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Timeless for the Holidays

It’s the time of year where I yearn for a certain equilibrium in each day and try to balance the challenges of “needs” and “wants” with what is actually meaningful in our lives. When it comes to gift giving I find myself wanting to spend energy and money on timeless pieces. As we make our annual holiday list for the assortment of people in our lives, these pieces might work beautifully….

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For your office staff who appreciate a personal gift, the custom, monogramed notebooks from Appointed are ideal for both men and women! (order by December 18th!)

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These Thermoplastic Erasers from my favorite boutique in Manhattan, CW Pencil Enterprise, would be fabulous for the 1st-grader in your life who just happened to fall in love with cursive writing this year in school!

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For your sister’s boyfriend, the coming-of-age photographer, the Hygge Edition of Kinfolk notecards embodies the Danish Winter lifestyle through an inspiring lens.

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For the creative mother-in-law who is often cutting stationery or fabric, these Japanese Copper Scissors from Kaufmann Mercantile would look beautiful under the tree, eventually displayed on her desk and used on many occasions!

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A girl’s gotta sketch in style, am I right? Why not treat the designer sister of yours to a monogramed Kelly Wearstler Sketchbook from Paper Chase Press, one she will treasure for years!

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For the contemporary brother-in-law who appreciates fine quality, the Brass Desk Set from TRNK is a stunner, being both handsome and functional.

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To the college-age babysitter who is often quoting her professor, blow her away with a custom, illustrated quote from the talented artist Celeste C. Clark!

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To the mother who is always prepared with the perfect card at any moment (and also appreciates a gift which keeps on giving!), Nicely Noted makes it simple with the Monthly Card Subscriptions or the Bundle Card Collections with fabulous letterpressed themes!

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For your partner, the astounding and world-renowned novelist, the Bindewerk Purist Wood Lined Journal found at the beautiful Greer Chicago is a must, holding both beauty and craftsmanship (pick up a Kaweco Rollerball Pen as well!).

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To your family member who treasures documenting life’s moments through the written word, the Letters to My Future Self should most definitely find its way under the tree! (And here are all the reasons why it’s such a good gift).

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As far as making the gift special, why not honor the reciever with a thoughtful handmade touch? I love the simplicity to the approach Artifact Uprising brought to my attention. Your guests can keep the photo for future enjoyment!

If all else fails, bake a loaf of gingerbread for those you love. It’s nourishing, the baking process slows you down, and the aroma will remind you why these tranquil moments are so needed in our lives…And then write about it in your journal so you won’t forget next year!

The Short List No.1

By now the multitude of suggested Holiday Gift Lists seen in your Inbox numbers in the thousands, and we’d rather not be more junk email. That being the case, we’re keeping it simple with a few short lists of unexpected gifts for the true handwriting enthusiast with the hope to add an extra “HO” rather than “HUM(bug)” into your week.

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For that Type A sister of yours who handwrites cards for any occasion, we’re guessing she’ll flip over this newly released Card Organizer from Nicely Noted.  For a bonus, include the Over Stocked option with a bundle of letterpress cards, stamps and a six-month gift subscription of the Nicely Noted monthly care package of cards!

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For the “green” family member, grab a packet of these miniature graphite pencils made from eco-friendly recycled paper for a stucking stuffer from terrain (one of my favorite sites). Done and done.

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Created by a well trained and unique bookbinder, Paul Vogel, these gorgeous desk accessories require around 40 steps to produce and often include 24-karat gold detailing and hand-tooled rosettes. The stationery case and card case will run you a pretty penny but were created by staying true to the traditional bookbinding trade. Can be found at Vogel Bindery.

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And if that’s a bit on the fancy side, the Woodsman Journal filled with blank, kraft paper and letterpress covered, will work nicely when in need of jotting down a recipe or random thought the old fashioned way (thanks to Sesame Letterpress via Provisions by FOOD52, another fav of mine).

Product-Greetingcard3Being an Instagram user and fan, I love the idea of creating greeting cards with your own personal images for a family member who appreciates your eye. Not only is the process simple, the cards and envelopes from Prinstagram are top quality as well.

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I’ve been dreaming of Croatia as a destination trip for awhile now. But for the time being, my fellow travelers and I can enjoy these gorgeous, Croatian made paper goods and writing kit from Rad and Hungry, my favorite international office supplies store (free holiday gift wrap ’til Dec. 17).

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For the highly fashionable friend, gift her these hand-drawn Clare V. (St.Paul native, leather bag goddess) postcard notepads from Paper Chase. Crazy for the double thick, eggshell paper with red colored edges. Make it special with personalizing the postcards!

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One of my favorite new finds, this All-Brass Pen Case from Kaufmann Merchantile is handsomely simple. With its sophisticated design, the Japanese stationer who creates the case has been producing quality office tools since 1950. Fill it with a Kaweco pen or Delfonics pencil from Brown Ink to make the gift complete.

Happy shopping…and we’ll be back with another short list soon!