Generally, you can’t go wrong in bringing a gift to a celebratory event for the honoree as well as the host or hostess.
For every holiday, celebration, or party, we have gift ideas for any occasion that will make meaningful gifts for the receiver and the giver.
A small gift for the host or hostess acknowledges and thanks them for the effort they put into creating a festive atmosphere and tasty food. Gift ideas can range from wallets like our highly rated Thin Bifold Wallet or new Haven Compact Wallet with optional chain strap to more traditional gifts that may aid them with their host duties like our personalized Wine Carrier and nice bottle of wine.
For the ultimate party-thrower, you can never go wrong with more decorative serveware for their events. A wooden cheese board, reusable wine stoppers, a cake stand with glass dome cover, pitcher with an ice core or infuser, and wine or whiskey glasses are among the most convenient and festive ideas. With any gift-giving event, don’t underestimate the thoughtfulness of food. Choose items like a gift basket full of their favorite food for comfort, a seasonal gift set for hot cocoa, or a selection of international foods for an adventurous palette.
A birthday party is an excellent time to gift “wants” that focus more on aesthetics or sentimental value. Birthday gift ideas include personalized handbags to elevate their wardrobe like our best-selling Meadow Collection or a Sloan Backpack for your favorite guy or girl on the go. If your budget allows, aim to check something off their wish list like collector’s items or dream trips. The more time you spend creating or researching a gift, the more thoughtful the gift becomes.
Sometimes you just need a way to say, “thank you”. Thank you gifts don’t have to be big. You show gratitude and gratefulness in random gifts for your friends or services rendered from someone above and beyond the standard duty like a thoughtful mail carrier or cleaner for your house. Small tokens of appreciation that celebrate the recipient might include a new plant to nurture for a green thumb or gourmet sweets from a local bakery or chocolatier.
Other gift opportunities focus on accomplishments like graduations, work anniversaries, or retirements. Encourage the newly retired to get out and see the world with a personalized passport cover or duffle bag and a plane ticket or hotel reservation. You could also help them discover new hobbies for their free time with gifts like golf clubs, a new stand mixer, gardening tools, or a comfy recliner for a much needed nap.
Our graduation gift guide offers a good range of choices like our leather portfolios to set up your college graduates to make a good impression on their first day at work. Leaving home behind can be daunting but our Laptop Messenger Bag or a nice organizer set for their desk offers coordination and can inspire confidence in your new college student’s ability to tackle their new campus. Students and graduates can also create a successful study or work environment anywhere with our portable Modern Desk collection or plan their week with our selection of annual or open dated planners.
For fun, other graduation or work gifts could be of the liquid variety. Gifts such as an insulated tumbler and gift card to the their favorite café for those essential coffee breaks, a water bottle with lines for motivation to stay hydrated, or bottle of champagne to celebrate their achievements.
Gifts for a mom-to-be are for more than just the newborn. Baby showers gifts should be dual purpose, like a nice tote bag with a pocket-filled bag organizer insert for the mother that can double as diaper bag for the baby. Mom will have peace of mind because she knows she can carry everything she needs while also looking well put together.
Most of the time, the gifting is done by the guests attending a wedding reception or bridal shower but the reverse is true when showing appreciation for the financial and time commitments of the bridal party. Our Wedding Collection is a curated list of premium styles that recognize the people you chose to stand with you on your big day and thank them for their emotional support.
Our Bridesmaid Pouch can hold the essential tissues for shiny foreheads or imminent tears and extra lipstick on your wedding day. You could also choose our Medium Jewelry Organizer in the soft pink of Rosewood or creamy Ivory as ideal bridesmaid gifts they are sure to use and display. Groomsmen aren’t left out; great gifts for groomsmen include monogrammed cufflinks or leather wallets like our personalized Bifold Wallet with Flap for extra sophistication. Other wedding gift ideas for the both the bridal party and wedding guests include personalized favors like playing cards or ornaments with your name and wedding date on them, or small after party kits to help with any lingering effects of last night’s reception.
With married life comes another special occasion: the wedding anniversary. For these events, there are several recommended anniversary gift materials for certain milestones of your marriage. The first year is typically a paper gift like a printed photo album of your history as a couple or a frame for your wedding license. Third-year anniversary gift ideas are our favorites because the material is leather. We offer a variety of leather anniversary gifts from Mr and Mrs Luggage Tags for that second or third honeymoon to makeup pouches or toiletry bags for an organized approach to every day when you share a countertop.
Of course, most of your gifting itinerary might be controlled by major holidays. When you have a significant other, Valentine’s Day gifts become important. Gift ideas that show affection and honor the significance of your relationship with each other will be the most meaningful. Beyond a nice bouquet of fresh flowers and their favorite sweet, you can choose items like our Small Willow Wallet on Chain or Small Double Zip Toiletry Bag to personalize and serve as daily reminders of your love for the recipient.
When it comes to Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts, a good gift makes their routine easier. Gift ideas include a powerful new vacuum for the house or detailing the car or tools for those handyman moments. However, on Mother’s Day the best gift ideas give mom a break. Services like a nail salon or a spa day with a massage or something less expensive but more thoughtful like washing the dishes or doing all the laundry that week can mean the most and honor your mother. Another thoughtful Mother’s Day gift idea involves filling one of our Small Train Cases with her favorite skincare or cosmetic products so mom can look good or relax at any time.
For Father’s Day Gifts, we recommend you think a little deeper than more socks, ties, or funny coffee mugs. Gift Dad something that recognizes his hobbies or guilty pleasures such as a nice bottle of liquor for those after-dinner drinks or a jersey from his favorite sports team. Dads that are quick to catch a flight or love a good road trip will appreciate items like our Harwood Weekender duffle bag to easily pack and get out of the door faster.
Of course, winter holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or, the ultimate gift-giving event, Christmas are great opportunities to reflect on what gifts in your budget would be the most impactful. We offer a complete guide to Leatherology year-end gifts at Christmastime from our top picks to a selection wallet-friendly holiday gifts under $50. Personalized gifts like our Kress Medium Tote or Beauty Gift Set make the best gifts for the women in your life. Our collection of slim yet durable leather wallets or convenient styles like our Tech Organizer Bag and leather-wrapped, monogrammable and magnetic Cord Wraps will ensure you are getting the best gifts for the men you care for.
A small gift doesn’t have to signify unimportant or inexpensive. When choosing gifts on a budget, you will want to be very thoughtful. Gifts under $50 allow you to still purchase a variety of luxury gifts while remaining more wallet-friendly and keeping your budget intact. Small gift ideas could include a quality utility knife for the tinkerer who likes to be prepared or a cutely shaped tea infuser and a new blend for your favorite tea drinker. Book lovers will appreciate our willingness to hold their page with our leather Deluxe Bookmark or impressive Bookweight.
Of course, there are always gifting dilemmas. Sometimes you truly are at a loss of what gift will be the most meaningful for the person who has everything already or who declares not to want anything at all.
Gifts for people who have everything, especially people with great personal wealth, need to be very personal. A scrapbook of old photos could document and highlight your favorite memories together, a special occasion for them, or their progress in life so far. Many people enjoy personal history as well; photos and the accompanying stories of an interesting ancestor might be the ideal gift.
Gifts for people who don’t want anything can be equally frustrating. Whether it is due to personal beliefs or a minimalistic aesthetic they wish to maintain, some gift receivers may feel they don’t require physical gifts. In that case, you could request to make a donation to support their favorite charity or non-profit organization in their name.
In both situations, you can also choose to present homemade gifts or reusable gifts. Like the earlier scrapbook suggestion, framed photographs and handwritten notes or poems, or even a plant in a recyclable hand painted pot.
Other ideas include experience gifts. An experience creates a lasting memory that caters to the recipient’s hobbies or interest. Good gift experiences might be tickets to a concert for their favorite music artist, passes to an amusement park or comic convention, and reservations for an excellent restaurant or culinary event.
Another experience gift that works well as a gift for everyone, or when you need to gift a large number of people, is vacations. While the upfront total can seem expensive, when you calculate the price per person, you might realize you are spending close to the same amount as usual. This is a particularly great idea during the winter holidays when your gift list may seem a mile long. You can add up how much you want to spend on each person and choose an experience that you and your loved ones can enjoy together.
From expanding their wardrobe with a new leather handbag to a houseplant or trip to a yoga retreat, there is a vast variety of gift ideas out there to make your special someone’s day. Just remember that any special occasion gift should be meaningful and focus on the receiver’s lifestyle and personal tastes.