Each year, I save a list of favorites from my visit to the NY NOW Show – The Market for Lifestyle, Home + Gift – held at the Javits Center in New York City in August — to share with you during the holiday season. I’ve included items only where I know you can purchase them online.
Is my 2017 gift guide as good as Oprah’s? You decide!
IIf you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, perhaps you’ll find an idea for the perfect gift for a loved one or maybe a treat for yourself. Plus read down all the way to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway. I’m giving away a handmade Makeup Junkie Bag filled with Send These – a set of 20 postcards with positive attitude from Compendium, and a Spongelle Rose Body Buffer.
For Those Who Like Inspiring Jewelry
♥ The b.u. collection of simple, handmade necklaces, bracelets, and earrings feature charms so you can, as they say “wear your hopes and dreams, a symbol of empowerment or good luck around you. This jewelry inspires that you b.u.
♥ When you wear Dogeared jewelry perhaps it will spur good things to happen. Dogeared jewels “embrace the stories, happy moments, milestones and experiences that celebrate, connect and inspire. Each piece tells a story of individuality, self-expression, love, and friendship.” Yogis may especially like the mandalas and mystical selections.
♥ Jewelry by Viki is handmade in Portland, Oregon (if you read my blog posts about my visit to Portland you know how much I adore this city). Viki uses recycled precious metals and natural stones to create artisan jewelry. Each piece is carefully designed to express a love of nature with abstract leaf shapes and earth toned colors.
♥ According to the creators of Moonglow jewelry, “every moment has a moon and gives us an opportunity to share our lives and dreams with those we love.” With the Moonphase calculator, you can create a piece of personalized jewelry that showcases a moon phase that aligns with your birthday or another special day.
I learned that my moon phase personality is Waxing Gibbons, known to be “one of the best lunar phases to give spiritual evolution a boost, those born under the influence of this moon phase are quick thinkers and grand philosophers that desire to seek out the meaning in life. They have a natural talent for communication and self-expression and love to analyze everything to come up with solutions that benefit everyone.” I think I may have to customize a piece of jewelry for my lunar spirituality.
♥ With Roots homegrown jewelry is designed by Brooklyn-based, female entrepreneur Sharon Goldberg. Each piece features a tiny terrarium with real plants living inside. How cool is that?
For Those Who Can Never Have Too Many Handbags Or Purses
♥ Rayerbag is a felt bag manufacturer born in Barcelona. Colorful and unique, these tailored bags are works of art. You will definitely stand out carrying a Rayerbag. (Note: The prices are in euros and shipping to the USA is more expensive.)
♥ “Live beautifully” is the motto of Matt and Nat, a line of non-leather bags and shoes from Montreal. Matt derives from the word “Material” and Nat from “Nature.” Highly sustainable, the authentic brand uses no animal-based products and has experimented with recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork.
♥ Stitch and Tickle handbags are created by another female entrepreneur, Sophie Truong. These bags are made from fine leather, crafted one by one in her Boston studio. On the pricey side, the designs are classic and timeless so the bags will last many years.
Kempton & Co. is another high-end collection of bags that exhibited at NY NOW. They had some really cool handbags. Owner Fiona Kempton designs bags with gorgeous soft leathers and textiles, combining the utility of equestrian hardware.
♥ Baggallini handbags are convenient for travel. I bought one of the crossbody bags. The bags have inside and outside zippers and pockets to stash mobile phones, tissues, wallets, and glasses. They are also lightweight so they don’t weigh you down, even after you pack the bags with lots of stuff.
Equally good for travel are Makeup Junkie Bags, the perfect cosmetic bag that lays flat on a surface, and has an elongated medial zipper that allows the bag to gape open allowing easy access to all your makeup. Each bag is characterized by a signature brightly colored zipper and suede tassel. (Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for a Makeup Junkie Bag.)
For Those Who Want To Add To Their Wardrobe
♥ Being a yogi, I find comfort in athleisure wear. That’s why I was attracted to angelrox clothing made in the USA from sumptuous and sustainable organic cotton and bamboo rayon knits. The full collection comes in an array of signature colors inspired by Mother Earth. Equally appealing are Maggie’s Organics tunics, leggings, and wraps made with super soft 100% organic cotton and Umsteigen hand screen printed bamboo and cotton tees and tops.
♥ Baik Baik boleros come in a rainbow of colors. These lightweight coverups are nice for traveling or summer evenings when you want to throw on a little sweater.
♥ Even though I rarely sleep due to my menopausal insomnia, I do like soft and comfy MunkiMunki pjs. As their website says, “Munki Munki pajamas were born from a love of comfort and kitsch. They are enhanced with whimsical prints that invoke a spirit of simplicity and charm to delight both the young, and the young at heart.”
For The Writers and Creatives Among Us (Or Those Who Wanna Be)
♥ Compendium makes a variety of motivational gift books, journals, and notecards. I like the journal with the Audrey Hepburn’s quote on the cover, “Paris Is Always A Good Idea,” and The 5 Book, a guide for setting goals for potential retirement or your life after 50.
♥ Batle Studio makes intricately detailed, functional art objects formed in graphite for a unique desktop gift. It writes like a pencil but won’t stain your hands. The left and right hand design is so clever. You can buy a paper roll tray to go with the writer too.
♥ Éccolo makes inexpensive leather journals with inspirational sayings on the cover. You can find them at Target or Staples. The travel journals sold on Amazon or Ebay are fun to take on a trip to capture all your moments from your vacation.
For The Grand Babies or Grand Doggies
♥ These Maileg Danish dolls and mini accessories for the dolls from Maileg are so adorable. If I had a grand daughter I would definitely add them to her gift basket. Same for Dumye dolls with a purpose. As Dumye says, “We handcraft limited edition, eco-friendly rag dolls that you can personalize. For every doll you purchase, we gift a doll to one of the millions of orphaned children around the world.”
♥ If I had a grand doggie, which I don’t have (yet), I’d buy one of these colorful and sturdy collars or leashes from Found My Animal. The Brooklyn duo who created the line of doggie gear encourages people to adopt rescue dogs.
Enter My Gift-Giving Giveaway
Leave a comment about your favorite gifts to give or receive and enter my Rafflecopter giveaway for a Makeup Junkie Bag filled with a Spongelle Rose Body Wash Infused Buffer and a set of 20 notecards with positive attitude.
Happy holidays! Happy shopping!
Thanks for sharing, Judi! So many nice ideas. I really liked the bu collection.
Linda, the b.u. collection is inspiring and delicate jewelry.
What great choices. I like the Rayerbags from Barcelona and all their beautiful colors.
Rebecca, the Rayerbag handbags are really beautiful and unique. The colors are so vibrant.
I love receiving stationary items and new teas or coffee mugs.
Dee, if you like journals you should check out Compendium. They make different journals and notecards too.
These are great gift ideas. I love Bagallini bags!
Haralee, I use my Bagallini bag all the time. It’s so convenient for traveling.
I like to give and receive experiences — concert tickets, horseback rides, pottery classes, things like that. Everyone already has so much “stuff” — the last thing anyone wants is more, more, more.
Marty, that’s a great idea. Experiences are always nice gifts.
I really like the pajamas like those you’ve featured. They look so fun, warm, and comfortable. They make great gifts for family and friends.
They are fun pjs.
This gift guide is awesome! Thank you for sharing! I love to give gifts that are either handmade, or are unique and have personal meaning to those receiving them, it makes the giving even more special to me!
Amanda, handmade gifts are such a nice idea. They are really special.