Trohv is one of those places for me. I just go in there to get inspiration because it has this great feel to it. Comfy, cozy, and filled with goodies I wish were filling my home.
I happen to be lucky enough to have it right in my Hampden neighborhood . I struck up a conversation with the manager Gary Godbey, who also happens to be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met with a fabulous Southern accent. Seeing that I’ve been wanting to do a Baltimore spotlight on the blog, I figure Trohv would be a perfect start since it’s my go-to place for unique gifts!
Since that the holidays are upon us, I asked Gary to share some of his favorite holiday gift ideas for those of us (read: me!) tight on time and money.
Here are his tips to bring out your inner Martha Stewart:
Simple yet Personal
I absolutely LOVE to give gifts and have as far back as I can remember. I come from a large family and remember making craft projects for my siblings at an early age. I honestly believe that it’s the thought that counts. You can absolutely tell when someone puts thought into a gift for you. In the hustle and bustle of the season, it feels so great to know that someone took the extra time to so something special.
I LOVE a thoughtful handwritten note. I celebrated a birthday recently and received several cards in the mail. It truly made my day! I do not think that enough people take the time to send a personal note these days. You obviously can’t send a note to everyone that you would like to, but that doesn’t have to stop you from sending one to those that have impacted you the most.
Turn Family Heirlooms into New Memories
In regards to gift giving this season, I am going to go with keeping it simple yet personal. Everyone seems to be so busy these days and budgets are getting tighter and tighter. My grandmother passed away several years ago. She was an amazing lady. This year for Christmas, I(with the help of a friend) am going to sew stockings for my family from some of her old clothing that I saved. I am going to fill the stockings with my family members favorite things…candies, etc. I LOVE sentimental gifts and the connection that it provides. This is a low cost gift with tons of sentimental value. I would suggest repurposing old childhood photos or anything that provides a fun memory.
Get Creative with the Finishing Touches!
I am not a fan of gift bags though I have to admit that I have used them in a pinch. Wrapping a gift is another way to show that you put thought and effort into your gift. Who doesn’t love to open a package? Get creative with the wrap. Newspaper, printed papers, craft paper, etc. I also like to add tie-ons. Add a pine cone for the season, cinnamon sticks, a vintage ornament, an old photo. The options are unlimited and makes it interesting for both the giver and receiver! The more personal, the better!
Holiday Parties made Easy
When it comes to styling for holiday parties, again I say keep it simple. I love to use natural things that are free and easily accessible. Pine cones added to a clear glass vase with ribbon or string tied around the outside can provide the perfect centerpiece. You can also do multiples for a larger impact. Clip greenery and fill a glass container for your table….pine…holly…magnolia leaves, etc. Get creative with the containers that you have around the house… a vintage crock…mason jars.
No one likes a silent room at a party. Always have some of your favorite music in the background. I also think lighting has a huge impact on the vibe of a party. Overhead lights can be distracting. Lamp light with lit candles throughout the home provides a warm, relaxing and inviting atmosphere. I would say in order to not blow the budget, look at what you already have and think about how you can change it up for the occasion.
Love. Love. LOVE all his tips! I know I love receiving a gift that feels like someone picked it out just for me. Doesn’t have to be big or extravagant, just simple and unique. And his idea of working in family heirlooms into a gift is exactly what the holidays are all about. It’s a great way to tie in old memories and reminisce with family.
And don’t worry if your inner Martha Stewart is still planning on sleeping through the holidays (mine keeps hitting the snooze button). Trohv also has plenty of easy gifts to make everyone happy. Here are my personal picks that make me smile
Hands down my favorite holiday card. I might be sending these out to everyone I know….
What are your holiday gift giving ideas? Have any tips for people short on time and money? Do you like to buy things online or in the stores?
And don’t forget to check out Trohv in their Hampden and DC locations, as well as on Facebook and Twitter
Trohv Home & Gift Shop Locations
921 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
232 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012