Check out this great post from my pal Steph at Fab & Frugal, a fantastic new resource for women who wish to maintain responsible finances while living in the fabulous manner to which we all wish to be accustomed. A list of great, thoughtful gifts for less than $40...
Okay, the theme isn't new. But I'm short on time (and sleepy) so you'll just have to appreciate my attempt to give you some gift-giving options that are fun, creative, and cheap - all under $50. I hope to keep rolling more out as the week goes on...we'll see how I do. In the meantime, you should be able to get your hands on any of the following in time for Xmas...
2009 Pentagram Typographical Calendar (12"x18") - I gave this calendar, pictured at right, to a friend of mine (and myself) a month or two ago...it's gorgeous and functional. $32 (includes ground shipping!) at kenknight.com
I saw another gorgeous calendar at Etsy...this one is quite small, but printed with very modern images of nature on premium, heavyweight matte paper, and sold with a clear clip that mounts to the wall...brilliant.
While we're on paper - I just saw this poster at our cool friends Tom & Leah's house last week. It's fantastic. And $22! My favorite is the LA version, but most major US cities are represented...find your here.
A gift that's really useful but that you're unlikely to buy for yourself is the best kind (well, second best, after a gift that's fabulously UNuseful, of course). This recycled carafe & glass set, $22, certainly fits the bill.
One last quickie before bed - long time readers of d3 (that's you, Mom!) kno I'm obsessed with 20x200.com. If you aren't too, you should be. Anyhow, my latest love on this fanw thattastic art site is this image by artist Jane Mount. It's a gorgeous way to give the gift of art (it's hard to see here...do check it out, it's incredible - and $50).
This one gets right to a problem I have - jewelry storage. My jewelry is currently stored in a tupperware bowl on my bathroom counter. Yeah, not so design-forward, nor so effective - I've thrown away more than one piece that ended up destroyed by water and hand soap...
So Muji to the rescue, with this acrylic jewelry box for the MoMA design store. Function meets form that for once isn't too frilly, traditional or girlie for a modern interior. Great gift for a girl like me who loves modern design, and shiny things (I'm sort of like a crow that way...).
This is the item that motivated me to start blogging again:
I saw it in some magazine (California Design somethin' somethin') while eating breakfast at Whole Foods a few weeks ago with the family, and somehow this lovely item was able to break through the clutter of overhead music, coo-ing baby, climbing/giggling/syrup-covered 4-year-old to make an impression on me.
Later the same day, Ben & I wandered into a shop where there was a 75% off table. What was on it? None other than the Mansion Planter - a 4 inch tall concrete wonder. It's been sitting on our dining room table ever since (as a candle holder). I can't tell you how much delight it brings me.
Clementine Press, a letterpress based here in LA, is offering free shipping this week (via Etsy) only on their cool designs. Get this 8 x 10 print for the music aficionado in your life...real art for $15!
And lord knows it's time. If ever there was a moment to capitalize on my interest in design deals, I'd say it's now.
So now that I have 2 kids and a job, my posts will be shorter and certainly not daily. But I will get going again, starting today.
Conviently, my friend Jean Aw at NOTCOT has made this first post very, very easy for me. First, visit NOTCOT. Then, check out her Holiday Coupon Book. It's fantastic, full of deals from great design shops online, including d3 favorites A+R, Branch, and more...
Thanks for making my life easy, Jean, and thanks to you, dear reader, for encouraging me to return to design deals daily!
Well, it's June. Which means wedding season is in full swing. I'm still behind on last summer's weddings, but I know that with bebe on the way I better get ahead early for this year's tour...a few finds:
1. Deer in Forest deco plate: from Tord Boontje, this fun decorative plate. Comes in red on white or grey on white; I prefer the latter as a gift (I love red, but it's just not for everyone). Porcelain, 13" diameter, $60.50 at Sprout Home.
2. While we're at Sprout, I also like (and these are definitely NOT for everyone, but your friends who just finished the renovations on their modern house will like them) - these seventies-ish candleholder/vases. Big enough for the big pillar candles, but also have smaller holes (likely intended to support tapers) that make them potential vases, too. I think a pair of the smaller size version (the large ones might just be too big) would be a great gift. The small size (8" tall) are $30/ea, the large (12") are $40/ea.
3. I'm a big fan of trays as wedding gifts. They're always useful, and something you just don't buy for yourself, generally. This one from notNeutral lives up to the brand name, in shades of persimmon orange and chocolate brown. It's shiny and lacquer and fabulous. Will chic-ify any home during those before-dinner drinks and hors d'oeuvres. $130 at DesignPublic.com.
4. And last, for now, but certainly not least (in fact, this is my hands-down favorite), the Flip Video Ultra 60 minutes. Mine is white, which I love, but the black version (also available in an array of candy colors) is sort of classic looking, like something my parents would have received as a wedding gift FORTY YEARS AGO (happy anniversary, mom & dad)! It's the most portable, fun way to document wedding festivities, honeymoon memories and family life that you can imagine. $125 at Newegg.com.
Happy weddings to you, and best wishes to all you newlyweds to be. More to come...