How To Choose Valentine’s Day Presents

There are many kinds of presents that can be given on Valentine’s. Women like perfumes, jewelry, a great book, nice clothes, going to the theater, something made by you if you have skills on handcrafting. Normally younger girls like the last perfume or the last CD or the last dress that is being sold for the Spring season. Bags, beauty items like a color palette for her eyes, a nice pair of boots or shoes, something that is very trendy. For women the best gifts are flowers, especially roses but also those flowers that she really loves, for example orchids. Other gifts include necklaces or even a ring that she has seen passing by with you and adores. A good book if she is an avid reader by her favorite author.

A nice romantic dinner in an elegant restaurant. If the person who receives the gift is a boy, then music is a great choice: the last CD by his favorite music band, or if he likes sports a good equipment for going to the gym center. If he loves writing, then a fountain pen that is elegant.

If he likes skating then buy him the skateboard he always speaks about. Or a cell phone he is crazy about. This also applies to girls. Men like probably more things than young boys do, so cell phones, CD’s, DVD’s, a good book, probably the last best seller is a very good choice.

A visit to a museum where you know there is the exhibition he speaks about, or a collection of things he likes, if he loves collecting things. If he loves old things, then an antique will be very well welcome. A good men’s perfume is also a good choice. A nice dinner can also be surprising for him. Or a short trip to the mountains if you both have time. Either present you give needs to be given with a handwritten card. Then the present will be meaningful at cent per cent

Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse: The Ultimate Girls’ Present For Christmas 2010?

One of the most wanted Christmas gifts for girls from 4 to 8 years old is likely to be the Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse, from International Playthings. Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll get and whether this is a good choice of gift for your little girl.

What Are Calico Critters?

They are the now famed miniature creatures who enjoy living in realistic homes with various items of furniture and accessories. The animals, as well as their habitats, are well known for attention to detail – which is why they are adored by little girls!

The world of Calico Critters has several characters to collect, who live on Cloverleaf Corners. Each character has a unique part to play in the community. They love to be around their family and friends – and the new Townhouse provides the perfect setting.

What Is the Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse?

It isn’t difficult to see why little girls will love this house, which is the perfect home for their Critters. The Townhouse includes four rooms, which can be expanded into five if needed. The whole house can open and close, keeping things tidy when it’s not being played with, and it even features working lights!

The Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse is also a wonderful present for children who like to be creative. The Townhouse is designed to be decorated however your little girl wants. The staircase and extra floor area can even be rearranged to transform the home layout.

What You’ll Get:

* The Townhouse (measures 12x12x12 inches),
* Lights that turn on and off,
* Four rooms plus a room divider to create a fifth room,
* Moveable staircase.

It’s important to point out that this house doesn’t come with any Critters. This has led to disappointment for some little girls, so if yours doesn’t have some Critters already, do buy a starter set along with this Townhouse and she’ll be playing in no time!

Sales Negotiators Know How To Ask “How Much?”

Sometimes it’s the littlest of things that can trip up even a professional sales negotiator. In this case, we often don’t want to ask the one question that we need to ask the other side of the table: “how much does that cost”. In the end, this can end up costing us a great deal…

Why Don’t We Ask “How Much”?
This seems like such a trivial issue, and yet it all too often turns out to be a big deal in the end. The question that we need to find an answer to is just exactly why we don’t seem to be able to remember to ask the other side how much something is going to end up costing us.

There are a lot of different reasons why we don’t feel comfortable doing this, but getting to the reason that is holding each of us back is something that is important for each of us to do. One big reason is often that we fear that simply by asking the other side how much something costs, we’re going to cause them to raise their price to us.

Other reasons can include not wanting to get involved in a long, drawn-out negotiating session (go figure that!) that could result if the other side’s price is to high. Another reason could be that we fear what asking for a price will communicate to the other side of the table about what we think of them. Like perhaps we really don’t trust them and we’re checking up on what they’ll be charging us.

Why Not Asking Is The Wrong Thing To Do
The primary reason that not taking the time to ask the other side how much something is going to cost is a bad idea is because it can quite easily end up costing you a great deal of money. This is a case where what you don’t know can come back and haunt you.

When you are negotiating with the other side of the table and you don’t ask them how much something is going to cost you, then you are making an assumption about how much it’s going to cost. This assumption is not necessarily correct.

The farther that you go into the negotiations without clarifying this issue, the stronger your self-generated belief in what the price is going to be will become. After awhile, you won’t even think to ask the other side how much because you’ll assume that the number that you are picturing in your head is the same number that they have in their head.

It’s disconnects like this that can easily trip up a sales negotiation in the 11th hour. Assumptions that have been made about price turn out to be not true and that can screw everything up at the last minute.

What All Of This Means For You
One of the most important questions that you can ask during a sales negotiation is “how much”. Although this sounds easy to do, it turns out that for most of us it’s actually quite difficult to do.

The reasons that it’s so difficult to do vary from negotiator to negotiator. However, it generally has to do with either not wanting to upset the negotiations or from a false sense that both sides have the same price in their heads.

When you are involved in a sales negotiation, take the time to ask “how much” every time the other side makes a proposal to you. It may feel a bit awkward the first few times that you say it; however, over time you’ll get comfortable using this power phrase and you’ll be amazed at just how much information you’ll get by using it!