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The site looks good to me. Only problem I have is that I have to scroll that much to get the information I need.
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Good work on the SEO side of things mate - PR 5, nice job. How long you had this site up for?
I have a couple of things i might change about the site:
The bg is too strong. If anything the bg should make you look to the content - not draw your eyes away from the content. As edfollet said. If you want to use that colour then fine, just use a much lighter tint. I would also put a 2px white border around the main content and a soft subtle drop shadow down both sides, to re-enforce its distinction from the bg.
I think the rounded corners draw too much attention to themselves and make the page look busy. Either subtle them up or loose them. Personally i think you need more white space on the page.
My main criticism is the main nav. I failed to notice it for 30 seconds. The three buttons need to look like buttons. I would put two more buttons in the main nav and export some of the home page content to these new page, thus freeing up some white space.
Other than that i would perhaps just polish the site a little... For example, a very subtle tint of green running along the lower half of the main nav.
Remember, anything below the fold on your homepage isn't going to get much attention - people want to click.
Overall making your site attractive encourages people to look at it. With all your SEO efforts now work on conversions. Good look mate.
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I like it a lot.
That being said, there is definitely too many items on the front page when you arrive at the site. Maybe make the sections below the first one 'roll-up' into their headers so that they are there, and more visible with less scrolling, yet the user does not have to scroll forever to get to the bottom one.
The white bar (Tree Gifts, Occasion Gifts, Conservation Gifts) just looks like an image. without mousing over it the user has no idea it is even links. Adding breaks between the links or something to make them look like a menu or buttons would really help.
There probably ought to be a 'Home' link available too, but since the logo links back, that is a smaller thing.