Not another Christmas Gift Guide!

Struggling with Christmas gift inspiration?  We hear you!

The holidays are a special time of year filled with family, love, joy and warmth.  It’s an opportunity to reflect and give thanks to the people that matter most in your life.  Gifting is a big part of the holiday tradition.

If you are looking for great gift ideas to help you sift through the clutter this season, there are tons of gift guides available online to help you find fabulous gifts for everyone on your list (we list some for your convenience at the end of this blog).  And while we love shopping, Christmas shopping can sometimes be an unwelcome source of stress.

First there’s the list… 

You’ve got to make sure that everyone one is there and hope that you haven’t forgotten any names.  Hopefully there aren’t a lot of “maybe’s” on there – you know, those people that either you think you should get something for even though you don’t really want to, or those that you think may get you something so you probably should get them something too (although you’re not sure…)

…then there’s the obligatory names  

You know, the people you know you should get something for but either you really don’t know the person that well or you don’t really care for them that much so you don’t know what to get for them.  Maybe just a generic gift?  Or maybe re-gift?  (I didn’t just say that!)

Those aren’t even the difficult ones. 

The difficult ones are the ones that you really care about – the few people for whom you spend hours hunting for the elusive “perfect Christmas gift.”  If you are lucky, you eventually find “it.”  Hopefully “it” is not already sold out.

A-ha!

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Only on the rarest occasions do you have an “A-ha!” moment and come across something that calls to you and you think to yourself “this is perfect for [Fill-in name/ relation]!”  It may be big, or it may be small.  It’s most likely a bit unexpected – perhaps you were searching for a gift for someone else at the time.  Perhaps the person who comes to mind wasn’t even on your original list to begin with.

While we can’t help you with the rest of your Christmas shopping, this holiday season, we’d like to offer up one small suggestion.  If on the off chance you do have this “A-ha!” moment while out Christmas shopping, and if you are hesitating because either the gift is a bit more than you were planning to spend, or perhaps the person you are thinking of wasn’t originally on your list, or some other reason… just go ahead.  Buy it.  Even, and maybe especially if it is for someone that you originally weren’t planning on sending a gift to.

Because the holidays are all about the spirit of giving.  And often times giving when it is the least expected is when it is the most meaningful and memorable.

 

And for those of you who are interested, here are some Christmas shopping guides:

Little Steps Holiday Gift Guide

The HK Hub – The Ultimate Hong Kong Christmas Gift Guide for 2017

7 Tips for a Fun and Memorable 100 Day Baby Celebration!

A 100 day celebration is an important milestone in your baby’s young life.  Attending to some of these small details will make your party a fun and memorable event on any budget.

 

For many Chinese families, the 100 day celebration is traditionally an important milestone in a baby’s young life.  Historically when living conditions were more difficult, it was a celebration of survival for young newborns.  Today, it often marks the first time your baby is introduced to friends and loved ones.  It’s a fun and festive occasion – a coming out party for your little bundle of joy!  Planning such an event however, can be stressful.  We’ve gathered some tips from experienced moms that we believe will be helpful for parents looking to throw a fun an memorable event.

 

1. Keep it short and sweet

“At 100 days, babies are still sleeping most of the time.  Even being awake for a couple of hours can be exhausting for a baby!  Keep the party short and sweet so your little one doesn’t get too tired and become unruly.  The longer the party lasts, the greater the chances of having a fussy baby on your hands.”

2. Tie it together with a theme

” Whether it’s a color theme, a favorite cartoon character, or something more traditional like an egg and ginger theme party, maintaining a consistent theme throughout is a great way to tie different elements of the party together.  Just remember to keep it fun and playful.”

3. Make it unique

“Add a personal touch.  It doesn’t have to be something big – for example, customized cakes, cupcakes, or cake pops are an easy and fun way to add a bit of your own personal flair.”Another suggestion to make your party unique is with goodie bags and personalized party favors.  Items such as a picture card of your baby or something similar are great and memorable keepsakes.

4. For pretty pictures…

“No matter where the venue or the size, try to set aside a small space specifically to take pictures.” “At our 100 day party, my baby brother was our designated photographer.  It worked out really well because we were free to spend time with our guests and also got some great pics including some candid shots of friends and family as well.”

5. On the day

“Make sure your child is well fed before the party.  We started to adjust our baby’s schedule a day or two in advance of the party.  During the party, she was all smiles.”“Keep your stroller available so your baby has a place to lie down when they get tired.  Ideally there is an area that is somewhat insulated from the noise.  And keep light blankets around just in case.”

We also recommend Ganas Kids clothes to keep the baby warm and snug :D

6. Put the grandparents to work

This one is our own advice, from our experience.  Trust us, they won’t mind.  Especially on this day.  For a bit of freedom while you enjoy yourself, let them spend some quality time with your child while you enjoy the company of your friends and family.

7. Above and beyond

“Multimedia or video is a great way to share your baby’s earliest adventures with your guests.  We had a short second-a-day video which was everyone loved.  We ended up posting it on FB as well.”

A 100 day celebration is a fun and memorable event for you and your baby.  We hope these tips prove helpful in your party planning process.  Do you have any others that you think other moms would appreciate?  Please write to us at support@ganaskids.com and let us know.

 

Below is a list of links for resources for you to plan your baby’s 100 day celebration.

Make it unique – Party favors:

Make it unique – Cakes and desserts:

For pretty pictures:

Above and beyond: