Thursday, December 15, 2016

Gifts that Bring Joy

By now many of you have probably seen 1000+ gift guides. I didn’t intend to put together a gift guide this year, but then I thought about why we give gifts. Gifts are supposed to bring joy - to both the giver and the receiver. It’s wonderful for the giver to see the joy on the receiver’s face. I actually think giving the “perfect” gift is more satisfying and brings more joy than receiving gifts.

So when I select gifts for loved ones, I try to think of things that bring them joy - things they wouldn’t necessarily splurge on for themselves.

Flowers

I love giving beautiful orchids as gifts. Orchids are surprisingly easy to care for and in my opinion transform a room. Plus, they last for a long time and therefore bring joy for many, many weeks. And, if you are lucky enough to get them to bloom multiple times, they bring joy for many years.

Since we live in a mild climate, we are lucky to be able to keep orchids outside. My mom bought me two big orchid plants when the kid was an infant - nine years ago - and they have faithfully bloomed every February. It’s a wonderful reminder of her visit and the time we spent together.

Orchids

I’ve also had good experiences with flower delivery services - both as a sender and as a recipient. It’s nice to open the door and be surprised with a beautiful bouquet of flowers! Several of my friends and family members are going to be surprised by a holiday flower delivery next week!

Candles

Quality candles truly can transform a room with both the light and the wonderful scent they emit. It’s something I don’t always splurge on for myself but enjoy giving as a gift (I also love receiving them!). Plus, a bigger candle also lasts for quite some time, so the recipient gets to enjoy it for an extended period of time.


Cashmere

Cashmere is a classic fabric that never goes out of style. Plus, it feels divine against the skin. I always have at least one cashmere sweater in my closet. If you don’t want to worry about sizing, a cashmere scarf makes a great gift.

Tea Flowers & Glass Tea Pot 

Last year, I gave glass tea pots to several family members and friends. I accompanied the pots with tea flowers. This year, I sent everyone who got a glass tea pot last year more tea flowers. This glass tea pot and flowering tea bulbs gift set looks wonderful.



Questions: What are your go-to gifts? 

Be well,
Andrea

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26 comments:

  1. I love giving orchids, too! The glass pots with the flowering tea is a great idea! I just ordered one of the sets to give to a friend!

    Mary

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    1. I hope your friend will enjoy the pot & tea!

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  2. Oh yes I agree flowers and candles are always well received! :) I like getting people flowers for birthdays - you know they will show up on the right day to surprise them, other gifts can be tricky if you want delivery on the right day! :)

    Hope you have a great weekend ahead of you :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Yes, getting flowers delivered on your birthday is a nice surprise. I hope the Xmas flowers will be just as well received...

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  3. This is a nice collection of gift ideas. I love the orchards.
    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! Orchids are always such a nice treat I think.

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  4. I love glass tea pots! I always wanted one because it looks so cozy on the table. But it s easier to fill a cup in the kitchen from you water cooker! 😦 I also never know how to keep the pot warm. I love the candles!

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    1. Many of the glass pots are actually pretty small (many only hold two cups of tea). So I think keeping them warm isn't that big of a problem. However, you will have to refill them with water (the flowering tea is strong enough to make at least another cup or two of tea). So, yes, it's a bit of a production, and you will probably only use it on "special occasions." The people I gave one to really love their pots; well, at least that's what they told me and that's why they are getting more tea this year (which is also a treat as it is a bit pricey...).

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  5. These are great ideas! I love giving orchid's as gifts!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I think orchids are great presents.

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  6. The cashmere scarf is a great idea! And, of course, I'm all about tea, so love those. Have to be cautious giving candles. With quite a lot of people nowadays being allergic or sensitive to fragrance, it's not quite the "universal" gift it once was. Orchids are so elegant and, I'm told, much easier to care for than most people imagine. Thanks for the ideas.

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    1. Thanks, Jean. And, yes, candles can be problematic. I would only choose them for people I know use them...

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  7. I've so gotten out of the habit of giving gifts...it's almost bad!
    But I love these tea sets that you've shown. We've only gotten them in restaurants, but they add so much aesthetics to the tradition!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I remember ordering a "flowering tea" in a restaurant years ago, and I loved it! It is by far my favorite beverage experience. I don't think I would buy a glass tea pot and tea flowers for myself, but I know I would very much enjoy receiving it as a gift.

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  8. Remarkable post...I love this...:-)

    XOXO
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  9. I love the idea of giving flowers. It is a nice treat, especially in the winter. I also have many people on my list that no longer want to collect stuff. Happy holidays! #PitStop

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    1. Yes, I think flowers are such a nice treat and really can brighten someone's day. And you are so right about collecting/accumulating too much stuff...

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  10. Pinning the tea flowers. Have never seen them before. What a beautiful gift.

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    1. Yes, I think the tea flowers are a great gift - something that is special and brings joy, and many wouldn't necessarily splurge on for themselves... :-)

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  11. Love all these gift ideas, both to give and receive 😊 Found you through the bloggers pit stop.

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    1. Thanks, Priya! And thanks for stopping by!

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