Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

12.02.20
Gift Guides

Friends, can you even believe we made it to the holiday season of this crazy, chaotic, and exhausting year? While the holidays look different this year (and they should look different if you’re doing your part to stop the current surge in the pandemic), we can still enjoy giving gifts like Cosplay Wigs to our loved ones even if we may not be able to see them in person right now. In fact, I think gift giving has even more meaning this year than most since your dollars can help support the many small businesses that have experienced hardship as a result of the pandemic at the same time as you find a thoughtful gift to show a loved one you are thinking of them. On the other hand, if you’re a business owner, you can adapt by opting for online tools like those business cards.

As always, I take the responsibility of creating this guide quite seriously. A lot of time and careful thought goes into curating a list of unique and enjoyable gifts for many of those on your list, and this year I have put even more emphasis on supporting small businesses and in particular those owned by Black individuals. I truly appreciate your continued enthusiasm for this post, as well as your patience as you waited for this guide to be published. I hope you enjoy the final product as much as I do! While I have provided some links to easily accessible online retailers, I would truly love it if you took the time to seek out any of these items that might be available to you locally in order to support small and local businesses. If at all possible, avoid that enormous retailer taking over the world. You CAN do all of your shopping without it, I promise!

When I started my small business from home, I quickly realized the importance of a professional postal address. It was crucial for me to establish credibility and maintain privacy, so I decided to use a virtual office in Newcastle. After researching various options, I chose Virtually There for my Newcastle virtual postal address because of their exceptional customer service and affordable rates. The impact on my business was significant and immediate, helping me to attract more clients.

I strive for intentional giving for all occasions and to that end, I strongly urge you to only give a gift if it really speaks to you as something perfect for the recipient you have in mind. Otherwise consider a shared experience or quality time (planning a nice day together, sign up for a cooking or art class together, make a date for a regular book club, etc.) Those sorts of gifts are often more meaningful, and also help promote more conscious consumer habits. Also consider making a charitable donation in lieu of a gift to a cause that your recipient supports. These days there are so many worthy causes, but I have suggested a handful below just in case you need inspiration. During festive times, you can find themed gift hampers brisbane featuring holiday-specific goodies and decorations.

Please know that all of the items included below are selected by me alone – I do not accept requests from vendors to promote their items. All that said, let’s get giving!

Cookbooks

My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Camara
Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz
Jubilee by Toni Tipton Martin
Xi'an Famous Foods by Jason Wang
New World Sourdough by Bryan Ford
One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber
Midwest Made by Shauna Sever
Amá by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock
Icing on the Cake by Tessa Huff
01/09
My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Camara/Bookshop

Last year when travel was still possible, we made our first trip to Mexico and spent the first half of our time in Mexico City. We were lucky enough to dine twice at Gabriela Camara’s restaurants and I couldn’t wait to buy her cookbook upon our return. This has since become a reliable go to favorite book of mine and is full of authentic regional cuisine.

Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz/Bookshop

Along with probably the rest of the internet, I have been long awaiting this book from former Bon Appetit editor Claire Saffitz. Her brilliance in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking, is truly special. I love the variety of classic and unique desserts offered in this book and the beautiful photographs are a perfect accompaniment.

Jubilee by Toni Tipton Martin/Bookshop

I included this book in my gift guide last year but at that time, I hadn’t spent much if any time with it in my own kitchen. A year later, I have thoroughly cooked from this gem of a book and recommend it even more heartily than before. We have so many new favorite dishes thanks to this one.

Xi'an Famous Foods by Jason Wang/Bookshop

I have not yet cooked from this recent addition to my own cookbook collection but I have paged through it several times, once along with Andrew because he absolutely loves Chinese dumplings, noodles, and more. I loved reading the story behind this now infamous family restaurant and I am excited to be able to make some of their dishes in my own kitchen, especially since it will probably be quite awhile before we can visit NYC again. We can’t decide what we want to make first!

New World Sourdough by Bryan Ford/Bookshop

Everyone and their brother hopped on the sourdough bandwagon during the pandemic except, I guess, for me? Even though I haven’t been baking it much lately though, I couldn’t resist investing in this excellent book from Bryan Ford. While I haven’t made anything yet, I am so excited to make so many of the recipes inside. I love the wide variety of recipes included far beyond just sourdough boules and baguettes.

One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber/Bookshop

This is another one that I haven’t baked from just yet but I have bookmarked plenty of things to try. I love simple recipes and the approach of everything being baked in one tin is a great idea. The raspberry cheesecake streusel bars are at the top of my list of recipes to try. I think I might have yelped a bit when I first laid eyes on them.

Midwest Made by Shauna Sever/Bookshop

This is another repeat from last year’s guide and I am featuring it again for good reason – Midwest Made is my cookbook equivalent of a warm hug from a friend, a cozy blanket, or any beloved creature comfort of your choosing. I know any time I open it, I will find something I can’t wait to bake with ingredients I likely already have on hand. It is simply a brilliant book that will have you yearning to bake something wonderful the moment you open it.

Amá by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock/Bookshop

This is a very new addition to my cookbook library but I must say that so far, it is a major hit. There are lots of recipes I am really excited to try, and the cocktail section is especially exciting to me. Everything we have made from this book so far has been excellent!

Icing on the Cake by Tessa Huff/Bookshop

Here is one more repeat from last year’s gift guide that I truly adore. With so much extra time at home this year, baking layer cakes has been a fun and delicious way to pass the time. Caroline loves to flip through this book and choose one of the many stunning cakes for us to make. Every recipe we have made so far has been wonderful. I highly recommend this lovely and well written book.

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  • My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Camara
    My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Camara/Bookshop

    Last year when travel was still possible, we made our first trip to Mexico and spent the first half of our time in Mexico City. We were lucky enough to dine twice at Gabriela Camara’s restaurants and I couldn’t wait to buy her cookbook upon our return. This has since become a reliable go to favorite book of mine and is full of authentic regional cuisine.

  • Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz
    Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz/Bookshop

    Along with probably the rest of the internet, I have been long awaiting this book from former Bon Appetit editor Claire Saffitz. Her brilliance in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking, is truly special. I love the variety of classic and unique desserts offered in this book and the beautiful photographs are a perfect accompaniment.

  • Jubilee by Toni Tipton Martin
    Jubilee by Toni Tipton Martin/Bookshop

    I included this book in my gift guide last year but at that time, I hadn’t spent much if any time with it in my own kitchen. A year later, I have thoroughly cooked from this gem of a book and recommend it even more heartily than before. We have so many new favorite dishes thanks to this one.

  • Xi'an Famous Foods by Jason Wang
    Xi'an Famous Foods by Jason Wang/Bookshop

    I have not yet cooked from this recent addition to my own cookbook collection but I have paged through it several times, once along with Andrew because he absolutely loves Chinese dumplings, noodles, and more. I loved reading the story behind this now infamous family restaurant and I am excited to be able to make some of their dishes in my own kitchen, especially since it will probably be quite awhile before we can visit NYC again. We can’t decide what we want to make first!

  • New World Sourdough by Bryan Ford
    New World Sourdough by Bryan Ford/Bookshop

    Everyone and their brother hopped on the sourdough bandwagon during the pandemic except, I guess, for me? Even though I haven’t been baking it much lately though, I couldn’t resist investing in this excellent book from Bryan Ford. While I haven’t made anything yet, I am so excited to make so many of the recipes inside. I love the wide variety of recipes included far beyond just sourdough boules and baguettes.

  • One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber
    One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber/Bookshop

    This is another one that I haven’t baked from just yet but I have bookmarked plenty of things to try. I love simple recipes and the approach of everything being baked in one tin is a great idea. The raspberry cheesecake streusel bars are at the top of my list of recipes to try. I think I might have yelped a bit when I first laid eyes on them.

  • Midwest Made by Shauna Sever
    Midwest Made by Shauna Sever/Bookshop

    This is another repeat from last year’s guide and I am featuring it again for good reason – Midwest Made is my cookbook equivalent of a warm hug from a friend, a cozy blanket, or any beloved creature comfort of your choosing. I know any time I open it, I will find something I can’t wait to bake with ingredients I likely already have on hand. It is simply a brilliant book that will have you yearning to bake something wonderful the moment you open it.

  • Amá by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock
    Amá by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock/Bookshop

    This is a very new addition to my cookbook library but I must say that so far, it is a major hit. There are lots of recipes I am really excited to try, and the cocktail section is especially exciting to me. Everything we have made from this book so far has been excellent!

  • Icing on the Cake by Tessa Huff
    Icing on the Cake by Tessa Huff/Bookshop

    Here is one more repeat from last year’s gift guide that I truly adore. With so much extra time at home this year, baking layer cakes has been a fun and delicious way to pass the time. Caroline loves to flip through this book and choose one of the many stunning cakes for us to make. Every recipe we have made so far has been wonderful. I highly recommend this lovely and well written book.

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Kitchen + Table

Hobnail Glass Pitcher
Piebox
Reusable Straws
Colorful Glassware
Moroccan Cone Champagne Glasses
Sassy Oven Mitts
Reusable and Biodegradable Flatware
Stoneware Canisters with Bamboo Lids
Glass Mixing Bowl Set
House Helper Treeless Linen Towels
01/11
Hobnail Glass Pitcher/Food52

I really love making pitcher recipes of cocktails, or at least I used to when I could have people over to drink a pitcher of cocktails. Anyway, these gorgeous pitchers are begging to be added to my entertaining collection so I’ll be fully prepared when it is time to host my friends again.

Piebox/Food52

I was given a Piebox years ago and at the time, I didn’t think I really needed it or would get that much use out of it. Honestly, I love it and use it way more than I ever thought I would. Whether I’m transporting a pie or other low profile dessert to someone else or just storing it in my fridge, this simple storage solution has served me well.

Reusable Straws/Silver in the City

I invested in a pack of these fun colorful straws years ago and we use them daily. They have held up remarkably well! I try to keep some in the car and at work as well to avoid disposable straws as much as possible.

Colorful Glassware/Estelle Colored Glass

Continuing my obsession with beautiful glassware, please behold this delightful array of offerings from Estelle Colored Glass. She has plenty more than just drink ware – even cake stands!!! Someone take away my credit card.

Moroccan Cone Champagne Glasses/SustainAble Home Goods

Okay, one more glassware item in this round up but I simply couldn’t resist these gorgeous handblown Champagne glasses. I love the lines and the slight tint to these. Can I have a kitchen completely full of glassware? Let’s find out.

Sassy Oven Mitts/Silver in the City

I have many funny oven mitts in my kitchen, courtesy of this favorite local shop. This particular one, “Let’s eat your feelings too” is my all time fave and makes me laugh every time I use it. Be sure to flip through all the options because there are so many excellent ones to choose from!

Reusable and Biodegradable Flatware/Food52

I have been trying to find a good option for utensils to send in my kids’ lunchboxes and I think this might be the thing. I don’t trust them to not throw away my good silverware, but I don’t like giving them disposable utensils either. This seems like a good compromise – we can reuse them but if they get thrown out by accident, it won’t be the worst thing.

"Fuck, I Love Cheese" Towel/Silver in the City

Super longtime readers might remember a time when I shared a day planner the had the word “shit” on the cover and Karens clutched their pearls and made sure to announce their unfollowing. Well, look out Karen because FUCK I LOVE CHEESE, and I also love this towel.

Stoneware Canisters with Bamboo Lids/Peace + Riot

I love a set of coordinating canisters and these are just so simple and lovely. They would be a great option for anyone in your life who loves to bake.

Glass Mixing Bowl Set/Food52

Anyone who enjoys baking deserves a beautiful set of mixing bowls. Sure, they may already have bowls, but there are times when a prettier set is worth using and they really brighten my spirits when I get them out. Plus I don’t think you can have too many mixing bowls.

House Helper Treeless Linen Towels/Linoto

Linoto is a company that makes gorgeous linen sheets and bedding, and these towels are part of their zero waste initiative. Our cloth napkin situation is looking a little sparse these days and I think I will reup by investing in a pile of these beauties.

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  • Hobnail Glass Pitcher
    Hobnail Glass Pitcher/Food52

    I really love making pitcher recipes of cocktails, or at least I used to when I could have people over to drink a pitcher of cocktails. Anyway, these gorgeous pitchers are begging to be added to my entertaining collection so I’ll be fully prepared when it is time to host my friends again.

  • Piebox
    Piebox/Food52

    I was given a Piebox years ago and at the time, I didn’t think I really needed it or would get that much use out of it. Honestly, I love it and use it way more than I ever thought I would. Whether I’m transporting a pie or other low profile dessert to someone else or just storing it in my fridge, this simple storage solution has served me well.

  • Reusable Straws
    Reusable Straws/Silver in the City

    I invested in a pack of these fun colorful straws years ago and we use them daily. They have held up remarkably well! I try to keep some in the car and at work as well to avoid disposable straws as much as possible.

  • Colorful Glassware
    Colorful Glassware/Estelle Colored Glass

    Continuing my obsession with beautiful glassware, please behold this delightful array of offerings from Estelle Colored Glass. She has plenty more than just drink ware – even cake stands!!! Someone take away my credit card.

  • Moroccan Cone Champagne Glasses
    Moroccan Cone Champagne Glasses/SustainAble Home Goods

    Okay, one more glassware item in this round up but I simply couldn’t resist these gorgeous handblown Champagne glasses. I love the lines and the slight tint to these. Can I have a kitchen completely full of glassware? Let’s find out.

  • Sassy Oven Mitts
    Sassy Oven Mitts/Silver in the City

    I have many funny oven mitts in my kitchen, courtesy of this favorite local shop. This particular one, “Let’s eat your feelings too” is my all time fave and makes me laugh every time I use it. Be sure to flip through all the options because there are so many excellent ones to choose from!

  • Reusable and Biodegradable Flatware
    Reusable and Biodegradable Flatware/Food52

    I have been trying to find a good option for utensils to send in my kids’ lunchboxes and I think this might be the thing. I don’t trust them to not throw away my good silverware, but I don’t like giving them disposable utensils either. This seems like a good compromise – we can reuse them but if they get thrown out by accident, it won’t be the worst thing.

  • "Fuck, I Love Cheese" Towel/Silver in the City

    Super longtime readers might remember a time when I shared a day planner the had the word “shit” on the cover and Karens clutched their pearls and made sure to announce their unfollowing. Well, look out Karen because FUCK I LOVE CHEESE, and I also love this towel.

  • Stoneware Canisters with Bamboo Lids
    Stoneware Canisters with Bamboo Lids/Peace + Riot

    I love a set of coordinating canisters and these are just so simple and lovely. They would be a great option for anyone in your life who loves to bake.

  • Glass Mixing Bowl Set
    Glass Mixing Bowl Set/Food52

    Anyone who enjoys baking deserves a beautiful set of mixing bowls. Sure, they may already have bowls, but there are times when a prettier set is worth using and they really brighten my spirits when I get them out. Plus I don’t think you can have too many mixing bowls.

  • House Helper Treeless Linen Towels
    House Helper Treeless Linen Towels/Linoto

    Linoto is a company that makes gorgeous linen sheets and bedding, and these towels are part of their zero waste initiative. Our cloth napkin situation is looking a little sparse these days and I think I will reup by investing in a pile of these beauties.

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Style + Self

Crescent Moon Bracelet
Colorful Tassel Earrings
Top Knot Crown Hair Pin
Cheetah Print Pencil Skirt
Rupi Kaur Temporary Tattoos
Shea Bodyworks Gift Set
Colorful Ceramic Stud Earrings
Fair Trade Organic Cotton Pajama Shorts
Union Foldover Clutch: Yellow Canvas Stripe
Maren Bracelet
01/10
Crescent Moon Bracelet/Salame Jewelry Designs

My friend Rana of Salame Jewelry Designs is such a talented artist and I always love browsing her whimsical and sparkling creations. Her crescent moon collection is particularly catching my eye right now and I love these gorgeous bracelets. So dainty and beautiful.

Colorful Tassel Earrings/The Tiny Tassel

The Tiny Tassel is a shop I discovered earlier this year and I am positively smitten with their entire aesthetic. Take your time browsing through their colorful jewelry and clothing items. Just looking through their shop puts a smile on my face every time. The worst part is trying to narrow down what I want because I want it ALL!

Top Knot Crown Hair Pin/Favor Jewelry

I.LOVE.THIS.HAIR.PIN. I desperately want this piece and also desperately hope I’m cool enough to pull it off.

Cheetah Print Pencil Skirt/Elegantees

Elegantees is a really cool company doing good work, and they also happen to make some beautiful and very comfortable clothes. I’ve been eyeing this recent addition to their collection. Such a chic addition to any wardrobe, and could be styled to wear in so many different settings!

Rupi Kaur Temporary Tattoos/Inkbox

I don’t have any tattoos but I love the idea of these temporary tattoos featuring the work of the talented poet and artist Rupi Kaur. Which one(s) would you buy? I am definitely going to get some of these for myself.

Shea Bodyworks Gift Set/Shea Bodyworks

I was thrilled to discover this local to me company that makes a variety of creams, balms, and other body products in lovely scents. Practically everyone deals with dry skin at this time of year and these fun gift sets are an ideal remedy. Her shop has so many wonderful offerings, I can’t wait to try more!

Colorful Ceramic Stud Earrings/B. Radley Ceramic Jewelry

I’m always on the lookout for cute stud earrings and I also love a pop of color, so these ceramic studs are right up my alley. I want to collect them all.

Fair Trade Organic Cotton Pajama Shorts/Amaella

Comfy clothes are essential for sleeping, and extra bonus if that comfy item is simultaneously sexy. I love these flutter pajama shorts so much. The contrasting neutrals, the silhouette, and the sexy little cut outs on the sides – I just love them.

Union Foldover Clutch: Yellow Canvas Stripe/Bevy Goods

Those that know me know I can’t resist yellow and this yellow stripe folder clutch is SO cute! It’s making me miss warm weather so much.

Maren Bracelet/Erin McDermott Jewelry

I don’t wear a ton of bracelets but I did add this one to my collection this year and it is lovely with its pearlescent sheen and gold accents. It goes with practically everything and is comfortable to wear, a must in my book.

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  • Crescent Moon Bracelet
    Crescent Moon Bracelet/Salame Jewelry Designs

    My friend Rana of Salame Jewelry Designs is such a talented artist and I always love browsing her whimsical and sparkling creations. Her crescent moon collection is particularly catching my eye right now and I love these gorgeous bracelets. So dainty and beautiful.

  • Colorful Tassel Earrings
    Colorful Tassel Earrings/The Tiny Tassel

    The Tiny Tassel is a shop I discovered earlier this year and I am positively smitten with their entire aesthetic. Take your time browsing through their colorful jewelry and clothing items. Just looking through their shop puts a smile on my face every time. The worst part is trying to narrow down what I want because I want it ALL!

  • Top Knot Crown Hair Pin
    Top Knot Crown Hair Pin/Favor Jewelry

    I.LOVE.THIS.HAIR.PIN. I desperately want this piece and also desperately hope I’m cool enough to pull it off.

  • Cheetah Print Pencil Skirt
    Cheetah Print Pencil Skirt/Elegantees

    Elegantees is a really cool company doing good work, and they also happen to make some beautiful and very comfortable clothes. I’ve been eyeing this recent addition to their collection. Such a chic addition to any wardrobe, and could be styled to wear in so many different settings!

  • Rupi Kaur Temporary Tattoos
    Rupi Kaur Temporary Tattoos/Inkbox

    I don’t have any tattoos but I love the idea of these temporary tattoos featuring the work of the talented poet and artist Rupi Kaur. Which one(s) would you buy? I am definitely going to get some of these for myself.

  • Shea Bodyworks Gift Set
    Shea Bodyworks Gift Set/Shea Bodyworks

    I was thrilled to discover this local to me company that makes a variety of creams, balms, and other body products in lovely scents. Practically everyone deals with dry skin at this time of year and these fun gift sets are an ideal remedy. Her shop has so many wonderful offerings, I can’t wait to try more!

  • Colorful Ceramic Stud Earrings
    Colorful Ceramic Stud Earrings/B. Radley Ceramic Jewelry

    I’m always on the lookout for cute stud earrings and I also love a pop of color, so these ceramic studs are right up my alley. I want to collect them all.

  • Fair Trade Organic Cotton Pajama Shorts
    Fair Trade Organic Cotton Pajama Shorts/Amaella

    Comfy clothes are essential for sleeping, and extra bonus if that comfy item is simultaneously sexy. I love these flutter pajama shorts so much. The contrasting neutrals, the silhouette, and the sexy little cut outs on the sides – I just love them.

  • Union Foldover Clutch: Yellow Canvas Stripe
    Union Foldover Clutch: Yellow Canvas Stripe/Bevy Goods

    Those that know me know I can’t resist yellow and this yellow stripe folder clutch is SO cute! It’s making me miss warm weather so much.

  • Maren Bracelet
    Maren Bracelet/Erin McDermott Jewelry

    I don’t wear a ton of bracelets but I did add this one to my collection this year and it is lovely with its pearlescent sheen and gold accents. It goes with practically everything and is comfortable to wear, a must in my book.

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Home + Lifestyle

Kaya 3-Piece Ceramic Planter
Handmade Ceramic Mugs (and More!)
Napkins, Prints, and Cards
Issa Fiancee Candle
Naranjas 1000 Piece Puzzle
Wool Dryer Balls
Baggu Reusable Bags
01/08
Kaya 3-Piece Ceramic Planter/Jungalow

This year was the year I became a plant lady. I discovered a local plant shop that I love and have to restrain myself from constantly buying all the plants. I think half the fun is finding unique planters to highlight the natural beauty of the plant, and this 3-piece planter from Jungalow is one I would love to add to my collection. Her entire shop is full of beautiful housewares, be sure to browse!

Handmade Ceramic Mugs (and More!) /Alexia Marcelle Abegg

Normally I’m not a fan of gifting mugs but I make an exception when they are handmade stunning ceramics. Alexia Marcelle Abegg is an extremely talented artist and I love her work in both ceramics and textiles. Take a look through her pieces and see what you love best. Take note of the mug club which is a super fun gift idea!

Napkins, Prints, and Cards/Emily McDowell

These napkins are the kind of art that makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Maybe send a pack to each of your friends and then enjoy a virtual wine date! Also, be sure to browse through Emily’s shop. She has so many wonderful products, I had a really hard time choosing just one to share (but I think this wins for obvious reasons.)

Issa Fiancee Candle/Lit by Sonshine

I am very picky about candles and scents, but this candle is one of my all time favorites. I keep a few on hand all the time and have it in multiple rooms of my house. Her “You’re My Person” candle is another favorite of mine.

"Resting isn't wasting time" Print/Anna Parade

I have a feeling there are a lot of people who could use this reminder in their line of sight on the regular, myself included. Certainly reexamining the ways I spend my time and prioritizing rest has been a silver lining of the pandemic, and this art print is a nice way to affirm that sentiment.

Naranjas 1000 Piece Puzzle/Galison

I love puzzles so much that I could easily and would happily make an entire category of this gift guide “Puzzles” but I’m not sure anyone else feels the way I do. Anyone? This puzzle is probably my favorite I’ve done this year. It is very pretty and also decently challenging. I really enjoyed it!

Wool Dryer Balls/LooHoo

Wool dryer balls are a wonderful way to reduce waste in your laundry routine. They last a very long time (seemingly forever? Mine have been going strong for many, many years) and work very well. I love the various kits available on this site, some of which include essential oils for fragrance and some with a stain stick. These would be a very cool gift, in my opinion.

Baggu Reusable Bags/Silver in the City

I think most people have at least some reusable bags by now but in case you know someone who hasn’t gotten on the bandwagon yet or if you know someone who could maybe just use a few more, I think this Baggu set made to look like classic carry out bags is just so cute!

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  • Kaya 3-Piece Ceramic Planter
    Kaya 3-Piece Ceramic Planter/Jungalow

    This year was the year I became a plant lady. I discovered a local plant shop that I love and have to restrain myself from constantly buying all the plants. I think half the fun is finding unique planters to highlight the natural beauty of the plant, and this 3-piece planter from Jungalow is one I would love to add to my collection. Her entire shop is full of beautiful housewares, be sure to browse!

  • Handmade Ceramic Mugs (and More!)
    Handmade Ceramic Mugs (and More!) /Alexia Marcelle Abegg

    Normally I’m not a fan of gifting mugs but I make an exception when they are handmade stunning ceramics. Alexia Marcelle Abegg is an extremely talented artist and I love her work in both ceramics and textiles. Take a look through her pieces and see what you love best. Take note of the mug club which is a super fun gift idea!

  • Napkins, Prints, and Cards
    Napkins, Prints, and Cards/Emily McDowell

    These napkins are the kind of art that makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Maybe send a pack to each of your friends and then enjoy a virtual wine date! Also, be sure to browse through Emily’s shop. She has so many wonderful products, I had a really hard time choosing just one to share (but I think this wins for obvious reasons.)

  • Issa Fiancee Candle
    Issa Fiancee Candle/Lit by Sonshine

    I am very picky about candles and scents, but this candle is one of my all time favorites. I keep a few on hand all the time and have it in multiple rooms of my house. Her “You’re My Person” candle is another favorite of mine.

  • "Resting isn't wasting time" Print/Anna Parade

    I have a feeling there are a lot of people who could use this reminder in their line of sight on the regular, myself included. Certainly reexamining the ways I spend my time and prioritizing rest has been a silver lining of the pandemic, and this art print is a nice way to affirm that sentiment.

  • Naranjas 1000 Piece Puzzle
    Naranjas 1000 Piece Puzzle/Galison

    I love puzzles so much that I could easily and would happily make an entire category of this gift guide “Puzzles” but I’m not sure anyone else feels the way I do. Anyone? This puzzle is probably my favorite I’ve done this year. It is very pretty and also decently challenging. I really enjoyed it!

  • Wool Dryer Balls
    Wool Dryer Balls/LooHoo

    Wool dryer balls are a wonderful way to reduce waste in your laundry routine. They last a very long time (seemingly forever? Mine have been going strong for many, many years) and work very well. I love the various kits available on this site, some of which include essential oils for fragrance and some with a stain stick. These would be a very cool gift, in my opinion.

  • Baggu Reusable Bags
    Baggu Reusable Bags/Silver in the City

    I think most people have at least some reusable bags by now but in case you know someone who hasn’t gotten on the bandwagon yet or if you know someone who could maybe just use a few more, I think this Baggu set made to look like classic carry out bags is just so cute!

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Kids Books + Toys

Decorate Your Own Shoe Kit
Whatchamadrawit
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
Trailblazer Shirt Collection
Paper Star Lamp
Yoda Read T-Shirt
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Gloplay Glow in the Dark Star Stickers
Shrink Charm Flower Necklace Mini Kit
Ice Cream Shop Chalk Set
01/11
Decorate Your Own Shoe Kit/Mythical Canvas

I have my sister in law to thank for this amazing find of a gift. How cool and fun are these decorate your own canvas shoes?! I want a pair for myself! I can’t wait to see what Caroline creates when she receives hers.

Whatchamadrawit/Uncommon Goods

I can’t remember if I’ve ever included this game in the gift guide in past years, but this is one the kids and I still love to play together. It always ends in fits of laughter. We love introducing newbies to this favorite of ours.

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi/Bookshop

Anti-racism starts at home, and having these discussions with our kids is absolutely vital to creating lasting change for racial justice in our world. These conversations should start as early as possible and so I couldn’t resist grabbing a copy of this for my niece (soon to be nieces!) and nephew.

Trailblazer Shirt Collection/Piccolina

The entire line of trailblazer tees from Piccolina is strikingly lovely, and I had SUCH a hard time narrowing it down when I made my purchase for Caroline and my niece. They have so many legends to choose from and the graphics are beautiful. Not gonna lie, I kind of want the Mommy & Me size of them too.

Paper Star Lamp/Fair Play Projects

I love this gift because it is fun, whimsical, and very inexpensive! You can make your own using the PDF pattern and basic craft supplies. I might make one for Caroline because I know she would absolutely love it.

Yoda Read T-Shirt/Out of Print

When in doubt, I always think a well chosen t-shirt for the right person can be a perfect gift. I am sewing Andrew some pajama pants with baby Yoda fabric, and I wanted to get him a Yoda shirt to go along with them. Also hoping somehow the READ emblazoned across the top might actually make him want to read? A girl can dream.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate/Bookshop

Speaking of wanting my kids to want to read, I’m always on the lookout for great books for them. This book is one of the first that Caroline has genuinely loved and wanted to read of her own volition. Every time she read, she couldn’t wait to tell me all about what had happened in the story.

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate/Bookshop

Only when I was compiling this guide did I realize that this book is by the same author as The One and Only Ivan! Home of the Brave is a written in verse and conveys the story of Kek, an immigrant from Sudan as he tries to acclimate to life in America. It is touching, often funny, and at times sad. Many thanks to my brother for this excellent recommendation – this was fun to read allowed to the kids.

Gloplay Glow in the Dark Star Stickers/Gloplay

Did you have glow in the dark stars on your walls or ceiling as a kid? I did and I thought they were pretty much the coolest thing ever. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten some for my kids before now but that all changes this year. I am excited to see if they love them as much as I did!

Shrink Charm Flower Necklace Mini Kit/Fair Play Projects

This is a pretty cool necklace kit that is more than a basic jewelry kit one might expect. Your child can trace shapes onto special plastic paper and then you shrink the shapes in the oven to create the charms for the necklace. Such a fun idea that lots of kids would enjoy.

Ice Cream Shop Chalk Set/Beyond the Blackboard

I can’t remember if it was exactly this set or something very similar, but I bought a set of ice cream sidewalk chalk for my friend’s daughter earlier this year as a birthday gift and it was a HIT. And really, doesn’t this make even adults want to get out and draw on the sidewalk? I would not be mad if I received this as a gift during the holidays…

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  • Decorate Your Own Shoe Kit
    Decorate Your Own Shoe Kit/Mythical Canvas

    I have my sister in law to thank for this amazing find of a gift. How cool and fun are these decorate your own canvas shoes?! I want a pair for myself! I can’t wait to see what Caroline creates when she receives hers.

  • Whatchamadrawit
    Whatchamadrawit/Uncommon Goods

    I can’t remember if I’ve ever included this game in the gift guide in past years, but this is one the kids and I still love to play together. It always ends in fits of laughter. We love introducing newbies to this favorite of ours.

  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
    Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi/Bookshop

    Anti-racism starts at home, and having these discussions with our kids is absolutely vital to creating lasting change for racial justice in our world. These conversations should start as early as possible and so I couldn’t resist grabbing a copy of this for my niece (soon to be nieces!) and nephew.

  • Trailblazer Shirt Collection
    Trailblazer Shirt Collection/Piccolina

    The entire line of trailblazer tees from Piccolina is strikingly lovely, and I had SUCH a hard time narrowing it down when I made my purchase for Caroline and my niece. They have so many legends to choose from and the graphics are beautiful. Not gonna lie, I kind of want the Mommy & Me size of them too.

  • Paper Star Lamp
    Paper Star Lamp/Fair Play Projects

    I love this gift because it is fun, whimsical, and very inexpensive! You can make your own using the PDF pattern and basic craft supplies. I might make one for Caroline because I know she would absolutely love it.

  • Yoda Read T-Shirt
    Yoda Read T-Shirt/Out of Print

    When in doubt, I always think a well chosen t-shirt for the right person can be a perfect gift. I am sewing Andrew some pajama pants with baby Yoda fabric, and I wanted to get him a Yoda shirt to go along with them. Also hoping somehow the READ emblazoned across the top might actually make him want to read? A girl can dream.

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
    The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate/Bookshop

    Speaking of wanting my kids to want to read, I’m always on the lookout for great books for them. This book is one of the first that Caroline has genuinely loved and wanted to read of her own volition. Every time she read, she couldn’t wait to tell me all about what had happened in the story.

  • Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
    Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate/Bookshop

    Only when I was compiling this guide did I realize that this book is by the same author as The One and Only Ivan! Home of the Brave is a written in verse and conveys the story of Kek, an immigrant from Sudan as he tries to acclimate to life in America. It is touching, often funny, and at times sad. Many thanks to my brother for this excellent recommendation – this was fun to read allowed to the kids.

  • Gloplay Glow in the Dark Star Stickers
    Gloplay Glow in the Dark Star Stickers/Gloplay

    Did you have glow in the dark stars on your walls or ceiling as a kid? I did and I thought they were pretty much the coolest thing ever. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten some for my kids before now but that all changes this year. I am excited to see if they love them as much as I did!

  • Shrink Charm Flower Necklace Mini Kit
    Shrink Charm Flower Necklace Mini Kit/Fair Play Projects

    This is a pretty cool necklace kit that is more than a basic jewelry kit one might expect. Your child can trace shapes onto special plastic paper and then you shrink the shapes in the oven to create the charms for the necklace. Such a fun idea that lots of kids would enjoy.

  • Ice Cream Shop Chalk Set
    Ice Cream Shop Chalk Set/Beyond the Blackboard

    I can’t remember if it was exactly this set or something very similar, but I bought a set of ice cream sidewalk chalk for my friend’s daughter earlier this year as a birthday gift and it was a HIT. And really, doesn’t this make even adults want to get out and draw on the sidewalk? I would not be mad if I received this as a gift during the holidays…

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Books

Know My Name by Chanel Miller
What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer
Shit, Actually by Lindy West
Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams
The New One by Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
01/10
Know My Name by Chanel Miller/Bookshop

My end of year reading recap is coming soon, but here’s a spoiler: Know My Name is the best book I have read (rather, listened to) this year, so much so that I have listened to it three times already and expect to do so again soon. I do think the audio version is necessary, so you can hear the words directly from the author herself. The story of Chanel Miller’s experience of her sexual assault, the subsequent legal proceedings, and her personal grappling with and healing from those events is incredible. However, even more incredible is her exquisite writing and truly beautiful way of seeing the world and conveying those thoughts to the rest of us. I deeply wish every person would read this brilliant work. Chanel is a true gift to the world.

What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer/Bookshop

When I ordered my copy of What Kind of Woman, I went ahead and ordered a whole stack of them for gifting to my friends and family. This slim volume from Kate Baer contains an unthinkable amount of truth. Some of the poems take my breath away from how deeply they connect with me and my own experience. I will be savoring this gorgeous work for a long time while eagerly awaiting whatever Ms. Baer brings us next.

Shit, Actually by Lindy West/Audible

If there is one thing I could recommend as a remedy to this shit year we have all experienced in 2020, it is this book: Shit, Actually by Lindy West. I must insist that you listen to the audio version – you will be so glad you did. Lindy West reviews numerous popular movies from the past few decades and I’m telling you, these reviews will give you life. She covers plenty of movies I have seen as well as many I haven’t but in every chapter, I found myself absolutely laughing out loud. My fiancé and I have relistened to chapters together multiple times because they are just so funny. A short list of my favorite chapters include those on The Fugitive, Top Gun (OMG SO FUNNY), Harry Potter, Face Off, Forrest Gump, and American Pie.

Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams/Audible

This is another book every single person needs to hear, and again, I recommend audio to hear this information directly from the brilliant Stacey Abrams. I am blown away by her resolve, dedication to democracy, and passion for engaging individual citizens to help shape our collective future. I was certainly aware of voter suppression prior to this book, but my eyes have been yanked open by the information Ms. Abrams presents flawlessly here. Her ideas and plans for a way forward to a true democracy that actually works for all its citizens is extremely compelling and I hope this will be a roadmap for changes in state and federal government going forward.

The New One by Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein/Audible

I’ve been a fan of Mike Birbiglia for a long time. We had tickets to see him in a live show back in April which of course ended up being canceled due to the pandemic. I eventually needed my fix, so I downloaded this book by him along with his wife who is a poet. This lovely collaboration describes their journey in deciding to become parents and what that reality has meant for them and their lives. This would be such a great book for any new or expecting parents, but really I think almost any parent would enjoy it.

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall/Bookshop

Oh my goodness, do we all need to read Hood Feminism, and then read it again, and really absorb the information. This book is a wealth of shrewd and articulate thought on numerous topics surrounding racial justice. Mikki Kendall has done a masterful job of examining systemic racism and white supremacy, and the many ways these effect Black communities. I read this once and then downloaded the audio so I could listen again and really sit with her words. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai/Bookshop

This is a gorgeous novel set partially in Chicago in the 1980’s during the AIDS epidemic. I don’t want to say much more about it, nor do I think I could do it justice. It is simply a beautiful, heart wrenching story that I just never wanted to end.

Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein/Bookshop

This is such a fascinating and important book about male sexuality, toxic masculinity, and how these things manifest in our teen boys and young adult men. It covers topics including hookup culture, love, porn consumption, consent, and more. While this is a great gift idea for any parent of a boy, I think the information is widely applicable and important for just about anyone to understand.

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum/Bookshop

This book absolutely blew me away. It is one of those gripping sorts of novels that I simply couldn’t put down. I think I read it in less than three days, which is unusual for me. Any lover of reading is likely to enjoy this book.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo/Bookshop

Given the number of people who posted black boxes on their social media back in June, but the fact that 55% of white women voted for 45 shows we still have an enormous amount of work to do to combat racism and white supremacy in our society. For any person in your life that has shown the slightest inclination toward wanting to become anti-racist, this book is the number one thing I would recommend. You could gift it and then discuss it chapter by chapter with the recipient.

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  • Know My Name by Chanel Miller
    Know My Name by Chanel Miller/Bookshop

    My end of year reading recap is coming soon, but here’s a spoiler: Know My Name is the best book I have read (rather, listened to) this year, so much so that I have listened to it three times already and expect to do so again soon. I do think the audio version is necessary, so you can hear the words directly from the author herself. The story of Chanel Miller’s experience of her sexual assault, the subsequent legal proceedings, and her personal grappling with and healing from those events is incredible. However, even more incredible is her exquisite writing and truly beautiful way of seeing the world and conveying those thoughts to the rest of us. I deeply wish every person would read this brilliant work. Chanel is a true gift to the world.

  • What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer
    What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer/Bookshop

    When I ordered my copy of What Kind of Woman, I went ahead and ordered a whole stack of them for gifting to my friends and family. This slim volume from Kate Baer contains an unthinkable amount of truth. Some of the poems take my breath away from how deeply they connect with me and my own experience. I will be savoring this gorgeous work for a long time while eagerly awaiting whatever Ms. Baer brings us next.

  • Shit, Actually by Lindy West
    Shit, Actually by Lindy West/Audible

    If there is one thing I could recommend as a remedy to this shit year we have all experienced in 2020, it is this book: Shit, Actually by Lindy West. I must insist that you listen to the audio version – you will be so glad you did. Lindy West reviews numerous popular movies from the past few decades and I’m telling you, these reviews will give you life. She covers plenty of movies I have seen as well as many I haven’t but in every chapter, I found myself absolutely laughing out loud. My fiancé and I have relistened to chapters together multiple times because they are just so funny. A short list of my favorite chapters include those on The Fugitive, Top Gun (OMG SO FUNNY), Harry Potter, Face Off, Forrest Gump, and American Pie.

  • Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams
    Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams/Audible

    This is another book every single person needs to hear, and again, I recommend audio to hear this information directly from the brilliant Stacey Abrams. I am blown away by her resolve, dedication to democracy, and passion for engaging individual citizens to help shape our collective future. I was certainly aware of voter suppression prior to this book, but my eyes have been yanked open by the information Ms. Abrams presents flawlessly here. Her ideas and plans for a way forward to a true democracy that actually works for all its citizens is extremely compelling and I hope this will be a roadmap for changes in state and federal government going forward.

  • The New One by Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein
    The New One by Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein/Audible

    I’ve been a fan of Mike Birbiglia for a long time. We had tickets to see him in a live show back in April which of course ended up being canceled due to the pandemic. I eventually needed my fix, so I downloaded this book by him along with his wife who is a poet. This lovely collaboration describes their journey in deciding to become parents and what that reality has meant for them and their lives. This would be such a great book for any new or expecting parents, but really I think almost any parent would enjoy it.

  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
    Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall/Bookshop

    Oh my goodness, do we all need to read Hood Feminism, and then read it again, and really absorb the information. This book is a wealth of shrewd and articulate thought on numerous topics surrounding racial justice. Mikki Kendall has done a masterful job of examining systemic racism and white supremacy, and the many ways these effect Black communities. I read this once and then downloaded the audio so I could listen again and really sit with her words. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
    The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai/Bookshop

    This is a gorgeous novel set partially in Chicago in the 1980’s during the AIDS epidemic. I don’t want to say much more about it, nor do I think I could do it justice. It is simply a beautiful, heart wrenching story that I just never wanted to end.

  • Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
    Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein/Bookshop

    This is such a fascinating and important book about male sexuality, toxic masculinity, and how these things manifest in our teen boys and young adult men. It covers topics including hookup culture, love, porn consumption, consent, and more. While this is a great gift idea for any parent of a boy, I think the information is widely applicable and important for just about anyone to understand.

  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
    A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum/Bookshop

    This book absolutely blew me away. It is one of those gripping sorts of novels that I simply couldn’t put down. I think I read it in less than three days, which is unusual for me. Any lover of reading is likely to enjoy this book.

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo/Bookshop

    Given the number of people who posted black boxes on their social media back in June, but the fact that 55% of white women voted for 45 shows we still have an enormous amount of work to do to combat racism and white supremacy in our society. For any person in your life that has shown the slightest inclination toward wanting to become anti-racist, this book is the number one thing I would recommend. You could gift it and then discuss it chapter by chapter with the recipient.

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For Makers

Floral Monogram Embroidery Kit
Make and Mend Stitched Shibori Kit
Beads and Tassels Necklace Kit
Sewing 101: Tote Bag Kit
Good Vibrations Eye Pillow Kit
Journeys in Natural Dyeing by Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez
Period Panty Kits
Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch!
Kylie + the Machine Woven Garment Labels
Stitch Witch T-Shirt
01/10
Floral Monogram Embroidery Kit/Fancy Tiger Crafts

Embroidered monograms are a beautiful way to add personalization to any item, handmade or otherwise. I think these floral embroidery monogram kits are just precious and looking through them has me thinking of all the ways I might use them.

Make and Mend Stitched Shibori Kit/Miniature Rhino

A few years go I attended a workshop about natural dyeing. It was fun and I learned so much, but I haven’t had much time to experiment more with this incredibly cool art form. I’m hoping to make more time for this next year, and I think something like this Shibori indigo dye kit would be a fun place to start.

Beads and Tassels Necklace Kit/Purl Soho

How cute are these necklaces?! This is one of those projects that is so simple and satisfying, and the recipient would probably get a ton of wear out of the final product. The hardest part is selecting which color way you like best.

Sewing 101: Tote Bag Kit/A Verb for Keeping Warm

For those trying to get more comfortable with sewing, I think simple sewing kits are a great place to start. This tote bag kit is an ideal project with mainly straight lines and ending with a functional item. Who wouldn’t love this fun crafty project?

Good Vibrations Eye Pillow Kit/A Verb for Keeping Warm

This is another super simple yet lovely beginner sewing kit. I’ve been meaning to make some eye pillows for a while but I love the idea of naturally dyeing the fabric first to add an extra special touch. Is there a maker in your life who would have fun making this kit?

Journeys in Natural Dyeing by Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez/A Verb for Keeping Warm

This book is on my personal wishlist. The natural dyeing workshop I mentioned before was led by these two talented and extremely knowledgeable women. I can’t wait to add this to my own collection and learn even more about natural dyeing.

Period Panty Kits/Sophie Hines

Let’s hear it for form and function! Period panties are an awesome concept and I love even more the option of making your own using these beautifully curated kits from Sophie Hines. Which colors would you choose?

Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch! /Barnes and Noble

I recently checked this book out of the library and I am going to have to add it to my own personal collection. This would be a perfect gift for a sewist who is looking to become more comfortable sewing with knits (stretch fabrics). I wish I had had this when I was learning knits. Even though I’m more experienced now, I still found plenty of helpful information. It also includes multiple sewing patterns, several of which I hope to make.

Kylie + the Machine Woven Garment Labels/Oak Fabrics

For the sewist or knitter who loves making clothing, these fun and spunky labels from Kylie and the Machine are always a welcome gift option. I have some and they bring a smile to my face every time I see them in my finished garments.

Stitch Witch T-Shirt/Love to Sew Shop

I’m so excited that one of my favorite podcasts finally has merch, and this Stich Witch shirt is just too cute! Though it is primarily meant for sewists, I feel it could work as a gift for knitters as well.

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  • Floral Monogram Embroidery Kit
    Floral Monogram Embroidery Kit/Fancy Tiger Crafts

    Embroidered monograms are a beautiful way to add personalization to any item, handmade or otherwise. I think these floral embroidery monogram kits are just precious and looking through them has me thinking of all the ways I might use them.

  • Make and Mend Stitched Shibori Kit
    Make and Mend Stitched Shibori Kit/Miniature Rhino

    A few years go I attended a workshop about natural dyeing. It was fun and I learned so much, but I haven’t had much time to experiment more with this incredibly cool art form. I’m hoping to make more time for this next year, and I think something like this Shibori indigo dye kit would be a fun place to start.

  • Beads and Tassels Necklace Kit
    Beads and Tassels Necklace Kit/Purl Soho

    How cute are these necklaces?! This is one of those projects that is so simple and satisfying, and the recipient would probably get a ton of wear out of the final product. The hardest part is selecting which color way you like best.

  • Sewing 101: Tote Bag Kit
    Sewing 101: Tote Bag Kit/A Verb for Keeping Warm

    For those trying to get more comfortable with sewing, I think simple sewing kits are a great place to start. This tote bag kit is an ideal project with mainly straight lines and ending with a functional item. Who wouldn’t love this fun crafty project?

  • Good Vibrations Eye Pillow Kit
    Good Vibrations Eye Pillow Kit/A Verb for Keeping Warm

    This is another super simple yet lovely beginner sewing kit. I’ve been meaning to make some eye pillows for a while but I love the idea of naturally dyeing the fabric first to add an extra special touch. Is there a maker in your life who would have fun making this kit?

  • Journeys in Natural Dyeing by Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez
    Journeys in Natural Dyeing by Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez/A Verb for Keeping Warm

    This book is on my personal wishlist. The natural dyeing workshop I mentioned before was led by these two talented and extremely knowledgeable women. I can’t wait to add this to my own collection and learn even more about natural dyeing.

  • Period Panty Kits
    Period Panty Kits/Sophie Hines

    Let’s hear it for form and function! Period panties are an awesome concept and I love even more the option of making your own using these beautifully curated kits from Sophie Hines. Which colors would you choose?

  • Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch!
    Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch! /Barnes and Noble

    I recently checked this book out of the library and I am going to have to add it to my own personal collection. This would be a perfect gift for a sewist who is looking to become more comfortable sewing with knits (stretch fabrics). I wish I had had this when I was learning knits. Even though I’m more experienced now, I still found plenty of helpful information. It also includes multiple sewing patterns, several of which I hope to make.

  • Kylie + the Machine Woven Garment Labels
    Kylie + the Machine Woven Garment Labels/Oak Fabrics

    For the sewist or knitter who loves making clothing, these fun and spunky labels from Kylie and the Machine are always a welcome gift option. I have some and they bring a smile to my face every time I see them in my finished garments.

  • Stitch Witch T-Shirt
    Stitch Witch T-Shirt/Love to Sew Shop

    I’m so excited that one of my favorite podcasts finally has merch, and this Stich Witch shirt is just too cute! Though it is primarily meant for sewists, I feel it could work as a gift for knitters as well.

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Gifts with a Purpose

Black Lives Matter
The Loveland Foundation
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
The Young Center
Planned Parenthood
National Network of Abortion Funds
The Okra Project
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
Dig Deep Water Project
The Trevor Project
Buy From a Black Woman
Coburn Place
Indy Reads Books
Patachou Foundation
01/14
Black Lives Matter/Donate
The Loveland Foundation/Donate
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America/Donate
The Young Center/Donate
Planned Parenthood/Donate
National Network of Abortion Funds/Donate
The Okra Project/Donate
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center/Donate
Dig Deep Water Project/Donate
The Trevor Project/Donate
Buy From a Black Woman/Donate
Coburn Place/Donate

This particular cause is very near and dear to my heart. Coburn Place is local to me in Indianapolis and I cannot begin to articulate how amazed I am by the work they do. I volunteer there and my partner and I regularly donate. We are humbled to be a tiny part of this incredible organization. If you have enjoyed any of the content you have consumed on my site over the years and would like to donate as a thank you for my work, I would be enormously grateful. Thank you for considering!

Indy Reads Books/Donate

Another local non-profit that is dear to my heart, Indy Reads Books promotes and improves the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. The profits from Indy Reads Books go directly Indy Reads to improve the literacy and English language proficiency of adult learners in the community. This is another place I would love for you to consider a contribution to if you have enjoyed the content on my site over the years!

Patachou Foundation/Donate
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  • Black Lives Matter
    Black Lives Matter/Donate
  • The Loveland Foundation
    The Loveland Foundation/Donate
  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America/Donate
  • The Young Center
    The Young Center/Donate
  • Planned Parenthood
    Planned Parenthood/Donate
  • National Network of Abortion Funds
    National Network of Abortion Funds/Donate
  • The Okra Project
    The Okra Project/Donate
  • National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
    National Indigenous Women's Resource Center/Donate
  • Dig Deep Water Project
    Dig Deep Water Project/Donate
  • The Trevor Project
    The Trevor Project/Donate
  • Buy From a Black Woman
    Buy From a Black Woman/Donate
  • Coburn Place
    Coburn Place/Donate

    This particular cause is very near and dear to my heart. Coburn Place is local to me in Indianapolis and I cannot begin to articulate how amazed I am by the work they do. I volunteer there and my partner and I regularly donate. We are humbled to be a tiny part of this incredible organization. If you have enjoyed any of the content you have consumed on my site over the years and would like to donate as a thank you for my work, I would be enormously grateful. Thank you for considering!

  • Indy Reads Books
    Indy Reads Books/Donate

    Another local non-profit that is dear to my heart, Indy Reads Books promotes and improves the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. The profits from Indy Reads Books go directly Indy Reads to improve the literacy and English language proficiency of adult learners in the community. This is another place I would love for you to consider a contribution to if you have enjoyed the content on my site over the years!

  • Patachou Foundation
    Patachou Foundation/Donate
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A brief reminder:

Take a moment to recall that I am a person entitled to my own beliefs just as you are to yours. As in prior times, if you take issue with the causes I suggest here, there is no need to let me know. I am aware of the fact that not everyone shares my views. If you insist on telling me in a comment, message, or email, I’ll donate to the cause you disapprove of. If you don’t specify but still feel the need to spout off, I’ll donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds.