Gifts · The Street

Gift Giving – 5 Simple Rules for a Sane & Successful Shopping Season

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Photo by William Stitt on Unsplash

It is human nature — the more we value the person we are shopping for, the more we strive to find THAT one-in-a-million gift that will completely & effortlessly reflect the depth of our feelings about our relationship and be EXACTLY what he or she wants.

Warning, Will Robinson.

You know and I know that thinking this way is, at best, unhelpful & at worst, a sure path to frustration and spending (way) more than you can afford.  So why do we do this?  There is a psychology to gift giving — and there is research that demonstrates the biggest effect from giving a gift may be on ourselves — our self-perception as a result of the gift we give.  Self-perception could be a pretty powerful motivator when just one person is involved, but multiplied by a long gift list full of cherished friends and family and it is not surprising that we often lose control.

Here are 5 rules that I know, but sometimes forget to apply, when it comes to holiday shopping.   These help to keep me grounded and thoughtful as I go about checking off my Christmas gift giving list.

 

1. Money does not buy love.     You can be passionate about gift giving and still not blow your budget.  Giving gifts that are practical, but maybe a bit less desirable to give as gifts, is GOOD!  Handmade gifts are awesome, if you dedicate the time and materials needed to truly deliver.  But – if you haven’t yet done what you are planning to do for a DIY gift – do a practice run to make sure you have all the supplies you need and that the end result is what you envisioned.  As with all gifts — keep the recipient in mind — ‘useful’, ‘edible’ or ‘holiday keepsake’ are all great DIY categories.  And lastly – do not turn gift spending into a competitive sport – do not attempt to match spend.  Rarely turns out well, builds resentment, and just not a good headspace to be in.

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Capiz Shell Candle Holder | Taylor Street Favors

2.  If they asked for it, that probably means they would like it.     There are studies that demonstrate recipients actually appreciate gifts they specifically asked for more than gifts chosen by the gift giver. (!!) Moreover, when recipients then rated the giver of the requested gift, they rated them as more thoughtful and personal than the person who gave the unrequested gift.  Long story short here — don’t guess — ask for a list.  And if you are worried that asking for a gift list may seem tacky, or obligate the person you’re asking to then give you a gift, good points!  Plan B:  going with a gift that tracks an interest (yoga) or theme (cooking, gardening) or a gift certificate (massage, bookstore, coffeeshop) could be a great alternative.

3.  Men and women not only shop differently, but truly think differently about gifts.     Gender factors into gift giving & receiving.  While a generalization, men tend to skew more pragmatic/functional & women skew in a more sentimental gift direction.  I am not saying this to let anyone “off the hook” for a poor gift choice.  No way.  I say this so that you and I can compensate for any chromosomal tendency we might have – not play to it.  So while gift cards and envelopes full of cash have their place, don’t assume that because you would like to receive your gift that everyone else would appreciate receiving it as well.

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Photo by To a Heftier on Unsplash

4.  ‘Experience gifts’ are often more appreciated.  A gift of time – sharing a meal & a movie together, breakfast in bed, a day spent shopping, hiking, or museum hopping are all amazing gifts.  These gifts allow you to feel closer by spending more time together and allow you to tailor your gift to the specific interests of the person receiving it – increasing the emotional value to you both.

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Personalized Turkish Towels | Taylor Street Favors

5.  It is okay to give the same gift to different people.  Placing a premium on “uniqueness” over “appropriateness” is the trap not to fall into here.  It’s okay to buy the same gift for different people if you believe each person would enjoy receiving it.   It’s efficient too!  Might need to consider if the recipients would be opening your gifts to them at the same event, but really — if I like a gift enough for more than one person, or if two people on my list have asked for the same gift, why not!

Choosing gifts based on the recipients perspective is the best way to approach your gift shopping.  Gift giving, when done with intention and thoughtfulness, can make relationships stronger, regardless of money spent.

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Photo by Dakota Corbin on Unsplash
Gifts · The Street

Inspiration through Fermentation

The holiday season swings into full gear.  Christmas and Hanukkah gift shopping looms.  I drink more wine.  Which leads me to today’s article on 5 great gift ideas for wine (& cheese) lovers.

WINE GLASSES

The stem versus stemless dilemma need not confuse.  [And for those of you who, like me, enjoy wading deeply into details few appreciate – know this:  stemless wine glasses actually have neither a stem nor a base & are more accurately referred to as tumblers.]   Stems are there so you do not hold the bowl, thereby warming the wine beyond its optimal drinking temperature. Stemless wine glasses have become synonymous with modern & casual, while stemmed glasses suggest, to some, a more formal and traditional affair.  Taylor Street offers both.  And rather than a colorful imprint that will not wear well over numerous cleanings, we suggest an etched personalization, with a minimal design that is beautifully etched.  Two of our most popular wine glasses:

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Stemless, Etched
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Bordeaux Decanter Gift Set by Viski

COASTERS

Too many wine glasses already? What about coasters.  Coasters can be cool.  These coasters are keepers, handmade hammered copper backed with black velvet.

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Hammered Copper Coasters

BOOK

For those on your list who love books and would enjoy learning as much as possible about wine from one of today’s most knowledgeable and entertaining experts, The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil is the book for you.  Spoil your loved one with the hardcover edition at $22.

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The Wine Bible, available on Amazon.com

CHEESE BOARD

If you believe, as I do, that wine tastes better when shared with friends,  then why not gift a cheeseboard to linger longer?   Our bamboo board has a slate strip running through it, which makes it easy to add a fun & personal chalk note to guests with each use.

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Personalized Bamboo & Slate Cheese Board

 

There you are.  Five gifts for the wine (& cheese) lover on your guest list.

And remember — the best wines are the ones we drink with friends.

Gifts · The Street · Weddings & Receptions

Gifts for the Newly Engaged

Engagement photo provided by Nadine Cheetah of Cheetah Photography

Most of us can find an ‘okay’ gift in a heartbeat, but finding just the right gift for a newly engaged dear friend — or friends — is hard.  Fold in equal parts of what-is-customary, what-is-wanted, what-is-so-NOT-me and what-is-affordable, add a lack of available time to shop into the mix, and there – you and a white elephant might meet.  Fear not, as Taylor Street is not just a wedding favors store.  We have awesome gifts for the newly engaged — for both guys and gals (!) — and couples too.

But first, be aware of these rules of the road.  There are different gifting moments, with different generally accepted gifts for each — beginning with the engagement announcement (engagement gift), then the bridal shower / bro-bath gift, and lastly the bachelorette / bachelor party gift.

Engagement Gifts

I try to celebrate a friend’s engagement with an out-to-lunch treat, or a heartfelt card, like this one…

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White Rose Love Is Love Card And Gift Box

But, if there is an engagement party, do you “have to” bring a gift you ask?  No, you don’t have to, but if your friend’s parents have put on a fairly wiz-bang catered event for the about-to-be-married, you absolutely will see other guests bringing gifts…so, yes, you ought to.  These gift suggestions range from $35 to $55.  Particularly if you know both of the newly engaged, think of gifts that a couple can enjoy together.  It does not need to be “wedding-y”.

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Etched Whiskey Label Crystal Tumblers
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Stoneware Sake Set by Viski
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Personalized Red Picnic Cooler Set

 

 

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Hammered Metal Ice Bucket

 

 

Bridal Shower / Bro-Bath Gifts

This is most definitely a party/gifting event, and is usually planned far enough in advance that the wedding registry is already available – potentially creating a dilemma – do you do your gifting based on the registry or gift “free-style”?  If you keep the registry gift costs at the lower end, I like to not only buy something from the couple’s list, but then give a smaller, personal item too, particularly if I have not yet celebrated the engagement with a gift early on.  These gifts ideas range from $15 to $150.

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Stacked Initials with Date Leather Travel Diary
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Script Monogram Journal
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Personalized Vertical Bar Necklace
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Thomas Bracelet: Wood With Gold Skull
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Personalized Gold Edged Ring Dish

Bachelorette / Bachelor Party Gifts

As the last “blow-out” event of a bride or groom’s single days, the emphasis here is on fun and friends.  Your gifts ought to reflect this. Depending on the cost sharing arrangement for this last party, your gift may have already been given – helping to pay for the event itself – a Las Vegas weekend can get pricey.  If a gift is in order, gifts related to the honeymoon or travel are always welcome.  These gifts can be priced all-over-the-place, but the ones I’ve noted range from $20 to $55.

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Monogram Trucker Hat
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Personalized Moroccan Hanging Cosmetic Bag
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Personalized Turkish Cotton Robe
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Dalmatian Dot Tote – Black on White
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Personalized Black Travel Dopp Kit
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Personalized Canvas & Leather Messenger Bag
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The Force Awakens 3 Pair Socks Gift Set
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Personalized Men’s Black Travel Tie Case
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Canvas Weekend Bag with Pink Stripe

There you have it – our selection of great quality gifts that are as nice to give as they are to receive.  Party on and get gifting.

 

Gifts · The Street

Totally Totes

The absolute-must-have bridesmaid gift this fall is totes.  Now, we all know, the tote does not have to be just for the bridal party – even though they do make great bridesmaids gifts. You should have one, your mom should have one, even your awesome gay BFF should have one! Taylor Street has all kinds of totes to choose from that can make exceptional birthday, anniversary and baby shower gifts. To start you off here are a few I think you will tote-ally love.

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Annie Stripe Tote – Metallic Gold

Starting with the Annie Stripe Tote. This is a beautiful and stylish bag that comes in Metallic Gold or Metallic Black. Fitting everything from gym shoes to a weekend getaway outfit. With a couple of books and a bottle of wine tucked into the interior pocket it’s the perfect I’m so getting out of town this weekend. bag. It can be personalized with a single initial to make it totally you. Built with burnished grommets and leather handles  the gold stripes on natural canvas make this a stylish yet practical bag to have.

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Dalmatian Dot Tote – Black on White

You can say a lot about the politics of Cruella Deville, but she rocked fashion. This black and white bag has all the markings of a 101 Dalmatian inspired tote. This on point canvas and lightweight bag with rope handles makes a great gift for the lover of all things black and white. It’s distinctive, comfortable and stylish. You’ll love being spotted with this Dalmatian tote at your side.

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Geo Prism Tote – Black on White

Another Black and White favorite – the Geo Prism Tote – Black on White. Personalized with a modern monogram this tote, with it’s rope handle, is tote-ally styling! This distinctive, lightweight canvas tote features a snap magnet closure and soft dual rope handles that provide comfort for the hands and the shoulders. Why get one just for the bridesmaids – you deserve something this beautiful too!

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Personalized Brown Striped Faux Leather Oversized Weekender Tote

Everyone wants to get away for that weekend “up north” or “down south” trip, right? So, why not give a gift that suggests Grab me and go! This weekender tote features a removable cross-body strap, a zippered inner pocket with two open pockets, and faux leather accents. Perfect for causal and sophisticated travel plans. A versatile accessory that you, and your gift-y, will absolutely love.

We have many totes to choose from – Personalized, Black or Grey, Striped Canvas Oversized Weekender Tote, Tropical Beach Tote BagsGold Foil Team Bride Canvas Tote, Personalized Brown Faux Leather Weekender Tote and so many more. Here’s a quick search link to get you started. Whatever direction you choose to tote it will be totally totes. Yes, Yes I did just tote-ally do that.

Gifts · The Street · Wedding Planning Essentials

Raise Your Glass-ware

Choosing glassware for your wedding table, reception or bar can feel like a daunting task. There are many types and styles out there to choose from and wedding glassware is an item that you, and your guests, will hold onto long after. Remember, as with all things wedding, have some fun and don’t over think it.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

Champagne Flutes.

When it comes to toasting with your significant someone, select something unique just for the two of you. Stemless or stemmed, champagne flutes are the crown jewel of toasting. You will bring these beautiful glasses out every year on your anniversary and reminisce about that amazing day you first raised your glass as a married couple.

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Modern Stemless Champagne Flutes Silver Ombre Cheers Etched

Gold rimmed.

Gold rimmed is a nice choice because of its elegance and simplicity. From flutes to wine glasses, gold rims make a statement – and a little goes a long way. Gold works with everything and if you decide to get it personalized, go for something simple and specific to the two of you. A quote or nicknames works well.

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“LOVE WINS” Stemless Wine Glass with Gold Rim – 21oz

Vintage.

Vintage glassware is great when you want a pop of bohemian or an eclectic vibe. The awesome thing with vintage is that it feels romantic without trying too hard, and if you can get toasting flutes in some awesome vintage color – all the better!

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Vintage Inspired Pressed Glass Goblet – Blush Pink

Stemless.

Stemless glassware is all the rage, it feels modern, and there are so many choices available for personalization. You can have logos with names and dates or some quotes that express your love.

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Small Personalized Stemless Wine Glass – 9oz

Pint.

Pint glassware is perfect for younger guests as well as the married couple. The below age soda-sipping guests can feel like they are part of the grown up beer-guzzling crowd with pint glasses. There are some really fun designs that can be added to personalize your pints. And the awesome thing is that you can get gold rimmed pint glasses as well.

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Rustic Farmhouse™ Gold Rimmed Cheers Pint Glasses (set of 2)

Shot Glasses.

Toward the end of the night the bridal party should have a chance to shoot back a couple of shots to the newly married couple.

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Belmont™ Hammered Brass Shot Glasses by Viski

Personalized shot glasses are a perfect takeaway for your besties who stood by you at [and probably helped you get to] the alter.

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Personalized Shot Glass, Candle Holder Favor – Wedding Theme

Beer Stein.

Be unconventional! Beer Steins are a perfect throw-tradition-out-the-door glassware, without actually throwing tradition out the door at all. This ingenious Moscow Mule Stein with Stacked Monogram Etching makes a great gift for dad, and mom too! We say, go for it — it’s your wedding! And… they also make awesome groomsmen or bridesmaid gifts!

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Moscow Mule Stein Stacked Monogram Etching

Mason Jar Mugs.

Personalized Glass Mason Drinking Jars are the perfect “go-to” glass for rustic barn weddings. They have a super casual feel — they are mason jars after all. Fun for daytime garden weddings filled with strawberry lemonade or winter weddings filled with hot chocolate! With lids, they can be filled with sangria and kept in a large bucket during the summer evening reception.

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Personalized Glass Mason Drinking Jars (Set of 4)

No matter the glassware you choose for your wedding, it will be perfect. Cheers!

Gifts · The Street

If It’s Good Enough For Mildred

 

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Source:  Live 5 News| live5news.com | Harve Jacobs, Reporter

This is not another wedding planning checklist or must-have color palette recommendation.  I am not going to try to subconsciously guilt or shame you into some expensive wedding favor or table top decision.  Nope.  Just hoping to put a smile on your face in case you missed this, and spend a minute or two connecting the dots between Mildred, Taylor Street and me.

Mildred Bowers likes beer.  A lot.  To celebrate her 103rd birthday coming August 31, NBC interviewed her about her daily pint.  When it’s 4PM in South Carolina where you live, raise your glass to Millie, who drinks a pint at the same time every day.

So what’s the connection to Taylor Street — David’s and my journey into the wedding industry — and Mildred?  

First the obvious product tie-in.  We sell a whole bunch of beer and barware items.  Personalized, theme-y, formal or country-chic, we have a stein, growler, flight, flask or glass for you to buy and drink with her in style.  

The second reason has nothing to do with our products or Mildred’s beer habit.  It’s about our message.  When asked if everyone should adopt her daily beer ritual, she said,

“Yes, if they like it.  Look, there are people who don’t like
coffee and people who don’t like tea, but I want everyone
to drink what they like”.

She is reminding us that it is not “the thing” but the enjoyment “the thing” creates that is important.  We all do not need the same things to experience the same joy.

The pressure to embrace, to strive — and ultimately — to spend is apparent in much of the wedding industry today.  Even counter-culture bridal and “real wedding” sites often nurture a sense of needing to one-up their most recent couple’s performance piece or chase the hottest new trend.

I believe Mildred would encourage us all to stress less and enjoy our weddings, our family and our friends more.  

Taylor Street is about encouraging you to celebrate as you are.  Our perspective is definitely more Sheryl Crow — “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.”  

Sure, we like pretty stuff, cool stuff, well made stuff too.  We just want to offer it in a way that doesn’t make you feel inadequate about your {you can fill in the blank here – budget, sexual orientation, wedding theme, party favor, etc}.

Let’s have some fun!  To Mildred!

Gifts

Last minute gifts

Still looking for that last minute perfect gift or stocking stuffer? We’ve found a few items that just might bring a little less stress to your holiday shopping.

For the dog lover:

DOGS AND CHAIRS: DESIGNER PAIRS
Written by Cristina Amodeo $14.95

DOGS AND CHAIRS: DESIGNER PAIRS
Written by Cristina Amodeo

At the Rizzoli Bookstore a beautiful collection of creative vision by Cristina Amodeo. Comparing drawings for dog lovers who love design and design lovers who love dogs.

How to buy: DOGS AND CHAIRS: DESIGNER PAIRS

For the minimalist:

MINIMAL CHARGING DOCKS
$49.99 and up

MINIMAL CHARGING DOCKS from Native Union
MINIMAL CHARGING DOCKS
from Native Union

Sleek and Minimal plus they offer maximum versatility when recharging and using your device. Home or office; regardless the environment your are in Native Union’s docks with compliment the space.

How to buy: MINIMAL CHARGING DOCKS

For the traveler:

PERSONALIZED LEATHER TRAVEL DIARY
$36.50

Personalized Leather Travel Diary at Taylor Street Favors
PERSONALIZED LEATHER TRAVEL DIARY
at Taylor Street Favors

Perfect for on the go creative doodlers. The leather casing, which can be personalized, is the ideal setting for documenting your travels for a journey you’ll never forget.

How to buy: PERSONALIZED LEATHER TRAVEL DIARY

For the kids:

ZANY ZEBRA
$18.00

ZANY ZEBRA at Poketo Studio
ZANY ZEBRA
at Poketo Studio

A 10″ Rattle or the 15″ Toy in bold stripes, mane and tail fringe, plus a squishy soft tummy at Poketo Studio is sure to please.

How to buy: ZANY ZEBRA

For the audiophile:

MARSHALL KILBURN PORTABLE WIRELESS SPEAKER
$299.95

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MARSHALL KILBURN PORTABLE WIRELESS SPEAKER
at the Apple Store

The Apple Store brings you the classic design of the Marshall Kilburn portable speaker, and yes, it looks as good as it sounds. Play music on the road from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod with up to 25 hours of playing time. Freedom never sounded so good!

How to buy: MARSHALL KILBURN PORTABLE WIRELESS SPEAKER

DIY · Gifts · The Street

Printable Holiday and Hanukkah Gift Labels

Free Holiday Printable Labels

Your holiday wrapping just got easier with our beautiful holiday edit-able gift labels. Designed by David at taylorstreetfavors.com, our labels are simple to print onto single sheets of label paper, trimmed, and then placed onto your package. The labels come in a full sheet of three designs. Labels are easy to personalize too. Using the links below simply download the PDF to your desktop and open in Adobe Acrobat or Reader. This will allow you to select the editable text and add your own names. Our gift to you. Cheers, from Taylor Street!

Christmas Printable 1.5″ x 3.25″ Labels

Holiday Printable 1.5″ x 3.25″ Labels

Hanukkah Printable 1.5″ x 3.25″ Labels

Show us how you used our labels. Take a picture; send it to us and we’ll post it on our Facebook page.

Gifts

Groomsmen Gift: Personalized Leather Wrapped Flask Set

The Personalized Leather Wrapped Flask Set adds a rugged dimension to the traditional flask. Each set includes a 7 oz. stainless steel flask adorned in real leather, a handy funnel, and a pair of stainless steel shot cups. Custom engraving and gift packaging complete the personal touch. Available in Black or Brown leather wrap.

For the next two days get 20% OFF on Groomsmen Gifts with code ‘GROOMSMEN’.

Personalized Leather Wrapped Flask Set