With the gift-giving season right around the corner, we’ve been thinking about ways to make our presents extra special and thoughtful this year. And since so many of our lovely friends will be throwing holiday parties, we thought it’d be nice to create a gift geared toward the botanically-inclined hostess. This gift is less about practicality and more about fun and kitchen experimentation—which is exactly why we love it! It’s full of uniquely beautiful details that the flower lover in your life will surely cherish.
What’s in this gift:
– A vintage copy of “The Art of Botanical Illustration” by Wilfred Blunt (1967). We found ours on Etsy.
– Dried, pressed flowers found in a garden and placed in the book.
– Beautiful quotes about flowers written in rose gold on soft pink paper by Laura Hooper Calligraphy.
– Recipes you can make with edible flowers, written in rose gold on soft pink paper by Laura Hooper Calligraphy.
– Hand-drawn chart of edible flowers by Laura Hooper Calligraphy.
– Vintage botanical print blank cards from the Royal Horticultural Society of London & The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We found ours on Etsy.
– Vintage stamps so the gift recipient can send the quotes and cards off to friends. We found ours on Etsy.
– Fresh flowers to style in the box the gift is presented in.
For this shoot, we weren’t able to spend the amount of time necessary on pressing flowers, but it showed us that you don’t have to have them perfectly pressed for this gift! We dried ours in wax paper inside a heavy book for a week before our shoot. Then, when we were ready, we delicately placed them into the vintage book. If you want to learn how to press flowers, head here.