We’re very excited to share our second Holiday Gift Guide, once again inspired by the places we’ve visited over the past year. Each of the shops featured has an online store, which we highly recommend perusing. Of course, don’t forget to take a look at last year’s guide as well – we’re still strong supporters of those fantastic merchants.
I’m in love with the Bywater Stripe scarf I picked up at their New Orleans shop and I’d be hard pressed to find someone on my list who wouldn’t love a bright, cheerful Peskir. Michael thought the texture and color of the Weaver’s Delight fabric would make a great blanket or throw. Each of the organic, handwoven pieces is gorgeous and unique, and will undoubtedly last for years.
I’d be content to receive anything from this darling boutique. (Ahem, Michael.) I loved the Margaret Elizabeth earrings I bought on our trip so much, I came home and ordered another color. And who wouldn’t love this Brass Elephant Ring Bowl?
A good bottle of wine is, in my opinion, one of the very best gifts one can give, and pretty much any bottle from Scribe would fit the bill nicely. We’d recommend one of their Pinot Noirs or the uniquely tasty Skin Fermented Chardonnay.
I’m really hoping Santa remembers to include a few (or a few dozen) of the Black and Tan Caramels in my stocking. It’s a big statement to make, but of all the sweets we picked up while traveling this year (and when you’re with me, that’s plenty) the creamy chocolate-dipped salted caramels from Tout de Sweets that we stumbled upon on our trip to Vermont were the very best.
Michael’s hoping to find one of the Tamworth Lyceum mugs under the tree this year from our delightful day trip to New Hampshire. He’s had his eye on similarly-styled mugs for a while (with the granite splatter), but with this mug, would have a story to share with his coffee. Although any item in their selection would be great, the Hella Slignshots and the Otter Messer knife stand out as unique items for the “backwoods gentleman” on your list.
The coffee at Tandem is about more than just a caffeine high (although it’s a big plus). Michael and I have begun to view a restaurant stocking Tandem as a sign of an establishment that knows how to pay attention to the details, and any bean from their selection is practically guaranteed to help you begin to really appreciate the flavors inside your morning cup of joe. A perfect stocking stuffer, no?
Chances are, if you’re reading this blog you would, like us, jump for joy at the thought of receiving any gift from Shed, the cafe & market in Healdsburg, CA that had me considering a cross country move mere minutes after walking through the doors. Bellocq Teas make for a lovely gift, but how awesome is the Mexican Olla De Barro for making frothy hot chocolate?