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A Guide To Great Gifting

A Guide To Great Gifting

Choosing a gift can be challenging—especially when you're under deadline pressure. Here, some ideas and tips we hope will help make the process easier. And don't forget, our store associates are always happy to help you find just the right gift for any occasion!

1. Think About What They Like

Do they love to cook or entertain? A set of modern serving utensils or copper Moscow Mule mugs might be just the thing. Gardener? Gift her a new planter to fill. Is he into music? Try great wireless speakers. Avid reader? Bookends always come in handy.

Make It Personal

2. Make It Personal

Whether it's a tote with her hometown, a mug with his dog's breed, a pillow with her zodiac sign, or a gift monogrammed with their initials—they'll know this gift was chosen specially for them. Or have a special date (like a wedding or graduation) or address engraved on a photo frame or decorative box.

3. Buy Something They Wouldn't Buy Themselves

This is a great strategy for gifting success. Choose something that's pampering or a bit of a splurge—like a generously sized triple—wick candle, a luxe faux fur throw or silky Mongolian lamb pillow, or a sleek bar set.

4. Choose Something Unique

Gifts have extra meaning when they've been made by hand, are locally crafted or are gifts that give back.

5. Notice What They Need

Make a mental note if a friend or family member says they wish they had a good coffeemaker or they're always running out of wine glasses. Or if they compliment something of yours—like a soft throw or a serving bowl—get them one of their own.

Notice What They Need

6. Combine Gifts Into a Set Or Basket

This makes for a creative presentation: Give a vase with a bouquet of flowers; a coffee press with your favorite local roast; margarita makings with glasses + a pitcher; or ingredients for guacamole with a chip + dip set.

7. Rely On Always–Right Gifts

There are certain gifts people can almost always use or enjoy—picture frames (bonus points if you fill it with a personal photo); a terrarium (add plants), candles, a beautiful vase or box, nice coasters, a great cheese board, or wine glasses (because, accidents!).

Give A Gift That's Just For Fun

8. Give A Gift That's Just For Fun

Maybe they love llamas, cats or the Eiffel Tower. Maybe a grown–up snow globe will make them smile at the office, or an animal planter will bring a touch of whimsy to their home.

9. Buy In Multiples

Find a great gift? Stock up. There's nothing wrong with giving lots of people on your list a luxe throw or a chic set of cheese knives. This is a lifesaver at Christmas, when you seem to need endless Secret Santa or teacher gifts.

10. Go In Together With Friends Or Family

This way, you can splurge on a pricier gift they can really use, whether it's a bar cart they've been eyeing, or a framed piece of art.

Go In Together With Friends Or Family

11. Upgrade an everyday classic

Who wouldn't like to trade up to a really good set of measuring cups or cutting board, well–designed desk accessories, or even a great–looking water bottle?

12. The always–fits, always–right, no–return gift

If you're unsure or pressed for time, people always love getting gift cards and picking out exactly what they want for themselves!

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