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Sam Says...

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of being and ideal grace..."

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  Well, February is finally upon us. And amidst the ample snowfall, extreme temperatures and repeated school delays, the holiday devoted to love and affection is poised to defy the odds and arrive, right on schedule, and remind the world that somethings won’t let a little polar vortex dim their warmth.

  Although the actual holiday doesn’t fall until Thursday after next, I’ve been contemplating it for weeks now. Valentine’s Day is one of those amazing holidays that allows us to revel in the most powerful force for good in existence: love.

  Love lets us show the best of ourselves, but also allows us to reveal the best in other people.  Who doesn’t step a little lighter and smile a little more when they’ve been loved by someone else? Love brings out what is most beautiful in the world.

  Everyone feels loved in different ways; a thoughtful gift, an extra hour of time spent together, or even a simple thank you note can mean the world to someone and make them feel loved.

  Have you ever taken the love languages test? I have and ironically enough, gifts are one of my top love languages. So I, in the spirit of the holiday, thought I would share some of my top giftable finds from our shop. I braved the plentiful snow still blanketing our parking lot to snap some pictures in our shop today and I will say it was definitely worth it! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy these finds as much as I enjoy the already warming temperature :)

The lovely, floral notes in Lollia's "Breathe" fragrance suggest love, beauty, and a tasteful choice for someone special. My sister Caroline (who I will say has amazing taste) actually has the "Breathe" hand creme and loves it. So, sister approved! :)

Lollia "Breathe" Bath Salts {$14},"Breathe" Shower Gel {$22}, "Breathe" Eau De Parfum {$55},  and "Breathe" Perfumed Luminary Candle {$34}

Chive Porcelain Rose in Pink {$22}

Locally made with love, these wood-block decorative hearts add a homemade touch to any Valentine's Day gift selection. Use them to add a touch of sentiment to your home decor or to remind a loved one that they have your heart. Each piece is hand signed by the artist!

 Small Heart Block {$36}, Large Heart Block {$54}

With an array of lovely scents and unique styles, a hand-picked candle is a great way to remind your loved ones how special they are to you. Whether they prefer bolder scents like currant or watermelon mint or the classic floral charm of peony, all candles have a lasting burn time and make a thoughtful gift for someone special. 

Archipelago Botanicals "Currant"  Candle {$32} & "Peony" Candle {$32}, Simpatico Home Watermelon Mint Candle {$32},  Illume "Peony" Candle {$22}

And, in the spirit of the holiday, how could I not mention the classic Valentine? What better way to remind your loved ones that you than with good, old-fashioned snail-mail! Choose the perfect card, write your heart, and send it off with love!

Rifle Paper Co. Blank Cards and Matching Envelopes, Package of 8 {$18}, Rifle Paper Co. Holiday Postcards, Package of 10 {$10}   Curly Girl Design Notepad {$6.50}


All My Love,


Customer Service & Social Media Assistant at The Great Gift and Paper Co. <3


Quotation from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem "Sonnets from the Portuguese 43: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways" via The Poetry Foundation 

Last week, my mom was sent a Visiting Angel that fell straight from heaven--she is a lovely woman from Italy...yes, Italy.  Can you imagine?  Not only does Tizianna speak the same language, but the connection in terms of culture are simply indescribable. And the added bonus is that she loves to cook! Tizianna was kind enough to make this delicious dinner for my mom. She shared this quick recipe with me. It was a hit all around.   Dinner doesn't get much easier than this deliciously simple lemon chicken recipe. Thanks to for the recipe directions and ingredient list.

Lemon Chicken



  • 4 skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 8 lemon slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • How to Make It

    Step 1

    Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness, using a rolling pin or flat side of a meat mallet. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.

    Step 2

    Melt 1 Tbsp. butter with 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook half of chicken in skillet 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Transfer chicken to a serving platter, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with 1 Tbsp. butter and remaining olive oil and chicken.

    Step 3

    Add broth and lemon juice to skillet, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Add 8 lemon slices.

    Step 4

    Remove skillet from heat; add parsley and remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, and stir until butter melts. Pour sauce over chicken. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired.

    I served this with a cold Italian potato salad and a few sliced tomatoes and black olives dressed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Mike loved it--that's what I call  job security :)


    This crossbody is back in stock at our Stile Salon and Spa location.  Who else is seeing this with your favorite white jeans this spring?

    Winter Hours for our Gahanna location are Thursday-Saturday:  11am-4pm

    Can you feel it? Love is in the air!  And the winter holidays proved to once again be a perfect time for guys to pop the big question.  Awesome! You just went from girlfriend to fiancee status.  Now what?  It's time to start thinking about venues, an amazing wedding gown for you, gorgeous bridesmaid dresses for the girls,  classic tuxes for the guys, engagement parties, flowers, the bridal shower (or showers), bachelor party, bachelorette party,  rehearsal dinner--whew-- oh wait, money doesn't grow on trees, does it? Pinterest madness, isn't it?

    Whether you are on a budget or the sky's the limit, The Great American Gift and Paper Co. can help on a couple of fronts:  let's start with step one:  asking your besties to participate in your exciting day. Ask in style- with darling cards from the sophisticated style of Anna Bond at Rifle Paper Co. or with a touch of glitter from Karen Adams Designs. Looks like we have you covered for the first step in getting your girls together.


    And if you really want to be creative when you ask your flower girl, we love the idea of this personalized puzzle.  Place the puzzle deconstructed in a gift bag and have your littlest lovely put together the puzzle to reveal "will you be my flower girl"!  Hands down best idea ever!

    Next, you will need to say thank you and a darling piece of jewelry to commemorate the special day will definitely do the trick.  Check out these special pieces from Freshie and Zero.


     Visit The Great Gift and Paper Co. to find loads of great ideas for your bridesmaid and your groomsmen, too! That will be our next post!  Can't forget about his wing men!


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