Novelties. Affiliates. Holiday Shopping.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS OF NOVELTY GIFT CATEGORIES
(Highlight a category then search to jump to the category in the list)

Holiday Promotional | Luxury Jewelry | Jewelry | Fine Art | Photo Frame
Games | Mug | Chocolates | Journal
Cards of Inspiration | Personalized Gift Wrap | Cell Phones | Travel | Mug
Children’s Education | Children’s Gifts | Cosmetics | COVID
Seasonal Items: 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas | Subscriptions

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Luxury Jewelry
Related article: Value of Life

Engagement Rings
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Ring
Diamond Stackable Ring, with Marquise Design
in 925 Sterling Silver or 18k Yellow Gold Vermeil (I-J, I3), by Keepsake
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Earrings
Tiea 14K Diamond Stud Earrings
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Watch
Swarovski Women’s Crystalline Sporty Swiss Quartz Watch
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Bracelet
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Jewelry
Related article: Value of Life

Necklaces
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100 Languages Birthday Gifts
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Sterling Silver Cross Birthstone Necklace

Amazon Collection Embossed Cross Pendant Necklace
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Earrings
Swarovski Women’s Stone Pierced Hoop Crystal Earring Collection
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Fine Art
Related article: Value of Life

Nativity Canvas Wall Art
Nativity Canvas Wall Art
Print, 30″x 24″x1.25″

Nativity by The Macneil Studio
Canvas Wall Art, 18″x 24″

Christmas Wall Art (Various)
wall26 Canvas Wall Art
Christmas Home Wall Decorations Canvas Prints
12″x18″, 16″x24″, 24″x36″, 32″x48″


Photo Frame
Related article: How-To Say I Love You PODCAST

Personalized I Love You Picture
Photo Frame 4″ x 6″ Gifts
Personalize with a name and date.
by Namofactur


Games
Related article: Family Facetime
Related article: Kindness at Work: Extending Beyond the Work Cube

After Dinner Amusements:
Family Time: 50 Conversation Starters
Conversation Card Game for Families, Portable Camping and Holiday Games
by Chronicle Books

Words Well Said | Can We Talk Cards Colleagues Edition:
50 Questions for Team Building, Networking, and Ice Breaker Activities

by Words Well Said


Chocolates
Related article: Respect the Box of Chocolates

Box of Chocolates


Journals
Related article: Goals for Kindness

Daily Acts of Kindness Journal:
A Journal to Inspire Connection and Joy
by Mary McGlone


Cards of Inspiration
Related article: Imagine What a Little Encouragement Can Do
Related article: How to Respond to a Compliment

DiverseBee 60 Pack Assorted Motivational Cards
Mini-note cards of inspiration, gratitude and kindness.
Inspirational and Kindness Mini Note Cards, Gratitude Encouragement Card Set with 60 Unique Motivational Quotes (Business Card Size and Blank Back)
by DiverseBee

You Make Everything Better: 56 Compliment Cards
by Alexis Joseph, Sarah Fontaine, et al.

Love Bombs
111 Gold Embossed Kindness Cards
Compliments and inspirational messages on cards to encourage others.
Sincere Words of Appreciation, Compliments, Gratitude, Admiration & Encouragement to Strengthen Relationships & Overcome Shyness & Insecurity
by Better Me

Write On Graphite Pencil Set of 10, Compliments
Graphite pencil sets with compliments on each pencil.
Variety of styles to choose from.
by ban.do


Personalized Birthday Wrapping Paper
Related article: A How-To Holiday Guide Special Edition Article: Preparing for the Gift

Birthday Custom Gift Wrap | Personalized Photo Gift Wrapping Paper
(6 Foot Roll, Confetti Party)

by Fun Gift Wrap


Cell Phones
Related product recommendation: Jexi

Cell Phone Accessories
Cell Phones for Seniors


Travel
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Luxury Travel Accessories


Mug
Related article: You Know I’m Bad for Some Moore…

Funny Psychology Pavlov Mug
Emily Gifts


Children’s Education
Related article: Bo Mom Knows
Related article: Interactive Children’s Media, Media Kit
Related article: LeClaude Learning Center

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Children’s Gifts
Related article: Children’s Hospital

Ganz Get Well Soon Teddy Bear with a Pink Robe,
Blankie for Girls, a Unicorn Activity Book for Kids & Madisi Pencils
Pink robed, Get-Well bear with fleece blanket, book, or coloring book.
by Ganz

Ganz Get Well Soon Teddy Bear with a Pink Robe
Pink robed, Get-Well bear
by Ganz

Deluxe Boys Feel Better Soon Get Well Gift Basket
Prefilled with Toys, Activities, and Plush Ages 4-8
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by KKC

Premade Spiderman Gift Basket for Boys
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by Generic


Cosmetics
Read the product review! Loreal Revitalift Night Cream/Créme Nuit

L’Oreal Paris, RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream Moisturizer 1.7 oz
Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer by L’Oreal Paris Skin Care
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with Pro Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C
to reduce wrinkles, firm and brighten skin, 1.7 Oz


COVID
Related article: Personality of Coronavirus

Coronavirus Supplies
If you are organizing a volunteer event
or need to keep your own holiday event sanitized,
you’ll want to have cleaner, hand gloves, and thermometers—find them all here.
Shop to receive these in time for your event!

ALERTCARE 3-Layer Disposable Face Shield, 50 Counts
by Pleno

Coronavirus Ice Mold Tray
by Misshapen
Buy this collector’s item. Make ice cubes in the shape of the Coronavirus.
Make your drink memorable & keep it cool longer—Long-lasting ice cubes
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Great for house parties, home bars, actual bars and restaurants
when they are re-opened, beaches, holiday events and holiday gifts.
Also good for home-made chocolates, jellos, soaps, candles as well as cake pops!


Seasonal Items
Related article: As Easy as Pie

4th of July
4th of July Tablecloths

American Flags

Halloween
Related article: Halloween, the Trick of Treating for 2020, and Top Candy Selections

Halloween Hand Sanitizer Holders – 6 sets
6 Sets Halloween Silicone Hand Cleaner Holders
Pumpkin Empty Travel Keychain Carriers with Hand Refillable Bottles Portable Plastic Leak Proof Liquid Soap Bottles for Travel Daily Use, Kids Gifts

Halloween COVID Signs and Masks
Shop a variety of COVID signs and Trick-or-Treat masks

Christmas
Related article: Social Wishes, Volunteer Services

Christmas Hand Sanitizers
As a stocking stuffer idea or to have on hand as you volunteer, hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer holders can be purchased individually or in bulk with holiday themes.

Holiday Masks
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Cher-Reading List

Enjoy reading, watching movies, and shopping? Cherbloggin has a list of products on each article page. Order by clicking on affiliate links on this page and throughout @cherbloggin on WordPress. There are over 500+ links to product recommendations including books, movies, appliances, gifts, and subscriptions. Here is a list of books I’ve recently read and enjoyed! Check back as I continue to add to this list with new books and media every couple of weeks.


Books
The Key the Doctrine of the Eucharist
by Abbot Vonier, foreword Peter Kreeft and Aiden Nichols
The richness of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the biblical meaning behind the tradition of the sacrifice at the Mass is explained in this book. I enjoyed this book so much, I read it twice.

Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross
by Edward Sri
Mary was obedient to God’s will, continuing to say yes even under the most difficult circumstances always trusting and believing in humbleness and obedience. This book takes a journey through Mary’s life and shows how she lives her life, filled with faith, with examples that can be applied to our own journey.

Jesus, The Way, the Truth and The Life
by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
If you have ever struggled with reading the Bible, this book pieces the stories and books of the Bible together with clarity using everyday language. There are interesting historical tidbits and facts included which enrich a person’s understanding of the Bible and the time in history in which Jesus lived.

The Power of Humility
by Fr. Candice Bourke
This book explains what being humble means in relation to God, other people, and in the way a person views themself. The power of humility changes a person to live a more virtuous life.

15 Days of Prayer with Thomas Merton
by Andre Gozier, O.S.B.
Thomas Merton, a Cistercian monk, draws from classic and monastic spirituality with daily suggestions of how to pray to have a stronger relationship with God.

Thank You for Being Such a Pain. Spiritual Guidance for Dealing with Difficult People.
by Mark I. Rosen, PhD
This book provides spiritual guidance on how to deal with people who can be challenging and advice on how to work through troublesome relationships. There are several enlightening quotes and stories throughout this book to enjoy and learn from as gems of inspiration.

1984
by George Orwell
A classic novel, and thought-provoking book of what society is like controlled by a government which limits knowledge, demands conformity of lifestyle, and has no legal system but grave punishments for not being aligned with beliefs by the government. Orwell presents the idea of what it might be to exist in a world where Big Brother is always watching, love and free-thought is restricted, truths which have always been taught are re-written to new truths, and vocabulary changed to a new vocabulary.

Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book 2020
by Andrew Faulkner and Conrad Chavez
This book has easy to follow lessons for the most recent version of Photoshop with exercises to follow and a review at the end of each chapter. The book includes a link to download exercise files for each chapter. Additional resources are available in the back of the book including a visual chart for tools and quick keys.

Affiliate Marketing:
How to Become a Seven Figure Affiliate Marketer in Today’s Digital World

by K.M., Kasim

Blogging a 6 Figure Business Strategy in 2020: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide on How to Make a Profit and Passive Income Online for a Living, Using Social Media, Seo, and Affiliate Marketing Secrets
by Brandon Blueprints

Content Machine:
Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-figure Business With Zero Advertising

by Dan Norris

How To Make Money Blogging:
How I Replaced My Day-Job and How You Can Start A Blog Today

by Bob Lotich

How to Start a Blog: Make Money Online in 2020.
A Step by Step Guide to Promote Your Business

by Sarah Miller and Vanessa Manson

How to Write Great Blog Posts that Engage Readers (Kindle Version)
by Steve Scott

The Profitable Content System:
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating Wildly Profitable Content Without Burnout

by Meera Kothand

Dynamic Digital Marketing:
Master the World of Online and Social Media Marketing to Grow Your Business
Dawn McGruer


Movies
Paddington
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Michael Gambon
Director: Paul King

Rating: PG
This is the live-action story of a young talking bear, named Paddington, based on the novel by Michael Bond. Paddington, a bear from Peru, is lost and alone in London until he finds his way into a new home with an English family. With an affinity for marmalade sandwiches, this adorable bear, finds himself in a series of comic misadventures while trying to avoid a museum taxidermist. This 2015 movie is a favorite!

Tangled
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi
Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard 
Rating: PG
This 2010 Disney, computer-animated, musical fantasy film is based on the story of Rapunzel, who has magical long-hair with powers to glow and heal. She lives in a castle secluded from the world with her stepmother. After befriending a runaway thief named Flynn in the castle, she convinces him to help her escape and see the world which leads her to her parents. A bright, light-hearted movie for any age!

Sing
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane 
Director: Garth Jennings
Rating: PG
This 2016, light-hearted, computer-animated, movie produced by Illumination released by Universal Pictures, is filled with music and funny scenes that are sure to make you laugh. Singing animals, each with their own personality, showcase their talents in a singing competition which results in saving their favorite theater. If you love music and animated films—this is one you won’t want to miss.


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The Abs of Culture: The ABC’s of Culture and Business

Here are ways to strengthen culture at its core.

A — Acceptance.

Unless you are working at home, chances are you are working with other people. People are all different and while you might get along with most, there are people who just don’t fit the mold set by others. It is easy for bullying to occur or to push these people out of “the circle” of acceptance from the majority. The reason may be diversity, creed, age, sexuality, intellect or any other difference – either they are the “new kid on the block” to the group or they have “been there for too long”. Whatever it may be, if you are committed to working together, you’ll have to find a way to make allowances and that means finding empathy in understanding differences and focusing on common ground.

B —Building Up.

What kind of work environment can survive with negativity and tearing down? Everyone likes to be told they did a good job and be appreciated. It is easy to get so focused on projects that the simplest phrases of appreciation and compliments might never be said.  Make a point to tell those you work with “Thank you!” or “I appreciate that you did that!” or “It really made a difference!” more often. Look them in the eye when you express a compliment. Be sincere. Send a word of thanks by email that is really meant. These can go a long way in building morale in the work environment.

C — Consideration of Others.

In today’s culture of “me-ism” the importance of self naturally spills over into the workplace. Instead of being considerate of others on the team, it is easy to only focus on how any task or expectation might impact you. Instead of seeing how something might inconvenience you, see how you can make someone else’s job easier. Maybe it is preparing a little more thoroughly for a meeting in advance. Perhaps it is completing your work earlier than expected for the next stage in the process. Instead of being project related, maybe it means dressing nicely for work, practicing good hygiene, smiling and having a positive spirit, or always appreciating others rather than finding what you don’t like about them.

Sitting up to improving culture in the workplace?

When you practice kindness in the workplace, the culture at work changes over time to one with a solid core group of people. Increased productivity. More pleasant interactions. Happier overall job satisfaction. Less turnover.

Spring Into Kindness—At work.

—Clean Up Dallas with Culture and Kindness

Did you know that…“Positive culture is a vital aspect of running a business–more than 50% of executives say corporate culture influences productivity, creativity, profitability, firm value, and growth rates. These corporate culture statistics outline how important culture is in attracting, retaining, and satisfying employees.”

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Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance 5th Edition
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The Power of a Positive Team:
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by Jon Gordon

The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
by Ron Friedman, PhD

Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment: Your Power Is Your Purpose
by T.D. Jakes


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Goals to Inspire Others

Choose to be a light of inspiration for all those who you encounter throughout the day. In how you communicate, what you do, and what you have to say, you have the ability to positively impact someone’s day. How you interact can cause a domino effect to affect others for better or worse. By resolving to raise your personal standard of etiquette, respect, and kindness, you will notice your relationships improve. Noticing an improvement with yourself, you will also see a significant change in how others interact with you. Living this way as a good example, others will also notice and re-evaluate how they are speaking and acting. You can be an example to others in the way you speech and act. Practicing good etiquette will add the dynamic components of respect, value, and human dignity to your relationships. Change the world! Inspire a culture of kindness and respect.


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Etiquette to Please

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.
If you have that awareness, you have good manners,
no matter what fork you use.”
—Emily Post

Culture and Kindness Through the Ages

Learning rules for etiquette and how to be kind usually come from our parents. The word ‘etiquette’ and rules for etiquette were first established within the French royal court between 1600-1700. Etiquette has since manifested to the unwritten rules for etiquette which we have today. Some of these still are in place, while overall etiquette, in many ways, has become much less formal.

How far does society go before it is realized that offensive words and actions really are inappropriate? Tolerability becomes acceptance and then acceptance becomes the standard. Eventually, the standard becomes engrained in culture, far removed from the initial level of what was acceptable. “Is acceptable now” and “was acceptable before”, if compared side by side would make the differences between the two more obvious—so much so that we might even instantly correct ourselves. It is not often this is reflected on. Perhaps looking at the masters of politeness, today’s experts on manners and respect, can serve as new-found consciences to help hone in on etiquette practices which have fallen away and are relevant to today’s culture. Today’s speech and actions may seem preferred because they are casual and candid, but the truth is, they are often times more damaging and unkind. There is a digression of culture in respectfulness toward one another that has been caused as a result of this.

The understanding of common etiquette has been contributed to by many world cultures over the course of human existence. As far back as 2400 BC, the Egyptians had rules written in a book including how to interact with superiors. Small polite phrases such as “Bless you” originated as early as 590 AD when Pope Gregory ordered that each person who sneezes be blessed, because of the Plague. In 1290 AD, a Milanese monk, named Bonvicino da Riv, wrote a book called, Fifty Courtesies of the Table, which covered manners at the table while eating. Many of these same manners we follow even today such as eating with a closed mouth, not picking your teeth, and turn your head when coughing and sneezing.

Establishing practices for good manners and politeness was even more in place in France at the time of King Louis XIV. In the 1600s, at Versailles, King Louis XIV’s gardener was working in the garden. The garden has signs in place to indicate where not to walk as he was working. These signs were called ‘etiquette’ in French, or ‘place cards’. Despite having these signs in place, the aristocrats walked where they pleased. King Louis XIV ordered that the etiquette boundaries must be observed. Following this, the word ‘etiquette’ became the phrase for boundaries within the court.

Within our own country, George Washington, wrote a book on Rules of Civility. In 1922, Emily Post published Etiquette—In Society, In Business, In Politics and At Home. Judith Martin, or “Ms. Manners” is well-known today for her column and books as a guide to good manners. Peggy Post, Emily’s great-granddaughter wrote a book, The Etiquette Advantage in Business: Personal Skills for Professional Success, and also has several books on Internet etiquette.

Wisdom can be found from lessons of etiquette and manners formed over the course of history. Practicing good etiquette is always the best policy for kindness, politeness, and respectfulness, which improves the culture of society. When speaking, here are a few easy suggestions to remember for practicing good etiquette:

• Speak softly
• Always answer when someone speaks to you
• Remember to use “Excuse me”, “Please”, and “Thank you”
• Be sincere in giving and receiving compliments  
• Respect the personal space and beliefs of the other person
• Realize the human dignity of all people and be respectful

[written for @cultureofkind]


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Books
George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation
(Little Books of Wisdom)

by George Washington

Etiquette—In Society, In Business, In Politics and At Home
by Emily Post

The Etiquette Advantage in Business: Personal Skills for Professional Success
by Emily Post

Movies
Miss Congeniality
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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
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