The handmade hand-warmer mug has a side pocket to keep your fingers toasty. (Catching Fireflies)
If you have some holiday money burning a hole in your pocket or you’re simply searching for the perfect gift for the person who has everything, it’s nice to find unique pieces that are meant to be enjoyed. Some may even ease the pain of winter.
April McCrumb, owner of Catching Fireflies in Berkley, Rochester and Ann Arbor, offers distinctive items at her stores, like the One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book ($17) that allows you to record your thoughts.
“It reminds you of your life,” she says. “Sometimes you think, ‘What did I do yesterday?’ ”
Then there’s the handcrafted hand-warmer mug ($22), available in right- or left-handed styles that have a clever side pocket to keep your hand toasty.
Customized items have sentimental value, like a family name print on thick archival matte paper that’s ready to frame. “It’s cool and modern because it’s visually pleasing, but also personalized,” says McCrumb.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Long after the standard flowers and candy are gone, you can still have beaded, heart-shaped salad servers to use year-round.
“Words to the Rescue: The Sentiment Guide for the Tongue Tied” by Steve Fadie helps you write thoughtful notes. “It’s a good time to write thank you cards,” says McCrumb. “We’re trapped inside, especially in this weather. We can get inspired by that.”
Aromatherapy Shower Bursts create that spa experience in the comfort of your own home. “It’s a fun way to treat yourself,” McCrumb says. “Not everyone takes baths, but everyone takes showers, so it’s a good gift, too.”
Simply place one on the shower floor where they are activated by indirect spray. Among the choices are mood buster and headache buster.
When it’s too cold to head outside, a Michigan-themed cookie cutter set might inspire some baking.
It’s also a good time to update not only your photos, but your picture frames as well. “Go on your computer and look at your recent photos to see what can be updated,” says McCrumb. “It’s a great afternoon project.”
Reading is another favorite pastime when the cold weather strikes. The Thumb Thing goes on your thumb to help your book stay open. “It’s a good time to stay home and read, and you don’t want your arm too far out from the blanket,” McCrumb says. “You want to stay cozy and warm inside.”
If you want something to watch besides all that snow, the deluxe squngee squirrel feeder encourages squirrels to bungee jump for corn. “There are so many of them outside right now,” says McCrumb. “This provides natural entertainment when you look out the window.”
Lastly, there’s the Magwear Magnetic Wristband ($19) that can hold anything from quilting needles to nails for the handyman of the house.
“It’s really functional and can be applied to your honey-do list,” says McCrumb. This gives you one last ploy to chase away the winter blues by being productive around the house.
For information, call Catching Fireflies at (248) 336-2030 or go to www.catchingfireflies.com.
Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.