In past relationships, finding the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, or just because presents was always one of the more challenging aspects of the relationship. I must admit that my first thoughts about gifts were grossly stereotypical and that only after realizing that every other guy in the world had thought about getting her a dozen roses and a $40 heart necklace from JCPenny, did I realize that I had to search deeper for quality gifts. The perfume, heart necklace and roses get pretty old pretty quickly.
After a couple years of being the buyer of lame gifts, I have come to the conclusion that shying away from mainstream market items is definitely the way to do it, particularly when purchasing jewelry. Just recently I came upon the work of Lisa Hopkins whose work will definitely be finding itself nicely wrapped up and placed as a surprise gift on my girlfriend’s doorstep.
Lisa’s work provides an exquisite sampling of rings, necklaces, and earrings with a hint of nature in their design. Many of her pieces incorporate representations of butterflies, leaves, flowers and trees. Her beautiful nature centered style is unlike any I have seen before and makes a great gift for anyone who is trying to avoid the mainstream market but still get beautiful, high quality jewelry pieces.
I love to find personal gifts for my girlfriend so happening along Lisa’s work was especially helpful for me during this fall season. I feel like it’s a season void of gift giving which, in my mind, seems like all the more reason to surprise someone with a present. Who’s going to be disappointed that you got them a gift in the middle of fall just because you were thinking about them?
All of Lisa’s pieces are handcrafted. She has been metalsmithing since 2008 and her jewelry can be purchased at several locations throughout the Midwest and online here.