Next time you are lounging by the pool reading magazines, why not pull out
and start your Christmas planning? Chances are your relaxed state will allow your mind to think clearly, and the thought of Christmas presents won’t cause quite the panic that it does the day after Thanksgiving when you are rushing out hoping not to miss some elusive Black Friday deal. If you get your Christmas list done (or at least started now), you can fill in the blanks over the next couple of months, and keep your eyes open for ideas, steals and deals that will keep you on budget.
Somewhere along the way, I read a Martha Stewart suggestion to decide on one gift selection for giving to many recipients. With just one item, you might be able to buy in bulk. If one gift won’t quite work for everyone, why not narrow your selections down to a girl gift, a guy gift, a couples gift? Sure makes Christmas shopping easier. Of course, that won’t work for your closest family members, but it will help with your broader circle of friends, in-laws, co-workers and neighbors.
Planning this far in advance also gives you the chance to start making gifts now or place special orders. Tomorrow we will talk about homemade gifts. Today we are excited to show you one of the most unique special order gifts currently available.
One of a Kind Pillows
Our friend, Sarah Gibson Wiley, creates custom-made pillows from children’s artwork. A decorator by trade, she began Huger Embroidery (pronounced you-gee)
with her younger daughter about a year ago. Originally they created unique monograms for pillows, towels, scarves and bags in her designer studio. Having invested in the special computer-run
equipment, Sarah, who comes from a long line of talented artists, taught herself how to digitally manipulate images for monogram projects and realized that these skills could be applied to other images. Beginning with a drawing that her son made when he was about 5, she turned this cute tiger
into a pillow.
Practically every part of the design can be manipulated from color and stitch perspective
(note the different stitches and colors in these two samples manipulated from an original piece of art created by Sarah’s mother years ago.)
so that the drawing can be coordinated to fit into any space.
How great would one of these be for a grandmother or daddy’s office?
Prices run about $300 depending on specifics, but the end result is a priceless gift that can be treasured for a lifetime.
Get a Jump on Other Gift Ideas
We love anything monogrammed. Huger Embroidery has some great monogram fonts to enhance a set of towels or sheets. For a child, how about monogramming a bath or pool towel with his/her signature?
Does your sister collect Christmas china? Now is the time to start looking for bargains on ebay. You can easily set a search so that ebay will email you notices when new items in her pattern become available.
Are your in-laws planning an overseas trip next year? Why not start putting together a travel bag (Jon Hart’s boarding bag, below) with a guide-book or themed journal and maybe a travel wallet containing some Euros or other local currency?
Listen to your posse and make like Santa. Start planning for Christmas gift-giving now and alleviate some of your stress come December. This year I will take my own advice and get started now. With Christmas Day exactly five months away, I am grabbing my little Christmas notebook and heading to the pool for some quiet holiday contemplation. Won’t you join me?
July 25, 2013