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Give & Tell with Emily Fitzhugh from Sodapopgirl

Emily FitzhughEmily is a design loving, coffee-drinking, bike-riding, Portland gal with amazing curly black hair. She’s a social media consultant with an interior design background and stays connected to the creative world through her blog Sodapopgirl.net. Her finds there are inspiring, beautiful, and just plain fun—hence her tagline, “shake it”.

After admiring others’ creative masterpieces for years, Emily started to make jewelry and just recently launched her new Etsy shop Sodapopgirlshop. Such lovelies. I’ve got my heart set on these!

Tell us about a gift-giving ah-ha moment you recall.

Choosing a gift for my Dad is the biggest challenge. He is a Boston businessman who seems to have everything. For as long as I can remember, there has been a collection of helicopters on the top of the bookshelves in his office—wood, metal, toy and pieces of art. Okay, Helicopters. He also is a self-proclaimed “foodie”. Well, a little known fact is that if you type “helicopter/cooking” into the Etsy search you will find a very handsome, handmade, men’s apron with helicopters on the front, made in Italy. It even says in the description “for helicopter fans to enjoy while cooking.” SOLD!

Could you share a wrapping secret with us?

My grandparents taught me a great wrapping secret. Save all your Christmas cards from year to year and then cut them into pretty pieces to create a little Christmas collage on the top of special packages. With a little snipit of a card, you can create a mixed media work of art. Using plain craft paper, a simple ribbon and a glue stick, let your upcycled Christmas card art shine!

What’s the most inexpensive item you could receive that warms your heart every time?

I love fancy soap. It is such a treat, and something I often don’t splurge on when I am in the midst of buying groceries. Ohhh… something French, verbena, lavender, sage – a big giant bar of tripled-milled soap with a pretty bow is perfect.

What’s the best food to give as a gift?

It’s fun to give a whole meal with the ambience as a gift. Find a funky wood box or interesting container and put the ingredients for a wonderful entree in it. Handwrite the recipe in a card, add a couple candles, a bottle of wine, some fancy chocolates, and voila! It’s a romantic dinner for two.

What’s your most extravagant Want?

I suppose I could get really crazy with this one, but I have to admit, I am like a little kid. I dream of a shiny new bike sporting a giant red ribbon on Christmas morning.

Emily Fitzhugh's Gift Picks from Wantist

What Emily wants to give:

1. I would get the Crosely Ranchero Radio for my brother Adam and his girlfriend Stephanie. They are music lovers with an appreciation for good design. That thing is just straight cool.

2. I would get my brother Ben this snazzy electric water kettle. We both love to drink Yerba Mate and this would make a mean cup of mate. (Krups Chrome & Wood Electric Kettle)

3. I think I would have to give my Mom three Harry Allen hooks from Areaware. We are both notorious for misplacing our keys (shhh, don’t tell her I told you that). I love the hooks for keys, a dog leash and those things that seem to go missing in the front hall.

And something she wants for herself:

4. Well last but not least I would get myself the Ella handbag. Just look at it. It’s a glorious thing.

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