My friend, Joelle Berti is a beautiful French woman with a natural and earthy style. She is a true “Eden-maker.” Joelle always has a new idea, (or twist on an old one) for cooking, decorating and gardening. I was enjoying a cup ofÂ red Chai tea at her homeÂ this weekend when I spotted aÂ colorful object thatÂ appeared to be Â a Christmas decoration, sitting on her bar.
Beautifully wrapped magazines make a great, custom gift.
“That’s pretty. Is it a Christmas decoration or “yuletide log?” I asked
“What decoration?” JoelleÂ answered looking around
“That one, over there on the bar.” I pointed out
“The gift?Â Are you talking about the ChristmasÂ gift for my friend?” She corrected me with her thick, but understandable French accent.
I picked up the package and noticed that it was in fact a bundle of glossy magazinesÂ tied together with a ruby colored velvet ribbon andÂ topped with a handcrafted willow and berry star.Â The magazines,Â Paris Match, were selected especially for Joelle’s friend,Â anÂ American woman who learned to speakÂ French atÂ the Universite de la Â Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. Joelle was also giving her friend a bottle of French wine to go with it.Â
“I love that your gift is so personalized! I have to steal your idea and blog about it. Do you mind?” I asked
Always generous, Joelle responded, “OfÂ course not, go ahead. By the way, my last name is spelled, B-E-R-T-I.”
I have friendsÂ and family with diverse interests- some are into politics, others, sports, gaming, gardening, I’m sure to find a specialty magazine to suit their interests. I’ll buy them a subscription and then pick up a few issues to wrap “Ala-Joelle.” With this type of gift, my recipients will remember my thoughtfulness every month when they receive their magazine in the mail. I’ve got a “good friend pass” for the year.Â
To order subscriptions online, go to the magazines’Â web site, (you can usuallyÂ find the address on the magazine cover). Add a complimentary gift and you are done!