Even when the gift I'm giving is a gift certificate, and really, who doesn't appreciate one?, I still like to give the recipient a little something to "open" - a companion to the gift certificate that helps the card containing money feel more personal. And it makes presenting the gift card that much more fun. It doesn't have to be anything pricey, just something thoughtful.
I saw that my "sista" (as we call each other), pinned this cookie jar owl from West Elm, so I thought it would be the perfect container for the gift card!
Have you turned to Pinterest for gift ideas yet? I think it's awesome because, if your friends/family are pinners, you can get a sense of what they like or want via their Pinterest boards. I have a "Yes, please" board- sort of a wish/want/desire list for fun.
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