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!

Featured on Washingtonian Bride & Groom // Modern St. Patricks Day

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Usually when we dream up curated gift box designs for styled photoshoots, these projects are planned by others. But every now and then, I start feeling extra creative and I get the urge to plan a styled photoshoot for no other reason than to test my own creativity. I partnered with my dear friends Rachel of Rachel May Photography and DC wedding planner Caroline of Caroline Dutton Events to create a modern spin on a St. Patricks Day wedding at Longview Gallery. SO thankful to Washingtonian Bride & Groom for featuring it on their DC wedding blog!

Let’s start with the welcome box! For this design, I combined metals, greens and soft ivories and whites across contents such as tea, San Pellegrino, toasted bagel chips, an oatmeal raisin bar and a love note on deckled edge card stock with wax seal. I’m loving all the contrast between industrial and soft. Did I mention green is my favorite color?!

The tablescape featured brass candlesticks with gold, black and copper candlesticks. Definitely in contrast with the soft, feminine florals and greenery by Petals and Promises. The cake by Buttercream Bakeshop was minimalistic with wide copper brushstrokes on a white cake and of course, tons of greenery at the base.

And now for our bride and groom. We wanted them to have a traditional yet unconventional look. The groom’s bow tie. To die for, right?

And now let’s take a closer look at these florals. Sweet little bouts and a bouquet with nothing but white blooms up against plenty of wild greenery. And the bride’s Rent the Runway gown was certainly a showstopper!

One of my favorite elements we brought into the photo session was the vintage emerald green sofa we paired with an ultra masculine industrial trunk, both from White Glove Rentals. Perfect for styling cocktails and a letterpress invitation suite by Poppy & Scooter.

It’s not often that I get involved in styling wedding photo sessions but with green being my obsession, I just couldn’t help myself. As fun as it was, I think I’ll stick to wedding welcome gifts from now on, or at least for a little while anyway.

For more examples of our editorial work, head to our press page. We’d love to hear your comments!

Vendor Team

Venue: Long View Gallery | Photographer: Rachel May Photography | Event Planning and Design: Caroline Dutton Events | Shoot Styling and Artisan Welcome Gift: Marigold & Grey | Florist: Petals and Promises | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Makeup & Hair Stylist: Valerie Hammer Makeup Artistry | Stationary: Poppy & Scooter | Cake and Cookies: Buttercream Bakeshop | Gown:Rent the Runway | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Spring-Inspired Thank You Gift Box Ideas

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

If you’re in the DC area where we are, you can’t help but hope that this gorgeous spring weather is here to stay! Today, we’re sharing our favorite curated gift boxes that remind us most of spring. These are all part of our ready-to-ship Pre-Designed Gift Collection in our online shop. They’re perfect for thank you gifts but they’re just as appropriate for Easter gifts, Mothers Day gifts, hostess gifts, housewarming gifts, engagement gifts, bridal party gifts and more.

Deluxe Lavender

Perhaps you recall us launching this brand new gift design, the Deluxe Lavender, in our online shop recently. It’s a much more robust version of our best-selling Luxe Lavender gift. With full-size bottles of lotion and hand soap, lavender bath salts, earl grey tea, a lavender sachet, artisan candle with matches and a calligraphy gift tag, this is the perfect way to express thanks.

Yes Way Rosé

Our signature Yes Way Rosé gift design is the epitome of spring time. An artisan candle in ‘rose botanic’, two Rose & Coconut facial masques, a neutral tea towel, a vial of bath salts and dried rose petals and calligraphy gift tag with ‘enjoy’ round out this design.

Glitter & Gold

Our signature Glitter & Gold gift is bright and fun yet soft and feminine at the same time. The gift design centers around a gold glitter wine tumbler (with lid and straw for on-the-go!) along with a polka dot tote bag, artisan candle with polka dot matchboxes, bath salts, and a gorgeous ‘thank you’ calligraphy gift tag.

But First Coffee

At first I was concerned about including out signature But First Coffee gift box in this line up because when you think of spring you don’t think of warm drinks. But let’s be real. Coffee is year round and with the floral motif on the Ceremony Coffee bag, whimsical lettering on the mug, and blush ribbon tying up the sugar cubes, it definitely feels like spring to me! Oh, and let’s not forget the “enjoy” calligraphy gift tag and precious little gold spoon that finish off the gift.

Even if we have to wait another couple of weeks for spring-like weather to truly arrive around here, we hope you feel prepared to gift thanks this season. For more gift ideas for every season, make sure you’re on our email list for free gift guides and tips. Head here to sign up for free!