The Design Scouting Gift Guide

November 21, 2012

I couldn’t be more excited for the holidays this year; my sister is hosting Thanksgiving so that means no travel and no cooking for me (and great food).  Then we’re headed to Boston for Christmas, which means snow (and sledding!) and sitting in front of the fire with loved ones.  Thanks to my sister for handling Thanksgiving so I had time to do this gift guide.


For the survivalist or recent Sandy survivor. Duracel Powerpack 600 ($153).  This backpack is also on my list.

For the tree. Target Rodarth Ornament ($19)

For co-workers, stockings, best friends, the mail man. Chocolate Editions Chocolate bar ($6)

For the (urban) gardener. Raspberry bush ($32) that can be grown in a container and it’s thornless, too.

For the expecting or new mom. Dwell Studio Blanket ($48)


For your builder toddler, architect husband or Italophile friend.  Left to right, 1. Plan Toys Block Set ($55), 2. Romanesque Block Set ($150), 3.Coliseum ($40), 4. Leaning Tower of Pisa ($40).

For the adventurer; brother, husband: Bluffworks Pants ($70)

For hot food lovers, perpetually cold friends: a Tabasco sweatshirt ($30).

For the new home owner; hipster sister; design blogger; person who has everything. Gem stone shower curtain ($90)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Nomadic D November 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

That Tabasco sweatshirt is so fun!

Hayley November 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Great gift guide! Spot on and nontraditional.


Wendy November 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Nice post! I love the nice assortment of blocks and the fact you remembered the mailman.

Abbey November 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

Thank you guys! Wendy, your comment made my day!

Amy November 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Thank you Abbey for including Raspberry Shortcake in your gift guide. We are so honored! Loved all your gift ideas but of course, we are partial to our new raspberry variety!

People can order Raspberry Shortcake – the first dwarf, thornless raspberry plant that is perfect suited to patio pots – through White Flower Farm:

They also offer a wonderful gift set that includes a shipment at holiday time of a jar of amazing raspberry jam with a Raspberry Shortcake plant shipping in the spring. It’s the gift that keeps on giving with year-after-year of fruit harvests!

Thanks again Abbey! We are truly honored.

Lori December 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Nice touch on the Chocolate Editions Bars for the mailman.

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