2008 gift guide: bloggers’ wish list

last year i asked some of my favorite art and design bloggers to share their wish lists for christmas gifts. their ideas certainly helped me with my shopping and i’m hoping that they’ll be just as helpful this year. for 2008 i asked which gifts each blogger would like to give and receive, so read on below to see what they had to say this year. the list (and gift ideas) continue well after the jump so click here to see the full list (or just click “read more” at the bottom of this post). thank you to everyone who participated this year! (all of the images above are referenced and linked to below in the bloggers’ entries)

[stay tuned for ac’s guy’s gift guide next!]

blogger: sarah of cursive
to give: faceted white wood rocks from kindling, i’m giving homemade ornaments this year to my loved ones with written messages hidden insidethem listing reasons why they are special to me with a card listing what i wrote
to receive: a warm white and black plaid blanket to stay warm this winter, hot cocoa mug

blogger: courtney of style court
to give: a donation to an organization like meals on wheels
to receive: a red velvet cake and hand-blocked cotton kitchen towels or mitts from elizabeth james (her towels are $8 each. would be great paired with a cookbook!)

blogger: camilla engman
to give: one of mimi kirchners ‘tiny worlds‘ to my mum, and i would love to have one myself or one of her tattooed men, this wood print by bryan nash would be perfect for my husband, and i’d like to give nigel peake’s maps book to someone.
to receive: for myself i wish, any of the above, more time, the ability to concentrate, not so much rain. and if it doesn’t rain so much i hope i’ve got this firefork to bring out in the woods. i also like this tin light kit form the same place (if i have to stay inside). in my dreams there is a princess ring from klara eriksson.

blogger: jan of poppytalk
to give: i like these plustaches by shannon gerard, this handmade porcelain dish by rae dunn and this ‘bag of bricks
to receive: portable usb turntable, herriott grace spoon (they have a wonderful story behind them), i’d also love a bowl of these ornaments, this coptic bound notebook and this print from kate banazi.

blogger: heather of skinny laminx
to give: tivoli ipal radio, everyone in my family will be getting their own mug (with my ceramic transfers on it)
to receive: earlier this year, i invested in a canon G9 camera, and am desperate to get the little old-school leather case that fits it like a glove, but it’s impossible to find. let’s hope someone’s been resourceful…

blogger: abigail percy
to give: hand-made all the way! in addition to gifting my own jewelery, i have some of these things in mind: nature boy and girl bags from design night, wooden bangles from paloma’s nest, feast from lines and shapes
to receive: some art for my place (i should be so lucky!): rob ryan, fox in mociun, and continued happiness and maybe even some love! (it is the time of year for being sappy after all)


blogger: lena corwin
to give: 3191 a year of mornings, camilla engman’s calendar
to receive: a large wooden salad bowl from the vermont bowl company, plaid flannel bedding from land’s end.

blogger: dave of grain edit
to give: ‘le doulos‘ directed by jean-pierre melville, ‘jazzin- the black forest‘- the history of MPS/SABA
to receive: miniot wood iphone cover, blue abyssinian cat

blogger: joy of oh joy!
to give: oeuf butterflies (shown in intro image at the start of the post), lauren wimmer bracelet, nervous system necklace, nervous system pendant.
to receive: cream colored simple city bike (shown in intro image at the start of the post), fuiji instax camera

blogger: julia rothman of book by its cover
to give: ABC3D, the incredible pop-up book. Everyone can enjoy it and it’s amazingly so affordable!
to receive: a helen beard swimmer cup. each one has a one of a kind hand-painted lady in a bathing cap about to dive in. they are so sweet!

blogger: maria of 3191
to give: i am giving quite a few copies of my book a year of mornings: 3191 miles apart. i’m also giving lots of copies of the illustrated wild foods recipe calendar, and i’ll be giving subscriptions to diner journal. and lastly, i am feeling quite partial to cdr’s “get in here” poster.
to receive: on my wishlist is an adonde tea pitcher and a pendleton wool throw– am pretty partial to the one in grey for sure. my list goes on with postalco notebooks.

blogger: anne of pret a voyager (and d*s)
to give: make your own book at blurb (in my case using old family photos), kiva and nest micro loans to developing countries, personalized mix cd (printable or sharpie) and design cover/case, love listography, joy’s nature exploration journals.
to receive: i somehow managed convinced my parents we should go somewhere for christmas- so we’re going to panama (hence the hat)! other ideas are: culturesmart! panama, cities bag, orla kiely luggage, indie publishing by ellen lupton, diy nesting dolls, a green mac book.

blogger: victoria of sfgirlbybay
to give: spa treatments- it seems as though we’re all rushing about so much and already have so much “stuff”, that the gift of a little r&r seems like a nice idea to treat my friends and family to. it all depends on where they live, but for SF friends, a mani/pedi at silks is always wonderful, or a spa treatment at the kabuki, or maybe even a yoga class at international orange is an idea i have up my sleeve. happy, peaceful holidays to all!
to receive: i really love the gift of books. and this year, phaiden is putting out these special ribbon-tied, lovely box sets of their wallpaper* city guides. I used my city guide to bangkok extensively on my trip to thailand this year, so now i’ve got a real hankering for the world cities art fairs set, which features wallaper*’s city guides to basel, london, miami, new york and venice. one can dream, right?

blogger: birdie of dear ada
to give: the book ‘wisdom‘, a painting by kelly neidig, a shared afternoon making monotypes with my best friend at atelier meridian in portland
to receive: a pair of gorgeous bulb earrings from amieplante or spring magnolia branches from eva decarlo. a peace treaty scarf, a piece of atwater pottery for heath ceramics (heh, a girl can hope…)

blogger: abby of style me pretty
to give: the 2009 calendar by olive dear, french macaroons by sucre bakery in new orleans, a mix and match custom gift-wrapping kit by elum designs, packages of cotton ribbon by angela ligouri, pikku gift tags at cotton idea studio, a box of jack and lulu lank note cards.
to receive: a shopping spree at hudson boston. i would take anything and everything in this store.

blogger: susan at art esprit
to give: the gifts i am giving are handmade functional ceramics filled with homemade spiced pistachio nuts; the men are getting boyan bowls because they are functional, an amazing deal and manly enough: the women are getting some softer looking ones by kristen swanson because they are also functional, affordable and very pretty.
to receive: what i would love to receive is an extra long weekend away with my husband, with our friends in brooklyn … and i think i am actually going to get that!

blogger: sarah of saipua
to give: iittala cordial glasses with a bottle of homemade Elderberry liqueur. or this excellent and affordable port.
to receive: a mayle dress before they are no longer available.

blogger: jo of desire to inspire
to give: this yummy idea (candy sticks) via sweet paul is what i hope my friends will be stirring through their hot chocolate after a long christmas day.
to receive: (if money was no object) this oil painting by margaret ackland.
stirring through their hot chocolate after a long Christmas day.

  1. Julia says:

    I love these ideas. Thanks.

    I laughed last year when everyone seemed to give “a letter telling each person how much I loved them” but was hoping to receive “ultra deluxe super limited ipod 3000 or the rarest pink diamond of the nile”. This year it’s a bit better (altho gift seems to be $X and presents seem to be $Xx3).

  2. uncharted says:

    Beautiful gifts… I love skinny laminx and abigail percy…
    great blogs, thanks for the suggestions!

  3. Get Togetha says:

    Hey Grace…lovely roundup…hopefully this time around next year…you’ll ask me!

    I love the Peony Bowls by Kristen Swanson!

  4. Michelle says:

    Faceted wood, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  5. Kristy says:

    such a great list! I want to give everyone a plustache!

  6. So happy to see that Boyan’s Bowls made it to your wish list!!

    You put a beautiful list together!

    Anna and Boyan

  7. style court says:

    Grace — we all appreciate your hard work on this! Wonderful selection this year!

  8. Kristan says:

    I LOVE Abigail’s!

  9. Hall says:

    What is the “You were in my head now you are in my heart” from? (the one at the very top)
    Thank you!

  10. WV says:

    LOVE the wooden bangels with custom words! So clever! Thanks for sharing!

  11. WV says:

    and the wooden iphone cover!!! oh my!!! that is genius!

  12. retrofanatic says:

    But where is that cool travel suitcase to be found at?

  13. retrofanatic- it’s by orla kiely and is sold at flight 001 (btw, i just noticed great deals on the site- i think you can save $75 on this purchase! so be sure to check their main page for more)



  14. Grace,
    I always love your blog; today especially my heart leapt high.

  15. grace says:

    the “you were in my head” poster is the “rob ryan” link under abigail percy’s section :)


  16. bussbuss says:

    LOVED this – thanks for some great ideas! though i, too, must admit i did laugh when some people said they wanted to give a donation to charity, yet recieve some THING else. ha.

  17. megan says:

    what a lovely collection of gifts! i like that it was divided into “giving” and “receiving.” definitely what the holidays are all about!

  18. Jess says:

    am I completely missing the link for the wooden letter blocks (under the wooden bangles)?

    I just found this blog & am HOOKED! thanks for calling my attention to such great design<3

  19. Karena says:

    Beautiful thoughts, inspirations, images. Thanks so much!

  20. Tara says:

    The tattooed man doll is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!

  21. Mhari says:

    what a lot of goodness, thanks to all…

  22. Rosemary says:

    I ordered the Sucre macaroons and chocolates as gifts for friends and some for myself. They are divine! Thank you for the great tip.

  23. geek+nerd says:

    Wonderful list! I’ll be linking to this!

  24. nikole says:

    wow, so many wonderful things.
    am honored to have our spoons here!

  25. d'Auria says:

    I live in New Orleans and those macaroons from Sucré really are amazing!!

  26. nosideup says:

    Thanks for these!

  27. jo says:

    great ideas. if i had an iphone i’d love that wooden cover. cant wait to order some of those macaroons! **where is that awesome looking bike from?

  28. grace says:

    the bike is from joy’s selections :)

  29. The faceted white wood rocks from Kindling are gorgeous, I hadn’t seen them before. I’m so happy Sarah pointed them out!

  30. Lecia says:

    Thanks for this great post! Do you know where the Ittala glasses can be purchased? Thanks!

  31. e-okul says:

    Beatiful. thanks.

  32. otel says:

    thanks. nice.

  33. ochman says:

    Impression, this is very interesting.


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