Gift Giving – Thinking Outside of Box Store

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We all have them…special people in our lives who are nearly impossible to shop for.  The father who buys himself everything…the grandmother who already has everything…the wonderful au pair who you know will eventually have to get anything you give back to their home country and is limited on suitcase space.   You can probably guess that last one is me!  Maya has been with us since July and she is beyond wonderful.  Seriously, I could go on and on.  As I was searching for gift ideas for her, I knew that what I chose needed to be special like her but also on the smaller side to make it easy to get back to Germany when the time came.
Maya with Hailey

I looked high and low in all the usual places.  Gift giving gets tough when you don’t have any ideas at the ready.  Then, I discovered WE’VE Built which is a community of artisans and designers who hand make your gift.  A special handmade gift that you can’t find in any store seemed perfect for this special person in our life.  I saw some beautiful jewelry items so I took a minute to think about the clothes she typically wears.
Then, I found the perfect necklace that would go with pretty much anything she would wear!
WE'VE Built Necklace_wm

WE’VE Built is a little different because, for any given item, you have to wait for the minimum threshold to be reached before the item is produced.  You can easily see how far a product has to go before it reaches its goal within the 21 day time frame though so you can definitely tell which gifts are likely to be produced.  It is so neat to read about the artisans and designers of the products.  Plus, there are video stories about the artisans and and buyers too.  It truly is a unique concept in product design and selling.  Every piece has a story which fits perfectly into the story you want to tell with your gift.

I was so excited to received the necklace I chose for Maya and give it her.  When it came in the mail, I packaged it up in a cute little gift bag and wrote her name on it.  I had originally planned to wait until Christmas but I just couldn’t!
Gift for Maya_wm Gift Wrapped_wm So, I decided to give it to her early to thank her for all of the help she had given me over the week before our big annual Christmas party.
Even though it wasn’t really a Christmas gift but more of a “thank you for everything you do” sort of gift I still went with a red and white bag since it is December :)  The necklace looks awesome and she loves it :)  Now, maybe for Christmas I should look into getting her an outfit to go with the necklace ;)
PicMonkey Collage I love seeing the joy on someone’s face when you give them a gift they love.  WE’VE Built definitely offered options that I just couldn’t find in regular stores and made this particular gift buying so much easier!  So, if you are searching for the perfect gift for the impossible person to shop for on your list, check out WE’VE Built for some incredible items with super neat stories behind them.

WE’VE Built is extremely active on social media so be sure to check them out on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest!

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  1. The necklace you choose for her is so lovely!

    I like the idea of supporting artisans like this, and giving them a platform to sell their creations. What a fabulous idea.
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      Thanks! I love the idea of WE’VE Built because it provides us access to artisans we may not be able to find otherwise.

  2. New site for me…checked them out. I like the necklace you purchased for her gift..very different.

  3. Oh that is gorgeous and looks so pretty against the red packaging! I love buying gifts that go to support local artisans, whether local or afar. Especially when it’s something of this quality! I’m off to check out this site!
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  4. ok i haven’t heard of this before
    i’m sure it’s kind of hard to wait for something to start being produced but that also means the person who’s making them doesn’t have to make a lot and hope they sell them!! really neat concept
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      I like the idea of them waiting until they hit a threshold to start making them. It helps them stay in business because they don’t get stuck with a ton of unsold merchandise.

  5. Never heard of it and I’m hoping you didn’t just introduce something really bad for my wallet ;-) Thank you for sharing!
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  6. I love supporting small-scale artisans, so I would really love to check out this website. What a great job you did at picking the perfect item for Maya! My family all lives very far away from me, so I have to ship back any gifts I receive while I’m visiting them. So often, they forget this and I end up spending a hundred bucks to ship back presents. That was thoughtful of you to take that into consideration before deciding on a gift! :)
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      Shipping is so expensive! I can’t imagine having to ship things back and forth when visiting family.

  7. That is a cute necklace, I like the concept of buying unique gifts. Going to check out We’ve Built, I think I will enjoy checking out their Pinterest boards.
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  8. What a thoughtful and gorgeous gift! No wonder she likes it so much, and I think the whole concept of We Built is really neat!
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  9. That is such a pretty necklace. It’s something I would definitely wear!
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  10. That necklace is really pretty and very special too! I will have to check out We’ve Built.
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  11. Oh, what darling photos :) Thank you for sharing. I love the necklace.
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  12. Love those pictures! And the necklace is really beautiful too! I’m sure my SIL would love it!
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  13. I love the simplicity of the necklace – and it is so crafty and artistic too!
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  14. The necklace is so pretty. The pictures came out great. I am going to check out We’ve Built.
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  15. What a cute necklace. I like how versatile it is. It really could go with anything.

  16. This is such a thoughtful and special gift! Definitely a unique way to shop.
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  17. This place certainly looks super cool! I love the images you took!
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  18. This is such a great idea (hand made gifts). I love the idea of giving my money to REAL people too!
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  19. Such a pretty necklace and I know she will appreciate it and treasure it for many years.
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  20. Wow, its really super beautiful!

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  21. love the necklace, very unique and feminine.
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      I loved how unique it was. I definitely haven’t seen anything like it in traditional stores.

  22. What an awesome idea. I’m definitely going to check out the site, thanks Shannah!
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      The site has so many awesome gifts available. Of course, I found several things I loved too.

  23. Love it and a great story. And btw…would love to know the au pair agency you went through. Love the photography as well.
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      Thanks! We used Au Pair in America. I can send you more information about our experience if you’d like!

  24. I love that necklace.
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  25. Such a lovely necklace!
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  26. Oh that is so pretty! I’ll need to check out the store.
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  27. I love that necklace! It’s totally something I would choose for myself. I really like this idea for shopping, too. Thanks for the rec! It seems that I always need a gift for someone, and I always need new ideas!
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      Finding unique gifts is always a bit of a challenge so I was excited to discover WE’VE Built.

  28. The necklace is gorgeous! I’ve never heard of We’ve Built, it sounds very interesting.
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  29. It is nice to be able to support artists by purchasing their creations as gifts.
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  30. Love that necklace! I have to say that the pic of your daughter is priceless! So adorable!
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  31. I really love the necklace! It’s gorgeous!

  32. Great ideas… the necklace is beautiful, love it. Thanks for sharing
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  33. It’s such a lovely necklace! I love hot simple it is, perfect gift
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  34. What a gorgeous necklace! I want it!
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  35. I had never heard of this site but I absolutely love that there artisans and homemade items. They are so personal. And the necklace is beautiful.
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      The site was new to me too but I am so glad I found it. Definitely check out their amazing offerings.