Gift Guides

Dream Designs for the Home Decorator

November 28, 2016

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They were into reclaimed wood before it was cool. They can cruise through the Craigslist “free” page and wind up with a charming vintage coffee table that would probably cost thousands brand new. Stepping foot into their not-trying-too-hard-yet-still-dripping-with-effortless-style apartment strikes visitors with envy. It’s hard having a dream home decorator for a friend, whether they do it for a living or it’s just the way they live. Don’t fret, though – we’ve put together a guide of some of our choicest home design finds so you can give them a gift worthy of their already carefully curated collection.

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Gifts Picks to Make Any Sports Fan Cheer

November 25, 2016

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Wherever you go, you’re likely to encounter some kind of sports enthusiast, whether it’s soccer groupies, football fans, or members of NASCAR nation. Yet, this varied demographic tends to be very misunderstood. When you’re only at the Superbowl party for the game time food, it’s easy to wave off the cheers and groans and think to yourself “calm down, it’s just a game!” But then you decide to tag along to your first live game and you start to understand the rush of being surrounded by 90,000 people in a stadium. As you witness the intense bond between fans and observe the deep rivalry between the teams, you realize that it’s not just a game, but a way of life. At the core, sports inspire dedicated players and amaze loyal fans alike. We know that the sports fan on your wish list lives for this adrenaline. We picked out a lineup of gifts that will remind him or her of that favorite pastime and feel that familiar rush all over again.

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Maker Stories

This Just In-spiration: Meet Paul Judkins

November 24, 2016
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Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Paul Judkins, creator of the Wood Stem Champagne FlutesWood Stem Wine Glasses, and Wood Stem Margarita Glasses.

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Gift Lab: Is a DIY G&T as Easy as it Seems?

November 23, 2016

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Some say it tastes like Christmas, but I say it’s more like pure class in a glass. Scientists think liking it might mean you have a dark personality (I also drink my coffee black – uh oh), but I think you’re crazy if you hate it. It’s the gin & tonic, people, and I’m a fan. And so, when I saw the Gin & Tonic Making Kit in our assortment, I knew I had to try it out for my next gift lab.

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Gifts to Erase Her Holiday Stress

November 22, 2016

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We all know someone who spreads holiday cheer like it’s her job. She starts her search for gifts in July, she’ll stay up all night trying to make that DIY centerpiece she found online just right, and she’s always willing expand her guest list, even if it means squeezing a party of 20 into her eensy apartment. Such a commitment to holiday jolliness can take a toll – it’s stressful to be such a goddess of good tidings. Keep her spirits up and show your appreciation with this list of relaxing gifts.

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The Uncommon Life

Warm and Cozy Blogger Picks

November 18, 2016

Fall arrives. Leaves change. The air cools. It feels nice to sit in the sun and soak up the warmth. While some lament the loss of summer, others embrace the crisp autumn air. Many of our blogging friends enjoy kicking up leaves, stoking the fire, settling down with afternoon cocoa and a classic novel. More than a few are energized, developing recipes, aging whiskey, baking, stewing, and prepping for the holidays.

Nothing warms us more than seeing our artists’ wares featured in a great blog post.

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See Debbie and Dave’s full post here

As the weather cools high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, bloggers Debbie and Dave at The Mountain Kitchen use our Reclaimed Fire Hose Log Carrier to haul firewood to their rustic mountain retreat.

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Best Bets for Book Lovers

November 17, 2016

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The smell of ink and paper calls to them. They don’t consider a tote bag quite full unless there’s a paperback or an e-reader inside. To them, life is a series of stories. Some call them the literati, bibliophiles, or even bookworms. But, they’re not too concerned about those titles, because they’d rather be browsing the shelves for titles from their favorite authors. That’s right, we’re talking about book lovers. You could pick up a copy of the latest best-seller or a literary classic to stuff in their stocking this year, but chances are they’ve already devoured it, cover to cover. Instead, try one of these selections from our library of great gift ideas that are sure to read well with the well-read.

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Maker Stories

This Just In-spiration: Meet Carol Joannidi

November 15, 2016

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Carol Joannidi, creator of the Sterling Silver Bubble Earrings, and the Bollywood Earrings.

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