i’ve been doing some gift guides (i hope they have been helpful?) but my favourite gift to give has always been a print or framed artwork of some kind. when i was a poor student this was always my solution for cash-strapped gift-giving. find a beautiful print (beg, borrow, steal, copy) pop it into an inexpensive frame and you usually have a very happy gift-receiver on the other end. but you don’t have to go to the same desperate extremes as i did – just buy a nice print. here are some i like.
SuTurno is a Madrid based design company headed by designers Julia Vergara and Javier Gutierrez Bayo. you may remember their beautiful Blondell scarves which made the blog rounds a few months ago. they have just released their new AW13 collection sporting four new prints: the dramatic Ondina, the sparkly Bengala, and the Brick and Inutiles scarves. you can buy them all at their online shop.
oooooh, these are my kinda undies! at first glance Dear Kate underwear is beautiful, simple, no-frills and just plain cool. but there’s more to them – they have a built-in breathable lining that offers extra protection for those, um, untimely time of the month accidents. hey, we’ve all been there.
Endswell is a new unisex ring collection by designers Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming, who also run Yield Design Co. the rings are cast with solid gold from 3d prints, how cool is that? the vision for Endswell started in 2012 when they designed wedding bands for close friends of theirs. they have just released their inaugural collection of statement pieces, “for any occasion or no occasion at all.”
as cheesy as it may sound, one of the highlights of my childhood was coming downstairs on Christmas morning and seeing all the colourful presents under the tree. i was under no illusion that Father Christmas had put it there, i knew it was my mom. but it was special nonetheless! now-a-days i find the wrapping almost as exciting as what’s inside, and i always appreciate special wrapping paper or when someone has really gone to the effort of making the package look beautiful.
i received a comment the other day from a fellow south african asking for more local gift ideas, which made me pause and reflect for a second. personally i only buy local products for christmas. i think we have amazing designers & makers and i am lucky enough to live in a city that brings all that to the fore. i usually go do my shopping sometime in the week before the 25th so that i absolutely leave everything to the last minute and stress myself out as much as possible. kidding. i like going out and buying gifts, looking at things myself, discovering new places and new people! around this time of year we have great pop-up shops and markets selling the wares of a multitude of designers. i will always ask if their products are available online, sometimes they are – but a lot of the times they aren’t. that’s the only reason why i don’t make solely south african gift guides.
Lilian of online shop BFGF (boyfrengirlfren) shared this amazing collaboration with me that she did with Mary Eleanor Wallace, the owner of Chicago based shop Tusk. the photos were shot by Lillian and her husband Daniel, who are collaborating on some interesting projects under the name Ola Onda. says Lilian,
i have been wanting to share this with you since my kitchen tea in September, my bridesmaids organised a printed book filled with a wonderful collection of recipes collected from all the women in my life. the recipes were either their favourites, ones they knew i’d love, or ones that had a special history (like the Buttermilk Sponge cake that Jessica and i have been baking since primary school, or any of the multitude of recipes my mom included). it was designed by Pauli and illustrated with sweet watercolours by Amy. you can faintly see the embossing on the cover – Miss Moss / Mrs Visser – a long running joke that i should change the name of the blog now that i’m married (i won’t!)
i traversed the deep, dark corners of Etsy to find some cool gift ideas for you. it’s one of the few places that i regularly purchase from as an international buyer. talking directly to the shop owner is convenient, and you can sometimes ask them to leave the price off the package to avoid customs charges (sneaky tip). this is of course only a drop in the ocean of what’s available, they have some pretty cool gift guides themselves, so it’s a nice place to do holiday shopping. support the little guy!
South Africa is quiet this morning. reflecting on the passing of a man who brought our country together, when it could so easily have gone the other way. i am lucky to have lived in his lifetime, to have witnessed his devotion to his people, and ours to him.