Spring and Summer may be the season for new plant life and warmer weather… but it’s also the season for gifting! Between the weddings, baby showers, graduation, Mother’s Day (yes, there’s still time for that!), back-to-school and birthdays – there are plenty of reasons to celebrate with a great present.
But if finding the right gift seems more like a chore than a celebration – remember the golden rule of gifting. Hands down, the best way to gift ANYONE is to look for unique, upstart, even independent brands and businesses, because you’re guaranteed to find something truly different to make him or her feel special. And thanks to the internet – you don’t have to drive across town to find that gem of a boutique that has all the things!
Case in point – Jill of All Trades is an Etsy shop run by a fabulously creative and clever woman in Buffalo, NY . Jill DiGioia can turn any major event (like a wedding day) or mini celebration (champagne campaign, anyone?) into a fun, whimsical moment. And the adorable beach themed tees are perfect for this time of year.
She creates beautiful screen printed tees and custom curated gift boxes. These are gifts that have been lovingly created and handmade. Jill’s brand is all about positivity and keeping a positive outlook on life. And her packaging is so thoughtful and gorgeous. A hand stamped, white box with pink paper inside wrapped with love and a pink ribbon to boot! All you have to do is pick your fav idea, click to buy and your gift is on its way straight to the recipient. Done and Done.
Check out her shop for more – and see some of my faves below. BTW – Jill’s Insta page is full of pretty!!
Another no-fail idea for gifting someone you love is to sign them up for a subscription service. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! There are plenty of options – from jewelry, to makeup, to wine and flowers – pick one that best represents the person on your mind and sit back as they enjoy a new box of goodies sent right to their doorstep every month. And if you can find one that has your health in mind – even better! Here’s a perfect example for you – Love Goodly is a company run by two moms who wanted a way to help women discover the highest quality, toxin-free beauty & wellness products to encourage healthier living affordably.
Did you know the average woman uses 168 chemicals in their personal care every day and up to 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream!? That’s just crazy business! So if you’re overwhelmed by the thought of finding safe products that work – then let the founders Katie and Justine do the work for you… or the person you’re gifting.
Their bimonthly boxes come with 4-5 mostly full size products, including beauty and skincare, a style or home accessory, and healthy snacks and wellness items. Since the value of each box is over two times the price, you also get great value. It’s an amazing assortment every time and it helps you discover new brands with your wellness in mind. Not to mention, each time you purchase, Love Goodly gives back to a cause.
As a gift, you could sign someone up for the bimonthly service or a one time box for $35. I was lucky enough to receive a sample of the April/May box before it sold out. Let me tell you, these are quality products. Take a look:
My box came beautifully packaged – and here’s what was inside:
- One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal YOUTH PRESERVATION SERUM (Value $75)
This luxuriously lightweight oil boasts some of Mother Nature’s most effective (and clinically proven) gifts: Blue Seakale, protein-rich sea algae, green tea, watermelon and jasmine oils. It melted right into my thirsty skin for a super effective nighttime boost of emollient moisture.
- 100% Pure MARACUJA MASCARA BLACK TEA (Value $25)
Have you ever even heard of a 100% Natural mascara? This one is colored from black tea leaves and infused with lash conditioning nutrients. It felt like putting conditioner on my lashes as it glided right on and worked just as well as any other mascara out there! No harmful toxins, chemicals or any other harsh ingredients.
- PureSol KONJAC BODY SPONGE (Value $13)
This is the softest, gentlest natural sponge. I used it for my face, because it gently exfoliates while deep cleansing and removing any toxins and impurities. And since it’s vegan, nontoxic and cruelty free you can feel good about using it on the most sensitive skin.
- I also received the 100% Pure BRIGHT EYES MASK (Value $7)
It’s a highly caffeinated eye mask that brightens, de-puffs and hydrates. The “hydrogel” is made from 95% organic aloe water and 5% plant cellulose. The longer you leave the mask on your skin, the thinner the hydrogel mask becomes as your skin drinks up the water. Ah. Maze. Ing. That is all.
And the cherry… errr… juice on top?
- A Juice Served Here $10 coupon
This company uses nutrient dense produce hand-selected from local biodynamic farms cold-pressed in a zero waste facility and juiced to perfection.
That’s just the April/May box – every delivery is different. So head to the Love Goodly website to learn more and treat yourself, or someone you love!
And there you go – a few simply unique and thoughtful ways to gift this Spring/Summer and beyond. Happy gifting everybody!