I’m often extolling the virtues of—and my personal preference for—gifts that get used up. Give me a luxurious bath soak, or a jar of spices, or a tin of tea and I’m pleased as can be. And yet, what a joy it is to be given something that I might treasure forever.
Budgets and square footage and particulars of givers and recipients will dictate the permanence of the gifts we choose to give. Whether you’re hoping to give something that gets used up, or hoping to give something that sticks around for years to come—or, perhaps, a little bit of both—I hope this might serve as something of a jumping off point.