By – Jeannine Miller (email@example.com)
I, for one, think re-gifting gets a bad [w]rap. In a world with too much stuff, it just makes sense to take something you don’t want/use/like and pass it along to someone who would enjoy it. Am I right?
I’m not talking about the time I got a used, wrinkled shirt that was two sizes too small from a former sister in law…or the time I got a $25 gift card in a work exchange which turned out to have like four bucks left on it…that’s just rude. I’m talking about nice, never-used items you have received but do not suit you.
If you are thinking of re-gifting something that would be a nice fit for someone else, I say go for it. Just be sure to follow a few rules:
- Re-wrap the gift and, for goodness’ sake, be sure to remove the original tag. If you don’t repackage, you might miss the handwritten note from Aunt Jane or the tiny jewelry box containing a family heirloom. You think this would be obvious, but apparently it’s not.
- You’ve got to re-gift outside the original circle. If you go from friends to family or co-workers to church friends, you should be able to avoid the awkward “Hey, didn’t I give you that framed cat picture last year?”
- This may be the most important rule so listen closely. Never, ever accidentally re-gift lingerie to your husband’s boss’ wife thinking it was that dumb scarf your husband got you last Christmas.
If you have any good (and by good I mean bad) re-gifting stories, I would love to hear them! Share them and I’ll send you a $50 MOSS gift certificate. Happy Holidays!
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By Pam Kopiak (PKopiak@mossbuildinganddesign.com)
It’s that time of the year again. The holiday music was held at bay as long as possible and now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to get those decorations out and get to work. What to start with? Some lights in the yard and on the house? Some new decorations for the living room? Maybe even a new (updated) element to a space you already have? There’s room for it all!
Light Up The House
Now I am not talking about doing things the Clark Griswold way and covering up the entire house. BUT, if that’s the way you prefer, then go ahead. There are television shows out there about just that sort of thing (I actually watch them). The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC anyone?
Or maybe something a little more tame – say in the way of the classic lights on the house in Home Alone? There is no wrong way to light up the season!
If you have not heard the names, Joanna and Chip Gaines, then you have obviously not been watching enough HGTV. They are huge right now! And they even have their own shop- Magnolia Market. Their shop sells their goods and lets just say, their business is booming. If you’re in the market for holiday presents or home accessories, this is the place for you! Just take a look at this adorable wall decor.
You can definitely find similar products closer to home too. I was VERY happy when the new Ballard Designs store opened up in Tyson’s Corner Mall just a few months back. I mean who doesn’t need a Spruce Alphabet Wreath this season? I do have a few returns to make at the mall soon…
Decorate The Fireplace
Maybe you buy that Spruce Alphabet Wreath and decorate your mantle with it. Sitting by the fire is a quintessential holiday activity. If you don’t have a fireplace, now is the time to get on that so that you don’t miss ANOTHER year. This MOSS customer in Oakton showcases a wonderful mantle. If you’re looking for more fireplace inspiration, check out our blog post on all of the different styles.
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If you are thinking of a home remodel and have any special needs that you need to have addressed, the professionals at MOSS are here to help. If you have general questions, call MOSS at 703.961.7707 or email Sales@MossBuildingandDesign.com. Moss Building & Design was voted Best Remodeler in Arlington Magazine’s Best of Arlington 2016!