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A New Year in a New Place - Moving to TEXAS!

Posted on January 03, 2017

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After three years of VelvetCrate business operations in Kansas City, we're moving down to Dallas, the city where our unique gifting service truly began. It feels like just yesterday when we formed our business in Kansas and headed to the Total Home & Gift Show in Dallas to shop for our first gift collection. We love our home state and being in KC, but our growth has called for a slight change in how our small team manages. We've been spread out among Kansas, Texas, and New York for the past few years, and decided that consolidation in Dallas was best. 

We're proud to have been featured in numerous local publications over the years including The Kansas City Star, The Topeka Capital Journal, KANSAS! Magazine, along with dozens of other news sources and local blog features. One of our favorite Kansas City memories was the release of the first special edition gift crate - our Cheers from KC! gift package the same year the Royals won the World Series! Our Kansas customers are some of our best and we are immensely thankful to our home state friends and family who have supported us along the way. We also have so much love our local Kansas City brands: Mer-Sea, Kansas City Canning Co., The Roasterie, Sock 101, and Pickwick & Co.

How does our change affect our customers? Not really at all! Delivery times remain the same and of course of our service standards remain incredibly high.

We look forward to our foray into the Lone Star State while continuing to deliver happiness all over the United States. Although there's no place like home, everything is bigger in Texas. 

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Shop Small Business Saturday with VelvetCrate

Posted on November 23, 2016

We hope you'll consider shopping small with us and other local businesses this holiday season. As a small, family-owned and operated business, we are tremendously thankful for our wonderful customers.    

Our gift packages all include fast, free shipping this holiday season with the ability to select your desired ship date. We strive to make it easy for you to make an impression. Since we are small, we are happy to work with you on special orders. Just send us an email at info@velvetcrate.com and we'll get back with you right away.

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Creative Ways to Use a Tea Towel

Posted on October 23, 2016

A few years ago we discovered the most beautiful tea towels from Studiopatró, a lovely San Francisco-based company. This "Piece of Cake" tea towel made such a sweet and eco-chic gift in a past Celebrate gift package, that we knew we had to bring the brand back to our shop.    

Our all-new Just Because gift package features a "Life is Delicious" tea towel from Studiopatró that is perfect for all of your fall gifting needs. It makes a lovely hostess gift, Thinking of You, or simply Just Because. 

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There are several creative ways you can use a tea towel, such as wrapping a gift like a recipe book - perfect for a thank you or hostess gift. 

Nine Best Cookbooks to Give for Thanksgiving Hostess Gifts 

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen - A favorite recipe (and crowd pleaser!) is her Dump and Done Ramen Salad.

Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals by Ali Maffucci 

The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond

Baked New Frontiers in Baking - This bakery in Brooklyn and Tribeca is one of the best you'll find in the city.  

Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi 

Make It Ahead by Ina Garden

Red Rooster: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson 

The Homesick Texan 

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book 

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Gifts We Love — Illume

Posted on October 02, 2016

There are a handful of brands that we find ourselves including in our gift packages season after season because they are just so beautiful and loved by gift recipients. Illume has always impressed us with their scented items such as candles and hand cremes. This beautiful line is made in the U.S.A., is paraben-free, and not tested on animals. Their festive Balsam and Cedar Candle was in our Holiday gift package last year, and we currently have Illume Cloverleaf Nectar Lavish Hand Creme in our Celebrate gift box and Illume Indica Lavender Demi Boxed Glass Candle in the current VelvetCrate Just Because gift package. 

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Illume Cloverleaf Nectar Lavish Hand Creme is a moisturizing blend of rich jojoba and avocado oils and hydrating mango and cocoa butters that will deeply moisturize without greasiness. This gift is such a treat for her hands! Find it in our Celebrate gift package. This collection of gifts is perfect for birthdays, congratulations, or any other reason that calls for a celebration! 

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Indica Lavender Demi Boxed Glass comes in a pearlized, golden candle and is filled with high-end paraffin and soy wax blend with essential oils and an all cotton wick for a long, clean burn. Needing to send a Thinking of You gift package or any reason just because? This candle makes a perfect gift and is included in our Just Because gift package

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National Ice Cream Day - Where to Get the Best Ice Cream in the U.S.

Posted on July 14, 2016

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It's fun to catch up with family and friends in the summer over a big cold scoop of ice cream, don't you think? National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday, and we're here to help you prepare! Here are a few of our favorite ice cream spots in our three favorite places:

    TEXAS

    NEW YORK

    KANSAS 

    PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    • Salt & Straw - Portland
    • Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream - Seattle

    Where are your favorite ice cream spots? 

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