gift guide // for your artsy colleague.

Happy gift guiding today! Whether you’re sitting behind a cubicle or are planning to ship your favorite e-colleague something special this year, enjoy this roundup of fun/quirky surprises below!: 1. Because he secretly wants to be a world famous painter but, for now, needs a place for his paperclips. Brushstroke porcelain tray ($54) 2. Because

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infographic scarves.

Remember these? Caleb Luke Lin designs infographic scarves that are just as science-y and rad. My favorites are “Historical Expanses of Empires and Their Oppression” (above) and “Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions” (below). I love it when my accessories get all smartypants on me. LINK: CALEB LUKE LIN

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a micro catalog.

Genius idea: three Northwestern design studios put their heads together to showcase their favorite products in one micro catalog. It’s perfectly styled, photographed and executed – but here’s why I love it most: People win when they work together. Design studios are in constant competition to be better, get ahead and sell more work. Yet by

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gift guide // brother-in-law.

This week’s gift guide is for your brother-in-law: the dude who can’t stand to give up the remote, but always offers to mow your dad’s lawn: 1. Because you know he doesn’t have anything to wear to your cousin’s wedding. Grey polka dot knit tie ($109) at Inventory 2. Because he has a thing for astrology. Stellar

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styling trick // backwards necklace.

Whether you’re a style blogger, stylist, jewelry designer – or just your average girl craving a unique spin for your daily baubles, why not give the backwards necklace a go? (Remember when Princess Di rocked this look in 1985?) I love seeing necklaces displayed backwards in product lookbooks – such a fresh idea, yes? Party

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gift guide // for your best friend.

This week’s gift guide is for your favorite lady friend – the gal who’s number two on your speed dial, hates microwaved popcorn and never makes fun of you for pronouncing “niche” the way you do: 1. Because she puts basil in everything she cooks: Garden-in-a-Bag Herb Collection ($9.05) 2. Because she’s still wearing that

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ice cream ties.

Design for MANkind, indeed. L.A.-based Pocket Square Clothing has the sweetest (literally!) ties inspired by – yes, ice cream! Choose from one of many savory flavors (mint julep is my favorite), all packaged in an adorable ice cream cartons. Wouldn’t these make perfect holiday gifts for the gentleman in your life? LINK: POCKET SQUARE CLOTHING

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