Thoughtful gifts are the best, yes?  I absolutely love giving (and of course receiving) delightful little treats that are unique, personalized and lovingly selected.  Over the last few months, I have seen such a beautiful crop of personalized gift ideas pop up, and I am in love!  And the best part…local vendors with a lot of heart who work with you to create just the perfect gift.  If you are looking for some special treats to ask your BFFs to be your bridesmaids or to let them know how much you appreciate them after the big day, have a look at this special little list I have curated and I am sure you will find something you love!

PRESENT DAY GIFTS

Well-designed, purposeful gift boxes and baskets made with locally sourced goodies of the highest quality.  Owner Sophia Pierro is an absolute treat to work with and offers an exquisite ready-made selection of gift boxes, but if you are looking to create something completely custom, she will be happy to work with you to create a truly unique and bespoke gift.  Excellent client experience for both sender and receiver!

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Toronto designer Sarah Catalfo has created a beautiful and luxurious line of silk robes and lace kimonos perfect for  those precious, wedding day getting-ready moments.  And you should also know that Sarah can offer the full experience by working with her clients to create custom bridesmaid dresses that fit just right.  One stop-shop for your bridal needs!

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NOMAD COFFEE CLUB

Say it with me…”Coffee is always a good idea!”.  Am I right?  For the girl who has it all but can always have another coffee, a subscription to Nomad Coffee Club is just the thing.  Their mission is simple, to bring the best and freshest coffee from Canadian roasters right to your doorstep every single month.  With four different plans to choose from and free shipping anywhere in Canada, this gift idea is a sure winner!

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SUCCULENT CHOCOLATES AND SWEETS

They say there is nothing better than a friend…unless it’s a friend with chocolate.  Enter Succulent Chocolates and Sweets, the perfect answer, no matter the question!  Offering a decadent variety of hand-crafted bonbons and treats in deliciously bold flavours like mango-curry, chili pepper, strawberry-basil and espresso (to name a few), even your most selective bff is sure to be impressed with a few of these magical confections.  (Keep them in mind too for your special wedding favours!).

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LITTLE BOX OF ROCKS

Such a sweet and thoughtful gift.  Based in Winnipeg, MB, Little Box of Rocks offers a unique collection of healing crystal bouquets…a special gift to inspire spiritual wellness.  Beautifully packaged in a wooden box, each bouquet includes four theme-appropriate crystals, each of which is reiki-infused by a certified practitioner.

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NADEGE PATISSERIE

Hands down my absolute favorite French Patisserie in Toronto, Nadege is the equivalent of heaven on earth sprinkled with the freshest and most delicious treats to fill your little heart (and belly) with pure joy!  The attention to detail and the quality of the ingredients is second to none, bringing a little taste of Paris to the heart of our beautiful city.  Choose from classic macarons, incredibly beautiful and delicious cakes or the freshest croissants and you will be sure to impress.  Pair them with a little bubbly for the most decadent snack and you will be everyone’s best friend!

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FANCY PUFS

Aaah, the gift of sweetness and childhood memories all rolled into one delicious and nostalgic treat with a modern twist.  Combining organic, all-natural sugars, Fancy Pufs now offers super cute gift boxes with a variety of pufs that can be customized to suit all of your bffs’ tastes.  With flavours like mango-chili, honey rose and maple bacon, you sure will come off looking pretty creative and thoughtful with this lovely little gift. (Also, pairs well with champagne.  Just saying…*wink, wink*).

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you found something unique to inspire you.  Thoughtful gift giving is a gift in itself, so enjoy the process and remember that as long is it is from the heart, every gift is beautiful.

Lots of love! xo

All photos via each vendor.

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Anytime I browse through a wedding gallery, one of my favorite photos to look for is THE famous shoe shot.  I love to see how stylish brides find just the perfect pair of heels (or flats, or boots, or runners) that truly captures their style and personality…oh, and I am always amazed by how creative photographers get when photographing them.

Whether you opt to wear flats, sky-high heels or rock a fresh pair of Chucks, be sure to break those beauties in before the big day to ensure that you will be comfortable and able to dance through the night!

And now, a little shoes-piration to get you through the week.  I hope you enjoy!

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Wishing you a sparkly and happy #TuesdayShoesday! xo

Photo Credits: Image 1, 4, 5, 8 via  Style Me Pretty / Image 2 via Elizabeth Anne Designs / Image 3 via Gray Likes Weddings / Image 6 (left) via Style Me Pretty , (right) via Junebug Weddings  / Image 7 Jose Villa (via Style Me Pretty)

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The invitation suite you choose is such an important element of your entire wedding picture.  As with choosing a theme/style, your invitations should be a reflection of you as a couple and the type of celebration you have planned for your guests – whether it be an intimate gathering, a whimsical fête or an elegant ball, your beautifully designed suite will let your guests know what to expect and of course, provide all the important details for your big day.

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Colour, texture, font choices, whimsical or elegant, letter press, gold foil….the choices are endless!  But if you have a theme in mind, let that be your guide…or do things in reverse, pick a beautiful design that you love and use your invitation suite as the inspiration for all other wedding elements.   Have fun with the process!

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Places like Minted and Wedding Paper Divas are great for inspiration and they offer a wide selection and pricing for every budget, as well as quick turnaround times and lots of customization options.  Minted even offers matching designed envelopes and saves you time with their free guest addressing service.  I know for a fact that every bride and groom out there can use some extra time, am I right?!  Both Minted and Wedding Paper Divas will also mail you a free sample kit that includes a beautifully curated selection of flat, foil-press and die-cut invitations plus colour and premium paper swatches, so you can experience the quality and feel for yourself before placing an order.

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I also LOVE Etsy for unique, independent and super talented designers that create some truly one-of-a-kind invitation suites and stationery for all other wedding-related celebrations.

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Remember, invitations should be sent out six to eight weeks before the wedding. Set requested RSVP time for three weeks prior to the wedding date at the very LATEST (if some of your guests have not replied within this time period, give them a call to confirm).

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Looking to save a little money on your stationery?  Remember that “Save-the-Date” cards are not a must for local weddings (unless you’re having your wedding on a holiday-weekend or a weekday) therefore, you could skip them if necessary.  “Thank You” cards however, are a must and should ideally be sent out within three months of the wedding day.  And if you are looking for a little guidance on how to best word your invitations, check out this great etiquette guide from Bella Figura for lots of helpful tips!

Have a great week and happy shopping!! xo

Photo Credits: Images 1, 2, 3 (envelope liner – Flora Pattern #7), 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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