Creative Ideas For Homemade Presents

Nothing is more impressive and touching than giving a present that you personally made and prepared. These are also more inexpensive compared to items in a gift shop.

Here are some simple yet brilliant gift ideas:

Speedy No Cook Food Gift ideas

A present from your very own kitchen will not only fill the tummy but will warm the heart as well. You do not have to be elaborate and grand. Little, personal touches will make a big difference. Collate your family’s favorite recipes. Then, you can either print those recipes on lovely paper (with the recipient’s favorite color) or write them onto a gaudy paper.

a. Buy some fresh veggies, spices, or tiny herbs and arrange them in a sweet, nice-looking basket or bin. Insert a card containing your well-loved menu for using each veggies or herb. This gift is ideal for a mommy on-the-go, a new bride wishing to experiment new recipes for her hubby, or for someone who loves to cook.

b. Grab a pack or two of mouth-watering and attractive candy sticks or canes. Dip them in sweet strawberry or chocolate melts (or any flavor of your choice) and allow them to solidify. Wrap in different colors of cellophanes with bows that will serve as coffee stirrers. Place them in an appealing beverage mug. Sweet tooth and coffee lovers will beam with delight with this homemade present.

c. Stuff a heavy, big oven mitten with delectable pistachio nuts or jellybeans (spiced or conventional) and knot with a vibrant trimming.

d. Gifts in a jar are wonderful for families with kids. Fill them with jelly ace, candy sprinklers, or cookies (chocolate chips, macaroons, brownies, or oatmeal). You can slip in a customized recipe for a darling cookie. You can also fill jars or bags with cupcakes, breads and packaged items like boxed milk, liquid or powder juices, tasty soup mixes, or connoisseur peppercorns.

Wonderful Wearables
Wearables make beautiful presents like beaded jewelries, hair clips, hats, t-shirts, and caps. You can expend your artistic imagination and employ a lot of inspired patterns, techniques, and materials to create your own craft.

No Sew Sassy Sachet
There may be colorful, attractive fabrics just sitting on your drawers for some time now. You can use them to make lovely sachets that will hold potpourris. Simple sewing is needed. Even children can try with assistance from adults.

To create a single sachet, set two identical 6-inch box-shaped cloths back-to-back. Glue or stitch the edgings on three sides. Stuff the sachet with roughly half a cup of potpourri. Fasten together the remaining open edge. You now have a superb perfumed sachet. After making several sachets, organize them in bright, colorful heaps and knot them as one using a cheerful string or ribbon.

The Mystic Art of Negotiation


What is the reason, that we include a topic that may seem, completely materialistic?
Because, life is also very materialistic but its foundations and principles are primarily, ethic and just.
The negotiator, is not a merchant of the temple, because the things of the spirit, transcend any material value and cannot be bought. But, the negotiation, is seen here, from a superior aspect and it gives the correct way of the definition of good and the necessary element, which is found in the reciprocity, of giving and receiving. Life would be very different, if we would give what is fair, to receive, what is fair. While differentiating, the things which are properly of the spirit, and only belong to the spirit and to purity. Man, must always have an ethical way of living. This is the reason, that we have dedicated the effort, and the interest, in the development of this gallery.

The negotiation is an art, because it requires of dedication, effort, attention, concentration and discipline. But, it mainly requires of inspiration, and this belongs to the inner world.
To negotiate is the capacity -always illuminated-of achieving, the desired success and it is necessary to say, that there are two possibilities:

To lose control, which is the worse scenario.

And to gain control.

To negotiate, is to have control. To have control, is to be a leader. This does not mean to subdue. This means, to be able to reveal the maximum glory, of every form of communication and mutual satisfaction. The negotiator, must be pure, because the negotiated object is always intangible. The true negotiation is, to accept what we point to as correct, good, satisfactory, complacent, necessary, useful, dominant, inevitably unique, real and beneficial. The negotiation, does not know any limits, does not have fear, because the negotiation is not, an accident or coincidence.

It is the science, which is superior, to any method, because the negotiator is the person, who finally negotiates, the fact of been original, spontaneous, genuine and true.
The negotiation, does not contemplate defeat, loss or abandonment since the negotiation adapts, and does not subdue to any condition, neither waits for, the right moment, or becomes desperate, in the worst moment. The negotiation, makes the right moment, of every moment. The end result, of the negotiation is not a sale, as its only objective. To negotiate, is much more than this, much more, of what we could have conceived, in the first analysis.
To negotiate, is to influence directly the sense, the perception, and the knowledge, since what is truly negotiated, is the supremacy of the will, control, government, execution, function, direction, and defined objective. These are, some of the parameters, that are contemplated, in the art of negotiation.

We can compare the negotiation, with the necessary precision, where the arrow is aimed, and thrown at the objective, which is the center of interest. There is no tolerance, neither distance than the precise.
The negotiation is, the group of norms and functions, of the reason, of the experience and of the conscience, that as one mathematical reason, does not admit other, than the specific and desired result.
The ability of negotiation initiates, in the serenity of the mind, and in the capacity of knowing the ulterior mystic perception, of the eye of the conscience. The mind is not only one experience. It is also, and mainly, an integral image, a unique global concept. By example, the concept of being ourselves. Our first negotiation is, our own identity and the result is, that certainty, confidence, self control and the inner harmony are achieved.


1- To negotiate is to flow.

To negotiate is not, to reach your territory, or my territory. It is to reach, the territory.
2- To sell, is to share.

To negotiate is not to yield, or to influence others, to yield. It rather is, to excel and for both

parts, to coincide.
3- The right attitude.
It is the one of success in the effort, in the dedication, but it never is a boastful attitude, since this would become defeat.

4- The defeat.
It happens, when we have lost the attention, when we have forgotten decency, and we have not understood its benefits.

5- The greatest negotiation.
It is with ourselves. To be able to negotiate, I have to be sustained by the inner serenity. Then, if there is a mountain, as high as the firmament, in front of me, or a lion ready to kill, or a snake rolled up in my neck, I will not have any doubts, about what to do, since I am already doing, what I have to do.
I am already winning. I will meditate, I will act, I will win.

6- When is the negotiation lost?
When the consistency is lost. When we change, because of fear and insecurity.

7- When is the decision good?
When I believe in it. But, if I make a mistake, then, I can learn from it, and know that I have to get ready, to be alert, to get the necessary training.

8-What does the negotiator do?
The negotiator observes, more than what is evident. The negotiator always discovers, open windows, in closed doors.

9-A good negotiator.
Some persons think, that a good negotiator has to be ambitious, but this may work, in very basic negotiations. Later on, the ambition may turn into, the objective of life, losing values, principles and reasons. The true negotiation, is not based in the ambition, because it is not, a false buy and sell. transaction, that has a hidden objective. No!
The negotiation believes in success, in excellence, but does not see them, as ambition, but as the excellence, not of only one part, but of all the parts. Therefore, the negotiation is always based on, a shared good. Then, the negotiation is, the street of two ways, where service circulates, as the sensible mystic art, of giving and receiving, a mutual equilibrium. Although heaven and earth, may seem distant, they conform the belly, the uterus, where life germinates, grows and develops.

Characteristics of Great Sales Negotiators

Virtually everyone in sales is required to negotiate. After conducting hundreds of workshop and working with thousands of people during the last decade, I have discovered that most sales people are not as effective at negotiating as they could be.

However, I do come across great sales negotiators from time-to-time and have noticed that they typically have a few things in common. Here are the characteristics they usually possess.

Understanding of the negotiating process. Highly effective negotiators recognize that negotiating is a process, not just something that is done when discussing the terms and conditions of a solution. Negotiating is much more than haggling about price. It requires an understanding of the dynamics that affect the process and influence the behavior of people. Great negotiators invest time learning different tactics and strategies and how each technique contributes to the overall outcome.

Focus on win-win. Win-win means that both parties feel good about the outcome of the negotiating process. Some books that state win-win solutions are not possible in business negotiating; the authors write that someone usually gives away more than they should and the outcome becomes a win-lose situation. Great negotiators don’t believe that. They help their customer try and solve problems and look for opportunities to give as much value as possible. They also know how and when to limit their concessions, give-aways, and discounts so they can work out an agreement that is equitable for both parties.

Patience. Too many people search for the quick fix try to close the sale as fast as possible so they can move on the next prospect. Great sales negotiators recognize that patience is a virtue and that rushing the process often leads to an undesirable outcome. They don’t hurry to reach an agreement. Instead, they take time to gather the necessary information. They think carefully about possible solutions. They take their time during the entire process. This is critical because major mistakes are made when we try to reach an agreement too quickly. We rush through the process, not giving the other person’s offer ample attention, and often end up with an outcome that is win-lose. Simply because we were in a hurry.

Creativity. Most great negotiators are also very creative. They use their problem-solving skills to determine the best solution and look for unique ways to achieve their goal. A friend of mine was once embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with a company and after months of negotiation, he came up with a solution that ended the suit. He stretched out beyond the normal answers and developed an alternative that was accepted by the other party. In other words, he got creative.

Willingness to experiment. Negotiating is a very dynamic process because no two people are alike. What works extremely well in one situation can backfire in another. That’s why great negotiators practise using a variety of concepts and techniques. They experiment with different strategies, solutions, and tactics. And a small failure does not prevent them from experimenting with new ideas in the future.
Confidence. Great negotiators are confident when they enter a negotiation. They aren’t arrogant or rude or cocky–they are simply confident. They have developed a high belief in their ability to reach an win-win agreement. They are confident that they can handle anything that comes their way in a negotiation and this confidence is developed through experience. Great negotiators evaluate themselves regularly. They learn from their mistakes and victories. They focus on improving their skill. They develop an internal confidence that is unshakable.

Keen listening skills. People will tell you virtually everything you need to know if you ask the right questions AND listen carefully to their answers. I personally believe that this one attribute is the most important skill in selling and negotiating. I remember my wife talking to a prospect on the telephone and at one point during the conversation she sensed that he had more to say. She waited patiently and listened carefully and the other person eventually gave her valuable information that helped her close the sale. Unfortunately, too many sales people simply wait for their turn to talk, or even worse, interrupt their prospect. This lack of listening means they often miss hearing key information that will assist them in the negotiations.

Negotiating is not a skill that is easily acquired. It takes time, effort and energy. If you want to improve your negotiating ability you must be ready to work at it. Invest the time learning the dynamics and science of negotiating. And be prepared to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

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