Posted by Mary Friona – Totally Buffalo Blog
For some folks, having a small business is a way to make a living and support their family. For some it’s all that – plus a way to help the community! That is certainly the case for Deborah Tangelder of The Perfect Gift. Here’s the thing – the store has beautiful products and supports LOCAL artists – in fact, they’ve supported 50 Western New York artists over the past 13 years. At a time when sometimes it feels like women are always judging one another, always trying to top one another, Deborah prefers to go in a different direction, supporting women and their businesses. That is totally awesome. And, how it should be!
The Perfect Gift is a locally owed Gift Shop and Clothing Boutique. Since its opening in 2003 their theme is pretty simple – ‘Shop Local and Help Many’. We like that.
Each fall, they have a Gratitude Tree displayed in front of their store. Deborah says it’s about maintaining perspective, “It’s about reminding us all that we have something to be grateful for in life, and celebrating that.” Here’s how it works – The community and visitors are encouraged to fill out a tag, and hang it on the tree, with what they are grateful for. And then, before the holidays – the Gratitude Tree is transformed into the Giving Tree where visitors take an angel tag which is assigned to a person in need. Get this – there were more than 500 gifts collected this past Christmas, which meant 150 local families woke up to gifts under their tree on Christmas morning. Deborah insists it was a beautiful effort by the entire community, “Together we can make a huge difference! When local businesses, families & community work together towards a common goal for good, amazing things can happen ! We are truly blessed to be able to use our storefront in non-traditional ways. It’s as if everyone wins, because we’re all on the same team!”
I asked Deborah why the Perfect Gift gives back so much, “We each have an opportunity to make a difference in our lifetime, and we consider it a privilege to have a storefront that allows us to conduct business and help others in the way in which we believe in. God has kept us here for a reason, through recessions, physical hardships, and challenges. There is a purpose in our storefront that goes well beyond beautiful things. It’s about touching lives and hearts, and inspiring others. We can, and so we should.”
The Perfect Gift is like a gift to the community, to all of us. They’ve helped raise money for the families of flight 3407, they’ve supported Buffalo’s Cornerstone Manor Women’s and Children’s Shelter, Carly’s Club, Response to Love Center, and more.
The mission at The Perfect Gift reminds me of a Nelson Mandela quote:
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Something special is happening this Fall as a local family teams up with The Perfect Gift to encourage gratitude – even in the midst of life’s toughest challenges.
Since mid September, a “Gratitude Tree” has been available for viewing and community participation this Fall outside at the corner of our store.
The story of “why” is what makes this tree so worth visiting. While on vacation recently, the Englerts stumbled across a similar concept of a “Gratitude Tree” in Florida and immediately thought of their hometown of Clarence Center. They proposed the idea of constructing one together at the four corners of Clarence Center, and our answer was YES! The idea is that visitors stop by, write something they are grateful for on the cards provided, and hang it on the tree.
The Englerts shared, “We reflected on what we have to be grateful for. We suffered a sudden, tragic loss of our 19 year old, and only child, Paul Jr., two years ago on Sept. 19th 2013 to a pulmonary embolism. In light of our loss, we realized we still have many things, especially people, to be thankful for. Our community, family, and friends, have supported us through our tragic journey.”
The Gratitude Tree is a loving gesture to our community this fall in Clarence Center. At The Perfect Gift, we feel honored to be a part of such a wonderful act of remembrance of what’s truly important in life. The Englerts remind us that everyone has something to be grateful for, and their attitude is inspiring!
The Gratitude Tree will surely touch the hearts of many. We are grateful for so much, including the past 12 years in business working with amazing people, hearing their stories, and being a part of making a difference TOGETHER!
Every summer for the past four years, we have welcomed Trevor and Cassidy to The Perfect Gift & Boutique’s front porch to hold their annual Carly’s Club Bake Sale. The kids set up shop, display their delicious treats and donated goodies, and welcome customers with smiles for the better part of the day. We are always amazed at the support for the event, and even more so at the selflessness and maturity of Trevor and Cassidy – two young kids who are making a difference in the lives of many! As part of The Perfect Gift Gives Back initiative, store proceeds are donated to Carly’s Club during this event.
Carly’s Club is a popular organization in Western New York. As a part of Roswell Cancer Institute, the club was created for children with cancer and their families. The Club offers support programs and raises funds for pediatric cancer research seeking cures at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, as well as providing children with comfort and kindness when they need it most.
We are always happy to host the Carly’s Club Club Bake Sale at The Perfect Gift, and always end the day feeling grateful for our customers and our generous community for their showing of support for such a great cause. Thank you all for joining us in our mission of The Perfect Gift Gives Back.
To learn more about Carly’s Club and to be a part of the giving, visit their website here.
For more than 130 years, the Eshelman Building that we now call home has been the hub of activity in Clarence Center. This year, we are opening up our doors and welcoming you to join us for an “Old fashioned Christmas” celebration at our Holiday Open House and self-guided tour of the building on Saturday, December 6 from 10 AM – 6 PM.
Join us all day long for exclusive in-store specials, refreshments, festive decor, and a glimpse inside the first floor of the historic Eshelman Building, complete with the unique “safe within a safe,” original flooring, replica track ladders, and more!
Bring the kids and visit with Santa for FREE photos between the hours of 11 AM – 2 PM!
To honor the true spirit of the holiday season, we are also encouraging guests to bring items that can be donated to the women and children of Cornerstone Manor. We will be collecting items throughout the Open House. For a list of current and urgent needs at Cornerstone Manor and the Buffalo City Mission, click here.
We hope you will join us for this fun holiday event!
The seasons are changing and the temperatures are dropping in Western New York. With the dreaded “S” word in the forecast as early as this weekend, you might be realizing that your fall and winter wardrobe is looking almost as bare as the trees outside. That’s where we come in to save the day!
Stick with us and you won’t have to suffer through any more mornings of “nothing to wear.” We have the perfect apparel, shoes, boots, and accessories to help you transition into sweater weather at The Perfect Gift Boutique!
If you haven’t heard about Nerium yet, you’re missing out – to say the least! This amazing skin care product is made from all natural, plant based materials and is pretty close to being a miracle product, in our opinion. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, rids the appearance of age spots, and now, it tightens and tones your skin with the new NeriumFirm body shaping lotion!
Our customers have been reaping the benefits of NeriumAD for a little over a year now, and since then, we have seen countless “before and after” photos of REAL results that never cease to amaze us! When we learned that Nerium was coming out with NeriumFirm, we couldn’t want to get our hands on it, and now it’s here!
NeriumFirm is now available at The Perfect Gift & Boutique, along with the NeriumAD products so many of our customers have grown to know and love. Try it out and see for yourself how amazing these products truly are!
Select and purchase a Vera product from our Pay It Forward tent (located in front of The Perfect Gift) and partner with us by donating it to a woman in need!
In return, we would like to GIVE you the same item (or a similar item of your choice) as a gift from us.
Is it truly better to give than receive? Yes! And we are excited to give to you as you give to others this weekend!
How it works:
1. Select a bag you would like to give, then select a similar or same bag that you would like as our gift to you.
2. Stop at our Pay It Forward table with your donated item.
3. Add toiletries to your item (feel free to bring some unused toiletries of your own to donate).
4. Write a personal note or prayer to be placed inside your bag for the recipient.
It’s that easy!
Thank you for partnering with us to bless these women with a beautiful product and your thoughts of hope and encouragement.
See you Saturday!
Mother’s Day is just a few short days away, and we’re here to help you find “the perfect gift” for all of the moms, grandmas, and moms-to-be in your life! Don’t forget — you’ll receive a free greeting card with your purchase of $20 or more!
Here’s a little poem with just a few examples of what we have to offer:
A mothers love, nothing can surpass. Surprise her with a personalized wine glass
PLUS… Join us Friday, May 9th from 5-8 PM for our special “Girls’ Night Out” celebration. Each guest will receive a $10 gift certificate and a chance to WIN great prizes!
Easter is almost here, and there are only two shopping days left to stock up on last-minute gifts for your Easter baskets!
Stop by The Perfect Gift for adorable stuffed animals, baby items, and more.
Plus… take 40% off any one Vera Bradley item today and Saturday, and 20% off additional Vera Bradley too!
Don’t forget about our delicious specialty chocolates, sea salt caramels, and sponge candy!
“Hop” on in!
If you live in Western New York, chances are you’ve heard about Ben Sauer – a four year old boy from Clarence who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. If you haven’t heard his story, you can catch up here on his mom, Mindy’s, blog.
Ben’s story has touched many across Western New York and beyond. The Peace Bridge, Electric Tower, and many other local landmarks are going “Blue for Ben” and showing their support for the Sauer family.
On March 18th and 19th, we decided to help out, too. The Perfect Gift & Boutique donated 100% of proceeds for two days to the Sauer family. Together, with the generosity of our loyal customers, we were able to give back to the Sauer family and help spread the word about Ben’s story.
We truly appreciate all of your support for The Perfect Gift Gives Back initiative, but it’s especially touching when we can help a local family and bring a smile to a little one’s face. Please join us in praying for a miracle for Ben!
*Blue4Ben bracelets are available at The Perfect Gift for a $5 donation.