March 3, 2016

gift ideas

giftIs there any better feeling than giving someone a gift that they absolutely love? Someone once told me that people typically gift what they themselves would like to receive, which made me think about giving gifts in a totally different way. If you’re looking for ideas, here’s a collection of gifts that I’ve found to be very well received…

printFor the friend with the beautifully decorated apartment…

Framed artwork. Art can be deeply personal, so tread carefully here, but a framed piece of artwork is a thoughtful (and beautiful) gift for someone with an eye for interiors. The Urban Outfitters print shop is my go-to for cool prints, particularly anything by Max Wanger or Portland-native Kevin Russ. You can buy the prints already framed, or frame them yourself. (I usually go with some version of the Ribba frame from Ikea.)

bobbi-brownFor the friend with beautiful eyes…

Bobbi Brown eye palette. I have been on both the giving and receiving end of one of these gorgeous eye palettes, and let me tell you, nothing feels more deliciously indulgent than luxurious makeup. The packaging is beautiful as well.

chefstableFor the friend who considers eating a hobby…

A gift certificate to a hot new restaurant. Gift certificates usually seem like a cop-out, but I put a lot of thoughtful consideration into selecting the perfect restaurant. (The ChefStable gift card is a great option for Portlanders.)

baseball-capFor the friend whose style is always on point… 

A linen baseball cap. Classic baseball caps are all the rage right now, and you don’t have to worry about the whole sizing issue. When it comes to fashion, I’ve found that accessories are much easier (and safer) to gift than clothes.

jo-maloneFor the friend who has everything…

A Jo Malone candle. Never fails.

What would you add to this list?

xNatalie