The holidays are just around the corner and we wanted to get our gift guide up and out the door in time for last minute decision making! Aside from charitable donations, travel and experiential classes, pattern and texture is the way to go when you’re in the market for something special.
Here are ten of our favorite items:
1. DIY Wooden Doll Family Kit | $28
These minimalist figurines offer infinite possibilities. You can make all-over polka dots, stripes, or geometrics…or keep it simple or more traditional. This kit will bring out the inner child in anyone willing to roll their sleeves up for an afternoon art project.
2. Machine de Terre Ra Necklace | $285
Over the past two years, I’ve shared an office with three incredible business women. One of them, Randi Mates, the founder of Aesa, has blown my mind every time she’s released a new collection. Her pieces are the culmination of art, science, old world technique and a passion that’s often lost in today’s fashion world. This necklace embodies that.
3. Nicola Gariner Dinosaur | Price Upon Request
Like mustard, I collect dolls. And, while I don’t own this dinosaur, a good friend sent me a picture and a link, saying it was very me. She was right. Nicola Gariner makes playful dolls ranging from llamas, hens and fish, to patterned dino mash ups. I wouldn’t think twice about getting this for myself or my 10 month old son.
4. Terrazzo Rose Any Year Planner by Julia Kostreva| $32
I generally use the Fantastical App in place of apple’s iPhone calendar. There are times to go digital, and times to go analog. If you’re willing to do both, may I suggest perusing Julia Kostreva’s collection of planners and journals. Her patterns are stunning and the idea of keeping a log of a repetitive actions is a worthy challenge for the new year.
5. Aelfie Mahu Bath Mat | $38
Aelfie has been making colorful, quirky graphic home goods for several years now. One of my favorite bedspreads happens to be from them. If you’re looking for a high impact / low cost item that will get a lot of use, this bath mat is the way to go.
6. Harvest Navy Napkins by Hillery Sproatt | 6 for $30
Hillery Sproatt has mastered the art of whimsy and her latest illustrative collaboration with Unison is a fabulous one. Her watercolor narratives appear in a black and white toss on a set of cotton satin napkins. This is the ultimate I’m grown up – but not too grown up gift.
7. ARA 250 – Metallic by Matthew Shilian | $300
You’ll never go wrong with art. Actually, that’s not true…everyone is particular when it comes to this topic. I should have said, you’ll never go wrong with a piece from Matthew Shilian. His origami 3D masterpieces are something to behold. My husband and I have one of his works and we’re in constant awe of it’s mathematical manmade perfection.
8. Weekender by To the Market | $120
If you haven’t yet heard of To The Market, make sure to dive in and learn more about this wonderful and important company. Full disclosure – I’m a proud advisor of TTM and fully believe in their mission to economically empower vulnerable women through global artisan enterprise. Also, this kantha stitch bag is a timeless beauty for any man or woman in your life.
9. Hopper in Green Socks by Richer Poorer from Of a Kind | $12 a pair
Everyone needs socks – why not make them playful?!
10. Lumio Light by Max Gunawan | $125 – $190
Lumio graciously gifted me a light last week. Unsure how I would take to it, I slowly opened the box…I have to be honest, complete wonderment ensued. Both my son and I were sucked in, Harry Potter (or Lion, Witch and Wardrobe) style by the magical glow of the accordion light behind the unassuming book cover. For the practical buyers out there, it doubles as a phone charger. This is a wonderful – if not mystical gift for a new parent or anyone, really, who appreciates design.