28 quirky and thoughtful gift ideas for that exceptional friend you'd like to give a little something to this holiday season.
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For the friend who loves stationery
Bari Zaki's Studio in Chicago is a world of beautifully curated papers, pens, stationery, tapes, and all things bookbinding. Lucky for us, Bari has a well supplied online shop where you can find unique gifts like this 12-row manila stock sheet of lower-denomination stamps! I think any paper or stationery obsessed friend would get a kick out of this special prezzy.
This letterpress art print by Heartell Press is sweet, minimal, and a good reminder.
From the manufactures of the first ball point pen - these Japanese made Ohto Minimo ballpoint pens are precise, refillable, and design savy.
A set of cards designed by Martha Robinson would be a very cool addition to anyone's correspondence stack.
A set of washi tape makes for an inexpensive, cute, recyclable, and thoughtful gift for the stationery obsessed friend who likes to decorate with tape.
For the self-employed friend
A reminder to stay grounded! This beautiful illustration by Diana Sudyka with a wonderful quote from Mary Oliver, would be a great addition to an office gallery wall.
My sister-in-law sent me one of these gift boxes from Soul Sister and it was the best thing ever. I highly recommend the vanilla scent. This would be a perfect gift for a self-employed friend.
I love these little birdie bookmarks with a tiny pen. A sweet way to stay on your current planner page.
Our 2020 fabric calendar: Shields Up, Heart Open - you can never have too many calendars!
For the friend who likes to cook and entertain
These ornate candle holders by North Carolina potter Shawn Ireland would make a beautiful gift for the entertainer. Shawn doesn't have an online shop, but I'm sure you could email him to purchase. You could also try discovering a local potter in your area.
A not-so-common cookbook is always delightful for the home chef. A Common Table is perfect for an adventurous cook who loves Korean and Southern food. I also have to recommend Alexandra Stafford's blog, Alexandra Cooks, where she goes play-by-play on making the steamed rice buns from the cookbook!
A bottle of shrub from Piedmont Provisions! A shrub is a non-alcoholic syrup made from fruits, aromatics, sugar, and vinegar. It's wonderful on it's own mixed with soda water or as a component of a mixed drink.
For the friend who likes to Garden
The Second Edition of Garden Insects of North America is a great field guide for the backyard gardener.
Forced paperwhite bulbs make a really simple and beautiful gift.
This cast iron garden sign reminds me of England.
I've been listening to Margaret Roach's podcast for years. Her gentle approach to gardening is poetic and down-to-earth. The second edition of her book, A Way to Garden, would be a wonderful addition to any gardener's bookshelf.
For the friend who gets crafty
An online gift certificate of hand-screenprinted fabric from our sister shop, Sara Parker Textiles!
These illustrated handbooks from The Farwoods are fun to read and really cute.
A one-of-a-kind Quintessential Pincushion from The Small Circle. Lizzie works for me in the studio and we collaborated on these pincushions. :)
Sherri Lynn Wood's Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters is relaxed, fun, and freeing. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes to sew!
These mini fabric bundles from The Small Circle are a collection of hand-printed goodies! The perfect companion to The Farwood's Mending Handbook.
The Lizzie Satchel! This satchel is the perfect size and shape for taking knitting projects on the go.
For the friend who enjoys natural products
Fat and The Moon Lip Cheek and Lip Stain - made entirely from natural materials. Alkanet and beetroot give this stain its rich color and earthy scent.
Acetone free and non-toxic nail gift set from Honeybee Gardens
What's more fun than making bath gifts AND making the house smell good?! This DIY peppermint foot scrub would be a festive and thoughtful gift.