My tip today is centered on a last minute gift if you are in need. It also applies to that person on your list who has most of everything and does not need a darn thing. I love giving, as I love equally receiving, a yearly magazine subscription. Design, food, people, to name a few–are just some of the things covered in some really great monthly magazines. Just think, your gift will be enjoyed and you will be thought of a dozen times during the course of the year. That is one great gift that just keeps on giving!
The last few weeks I have posted a variety of Holiday ‘Gift Guides’ on our various social media outlets. Thought it would be fun to have them all in one spot as we are in the midst of the season of giving. Please enjoy. If anything catches your eye and you have questions about the goods, always feel free to give us a call at 800.991.9361. Just click on each of the below guides to be linked to the 5 Flipagram videos.
This is a photo of a brilliantly wrapped gift that a customer e-mailed to me. She had bought her husband a wickedly cool gift at the shop, as well as the wrapping paper and the ribbon. I was so touched that she sent me the image. It got me thinking about wrapping. Especially at this ‘wrapping’ time of year. Wrapping a gift you have chosen to give someone is the final gracious act before you actually give the gift. I know many of you out there love to wrap, and I know many of you do not. My thought for all of this is really to enjoy the act or ritual of the wrapping process. Find the zen of the wrap, if you will. Often times customers tell me they find gift wrapping therapeutic. Others say they find it incredibly creative. Whether you love wrapping or not, it really does make a gift extra special if the wrapping has thought & love put into it. Happy wrapping and cheers to a beautifully wrapped gift!
You know I love a good quote. They inspire and provoke thought, which leads to action. A big hit this season at Watson Kennedy are a series of pads that are filled with page after page of quotes. But the best part is the pages are perforated so they are meant to be pulled out and used. I like to write a simple note on the back side of the quote and slip it into letters I have written. A gift to be given or kept for yourself to inspire in the new year.
A happy, happy Saturday to you all. I hope you are enjoying a bit of the Holidays! Have a stellar week-end,
We had a rather substantial order of horn jewelry arrive the other day. Unpacking it, I was in a bit of a trance. For each piece is truly like a little natural work of art. I wrote of my fondness for horn in my book–how it is a natural byproduct of animals after they have lived a fruitful & long life, so I feel in many ways it is an homage to them. The horn gets heated and becomes quite pliable, allowing artisans to create stupendous cups, bowls, utensils, and in this case, jewelry. This order was made for us in Vietnam. I had the great pleasure of meeting the makers when I was in New York in August. We could hardly wait for the order to arrive…
We received in a fresh batch of our hand rolled beeswax tapers last week. These have been made for us since we first opened the Market shop. A staple, if you will. I love them throughout the year, but the Holiday months and taper candles go hand and hand in my mind. The flicker, dance and glow of the flame adding to the festiveness of the season. The honeycomb design giving an earthiness to any taper they grace.
The tip this week is about the tradition of the repetition of giving the same gift each year or occasion. Say that sentence fast three times. Let me give an example. My friend Heather gives me a big bundle of orange tulips on my birthday each year. It is a tradition she started many years ago. I can’t begin to tell you the happiness I feel when I receive those tulips. My thought with this is it can translate to other gifts too. When you go to a certain friend’s home for dinner, always bring cocktail napkins or a jar of jam. You will start a collection for your friend, and they will think of you each time they use the napkins or spread jam on their morning toast. It will become a tradition in your friendship. I just always know on my birthday eve I will be looking at a magnificent assortment of orange tulips dotted about our home.
Big weekend ahead. Our second Holiday Open House will be tomorrow, Saturday from 10 to 6, at the Pike Place Market shop. Mimosas & sparkling apple cider will be served. The space is bursting at the seams with gifts galore. I have found so many fun new things these past few months. It is also the 16th anniversary of the Fine Living shop at 86 Pine Street. The first 16 people to mention to me personally on Saturday that they saw this post or reference to it on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter feeds gets a special WK gift… It will be a festive, jolly good time–I so hope you can join us! XX, Ted
Some folks think paper calendars are outdated, but I still like seeing something each day that reminds me of the date. That is where these flash card calendars come in. They combine a bunch of some of my favorite things–flash cards, letters & numbers and paper. Propped up on a window ledge or on your desk, they are a gentle reminder of the date and season. They become great bookmarks as the months pass as well as postcards that you can write on the back side of and just drop right into the mail. We have carried these for several years and will continue to do so for many more as they really are just the niftiest versatile little calendars.
A walk around the shop at the end of a busy day yesterday had me snapping images of brand spanking new things and some old favorites.
Wood handled French silverware, vintage Ball jars, a pad of lovely thoughts for the year, English crackers–it really is in the mix. I try and keep things slightly mixed up so you never really know what you might find on a Watson Kennedy shopping excursion.