Valentine’s Day is less than a month away. It hadn’t crossed my mind until today’s trip to the pharmacy, where I was greeted by a visual onslaught of pink & red & glitter & love. Delightful.
A refreshing change from the sugary-sweet cliche that is Feb. 14th, Paper Society Co. has a line of Valentine’s Cards that are sleek, simple & genuinely clever. Created by Toronto designer Ashleigh Schouwerwou, this line is a nice alternative to the 7th grade “I-like-you-but-I-don’t-want-you-to-know-that-I-LIKE-YOU-like-you” cartoon sentiments that fill the card aisles.
I don’t have time for that nonsense. I like you like you, and thought you should know.
My favorite gifts to buy are for the weird & wonderful people in my life. Their creativity, sense of adventure, & quasi-inappropriate humor has helped shape the person I am today. So, I guess I just want to say THANK YOU to all of the creative spirits who have influenced me over the years. It’s a true pleasure to have you in my life.
So, in this first-of-a-few Gift Guides I will post this holiday season, I’ve gathered together a few gift ideas for the colorful characters in your life.
1. Bunny Girl Hand-carved Stamp by Memi the Rainbow / / 2. Tree vs Lumberjack T-shirt by Gnome Enterprises / / 3. Taxi Llama iPhone Case by Jason Ratliff on Society6 / / 4. Pencil Set by East of India / / 5. Break the Mold Print by Sacred & Profane / / 6. Leather Card Holder by Blackbird and the Owl / / 7. Pantone Color Mug by Pantone
After a long week, sometimes it’s best to take to the wilderness & collect your thoughts. Best Made Company is a New York-based outdoor supplier that “seek[s] to empower people to get outside, use their hands and in doing so embark on a life of fulfilling projects and lasting experiences.” Starting with an idea for a better axe, founder Peter Buchanan-Smith has since expanded his product line to wearable goods, bags, a first aid kit, and a limited edition map series. Best Made Co. is the perfect blend of form & function, offering essential camping products with a lovely aesthetic.
Japanese Higo Knife & The Best Made Ditty Bag
“Courage” American Felling Axe
Solid Brass Ruler
First Aid Kit
The High ‘n Dry Cargo Net