Gifts If They Missed by Sarah, & A Small James Bond Rant That Is Uncalled For In The Midst Of Such A Good Piece
January 3, 2022
Editor’s Note: Why? Because (1) you asked for more Sarah and I totally agree, (2) in the event that you didn’t get everything you want, don’t celebrate Christmas, or have not received the last gift you are ever going to get, (3) a gift you don’t like or aren’t going to use makes you lie or at best act, and there are really, at the end of the day, very few of us talented enough to pull that off – JB (a reminder, Sarah’s blog can be found here.)
Thank you to John for inviting me to contribute to Ivy Style! The holiday season might be over, but gifts are given year-round, whether for anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or “just because.” I constantly struggle with this when thinking of gifts for my husband, who has excellent taste and is simply impossible to buy for. In the interest of not adding more “stuff” to our house–at least not belongings that have limited meaning and/or functionality–I try to think outside of the box when it comes to gift-giving. I’m eager to know your thoughts, and please let me know if I’ve missed anything–I keep a running list for future events!
Dedicate a bench in your favorite park: When my husband and I were first married, we lived across the street from Central Park and took daily walks there. I always loved reading the dedications on the benches, and for a very special occasion, dedicating a bench would be a fantastic present. While the Central Park “adopt-a-bench” program is definitely a bit steep at $10,000 per bench, and best saved for a very special occasion, you can also endow a tree ($5,000 for a mature tree, $500 for a sapling) or plant flowers ($50). Not only are you contributing to the preservation of a national landmark, you’re honoring past memories and creating new ones for the years to come.
Made-to-measure shirt, Sid Mashburn: The man you’re buying for might have a closet full of shirts, but a made-to-measure shirt is always something a little more special. This is my go-to gift for birthdays. Everything is customizable, from the fit to the fabric to the collar; the perfect way to create your dream shirt. The price range is very reasonable, and if you’re not sure of your recipient’s exact measurements, or aren’t sure what collar to choose, gift certificates are available.
Black tie accessories: While we still might be in the throes of COVID, I’m hopeful we’ll emerge someday soon and even more hopeful that reemergence will prompt the revival of many more black tie events. A cummerbund, waistcoat, and bow tie are essential (and should be black barathea!) You don’t need them until you need them, and isn’t it better to be prepared in advance? Your recipient will thank you!
A life membership: If the man you’re buying for is a member of an organization, whether a genealogical society, historical society, or private club, a number of organizations offer life memberships. This is such a lovely gift to give and receive–you get to support an organization that has great meaning to the recipient of the gift by bolstering their endowment, and most organizations will send a lovely certificate or handwritten letter acknowledging the member’s change in status.
Editor’s PS (Which I have to start doing, because you guys send some funny stuff – a quick note from Charles: