How to Pick Novelty Gifts

How to Pick Novelty Gifts

Picking the right novelty gifts for the occasion and the person.

This may not be as easy as it sounds. Know the personality of the person you are giving it to, otherwise it could lead to an embarrassing situation. Not all people share the same sense of humour.

One of the most personal things that you can bring to any occasion is a gift, whether it’s a birthday party or a housewarming. Not only do your choices tell the people you are giving the gift to something about how you feel about them, they also reflect on your personality. Buying a birthday or anniversary gift is especially sentimental and you want to take the time to make sure you get the process just right.

Here are just a few of the things that you’ll need to focus on to make sure whatever novelty gifts you give, no matter the occasion, make the desired impact.

• Understanding the theme of the occasion is half the battle. Birthday gifts are different than corporate gifts for someone retiring. Buying something for someone who’s just graduated from college requires a different set of mental processes than picking something up for a friend who’s sick in the hospital. Taking a bit of time to decide what’s appropriate for the theme of the event or occasion is a great first step.

• After you’ve got that initial part out of the way, it’s an excellent notion to take some more time and think about the person’s sensitivities that you are buying for. For example, you might be able to buy something a little more risqué for someone with a great sense of humour and a more practical novelty gift might suit someone better who’s a little more serious.

Finally, it’s a good idea to set a budget and stick to it. When you’re shopping for novelty gifts, all sorts of things will catch your eye and narrowing down your choices by having a prearranged budget will help you to make an excellent final decision.

It’s always a good idea to shop online, because you can compare prices and quality from the comfort of your own home.

A Brief History of Native Art & European Settlement

A Brief History of Native Art & European Settlement

A lot has been said and written recently about Canada’s First Nations people and the suffering they’ve endured in residential schools, but there’s a lot about our indigenous folks that doesn’t always get the focus it deserves. Even though the recent tragic story of Moses Amik Beaver, an indigenous artist who was found dead in a Thunder Bay jail highlights the problems in the community, the art these people produce speaks to their joys and aspirations.

First of all, it’s important to understand our contact with them and their place in European-based history in North America. There are records of indigenous art from the early Europeans who came to Canada and North America like fur traders and early explorers that dates back over 500 years.

Here’s another example. In the Arctic, people lived and sustained a lifestyle for 5000 years before they were discovered by the Europeans. They had few possessions and spent most of their time hacking out a meager existence, but they took the time to express themselves artistically by carving antlers, stone and walrus ivory into art.

Closer to home, the Southern Great Lakes Region has pockets of native art that was influenced by early trading with European explorers. Because the weather was more hospitable further south, the tribes who lived there weren’t as nomadic as their Arctic cousins. Being able to live in permanent shelters meant the artisans in any tribe had more time to share their craft and hone their visions.

For these First Nations people in Canada, art and commerce began to mesh together by the 19th century when birch bark canoes, feathered headbands, dreamcatchers and beaded necklaces were sold to tourists and other people from outside the tribes.

Presently, the Canadian government supports native art through the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) department.