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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

10.29.2008

Thrill of the Year-Long Hunt

As tastemakers Stiles T. Colwill and Jonathan Gargiulo tell Southern Accents, finding that perfect present for a friend can be a fun, lingering process if you start in advance. Keep in mind "your friends' collecting passions, taste in literature, love of art, culinary flair, or sense of humor." It seems Colwill and Gargiulo's one rule is "If you come across an item engraved or monogrammed with a friend's initials, you know it was meant to be."

So snap up the random silver spoon with the appropriate monogram and pair it with some home baked goods and tea or your grandmother's recipe for gumbo. Look for a vintage decorating magazine published during your friends' favorite era. Make the gift memorable and savor the thrill of the hunt. 

Sources for vintage magazines:
Paper Pursuits
Past Paper

11 comments:

stacy McCallum said...

perfect advice!

Style Court said...

hi stacy -- it is getting pretty close to the holidays but i think we can still make time to enjoy the hunt :)

vicki archer said...

I agree, the hunt is always the best part.

Ivy Lane said...

It's my Mom's birthday next Thursday..I need to accelerate the hunt now!! It's getting harder and harder each year... and naturally she always tells us.."Don't you kids get me anything.."...and the holidays..after Halloween, it seems everything goes into full throttle!! :)

[Tara] said...

Thank you, this is lovely advice. I always try to find unique gifts.

Style Court said...

Ivy -- yes, November birthdays are a challenge! Good luck.

Style Court said...

Tara -- glad it was helpful. Thanks for visiting!

kristy said...

That looks like an amazing gift, I would love to look through that vintage magazine.

Style Court said...

Kristy -- it's from the late 60s. Click to enlarge the image and see how current the pillow looks!

Pigtown-Design said...

i hunt for gifts all year round!

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth James sells her wares at my local farmers' market in Studio City, CA. It's great. Her napkins were on my table at Thanksgiving!