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3 easy steps to sweeten someone's day


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Updated: 4/08 1:57 pm Published: 1/21 3:46 pm


(BPT) - Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it's a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays a little more bearable, loved ones make our days better. A simple thank you or a small gift can go a long way in showing those people just how much you appreciate them.

A recent survey revealed that significant others aren't the only ones who are recognized with gifts on special occasions these days. This survey, which was commissioned by Rich Products, a leading provider to foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, showed that friends topped the list; and surprisingly, among their favorite gifts were fresh baked goods ranging from cookies, cupcakes and other sweet treats.

So to sweeten your relationships all year round, small thank you gifts are both welcomed and appreciated. And keep in mind it's not the size of the gift that matters. Survey results show that good things come in small, personalized packages.

Gifting made delicious

To get started, remember showing your appreciation doesn't have to be expensive and time consuming. Gifts can be purchased on your weekly (or daily) trip to the grocery store then personalized and decorated with things that you have around the house. You can even stock up on these inexpensive supplies at your local craft store.

Here are few simple, low-cost steps to show someone you care:

Step 1: Visit the bakery department in your local grocery store for a variety of fresh and delicious options. From frosted cookies, to cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and doughnuts, you'll find a treat to please everyone on your list - and there's no baking involved.

Step 2: Personalize each gift by selecting a baked good and using basic art or wrapping supplies (think ribbon spools and tissue paper leftover from Christmas) that you have around the house to dress up your gifts.

Step 3: Attach a personalized, handwritten note on a piece of construction paper or cardstock. Cut the paper to size, punch a hole to thread a ribbon through and tie it to your gift.

Here are some more ideas for quick and easy do-it-yourself ways to dress up your gift:

* Entertaining envelopes: Remember those CD sleeves that you have lying around the house? The writers of the blog Doodle Craft came up with a decorative envelope idea that can be used to package a delicious cookie - just add a doily and some ribbon.

* Personalized plates: Find inexpensive, seasonal or colored ceramic plates at your local discount store and wrap with cellophane and a bow.

* Sweet surprise: Grab a small gift box, place some tissue inside, add your selected baked good and tie with a colored bow. Make sure that the baked good is secure in the box. You don't want it to crumble.

For more simple and creative year-round gifting and packaging ideas, visit the Bakery Because Pinterest board at www.pinterest.com/bakerybecause.


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