In lieu of visits, vacations and long weekends together, thoughtful gifts sent in the mail have come to mean so much more. As worldwide lockdowns and stay-at-home orders rolled out in March, one of our event partners showed up with a surplus of expensive leftover perfumes from a soiree he organized in Los Angeles. We promptly wrapped and prepped them for shipment to contributors, magazine friends and family. Nothing, at this point, says, thinking of you, like a thoughtful and beautiful gift delivered by an essential worker.
When Mother’s Day rolled around in the United States, we rolled with the punches and did not plan any elaborate weekend brunches or trips. Instead, we thought, what would Mom really like? What is unusual and fun that we could pick up, wrap and box?
We admit to being inspired by BrownHot Events, whose bespoke client gift baskets are favorites of ours. Founder and CEO Jeff Brown’s corporate Valentines’ gift boxes are highly anticipated items. He times the delivery specifically for February 14, no matter what side of the country or world you reside. His curated boxes of holiday goodies are usually themed – Bee Mine, Peace & Love, etc. – but his wedding welcome packages and corporate gifting equally wow us: I Regret Nothing (complete with Advil and rehydrating liquids) and Me Undies, featuring fun underwear samples that you have to break out of a miniature pinata.