The art of gifting

11.30.2016

Gift season is now in full swing, and this year, I promised myself I wouldn’t do my Christmas shopping at the last minute, which is why I was excited to partner with HP to Reinvent Giving inspired by their latest commercial.

It’s both exciting and stressful to find the perfect gift for the ones you love: what do they need, how to find the perfect gift they’ll use? – versus the beautiful but useless paperweight that ends up being re-gifted or thrown away in a desk drawer.

The art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By Design The art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By Design

This year, I am gifting my oldest girl, Inès, with an HP laptop. She’s been borrowing my laptop computer for the many school projects her rigorous IB program requires her to work on, and she’s also preparing for the SATs – and college applications soon.

The art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By Design

Ha, talk about another stressful moment both for a teen and her parents! As you know, we’ve started visiting college campuses, and she set her heart on UCLA as one of  her top college choices so far. But the road to get there is filled with challenges, with a 20% admission rate and extremely high SAT scores required.

The art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By Design

This girl of mine is special. I know a lot of parents think their kids are special, but this girl is really special. At only 16, she’s strong, focused and so passionate about things : from participating to beach cleanups on her free time because she feels connected to the environmental cause, to holding a stage manager position in her school play, donating her time to feed the needy with “Curry without Worry” [love the name of this organization, don’t you?]. She even participated as a volunteer at one of the US election voting centers a few weeks ago. She’s strong, assertive, and she doesn’t hesitate voicing her opinion and taking stands when she hears someone make a derogatory comment toward minorities, women or the LGBT community. Her classmates and friends often call her the social advocate of her class promotion. This girl is very special, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

The art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By Design

So this Christmas, Inès will get her own laptop : the HP Spectre x360. Super compact and slim, very light – so she can carry it around and even take it with her to school, and with more than 16-hour-per-charge battery power, this laptop is the perfect study tool for Inès. I also love the fact that you can rotate the computer into a 360 angle so the screen becomes completely flat. It also features some Bang & Olufsen built-in speakers, perfect for Inès who often listens to music while studying – by the way, how can kids do that these days? I always wonder; talk about multitasking!

The art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By DesignThe art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By Design

Inès’s sister, Maya, helped me wrap the HP Spectre x360 so the wrapping is a beautiful and magic as the gift itself. I can’t wait for Inès to open it and see the joy in her eyes. I’m also looking forward to owning back my personal computer since she’ll have her own now. Now SATs and college applications, we’re coming for ya!

The art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By Design The art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By DesignThe art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By Design The art of gifting with HP Spectre x360 | French By Design

And… great news! You have the chance to win* a Spectre x360 to share with someone on your holiday list! All you have to do to enter is comment #ReinventGivingSweepstakes on this Instagram post. Bonne chance, and happy holidays! Xo, Si-

 

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. (D.C.) 18+.  Ends 12/14/16.  For Official Rules, including odds and prizes, visit http://bit.ly/2gBz4HD. Void where prohibited.

 

Photography : French By Design ©

 

• This post is in partnership with HP. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep FrenchByDesign’s doors open.

 

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6 comments

  • Yvonne

    Beautiful girl inside and out you have, Si! Sounds like this is the perfect gift for her. Happy gifting!

  • Lori BHn

    Sounds like a very successful future a head and a very bright girl. My daughter is in her senior year and I’m looking forward to her future. Thanks and Happy Holidays:)

    • French By Design

      Best of luck to your daughter for her college applications, @Lori. What an exciting time! Happy holidays!

  • misty newell

    #ReinventGivingSweepstakes What I’d give to be able to win. My fiance is wanting a laptop so he can go back to school but unfortunately I don’t have the money to get him one. It’d be so awesome to win it, for him. Thanks

    • French By Design

      Hey @Misty, I hope you got a chance to comment on time on the dedicated Instagram post for this sweepstake offer. Wishing you the best of luck and a happy holiday season! Xx, Si-