Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bringing Small Comforts Series - Soothing and Practical

Not every woman is the type to indulge themselves, some women can be immensely practical even when they are recovering or seriously ill. She may not have the energy to indulge herself even if she wanted to so it is up to you to do it for her. Something practical but pretty and special enough to make her smile every time she uses it.



Towels are a practical item, we use them every day. When it comes to towels I am a practical kind of gal, I only buy white towels. Mostly because they are stored in a cabinet with glass doors and I like the uniformity in our ivory ensuite. But a few years ago when I was feeling under the weather I went out a bought myself a few sets in the most feminine and gorgeous shade of pale pink. I keep them in a section of my dressing room and whenever I use them they just lift my spirits. Buying a woman a set (bath towel/face towel/facecloth) of gorgeous towels in her favorite, happy colour will certainly lift her spirits in a most comfortable and practical way. If a monogram service is available, you could have a set monogrammed with uplifting words such as relax, restore, refresh or request her name be embroidered in script very small and discreetly in the top corner. Just for her.


Soap can also be a practical luxury. Though she may adore scented soap and it's gorgeous packaging, palliative nurses tell me that many patients are often highly-sensitive to fragrance at times during treatment. Unscented soaps such as Dove or Ivory can be practical but simply lovely when layered into a glass canister and tied with a beautiful ribbon. A gift even the most practical gal can use and appreciate.

You don't have to wrap every bar of soap with tissue and seals as you see above, but it could be a detail that elevates a simple soap collection to a luxurious level. An effort even the most practical would appreciate. This jar of wrapped soaps is a prototype from a company that didn't go forward with the product or I would give you the source. Instead I am giving you the presentation idea.


Another soothing idea, a glass decanter filled with a bath foam, a jar of loofah, a tray of soap. This can be the time to gift bath products that are unscented or organic, the more natural the better. The products can be simple, the presentation thoughtful and soothing. Something to heal her body and her soul.








!st and 2nd photo by Polly Wreford/3rd photo by Chris Everard/4th photo from files/5th photo by Daniel Farmer ~ Sarah Kaye.

22 comments:

  1. Some wonderful ideas here, Sande. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Wonderful ideas! I think it might be time to pamper someone I love.

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  3. What lovely ideas. I am an all white towel girl also and all of mine are monogrammed. I buy the every few years at Neiman Marcus's Pink sale. They are always wonderful towels and reasonabley price. I have a dear friend that has a very hard time relaxing and pampering herself I am going to use this idea as a Just Because gift, Thank you for always inspiring me. Kathysue

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  4. I LOVE this! Very creative - thank you for sharing!!!!

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  5. The idea of the monogrammed set of towels is just great ! and so thoughtful too...it's true that scents can be difficult during treatment but the sight of a beautifully wrapped neutral soap is sure to please...
    Beautiful inspired post Sande !

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  6. Oh this is so lovely Sande, really great ideas and just love the pictures you included.

    Thanks honey,
    xoxo

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  7. Wonderful post Sande...makes me want to go out and buy a set of thick fluffy towels and beautiful soap for all my friends. Now for the perfect glass decanter....
    Lovely...thank you!

    PS..I am with you on the colour...just love the freshness of white!

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  8. Sande,
    Once again, your comments are so practical and luxurious...I wish my friends had read your blog after my surgery! But now they've got ME to treat THEM!

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  9. I wish for a moment I was one of the women above! Beautiful images. I love your remarks about soaps and presentation, couldn't be more true. I can endlessly arrange them in one pretty container after another...instant beauty and pick me up!!!

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  10. I think these are wonderful suggestions. I would love to receive any one of them. I like that idea of re-wrapping the soap to make them pretty and putting them in a jar. Thanks for the tips!

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  11. I would not have thought of a set of beautiful towels as a gift, but it is a terrific idea & so thoughtful. Thanks!

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  12. Sande,
    I just love this new series. Leave it to you to think of doing something for others! You are so very special to so many of us and we can't thank you enough for reminding us that we are lucky to be women who are special to our parents, our siblings, our children and each other. xo Lisa

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  13. beautiful gift ideas, i can do with a pampering myself right about now!

    Kisses,
    stephanie

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  14. All lovely ideas, but not just for those facing illness or tough times. Probably every woman I know would enjoy a little relaxation with pretty towels and lovely soaps. Your wrapping ideas elevate the simplest gift into another sphere. Thanks Sande.

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  15. Lovely ideas and agree with Ingrid above nice anytime for a relaxing at home spa type day.

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  16. Beautiful ideas Sande! And just in time for me because my mom is having surgery next week, and I think the towel idea is FABULOUS ~ something she can use and feel special while doing so!
    Bisous,
    Melissa

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  17. Sande, such lovely and thoughtful gifts that make them even more special by their presentation, which you are an expert at!! I would love any one of these pampering gifts. Which reminds me, I really need to buy some new towels!

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  18. Sande, yes the perfect gifts and so beautifully presented in your post today. My daughter has been ill so the bike riding hasn't held up to expectations, but I am getting in 3 miles a day. xx's Marsha

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  19. What a lovely post! I needed that. I got a bad report from the doctor yesterday. The chemo is not working. Will do a CT Scam tomorrow to make sure the cancer has not gone to my brain. If so then I will have about 6 mos. If not then I will start the 8 hr. killer chemo and go bald again. So I found your post refreshing and uplifting to say the least.
    love to you and yours,
    nancy

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