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2008 gift guide: bloggers’ wish list

by Grace Bonney

last year i asked some of my favorite art and design bloggers to share their wish lists for christmas gifts. their ideas certainly helped me with my shopping and i’m hoping that they’ll be just as helpful this year. for 2008 i asked which gifts each blogger would like to give and receive, so read on below to see what they had to say this year. the list (and gift ideas) continue well after the jump so click here to see the full list (or just click “read more” at the bottom of this post). thank you to everyone who participated this year! (all of the images above are referenced and linked to below in the bloggers’ entries)

[stay tuned for ac’s guy’s gift guide next!]

blogger: sarah of
to give: faceted , i’m giving homemade ornaments this year to my loved ones with written messages hidden insidethem listing reasons why they are special to me with a card listing what i wrote
to receive: a warm to stay warm this winter,

blogger: courtney of
to give: a donation to an organization like
to receive: a and hand-blocked cotton kitchen towels or mitts from (her towels are $8 each. would be great paired with a cookbook!)

to give: one of mimi kirchners ‘‘ to my mum, and i would love to have one myself or one of her , this by bryan nash would be perfect for my husband, and i’d like to give to someone.
to receive: for myself i wish, any of the above, more time, the ability to concentrate, not so much rain. and if it doesn’t rain so much i hope i’ve got to bring out in the woods. i also like this form the same place (if i have to stay inside). in my dreams there is a .

blogger: jan of
to give: i like these taches by shannon gerard, this by rae dunn and this ‘‘
to receive: , (they have a wonderful story behind them), i’d also love a bowl of , this and from kate banazi.

blogger: heather of
to give: , everyone in my family will be getting their own mug (with my ceramic transfers on it)
to receive: earlier this year, i invested in a canon G9 camera, and am desperate to get the little old-school leather case that fits it like a glove, but it’s impossible to find. let’s hope someone’s been resourceful…

to give: hand-made all the way! in addition to gifting my own jewelery, i have some of these things in mind: from design night, from paloma’s nest,
to receive: some art for my place (i should be so lucky!): , , and continued happiness and maybe even some love! (it is the time of year for being sappy after all)


to give: ,
to receive: a large from the vermont bowl company, from land’s end.

blogger: dave of
to give: ‘‘ directed by jean-pierre melville, ‘‘- the history of MPS/SABA
to receive: ,

blogger: joy of
to give: (shown in intro image at the start of the post), , , .
to receive: cream colored (shown in intro image at the start of the post),

blogger: julia rothman of
to give: , the incredible pop-up book. Everyone can enjoy it and it’s amazingly so affordable!
to receive: . each one has a one of a kind hand-painted lady in a bathing cap about to dive in. they are so sweet!

blogger: maria of
to give: i am giving quite a few copies of my book . i’m also giving lots of copies of the , and i’ll be giving subscriptions to . and lastly, i am feeling quite partial to cdr’s “” poster.
to receive: on my wishlist is an and a – am pretty partial to the one in grey for sure. my list goes on with .

blogger: anne of (and d*s)
to give: make your own book at blurb (in my case using old family photos), and micro loans to developing countries, personalized mix cd (printable or sharpie) and design cover/case, , .
to receive: i somehow managed convinced my parents we should go somewhere for christmas- so we’re going to panama (hence the hat)! other ideas are: , , , , , a .

blogger: victoria of
to give: spa treatments- it seems as though we’re all rushing about so much and already have so much “stuff”, that the gift of a little r&r seems like a nice idea to treat my friends and family to. it all depends on where they live, but for SF friends, a mani/pedi at is always wonderful, or a spa treatment at , or maybe even a yoga class at is an idea i have up my sleeve. happy, peaceful holidays to all!
to receive: i really love the gift of books. and this year, phaiden is putting out these special ribbon-tied, lovely box sets of their wallpaper* city guides. I used my city guide to bangkok extensively on my trip to thailand this year, so now i’ve got a real hankering for the , which features wallaper*’s city guides to basel, london, miami, new york and venice. one can dream, right?

blogger: birdie of
to give: the book ‘‘, a painting by , a shared afternoon making monotypes with my best friend at
to receive: a pair of gorgeous bulb earrings from or spring magnolia branches from . a , a piece of for heath ceramics (heh, a girl can hope…)

blogger: abby of
to give: the , by sucre bakery in new orleans, a by elum designs, packages of cotton ribbon by , , a box of jack and lulu lank note cards.
to receive: a shopping spree at . i would take anything and everything in this store.

blogger: susan at
to give: the gifts i am giving are handmade functional ceramics filled with homemade spiced pistachio nuts; the men are getting because they are functional, an amazing deal and manly enough: the women are getting some softer looking ones by because they are also functional, affordable and very pretty.
to receive: what i would love to receive is an extra long weekend away with my husband, with our friends in brooklyn … and i think i am actually going to get that!

blogger: sarah of
to give: with a bottle of homemade Elderberry liqueur. or .
to receive: a before they are no longer available.

blogger: jo of
to give: this yummy idea (candy sticks) is what i hope my friends will be stirring through their hot chocolate after a long christmas day.
to receive: (if money was no object) this by margaret ackland.
stirring through their hot chocolate after a long Christmas day.

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