Gift giving is not a competition. But, really, how good does it feel to give the best gift to someone? A gift you know the recipient will appreciate, actually use and possibly even replicate and give to someone else in the future is the best kind of all. In a time where I am realizing more and more we don't need as much "stuff", I am all about only keeping the most meaningful, important, useful items in my home. Below you'll see a small collection of my favorite go-to gifts for others, as well as some of my favorites that I have received myself. With the holidays less than 2 months away, it's time to plan and check some items off the list nice and early! Happy gifting, my broads!
Tie One On
My trusty gift: The wine tag. I have gotten these adorable Lobird wine tags for countless friends. I love including a card letting the giftee know that these are great to have on hand to tie on a bottle of wine for a hostess gift. It's a no-brainer. And since they get used and take up little space, they don't add to the clutter. There are several wine tag designs to choose from (but I don't know how you could choose something other than the drunken rooster) and you can even choose the ink color and ribbon pattern to your liking.
I could very well have a problem when it comes to personalized paintings. My tiny home alone has a portrait of our wedding chapel, our home and our family. But these are pieces I will never get rid of, and that makes them some of the best gifts I've received.
Does it get any sweeter than a family watercolor? Jennifer of Sophie and Lilli does the best work, you just need to send a high-res photo and she does her magic.
Lobird also has adorable, personalized stationery, too. It doesn't get much cuter than elephants and ostriches!
Don't forget the little ones!
Need a new baby gift that isn't clothes!? How about personalized notes to help parents with all of the thank you notes? These Semi Custom Brush Pen Note Cards are the bee's knees and their price is so right. Also adorable for older kids, because, the handwritten note should be instilled at a young age, IMHO.
Decorate your Home... with your Home
For the new homeowner, or a sentimental sap like myself, there is nothing sweeter than a portrait of your home. Blue House Paperie has painted two portraits for me and has nailed it each time. Every detail I've asked for, including our pooch, has been honored and included. I love art like this in an entry way, mudroom or on a gallery wall.
There you have it, my broads. Personalized, thoughtful gifts that support small businesses. Win. Win Win.