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Teambuilding: Breathing New Life Into Corporate Development

For many, work is a means to an end.  It’s a place where employees want to spend as little time as possible. However, for a business owner, good team relationships, group communications and bonding skills are crucial to success. According to Anne M. Mulcahy, employees are a company’s greatest assets.  “They’re your competitive advantage.” What do you do for your greatest assets? You protect them and provide them with the stimulation and encouragement they need to feel valued.

Sales guru Zig Ziglar said that “Research indicates that employees have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.

There’s no two ways about it:  If you have employees, you need to put an effort into ensuring that they are fulfilled and feel part of the team. But how do you motivate employees to attend team building activities when they barely get through an 8-hour workday?  You plan something new, exciting and unique, of course.

One-of-a-Kind Teambuilding Activities

Here are some of the most exciting new ways to help your employees warm up to one another and realise that you’re the best boss ever.

Harley Davidson Convoy – If you have some badass employees, rock their world wIMG_5721ith a breathtaking ride on the back of a Harley. Take a drive somewhere, or simply book a Harley Davidson transfer to your year-end party. Let your imagination run wild!

Farmhouse Party Weekend – Been working them a little hard? Treat experience-56231376them to a delightfully relaxing weekend at Die Izindala Farmhouse on the Crocodile River. This enchantingly elegant farmhouse is off the grid and follows a sustainable approach and lovely wraparound views. A lovely large kitchen offers the perfect opportunity for the team to bond over delicious meals.

Fire Dancing – Spark a flame of passion in your team with this experience-37609478amazing adventure based on the martial arts weaponry of the ancient Maori Warriors. Poi swinging or fire dancing stimulates problem solving ability and creativity and is a fantastic de-stresser. This teambuilding activity will include an hour of highly entertaining instruction with non-burning poi.

When you’re looking for inventive team building activities, look no further than Celestial Gift Experiences.

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Gift Ideas: Adrenaline-Fuelled Gifts for Him

In the past number of generations, gifts for him have evolved from soap-on-a-rope to ties, and from aftershave to gadgets. Thanks to the evolution of gift experiences, we now have options to gift the men in our lives more unique, original gifts that create lasting memories.

If you want to win his heart, you need to do more than just search for gifts for him, because not all gifts were created equal, just as no two men are created equal. You need to put in a little more effort, in terms of paying attention to his hobbies, pastimes and lifestyle. Ask yourself:

  • What does he do for work?
  • What shows does he watch on TV? (sports, cars, flying)
  • What does he read?
  • What are some of the items on his bucket list?

These questions should clue you in on the things that are on his mind, and hopefully give you some ideas as to what might make a thoughtful gift for him.

Once you have given thought to these four questions, you can go through Celestial Gifts’ list of gifts for him, where you will find incredible experiences, such as:

  • Drive an F1 SuperCar
  • Quad Bike Safari for Two
  • Drive a Racing Car
  • Light Aircraft Self-Fly
  • High Speed Ferrari Hot Lap
  • Microlight Fly-in Safari
  • New Dad Pamper Package
  • The Ultimate Grooming Experience for Men
  • Beginning Brewing Workshop
  • Range Rover and Jaguar Dynamic Driving Experience
  • Xtreme Flyboard Experience
  • Xtreme Zipline Experience
  • Sandboarding Adventure
  • Harley Davidson Convoy
  • Cessna Scenic Flight
  • Paragliding

And the list goes on and on. These gifts were not available to the general public even a decade or two ago, so it makes sense to take the opportunity to gift him with something spectacular which few men have received before. Imagine how he will boast to everyone about what a catch you are… It’s obviously a gift that offers great returns for you, too!

Stylish Ways to Present Gifts for Him

Once you have decided on the ideal gift, it is time to consider presentation. This is where your personal touch comes in handy. Even a small, inexpensive gift, such as a mug or handmade card, presented with the experience gift voucher will make it just a little more special.

You might also consider monogrammed iPad or phone covers, journals or desk clocks and picture frames for the businessman. Alternatively, if you’d really like to keep the passion alive, why not buy a Playboy Style photoshoot and gift him with the printouts, along with a fun activity voucher. This combination is sure to keep his heart racing and you in his good books forever.

#GreatExperienceGifts #GiftsForHim #ActivityGiftsVouchers


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21st Birthday Gift Ideas for Your Daughter

From the day that she was born, she changed your life irrevocably. From those first toothless grins, to her first steps. From tears on her first day at school, to her first kiss. From rubbing a sore tummy to trying to heal a broken heart. You’ve been together through it all, and every day you pray that you have done everything, when you know full well that you have done your very best. Now you’re here, at the start of yet another milestone – her 21st birthday.

Your little girl is entering adulthood, complete with a home of her own (or sharing with someone – out from under your roof!) and a career. Gone are the days of Barbie dolls, play kitchens and diaries with hearts. She’s no longer a big girl, but rather a woman. That’s why we have put together this list of spectacular 21st birthday gift ideas for your daughter to celebrate this big milestone and set her up for her future.

1. Lifestyle, body, style assessment & colour analysis

A private consultation with a style consultant will ensure that your daughter always dresses with style, even when she’s not dressing up. You’ve taught her that first impressions matter and now you can give her the opportunity to understand exactly how to dress for every occasion – from work interviews, to date nights and social functions.

2. Personal Shopping Experience

Take advantage of a personal shopper who knows what suits your daughter’s personal style and budget. The consultant will teach her the importance of a great fit with cost-effective wardrobe choices to banish bad impulse buys and the importance of shopping for style rather than for fashion.

3. Deluxe Makeover PhotoShoot

Every girl dreams of a makeover and professional photo shoot, which makes this a fantastic 21st birthday gift for your daughter. Facilitated by a team of professional stylists and a studio photographer, this will be a great way for her to get ready for her surprize 21st birthday party.

4. Learn to Make Sushi for One

One of the biggest drags about living on your own, is having to cook for yourself. However, everyone loves sushi, so send her to sushi lessons. You know that old adage about teaching a man to fish – well, if you teach a girl how to prepare sushi, she will eat for life.

5. Night Spa & Dinner for One

Another important lesson that is important to solidify in your newly adult daughter, is to get by on her own. There’s no better way to learn this valuable life lesson than by a night spa and dinner for one experience. She will be pampered from head to toe with a full body massage, hot stone therapy and a foot spa, as well as a delectable dinner and snacks.

Introduce your daughter to the finer things in life, and that’s what she will always strive for with these lovely 21st birthday gifts for your daughter.

#ActivityGiftVouchers #ExperienceGifts #21stBirthdayGifts

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Decadent Taste Experiences for Discerning Individuals

Let’s face it – sometimes it’s impossible to buy a gift that really has the “wow” factor. If you’re tired of spending year after year trolling the malls in search for a ‘different’ soap-on-a-rope or a gift set that will truly pamper your loved one – read this post for some inspiration. I promise you won’t get that look that screams “Ah, thanks. I’ll add this one to the collection at the very back of my cupboard.”

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” – Oscar Wilde

Why You Should Consider Changing to Gift Experiences

When we buy gifts, we want it to last forever (or as close to forever as possible), but there’s no point in buying something that doesn’t truly make an impact on the receiver. Remember – the secret to truly gifting is to let go. It’s not about how it makes you feel, but rather about how the receiver feels.

Oftentimes, we would take someone out to dinner on their birthday, and that’s most often appreciated, but it doesn’t give us (the giver) that fulfilled feeling. Yet, that’s probably the nicest thing you can do for a discerning birthday boy or girl. Many special moments are created around food:

  • Baking cookies with your granny when you were a child
  • Your mom’s roast chicken Sunday lunches
  • Your first date at an Italian restaurant
  • The canapes at a work party
  • Christmas lunch at home with the whole family

You might as well get in on the act and buy that special person a taste experience. Whether it’s a birthday, mother’s day, father’s day or graduation gift, there are many ways to create lasting memories through spectacular experiences.

“Taste is a mystery.” – Daniel Mendelsohn

Great Examples of Taste Gift Experiences

Know someone who is always in search of a good espresso? Now they can enjoy their favourite cuppa on-the-go whenever and wherever. Traveling on the road? No problem. Camping? No problem! The Handpresso Wild Hybrid Instant Espresso Maker uses ESE pods and grounds and doesn’t require electricity. You’ll be in their mind every time they enjoy a hit of their favourite blend.

Other, more hands-on, memorable taste gift experiences that will make a huge impact, include cooking lessons (including a romantic cooking evening for two) and sushi lessons. Don’t want to slave away in the kitchen? How about discovering the history and taste of chocolate, or a chocolate tasting and lunch for two?

Every beer lover will love trying his hand at beer making, so buy him a DIY craft beer brew kit, or a DIY microbrewery craft beer kit and a decent bag of biltong on the side. You’ll be his favourite person for life.

If you know where to look, gifts will never be boring again. All you need to keep in mind is the receiver’s personal preferences and then you can match it to an ever-expanding range of taste gift experiences on Celestial Gifts.

#GiftExperiences #GiftVouchers #GreatExperienceGifts