Our philosophy when it comes to shopping for holiday gifts is always quality over quantity.
We know there are quite a few people out there who would rather buy 3 pillows from HomeGoods that are only $20 each, rather than spend money on just one beautifully hand dyed pillow — and on the surface, why wouldn’t you? You get three pillows for the price of one, and at first glance, that seems great.
But the truth is there are more than a few reasons why buying quantity over quality is going to disappoint you in the long run. Here are our favorite reasons why you should shop for quality, handmade items this holiday season.
1. Quality items do not have to be replaced as frequently:
There are some things that aren’t necessarily worth applying the ‘Buy it For Life’ philosophy to, such as reading glasses or socks, but for most items from mugs, to throw pillows, candles, and more, buying quality will always pay off. Products made from high-quality materials stand up to everyday use much better than cheaper items made from weak materials and sloppy construction.
2. You (or the person you’re giving to) will care more:
Gifting a quality items means buying an item you love, an item that makes the receiver feel good every single time they use or see it. Wouldn’t you much rather have one or two lotions that are your favourite rather than trying to choose between a selection of lumpy, oily products that don’t make you feel great?
When you buy quality, all of your items can be the favourite, and as a consequence of having less, you’ll take better care of them, as well. It can be easy to let an item fall into disrepair when you are able to say “Oh well, I have a few more mugs just like this one.” Having quality means taking care of quality— and in return, special items will last for decades.
3. You’re saving the planet!
This one is simple. The more junk you buy, the more junk somebody eventually gets rid of. If you’re buying poor quality goods over and over, and each time something wears out or breaks you need to throw it away, you’re not doing yourself or the Earth a favor.
On top of that, cheap products are often constructed using bad practices and harmful chemicals in the process - all of which destroy our planet.
Here are a few categories of items we carry in the shop that are great places to start when shopping for quality over quantity. All the money you spend of these beautiful things help to support creative individuals and small businesses - not megastores.
We carry three unique local pottery lines - Leslie Freeman (island made), Lainy Fink (island made), Meave McAuliffe (island made), and Farmhouse Pottery (from Vermont). The craftsmanship, feel, and colors created by these artists can not be matched. You don’t have to think of a pottery overhaul as an all or nothing process - investing in just one place-setting every few months will slowly grow your collection. We promise morning coffee tastes better out of a hand thrown mug!
Sure, you can buy a throw pillow almost anywhere but not a handpainted watercolor pattern which is then screen printed on linen - that’s for sure! We love Martha Oakes’ simple and elegant pillows, delicious plant dyed velvet pillows from Edie Ure, and classic washed linen from Farmhouse. It is a fact that a stunning set of throw pillows can completely transform a room and when you look at it that way - they’re a bargain.
Washing your hands all day during cold and flu season can feel like a chore but not with locally made soap from Flat Point Farm. And to nourish that dry skin? Try Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist from Herbivore Botanicals. Both of these companies blend stunning natural scents with ingredients that are both cleansing and nourishing for your skin. You’ll look forward to washing up with these beauties at your sink. Teachers, neighbors, and secret Santas will all be thrilled with something from Flat Point or Herbivore - they are real crowd pleasers.
4. Plants & Flowers!
Living, colorful, green things really are the gifts that keep on giving. We think the ultimate holiday gift is a yearly flower subscription with Morrice Florist. We’ll deliver an arrangement or houseplant monthly or bi-monthly to the person of your choice. How lovely to always have a source of cheer and beauty in your home! Your loved one will be reminded of your kindness with each delivery.
The shop is packed with quality goods this holiday season and we’re always happy to help you pick out the perfect gift for whoever you’re shopping for - just ask!