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*b* list of my favorite gifts to give and receive.

 

1. PHOTOS. Duh! Of course, I was going to have that at the top of the list, right?
But I am so sincere about this. I think photos are the best gifts.
Whether it’s a canvas, framed print, press print book or even a memory game, I think they are the best.
Honestly, the year that I gave the photo memory game to our 3 youngest grandkiddos was one of my favorite gifts to give ever!
 
 
2. BOOKS. Again, a no-brainer for anyone who knows me.
I love to share my favorite books that I’ve read over the past year with my loved ones.
This year, I have been listening to lots of books, and I have fallen in love with the writings of Shauna Niequist.
She is in a completely different stage of life than I am, but I just love her attitude and authenticity.
So my family will be getting one of her books that has a daily reading, it’s called Savor and it touches on lots of real life topics.
Very practical. LOVE this book!
 
I also love the book, For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.…and that could be in a stocking or two at our house.
I have another book in another category that I’ll be sharing too.
 
3. CUSTOM HANDMADE PIECES. 
There are so many great artists locally and internationally, that I think there must be something for everyone.
Last year, I gave each of the girls in our family a custom reclaimed wood tray made by our great friend Jamie Meyer. 
Jamie and Donna create beautiful accent pieces and furniture from reclaimed wood that is often from a local barn that Jamie has torn down himself. 
Here’s a link to his etsy shop: 2JEM
Another local artist who I love to purchase gifts from is the etsy shop of my friend Denise, Mothball Charlie.
I’m especially partial to her pet portraits. 
 
If you have an artist who is a friend or family member and you admire their work, don’t forget to gift their creations. 
Small businesses depend on word of mouth AND connections! 
I love finding talent among my friends, neighbors, associates, and church members who I can support in their endeavors!
I’m sure we all have talented artists in our midst!
 
4. THEMED GIFTS.
For foodies or cooks: The book Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist.  Most foodies that I know will adore this book. 
Hostess gift: A rosemary tree, a potted plant (NEVER take cut flowers that aren’t arranged), a favorite candle.
Small space dwellers: something consumable, that they don’t have to try to find a place for. A bottle of wine, a gift card for a favorite restaurant, a themed basket of consumables or a streamed book/music/movie.
Pet lover: a custom pet portrat by Mothball Charlie (linked above)
Athlete: A basket filled with power bars, gatorade, running socks, a fitbit. 
 
Subscriptions are great gifts too…they keep giving throughout the year!
By theme:
Athlete: A sports illustrated or specific sport magazine.
Crafty/curious kiddo: Kiwi Crate
Crafter: Studio Calico
Fashionista or Wardrobe Challenged Shopper: Stitch Fix
Music lover: Spotify
Busy Empty Nesters: Plated.
 So many ideas, so little time. 
 
I hope this is a fun and helpful post!
God bless!
 

Marsha Sullivan - I love your idea’s. Your work is Beautiful and no other could touch it, I admire you as a woman in Christ and your I wish I had your faith. You give so many great challenges during the year, Thank you.

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