Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Jes' Picks

Shopping for the contemporary couple (or single!) can often be a challenge. It is difficult to find the perfect gift for the person who celebrates a combination of form and function while enjoying a slick style and minimal approach. One of my favorite local stores for these types of gifts is A+R. They have all kinds of quirky items that you can be sure are unique. Below are a few of my favorites.
The water bottles, or "Hydration Vessels" as they are called are perfectly streamlined. They also dont contain any of the bad chemicals that many plastic water bottles do. Also a percentage of the profits go to safe water programs around the world. ($29.95)

These Tord Boontje & Artecnica's Charms make a great gift. The Dutch and LA designers collaborated on a collection of charms in either 18-karat gold or sterling silver. The whimsical charms can be worn alone or together, as necklaces, earrings or purse charms. ($22.00)

These shot glasses are one of my favorite presents for guys. Goody Grams' shot glasses are packaged individually so you can choose your herd of animals. They come in Bull, Bear, Moose, Deer, and Rhinoceros. ($32.00)

This gift is definitely for the contemporary with a sense of humor. It is also however, a very practical and interesting element in any home. The knives are top of the line and the set comes with 5 of various sizes. ($158.00)

A+R is located in Venice, California but all of the items are also available online at

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