Gifts That Say Congratulations

Last weekend I went shopping for my friend. Not just any friend, one of my very best friends (I mentioned her in my post about skulls, she’s the one who rescued me from a street vendor). She just participated in a triathlon, yep, a real triathlon. How cool is that?!? So what do you bring to a friend who is also one of your heroes? It’s a challenge. Here are some ideas for gifts that say congrats and I’m so proud to call you my friend.

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Charms: While strolling around the streets of New York, I walked into Papyrus on the Upper West Side and found these adorable charms called Just One Word. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, pictures and sayings. From simple initials to sassy sayings like “artsy fartsy,” “hot mama” and “gossip queen” to the sentimental like “cherish your children,” and “live joyfully,” I thought of at least a dozen people to buy these for. I searched and searched for a place to buy them online both on the Papyrus site and tried to find a site that had them to no avail, so the way to get these beauties is to either go to the location where I found them, or call the store…oh, and there was a sign that they are on sale.
2157 Broadway (between 75/76th streets)
New York, NY 10023

20120711-092830.jpg Oh The Places You’ll Go ($17.99 List Price): Dr. Seuss doesn’t have to just be for kids. I’ve given this book to children, yes, but to teens and adults too. With situations and sage advice told presented Seussian prose like:
“You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.”

Sweet Treats: When decadent indulgence is the way to go, Junior’s Cheesecakes has a sampler ($36.95-$49.95 depending on size) that serves up hunking slices of original, raspberry, ganache and cherry crumb. For more of a bite-sized gift treat, Baked By Melissa ($35 minimum on orders) is a fun surprise (the packaging looks like a little present too) and you can pick your flavors or go with an assortment.

Paperweights: And I’m not talking about the ones you father used to have. These are more decorative and inspirational than doctor’s office. Remind your friend that they are the master of their fate and can be the change they want see in the world (featured image) with these cool pieces from Uncommon Goods (both $36).


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