I love giving gifts, love everything about the process – thinking about individuals, hunting down great things that they most likely would not splurge on for themselves, wrapping them, and then, most of all, exchanging gifts.
I also really dislike top ten lists, listicles, all things which try to make us stop and take note on the Internet. Yet, when I started thinking about my favorite gifts this year, 10 actually came to mind!
- This French Bull Dog by Ronnie Gould has captured my heart. For a friend who lost her frenchie this year, I know that this incredibly lifelike and soulful piece would be just the ticket. Gould’s talent to capture so much in clay knocks me over.
- Men. So hard to shop for, especially if you want to give them something they don’t realize they want. I think Margo Petitti has really figured it out with her scarves created from menswear suitings and shirtings. The patternwork is strong and masculine, subtle and bold at the same time. I know just the man!
- For a friend who lives in Florida, I think the Song of the Sea ornament is just right. It is so evocative of the real thing, yet so full of artistry and grace.
- I find it hard to think about giving art for the wall unless I know the recipient incredibly well, know their style, and know if they have the space to hang anything. Patricia Barry Levy’s MoonPhases is available in a small size print so it is easy for me to imagine a friend’s ability to find the right spot to in which to hang it. And with a year of so many special moons, I really think this will resonate.
- And finally, I really like to have some “just in case” presents around. I admit that I am sometimes caught off guard when invited into a friend’s home for the holidays, so having a few sets of Renato Foti’s Quadro Coasters on hand is a wonderful way to be prepared and give a gift of art, even if I don’t know the host so well.