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We have so many friends and family with anniversaries in the spring time (March, April, May) that I got a little stumped in terms of gift ideas.  I mean, I embroidered a few items for gifts, but not every household will really make use of monogrammed napkins.   Fortunately, I believe fresh flowers are appropriate for every occasion and decided champagne would be a festive, no-fail gift for my friends celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.  So, since I put together a small basket to house their champagne, I then decided to just substitute another bottle of wine into gift baskets for all of the others.

For this basket, along with wine and fresh flowers, I included a dish towel and a wine stopper, as well as a card.

I just tailor the wine to their individual tastes.  And if the recipient doesn’t like wine, you can just substitute their favorite beverage instead.

I think what makes the entire package really special is the fact it’s delivered right to your front doorstep!

Give it a try and put one together for your next anniversary celebration!
-J

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m learning how to embroider! Coincidentally, it is also what I refer to as ‘anniversary season’.  We have several close friends and family members celebrating wedding anniversaries in March and April.   Naturally,  I wanted to use my new found skills with our gift giving.   I am still a beginner so my finished pieces are pretty simple but I love how embroidery can elevate an item from plain to classy!

What did  I decide to give?   Let me show you!

For my brother and his wife I gifted a set of personalized pillow cases.   I didn’t want too much contrast against the white fabric so I went with a light gray thread.   Embroidering “His”  and “Hers”  is another idea that may be great for pillowcases too.

For my sister and her husband,  I embroidered the first initial of their last name on a set of six place mats.   The colors  coordinate with the colors in their home.

I also embroidered two items for my friend’s children which is another nice gift idea – monogrammed children’s clothing.

While working on  these projects, I actually received a monogrammed bag as a gift myself! What a great idea as well – I love it!

Do you have any ideas for embroidered gifts?  Please share! I’ve been on a roll.  So far I love this classic font, but I think my next project will try out a cursive font!
-J

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