Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gift Guide: Paper Valentine

It wouldn't truly be Valentine's Day without cards! A heartfelt, handwritten card can be the most meaningful gift to someone special. Here's a roundup of some of my favorites, all available online and in-store. 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gift Guide: Man Valentine

From dapper accessories to a beautiful blanket you and your man can cozy up under, today's gift picks are sure to make his Valentine's Day extra special. 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gift Guide: Luxurious Valentine

Love is in the air, which means that The Present Perfect is here with Valentine's Day gift guides! February 14th (it's on a Sunday this year--just remember, exactly one week after the Super Bowl) is less than two weeks away: high time to get cracking on a gift for that special someone. Luckily, these are all items you can purchase and receive in time without having to leave the comfort of your home...
Today's Valentine gift guide inspiration is the fashionable lady who enjoys the finer things in life. She'll be sure to love and cherish the sentiment behind any of these gift picks. 

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Impressionism


Happy Monday! I hope you all had a restful and fulfilling weekend. My family spent yesterday afternoon at the Seattle Art Museum's "Intimate Impressionism" exhibit, and that inspired today's gift pick: the children's book Linnea in Monet's Garden. This charming book is about a little girl who goes on a trip to Paris, where she learns all about Impressionism and Claude Monet's life. My daughter received a copy as a sweet gift from my friend Elizabeth, and I can't tell you how many times she's pored over the illustrations and images of Monet's paintings. It's actually meant for slightly older children, as there's a lot of history embedded in the storyline, but the pictures are so beautiful that children (and adults) of all ages can find something to enjoy. 


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Friday, January 8, 2016

Catch-All


With the insane number of pregnant ladies in my social circle, not to mention my own growing bump, I've had baby gear on the brain these days. We received a Modern-Twist silicone bucket bib as a gift when my daughter was born, and let me tell you--this thing is amazing. One she started to eat solid foods, this bib made post-meal cleanup so much easier. Babies are messy, it's a fact--but they seem far less messy when you have an washable bib pocket catching all of the food or liquid that isn't making it into their mouths! We've been using ours for over a year, and it's literally been the only bib we've needed. You can just wash off the food bits in the sink after mealtime--no need to add another item to the laundry pile. And since you can clean it off pretty much immediately, you really only need one (as opposed to multiple cloth bibs). It's also served as a source of much entertainment since our daughter started feeding herself--mealtime isn't ever over until she examines the contents of the pocket to see if there are any final bites that she wants to dig out... pretty hilarious. The bib comes in a variety of colors and animal themes--a great baby shower gift!


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Thursday, January 7, 2016

"The time has come," the Walrus said...


Today's gift pick is a collection of menus and stories from one of my favorite local chefs, Renee Erickson. Renee is a James Beard-nominated chef and owner of some of the best restaurants in Seattle: The Whale Wins, Boat Street Cafe, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Barnacle, and (most recently) Bateau and Bar Melusine. I've had the pleasure of meeting her on several occasions, and this is a woman who truly respects and excels at her craft--and you can taste it in the food. This book features beautiful, mouth-watering photography and amazing menu ideas that you can bring into your own kitchen. It's an amazing and unexpected gift for anyone who has an appreciation for the culinary arts. 


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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year, With Love


Happy new year, everyone! While I'm still finalizing my resolutions, I know for sure that one of them is to reconnect with people whom I've fallen out of touch with. A truly timeless way to reach out is with a handwritten letter. I know, I know: we live in the digital age--but that's what makes snail mail that much more special! And when the letter comes on beautiful stationery, it's even better. This set of Polaroid notecards is so dreamy, and they can double as an unconventional option for Valentine's Day cards. The images are beautiful, but not overly romantic, so you can use them for a variety of occasions. The perfect gift for the stationery lover in your life!


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