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5 Fun Wedding Gift Ideas

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Need to grab a great gift for a wedding this summer? Have a little fun with it! You can add a few extra special touches that will make your gift standout from the rest.

Perfect for two! Fun wedding gift ideas

For Outdoor Lovers: Our Rattan Picnic Basket For Two makes a great standalone gift. Make it even more fabulous and pack with a favorite bottle of wine, artisan crackers and a certificate to a local cheese shop.

For Cooking Couples: Pick up a cookbook made for two — we recommend Williams-Sonoma Two In The Kitchen Cookbook. Pair with our Cucina Recipe Holder for a perfect cooking themed present. Another idea? Buy them a gift certificate to a local cooking class for them to enjoy together.

5 Fun Wedding Gift Ideas

For Stylish Entertainers: Our Mason Jar Drink Dispenser is one of our top gifts for weddings. Make this gift even sweeter with a few bottles of Williams-Sonoma Margarita Mix and PB Classic Margarita Glasses for the newlywed’s next party.

For Lovers of Wine & Cheese: Know a couple who lives for visiting wine country? Our Great White Mingling Plate Set, is the perfect gift when paired with our Schott Zwiesel Stemware.

5 Fun Wedding Gift Ideas

For World Travelers: His and her passport cases with their married monogram is a great gift for a couple that loves travel. Purchase a gift card for airline to use toward their next adventure.

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Thank You Gifts For Moms

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Your wedding day will be one of the happiest days of your life, and many of those moments will are spent with friends and family — especially your parents. What better way to thank them for their love and support with a personalized gift from the heart. With Mother’s Day on Sunday, the time seemed right to collect great gifts for mothers of brides and grooms. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

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Engraved Picture Frame

For a classic gift that your mom will treasure, choose a favorite photo of you and her together. Maybe it’s a special memory, a childhood photo or a special snapshot from your wedding day. For the engraving, make it personal and inscribed something a sweet saying. We recommend our Silver-Plated Engravable Frames.

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Jewelry Box & Earrings

Give her a place to keep rings, jewels and special things with our McKenna Jewelry Box. Making it extra special? Place a special pair of earrings inside. We love these monogrammed Izara Cutout Earrings from Mark and Graham.

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Tote & Her Favorite Things

Monogram our Ivory Leather Tote Bag and fill with some of her favorite things: A candle pot or diffuser in her favorite scent, a beautiful place to keep small belongs, or a cozy throw.

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Spa Basket

Weddings can be stressful, especially for parents. Give your mom the gift of comfort and relaxation and put together a beautiful spa basket. Fill with a  monogrammed soap set, Luxe Cozy Robe, rolled plush towels, bath salts and more.

We want to hear from you. Share your special gift ideas for mom in the comment box below.

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Guys: A Few of Our Favorite Picks

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Let’s face it: men aren’t the easiest people to shop for on Valentine’s Day.  Luckily, we’re here to help with a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts for guys  sure to satisfy the men  in your life. See if the men you know fit into the categories we’ve outlined, and if any of these gifts will work for your dad, brother, husband or BFF.

The Frequent Traveler If you know and love someone who’s booking tickets to far-flung destinations when he’s not combing the pages of  Travel + Leisure, channel that interest with a gift of our Saddle Leather Passport Cover. Crafted of distressed leather with hand-stitched details, you can make it extra special with a monogram, which will be centered on the lower-right-hand corner of the cover.

 

The Boy Scout If you love a fella who fancies himself a handy guy,  he’ll appreciate these Victorinox Swiss Army Knives.  Each knife has a hardwood handle whose color and grain patterns are unique. The knives can also be monogrammed with your personal boy scout’s initials. With features including a bottle opener,  large screwdriver , wire strip, tweezers, toothpick and reamer, you know he’ll be ready for every situation, whether it’s a picnic bottle of wine or a last-minute bicycle repair.

 

The Gambler If your guy would rather spend his Friday nights playing Texas Hold ‘Em, splurge on this  Poker Table, which was inspired by a handmade game table our designers  found at a local flea market. With features including chip holders, troughs, cup holders and a black felt top, your favorite poker player  will be the toast of game night. 

 

The Collector If you love a man who loves to collect art, our new collection of original art is a great way to show him you care. Our favorite pick for a Valentine’s Day guy? This Glen Firestone oil painting, Establishment II.  Painted on wood, Firestone created the painting  by stripping wood remnants into thin pieces, sanding and painting them, then laying them down on a larger wood panel. Small dates painted onto various wood strips echo back to Firestone’s obsession with numbers and order.

 

The Mixologist If your guy mixes a mean drink and prides himself on his home bar, gift him this gorgeous cut glass Library Decanter. Made from hand-cut mouth-blown soda-lime glass, it’s a perfect way to display his favorite bourbon.

 

The Audiophile If your guy and his iPod seldom part, this Saddle Leather Earphone Case provides a convenient and handsome way to corral those pesky earphones and keep them from tangling. (As for headphone recommendations, it’s hard to go wrong with Thinksound wooden headphones . . .)

 

The Bibliophile Whether he’s partial to the Kindle, hardcover novel or a selection of magazines, the bibliophile deserves a comfy perch for his hours of leisure reading. We’re partial to the Turner Leather Armchair, whose high back and thick, squared-off arms  provide great support for your guy’s favorite hobby. With down-blend cushions and top-grain leather upholstery, it’s the type of chair that will remain a favorite for years to come.

Follow These Tips to Gift Wrap Like a Pro

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Want to make your gifts look gorgeous this year? We caught up with Pottery Barn’s resident gift wrapping expert, Sean, to get his tips and tricks for creating your best-looking holiday gifts ever.

Sean’s Top Tips 

• “Don’t use a gift bag! Even a simple gift looks better wrapped in paper and tied with ribbon or twine.”

• “Using the right materials makes giftwrapping easy. A metal ruler for measuring and cutting paper; a rotary cutter for clean, easy cuts with a straight edge and double-stick tape to ensure everything stays in it’s place and out of sight.”

• “Measuring the paper to fit the box ensures all folds stay crisp and neat. ”

 

• “Once the box is wrapped use your thumb and index finger to crease all edges for a crisp, clean look.

• “Ensure that the two triangular flaps on each side of the box meet in the middle and face in the same direction.”

• “When tying a four-way bow, ensure the ribbon on the bottom lays flat and isn’t twisted.” (Find a tutorial for tying a bow here.)

• “Don’t forget to embellish your gift! A simple topper like an evergreen branch or holiday ornament is an easy and festive way to finish off the perfect gift wrap.”

Ready to wrap? You can also check out the slideshow below to discover a unique way to wrap pesky round presents like candles. You can also download a variety of PDF tags similar to the one Sean used below.

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane . . . It’s a Cocktail Shaker!

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Add a shot of Art Deco-era style, a dash of Mad Men suave and a generous twist of imagine — courtesy of our in-house Pottery Barn designers — and mix carefully. The resulting concotion? The Plane Cocktail Shaker.

The Plane Cocktail shaker founds its original inspiration in European cocktail shakers from the early 20th century, which featured similar shapes and expert craftsmanship. When it came to designing our Plane Cocktail Shaker, we sought to embody the same spirit of the original, as well as the level of craftsmanship. What resulted was a shaker that serves as the perfect masculine object for a home bar or office desk — it’s easy to imagine it on Don Draper’s desk at the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce on the set of Mad Men.

We love the graceful curve of the cocktail shaker stand, as well as the movable spinning propellers. When you’re not using the shaker and strainer to mix a martini, it blends in beautifully amongst books, artwork and framed photos. Don’t just call this a cocktail shaker: it’s a decidedly cool sculptural piece and conversation starter as well.