Posts Tagged ‘Things to Give to Others’

love letters

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Call us old fashioned, but for us there is nothing more romantic than a handwritten love letter. Flowery expressions of longing? Pining away with a pen? Yes, please! {Add tall, dark and handsome to the equation and you’ve got a keeper.} And just in time for Valentines Day, we’ve got a shipment of some fancy stationery that will elevate any sweet little something your beloved can inscribe it with.


VDAY - Rifle 1

We pretty much love anything Rifle Paper co. can put together, but their newest foiled cards are to die for. This floral print and fuchsia foiled French {say that three times fast} is a decidedly feminine way to say “I love you.” {$5.50}

VDAY - Rifle 2

For the purist, because nothing says Valentines Day like a classic red heart. {Rifle Paper co., $5.50}

VDAY - Rifle 3

For the guy or gal who is in love with love – a set of 10 postcards so you can send a sweet little note to all of your paramours {or maybe just Mom and Grandma?}. {Rifle Paper co., $13}

oh, the places you’ll go

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Hooray, it’s time to graduate! For all you donning a cap and gown this month, that means you can officially put all those papers, exams and all-nighters behind you. We know what hard work it is getting through school, so we want to send a great big “congratulations” to the class of 2012! While we are always in favor of celebrations, we also know how daunting it is to step into the real world. After years of having your life dictated by a syllabus, the reality of freedom can be overwhelming. That is why, with the help of Russell and Hazel, we have decided to make your transition into the world of break rooms and pay stubs just a little bit smoother.

 Mornings can be hectic. They seem to be especially chaotic on days when you need to be somewhere important, like a job interview. In our experience, when mornings are at their worst (we’re talking mornings when your alarm doesn’t go off and your dog decides to make a chew toy out of the shoes you were planning on wearing), keys always disappear. Honestly, it’s like they know when you’re running late and they roll themselves under the sofa just to spite you. For this reason, we have fallen in love with Russell and Hazel’s Fringe Keychains {1}. They are adorable and BIG! How can you possibly lose your keys when they are attached to so much gold fringe? Of course, we cannot control the alarm clock or the silly puppy, but at least we know that when you are sprinting out the door to get to that interview, you will have one less thing to sweat over.

 Okay, so you made it out the door and you’re at your interview. We have been told that it’s those first impressions that are vital when convincing someone you are perfect for the job. To make your introduction memorable, we suggest Russell and Hazel’s Gold Folio {2}. Clutching one of these in your arm while going for that initial handshake (remember, make it a firm one!) is a guaranteed way to completely wow your interviewer. The folio is designed for an iPad, but also has room for a pad of paper, so you can be attentive and professional, but stay completely fabulous while doing so.

 Of course you get the job. Between your accessories and your charm, there is no way anyone could turn you down! Now that you have secured your first official job, why not spread the word? The business card holder we have from Russell and Hazel {3} is one of our favorite ways to show everyone how far we’ve come. Between their amazing leather scent and their beautiful purples and golds, we like to pull them out every chance we get. Plus, busting out a business card makes us feel oh so grown up! Congratulations, once again, to the class of 2012 and we hope your journey into the world is full of excitement, fun, and joy!

more than leprechauns

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

What with it being Leap Day and all, a holiday so strange that it is only celebrated once every four years, and only in century years that are divisible by 400 {so 2100 will not have leap years – weird, we know}, we figured it was timely to pay homage to some lesser known holidays. After all, here at Viv&Ingrid one of our favorite things to do is to celebrate. Birthdays, anniversaries and even the unlikely, federal holidays only elementary school children get off {Presidents Day – we’re talking to you} all give us an excuse to share food, company and gifts with people we care about. But, there are some months that don’t quite fulfill our celebratory needs – a girl can only go so long without some cake and some bubbly. March, for one, is not exactly overflowing with nationally-recognized holidays, at least not the type that Hallmark makes a card for. So, in the name of the celebratory spirit, we have compiled a list of some of the more obscure holidays in March, replete with some thoughtful gift ideas for those near and dear to you.

March 1

National Pig Day

Sorry, but we do not yet carry mini-pigs {although we are working on it – where there is a strong, mini-pig will there is a way}. Instead, we would be happy to assist you in pigging out in honor of this special day. Bag of Butter Baked Goods Strawberry  Marshmallows, anyone? And might we also suggest flipping through this?

March 2

Employee Appreciation Day

This is the perfect time to let all of your worker bees know how much their hard work means to you. In our experience, work becomes almost preferable to the constant and uncontrollable use of facebook/pinterest/celebrity gossip blogs when your desk is filled with darling notebooks and Swarovski Crystal-capped pencils.

March 3rd

I Want You to be Happy Day

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

Our requirements for March 3rd: champagne, macaroons of the french variety and a Lifetime movie marathon.

March 4th

Panic Day

We are no stranger to the concept of panic. There are days when our office resembles more of a pen of headless chickens than it does a workplace {see also: February 13, the day before Mother’s Day and the entire month of December}. For moments like this, our road to sanity is found through a little candlelight, a few less-than-educational magazines and a warm bath with some Saipua soaps to scrub the day away.

March 20th

Alien Abduction Day

Outside of a tinfoil helmet, we don’t really have any gift ideas for this one. It’s just a bucket full of funny. But to be on the safe side, be a little extra careful.

March 21st

Fragrance Day

If you have ever visited Oxford Hall, you know that fragrance is something we take very, very seriously. Even our mailmen and -women take pause to appreciate the sweet smell of our shop. We’ve heard from customers some of our more deliciously-scented treasures have a similar effect on random, attractive passerby. To do a little bewitching of your own, might we suggest snagging one or two of Royal Apothic’s extracts? They’re small enough to pop into your purse but heady enough to turn that comely pedestrian into a potential beau.

March 30th

I Am In Control Day

The foil to panic day {see also: February 15th, the second half of May and January 1st}.

Happy celebrating everyone!

{Author’s Note: Pictures courtesy of Serious Eats and Hi, Friend}.