Julia Burns-Alexander of Vessel Brooklyn Knows How to Give the Perfect Gift
Everyone can agree that no two people (and no two relationships) are alike. Yet so often we fall into a cookie-cutter trap when selecting gifts for the ones we love. The best gifts say something about both the giver and the recipient and the bonds and memories shared between them. If you’re looking for a gift, ask yourself: what makes this person unique? When thinking about the time you have spent together, what are the first images that pop into your head? When you really tap into these specifics and use them as your springboard, you will end up with a gift that is thoughtful, creative, and one-of-a-kind.
When you show someone that you know who they are, you see them, and you love everything about them, THAT is the true gift. Throw the rules out the window, cast a wide net, and have some fun!
7 Gifts Ideal for The Bourbon Afficianado
Historically, brides collected their wedding items in trunks called trousseaus. This Goorin Bros. Jet Set Black Hat Box is the perfect modern interpretation for the bride OR groom. Whether carrying wedding finery or travel essentials, it’s the perfect way to chicly organize your most precious possessions. Knowing that most couples want to have their photographer capture bespoke gifts and accessories on the day of their wedding, this is an excellent way to have them on hand!
This waxed Canvas Bar Tool Roll-Up is customizable and the perfect wedding party gift for a group of hospitality or food and beverage professionals. The Roll-Up’s ability to pack a large number of specialty tools also makes for a destination wedding attendant’s dream. Don’t wait for the bar to come to you; bring the bar with you!
It’s customizable and can easily slip into a purse or jacket pocket, helping to keep the celebration going all day!
Handmade in small batches using fresh organic fruits and herbs, this exotic gift set includes bottles of lavender, chocolate, cardamom, and grapefruit bitters to add to your cocktail experience.
You can’t go wrong with a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon; it’s classy and timeless. This spicy and smooth bourbon is a crowd-pleaser that will be appreciated by any connoisseur.
Give your mixologist friends this minimalist muddler with a perfected design so they can enjoy and share their favorite specialty cocktails at their next dinner party.
These mugs are customizable, travel well, help to keep your beverage cool, and enhance the flavor of the cocktail. They’re perfect for Moscow Mules!
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Fig + Yarrow’s aromatic, artisan bath salts will provide a nourishing self-care experience for the ones you love. Gentle on the skin and one of my favorite products, the Pink Love Salts are the perfect end to any day, meant to help relax the body, mind, and spirit.
It’s hand-poured, cut and wrapped, and perfect for whipping those toes and feet into shape for summer sandals.
One of my all-time favorites, Skeem Design’s matchsticks in a refillable blown glass vessel with a strikeable base bring vintage flair to any gift.
This custom candle smells of tuberose and gardenia, is soy-based, and comes in a reusable rose gold copper vessel. These make the perfect thank you gift or wedding favor for guests, as the outer packaging can be fully customized to your needs.
The perfect tiny favor! You can’t beat the price point on this one, and you never know when a bottle opener will come in handy.
This floral facial steam from Fig + Yarrow clears the mind while nourishing the skin. This product is wonderful in preparation for the big day and also helps to melt away the stress of wedding planning and festivities. This herbal steam also doubles as a delicious tea!
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These premium, single origin blends are crafted by the founder himself, whose well-traveled palate and free-spirited approach to flavor have created a brew that will be sure to have you coming back for more!
Attractive and versatile, this handmade, airtight canister is perfect for housing your favorite coffee, teas, or spice blends.
Made of 100% porcelain, these espresso cups are stackable and dishwasher safe with a graphic design sure to please their recipient.
This coffee and cardamom body scrub will have your skin fully prepared and glowing for the big day!
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This hand-printed tea towel is the perfect kitchen décor for your favorite pair of grooms.
The perfect gift for the wine enthusiast or collector, this cherrywood wine box can be engraved and customized to your friends’ tastes. This set includes a pour spout, bottle stopper, corkscrew, and drip ring, and your favorite bottle of wine.
This 14K Gold Plated Flask can be engraved and personalized for any member of your wedding party.
The best way to remember the details of your experience is to write them down. These “Tasting Notes” are perfect for recording all of your food and beverage indulgences.
Julia is the creative behind Vessel Brooklyn, which works to curate vessels, celebrations, and moments that reflect her passion for the arts and love for personal touches.