This year my book club drew names for a “secret Galentine.” We are going to get together later this month to exchange gifts over brunch featuring heart shaped everything. While researching gift ideas for my secret gal, I threw together a few of my favorites for that Gal-pal in your life.
Spring is in the air, and wedding season is upon us. Wedding season means shower season, and shower season can be a surprisingly stressful gifting situation. After attending countless bridal showers and being a bride myself, I think I have finally found the perfect shower gift giving formula.
Pre-bride me was under the misguided impression that the registry gifts were suggestions in case you couldn’t come up with anything creative. Having now been a bride myself, I have a much better understanding of the registry process and I truly appreciated every registry gift I received. Registering for your wedding is an incredibly fun but time consuming process for the bride and groom. Giving them a gift that they took the time to discuss and select is a the opposite of being “uncreative;” it is honoring their wishes.
Men are notoriously hard to buy gifts for because 9 times out of 10 when they realize they need or want something they just pick it up on the way home from work. For that reason, I typically start brainstorming for Daniel and the other guys in my life around July. It’s usually easy to come up with one unique thing they each of them need but then I am left stumped, trying to come up with a that second gift that is thoughtful and practical.
Without a doubt, Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It brings my family together, I get time off of work, and between the decorations, the cards, and (of course) the sweaters, there are tons of opportunities for design!
With Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to put together some gift inspiration for all the ladies in my life. I am sharing it in hopes that it may help you check someone off your list!
This week a friend and her husband closed on their first home right around the corner from us. To welcome them to the neighborhood, I put together a seasonally inspired house warming basket. Playing on the traditional house warming gift of a loaf of bread, “so that your home never knows hunger,” I decided to bake pumpkin bread. I opted to tried a new recipe that was given to me as part of one of my bridal shower gifts. This recipe yields two loafs so I knew I would have the chance to taste one before giving the other away. The pumpkin bread was so delicious & I was so pleased with how the basket turned out that I decided to snap a few pictures before walking it over.