August Flower of the Month: Gift Inspiration From the Gladiolus

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The Gladiolus, also known as the “Sword Lily” is a flower that represents a wide variety of things, from calm, integrity, and remembrance, to infatuation. When giving this flower to a recipient on their birthday or as a gift, it is represented as piercing the recipient’s heart with love. Of course, there are many ways you can bring the spirit of the Gladiolus into a variety of gifts that will last longer than the flower itself.

Below are just a few ideas to get your brain started to seeing what you can give your friends and loved ones who are celebrating special days in August or simply as a kind gesture to show how you feel about your friendship.

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A Vase

From clever “Peaceful Bomb-shaped” Vases to a Chalkboard Vase that holds a dual purpose, there are plenty of ways to give the gift of the beautiful Gladiolus flower while allowing your thoughtfulness to last longer than the flower’s life.

The April Vase, A Subtle Vase is a good choice to give to a loved one to decorate their home and add some nature into their life. It is an assortment of 21 glass tubes, which can easily be separated into individual locations or bunched together for a larger flower assortment. They have a zinc metal frame that works to add a modern touch to any home.

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Small Home Decorations

Small decorations are always a good gift to give as they can often be exactly what is needed as a final touch in a room. These beautiful Monarchy Wall Decor Set of 24 not only reference to beautiful flowers such as the Gladiolus, but also are great as a stand-alone gift. Each butterfly has a simple snap-in connector or light-duty adhesive so that it can easily be mounted on any type of surface, whether it is a cabinet, door or wall. Similarly to this, you can find flowers or dragonflies to decorate your room.

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Accessories

Accessories such as jewelry with a Gladiolus pendant or pink shades of colors is a great way to make the meaning of the gift last without it fading away as the flower dies. From earrings to a necklace or ring, there are plenty of choices to decide on as the right fit. The Orchid Jewelry Tree is nature-inspired and an excellent pairing for any jewelry. Not only will the receiver of this special gift be able to use it for the piece of jewelry you get them, they can also put their existing and future treasures on it.

Do you have anyone in mind that you need a present for in August? What were you thinking of getting them? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Home Decor Inspiration from the October Birthstone: Opal

Opal is the official birthstone for October, and is a beautiful assortment of rainbow colors that make it a favorite stone in general. The reason it takes on a variety of colors is because the internal structure diffracts light, so it will take on different colors depending on the conditions of how it was formed.

Sometimes a variety of rainbow colors can be difficult to decorate with because it can quickly start to feel overwhelming. However, when done correctly and in small amounts, a rainbow scheme can go well with the rest of the home and add exactly the color you need.

Below are some excellent gifts to give those who celebrate October as their birth month, or simply if you want to add a little opal into your life!

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Psychedelic Office Desk 

Whether this is for an office friend or simply for your own home, this creative psychedelic office desk can be an excellent addition to brighten up your day. The desk has a glossy black tempered glass top along with a black steel frame, making it strong and long-lasting to complete any simple to intense projects. The fun colors will be sure to draw attention and conversation from those working around you.

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Sandpicture Movie

Adding in a little rainbow in your life has never been this easy. These series of Small Sandpicture Movies are an excellent way to bring color into your home. The natural scenes formed from falling sands provide you with a relaxing view at all times. You can choose from a variety of scenes, but they all have bright and beautiful colors in common!

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Electric Glass Kettle

A quick way to add in some opal inspiration at the beginning of your day is with the Electric Glass Kettle. Whether for your coffee or tea, this cordless kettle is a simple way to boil water safely. The cool blue LED light will continue glowing, allowing you to know when the kettle is boiling and will automatically shut off when it is finished.

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Boom2O Speakers with Sound Responsive Water & Light Show

Whether given as a gift or for your own home, these fun speakers will be the center of attention. Each speaker comes with 6 multi-colored led lights. It is also USB powered meaning that you can take it with you to any location to start the party. Once you connect the speakers with your device and turn on the music, streams of water and light will come on according to the beat.

These are just a few crazy and entertaining ways for you to be inspired by the October Birthstone Opal and add some rainbow colors into your life this fall!

Gift Guide for September

Whether you have a loved one’s birthday coming up or you are celebrating the parting of a colleague at work, finding the perfect gift can be difficult to do. It can be easy to get overwhelmed when searching for the perfect present. Below are some new items with a variety of interests in mind so that you will be able to find something for anyone!

Unibrew Tea Infuser Travel Mug

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This Uni-Brew-in-Mug is the perfect gift for any tea lover in your life. It is the perfect size designed to brew one cup of tea. It comes with a stainless steel tea infuser that can quickly be filled with loose tea for those to immediately enjoy a good cup of tea. It also comes with a lid so that it can be conveniently used for travel. It comes in a variety of colors as well, so if you know someone has a favorite color, this can be that extra touch to show your love.

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On the Rocks

For those friends who enjoy their drinks “On the Rocks”, this On the Rock Glass & Ice Ball Mold will not only show that you know them well, but will also be a thoughtful gift because of its uniqueness. This set comes with a tumbler glass that is gently curved to allow for better liquid movement. It also comes with the Ice Ball Mold that creates ice balls that will last longer than the normal cubes. Whether you are giving this to a whiskey, scotch, or liquor lover, they will thoroughly appreciate your useful gift.

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Monochrome Fan Clock

This is the perfect gift to those modern art lovers out there, or simply someone whom you think will enjoy a sleek designer clock for their home. This Monochrome Fan Clock is designed by Kazunori Tashima for the Museum of Modern Art and each number on the dial becomes a darker grey as the numbers move along. Not only will you show your own high level of taste by giving this gift, you also will be giving someone a beautifully designed piece of art work.

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VinoAir Nicholas Gift Box 

A perfect gift for the wine lovers out there, this VinoAir Nicholas Gift Box includes all the essential tools for the wine enthusiast. From the wine tool that immediately aerates the wine to it turning into a wine pourer and drip stopper, this tool is a must-have. It is also pocket sized so that it can be easily carried during travel. Any wine expert will thank you for this gift and it will also show your thoughtfulness to their interests.

Do you have any events coming up where you need to purchase a gift? What do you think of the above options? We would love to hear from you so let us know in the comments below!

Gift Guide for Art Lovers

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Are you tired of always having to think of gifts to buy your friends and loved ones?

Perhaps there are some people in your life where finding a gift to buy can be extremely hard. Finding gifts for art lovers can sometimes be a challenge because you want to give them something they will appreciate. If you are not familiar with art yourself, you may have a difficult time stepping into their shoes and knowing what they will appreciate.

We all have a few of those friends who are avid art lovers and if you are having some trouble picking out things for these friends, here are some creative suggestions that anyone will enjoy.

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Timesphere Clock

This sleek, modern clock with “MoMA” printed in the front center is the perfect gift to give your art loving friends. The minimalist design works in relation to its function and the clock can be seen as a work of art in a home. The most intriguing component of it is how the red ball appears to float around the clock to tell time.

MoMA Scribble Doodle Placemats

MoMA Scribble and Doodles Placemats

These MoMA placemats can be given in good humor but also serve a great purpose. The simple yet fun design of doodles on a table will be greatly appreciated by your art lover friend. You can choose from “scribbles” or “doodles” or a combination of both. The black color will match any table and they are easily washed by hand.

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History of Art Coasters

The perfect gift to those people who may always be talking about successful artists in their free time, the History of Art Coasters is a part of the MoMA Store design and mimics the style of six famous Artists: Dali, Monet, Picasso, Pollock, Rothko, and Warhol. Any art lover will find these coasters both humorous and useful in their home. It will also be an excellent conversation starter for them in the future.

Spring Pencil Cup Holder

Spring Pencil Cup Holder

A great gift to give a coworker or school friend, this Pencil Cup Holder not only serves a great purpose but also looks elegant in doing so. Your artistic friends might be slightly creative and messy, so what better gift to give them than a pencil holder to store all their markers, pens, and pencils. The holder was designed by Hiromitsu Kaedeoka for the Museum of Modern Art! and the design is based on the energy of a spring unleashing its power into the air.

These ideas are all perfect for the modern home, and are also useful so that your gift will be properly used and not sit in a box for years to come!