A life-long self-proclaimed “call and order flowers girl,” Margot Shaw has always been enamored with the color, form, beauty and art that is a flower. After a few years in the industry, yearning for a magazine(beyond trade publications) about her passion and unable to find anything, Shaw decided to start one and in March 2007, flower made its debut in the southeastern market. Here Margot picks her favorite hostess gifts!
One of the many joys of being editor of flower is traveling all over the country to scout stories, give presentations, and just have a little “flower” fun. I’m often the houseguest of someone I’ve never even met, so bringing along the perfect hostess gift is crucial. Of course I always want it to be flower-related, and since fresh bouquets are a bit tricky to get through the airport, my go-to gifts are both botanically-themed and easy to pack. These picks are my “best-in-show,” and guaranteed to garner repeat invitations.
These rich Blue Botanique embroidered fingertip towels from Sharyn Blond Linens pair intense color with a classic floral pattern. Powder rooms everywhere say, ”Yes, please.”
Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass is a genius (and I love that he’s from Fort Payne, Alabama, which is practically in my backyard). His pieces are collectible yet affordable. I am partial to the Mini Raisin Bottle vases that are perfect for that little posy by the bedside.
I know I’m always looking for a pad to take notes or numbers by the phone, or just make myself a to-do list when I’m on a plane. I’m guessing my hostesses are the same, so I like to order Lettered Olive’s Custom Scroll Notepads before I’m “guesting.” They have a leafy ornament and a quick turnaround time for personalizing.
I adore all things French and what could be more très chic than tole? This small green-and-white planter from Grace Hayes Fine Linens is pretty all by itself, or can hold fruit, soaps, or flowers.
I like to bring peonies (my favorite flower) that last and will always be in season. A Duchess Peony candle from Lafco fits the bill.
William Yeoward pieces always elicit an “aaahhh.” This simple, elegant Country Carafe from Corzine & Co. is perfect for water, wine, or one gorgeous stem of something from the garden.
Since I’m from Alabama, I like to spread the gospel of good Southern taste, hospitality, and humor wherever I go. One of my new favorite books is Julia Reed’s But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria. Aside from being a dyed-in-the-wool Mississippi Delta girl with world-class cooking and writing chops, Julia is fearless with flowers!
Iris & Co.’s Modern Moon Vase is diminutive (perfect for carrying on the plane) and makes a flower arranger out of anyone.
Turkish-T’s Garden Wheelbarrow cocktail napkins are just the thing for the hostess who has everything. They’re whimsical, beautifully stitched, and easy to pack.
Pretty paper makes journaling, list-making, or just taking notes a pleasure, and I love giving this swirly bird and botanical Jewel Notebook Set by Karen Adams Designs.
Princess Hyacinth, the magical story of a young girl’s trials and triumphs, is on my best-seller list for gifts. Though billed as a children’s book, its themes are ageless. It makes for a playful surprise.
Who doesn’t need and want new placemats? I can’t wait to give these Navaho Raffia placemats by Grace Hayes Fine Linens, with their crisply stylized floral graphics. I just can’t decide between the pink and the green.
A. Barclay’s Hot Pink & Red Flower Wrap is so versatile and chic, any hostess will love it and love you for it.
I like to give paperweights because they’re works of art, and they’re commemorative. I picture my hostess gazing on her Karen Adams Designs Le Fleur Crystal Dome Paperweight and fondly (I hope) remembering my visit.
For the sweet lover (and who isn’t?), may I suggest you arrive with this little bundle of goodness, Notti Flower Sugar Cookies, and, of course, see if you can get your hostess to break into them while you’re there.
OR: You can always give a subscription to “flower magazine” www.flowermag.com.