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Are Wine, Spirits or Alcohol a Good Corporate Gift?

30 May

For those who enjoy alcohol a thoughtfully selected bottle may seem like the perfect gift.

And while that might be true for people in your personal life, it’s tricky when it comes to corporate gifts.

Alcohol is a controversial gift for reasons that may not be obvious. Consider how much you know about the person.

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Assumptions can be risky when you don’t know any of the following information:

  • Personal struggles with alcoholism or addiction. Many recovering addicts aren’t necessarily open about their battles with alcohol, especially in their professional environments.
  • Challenging family history with alcohol. People with relatives that have a history of alcoholism may have strong aversions to alcohol.
  • Religion. Some of the religions that may avoid alcohol include branches of Christianity, Muslims, Jainism and Buddhists.
  • Personal preference. Some people avoid alcohol for weight loss, health, mental wellbeing and athletic goals. Others only like certain types of alcohol.
  • Corporate policies. Some workplaces have corporate policies about receiving alcohol.

Build Better Relationships With The Right Gift

Gifts are about building and nurturing relationships and you jeopardize that if the gift offends the receiver.

When gifting alcohol it’s important to be 100% certain that it will be well received. In a professional setting, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

When selecting a gift for someone consider the purpose for the gift:

  • Is it for a business or personal milestone?
  • Are they a client or employee?
  • Is it going to a group or individual

By customizing the gift so it’s appropriate to the occasion, you’ll create a more meaningful experience.

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If the gift will be received in the person’s workplace, it’s an opportunity for them to also receive public recognition and feel special.

Obviously we are big fans of gift boxes. The experience of receiving a box, opening it and finding beautifully curated items gives people a prolonged experience of joy compared to opening a gift bag that obviously has a bottle inside.

What ever you decide, put yourself in the receiver’s shoes, how would you feel if you received the gift? Does it feel meaningful?

If you need help selecting a gift for any occasion, check out our gift guide below to help you decide the right type of basket for the occasion.

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Delivering Gift Baskets with a Shift Delivery Tricycle!

04 Nov


In our previous post, we discussed Climate Smart and how we focus on improving aspects of our business that have the greatest environmental impact: Shipping and Paper use. We are constantly trying to improve and we decided to share a glimpse of how fun this process can be!

 

 

 

In the video above, we are delivering new home gift baskets in Vancouver’s downtown core for new home owners.

 

 

 

How Low Can Our Impact Go?

 

 

 

Our method of transportation with this delivery is through Shift Delivery. As you can see in the video, these guys are awesome! They are replacing conventional delivery trucks by delivering products (up to 600 pounds ) on heavy-duty cargo trikes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gifts feature Sapadilla green cleaning products. These products are made locally in North Vancouver with premium plant-based ingredients that are naturally effective and kind to your skin. These products are never tested on animals and they smell amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We always look forward to taking our work to the next level. Stay tuned for more Saul Good adventures!

 

 

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Vancouver's AspenClean keeps you and your home carcinogen free

25 Aug

I originally wrote this article on GranvilleOnline.ca and thought readers would like to see it here too. Let me know what you think.

Locally made AspenClean green cleaning products won’t damage health or happiness

Although they’ve been around for years it wasn’t until last week that I had the opportunity to try AspenClean green cleaning products. Based in North Vancouver, Alicia and Chris Sokolowski have been on a mission to develop healthy cleaning products for the home that aren’t going to harm one’s family or the environment.

Besides developing a line of green cleaning products Aspen Clean also runs a home and office cleaning service, using their non-toxic products to clean your work or family environment.

With a new brand and packaging design it’s a lot easier to notice AspenClean in what’s becoming an increasingly crowded space, with other locally made Vancouver green cleaning products like Sapadilla and Live for Tomorrow all trying to get you to bring their products home. Although the packaging is still contemporary in design, it looks sharp and feels good in the hand.

I tried the microfibre cloth and the all-purpose spray around my place last weekend. The cloth worked amazing; it’s like it’s got all these little fingers grabbing at dust and dirt as you wipe, making it real easy to clean up. It’s a big cloth that I can see being really good for large spills, though I found it a bit cumbersome in size. It would be great if they came in smaller sizes for smaller jobs as well.

The all-purpose spray worked real well, nothing too eventful, it just worked.

3 ingredients to watch out for in your cleaning products

  1. Butoxyethanol (or 2-butoxyethanol) – ever wondered where that lemon scent comes from? This one’s a suspect for inhibiting the development of a bunch of organs.
  2. Ethoxylated Nonphenol – a known endocrine toxicant, this one is no good for the environment
  3. Silicon Diocide (silica) – the dust that’s created when using products that include silica can irritate the skin and cause breathing problems

You can find AspenClean in our Real estate or welcome home gift baskets.
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Sustainable purchasing challenge – bathroom tissue

28 Jan

When asked to source bathroom tissue for one of my clients I thought it would be easy to find a great product made from 100% post consumer recycled content. I was wrong. Lots of products and leading brands have family pack sizes but for individually wrapped product the options are pretty much nil. Up to last fall there were a couple products on the market, Cascades, I believe Canada’s largest recycled paper products companies, and Seventh Generation, our friends in Vermont who’ve been leaders in the green cleaning and household products industry. After talking with my suppliers and sales reps it seemed as though the single wrapped products had been discontinued.

Wausau – recycled paper products

I had a feeling that Wausau had a product that would fit the bill. With no info about it on their website I was a bit suspect but I started digging anyways, talked with their head office and send in some inquiries looking for distributors and info for this product. Yesterday I got a call from a Baywest sales rep, they apparently distribute Wausau products in Vancouver, and got all the info I needed. I found a couple local janitorial supply companies to buy it from as I I’d need to buy containers full of this stuff to meet the distributors minimums. Turns out this product is green to the core, literally. Even the paper core is made out of recycled fibres! It’s green seal certified, made from, wrapped with and around 100% recycled paper.

Where to buy?

Janitor’s Warehouse at 100 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC – ph. 604.327.7708

SK Sanitary at 1841 Pandora St, Vancouver, BC – ph. 604.255.2727

Saul Good Gift Co – for green cleaning and new homeowners gifts – ph. 604.880.8398

Sustainable Packaging and Consumer Behaviour

Are you wondering why I had to source individually wrapped packages of bathroom tissue? Why couldn’t I just source large multi packs and use the rolls from there, saving a bunch of packaging materials. The reason is consumer behaviour. When people receive products like this they want assurance that it’s clean and safe for them to use. I do my best to use minimal and sustainable packaging in all our corporate gifts and promotions at Saul Good but understanding your market and consumer behaviour is all important to make it successful. If people don’t use it, for whatever reason, it didn’t work. Sometimes this means sacrifices but it’s leading us in the right direction.

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Sustainable purchasing challenge – bathroom tissue

28 Jan

When asked to source bathroom tissue for one of my clients I thought it would be easy to find a great product made from 100% post consumer recycled content. I was wrong. Lots of products and leading brands have family pack sizes but for individually wrapped product the options are pretty much nil. Up to last fall there were a couple products on the market, Cascades, I believe Canada’s largest recycled paper products companies, and Seventh Generation, our friends in Vermont who’ve been leaders in the green cleaning and household products industry. After talking with my suppliers and sales reps it seemed as though the single wrapped products had been discontinued.

Wausau – recycled paper products

I had a feeling that Wausau had a product that would fit the bill. With no info about it on their website I was a bit suspect but I started digging anyways, talked with their head office and send in some inquiries looking for distributors and info for this product. Yesterday I got a call from a Baywest sales rep, they apparently distribute Wausau products in Vancouver, and got all the info I needed. I found a couple local janitorial supply companies to buy it from as I I’d need to buy containers full of this stuff to meet the distributors minimums. Turns out this product is green to the core, literally. Even the paper core is made out of recycled fibres! It’s green seal certified, made from, wrapped with and around 100% recycled paper.

Where to buy?

Janitor’s Warehouse at 100 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC – ph. 604.327.7708

SK Sanitary at 1841 Pandora St, Vancouver, BC – ph. 604.255.2727

Saul Good Gift Co – for green cleaning and new homeowners gifts – ph. 604.880.8398

Sustainable Packaging and Consumer Behaviour

Are you wondering why I had to source individually wrapped packages of bathroom tissue? Why couldn’t I just source large multi packs and use the rolls from there, saving a bunch of packaging materials. The reason is consumer behaviour. When people receive products like this they want assurance that it’s clean and safe for them to use. I do my best to use minimal and sustainable packaging in all our corporate gifts and promotions at Saul Good but understanding your market and consumer behaviour is all important to make it successful. If people don’t use it, for whatever reason, it didn’t work. Sometimes this means sacrifices but it’s leading us in the right direction.

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Sapadilla – nice little eco-cleaners

02 Jan

Sapadilla is a cool green cleaning product company based in Vancouver, BC that makes high quality all natural products that work and smells great. Jill and Steve are two of the friendliest people you’ll meet and I’ve really enjoyed working with and getting to know them over this past year. Premium locally made products are in demand and it’s been a pleasure getting these products into people’s homes. My favorite is their grapefruit & bergamot countertop cleanser as it smells really nice and keeps things clean without the use of nasty chemicals.

Sapadilla has truely made a great leap towards creating products that are sustainable to the core and attractive to use for all sorts of people. The ingredients are all plant based and biodegradable, made with naturally effective ingredients from sugar, coconut and palm oil. They use pure essential oils which have natural cleansing properties and smell amazing.

Sapadilla is one of the premiere products in our real estate gift baskets. These baskets are great for real estate agents or as a present for someone who just bought a house.

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Sapadilla – nice little eco-cleaners

02 Jan

Sapadilla is a cool green cleaning product company based in Vancouver, BC that makes high quality all natural products that work and smells great. Jill and Steve are two of the friendliest people you’ll meet and I’ve really enjoyed working with and getting to know them over this past year. Premium locally made products are in demand and it’s been a pleasure getting these products into people’s homes. My favorite is their grapefruit & bergamot countertop cleanser as it smells really nice and keeps things clean without the use of nasty chemicals.

Sapadilla has truely made a great leap towards creating products that are sustainable to the core and attractive to use for all sorts of people. The ingredients are all plant based and biodegradable, made with naturally effective ingredients from sugar, coconut and palm oil. They use pure essential oils which have natural cleansing properties and smell amazing.

Sapadilla is one of the premiere products in our real estate gift baskets. These baskets are great for real estate agents or as a present for someone who just bought a house.