Finding the Best Valentines Day Presents

Valentines day presents in this day and age should be pretty easy to pick right? If that was REALLY the case with Valentine’s day quickly approaching then there would be no need for this article. So given the approaching holiday we will cover some of the more popular valentine day ideas that you can use to pick something nice for your sweetheart. This article will focus on valentines day presents for those that have a local or long distance relationship.

Valentines Day Presents (Sorted By Relative Cost)

Internet Valentine’s Day Card
This idea will involve you uploading a personalized video or photo utilizing one of the many free services available (i.e. Google video and/or Kodak). Attach a unique thoughtful note to it and you are in business

Personalized M&Ms
Were you aware that you could even do this for the valentine holiday? The M&M’s company allows you to put a very personal touch on your favorite color of M&M’s and even put a romantic message and/or picture on them. Who says they wouldn’t eat your message right up? Lol.

I Love You Coupon Book
You can find this coupon book at the online store Essentials.com. Basically it is a book of redeemable coupons for various activities linked to romance, love or just plain old fun. In fact each and every coupon has quotes you would find inspirational and they even allow space for you to add your own!

Name a Star Service
This service has been mentioned on TV a lot recently and basically allows you to “NAME” a star for your special sweetheart at one of the star registry online websites. This is the most unique out of all of the valentine day ideas presented and one of my personal best. You might not be able to give them the world but the heavens are well within reach.

Do It Yourself Gift Basket
Since the person that probably knows what your sweetheart likes the most is you right? It also makes sense that you would use that knowledge to create a Valentine’s day gift package for your special one?

Top 5 Valentines Day Presents
The following list has been compiled from previous years of valentine day holidays and contains the most popular valentine day gifts. This list is in order of the most popular to the least popular

1) Flowers – Best if delivered to there place of work!

2) Romantic Dinner – Pick a place with an amazing view and impeccable service

3) Candy – Make sure you send something your sweetheart will enjoy

4) Scented Candles – Surprise them with there favorite scent

5) Gift certificates – Get these for her favorite spa or his favorite sporting event

Valentines Day Presents Summary
This article has presented several ideas that you can use to decide what you want to get your sweetheart for valentine’s day. They are all great ideas but just keep in mind that the best present is one that has a lot of YOU in it in thought and deed. if you can get your own unique personality into the gift somehow then you will have given them some the best valentines day presents of their lives!

Give Yourself the Present of Being Present

Have you noticed how GOOD you have it? How ABUNDANT your life really is?

Or are you stressing about holiday hutsle and bustle? I remember plenty of years where I MISSED the holiday, the season and everything that was really great and precious because I was focused on everything I thought I didn’t have like:

1. Not having enough money to buy the holiday presents I wanted to buy.

2. Not having friends to celebrate the holidays with.

3. Not having my family members treat me the way I’d like.

4. Not having the funds to take a fabulous vacation.

5. Not having a passionate romance in my life.

This year my focus is much different. And I’ve seen the amazing difference even a year can make. This year I choose to focus on what I DO have:

1. A healthy body that lovingly moves me through every hour of each day.

2. A love relationship with God that that continues to amaze and dazzle me.

3. An opportunity to create all things new in this glorious New Year.

4. A sweet and smokey smell filling my glowing fireplace.

5. The luxury of taking time to reflect on what is most meaningful to me.

6. The ability to let go of all people, thoughts and things that are meant to move on.

As a result of focusing on what I do have, everything that I haven’t had in the past has either been brought to me or I have been brought to peace with it.

It’s a beautiful place to be.

I hope and pray you give yourself the gift of being present with what is. Enjoy ALL that you do have and remember you have what it takes to live a legendary life!

© 2007 Gina Ratliffe

Negotiation: Agreement

If you are negotiating a buyer/vendor agreement with a familiar partner, business can still be concluded with a handshake. Most likely, however, a contract or written agreement is the gold standard, because finances, deposits, guarantees, etc. are involved. The path to an agreement requires preparation, a top-notch presentation and discussion of the details.

The other side may request certain revisions and/or concessions. Evaluate the net effect of such changes: What real impact will they have? Are they asking too much? Is the request feasible? All too often we take a dissenting response in negotiations too personally. Depersonalize it. Look at the proposal in a purely objective manner and accept it, re-submit it, or refuse it. Consider your next step, and be prepared to proceed accordingly if you are unable to modify your stance.

The vendor may also totally refuse your proposal or requests. A good negotiating partner with an opposing view should simultaneously offer an alternative, but this does not always happen. Your next step should be somewhat strong, but well prepared. Ask why your request is being denied. If that answer is reasonable, sit down and discuss the process that led to the decision. Look for key elements that you can work with that might open doors to a positive conclusion.

If the response to your “why?” is close-ended, sometimes it is best not to waste any more time on further discussion. If other sources are available, move on. Be sure the other party is made aware that these actions will cause you to reassess your long-term relationship, but be professional and don’t dwell on it.

If this happened to be the sole supplier of what you require (which is somewhat rare), and you can’t do business on your terms, you may have to do business on their terms. This is usually workable, although not always desirable.

It is possible that the negative decision was made by someone higher in the organization than your negotiating partner. If it has been effective in the past to talk directly with the decision maker in this organization, suggest that diplomatically.

When negotiating for anything, whether you are looking for seats, fares, rooms or override, always remember to keep in mind the needs of the other party. This will show in your presentation and will be acknowledged and appreciated, thus producing a more desirable result. Develop a rapport with your negotiating partner, but never try to leverage a “favor owed.”

Do not undersell the value of your service. Offering large scale rebates in preliminary and secondary negotiations can, in fact, reduce the credibility of your offering, raising questions in the prospect’s mind about your ability to work on such a small margin. Carefully analyze your financial capabilities. Do not make unrealistic commitments. Negotiate in good faith. Keep mutual goals, mutual successes, and economics in mind both in your written and verbal negotiation presentations. Your ability to negotiate well and fairly should become as developed as the other principles of success that have enabled you to be where you are – and grow where you want to go.