Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Are you prepared with that special gift for that special someone? Is your building prepared for the onslaught of gifts that may arrive on that special day?
If you think that you can treat February 14 as “just another day at the office,” think again. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans shelled out over $18 billion in gifts last year – most of them purchased online. The NRF also noted that pet gifts comprised an astonishing 20% of the purchases!
Just as Cyber Monday rivals Black Friday shopping around Christmas, online retail sales for Valentine’s Day is on the rise. How will you handle all of the packages that will come into your building? Will your residents and office tenants be satisfied with the level of service that you are able to provide with your current equipment and personnel?
Most residential and office buildings have a system of check-in whereby the carrier delivers the packages to one, central location. Building and leasing staff then notifies residents that packages are available for pick up and during what hours. Of course, this system usually entails dedicating at least one staff member whose day will consist of constant interruptions to retrieve packages or allow residents into the secure package area.
What to Buy Him
You know him almost as well as you know yourself. You can, and do, finish one another’s sentences. Yet when it comes to choosing the perfect gift, you are stumped.
Don’t fret! The Huffington Post compiled a list of Valentine’s Day gifts for him that are not over-the-top lovey-dovey. Some of the gifts involve shaving products – not necessarily romantic, but perfect for the practical side of your man. Other gifts include clothing items, whether or not your man is infatuated with the great outdoors. Fitness items, concert tickets, home décor and electronics round out the list.
Framing his favorite photos or having them reprinted on glass presents another great option.
What to Buy Her
Flowers and candy are always good options and greatly appreciated but can be construed as trite. Jewelry may be out of your price range or simply not make the right statement at this point in your relationship. And clothing? Unless you can guess the perfect size and style, it is probably best to avoid this option.
Fortunately, The Washingtonian rides to the rescue with unique and creative Valentine’s Day gifts that will send the right message without breaking the bank.
Books of any sort show that you respect her mind, whether it is a kitschy coffee table book or a beautifully bound journal in which she can write her own story. Throw in a stylish pen set or a pack of fun, colored writing utensils, and you can show her that you truly understand her personality.
Gifts that pamper – whether a lovely, scented candle, a stove-top espresso maker, hair or skin care products, or something to make her home more cozy – always hit the mark. For additional pampering, try a box of scented bath oils or salt scrubs, or a gift certificate to a local spa.
What to Buy Your Building
Package Concierge® provides durable, digital, fire-resistant lockers that safely store packages for pickup any time of the day or night, seven days out of the week. A simple, four-step system ensures that all packages are ready whenever your residents are.
Residents receive an instant notification that their packages have arrived. They can then retrieve the packages from their lockers using a pin number.
No stolen packages. No perishable items wasting. No upset resident that wasn’t able to access their special gift because the leasing office was closed before they could get home. In short, Package Concierge® takes one huge worry off of your mind and your residents’ – whether or not packages will arrive safely. Now the only thing they need to decide is what that package will contain!