TODAY Show Surprises

Should I admit this? I didn’t get out of my pajamas today until after 2 p.m.! And unfortunately, it wasn’t because I was lounging around and taking it easy! We were frantically trying to finish the gifts we are giving the TODAY Show people (about 10 people. . . producers, hosts, hostesses, etc.) whom we will be interacting with on Monday.

Last year we took surprises as well, and we really outdid ourselves! (Click here to see those goody bags.) And we carried these on the plane with us!

This year, we went simpler, smaller, and nonbreakable! And following the TODAY Show producer’s advice, we decided to ship the gifts straight to the TODAY Show office this week, so we didn’t have to be worrying about them the morning of the show. That meant we had to get these in the mail today.

We had the first box finished last week—you can see in the pictures they are simple Kraft paper-mache boxes (with decorated lids) that can be re-used. (We did two versions--one for females and one for males.)

Inside we tucked a bag of made-in-Utah caramels (the BEST caramels in the world, and the ones I used for incentive gifts during my Workshops of a Lifetime) and a stack of cards (the photos never look as good as in real life), along with a personalized tag!


Shanna has spent hours and hours doing the duplicating—all I really did today was the packaging. But as usual, I was overly optimistic (smile) about how long it would take to tie everything up (tags, cards, caramels, etc.) and then put it all together perfectly. And so that’s why, when Shanna finally headed off to get everything in the mail, I was still in jammies and starving—I hadn’t even eaten breakfast yet!

I mentioned that all I did today was the packaging, but I also admired the gifts over and over—I love, LOVE these gifts! We also included a mini catalog for each person and an Idea Book & Catalog that they can all share. I hope our TODAY Show friends like these gifts, but even if they don’t, I feel pretty good about them. I would love to receive them!

Maybe our gifts will catch their attention enough that they’ll invite us to come back and stamp! Wouldn’t that be great!?

I’m looking forward to the show on Monday—I have to admit that it’s kind of nice to have one TODAY Show appearance under my belt. I know where I’m going, I know who I’ll be meeting with. . . there’s a level of comfort there because this is a return visit. I’m also looking forward to spending some one-on-one time with Shanna. She loves New York, and it will be fun to do a little shopping and dining (of course) with her!

I’m certain Monday I’ll be nervous, but right now I’m just feeling excited!