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GREAT GIFTS

For Her, Him, Kids, Pets & More!

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Ways To Use Ornaments Beyond the Tree

Fall Decor Plus Ideas for Entertaining

Artisan Made

Handcrafted Items From Makers Worldwide With compliments of this awesome retailer!


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SPECIAL SECTIONS: ARTISAN MADE 6 Crafted by Hand – Wearable Art Talented makers of unique jewelry. 9 Crafted by Hand – Glass Magic Glass producers employing a variety of techniques. 10 Crafted by Hand – Media Sensations Artisans working with various other materials.

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12 Crafted by Hand – Metalwork Shines Metal crafters using bronze, copper and pewter. HOLIDAY PRESENTS 19 It’s Holiday Time! A curated selection of great gift ideas. 20 Presents for Her Gift suggestions for the women in your life. 24 Presents for Him Special gift items to wow the men on your list. 28 Presents for Kids Fun toys with terrific play value.

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30 Presents for Pets Frank the bulldog comments on the best pet items. 32 Gifts That Do Good Products that have charitable or socially responsible tie-ins.

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PRESENTLY TRENDING: 39 Pressed for the Holidays – Letterpress-printed Christmas cards. 40 Deck the Halls – Holiday home accents for every room. 44 Let’s Talk Turkey! – Accessories and treats for a festive Thanksgiving. 46 Kids Gifts – What the cool kids want. 49 Oh Baby! – Adorable items for little ones.

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Contents IN EVERY ISSUE: 3 Presently Speaking – Shop Small and support your community. 4 Celebs & Presents: As Seen on TV – Gifts in the media spotlight. 14 Makers & Shakers: Holiday Maker – Meet Glitterville designer Stephen Brown. 34 Present-Day Etiquette: Rules of Regifting – The Emily Post Institute offers guidance.

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36 Tips & Tricks: Ornament Your Life – Traci Auger shares other ways to use ornaments. 38 Tips & Tricks: The Cheat Pleat – Gift-wrap expert Arona Khan shows a clever tip.

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52 Presents by Region: Gifts for Kids – Top sellers from retailers nationwide. 54 The PRESENTer Network – Top specialty retailers where PRESENT Magazine can be found. 56 Back Talk: Tech Style – Fashionable and functional tech accessories.

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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 Randi K. Edelman randi.k.edelman@gmail.com Susan A. Tucker greatbydyzne@gmail.com • Contributors Traci Auger, From Frank, Arona Khan, The Emily Post Institute, Jessica N. Turner

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Shop Small, Shop Local I

t’s time to make your holiday gift list and get out there and shop! The question is: Where will you shop?

This holiday season, we suggest you shop smart by shopping local. Your local independent gift shop offers the best selection of unique specialty items not found in big-box stores; provides the best, in-person customer service; and allows you to see and touch what you’re purchasing. These independent shops – “momand-pops” – continue to be the mainstay of many downtowns nationwide and the heart of their business communities. They often support local charities, sponsor kids’ sports teams, and are a gathering place for special events. Plus, they provide another valuable service – retail therapy! Here are a few other key reasons to support your local independent retailers during the holidays and throughout the year:

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Kat’s 5 Favorite Holiday Traditions: 1. Sending 100+ holiday cards. 2. Getting out the holiday decorations. 3. Putting up outdoor Christmas lights. 4. Filling the stockings with candy, lottery tickets and a large navel orange. 5. Setting out cookies for Santa, then eating them.

Keb’s 5 Favorite Holiday Traditions: 1. Pumpkin carving. 2. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my sisters. 3. Decorating the Christmas tree. 4. Receiving holiday cards with news from friends and family. 5. Singing Christmas carols.

• Preserve community character. Each business is unique, adding to the diversity of its locale. Store owners generally live in the community and select a product mix with their specific clientele in mind. • Benefit the local economy. These businesses provide jobs and pay more taxes to support local services. • Build community well-being. Local businesses help build strong neighborhoods and contribute to important local causes. Walkable shopping areas add to community spirit and neighborliness. • Give more personalized service. These businesses get to know their customers and can advise you on purchases. Read on and enjoy,

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Celebs & Presents

As Seen On TV Trendy gift items are making appearances on popular TV shows.

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eed a great gift idea? Tune in to a TV show and check out the jewelry and apparel the celebrities are wearing, the home goods and stationery items they’re using, and the eye-popping products that have been placed as props on set. Stylists and producers work hard to get the best, on-trend items for their actors and shows; here, we reveal some of their latest finds that you can get at your local gift shop.

Beer Trap “Beer Cap Maps” as seen on Good Morning America.

Design Design giftwrap as seen on Billions.

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GirlyGoGarter gripping pocket garter as seen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

My Saint My Hero “Blessing Bracelets” worn by John Stamos on The Tonight Show.

Lady Primrose bath and body products as seen on Mr. Selfridge.

Pursecase smartphone clutch as seen on Shark Tank.

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Crafted The “maker movement” has been gaining momentum as talented artisans spurn mass production to craft one-of-a-kind objects by hand. These gifted artisans are updating the traditions of age-old crafts by exploring new formats, designs and techniques to create truly unique gifts.

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Wearable Art

Jewelry is perhaps the largest category of handmade wares, with artisans crafting pieces out of everything from recycled, found objects to precious metals and gems. Styles range from vintage looks to simple, understated modern designs. Whatever your budget, there are affordable pieces to fit anyone’s taste – whether it’s a gift for someone else or for yourself. Grandmother’s Buttons, St. Francisville, LA

Susan Davis; Grandmother’s Buttons green jewelry pieces.

After a visit to her grandmother’s home in 1985 and finding boxes of vintage buttons, Susan Davis was inspired to turn those pretty buttons into earrings and other jewelry ... and, Grandmother’s Buttons was born. Susan began her business by selling at craft fairs and antique shows. The business has grown, but Grandmother’s Buttons jewelry is still handmade by Susan and her team of talented women who help design and create the pieces. Susan now sources her buttons from New Orleans to Paris and from New York to Shanghai. She has also authored a book on button jewelrymaking, Beautiful Button Jewelry.

Dunitz & Company, Los Angeles, CA

Nancy Dunitz and her Guatemalan beading artisans; Dunitz & Company beaded earrings.

Following her dream of designing beautiful things made in a third-world country, Nancy Dunitz founded Dunitz & Company in 1989 and chose Guatemala as her hand-making base. Although she started with the idea of creating home accents, Nancy discovered a beadwork artisan who sparked the concept for the beaded jewelry designs for which her company has become known. Nancy works closely with her Guatemala-based design team to create all the pieces in her collection, which features trend-forward fashion colors and now also includes fused glass and embroidery. Fall 2016 PRESENT • 7


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Wearable Art Continued

Sue Rosengard Design Jewelry, Chicago, IL

Sue Rosengard; Sue Rosengard Jewelry Design “Storm” cuff bracelet.

Sue Rosengard’s passion for designing jewelry was sparked by taking a jewelrymaking class at the New School in New York. While primarily self-taught, Sue continued her education by taking more classes in Chicago where she started her jewelry-making business. Her pieces are mainly formed using her fingers, pliers and mandrels to curve and bend wire into small sculptures. Sue’s designs are inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and other designers of the Modernist era, including Russell Wright, jewelers Margaret de Patta and Paul Lobel, and sculptor Alexander Calder.

Shari Dixon, Collierville, TN

Combining a strong background in fashion with her graphicdesign training, Shari creates stylish jewelry that is both artistic and timeless. Her pieces incorporate a mix of media and natural elements, such as flower and plant material, feathers, shells and snakeskin, encased in polyresin to preserve their forms. She combines those polyresin creations with natural stones, freshwater pearls and interesting fibers for a result that is extremely unique.

Shari Dixon; “Scarlet Gillia” necklace, cuff and earrings.

Bella Vita Jewelry, Little Rock, AR

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Launched by Brandy Thomason McNair in 2008, Bella Vita Jewelry started out modestly at local art fairs and craft shows. Housed in an old restored building, the Bella Vita Studio makes small batches and one-of-a-kind runs of personalized and hand-stamped charms, handcast bronze and sterling pendants. Brandy often goes “treasure hunting” around the country to search for natural stones and vintage elements to combine with her handstamped and hand-cast elements, creating pieces that are “thoughtful statements.”


Glass Magic

Glass, a liquid in fire that turns solid as it cools, has a history that dates back thousands of years. It’s a medium that artists can use in many different ways – blowing, molding, slumping, fusing – to create beautiful objects, both practical and decorative. Kiku Handmade, Chicago, IL

Kiku’s Laurie Freivogel; Kiku “Dahlia” long platter.

Two Tone Studios, Seattle, WA

Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz at work in their studio; Two Tone Studio “Polka Dot” vases.

Childs Studio, Bellevue, WA Kiku’s Laurie Freivogel began making glass jewelry in 2004. Finding that creatively unfulfilling, she explored other ways to create with glass and to incorporate her passion for imagery and pattern, until through much experimentation, she found her niche. Laurie uses a silkscreen technique with fine enamels to print and fuse an image onto glass. Laurie’s design inspirations are mid-century modern and Japanese design aesthetics.

Wishing to be a part of the rich glass community in the Pacific Northwest, Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz founded Two Tone Studios in 2007. Their studio name is a reference to their use of color as well as to the two individuals behind their unique pieces – which they handcraft together from sketch to finished product. Well known as glass artists, they lecture and demonstrate their skills around the world.

Tamara Childs started hand-gilding glassware in 1991 as a means to “create beautifully handcrafted pieces of art as tableware and giftware Tamara and Adam Childs; Tamara for everyday living and Childs “Wabi Sabi” gilded glass display.” Her son, Adam, bowls. has joined her in this endeavor. Each piece of glassware produced in the Childs Studio passes through both Tamara’s and Adam’s hands twice before finished products leave the studio.

Bottle Benders, Eastanollee, GA

Maura, one of the artisans at Bottle Benders; Bottle Benders “Coral Reef” wind chime.

Bottle Benders specializes in making handcrafted wind chimes from recycled glass bottles. A family business founded in 1970, there are currently three generations of the family working together to create these unique glass chimes.

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Charles MacSherry hand-pouring candle wax.

Media Sensations

Artisans use many other materials – fabric, wood and leather, among others – to create beautiful and useful objects. WAX: Max’s Waxhouse, Baltimore, MD

MIXED MEDIA: Cedar Mountain Studios, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada The husband-and-wife team of Don and Suzanne Zacharias, along with a small staff of nine others, create art blocks using traditional plastering techniques applied in multiple layers on wood. The result is a unique, vintage appearance.

Max’s Waxhouse “Crisp Apple Cider” candle.

Cedar Mountain Studios Bird’s Nest art block.

Craft beer enthusiasts Ron Furman and Charles MacSherry originated Max’s Waxhouse candles out of a desire to repurpose a local craft brewery’s bottles and keep them from going into a landfill. The unique shape of the cut bottle allows the user to control the cast of light. A portion of the proceeds from these candles’ sales goes to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

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FABRIC: Hot Skwash by Daria, Portland, OR

Daria Knowles didn’t start out to be an entrepreneur and build a business. She was just looking for something to “feed my creative appetite and contribute financially to my family.” An experienced seamstress, she came across a fabric pumpkin one day that inspired her Hot Skwash velvet pumpkins. designs.

WOOD: Larch Wood Canada, Cape Breton Island, Canada Larch Wood products are produced by a group of local woodworking craftspeople out of the wood of the larch tree, renowned for the beauty and natural healing properties of its grain and its natural resistance to bacteria.

CERAMIC: Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi,

Naperville, IL A clay artist for more than 25 years, Laurie derives inspiration from crazy quilts and traditional needlecrafts. She creates her pieces using a variety of techniques – hand-building, wheel-throwing, coil and slab work. Her work has an organic, yet thought-out, look.

LPE “Rumors About Renee” ceramic heart.

Larch Wood round cheeseboard.

PAPER: Quilling Card, Framingham, MA After leaving the corporate world in 2012 to follow an American entrepreneurial dream, Huong Nguyen Wolf stumbled upon the ancient art of quilling – creating artwork out of tiny rolled strips of paper – and founded Quilling Card, whose cards are now handcrafted in Vietnam.

Quilling Cards “Hummingbird” card.

LEATHER: Rogue Industries, Portland, ME.

Rogue Industries was formed by the father-and-son team of Michael and Wells Lyons out of a desire to “build a better wallet.” Not being able to find one that suited their needs, they came up with their own unique wallet that is specifically designed to fit into a front pocket. Rogue Industries’ moose-hide leather wallet.

REPURPOSED SILVERWARE: Forked Up Art,

Ogden, UT Forked Up Art creates quirky sculptural gifts and housewares from everyday forks and spoons. The company’s team of workers bends, cuts, twists and shapes steel flatware into garden ornaments, figural sculptures, wine bottle holders and other whimsical household objects.

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Metalwork Shines

From iron to gold, various metals can be forged, molded, cast and shaped into decorative items that enhance our lives. Although much of today’s metal objects are mass-produced, there are still artisans who skillfully craft their works by hand, one piece at a time.

Sertodo Copper, Austin, TX,

and Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico Jonathan Beall founded Sertodo Copper, an international cooperative of master copper artisans, in 1997. Using recycled copper, Sertodo produces copper pieces that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Every item is individually handcrafted by an artisan in the company’s workshop in Santa Clara del Cobre. Sertodo Copper “Nile” bowl and “Mini Mules” with other copper pieces.

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Basic Spirit, Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Cynthia Webb Designs, San Diego, CA

Basic Spirit “charm” bowl.

Cynthia Webb Designs framed pewter bird’s nest.

Located in a small village on the north shore of Nova Scotia, Basic Spirit has a small team of artisans who handcraft pewter jewelry, tableware, ornaments and gift items in its seaside studio. The company believes in “the possibility of a flourishing life for all” and, to that end, donates 10 percent of its profits to a variety of different charitable organizations and programs.

Cynthia Webb specializes in handcrafted pewter known for its themes of faith, family and spirit. Since establishing her design studio in 1992, Webb’s business has grown from producing small ornaments and pins, to larger framed art, wall plaques and memento boxes. “I’m inspired through the creation of what I call art that also tugs at the heart,” she says.

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Holiday Maker Meet Stephen Brown, creator of Glitterville, where everyday is a holiday.

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Q. Your ornament designs are very nontraditional. What inspires them? It’s true. I’m not very traditional, starting with the ideology that the holiday season is bound to the color theme of red and green. In my mind, Christmas has always been pink. It’s so dreamy, it makes me smile to think about it! My inspiration has always come from trying to think of new ways to make every day a holiday! I love the idea that practically anything ordinary can become extraordinary with color changes and a little sparkle! Q. What did you learn from being a costume designer that you apply to designing for Glitterville? The principles of decorating a Christmas ball are pretty much the same as those used to dress an opera singer or TV star – a horizontal stripe usually proves wrong for both! Good design is good design … or, in my case, wacky design. Those who are familiar with my costume work will tell you many of those outfits looked much more like ornaments than actual clothes (I probably made the switch just in time). For example, for a production of Cinderella, I dressed one of the

Glitterville “Lala the Llama” ornaments.

stepsisters in a costume like a hot air balloon; the other was costumed like a weed-filled garden complete with a wig full of caged birds! Q. You were a judge on TLC’s “Craft Wars.” What was the hardest part of that job? The hardest part is being critical of someone and realizing that it might have a lasting effect on that person’s confidence. To make matters worse, it’s on TV, so you can’t just say, “Oh, I like that one best!” and move on; you have to instead praise the one you like best and then go all “Simon Cowell” on the other two!

Glitterville “Mrs. Patches and Baby Squash” Halloween décor.

Q. What do you love most about Halloween and Christmas? My favorite thing about Halloween has always been planning and hosting the Glitterville Orange and Black Ball. It’s a party that started small at my house years ago and has grown over the years. For the holidays, my schedule doesn’t allow me to be home until the actual week of Christmas, so I generally pick out a 12ft. tree in Atlanta, have it trucked in and set up, ready for me to decorate just in time for a huge party on Christmas Eve. Then, I leave town the Fall 2016 PRESENT • 15


Makers & Shakers day after Christmas until February, at which time I return with all signs of Christmas cleared completely away. Q. What’s the best gift that you’ve ever given? That’s a hard question, and one that really can only be answered by a recipient! That said, judging from the smiles I’ve seen through the years, I’d like to think my best gift to others has been the gift of Sparkle and Shine, a.k.a. Glitterville! Q. What’s the best gift that you’ve ever received? I’ve received lots of fabulous gifts over the years, but one truly special one was a rag doll named George, given to me by my nana when I was only two years old. That rag doll has accompanied me on every trip and adventure throughout my entire life; and, yes, he still goes everywhere I go today. He’s definitely a frequent flyer! Q. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list? Glitter, glitter, and more glitter. n TOP: Glitterville ombre sisal holiday trees. LEFT: “Ruffled” cupcake plate. RIGHT: “King of the Gnomes” holiday décor.

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It’s Holiday Time! We’ve curated a selection of the best new gift ideas for everyone on your list. Let the holiday shopping begin!

Grasslands Road “Glitter Moravian” hanging stars décor.

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Silk Squirrel “Morning Light” silk satin scarf.

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Presents for Her It’s not easy knowing what gifts women really want. So, here’s a little guidance.

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any women think they’re easy to shop for, since they know what they like and want. They may think they convey that message by dropping subtle hints or admiring certain things when out browsing, but often friends and family – and especially men – don’t pick up on those vibes, no matter how strong. Below are some categories along with suggestions to help you find the perfect gift this holiday for the special women in your life.

Fashion Jewelry – A girl can’t have too much sparkle and shine! Look for hot fashion colors, as well as her wardrobe favorites. Go bold to make a statement, or delicate for subtlety or to layer. Tassels, charms and sentiments have great appeal. Gold-tones and copper warm up looks.

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Fashion Apparel – Shop local for unique, fun and fashionable apparel that will stand out because it isn’t available everywhere. Look for comfortable and casual tunics, wraps, trendy “athleisure” wear, and even lounging pajamas. Fashion Accessories – Scarves and wearable accents are a great way to freshen up her wardrobe. Consider warm winter hats, funky colorful socks and other items that will set her style apart. 2

Totables– Whatever her style, she needs something to carry all her “stuff.” Large or small, there’s a handbag, tote, backpack, wristlet or pouch to match her needs. And, like shoes, she can never have too many great bags! Bath and Body Care – Pamper her with spa-like treatments she can use at home. Bath products and other lotions and potions will help her relax and feel refreshed and beautiful. Room Décor – Accents that reflect her personality will lend a special touch to her personal spaces. Don’t forget the candles! When all else fails, a beautiful jar candle with a luxurious fragrance saves the day. Sassy Stuff – Little things with fun sayings will brighten her mood and make her smile.

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Presents for Her 1. Hydra aromatherapeutic shower bursts. • 2. Natural Life Espresso Ombre long sleeve Hangout dress. • 3. Simply Noelle rolled sleeve knit tunic with pockets. • 4. Mona B “Merge Right” 18" x 18" pillow.• 5. Charlie Paige fall tunic. • 6. Quotable inspirational canvas wall art. • 7. Fornash “Bombay” long necklaces. • 8. Paper Epiphanies “Kiss My Pumps” coffee mug. • 9. Archipelago “Winter Frost” white birch and winter greens scented candle. • 10. Gratitude “Embrace the Adventure of Life” medium pouch.

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Presents for Him Fashion, fun and furnishings for all the men on your holiday list.

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en are so hard to buy for,” is a common lament, but there are plenty of great gift items that will wow every guy on your list if you know what to look for. Here are a few ideas: Smaller Personal Items – Look for fun, funky bracelets; highstyle, statement watches; and cool, stylish or edgy cufflinks. Don’t overlook such classics as flasks, carryall bags, and wallets and card cases – especially those with RFID blocking.

Grooming Accessories – It’s hip to take good care of your skin. Today’s men are using soaps, shave creams and moisturizers crafted specifically for their skincare needs. Some men are even lathering up with a traditional boar bristle brush.

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Fashion with a Twist – Certain apparel and accessory items such as socks, underwear, handkerchiefs and neckwear are often practical, go-to gift items. But they can also be a lot of fun if you choose super stylish or hilariously whimsical designs. Tending the Bar – Men like to show off their beverage-making and bartending skills. Nice crystal barware, well-designed bartender’s tools, and other cool accessories help to add panache. Home Décor – Bachelor pads and man caves need décor items that appeal to a man’s decorating style. Look for sports-themed items of their favorite team(s) plus candles and other home accessories with an urban or masculine edge. Novelties, Games and Gadgets – Face it, Mr. Sophisticate is still a boy at heart. Cater to his inner child with fun, playful things that will keep him amused.

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1. Sempli “Taste” beer glass collection. • 2. Stinky Dog “Stinky Underwear” boxers. • 3. Duke Cannon “Handsome Man Grooming Can” with soap, lip balm, shave crème, hand-repair cream and face wash. • 4. Zootility “Wild Card” utility tool.

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Mad Style canvas utility bag, Khan Mesh Clipper watch and Gage Urban Metal bracelet.

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Presents for Him 1. Paddywax “Urban” tobacco and patchouli scented candles. • 2. Stewart Stand stainless-steel driving wallet with RFID protection. • 3. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild “Dr. Who Tardis” watch. • 4. Craft A Brew home brewing kit. • 5. Buffalo Games “Mini Pong” tabletop game. • 6. Iron and Glory gold-colored skull bottle stopper. • 7. Alynn “When Pigs Fly” bowtie. • 8. Wild & Wolf “Gentlemen’s Hardware” shaving brush. • 9. Men’s Society “Handsome Hands” hand and nail care kit. • 10. Team Sports America scoreboard clock with Bluetooth speaker.

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Made in USA since 1932 The original Kit-Cat KlockÂŽ with his signature wagging tail, rolling eyes, and contagious smile continues to inspire joy in each new generation. Sold in many of the best gift shops in 27 countries around the world. Help us celebrate 85 years. Learn more at www.kit-cat.com.

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Presents for Kids When choosing playthings for kids, look for age-appropriate toys with great play value that will entertain, stimulate imaginations, and help with learning and other skills.

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1. Orb Factory “Fuzzeez” plush toy craft kit for creative play. • 2. Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks for building and learning play. • 3. Gamewright “Rat-a-tat Cat” card game for strategic play. • 4. Aeromax space helmet for pretend play. • 5. Folkmanis French bulldog puppet for pretend play. • 6. Maple Landmark tractor-shaped wooden puzzle for shape-learning play. • 7. Reeves Intl. WOW Toys “Flip ’n’ Tip Fred” toy garbage truck for toddler play. • 8. Thumbs Up! “Wall Climber” remote-controlled vehicle for kids 8 and older. • 9. Ann Williams “Kindness” craft kit for creative play. • 10. eeBoo “Community” board game for cooperative play. 28 • PRESENT presentmag.com


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Frank, an adorable bulldog with a sassy attitude and huge social media following, offers his take on these 10 fun and functional gifts for furry friends.

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Who doesn’t love a good ball on a string? Guilty! But unbreakable balls on strings? Challenge accepted. Just point me to the Christmas tree.

Chews Happiness “Happiness Hugs” dog sweater.

When it comes to toys – and well, life really – the squeaker is king. And, these bad boys have a two-way squeaker! Sorry Rudolph, but you don’t stand a chance.

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Holiday Presents

Gifts That Do Good

The holiday season is a great time to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. You can increase the impact of your gift by purchasing products that have a charitable or socially responsible tie-in as a way to give back and help those in need.

Bear Bottom Candles – For each hand-poured “Best Buds” candle purchased, a portion of the purchase goes to support the Best Friends Animal Society nonprofit organization and animal welfare society. Bridgewater Candles – Every candle in the “Light a Candle, Feed a Child” line purchased provides three meals for a child through Rice Bowls, a program that provides meals for orphans overseas. To date, nearly 6 million meals have been provided. “Joy” vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon scented jar candle shown.

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Bears for Humanity – For each plush toy purchased, one is given to a child in need through one of its several giving partners: Toys for Tots, Save the Children, One Simple Wish, Semper Fi Fund and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.


Chavez for Charity – Every bracelet purchased supports a charitable organization. The company donates 25% of gross profits to 10 signature organizations, as well as a host of other individual programs. “Holiday Stack” gold bracelets shown support Pencils for Promise; the silver ones support Gift for Life.

Headbands of Hope’s Jessica Ekstrom with happy headband recipients at Victory Junction cancer camp.

Legacy – Each card purchase supports Legacy’s “Buy a Card, Feed a Child” program. Legacy donates to a different recipient organization each quarter, including Food for the Poor, Feeding America, Feed the Children and Stop Hunger Now. “Warmth of Winter” holiday card shown.

Half United – The purchase of every piece of fashion jewelry or T-shirt provides seven meals to a child in need. Throughout the year, funds raised are equally distributed among the company’s four “giving” partners in the U.S., Haiti, Cambodia and Fiji. “Oliver” bracelet shown.

Headbands of Hope – For each headband purchase, one is given to a child with cancer. Headbands are given to children’s hospitals and foundations around the country and the world. “Gatsby” headband shown.

Lotto Love Cards – Each scratch-off card purchase supports one of four organizations – Water is Life, LitWorld, Stop Hunger Now and SolarAid – providing clean water, literacy tools, nutritious meals, and solar energy. The “scratch-off” reveals the particular beneficiary organization. Ganz “Wave Babies” sleepwear, blanket and dolls. ganz.com Fall 2016 PRESENT • 33


Present-Day Etiquette

Rules of Regifting With the holidays fast approaching, you might be tempted to reach into your closet to regift something you’ve received but don’t want. Before you do, read on! By The Emily Post Institute

When the gift cannot be exchanged, is it okay to regift – meaning to give a gift you’ve received to someone else? The answer is, not really. It’s a symptom of the surplus of “stuff” many people find themselves with and their desire to be practical and give away things that they know they will never use. Still, gifts should be recycled only rarely, and only under the following circumstances: • You’re certain that the gift is something the recipient would really like to receive. • The gift is brand new (no castoffs!) and comes with its original packaging and instructions. • The gift isn’t one that the original giver took great care to select or make. • It’s not handmade or personalized (think monogrammed or engraved). Simply put, you have to make sure you don’t hurt anyone’s feelings – either the original giver’s or the new recipient’s. Would the person who gave you the gift mind that you passed it along? Do he/she and the recipient of your gift know each other, and would it be awkward if they realized that you’ve regifted a gift from one to the other? What’s Wrong with Regifting? Regifting is inherently deceitful, and good etiquette is about not only being respectful and considerate, but also about being honest.

Honest in this case means being authentic and genuine, as well as not telling a partial truth. When you wrap a present and give it as though you bought it yourself, it says, “I got this for you,” while leaving out the rest, “…from someone else who gave it to me,” which, if the recipient did know, would likely be interpreted as lazy or short on thoughtfulness or effort on your part. That said, there are two scenarios where regifting would be appropriate: 1. Your sister’s coffeemaker just stopped working, and her birthday is days away. You, who are on a budget, have been given an extra coffeemaker. Instead of stashing the extra coffeemaker in your closet, you wrap it in its original box and present it to her. She’s delighted. 2. You’ve been given two copies of the same book. Your best friend, with whom you exchange Christmas gifts each year, is a fan of the author. You decide to give her the book – not as a holiday gift, but as a surprise: “I received two copies of this book and want you to have one.” An “unofficial” gift of this sort is not wrapped. The first example is about practicality; the second is really the best way, because it’s completely transparent and a more thoughtful way. Only you can decide whether a scenario meets either of those criteria. Think through each situation carefully, and if you’re still in doubt, don’t do it. Saving on the time or expense of shopping for or making a gift isn’t worth the cost of hurt feelings or a damaged friendship.

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ule number one when you receive a gift is to thank the person warmly. If you open a gift in the presence of the giver, thank that person enthusiastically. Even if the present is the last thing you wanted, thank the giver for his or her thoughtfulness. Be pleasant but noncommittal: “It’s so nice of you to think of me!” This should always be followed by sending a handwritten thank you note.

The Emily Post Institute maintains and evolves the standards of etiquette established by Emily Post’s “Etiquette” book in 1922. Today, “Awesome Etiquette” podcasts with Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning can be accessed at infiniteguest.org/ awesome-etiquette.


How to Handle Gifts That Miss the Mark

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hat do you do when your uncle gives you the same mixer as the one gathering dust on your counter, or when you’re given a ceramic figure so ugly that you have to stifle a yelp? Of course, you should issue a warm thank-you; after all, someone did buy you a gift, even if they missed the mark. But more than that, each situation needs a little extra careful handling. Awful Gifts – So how do you react to that jaw-dropper someone saw fit to give you? It’s all very well to say, “It’s the thought that counts,” but sometimes we have to secretly wonder what the giver was thinking. Make sure that you just wonder that silently. The last thing you want to do in a case like this is hurt the person’s feelings. While your thank you should be gracious, you don’t want to lie. Non-committal comments such as, “The bowl is so unique,” or, “You really do have the most original ideas!” may pass as praise for some people, but others will be onto your game. A better tack may be to avoid describing the gift in any way, stressing your appreciation instead: “This is so

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thoughtful. The generosity of friends like you is something I really appreciate.” Duplicate Gifts – If someone gives you something you already have, you must handle the situation with care. If you already have the item and can easily exchange the duplicate, it’s all right to do so without the giver’s knowledge. Just don’t lie if asked how you liked your new blender: “I love those blenders so much I already owned one, and didn’t think you’d mind if I exchanged it for the food mill I’ve always wanted. Thanks for making my life in the kitchen easier!” If you receive the same two items at a party, it’s important not to offend either giver. Putting the duplicate away (assuming you’ll eventually use it) is a safe way to go. Or, if one of the givers is a close friend whom you’re positive will be understanding, tell your friend directly: “We were given two hand blenders and would love to exchange one for a coffeemaker. Would you mind terribly if we exchanged yours?” Following these tips can help keep your holidays happy! n —The Emily Post Institute

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Tips & Tricks

Ornament Your Life Ways to use holiday ornaments beyond the tree.

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o you have boxes of Christmas ornaments taking up space in your storage closet? Give those beauties a chance to shine year-round. Whether you’re decorating a small space, sprucing up your home décor or throwing a dinner party, there are endless ways to showcase your treasured ornaments – no tree required. When decorating with ornaments, think “tradition with a twist” and give traditional Christmas tree decorations a new life with a fresh spin in how they’re used. 1. Give it away – Embellish your gifts. An ornament that reflects the recipient’s interests or hobbies adds a personal touch. Tie one on a gift box or gift bag, hang on the neck of a wine bottle or jam jar, nestle in a gift basket or tuck into a plant or floral arrangement.

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2. Contain yourself – Fill a bowl, crate, cloche, bucket, hurricane glass or vase with multiple ornaments that share a theme or color scheme. Display in the entryway, in the garden, at the hearth or on the front porch. Dress up an occasional table, coffee table or buffet. 3. What’s your hang-up? – Tack a cluster to your memo board, hang from ribbon and layer at different heights in windows, stair railings, shelves and doorknobs. Use an old rod and reel to create fishingthemed cabin décor.


4. Collect yourself – A group of similar ornaments can be showcased together garland style. Create a bannerstyle advent calendar, use a vintage clothes hanger as a display rack, or simply string an assortment together with fancy ribbon or cord. Use a string of copper-wire rice lights as a garland hanger for lightweight blown-glass ornaments.

8. Picture it – Use an empty picture frame to hang ribboned ornaments at different heights, then hang within a window bay or rest on the mantel. Build a gallery wall choosing a variety of small frames that each showcase a single ornament. 9. Where have you been? – Chronicle travels with a wall map. Pin a keepsake at each of your favorite destinations.

5. Table talk – Personalize each ornament with a permanent marker to use as place cards, party favors or napkin rings. Hang with ribbon and greenery to decorate a chair back. Centerpieces can be created with a container of ornaments, or just sprinkle them down the table runner. Fill a shallow plate or cake stand with different sizes and shapes as a base for pillar candles.

6. Out the window – Fill the sill with vintage glass bottles at different heights, creating risers for an eclectic display. Hang a group of three ornaments with ribbon or twine from the window latch or valance. (Photo top left page) 7. Light it up – Chandeliers make fabulous ornament hangers. Mix it up by selecting different sizes and shapes and colors. It’s a great way to create a centerpiece if you have a light fixture directly over your dining table.

10. Make like a tree – Create a flat tree by pinning greenery, ribbon, washi tape and/or wood strips, or by drawing directly on the wall. Once your shape is defined, hang ornaments and decorate with garland. This is perfect for dorm rooms, offices or anywhere you want a little Christmas cheer. n

Traci Auger is creative director for Midwest-CBK, where she has been creating visual content for more than 25 years. For more inspiration, visit Midwest-CBK’s Pinterest board, “101 Ways to use Ornaments,” at pinterest.com/MidwestCBK. Fall 2016 PRESENT • 37


Tips & Tricks

The Cheat Pleat Gift-wrapping expert Arona Khan shares how to cleverly mask a too-short piece of giftwrap. By Arona Khan

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cheat pleat is invaluable whether you want to overcome a problem, use leftover scraps of wrap, or create a design statement. Keep the problem a secret by using the same wrapping paper; or use a different color, pattern or design to add the wow factor to a gift.

Step 1: Crease beneath the pleat.

To create the cheat pleat you will need: • Wrapping paper • Scissors • Matte-finish tape • Double-sided tape

1. Using a large scrap of giftwrap or a full sheet, fold the paper over for a neat edge. Then, fold away again the width you would like the pleat to be (wide enough to cover the gap, or more for dramatic effect). Crease beneath the pleat, creating a valley into which you can slide the sheet of giftwrap. Trim off any excess paper (being careful not to cut along the valley!).

2. Slide the main sheet into the valley of the cheat pleat. Turn both over, and seal together on the underside using matte tape. Secure the pleat on the underside, too. 3. Wrap the box and seal the cheat pleat on the top using double-sided tape. Turn the package upside down before sealing the ends. Turn upright and ... presto, the perfect present! n Step 2: Slide the sheet into the valley of the cheat pleat.

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Arona Khan is an internationally renowned giftwrapping expert based in the U.K. See more tips at aronakhan.com.


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Pressed for The Holidays Running the Heidelberg press at Elum.

Letterpress, a 500-year-old printing technique that embeds artwork into the paper to create a textured design, is trending big in greeting cards today. Send fun letterpressed cards like these to impress friends and family this holiday season.

TOP ROW: Bench Pressed “Merry Hot Mess” blank card. • Elum “Love & Christmas Cookies” greeted card. Hammerpress “Happy Holidays Timber” die-cut card. • Hello!Lucky “Peace and Glove” blank card. BOTTOM ROW: Ladyfingers Letterpress “Meowy Christmas” blank card. • McBitterson’s “Fat Enough” boxed set. Oblation Papers & Press “Bah Humbug” stonecarved card. • Thimblepress “Christmas With Love” blank card.

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Glory Haus “Days Until Christmas” Elf on the Shelf pillow.

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Deck the Halls Whimsical accents add a festive holiday touch throughout the home.

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ake your home a winter wonderland by placing a few key holiday-themed decorative accessories in every room.

• The Front Door – Set the seasonal stage before guests even step into your home with a good-quality coir doormat that extends holiday greetings. Plus, it will help keep your floor cleaner at Christmastime! • The Living Room or Den – An accent pillow added to a chair or couch is an easy way to give your living space a fresh holiday look. A Christmas-themed throw blanket can also add holiday flair, but choose one or the other. Decorate the mantel or a shelf with stocking holders, nutcrackers and other traditional Christmas fare. • The Kitchen – Kitchen towels and pot holders with iconic seasonal imagery and messages add a pop of Christmas color and cheer. Line a windowsill with a few red and green decorative bottles. Then, all you need to do is put on a holidaythemed apron and start baking those Christmas cookies! • The Dining Room – Holiday table runners add a festive touch to dining areas. Add some colored tapers in candleholders, and put out your holiday tabletop and napkins when guests arrive. • The Bedroom – A holiday pillow or throw also works well here when added to your bedding ensemble. Consider placing a snowglobe or lighted décor piece on the nightstand and/or dresser to add an extra seasonal element you can look forward to falling asleep and waking up to. • The Bathroom – This is the perfect spot for holiday-scented candles, diffusers, soaps and lotions. Go beyond the sense of smell by adding a fun Christmas-themed sign to the wall and by putting out the special holiday guest towels, especially when entertaining. You want your home to have a warm and inviting holiday atmosphere that sparkles with holiday cheeriness, and adding extra touches such as these go a long way to saying, “Happy Holidays.”

FROM TOP: C & F Enterprises embroidered cotton kitchen towels. • Light Box Arts illuminated artwork. • Bethany Lowe Designs “Joy Ornament” lighted tin marquee.

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Scents of the Season... Mangiacotti “White Spruce” scented hand wash and hand repair.

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Tin Parade “We Are Thankful” table banner.

Let’s Talk Turkey! Whatever your entertaining style is, don’t be afraid to incorporate new things into the mix on Thanksgiving. There are lots of fun fall-themed accessories to freshen up your tablesetting and to entertain your guests.

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Appetizing Additions Celebrate Thanksgiving with delicious condiments and easy-to-make treats.

Plentiful Pantry “Pumpkin Cobbler” baking mix gift set.

Gourmet du Village cheeseball seasoning and topping mixes.

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FROM TOP: Meri Meri “Be Thankful” goody-filled crackers. • Compendium Inc. “Giving Thanks” guest book. • Boston International “Damask Turkey” gravy boat.

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Kid Style What’s cool for school and at home.

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ids can be picky, as any parent well knows. They want what’s trendy for school, what’s fun to wear, and what’s unique for their room. When buying for them, choose items that are colorful, cheerful, well constructed, and something not every other kid has – but will wish they did!

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1. Stephen Joseph “Lunch Pal” lunch box. • 2. Melissa & Doug “Giddy Buggy Tent.” • 3. Jumping Birds hand-assembled pillows. • 4. Golden Rabbit “Polka Dot Peter” enamelware. • 5. Petit Collage tin canister puzzles.

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How to Gift Shop with Your Toddler Here are a few tips that have proven successful when going gift shopping with toddlers. 1. Have a plan: Know what area of the store you are going to shop in, and steer your children there. By having a plan, your children won’t be distracted by the overwhelming options at the store. 2. Set a budget: By having a budget for the gift you are buying, it will be easier to tell your child no when considering items that are outside your set parameters. Setting a budget also provides a teachable moment about money and only buying what we can afford. 3. Be patient: It is very exciting for a toddler to shop, so be patient. They will likely want lots of things and change their mind a lot. It takes longer to shop with toddlers, so taking an extra dose of patience with you will make it more enjoyable for everyone.

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4. Don’t buy anything for your child: Make the shopping trip all about the gift buying. Teaching generosity is more difficult if you also allow your child to get a treat for themselves. 5. Celebrate generosity: When your child selects a gift, praise their kindness, acknowledge how much the recipient will love it, and talk about how it is always better to give than to receive. This lesson can carry over when you go home and wrap the gift, take it to the party, etc. Shopping might wear your toddler out, but the lessons will last a lifetime. n Jessica N. Turner is the author of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You, and founder of the popular blog, The Mom Creative. Find more tips at themomcreative.com.


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Oh Baby!

Buying baby gifts is so much fun! You’ll enjoy giving these adorable items as much as the baby and parents will enjoy receiving them.

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hopping for baby often starts soon after someone announces they’re pregnant. From the baby shower to the arrival of the new baby and beyond, there are plenty of excuses to hit the baby section of your local shop to find just the right gift to put a smile on their (and your) faces. Style Starts Early For infant fashionistas, you can’t go wrong with a Chanel-inspired bib! Blinged-out-looking bibs are just one way to make baby look like a million bucks. Taking a cue from the runways and street fashion, cute knit hats – with pom-poms or in whimsical animal shapes – are also adding style to baby’s wardrobe while keeping their sweet little heads warm. Keep It Soft Soft knits are important for baby’s sensitive skin and are making an appearance on trendy baby blankets, swaddles, onesies, booties, toys and, of course, sweaters. Soft felt is showing up on another big baby trend – crowns for the little prince or princess. Some crowns feature interchangeable stickers for milestones such as crawling, walking and talking; others announce baby’s first birthday in a regal way.

Mary Meyer “Crinkle Me Taggies” activity toy.

Go Natural Parents want the best for their new baby, especially if it’s something touching their infant’s delicate skin. Look for apparel, diaper covers, and even rattles and toys that are made from natural fibers such as bamboo or certified organic cotton that are soft, breathable and naturally hypoallergenic. Silicone teething necklaces for moms to wear must be free of PVC, BPA, phthalate and lead. Double-Duty Plush animals with a blankie body are all the rage! Babies can cuddle up with their favorite stuffed animal and stay cozy warm at the same time. Plush toys with rattles inside add a fun, interactive element; and cute animal socks with attached rattles keep babies amused as they kick. Also consider colorful activity toys with multiple elements that help soothe, entertain and educate. Making Memories New parents will also appreciate gifts that preserve cherished moments of those oh-so-fleeting baby days, such as a picture frame or memory album for baby’s photos; keepsake holders for first tooth and first curl; and keepsake chests to store baby’s birth announcement, birth certificate and more.

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PENNSYLVANIA Bee Hive Gift Shop Wilkes Barre beehivegiftshop.com

VERMONT Arabesque Shelburne arabesquevt.com

Dedrick’s Pharmacy & Gifts New Paltz dedrickspharmacyandgifts.com

Omoi Zakka Shop/ Select Shop 215 Philadelphia omoionline.com

VIRGINIA A Dodson’s Suffolk adodsons.com

St. Luke’s University Hospital Gift Shop Bethlehem slhn.org

Mongrel Richmond mongrelrva.com

Lion in the Sun Brooklyn lioninthesunps.com Lockwood Astoria lockwoodshop.com Wit & Whim Port Washington wit-and-whim.com NORTH CAROLINA Paper Skyscraper Charlotte paperskyscraper.com

Wild Card Pittsburgh wildcardpgh.com RHODE ISLAND Sweet Twist East Greenwich sweettwist.com

Parker and Otis/Chet Miller Durham parkerandotis.com

SOUTH CAROLINA Wonder Works Mt. Pleasant wonderworkstoys.com

NORTH DAKOTA Curious Grand Forks curiousexperience.com

SOUTH DAKOTA The Tumbleweed Mitchell (on Facebook)

Zandbroz Fargo zandbroz.com

TENNESSEE The Market on the Square Cookeville themarketonthesquare.com

OHIO Mim’s Off Main Mason mimsoffmain.com Pizazz Studio Loveland pizazzstudio.com OKLAHOMA Paper 'N More Oklahoma City papernmoreok.com

The Paper Place Nashville paperplacenashville.com TEXAS Avalon Stationery & Gift Houston (on Facebook) Froggie’s 5&10/Bettie Lou Dallas (on Facebook)

Plenty Mercantile Oklahoma City plentymercantile.com

Magpies Gifts Bellaire magpiesgifts.com

The Yellow Gazebo McAlester (on Facebook)

Moon Mippy San Antonio lovemoonmippy.com

OREGON Paddington Station Ashland paddingtonstationashland.com

UTAH Quilted Bear Ogden quiltedbear.com Randee & Company Salt Lake City randeeandcompany.com

Duck Duck Goose Dacula, GA

Paper on the Avenue Richmond paperontheavenue.com WASHINGTON Paper Dreams Bellingham paperdreamsfairhaven.com Simplicity Decor Kirkland simplicitydecor.com Sweetwater Paper & Home Walla Walla sweetwaterpaperhome.com WASHINGTON, DC Groovy dc groovydc.com

Heyday Bozeman, MT

WEST VIRGINIA Oodles Hurricane (on Facebook) WISCONSIN Broadway Paper Milwaukee broadwaypaper.com

Lockwood Astoria, NY

Cornerstone Shop & Gallery Lake Geneva cornerstoneshoppe.com Orange Tree Imports Madison orangetreeimports.com Taylor Creek Green Bay myideastore.com

Mason and Madison Middleton, MA

The Frame Workshop Appleton theframeworkshop.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 and/or Keb at keb@presentmag.com, and we’ll check them out!)

The Stationery Company Denver, CO Fall 2016 PRESENT • 55


Back Talk

Tech Style Tech accessories have become super stylish. From phone covers that are works of art, to fashionable chargers and gadgets, to earbuds and speakers in bold hues – get and give gear as unique as you!

TOP: Ban.do “I Am Very Busy” power bank with charging cable. • FCTRY “Flapjacks” designer keyboard cover for Macs. • Chic Buds “Tassel Power” tassel with hidden cable inside. MIDDLE: Kikkerland Design “Loop” wireless speaker. • Tech Candy “Fan Girl” mini fan plugs into iPhones. • Rifle Paper Co. “Tapestry” polycarbonate iPhone case. • BOTTOM: Unplugged “Unlace” twistable silicone lace comes in a set of four. • Mustard camera-shaped USB “Super Hub” has four ports. • Wraps wristband headphones come in various colors. 56 • PRESENT presentmag.com


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