Cultivate Blog

Wellness

Learning curve: when home office meets homeschool

It’s estimated that millions of students will be temporarily homeschooled while we wait and watch to see how the coronavirus evolves. With no clear indication of when schools will be back in session, working parents are all asking the same question: How can I keep my kids entertained and up-to-date on their schoolwork all while working from home? Here are a few tips to help see you through and keep you sane.

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Experts

When we reconnect—make it memorable

If you’re like us, reconnecting on-site for meetings, events, and incentive trips is probably high on your wishlist but not ranking highly on your current to-do list. The postponement of on-site programs doesn’t mean you can’t, or shouldn’t, start planning ahead in the meantime. Like planting a seed in the ground, the on-site programs you plan now will eventually bloom into memorable gift experiences.

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Wellness

Balancing work and well-being

Finding a work-life balance can be emotional, and these days, we find ourselves on a new precipice: how can we remove some of the emotions and stressors surrounding all of our own new, varying nine-to-five routines? We don’t have all the answers, but we do have some advice that might help, for the sake of our work—and the sake of our post-work selves.

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Experts

Gifting all over the world

In many cultures, gift-giving is customary and is viewed as a part of our innate, human nature. Understanding the reasons why we gift can help you cement better relationships with your recipients and deliver your intent in a caring, genuine way.

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Inspiration

Dining-in: Savory, summertime tortilla soup

You finally received the gift that’s been on your wishlist for a while: a Dutch oven. It turned up on your doorstep after you indulged in a virtual gift experience– and now, it’s time to put it to use. We know it’s getting warmer outside and you likely aren’t craving soup as often, but can we all just pretend it’s a little rainy outside and we’re chilling out on the couch with this bowl of goodness?

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Experts

Deliver employee appreciation to their doorstep

Experience and ongoing research have proven that actively appreciating employees is an essential part of keeping them happy, engaged, and productive. With more people working from home than ever before, can you think of a better time to show your recipients that you appreciate them? We couldn’t either.

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Inspiration

Dining-in: Pasta that’s a cut above

To help you and your recipients’ hon in on culinary skills and feel more confident in the kitchen, we’re here with recipes to try and review and housewares that make it all the more flavorful and down-right fun. First up is a summer-inspired Spaghetti Carbonara that only takes 20 minutes.

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Experts

The answer to canceled events: the right amount of choice

Our clients are resolving their event dilemmas with a virtual gift experience because they’ve come to understand the importance of choice. Too many options can feel overwhelming while not enough can end up making your gift program fall a little flat. Ten years of successful on-site gifting has proven that we won’t overload your recipients with too many, or too few, choices.

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New

New products to inspire your virtual gift program

With the arrival of our virtual gift experiences comes the arrival of new, aspirational brands, products, and gift categories. Whether you had to cancel an event or are looking to excite your work-from-home crew, here’s a list of crowd-pleasing products many recipients are choosing to help spark inspiration for your next gift program.

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Inspiration

Laughter to lift spirits

Is it safe to say that we all could use some laughter right about now? Comedy can lift our spirits in times like these, encouraging us all to stay upbeat and positive. Thanks to technology, there are endless amounts of entertainment at our fingertips and multiple ways to phone in the comedic relief.

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Inspiration

Work-from-home tips

In tough times, one of the best things you can do is lean on friends for support and learn from one another through sharing advice and experiences. With that, we turned to our colleagues who already work remotely to compile a list of helpful tips that might give you a better perspective on working from home.

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Brands

A new spin on gift experiences

Vinyl Me, Please is committed to delivering a one-of-a-kind of experience that lives up to the record your guests will receive each month. That passion coupled with a medley of musical genres is just a few of the reasons why this gift experience will be like music to your guests' ears. Each guest receives their choice of turntable system with a three-month subscription delivered directly to their doorstep.

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Inspiration

Sustainability is here to stay

From reducing plastic waste and responsible manufacturing practices to protecting open space and recycling used goods, many of our brand partners prioritize eco-friendly giveback programs and methods. Designed for the long run, sustainability is a force for positive change and here to stay.

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