Welcome Back!

If you had any time off last week for Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoyed it! This week will be a little bit different as it will mostly be devoted to the 2009 Gift Guides.

If you weren’t a reader last year at this time, I’ll just give you some quick background on my approach. Last year I was inspired by pastry chef Will Goldfarb’s talk at The Dinner Party, where he presented the notion that there are 6 billion people in the world and only 12 horoscopes, or astrological signs. So in theory, a chef should be able to create 12 dishes that will please everyone.

And even though I’m not particularly a believer in horoscopes, it seemed like an interesting idea to apply to gift giving. So the heart of the postings this week are four guides devoted to the elements: earth, air, water, and fire.

They will be followed by a few other topical Gift Guides, and regular inspiration posts will be sprinkled throughout the week. Here’s a quick schedule if you’re looking out for one in particular:

  • Monday: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
  • Tuesday: Typography
  • Wednesday: Affordable Art
  • Thursday: For the Guys
  • Friday: Happy Holidays

Courtney is the founder of Design Work Life and Seamless Creative, a small design studio she runs with her husband Brian. She now splits her time between developing brand identities for small businesses and soaking up (and passing along) as much inspiration as she possibly can.

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