Thursday, August 13, 2009

Birthday Gifts...

As I mentioned on Wednesday Preppy Boyfriend's mother has a birthday soon. I'm trying to think of a fun gift to cheer her up. Preppy Mother's birthday falls in the same week as the one year anniversary of Preppy Boyfriend's Granna passing away. So the week is sure to be emotionally difficult for Preppy Mother. I want to send her a fun little gift basket full of little pick me ups. Here is what I was thinking:
A monogram coffee mug

A monogram to go coffee mug
A monogram candle
A Preppy Headband
and a gift set of lotions from L'Occitane or Crabtree and Evelyn

I was thinking of getting each of the monograms of the first letter of her first name, is that appropriate to do for someone who is married? I've never done it before, but I just think using her initial makes the gift seem more personal.... any suggestions or ideas of great places to find such wonderful cheerful gifts?

Speaking of cheerful gifts... I'm behind on graces, so these are a conglomeration of graces for the past few days:

1. A hard rain shower in Austin
2. My pumpkin seeds have sprouted and are growing crazy, I can't wait to pick a pumpkin from my own yard for Halloween
3. Ginger Ale over ice to settle my spinny tummy
4. Grilled Cheese sandwhiches
5. Waking up to the sound of birds in my backyard

*all photos are links to original websites


Colleen MacDonald said...

What a thoughtful collection of gifts; I'm sure she would love them, monogrammed or not. Although I like your idea of the letter of her first name. I agree that it is more personal.

Anonymous said...

I think those are all very nice, thoughtful gifts!! I love the first letter monogram!! = )

Kate said...

I love the monogrammed candle!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!!! Hope you will join me every Friday!

Lisa said...

I'm home from the beach and anxious to visit with you. How wonderful you are to be thinking of others with your gift-giving. I'm sure that your friends & family are grateful to have such a sweet girl in their lives!
Email me directly so we can visit soon!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful finds here! Also, I found something interesting I thought I would share, I wrote about it this month…


Bringing Out Your Inner BOLD!

Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Clever and chic for Janie may be yesterday’s yawn-fest for Carol. Different tastes in dècor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?

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