Okay, I lied. There is no car giveaway in this post. It's just lately I've had gift giving on my mind. The problem is, I am a mental shopper. For any person in my life, I have the perfect gift picked out and wrapped in recycled handpainted paper and a pretty bow. But, it's only in my mind. In reality, my bills are mounting and my meager paycheck can't bear the weight. It's like those old school paper towel commercials where they would compare the strength of the towel and the knockoff brand would inevitably break up into tiny scraps on the floor. Yeah, the knockoff paper towel is my paycheck and that leaves little left for the amazing gifts my friends and family so deserve.
this year, I'm determined to do it right. I'm starting early and doing
my research. I am on the hunt to find EPIC gifts at haiku prices. And
because I want to give gifts to each and every one of you, I'm going to
share my findings...
This is, Melissa's Favorite Things!
sells handcrafted bags, infinity scarves and ties made from recycled
tees. Their products are ethically produced from the tons of tees that
are sent to developing countries. You know, like the millions of Super
Bowl tees made for both teams before the game. And when the NY
Giants win (yeah, I said it) what do you do with the other team's? Send
them to Africa and pay crafters a fair wage to make fun and one of a
kind products that are then 'repatriated' to the US to be sold for
around $25. And in a nutshell, that is Project Repat. Oh, and did I
mention you can send Project Repat your old tees to be refashioned into
customized pieces? It's the perfect gift for the sorority girl or sports
fan in your life.
an online shopping destination stocked with an everchanging inventory
of unique housewares, lovely clothing and jewelry, plus food! Signing up
is free and each day you'll have 20 'peeqs' into discounted prices,
some as low as 70% off. As you explore the site, 'peeqing' prices and
sharing with your friends, you'll gain points that earn you badges. Each
badge will earn you even more discounts to be applied to future
purchases. It's a fun site to explore but If you see something you like
you'll have to move quickly, items sell out fast and each day brings a
new group of designer ware. Last minutes shoppers bewarned, this is
definitely a shop early site since most items will ship out at the end
of the sale. I purchased a small quirky print for my walls on April 2nd
and it was on my doorstep by the 23rd, but for $2.00 (that's including
shipping) there's no complaint from me.
Teeki produces activewear and bikinis from...are you ready for it? Recycled plastic bottles. Their fresh designs and, ahem,
'camel toe free' cut will have your yogi in a stylish and worry free
ustrasana. A pair of yoga pants runs between $45-$60 and is made from
around 25 plastic bottles. That's priceless, if you ask me.
Haiku Bags has
a lovely motto: Thoughtful, Simple, Meaningful. And their bags are
exactly that. The Haiku Pouch has a spot for all the essentials with a
threeway strap that works as a crossbody or small handbag. Or you could
use it as a wallet, the perfect oasis for your own belongings in the
chaos of a diaper bag. The Haiku Pouch is $49 and can be purchased
online or a select retailers. I came across the Pouch at REI and could
visualize how useful it would be for a backpacking trip through Europe. I
suppose the fact that I was in the hiking section of the store had
something to do with that fantasy. Back down here in reality, this Pouch
is darn near organizational perfection. Oh yeah, and like the Teeki
products above, all the Haiku bags are made from recycled plastic
It's a wonderful feeling to give a gift that you can trace back to a name and place. Like these, Guzel Papatya Earrings
handcrafted by Hasan Bey in Izmir, Turkiye. The name of the earrings
translates to 'Pretty Daisy' and they were made using traditional
Ottoman design. This piece is handmade chic along with the rest of the
items from Back Roads Imports, and every purchase supports Turkish artisans.
In my opinion, MoMA Store is
just as entertaining as the museum across the street, if only for the
fact that I can pick up and drop a piece without being tackled by a
security guard (I swear it was an accident). This is the place to go for form follows function with a little ornamentation thrown in for good measure. Like this piece, the Fingerprint Bookmark Band
which for $7 will not only mark the page of the book, but also the
line. It's a perfect gift for those night readers in your life who can't
seem to finish a book despite opening it every day for a month only to
realize they have sleepily been reading the same line every night.
considering I just wondered if there is a Fingerprint Bookmark Band for
the internet, I think this is the best time to call it a night. Happy
shopping and Iyi Geceler!
(Oops, I forgot to mention that no part of this post is sponsored. I just really, really love these products.)