In this gift interview, Karon Grieve from Dream Acres reminds us that what we like ourselves would not necessarily make a good gift for someone else.
Karon, what is the best gift you have ever received?
The best present l ever received was a vintage sewing box from my best friend. It was filled with old reels of cotton and silk, a pair of tiny old scissors, a handmade needle case and a pin cushion. It was a well thought out gift as l adore anything vintage and so useful, l have it by my chair in the living room and use it every night.
What is the worst present you have received?
When I was first going out with my ex husband he gave me a black nylon sailing scarf for Christmas. I don’t sail but he did and of course claimed it back on the principal of ‘well if you don’t want it l’ll have it’.
It was so bad as it really showed a complete lack of thought.
Who is the most difficult person you have to buy for?
Any man l think. They always hate to get the usual things so you have to go out on a limb a bit to find something different but not too off the wall.
Do you enjoy buying gifts?
I love buying gifts and tend to pick them up throughout the year and then stash them away for Christmas and Birthdays. I like putting people and gifts together, a bit like a jigsaw. A friend of mine is a really keen DIY guy and l know he loves chocolate. So for his birthday l got a little chocolate tool box filled with chocolate tools. An inexpensive but fun gift that really went down well.
What is your top gift buying tip?
Don’t leave it till the last minute. Just pick things up throughout the year whenever you see something that you just know so-and-so will love, and you will have something for everyone and save time, stress and money in the long run.
What are your favourite gift web sites?
Tell us more about yourself and your business…
My name is Karon Grieve and l run a small online business called Dream Acres.
I grow herbs on my smallholding in Ayrshire and use them to make a wide variety of scenters, sleep pillows, ornaments and pot pourri. It was my love of herbs, sewing and vintage fabrics that all blended together to form Dream Acres just over three years ago.
When I started the business, it was very much a case of working at the kitchen table, now l have my own log cabin to work in and the business is thriving.
I have had my products featured in many of the top magazines including Country Living, BBC Good Homes, Period Living, House Beautiful and the like, and also on national television. My designs have even been sold in Libertys of London, but l prefer to sell from my own web site throughout the year and at the big gift fairs at Christmas time.