Simone LeBlanc makes an art of extraordinary gift-giving for the creative client, along with her own friends, family, and holiday hosts. Here she shares a handful of cozy favorites from terrain, along with her thoughts on finding the perfect present during this season of gifting.
terrain: Can you tell us a bit about what inspired your favorites file?
Simone: As you can imagine, this season is the busiest for a gifting company like mine. While I'm busy putting other people's gifts in order, the thing that inspires me most are thoughts of relaxed, cozy time around the house with loved ones. My picks were inspired by that idea; items that are luxurious, comfy and will add to the enjoyment of some holiday downtime.
terrain: In this season of cocktail parties and holiday open houses, what do you think about when selecting the perfect hostess gift?
Simone: Hostess gifts are one of my favorite types of gifts to give. So much effort is put in to creating a great evening, and that shouldn't go unnoticed. I focus on a small indulgence for my hostess. If she's a tea drinker, I bring an assortment of unique, unexpected teas that she may not have bought herself. If she's a busy mom, I bring her a bit of pampering products to enjoy. The hostess gift is all about saying "After this evening is done - relax and indulge yourself, because you deserve it."
terrain: Often giving a gift is more exciting than getting one. Why do you think that is?
Simone: This is such a wonderful sentiment and one I truly agree with. At the heart of it, people are simple and people are kind. Gift giving is not only about showing that you care - it's about showing how you care. There's nothing better than showing your appreciation in a way that is specific to you. The idea of finding a gift that says just what you want it to say, putting time into tracking down an item that you know the recipient will love - all of these efforts do not go unnoticed. Simply put, it feels good to show someone that you care, in a way that is unique to you.
Click here to see Simone's curated gifts for the season's special occasions.