10 of My Favorite Things of 2021

These are things I lovingly own:


My all-time favorite object in my house at the moment is this acorn vase.



Zena Swiss Vegetable Peeler. It might not look impressive, but let me tell you, this thing WORKS!



This LED light that can hold a charge for about 10h. I use it as a desk lamp and nightstand light. (My kids are each getting one for Christmas)



The Vava short-throw home theater projector has changed our life. I honestly don’t know why I ever need to set foot into a theater again. It’s expensive but oh-so-worth-it!



This acrylic bird feeder has brought endless hours of delight to both me and my cat. (I am looking at a BlueJay in it while I am typing this.)



I have had this cat litter box for a few years but have a new found appreciation for it now that I have adopted a dog and she can’t get to the cat’s poop. It’s such a sculptural and beautiful design, I don’t mind it sitting in the corner of my living room.


One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book. I write a sentence or two every night, and in a year I can see where I was the year prior and travel in time every night. Fun!


This boldly patterned wool scarf by See Design. (I also own and love this toiletry bag.)



This Ginkgo Leaf Shaped Dog Blanket/Bed. (That’s my rescue pup. I adopted her 3 weeks ago. I love her.)



Onsen bath towels make me happy. I ilearned about them because they sponsored my blog years back. I was curious and ordered a bunch of towels and loved them so much I replaced ALL of my towels in my house. I swear by the gray Bath Towel. My kids approve of them too.


If you’re looking for more gift ideas, click through the Great Gifts category.

Peculiar Looking Candles

Enamored with these peculiar looking candles by Piera Bochner. Brooklyn made!

Lunch Bag

I recently discovered The Organic Company and I love so many of their products. This is one of them.

Geometric Earrings

Not sure I could pull these off, but these geometric earrings made me look.

Compostable Sponge Set

These are some pretty compostable sponge sets. They are made from 100% natural materials – 70% FSC certified cellulose, 30% cotton and vegetal dyes. They can be washed both in the dishwasher and the washing machine — so they won’t harbor bacteria.

Half Matryoshka Cupola Set by Raduga Grez

The beautifully-colored half matryoshka cupola set is hand-made by Raduga Grez in Russia.

Fade Puzzle

Yep, this is one cool puzzle.

Business

I keep laughing at this Business hat! So many fun ways to use it to bring a point across…

Edie Parker Abstract Basketball

What is going on, I am all of a sudden posting design-y balls. This one last week. Now this basketball. A new obsession?

Instagram Grid Poster

Yep, I want one of these Instagram Grid Posters. Their Photo Strips are cool too! What a great bookmark-gift!

Yellow Leaf Hammocks

In case you’re on the lookout for a hammock, look no further: Yellow Leaf Hammocks! I own two of this exact style and I leave them outside all summer. Through rain and all, they stay perfectly nice. I don’t even understand how that is possible. They are stylish AND comfortable.

Surface Snap

I am often annoyed at my phone cable slipping off my night stand or desk. I just discovered the good looking SurfaceSnaps. They are aesthetically pleasing and won’t damage the surface you stick them on. What’s not to love?

ESCAPE Bag

While perusing small shops in Saugerties, upstate NY today, I discovered this Forestbound ESCAPE bag. I gifted it to myself. As I was looking them up once I got home, I saw that you can get your own customized bag. What a fun gift.

(As a trained graphic designer I admit the shape of the P is killing me.)

NíLE Candles Yin Yang

Hello there, beautiful candles. (Also available in colors)

Wildflower Seed Confetti Cannon

I am totally into these colorful party cannons filled with confetti made out of wildflower seeds.

DIY Screen Printing Kit

Love this DIY Screen Printing Kit. What a fun gift!

Minimalist Glow Candlelight

Oh, this is an elegant design of an LED ‘candle’. (I wish they showed it when not on!)

Zip Top Reusable Silicone Bags

These Reusable Zip Tops look really useful. Basically a more sturdy version of a Zip Loc bag but that stand up on their own and you can wash and reuse. I am here for it.

Book Safe

I have a small obsession: Hollow Book Safes. There is something beautifully intriguing about hidden secret book compartments. I don’t really understand the amount of joy this brings me. But here we are. Book Rooks over on Etsy has a beautiful collection to chose from.

Create Your Own Video Print with Infinite Objects

Infinite Objects is pure magic: They make video prints.

You can now have your favorite short video, or your favorite GIF as an art object in your home, looping forever.

GAH!

I love GIFs! I love art! I love Infinite Objects.

You can chose from the existing editions, or you can make your own. The content itself can be anywhere from a few seconds to 24 hours! But as soon as it ends, it will loop again. (The battery lasts about two hours, so best to keep it plugged in.)

What a fun gift!

(I got my favorite GIF on one of them and it’s making me laugh every day. Perfectly sums up 2020!)

Pet Tags by Various Keytags

Whoa! Various Keytags launched a new spiffy website. So happy to see they added Pet Tags and Plant Tags.

Making custom tags has always been my favorite, which is now way easier. Try it here.

I am friends with the founders of the business and I can tell you they are good humans. Shop small!

My Own Lane

Lovely.

Catbird Letter Ring

I love this customizable ring by Catbird. Wishlisted!

(Via Joanna)

Toiletry Bag

Loving this Toiletry bag by See Design.