Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year From Jimmo!

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! We hope you are celebrating surrounded by your family and friends. Be joyful and count your blessings! Sparkle and shine! But most of all, stay peaceful and safe!
 ~ With best Christmas and New Year wishes - Jim and Dominique at Jimmo's ~

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide By Jimmo

Gift giving is a very old tradition. It is probably much older than we think. It might have started with the first offerings to the gods. Throughout the ages gift giving was practiced in many cultures and often involved complex symbolism. It was practiced in archaic societies where gift giving was a matter of honor and morality and a way to forge relationships with strangers. To give a gift was a sign of generosity and called for respect of the giver. The recipient of a gift would show his respect to the giver by accepting the gift and was given a chance to reciprocate and prove his own generosity.

The gift giving tradition today is just as vivid, if not more so, as it was in the long forgotten past. There are many occasions for gift giving, but nothing can surpass the Holiday Season!
Gift idea: Cool Robot Head T-Shirt by Jimmo 
and a vintage robot toy - both sold on Amazon

Even if gift giving means fun to some of us, it is considered by the psychologists to be one of the most stressful aspects of any Holiday experience. Our creativity, sensitivity, taste, and insight are being put to test and there is always a chance of misunderstanding or faux pas. You can always go wrong!
Always a good idea - Graphic T-Shirts designed by Jimmo

Some of us may know exactly what to give, others may look for inspiration everywhere they can, but our choices are often limited by the budget we have to our disposition. We have to be even more creative if money is the problem. And what do we give people who already have "everything"?
Unicorn Magic - Mug by Jimmo

The best gifts are the gifts that the recipient really wants, enjoys and appreciates, but would possibly never buy for himself or herself. Things get a little bit more complicated when you don't know the recipient very well. A rule to consider: Never give funny, naughty or culturally biased gifts to people you do not know well. Something that looks funny to you may actually hurt or offend someone.

In a pickle? Follow these simple gift giving tips:
  • put emphasis on relationships rather than things
  • invest more time rather than money
  • always consider the degree of intimacy between you and the recipient
  • choose mindfulness and meaning rather than mindlessness
  • choose ecological, reusable, environmentally friendly gifts
  • choose gifts made by artists and artisans rather than mass market products
  • give home made delicacies like your own cookies, breads, or preserves
  • give books
  • make gift bundles
 Supersonic Santa T-Shirt by Jimmo

Gift bundles are becoming incredibly popular and they add value to the gift even if the overall sum of money invested isn't that big. They also open wider range of possibilities and that cannot be achieved with a single item. Let your gift tell a story or create a vision. This can easily be done with a little imagination on your part.

So, what to bundle? 
  • Mugs are fantastic gifts, but instead of giving just another coffee mug, bundle it with a coffee maker, a bag of rare coffee beans, cool t-shirt or a book that reflects the quote or the artwork on the mug.
  • Don't just buy a t-shirt. Buy a matching sweatshirt, a pair of matching socks or a cool toy.
  • Don't just make or buy a scarf. Get a matching sweater, hat, or gloves.
  • Elegant cookbook is a good idea if your friends love to cook. Bundle it with a kitchen gadget, super cool apron, rare olive oil, or some exotic spice mix.
  • Don't just buy a toys. Bundle them with a book or a game.
  • Don't just buy a cell phone. Try to get a cool cell phone accessories as well.
  • Don't just buy opera tickets. Bundle them with a book about the composer or a diva.
  • Reading enriches the soul and expands the mind! Give books and give them often. Bundle them with mugs, toys, gadgets, or with original items designed by artists.

As you see, bundling gifts isn't very difficult and I am certain that you have plenty of your own ideas, but if you need more inspiration simply browse our online catalog. There is something nice for every taste  and desire in our store.
One can never have enough mugs! Get a mug designed by
Jimmo! - Supersonic Santa Mug, Peace on Earth Mug

To avoid stress, do not wait till the last final pre-Christmas sale. Start your preparations early. Make sure that you have all the gift wrapping materials, ribbons, stickers, bags, tags. Be creative, rather than wasteful. Use wrapping materials that can be re-used or at least easily recycled.
 Perfect gift bundle for her: Evening shirt by Jimmo, evening handbag, 
elegant ballerina shoes from Tory Burch and Chanel earrings

What to do if you cannot not find that perfect gift, or forgot to buy something? You can always give a gift card. Many stores offer Gift Cards. Some people abhor them, but they are becoming more and more popular with others and are great last minute gift. 

By Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo's

All images and designs are copyrighted and property of James W. Allmon ©2016


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Stress? Not This Year

Stress is probably one of the most underestimated holiday “companions” we may ever encounter. While the Holiday Season is meant to be a time of love, warmth and cheerfulness, it often turns out to be the most stressful time of the year. Despite the fact that we celebrate every year, the Holidays seem to always take us by surprise. Year after year.

Since holiday stress is predictable and avoidable, why, after all the preparations are finished and the first dinner guests appear at the door, some of us feel so little joy and are getting sick, or are about to collapse from plain exhaustion?

As the overall tension rises during the Holiday Season, many people may become frustrated, ill tempered, impatient, or even angry, especially when the holiday stress is amplified by financial difficulties and feelings of inadequacy and failure.

What is stress?

Stress is the body’s natural response to intense situations that require some kind of action on the part of the individual. Some stress is considered to be good. Experts say that it can actually improve our immune system. Bad stress, however, weakens the body’s immune response and may cause a range of health problems such as sleep disorder, weight gain, heart problems, impaired digestion. An untreated, prolonged or chronic stress may even have deadly consequences.

Is there anything that we can do to avoid stress before the Holidays?

Keeping an eye on your budget, mailing Christmas cards and invitations, and buying gifts early, buying online, preparing a Christmas dinner menu in advance, hiring catering service, delegating tasks to family members, etc., are some of the strategies worth embracing if we want to avoid unnecessary stress. But even if we do, we may still worry that the cards or gifts might not be delivered on time, or that someone forgets what we asked them to do.

The very fact that we still have to oversee all the preparations of the festive dinner makes the “delegating business” just as stressful as doing everything oneself. No matter what we do, stress and anxiety seem unavoidable as there always is a chance that things might go wrong. The vision of impending catastrophe is almost comical and yet, not funny at all.

So, if the Holiday stress seems unavoidable, why not give yourself a gift of relaxation? You could schedule an early afternoon visit to a spa and pamper yourself. Or send your family off to the the movies or a skating ring and take a relaxing bath after a long day of Christmas shopping. Light some scented candles and listen to a quiet, soothing music. Have a cup of hot chocolate, some calming herbal infusion, or a nice glass of wine. Go to bed early. Relax and don’t let the holiday stress ruin your Holidays.

We function much better when we are relaxed. Our memory improves and we are in a much better mood.

Plan ahead and remember that things do not have to be perfect. Holidays are about joy and cordiality, not about perfection. So, if Holidays mean stress to you, maybe it is time to simplify the way you celebrate.

To help you just a little with your holiday shopping we will publish a small gift guide. As you may already know our products are made to order and our fulfillment partner company has imposed deadlines that you will have to consider if you want your orders to arrive on time. We are also offering a special Holiday Season discount. Type code


at checkout to receive 15% discount on your entire purchase. Remember to order by December 12 at the latest. After this time we cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas. For all late comers and the undecided buyers, Jimmo now offers Gift Cards. You may want to explore this option, just in case.

Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo's

Dominique Allmon©2016

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