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10 wearable gifts... 24 Nov 2015

10 Wearable Gifts

Our next gift guide includes a few of my favorite wearables—perfect for your bestie, sister, or to hint at for yourself ;)

1. Eye studs from Leif for a subtle, yet quirky, statement.

2. Emily Green necklaces are my favorite for adding an instant pop of color to the simplest outfit.

3. A wearable planter ring from Adorn Milk for that flora lover that already has everything.

4. This En Soie clutch is one of my favorites that everyone loves.

5. Comfy and chic, a pair Zuzii shoes for someone who loves having fancy feet.

6. Make a true statement with this Ban.do sweatshirt.

7. A pretty J.Crew bracelet that looks like candy wrapped around your wrist.

8. Both cute and casual, this Rifle for Le Sport Sac backpack is a favorite around the Oh Joy office.

9. For this chilly winter, this Anthropologie knit hat is crazy cute.

10. This bangle by Kate Spade is especially perfect for that girl who rocks a pair of glasses like no one else!

10 edible gifts... 19 Nov 2015

10 Edible Gifts to Give this Holiday

Every year, the holidays approach and I go back and forth on whether I'm going to create gift guides. Usually, I end up doing them but they are so late that I don't get to space them out as much as I want to. So I decided this year, I would start a little before Thanksgiving for those of you who want a little inspiration or nudge to get that gift-giving spirit started. Here are 10 of my favorite edible gifts (in a range of price points)!

1. Quin candy — for that kid who never left the candy store, these are all natural and actually so tasty, too.

2. Quinn popcorn — the best microwaved popcorn you'll ever have (the Vermont maple and sea salt is my favorite).

3. Molly Moon sprinkles — the prettiest, organic sprinkles you'll ever see.

4. A monthly food delivery of any kind from Zingerman's — cheese, bread, bacon, or even vinegar. This gift says, "I know you like (fill in the blank) so I'm gonna give you a lot of it."

5. Salt — for that person who likes salty over sweet, give them the best salts around like this Williams-Sonoma salt pot or a tasting set by Jacobsen Salt

6. Jeni's Ice Cream — because who wouldn't want a few pints of delicious ice cream showing up at their front door?

7. Croissants — Give the breakfast lover something they can never get enough of...buttery croissants from Williams-Sonoma.

8. Gordy's cherry pepper spread — for that person who loves everything spicy, they'll want to put this spread on everything.

9. Tea — small tins of tea from T2 means a tea lover can get their fix on-the-go.

10. Compartes chocolate — beautiful and unique, these make a great gift for co-workers, clients, teachers, and for when you need to buy a bunch of small gifts to give out to multiple people.

casual cook {gift guide}... 16 Dec 2014

Gift Guide for the Casual Cook

For the girl that likes to get her hands dirty in the kitchen, here are some useful, yet chic, pieces hand-picked by, Casey, our photographer and go-to gal...

1. MoMA cutting board, 2. Hedley & Bennett apron, 3. print from Society6, 4. salt & pepper shakers by Kate Spade Saturday, 5. copper KitchenAid mixer, 6. Polaroid cheese slicer from ModCloth, 7. Smeg toaster.

adventurous mama {gift guide}... 12 Dec 2014

Adventurous Mama Gift Guide

For the mom on the move, here are some fun and kid-friendly pieces that our designer and mama, Angie, is loving this year...

1. P'Kolino triangular crayons, 2.Twig Creative toy camera, 3. Fujifilm smartphone printer, 4. Hershel Supply Co. backpack, 5. Define water bottle, 6. Public bike with a child seat, 7. Bento Box from Harabu House.

jet-setter {gift guide}... 10 Dec 2014

Jet-Setter Gift Guide

For the girl-on-the-go, here are some of our favorite things hand-picked by our resident stylist/crafter, Julia Wester...

1. How to be Parisian book from Anthropologie, 2. Ferm Living blanket, 3. Kate Spade Saturday passport wallet, 4. Ban.do ipad sleeve, 5. Fujifilm Instax camera, 6. metallic playing cards from Anthropologie, 7. Kate Spade Saturday weekender.

edible {gift guide}... 8 Dec 2014

Oh Joy / Edible Gift Guide

This week—in addition to regular content—I'll be sharing some of my favorite things to give. And today, we're starting with food! Whether sweet, savory, or in liquid form, a happy belly is one of the best gifts to give...

1. For someone who has everything, Solstice Canyon's Aztec Chocolate Almond Butter makes for a special treat. Give these with a baguette or scones and you're giving them everything they need for an easy breakfast or snack.

2. The Carry On Cocktail Kit make a great gift for a someone who like to kick-it up a notch when traveling. It's packaged in a sleek and clever case making it easy to cocktail on the go. 

3. For a pancake lover, give them a special twist on their breakfast favorite with Buttermilk Truck's Ube Pancake Mix. The purple yam is known for it's sweetness and beautiful color and make for a fun addition to a morning staple.

4. If you know an ice cream lover, there's no better gift then a reoccurring shipment of their favorite frozen treat from Jeni's pint club which makes for a year's worth of the sweetest brain freeze you'll ever have.

5. Callie's Buttermilk Biscuits - the packaging doesn't look super fancy, but these are some of the best biscuits I've ever had. Shipped frozen and ready to bake, these petite-sized biscuits are the perfect size of buttery goodness.

6. I'm not much of a gift basket person, but Fruute makes the cutest, modern baskets filled with their uniquely-flavored cookies and other whimsical items to make each feel special.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects... 4 Dec 2014

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

Every year, I try and pick out unique gifts for friends and family whenever possible. But sometimes, those gifts don't come already packaged in a perfectly crisp, white box ready for wrapping. So rather then having to default to sticking those odd-shaped gifts into a not-so-cute gift bag, we wanted to come up with some other ways to give those beautiful objects this holiday.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

1. A Piñata Present—for jewelry, craft supplies, wooden blocks, or decorative arrows—you can use a mailer tube as the base container for a gift that has multiple parts or pieces. You can give this gift sealed with a lid or kept open (as shown above) to show off a bit of the prize inside.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

Here’s what you’ll need:
- crepe paper, streamers, or tissue paper
- a mailer tube
- faux gold leather ribbon
- Scotch® Double-Sided Tape
- Scotch®  Scissors

Here’s how:
1. Wrap the crepe paper or streamer around 3 of your fingers a few times.

2. Use scissors to cut slits halfway in on one side making sure to leave at least ½” uncut up top.

3. Use double sided tape to secure the top of the streamers (the part without the slits) to the bottom of the tube and wrap around a few times to add layers.

4. Repeat step three with a different color or pattern above the first layer so that you can see a bit of the previous layer below. Repeat until you leave 1 inch from the top of the mailer tube free.

5. To finish off the tube, use the piece of gold faux leather ribbon to wrap around the top of the tube and secure with double-sided tape.

3 Ways to Wrap Odd-Shaped Objects

2. A Jolly Pineapple—For a vase, mug, or other oblong object, we were inspired by Japanese Furoshiki to wrap the object with fabric—in this case, into a festive pineapple!


Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the adventurer... 13 Dec 2013


My next gift guide is for the girl that loves to explore—whether through travel, food, or daily life—she sees adventures in every moment, big or small...

01. chopsticks by Hank by Henry to explore new tastes ($25), 02. brass bottle opener from Michele Varian for her favorite beverage ($68), 03. mini vases by Anzfer Farms to hold collected buds ($40), 04. print by Max Wanger to remind her of her favorite road trip ($25-enter code "OHJOYHOLIDAY" for 25% off anything in the shop from today until December 19th), 05. vanity trunk from The Little Market for a little getaway ($350), 06. over-sized inflatable zebra from Urban Outfitters just because ($400), 07. Jeni's pumpernickel ice cream because she's already tried every flavor out there ($12), 08. Owen & Fred key chain for getting her in and out of trouble ($18), and 09. brass bike bell from Poketo for nearby adventures ($20).

Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the newlywed... 11 Dec 2013


As my Special Project Assistant/crafter/newlywed, Julia helps construct, concept, and produce Oh Joy videos and other crafty projects. With her mutual love of gold, these gifts are perfect for building a glimmering nest...

01. Monogram door knocker from Anthropologie for making an entrance ($30), 02. coasters from Anthropologie for keeping that coffee table pristine ($8), 03. Frends headphones for when you want to listen to your very own tunes ($200), 04. Sukan pillow to add a little love to the couch ($36), 05. West Elm glassware set for having the girls over for drinks ($34), 06. pig bookends from CB2 to build your library ($30), and 07. tray by Up in the Air Somewhere for breakfast in bed ($98).

See all other gift guides right here...

Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the artist... 10 Dec 2013


As a textile designer/illustrator/mama-to-be, Angie helps me design the slew of amazing goodies we have coming out next year. With her eye for color, shape, and composition, these gifts are sure to please the artist in your life...

01. necklace from Leif for adding a pop of fun to any outfit ($48), 02. Mast Brothers chocolate for a sweet suprise ($10), 03. Pattern Box postcard set to inspire more creations ($18), 04. mug from Zara Home for that morning ritual ($10), 05. clock by Uncommon to keep track of time ($42), 06. hourglass from Leif for timing work breaks ($38), 07. Kindah Khalidy clutch for a night out ($46), and 08. CB2 lamp for those late night creative sessions ($70).

See all other gift guides right here...


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