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The Art of Gifting

by Franck Jehanne

The art of gifting for your friends and family

Gifting is no simple task. On the contrary, it is a difficult art to master. We have all received gifts that don't mean anything to us and that end up in a corner of the attic.

We're not here for that…

Do you remember your favourite gift? The feeling that comes with knowing that the person that bought it for you, understands you. That's what we're talking about, and it is exciting.  

We've made it our mission to help you master the art of gifting those you care about. Have a look at our tips on how to make your friends and family smile with unique and personal gifts.

Lacking inspiration:  It's all about colours!

If you are stuck for ideas, starting by the colour can be a good trick.  Choosing from a range of infinite colour combinations can be daunting. Do they mix red with green or are they more into yellow and purple? Their social media is a rainbow of different tones and you have no way of knowing which is their favourite combination…

Stick to a single colour palette. Shopping by one colour can take the pressure off, ask your friend what their favourite colour is and focus on it.

If you are looking for some inspiration have a look at Pantone's featured colour articles. It is a great place to find some on trend ideas. 

We all have a friend who is obsessed with interior design colours. Don't worry, keeping up with the latest trends is easily done with a bit of research. Have a look for example at the  creative content at Farrow& Ball's.   

Practical gifts are always useful 

Sometimes what makes a gift great is its usefulness. An umbrella at the right moment might just be the perfect gift. 

Consider what your friend might need to ease their daily routine. If they love to snuggle indoors, think about home decor and cosy gifts. An home throw always comes in handy. 

Show them you know them: Personalisation and making it extra special!

So now you've chosen your perfect gift and you know they're going to love it. So why not add something extra meaningful. Do you have an inside joke or a date you want to remember? Finding a gift you can personalise is always a nice bonus.  You can have it embossed or embroidered or simply select a beautiful card to tell a short anecdote.  Making personal is a great way to create a memorable gift that will be cherish for years to come!

Enjoying the moment of gifting

Gifting in 2021 is about meeting again the people we love! We are all rushing to share beautiful moments with our friends and family. Drinks are no longer a zoom-based activity and we are so excited! Yes, it was fun to see your aunt Petunia trying to get rid of the cat filter for three visio calls in a row… but those times are over. It's time to think of gifts that you could enjoy together or make the moment of exchanging gifts all the more special. 

Board games, cooking sets… make it interactive.

Enjoy travelling again and book a weekend away.

If you are organising a small party or drinks with friends,  our "Happy Go Sparkly" Party Charmers are designed to be attached to the stem of each glass. It is a fun way to keep your glass safe and a fabulous ice breaker. It will start the party going! Assign each personality to your friends and family or watch them battle over who's the coquette, the dapper, the fabulous…

Make it tasty

You can't go wrong with food. Sharing food and spending memorable time with friends and family go hand in hand.  A box of homemade biscuits goes a long way, but it is even better to turn your gift into a special evening or a special day. If your friends or family members prefer not socialising indoors, why not host the picnic of the century?  That can work by  almost any weather even on a sunny cold winter Sunday. 

Does any special location come to mind? The Guardian can help those in the UK:

Look for somewhere unique, with a special spark. Look for natural light but with some space in the shade and if possible it is best if there are not too many people around. You don't want to be interrupted by a falling frisbee.

Get your menu right with the BBC´s guide to al fresco dining:

Once you have the location and the menu, pack light! You might want to explore the area and add some adventure to your evening or your day out!

Don't forget to check the weather before you leave and happy picnic!

Final tip

Put a smile on your face and wrap your gift beautifully!

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About the Author

Franck Jehanne is the co-founder of British lifestyle brand, Heating & Plumbing London. After 10 years working for Cartier and other luxury brands from the Richemont group, he started his entrepreneurial journey in 2011, leading to the creation of the brand in 2017.

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