How many times a year do you make a run to Sprinkles, your local florist, or maybe a gift shop to buy something for a friend, co-worker, or teacher’s birthday? To save time and brainpower, I have started giving a “signature” gift. Throughout the year I will give the same gift over and over again. My latest one is so simple and appealing…
What inspired this gift was the packaging from a chic L.A. bakery called Urban Palatela. I just loved the soft colors and also that they include utensils with this gift – what a thoughtful gesture for your friend who may want to enjoy their gift right away!
I had to search high and low for similar fabric and utensils but, thankfully, I found both! (see links at the bottom of the post).
The lovely, hand-dyed fabric I found can be repurposed by the recipient for something wonderful (I’m sure all you creative types can think of something!) And for the “sweet treat” I picked up some delicious Blueberry Streusel from local Dallas favorite, Breadwinners.
I know that in our crazed cooking culture, some people feel bad for giving a gourmet gift that’s not “homemade.” I think that’s silly. Why not utilize bakers and artisans who have perfected their craft?
Sure, I bake when I can. And love it. But the reality is, when I’m short on time, I like to be able to run into places like Breadwinners where they have 5-6 different types of sweet breads ready to go at all times.
I love gifting sweet breads because they can be eaten for breakfast, dessert, or even a late afternoon snack. You can tie up these breads with a simple ribbon, or you can make them really special by packaging them with beautiful textiles like I have done below.
What’s practical about a signature gift is that once you buy the materials, it’s so easy to recreate it over and over again. For this particular gift, since I already have the fabric, forks, and twine, all I have to do the next time I need a little gift is add something sweet!
What’s your “go-to” gift? Would love to know!
See more of my favorite gourmet gifts here.
Utensils: Sucre Shop on etsy ($12 for 20)
Fabric: “Sunset” Fabric from Marianna Studio3 (an request custom order if this one is not currently available on etsy) .You can also find beautiful fabrics to wrap gifts at your local fabric or craft store.
Gift Tags: Target
Twine: Jo Ann Fabric