1 Virginia Johnson lightweight wool shawl | $195
2 Moleskine 2015 soft cover large weekly planner | $19.30
3 Catbird 14k Initial Ring | $105 after GRECHEN25 code for 25% off
4 Comme des Garcons full zip wallet | $211 at Azalea (the GRECHEN25 code isn’t valid on CdG)
5 Baggu reusable bag | baby size $7, regular size $9
6 Melissa Joy Manning hug hoops | $100
7 Frieling stainless steel french press coffee maker | $99
I don’t really like gift guides much. I mean, I do, sometimes, but often, I feel like they’re fake, and sort of an after thought. And we don’t really do a lot of gift-giving in my family anyway, apart from giving each other exactly what we ask for, which are usually very practical things.
But. I was thinking recently about the things I have that I really love, and am grateful that I have everyday and wanted to share them with you. Perhaps they would make good gifts for a loved one, or yourself? Otherwise, they’re just wonderful, meaningful, practical things I happen to really appreciate. Maybe you will too?
1 Virginia Johnson shawl – I’ve waxed poetic about my love of my Virginia Johnson shawl many times before. I guess I’ve had mine for nearly 10 years, and can’t live without it. It’s fabulous for travel, movie theaters, lounging at home, whatever. The shawl is so large it can be used as a blanket, but not so large it doesn’t also look nice as a scarf around your neck.
2 Moleskine planner – I love my Moleskines, and every year I look forward to starting a new weekly planner. I rely on a pen & paper to take most of my notes and keep track of my schedule, and a Moleskine makes it just that much more enjoyable…
3 Catbird 14k gold initial ring – I got one of these with a “g” and one with a heart 3-4 years ago from Catbird and haven’t taken them off. I love how tiny they are, and subtle.
4 Comme des Garcons full zip wallet – If you’ve been reading here for any time at all, you probably are aware of how much I love CdG. I have numerous pouches and wallets by CdG; I’m obsessed. I have this wallet in orange and I love it so much. For nearly 8 years prior, I had the largest wallet they make (even larger than this one), and wouldn’t have thought I’d be able to manage with a smaller one, but this holds everything I need very well, and I’m pleased I downsized. CdG lasts forever.
5 Baggu reusable bags – I ALWAYS have a baby baggu in my bag, and most of the time I also have a larger one, just in case. I can’t remember the last time I took a plastic grocery bag; whatever doesn’t fit in my baggu, I just carry out! I’m never without one of these, and people always comment on how cute the baby one is…
6 I’m a GIANT Melissa Joy Manning fan; I have several pairs of her earrings, and I’ve had a few bracelets over the years. These hug hoops are my newest pair of MJM earrings. Leo bought them for me in April and I haven’t taken the off since. They’re a great, chic, everyday earring that are just a little bit different.
7 Frieling stainless steel french press coffee pot – My dad gave me the 8-cup version of this more than 10 years ago and I’ve used it every day since then. Well, except for that month recently when I stopped drinking coffee…It keeps coffee hot for a couple of hours, and is beautiful to leave out on the counter.
A few more things I love:
What is your gift-giving philosophy? Do you give practical gifts? Do you ask for things? Or do you give gifts you choose with no prompting? Do you exchange a lot of gifts in your family? What are some of your favorite gifts to receive? or give??