For Mel's birthday, I found a great gift that can be given for lots of occasions. The company is called Alphatography. It is run by 2 moms here in St. Louis. It is a photography company that specializes in letters found in nature and architecture. You can select the letters you want to spell out a name or monograms. All letters have multiple choices so you can design something unique, even for people with the same name. The letters come matted for you. All you need to do is buy the frame.
These would be great for bridal showers, weddings, anniversary and housewarming gifts. I gave it as a birthday gift because she had just bought her first home.
Here is what I did for Mel. She really liked it (me too..hint, hint). It will look great in her house. She did some photography at our family farm and printed it all in black and white. It will fit right in with her collection.
If you are lucky enough to live in St. Louis, they will let you pick them up and save on shipping!