Things I’m Thankful For as a Creative Entrepreneur in 2017

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Is it just me or do things suddenly seem to go into fast forward mode this time of year? With holiday rush here at Marigold & Grey coupled with other commitments such as Friendsgiving gatherings, Thanksgiving travel, Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, Christmas decorating, holiday parties, and closing out the business books, it can be really easy to lose sight of all we have to be thankful for. I know I’m guilty of this and don’t like it about myself.

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Today, I’m intentionally taking time to reflect back upon 2017 and share all the many things I truly am thankful for!

My Guy

Marigold & Grey has doubled in size each year for the last two years and this doesn’t happen without a lot of time and energy invested. This can often lead to insanely long hours and when I do finally come home, I’m either exhausted or still keyed up talking about work, or both! I’ve talked about him before both here on the blog and in our Instagram feed but my husband Jeff is worthy of being mentioned again and again. When I told him I suddenly quit my corporate career on a conference call back in 2014 and instead of getting another “real job” that I wanted to make gift bags, he was supportive then and he is still supportive today. From the occasional pep talk to having the patience of a saint with my unforgiving work schedule, he is truly my rock.

Spine Surgery

You may have read my post back in the summer upon returning to work after an entire month off for much-needed spine surgery. I’d suffered with chronic and severe neck pain for at least ten years and had tried everything to resolve it without having surgery. I’ll spare you the details but it got to the point where my quality of life was drastically impacted and surgery became my only option. I’m incredibly thankful for a successful outcome. I’m still in the recovery period but already doing SO much better than I was before. I have more stamina at work, am more social after work and on weekends, and just overall significantly more active. I’m incredibly thankful to have my life getting back on track!

My Team

We are a small but mighty gifting team. We may pump out thousands of gifts throughout the year yet there are only three of us for the time being. We work in close quarters and truly depend on one another to meet our goals. Hands down…the business would not be where it is today without my team. The hard work, the loyalty, the smarts, the commitment. I’m thankful for it all and no matter how large the business gets or the direction it goes in, I have made a commitment to myself to value my team members and express gratitude to them no matter what, both publicly and in-person.

Achieving Profitability

It often takes time for businesses to become profitable and my business is no exception. The first year, we definitely lost money. The second year we improved significantly and broke even. And this year, I’m over-the-moon thrilled to announce that we are profitable. Between doubling revenue, getting smarter about expenses and becoming more efficient, the end result is something I’m very proud of and incredibly thankful for.

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Opportunities for Public Speaking

At first glance, many people wouldn’t necessarily put public speaking as something they’re thankful for. But for me, it definitely belongs on this list. Multiple opportunities to speak this year have forced me out of my comfort zone to get up on stage and share my knowledge and experience with others. Funny thing is…I’m always freakishly nervous beforehand but once I get up in front of the audience, a calm comes over me and I’m immediately relaxed. I’m appreciative of the opportunities I’ve been given and absolutely cannot wait for more in 2018!

Trusted Vendors

Hands down, we would NOT be where we are today without trusted vendor partners who deliver exactly what they say they will day in and day out. We never have to waste time worrying if they’ll actually come through for us or not. They just flat-out do. Of course, we’ve had some who have gone completely MIA and left us hanging but often times, those are situations that allow other potential vendors to step up to the plate and perform when ordinarily they may not have been given the opportunity.

M&G Clients!!!!

Last but certainly not least, I cannot express just how thankful I am for each and every customer who chose to gift with us this year. Whether it be for wedding welcome gifts, corporate event gifts or gifts for a particular special occasion, each and every project meant the world to me. Without customers, I do not have a business. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Thank you for the opportunity to share with you a bit of a more personal post than usual. It really is worth the time to slow down, take a breath, and reflect back upon so many blessings I’ve experienced this year. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family!

 

Gift Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Hostess // Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Oh my goodness, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! We’re curious…are you the one hosting this year? If not, then chances are you’re headed for the home of family or friends. (Or both…hello Friendsgiving!) Considering all the hours they’ll spend planning the menu, prepping a fabulous meal and opening up their hearts and homes, don’t forget to show up with a thoughtful gift for the hostess.

But hey, we know you’re busy. And that’s exactly why we’ve taken the guesswork out of selecting a hostess gift with this year’s Thanksgiving Hostess Gifting Guide!

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1. This Williams-Sonoma pumpkin dish is the perfect addition to any display! Find it here.

2. Every home needs a fabulous fall wreath. This Woodland Wreath from Farm Girl Flowers is a great choice. Find it here.

3. You cannot go wrong with this sweet leaf jewelry dish from Terrain. It’ll be a fall favorite year after year. Find it here.

4. Our signature “Honey Love” curated gift box is a Marigold & Grey favorite around here. Show your hostess a little honey love this Thanksgiving. Find it here.

5. Thinking pretty is always a good idea. Like these pretty Copper Plated Salad Servers from Nordstrom. Find them here.

6. Compliment your hostesses holiday table for years to come with these Pier 1 Autumn Lily Napkins. Find them here.

Now that you have your hostess gift all figured out, it’s time to head to the party and do nothing but relax and unwind. Oh, and eat.

2017 Holiday Curated Gift Box Collection by Marigold & Grey

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

It’s here! Our 2017 Pre-Designed Gift Box Collection is LIVE in our online shop and we are officially accepting Pre-Orders now! Other than one very popular gift design from last year that we’ve resurrected, the entire collection is completely brand new! We’re featuring one feminine gift, one masculine gift and four completely gender neutral options to make it easy to shop for everyone on your list, especially for corporate clients and colleagues.

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The Details:

  • The entire Holiday Collection is offered with FREE SHIPPING (in the U.S. only) and NO ORDER MINIMUMS
  • Each gift in the Holiday Collection will automatically come with a gold foil “Happy Holidays” notecard for a handwritten message of your choice (specify your message in the notes at checkout)
  • Gifts in the Holiday Collection are only available while supplies last. Once a gift is sold out, it will be marked as “sold out” in the shop.
  • All orders are considered Pre-Orders and will ship out between Dec 11th and Dec 18th for delivery in time for Christmas. Orders placed beyond December 11th are not guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas. For specific questions about ETAs, please email us at hello@marigoldgrey.com

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Okay, enough of all the logistical stuff. Let’s meet the Collection, shall we?

Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Our version of the man gift, our signature Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen takes celebration and relaxation to a whole new level with this gift box designed especially for those hard-to-buy-for men in your life. Masculine chocolate and candy, a set of slate coasters, tonic syrup for the perfect cocktail and an oh-so-luxurious facial cleansing bar.

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Happy Spa-lidays

It’s no secret that the holidays are stressful. Our signature Happy Spa-lidays gift box contains all the most luxurious items to help her relax this season. Bath bombs, an artisan small batch candle (with matches!), rose sangria body scrub and gourmet nuts for a delicious, yet healthy snack. You know, just like at the spa!

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Navy & Bright

Who says navy isn’t a holiday color? We sure think it is! Our signature Navy & Bright holiday gift box is the perfect gift for that special someone (male or female!) who loves to sit down and relax with a mug of gourmet hot chocolate. Along with the mug and cocoa, we also include a deliciously scented artisan candle in Sweet Fig along with matches, and small batch almond biscotti. By the way, the tin is so beautiful, I highly doubt your gift recipient will be throwing it away even after the hot chocolate is gone. This one will be sticking around!

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Sweater Weather

Our signature Sweater Weather gift box might be smaller in size but is full of ambiance. An amber woods candle (with coordinating matches) in a metal tin paired with a black checkered Mast Brothers chocolate bar definitely screams curled up by the roaring fire while the snow is falling outside. It also contains a large bath bomb for a relaxing soak in the tub.

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Tis the Season

Our signature Tis the Season gift box definitely says ‘happy holidays’ in a traditional yet modern way. The deep reds and golds with pops of green pine are all that you’d expect to see this time of year. Featuring gourmet chocolate, dutch almond spiced small batch cookies, and an artisan candle and matches! The Tis the Season may be smaller in size than others in the Collection but definitely makes a bold statement!

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Comfort & Joy

Last but not least, you might recall our signature Comfort & Joy gift basket from last year’s collection. Well, you guys loved it so much that we’ve decided to bring it back. Same exact contents, just a ribbon upgrade to make an even bigger statement. The Comfort & Joy is completely gender neutral and balanced nicely between edibles and household items. Definitely an all-time favorite!

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We hope you like what you see! If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you. Please reach out via our contact page or email hello@marigoldgrey.com.

All images by Laura Metzler Photography

Custom Corporate Holiday Curated Gift Boxes for MOJO PSG

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

I can’t believe we are just now getting around to sharing these custom holiday curated gift boxes from last year. But once the holiday rush is over, the last thing people want to read about is more holiday gifts. So, now is the perfect time to bring these out of the vault and share with you! They were by far one of our favorite custom gift design projects of the 2016 holiday season and they are still just as modern and fresh as ever.

Our client MOJO PSG wanted unisex, modern, fresh, fun gifts to mirror the look and feel of their brand. We selected pine wood boxes, bright red ribbon (their primary branding color) and gift tags with clean, modern font by Just Write Studios.

Contents included a unisex holiday candle by Brooklyn Candle Co, small batch cookies, a leather rollup in black and a gold foil box of artisan truffles. For the cookies, we absolutely could not decide on just one flavor so we opted for a trio of chocolate peppermint, traditional sugar, and funfetti! This may have been almost a year ago but I can STILL remember having a difficult time not eating the inventory!

We had a blast adding additional touches of “holiday” with a pine cone and a sprig of fresh pine. It really did make the boxes smell amazing upon opening them up! For an additional finishing touch, we created custom logo notecards with the MOJO logo to brand the gift in a tasteful, thoughtful way.

The demand for unisex corporate gifts is huge and we were really pleased with how these turned out for our dear clients at MOJO! The huge quantities of bright red ribbon in the studio had us all in the holiday spirit! I’m normally a fan of the more subdued holiday colors but I’ll admit, I was having a major fan girl moment with the bright colors!

For more information on Custom Gift Design Service, please inquire HERE. Keep in mind, we will also be launching our 2017 Pre-Designed Holiday Gift Collection in our online shop in November so please be on the lookout for the big release! Whether it be custom gifts or pre-designed gifts, we absolutely love offering thoughtful, beautiful curated gift boxes for the holidays and helping you easily and efficiently cross everything off your shopping list!

2017 Pre-Designed Holiday Gift Box Collection Coming Soon!

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

We’ve been getting a ton of questions from past clients and even those who have never purchased from us before. You all want to know if we’re releasing a Pre-Designed Gift Collection again this year and the answer is “YES”! It will be available in our online shop by mid-November!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

Time to let you in on a little secret. You may recall our signature ‘Comfort & Joy’ gift design from last year. Well, it was such fan favorite that we’ve decided to bring it back again this year. But don’t worry! The rest of the collection will be completely fresh and new and rumor has it it will even feature some unconventional holiday colors!

Image: Laura Metzler Photography

Image: Laura Metzler Photography

Now for the juicy details. The entire collection will be offered with free shipping and will include a handwritten notecard with a message of your choice. For more information, please reach out via our contact page or email us at hello@marigoldgrey.com. We always love hearing from you!

Pink and Purple Boho Welcome Boxes for Pal Alto Mitzvah with 23 Layers

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Perhaps you might recall the last custom welcome gift project with did with planning and design firm 23 Layers…locally-inspired, unisex gift crates for a corporate event at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California. Well, the gifts we’re sharing with you today have California in common but that’s about it! These are hardly unisex. Instead they’re ultra feminine curated welcome boxes for a boho themed bat mitzvah in Palo Alto.

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Once we saw the color palette for the event, we immediately knew we just HAD to use clean, fresh, white gift boxes to allow all of the girly shades of pink and purple to immediately pop! Beyond the deluxe white gift box, the gift contents included locally-sourced white cheddar cheese popcorn from Maw & Paw Kettlecorn. We also sourced organic Gummy Pandas in blackberry hibiscus flavor, which of course, happened to be in the most perfect shade of purple! Beyond those two snacks, we also fell in love with the dried strawberries from Tony’s Fruit Stand, another locally sourced business to California. It was important to us to include healthy snacks in addition to some not-the-most-healthy options.

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

While these items were fun and delicious and perfect for the overall aesthetic of the gift design, our favorite item of all was definitely the custom cookie in the shape of a boho floral crown! Sugar Studio did an amazing job interpreting our vision for this and we couldn’t be more thankful! We also loved the purple striped sparkling lemonade cans that pulled the entire design together all while offering guests of all ages a refreshing something to sip on.

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Finishing touches are as important to us as the contents inside. For these custom welcome gifts, 23 Layers designed the most gorgeous welcome booklets complete with the weekend itinerary and TONS of ideas for things to do in the area (Most everyone was flying in from out of town!). We closed the boxes with lavender silk ribbon (Torn & Tied) and a floral gift tag (Just Write Studios) mirroring the floral pattern on the mitzvah invitations.

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

Image: Vanessa Tierney Photography

It’s no secret that we typically do gift designs with neutrals and more subdued color palettes so naturally, we were over the moon to be able to work with 23 Layers on this project and to play with some bright colors for a change! Confession. We may have even been giggling and laughing in the studio as if we were all little kids again.

What do you guys think? Are you liking the use of color on this project? Do you like it when we mix up the aesthetic every now and then? We always love hearing your feedback so reach out via our contact page or leave a comment on this post. For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, visit HERE.