Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Japanese barware from Umami Mart


It's that time of year...time to splurge, play, indulge and shower the people we love with gifts!

After scheming up all sorts of ideas, I've gathered some of my favorite picks for this holiday season to share with you. You'll notice plenty of brass and gold, tiny herbs, cookbooks old and new, delicious olive oil, a perfect mortar and pestle, and everything you need to trick out a home bar. Why not give your loved one a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant? Or a signed copy of Alice's new book to benefit the Edible Schoolyard?

These items - from thoughtful, beautifully-curated small businesses and my favorite non-profit, the Edible Schoolyard Project - are just the kinds of gifts I love to give (and receive, hint hint). If you have a moment, peruse the links and I hope you'll feel inspired too.


Mix and match small tools from Kaufmann Mercantile

Tom Dixon brass small form bowls from GARDE

Marble mortar and pestle from Quitokeeto

Small heirloom brass handled scissors from Food 52 Provisions

A gift certificate to a favorite restaurant

Stonehouse Rosemary Olive Oil*

my favorite micro basil seeds from The Gardener

http://www.omnivorebooks.com/antiquarian.html
Vintage cookbooks from the fabulous Omnivore Books
- Omnivore stocks every imaginable new cookbook too -


*I have an ongoing working relationship with Stonehouse Olive Oil as their photographer. I've fallen in love with their rosemary oil which is so ridiculously good drizzled onto a big warm bowl of white beans or hearty minestrone - I had to add it to my gift list. As always, all opinions are my own!

46 comments:

  1. Beautiful gifts and great ideas!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thanks Rosa! I hope all is well with you. xo E

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  2. Oh a new book from Alice Waters! How exciting! You've got a beautifully photographed gift guide here.

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    1. Thanks Jess! I had a lot of fun shooting all of these great items. And Alice's book is FANTASTIC! I just made a delicious recipe of hers last night. I'm going to share it here soon:)
      Take care of yourself,
      xoxo
      E

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  3. Thank you for this wonderful guide, Erin. Happy holidays!

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    1. Jane, thank you for your note. It was my pleasure! xo

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  4. Those brass bowls are gorgeous. I need to add some brass to my collection ;) And as always, so inspired by your findings and photography. xo

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    1. Ashley! Always fun to see you here. Aren't those bowls beautiful? I got them at Garde, a fabulous store in your neck of the woods.
      I hope you have a great Thanksgiving. I'm sure it will be delicious.
      xoxo
      e

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  5. What a great list! I especially love the Kaufmann tools and that beautiful mortar and pestle. Thanks for sharing your wonderful gift ideas, love that these aren't sponsored but really opinions from your heart.

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    1. Ah thanks! In a previous life I was a small shop owner myself so I'm extra appreciative of beautifully made goods that aren't mass produced. It was such fun to put together this list. I'm glad you liked it!

      xoxo
      E

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  6. I just got a flash of inspiration! What a great list of handpicked gems!

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    1. Eva, I'm so glad you like the list and are feeling inspired:)
      xoxo
      E

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  7. You set the bar pretty high with your amazing photographs and great gift ideas!
    Scotti

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    1. Scotti, it's a thrill to shoot beautiful things from gorgeous shops like yours. If only you were closer by, I'd be stopping by for gifts all the time!
      Wishing you all the best,
      xo
      E

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  8. You have impeccable taste! Any one of those gifts would put a smile on someone's face -- guaranteed! ;)

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! I do love picking out gifts:)
      Have a great holiday!
      xo
      E

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  9. What a lovely collection, definitely bookmarking this page for when I start my proper Christmas shopping!

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    1. Kathryn, I've yet to start my shopping either. Maybe next week;)
      xoxo
      E

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  10. Oh yes, I've been in love with that marble mortar and pestle for some time now.... :-)

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    1. Emma! It is just as beautiful in real life as it is on Quitokeeto - it's hefty, simple... everything you need in a mortar and simple.
      xoxo
      E

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  11. What a gorgeous collection of prezzies...your nearest and dearest are going to be very lucky this Christmas! (or hopefully they'll give some of these to you!) x

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  12. Gorgeous, inspiring photos, as usual! Thank you!

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  13. Thanks Jill. So sweet of you! xoE

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  14. That mortar and pestle! I covet. Also, the olive oil and Alice Water's book. I love it all! Thanks for the great links. Have a lovely Thanksgiving Erin. xoxo

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    1. Renee, one good mortar and pestle is such a fantastic tool in the kitchen and this one fits the bill. Maybe you need to treat yourself;) You deserve it.
      xoxo
      E

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  15. Beautiful photos as always Erin. That scissors looks so precious!

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    1. Thanks Jenn. The scissors are sweet! And there's a bigger size as well. So tempting! xoxo

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  16. Wonderful gift ideas, Erin! I hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Kasey! You too! xoxo

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  17. Love the idea of a vintage cookbook as a gift for a foodie. :)

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    1. Me too! There are so many great vintage books and Omnivore's is amazing - you can just call them and they'll steer you towards a perfect book.

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  18. Is it just too terrible that I want everything on this list? Oh dear.

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  19. Some gorgeous ideas and beautiful photographs, inspirational!

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  20. Loving all of these wonderful gift ideas! I especially want to dine at Camino and buy that morter and pestle. Stunning! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day Holiday!

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    1. Lisa, I imagine your Thanksgiving was delicious! All good here - the long school vacation last week was so sweet for us. It really feels like the holidays are officially here!
      xoxo
      E

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  21. I love everything you picked Erin! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season! xxoo

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    1. Najwa! We're having a great time so far. My girl has a birthday in between Thanksgiving and Xmas so it's party party party around here.
      Wishing you and yours the best as well,
      xoxo
      E

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  22. Loving the tree and plant theme you have going here! Especially those gorgeous ginkgo leaves:) Happy holidays, Erin!

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  23. Emma! Happy holidays to you and yours as well! I'm glad you liked the plant/tree theme... I had so much fun playing with all the leaves from my yard. I'm in love with ginkgo leaves too!
    xoxo
    E

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  24. These are all wonderful ideas. I love the photography!

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  25. This is absolutely the most beautifully presented gift guide I've seen yet! You are such an incredible photographer and stylist, Erin.

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    1. Kathryne, so nice to hear from you! You are too kind:)

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So good to hear from you... I appreciate each and every note you leave for me!

Thanks,
E

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