The 2023 TFD Gift Guide

The 2023 TFD Gift Guide

Looking to alleviate shopping stress this holiday season and support a local business? You're in the right place! Here you'll find the best items that are sure to make the perfect gifts or stocking stuffers for anyone on your holiday gifting list, broken down into convenient categories. Happy shopping and thank you in advance for shopping small this year! 


There's a solid chance that there are a few people in your life who are truly obsessed with their pet, and that possibly includes you! There's no better gift for the proud pet parent than one that honors their favorite thing in the world - their furry companion. For a pawsitively perfect gift, consider a custom Pet Portrait Ornament to display on their Christmas tree or a Custom Pet Portrait* for a watercolor portrait that they can frame and display in their home year round. Guaranteed to be the favorite thing they get this year!



We all have that one person who is seemingly impossible to shop for, whether it's a friend, sibling, or family member. For this group of people who seem to have everything, it's best to select unique items that they can't get just anywhere. The suggestions below are items they might not stop to buy for themselves, but will undoubtably leave them wondering why they didn't think to get them in the first place! My personal favorite is the 2024 Desktop Calendar - not only useful for keeping the date handy, but the perfect way to add a little beauty to their workspace. Each calendar card features a hand-painted watercolor botanical arrangement with a frame-ready art print on the back for a total of 12 art prints (+ a bonus!) that can be enjoyed well after the year comes to a close. Another easy crowd pleaser is a Personalized Stationery Set. These are a great addition to any desk and incredibly useful to have on hand for a quick handwritten note, whether it's to send a note of encouragement to a friend, a quick thank you, or to tuck in with a gift! Lastly, a Custom House Portrait* makes a wonderful keepsake gift for the holidays. There's just no place quite like home, so why not capture it in watercolor for a piece of artwork that'll be cherished for years! A hand-painted watercolor house portrait is the perfect way to commemorate the place that holds so many memories, whether it's a first house or a special place the family gathers year after year.


We all know her - the one who has a to-do list for all occasions, who can be trusted to stay on top of every important date, and whose home would make the ladies of The Home Edit proud. There are few things that the organized queens in your life would appreciate more than practical gift that speaks to their neat and tidy souls, such as the Butterfly Grocery List Notepad! This notepad is divided into the six main sections of grocery stores, designed to help you stay on track while making your list and while walking the grocery aisles! The notes section at the bottom comes in handy for any one-off items, reminders, or for weekly meal planning. Pair it with the Gingham Butterfly Notepad and toss in a set of matching Recipe Cards while you're at it! Stack them all up, tie together with a fancy ribbon and tuck in their favorite pens for a perfectly practical gift!


What do you buy for the 'just married' friends and family on your list? They can be hard to shop for, especially considering they just got everything they needed from their wedding registry! A great option is to gift something unique that makes the most of this special time in their life, such as a Custom Venue Portrait! Venue portraits are the perfect way to capture that beautiful wedding venue in watercolor for a sentimental piece of artwork that will be cherished for years to come! Add their wedding date to the bottom of the painting for an added special touch. Another option is to gift something personal - what new bride doesn't love the opportunity to show off her new last name?? A set of Personalized Stationery is a beautiful gift that she'll actually use throughout the year ahead! After all, those wedding 'thank you's aren't going to write themselves!


You know you're going to get invited to at least one of these events this holiday season, whether it's at work or with friends and family. Best to go ahead and shop early so you can avoid the last minute scramble in holiday traffic! And better yet, all of these suggested items are currently heavily discounted and will keep you well under that $25 spending cap! The best White Elephant and/or Secret Santa gifts check at least 2 of the following boxes:  (1) comical in some way, (2) inexpensive, and (3) functional. If you're looking for something sweet that's inexpensive and functional, consider snagging a Christmas Sweets Mug or Nutcracker Mug! Simply fill the mug to the brim with your favorite holiday chocolates or cookies, toss in a gift card to your favorite coffee shop, wrap it up in cellophane, and tie it up with a festive ribbon! Another good option is a cute holiday stationery set, such as this one, for all those holiday well wishes and 'thank you's to come! If you're looking for something that checks all three boxes, the Naughty or Nice Notepad Set or Get Crackin' Notepad will do the trick! Both feature one-of-a-kind watercolor artwork paired with a punny twist and serve a functional purpose! Of course no need to limit these quick, easy, and inexpensive gift ideas to White Elephant and Secret Santa parties, but use them for teacher/school staff gifts, neighbor gifts, and more!


'Tis the season for holiday parties galore! Don't show up empty handed this year, but instead come fully prepared with a unique gift your hostess with the mostest will love! I've come up with just a few easy ideas that will make any party or dinner host feel appreciated. Tea towels historically make for a fantastic hostess gift and can be easily paired with a variety of items for an added 'wow' factor! Grab your favorite seasonal bakery treat and wrap it up in a Christmas Sweets Tea Towel for a deliciously easy gift or wrap up a nice bottle of wine in a Candy Cane Tea Towel, tied with a ribbon (scroll back on my Instagram feed to see a tutorial)! Festive stir sticks are a such a fun addition to a bar of any kind, whether it's holiday cocktails served at a dinner party or a hot chocolate bar to celebrate cozy season with friends! Snag a pack of Classic Christmas Stir Sticks or two to toss in with some fun holiday stemware for a gift that can be enjoyed during the holiday season for years to come! Lastly, add a little holiday cheer to any bottle of wine or liquor by adding an acrylic ornament as a festive wine charm! Simply slip the ornament around the neck of the bottle and tie a pretty bow for an easy gift that keeps on giving.


*Hoping to gift a custom house or pet portrait this holiday season? Though custom portraits are closed for the year, gift certificates are available and are provided at no additional cost to allow you to have something to wrap for your loved ones! All custom portrait orders will be completed after the start of the new year.

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