As a native Arizona-owned company, M.R. Designs & Gifts has always believed in supporting local companies. Since our inception, we have sought out a variety of quality Arizona-made products to feature in our unique gifts and gift baskets. In fact, here are some of the local companies we have supported, and the list continues to grow!

Today, we are pleased to announce that we have joined Local First Arizona, the business directory of locally-owned, independent businesses that are the backbone of the Arizona economy. Local First Arizona features local restaurants, retailers, services, even green and eco-friendly companies.

Our owner, Jenifer Anseth, recalls the first large convention gift basket order we created almost 7 years ago – “I’ll never forget the look of disbelief on the employees at Arizona Gunslinger when we loaded up the SUV with over 450 bottles of their hot sauce. I remember thinking ‘Wow, my little business is having an impact on the local economy!’”

Did you know? … When you shop at a locally owned business, 45 cents of every dollar stays in Arizona – versus only 13 cents of every dollar spent at a national chain!

“Put your money where your house is..Shop Local”

Ahh! Another Father’s Day is almost here upon us. That wonderful season when we take the time to honor good ‘ole dad for his selfless labors, for all his hard work and dedication, and for not killing me when I ran over a parking garage cement barrier in the ’66 Mustang convertible he was restoring and just had custom painted and then not telling him when I got home but trying to hide it until he “accidentally” found out for himself and then wondered how it got there……or was that just me?

Actually, I’m still surprised that he let me drive that car at all. But, now that I am a parent too, I do truly appreciate the sentiment: “Well, at least you didn’t get hurt.”

Anyways…how we as Americans celebrate Father’s Day hasn’t changed much over the 100-or-so years since wonderful Mrs. Dodd. Children used to prepare special meals and desserts as a treat for dad on Father’s Day. If they happened to live apart, children would make an effort to visit.

Although time spent together makes the greatest gift of all, we here at M.R. Designs & Gifts are pleased to be able to assist in sending that “just right” sentiment across the miles, to father’s all over the globe, when that special visit is just not possible.

Whether your pop is health-conscious, a sports nut, the executive type, would rather be golfing, or feels at home creating a gourmet meal, please call on us to help in any way we can. Don’t know what to send this year? Let’s talk about it! And…to you faithful blog readers out there…mention this blog when you call to place your Father’s Day gift order and receive 15% off the regular retail of your entire order.

And remember, no need to limit Father’s Day to your biological dad. Do something nice for all the father figures in your life, whether grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles or godfathers!

Happy Father’s Day!!

P.S. Did you know that the red or white rose is the official flower of Father’s Day?

‘If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.” – Robert South. (English poet from late 1600s to early 1700s)


Remember when you were a kid and your mom or dad “forced” you to write thank you letters to your friends and family for all of your birthday gifts? Well, hopefully you’ve kept up the habit in your professional life. If you have not, you should consider making it your custom once again.


As business by referral is so important these days, it is vital to “Thank” your referral sources. Just one of the reasons to do so is simply Common Courtesy.


Consider a referral as a “gift” to you. Your referral source has put themselves and their reputation on the line to hand you that business – they didn’t have to, it may not even have been an easy “sell”. An immediate “Thank You” in the form of a small gift or note is required. This is not about the potential profitability of the referral – this is about rewarding the behavior of giving. Tell them why it was such a good referral and reassure them about what a great job you will do for them and their referral.


If the referral you received was actually not a good referral for you, send a Thank You anyway and tell them why; take this opportunity for a little more training of your source. It is far better to send a note or small gift right away to show that you appreciate their support than to wait a month or two and send a larger gift…maybe…IF you close the deal. It is important that you let them know as soon as possible that you appreciate their confidence and trust.


These days when Common Courtesy seems so lacking, Courtesy can also be a way to differentiate yourself from others in your profession.