Valentine's Day Gift Ideas to Love

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Looking for a unique and truly special gift to tell someone you love them, miss them, or just plain adore them?  Everyone loves to get something for Valentines Day! Here's a few of our favorite gift ideas for the big day.  

Gifts ship within 24 hours from purchase.  We'd love to help you make someone special feel treasured this Valentine's Day! 

Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family to Share

When you want to send something to family and friends across town or across the country, we've got you covered.  You can't see everyone for the Holidays.  Send your Holiday wishes with a gift and a handwritten card from High Note Gifts!  

A Country Christmas

Send them a Country Christmas from Tennessee! Visions of handcrafted peppermint back, whiskey guitar shaped cookies, peanut brittle, and hot cocoa will become a reality for the Holidays.  

Culinary Gift Crate

There is something for everyone in our largest gift filled with the finest culinary products from the South ready to stock the pantry!  They'll be able to taste the best of what Nashville has to offer in sweet, savory, and spicy.  

 

Family Night

Send the gift of Family time with a Tennessee puzzle, Spirit of Nashville playing cards, and a few sweet treats to munch on while they spend time together around the table. 

Southern Breakfast

There's nothing like a pancake breakfast together on a cold weekend morning!  This is a gift the whole family can enjoy together with pancakes, coffee, and more. 

Signature Nashville Gift Crate

Send a little bit of everything from Music City with our Signature Nashville Gift Crate made for sharing! 

Healthy Goods Gift Box

Want to stay away from sending too many sweets for the Holidays?  Our Healthy Goods gift box is filled with snacks that have just the right amount of sweetness from raw honey to stone ground chocolate, granola, and more. 

Dog Love

Don't forget Fido!  Dog lovers that know their fur babies are part of the family will swoon over a special gift just for man's best friend. 

Gourmet Music City Basket

Send a gourmet collection of Music City's best with warm Holiday wishes or as a thank you for hosting this year!  

100% Local Gifts For Him & Her

Looking for a unique gift to send to friends or family across the country this year?  Send a little bit of Nashville near or far with one of our ready-made handpicked local gifts.  We've got great gift ideas for him and for her.  

Local Gift Ideas for Her

The women in your life deserve the best and we've got some fun and unique gift ideas for her. Every item has been made locally in Nashville, Tennessee, so you know it's been poured, stirred, packed, or stitched together with love by local artisans pursuing what they love. 

Local Gift Ideas for Him

He's probably the hardest person on your list to shop for this Season, so we've pulled together a few of our favorite gifts for the men in your life here.  Every purchase supports several small businesses and you're guaranteed to get the very best gifts for the foodie, the grill master, the bourbon connoisseur, the clean shaven, or the well kept bearded man in your life.    

See something you want combined, substituted, or customized?  Need help deciding?  Contact us at gifts@highnotegifts.com and a gift concierge will help make sure it's just right!  

Holiday Gifts For Clients

Choosing the right gift for clients and colleagues can be a challenge, so we've pulled a few of our favorites together to give you a guide to some of the best business gifts we offer this year.  

Chocolate Covered Shortbread Cookies

A tin filled with cookies is a classic crowd pleaser and these Limited Edition Dark Chocolate Covered Shortbread Cookies are certain to make a real impression with clients and colleagues alike whether you're sending to an individual or an office.  These cookies won't last long! 

Biscuits & Jam

35.00

Biscuits and Jam are better together.  If you want to send something that extends beyond the break room into their home kitchen to make memories with family or friends, this set is the perfect gift.  

Music City Holiday

A bit of Holiday Cheer with a uniquely Nashville twist gives clients near and far a taste of Music City's sweetest treats! 

 

Chocolate Box

25.00

Everyone loves chocolate, right?  This gift box of chocolates includes a sampling of different chocolates made in Nashville so there's something for everyone.   

 

Guitar Shaped Cutting Board

49.00

This beautiful guitar-shaped board is perfect for clients in the Music Industry or clients that just love music.  They'll keep these in their kitchen for years to come with memories of your thoughtful gift. 

Gourmet Holiday Gift Basket

Sending something to a group or VIP?  Our Gourmet Holiday Basket is a large assortment of Holiday goods with a few things to indulge in now and a few to take home for later.  

Office Box Party

99.00

If you're looking for a gift the whole office can enjoy, look no further.  Our Box Office Party Box is filled with enough treats for everyone in the office.  

Signature Nashville Gift Crate 

149.00

Our Signature Nashville Gift Basket is a special batch of our favorite Music City indulgences is packaged in a simple wood crate for the ultimate gift basket free from any "cheap fillers".  Only the very best for the very best clients! 

See more ideas on our shop page.  

Having trouble deciding what to gift?  Email us at gifts@highnotegifts.com and we'll help you design the perfect corporate gift plan for the Holidays this year, or help you build a customized option built specifically for your budget and style.  Plus, ask us about personalization options for corporate logos and more. 

Nashville's Best Coffee Shops

We're slightly obsessed with our daily coffee and that's partially due to the many incredible local coffee shops in Nashville.  When we travel, we scour the internet for the best coffee stops in town, so we thought we'd share the ones in Nashville that top our list.  Whether you're a local or just passing through, you'll want to grab a coffee from one of these favorite spots. 

https://www.instagram.com/cremacrema/

https://www.instagram.com/cremacrema/

1.     Crema

This unassuming coffee shop is located in a former diesel engine repair shop close the the heart of downtown Nashville.  Their commitment to ethically sourcing coffee from trusted farmers that are paid well and roasting in a way that honors the nuances of the coffee is unwavering.  You’ll find some of the finest espresso drinks in the city here along-side an assortment of pastries, muffins, macaroons, avocado toast, granola bowls, and more.  For a quick breakfast or an afternoon coffee, you’re sure to enjoy this local favorite.

https://www.instagram.com/baristaparlor/

https://www.instagram.com/baristaparlor/

2.     Barista Parlor

Nationally recognized for their commitment to the highest quality coffee, Barista Parlor has three locations in Nashville and while they each have their own personality, they are all equally worth a visit.  Each location pays homage to a restored building with updated garage doors, locally handcrafted furniture, and coffee sourced from around the world.  They also have the best biscuit sandwiches in the city, assorted donuts supplied from Five Daughter’s Bakery, and bagels supplied by Proper Bagel.  The lines can be lengthy on a Saturday morning, but you’ll get a true taste of the city and the caffeine fix you’ll need for a day of sightseeing or shopping.

https://www.instagram.com/dosenashville/

https://www.instagram.com/dosenashville/

3. dose. 

Open since 2009, dose. has been a go-to for a simple coffee, espresso drink, pastry, or made-in-house biscuit sandwich at their location just off West End past Centennial Park and they're now serving up the same delicious drinks and food at their new location in East Nashville.  This no-frills coffee shop takes their coffee making seriously and it shows.  

Photo Provided by Frothy Monkey 

Photo Provided by Frothy Monkey 

4.     Frothy Monkey

A long time staple in the 12th South neighborhood of Nashville, Frothy Monkey now has additional locations in Franklin and Downtown Nashville as well.  You’ll feel at home here with their friendly service, breakfast until 5pm, and fun espresso drinks like the Monkey Mocha or the Turtle Latte.  Their menu aims to please with pre-made or make-your-own options for omelets, waffles, pancakes, and more.  They even offer a special menu for Little Monkeys. 

https://www.instagram.com/fidonashville/

https://www.instagram.com/fidonashville/

5.     Fido

As the oldest coffee shop in Nashville, Fido has quite the reputation in our city. Aside from the occasional Taylor Swift sighting, Fido is typically filled with a relaxed crowd of college students, young professionals, and families.  Nestled in the heart of Hillsboro Village, it’s a popular place to start before a Saturday morning of boutique shopping.  With one of the largest breakfast menus in town, there’s something for everyone.  With an emphasis on organic and locally sourced ingredients, you cannot go wrong.  Try the Sweet Potato French Toast or the Village Scramble with one of their signature espresso drinks like the Local Latte that contains local honey and a dash of cinnamon.  

https://www.instagram.com/bongojava/

https://www.instagram.com/bongojava/

6.     Bongo Java

Bongo Java, across from Belmont University, is a popular spot for college students and recent graduates.  A casual vibe, low-cost food menu, and fun specialty drinks are par for the course here.  When the weather is nice, check out their spacious patio seating! 

https://www.instagram.com/threebrotherscoffee/

https://www.instagram.com/threebrotherscoffee/

7. Three Brothers Coffee

Brought to us by the owners of Cumberland Transit, just next door to the coffee shop, Three Brothers Coffee is a hidden gem.  They locally source coffee from Bongo Java Roasting Co., pastries from Dozen Bakery, and cookies from Christy's Cookies.  With fast wifi and friendly service, this is a convenient stop for staying a while or grabbing a cup of joe to go. 

Corporate Holiday Gift Checklist 2016

Roughly 60% of companies give gifts to employees or clients during the Holiday Season.  Gift giving during this most wonderful time of year is a way to extend a warm sentiment of gratitude and appreciation.  The ongoing success of any business is built on these very relationships and a gift can go a long way in maintaining and cultivating the best partnerships. 

If you’re responsible for making sure these gifts get sent each year, there are a few important items to consider when doing your own corporate or business gifting. 

Timing  

The first thing to plan out is the timing of when you will get started and when you want the gifts to arrive.  Get started as early as possible.  When it comes to shopping for the best deals on personal gifts, many people believe the closer it gets to Christmas, the better the deal.  When you’re talking corporate gifts, the early bird gets the worm.  When you are ordering multiple gifts, get started early to ensure the best selection, the most flexibility in personalization details, and for the best opportunity to receive a discount.  Most retailers offer discounts for orders placed early. 

Remember that it takes time to pull together all of the details.  You’ll need to choose gifts, allow time to ask questions about discounts and personalization, pull together names and current addresses, and decide on the note you want sent with each gift.  If you’re working with a small business or having something customized for your order, you may need to allow extra time for items to be made or personalized.

Regardless of when you purchase, if you are sending gifts to a business address, you will also want to make sure to schedule gifts to arrive before businesses typically start closing for the Holidays.  Every industry is different, but most companies allow extra time off during the Holidays and you can be sure that most people will have vacated the office by at least Christmas Eve.  Often times, there are very few employees working the week between Christmas and New Year’s, so be sure gifts arrive no later than a couple days before Christmas or postpone them until after the New Year for the most impact.  Be sure to allow plenty of time for shipping carriers to deliver packages during their busiest time of the year.

If you find that you may be running short on time for gifts to arrive mid-December, consider sending something in January for a New Year’s gift instead.  It’s a great way to stand out from other gifts they’ll receive and start the year on a high note.

Budget

Be sure to have a budget in mind for what you will spend on gifts.  The amount you spend really is not the most important aspect of a gift, so only spend what you are comfortable budgeting.  Then focus on the quality and thoughtfulness of what you can afford within your budget.  It is better to send a fantastic $10 gift than a less-than-impressive $100 gift.

If you have clearly definable tiers of different clients or employees, consider choosing a couple of different gifts at different budgets so that your VIP recipients get a larger gift.

If you are sending several gifts, be sure to ask for discounts even if there is not one published.  And lastly, remember that you will need to budget for any shipping expenses and applicable sales taxes.

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Choosing the right gift is a skill in itself.  There are a few things to consider when choosing what to send.  First, be creative.  If you have the ability to choose a different gift for every person based on what you know he or she will personally enjoy – do it! There is nothing that makes a bigger impact than an avid tennis player receiving a beautiful tennis bag or a Bourbon lover receiving a box of bourbon-infused artisan foods.  If this isn’t realistic for your business, you can still make a great impression.

When choosing one gift to send to multiple people, be sure to choose something that is gender neutral and a crowd pleaser.  One certain bet is food.  Food is the love language of the South and we’re pretty sure it’s enjoyed Nationwide.  Gift baskets are a popular choice because they allow each person or office to receive a variety of different items so there is something for everyone.  If you need to limit your budget, consider a unique candy or limited edition item that will be something fun and different to enjoy.  

Many companies send comfort foods during the Holidays, but you might also contemplate sending something a bit on the healthier side such as local honey or specialty coffee since more and more people are becoming more health conscious these days. 

Not all great gift ideas involve food.  Something that can be used around the office or as a keepsake at home is one way to ensure they’ll remember you year-round for months or years to come.  A unique set of coasters, a beautiful coffee table book, or a framed print are all items that they are sure to keep around as a reminder of your company.

Anything that is made locally or has a “give-back” aspect is sure to be a hit this Season.  Items that support a meaningful cause or local community often have more significance and add a sense of kind-heartedness to your gift for both you and the recipient. 

Finally, if you are sending something from you personally and not the company as a whole, consider choosing something you personally love and send it with a note that tells them that you chose a gift that is one of your absolute favorites or supports a cause close to your heart.  It establishes a connection and allows your gift recipient to share in something you care about or enjoy.

Personalization

No matter what you choose to send, you will want to make sure they know it is from you.  The easiest way to do this is with a heartfelt note sent with every gift.  Many companies will send a typed or handwritten note on your behalf. If that isn’t offered, ask if they will allow you to send your own notes to be included. 

Another way to personalize the gift from your company is to partner with a company that allows the item or packaging to be branded with your company logo or colors.  That might be in the form of a printed ribbon, a stamped gift box, or a personalized item that goes inside each gift.

If you have extra time to collaborate on an item made just for you, think outside the box about what you might have sent from your company like a handcrafted leather journal with your logo embossed or a tin of your favorite cookies with a custom designed sticker on each tin with a special message from your company.  

Feedback

Once your gifts arrive, it is important to listen for feedback and take it into consideration for next year so you know what was a hit and what needs to be reconsidered.  A gift that is loved by many or a company that ensured your packages arrived on time and in good condition is worth looking at again next year. 

Forming a partnership with a company to help with your gifts each year is beneficial.  You will save time and money by working with a company that already has your logo, preferences, and budget in mind when helping you plan the perfect gift for your clients each year.

If you are aware of these five pivotal aspects, then you’re already an expert at corporate gift giving and practice makes perfect.  Hopefully you have some creative ideas flowing and you are well on your way to making clients or employees leap with joy over the gifts they receive this year.  Cheers to making spirits bright.  Happy Holidays!  

5 Must-Try Fall Inspired Foods in Nashville

It's finally starting to feel like Fall in Nashville.  That means it's the perfect weather for football games and backyard bonfires.  It means color changing leaves and festivals in the park.  But most of all, it means we get to experience the warm, comforting flavors of Fall.  Pumpkin spice, apple bourbon, salted caramel, coffee.....oh, my! Here are a few or our favorite Fall foods you'll find around Nashville to commemorate the season's best local flavors.

1. Sweet Potato French Toast

Nashville's original coffee shop, Fido, isn't just good with coffee.  They know how to cook too!  The Sweet Potato French Toast is drizzled with 100% Vermont maple syrup, lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar and pecans, and served with whipped cream.  It's a staple on their menu, but it just happens to be some of the best flavors of Fall on a plate.  Ordered with a cappuccino on a cool Saturday morning, this breakfast will sweep you off your feet.

Apple Oatmeal Barista Parlor

2. Apple Pie Oatmeal

Who says you can't have dessert for breakfast?  Barista Parlor's Fall menu offers warm Apple Pie oatmeal for crisp mornings that tastes just like is sounds. 

Photo credit to www.tennessean.com 

Photo credit to www.tennessean.com 

3. S'mores

We'll admit that there's nothing like making your own s'mores over an open fire pit, surrounded by the laughter of good friends.  But, if you don't have the luxury of the real thing, a close second is the S'mores from Tavern in Midtown.  Toast marshmallows over a small flame, dip in chocolate, and consume immediately. 

Instagram: @dozenbakery 

Instagram: @dozenbakery 

4. Pumpkin Pie 

Pumpkin Pie is the true essence of Fall and Dozen Bakery makes one of the best in town.  Stop by for a single slice or take a whole pie on the go to Thanksgiving dinner.  If a classic Pumpkin pie isn't your thing, try the buttermilk/pear, butterscotch pecan, or chocolate cream.  

5. Harvest Goodies

Last, but certainly not least, we have to brag about our own Fall Harvest gift basket that brings all of our favorite Fall flavors together in one basket overflowing with local goodness.  This gift basket is everything you love from Nashville in the flavors of Fall.  You'll find Pumpkin Spice shortbread cookies from Willa's Shortbread, Caramel Corn, Bourbon Brittle from Olive & Sinclair, locally roasted Bongo Java Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Soberdough bread mix, Apple Bourbon jam from Nashville Jam Co., local honey straws from Williams Honey, a peanut butter GooGoo Cluster, and turtle chocolate from Colt's Chocolates. Order one for yourself, send one to a client, or to family you'll miss seeing at Thanksgiving this year. 

Happy Fall, y'all!

 

- HNG -  

Meet the Maker: Anderson Design Group

If you have been around Nashville very long, chances are, you’ve seen the work of Anderson Design Group on posters, notecards, mugs, or product design.  Their Spirit of Nashville collection is a line of artwork designed for Nashville’s iconic skyline and locations such as the Parthenon, Bluebird Café, and more. 

https://www.andersondesigngroupstore.com/

https://www.andersondesigngroupstore.com/

Nashville is their home town and much like we do, they love Music City and believe in celebrating all that makes it unique. 

In addition to their poster art, founder, Joel Anderson, and his team design product packaging, branding, and illustrative work for individual clients.  Many of the Nashville made items we carry actually have packaging designed by Anderson Design Group.

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As a part of their efforts to give back, many of their prints are donated to local charities to be used to sell at silent auctions to raise funds and awareness for their ongoing work and annual profits of 10% from Anderson Design are donated to non-profits that better the community of Nashville. 

-HNG- 

Gifts to Send Them Off to College

Leaving home for College can be exciting and scary all at the same time.  If you’ve just sent your baby to college and Nashville is home, consider sending a care package that will remind them of home and let them know how much you love and miss them already.  Or if your college student is in Nashville for school now, send something locally so they can get a taste of their new home. 

There’s nothing better for a college student than receiving a gift in the mail to enjoy and maybe even share with new friends or roommates.

Here are a few gifts we think would be perfect for them:

Taste of Nashville 

Taste of Nashville 

A small basket of sweets from Nashville makes an easy heartfelt gift that won’t involve you having to spend time baking homemade cookies, finding a container, and shipping them on your own.

Healthy Goods Basket 

Healthy Goods Basket 

If you’re not a fan of sending sweets, our Healthy Goods Basket has a host of snacks to keep their energy up without the sugar crash!

Gourmet Music City Basket 

Gourmet Music City Basket 

This shareable version of our Nashville made goodies is perfect for snacking on in dorm rooms and making new friends over a bag of gourmet granola or Tennessee honey shortbread cookies.

Leather Wrap Journal 

Leather Wrap Journal 

Send something simple they’ll use every day to jot down reminders like “Call Mom” and “Make Travel Plans to Go Home for Christmas”. 

Weather your child is one or twenty-one, they’re still one of the most important people in your life.  Every gift we send comes with a complementary handwritten note from you.  Let us help you make reminding them how much you care as easy as pie by choosing a gift we can ship for you.

- HNG - 

Our New Space

Big News!  As of August 1st, we’re moving into a new space!  We found a small space in the Track One building in the Wedgewood Houston area, just two minutes from downtown Nashville.  This historic building was constructed in 1924 by the Railroad as a Feed & Seed warehouse.  It’s now home to several creative small business movers and shakers, and the event space where markets like Porter Flea and others have taken place.

Right now, our space is totally empty, but we can’t wait to pick out some shelving, work tables, artwork, and more to make it feel like home.  We’re pretty excited to be able to offer “by appointment only” retail hours, along with local pick up options on request, host a few fun special events, and more in our new space.

Stay tuned for more updates as we get settled in our first official Nashville retail location. We can’t wait to share this fun milestone with you! 

Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas

Cinco De Mayo is a date that commemorates an unlikely Mexican army victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  America celebrated with Mexico as a defeat of French troops meant those same troops wouldn't be making their way to US territory during our own Civil War.

American's love to celebrate the victory of an underdog and that's just what we'll get to do on Cinco De Mayo.  However, most of us know that it's also a holiday that has become all about eating tacos, drinking margaritas, and another reason to host festive get togethers.  We've rounded up some of our favorite party ideas for Cinco De Mayo here. 

Create a "Make Your Own" Taco Bar 

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http://www.weddingchicks.com/

Serve Summertime Margaritas

Whip up Homemade Guacamole with a Twist

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http://www.closetcooking.com/

Don't Forget Dessert

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Make a Piñata

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http://www.marthastewart.com/

Send Them Home with Party Favors

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Feliz Cinco De Mayo, Amigos!