The Art of Gift (Certificate) Giving

We recently celebrated my sister and brother in-laws’ birthdays.  They are about to move into a home they just built, so I knew they’d really appreciate a gift card to West Elm (one of their favorite decor stores).  They’ve already been “window shopping” and will enjoy getting to make some new purchases for their home.

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!

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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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  1. August 15, 2012 / 11:53 am

    Such a cute idea! I would be happy with just the jar and then the gift certificate would be a great bonus!

  2. August 15, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    I'd be happy enough to receive that owl as a gift, a d would be extra thrilled to discover the gift card inside! Love this idea and love West Elm!

  3. August 15, 2012 / 12:58 pm

    Loooove this idea – makes it more fun and personal. Especiallly love that the gift is from the same place as the gift card. And a wishlist pinterest board – genius!

  4. August 15, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    I love this idea! It really is so cute. I have a "Wishlist" board on Pinterest that my husband knows to consult before any gift-giving holiday…that way, it's something that I would like, but I'm still surprised! I love when my friends and family have similar boards, too!

  5. August 15, 2012 / 1:32 pm

    Pinterest really has organized my life in more ways than one! I have a board for gift ideas for other people, as well as a wish board.

  6. August 15, 2012 / 1:47 pm

    Really cute! Where did you find the blue paper shreds to put inside? I only ever see white – not as fun.

    And Maria, I might have to copy you and make a Wishlist board too!

    Alyssa @

  7. August 15, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    Megan, What a nice idea! I always just stick it in an envelope. That does make it so much more special and personal and it is an added touch that you were stalking her boards and specifically got something she likes. Great "sista" ideed!

  8. August 15, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    Love this idea! I'll have to add a "yes please" board now on Pinterest. Thanks!

  9. August 15, 2012 / 5:27 pm

    LOVE the owl. I'm totally into owls right now. I also like to give a little something with a gift card. It feels more personal.

  10. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    August 15, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    That is so thoughtful, Megan. I never even though about it that way {with pinning}. Super cute. . .and so appreciating your hombre stars!

  11. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    August 15, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    Love that little owl!! And LOVE the fabric you shot it on!!??!! You're a sweet sista…she's luck to have you 🙂

    • August 15, 2012 / 5:59 pm

      It's actually paper from Paper Source!

  12. August 15, 2012 / 11:14 pm

    I've used Pinterest to get gift ideas for birthdays and baby showers. Usually a cute packaging idea. I like your giftcard in another small token.

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