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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...

Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the animal lover... 9 Dec 2013


My next set of three gift guides are inspired by my Oh Joy team. Without them, I wouldn't be able to do half the things I do. So to introduce you all to my team, I asked them to share some of their favorite things right now. While I usually only post once a day, I'll be posting gift guides in addition to regular content over the next couple weeks!

As my assistant/office manager/staff photographer, Casey, keeps the Oh Joy office running and organized and keeps me from forgetting about really important things. As the president of her Frenchie, Olive's, fan club, she knows a thing or two about what pet lovers want this holiday season...

01. Fuji Instax camera for capturing your four-legged friend's every move ($218), 02. print by Gingiber for featuring your favorite animal on your wall ($23), 03. Felix Chien pet tote for all your travel companion needs ($145), 04. Billy Wolf rain jacket for when it rains cats and dogs ($58), 05. Dusen Dusen dog sweater with matching sweater for when you're both making a statement ($59), 06. drumstick toy from Organic Pet Boutique for when you need to chew on an idea ($11), and 07. cat sweater from Mod Cloth ($75) for when you want to be wrapped in love.

See all other gift guides right here...

Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts that giveback... 5 Dec 2013


To start off this year's gift guides, I wanted to share a collection of things in which someone else benefits from the purchase. Whether extra goods are donated to a great cause or they provide jobs for artisans around the world, these pretty pieces make a pretty amazing impact on others...

01. Basket from Far & Wide Collective | partners with some of the most talented artisans in post-conflict and emerging economies.
02. Hand in Hand candle | saves 50 square feet of rain forest, and donates 1 bar of soap & 1 month of clean water to a child in the developing world.
03. Hand in Hand soap | donates 1 month of clean water to a child in the developing world.
04. LemLem cover up | inspires economic independence in Ethiopia and preserves the art of weaving.
05. Westerly clutch from 31 Bits | each purchase has direct impact on women’s lives in Uganda.
06. TOMS sunglasses | helps provide prescription glasses to middle school students in the US. 

P.S. Hand in Hand is offering a special 15% off for Oh Joy readers through December 11th. Enter "ohjoy" at checkout!


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