Gifted is here to help you give good gift.

Finding that unique little something-something, is a specialty/talent/weakness of mine. And searching for gifts in particular brings me joy (especially those out of the blue, just because I like you gifts!). Selecting just the right present is no simple task so I’ve created this site to share some of the best items I stumble across in hopes of making gifting easy and enjoyable (that and helping these lovely items find homes other than mine). This site was developed to be a resource full of great gift ideas. Gifts don’t have to cost much or arrive on any given occasion, but they do have come from the heart and mind.

My name is Alison Lawler-Dean and I’m a Toronto-based writer, stylist and publicist.

Alison Lawler Dean By Norman Wong for WEB


My Favourite Gifts

1. A beautifully bound, custom family photo album that included photos of my parents growing up right up to the latest family portrait.
2. Custom onesies with cheeky sayings to congratulate a newly pregnant friend.
3. Surprise parties. Nothing beats the look on someone’s face when they walk into a room and see all their family and friends gathered there to celebrate them.

1. For my University graduation my parents sent me on a trip to Paris. I’ll never forget the sights and tastes of that spectacular city.
2. A visit to an art gallery where I was able to select a print for myself.
3. An antique ring. Such a special gift from my special person. I love that when wearing it I’m carrying on the family history.


Connect with Me!

Email: giftie @ givegoodgift DOT ca

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Doug Wallace November 13, 2008 at 10:52 am

Hello! How nice and what a great idea!!!!! D xxx

lesley faust warner November 14, 2008 at 6:15 pm

alison – congratulations on launching this site – it is phenomenal. i love it!

Janine Falcon November 16, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Alison! Welcome to the new frontier! You’re in for such an adventure. Mwah!

Sandy Kim November 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm

What a great site! Much needed and so beautiful to look at. Congrats honey!

Tatiana November 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Happy to see David Sedaris made the cut..I think we have the same taste.

Mike Connell December 5, 2008 at 10:34 am

you rock! great idea! haven’t seen you in ages, so hope all is well!

Caza creations December 5, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Hello Alison. You have a very elegant site here with a simple but cool premise. Have fun with it and good luck!

Whitney Shanfield January 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm

What a fanstastic idea! Gift buying can be so frustrating but giving the perfect gift is incredibly rewarding. I’m excited to become a regular reader of your blog!

Larysa Ronson March 10, 2009 at 11:54 am

Great site for ideas…loved Samba Days and Monster custom T-Shirts…it helps me get a gift for Mom and my husband.

Sara Duck April 13, 2009 at 11:39 am


Love the blog, we are going to feature it in our next issue of Home and Decor!


Jennifer Gauthier July 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

Alison – this is brilliant! I’m always searching for good gift ideas – you’ve saved me undue worry lines :) xo

Maria Varvarikos Peart September 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

Love your site Alison!



Reese October 3, 2009 at 12:11 am


I stumbled upon your Blog- nice work!

Found this store: http://www.dannabananas.com which has some fun and funky toys, novelties and gifts.


Adam Snellings November 2, 2009 at 12:33 am

David Sedaris is a big favourite of mine…Will be checking this site out regularly for ideas!

Ceri Marsh June 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

Honey, it’s you! I kept noticing that people were finding their way to Sweet Potato Chronicles via a site called Give Good Gift and I finally had a second to check it out. And lo and behold it is you! What a fantastic site – I love it. Such a great idea. I will be using this for sure. And thanks for the nod in your blog roll – so flattered!

Emma July 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Hi Alison,
Thanks for dropping by my site and adding me to your blog roll. I love connecting with other Toronto/Canada blogs, especially those that rock. Be back here soon….

Hugh Henry September 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Hi Alison

I found your site through your profile on Pinterest and I noticed you were in Toronto. Since I am in Montreal I thought I would say hi and tell you how much I like your site…

Keep up the good work.


Alison September 10, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thank you!!

Gabriela July 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Hello Alison,

You have a great blog!


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