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!

How to Curate A Fall Hostess Gift Basket

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Fall is officially here. With summer vacations over and most of us back in our normal routines, social gatherings are at an all-time high. And we all know a packed social schedule means hostess gifts are back on the to-do list. Here are some easy suggestions for pulling together a curated gift box to serve as the the perfect fall hostess gift basket! (If you happen to be planning a fall wedding, here is some inspiration for fall wedding welcome gifts!)

Packaging

We absolutely love earthy packaging options for fall. So instead of fresh, clean, modern black or white gift boxes as your gift packaging, think pine boxes. Wood crates. Or even sturdy kraft boxes. These selections are organic, slightly weathered and give off a cozy vibe which is perfect for fall.

Warm Colors

Now is the time to put down the blues and greens and trade them for deep hues of red, rust, plum and shades of brown. You can incorporate these colors in multiple ways such as the packaging of the gift contents, your ribbon color or even the color of your basket fill.

Home Decor

Fall is a great time to add cozy elements to the home in preparation for cooler weather and eventually, the holidays. Consider gifting home decor items that can also lead to a cozy, home-like feel. Think candles for scent and ambiance, tea towels for baking or even some scented soaps for the powder room.

Comfort Food

As the summer heat tapers off and a chill hits the air, I’d love to think I’m not the only one who loves some comfort food. Think fresh bakery items, rich chocolates packaged beautifully or even a s’mores kit! You can also consider comfort beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.

Fall Fruit

It’s no secret I love adding greenery to gifts but for this time of year, consider fall-inspired accents such as pine cones or even seasonal fruit such as apples or mini pumpkins. Bonus points for white or pastel pumpkins since they’ll coordinate well with just about any home decor the hostess happens to like!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas. To check out our full collection of Pre-Designed gift boxes, head on over to our online shop. Gifts in the shop have no order minimums and are offered with free shipping!

How to Create a Mother’s Day Curated Gift Box

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

While it might getting too late to order something special for Mom online, it’s definitely not too late to create a curated gift box to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day! We recently collaborated with our friend Monica of Lavin Label (a favorite blog of ours!!) on a spring-time gift box making party complete with Oyster Bay wine and garden-inspired gift contents. We’re SO excited to share this with you!

We consider a natural pine wood box to be the perfect blank slate to begin curated your gift for mom. It holds plenty of items and allows the beauty of each item to really pop!

With Mother’s Day falling in spring, we loved the idea of garden-inspired items along with other spa-like contents for Mom to enjoy. The gift boxes featured a lavender lotion and soap set for the kitchen, small batch soaps for the powder room, an artisan candle in the shape of a flower, and a lavender sachet.

We love finishing touches! We added a fresh succulent to each box to make it come alive. It’s also something Mom can care for and keep over time as a constant reminder of Mother’s Day.

Lastly, we couldn’t resist a vintage-inspired pair of gardening gloves. We slipped them under the blush satin ribbon along with a calligraphy tag with the message to “enjoy”.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day including moms, moms-to-be, step moms, women anxiously awaiting their chance for motherhood, moms who have experienced loss and even women who have stepped up to fill the role of mom. Much love to you ALL this weekend!

If you have any gift boxes in the works for Mom, pretty please share them with us! We’d love to see what you come up with. Reach out via our contact page or drop us a comment in the post.

Marigold & Grey Offering Curated Gifts with Free Mother’s Day Card and Gift Tag by Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Mother’s Day is coming up so it’s time for a special offer to make this day extra meaningful for all the moms out there! Effective immediately, while supplies last, any gift ordered from our online shop between now and Sunday, May 14th will automatically include a FREE “Happy Mothers Day” rose gold foil greeting card and matching gift tag, both designed by Laura Hooper Calligraphy! Make use code “MOMLOVE” at checkout to qualify for this special offer.

Image: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Image: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

The Particulars

  • Gift card and gift tag quantities are limited so order right away! Once the cards and tags are depleted, the “MOMLOVE” code will be deactivated and we will resume filling orders with the gift tags pictured with each gift in our online shop. Don’t worry! We will still handwrite a message of your choice to accompany each gift at no additional charge.
  • Online orders placed by Tuesday, May 9th should arrive in time for Mother’s Day for most all US shipping locations.
  • This promotion is limited to one per customer.

While most all of our curated gift box designs are easily enjoyed by moms, here are a few of our favorites which are well-suited for Mother’s Day!

Spa Day

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Image: Laura Metzler Photo

Deluxe Lavender

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Image: Red October Photography

Hostess with the Mostess

Mothers Day Gift Ideas by Marigold & Grey

Image: Laura Metzler Photography

We hope you’re as excited about these beautiful additions to our curated gifts as we are! Let us know what you think! Leave a comment in this post or reach out via our contact page!

How to Create The Perfect May Day Curated Gift Basket

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

The way we see it here at studio Marigold & Grey, May Day is essentially the modern day version of “ding dong dash” except with a gorgeous surprise at the door as opposed to something not-so-great. May Day celebrations vary greatly around the world and even within various regions of the U.S. so depending on where you are, you may not celebrate. But regardless, it’s time for a little how-to just in case you want to show a little gratitude to someone you love in the form of a May Day basket. Sure, it’s last minute (May Day is today!) but because it’s SO simple, we’re confident after reading this you’ll be able to throw something beautiful together in no time.

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Image: Red October Photography: Styling: Marigold & Grey

Florals

The essential item for any May Day basket is a floral bouquet. In fact, most May Day gifts only consist of florals. But since we are a curated gift box business, it’s probably no surprise that we think it’s fun to start with the florals and build from there! To achieve a spring-time feel, we opted for fresh tulips (from the grocery store!) and tied them together with a silk ribbon in nude.

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Image: Red October Photography: Ribbon: Torn & Tied

Container

Since it’s not merely a floral bouquet you’ll be leaving on the porch, you’ll need some sort of vessel to store all the goodies. We’ve opted for a white lacquer box from Container Store but you could really use any type of basket like this or even a structured gift bag like this.

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

Gift Tag or Note

There are two ways you can go here. You can use a simple gift tag like the one you see here with “enjoy” in calligraphy (Poppy & Scooter) or a simple note card would also work well. In keeping with tradition. May Day gifts are usually anonymous but we won’t tell if you want to sign your name and add a few words of gratitude.

Tea

We love the idea of tea in a May Day basket. Here’s why. Tea is easy to find at virtually any grocery store or gift shop, comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns as well as tons of flavors. We selected Par Avion tea in a peach tin but you could really go with anything you can easily find and that you know your friend will enjoy!

Sweets

Don’t forget the sweets. We love the idea of a small chocolate bar. Again, easy to find on short notice and it’s something most anyone will love. We selected an artisan chocolate bar with Washington DC packaging from one of our favorite local makers Fleurir Chocolates. Similar to the tea, chocolate bars come in many different varieties and the options for packaging are endless so have fun with this!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography

While at first glance, it might appear complicated to pull something together but I promise you, it really isn’t! Simple florals, tea, some sweets and a pretty container and notecard and you’re done! We’d love to hear how it goes! Leave us a comment at the end of this post or reach out via our contact page. We always love seeing your creations. Happy May Day!

How to Create a Modern Easter Basket for Adults // Gift Guide

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Am I the only one who can barely believe it’s almost Easter? I mean, weren’t we JUST ringing in 2017? Anyway, with all the colorful Easter things filling the shelves at all the stores, it got me thinking about Easter baskets and how they aren’t just for kids. They should be for adults too, right? Today, I’m sharing my ideas for curating an adult-only Easter basket. Hope you enjoy!

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1 Copper Basket

The vessel always sets the tone for any gifts and in this case, I’ve chosen a copper basket from CB2 as a modern base for the overall gift. I’ve never seen an Easter basket created in anything even close to this so this made me want to try it even more!

2 Tulips

Ahhhh tulips! Nothing says spring like tulips so they were an absolute must when curating this gift. I chose white for a modern, neutral backdrop. Wrapped with kraft paper and tied with ribbon, these add a fresh element to the basket that any adult recipient would be thrilled to receive. Via Telebouquet.

3 Decorative Eggs

An Easter basket isn’t complete without eggs of some kind. Since most grown-ups tend to try and stay away from a ton of chocolate (keyword: try), I selected pastel eggs intended for decorative purposes only. But this doesn’t make them boring! You can display them in a beautiful dish on your coffee table or even as a centerpiece at the kitchen table. The possibilities are endless!

4 Ribbon

I chose green and white striped ribbon as a finishing touch for the gift. It pulls together many of the green elements throughout this gift and is the perfect springtime color.

5 Dish Towels

I am over-the-moon smitten with these botanical dish towels. These can be rolled up and tied with ribbon inside the gift basket. Or, open them up a bit and drape the material over the outside of the basket for additional style.

6 Gift Tag

I selected a kraft gift tag with grommet along with “Happy Easter” in script font for a natural, yet elegant, look. You could have these printed, stamped or even hand-lettered!

7 Bonsai Tree

I’m a huge fan of gifts that involve doing an activity of some sort. This bonsai tree growing kit is a prime example of this! Not to mention, I love the galvanized tin the kit comes in as well as the clippers that come tied at the top. This is a gift in itself!

8 Frutta Fiore Candy

Leave it to Sugarfina to come up with these floral fondant candies that are sure to steal the show. The light pastel candies are gorgeous (and imported from Italy!) but also delicious at the same time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this gift guide! You still have plenty of time to pull something together in time for Easter and when you do, please share with us! We’d love to hear what you’ve come up with either in the comments or via our contact page. We always love hearing from you!