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11/14/13

A Gift Giving Question For You


Today I have a question for you...when it comes to buying the gifts for everyone on your Holiday list, what do you prefer to shop for? As a small e-shop owner, I'm trying to figure out the next steps for my business and what areas I should be focusing on more in 2014 and beyond.  Do you prefer to shop for gifts for the home, like candles and frames or do you prefer to buy more personal items, like gloves, jewelry and clothing? And, perhaps, more importantly, if you had to choose...what type of gifts do you prefer to receive?  

I'll get the ball rolling with my own answer...I think when it comes to fashion accessories and clothing, I like to pick these things out myself (exhibit A, below;) ).  As far as decorative items, frames, throws, candles and coffee table books are my absolute favorite things to give and to receive. Actually, edible and home made gifts rank pretty high up there for me as well... but that's a post for another day.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on gifts and giving. Thanks!

24 comments:

  1. I'd say it's a toss up between the two. When someone knows you it can be great. For clothing, the only thing I think is easy to nail is something like a coat. For jewelry, I think this is easier. I love cute home pieces as well. Things like fun pencils, candles, little trinkets, those things always are easy to incorporate into your home.

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

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  2. Thanks Jess! I like the idea of fun pencils and candles:)

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  3. I love to give gifts with meaning. Maybe cocktail glasses that relate to where they are from, a book about where they honeymooned, a gift they mentioned but don't remember they told me about. Candles are always the BEST gifts and I think your shop has lots of wonderful ideas! I do love receiving Christmas decor as presents b/c I have such a hard time justifying spending that money on myself! I don't think anyone can truly pick out clothes for another person (especially as we get older) so home goods, bath/body goods and holiday items are perfect! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Katharine, great ideas, especially the books and personal touches...I always try to pay attention too and completely agree about the clothing and the candles:) Need to get some candles on my site!

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  4. I have to say both!! I love a site that had a good mix of pieces that may be artisan in quality that you can't find everywhere!
    You have a great mix here!!
    Karolyn

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  5. I love the combination. Your shop is full of goodies! I agree with Katherine on things being personal, but I would be excited to get anything from Zhush!

    Katy

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  6. What amazing gifts! I prefer receiving gifts for the home but would gladly accept any of these beauties. That malachite candle is perfection and I'm in love with all of the jewellry!
    Natasha
    LDB *

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    1. Thanks Natasha! I'm obsessed with that candle too...top of my wish list:)

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  7. I tend to buy gifts that serve as a complement to what someone may buy for herself/himself, rather than what that person usually buys personally. A necklace is a perfect choice for a friend who is looking to expand her accessory collection but may not know where to start. An accent pillow is great for a friend who perhaps has complimented my house while commenting that she does not know how to put things together in terms of decor. A small party tray is lovely for a host who wants to entertain more but is overwhelmed by the idea of a large party. I might (MIGHT) buy an accent piece for someone who loves to decorate, but it would have to be PERFECT. Same for jewelry; I am unlikely to buy a piece of jewelry for someone who already has an impeccable collection. And overall, I am far more likely to buy something personal, or something that connects to a memory, than something that seems generic.

    In other words, to answer your question, I buy all sorts of things, but almost never clothes or shoes for other people. I love that you have a mix!

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  8. Thanks Sarah, loving your ideas! I feel funny buying clothes for other people too, unless it's my immediate family. And, shoes, only for my children as gifts and only if they ask for specific ones. Love the idea of a small hostess tray, so sweet!

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  9. Decor and fashion are very personal for me. I would prefer gift cards and I definitely love receiving decor gifts more than fashion related items. One of the few exceptions is if family travels abroad and brings us something special back from that country.

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  10. Such a good point! Thanks for bringing up gift cards, I love to give and get those too!:)

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  11. I have a serious case of Gift Giving Anxiety so I always put way too much thought into holiday gifts. I always try to give little indulgences since these are sometimes pushed to the side. It really depends on the person I'm giving a gift too but typically fun jewelry is a universally loved gift. I personally LOVE getting items for my house though!

    Rachel
    www.pinkflamingostyle.com

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  12. Thanks for your thoughtful answer Rachel! I get anxiety about gift buying and giving too...its usually that I won't get done on time and that I'll leave some one out that makes me feel the most anxious! Good Luck!:)

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  13. Anonymous11/14/2013

    I love getting candles and books and edible gifts, and nice makeup and nail polish sets. Personal things like fashion, jewelry, and shoes are almost always wrong. Wrong size, wrong style, etc. It makes you feel especially bad if it is expensive.

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    1. Hey Anonymous, I totally relate, especially to that guilty feeling if something expensive is wrong, that's probably why I love easy little things so much, like candles and books. Thanks for your input!

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  14. I agree with you! I would agonize over getting a personal accessory for someone. I would never be sure if they liked it. But a home gift can always find a spot! Now when it comes to buying a little gift for myself, that is a whole other matter! (I just bought your tortoise shell cuff bracelet!)

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  15. Oh! Thanks so much Katie, I see that, you "DID":)
    xx

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  16. I like to shop for crafted items...nothing mass produced...just reads cheap...everyone has it...no real thought went into it...I love Etsy for gifts...

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  17. Thanks for your input Soul Pretty. I love to shop on Etsy too...but mostly for myself.

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