Stories from middle America

With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday shopping season has arrived. Have you begun shopping? Although I haven’t started crossing items off my gift list just yet, I’ve been browsing and pinning (spoiler alert, dear husband). I’ve put together some ideas for the maker on your list, the artist or creative type. Don’t feel pressure to find something artsy–and don’t use the word artsy!  I suggest you avoid gifts like this (I am sure I have received this gift). Keep it simple. While I can’t speak for everyone, the creatives I know love food, reading, and music. Oh, and office supplies. You’ll rarely miss the mark with a bottle of wine or a good book. And we will always accept cheese. Just about everything on my gift guide is $50 or less and I made picks that I hope will work just as well for hostess/host gifts, stocking stuffers, or your office gift exchange. Enjoy!

marker set $20 | utility apron $45 | hand salve $9 | mix tape stamp $19.50 | walnut ink $8.29  porcelain saucer $9.49 | tote $20 | Pantone: 35 Inspirational Color Palettes $15 |  canteen $36  bento box $22 | cloth-wrapped extension cord $39

industrial table lamp $55 |  French press $39.55 |  stripe mug  $24 | notepad $2.69 |  The Exquisite Book $19.77 |  washi tape $3.95 |  woodless pencils $12.16 |  Cactus Print by Leah Duncan $22  label maker $19.99 | Color $10.98

tote $24 | frames + lenses $95 | Art/Work $11.53 | business card holder $27.99 |  Pyrite Dollar print by Aili Schmeltz $24 + |  vintage bread board $48 |  Mark Rothko note cards  $12.95 | stemless wine glass $8 |  wine $20 | cheese knife set $32 |  cheese sampler $37.77

  • Jessica McKay

    Gaah! I would love the apron or tape or wine or cheese or cheese knife set or books. Perhaps, I should’ve just said I would be pleased to get any of these picks as a gift.

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