One of the really exciting special parts of the Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip are what’s called the Pillow Gifts! Every evening during the trip the little elves come into your room and leave a surprise on your pillow – well on the bed really. It’s super fun to come back from dinner each evening and see what we got. Many of the gifts in Thailand included brand new products from the upcoming Holiday Catalog. We had to wait a little while before we could show those to you but now I can.
We had a welcome gift to begin with – the personalized sign on our door and an exotic fruit basket when we arrived. I get pretty excited about personalized stuff because I normally can’t find anything with my name spelled correctly.
The fruit basket luckily came with a guide so we would know what was in there! We had mango, rambutan, mangosteen, dragon fruit and banana’s.
Each night our pillow gifts came wrapped in a brown bag and tied with our Gold Edged Metallic ribbon and a tag with some of the Eastern Palace Tassels.
Each tag had a fact on the back about Thailand.
- In Thailand, people do not shake hands when they greet one another; instead, they “wai” or press their palms together and bow the head slightly to show respect. The wai is also used to say hello, thank you, and goodbye.
- The orchid is Thailand’s national flower, and 1,500 species of orchid grow wild in Thailand’s tropical forests. Thailand is also one of the world’s largest orchid exporters.
- Spicy Thai food has been heavily influenced by Chinese and Indian cuisine; common dishes include such flavorings as coconut milk, peanuts, basil, ginger, lemongrass, and hot chilies.
- The Siamese cat is native to Thailand and is called “wichen-maat,” which means “moon diamond.” Giving a pair of Siamese cats to a bride as a wedding gift is thought to bring good luck.
- Thailand’s national animal is the elephant and is considered lucky. If a white elephant is found, it is automatically considered the exclusive property of the King of Thailand.
- The Thai phrase “Mai pen rai” is thought to perfectly represent the Thai way of life; it means “No worries.” In other words, don’t take life too seriously, and be sure to find “sanuk” or fun in whatever you do.
Many of our gifts were new Holiday Catalog product. Here is a look at what we received.
We also received gifts that weren’t product including a waterproof phone case and the Phang Nga Bay group activity – an all day excursion I’ll share about in its own post. Plus an overnight travel bag and a hand painted jar in a box.
These were all the things we received as pillow gifts but that was not all! There was more – General Session with Prize Patrols, and the Hospitality Room with a new game everyday. I’ll share those in a different post.
We were definitely showered by Stampin’ Up! So on top of all the things we experienced they made it extra special with all the extra little touches and the many gifts we were given.
Thanks for visiting today!