Quick Pick: Ban.do

Ban.do has long been my go-to destination for sparkly and colorful accessories, but after debuting their new gift collection at NYNOW back in January I’m now completely smitten with their tech and travel accessories. The mobile charger below is an absolute essential for trade show weeks, and I’m eyeing that crossbody party pouch for my annual Paper Party in May!

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1. Mobile Charger; 2. Umbrella; 3. Crossbody Party Pouch; 4. Drink Sleeve; 5. Travel Cord Kit; 6. iPad Sleeve

Lots more right here!

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2013 Gift Guide: My Favorite Things

Um, so just kidding about that whole “last gift guide” thing! I was updating the gift idea round up page last night (which is available and updated year-round, just FYI), and realized that I really wanted to share a few of my favorite things from the round up. So here goes!

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1. Rob Ryan Mug; 2. Kate Spade Push Pins; 3. Poppin Notebooks; 4. Muhs Home Copper + Brass Tins; 5. Russell + Hazel Acrylic Stapler; 6. Tattly Subscription!; 7. Yellow Owl Workshop Carve-a-Stamp Kit

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8. Rocket Ink Print; 9. Wind + Willow; 10. Forage Copper Hair Pin Tie Bar; 11. Paper Pastries State Return Address Stamp; 12. Fig. 2 Dip Dye Note Cards; 13. Midori Brass Case via Rifle Paper Co.’s Notable Collection

1 Rob Ryan + my daily morning coffee? A match made in heaven.

3 + 12 Personalized stationery is always good gift idea! I’m loving these silver + gold initial notebooks from Poppin, and the dip-dyed note cards (in various colors) from Fig. 2 Design are some of my all-time favorites.

4 + 5 I have coveted the Muhs Home copper tins and Russell + Hazel acrylic stapler since both came out a couple years ago (I already have the matching tape dispenser). Together, they’d make any desk a very, very happy place.

8 Yay for state art! These “Home Is Where The Heart Is” prints from Rocket Ink are bold and modern, which I love – and she even has one for DC!

More gift ideas right here!

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2013 Gift Guide: For An Almost-Toddler

Today we’re wrapping up our gift guides with a final post of ideas for a favorite little munchkin! Sophie is in an in-between stage: not really a baby, but not yet walking or doing more complex activities. She’s past a lot of the gift ideas for young babies, but not quite ready for some of the more intricate toys or physical games for toddlers. So today I thought I’d share a few things on my list for Sophie in case you’re also searching for ideas for an almost-toddler baby!

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1. How We Montessori Garden Set; 2. Shearling Booties; 3. Moccasins (for older kids); 4. Kitchen Set; 5. Pajamas; 6. Magna Doodle; 7. Rainbow Block Set; 8. Meowsic Keyboard; 9. Toy Piano

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10. Magenta Play Chair; 11. Ikea Play Table; 12. Pehr Canvas Bucket; 13. Bean Bag; 14 + 15. Wooden Toys; 16. Elephant Wall Easel

1 + 7 I love all the practical tools and fun toys from How We Montessori! This garden set will be perfect for Sophie when we’re spending time out in the garden again this spring, and this colorful block set would keep her happily busy for a long time.

2 + 3 + 5 If you’re thinking about giving clothes, consider shoes or even PJs. Hanna Andersson pajamas are our favorites so far, and these shearling booties would be great for keeping tiny feet warm during the winter.

6 Sophie isn’t quite ready for crayons and markers, but she played with her cousins’ Magna Doodle over Thanksgiving and LOVED it!

8 + 9 Sophie loves anything musical. I love this tiny piano for something that doesn’t require batteries or this keyboard (also discovered through Sophie’s cousins, and yes it looks just as crazy in person!) for something a bit more portable.

12 These canvas buckets from Pehr are the perfect size for corralling toys and loose objects in the nursery!

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2013 Gift Guide: Designers + Calligraphers

Our next gift guide was inspired by a very sweet husband looking for ideas for his graphic designer (and aspiring hand lettering artist) wife. I turned to some friends, including Christine from Yellow Owl Workshop, Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy, Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs, Arley-Rose and Morgan from Ladyfingers Letterpress, and Liz from Linda & Harriett, for their recommendations. So whether you’re in the same predicament, looking for someone who dabbles in design or calligraphy, or just want to forward this post to your significant other – here are a few gift ideas!

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1. Wacom Tablet; 2. Pantone Guide Book; 3. Oblique Calligraphy Pen Holder; 4. Copperplate Nib Sampler; 5. Phantom Line Lettering Guide (found one on ebay here!); 6. Watercolor Set (and small pads of watercolor paper); 7. Calligraphy + Letterpress Classes (like this class from Meant to Be Calligraphy)

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8. Calligraphy Starter Kit; 9. Moleskine Notebooks; 10. Calligraphy Light Box; 11. Micron Pens and black Uniball Pens; 12. Paper Source Swatch Book; 13. Poppin Metallic Folio

2 + 12 Pantone guide book + swatch books! Both essential tools for any artist, but also a great source of inspiration! The ladies of Ladyfingers Letterpress also recommend Soho Paper, French Paper Co., and Cards and Pockets.

5 + 10 Arley-Rose from Ladyfingers Letterpress also recommended a vintage tool called the Phantom Line Lettering Guide that projects guidelines onto a page, although you’ll have to do some digging to find one. Alternatively, a light box is an essential tool for any aspiring or hobbyist calligraphers!

7 + 8 Classes are such a great way to both learn and connect with fellow designers and calligraphy enthusiasts in your area! I’ve listed some DC-area classes here, but look for letterpress workshops and calligraphy classes in your area or even explore online classes. But if you really can’t find a class that works, a calligraphy starter kit makes a wonderful gift.

13 Pretty office supplies! Because really, nothing is more of a bummer for creative energy than sad pocket folders and organization supplies. Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs and I are both loving all the colorful office supplies from Poppin these days!

A couple of additional ideas from Courtney: consider treating your significant other to their very own business cards, perhaps with a gift certificate to their favorite printer. Or track down a web developer who can help build a website or blog. These two investments are particularly big deals for any designers that might just be starting out, and any little help towards both projects can mean the world to a growing business!

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2013 Gift Guide: The Cocktail Enthusiast

So here’s the thing. Up until now I’ve avoided doing gift guides. Both because I struggle just as much with finding the “perfect” gift for those on my list and because I consider this blog to be one giant gift guide for any paper-loving person. But after a couple of reader emails with questions about particular gift ideas, we thought it might be nice to share a few recommendations on a couple very specific topics. So without further ado – our very first gift guide! First up, some ideas for your favorite cocktail enthusiast!

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1. Simple Syrups from Morris Kitchen and Royal Rose; 2. Cocktail Book (also this, this, this, and this); 3. Copper Shaker; 4. Basic Bar Tool Set; 5. Cocktail Aging Kit and DIY Bitters Kit; 6. The Macallan 18; 7. Cocktail classes, like these at the Columbia Room; 8. Ice spheres; 9. Cork Decanters

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10. Walnut Muddler; 11. Portable Bar Kit; 12. Ice Bucket; 13. Clear Creek Distillery Apple Brandy; 14. Rocks Glass; 15. Gold Rim Cocktail Glass; 16. Cocktail Bitters (or this)

1 + 16: Simple syrups and bitters are essential ingredients of any well-stocked bar. We’re big fans of the syrups from Morris Kitchen and Royal Rose – and the cocktail recipes that come with them!

6 + 13: A bottle of fine aged Scotch is a classic gift. When in doubt, look for a single malt Scotch – and the older, the better! Alternatively, a quality Apple Brandy, like Clear Creek‘s, is an excellent alternative gift to a Scotch or Cognac for fans of fine spirits. Plus, it makes for a great conversation piece: there’s an actual apple grown in the bottle.

7: Cocktail classes (like these at the Columbia Room here in DC) aren’t available everywhere, but they’re becoming increasingly popular in more cities and states. Classes are a wonderful way to establish a basic foundation in techniques, recipes, and learning how to pair various spirits and flavors!

14 + 15: When it comes to glassware, we prefer to use vintage whenever possible (eBay and Etsy are great resources, as are local flea markets and antique shops). But when we decide to buy brand new glassware, we always make sure to buy glasses that are close in size to their vintage cousins (typically between 3 and 6 oz). And we always always stay away the gigantic cocktail glasses that you frequently see these days.

And of course if you’re looking to gift someone with a favorite bottle of something, check out our How to Stock a Home Bar post for spirit and liqueur recommendations right here!

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