Holiday Home Gift Guide


Ever wanted a personal shopper to help you pick out just the right gifts? Well, that's the whole idea behind the Open Sky Project, a unique boutique of dozens of online specialty shops run by expert bloggers who pick only items they really-really love and recommend.

Design2Share is proud to have our own Open Sky shop, featuring unique home design items that we're passionate about. We're proud of our fellow shopkeepers and think they've got a great group of products (a list that grows more every day!) along with an approach to online shopping that makes everything more exciting. Here's our Holiday Home Gift Guide, selections we love from our fellow shopkeeper/bloggers.

To help you navigate:

1. The bloggers' names are links to visit their home websites, so click on each to get a better feel for their areas of expertise. Join their mailing lists and follow their passions!

2. Click on the product links or the product photos to jump to its Open Sky ordering page. This will get your foot in the door of the many amazing Open Sky Shops. You can keep shopping from any product page and find other cool shops and shopkeepers, and keep the same shopping cart!



Irwin and Jay at Design2Share

DESU Design 1-Line Spice Rack

We design gurus at D2S think this is a wow accessory! Most kitchen backsplashes are boring, dated, or nonexistent. Those kitchens that have small 4-inch splashes are perfect for this spice rack.

We like this rack as a piece of sculpture or wall art, and it’s a wonderful bonus that it’s extremely functional. The construction of the rack is astounding; very heavy-duty brushed stainless steel. The spice cubes hold a small container's worth of spices (it's great to have them handy and out of your spice drawer for cooking convenience), and they're made in Spain from recycled glass. No photos can do this spice rack justice.

The deeper well for olive oil or balsamic vinegar could easily be given over to something decorative—we'd happily fill it with a small piece of sculpture, a St. Joseph statue, or a flower in a bud vase (think the Volkswagen Beetle's flower vase).

Since the spice containers are not filled, you might want to consider a non-spice and even a non-kitchen function. How wonderful would this rack work over a desk with the jars being used for paper clips, post-its, rubber bands, pushpins, coins, stones and decorative pebbles, craft supplies (glitter, sequins, beads!), and other items like keys!

Amy Powers

Paint By Numbers Kit (Chronicle Books)

Happy Hour Mom

Butch & Harold Stickr Frame Kit
$16.99 (Regular Stickr Frame Kit) and $21.99 (Glam Stickr Frame Kit)




Lynn & Corey

Celebrate Green Book





Samantha Mellen

Canon Digital SLR Camera Kit



Robert Walters

Tour Link Standard Links Collection Dogbone Putting Green




Lauren Liess

Woven Workz - Betsy Throw Blanket





Linda Grasso

Rebagz White Rose Messenger Bag



Kelly Lyden

Red Dots Collection
Cake Stand ($37.99), Set of 4 Dessert Plates ($30.99)



Reis O'Brien

A Christmas Story Movie Kids Action Figure Boxed Set






Maureen O'Connor

ZeroWater Z-Bottle & TDS Meter




Erin Vey

Molly Mutt Dog Duvets





Shane Shirley-Smith

The Tumbleweed Composter

Tammy Gibson

Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter





Stephen Cox

Samson Vegetable Juicer



Carleen Pruess Coulter

Braun X'elle Body System Epilator




Africa Miranda

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream




Makeover Momma

Dr. Brandt Laser in a Bottle




Gourmet Kosher Cooking

Non-Stick Challah Pan

$16.49 and $19.99




Hope Schmid and Annie Fritz

Intoxicated Zodiac - Celestial Cocktail Candles





Palacinka Beauty

Hand Perfection -- Handy Holiday Kit



Steven Cooks

Oxo Good Grips Mandoline Slicer




Trish Vawter

Kahina Giving Beauty Travel Basics (Cleanser, Facial Lotion, Argan Oil)


Marta Wohrle

FlexCare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush

Lisa Rogak

Kuhn Rikon Stainless Cookie Press & Decorating Set



Sharon Stiteler

The Ultimate Bird Feeder System



Melody Li

Prepara Herb Savor & Mini Herb Savor

$29.69 and $19.79




Eddie Callaway

Motorola Talkabout Value Series SX600 Rechargeable Two-Way Radio (14 Mile)



Prissy Green

Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Facial Serum





Tina Haupert

Cuisinart GR1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press



Shannon & Allison

Zyliss Cheese Grater


Fox Run Marble Mortar & Pestle



Chef John

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
White: $45.79 or Red: $46.5



Jean Ann and Amanda

Topsy Turvy Hot Pepper Planter


Dave Epstein

Leatherman Squirt P4 (Inferno Red)

Kath Younger

Bamboo Compost Pail 3.25 Qt.




Maria Liberati

ITySE Reusable Grocery Bags


Megan Spohn

Keurig Elite Brewing System





Clumps of Mascara

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector





Michael Laiskonis

iSi Gourmet Whipped Cream Maker (Pint)



Genevieve Schmidt

Contech Scarecrow Motion Activated Deer Sprinkler




Michael Ruhlman

CDN Touch-Screen Timer



Greg Henry

DeLonghi 3 Lb. Stainless Steel Deep Fryer





Clive Mathias & Jonathon Marshall

Abu Garcia Revo Toro Casting Reel




Sarah Herman

Global 8-inch Chef's Knife



Jane & Tarzan

Chic Tots Blanket Bag

$39.99 and $59.99



Kelly Tirman

My House (Mi Casa) Bilingual Board Book




Melisa Fluhr & Pam Ginocchio

Zid Zid Moroccan Poof

$141.99 and $146.99





Jay Brewer

Makita 14.4 Volt Auto Combination Driver Drill, Impact Wrench and Light Kit



Casey Schreiner

Garmin Oregon 400T Portable Navigator




Kenny Point

Kenny's Organic Veggie Gardening Primer Kit

Includes tools, fertilizer, spray, instructional e-book, and 25-Variety Heirloom Vegetable Seed Collection




Cyndi Allison

Chef Hymie Grande Barbecue Glaze (3 Pack)





Sean Weir

RoboCup Ball Return Robot





Cory Gallant

Wilton Pro Ultra II Cookie Press




Vickie Howell

Lotta's Printing Studio




Heidi Swift

Stanley Outdoor Food Jar





Justin Sandercoe

Korg Digital Metronome MA30






Nancy Geaney

Grabbit Magnetic Pincushion




The Soap Bar

The Art of Shaving Shave Starter Kit (Unscented)





Candace Stupek

Polar F6 Heart Rate Monitor






Tasra Dawson

Purple Cows Ultimate Trimmer (for scrapbooking and home crafts)





Sahar Aker

Bosu Balance Trainer






Sarah Herman

Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Sheet Pan Liner


Amie Valpone

Staub USA Black La Theire 1-Quart Round Teapot





Alexandra Zissu

Golden Rabbit - Twinkling Special Set






Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask



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