This holiday season, we're considering the potential of the small things in life, from bottle openers to wristwatches, campfires to bubble wrap. Though compact in size or understated in gesture, the gifts we've chosen will enrich the day-to-day experience of your loved ones in big ways, clearing room to relish the ordinary with creativity, thought, and delight.
It's the little things that count: a woodfire candle, a monthly delivery of fine bacon, and some time spent with Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson make life grand in ways not much else can. Imagine the anticipation of turning over leaf after leaf of sartorial kitties in United Bamboo's Cat Calendar or the blithe lakefront outing possible with a set of perfectly engineered skipping stones. The eye clock encourages us to disregard the time, the firestarter kit brings us closer to the material realities of heat, and the 33 Beers Notebook will send us well on the way to expertise. All notions of the small (and. therefore, the big) are touched on, to be enjoyed daily for years to come.
Much gratitude to this year's contributors: Rob Giampietro, Martine Syms, Alex Lin, Jessica Charlesworth, Tim Parsons, James Tichenor, Matt Brown, Hand Eye Supply, Sara Jacobson and Lisa Smith.