We Present: The Experts’ Holiday Gift Guide

We experts are feeling a bit behind on the whole holiday shopping thing this year. We figured some of you might be as well, so we present to you our last-minute gift guide. Since we are having a ton of trouble coming up with gifts for all the people in our lives, here are some things we like — maybe someone in your life will like them too. Happy shopping and happy holidays.

Jessica’s Picks

Top row: As some of you know, I LOVE insects. I have a small collection already, but I somehow have no butterflies. So, this beautiful Peacock Swallowtail Butterfly Display by Bug Under Glass would be the perfect addition to the family.
As for the perfect edition (I am clearly a master of the clever segue),  The Open Daybook by David P. Earle is essentially a perpetual calendar created by hundreds of artists, each interpreting a day of the year.

Bottom row: Come on. Gold. Deer. Measuring cups. There is absolutely no way around me wanting these Enchanted Buck Measuring Cups.
These Chocolate Wafer Cookies from Miette are a simple, sophisticated way to satisfy my sweet tooth. Delish!
In the age of digital photography, I am still a sucker for instant-film cameras, so the FujiFilm Instax Mini 25 Instant Film Camera is a must-have.

And, as far as I’m concerned, teeny-tiny gold frames add a touch of class to pretty much everything.

Samantha’s Picks

Row 1: I think I may need to upgrade my apron wardrobe to include to the Handy Cooking Guide Apron which has cooking tips and conversions printed right at the bottom. So smart and nice looking too.
I love taking pictures, but I hate looking like a tourist with a huge SLR slung over my shoulder. The Cloak Camera Bag seems like the perfect solution. It looks like a bag, but it give you easy access to your camera so that you can shoot pictures without removing it from the bag.

Row 2: How cool would it be to have a bunch of Vintage Globes?
Oh, how I wish I had unlimited funds and could buy a set of Cherner chairs for my dining room…a girl can dream.
The Glasses from Warby Parker seem really awesome. They are all $95, when you buy a pair of glasses, they give a pair to someone in need and plus they are super stylish.

Row 3: I haven’t actually  used the L Letterpress, but I am soooo curious about it. Teeny Tiny letterpress, yes please.
I actually bought  these beautiful wooden earrings from molly m designs while taking a break at Bazaar Bizarre. I think her work is great.
I have long admired Sara Paloma’s work and love her White Matte bottle Collection — I just need more space so I can have this in my house.

Kirsten’s picks

I’m always a fan of anything that looks handmade/natural. Although a lot of these pieces are out of my budget, one can always admire from afar! Hope you all find these helpful or at least somewhat inspiring when doing last-minute holiday shopping!

From top to right: Ring of Light Lamp, Kuba Cloth Pillow, Heirloom Recipe Card Box, Pictorial Websters, Blades of France Knife Set, Natural Horn Cups, Herbs of Provence, Jamie Rosemary Olives, Tallba Pine Soap, Branch Bit Stopper, Vintage French Lamp

Owen’s Picks

A. I have a suit from Dutchess and it’s beyond amazing. It’s the sort of fancy suit that makes you want to wear fancy suits, and get more. The Carnaby is high-buttoning mod cut, and it’s delightful. They have my measurements though my gut’s gotten bigger since they took em.
B. MaxineDear makes one-of-a-kind belt buckles from old hardcover books. Right now she has this yellow script Zoology one that is pretty dang rad. Be the first, and only, person to wear it!
C. These classic-but-slightly-shiny sonic ties are woven from 50% audio tapes — and freakishly cool, you can run a tape head over them and get audio.
D. Nixon watches are often awesome. This yellow/gold Newton is pretty blingy but also pretty pretty.
E. I’ll feel like a character from a recent William Gibson book wearing these handmade (in Namibia) vegetable-dyed Kudu Velskoen. Note the near-future tense of this sentence.
F. Do you know someone who doesn’t read Graphic Novels? For a few decades the answer to this sort of situation was considered to be Maus. Now there’s Asterios Polyp (for designery friends), Blankets (for emo sorts) and Fun Home (for gay/theory sorts) — all of which are absolute masterpieces that’d make great introductions to the form.

What we’re buying…

We thought it might be nice on occasion to let you in on a few of the our recent etsy purchases that haven’t yet been featured in our weekly Etsy Schmetsy round ups. We wouldn’t want anyone having the misconception that only sell on and post about etsy — we are also frequent etsy shoppers. This week’s purchases are all made by Samantha and Jessica (tiniestj); it appears that Owen and Kirsten have been exhibiting a bit more budgetary control.



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