Smart List - 12/20/21

The Gift Guide 2021

3 min

By Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. As a group of aesthetically obsessed designers, there are a lot of beautiful products and objects we love and enjoy. These products make our daily lives special and inviting and we want to share them with you. This issue is a holiday gift guide for the design savvy people on your list. Discover high quality candles, environmentally conscious skin and haircare, and handcrafted ceramics with individuality and style.

The Smart List: The Gift Guide
The Smart List: The Gift Guide

1. Smelly Candle

Boy Smells Candles: Slow Burn or Rhubarb Smoke

A collaboration with artist Kacey Musgraves, Slow Burn is “glowing and dark — incense, black pepper, and guaiac wood take center stage with whiffs of embers in the distance.” Rhubarb Smoke features notes of white birch, ivy and fig blended with rhubarb and violet.

Boy Smells candles are beautiful tools for self-care, developed to be “beyond the gender binary.” The colorful metallic tumbler they come in make these especially appropriate for the holidays.

2. Natural Skin Care

Hudson Made

Hudson Made is an environmentally conscious skincare brand that aims to respect the environment by avoiding synthetic compounds and chemicals in favor of flowers, minerals and essential oils. They source materials and packaging locally in the Catskills and from carbon-neutral facilities where possible. They partner with local farms to build sustainable relationships in the industry and preserve natural resources, making their products a beautiful gift for those are environmentally aware.

Captain Blankenship

Captain Blankenship is a plant-based hair care brand that strives to protect and care for the environment in their manufacturing, which means streamlining ingredients and product selection, using conscious packaging, and developing partnerships that help to restore natural resources in the production process. You can’t go wrong with this small but powerful catalog of thoughtful products.

Alder New York

Alder New York offers clean, vegan skincare and haircare for all. A queer and women-owned independent business, they take pride in being an inclusive brand that creates products for all skin-types, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. Check out their smart product bundles for quality products and a gift-worthy presentation.

3. Beautiful Ceramics

Arc Ceramics

Handmade by Sarah Mitchell-Davison, Arc Ceramics are functional pieces in a minimal, modern style. Her work is organic and expressive, inspired by urban landscapes, nature, and art. She uses traditional wheel and hand-building techniques to produce unique work.

DBO Home

The husband-and-wife team Dana Brandwein + Daniel Oates create artisanal ceramics, lighting, and furniture in their studios in Connecticut. DBO Home embraces the small imperfections that arise from the handcrafted making process to produce one-of-a-kind pieces that are sustainable and designed to last.


Areaware creates “friendly objects for designy people.” They collaborate with independent artists to create a wide range of homewares, from kitchen and bar accessories to toys and games. Their products are playful and colorful, with many giftable options for the design aficionado in your life.


D-Haene is a Brooklyn-based ceramic and design studio founded by Jane D’Haene. D’Haene is inspired by the minimalist forms of traditional Korean pottery, incorporating contemporary colors and design elements to create her own visual language. Don’t miss the stunning, organic moon vases in her permanent collection.

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