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Holiday Gift Ideas for a Best Friend

A best friend is a priceless gift all year long, always there for you to share your best and worst moments, offer advice when needed, lend an ear or offer a hug in hard times. When it comes to the holidays what can you give your best friend that will show you appreciate having her there for you? Here are a few ideas that are sure to put a smile on her face.

Coffee

Does she love coffee? If you can afford it, consider an espresso maker so she doesn’t have to spend so much money on her daily fix. If that’s too pricey, a gift card or certificate to her favorite coffee shop or a gift certificate filled with various flavored coffee beans also make a wonderful present.

Gourmet food

A gift basket filled with gourmet treats that she wouldn’t normally spend the money on for herself but would love to have, can make an ideal gift. Depending on her tastes, heavenly dark chocolate and other sweet delectable treats, gourmet cheeses, specialty jams, hot cocoa mix, a bottle of wine – all great ideas to fill in your own basket, and made just for her shows that you are a very thoughtful best friend.

Bath products

Everyone loves to be pampered, but often feels guilty about spending their own money on products meant to de-stress and soothe. Aromatherapy candles that can be used around the bath, bubble bath, specialty soaps and soothing gels all make great gifts that will allow her to soak her cares away.

Lessons or classes focused on a shared interest

Do you both love yoga, art, writing or perhaps share a desire to travel to another country in which a learning a new language would be helpful? Consider a gift of taking a class together that is focused on any shared interest. This is a gift that will keep on giving for many years to come.

Adventure

Do you both love adventure? Consider a gift certificate for a girl’s day out on a white-water rafting adventure, horseback riding, zip-lining, a scenic helicopter ride, or for the really adventurous, perhaps bungee jumping or skydiving?

A day of beauty

Give her a special day of beauty that you can spend together, with a gift certificate to a Spa or beauty salon that includes a facial, manicure and pedicure, haircut and/or styling. After you’re finished and you both look amazing, consider a night out on the town; take lots of pictures and you’ll have wonderful memories to look back on forever.

4 Holiday Marketing Ideas for Automotive Dealerships

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are hugely important to annual sales in many industries, including automotive sales. Potential customers are out shopping in stronger numbers than the rest of the year, giving car dealerships a larger audience to market to. Holiday shopping crowds are also in “buying mode”, ready to purchase items not only for friends and family, but often for themselves as well. Shoppers with extra available holiday capital are more easily persuaded to treat themselves to a new car than they are during other times of the year. Whether customers’ new car purchases are a special indulgence just for them or a perfect gift for the whole family, the holiday shopping season is a ripe opportunity for automotive dealerships to boost sales.

In order to capitalize on the holiday shopping season, your auto dealership needs to have a solid marketing plan! Thanksgiving and Christmas offer plenty of fun, fresh ways to promote vehicles and special offers, so get creative. The more unique your marketing strategies are, the more successful they are likely to be.

These four holiday marketing ideas are great ways to kickstart your auto dealership’s season of holiday sales.

1) Get festive! Show your dealership’s holiday spirit by making your show floor and lot bright, inviting and festive. Nothing draws the eye like bright Christmas decorations. Buy a 20′ Douglas Fir, place it in the center of your outdoor lot and decorate it with bright white lights, tinsel and decorations. Hang fresh garlands, red bows and lights from building eaves and light poles. Serve hot chocolate on the show floor. Unless you have a talented person already on staff who is willing and able to completely deck out the rest of your dealership’s exterior and interior, hire a decorator to come and do so. Show potential customers your dealership is in the holiday spirit and make your show floor irresistible with holiday cheer.

2) Offer a “12 days of Christmas” holiday sale. Everyone loves a great deal – so why not package 12 fantastic vehicle deals into a Christmas-themed event? Rather than having an unrelated string of holiday sales events, run a 12 Days of Christmas sale, with easy day offering a different type of sale. Start on smaller incentives and older vehicle models and work your way up to the “twelfth day of Christmas” with larger deals, ending with a grand finale!

3) Be creative with holiday-themed direct mail. Christmas is no time to send out the same old stock postcard mailers. Send your direct mail list a little holiday cheer with authentic-looking Christmas cards or present-shaped cards, complete with bow. Throw in some “dealership cash” to send an extra merry message.

4) Run a social media contest. Offer a contest for a significant % off, or a door prize giveaway (if your applicant pool is large enough for it). Ask people to connect with you in a specific way: have them finish the phrase “all I want for Christmas” in a photo, tweet or video, then ask them to post their response either on your dealership’s Facebook wall or tweet it to you using a specific hashtag. Whatever your contest entails, be sure to create a specific landing page on your website (or Facebook event) that outlines the details of the contest – link to this from your social media accounts.

Child Custody Schedules – Ideas for a Holiday and Summer Custody Schedule

Child custody schedules often take into consideration non-school days such as 3-day weekends, thanksgiving recess, spring break, winter break, special holidays and summer recess. It is common for divorced parents to split the minor child’s non-school days even in situations where the parents do not have joint physical custody and do not share custody on an equal basis during the school year. In cases where there is clearly a custodial and noncustodial parent, sharing the holidays and breaks or non-school days allows both parents to have a meaningful relationship with frequent and continuous contact with their children even though the parents are divorced and may no longer live close to one another other.

There are many different holiday and summer child custody schedules that can be implemented that allows the minor child to spend an equal amount of time with each parent. Each situation is unique so the best holiday and summer parenting plan for one family may not be the best for another family. The holiday and summer custody schedule should reflect what’s best for the children and will typically take into consideration many factors including but not limited to the age of the children, relationship minor child has with each parent, work schedules, distance between parent’s homes and more. This article provides example holiday and summer child custody schedules which can be modified according to your situation and what would be in the best for your children.

50/50 Summer Break Schedule

It’s common for parents to share time with their children over the summer break. The summer holiday is usually the longest break during a school year. School breaks are often 5-8 weeks or 2-3 months between May and September. During the summer break parents can alternate weeks, alternate every two weeks, or continue with the regular schedule and add larger blocks of time for a vacation period with each parent.

50/50 Holiday Schedule

It’s also common for parents to share time with their children on holidays. A common holiday schedule is where one parent has the child in even-numbered years and the other parent has the child in odd-numbered years for a particular holiday. Some holidays such as Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break or Christmas Break, Spring Break may be split in half each year or alternate years between parents. This depends on the family and what works best for the children and family dynamic.

Other Special Days

While courts often provide parenting guidelines which outline common days or holidays observed, there really is no set standard as each family may celebrate different holidays or have special days they observe. Parents can be creative and include any day they mutually agree on such as the parent’s birthday, child’s birthday, Halloween, 4th of July, etc.

With a little thought and creativity one can come up with a child custody schedule that evenly divides holidays, special days, summer and non-school days between parents so the minor child can spend an equal amount of time with each parent. Each family is unique so the type of parenting plan chosen and how the child spends time with each parent may vary between homes but should ultimately reflect what’s best for the children and support and encourage a healthy and loving relationship with both parents.

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