I love a great gift that is thoughtful, funny or connects people. I am very fortunate to have so many lovely friends and family members in my life. They send me gifts that I need at just the right time in my life like this shirt….
My husband was gone for the holiday season this year. We’re a military family and that’s what we do, we deal with separation during holidays, important milestones or otherwise. It’s a sacrifice we committed to with honor and pride – but it doesn’t mean it isn’t hard.
Speaking of the husband, he sent this card for me since he couldn’t be here for the holiday.
Love that man.
My friend Katy gave me this which I thought was fantastic, considering I love my accessories.
What I loved about this is the fact that even if we move due to our military commitment, when I’m having a glass of wine after a long day – I can reconnect with my memories of times with my friend.
This trivet is handmade from corks that tell a story of many summer barbecues, cold winter nights with kids running around like wild banshees while the adults laugh and commiserate, and a friendship that has made our family’s life better. And not because we drink a lot of wine together. Although it has definitely resulted in a few funny stories.
When I give gifts, I always try to think of a message I can offer of love or friendship or the memory that can be infused within the gift – which is why I love the cards and gifts above so much.
I have a hard time just throwing a gift card at someone for the sake of giving a gift. My favorite thing to do right now for girlfriends is give an Alex and Ani bangle. They have lovely meanings and are a great way to maintain a connection between two or more people. When one of my closest friends had her daughter a few months ago, I sent her the Lotus Blossom charm bangle.
The sentiment behind this bangle:
Strength. Eternity. Connection.
A celebration of the female spirit, the Lotus Blossom is a symbol of beauty, strength, and grace. The strong stem’s connection to the flower represents an eternal, unbreakable bond between two people. Spiritually enlightening and divinely beautiful, the Lotus Blossom Charm reminds us that our relationships and shared hearts are the key to happiness.
I felt this was fitting for my friendship with this friend because we will forever be connected. We have seen over ten years pass, been through many moves (we now live 14 hours drive from each other), several children and a variety of ups and downs in our personal lives. We fight because we know that real friends can disagree and still see through to the other side. We love big and support one another no matter what. My children know her as their aunt and hers will know me as the same (they’re still much younger). She loves me no matter my mistakes or missteps in life, and that, my friends is rare. So, this bangle was perfect for her and I have the same bangle to match.
Then there is the Path of Life bangle that I picked up for my three close friends that I spend much of my time with here at home.
Strength. Motivation. Knowledge.
Emblematic of life’s zenith and nadir moments, the Path of Life is representative of an infinite number of possibilities and expressions of love. Illustrating life’s twists, turns, and unexpected winds, wear the Path of Life Charm to proudly celebrate your own willingness to travel towards life’s fruitful moments.
Life has brought our paths together and it has been just what each of us needed for a variety of reasons and stages in our lives the last three years. We have all experienced struggles and the need for support, and while our friendships are still somewhat new, it’s amazing how connected we all are and how supportive we have all been able to be.
You know those friends that you can laugh until your sides hurt? That’s this group. We often don’t go anywhere. We sit in our kitchens, potluck it or get take out, let our kids run around crazy and we stay up too late and just laugh. It’s been such a lovely addition to everyday life.
How do you go about choosing gifts and cards for friends and loved ones?