The Holiday Gift Guides are coming in fast and furious. They inspire me with ideas but still to some degree I find them a bit pedestrian. Shouldn’t there be guides that veer off the beaten path of gift giving; guides that beckon us to try something different – turn off our ears to the retail giants endless parade of advertisements?
I think it’s time to put together the alternative gift guide to highlight and captivate the originality in all of us.
For the animal lover who would never in a million years put a deer head on the wall this deer head wall decal is absolutely perfect. The Etsy shop from Circle Line Studio has an eclectic assortment of sublimely original wall decals. The little blue chicken is pretty cute too.
The alternative wine love with a penchant for steampunk could probably use these steampunk wine charms. Yes they look heavy but when is steampunk ever delicate? What about the best friend who loves everything bright and fun yet neat and orderly? I just found these Pantone Gift Bags from 1973 – a UK paper goods shop. Check out their collection of screen printed posters and fabulous notecards.
The Curiosity Shoppe in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco carries an abundant collection of oddities; minions of marvel, rarely subtle, clever and witty and sometimes magical. Their collection includes such items as a crocheted jellyfish specimen in a jar. I don’t know where I would put it but wherever it is going people will see it – this is not the item that gets hidden away for few to enjoy – this specimen deserves everyone’s full attention. While many people may not appreciate this sort of gift they may enjoy a half-pint moustache key holder or a set of rings made from crayons.
I’m sure the math lover would enjoy this wall sized abacus from CB2. Calculators are most definitely not an interior design statement but why can’t numbers stand out? And the friend who loves to entertain in style could probably use these red stiletto ice cubes that make your standard cocktail look so much more interesting. And while you are at it throw in these Lil Sipper Glasses for only $2.50 each. That’s what I love about CB2 – great design at an attractive price.
Don’t forget the modernist in your life with this George Nelson Sunburst Clock. I know – it’s seriously pricey but timeless design come s with dollar signs and it’s truly an investment in your living space. The Ball Clock is equally gorgeous and costs about the same. Not all modern design breaks the bank. At Pop Deluxe I found the MOMA Modern Playhouse for $19.99, an Eames Business Card Case for $34.99 and a Diana Camera for $59.99.
For the book lover on our list I always choose Chronicle Books because of their small yet select collection of very high quality books. The Exquisite Book is – well exquisite… and finally encourage your creative little ones with Scribble It.
This season choose handmade, fair-trade items as well. Fair trade means that the people who produce these items are paid fairly for their work and often times the profits go back to their villages supporting the whole community. On-line craft stores such as Etsy promote handmade and the money goes right back to the artisan.
Enjoy the season …spend time with loved ones…give something back and don’t spend more than you make. Good life lessons don’t you think?