The best gifts are those that someone would not think to get for herself. Normally thought of as an extravagance, personalized stationery is the perfect gift for someone who has just moved. I have found two companies to be consistent in style and service and which are easy to work with over the phone or via e-mail.
For a fresh, bold look, Paper Source has a fun selection of colors, styles and graphics. Stationery from the New Orleans-based Scriptura is a favorite resource for a clean and elegant look. Get creative and make the stationery personal for your recipients by matching the colors of the stationery to the colors of the new home.. You're friends will love your thoughtfulness.
Another gift most people would not think of getting themselves is a paperweight. Paperweights do not have to be used in the most literal sense. They make for wonderful vignettes and displays on almost any table in a room. I recently discovered decoupaged paperweights by John Derian. He uses 18th- and 19th-century images from his personal archives that he places under crystal domes, creating unique and interesting pieces. I found them on a trip to Boston, so I like to get mine from one of my favourite Boston haunts, Good.
These brightly-colored doormats with unique designs are a fun way to welcome your friend to her new home. I adore these Angela Adams doormats because they are durable and look great. Appropriate for indoor and outdoor use, the mats are made of coir, the fibrous outer shell of coconuts, and reinforced with a protective backing. She brings fun fashion to the normally unglamorous doormat.
Serving spoons and forks make a great gift. They are practical and can be used at every occasion at your friend's new home. A pair of serving pieces is also a great way to reflect your personal style as well as that of your recipient. While shopping for a client, I came across this dandelion serving set by Michael Aram. All of his serving ware is incredibly beautiful, and every piece is a showstopper. Your friends will think of you each time they eat!
Why not be different and bake something special or cook your friend's favorite dish and present it on beautiful new serving trays? The trays will get a lot of use through the years, and the immediate experience of your delicious food will endear you to your friend forever! These stackable wood trays available at Suite New York are stylishly simple and will suit almost any décor.
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