. A tool that can buy options. Options in health, education, charity and lifestyle.

But if you are failing to budget, you are setting yourself and your family up for failure.

Many people do not even know how to budget. In fact of the couples surveyed who filed for divorce, over 70% of them did not have a budget.

On Sanlam’s website, they have a nice simple budgeting spreadsheet. We really recommend that you start working on a budget today. For your personal life and your business. It is not always easy to start a new habit and if you get a fright on your first look at your budget, don’t give up. Just keep at it.

Keep all your slips and use them to check what you are spending. Record them, to get a better understanding of where you are spending and where you could be saving. When there is an opportunity to make extra money, take it. Educate yourself about the new opportunity or venture and then simply go for it.

Sometimes we can cut back so much that our life seems an unbearable. So also budget for some fun activities. This will help you keep motivated. As a couple, my husband and I sometimes have “mini” dates. Where we just go out for an ice cream and stroll without the children. It allows us some private time together and costs around R 10.00 parking + R 50.00 for fuel + R 25.00 for ice cream, R 85.00 in total. A picnic is also a great low cost date. Your relationship is reliant on quality time, creating good memories and forgiveness.

Overspending eliminates any positive efforts that you put into your relationship.

Get your kids involved. Often we feel under pressure to buy things for our kids over Christmas, but if they understand a budget and the consequences of having a budget, they will begin to change their thinking as well.

I am not saying that you should not buy your kids presents. But work within a budget to avoid that over spending hangover and start your new year on a positive note.

A great empowering gift for your staff is the Smart Money Finance Journal.

Get yourself and your staff into the habit of recording your expenses. It will go a long way to creating better habits.

Staff who in financial crisis have a higher temptation to steal from the company they are working for.

A messy divorce, medical bills, debt, or a partner who was retrenched are all reasons why a trusted employee may look at the company’s cash differently. Everyone who steals from their employers start off thinking they are going to pay it back.

When you can educate your staff about finances and budgeting you help them and in the long run help yourself.

Want to Give a Good Gift? Think Past the “Big Wow”

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In a study by Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, gift givers tend to focus on the moment of exchange when selecting a gift, whereas gift recipients are more focused on the long-term utility or practical attributes of the gift.

In the findings,the giver wants to ‘wow’ the recipient and give a gift that can be enjoyed immediately, in the moment, while the recipient is more interested in a gift that provides value over time.”

Recently I was at an awards evening for a leading Appliance store. Each delegate got a set of large steak knives in a box with a plaque.  As a corporate gifting specialist, this is not a gift that is high on my radar. Except for the novelty of being large and well presented, there was no initial appeal. But I have to
admit, it is the best gift that I have gotten in a long time.

It just so happens that my current steak knives have to be replaced. But the forks that I have are still in good condition. The new steak knives perfectly match my set and best of all my smaller children love tackling their meals with these large knives. My son in particular loves to saw off the kernels from mielies and the large handle is a comfortable grip for him.

So while I tend to pack away a large number of corporate gifts for future use, I use these new knives every week. In addition over the festive period, when we have guests, having enough cutlery in the same style is usually a challenge, so I will be getting an extra set for myself.

What is your most practical gift received?

My name is Kim Vermaak and for the past 17 Years I have helped hundreds of brand managers, event coordinators and business owners connect better with their customers.

 

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How to Run and Effective Cancer Proramme

Does the fear of cancer make you feel like you don’t  want to hear about it?

Or do you think that cancer will never impact you?

Did you know that according to CANSA South Africa 100 000 South Africans are diagnosed with cancer ever year?

In October it will be National Cancer Awareness Month..

How can you help your events have a bigger impact and help your team to get better educated?

Our real goal is to help transform people,not just to create awareness. You may know that something about cancer, but what are the specific lifestyle changes that need to be made to reduce cancer?

Here are some ways that you can make your campaign be more effective.

When you give an awareness gift, add an informative short message.

Coffee mugs are used everyday without people thinking about it. So while a Think Pink image may be beneficial in creating overall awareness, does it change behavior?

Proper hydration and nutrition are key to our health, as is understanding what we put in our bodies. The next time you pour your first cup of morning brew or head to happy hour, keep in mind the impacts of the choices you make.

Think about how people interact.

How many times have you found yourself reading what is someone’s t-shirt?

Why not add some information onto the t-shirts for your fund run or office exercise group?

Leisure-time physical activity was associated with a significantly decreased risk of not only colon, breast, and endometrial cancers, but also esophageal cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, kidney cancer, and myeloid leukemia.

You can add different messages on groups of t-shirts and watch how people notice the differences.

Think About Out of the Box Giveaways

How often do we realize that adequate sleep is necessary to maintain a strong immune system, to prevent the growth of cancer?

Do we actively seek to manage stress in our daily lives so that we will not be harmed by its effects  on our bodies and mind?

A scatter cushion is a great idea to reinforce rest and stress management as a positive lifestyle choice.

Use Everyday Gifts to Convey Specific Messages

Our purchasing choices make an impact on our health.

Did you know that you can use everyday items, such as a shopping bag to help change habits?

One group of vegetables you may care to give a closer look at during your weekly shop, are the dark leafy greens. These include broccoli, spinach, leaf lettuce and kale – foods that are true nutrient powerhouses.

My name is Kim Vermaak from a team called Belle Regalo and for the past 17 years, have been helping clients connect better with their staff and clients. In the last few years, I have been shocked at how many people I personally know have been diagnosed with cancer.

So this year, when you are planning your Cancer Awareness Campaigns, think about what causes you to adopt new behaviors. Then use that knowledge to help your team to create better health .