You’ll Want To Send Me A Gift After This.

I used to find myself stumbling around looking for a nice gift for birthdays, Father’s day, and Mother’s Day. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I have over the years found a few really nice, unique gifts and I thought I’d share with you, my dear friends.

Remember how much some of you loved the pop up Flower Card suggestion?

That was fun, wasn’t it?

Anyhoo, like much of my life, I am NOT being compensated for this.

Stephanie Burgess Peace Poles

My girlfriend Kelly and I first saw these while on a trip to Asheville, NC almost 10 years ago; they were selling them in the Biltmore Mansion gift shop. She gifted one to me a few months later and we’ve been gifting them to each other and other people since then. I think I have 3 in various places on our property; some small, some tall.

Recently I sent a bereavement pole to our neighbor in GA to place in her garden in memory of her husband who had just passed away.

She has them for just about every occasion; joy, sadness, silliness, etc… 20″ to 6ft. The gifting possibilities are endless.

I’ve seen knock-off brands around, usually at my high-end nursery, but I give them the finger as I’m loyal to the original creator and artist. Every time I order one, Stephanie herself will send me an email with the order update; she’s very much a hands-on artist & business person.


Everyone knows about Etsy. I’ve shopped there for years, but more recently, I hit Etsy hard; like 90MPH hard.

I was trying to be proactive and purchase gifts way ahead of time so, if I couldn’t think of a specifc item, I would type in what my friend/family members interst is and go from there.

Boston Terriers? Absofreaking-lutely.

Butterflies? ALL DAY LONG!

Sloths? They have those!

Hummingbirds? A MILLION choices.

Underwater basket weaving? Well, now I might be reaching.

You can find a plethora of unique ideas that make lovely gifts.

One of my favorite finds that I’ve given several times are recycled wine bottle wind chimes.

They’re unique and they ship so fast, you might be able to get some for Mom. You know she’d love to be outside having a glass of wine while her chimes are chiming.

I recently ordered several different Stained Glass Window Hangings ; they are absolutely amazing!

I know my friends will look at them hanging in their window and think of ME. Hey, it’s gotta be about me at some point, right? I’m not an idiot.

The door mats that I found are too darn fun!

They have tons of them for specific dog breeds, back in the day I would have got one that said: I HOPE YOU LIKE BOXERS.

Now, I’d need one that said: I HOPE YOU LIKE WEIRD ASS MUTTS.

Ernie the Kids one made me think of you and your large, lively clan.


I’ve blogged about my gift of flower delivery from the Coach many times. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Flowers come every two weeks direct from the grower via Fed Ex. I can go into our account and adjust the flower type and the delivery dates since we aren’t always home. Of course, I LOVE grocery store flowers too, but it’s so nice to have some different flavors and they show up at my door.

I send these all the time to friends/family for birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc… I always skip the vase because everyone has a cabinet full of vases and they are redundant.

My only complaint is that the recipient doesn’t always see who sent the flowers, so I always send a heads up the day before. {Hey! Fed Ex is bringing your something special tomorrow!}

Again, I like to get credit for my good deeds.

These arrived yesterday; I always have at least 2 or 3 full vases from each delivery.

My MIL and Aunt Trisha will be receiving flowers from The Bougs next week.

Well, that is all I can think of this lovely Wednesday morning. If you can add to my list of clever gift ideas, I’m open to suggestions!