16 Dec The Holiday Gift Guide: What to Get the Garden Lovers in Your Life
When we were planning this gift guide, we asked ourselves, “Selves, should we do a roundup of products available online like we did last year (before we’d launched to the public), or should we go to an independent brick-and-mortar that exemplifies outdoor living and that also offers e-commerce, and shop till we drop?”
This year we’re doing the latter. The store with gift inspiration to spare: Pigment in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood. Less than 30 minutes from our house, Pigment is where we go for our Jack Rudy replenishments and Woolly Pockets. Here, tillandsias and cactuses for sale mingle with books on fermentation, and Mast Brothers chocolates and garden chairs in urgent colors. It’s a playground for anyone interested in beautifying his/her surroundings, the ideal combination of nostalgia and newness.
“I’d like to say we have this really developed business plan with a mission statement to boot, but we really don’t,” says Amy Paul, who owns Pigment with her husband Chad Anglin. They originally opened the shop as a retail space for Amy’s multimedia artwork and the works of other local artists. Six years later, Pigment has moved down the block to a space more than twice the size of the original, and offers goods both global and local.
Amy adds, “We want to knock people’s socks off, that’s the goal: to inspire, to trigger smiles, nostalgia, wonder. I’m a painter, and the shop, like a canvas, is a place where I have complete creative freedom — and where all the other companies we work with, big and small, are collaborators.”
Below, we hit the sales floor to bring you this holiday gift guide. Many of these products you can find at Pigment’s online shop. (And if not…maybe at an independent design store in your town or city.)
The design-minded gardeners — and plant-minded design geeks — on your list will rejoice.
For the Kitchen Commando:
For the Bathing (or Grooming) Beauty:
For That Seedy Someone:
For the Glitter Bug:
For the Pint-Sized Plant Enthusiast:
For the House Proud: