Welcome to Beautiful Ideas! The place to come and find ideas and inspiration for beautiful gifts, invitations and party & event supplies.
Gift giving in my family was a really special event. We didn’t have a huge amount of money, so any gifts had to be carefully planned and thought out. At Christmas time, we would revel in fake wrapping to disguise our presents – so no one could guess what they were. We’d wrap up old coat hangers, put tiny presents in huge boxes, and wrap towels around books to conceal their true identities.
One vivid memory I have is when I was about 19, and my then-boyfriend joined us for Christmas day. While we were arguing over who got to give their presents first, he sat there with a stunned look on his face, and quietly said “In my family we fight over who gets to open their presents first, not who gets to give them!” I’ll never forget the look on his face – classic!
I don’t have many memories of the actual gifts I received, but I do remember the pure joy and delight of tearing open a beautifully wrapped present, and looking up to see the beaming smile of whichever family member had given it to me.
I’m an artist and graphic designer by trade, and have dabbled in jewellery making, and many many other crafts. I started a Zazzle shop recently, and in the process came across so many cool gift ideas, that I was inspired to start this blog to share my ideas and finds. I hope you find some great ideas and inspiration for gifts, parties and events while browsing our website. If you can’t find what you are looking for, would like some help, or have any general comments/questions – I’d love to hear from you.