I like to use the gifting technique of buying things for other people that I would want myself. This can get me in trouble, because I often either HAVE to buy two of everything or I am restrained enough to only buy one...but I end up stealing it for myself. I'm a greedy greedy elf, what can I say?! I can't help it, I find the best gifts when I'm motivated by wanting stuff! So here I offer up some of my own coveted items - and a few tried and true products I already love - in the hopes that it'll give you an idea for someone on YOUR shopping list. I think you'll find a little something for all different recipients, from sisters, to friends, to brothers, husbands, coworkers...or, you know, me. Ho, ho, ho!
Box of crystals from Little Box of Rocks. It's s "bouquet" of healing crystals, wrapped in a muslin sachet in a wooden box. The one shown here, “New Journey,” offers courage, protection and wisdom for new beginnings, but there are boxes directed at strength, romance, stress release, success, housewarming, and luck, among others. It's a unique abd meaningful gift that's pretty on a shelf, perfect for the dreamer in your life.
Cashmere knee-high socks from Garnet Hill, in both men's and women's sizes. Because it's the random kind of indulgence that most people won't make on their own. And who's feet DON'T deserve to be wrapped in cashmere?!
A year of salami! This one requires a specific kind of recipient, of course...and I am just that antipasti-loving omnivore! An incredibly good salami each month for a year from Olympia Provisions, in Portland.
Buffalo check scarf. I'm a sucker for all things buffalo plaid...and this scarf is nicely sized...and currently 50% off!
NARS illuminizing stick & Glossier rose water spray. Marisa and I are both always on a never ending quest to achieve the dewy skin look. These are my current tools to that end. There are many illuminizers I'd love to try, but this NARS make-up stick in Copacabana has been my go-to for years. It gives me just the right amount of glow without looking glittery...and it's extra appealing because it goes on like a giant crayon. The facial spray has just the right amount of rosiness without being too perfumy, and the spray is so light and refreshing. Spritzing it on each sleepy morning since Cass was born has literally helped me open my eyes most days.
“Walking in the Air” travel bag. This compact over-the-shoulder bag from mochithings looks like a great alternative to tossing my personal effects into the abyss of a large diaper bag. There are a million compartments to organize your stuff- it can even be your wallet in itself- and it straps in close and easy to grab. Plus I love the pop of bright red. Good for any busy, frazzled lady on the go.
Game of phones. A scavenger hunt game that uses a deck of cards and your smart phone - perfect for the teenage niece on your list, who won't ever put her phone down. Or for anyone who won't put his or her phone down...AKA everyone...
Aura chimes. A wind chime art piece made of wood, metal, leather, and handmade ceramic pieces from Ladies and Gentlemen Studio in Seattle. Gorgeous looking and soothing sounding, made for both indoor and outdoor use.
A local, small-batch bottle of liquor, like this Van Brunt Stillhouse Whiskey. You can only buy these whiskeys direct from the distillery in Red Hook, making it a special, personal gift for any booze hound (whisky aficionado?) on your list.
A beautiful pitcher. I bought myself this one just to make pitchers of French 75 the other day. Its shape is classic, its frosty white hue is special and unique, but basic enough to fit in with many serving ware styles.
Moon phases yoga mat. Because sometimes the right accessory is just what I need to motivate me to exercise. Is that so wrong??
An adult coloring book and colored pencil set. As described in this Atlantic article, adult coloring is all the rage these days. It’s just my kind of way to achieve mindfulness and meditation – crafty and casual, without stressing myself out about whether I’m being “Zen” enough. I like the look of this Lost Ocean book and these fluorescent colored pencils from MOMA.