Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Favorite Things

Forget raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens ... at Momo, we love bright copper jewelry and warm cashmere mittens! Along with those favorite things, in this year’s holiday mix you’ll find an abundance of thoughtful gifts, from handmade and hard-to-find to wonderful and whimsical.

In keeping with our Momo tradition, for the 10th year we present Ilee Papergoods for 2019. We love this letterpress and silk-screened calendar for its sweet design and compact presentation: 12 months in a jewel case so that you’ll be remembered 365 days of the year. Plus, can you find the year-of-the-pig icon hidden on each page? A great choice for the graphic designer, mother-in-law, or party gift exchange.

Each month displays a different design.

Cuteness abounds! For the kawaii, or the kawaii-at-heart, may we present a head-warming, heart-warming hat from Tokidoki. And Lala’s personal favorite, the hoto-pinku kokeshi bun, a close cousin of Miffy.

On the hyper-local front, we offer the full non-seasonal series of books from Hazy Dell Press, a pair of Northwest twins. Kyle is the author of the sometimes dark and always funny poems and Derek is the illustrator. He lives just up Jackson Street, perhaps you’ve met him at Standard Brewing!

Quirky, delightful board books for kids.

Circling back to the copper and cashmere bit, here’s a sampling of two of our long-time local “frienders” (vendors who have become friends). Firstly, from Shelli Markee, hand-hewn earrings in mixed-metals, the ideal adornment for everyday wear. Then there’s Jen Gay’s Kitten Mittens, up-cycled sweater hand-warmers. Jen donates a portion of the proceeds to Paws — so you can keep cozy for a cause. And interestingly, in addition to creating, both of these women play in a band. Neat!

Here’s a delicious gift idea for the lover of sushi in your life — umami or your daddy — sushi PJs! Your choice of cotton flannel set in women’s sizes, or pima cotton bottom in men or women’s sizes. Quantities are limited, get them while they’re fresh.

Cozy up in flannel sushi PJs!

And did someone say hedgehog? Lately, we’re obsessed with these odd fellows. The hedgehog with a mohawk is made in Germany of oiled beechwood and bristles of horsehair. Soft and flexible, for sweeping dust off a keyboard or crumbs from a table. The ceramic guys are a charming gift for the young set or indoor gardener. Kind of like a chia pet but cuter, it sprouts basil, strawberries or peppermint.

Aren’t we adorable?

It’s time for a little fun from Tokyo Bay, master makers of watches. These sturdy clocks make a comeback after years of MIA, and we are delighted! Happy and hefty, they tick forever on a watch battery, bringing miles of smiles to a desk top or mantle. A lovely keepsake for all ages.

Teeny tiny clocks disguised as rotary phones,
robots, sproingy kitties and motorcycles.

Have you heard the story of the wee-ist snowglobes on earth? Momo Mama found them in Osaka, then tracked down the source to the Original Snowglobe company in Austria. And here they are, filled with fantasy (and sometimes a little animal or two).

Direct from Austria, hand-painted snowglobes. 

And lastly, we’re decking the halls with scintillating sea creatures, bejeweled, bedazzling and most of all, beloved. After all, who can’t live without a little rock lobster?

Sparkling gifts from the sea.
Check back to this blog because we’ll be adding to the list as the season progresses. Happy holidays! Let us know if we can help in any way.