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Business Card Holders For Men – Great Executive Gifts

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Business Card Holders for MenIn this digital age, everything is going hi-tech. All of our information is available on our smart phones email & facebook have replaced snail mail. There is one thing that has not and will never go out of style – business cards. Business cards are still the best way to make an impression on a potential new business partner, employer or contact.

Don’t think so? Well think about this. You’re at a cocktail party and you give a new potential business associate your phone number and they enter it into their cell phone. Think there is a snowball’s chance they will ever look through their phone and see that number again? No way! However, if you give them a business card, they are guaranteed to see your information again. At the very, very least, they will see it in the morning when they fish out the contents of their pocket.

All of this leads us to why business card holders for men make for great business & executive gifts. Business cards are going nowhere. If you’re looking to help out a young friend or relative get some traction in the business world, help them keep their business cards in pristine condition while making a great first impression. Whey they pull their business card out of their shiny, handsome, maybe even personalized business card holder, a great first impression is assure!



Duct Tape ~ So many Uses!

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Did you know that ‘duct tape’ has been around since the early 20th century and is even part of the ‘tools’ taken aboard the space shuttle?

Duct tape is one of those items everyone should have lying around. Personally, I have used it to tape bird feeders back together and to hold the bumper of my car after I plowed into an oak tree.

However, duct tape is also handy for many other things around the house. Check out this list, then grab yourself a roll and get busy – it even comes in a multitude of styles and colours now.

Home Uses

1. Use duct tape to label jars or shelving. Just wrap a piece of this wonder-material around a jar or on a shelf, then use a Sharpie to label it. Great for an inexpensive way to keep yourself organized.

2. Duct tape is perfect for disposing of knives or broken glass. Just wrap it up and you’re ensured it won’t rip through the garbage bag, or harm someone.

3. Remove tape residue with duct tape. Simply tear off a piece and place over the old tape, then rip it off. Easy!

4. Remove a broken window. Place two long strips of duct tape, forming an ‘X’ over the broken glass. This will keep the shards contained, making it safe to remove the window.

5. Fix it up. Use duct tape to seal cracks in garbage cans, window screens and even a vacuum cleaner hose. I actually just used duct tape to seal a hole in the back of my vacuum. It works!

6. Health. I bet you didn’t know that duct tape can even be used as a quick bandage. It’s true. If you have a minor injury and aren’t able to get a bandage, just wrap some paper towel around it and hold together with duct tape. This will at least get you home or to the ER if it’s serious.

7. Wart removal. Doctors have even said this is a natural wart cure. Cut a small piece of duct tape, place over the wart and keep it covered for a week. After the week is over, peel off the tape and soak the wart in warm water, rinse and air dry.

This wonder tape can be used for so many different things, it’s smart to keep a roll on hand.

However, there is something you won’t need it for and that’s shopping at the Executive Gift Shoppe. Check out our wide variety of unique and quality gifts for any occasion. We also offer FREE engraving on most items (for that truly one-of-a-kind touch) and a ‘Love It or We’ll Replace’ guarantee.

Click over to the Executive Gift Shoppe for all your gift giving needs.

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

It’s Earth Day once again and what better way to recognize this tradition then with an awesome ‘Earth-Friendly’ post? I’ve dug deep and found 5 awesome ways to reuse and recycle those old paper bags you have accumulating. Check it out!

Paper Bag Flooring

Who would have thought paper bags could be used as flooring? It’s true. Rip the bags into a variety of sizes, glue them to the underlayment, stain, then cover in 12 coats of polyurethane. It’s not only an unique, one-of-a-kind look, but it’s reducing your carbon foot print.

Paper Bag Lampshade

If you have a drab lampshade give it a makeover with decoupaged paper bags. You can use decorative paper bags or the brown ones. Once it’s glued into place you can paint over or leave it. Again, it’s totally unique and Earth friendly.

Paper Bag Walls

This is a great idea for a smaller entrance way or half wall that needs some livening up. Take those patterned paper bags and patchwork the wall. All you have to do is paint the wall and while it’s still wet place the paper patchwork on the wall. Once it’s dry seal it with Mode Podge. Exciting!

Smooth Paint Finish

Forget about sandpaper when paper bags work just as well for sanding paint between coats. Take a piece of brown paper bag, big enough to cover sponge or sanding block, rub over surface. This is gentle and once the bag becomes ‘fuzzy’ it can easily be replaced. Read more…

Let’s continue to be kind to our planet even after Earth Day is over. These paper bag suggestions are just the beginning of what we can reuse and recycle in creative ways.

Now that you feel good about helping to save the planet click over to the Executive Gift Shoppe for awesome gift items, like our Inspirational line. These beautiful sculptures capture the essence of working together and will be a constant, uplifting reminder of the spirit of working towards one common goal.

Happy Earth Day!

Condiments ~ More Than Just Ketchup and Mustard

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Store bought condiments are boring, not to mention loaded with added sugars and fat that none of want. So with the warmer weather upon us don’t settle for the old standby ketchup and mustard to dress your burger with when you can make your own condiments. These tantalizing toppings are sure to have your taste buds tapping and your mouth wanting more.

Sweet Ketchup

Store-bought ketchup is filled with sugar, but the ease and convenience is what usually sells us on it. However, this easy-peasy DIY ketchup is filled with fresh tomatoes, peppers and can substitute honey rather than sugar. Plus, it adds whole allspice, whole cloves and a stick cinnamon. Zesty and full of flavour!

Mouth Watering Mustard

Mustard is a must-have for any summer BBQ so why not give your own a try? The basic recipe requires, white mustard seeds, ground mustard powder, water, white wine vinegar, honey, sugar, salt, ground coriander seeds and for an extra zip, grated zest (rind) of 1 lime and lime juice. Once you have the basics down, try adding some cranberry or honey to this condiment and see your guests light up with the thrill of the change.

Make-it-Yourself Mayo

Before you turn away, mayo isn’t hard to make and you will notice the difference in taste. For this recipe you will need; an egg, kosher salt, olive oil, lemon juice and/or vinegar, Dijon mustard, plus your own fresh herbs, chopped garlic, hot sauce and/or white pepper, to taste. Perfect, tangy and yummy! Read more…

Get Grillin’

Now that you have your toppings ready-to-go why not check out some new barbeques and accessories over at the Executive Gift Shoppe? We have everything from Portable Grills and Folding Chairs to Grilling Tools.

For a cool gift check out this Personalized BBQ Branding Iron. It includes all of the letters of the alphabet and also has extra letters so you can spell out just about anything. Perfect for impressing your friends and family and making your meat sing (or at least talk).

Summer doesn’t last long, so get out there and enjoy it with homemade speciality foods and fun gifts. And before you click away to get started on these awesome condiments and to grab a cool new BBQ accessory, leave us a comment and tell us what you think. We love hearing from our visitors!

Bad Habits Can Be Good For You!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

In the name of ‘social graces’ many of us have stifled things that are considered unacceptable in the public. However, these “bad manners” may actually be good for you. Check out the following to see if what you’re keeping to yourself may be the very thing that’s keeping you healthy.

Cracking Your Knuckles

The very thought of doing this may send chills through your body, but studies show that people who crack their knuckles on a regular basis have more flexibility and movement in their hands. Crack away!

Biting Your Nails

I’m sure all nail-biters at some point in their lives were told to “cut it out,” but this nasty habit has been linked to fewer illnesses in the people who engage in this pastime. Biting your nails exposes you to trace amount of ‘bugs’ that help your immune system to build up in strength so you’re better able to fight off viruses and bacteria. As long as your nails aren’t totally filthy, this bad habit is totally good for you. Bite away!

Skipping a Workout

I was really excited when I found this out. Unless your a professional athlete it’s not necessary to workout everyday, in fact skipping a day or two is more beneficial because it gives your muscles time to repair themselves and get stronger (however, take it from me, waiting a month in between workouts isn’t good either). Skip a day away!

Burping

Holding back a burp can cause chest pain and heart burn. So if you tend to need to burp after certain foods, like beans, beer and carbonated drinks (and you don’t want to belch in public) cut back on these when you know you will be out of the house. Otherwise, burp away!

Eating in Bed

It’s never good to eat when you are feeling rushed or uptight as it can lead to digestive problems, but being in bed is usually when we are the most relaxed. Personally, I hate sleeping in a crumb filled bed, but for those of you who don’t mind, eating in bed is very good for you. Munch away!

Fidgeting

If you’re not a naturally fidgety person, seeing someone doing this may drive you crazy, however; it is actually a good thing. A fidgety person tends to have a higher metabolism, less joint and back pain and a better memory. Plus, even though they may look nervous when in the act, they are actually less stressed. Fidget away!

Spitting

Hawking a big loogy is disgusting, but there are times when spitting is necessary and beneficial. When you’re exercising your body produces more salvia. Too much salvia can build up and interfere with breathing, so in this case it’s good to expel it. Spit Away!

Now that you know what bad habits are actually good for you, feel free to go ahead and indulge in them. And if anyone tells you you’re disgusting, take peace in the fact that you’re keeping your body healthy – even if you are a social outcast.

Make New Friends ~ It’s Good for You!

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

According to scientific studies having friends is good for you. Pals are always there to share laughs and even tears with and does wonders for your overall mental health – of course, we already knew that!

However, making new friends isn’t always easy, especially if you’re years past the good ole days of college. Meeting new people can frightening and very difficult, so here are a few tips to help you find some awesome new folks to add to your life.

Look at Acquaintances in a New Light

We all know people from work or other social gatherings that aren’t quite considered friends, but perhaps they could be? It can be scary taking the acquaintance relationship to the next level – and nobody wants to do the ‘walk of shame’ if you get rejected. So what is the solution? Researchers have developed what they call the “Fast Friends” protocol. This is a specific set of questions for both people to answer, and claim they can turn strangers into friends in 45 minutes. Check them out and see if you’re game;

~ Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
~ Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
~ If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
~ If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Say “Yes”

We all get into slumps and routines in life, but in order to make lasting friendships we have to get out there and this can be as simple as saying one little word – “Yes!”
If a co-worker, neighbour or just an acquaintance invites you out, accept the invitation. It’s not only a great way to break dull, boring routines, but the time spent with this person may just lead to more and before you know it you have a new friend.

More Than Just a Hobby

Hobbies are a wonderful way to meet new people, plus you already know you have something in common. If you’re a avid book reader, book clubs are the perfect way to meet new people. If you’re into dancing, running or yoga, try a new style with lessons, join a gym that offers yoga classes or run a marathon. There’s no better way to get to know people than with shared common interests.

Try these ideas or some of your own and you may just find you have a whole new group or even just one individual person in your life that went from stranger/acquaintance to BFF. Leave me a comment if you try any of these suggestions or have one of your own – I ‘d love to hear from you!

Duck Dynasty Dynamic Dynamos

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

If you’re looking for some Louisiana Bayou reality then Duck Dynasty (Wed.10/9C) may be your show. Going into their third season this A&E reality program focuses on the Robertson family that took their handmade duck calls, the Duck Commander, and turned it into a multi-million dollar business. The show isn’t only a reflection of how the family works together in business, but also a way of backwoods-livin’ that the normal tv watcher may find comedic as well slightly disturbing.

The show centers around the entire Robertson family; however for the most part the men are at the forefront. Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the clan and turned down the NFL in his junior year of college because it interfered with duck hunting. Phil was quoted saying that he was, “not interested in having large, violent men chasing me trying to stomp me in the dirt.” Ironic, as now he totes a gun and will shoot most anything that moves.

The other characters include Phil’s younger brother Silas (Si), and Phil’s sons, Willy (CEO of Duck Commander Co.) and Jason (Jase), along with their wives and the grandchildren.

As you would least expect from a family that has more money than duck meat, the guys all look like they just walked out of the underbrush of the bayou. They dress for work in camouflage and each sport long, unkempt beards and hair.

Duck Dynasty is filled with all things wild, like fishing, frogging and shooting the local wildlife, including ducks, for food and sport. The program does get a bit graphic at times and probably wouldn’t make a positive impression on the squeamish or an animal-lover.

In fact, British musician and animal activist, Morrissey, refused to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live (Feb. 26 episode) because the fellas of Duck Dynasty were scheduled to appear as well. Morrissey stood up for his principles, making this statement on Facebook; “As far as my reputation is concerned, I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away.”

If you’re one of these people who can’t get enough of this wacky show, then why not duck yourself away in your man cave? What!? You don’t have your very own man cave yet? Then start planning for your own cool space, today. The Executive Gift Shoppe has a wide variety of cool, unique man cave accessories to get you started. Check us out for these and other stylish gifts.

Spring Clean Your Relationship

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

With the warmer weather and the smell of Spring in the air, it’s a good time to get off the sofa and get outside. And a perfect time to play with your mate. Check out these outdoor options for some fun in the sun and quality time together.

Tour Around

It’s amazing how much stuff we have in our own hometowns that tourists go wild for, but we simply take for granted. Grab your honey and act like someone new to the area. Check out a fun restaurant or attraction. It’s a great way to bond and get a new appreciation for your city.

Have a BBQ

Most parks allow for BBQ’s as long as you clean up after yourself, so grab a portable BBQ, some of your favorite grillin’ foods and make an afternoon of it. Nothing beats good food and quality time together.

Get a New Activity

Sharing new adventures doesn’t have to be just for vacations. Find something you both would like to try, like golfing, jogging or even just walking and training a new puppy together. Any new activity can turn into an exciting time and will give those endorphins some needed stimulation.

Get a Different Prospective

If your area provides helicopter rides or hot air ballooning, why not take a spin above and see what the birds see? This can be fascinating and a fun way to spend some quality time while building fond memories.

Plant a Garden

Why not give your green thumbs a work out and plant something this Spring? It doesn’t have to be a huge garden, flower boxes and individual pots make planting fun and easy. Plus, you can grow a variety of flowers or things like tomatoes, chives or herbs.

Plan a Party and Do the Catering Yourself

Parties are a great way to get friends and family together, so take on the challenge together. Planning and shopping for menu items, beverages and entertainment are all things that can be made easier (and a lot more fun) if you do it as a couple. Once the party is over chat about the day/evening and think ahead to your next event while you clean it all up.

These are just a few things that can be done to give your relationship a good spring cleaning. Even though this list may leave you wondering what I was thinking, the important thing to remember is to share your time and new things with each other. It will leave you both with a new spring in your step and a warm glow in your hearts.

Have you done or have an idea of a fun Springtime activity you want to share with us? Leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you.

Wax Paper Is More Than Just For Cooling Your Cookies

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

We’ve all used wax paper for cooling cookies on, but there are far more uses for this handy dandy item then most of us are actually taking advantage of. Check out the following tips for this under appreciated product.

In the kitchen you can use wax paper to clean the gears on a can opener. Just run a piece through it to loosen up the dirt and grime. Wax paper can also be used as a quick cleaning-fix for the top of the refrigerator or to use inside your drawers.

To super-sanitize a wooden cutting board, just lay a piece of wax paper across it before you cut the meat. The wax paper keeps the juices from soaking into the wood.

For the wine and cheese connoisseur, try using wax paper on the cork of the wine bottle. Just rub the end, then watch how easily the cork slides back into the bottle.

To keep cheese fresh, take it out of the plastic wrap it comes in and wrap it in wax paper, then rewrap it in tinfoil. This keeps the moisture where it belongs, in your cheese.

For cleaning around the house try replacing your Swiffer sheet with a piece of wax paper – it’s cheaper and just as effective. In the closet you can rub wax paper along the rods to stop them from squeaking against the hangers.

If you love your candles, stop the colors from bleeding together when you store them by wrapping them each in wax paper. You can also polish up your chrome and prevent water stains. The wax paper helps to make a barrier between the chrome and any liquid.

Wax paper is also good for outdoor items as well. Try rubbing the wax paper on garden tools to prevent them from rusting and to loosen up the grime. If you have a lot of snow, rub the blade with wax paper before you use it. This prevents the annoying white stuff from sticking.

If you’ve got a wedding dress or other precious articles of clothing you want to save for decades to come, wrap it in wax paper to prevent the light from yellowing and damaging the fabric.

Now that you have all these awesome tips for this common household product, your chores will go a lot faster, leaving you plenty of time to check out the Executive Gift Shoppe – including a wide variety of chrome items.

We also offer a large selection of unique, quality items perfect for every occasion. Plus, check out our FREE engraving and the ‘love it or replace it’ guarantee. We’re on the web at; http://www.executivegiftshoppe.com

World’s Biggest Egg!

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

It’s Easter Weekend so let’s have some fun!

Eggs are a huge part of Easter celebrations. They can be decorated, hunted down and eaten has a chocolaty treat, but I can guarantee you’ve never seen one this BIG!

The world’s largest egg is up for auction in London on April 24th. It’s from the now extinct Elephant Bird that is estimated to have been around 11 feet tall and was native to Madagascar – and probably not has lovable as Big Bird from Sesame Street.

This pre-17th century mammoth-egg is expected to sell for around 30,000 to 45,000 US dollars. But what exactly would someone do with this enormous egg? It’s not like you can crack it open and make an omelete big enough to feed 100 people. However, it would be a conversation starter and a huge piece of pre-historic memorbilia. Just don’t drop it!

If you’re looking for something a little more practical than a gigantic Easter egg, then check out The Executive Gift Shoppe’s complete line of gifts. We offer everything from Accessories to Zippos and back our items with a ‘love it or replace it’ guarantee. Plus, most items can be personalized for that added touch.

Don’t waste another second shopping for inferior gifts when you’re only a click away from unique, quality items at an affordable price.