Author: Mar

13 Feb

Each day is a gift, open it, celebrate it, enjoy it – Valentine’s Day 2020

Today Valentine’s day is a widely celebrated commercial holiday, raking in 20 billion dollars in America last year alone. Men and women purchase and receive flowers, candies and gifts and share romantic outings across the globe. But did you know that some countries celebrate the holiday of love a little differently?

In Wales, the Welsh also celebrate their own special version of Valentine’s Day on January 25th. The special holiday is called St. Dwynwen’s Day and honours the Welsh saint of love. Every year couples exchange cards and gifts just like Valentine’s Day, but another common and traditional gift given at this time is a Welsh lovespoon. The lovespoon is an ornate hand-carved spoon adorned with meaningful symbols, meant to be a classic Welsh token of love.

In Japan it’s customary for women to be the gift givers on Valentine’s Day. Women across Japan purchase so much chocolate for the important men in their lives that half of all annual chocolates sales in Japan are made during the weeks that precede Valentine’s Day. Men are then expected to return the favour and gift back to the women on a special Japanese holiday named White Day on March 14th.

In the Philippines they take Valentines Day romance to the next level! Every year many cities and towns are host to mass Valentine’s Day weddings across the country. Tourists and locals alike come to participate by the thousands to be wed in massive group-wedding celebrations on Valentine’s Day.

Alexandria Gifts would love to help you create your own romantic Valentine’s Day tradition. Browse our selection of Valentine’s Day gift baskets and find what you need to compose your very own unique holiday of love this season!

23 Jan

The Most romantic gift ideas for Valentines day 2020

Valentines day in itself comes from a mixture of various convoluted sources. From Christian martyrdom,
to dark Roman rituals to saints and the advent of spring. Thankfully today’s Valentines day celebrations
are a bit less complicated! Today valentines day is used to celebrate love with gift giving and romance.

But what gifts are the most romantic?

With all the consumerist ideals polluting popular holidays, it’s hard to look beyond simple trending gift ideas. Valentines day directly identifies as a time to make lavish and luxurious purchases. Men are practically expected to buy expensive gold and diamond jewellery and make fancy reservations at high end, fine dining restaurants.

The good news is that it’s perfectly acceptable to protest these traditional principles. You don’t have to break the bank to say “I love you!” The latest coffee makers, earbuds and perfumes might be 2020’s most popular gift ideas, but there are many more romantic gift ideas out there!

For those of you looking to take a step away from high end consumerism but still enjoy an excuse to be romantic and share some love and intimacy this Valentines day, there are many fun and interesting gift ideas available! Instead of focusing on how to make the the most loving impression with your purchase, focus on how to make a purchase that encourages and facilitates spending time together.
Not only can you save some money staying in this Valentines day, but it can make for a much more intimate holiday!

Instead of making reservations at a fancy restaurant, spend time cooking your favourite meal together and enjoy a romantic, candle lit meal for 2 at home! Instead of a night out in fancy clothing, stay at home in your pyjamas with a bottle of wine and your favourite snacks and Netflix! Millennials are changing the way we celebrate holidays and high end consumerism is feeling the sting, people are staying in more and spending less.

If you want to join the latest anti-trend and change the language of love for future generations, Alexandria gifts has got you covered!

Cancel your reservations and browse our selection of Valentines Day gift baskets. Have a bottle of wine and a basket of quality chocolates and treats delivered directly to your door. Enjoy spending time and creating new, romantic memories together in the comfort of your own home. Instead shooing your loved one away to a spa, order a spa in a basket! What’s romantic about booking an appointment for a loved one to spend time away from you all day? You can order a basket of luxurious, spa-quality soaps, oils and salts and pamper each other in ultimate home comfort.

This February 14th Alexandria Gifts challenges you to create the most romantic Valentines day yet!

They say love and romance is what you make of it.
So why not make your very home the heart of your passion this holiday?

11 Dec

We Deliver Happiness And Good Vibes This Christmas

Here in Canada, the Christmas spirit begins when the weather starts to get cold, and holiday festivities generally follow shortly after Remembrance Day. Canadians across the country are planning family activities and feasts, and traveling to spend time with loved ones to enjoy the cozy spirit of the winter holidays together. Store windows, city streets and centers are lit up and adorned with fun Christmas decor. Stores prepare for holiday shoppers with Christmas songs and bright, colourful Christmas atmosphere. Shopping fever is on the way, and it’s time for stores to stock up on all their Christmas goods. This means lots of work for small specialty gift stores!

There’s more to the holidays than Mariah Carey songs on the radio and new iPhones! It’s no surprise that the most memorable and special part of the Christmas holidays are the time you spend with friends and family. In a country as eclectic as Canada, there are so many cultural festivities and practices being cultivated in mixed families and communities. Rather than spending your family time browsing memes on reddit, bring a basket full of special treats for everybody to share and start a new family tradition this year! Put down the phone and have a glass of wine or some fancy gourmet chocolate over good old fashion family conversation!

Just like any other store, Alexandria Gifts is feeling the holiday vibes and is well prepared for Christmas this year! We have gift baskets ranging from $45 up to $300 so you can find something suitable for everybody on your list. We offer free hand-delivery to anybody in Toronto/GTA and all baskets can be shipped same day. We also have very competitive shipping costs across all of Canada.

Who wants to drive across the province on snowy roads anyways? If you can’t make it to a family gathering or can’t travel this Christmas for any reason, send some love with a big gorgeous basket filled with goodies! If you can’t sweeten up the dinner table with your attendance, then perhaps a basket of chocolates and cookies would be a good substitute.

At Alexandria Gifts we take great pride in our relationship with our collaborators and partners and work closely with big companies to make large and wholesale orders. This keeps us very busy over the holidays so please make sure to visit our page for all delivery info and contact us with any questions so we can deliver your holiday orders in a timely manner!

Please also contact us about our free gift basket services. We regularly create baskets for children and youth with special needs and disabilities as part of a program in association with United Way. We also work closely with various long-term care and retirement homes to provide gift baskets for the elderly.

Alexandria Gifts was established and built on a foundation of the desire to spread happiness and smiles. Our ambition is to break through the traditional mold and culture of gift giving. We are a gift giving service with a passion for helping others spread love and positive vibes. Our goal is to make people’s lives a little warmer and more cheerful this holiday season!

18 Nov

Christmas traditions across the globe

Africa

Many African countries celebrate Christmas, and one of the more heartwarming examples of this is
Nigeria. Many people who have become successful and moved out of their small, underdeveloped
ancestral villages return to their roots to spread wealth and joy during the holidays. People bring livestock
and gifts as contribution for large family feasts and eat traditional cultural food during these celebrations.
It is common tradition for the wealthy to bring Christmas presents for family members and friends and do
whatever they can to help them survive and thrive in these smaller villages.

South Eastern Asia

Christmas is traditionally celebrated from Pakistan all the way to Indonesia, but did you know that the
Philippines have one of the longest annual Christmas celebrations in the world? Starting in September and
not ending until mid January, Christmas decorations and festivities are stretched out over a period of
many months, from masses to midnight family feasts. It’s not uncommon to see parols and other iconic
Filipino Christmas ornaments for sale and displayed year round!

Southern Europe

In some European countries like Serbia and Macedonia, Christmas is traditionally celebrated on January
7th due to Eastern Orthodox churches using the old Julian calendar. Orthodox Christmas celebrations
include many folk-like customs and rituals and are practiced in a variety of different ways throughout
these countries. Some of these practices include the ritual burning of young oak branches, wheat being
strewn throughout the house and wheat seeds being sprouted and returned to nature. It’s also very
important to have a massive family feast with many cultural dishes and courses, with the main dish often
being a whole spit-roasted pig.

Northern Europe

Scandinavian countries like Sweden celebrate Christmas in a way that is greatly inspired by the pagan
winter solstice. Celebrations begin on Saint Lucy’s Day, ushering in the season with traditional Christmas
songs and rituals. Christmas day is celebrated on the 24th with gift giving and a traditional family feast
called the Julbord. These feasts often include Christmas ham, meatballs, rice puddings, pickled herring
and other cultural dishes. Some households, in accordance to an old superstition, leave out bowls of
porridge as an offering to the Jultomto, the invisible Christmas gnome. Other traditions include displaying
oranges decorated with cloves, ornamental yule goats and writing fun rhymes on gifts.

South America

Christmas in countries like Colombia are filled with spiritual vibes, religious ceremony and traditions.
Festivities begin on December 7th where everybody from tiny towns to big cities get together and decorate
streets, and both public and private areas with lights, candles and lanterns. This cross-country display
honours the immaculate conception and businesses and organizations hold contests to judge the the best
decorative light displays across the country. Manger scenes and Christmas carols can be seen and heard
throughout the holiday season, and 9 consecutive days of church going and prayer and held before
Christmas day. During these 9 days, churches often hold very large masses each night, filled with music
and game. Churches hold these Christmas festivals all in an attempt to step away from commercialism of
the holidays and have communities focus on the religious meaning of Christmas.

North America

Christmas in America is a magical time of year. It seems that the entire country shifts in to a more
whimsical and charitable state. It’s no surprise that north American Christmas is a mishmash of worldly
traditions all clumped together in to a big, beautiful winter long commemoration. Decorations are often
seen for as long as there is snow on the ground, and big cities like New York become massive tourist
attractions with stunning annual Christmas themed sights to behold. Radios, television, theater, city
centers, streets and businesses are transformed in to a winter-long Christmas themed spectacles. Children
hang Christmas stockings, leave out cookies and milk for Santa Clause on Christmas eve and tune in to
local news and radio stations to get live reports of Santa’s flying sleigh and reindeer sightings as he travels
across the country delivering presents.

Whatever your background and culture is, or wherever you live, Christmas is a time of year to spread love
and cheer. A perfect way to send some love is with a thoughtfully chosen basket full of beautiful treats
and gifts for that special somebody. Sharing a gorgeous bounty of elegant sweets and a bottle of wine is a
wonderful way to spread joy over the holidays, and nothing looks better under the tree than a big
luxurious basket of Christmas treats topped with a charming bow.
Start a new tradition this year, and let Alexandria Gifts help you choose the perfect Christmas gift!

18 Nov

Christmas traditions across the globe

Africa

Many African countries celebrate Christmas, and one of the more heartwarming examples of this is
Nigeria. Many people who have become successful and moved out of their small, underdeveloped
ancestral villages return to their roots to spread wealth and joy during the holidays. People bring livestock
and gifts as contribution for large family feasts and eat traditional cultural food during these celebrations.
It is common tradition for the wealthy to bring Christmas presents for family members and friends and do
whatever they can to help them survive and thrive in these smaller villages.

South Eastern Asia

Christmas is traditionally celebrated from Pakistan all the way to Indonesia, but did you know that the
Philippines have one of the longest annual Christmas celebrations in the world? Starting in September and
not ending until mid January, Christmas decorations and festivities are stretched out over a period of
many months, from masses to midnight family feasts. It’s not uncommon to see parols and other iconic
Filipino Christmas ornaments for sale and displayed year round!

Southern Europe

In some European countries like Serbia and Macedonia, Christmas is traditionally celebrated on January
7th due to Eastern Orthodox churches using the old Julian calendar. Orthodox Christmas celebrations
include many folk-like customs and rituals and are practiced in a variety of different ways throughout
these countries. Some of these practices include the ritual burning of young oak branches, wheat being
strewn throughout the house and wheat seeds being sprouted and returned to nature. It’s also very
important to have a massive family feast with many cultural dishes and courses, with the main dish often
being a whole spit-roasted pig.

Northern Europe

Scandinavian countries like Sweden celebrate Christmas in a way that is greatly inspired by the pagan
winter solstice. Celebrations begin on Saint Lucy’s Day, ushering in the season with traditional Christmas
songs and rituals. Christmas day is celebrated on the 24th with gift giving and a traditional family feast
called the Julbord. These feasts often include Christmas ham, meatballs, rice puddings, pickled herring
and other cultural dishes. Some households, in accordance to an old superstition, leave out bowls of
porridge as an offering to the Jultomto, the invisible Christmas gnome. Other traditions include displaying
oranges decorated with cloves, ornamental yule goats and writing fun rhymes on gifts.

South America

Christmas in countries like Colombia are filled with spiritual vibes, religious ceremony and traditions.
Festivities begin on December 7th where everybody from tiny towns to big cities get together and decorate
streets, and both public and private areas with lights, candles and lanterns. This cross-country display
honours the immaculate conception and businesses and organizations hold contests to judge the the best
decorative light displays across the country. Manger scenes and Christmas carols can be seen and heard
throughout the holiday season, and 9 consecutive days of church going and prayer and held before
Christmas day. During these 9 days, churches often hold very large masses each night, filled with music
and game. Churches hold these Christmas festivals all in an attempt to step away from commercialism of
the holidays and have communities focus on the religious meaning of Christmas.

North America

Christmas in America is a magical time of year. It seems that the entire country shifts in to a more
whimsical and charitable state. It’s no surprise that north American Christmas is a mishmash of worldly
traditions all clumped together in to a big, beautiful winter long commemoration. Decorations are often
seen for as long as there is snow on the ground, and big cities like New York become massive tourist
attractions with stunning annual Christmas themed sights to behold. Radios, television, theater, city
centers, streets and businesses are transformed in to a winter-long Christmas themed spectacles. Children
hang Christmas stockings, leave out cookies and milk for Santa Clause on Christmas eve and tune in to
local news and radio stations to get live reports of Santa’s flying sleigh and reindeer sightings as he travels
across the country delivering presents.

Whatever your background and culture is, or wherever you live, Christmas is a time of year to spread love
and cheer. A perfect way to send some love is with a thoughtfully chosen basket full of beautiful treats
and gifts for that special somebody. Sharing a gorgeous bounty of elegant sweets and a bottle of wine is a
wonderful way to spread joy over the holidays, and nothing looks better under the tree than a big
luxurious basket of Christmas treats topped with a charming bow.
Start a new tradition this year, and let Alexandria Gifts help you choose the perfect Christmas gift!