Gift Guides Galore

We're so excited to bring you this season's gift guides, complete with gifts for her, him, and stocking stuffers! Shop online or in store!


FOR HER

From left to right:
1. Royal Apothic Perfumes, $21-$60. Pamper your ladyfriend with these unique perfumes in gorgeous colored glass bottles with ceramic floral cap. 
2. Zodiac Necklaces, $45. Perfect for the astrology enthusiast.
3. Jeweled Headbands, $11. A great accessory for holiday parties and NYE!
4. Nicolet Candles, $18-$36. Locally made in Chicago! Choose from amazing scents like Rosemary Mint, Lavender, Blood Orange, Gardenia and more. Comes in a glass jar with cap or amber jar with gift box. 
5. Michelle Starbuck Elder Necklace, $48; Michelle Starbuck Bracelet, $36. Locally made in Chicago by jewelry designer Michelle Starbuck. Features unique metal designs with stone accents.
6. Bonnie Bath Products, $5-$22. Locally made in Humbolt Park, Chicago! Natural bath products for the gal concerned with what she puts on her bod. Try a delicious body balm candle: once you melt the soy wax it turns into a luscious body butter!
7. XL Wine Glass (holds a full bottle!), $15. Perfect for white elephant gift exchanges or your favorite wino. 
8. Purses and Clutches, $25-$73. For the fashionista! Choose from large totes with convertible cross body strap, adorable backpacks, and sleek clutches!
9. Circle Lace Earrings, $26; Rectangle Bar Earrings, $17; Green Gem Drop Earrings, $24. Gold is the metallic of the season. Adorn her ears with some of the hottest styles. 


FOR HIM

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1. Wild & Wolf Shoe Shine Kit, $24; Shoe Brush, $12. Keep his footwear looking sleek all winter long.
2. Wild Man After Shave, $12; Hunt & Gather Fragrance Oil, $15; Royal Apothic Cologne, $40. Handmade natural scents for the guy who likes a subtle fragrance.
3. Quick Fix Key Tools, $11, On Your Bike Repair Kit, $23, Salty & Sweet Laser Etched Pocket Knife, $24. For the do-it-yourselfer.
4. Beehive Brass Engraved Money Clip, $32. Sassy solid brass money clips. Great for guys who don't like carrying a large wallet!
5. Plenty Vegetarian Cookbook, $35, Dips & Spreads Cookbook, $16.95. For the chef in your life.
6. Fish Flask, $26, Salty & Sweet Leather Engraved Flask, $22, Salty & Sweet Wood Engraved Flask, $32, Down the Hatch Flask, $40. Flasks on flasks on flasks! Great for camping or fishing trips, or just because. 
7. Whiskey Cocktail Napkins, $12, Vintage Bottle Opener, $11, Whiskey Skull Stones, $19.99. For the spirits connoisseur. 
8. Sock It To Me Socks, $12. Fashionable footwear for the man who pays attention to details. 
9. Whiskey & Lace Beard Oil, $19, Whiskey & Lace Beard Balm, $18, Beard Postcard, $3. Calling all beard boys! Keep his beard looking coiffed with beard oils, balms, and waxes. 


STOCKING STUFFERS

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1. Spring Garden Pen Set, $10; Buddha and Fish Pens, $5. Cute pens to start the new year off right!
2. Bang Candy Simple Syrups, $9.50. Just add to your spirit of choice to take your cocktail to WOW level. 
3. Bonnie Bath Teas, $5; Paddywax Soaps, $8. Pamper her! (Or yourself.)
4. Wild & Wolf Dominoes, $14; Harmonica, $10; Jacks, $8.50. Old school toys for kids or kids at heart.
5. Mor Lip Macarons, $12. Adorable colorful lip balm tins in unique flavors like Peach Necar, Blood Orange, Rosebud, Sorbet, and more.
6. Glow Stars, $12.50; Dreams Projector, $15. Perfect for your little astronomer at heart.
7. Paddywax Mason Jar Candles, $10. Delicious scents that come in cute colored glass mason jars, perfect accents for any room.
8. Lip Gloss Rings, $2.50-$3. Who can say no to glitter and cupcake lip gloss rings?!
9. Power Bank Universal Charger, $19.99. Great for traveling or the gal or guy always on the go.

Can't make it to the store? Shop online here! Don't forget to swing by our Shop & Wrap event this Sunday, December 13, from 11am-3pm. Free gift wrapping for purchases $15 and over, make your own personalized gift tag, and shop our unique selection of gifts while enjoying mimosas and treats!

Happy shopping!
-Amanda

DIY Handprinted Gift Wrap & Tags

If there is a way to make a personalized handprinted version of something, you can be bet that we've done it (totes, tea towels, scarves, and now gift wrap!). DIY handprinted gift wrap is a sure-fire way to wow the recipient and ensure an envy-worthy stack of presents underneath your tree. Plus it's super fun!

Step 1: Gather materials. You'll need a Speedball linoleum cutter, Speedball speedy-carve block, pencil, ink, paper, tags, ribbon, tape, scissors, brayer and flat surface for rolling ink (if you use printmaking ink, but you could also use plain stamping ink). 

Step 2: Draw your design on the block with pencil. Use the Speedball linoleum cutter to cut away the negative space. 

Step 3: Roll your ink out on the flat surface with a brayer. Ink your stamp applying even pressure. Apply stamp to paper, also using even pressure; it is helpful to press down with your entire palm on the back of the stamp. Repeat pattern to cover entire sheet of paper. Do the same with the tags, using one stamp to cover one side of each tag.

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Holiday pineapples, why not? :)

Wrap your packages in your handmade paper and flourish with the tag and a pretty ribbon. 

Hand-stamp your own personalized gift tag at our Shop & Wrap event this Sunday, December 13 from 11am-3pm! Spend $15 or more and we'll gift wrap it for free. Enjoy shopping our unique selection of gifts for her, him, and stocking stuffers while you sip on mimosas and treats! 

Cheers!
-Amanda

Aromatize This!

While yesterday may have been the Autumnal Equinox and officially the first day of fall, we all know what that means: the days of open windows and clear nights are most certainly numbered. Or who knows, maybe this fall will be unlike the typical Chicago season and linger around the seventies on through October. Regardless, we here at OSB like to be prepared so when those windows do come down, be sure to keep your home smelling fresh and cozy with these quick tips!

Keep That Candle Burning Bright

Gardenia + Tuberose 

Fig + Cardamon

Blood Orange + Citrus

Pick your pleasure with these delicately scented candles. Though the garden blooms are long since past, floral, earthy or citrus accents add a welcoming and calming touch to any room. If you are more of the DIY type OSB offers a mason jar candle making class as well! Sign up here.

Image via  @onestrangebird

Image via @onestrangebird

An Herbal Cleanse

Image via  BLDG 25

Image via BLDG 25

For those outside the know, a smudge or smudging ceremony is a great way to reset the spiritual energy of a home. Just grab a smudge stick - sold at OSB's brick & mortar location - a ceramic bowl and glass of water just in case those embers get out of hand. Light the wand and then blow it out as you would with incense. Carry the stick and ceramic dish - all the better to catch the embers with darling - as you make a pass through each room. The trailing smoke is said to cleanse each room's energy as well as reinvigorate the spiritual space. If interested in a more involved smudge stick instruction check out this how-to by BLDG 25.

P.S. If the spiritual aspect is not quite up your alley, the smudge stick - a wand typically comprised of white sage - also leaves a light, herbaceous scent throughout your household.

Über calming to say the least. 

Image via  @the.fox.den

Image via @the.fox.den

Rub-a-dub-dub!

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Soap, salts and suds are most definitely a way to up your bath time, especially if you pay attention to the scents and aromas you are adding. If on the hunt for an invigorating bath try Bonnie Rosemary + Mint bath salts or if a more soothing experience is required Paddywax's Peony + Clover or Lilac + Moss soaps are sure to do the trick. Just dim the lights, add a candle and let the aromas you choose get to work!

DIY Home Fragrance

Image via  The Yummy Life

Image via The Yummy Life

If you are in search of a homemade air freshener or alternative to a candle or smudge stick, these DIY room scents, featured on The Yummy Life, are a quick way to aromatize your home. All you need are a handful of ingredients - this depends on how complex and in-depth you hope the scent to be - a stovetop, crock pot, and water. Just toss the herbs and spices into a pot, add water, bring to a boil, then simmer. Seriously, I have tried this with a single cinnamon stick and my kitchen, living room and entryway had a Big Red kind of verve after a few hours so be warned, the longer you simmer, the bolder the scent!

Happy aromatizing everyone!

- KCH