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5 Gift Guides Packed With Personality

Dec 7, 2015

by Aleksa Brown handmade and vintage goods

We’ve published our fair share of gift guides this holiday season: from Gifts for Her curated by the editors at to Gifts for Kids selected by the experts at Land of Nod. Now that all your key people are more or less covered (Mom: check! Significant other: double check!), it’s time to start searching for creative (and maybe even a little quirky) gifts for all the other names on your list.

To help us hunt for the best of the rest, we turned the mic over to some of our favorite bloggers from around the globe to share gift ideas based on the recipients’ interests. Browse previews of their gift guides below, and click through for the full posts and links to shop the selections. There’s something for (almost) everyone in your life — and hey, while you’re at it, five new blogs to follow as well. Win-win.

1. Sharp Finds for Cactus Collectors


Curated by Cintia of My Poppet Living

From a sculptural succulent that comes apart into coasters to a screen-printed cushion that’s all softness, no spikes, My Poppet Living blogger Cintia has rounded up a bright and cheerful collection of cactus-themed items for the desert dweller (or dreamer) on your shopping list. Like what you see above? Don’t miss the Melbourne-based craft and lifestyle blogger’s distinctive dispatches of all things cool, colorful, and creative in the worlds of travel, food and style.

2. Page-Turning Picks for Bookish Types


Curated by Mackenzie Clayton of Gemfound

“So many books, so little time” – that’s the theme of this gift guide, which includes a bookstore-scented candle and a customized “library of” stamp. This smart collection was hand-picked by Mackenzie Clayton of Gemfound, a digital women’s lifestyle magazine that sources unique products, articles, travel and design content – all aggregated according to mood.

3. Inspired Items For Aspiring Chefs


Curated by Stephanie Fazio of Lealou

Between the beautiful ceramic dishes and party-ready cheese markers in this collection, the chef on your list is going to be thrilled. How do we know? Because it takes one to know one, and the curator of this gift guide is quite the chef herself. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Stephanie Fazio spends most of her time experimenting with recipes in the kitchen; she’s also the blogger behind Lealou, where she writes about family, cooking, and sewing – and all the beautiful finds she encounters along the way.

4. Click-Worthy Presents for Photographers


Curated by Tamarin of Nouba

From practical bags and camera straps to camera-shaped planters and inspirational art prints, Tamarin Morley of the Australian blog Nouba knows just what to get the wanderlusty photographer on your list. An avid traveler herself, she can be found blogging, at any given time, from a beachside cafe in Bali, a hostel in Bolivia, or a cozy pub in London.

5. Rustic Treasures for City Gardeners


Curated by Dan of Urban Turnip

What do hand-carved Scandinavian gnomes, small wooden birdhouses and hand-fired terra cotta pots have in common? Aside from all being amazing, they are also all included in Manchester, England-based blogger Dan’s gift guide for urban gardeners. A zealous gardener himself, Dan is frequently experimenting with new potting mix recipes; his blog, Urban Turnip, is where he offers growing advice for city-dwellers who are short on space.

Still stumped about what to get them? Browse additional ideas for coworkers, teachers, pets (and more!) here.

Header photo (and mug) by Summer + Skye.



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