It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. And no, it’s not because of the smell of fir trees for sale on New York City sidewalks. It’s not the holiday party invites and greeting cards now in my mailbox. It’s not even the peppermint hot chocolate suddenly available at my local coffeehouse (though, that’s pretty close).
For me, it’s all about the gift guides filling the pages of magazines and the homepages of my blogroll. Heaven! Here’s a look at a few things I’m whispering into Santa’s ear.
1. Brooklyn Graphic Map, $40.00 Manhattan’s cool cousin (and my home borough) gets special treatment with this bold, hand-screen-printed from artist Ben Kafton. And seriously, who doesn’t love a memorable map of their city? Get it: delaflamant at etsy.com
2. KOOSTIK, $80.00 I find KOOSTIK clever and chic. Handcrafted from solid wood, it’s natural alternative to electronic iPhone sound docks (and looks cooler, too). Get it: koostik.com
3. Eames Molded Plastic Chair, $399.00 I have a major crush on this simple light-blue chair (and I especially love its dowel-leg base). And it would be very much my style to place it sitting under my new red Brooklyn map. Get it: Herman Miller
4. Pendleton Rainier National Park Full Blanket, $134.83 I dig this item as much I dig the history behind it: Since the early 1900s, Pendleton has honored America’s National Parks with its classic collection of wool Park Blankets (like this one created for Washington state’s Mount Rainier). Get it: amazon.com
5. Shoulder MacBook Sleeve, €139.00 The perfect accessory for a new MacBook owner (such as myself). Made of wool and 100% vegetable tanned leather, it features a shoulder belt and includes a much-needed removable extras case. Get it: hardgraft.com
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