The Origination of Gift Giving and Why it’s Still Important Today

Humans giving one another gifts is one of the oldest if not, the oldest, running traditions that has been passed from culture to culture and down generation to generation for thousands of years. In fact, it goes back as far as man can remember. By nature people are social creatures that enjoy being in each other’s company and convey our feelings through the giving of gifts. When you give someone a gift it can be an expression of love, acknowledging a job well done or a simple thank you that shows gratitude for a friend. To better understand the origination of gift giving and why it’s still important today, we must travel back in time where this unique form of expression began.

“The best things to do with the best things in life is to Give them away.” – Ambrose Bierce

2018 Gift Collection – Control Freak

Where did it begin?

Nobody is certain, but it is suspected that gift giving originated in primitive cavemen culture. Leaders of tribes or clans would recognize upstanding individuals who took part in the success of a great achievement by entrusting them with a gift. Back then this was seen as a status symbol. Natural yet unique objects were given such as rare stones, teeth from a triumphant kill or special wood and bark from a tree. Tools soon came into the picture and allowed for more elaborate gifts to be crafted like necklaces and other wearables.

In the Egyptian era, pharaohs received a majority of the gifts and built immense pyramids to store their riches for the afterlife.

Good luck tokens were used by the Roman’s to show allegiance and presents to carry favors. This later influenced all of Western civilization and “tokens” are still used today.

During the Medieval age gifts were given to the king to gain favors or to show dedication in times of war. Upon formal engagement to be married personal gifts would be given as dowries in the form of coins, precious metals and even herds of cows or sheep.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we Give.” – Winston Churchill

2018 Gift Collection – Limelight

Why is it still important?

There’s an old saying that goes like this: “it is far better to give than to receive.” Every day gifts are given to partners, family members, co-workers and friends. Gift giving is the universal way to celebrate holidays, milestones, anniversaries, birthdays and more. Why is it so rewarding for both the giver and receiver? Simple. It allows people to connect. It gives us a sense of satisfaction to share in that with someone special.

Substantial amounts of research has been conducted over the years into the feelings of well being that occur when we give gifts. According to Northwestern Medicine  and science, “the act of giving is physically, mentally and emotionally beneficial.” Here’s a few reasons (not that you need one) to give a gift to someone you care about today:

  • Makes you feel happy
  • Gain a sense of purpose and improve your state of mind
  • Create a social connection
  • When you give it makes other want to do the same

You’re invited to explore our complete 2018 Gift Collection which includes over 30 new products and gift ideas for all occasions and any budget. Happy giving!

“The grass is greener where you Give it water.” – Neil Barringham

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The SnugZ USA Last Minute Gift Giving Guide

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2 oz. Essential Oil Infused Candle - NCTS2

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Add some warmth to your Holiday promotion with a fragrant and essential oil infused, soy wax candle inside a 2 oz. screw-top metal tin. Available in silver or bronze finish. Featuring a selection of scent options from our signature Zen collection.

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4 natural beeswax based Lip Moisturizer in clear tube (ZLBXCT) packed nicely into a kraft window box, making it ready to gift. Pulling this out of  a stocking is sure to put a smile on their face.

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Lip Moisturizer 4-Pack in Kraft Window Box - HGS25

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Saddler Loop Keychain - TSADDLER

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What’s more memorable than new car smell on Christmas morning? Attach keys to their dream car for the ultimate Holiday surprise. Make sure they hear the comforting creak and lingering scent of handcrafted leather as you twirl your keys to test drive your new ride.

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8 oz. candle with a wood wick wrapped in a debossed leather sleeve. Featuring a selection of scent options from our White Scented Candles. Whoever’s lucky enough to unwrap the Harper will be burning it non-stop.

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Harper Leather Wrapped Candle - THARPER

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Small Wood Puzzle - TCOPPERHEAD

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The COPPERHEAD small wood puzzle is perfect to keep yourself entertained in a creative way. Simple gift that is great for employees or stocking stuffers.

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Aren’t the Holidays stressful? Loosen up and unwind with Zen Bath Salts. Dissolve in water and drench yourself in rich essential oils and sea salts for the ultimate in pampering and relaxation. Bath salts are a great gift idea for spas, women’s events, or that someone who needs to de-stress after the Holidays. Give the gift of relaxation.

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Essential Oil Infused Bath Salts in 12 oz. Mason Jar - NBSMJ12

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Mamba Whiskey Stones

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The luxurious MAMBA whiskey stones set contains an engraved wooden box with six whiskey stones that are placed nicely in a velvet bag. A gift that can be used time and time again.

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Tradition holds that the Cooper crafted the water bearing barrels that made early transatlantic travel possible.  Your leather-bound Cooper will quench your branded dreams across every vast page. Gift blank pages to fill with aspirations, to do’s, and memories throughout 2018.

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Cooper Large Journal - TCOOPER

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Plenty more ideas in our 2017-2018 Gift Collection Catalog

SnugZ USA Gift Giving Catalog

Boost company, team, and individual morale with Gift Giving

Boosting company, team, or individual morale isn’t always the easiest task. Employees desire to feel valued and the Holiday Season is a perfect time to recognize every hard fought victory and those who worked diligently all year to ensure your company’s success. The SnugZ USA 2017-2018 Gift Collection provides a variety Gift Giving ideas to fit every budget, company, and individual. So bring us your moments, your times, your expectations when the stakes are high or just plain there and together we will build memories worth having.

STOCKING STUFFERS:
If your company is working with a limited budget, there is no need to fret, you still have amazing gift options in our Gift Collection that any employee would love to receive.

New to our stocking stuffers is the “Copperhead Small Wood Puzzle” (TCOPPERHEAD) – It’s a wooden puzzle cube featuring your company’s logo laser-etched on the front. You will find that it’s not only fun to play with, but stimulates your brain’s creativity, patience, and also helps develop intelligence. A perfect trinket for someone’s desk or office.

TCOPPERHEAD
Copperhead Small Wood Puzzle

“If you want creative workers, give them time to play.” –John Cleese

SweetZ Gift Sets:

Sweet and savory is never a bad route. Give ’em something to snack on with an assortment of SweetZ Gift Sets. “SweetZ Party Pack” (HGS19) comes with two SweetZ filled heat sealed bags in a wooden Gift Box with brown crinkle paper. The best part is the sharing!

HGS19
SweetZ Party Pack

“Give the world a reason to dance.” – Kid President

ZEN Gift Sets:
Have a little more wiggle room in your gift giving budget? We offer a multitude of high-end gift sets. The “Ultimate Spa Set” (HGS2) provides everything one could possibly need to indulge in a relaxing evening after a long day of work. Essential oil infused apothecary jar candle, bath salts and body butter in a square jar, two 15 mL. essential oil dropper bottles, bath bomb in a wooden Gift Box with brown crinkle paper. Available in 9 different Signature Zen Scents!

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Ultimate Spa Set (shown w Immunity Signature Zen scent)

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well” – Voltaire

TRAVERSE Gift Sets:
Traverse is new to the SnugZ USA Gift Collection and to the promotional industry. Our Traverse line offers eight different Handcrafted Gift Sets made with nothing but top notch materials. Choose from 5 domestic, USA Made, leather colors and 11 Irish waxed linen accent stitching colors to create something truly unique. Customize to match your company logo! Simple leather goods crafted with a long lasting promotion in mind. A high quality gift for high quality workers, making it the ultimate thank you.

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“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” – Amy Charmichael

Express to your employees that they add something to the company that no one else can, and are valued beyond measure. Not only will they remember the gift by enjoying what’s inside the box, but the feeling they felt for being recognized by you.

Download the 2017-2018 Gift Collection Catalog here, and #GIFTSOME!

Give the gift of…Inspiration

In life there are Givers and there are Takers. Both can and do achieve success but through vastly different paths. A Giver’s success spreads and cascades. You see, the Giver’s success creates value, rather than simply claiming it.

This year we will be rooting for your success. We will celebrate every hard fought victory. Here’s to living a Given Life where success ripples and builds. So bring us your moments, your times, your expectations when the stakes are high or just plain there and together we will build memories worth having.

We invite you to explore our complete 2017 Gift Collection Catalog which includes gift ideas for all occasions and fit any budget. Pre-order our new sets now that will be available to ship on September 1st, 2017 in time for the upcoming holiday season.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston S. Churchill

#GIFTSOME

The new 2017-2018 Gift Giving Catalog

from SnugZ USA is Now Available.

SnugZ USA Gift Giving Catalog

Watch our new video featuring the “THINK TANK” Gift Set

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HIGH STEPPER Gift Set
HIGH STEPPER – Pair of custom full color printed SoulKix® slip-on style shoes with a pair of mid-calf dye sublimated socks wrapped in kraft tissue paper in a kraft shoe box.

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 SABBATICAL Gift Set
SABBATICAL – 7″ X 5.25″ grey felt journal with 96 lined pages, 8 oz. candle with wood wick wrapped in debossed leather sleeve, 1.5″ X 6″ debossed leather cuff bracelet and 6.5″ X 3.375″ X 1.75″ debossed leather eyeglass case in a 14″ X 9″ X 4.5″ wooden box with brown crinkle paper.

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What’s your reason for Giving?

Date Night Holiday Gift Set…

A perfect gift for a quiet evening spent together.

Glass apothecary jar candle and SweetZ filled glass apothecary jar wrapped in a cute box.  Oh, and don’t forget the crinkle paper to top it off!

Any reason is a good reason to give a gift, but here’s some giving inspiration:

  • Employee Appreciation – after all, they’ve worked really hard throughout the year and deserve recognition
  • Important Clients – let them know how much their business means to you
  • Holiday Parties
  • Wedding Favors
  • Start the New Year Right
Whatever your reason may be, our goal at SnugZ is to make that moment precious.  This Holiday revel in those times and make a memory of the tastes, smells and faces.
2016 Gift Collection Available Now
Download the .pdf or browse here: Holiday Catalog

12 Places Bad Nasties (Germs) Hang Out

A Germ’s Favorite Destination

Think of every single place you visit or touch during the week: your place of work, the kids toys, two or three restaurants and that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Unfortunately you may not know the last time those places were properly cleaned and disinfected.  According to the CDC 80% of all illness if caused by hand contact.

Sanitizer makes it easy to combat germs and “Bad Nasties” on-the-go.  Make sure you carry it with you and apply often!

12 Places Bad Nasties Hang Out

  1. Public Restrooms
  2. Restuarants
  3. The Office
  4. Air Planes
  5. Hotels & Motels
  6. Swimming Pools
  7. Movie Theaters
  8. Day Care Centers
  9. Schools
  10. Your Home
  11. The Doctors Office (Surprisingly Enough)
  12. Hospitals

Why SnugZ USA Sanitizer?

SnugZ USA offers hand sanitizer products that are made up of 62%-63% food grade ethyl alcohol. Richard Massey, regulatory affairs director for SnugZ, said the company conducts both in-house and independent testing by an FDA-certified facility to ensure its hand sanitizers are effective and safe.” You’ll want to read the entire article by ASI Central here.

Did you know that sanitizer when used properly can eliminate up to 99.9% of germs?  That’s why it’s such an excellent fall and winter giveaway that everyone will use to keep healthy.

We have several bottle options that are ready to be customized for you! Everything from our 1.9 oz Clear Sanitizer with Carabiner attached to SPF 15 Lip Balm to our unique Duo Bottle with Moisture Bead Sanitizer.  Order today!

 

2016 Gift Collection by SnugZ USA

What’s in a moment?

Moments. Mathemetically speaking, life is full of them.

Most them being the day-to-day, ‘do them without thinking

about them’ type of time spent.  These are not those times.

These are THE MOMENTS.  Those precious few minutes

in life where you remember the tastes, the smells, the faces…

how you feel down to your goosbumps.

So take a moment.  Then go ahead and make some.

Go forth to revel, or revel again, commemorate, celebrate,

sprinkle some sparkle and bring on the Zing-Zang Pows

and the Oom-Bop Wows!

#SZGifts

View our Holiday Collection Catalog here and also enter our Facebook contest to win a Gift here.

 

Item of the Week with Janice Freij

Aren’t baths the best? We’ve always thought so.

If you’re looking for that next great item to recommend to your customer and have already exhausted sanitizer, lip balm, mints, sweets, stress relievers, polos and pens—we’ve got the ace for you! You’ve most likely experienced an e-mail or phone call where your client is adamant you provide them with the next latest and greatest item sure to dazzle.

This next go around, give the gift of relaxation by choosing an item of our Zen line. Zen is our aromatherapy line offering therapeutic grade essential oils extracted from nature. Our mix of proprietary blends and single oils were brought on board to help balance, harmonize, and promote health of body, mind, and spirit to the promo world. This year, SnugZ USA was the first to introduce such an offering of essential oil and blends to our market. Aside from bath salts, we offer an assortment of amber bottles, roller balls, soaps, candles, bath bombs, diffusers, and limited holiday scented candles.

That being said, we recommend our Zen Bath Salts in a Clear Glass Wire Bale Jar, sku NBSWB25. Sooth your customers into zen this holiday with our essential oil infused bath salts bundled in a crafty, eye-catching 2.73 oz. container.  Bathing in an essential oil infused salt bath at home provides the ultimate aromatic, escape from work and life’s stresses as salts release their calming properties designed to uplift one’s mood and reduce stress.  Our essential oil salts were handcrafted to cleanse and improve health to the body’s largest organ—your skin.

Unfamiliar with how to use bath salts? It’s simple.

  1. Fill your tub with warm water
  2. Equally disperse half of salts into water
  3. Let dissolve (five minutes)
  4. Dunk in and unwind.

We have seven notable proprietary blends to fill your container with. Pictured below is our Exhale blend made from peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon ingredients formulated together to maintain clear airways and breathing, support overall respiratory health, and help minimize effects of seasonal threats.  We use Epson salt for our Zen combinations and the benefits are abundant. Epson consists of magnesium and sulfate mineral compounds which are natural agents that help reduce muscle inflation, increases energy and stamina, produce serotonin, and relax and reduce irritability. [1] Bath salts are a trendy spa item and are a hot commodity in retail. Chances are you’ve seen these soap and spa displays at your local grocery near checkout and the pharmacy.

 

 

Furthermore, this fun-size beaker offers a diverse amount of uses making it a multipurpose bottle. Its small size capacity, trendy exterior and re-useable ability makes it a versatile item you can refill with kitchen spices, daily prescription, or small purse items. It’s no wonder Sales Executive, Janice Freij recommended it. Bath salts are a fantastic fit for hospitals, health clinics, spas, hotels, and assisted living centers. Minimum quantity starts at 50 pieces per order at $4.48 (C ) plus a $45.00 (C ) set up charge. Allow five business days for production time after proof approval.

Janice is a part of our valued Sales Dream Team. She embodies an extensive insight in promotional know how and is in direct contact with customers on a daily basis. She’s plays an integral role in representing SnugZ USA in our business traveling expeditions to numerous trade shows and conferences across the country. We’re lucky to have her skills and talent on board. Those who have gotten the opportunity to meet and work with Janice can vouch for her colorful personality, skilled competencies, and passion for our industry. If you have any remaining questions, you are always welcome to contact Janice at her direct line at 888-447-6840 ext. 9548 or janice@snugzusa.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



[1] Epsom Salt Uses & Benefits. (n.d.). Retrieved November 2, 2015, from http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp#.VkOnz875Rc8.twitter

 

Color Blocking



Colors affect us in countless ways – mentally and physically, consciously and subconsciously.

Psychologists suggest that color impression can account for 60% of the acceptance or rejection of a product or service. Good color choice can make all the difference and accounts for an increase in brand recognition by 80%.

With our SweetZ line, a full offering of color blocking is available in numerous fill options, which not only allowing you to customize your product based off of the color of your logo, but also make the color parings endless!