The holiday gifting season continues! While we’ve published our holiday gift guides on the blog, I’m also putting together a few additional “mini gift guides.” These mini guides will include gift ideas for some of the more specific, hard-to-pinpoint gifting dilemmas many of us tend to encounter.
These gift guides will be shared each week on the W&D Instagram Stories. As we go, I’ll also be adding each mini gift guide to this blog post, so you can easily refer back to them all in one comprehensive list.
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The experience of opening a box of Vosges Chocolates really speaks for itself, but any sweet treat would be a thoughtful gift. You could bake something or bring something store-bought—anything the group can enjoy together will be appreciated by the host!
Table topics that guide conversations are a great way to get to know each other. Anthropologie has amazing options that are beautiful, age-inclusive, and affordable.
All you really need is high-quality pasta, a great sauce, and amazing olive oil. This is the time to spend extra on high-quality ingredients. The dish can be simple, but the better the ingredients, the better it will taste. It could also be a fun experience to cook all together!
I think going this route is the safest if you don’t know them very well. Florals work for everyone. If you want to make your own arrangement, this class is great for learning how to put it together really well (use code WIT&DELIGHT15 for 15% off). Otherwise, find a local florist who can make something beautiful for you. To make the arrangement a little more special, add ribbon to the vase or choose a vase that goes beyond the standard glass cylinder to give it a more personal touch.
There are very few people who wouldn’t be excited about a high-quality baked good to enjoy together in the morning. Put it in a cute basket to sit next to the coffee pot and invite people to help themselves. This looks like an amazing muffin mix!
Gifting something that you love or that is special to you will give you an opportunity to connect! I’ve brought gingerbread sandwich cookies from a bakery in St. Paul. Bringing fresh coffee grounds from a local spot would also be a great little gift. Or, you could bring a wine you know a bit about and share why you enjoy it. You could even bring a beautiful set of candles to light during the gathering.
A simple pleasure that they might not splurge on for themselves.
A thoughtful gift they can enjoy the day after hosting. Pick up a few goods from your favorite local bakery—or better yet, from *their* favorite bakery!
Look for the nicest Parmesan you can find at the store—even ask the person at the cheese counter what they recommend. Just *don’t* buy a bag of shredded Parm!
Here are a few I would love to receive!
These are a few great options!
Bring something you’ve tasted and enjoyed so you can share a little bit about it. Tie a nice bow to the bottle to make it extra special. I get almost all of my wine from Henry & Son.
This is a simple way to contribute to dessert. Stick to chocolate chip or snickerdoodle—something everyone will love.
When it comes to gifts for teachers, I’ve always been under the impression that cash and gift cards are best! But if you want to do something a little more personal as well, here are a few additional ideas.
My kids’ school gave us a questionnaire with answers to the following questions, so we could gift the teachers throughout the year with a few of their favorite things in mind. If you don’t know the answers to these questions for your kids’ teachers, you could send them the questionnaire yourself and save the answers for future reference!
Give a gift basket filled with some of their favorite things. You could put this together yourself or go in on it with other parents in the class.
During the last week of school before break, bring them their favorite coffee order when you do drop-off in the morning.
If they like sweets and you’re a great baker, a tin of homemade baked goods always makes for a great gift.
Every teacher would appreciate a thoughtful handmade card from your child alongside any gift.
A high-quality notebook will always come in handy—whether for taking notes in the classroom or for their life outside of school! I’m gifting a few W&D products to teachers this year.
Whether you have kids or not, if you want to support teachers locally or around the country, here are a few ways to do just that:
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BY Kate Arends - November 17, 2022
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.