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December 10, 2018
Magic floats in the air. Twinkling lights shine everywhere. You’ve made your list, checked it twice and found the perfect gifts for the important people in your life. When the shopping is finished and you’re dead on feet, your holiday work is still not complete. The wrapping of packages is next on your list.  Thousands of creative options exist! Wrapping gifts is a tradition as old as the ancients who first made paper. Young, old and pets alike marvel at bright colored wrappers, ribbons and festive bows. Everyone is tempted to shake the box, feel the weight, and try to guess what’s inside. The anticipation is delicious. Gift wrap adds suspense, intrigue, and fun to any present, whether during the holiday season, for a birthday, wedding, anniversary or any special occasion. The embellishment you choose for your gifts adds a memorable, little something extra to whatever is inside.
October 25, 2018
The freight landscape is ever-changing, and staying on top of the policies and rates of couriers can be a challenge, whether you’re shipping hard goods, soft goods, or food gifts.  Freight charges are probably not the first thing that your client is thinking about when they’re selecting their gifts, but they can have a significant impact on budgets! 
September 13, 2018
Shana Gardner, Operations
Food gifts are no small business—according to Packaged Facts, purchases of consumables for corporate gift-giving reached a new record in 2017 of $7.2 billion. Not all of those dollars are included in the $20 billion drawn through the promotional products industry, which means that there is a huge market out there just waiting to have a bite taken out of it. (See what I did there?)
June 14, 2018
Stop and think for a minute. When was your last snack? Today, between projects? Yesterday, while you were running from one activity to the next? Are you having one right now? Whether you already identify as a snacker or you’re new to this movement, here’s why snacking is trending in the U.S.
May 24, 2018
Shana Gardner, Operations
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.” –Helen Exley Books don't have to be targeted toward your career to have an impact upon it.  Members of the Maple Ridge Farms team share a selection of the books that influenced their daily and professional lives.
April 13, 2018
Shana Gardner, Operations
Employment with small business is generally a very different beast from employment with big business—and a better fit for some people.  Find out some reasons and benefits to consider from a small business employee perspective.
November 8, 2017
Molly Neises, Sales
Although gift-giving has benefits all year long, the majority of corporate gifts are sent between November and January.  As a business, sending gifts allows you to stand out and be memorable.  But it’s important to ask yourself, “How would I feel if I received this gift from a business associate?”  It’s important to choose a gift with care.  With this in mind we wanted to share a few reasons why holiday gift-giving at the corporate level can be very beneficial as well as share some key factors to keep in mind when trying to choose the perfect present.
October 25, 2017
Shana Gardner, Operations
The key concept for promotional products is promotion, which leaves you as a distributor in a position to offer that recognition in a way that your clients can't get from big-box or online retailers.
October 11, 2017
Molly Neises, Sales
Like it or not, your clients are being inundated with catalogs from Harry & David, Hickory Farms, Mrs. Fields and other direct-sellers.  These companies easily sell more business food gifts each year than the whole promotional products industry combined, so it is important to know how to compete with them effectively.  What’s the easiest way to convince your customer to avoid large online and mail-order companies for their holiday food gifts?  Remind them of the benefits of buying from you!
September 13, 2017
Shana Gardner, Operations
It's stressful enough shopping for personal presents, but your clients' business gift shopping comes with its own set of challenges. Never fear, food gifts are here! Make their holiday shopping easy, and solve their gift-giving problems with food gifts.

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