One of the moms here at Pear Tree Greetings used one of our Christmas gift wrapping ideas as a special surprise for her 3-year old daughter. She ordered a set of Christmas gift tags for each of her children, with their photos on them, so that on Christmas morning when her daughter was looking through the gifts under the tree she could easily find the ones meant for her.
Many of us love to bake during the holiday season, and share our treats with friends and neighbors. Cookies, fudge, toffee, dipped pretzels, popcorn balls, flavored oils and vinegars, liqueurs—whatever you love to make is what makes those great homemade Christmas gift ideas, because they comes from the heart.
I love opening the door to our friendly neighbor, who is hand delivering her annual gift of chocolate-covered toffee. We exchange holiday greetings and catch up on the neighborhood news. She, like everyone I know who shares the gift of their cooking, simply loves to do things for others and never expects anything more than a happy greeting in return.
Do you spell “tomato” t-o-o-m-a-n-y? Have you run out of creative ways to use a zucchini? Many of us love to share the late summer bounty of our garden with others. From salsa to spaghetti sauce, zucchini bread to casseroles, garden gifts are a pleasure to make and a joy to receive—and eat!
Anyone with a child in elementary school knows that keeping track of schoolbooks is almost as hard as keeping track of kids. Books sent home for reading assignments have a way of disappearing under the bed or between the couch cushions and reappearing a year later, at which point Mom has to figure out where they belong. That’s where our fun book stickers come in handy as great teacher gift ideas.
Book stickers are personalized stickers you place inside the front cover of a book to identify whose it is. Teachers love book stickers because they are a quick and friendly way to ensure that their books make it back to the right classroom no matter where they are found. Moms who are looking for unique teacher gift ideas, whether at the beginning of the school year, around the holidays, or at the end of the year, can’t go wrong with a set of book stickers personalized for their child’s teacher.
Are you on the graduation party circuit this month? The up side of being invited to a lot of parties is that you can eat free every night if you want to. The down side is that you may feel obliged to bring a gift to the parties you attend, which can get very expensive (more than you’d spend on dinner, anyway). Keep in mind that you are never obliged to bring a gift. But if you want to, or feel you must, here are some unique graduation gift ideas that are very affordable.
My parents just moved into a new house. Though it was very sad to see them leave a home that they had been in for over 20 years, I get equally excited about new beginnings. They are having fun fixing up and decorating their new place, but one of the things they miss most is their garden, filled with perennials they had planted and nurtured over the past 20 years. They will have a great time creating a garden in their new home, of course, but with all the new house projects in the works, the garden will have to wait. But thinking of their garden got me to thinking of housewarming gift ideas.
Yesterday, as I was getting ready to go over to their house for a family BBQ, I had an inspiration: I went out to my lilac bush and cut some fresh flowers—newly blooming, fragrant purple lilacs—and plopped them into an old, cute jar. To remind my parents of their garden, and to ignite inspiration for a new one, I wrote this in a small note card to accompany the bouquet: “Don’t forget, in all the craziness of a new home, to stop and smell the lilacs.”
- Thao T.
Thao is not a gardener. However, the lilac bush is expected to recover soon and show little to no ill-effects of the pruning. Shop our note cards or keep reading our blog for other housewarming gift ideas.
It’s almost May! (Didn’t April just begin??) I’m not complaining, mind you. I am more than ready to end the showers and welcome the May flowers. May also brings May Day, which was one of my favorite days when I was younger. When I think of May Day ideas, I think about the basket I used to make every year.
The season of giving. If you’ve ever given the perfect gift, you know how good it feels. But sometimes, it’s oh so hard. Check out these great personalized gift ideas that boast stylish designs at a price that makes you smile. Go ahead, reclaim that status of Giver of Great Gifts. You deserve it.
It will happen. You’ll get a last minute invite, you can’t get to the store, and all you have on hand is a box of dried macaroni. Personalized note cards make great hostess gift ideas. (Plan ahead and have it personalized to really impress–a generic message like happy holidays or thank you works, too!). Always keep some note cards at the ready and you’ll never be caught empty handed again. Continue reading
We were thrilled to hear that the Twin Cities’ CBS Affiliate decided to run a story about Operation Gratitude last week. Seeing the students in action as they write and color their thank you cards really helps us remember why it is we run programs like this. It definitely gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.
A hostess gift is a little something you bring along to a party to give to the hostess when you arrive. It is not required, but is a lovely gesture that says, “Thanks for having this gathering and inviting me—I know how much work it is!” So what do you bring?