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So far Jessica Shields has created 14 blog entries.

Meet the Team!

We are so excited that after several months of working our tails off, our following is growing past our friends and family. Welcome to our new friends!!! So, we wanted to take a minute to introduce our small, but mighty team! First off, let’s meet our founder. Jessica Jessica is a biological and foster momma. She founded her first business at age 28 (if you don’t count her lemonade stand). She’s been married for 11 years to her fellow world-traveler and custom carpenter, Alan. *Quick shout out to Alan who builds all of the larger sizes of our personal and [...]

By |2021-06-09T08:43:39-05:00June 9th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

The Three Best Gifts I’ve Bought the Dads in My Life: Inspiration for Father’s Day Gifting

Let’s be real. Dads are hard to buy for, right? But I’m convinced with some thought and planning, you can find a great gift for any dad! I’m going to give you a few examples for the tough-to-buy-for men in my life: Alan, my husband and co-parent Keith, my dad Rick, my stepdad These men are HARD to buy for by any standard. Alan is the easiest of the three, probably because I see him every day, so I get more inspiration for his gifts, but the others – they are tough cookies! But if I can come up with [...]

By |2021-06-02T14:42:02-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Make Your Corporate Gift Giving More Efficient Using the 5 Love Languages in a Work Setting

First off, if you haven’t read Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages, stop reading – purchase the book from your favorite bookstore. There are versions for couples, singles, teens, and the workplace. Trust me – it’s life changing. The basic principle of the books is that there are 5 primary ways that people communicate their love: Quality Time Words of Affirmation Receiving Gifts Acts of Service Physical Touch You are most likely to communicate love to others using your love language. But the person you are showing your love to receives love most easily when you speak to them in their [...]

By |2021-05-16T17:04:28-05:00May 19th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

What Kind of Mom Do You Have? 

Before you spend your money on your typical Mother’s Day gifts – flowers, jewelry, or a picture frame – stop and think. Are these things your mom would enjoy? Not a mom, but your mom. Let us officially give you permission to go off the beaten path when it comes to showing your mom how much you appreciate her! If you’re not sure what we mean, let me use my mom as an example. My mom is an entrepreneur, Christian, athlete, adventure-seeker, and a wife/mom who is heavily infected with wanderlust. She also loves gardening, so sometimes I do get her the stereotypical gift of flowers…but I think she likes mixing it up, so I try to keep [...]

By |2021-05-15T17:13:14-05:00April 27th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Why Most Social Enterprises Don’t Make It 

Have you ever opened a gift that was…well…low quality? You said thank you, but really, in your mind you’re thinking, “What am I going to do with this?” It’s happened all too often to me. My friends and family know I try to shop cause-based and sometimes they purchase something that is low-quality just because it has a good story. The problem is, it’s not something anyone would actually want.  As I have gotten to know more and more social enterprise owners, I find a lot of them miss one key mark – you have to create products that are high in [...]

By |2021-05-15T17:13:57-05:00April 6th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

5 Ways to Work Sustainability into your Company Model

At our outset, we decided we would be focused on creating a sustainable company. When looking at the options for eco friendly business gifts, there are only a handful that are brandable. If we are going to put our logo on something, we want it to be in line with our mission to provide best in class gifts that have a lasting impact on people and the planet we inhabit.  We’ve spent a good amount of time over the past year looking at ways we can decrease our environmental impact. We want to be clear – we are still on the journey. We haven’t arrived [...]

By |2021-05-15T17:14:27-05:00March 25th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

6 Ways to Write a Card They’ll Keep Forever

If you’ve read much of our content, you know that I am not a “words” person. I grew up with the motto “Show me, don’t tell me.” So, for years, I underestimated the power of words. Writing kind notes or cards does not come naturally to me, but I have found a few keys to success. If you’re like me, and have a hard time coming up with the right things to say in cards, here are a few tips to help your card stand out! 1.Whatever you do, DO NOT just rely on the Etsy or Amazon note to [...]

By |2021-05-26T09:12:09-05:00March 16th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Does Present Presentation Really Matter? 

People often make fun of me because usually, when I order a personal or client gift, I will have it delivered to my home, then wrap it, then handwrite a beautiful card (possibly even a homemade) and THEN mail the gift. To many, that seems over-the-top. But presentation matters. Right now probably 80% of you are saying, “does it?” I assure you it does.   Let me give you a few examples.  Have you ever gone to a job interview in ripped jeans and flip flops? Have you ever added garnish to any plate…ever? How would you feel if you walked into your room at an expensive hotel and [...]

By |2021-05-15T17:16:31-05:00March 16th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

7 Ways to Level-up Your Gift Presentation 

You’re stoked. You’ve found the perfect gift. How do you make the presentation of the gift fit the work and thought you put in?   If you want to know why gift presentation matters, check out our blog on that topic! https://becauseminded.com/does-present-pre…on-really-matter/    If you need some ways to add some “extra” to your friend, family or client gift presentation, here are a few ideas:  1.Theme the wrapping paper with the gift. I once got a client a Dallas Cowboy’s jersey (I mean – it is America’s team, lol). I wrapped the gift with blue paper and silver ribbon/bow. While not every gift lends itself to that kind of color [...]

By |2021-03-19T11:07:35-05:00March 15th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

7 Non-Work Employee Gift Opportunities 

Can you remember what your boss got you for your wedding? How about what a co-worker got you when you had a baby? Did anyone you work with remember your birthday? These are such huge moments in a person’s life – moments in which acts of kindness speak their loudest.   Out of all of the things I’ve done as an employer, I believe that one of the right choices I’ve made is to celebrate with my employees during major life events. It has built loyalty, friendship, and a culture that is hard to beat.  If you’re not naturally gifted in finding these opportunities to connect [...]

By |2021-05-15T17:16:59-05:00March 15th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments
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