Hello! I am Kristine Claghorn. As the owner of a vintage shop, I’m often reflecting on the relationship between objects and their impact on our environment. The more I research, the more opportunities I find to introduce small, thoughtful changes into my daily routine that focus on sustainability. So when I recently started planning a trip from Los Angeles to New Mexico, I couldn’t help but keep this at the forefront of my mind.
Slow living is never more delicious than during the holidays. Copper pots of cinnamon sticks, clove, and orange peel simmer on the stove. A wood fire burns in the hearth. Steaming cups of cider & cocoa always close at hand along with creamy batches of homemade eggnog with a drop of smoky bourbon. Balsam fir and dulcet carols. Royal icing and gingerbread. Spiced cakes and succulent roasts. Hand-knit sweaters and homemade wreaths.
And, and, and….OR does this sound more familiar: a hectic freight train called CHRISTMAS barreling at you as you try to pull it all together in time for the holiday party, for Christmas morning, for last minute shipping deadlines. I know all too well what that pressure is like. Which is why in this year’s annual Local Milk Gift Guide 2018 I’ve done all the hard work for you and curated a selection of over 150+ gifts for him, her, and the little ones so you can spend your time with a bit more holiday zen and a bit less zoning out on Google combing the internet for the perfect gift. Because the gift of slow living is the best gift we can give ourselves. For even more ideas after you peruse this guide make sure to also visit our past gift guides from 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Also, I made a gift for YOU for the holidays: 2 FREE Lightroom editing presets for desktop and mobile so you can edit your photos like a pro for your blog, Instagram, or brand. They’re the two most popular presets from The Instagram Collection, and one is dark & moody while the other is bright and poppy! I hope they save you time creating beautiful visual stories & help you get a little more slow living during this busy season!
A little late in the season (last minute shopper unite!) but here as usual: our annual gift guide! It’s broken into different sections for Kitchen, Baby, Home, Wear, and Apothecary because there were so many things we wanted to include, that was the only way to keep them all straight! And still we couldn’t get in everything. Stay tuned for our registry post for more baby things, and check out gift guides of previous years for more favorites here, here, and here. And for wrapping inspiration, see the post before this one here as well as years past here, here, and here.Our gift guide is a way for us to share all of our favorite things with you as well as a way to give some love to our favorite shops, makers, and products. Everything on this list is both beautiful and useful.