a gift guide
The number one rule in gift giving is that you be intuitive. Chances are you know the gift recipient well enough to bring something they’ll love looking at or something that will be of use. Second: don’t bring clutter into someone’s home, especially a new home. Don’t be afraid to ask if there’s something your friend needs or wants.
The internet says you can’t go wrong with kitchen essentials: blenders, coffee makers, cutting boards, coasters. These are great ideas if the recipient needs them. But more than likely, the smoothie lover already has a blender and the coffee drinker already has her machine. Instead bring a smoothie recipe book or a new roast to try. Venture outside the kitchen and consider framed art, a robe, a rug or a bath pillow.
If you don’t have time to think too hard about it, here’s a few go-to’s.
Given that the recipient is a drinker, their favorite beer, wine or spirit is a win for everyone. You could also bring something they’ve never tried. This may not be appropriate however, due to someone’s culture or habits so do be mindful.
Go for beeswax to purify the air or soy wax for fewer toxic ingredients. Play it safe and choose a clean scent. Something light and fresh is agreeable with most people. Try to find a candle with linen, water, or cotton in the name. Avoid scents that are too sweet or too specific unless of course, these are your friend’s preference.
A plant might catch your friend off guard. They’ll either be pleasantly surprised or become clouded with worry. Either way, you’ll console them when you explain that the plant you chose is patient and low maintenance:
Pothos: One of the most historically resilient, air-purifying plants. It can handle low light and little water. It’s long beautiful vines can be pinned to the wall, spread across a mantle or draped over a shelf. Additionally, it’s one of the most simple plants to propagate. From one hearty pothos, I have created at least ten babies.
Succulents: These tiny cacti do need bright light but can survive on low water. People who kill succulents usually overwater them, a mistake that’s easy to avoid. Succulents are perfect for a desk, a book shelf or a window sill.
Air plants: They’re advertised as low maintenance, requiring no soil and no special container. A few spritz of water a week and some decent lighting supposedly go a long way for this unique looking plant. But in truth, I have killed every single one I have ever owned. I’ve gifted quite a few as well and I don’t think those survived either. Maybe your friend will have more luck.
Lucky bamboo: It’s not actually bamboo, but has a slight resemblance. The roots can survive submerged in water or buried in soil. This feng shui friendly plant thrives with little care in its bright green glory, attracting peace and prosperity.
Dragon tree: Another very patient plant that grows all year with little attention. It’s pointy leaves are a deep green, often with tinges of red.
Rubber tree: These hearty leaves are fun to watch grow. Here’s another feng shui friendly plant to attract abundance and prosperity.
Also consider the snake plant, spider plant and English ivy for low maintenance.
Palo santo | Incense | Sage
Here’s another way to bring ambience into your friend’s home. These smells are more intense than candles, but also more intentional. The smoke of sage and palo santo cleanse and reset the energy of the space. All aid in meditation, ritual and relaxation.
Lastly, think outside the bag with your presentation. Consider baskets, boxes or fabric.