I've been racking my brain since you posted your question! This has
been hard to answer since I am somewhat of a bystander here and gifts
are very personal. Also, the most expensive items are usually apparel,
art, jewelry and watches, technical items, etc. which are very
subjective in terms of taste.
I think the best way to approach an answer is to give you my "ideal"
suggestion for a gift package, followed up by additional items you
might consider for substitution. You know this special woman and I
don't, so I have no idea of her tastes. Perhaps you can mix and match
the ideal gift package by going through all my suggestions. I followed
up on your original suggestion for bedding items and went from
IDEAL GIFT PACKAGE
I have compiled a combination of gifts which might appeal to various
aspects of your friend's personality and lifestyle. The package
contains something cozy to wrap around herself and relax in after she
comes home from work or exercise, some lavender bath items for
pampering, a beautiful item of jewelry for work or an evening out, and
a sweet treat when she feels like indulging! The items are not "too"
personal and you are not running the risk of assuming a style she does
not like or a size that does not fit! I purposely chose the white silk
throw since it offsets the rest of the lavender theme, but if there is
still too much lavender here, you can choose a robe in a different
color from the additional selections I have provided. The alternate
suggestions will provide some variety of choices while still remaining
along the same gift theme.
Gift Package - Individual White Silk Throw, Plush Lavender Spa Robe,
Lavender Spa gift basket, a Set of Lavender Pearls, and a small box of
* Cost without shipping and taxes - Low - $565 to High - $1,575
1. (a) White Mulberry Silk Throw from Plumeria Bay - $210
"The Winter Silk Throw is covered in a 19mm silk satin, just slightly
sand washed. This silk throw is a perfect companion, along with a cup
of hot chocolate (or tea, or...), to cuddle up with when the weather
gets chilly. Silk within, silk without. These comforters from the
legendary silk region of China are beautifully sensuous and supple,
conforming to your body contours, with the Winter throw offering a
buttery smooth satin finish silk habotai covering. Like our down
comforters you'll see, and feel, that quality materials, design &
craftsmanship do make a difference. Only the finest grade "A" Hand
pulled Mulberry silk floss strands, up to 3000 feet long, form
delicate layers of silvery white batting that will never shift or
bunch. This is due, in part, to the special inner construction of
these comforters, not found in others.
(This seems a bit more personal and slightly more romantic than bedding,
especially when you are still tip-toeing a bit!)
2. (a) A Sonoma Lavender Spa Robe, $130
(B) (b) Cozy Chic Robe (noted as a "favorite" on Oprah) - $120
Close-up of colors
* I think any other type of robe might be too personal. You can safely give
her one of these since it goes along with the spa/relaxation theme!
3. Spa Retreat Lavender Gift Basket - $124.95
"Shower her with relaxation and show her you care by sending this
stunning basket filled with spa delights. The hamper style basket
holds an abundant collection of rest and relaxation with lavender and
violet scented products. Bubble Bath, Bath Salts, Shower Gel, Body
Scrub, Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Bath Mitt, Bath Sponge, Lavender
Scented Candles and more. This lavender and violet collection of
products is sure to make her feel appreciated." SHIPPING WEIGHT: 14
4. Lavender Pearl Necklace - from $100 - $1000
a) 6.5x7mm Lavender Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace - $200 - $650.
b) Lavender Pearl Necklace - from $100 - $1000
5. Lavendar Fudge - $6.70 USD
If you do not like some of the above ideas, please look at my
alternate suggestions below:
ADDITIONAL ITEMS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
1. Mulberry Silk Winter Comforters - Twin Size 68"x92" - $285.00
Mulberry Silk Winter Comforters - Queen Size 92"x92" - $340.00
"Filled with pure hand pulled Mulberry Silk floss, the Winter Silk
Comforter is covered in a heavier 19mm sand washed silk habotai in a
satin finish, the Summer Silk Comforter is covered in a lighter 10mm
sand washed silk habotai with a natural finish. The Winter Mulberry
Silk Comforter is ideal for a range of climates, for use in cooler
bedrooms or for those who are normally cold sleepers.
2. Down Comforter with a Duvet Cover - If you decide against the
individual throw or the silk comforters, you can choose an
appropriate-sized down comforter with a lavender Lilas-colored duvet
cover (quite similar to Lavender):
Duvet cover in Lilas: Price range - Twin $360 - Queen - $416.25 King - $450
Down Comforters are traditionally sold in white, and the duvet cover
is recommended to keep them clean. Comforters will range in price
depending on size, weight and type of down. See choices below:
* I use a down comforter year-round, and you really cannot go wrong
with any of the choices on the site above.
3. If you fee comfortable enough to give this combination, I think it
is absolutely beautiful!
Custom-Made Satin Comforter (Lavender) - from $279 + (depending on mattress size)
Custom-made Lavender-Scented Bedding - $299 plus (depending on size)
AND - if you want:
Sheet sets (I recommend a contrasting color)
4. Pure Cashmere Sweaters from Isle of Skye (from $495 down...)
They offer lavender in their available colors, but not in all
* You might do just as well to order a color close within that color scheme
5. Additional Jewelry suggestions:
a) Three Strand Necklace - Pearls and Amethysts - $155
"This black pearl, amethyst and crystal necklace is the perfect piece
for fall. Beautiful baroque black pearls with gorgeous rainbow orient,
amber-colored crystals, and faceted oval natural purple amethysts are
interspersed on rich brown cord. This necklace will look absolutely
stunning with the deeper hues of fall, or, to make it really pop, wear
it against white. The strands range from 15- to 17 inches. The
generous lobster claw clasp and one-inch extender are 18k white
gold-plated .925 sterling silver."
b) Amethysist is a purple gemstone that comes very close to lavender.
The following bracelet is very subtle and simple and contains
Amethyst Bracelet in 14K White Gold - $398.00
Would any of the earings or pendants on the following sites be of
interest? (better ignore the rings!)
From My Solitaire: (see beautiful pendants on pages 3 and 4)
Maine Amethyst (as shown) 14k Gold $225.00
Maine Amethyst (as shown) 14k Gold $175.00
Maine Amethyst (as shown) 14k Gold $115.00
6. Pashmina Cashmere Shawl Handmade in Nepal - $98 (click on Lavender)
* Note that this comes with a gift box!
Lavender Cashmere Shawl - $89
7. I don't know where your friend lives, but including a gift
certificate for a massage, or a few catered dinners would be very
thoughtful. You could slip the certificate inside the gift basket...
TWO MORE UNUSUAL SUGGESTIONS
Indoor Water Fountain (these are so soothing) - $100 - $900
Movie - "Ladies in Lavender." $17.99 (just a play on her love of Lavendar)
Synopsis - http://www.ladiesinlavenderthemovie.com/movie.html
Unfortunately, there is a big problem at this point. Most of the
nicer wrapping paper and gift bags sold online come ONLY in large
quantities (wholesale). I was only able to find one online store that
sells unusual wrapping paper in small quantities. Please take a look
at the following recommendations. If you don't care for this paper,
you might do better to shop locally in a party store or an independent
bookstore like Barnes and Noble, which often carries a gift wrap
selection. You will have to do that for gift bags, anyway, as I did
not find anything large enough online.
I think a few large gift bags filled with tissue paper or raffia and
individually-wrapped items in different papers is the best way to go.
If you fit the filled gift bags into the shipping box, everything will
be protected until it reaches it's destination.
If you live in a large city, you might even be able to find a
professional gift-wrapping service, though they are quite rare.
Katespaperie has a beautiful selection of unique gift wrap. Take a
look at all the papers below, and then see my three recommendations:
I recommend the following papers, perhaps wrapping the larger items in
(a) and the smaller items in (b) and (c)
a) "Scribble, Pink & Purple" on the Sheer Papers Page? This paper
would be very nice for the larger items that you select
b) Kate's Mulberry Gift Wrap Roll, Lavender
c) Kate's Mulberry Gift Wrap Roll, Pink
If you are using any gift bags, try the Crystalized Tissue paper in
Lavender to surround the wrapped gifts:
You might try the following to go with the papers recommended above
(in purple, pink or white:
I wish I could be of more help in the gift wrap arena but it is
especially hard when you haven't even selected your presents yet!
Wrapping a bedding set will be a lot harder than wrapping a robe!
If you want to get some ideas for wrapping, take a look at the
papermart website. As I mentioned, everything is in large quantities,
but there are some beautiful papers and bags on the site.
I truly hope I have given you some helpful suggestions for a gift
package! After you have looked over my answer, please don't hesitate
to ask if you need anything further and I will see what I can come up
with! At this point, I am quite bleary-eyed as it is past midnight and
I have been looking for appropriate gifts and wrapping paper for most
of the past 15 hours! I am afraid of what I might come up with if I
tried to suggest anything further at this time of night!
Looking foward to hearing your thoughts!
Clarification of Answer by
18 Jan 2006 13:37 PST
Oh my gosh, Mao, I am getting frustrated. There are way too many sites
on unique gift wraps that include drawing on paper shopping bags,
wrapping presents in cut-up comics, sticking old stamps on paper, etc!
I don't think this is what you want!
The best photos and ideas for fancy wrapping will likely be found in
books, I'm afraid, since I cannot find many websites with actual
photographs. I have posted some links to book covers at the bottom of
my clarification that might give you some ideas. You might want to
actually take a trip to a bookstore and browse through some similar
However, before you look at the book photos, I have a few ideas.
How about going with an all natural theme in your gift packaging?
Your friend loves the beach and enjoys exercising, and she might
really appreciate the natural look as opposed to lots of glossy paper.
In a way, it will make the items you have selected stand out more. You
can dress up each each individual package with it's own special
natural tie or ribbon, and then nestle them all in a packing box
filled with shredded colored paper for shipping. You will have to go
to paper store to see if you can find bulk shredded paper - it looks
* Better yet - buy some colored construction paper and shred it yourself!
I think you can acquire all your wrapping materials from a site like
Loosends. Take a look at the following suggestions:
Since your most intimate present is the jewelry, why not take the
loose pearls or other jewelry item you select and snuggle them down
into a ribbon nest like this:
Basically, it looks like the ribbon is repeatedly wrapped around a
small object placed in tissue, raffia or other natural packing
material and then tied several times around with metallic wire.
(to see more wire, type wire in the search box on top)
Stuffing material for around the pearls
Again - since this is the most personal and intimate part of the
gift, why not attach a special poem or saying that would convey how
Another idea is to tuck the pearls inside the back pocket of a little
sachet like the one found here -
How about rolling up the spa robe and putting it into something like
this bag, and then tying the handles with a selection of tie or ribbon
found on the site?
The silk throw might roll up or fold into a bag like this which your
friend can reuse for other things. Tie the handles together with
whatever tie or ribbon seems most appropriate. You might want to
crumple up some nice tissue around the bottom and sides of the bag, to
make it a bit more decorative.
Tissue - http://www.looseends.com/arts-n-crafts/level-pages/specialty/tissues.htm
Candy could go into something like this little box:
This is basically in it's own container, but if you want to make it
look as though you compiled it yourself, you can always take out some
of the bottom stuffing and fill it with a mixture of loose seashells
and then stick some lavender sprigs in amongst the shells so the
lavender stands up among the spa products.
You can then wrap a cello sac around the basket and tie it up however
you see fit. http://www.looseends.com/cgi-bin/showitem.pl?ProductId=30600
Materials links from the Loosends website:
Looseends gift wrapping links
Links to lots of different ribbons
If you want to make some wraps yourself, please look through the links
on the following website:
If you decide to stay with the fancier gift wrap, see the following
books and photo covers for some ideas:
"The Gift Wrapping Book: Over 150 Ideas for All Occasions."
Creative Gift Wrapping
Quick and Easy Enchanting Gifts Wrapping
Creative Gift Packaging
Presentations - A passion for gift-wrapping
From Gift Wrapping Ideas:
"Anyone who had tried to wrap a bowling ball, baseball mitt, or
otherwise oddly shaped item knows that flimsy paper in cheerful prints
just won't do the job on their own. There are several ways to get
around this problem."
"One option, of course, is to choose a gift bag for the item in
question, add lots of pretty colored tissue paper, and tie everything
up with a big shiny bow. Alternatively, you can find or purchase a box
that the gift will fit in and wrap it with paper or foil or however
you'd like to. If the box is too big you can cushion the empty space
with tissue. Another option is to find a piece of fabric that will
comfortably cover the gift. Place the item in the center of the
fabric, bring the fabric up to the top on all sides, and tie it all
together with festive ribbon."
From "That's a wrap, folks That's a wrap."
"Oddly shaped items can be placed in a gift bag. Gift bags can be
purchased in all sizes now, even for large items such as bicycles. If
the item is smaller, a beautiful way to wrap up a gift is to surround
it with colorful tissue paper, then place inside a clear cellophane
bag. Tie off the top with matching or coordinating ribbon for a fun,
"Some people like to enhance the gift wrapping by adding little
surprises such as artificial snow inside the box. When the recipient
opens the box, a flurry of snow will fly!"
"Also, little embellishments on the box add a special touch. An
evergreen sprig or a small ornament tied on top makes a beautiful
addition to the gift."
I hope I have given you some fun ideas to work with. I think the
simpler the better, and the materials from Loosends seem to go along
with the type of woman you are describing - someone who is sweet,
humble, gentle, down to earth, and who loves the beach and outdoors.
P.S. - Please post a comment to this question in the future to let us
all know what you decided upon, and how she reacted!