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Welcome to the Gift Scout, a brand new seasonal gift guide brought to you by Dayle Bennett and Jeanee Duval. They are besties working together to share their love for gifting and great products. They scout everywhere to curate trendy, unique and heartfelt gifts for you to give (and receive). In this issue: Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil your friends and family and romance your loved one. This gift guide presents fresh ideas for creative and trendy gifts and unique DIY gift wrap. Sit back and enjoy the first issue of the Gift Scout!


MEET YOUR GIFT SCOUTS!

Dayle Bennett: the maker Dayle is a retail display designer living in Atlanta. She has created retail design and displays for West Elm, Hallmark Cards, Gucci and Neiman Marcus. She is passionate about modern design, textiles, paper, color and technology. Dayle has been a blogger since 2007. She teaches design and hosts her own Craft and Cocktails creative workshops. She is the Gift Scout DIY and gift wrap guru. Her gift presentation is simply magical. * Click on each image to take you the the URL for purchase.


Jeanee Duval: the finder Jeanee Duval is a full-time blogger and freelance graphic designer living in Miami Beach. She has been a professional graphic designer for more than 15 years for companies such as Borders Books and Hallmark Cards. She is passionate about trend researching and discovering new brands. Jeanee has been a blogger since 2007 inspiring others with her trendy findings. She is the Gift Scout gift curator finding the best!


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Tonal touches of petal pinks to blush and shades of apricot to soft marshmallow colors gives a fresh look to basic pink. Any gal will love these beauty products and sweet candles.


Keep it simple stupid! You can never go wrong with traditional red, pink, black and white Valentine heart motifs.

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Everyone loves gifts for Valentine’s Day! A well wrapped gift sets the tone for this annual event. Pretty ribbon, fun toppers and pretty paper makes every gift special. A pretty present always puts a smile on my face. I wrapped these gifts with that in mind. On the folowing pages are even more DIY ideas handmade by me! Get inspired and make someone smile this Valentine’s Day! XOXO ~ Dayle


GIFT WRAPPING • Craft boxes and paper are a nice neutral base to start with for gifts for males and females. • Try different shapes like round and heart shaped craft boxes. • Add paper bows, handcut hearts and lollipops as gift toppers. • Use bakers twine and glitter ribbon to add whimsy to gifts. • For a more masculine look use black, white and gold.


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Monograms has been around since early 350 BC. Putting a personal stamp on gifts makes them a timeless keepsake. Make it classy with an initial or unique with a personal message.


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Pure romance and passion blooms with deep red velvet, sexy lingerie and scents. Black adds luxury to this grown and sexy palette with pops of hot pink for fun.


Geometry becomes soft and feminine. Accessories and art with faceted angler accents are minimal and pretty. These gifts are a real gem.

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GEOMETRIC HEART WASHI TAPE HEART


STRING ART HEART


SUPPLIES: deco tape knife heart template (download on next page)

1. Cut template out as a stencil. 2. Line up deco tape in stripes onto a sheet of paper. (Make sure the tape is bigger than he template stencil.) 3. Take the heart stencil and trace the outline onto the deco tape sheet. 4. Add your striped heart to a contrasting sheet of paper. DONE!


SUPPLIES: multi color paper scissors double stick tape 1. Cut paper into squares. We cut these into 1 1/2� sqaures. 2. Cut all squares into triangles. 3. Arrange triangles to create a heart. Mix paper colors and patterns. 4. Tape triagles in place, all done.


DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE

SUPPLIES: embroidery floss needles hole punch hammer pencil template paper

1. Punch holes along the joining points of the template. 2. Place template on top of colored paper for string art. *Use a pencil to connect the dots. (optional step) 3. Thread your needle and start threading your paper. 4. Tie a knot on the back of your work, done!


The black & white trend is made minimal and pretty by adding natural brown craft paper and wood elements. Gold brings a touch of elegance and glamour to these neutrals.

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Product packaging is becoming simple with the debranding trend with limited branding. Neutral colors and basic shapes puts the focus on clean typography. All black packaging adds luxury and simplicity.

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Are you love struck with Cupid’s arrow? This take on the arrow graphic trend is sophisticated and gender neutral.


PAPER ARROWS SUPPLIES:

PAPER GARLAND SUPPLIES:

paper straws

2-3 rolls deco tape

deco tape

embroidery floss

embroidery floss

scissors

scissors

1 1/2 inch circle hole punch

paper in assorted colors

paper in assorted colors

hot glue

hot glue

1. Grab some paper straws and add deco tape. * We used metallic tape. 2. Cut colored paper into heart shapes for the bottom

1. Punch several circles using colored paper. 2. Choose 2-3 deco tapes to use for garland flags. 3. Hot glue circles to floss or string. Make sure to you leave room for deco tape.

of arrow. 3. Cut colored paper into

4. Cut deco tape and wrap it over the floss. Stick it onto itself. Cut a chevron on the ends.

graphic feather shapes for the top of arrow. 4. Hot glue tops and bot-

5. Rotate colors of circles and deco tape to create your garland.

toms to your straws. Add

6. Add arrows to floss and place at one end

floss for hanging. DONE!

of the garland.


A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That goes for gals too! Not in the mood for a boring box of chocolates? Try handmade artisan, raw or even smoked chocolate. Got the hots for someone? Give hot sauce and Sriracha for a spicy gift.

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For the foodie in your life that already has everything in their kitchen. Show them some love with some heartfelt gifts. Maybe you’ll receive some home cooked treats in return!


Stay tuned for the Gift Scout Spring issue! Email us, at giftscoutmail@gmail.com if you’d like to collaborate.


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