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A Few of Our Favorite Things – Part I

No snow? We’re still in the holiday spirit over here at brown ink headquarters. And with Hanukkah beginning this Saturday and Christmas three weeks away it’s time to send out the elves. We’ve found a few goodies to make even the most uber-electronic fanatic consider some items from the old-school.

First off, let’s start with the gifts that keep on giving.

This might look like your ordinary bacon pen but hold on to your skillet. This Seven Year Pen can write 1.7 meters a day for seven years. Thanks to Seltzer, it’s the best $7.50 you will ever spend.


LargeThe other day I received this karma card from my very “green” friend, Alix. The stationery, created by New Leaf Products, is perforated in the middle so I’m able to reuse this card as a postcard.

And now, down to business….

Colored Pencils 8 ea

These rad Colored Pencils from Target are ideal stocking stuffers for a friend with pizazz.

The Robot Metallic Pencils from pottery barn kids will surely make easing into Thank You note writing that much easier.

The “rob” silo pencil sharpener from good erdle is a perfect gift for friends who’ve spent time in the country or have a passion for silos.

Serrote Letterpress Notebooks

I love the way the Serrote Letterpress Notebook brings a bit of Portuguese culture into its cover.

Wheel Printed Cover Notebook

Just crazy about these wheel printed cover notebooks from Postalco. Take a look at how they hand-create each one.

Welcome to the world of Thumbook, a tiny signature book that “connects people through pen & ink.” Novel idea. On one side you create a self-portrait incorporating your thumb print and on the other side write a thought or two. Take a look for yourself.

Mini Leather Journal Necklace - Rustic Book Jewelry

Keeping your words close to the heart, here’s a gift for a true journal lover.

Maxx & Unicorn NotebooksMaxx & Unicorn notebooks are well-made and the ideal pocket size. The dark camo design might just be cool enough for the untraditional nephew.

This French notebook from Brook Farm General Store is so lovely you’ll never want to hide it under your bed (where I used to hide my journals as a kid, so sneaky I know).

Lately I’ve noticed unique stamps showing up everywhere I look. The lovely Initial Rubber Stamp from MaeMae Paperie comes right out of little old Minneapolis.

Name Stamp - Custom Stamp for Stationery by Pretty Chic

Surprise your mum with her very own custom stamp from Pretty Chic.

Image of Arctic Stamp Set

Stamp sets make me want to bin the phone and get creative. It’s just too easy to make a page look good with these sets especially this Artic Stamp Set from the beautiful INK WIT creators.

Sailing knots notecard boxset

This letterpress stationery set is perfect for the sailor or boy scout in the family.

Custom Letterpress Stationery - Swash Calligraphy - Personalized Set of 25 Flat Notes

You can never go wrong with personalized stationery, especially if you select a classic style from the designers at Missive. Treat yourself.

City Park Postcard Set 8pcs

Quill and Fox have created an intimate cityscape for this postcard set. Just the right size for a stocking.

Aviator Glasses Correspondence Cards

These Aviator Correspondence Cards from Crane & C0. will make even the coolest cat itch to write a note.

sugar paper from Los Angeles designs all things lovely and the card for all occasion box is no exception. You will make any lover of good stationery smile with this gift.

For the friend who can’t stop typing, surprise her with a new font from My Fonts. At least her emails will arrive in script!

Monogrammed necklaces appear to be the rage these days (don’t you love the 80’s revival?). Get into the groove with this calligraphy necklace from brevity. Your B/F/F/A/E will be so touched she might even loan you her rainbow t-shirt over holiday break.

set of 6 place cards - with birch holders - herbs and tomato/basil

Last Saturday I hit a holiday pop-up market in Linden Hills (love supporting the local artists!) and found these place cards from red cruiser. Nice addition to any meal.


For the child who adores receiving mail, surprise him with his very own mail box from Twin Cities based Metamorphic Toys. I think I actually might ask St. Nick for this one.

Of course, if someone in your life needs a little hint as to what you might be wishing for this holiday season…

The elves at russell+hazel are so bright with ideas they came up with this Holiday Wish List to help those troubled buyers (p.s. 20% off all orders over $50 through Dec 6).

Here’s something to give a personal touch to your gifts – DIY chalkboard holiday gift tags. A perfect craft to accompany you in front of the fire while you dream of sugar plum fairies writing letters of well wishes (my sugar plum fairies write, not dance)….hmmm, I think that egg nog might be setting in!  Ho-Ho-Ho.

Papa’s Day

This Sunday screams “let’s make dad feel extra special today” so let’s get to it, starting off with greeting cards. Many to choose from out there – here are some of my favs.

Chest Hair from Wit and Whistle

Best Father by Odd Ball Press

New Dad Card by Sad Shop

As far as gifts are concerned, think outside the expected golf clubs, grill kit or new boxers, (unless he still wears the ones with the holes…no comment), with these unique gifts he’ll be sure to remember.

Here’s a clever version to making your notebook personal for pops. Upload a handful of your favorite pictures of Dad and the family, and blurb will disperse them through a one-of-a-kind notebook. You choose on how many pages and then decide on blank, lined or graph paper.

Now that is cool!

For that dad who wishes he would have stuck with the band, surprise him with his own drumstick pencils.


It might feel like yesterday that your son was in diapers, jumping on the kindergarten bus or headed to overnight camp (time does fly as a parent, I feel it every day!). Your husband can celebrate this incredible bond with his son (or daughter) through For My Son, which stores memories, photos and mementos which are worth holding. A proven tear-jerker especially coming from a child.


This journal has a different twist, coming from the life of a father. My Dad: His Stories. His Words. asks dad questions all about his life, creating a keepsake to be treasured. You can include a coffee shop gift certificate inside and suggest a “dad date” with one of the children and they could listen to his stories as he writes them down.

For the devoted baseball coach, treat him to this Baseball Scorekeeper. New York Times sports columnist Stuart Miller has created a modern ballpark scorekeeper with handsome, handwritten ledgers and even a secure pocket for stashing game-day stubs and mementos.


This business card stamp from MaeMae Paperie is ideal for his work stationery, business cards, notecards and more. Help him honor the pen and paper with this stylish yet understated office supply which takes no creativity whatsoever. Obviously this will take longer than a week to arrive but print a copy from the website and let him know it’s on the way.

Of course, a handwritten Happy Father’s Day to the BEST Dad Around Town is about the best gift a father could receive.