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SPECIAL SECTIONS: WEDDING TRENDS 6 Wedding Gifts … Hollywood Style Celebrity stylist Anya Sarre shares wedding-related gift ideas. 10 A Perfect Match Wedding invitation designs to complement every type of wedding. 16 Go for the Gold Accessories to add glitz to that special day. SUMMER FUN 19 Swing into Summer! 20 Summertime in the Garden Stylish products to bring life to your outdoor spaces.

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24 Take the Party Outside! Tableware and accessories for an outdoor party. 26 Get Grilling Items to enhance a barbecue, plus a recipe. 27 It’s Playtime Toys and games for the whole family. 28 Snappy Summer Style Fun fashions for beach or town. 30 Beachin’ It Cool things for beach days.

PRESENTLY TRENDING: 32 Sea Sirens Beckon – Mermaid-themed products. 38 The Pursuit of Happiness – “Happy” giftware. 40 Funny Cards – Better than a text!

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44 States of Mind – State and city mementos. 46 Color Me Happy! – Items and tools for the adult coloring craze, plus a special color-in page by designer Joanne Fink. 51 Coloring Books for Grown-ups – Styles for every taste.

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SUMMER

FUN

Great Accessories For the Garden, Outdoor Entertaining, Beach & More!

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Gift Ideas, Invites & Tips

Happy!

Products That Will Make You Smile

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Clever Uses For Giftwrap

With compliments of this awesome retailer!

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Contents IN EVERY ISSUE: 3 Presently Speaking – Meet Keb and Kat! 4 Celebs & Presents: Swag to the Stars – Awards season gift goodies. 14 Present-Day Etiquette: Wedding Hashtags – Heather Wiese Alexander shares do’s and do not’s. 34 Makers & Shakers: Truth Be Told – Meet designer Emily McDowell. 42 Tips & Tricks: 10 Clever Ways to Use Giftwrap – Blogger Aimee Logan offers beyond-the-box ideas. 52 Presents by Region: Wedding Shower Gifts – Top-sellers from retailers nationwide.

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54 The PRESENTer Network – Top specialty retailers where PRESENT Magazine can be found. 56 Back Talk: Sassy Glasses – Clever drinkware for many uses.

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Co-Editors/Publishers Keb Kennedy 908-720-2115 keb@presentmag.com Kat Krassner 908-347-4448 kat@presentmag.com • Art/Production Director Miguel Bravo BRAVO! Graphics miguelbravo@optonline.net • Advertising Sales Executives Randi K. Edelman 201-618-2575 randi.k.edelman@gmail.com Susan A. Tucker 914-320-2402 susan@presentmag.com • Contributors Heather Wiese Alexander, Joanne Fink, Aimee Logan, Anya Sarre • Special Thanks To: Amy Stavis, Cathy Steel, AmericasMart Atlanta, Emerald Expositions, Las Vegas Market, Sheridan, and all of our family, friends and colleagues who helped to make PRESENT Magazine possible. PRESENT is a quarterly publication of: Present Publishing, LLC www.presentmag.com ©2016 Present Publishing, LLC, 4 Sheridan Lane, Ringoes, NJ 08551. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part without the express permission of the publisher. The publisher and editors have made every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, but assume no liability for any errors or inaccuracies.

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elcome to the premier issue of PRESENT, a new magazine all about gifts – great ideas on what to give or keep, fun facts and clever tips, designer interviews, celebrity gifting, and much more. This magazine is a present to you from your local independent retailer (and one of the only places you can get it!). We’re Keb and Kat – and we’ve been writing about gifts for years as trade mag editors. Now, we’re bringing info about the best products and brands to you, so you can get as excited about them as we’ve always been! The wonderful retailers we’ve personally chosen to hand out PRESENT provide a mix of merchandise more unique than anything you’ll find in a department store or big-box chain. And, by shopping in these independent stores, you’re also supporting the economy of your local community. Look for PRESENT in July, October, January and April, at this awesome retailer (or one of the 100 others nationwide, listed on page 54). Between issues, you can find more great gift products and fun ideas 24/7 at presentmag.com or through PRESENT Magazine’s social media pages.

5 Things About Kat: 1. Was a cheerleader in high school and an R.A in college. 2. Majored in Journalism – and actually using my degree. 3. Do The New York Times’ Sunday crossword puzzle in pen. 4. Addicted to sushi. 5. Secretly enjoy bad reality shows (with a glass of red wine).

5 Things About Keb: 1. Am a Kennedy originally from Massachusetts, but not one of the Kennedys. 2. Majored in Art to avoid writing papers. 3. First job was with PARADE magazine. 4. Have been a competitive ballroom dancer. 5. Related to Kat via our cats, who were siblings.

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Celebs & Presents

Swag to the Stars Hooray for Hollywood! Oscars! Golden Globes! The red carpets and awards parties! Here’s a look inside those sweet swag bags and gifting suites.

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ave you ever wondered what the Oscar winners and other A-list celebrities get to take home with them? PRESENT took a peek inside the gift bags and gifting suites to show you some of the gift items that got the Hollywood treatment this past awards season. Although there are many big-ticket and designer goodies, there are also plenty of great, affordable items that you can find at local specialty gift retailers. After all, celebrities are just like us – sort of – and enjoy giving and getting the same things we do!

In Pre-Oscars Swag Bag & Lounges

In the Golden Globes Swag Bag Corkcicle brushed copper tumbler. corkcicle.com

Leuchtterm 1917 notebook journal. leuchtturm1917.com

Sock It To Me fashion socks. sockittome.com

Lug bento box 3-piece container set. luglife.com “SolarPuff” lantern. solight-design.com Vinrella umbrella in a bottleshaped cover. vinrella.com 4 • PRESENT presentmag.com


Singer/actor Zendaya at a pre-Oscar gift lounge with a selection of Votivo candles and diffusers. votivo.com

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Here’s a look at what the stars are gifting and getting, according to this well-known celebrity stylist. By Anya Sarre

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s a celebrity stylist in Los Angeles, I see what’s on trend before it hits the shelves. I shop for celebrities every day, and see what they are giving and getting. Since my job is to shop, I see a lot of stuff, but I have picked my absolute favorite weddingrelated gifts to share with you. Even in Hollywood, people are careful with their money and want the wedding gifts they give to be useful. The worst thing is to give a gift and have someone not use it. There are so many choices when shopping for a wedding gift, so you want to be confident that yours will be a gift that the couple will have and use for a long time. For the Bride

What people especially want now for weddings are multipurpose gifts that serve two or more purposes and offer more for their buck. They want things that have longevity and an afterlife long beyond the wedding day. One of my favorite gifts for the bride and her bridesmaids is The Cat’s Pajamas’ “Lovebirds” poplin kimono robe. This is such a perfect robe to get ready in on your wedding day, and it makes for great photos – especially if the whole wedding party is wearing them. The fabric is lightweight enough that it is a great year-round, go-to robe the bride can wear on her wedding day, take on her honeymoon, and use everyday in her new married life. Another great multipurpose item for the bride and/or bridesmaids is Hipknoties. It’s one piece of fabric that can be worn in at least 30 different ways – as a scarf, shirt, poncho, coverup, etc. The best thing is that it’s one size fits all. It also makes a great gift for the mother of the bride, who can use it as a scarf or shrug. The bride can get 30 outfits out of it on her honeymoon; and it can even be used as bridesmaids dresses for all of the girls.

For Bridesmaids Brides are always looking for gifts for their bridesmaids. The Coobie Bra is a cute bridesmaid gift that you can get in the color of the wedding, such as purple, pink, teal and aqua. The bride can also wear one under a dress at her bridal shower and have the lace peek through. Plus, these really are one size fits all and affordably priced, so they’re good for someone who has many bridesmaids. Another good bridesmaids gift is the Haute Brush: it’s a brush that instantly straightens hair and is plugged in or portable. These can be given to the bridesmaids to keep and use on the big day, cutting down on hair and makeup costs. They’re especially great for tropical destination weddings, where people’s hair gets frizzy. You might be stuck on an island, but you can still look great! Continued on page 8

From top: The Cat’s Pajamas “Lovebirds” poplin kimono-style robe. thecatspjs.com • Borgioni bejeweled Buddha cufflinks. borgionis.com • Hook Me Ups portable chargers. hookmeups.com Summer 2016 PRESENT • 7


Wedding Trends

Clockwise from top: The Coobie Bra seamless bras. shopcoobie.com • Hipknoties convertible garment. hipknoties.com • Sunnylife USA portable barbecue. sunnylife.com • Haute Brush hair-straightening brush. hautebrush.com

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For the Groom Grooms are hard to get gifts for. Brides don’t often think about the groom gift until the last minute. You can have fun with cufflinks, and every guy should have one nice pair! I’m a big fan of the “Buddha” sapphire-and-silver cufflinks from the celebrity jeweler Borgionis; I’ve put them on celebs on the red carpet. If these are a bit steep price-wise, there are many other alternatives out there to fit any groom’s taste.

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live in, everyone wants everything personalized – not just with their names, but with their faces. It’s more than the monogram, it’s ultra-personalization. Drink In 3D creates custom, hand-painted wedding flutes and other drinkware from a photo of the bride or couple. It’s a cute idea that wouldn’t be on their registry but that they can have forever. It will help the couple to remember how they looked on that day 20 years from now. A cute gift idea for couples who enjoy outdoor entertaining is Sunnylife’s portable barbecue with a matching apron and glove. Also consider fun placesettings for outdoor use or a basket with wine bottle holders – which are great for the couple buy-


Clockwise from top: Drink In 3D custom, hand-painted drinkware. drinkin3d.com • Chariot Travelware “Bird” hardside carry-on suitcase. chariottravelware.com • Fancy Fedora hat with interchangeable hatbands. fancyfedora.com

ing a house. It’s a nice alternative to china and high-end tableware.

For the Honeymoon For the honeymoon, the bride only needs one hat from Fancy Fedora, which sells designer hats and interchangeable hat bands that can change the hat’s look based on her mood or where she’s going. This is a great multipurpose gift – it’s like 10 hats in one. It’s a cool concept for the honeymoon, and she can wear it when she gets back. When traveling, everyone’s biggest fear is having their phone die. Hook Me Ups has very

fashionable portable phone chargers, including some that are scented. Some are blinged out in jewels and glitter for brides; others have white and pink rosettes all over. There are also leather-embossed ones for the groom. Everything has to be a two-for-one item; this charges your phone and makes things around them smell better! Beyond the honeymoon, the couple will have their whole life ahead to travel together. I love Chariot Travelware because the pieces are not that expensive, are good quality and come in lots of designs. His and her carry-ons are a great wedding gift that will last them a long time! n

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A Perfect Match The style of a wedding invitation helps to set the tone of the ceremony and reception to come. From the most formal of engraved versions for a traditional affair, to a personalized beach scene for a tropical destination, there’s an invitation design to match every type of wedding and to complement every type of couple. For a Formal Wedding:

Crane & Co. engraved Royalty “Alexandria” invitation with 24-kt. gold bevel. crane.com

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monogram. Elegant script. Black ink engraved on ivory paper. These traditional elements inform guests to expect a formal wedding. The correct wording for a wedding held in any house of worship is “request the honour of your presence.” For weddings held in other types of locations, “request the pleasure of your company” should be used. 10 • PRESENT presentmag.com

For Something Less Traditional:

Smock “Tatra” letterpress invitation with two-tone gold foil stamping. smockpaper.com

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n invitation with a modern graphic design and fun font evokes the feeling that this wedding will be a bit more offbeat. Letterpress printing, done on antique printing presses, has become a popular option on more-contemporary invitations. So have type fonts that appear as if they’ve been handwritten but are printed.


For a Destination Wedding:

For a Rustic Wedding:

Envelopments “All Love Branch” invitation. envelopments.com

Birchcraft Studios by DFS beach-themed invitation. birchcraft.com

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hen you see palm trees and/or sandy beaches on a wedding invitation, it’s time to pack your bags! Nearly a quarter of all weddings are considered destination weddings; most popular places include Mexico, Hawaii, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, with Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and Grenada emerging as new favorites.

For Renewing Your Vows:

Carlson Craft “Artistic Watercolor” vow renewal invitation. carlsoncraft.com

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colorful, casual invitation design can work well for a less-formal second marriage or the renewal of wedding vows. Couples often opt to renew their vows on a milestone anniversary or after they’ve gone through a challenging time in their relationship. Such renewal ceremonies are often a big family affair.

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utdoor weddings are on the rise! It’s estimated that 35 percent of weddings now take place outside, with gardens and parks topping the list of outdoor locations, followed by beaches. Another popular “rustic” wedding locale is on a farm, with a decorated barn serving as the perfect spot for the reception.

For a Nautical Wedding:

Kleinfeld Paper “Regatta” Modern Collection invitation. kleinfeldpaper.com

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edding ahoy! Whether the nuptials are seaside, lakeside, riverside or on a boat, a nautical-themed invitation is an ideal way to convey the message that this is a maritime occasion. The anchor – a common symbol on nautical invitations – represents safety and stability, two things that marriage also represents for the new couple.

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For a Church Wedding:

For Matching Your Colors:

Checkerboard, Ltd. “Lush,” “Amboise” and “Glissade” ribbon-embellished invitations. checkernet.com

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n invitation can be used to give a sneak peek of the wedding’s colors, whether through the invitation’s ink color or embellishments such as ribbons. Popular wedding colors beyond white and ivory include blue, pink, metallics and purple. Additionally, nature-inspired colors are a new trend and include such hues as clover and olive.

UWP Luxe “Chapel” from the Robert Sabuda Wedding Collection. uwpluxe.com

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et me to the church on time! While the actual number of wedding ceremonies taking place within churches is on the decline, many couples still opt to marry in the place of worship of their religion – whether a church, temple, synagogue or mosque. And, a chapel-themed invite is super cute and sure to grab guests’ attention!

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Choosing a design that doesn’t match your theme. If you’re having a rustic barn wedding and send a wedding invitation with pearl-embossed roses and candles as the design, guests will be confused about what to expect on your big day. Make sure your invite sets the tone for your celebration.

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Typos! It’s all happened: The groom’s name spelled wrong. The right month, but the wrong day. The location missing from the wording. Letters in simple words like “the” transposed to “teh.” Spell check. Proofread. Ask your writer friend to proofread. Check again. Check one more time. Make sure it’s right before you send to print.

Cramming too much copy on the invitation. You don’t have to say it all on the invitation. Your names, the hosts’ names, the date, time and location are what should be printed on the invitation. Reception cards, response cards and accommodation cards are for getting that specific info to your guests.

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Forgetting stamps on response envelopes. You’re asking guests to reply to your invitations. When you put stamps on the response envelopes, it’ll make it super-easy for them to pop their replies in the mail.

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Not putting enough postage on the invitations. …and having all of your invitations returned to you. Nightmare. Before you drop your invites in the mail, take one to the post office, fully assembled, with all the enclosure cards and envelopes and seals attached, to find out exactly how much postage you’ll need. n (Courtesy of Carlson Craft. blog.carlsoncraft.com)

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Present-Day Etiquette

Wedding Hashtags The Do’s and Do Not’s for tastefully using wedding hashtags.

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ashtags are a great way to share photos on social media after the fact, but all the sharing, snapping and fingerpecking into phones at a wedding is distasteful to some, especially during the ceremony itself. The etiquette comes into play as to how guests are informed about hashtags. Do: • Keep it brief. Make hashtags as short and readable as possible. • Realize that if your hashtag is not unique, you and your guests may get a barrage of unwanted photos into your feed. Think before you go public with your hashtag and consider using an online hashtag generator to create a unique hashtag. • Place your hashtag discreetly if you plan to print it on any wedding materials. Pushing guests to use social media and fill their feeds with your agenda is, frankly, not good behavior; however, for people who want to join in the fun, you want the inclusion to feel effortless. Wedding hashtags should be available but never perceived as a mandate. • Be the first to use your wedding hashtag. This gives guests the go-ahead to tag photos of you and your partner all the way through the process and after the big day. If you would like wedding guests to post pictures with your hashtag at events before the wedding, you can place the hashtag reference on a card in your wedding invitation suite that is neither the ceremony (main invitation) card nor the reply card, again discreetly. It should be the least emphasized information in the suite. Do Not: • Include a hashtag on your ceremony card. Many see this as disrespectful and even crass. You can be both modern and formal if you

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The couples’ hashtag is discreetly placed on a card insert within this invitation suite from Bell’INVITO. bellinvito.com

wish, but if your desire is to appear “formal,” be careful not to cross the line from formal to fancy. Formal weddings are defined by a certain decorum – a respectful nod to the traditions of a marriage ceremony. This doesn’t mean it can’t apply to non-sanctuary weddings or to gay marriages, it simply means that pertaining to etiquette, there is a proper place for everything. Phone numbers, email addresses and hashtags should never be on a formal wedding ceremony invitation. • Include a hashtag on your reply card. To state the obvious, if guests are sending the card back to you, don’t include information they might need to keep! n

Be the first to use your wedding hashtag. This gives guests the go-ahead to tag photos of you and your partner all the way through the process and after the big day.

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Modern-day etiquette expert Heather Wiese Alexander is owner/founder of Bell’INVITO Stationers. For additional etiquette advice on weddings and more, please go to bellinvito.com/ etiquette.


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Wedding Trends

Go for the Gold Gold-colored wedding accessories are great for the couple’s big day now – and for when they celebrate their golden anniversary 50 years from now!

Enesco “All Because Two People Fell in Love” candleholder. enesco.com Demdaco “Celebrites” Lit Celebrate wine bottle décor. demdaco.com

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Gartner Studios “Glitter Heart” Flower Basket. gartnerstudios.com

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My Mind’s Eye “Fancy” Mr. & Mrs. banner. mymindseye.com

Weddingstar “Mr. & Mrs.” bowtie acrylic cake topper. weddingstar.com

Z Create Design “Glitter” wedding table number. zcreatedesign.com

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Summer Fun

Swing Into Summer!

It’s time to swing into summer! Flowers are in full bloom and the great outdoors is calling. Time for backyard barbecues, sunny days tending the garden or reading at the beach, and lazy evenings just chillin’ outside. Yes, it’s that time of year when we move our lives out of doors to relax, exercise, play and entertain.

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Summertime

SPI whimsical rabbit sculpture birdfeeder. spi-home.com

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Summer Fun

In The Garden

It’s summer and the livin’ is … outdoors! Make your garden space your outdoor sanctuary with great accessories to enhance your summer living style.

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our outdoor spaces should be an extension of your home and reflect your design sensibilities and lifestyle. It doesn’t matter whether you have a full yard with blooming gardens and a patio or deck, or simply a terrace or balcony. Whatever space you have should be viewed as another part of your living area. And, since these spaces are an extension of your home, shouldn’t they be furnished and decorated like any other “room”? Here’s Where the Fun Begins Just as with any room – or your wardrobe for that matter – it’s all about accessorizing. In the garden, accents are like surprise jewels that fill in empty spaces between plants, add color where there is none, and attract wildlife – especially birds. Some accents, like garden stakes, can even serve a dual purpose; they can be decorative as well as help to support taller growing plants. Other décor pieces add to the ambience, whether through sight, sound or light. Consider your vertical spaces as a part of your décor scheme. Utilize fencing and wall space that might otherwise go unnoticed; they are perfect places for creating a vertical gardening element or adding decorative accents to give these otherwise unused blank areas more purpose and visual interest.

A Season for the Senses Think that the flowers and plants are colorful enough? Not so, according to a Zillow Digs Home Trends Forecast. These days, adding bright pops of additional color is on trend. This can be easily done with decorative pots and planters, outdoor pillows and whimsical accessories such as kinetic art pieces and flags placed around outdoor living spaces. When choosing decorative planters and smaller pots, take into consideration whether you may be bringing them indoors once the weather becomes too cold, since you’ll want them to fit in with your interior décor as well. Don’t forget about sound! To create the right atmosphere outdoors, enhance natural everyday background sounds by adding the soothing melodic tinkling of windchimes or the white noise Continued on page 22

Manual Woodworkers & Weavers solar garden lights. manualww.com

Garden Ornament Tips

• Use ornamental garden stakes to support taller flowering plants and to add extra visual interest at a higher level over lower growing plants. • Use decorative solar-powered lights to light up garden beds, garden paths and patio perimeters for ambience and safety. • Bird feeders and baths add fun to the garden by attracting birds and other wildlife. • Use figurines and garden stones to fill in empty spaces between plants. • Move figurines and garden stones around periodically to freshen things up. • Larger planters can double as beverage coolers for summer entertaining. Remove smaller pots with plants, fill with ice and beverages. Kitras Art Glass blown glass hummingbird feeder. kitras.com

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of a water feature. You can also pipe your favorite playlists outside via Bluetooth-enabled faux rocks or sculptures. Once the sun goes down, you can still enjoy your outdoor space. There are lots of great lighting options ranging from solar-powered lights that will illuminate garden beds, walkways and other outdoor areas, to decorative tealight holders and candle lanterns for placing around on outdoor tables or to hang up and provide the soft illumination for enjoying a warm summer evening. So, get out and enjoy your garden!

Roman’s Tree of Life garden stone. roman.com

Creative Co-Op bucket planter on stand. creativecoop.com

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Vegetables When it comes to veggies, you will need to plan a little more carefully this late in the season, depending on what area of the country you live in. According to a New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers University Cooperative Extension fact sheet, “Fruiting vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, require 8 hours of sunlight each day; root vegetables will need 6 hours of sun; and leafy vegetables will usually produce satisfactorily with only 4 hours of sunlight.” So keep this in mind, whether you are starting from seed or buying plants. 22 • PRESENT presentmag.com

Herbs Herbs are an easy way to go and can be started from seed at any time. And, what a great way to add fresh flavor to your cooking! If you grow herbs in pots, they can be brought indoors when the weather starts to get too cool, so that you can snip away all winter long. Flowers To be able to enjoy the colorful display of flowering plants right away, consider purchasing more mature plants to place in containers around your outdoor living area and to fill in areas of the garden that are spent.

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Primitives by Kathy gardenthemed watering can. primitivesbykathy.com


QMT Windchimes Arias bronze windchimes. qmtwindchimes.com

Urban Agriculture Organic Grow Kits. urban-agriculture.net

The Garden Contained f you don’t have yard space for a garden plot, you can still plant a garden! No matter what size or type of space you have – whether it’s a deck, patio, terrace or balcony, you can add color and flavor by growing plants in containers. There are lots of different, decorative and colorful styles to suit your personal taste. When it comes to those plants that you may want to bring indoors once the weather becomes less hospitable to them, consider smaller pots that are easier to fit in with your interior spaces and on your windowsills. While still outdoors, smaller pots can be grouped together in long, rectangular box planters or on metal plant stands and planters than can come inside intact. n

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Evergreen colorful hanging planters. myevergreen.com

Evergreen Harlequin planters. myevergreen.com

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Take the Party

Design Ideas “Nikko” tealight holders made from coconut shells. designideas.net 24 • PRESENT presentmag.com

Design Design “Ombre Sunset” paper plates and napkins. designdesign.us


Summer Fun

Outside! Summertime means moving parties and casual get-togethers outside for fun and food.

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asual entertaining moves outside during the warm summer weather, but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style. Although there’s no reason why you can’t use your regular dinnerware and accessories, why not change things up? Whether you set up a buffet or an informal table, you don’t need to sacrifice style for convenience. Take the worry out of breakage, as well as make clean-up easier, with elegant and colorful paper tableware and napkins, great plastic drinkware and fun cutlery. Dress serving dishes up with colorful covers to keep food protected. Add fun lighting for ambience when the sun goes down, and don’t forget to pick a few blooms from the garden to dress things up.

Charles Viancin 9" silicone “Strawberry” lid. charlesviancin.com

Boston International “Watermelon Bites” paper napkin.bostoninternational.com

Govino plastic beer glass. govino.com

Madhouse “Twig” plastic eating utensils in coral. madhousecollection.com

Picnic Plus “Floribunda” mesh food tents. www.picnicsandmore.com

Tervis “Blue Infusion” BPA-free plastic wine glass. tervis.com

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Get Grilling It’s time to fire up the backyard barbecue, turn on some music to grill by, dig out your grilling tools and serve up some tasty summer recipes.

Sellers Publishing “500 Barbecue Dishes” recipe book. rsvp.com

Menus & Music “Grill to Thrill” music cd and recipe set. menusandmusic.com

Grillight grilling tools with built-in LED lights. grillight.com

Stonewall Kitchen bourbon molasses barbecue sauce. stonewallkitchen.com

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It’s Playtime

FunSparks “Jazzminton” modern take on Badminton. funsparks.com

Get out and play with friends and family this summer!

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ou don’t have to be a kid to play outside. Keep the good times going with outdoor sports and games that add a lot of fun to picnics, barbecues and other casual summer gatherings.

OgoSport “Mini” hand trampoline for balls, to throw, bounce and catch. ogosport.com

BulziBucket bullseye toss game. bulzibucket.com

Sterling Sports plastic Bocce set. sunnywood.net Melissa and Doug “Dilly Dally Turtle” racquet set. melissaanddoug.com

Snake Eyes “Yard Dice.” thegrommet.com Summer 2016 PRESENT • 27


Summer Fun

Snappy Summer No matter where you are this summer, you can stay cool and look cool at the same time in these fresh fashions.

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ummer fashion is all about easy pieces in lightweight colors and fabrics that that are perfect wherever you go – whether to the beach, the pool or simply running around town. Accessories in tropical patterns and bright colors add to the summery mood.

Cappelli Straworld tropical print bag with crocheted handles and matching fedora. dorfman-pacific.com

Top It Off “Hayden” coverup. topitoffaccessories.com 28 • PRESENT presentmag.com

Mad Style pink kimono. mad-style.com


Style Vera Bradley pink tonal flip flops. verabradley.com

Peepers “Still Art” reading sunglasses. peeperspecs.com

Lindsay Phillips “Janet Cork” sandal. lindsay-phillips.com

Headbands of Hope Hawaiian turban. headbandsofhope.com

Mud Pie “Dorian Butterfly” tunics in two colorways. mud-pie.com

All for Color “Seahorse” hooded tunic. allforcolor.com

Cinda B canvas resort tote. cindab.com; and San Diego Hat washedpaper and ribbon “Sun Brim” with removable bow. sandiegohat.com Summer 2016 PRESENT • 29


Beachin’ It

Summer days at the beach mean a lot of fun if you go prepared.

Lovin’ Summer beach tent. lovinsummer.com

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hether you go by the sea, the lake or river, “beachin’ it” means a day of fun in the sun, swimming in the water, and playing in the sand. Make the day safe and even more enjoyable with a few key accessories – including items that provide shade and sun protection; a cooler filled with healthy snacks and cold drinks to keep you refreshed and hydrated; and, of course, something to protect your cell phone and tablet!

Tech Candy “Dryspell” Water Defender Bags for phones and tablets. techcandycases.com

Walleroo Hat Company UPF 50 “Scrunchie” hat. walleroohats.com

Shade Critters children’s UPF swimwear. shadecritters.com

Spiker drink holders. spikercompany.com

Picnic at Ascot large insulated cooler tote in Diamond Granite pattern. picnicatascot.com

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DEI mermaid pilsners. denniseast.com

Sea Sirens Beckon

People have long been fascinated by mermaids and mermaid lore. In 1493, Christopher Columbus recorded a mermaid sighting in his log book. Whether it is due to our love affair with Starbucks or the popularity of Disney’s Ariel, mermaids are an alluring trend this summer.

Ohio Wholesale mermaid welcome sign. ohiowholesale.com

Little Ideas Studio greeting card. littleideasstudio.com

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Spartina 449 “Mermazing” tote set. spartina449.com


For Little Midwest mermaid ornaments. mwcbk.com

Mermaids...

Aurora “Sea Sparkles” plush dolls. auroragift.com

Two’s Company Atlantia mermaid figurines. twoscompany.com

Blankie Tails plush blanket. blankietails.com

C.R. Gibson Lolita acrylic stemless wine glass. crgibson.com

Thirstystone bottle stopper. thirstystone.com

Ganz “Wave Babies” sleepwear, blanket and dolls. ganz.com Summer 2016 PRESENT • 33


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Makers & Shakers

Truth Be Told

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mily McDowell is the founder and creative mind behind Emily McDowell Studio in Los Angeles, whose greeting cards and gift products – including mugs, totes, magnets, art prints and more – are splashed with truthful, humorous sayings that really resonate and often motivate, like “I Will Not Compare Myself to Strangers on the Internet.” Emily left a career in advertising three years ago to start her eponymous company, and became a media sensation last year when she introduced Empathy Cards™ that provide honest support for those with a serious illness or who’ve experienced a loss (e.g., “One More Chemo Down! Let’s Celebrate with Whatever Doesn’t Taste Disgusting”). The cards struck a nerve globally and have been featured by hundreds of news outlets worldwide, as well as shared more than 10 million times on social media. < Emily McDowell, CEO & Creative Director, Emily McDowell Studio.

Meet Emily McDowell, creator of cards and goods that tell it like it is.

Q: What the heck possessed you to start writing greeting cards? When I started writing cards, it was because I had trouble finding the kinds of cards I wanted to send. At the time, I felt like most cards celebrated an idealized version of relationships, and I saw an opportunity to create cards that were more true to the relationships we really have. Q: How do you come up with what to say on your products – especially your Empathy Cards™? I write a LOT, and 95% of it is horrible. I start by identifying a truth, feeling, or event that feels relatable to a lot of people, and then I try to write about it in a new way that hasn’t been done before. The Empathy Cards™ were inspired by my own experience with cancer 15 years ago, and observations and experiences with illness and grief that I’ve had since then with friends. In some ways, Empathy Cards™ are the hardest cards to write, because I’m walking a really fine line on some sensitive topics. At the same time, there are a lot of ideas there, because the cards tackle things nobody ever talks about.   Q: What’s your favorite part of your job? One favorite part is Good Idea Feeling, which (as you can probably guess) is the excitement I get from having a good idea, or writing something that feels really fresh and truthful. I also love the process of figuring out why we behave the way we do. It’s a lot of fun to get to be so involved with the human experience as a job, but not have to actually be anyone’s therapist. Another favorite part is hearing the feedback we get from customers – when people love and relate to the things we make, and when I know we’re helping people figure out what to say. It’s really rewarding to know that the things I write are helping people connect with “Grocery Compromises” canvas tote. each other. Continued on page 36

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Q: What makes you laugh? The truth. When something is just painfully true, like Louis C.K.’s comedy. Broad City. Amy Schumer. My boyfriend. All those YouTube videos of goats yelling like humans. I could watch those all day. Q: What’s the best gift you’ve ever given? As a notoriously questionable giftgiver, I strongly believe that the skill of excellent gift-giving should not be taken for granted. At this point, my sister and I just exchange gift cards, which is embarrassing. I do make special one-off cards for my family and friends, which they really dig. I got my boyfriend a derrière-shaped lamp for his birth-

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day that you slap to turn on and off, which I know probably sounds like a terrible gift, but it was perfect for him. Q: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? When I was 16, my mom bought me a Toyota Corolla with 200,000 miles on it for $500. My mom painted a little Hot Wheels car to look exactly like it, complete with rust spots and bumper stickers, and put that under the Christmas tree. Q: What are the top 3 things on your bucket list? Learn to scuba dive, take a threemonth trip around the world, and stay in one of those fancy hotel huts built over the ocean in Tahiti. n

Empathy Card™. emilymcdowell.com

Ceramic 11-oz. mug. emilymcdowell.com


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’mon get happy! You can’t help but smile when you see these “Happy” products. Their uplifting messages and colorful designs are all about promoting feelings of happiness. Here are some other ways to get happy:

• Hang with happy people – the more happy people you know, the more likely you are to be happy, says a report in the British Medical Journal. • Turn up the music – scientists at the University of Missouri found that people can boost their overall happiness by listening to upbeat music. • Stop and smell the roses – the sweet scent of flowers causes positive emotions, say researchers from the University of Florida. • Hit the gym – research shows that exercising releases feel-good brain chemicals that can help reduce anxiety and improve mood. • Get out in the sun – sunny days have long been known to uplift spirits, while not getting enough light can negatively impact mood and lead to seasonal affective disorder. • Adopt a pet – studies show that animals can reduce tension and improve mood; and petting a dog or cat can even lower your heart rate. • Go visit Denmark – it’s the happiest country in the world, according to the World Happiness Report; the U.S. was ranked #13 on this list. • Embrace growing older – people age 50 and older are the happiest, with those over age 65 most happy, according to a Harris Poll on Happiness. n

(From top): “Choose Happy” barn box sign. Collins Painting & Design. collinspainting.com • “Think Happy Thoughts!” small trinket dish. Studio Oh! studiooh.com • “Happy Everything” glass dome paperweight. Fringe Studio. Fringestudio.com • “Be Happy” recycled zip pouch. Natural Life. naturallife.com Summer 2016 PRESENT • 39


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Funny Cards Send someone a laugh with these humorous greeting cards that they’ll keep longer than an email, a post or a text!

Avanti Press Summer Smiles card; inside: “Clucking awesome! Happy Birthday.” avantipress.com

Designer Greetings Awesome Sauce card; inside: “See you soon. Man, I kill me.” designergreetings.com

NobleWorks Ephemera card; inside: “The years keep adding up! Happy Birthday.” nobleworkscards.com

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Fun Fact: Researchers have found that 15 a day burns between 10 and 40 calories!

Old Tom Foolery Color Commentary card. oldtomfoolery.com

RSVP/Sellers Publishing humor card; inside: “A couple glasses of wine and she’ll be able to escape. Happy Birthday.” rsvp.com

minutes of laughter

MikWright embossed foil hand-lettered card. mikwright.com

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Tips & Tricks

10 Clever Ways To Use Giftwrap These giftwrap ideas go way beyond the box.

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iftwrap isn’t just for wrapping a present! The next time you reach for a roll or sheet of giftwrap, consider these great ideas for using giftwrap in creative ways throughout your home.

1. Line your kitchen shelves – Liven up those boring kitchen cabinets and pantries (or closets anywhere in your home) by lining the shelves with colorful giftwrap that will make you smile every time you open the door or drawer!

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than the photo on all sides, and place the photo behind. 3. Cover school textbooks – Forget boring brown paper bags or pricey fabric book covers when you’ve got a roll of giftwrap handy! With just some scissors and tape, schoolbooks get a designer-like look that will be a hit in the classroom.

Line envelopes for colorful correspondence.

2. Create unique wall décor – Many giftwrap patterns are gorgeous enough to frame! Wrap also works nicely when used as a photo mat to bring a little pizazz to pictures. Fill the frame with giftwrap, then tape a photo on top. For a more permanent look, cut wrap leaving a window that is 1/4" smaller

4. Customize stationery envelopes – Send your correspondence with custom envelope liners that take plain white envelopes from dull to decorative. This is also a great way to use up leftover pieces from a wrapping project.

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5. Jazz up office accessories – Everyone’s workday can benefit from an inspiring color splash! Use a favorite giftwrap print to brighten up office items such as magazine holders. Simply cut the wrap to size, adhere with spray glue, and finish with a clear coat for maximum durability.

Take office accessories to a colorful new level.


6. Hang fun party garland – Craft a festive garland using a paper punch and baker’s twine; using doublesided tape, sandwich two pieces of wrap together with twine in the middle for a fun and colorful addition to any party! 7. Craft colorful catch-alls – Corral clutter around the house by wrapping a sturdy box inside and out. Or, wrap a coffee can to contain your writing utensils, makeup brushes, or various knickknacks.

Create unique wall décor or water bottle wrappers.

8. Decorate plastic water bottles – Make memorable water bottle wraps for your guests. Use 2-inch strips of giftwrap, then cut and adhere to the water bottle with double-sided tape. It’s a great way to give a special event a custom look without a custom price tag! 9. Roll out a table runner – A roll of wrap creates a fun starting point for a cute tablescape, protects your furniture from crumbs, and makes clean up a cinch! To decorate a gift table or dessert station, simply roll out the wrap, cut to size, and secure with double-sided tape or tablecloth clips. 10. Make fashionable centerpieces – Cover a vase or flower pot with giftwrap and get a totally unique look that will turn a simple arrangement into a show-stopping centerpiece! The simplicity of this project makes it easy and afffordable to change up looks for any season or occasion. n Aimee Logan is creative coordinator for The Gift Wrap Company and a contributor to its studio blog featuring unique uses for giftwrap, “Beyond the Grommets” at beyondthegrommets.com.

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States of Mind

The Home T children’s crew t-shirt. thehomet.com

There’s no place like home. Items with state and city motifs show pride for where we live or have lived, or can be a nice memento of where we’ve visited.

Bamboo cutting board by Totally Bamboo. totallybamboo.com

Dogeared necklace in gold-dipped or sterling silver. dogeared.com

Citified Gifts

Ecojot Jumbo Journal with 100% post-consumer waste paper. ecojot.com

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Catstudio hand-embroidered pillow. catstudio.com

Red and White Kitchen Company towel. redandwhitekitchen. com

The Dish lumbar pillow. thedishltd.com


Hammerpress state postcard. hammerpress.net

Sawdust City wooden sign. sawdustcityllc.com

Maptote 100% cotton beach tote. maptote.com

Neighborwoods laser-engraved aromatic cedar coasters. neighborwoodmaps.com

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Color Me Happy! Creative and meditative, coloring is no longer just for kids. Adults are finding fun and relaxation in it, making it the latest hot trend.

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hroughout the U.S. and across the world, coloring has moved out of the children’s playroom and into the living room to become a relaxing activity for adults of all ages, as well as a grown-up social activity. “Coloring helps me pass the time between customers, and it is so relaxing,” acknowledged a woman who had a coloring book open while she was manning a restaurant coat check. Added a college student in her campus dorm: “I find coloring helps reduce my stress, especially at exam time.”

Buffalo Games jigsaw puzzle featuring Johanna Basford’s “Secret Garden: Forest Owl.” buffalogames. com

Adult coloring has been around for some time, but certainly not as the huge trend it is today. Its recent popularity can be attributed in large part to the publication in 2013 of Johanna Basford’s coloring book, “Secret Garden,” which became a best-seller and has intrigued many with its intricate patterns and hidden images. “There are a lot of different reasons why the world has gone coloring crazy,” observes Joanne Fink, an artist and coloring book designer. “For one thing, scientific study has shown it to have benefits similar to meditation. But more than that, it has become socially acceptable – almost chic – and people who have been secretly coloring for years have ‘come out of the closet.’” Coloring Has Benefits Many recent news reports have touted the benefits of coloring for adults, noting that is has been proven to help individuals unwind

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from high-stress jobs and over-scheduled lifestyles. In fact, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have suggested the use of coloring as an alternative to meditation. Research also shows that coloring engages and stimulates different areas of the brain, helping us to focus and concentrate on fine motor skills. Furthermore, in this techno-centric age of electronic devices, it is getting back to the basics of putting [colored] pencil to paper. Most of all, it is just plain and simple fun that doesn’t require a lot of skill. The tools and accessories for today’s adult coloring trend go way beyond kiddie basics. Designs range from intricate mandalas to imaginative fantasy scenes to beautiful floral motifs. Coloring pages can be a “springboard for more personal creativity” according to Fink, and has opened the way to other coloring media for more self-expression. There are journals to combine your creative writing and selfexploration in words with your artistic expression in color and doodles. Larger pieces such as posters can be done as a family or group project and worked on over time. One of the inspiring things about coloring is that when the piece is finished, you can frame it and then display it in your home or office where you can enjoy

Primitives By Kathy coloring Box Sign and pillow. primitivesbykathy.com


your work of art. You might even want to rotate your work to keep things looking fresh. It becomes an element of décor that personalizes your space. “People are also sharing their coloring work via social media,” states Fink. “They are getting positive feedback, and it validates them.” Color Your World As the number of adults interested in coloring has grown, so have the choices of things there are to color. There are intricate coloring cards, posters and much more out there to help you try your hand at this growing craze of selfexpression. Paper placemats that have been colored can be laminated to be used again and again. You can also set your table with a color-in cotton tablecloth and/or placemats. A color-in pillowcase can be doodled on to add color to a bedroom; or, liven up your living room or favorite reading chair with a decorative coloring pillow. When you use washable markers, these items can be colored over and over again. Otherwise, color them in with permanent fabric markers. Kathy Phillips, founder of the gift/home décor resource Primitives by Kathy, says that when it comes to the choice of coloring tools, “It’s really up to the artist! We have seen a mix of markers, colored pens and pencils used to color in our box signs. The best coloring tool depends on the intricacy and detail of the design. Layering different styles creates a really unique piece of art.” If you haven’t colored anything since you were a kid, don’t worry about staying within the lines or choosing the wrong color. There is no right or wrong ... it’s your creation. Enjoy yourself!

The Lang Companies coloring planner, puzzle, calendar and books. www.thelangcos. com

Demdaco “Hit the Hay!” coloring pillowcase. demdaco.com

Wellspring coloring keyboard pad. wellspringgift. com

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Pirasta coloring poster. pirastanyc.com

Calypso Cards coloring greeting card. calypsocards.com Summer 2016 PRESENT • 47


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Organize a Coloring Meetup!

Coloring doesn’t have to be a solo activity. You can keep it small with just a few personal friends or organize a larger community group through your church, library or other organization. If you are thinking of starting a coloring club, here are a few considerations: • Choose a location with a large flat table or tables. If the group is small, a dining room or kitchen table should suffice. If the group is to be larger, look into the local library or church for space. • Schedule a regular set time and frequency so that all members can plan. • Require members to bring their own supplies. • Have extra supplies, such as markers, pencil sharpeners and erasers, on hand just in case. • Arrange for refreshments. Remember this is a social occasion.

< Photocopy and print our coloring page onto highquality paper, or simply color in as is! Coloring page designed by Joanne Fink. zenspirations.com

Sakura “Gelly Roll” gel pens. sakura.com

Hester & Cook floral coloring table runner with matching coloring placemats pad. hesterandcook.com

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International Arrivals triangular-barreled colored pencils. intlarrivals.com

Xonex “Urban Artist” twin brush markers. xonexpens.com

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here are many different coloring products now that are printed on different types and quality of papers, especially coloring books. The successful performance of any pen, marker or paint and the look of the finished product is as much dependent on the quality of the paper used as it is on the individual’s coloring ability.

Here are a few helpful tips: • For best results, pre-test each item to determine the compatibility and endresults on that specific book’s paper quality. • If the paper is a heavy weight with a smoother finish, many products perform well. • Coloring with inks or paint on thin, low-quality paper may cause the colors to bleed or cause the paper to buckle.

• Designs in coloring books can be photocopied and printed on a higher quality paper. • The “tooth” or texture of a paper is important in terms of finished effect and appropriateness of the medium used to color. Glossier finished papers may not accept inks and paints in the same way – or as successfully – as colored pencils or crayons. n (Courtesy of Sakura. sakuraofamerica.com)

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Lark “Wild Savannah” adventure coloring book. sterlingpublishing.com

Quadrille “The Coloring Book of Mindfulness” with quotes and designs. chroniclebooks.com

Peter Pauper Press “Follow Your Dreams” Studio Series coloring book. peterpauper.com

Coloring Books for Grown-ups From flowers, fairies and butterflies to tattoos, mandalas and magical kingdoms, there’s a coloring book style for everyone. Bet you can’t buy just one!

Chartwell Books “Tattoo Coloring Book 3.” quartoknows.com

idesign + co “The Groovy Doodle Book” for doodling and coloring. idesignandco.com

Race Point Publishing “Portable Color Me Calm” coloring book. quartoknows.com

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Wedding Shower Gifts Some of our favorite stores share what’s popular in their area of the country.

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MIDWEST Handcrafted glass on copper enameled Spiritile by Houston Llew, houstonllew.com; selling at Leon and Lulu, Clawson, MI.

SOUTHEAST Orion Buffalo Horn Ice Bucket from Mary Jurek Design, maryjurekdesign. com; selling at Write-On Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.

NORTHEAST “Eat, Drink and Be Married” personalized cutting board from Maple Leaf At Home, mapleleafathome.com; selling at Mason & Madison, Middleton, MA.

Fun Fact: 76% of weddings occur during the summer and fall months.

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LOUISIANA The Lemon Tree Gifts and Paper Baton Rouge (on Facebook)

Kademi Philadelphia kademi.com

The Stationery Company Denver stationerycompany.com CONNECTICUT The Bowerbird Old Lyme thebowerbird.com DELAWARE Mod Cottage Rehoboth Beach modcottage.net 54 • PRESENT presentmag.com

MeLinda’s Fine Gifts Picayune melindasgifts.com

(pk) Flynn Lincoln pkflynn.com

NEW JERSEY Bath Time Cape May bathtimecapemay.com Depot Gift Morristown depotgift.com Frick and Frack Wayne frickandfrack.com Periwinkle’s Fine Gifts and Home Cranford giftthebest.com The Front Porch Pennington thefrontporchnj.com NEW MEXICO Doodlets Santa Fe doodlets.com NEW YORK 1st National Gifts Skaneateles firstnationalgifts.com Lion in the Sun Brooklyn lioninthesunps.com Pink Olive New York City pinkolive.com


Wit & Whim Port Washington wit-and-whim.com

Wild Card Pittsburgh wildcardpgh.com

Mongrel Richmond mongrelrva.com

NORTH CAROLINA Paper Skyscraper Charlotte paperskyscraper.com

RHODE ISLAND Sweet Twist East Greenwich sweettwist.com

Paper on the Avenue Richmond paperontheavenue.com

Parker and Otis/Chet Miller Durham parkerandotis.com

SOUTH CAROLINA Wonder Works Mt. Pleasant wonderworkstoys.com

NORTH DAKOTA Curious Grand Forks curiousexperience.com Zandbroz Fargo zandbroz.com OHIO Mim’s Off Main Mason mimsoffmain.com Pizazz Studio Loveland pizazzstudio.com OKLAHOMA Paper 'N More Oklahoma City papernmoreok.com Plenty Mercantile Oklahoma City plentymercantile.com The Yellow Gazebo McAlester (on Facebook) OREGON Paddington Station Ashland paddingtonstationashland.com Presents of Mind Portland presentsofmind.tv PENNSYLVANIA Bee Hive Gift Shop Wilkes Barre beehivegiftshop.com Omoi Zakka Shop/ Select Shop 215 Philadelphia omoionline.com St. Luke’s University Hospital Gift Shop Bethlehem slhn.org

SOUTH DAKOTA The Tumbleweed Mitchell (on Facebook) TENNESSEE Joanie McDavid Home Kingsport joaniemcdavidhome.com The Paper Place Nashville paperplacenashville.com TEXAS Avalon Stationery & Gift Houston (on Facebook) Froggie’s 5&10/Bettie Lou Dallas (on Facebook) Magpies Gifts Bellaire magpiesgifts.com Moon Mippy San Antonio lovemoonmippy.com UTAH Quilted Bear Ogden quiltedbear.com Randee & Company Salt Lake City randeeandcompany.com

WASHINGTON Paper Dreams Bellingham paperdreamsfairhaven.com

Froggie’s 5 & 10 Dallas, TX

Sweetwater Paper & Home Walla Walla sweetwaterpaperhome.com Watson Kennedy Seattle watsonkennedy.com WASHINGTON, DC Groovy dc groovydc.com

Mixed Greens Boise, ID

WEST VIRGINIA Oodles Hurricane (on Facebook) WISCONSIN Broadway Paper Milwaukee broadwaypaper.com Orange Tree Imports Madison orangetreeimports.com

MoMere West Des Moines, IA

Taylor Creek Green Bay myideastore.com The Frame Workshop Appleton theframeworkshop.com WYOMING A Prairie Dawn Gillette aprairiedawn.com

Mongrel Richmond, VA

VERMONT Arabesque Shelburne arabesquevt.com Northshire Bookstore Manchester northshire.com VIRGINIA A Dodson’s Suffolk adodsons.com

(Have a recommendation for a great gift shop that should be on this list? Please send the store’s name and location to Kat at kat@presentmag.com or Keb at keb@presentmag.com, and we’ll check them out!)

Paper 'N More Oklahoma City, OK Summer 2016 PRESENT • 55


Back Talk

Sassy Glasses Fun messages and graphics on these glasses make them a hit at any gathering. Between drinks, use them to hold pencils, flowers, loose change, whatever – they’re just too great to put away!

8 Oak Lane “You’re A Ten” 20-oz. stemless wine glass. 8oaklane.com

Pop Chart Lab “A Visual Compendium of Guitars” pint glass. popchartlab.com 56 • PRESENT presentmag.com

Slant Collections “I’m So Fancy” 20-oz. stemless wine glass. slantcollections.com

Easy, Tiger “Fabulous” gold-foiled, 12-oz. cocktail glass. easytigerco.com

Vital Industries “Bicycle” 17-0z. stemless wine glass. vitalindustries.com

Cognitive Surplus “Beer Chemistry” pint glass. cognitive-surplus.com


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