Holiday Gifting 101

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It's that time of year again and we know exactly what it’s like to be on the lookout for that perfect gift. At For the People, we know you expect to find unique items that leave a lasting impression. No matter who's on your list, we have what you need to help make this holiday a special one. Take a virtual tour with us; we’re excited to introduce you to some fun ideas.

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Wood toys are durable, simple and never go out of style. Candylab Toys lives by that philosophy and offers a line of wood cars inspired by a combined love of mid-century furniture craftsmanship and America's greatest cars. (Quite a fusion, eh?) Seeing broken, useless plastic toys lying around, the founders of Brooklyn-based Candylab Toys decided to design a line of simple, wood cars that kids can use their imaginations to play with instead of pressing electronic buttons and changing batteries. The Plum 50 Wood Car is carved from solid beech wood and painted a striking plum color. Like all of the cars in the line, it features ABS plastic rims, food-grade rubber tires, and is thoroughly safety-tested. Towie is a wooden tow truck specially designed with a sturdy rubber band to tow any Candylab cars back to the garage for a tune-up.

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Another favorite toy company, manny and simon, offers an array of essentials for kids including classic vehicles and animals, screen-printed clothing, and wooden toys and furniture for the playroom. Making its debut in San Diego in 2008, all of the products produced by manny and simon are designed and made in the USA using eco-friendly and sustainable materials. The Giraffe Wood Push Toy is a bright new take on the classic wood heirloom toys of yesteryear. It has an easy-to-grab handle for tiny hands to push and pick up. It is made of 100% American-grown reclaimed wood and is non-toxic. Even the paint is VOC-free. The Squarish Shaker is designed for young babies aged to grab and teethe on. It is made from smooth, non-splintering wood that has been treated with olive oil and organic beeswax. The wood is non-allergenic, naturally anti-bacterial, and non-toxic.

Tom Dixon is a British designer who started his namesake company in 2002. Based on a mission to breathe new life into the British furniture industry, the company has expanded to offer thousands of innovative products for every facet of the home. The Tom Dixon Tank Low Balls are exquisitely crafted from mouth-blown clear glass embellished with hand-painted copper detailing. Its heavy weight and generous proportions make it the perfect glass for whiskey or cocktails. The company logo is sand blasted onto the base. Sold in a set of two.

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Ezra Arthur is a Phoenix-based company dedicated to crafting heirloom-quality men's accessories designed to last a lifetime. Always made in the USA, Ezra Arthur engineers each of their products - which include a wide variety of wallets, belts, and shaving accessories - to look as attractive as they are dependable. The team uses only American-sourced leather and they meticulously inspect their products for correct sizing and quality craftsmanship before giving final approval. No glue, plastic, rubber or linings are used in their wallets, allowing the leather to develop a rich patina with age. The No. 2 Wallet is one of our very best sellers and poses a rich minimalist option for the style-conscious man. Slim and elegant without sacrificing space, this wallet keeps everything you need invisibly within reach. Available in multiple color options.

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Rebecca Finell is an Austin-based designer of neo luxe fashion accessories and housewares. She strives to redefine modern design while celebrating simplicity, luxury, and innovative materials. The Finell Iso Clutch is an award-winning design made from premium, American-sourced leather. Its origami-inspired shape features a black nylon interior and is finished with a black matte metal zipper. It also includes an extendable wrist strap for different styling options.

Heidi Abrahamson is a self-taught jewelry maker with a studio open to the public in central Phoenix. Greatly influenced by mid-20th century silversmiths, she began collecting the works of those designers before venturing into her own jewelry-making career. She studied interior arts and design at Indiana University and later worked in visual merchandising for a number of firms. Her design philosophy is to make jewelry that doubles as “architecture for the body”. Abrahamson's Modern Ring is a true statement piece. Made of sterling silver and oxidized brass, this stunning piece of jewelry is a wonderfully inspiring testament to mid-century industrial design.

We’ve worked hard to fill our store with items that engage and inspire. This article introduces you to a few favorites but, truth be told, there’s a lot more where these came from! So please - come by the store or visit us online: we can’t wait to show you around!