Ok, so you have a friend who loves the beach, it’s summer, and you need to get her a gift. Now what? Here at dearduck, we’re built to understand all of the tiny but crucial preferences that factor into someone loving a present—or not. Things we may not even think about consciously, and are all but impossible to keep track of in any gifting circle. Think: color affinities, style inclinations, flavor profiles. But that doesn’t mean old-fashioned thoughtfulness won’t get you far in understanding what someone will love. Here’s how to hone in on the best gifts for beach lovers, using the same logic we use at dearduck.
If having a good time is an art form, then Courtney Paddock and Haley Webster are masters of the craft. Courtney, with her company Little Coterie, dreams up fab fetes for everything from showers to corporate events. Haley, who goes by Three Smudges, crafts gorgeous photos, because if there aren’t pictures, did it ever really happen? So when we heard that Courtney was throwing a vintage Americana July 4th blowout and Haley would be documenting it, we wanted a front-row seat on the action.
Be honest: do you really think the exact same necklace is right for all of your bridesmaids? Or the same vase makes sense for the people throwing you those beautiful parties? Don’t get us wrong, we love traditions, but when it comes to gifting, it’s time for an update. It’s a big day with big personalities and big gift choices to make, but there’s no reason they should all be the same. Here’s how to make it easy to find the right presents for everyone on your list.
Yes, it’s really happening. Summer’s just about here and our genius VP of Merchandising Kate Russell has Memorial Day weekend—and summer in general—all figured out. We’re going to be taking our cues from Kate on what to bring, wear, and perhaps most importantly, eat during the weekend that gets it all started.
We’re helping our favorite moms choose their favorite gifts for the big day. The fact is, every mom is different, and their gifts should be too, which is where we come in. This week, Aimee Woodall, founder of the Black Sheep Agency, a do-gooder strategic brand shop, tells us about her love for a boho vibe, all things red wine, and anything that makes her home feel like a spa, and we curate accordingly.
Let’s face it, Mother’s Day can create gifting anxiety. You want so much to get the perfect thing that will make her proverbial day, but how to do that, exactly? As an app dedicated to taking the guesswork out of gifting and deepening all of our relationships, we’re excited to be especially helpful on Mother’s Day (when gifting can go oh so wrong.) The fact is, every mom is different, and their gifts should be, too, which is where dearduck comes in. We asked some of our favorite moms to collaborate with us on choosing their Mother’s Day Picks. Today’s collaboration is with Esther Freedman—the force behind the beyond-adorable, playful, and yet practical kids’ clothing brand and site Cuteheads—and all her Picks are available now in the dearduck app.
As an app dedicated to taking the guesswork out of gifting and deepening all of our relationships, we’re excited to be especially helpful on Mother’s Day (when, ahem, gifting can go oh so wrong.) The fact is, every mom is different, and their gifts should be, too. That’s why we don’t do gift guides. Instead, we’re here to help you curate what’s just right for YOU on Mother’s Day.
There’s nothing that compares to that feeling of opening up the perfect present and feeling like someone totally “gets” you. It’s a moment of feeling seen, heard, and understood. And loved! Then there are those moments when you have to politely grin and bear it because you’re given something that’s just. Completely. Wrong.