Luxury Gifts for Life's Special Moments
Back in the day, knowing what to gift someone to commemorate life’s special milestones was pretty straightforward. There may not have been ‘an app for that,’ but there was certainly an official list to reference that made the choice easy:
- First wedding anniversary? Paper.
- Fiftieth? Yellow roses.
- Turning 30? Pearls.
- September birthday? Sapphire birthstone jewelry.
And of course the ubiquitous gold watch for the newly retired (though that one may be more Mad Men urban legend).
Even the 12 Days of Christmas have a unique if not odd and pricey-to-ship gift list!
Of course you can still reference these traditional gift idea lists for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and other key milestones, yet hard-and-fast rules have long given way to anything goes. Thousands of digital influencers and online lifestyle gurus all have opinions and suggestions— the sheer volume of which can be both uninspiring and overwhelming.
What to do? Where to start?
We suggest instead of focusing on what to give, focus on the quality of the gift.
In the same way that most of us use everyday dishes for every day and pull out the good china for special occasions, high quality, luxury gifts are a perfect way to commemorate meaningful milestones – both corporate and personal.
And before you push back on cost, consider that luxury can be shared at all price points. A little bit of luxury is more memorable than a big box of mediocre.
Take a customer of ours - a single mom on a tight budget. She wanted to do something special — a grand gesture— for her Mom, a cancer survivor who would be celebrating her 80th birthday. She found out her mom had never tasted caviar. Known for being the highlight of a luxurious meal, buying an ounce of the coveted and expensive Beluga type wasn’t in the cards. But she could afford a small tin of a more affordable yet high quality caviar, plus some handmade blinis to spoon it on. She coupled the caviar-tasting experience with our luxurious yet budget-friendly Birthday Letterbox (confetti and all). Her mom felt like a queen!
Proof positive that small luxuries can make a BIG impact!
If creativity is not your thing, or you’re overwhelmed and time-crunched, consider relinquishing the legwork to curation pros who how to focus on the quality of the gift and the gift-opening experience.
At 211 to Waterloo, nurturing relationships is at the heart of everything we do. Each luxury gift set and Letterbox we offer is thoughtfully curated with a specific kind of person, emotion, and moment in mind. We’ve taken time to gather products that complement each other, while also championing other small businesses, and artists that share our values of quality, craft, and sustainability.
Let us know if we can help you solve your commemoration gift need. For personal and business-related special milestones, luxury wins, every time — and we’ve got that in the bag, err… box!
September 15, 2023 — Lisa Odai