Calluna Community | Cocktails with Gray Duck Gifts
Tuesday, February 18
Here at Calluna we are always looking for ways to highlight and honor some of the amazing creative partners we get to work with. We feel incredibly fortunate to work with some seriously talented vendors in the industry, and we want to show them off to you in our new Calluna Community Series! We will sit down with some of the fabulous vendors of Colorado and get to know about them, their business and what life is like behind the scenes. Stay tuned for more!
Gray Duck Gifts specializes in creating highly personalized and curated gift boxes for every occasion. Each box is creatively sourced, thoughtfully designed and beautifully packaged.
We take the time to build the perfect gift box so you don’t have to. It’s gift giving at its finest: innovative, memorable and totally stress-free!
What is your idea of a dream project?
I’ve been dying to do a fun high-end outdoor adventurer theme with personalized leather travel tags, custom bandanas, fly fishing gear (the colorful fly ties are to die for!), rustic details, and so much more. There’s nothing better for a Colorado nature-loving couple!
What is your favorite part of any wedding?
I love the buildup to the wedding and working with amazing vendors in our industry who have the creativity and talent to put together these incredible events. We’re generally on site during set up and installation so we have the opportunity to see the space as it’s being transformed into the couples dream venue.
What does your morning routine look like?
Most mornings I wake up between 7-7:30. I make my to-do list the night before, but when I wake up I choose my three main goals for the day and I block out time in my day to get them done. Then I hop in the shower and take my breakfast to go. If I’m having a slow morning or I can’t pass up the sun shining outside, I’ll walk down to my favorite coffee shop, The Tokyo Premium Bakery, for a houjicha latte. Once I get to the office, I spend a few minutes chatting with the gals I share the space with, and get to work.
What are some of your favorite trends that you are seeing?
Weddings rooted in sustainability are on the rise and we are here for it. Low and no-waste packaging, reusable vessels, and consumable products are some of our favorite gift trends we’re seeing in 2020.
What advice would you give to a younger you?
Be honest and be true to who you are. Don’t worry too much about a decision you have to make, just do what feels right. Focus on one thing at a time. You can have it all, but not all at once. And if you can’t keep focus, you might not achieve anything you set out to. Say what you mean and mean what you say. And never, ever get bangs, they never turn out like you imagine.
What do you like to do when you’re away from work?
In my free time I try to unplug and recharge as much as I can and I’m happiest surrounded by friends and family. I’m an avid reader and travel enthusiast- 43 states, 26 countries, 4 continents and counting- and recently I set up my first backyard beehive!
What is your favorite cocktail, or what are you drinking tonight?
I’ve only got four requirements that a cocktail be- light, refreshing, seasonal and sweet. Any combination of clear liquor, fresh fruit puree, bubbles and a fresh herb garnish is always a hit in my book.