This week, we’re rounding out our holiday gift guides with a sixth and final chapter: presents for far-away friends and great gift givers, both categories of gifting that can be a little challenging.
For far-away friends:
Where long-distance pals are concerned, it’s usually preferable to send something lightweight that is either meaningful or useful. We suggest the Cartes Postales book, perfect for storing one’s favorite correspondence. If your friend lives in a cold or dry climate, a hand creme from Mor is sure to be appreciated. Pretty butterfly magnets will add a bit of color to a fridge or filing cabinet while pining up photos or notes. Incense is lightweight, colorful and easy to throw in a care package at the last minute. The Birds book may be small but is filled with gorgeous illustrations and in-depth information for an amateur ornithologist. The beautiful cameo rings by jewelry designer Brehan Todd are sentimental, sweet and adjust to fit a variety of ring sizes.
Cartes Postales – Featuring Art Nouveau textured and padded covers and original floral line art inside, this album offers the perfect home for special postcards and photographs.
Neroli Clementine hand creme With glycerin & coconut oils, shea & cocoa seed butters, sesame seed oil, and Vitamins A & E, this lotion is formulated to provide superior, non-greasy moisturizing on the go. Hands are left feeling pampered, restored and beautifully fragrant.
Butterfly magnets – A set of 6 magnets with bright butterflies screened across. Comes in clear acryllic storage box.
Cone incense – A small round box comes filled with a rainbow of single cones of incense. Approximately 16 cones per package.
Birds – This breathtaking collection of important and beautiful ornithological art from London’s Natural History Museum traces its development from the Renaissance through the scientific approach favored in the Age of Exploration.
Brehan Todd cameo ring – A delicate metal ring adjusts to fit your size. Delicate profile cameos update a classic look.
For great gift givers:
Just about everyone has had to shop for the person who seems to always give spectacular, unforgettable presents. It can be a little defeating, then, to try to compete. Eden has some excellent offerings that are sure to be much-loved by even the choosiest of individuals. Un bois vanille, a scent by French perfumist Serge Lutens, is an edible, palate-pleasing scent. Our Turkish suzani pillows are one-of-a-kind, made from vintage textiles. MOR Black Emporium soaps and candles have full-bodied, long-lasting scents and come wrapped in packaging so beautiful, it’s practically a gift in itself. (Bonus: MOR candles come in glass votives screened with 24k gold lettering!) Edward Lear’s Parrots prints fill spaces with beautiful bursts of color and the gift of the full set of 42 is sure to make an impression! Our vintage Bolivian piano shawls can function as wraps or throws, sure to keep the wearer cozy all through winter-time.
Serge Lutens A La Nuit perfume – A flowery oriental fragrance, an authentic bouquet of jasmine. Intriguingly sexy and confident without being too complicated.
Turkish Suzani pillow – Vintage suzanis made into pillows, with their beautiful hand-embroidered patterns bring a bohemian look to any room.
MOR Snow Gardenia soap – Gardenia, juniper berry & angelica introduce this classical fragrance with a base of ylang ylang, vanilla & sandalwood. Vegetable based soapette, triple milled for a creamier, more luxuriant lather. Containing Vitamin E, glycerin and shea butter.
MOR Black Cherry Plum candle - Top notes of cherries, plum red currant and tangerine zest blend with the musky aroma of blonde woods to finish in a sweet fruity scent. Soy Wax for a cleaner longer burn, 100 % cotton, lead free wick, burns up to 40 hours.
The Parrots – This set of 42 hand-colored lithographs, originally entitled Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots, was artist Edward Lear’s finest achievement. Unlike other avian illustrators who often worked with stuffed birds, Lear made his drawings from live parrots, capturing their expressions and movements in remarkably lifelike illustrations.
Vintage Bolivian shawl – A gorgeous Victorian piano shawl made of wool with silk embroidered flowers. This shawl, from Bolivia, can be worn or used as a throw.
The fifth installment of Eden’s Holiday Gift Guide is all about gifts for brainy, academic, archivist types. Have a friend who collected butterflies as a kid? A cousin who turned their bedroom into a personal library? Find them a gift they will absolutely treasure at Eden!
Glass Cloche – Well-suited for displaying small plants, odds and ends, treasures and curiosities. Enhance decor, cultivate a sense of the collected and keep most precious belongings safe while showing them off.
The Worlds of Hunt Slonem – Hunt Slonem depicts both natural subjects and portraits in his jubilant, singular paintings. Using multiplicity as a governing principle, Slonem has created a body of work as inimitable—and wildly colorful—as it is recognizable.
Eight Framed Butterflies – Eight real butterflies are beautifully preserved against a white backdrop within a simple black frame. Add a naturalist vibe to any space by pairing these with any of our other framed butterflies (1 • 2 • 3)
Hunt Club Trophy Antlers - These resin antlers are a cruetly-free way to give a hunting lodge feel to any space. Available in three styles, these antlers look great paired together or separately.Bauhaus – Published to accompany a major multimedia exhibition, this book is The Museum of Modern Art’s first comprehensive treatment of the subject since its famous Bauhaus exhibition of 1938, and offers a new generational perspective on the twentieth century’s most influential experiment in artistic education.
Euro Deco – The book holds well over a thousand images from posters, packaging, advertisements, menus, and brochures from Italy, Spain, the UK, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, primarily between WWI and WWII — the time when the continent gave birth to modern graphic design.
The Vorticists – Vorticism was a brief but pivotal avant-garde art movement that emerged in London on the eve of WWI and came to an end in 1919. This book provides a thorough examination of Vorticism, its origins, and its impact on both sides of the Atlantic.
Quilted Wingback Armchair – Perfect for curling up with a pile of good books, this very unusual 1940′s wingback chair is upholstered in the original fabric – a polished cotton featuring quilted flowers. The back and sides are upholstered in indigo velvet.
Next week, gifts for faraway friends and enthusiasts of 70′s style!
This week, our gift guide focuses on lovely presents for people who are in the process of nesting because of a new home or a new baby. With a little originality and planning, gifts for friends and loved ones facing exciting transitions can be some of the most rewarding to give, and most treasured for years to come!
For new homeowners:
Artist’s Handmade Houses – An inspiring collection of one-of-a-kind, truly handmade artist homes sure to get your new homeowner friend’s creative wheels turning.
Vintage Turkish suzani – This bright, extra long, intricately embroidered suzani would make a stunning wall-hanging or an original table runner or window valance.
Golden Cypress candle – With its smell of fresh snapped needles, this candle conjures memories of forests and holidays past. The perfect touch for a new space!
For the new parent:
Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm – This book brings together two dozen classic Grimm fairy tales in an all-new translation. Containing a by some of the most famous illustrators from the 1850s to the 1950s, this compilation also includes beautiful silhouettes culled from original publications from the 1920s.
Turkish Suzani Duffel – Large enough to function as a diaper bag now, and a carry-all or overnight bag later, this brightly embroidered duffel is made from vintage Turkish suzanis. A stylish piece that is sure to remain a keepsake for any parent.
Vintage Bolivian blankets – Cozy and versatile, these deadstock Bolivian blankets can also function as rugs, providing a soft and cozy space for a nursery or room with hardwood floors. In a number of bright, striped colors, they happily complement any decor scheme.
A Child’s Garden of Verses – This beautiful board book features eight of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic poems with antique illustrations by some of the best-known children’s book illustrators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Coming this Friday: gifts for academics and archivist / collector types!
We’re continuing our holiday gift giving guide this week (click to see parts 1 and 2) with a selection of thoughtful presents that would be ideal for coworkers or extended family who you’re really close to.
For your favorite in-law:
Seaworthy “Time Stopped” necklace – A hand cut brass square is imprinted with a design inspired by textiles from the 30′s and 40′s. The brass square is then accented with links of vintage chains and new brass chain.
Filles de Iles Flower Chic perfume – This flirtatious French scent carries notes of Brazilian orange, ginger of the indies, tequila sunrise, passionfruit, hibiscus, cedar and Virginia praline.
Maria Evora soap – Maria Evora’s famous black soap features notes of myrtle and carob, invoking the salt of the sea and sand of the Spanish coast.
Truffles – Delicious single chocolate truffles wrapped in decadent paper and sealed with a gold foil and tissue bow.
For your friend at the office:
Leather Traveler’s notebook – With an imprinted leather bound cover, the Traveler’s Notebook is made with blank, handmade paper that offers the perfect vista for any memory, adventure or creative thought.
Geisha Green perfume oil – The key aroma of this fragrance is absinthe – the tart, licorice-flavored liqueur, gently sweetened with black currant, mandarin, and violet, and softened with amber and tonka bean. Famed as an aphrodisiac, absinthe is also a legendary creativity enhancer.
Hand of Wisdom – Symbolic of the wheel of law and intellectual discussion, the Hand of Wisdom is a Buddist gesture connecting the thumb and index finger of both hands into a circle pattern.
The Cloud Collector’s Handbook – The perfect incentive for keeping your head in the clouds, The Cloud Collector’s Handbook is a whimsical guide to the wonders of the sky.
Our next gift guide will feature present selections for new parents and new homeowners. Check back for it next Tuesday!
The creative forces behind Design*Sponge, Wood & Faulk and Antler & Co have joined together with over 50 local Portland businesses, eateries and makers to present The Portland Bazaar – a two day event in NE Portland just in time for not-so-last-minute holiday shopping.
Eden and our sister store Flutter are incredibly excited to be participating in this event and thought we’d share some of what you’ll see from other vendors at the Bazaar…
…plus many, many more! For a full list of vendors and more information about the vendors shown here, visit The Portland Bazaar website. We’ll be holding down our booth with the company of Brehan Todd and Jesseca McCloskey, two of Eden’s jewelry designers (we’re extra excited that Marisa Howard of Seaworthy will be at the Bazaar as well.)
Besides shopping, there will also be multiple craft classes, liquor tastings, book signings, food, demos and live music over the course of both days – get a list of the incredible itinerary here! With so many happenings, things to do, stuff to eat, and an abundance of local talent, we don’t feel biased in saying this is probably gonna be the best holiday shopping event in Portland this season. Hope to see you there!