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Gifts for the Inspirational Women in Your Life

Every year on March 8, we get the chance to honor the inspirational women in our lives. International Women’s Day is about recognizing women who have lived life with purpose, empathy, and vision, and work to effect change in the world around them.

 


International Women’s Day started in 1911 and has since been celebrated across the country. Last year, more than100 groups participated in the official 2018 campaign to showcase their work and achievements in accelerating gender equality in their communities. Outside of the official day of celebration, the group continues to work for and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

Although International Women’s Day marks a specific day on the calendar, there are women everywhere who work on behalf of causes they believe every day, to create a more prosperous, equitable community.

If there is a woman (or women) in your life that you feel deserves recognition and gratitude, you don’t need to wait until March to show your appreciation. Honor her with a particularly thoughtful gift that captures your appreciative sentiments.

Figures

If you have a personal message to convey to that powerful woman in your life, whether it be “I miss you,” “I love you,” or “I’m thankful for you,” artistic figures can be a powerful way to communicate that sentiment.

Sculptural figures can celebrate the supportive, inspiring, and nurturing relationship between friends, sisters, coworkers, mothers, and daughters. Look for a figure that expresses whatever connection you share with a powerful female in your life, honoring the relationship you share with your mother, child, sibling, friend, neighbor, or colleague.

For particularly powerful sister gifts, look for figures that artfully capture sentiments of protection, love, sharing, trust, and joy through colors and body language, such as a tilt of the head.

Ornaments

Christmas ornaments are perfect gifts for the inspiring woman in your life. Christmas ornaments come in a variety of designs and sizes and convey different relationships between parents, family, friends, and siblings. For a particularly powerful gift that conveys a personal touch of gratitude and appreciation, look for an ornament with details that remind you of that inspiring woman in your life, such as her favorite flowers or colors.

For example, if you are looking for meaningful grandma gifts, select an ornament that you feel captures her presence and power, maybe through a figure that conveys the love and care she has showed you over the years.

Decorative Boxes and Books

Another gift to show your gratitude is a thoughtful piece of décor that they can display and always think of you. A small keepsake box adorned with a commemorative image of strength or love is a perfect way to store jewelry or other small items while also conveying appreciation.

A decorative book or journal is also a classic, timeless gift that conveys elegance and power. You can purchase a standalone book that they can use to document thoughts, or purchase a set that they can display around the house.

However you show your gratitude to the inspirational women in your life, it’s sure to be a gesture that will touch their hearts, be it a sister, grandma, mother, or dear friend.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® offers an intimate line of figures and sculptures that softly display love, appreciation, and caring between loved ones. Since 1999, Willow Tree® has inspired uniquely moving gifts that capture life’s sweetest moments. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves each original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Each sculptural figure depicts emotion through gestures only, such as the tilt of the head, placement of the hands, or a turn of the body. The simple absence of facial features leaves each figure open for personal interpretation, making them powerful, personal gifts for loved ones.

Browse the entire line of sculptural figures at Willowtree.com

 

 

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Perfect Christmas Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Many of us are familiar with the faith-based narrative behind Christmas. However, fewer of us know the origin of the Christmas gift, and specifically why we exchange gifts on or around December 25th each year.

According to The Atlantic, some historians link the act of gifting back to the three wise men in the story of Jesus’s birth while others draw a connection back to the burgeoning upper class in New York City at the turn of the century.

 


Regarding the latter point, historians explain that as New York’s wealthy population grew between 1800 and 1850, elites worked to move the December celebrations from the crowded urban streets into a more secluded and private home setting. As the Christmas celebration became a more insular celebration within the home, parents worked to encourage “young Americans to associate the joys of the holiday with the morally and physically protective space of home.”

Whatever the origins of gift-giving, the act of exchanging presents is now a permanent fixture of the Christmas holiday. If you’re already pondering meaningful gift ideas for those closest to you, follow this gift-giving guide to find a perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Best Friends

Whether you’re shopping for a best friend or you consider a member of your family a best friend, certain people play a particularly pivotal role in our lives. Honor these family members or friends with meaningful, thoughtful gifts that capture the love and support you share. Best friend gifts should capture those unique, perhaps humorous, moments you share with someone special. Sculptural figures are powerful ways to convey these sentiments. Look for figures that express the treasured friendship you share with someone, including feelings of trust, understanding, and support.

Grandparents

The love between grandparents and grandchildren transcend the years, and a powerful gift can express this timelessness. Look for holiday gifts for grandma and grandpa that can add a meaningful emotional component to the holidays. Christmas ornaments are perfect gifts for grandparents, and they will love displaying them about the house or on the Christmas tree. Christmas ornaments come in a variety of designs and sizes and convey the unique aspects of love and support between generations. Handcrafted figurines conveying the bond you share or a thoughtful keepsake box can also be powerful ways to express your gratitude.

Parents

The Christmas holiday is all about loving family moments, and nothing captures this unique bond more than a nativity scene that includes Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. Look for sculptural figures that include the expressive gestures of love, protection, and overwhelming emotion between a mother and father and a new baby.

You could also build a tradition each Christmas by expanding the Holy Family nativity scene. Add additional sculptural figures to represent each member of your family or include angelic figures such as a shepherdess and sheep.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® offers an intimate line of figures and sculptures that softly display love, appreciation, and trust between loved ones. Since 1999, Willow Tree® has inspired uniquely moving gifts that capture life’s sweetest moments. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves each original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Each sculptural figure depicts emotion through gestures only, such as the tilt of the head, placement of the hands, or a turn of the body. The simple absences of facial features leaves each figure open for personal interpretation and make powerful holiday, anniversary, or sympathy gifts for loved ones.

Browse the entire line of sculptural figures at Willowtree.com

 

 

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Why People Collect and Display Mementos

Humans have been collecting things for centuries. During the 1700s and 1800s, aristocrats collected world artifacts, including shells, zoological specimens, and works of art and literature, according to The National Psychologist. Wealthy collectors would then display their pieces—often as a way to also showcase wealth—giving rise to what we now know as museums.

 


Although aristocratic collections were largely a sign of status, the art of collecting things remains deeply engrained in our culture today. Now, collecting is less about an ostentatious display of stature and more about psychology. Whether it be fine art, rare coins, figurines, souvenir spoons, photographs, or baseball cards, the art of collecting serves many purposes in our society today.

Sentimental Value

Some of us create and build collections to preserve and honor the past. A collection of antique plates or silverware, family photo albums, an old baseball card collection, or an antique train set can all be passed down from generation to generation and can be a powerful way to preserve a piece of the past.

Collections don’t have to be large either. Items that once belonged to grandparents or even great-grandparents are often passed down from generations and evolve into a powerful way to commemorate someone who has passed. Heirlooms such as a piece of jewelry, a watch, a set of cuff links, or even a collection of recipes or beloved sculptural figures often hold significant sentimental value.These collections can also serve as highly personal memorial gifts passed from one generation to the next.

Quest

In some cases, completing or expanding a collection can be a lifelong passion. People collect commemorative coins or souvenirs from all 50 states while others collect antique teacups. Still, others might collect old-time comic books or unique stamps.

Completing a collection can be a labor of love, one that drives many hobbyists. Finishing a rare or antique doll collection, for example, can take years of laborious searching, but the idea of having a complete line can be a powerful motivator. The same can be said for collecting handcrafted figures displaying subtle yet powerful emotions.

Arranging

Some people collect items for the sake of arranging and displaying. A collection can serve as a form of interior decorating, with certain collectors painstakingly arranging antique trains or art throughout the house. Arranging can also be cathartic for some people. For example, some collectors enjoy rearranging a dishware collection depending on the season, and rearranging can be an artistic way to organize their house.

Finally, arranging can be commemorative. Displaying a collection of photos, for example, can be a powerful way to remember family vacations or childhood memories. Hand-carved sculptures can also be arranged to display the love between family, friends, and pets. Some collections may find their place on the mantle year-round, while others, such as nativity figurines, tend to make a more prominent appearance during Christmas time.

Investment

A final reason people might collect is for investment purposes. Higher-end collections like classic cars, vintage furniture, rare books, or first-edition comic books can be very lucrative. People often attend trade shows all over the world to trade or purchase rare pieces, and online marketplaces can sometimes garner hundreds of thousands of dollars for certain rare collectible items.

Whatever your reason for collecting, searching for, and displaying items, it can make for a fun pastime or passion. Sculptural figures from Willow Tree® are often collected and displayed with pride by their owners. From nativity sets to figures depicting the love of family and friends, Susan Lordi’s hand-carved line of sculptures are sure to be a nice addition to any collection.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® offers an intimate line of figures and sculptures that softly display love, appreciation, and caring between loved ones. Since 1999, Willow Tree® has inspired uniquely moving gifts that capture life’s sweetest moments. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves each original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Her sculptural figure depict emotion through gestures only, such as the tilt of the head, placement of the hands, or a turn of the body. The simple absence of facial features leaves each figure open for personal interpretation and make powerful holiday, anniversary, or bereavement gifts for loved ones.

Browse the entire line of sculptural figures at Willowtree.com

 

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Three Great Ways to Express Gratitude

We all have people in our lives who inspire us—a parent or sibling, a teacher or coach, a mentor or supervisor. Whatever their role, they’ve uniquely contributed to your life in some profound way, and you might be considering appropriate ways to express your gratitude.



Words are a powerful way to communicate just how impactful someone has been in your life. Something as simple as a phone call, a letter, or even an e-mail can be an effective way to communicate an important message. It's not always easy to express feelings of gratitude or admiration, so adding a thoughtful gift can be a powerful pairing that captures your sentiments both in a figurative and literal way.

If you have someone in your life who has inspired you in some way, but you’re struggling to find the words to say, consider these strategies to help formulate your message of grace and gratitude.

Focus on Who They Are

Often, we are inspired by someone because of their values and principles. For example, are you encouraged by a colleague who is a team player in the truest sense? Maybe you admire a parent figure’s selflessness and sacrifice for always putting your needs before theirs.Or perhaps you look up to a close friend or sister who consistently acts upon the values they espouse, like volunteering in their free time or attending church regularly.

Identifying which specific attributes you admire, whether it be perseverance, kindness, humility, or something else, can help you start converting your sentiments of gratitude into words.

You can also search for meaningful gifts that encapsulate your feelings for a friend or family member. Picture frames, figurines, and wall art make perfect brother or sister gifts that convey feelings of love, timelessness, and appreciation.

Think About What They’ve Done

Another source of admiration comes from recognizing what someone has accomplished. Perhaps your grandmother worked her way to the top of her field during a time when opportunities for women weren’t as prevalent. Letters and grandma gifts are an appropriate and thoughtful way to communicate how your grandmother inspired you to persevere through hurdles and challenges in your life. These are also helpful for when you just want to express your gratitude.

Maybe you want to thank and recognize a coach who overcame insurmountable challenges and went on to achieve incredible results in their sport. A letter and a thoughtful, inspirational gift like a wall hanging, figurine, or plaque can help you express how you feel.

Although focusing on someone’s accomplishments will probably incorporate some of their values, explaining how and why someone’s achievements have impacted you is a great way to express gratitude.

Showcase Their Role in Your Life

Highlighting the role someone has played in your life is another great way to communicate appreciation. Did a teacher motivate you to pursue a career in education? Did a sibling encourage you to try a new sport or hobby that led to a healthier, more fulfilling life?

People play all kinds of roles in our lives, and sometimes we don’t recognize their impact. Something as simple as inviting you out on a hike may have been that little piece of encouragement you needed to get outside more. Taking the time to tell people that they play a pivotal role in your life is a healthy way to convey gratitude.

About Willow Tree

Providing an intimate line of figurines and sculptures that speak in quiet ways to display the love of family and the quiet joy that love brings to life, Willow Tree® has provided inspired gift-giving since 1999. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves each original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Without facial expressions, these beautiful figurines depict emotion through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features leave Willow Tree figures open for personal emotional interpretation. From her first figures 20 years ago, Susan inspires meaningful gift-giving from the heart with nativity figurines, thoughtful gifts for family and friends, and more.

Browse memorable gifts from the heart at Willowtree.com

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Gifts for Family (and Those You Love Like Family)

Maya Angelou once wrote, “I sustain myself with the love of family.”

Families, and those we love like family, are sustaining forces in our lives. They know us as our most authentic selves, and their enduring support in our life is inimitable and irreplaceable. They love us unconditionally, even when we are not always deserving, and offer the support, patience, and insights that only families can provide.

 


There are many ways to convey your love and appreciation for those special family members in your life. One way is through meaningful gifts that capture the power of love, cheer, friendship, and grace—whether you’re looking for gifts for grandma, offerings for the whole family, or presents for those you love like family.

Gifts That Inspire

Family members are often a source of inspiration in our lives. Some of us have or know grandparents who came from nothing and created a better life for their children; parents who made selfless sacrifices so their kids could grow up in a secure, stable home; or friends who have always offered judgment-free support and insight.

Handmade journals, notebooks, note cards, and sketchbooks are great gifts for the family members and friends who inspire us. The simplicity of these gifts invites the recipient to create new works of art and composition, capture inspiring quotes, or write down short- and long-term goals. Give someone you love a gift that will inspire them in the same way they have inspired you.

An inspiring gift doesn’t just have to be for family. A thoughtful keepsake box, an encouraging plaque, or a touching figure symbolizing the two of you and the connection you share can all make the perfect best friend gifts.

Gifts That Entertain

Family gatherings and family traditions are wonderful ways to stay connected and spend time together as a family. Gifts that support socializing and entertaining are thoughtful ways to help your family celebrate holidays, birthdays, Sunday dinners, or even sporting events.

Gifts that facilitate social gatherings, like serving platters, trays, and dishware,are a great way to support family traditions and get-togethers. It’s also an ideal way to help a family member complete a set of dishware, like adding that last set of wine glasses or champagne flutes. Encourage family gatherings by gifting something that will inspire a future dinner invitation. Figurines reminiscent of family or of the holidays, such as nativity figurines, can also provide a thoughtful touch to family gatherings.

Gifts that Satiate

Food and drinks are some of the most popular and traditional gifts—and for a good reason. Everyone has a favorite food or drink, and there is nothing better than giving someone a gift they are sure to enjoy. You can go the traditional route with a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine, or a more exotic one with food from their favorite country or restaurant.

Satiating presents also make great best friend gifts. Nothing facilitates a great night catching up with your best friend than sharing a bottle of wine and a delicious dinner.

Gifts That Care

If you have a family member or friend who is always working or doing for others, surprise them with a gift that they can use all for themselves. Bath and lotion products, a massage, or a salon service are great gifts for that individual who is always thinking of others.

You can also take them out to a concert, a movie, or a nice restaurant to enjoy some quality time together. Gifts that show you care are a great way to say “thank you” to that family member or friend who has always shown grace and thoughtfulness to you and others, be it through a thoughtful figurine, keepsake box, or touching plaque.

About Willow Tree

Providing an intimate line of figurines and sculptures that speak in quiet ways to display the love of family and the quiet joy that love brings to life, Willow Tree® has inspired thoughtful gift-giving since 1999. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves each original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Without facial expressions, these beautiful figurines depict emotion through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features leave Willow Tree figures open for personal emotional interpretation. From her first figures nearly 20 years ago, Susan inspires meaningful gift-giving from the heart with sympathy gifts, gifts for family and friends, and more.

Browse memorable gifts from the heart at Willowtree.com

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Powerful Ways to Honor Someone Who Has Passed

Words of condolences can be some of the hardest to formulate and the most challenging to communicate. You want to simultaneously offer comfort to the person who has suffered the loss, appropriately convey your own sense of mourning, and share your support, love, and peace.

Although finding and expressing the right words during a time of hardship can be difficult, focusing on phrases and sentiments that are heartfelt, sincere, and loving will help convey your sympathy

 

Exploring external sources can be a powerful source of inspiration when you’re looking for the right words to say. If you’re religious, Bible verses can help with words of condolence. Famous authors and orators, both past and present, can also offer inspiration for words that communicate your feelings.

Consider these powerful words and pairings when conceptualizing a message of condolence:

· Thoughts and prayers

· Fond memories

· Comfort and strength

· Friends and family

· Peace and comfort

Memorial gifts can also be powerful ways to enhance your words of condolence while honoring someone’s passing. Traditional gifts such as flowers are comforting gestures during a time of loss. Lilies, carnations, roses, orchids, and daffodils are commonly associated with funeral ceremonies, and symbolize eternity, rebirth, love, and remembrance. In some religions such as Judaism, rocks are often placed on the casket instead of flowers.

Other traditional and comforting gifts such as a homemade meal or a framed photo are thoughtful and appropriate gestures to honor the deceased and comfort the family.

Less traditional but equally as thoughtful gifts include puzzles, books, board games, art supplies, gardening tools, or small do-it-yourself projects to provide distraction that help to momentarily relieve loved ones from thoughts of sadness during a difficult time.

Another traditional memorial gift could be a charitable donation in memory of the deceased. If he or she was involved in a particular organization, such as a church, nonprofit group, or extracurricular activity, a donation in their name is a powerful way to honor their memory. Similarly, if the deceased was passionate about an issue, whether it be child literacy, social activism, the environment, the arts, homelessness, medical research, etc., a donation to a cause they cherished will make a powerful statement.

Depending on the circumstances, you might also consider exploring bereavement gifts that honor the deceased or the deceased’s family or spouse. If he or she passed due to terminal illness, joining with others to set up a foundation in the name of the deceased is a powerful tribute. In that same vein, organizing a charity run or walk that raises money for the foundation could be a meaningful way to continue honoring their memory well into the future.

Finally, considering ways to support the surviving family members can also bring solace and comfort. If the deceased passed suddenly, you might want to provide financial support or consider starting a fundraiser for the family. Emotional support is also appreciated as well during this hard time.

About Willow Tree

Providing an intimate line of figurines and sculptures that speak in quiet ways to display the love of family and the quiet joy that love brings to life, Willow Tree® has inspired uniquely moving gift-giving since 1999. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves each original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Without facial expressions, these beautiful figurines depict emotion through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features leave Willow Tree figures open for personal emotional interpretation. From her first figures created nearly 20 years ago, Susan inspires meaningful gift-giving from the heart.

Browse memorable gifts from the heart at Willowtree.com

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Meaningful Sympathy Gift Ideas for Grieving Friends

Offering sympathy to grieving friends and family members during a difficult time can often be challenging. There’s no surefire way to know which bereavement gifts would make the person feel comforted and supported. Willow Tree carries a collection of beautifully hand-carved and hand-painted sculptures that capture the essence of hope during a difficult time. Designed by artist Susan Lordi, these artisan figurines make wonderfully touching sympathy gifts.

 


Remembrance

Reflecting on memories can be a cathartic and soothing process for grieving family members and friends. The Remembrance sculpture symbolizes holding each memory safely in your heart forever. A feminine angel with looped wire wings stands with her arms folded over her heart. Her white dress includes intricately carved vines and other nature-inspired greenery. The simplicity and heartfelt sense of sympathy expressed by this gift offers a long-lasting reminder of comfort, remembrance, and healing for a grieving friend or loved one.

Soar

The gesture of this female figurine symbolizes relief as she releases a white dove into flight. When searching for sympathy gifts, this encouraging sculpture acknowledges an individual's strength and ability to move forward. This expression of sympathy is a beautiful and positive contrast between mourning and relief. This gift is a sweet expression for those who have lost family members to long-term illness or other difficult battles. It’s also a lovely gesture for religious and spiritual families.

Warm Embrace

This feminine figurine is a lovely and meaningful gift for those who have lost a joyful loved one. This nature-themed sculpture features a young girl holding a bouquet of yellow flowers, symbolizing the warm embrace of summer. If this figurine reminds you of the grieving family or the deceased, it might serve as a lovely and respectful reminder. Susan Lordi’s beautiful sculpture captures the feeling of warmth felt when surrounded by loving family and friends.

Hug Plaque

Losing a furry family member can be difficult for any family. The Hug Plaque is a beautiful symbol of the relationship between children and their dogs. A young boy hugs a puppy in a close embrace, an expression of friendship and love. Hang this plaque on the wall or set it on a credenza for a sentimental display. When searching for sympathy gifts for pet owners, this one showcases the boundless love between humans and their dear pets.

Hero

For memorial gifts, this figurative sculpture expresses sympathy and respectful remembrance of a member of the military or police force. The Hero figurine quietly honors the courage of the hero who has passed away and the strength he or she left behind. It acknowledges the personal loss of the family, while memorializing the service of the one who has passed. A female figure stands in a white dress holding a folded American flag, keeping safe the memory of the soldier. This elegant sculpture captures the patriotism and honor of public service.

About Willow Tree

Providing an intimate line of figurines and sculptures that speak in quiet ways to display the love of family and the quiet joy that love brings to life, Willow Tree has inspired gift-giving since 1999. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves each original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Without facial expressions, these beautiful figurines depict emotion through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features leave Willow Tree figures open for personal emotional interpretation. From her first nativity gifts nearly 20 years ago, Susan inspires meaningful gift-giving from the heart.

Browse memorable gifts from the heart at Willowtree.com

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Memorable Back to School Gifts for Milestone Events

Celebrating educational milestones is a wonderful way to appreciate and recognize the students (and teachers) in your life. Whether your child is about to enter the first grade or your sister is about to graduate with a master’s degree, these gifts encapsulate a love of learning, knowledge, and accomplishment. From figurines to keepsakes, memorable gifts capture your relationship with the hardworking student in your life.

 



Here are a few hand-selected gifts for a new student or an up-and-coming graduate you love so dearly:

Leather-Bound Journals

If they love writing as a personal or creative outlet, a leather-bound journal is a beautiful gift for the student or aspiring writer. They are also great for note-taking in class or used as annual albums that reflect on a year of study. Pick out a journal that is easy to keep open when writing and doesn’t require too many ties or closures. If you want to go go even further, provide them with some writing prompts or a personal note on the inside cover.

Commemorative Sculptures

Hand-carved figurative sculptures are an excellent way to express your love and support of a family member or friend. Express feelings of love of learning, following your dreams, wisdom, appreciating the journey, and more with a detailed figurine. Reflect the hard work of a student with a figurine holding or reading a book, or a sculpture that resembles a butterfly.

Keepsake Boxes

These are sweet and secret places to keep treasures and memories. Gift a keepsake box to someone who regularly wears jewelry or collects items from traveling. One with a message at the bottom or a special meaning inscribed will carry precious meaning to the person giving the box and the person receiving it. Celebrate a woman or young girl in your life by giving them a keepsake box.

Calendars

For the student in your life approaching a milestone—like finishing their first year of school or graduating—a countdown calendar can be a fantastic gift. Customize a calendar with photos, a specific color scheme, or count down the days until the special event arrives. This shows your support of their hard work toward accomplishing an exciting goal.

Signature Writing Utensils

Find the perfect pen or pencil set for your aspiring straight-A student or summa cum laude graduate. A fountain pen can be an exciting gift for an avid notetaker or artistic student. If your student is in the creative arts, find out if they would benefit from a high-quality colored pencil set or specific writing or drawing supplies. Supplying them with what they need is a thoughtful gift for any student. Consider asking if they need any school supplies before giving them a commemorative gift.

About Willow Tree

Providing an intimate line of figurines and sculptures that speak in quiet ways to display the love of family and the quiet joy that love brings to life, Willow Tree has inspired gift-giving since 1999. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves each original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Without facial expressions, these beautiful figurines depict emotion through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features leave Willow Tree figures open for personal emotional interpretation. From her first figures nearly 20 years ago, Susan inspires meaningful gift-giving from the heart.

Browse memorable gifts from the heart at Willowtree.com

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Baptism Gifts They’ll Cherish for a Lifetime

Whether you’re celebrating the joy of baptism as an infant or an adult, commemorating such a huge life event is important. Give a gift that will help them keep the memory of this spiritual milestone alive for years to come with figurative sculptures from Willow Tree.

Crafted by artist Susan Lordi, Willow Tree figurines capture a moment in time, express personal feelings, and celebrate life’s milestones. Rendered to suggest elegance, simplicity, peace, and serenity, Willow Tree speaks quietly to the hearts of those who receive them.

 

Below are four pieces that will memorialize the beautiful moment of baptism for years to come.

 

Prayer of Peace

 

According to artist Susan Lordi, she “wanted this prayer figure to be a humble piece, but very centering, calming, peaceful… with a universal gesture of meditative thought.” This figurine depicts a young girl praying delicately whilst kneeling. Her dress is composed of hand-carved doves, flowers, and leaves crafted in exquisite detail.

 

2018 Ornament

 

These figurine ornaments are a phenomenal way to celebrate the large, memorable moments of the year. Coming in at 4” tall this hand-painted resin ornament depicts a small girl delicately clutching a golden heart composed of gold leaf that displays the year 2018.

 

Angel of Comfort

 

The only Willow Tree angel figurine that depicts a little boy, Angel of Comfort displays a sweet boy angel cuddling a small brown dog. His face lovingly snuggles the top of the pup’s head, with his metal wired wings poking up behind his head.

 

Shine

 

This figure portrays a girl confidently celebrating her victory, whatever it may be. Part of Susan’s Signature Collection, Shine is beautifully embellished with gold leaf dots and Ombre blue detailing on the dress. Carved in the round, this figure will look great from any angle it’s displayed.

 

About Willow Tree

 

Providing an intimate line of figurines and sculptures that speak in quiet ways to display the love of family and the quiet joy that love brings to life, Willow Tree has inspired gift giving since 1999. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the each original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Without facial expressions, these beautiful figurines depict emotion through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features leave Willow Tree figures open for personal emotional interpretation. From her first nativity set nearly twenty years ago, Susan inspires meaningful gift-giving from the heart.

 

 

 

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Trendy Tips for Displaying Your Collectables

Gone are the days of curio cabinets lined with knick-knacks. Instead, people prefer to let their collections shine as a regular part of everyday life, nestled among the other things they love. Whether you’re a committed collector or want to highlight figurines dear to your heart, these design tips will make any collection a stylish staple in your home.

 

 

Add Lighting

 

Heighten the drama of your collection by adding accent lighting. An easy upgrade, accent lighting will make your collection look like it belongs in a museum. You can choose wall-mounted lighting that is more permanent or frame-mounted lighting which is less of a commitment. Accent lighting also features different power options—choose from battery powered, plug-in, or hardwired.

 

Embrace Color

 

Create a backdrop for your display by considering wall color. Depending on your design aesthetic, you can choose a soft, mellow color that will let your sculptural figures stand out, or go for a bold, bright color for a chic bohemian look.

 

Group Together

 

Whether you’re displaying a collection or decorating in general, create visual interest by grouping pieces in odd numbers. When our eyes see something grouped together this way, it forces them to analyze the grouping, and ultimately our brains find it more visually attractive.

 

Create Height

 

Adding height to your display can create and/or maintain balance. Enhance visual interest by mixing tall items with short, and raising items by stacking them on things that add height in a chic way, such as cake stands or book stacks. 

 

Arrange by Color

 

For large collections, grouping items by color is an exciting way to engage the eye and provide a line to follow. Grouping similar items together in this way increases the visual impact in a cohesive, stylish way. This is exceptionally beautiful when done with glassware (glasses, vases, figurines).

 

About Willow Tree

 

Providing an intimate line of figurative ornaments, cake toppers, and sculptures that speak in quiet ways to display the love of family and the quiet joy that love brings to life, Willow Tree has inspired gift giving since 1999. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves original figures from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. With no facial expressions, these beautiful figurines depict emotion through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features keep the emotional messages of Willow Tree pieces open to personal interpretation.

 

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The Artist Behind Willow Tree: Susan Lordi

The popular line of Willow Tree fine art figurative sculptures was introduced in January of 2000. The first collection included one figurine, 15 angels, and the nativity set. In the 18 years since Artist Susan Lordi has continued to craft the beautiful figurines that speak for us when words aren’t enough.

 

 

Susan received a Master of Fine Arts with honors from the University of Kansas in 1993 and previously taught textile art and design at the university level. When she began her work on Willow Tree, it was her first time stepping away from personalized sculpture creation to designing for the commercial gift industry. Despite the mass market production of her work, it was very important that her sculptures speak to the unique relationship between the giver and receiver.

She wanted her figurative sculptures to celebrate pure form art, in which there are no extraneous details, encouraging her work to be interpreted by the individuals attached to the pieces. Details and emotions are communicated via the gestures and body language of each figurine. In Susan’s own words, “The viewer decides what the piece is really about. I want people to come up with their own ideas of what a particular Willow Tree piece means. I try to keep Willow Tree open. There is no one correct interpretation. I hope that this makes the pieces more accessible, and more personal. I want to present a product that stimulates the viewer's thinking... that allows the viewer to become a participant in the giving or receiving.”

The uniqueness of her sculptures flows from her creative process. Susan uses live models to inspire her sculptures, a role usually filled by those close to her. Her pieces evoke emotion because her key observations of life and people are captured within her work. She maintains a close connection to every piece and spends an average of 2-3 months working on a sculpture.

For Susan, “every big idea starts as a little seed.” She continues to adapt her pieces, evolving their simple details to include delicate patterns of pierced metal and pressed gold leaf, free-hand surface etchings, and sculptures carved in the round so that every angle reveals a different understanding. Susan carves the way we live, “I carve in the round because we express ourselves 360 degrees.”

No matter the occasion, Willow Tree figurines express your emotion in ways that cannot be spoken, engaging your heart and the heart of the receiver.

About Willow Tree

Providing an intimate line of figurative ornaments and sculptures that speak in quiet ways to display the love of family and the quiet joy that love brings to life, Willow Tree has inspired gift giving since 1999. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figure from her studio in Kansas City Missouri. With no facial expressions, these beautiful figurines depict emotion through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features signify Willow Tree.

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Celebrate New Life with Figurines from Willow Tree

Welcome the newest member of your family with sculptural figures from Willow Tree that speak for you when words are inadequate. Their figurines freeze the early moments of parenthood in time and celebrate the unexplainable bond that exists between a newborn and their parents, making them perfect memorable gifts.



For Always

Featuring sculptural art that beautifully expresses love, closeness, healing, courage, and hope, Willow Tree captures the memory of a moment in still life. For Always represents the relationship between mother and child, and displays a mother lovingly embracing her little one.

You can gather from the pose that they only exist for each other in this moment; the new baby is this mother’s whole world. In artist Susan Lordi’s own words “I wanted this pose to evoke a feeling of being completely in the present with your child—the weight, the scent, the feel... sharing with each other the silent vow that you will be there for always.”

New dad

Freeze a moment in time for the new dad in your life. The New Dad figurines from Willow Tree capture the awe and wonder of embracing your beautiful newborn for the first time. The father sits on a stool with his small baby cradled on his knees and resting in his hands, gazing loving at the new miracle in his life. Glorify the special relationship between father and child with this sentimental piece.

Angel of mine gift set

This is the perfect go-to gift for the new mother in your life. Featuring a gift for the new baby and the new mother, this gift bag will make both parties feel special and loved. The gift for baby includes an embroidered blanket with the words, “so loved, so very loved,” crafted from a snuggly soft chenille for optimal cuddling.

Mom receives the gorgeous Angel of Mine figurine; a piece that depicts a mother snuggling close to her newborn, her head resting on top of the baby’s in an intimate embrace. Angel of Mine will serve as a special reminder of those first magical days of an infant’s life.

About Willow Tree

Willow Tree is the storefront carrying artist Susan Lordi’s powerful, hand-carved figures. These sculptures are unique works of art which beautifully convey a spectrum of emotions when words are inadequate. Perfect gifts, Willow Tree sculptures capture the love and beauty of your family for everyday viewing. Featuring their signature collection, angels, cake toppers, ornaments, tree toppers, and much more, their site has something for everyone on your gift lists.

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Artisan Gifts for Graduation Season

With high school and college graduation season around the corner, finding a meaningful gift can be challenging. Depending on the graduate, their passion could be anything from reading to science, communications to forestry. One thing is for sure: celebrating their hard work ethic is well deserved. From kindergarten to college, each level has its challenges and achievements. Here are a few unique and artistic gift ideas for a loved one graduating from any stage of education.

 



Commemorative Keepsakes

Finishing an educational journey can be incredibly rewarding and deserve a celebration of the hard work it took to get there, the relationships formed along the way, and the passions ignited by learning and discovery. Gifting a commemorative keepsake as a reminder of this dedication and achievement is a timeless present at any age.

For example, figurative sculptures that portray learning, growth, and wisdom can make great graduation gifts. Pick a sculpture that reflects the passion and work ethic of your graduate that they’ll never forget. Keep memories close with a keepsake that reminds the graduate of their experiences in school.

Ornament

An ornament is a wonderful gift that lasts a lifetime. The holidays are a time of remembrance and celebration, and a graduation ornament is a yearly reminder of a difficult yet rewarding journey. Figurine ornaments with a dedicated year are lovely presents for graduates to remember the year of their great accomplishment. These also make excellent gifts for parents and close relatives of the graduate in celebration of their achievement.

Notecards

An uncommon possession in today’s culture, notecards are great gifts for recent graduates. The giftof stationary to a graduate is something they will utilize throughout the year, thinking of you when using it. Include a set of unique stamps or return address stickers to personalize it.

Your gift is not the only one they will receive, and writing thank you notes is still a wonderful way to express appreciation. Why not give a gift that keeps on giving? Traditional graduate gifts often include household essentials and basics. Notecards are definitely a timeless necessity that everyone should have.

Choosing a unique yet memorable gift can be challenging, but these ideas make it easy to pick out a commemorative present for the graduate in your life. Willow Tree’s Graduation collection of hand-carved, detailed figures is inspired by hardworking and inspiring students. These artisan-crafted gifts are reminders of determination and celebration that last a lifetime.

About Willow Tree

Willow Tree provides customers with beautiful figurative sculptures and nativity sets based on hand-carved figures by acclaimed artist Susan Lordi. These simple, unique works of art help people celebrate the special moments and people in their lives.

For additional information, visit Willowtree.com

 

 

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Personalize Your Wedding Theme with Detailed Décor

From selecting a venue to picking a cake flavor, wedding planning relies on countless decisions from beginning to end. For the last few decades, personalized weddings have become the new norm. Gone are the days of cookie-cutter dresses, cakes, and ceremonies. Couples take individuality to the next level for their special day. And why wouldn’t you? Here are a few wedding items that can be personalized to reflect the unique character and individuality of the bride and groom-to-be.

 



Center Pieces

Whether you throw an intimate wedding with only a few guests or a major celebration with hundreds of people, table centerpieces reflect the unique design and theme of your wedding day. Flowers are a traditional choice for centerpieces in most weddings. Candles, framed photos, and sculptured figurines set a romantic atmosphere without needing to echo a niche theme or motif.

For a truly unique presentation, switch it up with a diverse set of objects at every table. Choose pieces that fit together into a cohesive theme but make each centerpiece ensemble different. Some couples even keep certain table centerpieces for home décor or wedding day keepsakes.

Cake Toppers

Why choose a boring, traditional cake topper when there are so many unique and beautiful options available? Forego predictable choices and instead select an artistic cake topper that reflects contemporary relationships or timeless romance.

When browsing artisan cake toppers, make sure that the artist uses food safe paints and materials. Talk to your wedding cake designer about incorporating a romantic cake topper into the cake structure. Showing them what you have in mind can make the design process easy and tailored to your vision.

Share Your Love Story

Organizing a display that shows the history of the couple’s relationship is a beautiful way for guests to learn more about you and your partner's story. Family and childhood photos, visual timelines of your relationship, and various personal keepsakes are wonderful for telling your unique history. This is also a convenient location for the guest book and displaying engagement photos.

Accessorize with candles, framed photos, and a luxurious tablecloth to incorporate the wedding theme into the display. Romantic, artistic figures beautifully express the love and closeness of the couple. They also make for fantastic keepsakes that last long after the wedding.

Cultivating a personalized theme can be taxing but choosing commemorative items that reflect your unique relationship is a wonderful way to make your wedding day special. From detailed cake toppers to romantic sculptural figurines, Willow Tree’s wedding collection is the perfect assortment of artistic, hand-carved sculptures for your special day. Showcase your relationship with detailed, romantic keepsakes in any aspect of your wedding decor.

About Willow Tree

Willow Tree provides customers with beautiful figurative sculptures based on hand-carved figures by acclaimed artist Susan Lordi. These simple, unique works of art help people celebrate the special moments and people in their lives.

For additional information, visit Willowtree.com

 

 

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Figurative Sculptures: Great Gifts for Any Occasion

The Byrds famously sang, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven.” (And of course, Pete Seeger sang it and the Bible said it before them.) Beautifully carved figurative sculptures can help people commemorate every season and special time in their lives.

 



To understand how they work, it might be helpful to turn to literature. One of the most beautiful—and, at bottom, saddest—poems in the English language is “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats. Most people probably know its famous conclusion: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” The “beauty” that he is talking about is the figures painted on the titular urn. They are frozen in time far above “all breathing human passion… That leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloy’d.”

Figurative sculptures and figurine ornaments work in a similar way. They are not completely detached from all feeling and experience, though. In fact, the exact opposite is true—they help people preserve and cherish those special moments and relationships. When someone looks at these figurines, they can recall what happened at a particular time and how it made them feel.

Here are a couple of special moments that figurative sculptures can help commemorate:

New Beginnings

Whether it is a new life coming into this world or simply a new start, a beginning is a wonderful thing. These are times to soar, to shine, to bloom and to show one’s courage. At the same time, beginnings are times to think about how far one has come and marvel at the dance of life. A figurine ornament can capture the poignancy and promise of these moments.

Christmas

People do not call the holiday season “the most wonderful time of the year” for nothing. Christmas and the days leading up to it are all about spending time with the ones closest to us and reflecting on our blessings. A nativity set can become a valued part of a family’s holiday traditions; it can embody the feelings of warmth and gratitude that give this season its meaning.

Willow Tree’s collection of beautiful, elegantly simple figurine ornaments help preserve someone’s most precious memories. Each figurative sculpture is lovely in itself but can also be combined to create a scene that reflects the people in one’s life more accurately.

About Willow Tree

Willow Tree provides customers with beautiful figurine ornaments and figurative sculptures based on hand-carved figures by acclaimed artist Susan Lordi. These simple, unique works of art help people celebrate the special moments and people in their lives.

For additional information, visit Willowtree.com

 

 

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