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Category Archive: Gifts


Gifts for a cause

Gifts for a cause by Miss Renaissance

You know what’s more fun than shopping?!? Even more shopping Shopping for a cause, of course!! This roundup of gifts that give back doesn’t compromise on style & taste either – it’s a win – win. I mean, how beautiful are the hand-embroidered & dyed throw pillows by Elephant Landing (all made with love by a group of women in Southern India, to help them earn money to support their children.) Or did you know that major hottie Hugh Jackman is behind Laughing Man Coffee, which helps support communities & small farmers worldwide? Cool stuff! Move over, Toms, there’s a new crop of charitable gifts in town!

Happy (guilt free) Holiday shopping, Lovelies!


Get it all here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.


Color Story – Winter White & Gold

Color Story - Winter White & Gold


This week’s Color Story revolves around one of my favorite combos for Winter. White & Gold just feels so fresh and festive, doesn’t it? These are just a few things in this glam color scheme that I’m lusting after right now…they’d make great gifts for friends & fam!

Get em’ here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.



Etsy Love {Miniature Rhino}

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Happy Friday, Lovelies! I hope you’re ready for a fun Spring weekend ahead!

How adorable are these Custom Embroidery Kits by Miniature Rhino?! I can see a million ways to gift/display/use these. For the crafty ones among us, you can choose from a ton of different colors and directions on how to create your perfect little piece of art. If you’re more into leaving the crafting up to the experts, you can combine any letters/names/colors and your embroidery will arrive at your doorstep in about 2 weeks.

How awesome would these be as a personalized wedding gift or just to say “I Love You”? I also think displaying all of your family initials with several pieces would be a cool way to build a family tree…



Upping the Gifting Ante {Bindle}

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Gift sets/gift boxes are generally scary to me. They’re usually poorly curated & cheesy, don’t you agree? Well, those days are over – thanks to a genius new Australian (go figure!) company named Bindle.  I accidentally stumbled upon their site during a late-night browsing session and was so impressed that I had to share it with all of you!!

Bindle’s gifts are so incredibly well-curated, I love everything they put together. The sets – or Bindles – are composed by occasion/recipient. There’s a perfect Hostess Bindle, New Baby Bindle, even a Bindle just for the Men out there. The most inspiring thing about this company is that they keep things local. Bindle engages local artisans to produce Australian, hand-made, tailored gift packages. The products within the Bindles, the boxes that contain them, the hand that wrapped them, everything is local. It’s these special inter-relationships that make each Bindle unique.

How awesome is that!? Now, we just need a Bindle service in every city in the U.S.!


{All images via Bindle.com}


Shop Happy {Baba Souk}

Baba Souk Pillow Baba Souk Pouch Baba Souk Triangle Pillow Baba Souk Bracelets Baba Souk Mini Baskets Baba Souk Moroccan Pillow Baba Souk Coasters

You know how, too often, you’ll endlessly roam the Internet for fun new products & all you see is the same old boring stuff?! Yeah, I feel ya. But then, on rare occasions, you’ll stumble across a super fun, creative, and just awesome web shop! That’s exactly what happened to me this weekend when I stumbled upon Baba Souk. It’s a Montreal-based site that focuses on hand-made and truly independently unique products. I love all of the international designs & small brands they showcase. I mean, how beautiful would one of their Moroccan pillows look piled up on a comfy couch!? Gimme, gimme!


{All images via BabaSouk.ca}