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Willow Tree is an intimate line of figurative sculptures that speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect and inspire. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figure from her studio in Kansas City Missouri. We offer cake toppers, angels and figures of flowers, animals and much more which represents an emotion or it marks a memory.

Make Your Gift for the Newlyweds Stand Out

If you are still trying to figure out a wedding gift to give a newly married couple, you could consult their registry if they have one, or you could take a more sentimental approach to your gift-giving.

 


Choose something they don’t expect and won’t forget. It’s easier than it may seem to find a creative gift to celebrate the couple’s love. Here are a few thoughtful wedding gift ideas for the new bride and groom.

Cake Topper

Even if the wedding has come and gone, you can still get them a cake topper that they can display as a commemorative keepsake in their home and then use on a future cake to celebrate an anniversary. Hand-crafted cake toppers look wonderful atop a cake, but also serve dual duty as a lasting memento of their special day. When they look at the artful piece, they will be reminded of their enduring love and promise to take good care of each other throughout their lives together.

Nativity Set

Help a couple start a Christmas tradition by gifting them a full nativity set—or just a few pieces. It’s fairly common to give nativity sets as wedding gifts. An heirloom-quality set is a gift the married couple will enjoy year after year. If you don’t want to buy a complete set, you could give them a new piece every anniversary, so that it takes time to fill out their nativity scene. A hand-painted set is a unique wedding present for the couple to start their own family holiday tradition.

Triptych Artwork

A triptych is a set of three panels with carvings or paintings on each one. The panels are usually hinged as they are meant to be displayed as a unit. The construction consists of two “shutters” attached to either side of the middle panel. The outer panels can sometimes close to form a box. A triptych with a carved couple in the middle panel is a romantic and personal gift to be treasured by two people in love. Look for a triptych that can be displayed open or closed, and either hung on the wall or free standing.

Musical

Consider a musical sculpture in motion. For the music-loving couple who enjoys romance, they might appreciate a tender sculpture of young lovers atop a rotating base that plays a love song. A lovely hand-painted musical sculpture is a meaningful gift to celebrate a wedding or anniversary. Just make sure the sculpture is a piece you think speaks to their passion and love. Finding a gift for your favorite couple that appeals to their emotional side is a nice personal touch on your part.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® carries an intimate line of figurative sculptures created by artist Susan Lordi. Each piece is cast from her original carvings crafted in her Kansas City, Missouri studio, and then hand-painted. Willow Tree® figures are unique in that meaning is only revealed through expressive gestures, with a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, and a turn of the body. The absence of facial features and simplicity of form are what Willow Tree® art pieces are all about, making them instantly recognizable. Willow Tree® offers memorable gifts, including nativity sets, angel ornaments, keepsake boxes, and more.

Browse Lordi’s full line of artwork on Willow Tree® at Willowtree.com

 

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Five Ways to Express Gratitude Every Day

Happiness seems to come naturally for some people, or at least it appears that way because of their sunny disposition. Often, however, to cultivate feelings of happiness, we need to make an effort. How does one do this? By being grateful.

 


Being grateful leads to optimism and a decrease in negative thoughts. If you can actively make gratitude a daily habit, you’ll start noticing a permanent change in yourself over time. Get inspired by the following five ways to show gratitude every day.

Journal What You Are Grateful For

Buy yourself a special journal just for writing down your moments of gratefulness (big and small). Spend a few minutes on it each day or at the end of the week. Include any positive experiences you encountered throughout the day or acts of kindness you received. Did someone hold the door open for you? Did you receive a compliment? Once you get into the habit of identifying these small moments of happiness, it becomes second nature.

Lift Someone Else Up

Remember the old adage: Treat other people the way you want to be treated. If someone smiles at you, smile back! If you go to get yourself a donut in the morning, bring back donuts for your coworkers. Hold the elevator for someone. If your sister got a promotion at work, show her your support with a thoughtful card or other loving sister gifts like sculpted figures. You have the power to make someone’s day special with your kindness.

Give a Gratitude Gift

Find a little personal gift for someone that they can display and treasure, such as inspirational figurines from Willow Tree®. A gift of encouragement is an extra special way to express gratitude. The recipient will always be reminded of the positive feelings they experienced when you gave it to them.

Don’t Complain (Too Much)

We all complain about things, either out loud or to ourselves. We get annoyed for having to stand in line at the grocery store, or when we get cut off in traffic. It’s natural to balk at everyday annoyances. But try to catch yourself in the act of complaining next time and turn around your mindset when you feel yourself getting frustrated or impatient. You don’t want to reinforce a negative state of mind with complaints.

Tell Someone You Appreciate Them

If your mom or dad drove you to sports practice everyday, tell them how much you appreciated their support. Or, if your mom had dinner ready for you at night when you got home, let her know what impact that had on you. You might not have told them when you were young how much they meant to you. So be sure to show your appreciation today.

All of the above expressions of gratitude are easy to work into our daily lives. We can promote our own well-being and others’ too by simply being grateful. Another benefit of gratitude is that it creates a positive feedback loop that makes you more resistant to negativity and stress. Choose the happiness route today.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® carries an intimate line of figurative sculptures created by artist Susan Lordi. Each piece is cast from her original carvings crafted in her Kansas City, Missouri studio, and then hand-painted. Willow Tree® figures are unique in that meaning is only revealed through expressive gestures with a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, and a turn of the body. The absence of facial features and simplicity of form are what Willow Tree® art pieces are all about, making them instantly recognizable. Willow Tree® offers memorable gifts, including gifts for grandma such as nativity sets, angel ornaments, keepsake boxes, and more.

Browse Lordi’s full line of artwork on Willow Tree® at Willowtree.com

 

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Celebrate Friendship Day on August 4 with These Ideas

Any clue as to what special day is celebrated by millions around the world on the first Sunday of August every year? Hint: It’s a day to celebrate the power of friendship and the bond between friends. It’s Friendship Day!

 


Although this holiday almost became extinct in the 1940s, it’s still alive—and making a resurgence. Unfortunately, the popularity of the holiday wanedin the U.S., but it began gathering momentum in Europe and Asia. Many consider its popularity in Asia as the reason the holiday is still around. The resurgence of the holiday’s popularity in the U.S. is great news: Friends are worth celebrating. We could all use a reminder to show appreciation and love for our friends more often.

Here are a few ideas to let your friends know you appreciate them and everything they’ve done to help you through life. Thoughtful gifts and gestures such as nativity figurines or even a handwritten note are sure to be appreciated by any friend.

Exchange Gifts

A small but thoughtful gift is a great way to celebrate Friendship Day. Some best friend gifts could include an artful friendship keepsake box, an angel of friendship sculpture, or even a decorative journal. Another idea is to make them a friendship bracelet—they’re back in style! You could also bake them a treat, give them a bouquet, or write them a card. Whatever your token of appreciation is, make it count.

Spend Time Together

We are so busy with everyday life that finding time to hang out with friends for a few hours is less of a priority. Put your best pals on the forefront on a day that’s dedicated to them and pick a meaningful activity. You could host a gathering at your house and grill up everyone’s summer favorites. Grab some coffee at a local shop and catch up. Go for a hike if you enjoy exercising together. The point is to choose an activity that’s fun and allows you to spend time together.

Mend Fences

Sometimes we lose touch with a friend or get into a disagreement with them. August 4 would be an appropriate day to give a friend you care about a peace offering such as a comforting or thoughtful gift. Just getting in touch to let them know you are thinking of them is a nice gesture. It’s usually best to resolve conflicts quickly, forgive, and move on. Friendship Day is your chance to show someone you care through your actions.

Do a Girls’ Night

There’s no better excuse to try that new restaurant you’ve been talking about. You could also do a paint and sip class together—those are always a fun time! Or, what about making dinner and watching a favorite funny movie? There are so many ways to celebrate friendship on this day. It might even inspire you to nurture the relationships more throughout the year. Life just wouldn’t be the same without our besties.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® carries an intimate line of figurative sculptures created by artist Susan Lordi. Each piece is cast from her original carvings crafted in her Kansas City, Missouri studio, and then hand-painted. Willow Tree® figures are unique in that meaning is only revealed through expressive gestures: a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, and a turn of the body. The absence of facial features and simplicity of form are what Willow Tree® art pieces are all about, making them instantly recognizable. Willow Tree® offers memorable gifts for any occasion, including angel ornaments, memorial gifts, keepsake boxes, and more.

Browse Lordi’s full line of artwork on Willow Tree® at Willowtree.com

 

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Thoughtful Ways to Honor Someone on the Anniversary of Their Passing

There’s no right or wrong way to process grief after a loved one passes away, and the same can be said about honoring that person on the anniversary of their passing. Everyone deals with loss differently. From bereavement gifts to sympathy cards and flowers, there are many ways to remember a lost loved one and offer support to others.

 


Some people want to fully feel their sadness and be alone, while others may feel compelled to keep the day upbeat and share stories—or perhaps a mix of both. As the day draws near, think about how you’d like to celebrate a loved one’s life or honor them on the anniversary of their passing.

Bring Flowers and Reminisce

For many, taking flowers to a loved one’s grave or memorial site brings comfort. If you are too far away, go somewhere quiet and peaceful where you can reflect upon their life. You can sit and just think of the memories you have shared or journal your thoughts about them, noting special moments and and perhaps what you learned from them.

If it appeals to you, consider looking for a sign throughout the day. Often, if you’re paying attention, you’ll see something in nature or when you’re out and about that reminds you of them. Butterflies, for instance, are very symbolic of hope, change, strength, resurrection, and many other powerful representations of life and death.

Take Action and Start Traditions

For many, having something planned to honor loved ones lost can help in a number of ways. For one, it helps us pause and hold space for those no longer with us. It also may set an annual tradition in motion while helping to provide comfort and some welcome distraction on a particularly tough day.

Perhaps it’s a day that you go to a picnic in their favorite park, feed the birds like they used to, or visit a spot that was near and dear in their hearts. You could also plant a memorial tree or bush in your yard. If you don’t have something symbolic in your home that you can glance at that honors them and helps provide some comfort, consider buying a remembrance item such as an angel ornament or other memorial gifts for yourself or for someone else who is grieving the same loss. Nothing can replace those no longer with us, but sometimes it helps to have items around that honor them and warm our hearts.

Celebrate Their Life and Reconnect

An anniversary of a loved one’s passing can be a hard time for a great number of people. If you’re comfortable with it, consider hosting a gathering at your house with their favorite people, asking someone else to host, or simply meeting up for a meal and to talk about memories.

If you have a keepsake box full of special items from your time together, look through it. If not, consider putting one together with friends and family to help celebrate their life and remember special moments shared. Looking through photo albums and cards and watching videos can also be a nice way to remember them.

Reach Out to Loved Ones

The anniversary of a loved one’s passing is often a hard day for many, but you don’t have to get through it alone. Talk on the phone to someone else who loved the person as much as you did, and get together if you’re able. You can also curate a post on social media with a thoughtful photo collage, quote, poem, or words you’d like to share. You may be surprised to hear from those you haven’t been in touch with for awhile. Reading words of support on your post may help you feel less alone.

While we never truly get used to a loved one being gone, we do learn to live with it the best we can. It all takes resilience, determination, strength, hope, and love. Today and every day, remind yourself of your blessings and what you have to be thankful for in this life.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® figurative sculptures are about the relationships we share with friends, family, our pets, and ourselves. Artist Susan Lordi captures human expression perfectly through gestures only, such as a tilt of the head, a warm embrace, and placement of the hands. Her intricately designed, hand-painted figurative sculptures provide comfort as sympathy gifts, and are also well-suited for celebratory occasions to be given as birthday gifts, holiday presents, wedding and anniversary gifts, and so much more. Lordi’s focus on form and gesture instead of facial expressions is what makes her signature work—from her cake toppers to her nativity sets—instantly recognizable and open to interpretation by the giver and receiver.

Browse the entire Willow Tree® collection at Willowtree.com

 

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Inspiring Summertime Sculptures for the Special Ladies in Your Life

Summertime brings blooms, blue skies, warm sunshine, and endless reasons to celebrate. Whether you’re invited to a summer garden party, celebrating a close friend’s birthday, attending a milestone wedding anniversary, or gathering for a family reunion, there’s usually a need for a thoughtful gift for a special woman in your life. Choose an artful piece that represents the sentiment you want to express. Here are a few ideas that are sure to make her smile.

 


Give a Bouquet That Lasts a Lifetime

For the one who adores receiving flowers or enjoys spending time gardening, you could give her a gift that will always stay in bloom. A small figurative sculpture of a woman holding a vibrant bouquet is a thoughtful gift that your friend or loved one can display in her home throughout the year.

The hand-painted line of sculptural figures by artist Susan Lordi, Willow Tree®, is a wonderful way to express friendship and caring. She adds just enough pop of color in her peonies, roses, poppies, and calla lilies to lift the spirit, year-round.

Gift for the Living Angel

For the angels on Earth who watch over us, choose a piece that lets them know how much they enrich your life. An angel ornament for their Christmas tree or an angel sculpture for their bedside table is a special way to let them know you care and are thinking of them. Angels make great gifts for grandma, your mom, a volunteer, or anyone particularly thoughtful or caring in your life. Maybe you know an angel in the kitchen, or an angel of music, or an angel of the garden—use your imagination!

Soul Sister Keepsakes

Sometimes we have sisters in blood, and other times we have best friends who are like sisters to us. If we are lucky enough, we have both. To celebrate supportive friendships among women, great sister gifts include friendship plaques, thoughtful keepsake boxes, and figurative sculptures depicting the relationship you’ve shared over the years. And if you don’t get to see your best friend or sister as often as you’d like, just think how surprised she’d be to get a thoughtful gift in the mail. Sometimes you don’t need a special occasion to remind someone you’re thinking about them.

Welcome to Your New Home

A cheery present from you is bound to make a new homeowner happy. You probably know that a pineapple is a universal symbol of hospitality. If you want to wish your neighbor a warm welcome or are bringing a gift to a friend’s housewarming party, you could get a special piece of décor, such as a cute sculpture of a woman holding a pineapple. It’s a sweet gesture and a piece they will treasure forever in their new home.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® figurative sculptures are about the relationships we share with friends, family, our pets, and ourselves. Artist Susan Lordi captures human expression perfectly through gestures only, such as a tilt of the head, a warm embrace, and placement of the hands. Her intricately designed, hand-painted figurative sculptures are perfect as grandma gifts, birthday gifts, holiday presents, wedding and anniversary gifts, and so much more. Lordi’s focus on form and gesture instead of facial expressions is what makes her signature work instantly recognizable and open to interpretation by the giver and receiver.

Browse the entire Willow Tree® collection at Willowtree.com

 

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Sentimental Ways to Display Family Memories

Beyond the distinct framed photos on the wall, how do you preserve your family memories? Family photos, of course, represent a wonderful timeline, but there are many ways to remember happy moments. Finding the best display method just takes a little creativity and reflection on what family means to you and how you display that bond in your home.

 


Instead of keeping memorable items tucked away in an attic or basement, be selective and thoughtful about how you want to display your favorite times together as a family. For some inspiration, here are a few creative ways to honor family bonds.

Treasure Box Just for Family Vacations

If you want to remember special summer family vacations, find a few items you can put into an artful memory or keepsake box to remember for years to come. Some examples of items you might want to put into a keepsake box include things like tiny shells from the Pacific Ocean, ticket stubs from Disneyland, dried flowers from Yellow stone, a key chain from Paris, or any trinket that adds sentimental value to your box. You can decide if each child needs their own keepsake box or if you want just one for the family as a whole.

Keepsake boxes also make nice presents for a sweet 16 birthday for holding jewelry, a first communion gift for a rosary, or best friend gifts for notes and photos. Choose a finely crafted, hand-painted box with a hinged lid as it will display nicely on a shelf and keep your special items safe and sound.

Christmas Ornaments and More Full of Memories

Christmas time is about family traditions—from the angel on top of the tree to the stockings hung with care. Another timeless family tradition is gifting each child an ornament (dated or not) to commemorate the year. If the ornaments are of heirloom quality and crafted by a talented artist, your children are certain to pass them down to their children when the time comes. (It’s always special to see how your traditions become theirs too.)

Decorating a Christmas tree and setting up a nativity set is also part of the season for many of us. Just like adding a new ornament every year is part of the family tradition, some also enjoy adding a new piece to their nativity each year as well. The Three Wisemen, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus are the staples, but you could add angels, animals, trees, and a backdrop for your scene as well, as the years pass.

Figurative Sculptures Depicting Family Relationships

A family grouping of figurative sculptures is symbolic of the love you share, and it’s particularly touching when displayed and shared with others as they come into your home. Select individual figurines that reflect relationships between siblings, parents with a new baby, a newly married couple, or a family of four with a cat and dog—or whatever your family unit entails. Build upon the family grouping over the years as your love and family grows.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® figurative sculptures are about the relationships we share with friends, family, our pets, and ourselves. Artist Susan Lordi captures human expression perfectly through gestures only, such as a tilt of the head, a warm embrace, and placement of the hands. Her intricately designed, hand-painted figurative sculptures provide comfort as sympathy gifts, and are also well-suited for celebratory occasions to be given as birthday gifts, holiday presents, wedding and anniversary gifts, and so much more. Lordi’s focus on form and gesture instead of facial expressions is what makes her signature work instantly recognizable and open to interpretation by the giver and receiver.

Browse the entire Willow Tree® collection at Willowtree.com

 

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Ideas for Creating Your Own Unique Gift Baskets

A DIY gift basket is such a personal way to show someone you care about them. They are suitable for any occasion, easy to put together and look fabulous once they’re assembled. Who wouldn’t appreciate getting a custom gift basket from you? Here are a few simple tips for making your own gift basket for a special someone.

 


Choose a Theme

Tailor the theme of your gift basket to the receiver. Think about what they like to do, what their hobbies are, and what interests they have. Select a handful of items that would go together nicely in a basket. No matter what you choose to put in there, the lucky recipient will love opening a thoughtful, homemade gift basket from you.

Here are several theme ideas for homemade gift baskets:

Sentimental Grandma Gift Basket

Everyone knows grandpa and grandma gifts are often the most challenging to buy. Speak to their loving, caring, and nurturing side with special pieces that depict family relationships, such as:

· Hand-painted keepsake box

· Precious figurative sculptures of grandma, grandpa, and grandchild

· Angel ornament

· Decorative art books (to store family photos and letters)

Sister Always by Your Side Gift Basket

Whether she’s your sister by blood or a best friend who’s like a sister to you, show her how much she means to you with a curated gift basket of her favorite things. Only you know what those sister gifts should be. Plus, you could add some other meaningful items, including:

· Friendship keepsake box

· Framed photo of the two of you

· Friendship plaque depicting two supportive friends

Dog Lover Gift Basket

You probably know at least one dog lover in your life. They would absolutely adore a custom-made basket from you. You can also include some treats and toys for the pup and perhaps even place all of the items inside containers that could serve as food and water bowls. Dog owners can never have enough of the following items:

· Dog sculptures

· Figures of a dog and a family member

· Framed photo of your friend and their dog

Letter Writer’s Gift Basket

If you have a good friend who enjoys writing and sending personalized, handwritten cards in the mail, you could assemble a basket filled with all the things that a letter writer would like, such as:

· Notecards and envelopes

· Pens

· Postage Stamps

· Stickers

· Return address labels

· Dried flowers to fill in the gaps

Choose a Container

The obvious choice for a gift basket container is an actual “basket.” Baskets come in different sizes, shapes, colors, and materials and are great vessels for holding stuff. With that being said, you could pick any type of container, depending on the theme of gift basket you’re going for. Some ideas include:

· Flower pots

· Watering cans

· Sand Pails

· Buckets

· Bowls

· Tote Bags

· Treasure Boxes

· Colanders

When it comes to creating a great gift basket, use your imagination and have fun picking out thoughtful items for it. The recipient will no doubt love the thought you put into it.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® sculptural figures are beautiful expressions of love, closeness, courage, hope, healing—all the emotions of a life well-lived. The figures are masterfully crafted by artist Susan Lordi, whose pieces are about simplicity of form and absence of facial features. Lordi says her ideas for Willow Tree® come from her own life experiences and understanding of the world. The intimate line of figurative sculptures is open for interpretation, however, and hold great meaning for both the giver and receiver. You can find a variety of sculptural figures and artful products, including bereavement gifts, wedding presents, religious gifts, and much more from Willow Tree®.

Browse the entire Willow Tree® collection at Willowtree.com

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What You Can Do to Help a College Graduate Celebrate

Graduating from college represents a huge sense of accomplishment, dedication to goals, years of hard work, financial sacrifice, lifetime friendships—and, hopefully, the promise of a great job.

 


While graduation is indeed a time of transformation and joy as someone enters a new phase in life, it can also be stressful for them. If you are supporting a college graduate this season as a friend or if you’re their parent, you may be wondering what you can do to help them celebrate and relax. Here are a few ideas and ways to say “congratulations” through gifts and actions.

Take Lots of Photos

One of the best ways to document a significant life event is to take photos before, during, and after the occasion. Be sure to snap many pictures of them, their friends, loved ones, and professors at the graduation ceremony and throughout the day. They will likely be too busy to capture those candid moments themselves and will appreciate your efforts to document the day for them.

Give a Thoughtful Memory Box

The completion of an educational journey is a rewarding experience. Show someone you care about their path by gifting them a commemorative keepsake like a memory box. They are sure to love a finely crafted, hand-painted box with a special carving on the lid. It’s a place for the graduation tassel, maybe some confetti from the ceremony, a photo of the two of you, and a handwritten note. Memory boxes are also great best friend gifts for those who mean the most to you in life. Most people genuinely appreciate artisan gifts as they are typically designed from the heart.

Choose a Celebratory Sculpture

Seek out a touching gift representing the graduate’s resilience, freedom, hidden strength—or anything that characterizes them. Gifting a piece with symbolism attached to it is a significant way to show support of a graduate as they move onward and upward in life. Beautiful figurative sculptures make unique gifts to celebrate special accomplishments. Select an artist who specializes in creating pieces that evoke emotions for both the gift-giver and the recipient.

Help with the Graduation Party

Don’t forget the graduation celebration itself! In addition to buying sentimental gifts and capturing memories, you could lend a hand in throwing a party for the graduate. For spring commencements, consider hosting a BBQ at your house and make it a potluck so you don’t have to make all the food yourself. It may be the most affordable route to go if you’re willing to take on the responsibility of playing host for the guest of honor. You could also have the celebration at a local park. Either way, try to keep it low-key and stress-free for everyone in the process.

Keep in Mind What They Might Need

Once they get out into the real world, what does the college graduate really need? One obvious thing is money. You can never go wrong gifting cash or a gift card. If you want to go with something that’s slightly more expressive, think about what they could use at home, in their car, or on any travels they might be taking to celebrate their new chapter.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® sculptural figurines are beautiful expressions of love, closeness, courage, hope, healing—all the emotions of a life well-lived. The figures are masterfully crafted by artist Susan Lordi, whose pieces are about simplicity of form and absence of facial features. Lordi says her ideas for Willow Tree® come from her own life experiences and understanding of the world. The intimate line of figurative sculptures is open for interpretation, however, and hold great meaning for both the giver and receiver. You can find a variety of sculptural figures and artful products, including gifts for grandma, wedding presents, religious gifts, and much more from Willow Tree®.

Browse the entire Willow Tree® collection at Willowtree.com

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FAQ: Etiquette on Sympathy Gifts

Losing a loved one is a tough life event to go through. While there’s nothing anyone can do to fully alleviate the pain of a grieving person whose loved one has passed away, you can still show sympathy in a variety of ways to let them know you care. If you’re not sure what you should do for a friend or family member when someone passes away, here are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding sympathy gift etiquette.

 


Should I Send Flowers?

Having “funeral flowers” delivered to the funeral home or church is an appropriate way to express sympathy after a death. Or, you could send “sympathy flowers” directly to a loved one of the deceased. Funeral flowers are considered a tribute to the deceased at the funeral service. They are more formal and usually come in larger arrangements than sympathy flowers. Sympathy flowers can be delivered upon hearing the news of the death or can even be sent a week or so after the funeral to remind someone you are still thinking about them and their loss.

Should I Give a Gift?

A gift is by no means essential. You can certainly send them a card, give them a call, or drop off a casserole. The bereaved will appreciate your gesture regardless of a gift. However, thoughtful sympathy gifts show someone you care. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find a personalized gift. It’s the fact that you made an effort and thought of them that counts the most.

What Type of Gift Is Appropriate?

Appropriate sympathy gifts include items like keepsake boxes, angel ornaments, and peaceful figurative sculptures. Be sure to choose a company that specializes in memorial gifts and sympathy gifts for the most appropriate gestures. Look for themes that convey healing, comfort, hopefulness, and remembrance. In times of loss, grieving people sometimes need a tangible reminder of the one they lost or of family and those who are there for them. For your part, giving someone a gift is a comforting expression to the bereaved, especially when words are sometimes hard to say.

What About Religious Preferences?

If you aren’t familiar with the person’s religion, contact the local church, temple, or synagogue to ask what customs are preferred. For example, sympathy flowers are not appropriate for a Jewish Shiva, which is held at the immediate family member’s home for seven days after passing. Respects are traditionally paid during the week with kosher food baskets, fruits, and desserts.

What if Someone Wants a Donation Instead?

Oftentimes, the family of the deceased will ask for a donation to be made to a favorite cause in lieu of a gift. You can donate to the cause directly without having to divulge the amount to the bereaved. Even if you do make a donation, there’s no reason you can’t also give a gift and a card. It’s entirely up to you.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® sculptural figures are beautiful expressions of love, closeness, courage, hope, healing—all the emotions of a life well-lived. The figures are masterfully crafted by artist Susan Lordi, whose pieces are about simplicity of form and absence of facial features. Lordi says her ideas for Willow Tree® come from her own life experiences and understanding of the world. The intimate line of figurative sculptures is open for interpretation, however, and hold great meaning for both the giver and receiver. You can find a variety of sculptural figures and artful products, including gifts for grandma, wedding presents, religious gifts, and much more from Willow Tree®.

Browse the entire Willow Tree® collection at Willowtree.com

 

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Remembering Lost Loved Ones this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is usually associated with a three-day weekend and the unofficial start to summer because it falls on the last Monday of May every year. However, we can’t forget what the true purpose of Memorial Day is about, which is to remember the U.S. military men and women who have died in the line of service. Many people spend the day putting flowers or small flags on graves, lending a hand to living veterans, and attending parades to honor our nation’s fallen heroes. If you are wondering what you can do as an individual to pay your respects, here a few more ideas to add meaning to your Memorial Day on May 27.

 


Fly the U.S. Flag

Some people uphold the tradition of displaying an American flag in their front yard or on their house to honor soldiers. It reminds everyone of the sacrifices that have been made for our freedoms. On Memorial Day, American flags are to be flown at half-staff until noon. After that, you may raise the flag back to the top of the pole. At day’s end, you may lower the flag slowly before removing it from the pole. As always, the flag should never touch the ground.

Give a Gift of Remembrance

Sometimes words can’t express your sympathy and support as well as flowers or memorial gifts can. If you are close to the family of a fallen soldier, it would be appropriate to give them a gift as a symbol of remembrance, comfort, peace, and healing.

A few thoughtful gift ideas include a memory box, an angel ornament, or a comfort plaque. No matter what you choose, sympathy gifts just need to come from the heart. You can also purchase those red paper poppies that are sold by VFW members around Memorial Day. The red poppy is a widely recognized symbol to memorialize passed soldiers.

Make New Memories

Honor a person who has passed by reminiscing about them and participating in activities they enjoyed. In doing so, you create new memories in the process. The nature of the day doesn’t have to be entirely somber even if it does serve a solemn purpose.Host an afternoon gathering at your home to share a meal, tell stories of the good times spent together, and enjoy the company of friends and family over the Memorial Day weekend.

Never Forget

More than a million American men and women have given their lives in service to their country. This Memorial Day, honor those who are no longer here and remember and learn from their examples of courage. The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3 p.m., so wherever you are at during that time, take a moment to pause and reflect on the sacrifices soldiers have made to provide freedom for us all.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® offers the quiet beauty of artist Susan Lordi’s intimate line of figurative sculptures. Her Willow Tree® sculptural figures tenderly express love, closeness, healing, courage, and hope—all the emotions of a life well-lived. Lordi has designed and created Willow Tree® sculptures for the past 20 years in her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. You can find a variety of sculptural figures and artful products, including cake toppers, wedding presents, religious gifts, housewarming items, and much more from Willow Tree®.

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Gift Ideas for Celebrating National Best Friends Day this June

A best friend can be defined in many ways. They’re someone close to you who you can always count on. A best friend is someone with whom you have a lot of fun. Best friends are trustworthy and genuine and accept you for who you are—life just wouldn’t be the same without them.

 


To celebrate the best friends in your life, be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, June 8—National Best Friends Day. It’s a day to honor the ways best friends enrich our lives and make us better people. To honor and celebrate your friendship, here are a handful of thoughtful best friend gifts for you to consider.

Decorative Books

Since the early 20th century of Golden Age book design, beautiful books have long been collected as decorative objects for the home. You can add a special twist on this idea as a gift for your best friend. Have you seen those lovely faux books that look exactly like a book from the outside, but when opened can be used as a special place to store keepsakes and photos? One would make a memorable gift that’s also a functional place for your friend to put mementos of your friendship such as concert tickets and letters.

Special Occasions Planner

A purse-sized planner to write down important dates of each month—like National Best Friends Day—is a great little gift for your favorite friends. Many of us still like to put pen to paper for written reminders, special events, and important appointments. If you are thankful every day for your best friends, give them a special planner that they’ll love and use.

Angel Sculptures

If you’ve never given figurative sculptures as gifts to friends before, National Best Friends Day would be a great time to do so because many sculptural figures are collectible pieces of art that depict how much someone means to you. If you have a best friend that is a particular angel to you, she will enjoy receiving an angel figure like those found on Willow Tree® by artist Susan Lordi. The delicate wire wings on Lordi’s hand-painted angel resin figures are truly special.

Friendship Plaques

Remember the “best friends” necklaces that were so popular when you were young? Each of you proudly wore half of the heart around your neck. For National Best Friends Day, consider another token instead in the form of a “friendship plaque.” A hand-painted plaque depicting two friends bonding makes a sweet gift for your best friend. You can find artful plaques that can be hung on the wall or displayed on a stand.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® offers the quiet beauty of artist Susan Lordi’s intimate line of figurative sculptures. Her Willow Tree® sculptural figures tenderly express love, closeness, healing, courage, and hope—all the emotions of a life well-lived. Lordi has designed and created Willow Tree® sculptures for the past 20 years in her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. You can find a variety of sculptural figures and artful products, including gifts for grandma, wedding presents, religious gifts, housewarming items, and much more from Willow Tree®.

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Top Gift Picks for Mother’s Day

Every Mother’s Day, you get the opportunity to tell the special mom in your life how important she is to you. You can say it to her through words, and you can show her through a gift as well. Finding her a distinctive gift—something special to warm her heart—is a thoughtful way to show her what a great mom she is. To help you come up with ways to express your love, here are a few gift ideas for celebrating mom on May 12.

 


A Memory Box Full of Keepsakes

If your mom doesn’t have a distinctive, special memory box, she probably would love to receive one. It’s a specific place for her to store sentimental items that she wants to keep but not necessarily display. With a memory box, she could safely store items she doesn’t want to lose or throw away, items like tickets to special events, photos, jewelry, cards from special occasions, letters, and other important mementos. A finely crafted wooden box with a carving on the front is a beautiful celebration of the relationship between mother and daughter.

A Musical Figure

Fill the room with the sound of delicate and soft music. A hand-painted musical figure that turns gracefully to the sound of music playing is a special gift for mom that she’d certainly appreciate. Musical figures make meaningful gifts for Mother’s Day or on a special day to recognize godparents or commemorate a baptism. Consider gifting one to your mother and perhaps even using another as a thoughtful sister gifts option so you all think of each other when you pass yours by or enjoy its sweet music.

A Hand-Carved Sculpture

Give a gift that truly speaks to your mother with a figurative sculpture that focuses on gestures and form, a piece that both the giver and receiver understand. Willow Tree® figurines by artist Susan Lordi are perfect expressions of love and the special relationships we share. Her mother and child figures, for instance, serve as important reminders of milestones in every mom’s life. There’s sure to be a piece that speaks to you personally among Lordi’s intimate line of hand-painted sculptures. Your mom will treasure Lordi’s sculptural artwork forever.

A Spiritual Ornament

Truly memorable ornaments make perfect gifts to celebrate all sorts of special occasions and life milestones. When hung on a tree, an angel ornament in prayer can be a metaphor for peace, beauty, and love. Or, it can symbolize anything inspirational in your mother’s life and adorn a space on the wall year-round. Choose a figurative ornament that you’re sure will hold meaning for both of you, maybe one with a heartfelt message written on the back as well. She will always be reminded of Mother’s Day when she looks at her ornament from you.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® offers the quiet beauty of artist Susan Lordi’s intimate line of figurative sculptures. Her Willow Tree® sculptural figures tenderly express love, closeness, healing, courage, and hope—all the emotions of a life well-lived. Lordi has designed and created Willow Tree® sculptures for the past 20 years in her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. You can find a variety of sculptural figures and artful products, including wedding presents, religious gifts, housewarming items, thoughtful memorial gifts, and much more from Willow Tree®.

Browse the entire Willow Tree® collection at Willowtree.com

 

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Thoughtful Gifts to Buy Ahead of Time

Having to rush out and buy a gift at the last minute is a pretty stressful situation to be in. So, instead of being caught off guard or procrastinating, wouldn’t it be nice to have some really special gifts on hand?

 

 By shopping ahead you’ll have time to carefully pick out thoughtfully curated gifts for some of the most important people in your life. Here are a few ideas for varying people and life events.

Anniversary Gifts

Is there an important anniversary coming up soon? Regardless of if it’s next week or not, the anniversary will happen at some point this year, and thinking ahead and purchasing a memorable gift is a welcomed idea. An artistically-crafted cake topper for the anniversary cake or even for a celebration piece to stand on its own is a thoughtful gift. Be sure to browse cake toppers crafted by a talented artist to find one that truly and authentically represents their love.

Gifts for Grandma

Grandmothers are special ladies and deserve an extra bit of thoughtfulness. So, make sure you have plenty of time to purchase her a birthday or Christmas gift in advance of the occasion—especially if she’s challenging to shop for. It would warm her heart to receive a hand-painted figure that symbolizes your relationship with her and thoughtfully conveys what it means to you. Gifts for grandma don’t need to be tough to choose with the help of companies who specialize in heartfelt art.

Gifts for Close Friends

Some friendships truly are priceless, so what better way to say how much someone means to you than with a thoughtful piece of art that displays appreciation, kindness, and joy—to name a few. A sweet friendship plaque that’s hand-painted and could be hung on the wall or displayed on a stand is a perfect gift to celebrate supportive friendships among women. Thoughtful best friend gifts could also include resin figures of two women sharing a moment or one figure that reminds you of her, someone who lifts your spirits and enriches your life every day.

Sympathy Gifts

While you can’t always predict when someone is going to pass away, it wouldn’t hurt to choose a gift in advance when those close to you are dealing with a sick or dying parent, or even a pet. Having thoughtful sympathy gifts on hand is always a wise idea as it will be an appreciated gesture that can convey your love and support to those experiencing loss. Finely-crafted angel ornaments and figures, comfort plaques, or musicals that play songs such as “Amazing Grace” are all meaningful gift ideas.

When you’re prepared for inevitable life events or are simply wanting to celebrate someone, you can focus on giving your attention to the person who needs you and means a lot to you. Start making your thoughtful gift list today.

About Willow Tree®

For more than 20 years, Willow Tree® has offered intimate handcrafted art pieces by well-known artist Susan Lordi, who creates the original carvings at her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Lordi’s distinct style is revealed through gestures only, such as a warm embrace, a tilt of the head, her placement of the hands, or a turn of the body. Everything Lordi makes, from thoughtful figures to plaques and ornaments, are meant to inspire both the giver and the receiver. Willow Tree® art pieces also speak in quiet ways to comfort and uplift.

To browse the entire Willow Tree® collection, visit Willowtree.com

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Usher in Spring with Thoughtful Gifts for Family and Friends

You have to admit it’s nice to get a gift out of the blue. It means someone cares about your well-being and is thinking of you. So, why not honor your relationship with some of your favorite people this spring with thoughtful “just because” gifts?

 


Springtime marks a period of change, growth, renewal, and, hopefully, lots of sunshine on the horizon. Celebrate Mother Nature and extend your gratitude to someone special to you—whether you’re looking for sister gifts or best friend gifts—with these cheerful ideas.

Fresh Flowers and Figures

Beautiful, blooming flowers can be given at any time of the year as a gesture of friendship or love. Spring is an especially appropriate time of year because annuals are starting to shoot up from the ground and perennials are ready to go into the ground.

Each flower even has a different meaning associated with it. An iris, for example, is linked to wisdom and trust while a lily symbolizes purity and refined beauty. You could gather a bouquet and gift it to a family member or friend who means a lot to you and who you don’t see as much as you’d like.

The only downside is that flowers wilt and fade away, so instead, consider giving a gift that “blooms” year-round. This could be a hand-painted resin figure of a woman holding a pretty bouquet like those found on Willow Tree® by artist Susan Lordi. There are a variety of sculptural figures to choose from, and they also make thoughtful grandma gifts or gifts for those who simply love flowers.

Journals for Quiet Reflection

Everyone needs an elegant journal at their fingertips to write down their feelings or to draw, craft poems, or jot down daily tasks. You could choose a beautiful journal with inlaid carvings on the cover or one that looks like an old classic book with the look of aged leather.

A journal is a treasure, something that’s meaningful to both the giver and receiver. Putting pen to paper is also therapeutic. You don’t have to worry about anything but getting your thoughts and ideas down. It’s a very personal, special experience.

Journaling is also a good way to help you remember what you were doing and who you were with at various points in your life. Someday, as you flip through previous pages, it will be like taking a step back in time or a trip down memory lane. One can also write down what they’re grateful for daily to regularly count their blessings.

Triptychs

A triptych tells a story in three parts. It is a picture, painting, or carving that’s divided into three sections that are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. The middle panel is typically the largest and is flanked by two smaller works that are related to the middle piece.

A triptych can tell a dramatic or compelling story because each piece relates to the others in some way. They can stand on display or be hung on the wall open or closed. In addition to being a great “just because” present, a romantic triptych would also make a great wedding, anniversary, or birthday gift for your partner.

A “just because” gift works wonders to brighten someone’s day or put a little extra spring in their step this season. When searching for the prefect present, consider the person, what you love about them, and what gifts would help truly convey your feelings and honor your special relationship.

About Willow Tree®

For more than 20 years, Willow Tree® has offered intimate handcrafted figures by well-known artist Susan Lordi, who creates the original carvings at her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Lordi’s distinct style is revealed through gestures only, such as a warm embrace, a tilt of the head, her placement of the hands, or a turn of the body. Everything Lordi makes, from thoughtful figures to plaques and ornaments, are meant to inspire both the giver and the receiver. Willow Tree® art pieces also speak in quiet ways to comfort and uplift.

To browse the entire Willow Tree® collection, visit Willowtree.com

 

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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers

There’s nothing quite like the love you get from a pet. They love us unconditionally. They know intuitively how to make us feel better and they teach us how to be a good friend. The animal-human bond is special indeed.

 


What better way to recognize and honor the relationship than with a thoughtful gift for the important animal lover in your life? Below are several gift ideas to inspire you to think about the various people in your life who may benefit from or enjoy your kind gesture. Remind them you are thinking about them with the following:

Pet Sculpture Gifts for Children

Kids especially love their pets. Sometimes a child’s cat or dog is their first best friend, and the one creature they can go to as a source of support. A wonderful present for children would be sculptures or figurines that depict a girl or boy holding their beloved pet in their arms. A handcrafted Willow Tree® figure by artist Susan Lordi would be sure to delight a special child in your life and represent the loving and kind relationship the two share. Kids like to decorate their rooms with mementos and items they care about. A hand-painted resin figure or even a plaque of a child hugging their pet would look great on their desk, bookshelf, or nightstand—somewhere they can see it every day.

Gifts for Memorializing a Pet

Losing a beloved pet companion is never easy to go through. Our pets become more than pets to us, so it’s like losing a family member for many people when their animal passes. Thoughtful memorial gifts for someone who’s grieving can come in many forms, whether it’s through a poem, sympathy card, a pet keepsake box, memory box, or a comfort plaque of a child hugging a dog. Give someone dealing with the loss of their pet something to console them in their time of grief and honor the relationship they shared. After all, sometimes a gift or thoughtful keepsake is the best way to convey your feelings when the right words are hard to find.

Gifts for Horse Lovers

True horse lovers would be delighted to receive a gift that acknowledges their passion for all things equine. Giving a friend or family member something that has meaning and love behind it is much better than any gift card. A thoughtful gift could come in the form of a finely crafted, hand-painted memory box adorned with a horse. In addition to being a great “just because” gift, it would also make the perfect present for Mother’s Day or a birthday. Horses symbolize strength and protection to many. Keepsake or memory boxes for horse owners to place a strand of horse hair in or other mementos can also make for touching bereavement gifts.

No matter the occasion, pet gifts that come from the heart are always a good choice. Our pets are our constant companions, friends, and playmates. Honor them and the recipient of your gift today.

About Willow Tree®

For more than 20 years, Willow Tree® has offered intimate handcrafted art pieces by well-known artist Susan Lordi, who creates the original carvings at her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Lordi’s distinct style is revealed through gestures only, such as a warm embrace, a tilt of the head, her placement of the hands, or a turn of the body. Everything Lordi makes, from thoughtful figures to plaques and ornaments, are meant to inspire both the giver and the receiver. Willow Tree® art pieces also speak in quiet ways to comfort and uplift.

To browse the entire Willow Tree® collection, visit Willowtree.com

 

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Memorable Gifts for Specific Members of Your Family

We all need a soft place to fall—a place to feel safe and comforted and a place to get sympathy and support. Families provide this environment. They let us be who we are and love us unconditionally.

Relationships are what life is all about, so to honor those special bonds we often show appreciation by giving tokens of our love. One meaningful way to convey love is through gift-giving. The following ideas will help you decide how to choose a thoughtful gift to honor the relationship you share with various members of your family.

 


Gifts for Siblings

If you have sisters or brothers, you’ve likely shared a considerable amount of time together growing up and have developed a level of closeness that is unlike any other relationship in your life. Siblings offer a support system in good times and in bad. They are there to make you laugh like no other and they give your life more richness and enjoyment through the years.

The best brother or sister gifts come in many forms, but you can tell when a gift truly comes from the heart. Touching brother or sister gifts can come in the form of sculpted figures that show your enduring bond, such as artist Susan Lordi’s thoughtful Willow Tree® pieces. Whether you gift artful figures of two sisters standing side by side, a hand-painted wall plaque, or a keepsake box for treasures, there are plenty of ways to express your love and care. In addition, it’s always a nice gesture to send your sibling a handwritten message in a colorful notecard.

Gifts for Grandparents

The love between a grandparent and grandchild is a unique one. A grandparent has the patience required, and the wisdom earned, to pass along knowledge to younger generations. The patriarchs of the family deserve your respect—and a gift that shows such.

Your gift can be as simple as a poem you wrote especially for them or as elaborate as a handmade project that took you months to create. A thoughtful gift could bea touching figure that shows the bond between grandparents and grandchildren—perfect grandpa or grandma gifts. Grandparents are often considered angels watching over our shoulders, so a lovely angel ornament or figure would be well-received.

Gifts for Your Significant Other

Sometimes we take our significant others for granted, but with a gentle reminder to ourselves, we can honor our commitment with a thoughtful gift. The relationship with your spouse is a sacred one, so it’s easy to remember why you fell in love in the first place and pay respect to where you’re currently at in your lives together.

Whether you’re expecting a baby together or have recently had one, a joyful gift of new life is a welcome addition to any family. Artwork or figures that represent this chapter are a great way to commemorate it. And sometimes couples just want to celebrate their love together with a romantic sculpture of their close relationship—this can be a lovely gift to honor your bond as well.

About Willow Tree®

Since 1999, Willow Tree® has offered empowering and inspirational gifts to people across the world. The Willow Tree® collection of intimate and empowering figurative sculptures are based on handcrafted works from artist Susan Lordi in her Kansas City, Missouri studio. The Willow Tree® figures are distinctive in that they are faceless, with the small details in the poses of the figures telling the story and depicting the emotional weight of the sculpture. Willow Tree® also offers other items like keepsake boxes, ornaments, plaques, and more. They serve as memorable gifts for any occasion whether you need memorial gifts, wedding gifts, birthday gifts, or more.

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