Six-Axis Star c/o KO Sticks
This foldable star sculpture may just be the most giftable item I’ve ever featured on Gifts with Bows. Why? Well it works for just about anyone on almost any occasion:
It’s office appropriate, making it suitable for work anniversaries and first days on the job.
It’s chic in the living room (gorgeous for newlyweds ready for sophisticated decor and entertaining for families with kiddos), making it a lovely housewarming gift or wedding present.
And yes, even kids can make perfect recipients. Imagine hanging a few from the ceiling in their bedroom or playroom. Or keep them in reach… because these hand made works of art are intended to be explored by hand (see the evidence in the photo story below).
But it gets even better. Not only are KO Sticks Stars a widely practical gift, they come in several sizes and materials. That means you can buy one for $24-170 hitting whatever your appropriate price point happens to be.
Note: KO Sticks is comprised of two great artisans (and mathematicians), Jane and John Kostick. Married for just over 20 years, they met at a geometry lecture and now construct geometric objects side by side. Now isn’t that an equation you’d like to support? Give KO Sticks a follow on Facebook to give your newsfeed a welcomed pop of art.
The other day I took our stars off of the living room bookshelves where they are typically on display (see above). And brought them to the park so that our three year old, Zoe could show them to her friends. Ready to see a few thoughtful and curious faces? And park adventures, too of course!
Photos: The bookshelf and park photos are my own and the product photos are by Design Within Reach, a KO Sticks retailer. A special thanks to Zoe’s pals for making their darling debuts on GWB.
Artist Credits: Featured above with the KO Sticks star, the lantern is Lauren Ritchie and the vase is Jen Gandee.
1. Bracelet by Alex and Ani $28 | 2. 10 oz. Candle by Modern Alchemy
$20 $12 | 3. Earrings by Covet $22 | 4. iPhone Case by Kate Spade $45 | 5. Wreath Holder by Williams Sonoma $29.95 $12.99 | 6. Jar by Dot & Bo $31 $24.99 | 7. Necklace by Nasty Gal $18 | 8. Ice Tray Set by Sunnylife $22 | 9. Key Fob by Tory Burch $60 $42 | 10. Ceramic Jewelry Tray by JCrew Factory $19.50 $12.50
Give your next gift in true Florida form with a tropical delight that traditionally says, “Welcome!” and in more modern terms says, “Hey, girl!”. I can barely scroll Instagram for two minutes before I see a pineapple and you know what? I’m really okay with that. It’s fresh for summer and a sweet and citrus-y way to say congrats, happy birthday, or honey, I love you. Go forth and purchase your next punchy gift!
Trying to get your pineapple on for free? Okay I can help you there, too. Some ah-mazing bloggers and designers have made your pineappling adventures as easy as a quick download and print.
1. Oh So Lovely | 2. The Alison Show | 3. Glitter and Gloss | 4. Live Laugh Rowe
Polished Medallion Clutch c/o Market Colors |
(yup, you get 20% off the original price with code GIFTSWITHBOWS*)
You may remember GWB’s first introduction to Market Colors featuring their darling Mint Burst necklace this past winter. Well, after learning about the mission of this brilliant gem of a company I decided there was so much more to share about what it means to purchase something made by their partner artisans. I wanted to get a feel for the quality and see for myself the details and handiwork I had only admired through their online shop.
Before I tell you about the clutch itself, let me just take a moment to share the care and joy put into the packaging. I was delighted with their liberal use of darling washi tape, sweet hand written notes, and beautiful reminders of what this purchase means to the person who crafted it. Yes, you actually get to learn about WHO made each piece. These clutches in particular are made by women of Kenya. It all just felt so special and intimate.
I opened the clutch, neatly wrapped in tissue paper, and it immediately put a smile on my face. The fabric is a soft and vibrant cotton– mine is a bold shade of plum. It keeps its shape well, but doesn’t feel too stiff. It is lined and stays closed with a magnetic clasp closure. You can fit everything you need inside for a night out: keys, phone, wallet and gloss. It has great versatility to be dressed up for a wedding or down for a casual lunch with friends. Ultimately (and most importantly) I would definitely be proud to give this as a gift because it is simply lovely through and through– aesthetically and at its heart.
*Use code GIFTSWITHBOWS for 20% off all styles of the Polished Medallion Clutch. Mine is in plum, but you can also choose from slate, teal, navy, and tribal print. The code will be active until 8am on Friday, June 5th.
Be sure to use hashtag #marketcolors on Instagram to show this company how you style your clutch or any other accessories you pick up from their shop. Some of my favorites are: the mint burst necklace, the day at the sea necklace, and the flora stackable bracelet set.
To get connected with Market Colors (hint: they do giveaways on social media!) follow them on Instgram, Pintrest, Facebook, and Twitter).
Whether she has a newborn babe or grown up kiddos, a mama loves to be reminded of her most precious sweethearts.
:: 1. Monogram Cuff Bracelet with Nautical Trim by Swell Caroline $116 :: 2. Heirloom Glass Locket by Restoration Hardware $160 :: 3. Monogram Birthstone Cuff Bracelet by Swell Caroline $38 :: 4. Monogram Cuff Bracelet Series by Swell Caroline $35-39 each ::
Note: Swell Caroline is the place to shop if you want timeless, reasonably priced, monogrammed jewelry. Located in Atlanta, GA this online shop is about as bright, preppy and Southern as it gets. Get the scoop on specials and sales by following them on Facebook!
Recognize these items on a registry for your friend’s upcoming wedding? Take advantage of these sales and buy the happy couple two kitchen appliances instead of one by avoiding standard sticker prices. Not only are these great deals, the Cuisinart line is sleek and easy on the eyes making them a lovely gift choice for the newlyweds!
:: 1. Smart Stick Hand Blender
$65 $34.99 :: 2. Duet Blender/Food Processor Set $185 $89.99 :: 3. Classic Nonstick Round Waffle Maker $55 $25.99 :: 4. Custom 14-Cup Food Processor $325 $159.99 ::
Note: First things first– if you don’t have a free membership to Zulily, sign up here to access the deals listed above. Once you enter the Zulily site simply use the top-right corner search box to find ‘Cuisinart’ products. Alternatively (if any of the products are sold out or the sale is over) use the alternative links below to access these kitchen must-haves on Amazon. All are PRIME or free shipping eligible:
:: 1. Smart Stick Hand Blender :: 2. Duet Blender/Food Processor Set :: 3. Classic Nonstick Round Waffle Maker :: 4. Custom 14-Cup Food Processor ::
I have owned and used all of the products listed on today’s post, so I personally recommend each of them. Two we received as wedding gifts and the other two we bought post-wedding. Our primary uses for each? The Smart Stick is great for fast single servings of smoothies, the Waffle Maker is a definite Saturday morning staple, the blender is perfect for smoothies for the whole family, and the food processor is our go-to tool for hummus.
Whether he brews at home, hangs at the corner pub, or simply enjoys a cold one after a long day– send him a pack of beer jelly to braise meats or top his toast. Perfect for groomsmen, birthday boys and Dads on Father’s Day.
Buy the Dark & Berry 3 Pack for $21
Note: Potlicker Kitchen is the delicious gem of the Northeast corner offering a full array of artisan jellies and jams one small batch at a time. Nancy and Walter Warner have mastered the art of culinary surprise featuring mash-ups such as strawberry chipotle jam, blackberry basil jelly and wild sumac jelly. They look to six nearby craft breweries to get the best local flavor canned for your enjoyment. “Like” them on Facebook to find out what’s next on the Potlicker oven rack!
It doesn’t matter if she spends the day hard at work at the office or hard at work at home, she’ll love wearing a charming pendant over a blouse or sweater any day of the week. Perfect for a holiday, but sweet as can be “just because”.
:: 1. Crystal Tassel Charm Necklace by JCrew $68 :: 2. Crystal Quartz Necklace by Dolce Ave. $29.48 :: 3. Blushing Deco Tassel Necklace by Pink Peonies Collection $110 ::
Note: Dolce Ave. is a side business for Megan, but you’d never guess it. She works full-time, but dreams up necklaces (alongside partner in crime/young daughter, Sofia) that are so sweet they’re nearly edible. Her designs are simple and sophisticated and made to suit your needs– for example, upgrade the necklace featured on Gifts with Bows to gold-filled for just $12. See what’s up next on the Dolce Ave. Facebook Page.
Pink Peonies Collection is so adored that the necklace featured above is on backorder until mid-April. But it is endlessly lovely and graceful, so don’t let a short wait keep you from the online checkout. Lifestyle blogger Rach Parcell is the dreamer and designer behind this company that blushes and sparkles with feminine beauty. Give her blog a look and step into her exceptionally well-styled life.
For Her :: Monogram Earrings by Michellerie’s Boutique $8 :: Monogrammed Envelope Clutch by Embroidery by Melissa $22 ::
For the Kids :: Luck Tucker by Leslie McGuirk on Amazon (PRIME) $3.15 ::
For the Baby :: Croo-ak Clutching Toy by HABA on Amazon (PRIME) $16.14 ::
For Him :: Mens Skinny Tie by April Look $69 ::
Note: Michellerie’s Boutique is located in Miami, Florida and run by former-accountant turned stay at home mom of four. After several thousand sales through her Etsy shop, it’s clear that the change in her career path was meant to be.
St. Mary’s, GA is home to Embroidery by Melissa, an Etsy shop that specializes in personalized, monogrammed gifts. Melissa is a single mother of 3 boys who happily supports her family by sewing, a skill taught to her by her late mother who passed away from cancer but remains her major inspiration. Follow along with Melissa on Facebook.
Known for her quirky characters and style, Leslie McGuirk has sold over 2 million of her books across the globe. She has been recognized by both the Chicago Tribune and The New York Daily News for best children’s book of the year. Enter the comic world of McGuirk and enjoy a laugh while reading to the kids.
HABA is a fantastically thoughtful company that actively takes the worry out of toy selection for the children you love most. Valuing quality and safety above all, they explain, “when we want to bring colors into play we only use solvent-free, water-based stains. This means that toys are totally safe to pass from hand-to-mouth”. Babies, this is your cue to chew!
April Look was born in 2011 to Vaida and Agne of Lithuania. They say, “we feel that handmade has a lasting value that mass production can’t match. April Look believes in the beauty of simplicity.” Natural fibers are the base of each item– the tie featured above is made with linen and cotton.
:: 1. Griffin in Blonde Tortoise $95 :: 2. Griffin in Jet Black Matte $95 :: 3. Aldous in English Oak $95 :: 4. Ormsby in English Oak $95 :: 5. Banks in Striped Sassafras $95 ::
Quite recently I learned about the eye-wear miracle that is the Warby Parker HOME TRY-ON program. Listen when I tell you that this is the gift of gifts for the following scenario: the giftee likes to pick his or her own gift, but the gifter also enjoys gift selection participation. You do not have to submit yourself to a boring check mark to his or her gift list! You have options! You have Warby Parker!
So how does it work? Tell your giftee to head over to warbyparker.com and order five pairs of sunglasses through the HOME TRY-ON program. There is no cost for shipping either way. He or she will receive them in the mail within five days. Once the package arrives, Warby Parker encourages the recipient to spend the next five days trying-on each pair, taking photos, showing them to friends and family and ultimately deciding which one(s) to keep. And actually, if your giftee bravely shares pictures with them, Warby Parker will help with spec choices. Once the decision and payment are made, the box goes back in the mail and the new shades will be sent on their way.
Now maybe you’re thinking “this is really neat and all, but why Warby Parker in particular, aside from this program?” This company has distributed over a million glasses to people in need. When you buy a pair, not only do they give a pair, they provide training to folks in developing countries to give basic eye exams. So Warby Parker doesn’t just make high-quality, great-looking glasses, they give and teach and the core of their model is rooted in goodness. Giving a gift feels good, but giving Warby Parker eye-wear feels even better.
So let’s be honest, you may very well want to try this out yourself (and I enthusiastically recommend that you do). It’s free. It’s fun. Why not? Give it a go. Let me know what you think.
Note: Warby Parker has fantastic options for prescription eye wear, also eligible for the HOME TRY-ON. Also, the zip-up I’m wearing in the photos is by Under the Canopy, UTC has a self proclaimed “commitment to environmental and social responsibility — combining style with substance”.
UPDATE– Feedback from Warby Parker on Twitter:
He says he needs to be able to see his phone while he’s driving, but you want to keep him safe.
She says the world ends when her iPhone battery dies, but you can come to the rescue every time.
Package these gifts together as a 3-piece set for her or for him– all available on Amazon Prime with a total price tag under $40.
:: 1. Kenu Airframe + Car Vent Mount for $13.85 :: 2 & 3. Jackery Mini Portable Charger for $19.95 :: 4. dCables Short USB Cable for $9.99 ::
Note: The Kenu Airframe + Car Vent Mount easily clips-on for the perfect hands-free solution. The Jackery Mini Portable Charger is a lipstick-sized, fast-charging life saver that’s compatible with new and old iPhone models. The dCables Short USB Cable is a necessary compliment to the Jackery, curing any issue of long, tangled cord-mess.