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A Thoughtful Gift Idea

I’m a big believer in gifts that show you were thoughtful about choosing them. My friend bought me a beautiful hydrangea plant for my birthday recently and as much as I love the plant (and I do!) I also love the fact that she knows me well, and thought about choosing something that would please me. That plant is thriving in my garden showing lacy white blooms and every time I walk by or stop to admire it, I know I have a friend who cares about me.  Isn’t that what we want our gifts to say?  So while I love to give gift ideas here (yes, one is coming…) I also advise you to spend a few minutes thinking about the person you’re buying for to get a sense of direction.

Today’s suggestion: Now that there are video cameras on our phones and computers, it’s pretty easy to create a video clip and while the tech savvy person can edit it and get fancy with music in the background, none of that is necessary for this gift idea.  Record yourself sharing a happy memory.  It can be a story for your child from his past or a memory from your own childhood that you share with your parent.  The ways to use this idea are endless but the key is to let the person know that they play an important role in your happy memories. Here’s the fun part that may require a little courage on your part: post your video somewhere, on YouTube or FaceBook for example, and then send the link to your gift recipient.  You won’t believe how many people will share this with their friends because everyone loves to have their life witnessed.  You’ll be the coolest gift giver ever.

Unique Jewelry Gifts

I’ve always loved receiving jewelry gifts. I feel that a woman can never own too many accessories! One thing that makes jewelry a great choice is that every woman needs a nice variety of it for different occasions, outfits, and moods. Of course, a wedding ring or other sentimental piece may be worn everyday, but most women enjoy mixing it up with a variety of earrings in different sizes and shapes, fun bracelets, and unusual necklaces. From chunky and funky to dainty and feminine, you can find a piece of jewelry that will fit your recipient’s taste. The key is to look past the mass produced styles in the popular stores, and seek out the more exclusive boutiques and online shops. That is where you’ll find handcrafted jewelry. Instead of having the same look as all of her friends, your recipient will enjoy a piece of artisan jewelry that people notice as being unique and beautiful. This carved gourd necklace is an instant conversation starter. Artisans in Peru hand carve designs into their gourd jewelry, and then it is set in sterling silver. Talk about a unique jewelry gift!

Real Butterfly Wing Jewelry

Butterfly wing jewelry is a very unique gift idea for the special women in your life. This pendant features the wings of an Amazonian butterfly, which is naturally stunning. Set in sterling silver, the wing is preserved forever. A perfect gift for nature lovers, butterfly collectors, and any woman who loves handcrafted jewelry. The wings come in a variety of patterns and colors, just like the large array of butterflies that live in the Amazon. Locals collect their wings from the rainforest floor, and artisans buy them in the marketplace. You can buy this style and other kinds of butterfly wing jewelry from Tikanchay, a company specializing in handcrafted jewelry created by Peruvian artisans. Each purchase also brings them closer to self-sufficiency, making it a very special gift that affects more than just your recipient.

Just in Time for the New Year

With the start of the New Year,ca lendars are great gifts. They make the perfect small present to simply show that you care or are thinking about someone without spending a large amount of money. Every year since I can remember my mother has given me, and all of my siblings, a calendar from our favorite vacation spot, Hilton Head Island, SC. This has become somewhat of a tradition and it is one that I hope to later take over. It is easy to select a calendar that you know a person will love even if you do not know them well. Just look at ones of their favorite sports team, city, flower or even artist. The calendars of old black and white photographs are some of my favorite. It is something that anyone is sure to love and that no household should be without. If you know that they already have a calendar a small day planner or desktop calendar is just as fitting. If you are looking to personalize the gift or do something additional you could always pencil in a night on the calendar where the two of you could have a night out as an extra surprise.  

    If the Boot Fits

    This season in particular, it is nearly impossible to go anywhere and ignore the new trend of high boots. Boots are not only practical as the weather chills but look great on people of nearly all ages, making it an ideal gift to give to anyone. Another plus to buying boots for someone is that sizes are often a lot easier to judge than with other shoes. With this being said, if you are still hesitant about guessing on a size, ordering off of Zappos can leave you worry free. If the fit or style isn’t right, you can easily return the boot without even having to pay the shipping and will have a different size delivered to your house within days. Boots are great to wear with jeans or a dress and can be worn on a night out downtown, to work or just out running errands. With hundreds of designers and styles to choose from you are sure to find something for your loved one, whether it be at Zappos or at a nearby store. Available in black suede and leather, among many other options, the boots can also often be worn for the majority of the year and are not limited to winter months alone. This gift is easy to personalize for your loved one and puts a new twist on otherwise typical Ugg or snow boot.

      A Silver Obsession

      As you may have noticed, I have quite the obsession with sterling silver jewelry and have always been drawn to it. Ever since I was younger silver has appealed to me more so than anything else, including gold. Silver to me represents something youthful and elegant. It is something that can be paired with any outfit or accessory, and doesn’t have the same limitations that gold jewelry does. I have also always loved the modern sleek feel of silver, and can now not walk out the door without it. Because of all of this, silver jewelry is perfect to pick when choosing a present. Sterling silver bracelets are great to give if you do not know the person as well or if you can just never guess their style. One of my favorite pieces is a silver coil bracelet. Not only is it an entirely handcrafted bracelet but the simplicity and clean lines of it give it a sense of sophistication that is not easily achieved. The contemporary feel of the bracelet is sure to fit in perfectly with anyone’s jewelry collection and be a guaranteed hit.      

        Money Money Money

        Regardless of the age, profession or style of the person you are buying a gift for, a wallet is something that no person can be without. A brown or black leather wallet is a great present to give to any man and it is hard to go wrong when it comes time to selecting one. If you want to personalize the wallet you can also easily have their initials etched into the side. Another simple way to add something to the present is to select a wallet with picture inserts in it and fill it with a picture of both of you. Silver money clips are another thing that no man should be without. Wallets or checking books make a great gift for women as well. While your options may seem endless and rather intimidating, figure out what their favorite brand or store is and you are sure to pick something out that they will love. A tradition that my family, and I’m sure others, always follow is to put a dollar into any purse or wallet before giving it as a present for good luck. 

          The Perfect Thinking of You Gift

          There are a few things that you can never seem to have too much of, and for me jewelry is definitely at the top of my list, if you haven’t been able to tell already from my recent posts. A new favorite piece of mine that I cannot keep to myself is an earth tone spondylus shell necklace. The spodylus shell is unique and sure to stand out from any other piece of jewelry that you may own for find. The shell not only embodies a natural beauty but has meaning and a history behind it as well. The shell is native to the deep bodies of water surrounding Peru and was recently used to symbolize peace between Peru and Ecuador and has been considered for centuries to bring unity and understanding. This handcrafted necklace makes the perfect gift for any occasion or simply as a thinking of you present. Give the gift to a loved one and fill a card with the meaning behind the piece of handcrafted jewelry. The distinctive amber coloring of the spodylus shell is sure to attract attention from all generations. The sterling silver lining adds a modern touch and allows the jewelry to be matched with any other accessory or outfit. 

            A Gift with Impact

            Personalized gifts that I have received in the past are always the ones that stand out to me the most. If you are having trouble finding a unique gift, engraving your friend or family’s initials, or adding a personal message to any item is a great way to make an impact with your present. Silver picture frames are one of the best ways to achieve this. The sleek elegance of a silver or gold picture frame will not only match anyone’s personal style but allows you to add a picture with meaning behind it with words that go along with the moment. If you cannot pick just one picture to give, a photo album is a great alternative. An album is the perfect wedding gift or present for someone you are close with. A glass beer mug is another easy way to engrave a present for someone, especially if you are shopping for a man and is something that they are sure to get a lot of use out of. The lists of things you could have engraved are endless. From paperweights to clocks and towels there is something to meet everyone’s needs. 

              The Pink Ribbon

              A gift does not always just have to be something that benefits the person receiving or giving it but can benefit a community or even society as a whole. After all, October is national breast cancer awareness month so try to incorporate this into your shopping. The signature Pink Ribbon symbol can be found on almost any item imaginable, so you can be sure to find something that your friend or family member will not only love but will appreciate the cause and thought behind it. Ralph Lauren even offers pink polo tees in which 10% of the profits go towards breast cancer care and prevention. You can find anything from a ThinkPink tool set that includes everything you could need for small repairs around the house to a twist wine opener. Another great idea is the Pink Ribbon canvas tote bag that not only makes a great accessory but is practical as well. All of these gifts are not only great to have but go towards a great cause as well.