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The Sliding Scale of Gift Appreciation & How To Reach the Top

Are you familiar with the sliding scale of gift appreciation? Let's outline the scale from Tohappy gift recipientp to Bottom.

At the top of the scale is the squeal. Watch this video and wait for about second 50 for a prime example. A gift at the top of the scale is often accompanied by tears of joy, screams, and hugs all around.

Next comes the open, shake out and show off. This is often accompanied by an immediate attempt to put on, open or put together the said item despite not having the appropriate tools, batteries, etc. Never the less, this level of excitement is definitely a solid 7 to 8 on the scale.

Followed by the dreaded, "Half Open". sadgiftEvery year, my father in law is famous for the Half Open. The Half Open is a move that signals an acknowledgment of the gift, but does not excite the recipient to bother with a full open. He will unwrap his gift, half open the box of socks, sweater, or whatever it is we came up with, and then put it aside with a genuine thank you. We know he appreciates it, but the years we get a full open instead of a half open, we know we have succeeded in coming up with something he is genuinely excited about. I don't believe there ever has, nor will be, a squeal, but we can keep hoping.

There probably is one lower level of the scale, but why go there, right? If you want a good laugh and really need a live example, take a look at this video from Jimmy Kimmel.

When it comes to gift giving, we all have those unique individuals on our list that seem impossible to buy for.

Do you have a half opener in your family? Or simply the infamous person that has everything? If so, here is a list of gift ideas for family members, teachers, co-workers that will knock their socks off Christmas morning and launch your gift to the top of the Sliding Scale of Gift Appreciation.

  1. Metal Garden Animals from E-I-E-I-O! These adorable and unique animals are perfect for indoors and outdoors and will add color and personality to whatever "home" you choose. The large bull plays a dual role, not only is it great decor, it can also be used as a beverage cooler. These animals add a big pop of color and are sure to be enjoyed for years to come.metal animal statue
  2. Air Plants, Tillandsia. These tiny plants are easy to care for and one of the hottest trends in decorating. These inexpensive plants make a great teacher gift. We think grade school teachers will enjoy them as a learning tool in the classroom or as decor in their homes. Tillandsia can be used in a variety of ways including simply gluing them to a piece of wood. Learn more about them in this blog post. air plant, tillandsia
  3. Brass Weather Instruments From Conant Custom Brass, these well crafted thermometers, rain guages and more are guaranteed for life. These make the perfect gift for any gardener or weather enthusiast. brass rain gauge
  4. Custom Fire Pits A custom firepit is the hottest mini trend within the explosion of Outdoor living products for two reasons. First, they are very easy to personalize to the style and needs of the customer and second, they are relatively simple and inexpensive to install. Take a look at our portfolio.
  5. Wind Chimes We love Music of the Spheres Wind Chimes which make a great gift. This brand of wind chime is guaranteed to be all weather, so your recipient can hang them Christmas morning! Click here to learn more.wind chime
  6. A new tree! Many homeowners have lost trees to drought and Emerald Ash Borer over the last 2 years. Help them replace their loss by pre-ordering a replacement tree for next spring. Our 2014 inventory is complete and all orders booked before December 23rd, 2013 will get 20% off their pre-order.maple tree
  7. Fairy Gardening items Fairy Gardening has burst onto the scene and show no signs of stopping. Fairy gardening, or miniature gardening, is a fun activity for people of all ages and be done inside and out. Pick up a couple new pieces for the fairy gardener in your life or let us help choose some items to get a newbie started!fairy Gardening
  8. Gift Cards Gift Giving at it's simplest. Come into the store, call us at 847-658-3883 or order gift cards online. Gift Cards can be used for custom potting, trees and shrubs, spring annuals or whatever the heard desires at The Barn. Let mom choose her own gift! christmas gift card
  9. Custom Statuary The Barn has a great selection of fountains and statuary in stock now but we can also order custom pieces and colors as requested. Peruse Henri Studio online and give us a call at 847-658-3883 for pricing and availability. Simply choose the piece and granite stain you like and we can place the order!henri studio
  10. Landscape Design Services The Barn Nursery is an award winning landscape design and construction firm. Is a blue stone patio on your Christmas List? Get started this winter so that next spring your Christmas gift to yourself or your spouse is ready to go! Take a look at the services we offer.

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