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Gift Quotes

My Favorite Gift Quotes

Since I’m a gift blogger, it would naturally make sense that gift
quotes always catch my eye. And besides, gift quotes are very inspirational.

Here are a few of my favorite gift quotes that I have collected. I hope you enjoy!

green line divider“A sister is a gift from God, sent from above to make life worthwhile here below.” ~ Unknown

“A friend is a gift you give yourself.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.” 
~ Tony Robbins

“I don’t know what’s in the box, but I love it. Unopened gifts contain hope.
” ~Jarod Kintz

“There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.”
~ Frederick William Faber 

Gifts of the heart can’t be claimed by anyone except the giver.” 
Nicholas Sparks

“The greatest gift you can ever give another person is your own happiness” ~ Ester Hicks

“The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its
value.” ~  Charles Dudley Warner 

“Love is and will always be the greatest gift” ~ M.G. Wells 

“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.” ~  Charles M. Schulz 

“That’s the best thing about friendship. It is a gift that cannot be lost. Only thrown away.” ~ E.E. Knight

“Open the bloom of your heart and become a gift of beauty to the world.” ~ Bryant McGill

“Helping others without any expectation and without gain is just as much a gift to yourself as it is to the person you give to.” ~ Kat Von D

“A hug is a great gift – one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.”
~ Unknown

“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” ~ Joyce Meyer

“Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“The greatest gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.” ~ Meryl Streep

“Love the giver more than the gift.” ~ Brigham Young

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” ~ Kate DiCamillo

“The older I get, the better I understand that every day is a gift.”
~ Joel Osteen

“The greatest gift is not being afraid to queston.” ~ Ruby Dee

“Guild is the gift that keeps on giving.” ~ Erma Bombeck

A book is a gift you can open again and again.” ~ Garrison Keillor

“When you’re in a position to have gotten so much, the gifts at this point is giving back.” ~ Paul Stanley

“When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.” ~ Maria Shriver

“Foregiveness is a gift you give yourself.” ~ Suzanne Sommers

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”
~ Pierre Corneille

“Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Life is a precious gift. Don’t waste it being unhappy, dissatisfied, or anything else you can be.” ~ Unknown

“Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.”
Helen Keller

 “Cheerful givers do not count the cost of what they give. Their hearts are set on pleasing and cheering the person to whom the gift is given.” ~ Julian of Norwich 

I hope these gift quotes gave you some inspiration.


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Bridesmaid Gifts

Ideas for Bridesmaid Gifts

With everything on the bride’s agenda, she must think about bridesmaid gifts for the special ladies she as chosen to be in her wedding party.

A wedding day is full of memories, especially for the bride and groom. They, of course, are the key players, whether it is a formal or informal wedding. With a formal wedding, the months of planning may build up a high level of anticipation in not just the bride and groom, but also others who will also play key roles on the big day. To bridesmaids in particular, the lead up to the wedding day may be an exciting time. The bride and groom will undoubtedly want to commemorate the day for them with bridesmaid gifts.

For sure, bridesmaids will appreciate at least a token gift to help them remember the day. As with any gift, what you choose as a bridesmaid gift will depend on budget and age. If anything, “older” bridesmaids are easier to choose for, as personalized silver or crystal, for example, and other more adult products, are more likely to be appreciated.

Younger bridesmaids, though, may turn out to be easier than you thought, whatever your budget. It is a matter of thinking about their tastes and interests and finding something appropriate. While it is traditional to give all bridesmaids the same gift, that does not necessarily have to be the case. After all, they have probably been forced into a uniform dress for the occasion, and if you have several, or many, bridesmaids then no doubt one or more were not too happy with the color or design, even if they are too polite to tell the bride.

Choosing the bridesmaid gifts may be a good time to redress the balance, and do something individual, a unique bridesmaid gift for each bridesmaid; unless, that is, you know the bridesmaids well enough to know that all will be happy with the same thing. At least by having the same gift, there is no danger of one bridesmaid being jealous of the other.

How, then, can you make each bridesmaid gift unique, without having to go out seeking an appropriate gift, the like of which you and your bridesmaids have never seen before? There are a couple of ways to add an individual and personal touch:

Personalized Gifts

Many items, including popular bridesmaid gift items such as jewelry, candles and candle holders, goblets, can either be engraved, embossed or have a medallion attached that can be engraved. Personalization gives you the opportunity to add an individual touch for each bridesmaid, thus acknowledging that each has played their own important part.

Bridesmaids of any age will appreciate something personalized with their name, plus of course your personal message. If you have a wide variety of ages among your bridesmaids, then why not give each a different gift, appropriate for their age, but also personalized with their personal message.

Here are a couple of great examples of gifts that can be beautifully personalized for each bridesmaid.  You can find these and many more personalized gifts on my website at:.

bridesmaid gifts frame

Bridesmaid Frame

bridesmaid gifts pashmina scarf

Pashmina Scarf

If you have chosen jewelry, then you have a gift theme that can be applied to all ages and be personalized, too.  Even young girls usually like jewelry, so you could be making your bridesmaids very happy, commemorating the occasion and making each gift choice unique.

Gift Baskets

Like jewelry, gift baskets can be made suitable for all ages of bridesmaid. If you choose an attractive and unusual basket, then even if the contents are consumable, such as chocolates, the girl will have the basket left as a memento of the wedding and her role as a bridesmaid.

With gift baskets, you can choose appropriate contents for each of your bridesmaids, whether they are 2 years old or 18; and you can even include an engraved gift inside to personalize it for her even more. So, baskets do really give a lot of scope for individuality and addressing the age problem. There are a good selection of customized gift baskets online for you to choose from.

For example, here are a couple of beautiful gift baskets from Labella Baskets that would make perfect bridesmaid gifts.

bridesmaid gifts Elegant Orchid Spa Sensation

Elegant Orchid Spa Sensation

bridesmaid gifts Because You're Special

Because You’re Special

Planning the wedding will be a big task that will preoccupy you if you are a bride or groom. But don’t forget to give a bit of thought to those bridesmaids for their part in your big day. They are sure to appreciate it.

Bridesmaid Gifts from Labella Baskets

Please visit my website to see our full line of beautiful themed gift baskets and personalized gifts.

Bridesmaid Gifts from beau coup

Here is another great website with a nice selection of bridesmaid gifts and other gifts, too.

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Anniversary Flowers

Anniversary Flowers and Their Meanings

For thousands of years, meanings have been attached to flowers by many different cultures. Some of those meanings are still considered relevant today and are associated with the years of anniversaries.

Though the most important meaning is the thought behind each floral gift, flowers selected for their traditional symbolism and historical significance can speak to the recipient in a special way.

In anniversary flowers, this tradition is taken even further by assigning particular flowers to each year of marriage. Though flower meanings vary from culture to culture.

Anniversary Flowers by Year

I have put together a list of anniversary flowers and what each flower symbolizes.  Here are a few favorite flower choices for anniversaries to help you express your love throughout the years. This is just something fun to consider if you want to buy a special anniversary bouquet.

1st Anniversary

Pansies – Thought, remembrance
Carnation – Joy, commitment, admiration (red), purity (white), never forget (pink)
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2nd Anniversary

Cosmos – Modesty
Lily of the Valley – Happiness, purity of heart, humility, devotion

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3rd Anniversary

Fuschia – Taste
Sunflower – Strength, warmth, nourishment. Signifies a ‘Devout admirer’

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4th Anniversary

Geranium – Comfort, gentility
Hydrangea – Gratefulness, pride, appreciation

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5th Anniversary

Daisy – Innocence, loyal love, ‘I’ll never tell’, purity. ‘You have as many virtues as this flower has petals’


6th Anniversary

Calla/Calla Lilies – Magnificent beauty, transition, growth

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7th Anniversary

Freesia – Trust, fidelity, honorable love. The antidote to the proverbial thought that the seventh year brings restlessness
Jack in the Pulpit


jack in the pulpit

8th Anniversary

Clematis – Clever, intellectual
Lilac – ‘The emotions of young love’

clematis lilac

9th Anniversary

Poppy – Imagination
Bird of Paradise – Magnificence, splendor. ‘Celebrating the unexpected side of romance’

poppy bird of paradise

10th Anniversary

Daffodil – Regard, rebirth, unrequited love, chivalry. ‘You’re the only one’


11th Anniversary

Tulip – Elegance, grace. ‘The most romantic of flowers’
Morning Glory – Loves you
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12th Anniversary

Peony – Good life, happy marriage, prosperity

anniversary flower peony

13th Anniversary

Hollyhock – Ambition, fruitfulness
Chrysanthemum -Abundance, loveliness, fidelity

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14th Anniversary

Orchid – Love, beauty, wisdom, thoughtfulness

anniversary flowers orchid

15th Anniversary

Rose – Love, passion, perfection. Roses have been a symbol of love since ancient times


20th Anniversary

Aster – Patience, elegance. Known as the ‘Talisman of Love’
Day Lily – Coquetry

asters day lily

25th Anniversary

Iris – Promise, faith, hope, wisdom, valor. Also, ‘My compliments’ and, ‘Your friendship means so much to me’


28th Anniversary

Orchid – Love, beauty, wisdom, thoughtfulness, luxury, strength, refinement, and affection

anniversary flowers orchid

30th Anniversary

Lily – Devotion, pride, beauty
Sweet Pea – Lasting pleasure, blissful pleasure. Also, ‘Thank you for a lovely time’ and, ‘I think of you’

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40th Anniversary

Nasturtium – Conquest, victory in battle
Gladiolus – Sword. Also, ‘You pierce my heart’

nasturtium gladiolus

50th Anniversary

Yellow Roses – Inner light. ‘The beauty of a long, prosperous marriage’
Violets – Modesty, faithfulness, virtue, understated beauty
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All flowers express love and caring, and some have special flower meanings to help you convey just the right message. So, whether you choose a particular flower based on its traditional symbolism, a special memory, or just your own personal style, you’re always sure to find a beautiful way to express your love with flowers.

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Don’t Forget Anniversary Cards

Anniversary Cards

Don’t forget to give anniversary cards, because anniversaries are some of the most important events that we celebrate. While we mostly celebrate the anniversary of weddings, there are many other kinds of anniversaries that can be celebrated.

Get creative and allow your family and friends to celebrate with each other many significant happenings. For example, make an anniversary out of the day you bought your new home or started your job. Whatever kinds of anniversaries you decide to celebrate, just do not forget anniversary cards! Anniversary cards are one of the easiest and best ways to celebrate all of those special days each year.

Take a wedding anniversary for example. What spouse would not
love to get an anniversary card with a handwritten message of loveBlog Happy Anniversary and commitment? Giving anniversary cards is a great way for married couples to reflect back on the beginnings of their marriage and to remember all of the best times they have shared.

When marriage gets hard, as it probably will at times, anniversary cards can be a great way to reignite the reasons why you first married. Take the time to purchase or create the perfect anniversary cards for your spouse. Buy a card with a message that reflects you and your marriage, but then be sure to include a handwritten message as well. Anniversary cards should only accent or help you in writing out your true feelings of love and faithfulness to your partner, they should not replace your words.

Anniversary cards are a great way to celebrate the victories of the past year and to dream about what the new year will hold. Allow anniversary cards to contain secrets that only you and your loved one share.

Anniversary cards can be purchased or made to celebrate any kind of anniversary you recognize. The important thing about anniversaries is to remember the special events in our lives and the days of the year that make the whole year worth living.

Become someone who remembers and celebrates anniversaries well. Become someone who lavishes the ones you love with great words of love and care each year in anniversary cards.

There are many types of greeting and special occasion cards to choose from today.

Store Bought Cardshappy-anniversary-cards

There is such a wide variety of cards available in all types of stores. The price range is usually from $.99 up to several dollars. You can choose  cards that are blank inside, so you can write your own message. Or, you can choose from humorous to sentimental verses.

Online Greeting Cards

If you need something in a hurry, there are many online greeting card sites. Your choices are very broad from animated to musical cards and for every occasions. You can have a card sent directly to the recipient’s e-mail address. Imagine their surprise and delight when they open your email. Some sites are free and there are others that charge a minimal fee for this service.

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And by all means get creative with cards you give. Loved ones will appreciate a card you made for them that contains a message you wrote yourself for that special occasion.

If you are not very crafty, there are a lot of online resources to give you some ideas for making your own handmade cards. It really is a lot easier than you may think. Sometimes what anyone ever really needs is an idea. If you need a little help with writing your own message or verse, again use the online resources available to give you some great ideas for your handmade cards.

Plantable Greeting CardsGreeting Card 1

Now there are even plantable greeting cards that would be very appropriate anniversary cards to give. The recipient of the card can plant the card and it will actually grow flowers. This will keep the memory of your anniversary card a lot longer!
Check them out here.
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 feel pretty confident that card giving is here to stay. Ever notice just how many greeting cards stores carry. Every holiday stores update their selections.

Americans purchase approximately 6.5 billion greeting cards each year with annual retail sales estimated between $7 and $8 billion.

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Anniversary Gift Baskets

Choosing an Anniversary Gift Basket

Sending an anniversary gift basket is the perfect way to celebrate a wedding anniversary and send your best wishes to the happy couple!Anniversary Gift Basket 3

However, I don’t recommend taking a wedding anniversary gift basket to a party or event. It would be more appropriate to send an anniversary gift basket to the couples home where they can enjoy their special surprise.

From gourmet treats to baked goods, there are plenty of ways to find a completely new combination of treats that will leave a lasting impression.

Many people send flowers or gourmet chocolates to celebrate a wedding anniversary or other wedding-related occasion, but these don’t necessarily stand out from other gifts received on the special day. A wedding anniversary gift basket can add a unique touch to the celebration with creative combinations of hand-decorated cookies, chocolates, wine and engraved wine glasses.

Imagine their surprise when they receive an unique anniversary giftAnniversary Gift Basket 1 assortment designed with flower-shaped cookies, or an anniversary basket filled with a bouquet of delicious treats and baked goods! Gourmet chocolates and specialty confections can also be presented  in a unique way for a wedding anniversary gift basket.

Just add a handwritten note or card to the gift basket and they will remember and cherish your gift.

From simple to elaborate creations, a wedding anniversary gift basket is the perfect accompaniment to any couple’s special day.

Anniversary gift baskets sent between the couple may include champagne and chocolate to make a special toast for the night. Or, commemorative gifts such as photo albums and scrapbooks to showcase their memories.

Gourmet chocolates, exotic truffles, and premium baked treats can also be added to elegantly decorated baskets, and are most suitable for the occasion.

Whatever the final selection may be, each basket can be decorated with attractive ribbons and elegant touches for a show-stopping presentation. The special surprise delivery is one the wedding couple is sure to appreciate and remember your unique gesture!

Toasting an anniversary or wedding event can be much more special with a meaningful gift basket. From spa products to commemorative wine glasses, you will find a variety of unique treats and gifts to include for any upcoming occasion.Anniversary Gift Basket 4

Anniversary gift baskets are the perfect way to celebrate the memories of a wedding or if sent between the couple as a unique way to express their sentiments for each other.

Sending anniversary gift baskets for a wedding anniversary celebration or other event is a great way to show you care, and each one is designed to include a variety of specialty items, treats, and gifts.

So, if you are looking for a unique anniversary gift to commemorate an event, consider sending a beautifully decorated wedding anniversary gift basket instead of simple flowers and cards!

If you are crafty, you can easily put together a great looking gift basket, or you may find a gift basket shop in your area to make a beautiful gift basket for you. And, of course you can always search online for gift basket companies that have a variety of fine gift baskets to choose from.

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Anniversary Gift Guide

Anniversary Gift Guide

Is your anniversary here again? Don’t know what to buy your better half? Hopefully my traditional anniversary gift guide can help make it a little easier.

anniversary gift guideTraditional Anniversary Gifts

1st Anniversary – Paperanniversary gift guide 1st
Paper gifts are not as boring as one may think. It can be as simple as a handwritten poem or as lavish as an airline ticket. Or how about a gift certificate to a bed and breakfast, tickets to a play or sporting event. The possibilities are endless.

2nd Anniversary – Cotton
This is the perfect anniversary to give clothing, scarves, or gifts for the home. For your husband, you can’t go wrong with a fun t-shirt, or hat or clothing from his favorite sports team.

3rd Anniversary – Leather
Wallets and purses are nice leather gifts. There are lots of leather items that can be personalized as well. Some examples are personalized leather bracelets, wallets, purses or briefcases. Personalized gifts are very special and always make  great gifts.

4th Anniversary – Linen or Silk
Linen gifts could include table linens or an personalized pillow. Silk gift ideas might be a silk tie or designer scarf.

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5th Anniversary – Wood

Gift ideas for wood range from gift baskets to furniture.

6th Anniversary – Iron

Iron gifts might include candle holders and picture frames.

7th Anniversary – Wool or Copper
Depending on who you ask, the seven year anniversary is either Cooper gifts include vases and bowls. Wool gifts include sweaters and scarves.

8th Anniversary – Bronze
Bronze gifts can be anything from a candle holder or vase to a trinket or memorable keepsake being bronzed.

9th Anniversary – Pottery
Sculptures, vases and bowls are the most common of pottery gifts. A great gift idea would be to enjoy a pottery class together.

10th Anniversary – Tin or Aluminumanniversary gift guide 10th
Jewelry boxes or tin gift containers filled with goodies make great tin or aluminum gifts. Gift basket containers would be a great to incorporate tin or aluminum.

11th Anniversary – Steel
Gifts can be anything from a stainless steel watch or pendant to stainless kitchen appliances.

12th Anniversary – Silk
Silk pajamas and sheets are a wonderful gift. Robes, designer scarfs and ties are also great ideas.

13th Anniversary – Lace
This anniversary gift element is more for the ladies. Lace table cloths, lace handkerchiefs and nightgowns are wonderful gifts of lace. Finding a gift for a man will be a little difficult, but here is an idea. How about a new pair of running shoes or work boots. You can still keep the theme because shoes lace up!

14th Anniversary – Ivory
Imagination is important for this gift giving year. An ivory broche is a worldly gift for your wife. For your husband think about an Elephant tusk as the source of ivory. Give him an elephant structure to add to the decor of his office.

15th Anniversary – Crystal
Crystals set in a pendant, watch or other piece of jewelry is a nice idea. For the simple folk, a crystal vase or personalized champagne flutes add that touch of romance.

20th Anniversary – China
That is pretty self explanatory.

25th Anniversary – Silver anniversary gift guide 25th
Twenty five years of marriage is also known as The Silver Anniversary. Silver jewelry or nice jewelry boxes are always safe bets.

30th Anniversary – Pearl

Pearls can be given as a necklace, bracelet, earrings or a ring.  A watch, letter opener, money clip, picture frame or grooming accessories made from mother of pearl would also be appropriate gift ideas for your man.

35th Anniversary – Coral or Jade
You can find coral gifts such as vases, sculptures, trays or games made or coral. Jade gifts are usually jewelry like bracelets and earrings.

40th Anniversary – Ruby
Jewelry is the most common gift for this anniversary.

45th Anniversary – Sapphires
Again, jewelry is a common gift for this anniversary.

50th Anniversary – Goldanniversary gift guide 50th
The Golden Anniversary is among one of the well known. Gold gifts can be anything from jewelry to golden vases, cups, frames, figurines and other trinkets.

55th Anniversary – Emeralds
Jewelry is the most common gift for this anniversary.

60th Anniversary – Diamonds
Sixty years of being married most certainly deserves Diamonds. What could be better than diamond jewelry?

65th Anniversary – Blue Sapphires
Once again jewelry is appropriate and its deserved!

70th Anniversary – Platinum
Platinum gifts include jewelry, music boxes, figurines and gift boxes.

75th Anniversary – Diamondsanniversary gift guide 75th
Once again Diamond is the gift of choice. After seventy five years of marriage, it is most certainly deserving. Best gift Jewelry!

80th Anniversary – Oak
If you have been married eighty years then you marriage is stronger than oak. There are tons of handmade oak gifts such as furniture, wall shelves and many more.

I hope my traditional anniversary gift guide has given you some ideas for selecting your spouses anniversary gift. But, if in doubt, remember that flowers and gift baskets are great gift ideas. Especially for those who are more modern and less traditional, no matter which anniversary you are celebrating.

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