Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Gifts for the Ephemeraologist

Boy oh boy - we're in the home stretch now!  Here it is, December 16 - only 9 days 'til Christmas and only 4 days until Hanukkah!  Are you done with your shopping yet?

If not, I'm here to help!  Maybe you live with an Ephemeraologist, or you yourself are an Ephemeraologist and would like to send a link of this blog post to that person in your life who claims that you're too hard to shop for.  Either way, I've compiled a list of some fun (NEW) gifts that collectors of paper and vintage-y goodness are sure to appreciate!

First up is this candle by Tokyo Milk.  It's called Paper & Cotton.  Yes, there is a candle with a vaguely reminiscent paper smell (think very sharp and clean).  I actually own this item, thanks to my awesomely generous sister who got it for me for my birthday this year.  Who'da thunk that this would be a scent?  Another great thing about this fragrance is that it's not overly "girly", so if you have any guys who would appreciate a candle for their home, this is a safe bet.  You can find the candle on Tokyo Milk's Web site.

Okay, I have to admit - I own this next item as well!  This AMAZING cheese plate set is a gift I received from one of my dearest friends, Jessie.  I nearly PLOTZED when I opened it yesterday, not only because it's such a wonderful gift but because, well, does this girl know me or WHAT?!?  :D  As most of you dear readers know I am a sucker for a good cheese label (part of my Wisconsin heritage, I suppose) and to have plates with beautiful vintage designs is this Ephemeraologist's dream.  Believe it or not, these plates are as close as your nearest Pier 1 store!

Here's a very unique gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for Ephemeraologist:  make 'em smell like what they love!  These Demeter fragrances crack me up - Paperback, Glue, Dust, Paint - if you buy all four, you'll wind up smelling like one of my collages (book pages + adhesive + vintage ephemera + acrylic = Mel's art!)!  There are actually 224 different scents to choose from, so you can choose anything from Rye Bread to Saddle to Thunderstorm to Apple Blossom.  Check it out - it's a hoot!

Let's say you have a philatelist on your list - well, look no further than postage stamp art and accessories!  These fun gifts are available on our very own postal service's Web site.  Personally, I'm eyeing up that Robert Indiana "Love" watch.  :D  I'm really impressed with the amount and variety of items available for sale.  Plus, if you do purchase one of these fun items, you'll also be helping out our postal service!

Lastly, because it's my own blog, I suppose I would be remiss if I didn't include my own stuff for sale.  I try not to be a big "HEY!  BUY MY STUFF!"-kind of salesperson, which is why I just quietly have my Web site over on the right hand side of the page and don't mention it all that often.  But I do have all kinds of stuff for sale: pendants, clocks, mirrors and framed collages and I'm kinda proud of them (shuffles feet humbly).  So, there's my big plug.  Aw, shucks.  :D

Well, there you have it.  If you need it, I hope this list was helpful!  If you don't need it, then it just goes to show that every gift exists anywhere for the right person - even Ephemeraologists!  Happy Holidays, everyone!  :D

P.S.  One last reminder:  if you haven't done so already, be sure to sign up for the Retro Cafe Art Gallery $25 gift certificate contest - it ends today at noon CST!  Best of luck to all!

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