Thursday, November 29, 2012

'Tis the Season

I think it's fitting that my first-ever blog post would be about Christmas, my favorite time of year.  Why do I love it?  Because of what the holiday season is all about: faith, family, friends, and, yes, gift-giving.

We at The Menagerie have become experts on gift-giving over our more than thirty-four years in business.  As such, I thought I'd share a few of the bits of wisdom we've gathered, to keep in mind as you're making your lists and checking them twice!

Your gift doesn't have to be big; it just has to be heartfelt.
One of my all-time favorite gifts is our $12 bird vase that sits small at less than two inches tall.  Perfect for a desk or bedside table, we tell our customers to give it with a personalized note that reads: "a little birdie told me it was your birthday;" or "a little birdie told me you're having a bad day."  Gift it with a single rose bud in it, and you've made someone's day!

When in doubt, choose something you love.
We have many customers who pick a favorite gift - something they've received before, perhaps, or given with great results - and then simply call us to have it wrapped and delivered* whenever they need a present sent to a friend or loved one.  We keep personalized enclosure cards on file, so they don't even have to come into the store if they don't want to!  Here's one example of a go-to baby gift: our hand-calligraphed Prayers for Children book by local Austin artist Fran Chibib.
Keep it simple.
If you're having a hard time deciding what to get, go back to the tried-and-true basics that every woman loves: presents like diamond studs or roses in a crystal vase (we'll even arrange the flowers for you!). 

Whether you're looking for a baby gift, a sweet sixteen present, a twenty-fifth anniversary present, or a Christmas present, I know our team of dedicated gift specialists can help you find the perfect gift.

I hope to see you in the store or on the web soon!

*And don't forget, we offer complimentary gift wrap in our signature peach box, and complimentary delivery within the Austin area.