Monday, December 13, 2010

The Hug Holiday Gift Guide - 2010

With only a couple days left until Christmas, The Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide has compiled some fantastic finds that are sure to please everyone on your list!  From The Girl Next Door to The Hip & Urban Baby, lookout Santa…a savvy new gift giver is in town!

Holiday Gift Guide: The Girl Next Door 
For a girl as sweet as pie and full of cheerful whimsy, may we recommend these three finds to help brighten up her day? 

1. Catbird Alphabet Rings
Shimmer in this season’s most elegant and understated accessory, the Catbird alphabet ring!  Handmade in Brooklyn, these tiny rings are stackable and available in every letter of the alphabet as well as a tiny heart. 

Spell out your holiday wishes in 14K gold or sterling silver. Catbird. $52+

2. Shanna Murray Illustrated Decals 
A collection of nature inspired garlands and tidings that would make Martha Stewart proud.  Transform an ordinary wall, mirror, or furniture piece with these matte or metallic decals from self-described artist, stylist, and optimist, Shanna Murray.  BigCartel. $10+

3. Pi’lo Embroidered Notebooks

Scribble down your thoughts in this sweet little jotter from Toronto atelier, Pi’lo.  

Complete with 2 Muji lined notebooks, this hemp and unbleached cotton canvas notebook cover is embroidered with foolscap lines for all your letters to Santa. Pi’lo. $28

Holiday Gift Guide: The Hip & Urban Guy
Spread a little holiday cheer with gifts that herald style and substance for the nice (or naughty) man in your life: 

1. Apolis Linen Ties 
Nothing will feel softer or look cuter on your guy than this 100% washed linen tie from Apolis Activism. Pre-washing the linen softens the fabric, providing a subtle texture and a more relaxed look. 

Focusing on contemporary design, premium fabrics, and sustainable development, Apolis’ individually crafted cravats are sure to shine in light gray, raw indigo, and pale red.  Apolis. $58

2. Byrd & Belle Gadget Sleeve 
Proving that Prince isn’t the only stylish thing to come out of Minneapolis, architect turned product designer Angie Davis knows a thing or two about simple, modern design. 

Crafted from a sleek combination of soft, thick wool felt and hand dyed leather, Davis’ Etsy shop, Byrd & Belle, offers a full range of protective sleeves for all of your Apple lifestyle products.  Byrd & Belle.  $24+

3. Teroforma Whiskey Stones:
Does your man like his whiskey neat? 
Treat him to a perfect pour with the addition of this inventive little soapstone that chills his favourite spirit without diluting the flavour he loves. 

The perfect gift for the serious connoisseur, the kit includes a set of 9 stones and a muslin storage bag. La Merceria,  $28.

Amy Ng is a freelance writer and dim sum enthusiast currently working in the not-for-profit arts sector.  You can follow her adventures at &

To read MORE of our Hug Holiday Gift Guide, check out our Christmas selections!

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