Friday, July 17, 2009

Simple

For a long time I really over did it with gifts. In the past year or so, I have thought more about what I am giving to people. I have tried to keep it simple. I know that I like to receive simple gifts best too.

Something handmade, flowers from a garden, a loaf of bread from the farmer's market. It seems that a lot of people are doing the same and it is refreshing, don't you think?
What is your favorite simple gift to give? Right now mine is white wine and white flowers. You all know how I feel about white.
It is just so good.

21 comments:

Meagan said...

Perfect! Useful and edible treats are always perfect. You are right, I overdo it too, especially with the handmades. One baby sweater and knit hat should be enough for a baby shower gift, right?!? But yet I feel the urge to make a full sized bed quilt to go with the sweater and hat?!? Thanks for the reminder to keep it simple!

Renee said...

I love to give a jar of fresh honey from the bee keeper that lives just around the corner and a loaf of crusty french bread. Apple Butter if it's later in the season. :)

Steph said...

That is a beautiful and wonderful gift!

sewstylish said...

I 100% agree. I would much rather give homemade/handmade I think people really enjoy it. I don't really have a fav item to give since it depends on who it's going to but last night my tween had a party to go to so we made up one of my "hobo" bags for the birthday girl and put in some of her favorite choc. She told me it was the hit of the party so all ages seem to appreciate the simple homemade/handmade things too.

Suzanne said...

I've started doing the same as well, and I think people like it more. My favorite summer gift is a bouquet of mixed herbs from our garden, but with all of the NE rain, I've had to rethink...

amandajean said...

wonderful gift idea!

FinnyKnits said...

While I sorta feel like I'm cheating, because it's at my disposal for free, I love to give people produce from my garden all packaged up in a basket or just a nice cloth towel.

I just hope they don't think I'm too cheap to buy them a gift.

martha - ca knitter said...

Sounds like a wonderful gift to receive. Great idea!

TD wool design said...

perfect!
i've been baking. some of my friends just don't have the time for homemade.

Avery said...

I love giving and getting wine. I have found its a safe gift, almost everyone likes white wine - and if they don't, they will usually drink it anyway. (Considering they drink alcohol... :D)

Allison said...

I like giving gifts that are handmade. The gifts I give depend on the person, and how well I know them, as well as the occasion. Although, I don't think you could ever go wrong with a bottle of wine & flowers!

I love the ideas that other commenters have left here. They're all great!

Danielle said...

beautiful. simple. perfect.

stitching under oaks said...

That is a great gift...both to give and receive. I really like giving handmade gifts. I just recently gave a jar of strawberry jam and some note cards as a gift. I like your idea of giving a loaf of bread as a gift. jam and bread would be a wonderful gift.

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

Yes I think you are so right. what a perfect gift I like to give wine too, more and more of my friends are drinking it now.

Stephanie said...

That sounds like the perfect gift. I'm terrible at gifts. I think I will make notes of all the comments here and save them.

Journeying Five said...

i love the wine and flowers idea, and i also like to give fat quarters to friends who sew, baking & preserves to some, magazines to others

Java Mama said...

If I know the person is a coffee or tea drinker I love to give homemade biscotti. It is a great thank-you or hostess gift. Wine is nice too!

Jessica said...

Last night I gave some vintage pyrex in a picnic basket ... from the heart is my philosophy. The other gift I like to give is an item from the local fair trades store.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I love to give wine as a gift (and I love to receive it, too!). Simple gifts are the best. I went through an apron phase before my son was born and everyone got a handmade apron from me.

Anonymous said...

I like to give nice dish towels...Crate & Barrel always as a nice selection. Sometimes I tuck a loaf of homemade bread inside. Other ideas: flowers, chocolate, bread and jam, cheese, a cloth tote bag, spiced pecans, coffee from our local roaster, cookies, lemom pepper snack mix, a home made pie, a rosemary plant, and of course, wine!

rabbitstylenews said...

I like to give a small cactus or succulent with a ribbon around the pot. They're hardy and add life to a kitchen window sill, bathroom counter, or side table.