All At Sea
I really like home decor for gifts – obviously it ties in nicely when you’re staying at someone’s place as a houseguest, attending a party and wanting to thank a hostess, or simply gifting someone with a housewarming token. Obviously, someone out there recognizes that our home is one of our most prized possessions, so who wouldn’t want a gift to go with it? Today’s gift ideas are all for the home – with a summery, nautical twist. I’ve handpicked items that evoke the season, so no matter the occasion you’ll have a go-to gift at the ready.
Beachcombing Series No 34 – $41 @ Quercus Design
First up we’ve got a photography series from Bar Harbor, Maine-based photographer Jennifer Steen Booher. Trips to the beach net all kinds of found treasures, which are artfully arranged and then photographed to create these simplistic yet eye-popping visuals. An excellent pick for the bathroom or entryway of a summer cabin.
iPhone 5 Double Dock – $138 @ Docksmith
Another entry from Maine – this time in the form of a would-be carpenter that traverses the coastline to track down pieces of glorious weathered driftwood and repurposes them into docks for your favourite i-Gadgets (including iPads and iPhones of all generations). Personally I love the mix of old-school crafty charm with Apple’s slick products. Imagine giving one of these to your spouse to decorate his or her new office? Shipping ain’t too horrendous either – everything I clicked on was about $16 a pop.
Porthole Mirror – $137 @ Amazon.ca
Ramp up the nautical feel with this porthole-inspired solid cast bronze mirror. Use it to create an underwater feeling in a hallway or bathroom, or if you’re simply creating an ocean-themed room in your home. Personally I think getting a few of these and using them in the basement could create a virtual ‘yellow submarine’ of your kids dreams – but that’s just me. A fitting retirement gift for the sailor in your life, or a swell pick for that friend that simply loves the ocean life (and look).
Nautical Front Doormat – $70 @ Karen’s Wedding Shop
This rustic rug is inspired by a classic sailor’s knot and makes a great wedding or housewarming gift. The infinite knots are a romantic detail, while the sturdiness of this handwoven mat means it’ll stay in your family for eons. Also cool? It’s actually crafted by a Canadian outfit, which not only knocks down shipping costs ($25) but just feels a little more special too. For the record, this entire shop is a great trove of ‘by the sea’ gift ideas. Browse away!
BALL Blue Mason Jar Dispenser – $38 @ Roots In Rust
Yet another fun store that’s simply filled to the brim with summery housewares ideas. Roots in Rust features tons of terrariums, plants and more – and as long as they don’t contain any plants to begin with, they’re all easily shippable to Canada. My personal favourite new houseguest gift is this vintage, limited-edition mason jar pump. The elegant sea glass-inspired blue colour (part of a limited 100-year collection from Ball) sets this apart from an everyday DIY mason jar craft project, while the sleek chrome and cute twine details make it a standout choice for any hostess’ bathroom. Keep in mind, these pretty pumps are only available till the end of 2013 – so stock up while you can and have ready-made gifts tucked away for any occasion.
And with that, I’ve got some seaworthy news – I’m actually giving away a BALL Blue Mason Jar Dispenser to one of you lucky readers. Here’s how to enter:
1) Leave a comment by July 4th with your favourite Roots in Rust product + your favourite featured oceanic gift idea.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around July 5th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province.
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