It’s that time of the year again, when we’re all trying to find the perfect gifts for the special people in our lives. Sometimes the hardest part is coming up with ideas. I consulted with Gail Ockerbloom, owner of Studio on the Common in Winchester, who doesn’t just sell gifts, she and her staff offer inspiration: describe your special person and they will come up with several reasonably priced options that you may never have considered. Here are some ideas:
Are you the Secret Santa for someone you don’t know very well? Consider monogrammed, lined women’s gloves that are personal and loved by everyone. Barefoot Dreams or fun themed socks are another universally enjoyed gift or stocking stuffer.
Is your mom or sister always cold? Look into loungewear made from cozy new fabrics that feel like cashmere and do not require dry cleaning. While Barefoot Dreams is the best known brand in this category, Studio on the Common has several brands of cardigans, pants, tops and joggers that are as soft and warm as cashmere but can be thrown in the washer and dryer.
Did you discover while cooking with your Thanksgiving host that they could really use a spoon rest? Check out these Ricardo Marzi works of art created in Italy, with natural stones, fruits, and plants embedded into resin. Bowls, platters and more are also available.
For the non-planner in your life, these stylish rain wraps fold into a small bag that can be stored in their car’s glove box. It can be worn three ways and a magnet closure ensures that the contrasting lining shows for a pop of pattern and color.
We all need a stash of unique host(ess) gifts in inventory, so stock up on these hand painted candles from South Africa. I keep several already wrapped in the closet, just in case.
Is grandpa a Red Sox fan? He’ll love resting his glass on these coasters and seeing the only four remaining color photos of young Ted Williams.
For that Netflix or sports binger in your life, these warm and beautiful fair trade alpaca blankets sell out every year at Studio on the Common. They can be also displayed on a bed or sofa to instantly revitalize your décor.
For the person who truly has everything, they likely don’t have a Spiritile. These works of art are crafted by Houston Llew on a cut copper canvas, with glass and metal melted on to create a unique three dimensional vitreous enamel message. They quote authors, poets, and philosophers, with one certain to be well suited for your special gift recipient. You may start a collection!
Everyone loves Mariposa dishes, napkin holders, and serving pieces. Studio on the Common offers personalization to make it extra special for your giftee. As a special offer to Educational Advocates clients, mention this article and Gail will give one of the Mariposa items shown below for free with a $75 purchase.
The Studio on the Common staff love to provide personal help and suggestions, so feel free to stop in at 22 Church Street in Winchester or give them a call at 781.721.1023 to solve your gifting dilemmas.