(Graphic: Helen Jane Hearn/TueNight)
I had a trifecta of goals as I searched for items to include here: First, to bring you my usual explosion of patterns and brights (I am nothing if not consistent; this is my MO every year Tue Night asks me to compose a gift guide). Second, to only include items that are everyday useful because even the most workaday things in your life should be bold and fun. And finally, to feature only items that’ll run you $75 or less. Done, done and done.
1. Pendleton Bowl
Pendelton is a fantastic resource for good prints and not just on their famed blankets. This bowl, in their Suwanee Stripe pattern, comes in a set of four and brings just that much more excitement to your morning oatmeal.
2. iPhone Case
I just think this iPhone case is gloriously pretty. Enough said.
3. Cork Coasters
The fact that these playful cork coasters come in a set — but each have their own look — is pretty cool.
4. Mara Hoffman S’Well Water Bottle
To my friends and family members who insist that I’m impossible to buy for: I really, really want this Mara Hoffman’s water bottle for S’well.
5. Marimekko Mug
Dots are just inherently happy, and I love how these not perfect dots are they’re lined up kind of crookedly too. Totally charming.
If I ever did the crossword, I would totally execute that task with these most stylish pencils. Just looking at them makes me feel smarter.
7. Salt and Pepper Grinder
A salt and pepper grinder in bright primary colors: so delightfully unexpected.
8. Christian Lacroix Notebook
I stockpile Christian Lacroix notebooks to give as gifts (the ones I can bear to tear myself away from, that is) — they’re so handy, and the prints are unbeatable.