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Monday, February 8, 2016

Gift Guide: For Your Sweetheart.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gift Guide: The Francophile.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Host Guide: For the Gents

The Gentleman Host: He's welcoming you into his home. He's serving you dinner and sharing his private reserve. Good grief, he's probably even letting you stay in his guest room. And yet, his reward is a thank you note or a bottle of wine, or something from the "hostess gift" section in the supermarket (read: chocolates or a fancy assortment of crackers).

May we submit some gifts worthy of your fine host:

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gift Guide: For Dad

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Let it Grow

Don't know about you, but we love watching seeds turn into full-blown plants. Come these gloomy winter days when spring seems sooo far away. .. well, "love" might not accurately depict things; it's more a giddy obsession. We rush to check the seedlings every morning ... and evening ... and several times in between. Can nature really be so magical? Can tiny specks truly become beautiful herbs pretty much right before watching eyes? YES + YES = Spring Will Come Again.

Come, enjoy/obsess with us! We planted this awesome new self-watering Modern Sprout herb sack today, so check back here (and on instagram) to watch the magic unfold.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fifteen Songs For Huck Finn’s Birthday!

Today marks the 130th anniversary of the publishing of the first great American novel, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. We don’t plan to rank the literary importance of this seminal work, nor do we intend to address the controversies surrounding Twain’s language choices or depiction of any of the characters in the book. We just want to tell you that it is one of our very favorites, and if you haven’t read it, pop in to the shop and pick up a copy. Find out what all the fuss is about.

We're on the record as unabashed opponents of censorship and book banning, so the travails of this great novel have never sat well with us. We can learn a lesson on taking criticism with measured composure by studying Twain's response to a report stating The Brooklyn Library had removed his books from their children's section. He retorted “I am greatly troubled by what you say. I wrote 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huck Finn' for adults exclusively, and it always distressed me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean. I know this by my own experience, and to this day I cherish an unappeased bitterness against the unfaithful guardians of my young life, who not only permitted but compelled me to read an unexpurgated Bible through before I was 15 years old. None can do that and ever draw a clean sweet breath again on this side of the grave.”

For those new to this blog, each week we choose a topic and then select thematically appropriate songs, pairing each song with an appropriate quote. In honor of the first publishing of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on this date in 1884, we’re switching things up this week, selecting a quote from the book first, then pairing it with a fitting song. We don't claim to have created a literary masterwork here, but, to paraphrase Samuel Clemens, we’ve never been reluctant to meddle in hifalut’n foolishness, so thank you for indulging us. As always, there are bonus songs in the Spotify player at the bottom of the list.

1. “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons  attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” - Author’s Notice
Your Mama Warned You – Eels

2. “You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth” – Chapter 1
Huck Finn – The Statesboro Revue

3. “It was a dreadful thing to see. Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.” – Chapter 33
Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Gift Guide: Alicia’s Picks for Food Lovers

Alicia Sokol writes the cooking blog Weekly Greens, where she has amassed a collection of (mostly) easy recipes geared toward busy people who like flavor and freshness without fuss. Always on the lookout for a whimsical hostess gift or fun - yet functional - addition to her kitchen counter, Alicia recently visited the shop to get an early jump on shopping for her food-loving friends and family. Check out her picks.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gift Guide: The Sports Enthusiast

It's not too early to start checking off folks on your list, so let us present the first of our annual holiday gift guides! Being fresh off of baseball season and in the midst of football is as good an excuse as any to kick off the series with ideas for the sports lover in your life. Watch for upcoming Guest Gift Guides curated by some of our favorite tastemakers. AND, want to put together your own guide? Email us (dearsanta@propertopper.com) to get in on the fun!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New to the Shop: Pi’lo

We've fallen in love with our new handmade pieces from pi'lo (pronounced pillow). Made in a downtown Toronto coach house studio by Heather Shaw, these whimsical wonders are a welcome addition to our ever-growing menagerie. Repurposed and hand-embroidered vintage hankies, stitched notebook covers, lavender-scented sachets...a little something for everyone (and a charming get for your own collection of treasures).

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Monday, October 13, 2014

New to the Shop: Djeco Toys

Welcome Djeco, founded in 1954 by the current director's mother, who devised educational toys for her daughter (it's in the family blood). This gave rise to a company that strives to create an original collection of puzzles and activities with an emphasis on graphic art, design quality, and a clever sensibility. Djeco's studio is tucked in the corner of a courtyard off the banks of the Seine, where the designers work daily to bring you the most innovative and aesthetically pleasing gifts for your little one. We certainly think they've succeeded--que pensez-vous?

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Father’s Day Brunch.

We're using the beautiful The Forest Feast as prep for the best Father's Day brunch there can be, and we've broken down the meal into five easy steps.

Step one: the perfect cocktail.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mother’s Day: It’s Not Too Late!

Mother's Day is a mere three days away, but don't fret! We have the perfect gifts and cards to show her you care. {And if you're in the area this afternoon, scoop up a signed copy of Lauren Friedman's 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf and get 10% off any scarf purchase!}

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Flying Bird Botanicals

Have you tried our favorite teas and cocoas from Flying Bird Botanicals? We can't seem to keep them on the shelves. So delicious, from soothing herbal blends to decadent chocolate. And the packaging is just beautiful ... these tins of goodness make a perfect little pick-me-up gift. We asked founder Scout Urling to tell us more about her inspirational company.

How did Flying Bird Botanicals come to be?

Flying bird started with a love of plants, planet and people. Studying natural medicine and healing in college, mixing teas was always a hobby of mine and before I knew it, it had become a business I could hardly keep up with. Luckily for me I found a crew of amazing woman to keep it alive and growing.

What inspires you?

The outdoors, my family and of course beautiful herbs grown by beautiful people.

What is your favorite product in your line?

I could never choose a favorite but I can say, I love closing my day with a cup of Peace Of Mind tea. Hawthorn flowers are so wonderful for strengthening the heart and turning stress into joy… magic, right :)?

What do you see in the future for your company, more specifically regarding the growing Fair Trade and organic movements?

Organic and Fair Trade are at the very core of what we do. It is a philosophy and a life style for us as people and for our company. We do and will continue to only purchase herbs and teas that are ethically grown and sourced for people and planet as a whole. As Nelson Mandela put it, "To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Boys.

Answers to the perennial "what can I give him?" question, here's a smattering of our favorites for the 14th.

1. Henley Brands Wireless Speaker, $190  2. Ekke Shot Glass Set, $45  3. Apothecary Room Spray, $24  4. Hip Flask, $46  5. The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence, $12  6. Peg and Awl "Marlowe" Lunchbag, $56  7. Agate Bookends, $175  8. TOKYObay "Basic" Leather Watch, $105

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Gift Guide: For Your Host(ess)

Be the most perfect guest with any of these delightful offerings (all available online and in the shop!).

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

1. Proper Topper Gift Certificate  2. Betty Carré “Trio” Ring, $168  3. Cris Notti Sleep Mask, $25  4. Paddywax Relish Jar Candle, $24  5. TOKYObay "Bailey" Box Bag, $138  6. Emma, $16  7. Eugenia Kim "Cecily" Wide Brim, $125  8. TOKYObay "Rita" Watch, $100  9. Avindy Ruby Earrings, $64  10. Apple + Bee Pencil Case, $29  11. Tusk "Amazon" Snap Evening Wallet, $64

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Get Springy.

Start with a winter-weary self. Add ingredients below to taste; shake (rattle & roll); warm weather will appear by the end of the day. Just you watch.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gift Guide: The Hit List

Have you finished your holiday shopping? Have a gander at this season's most popular gifts, and pop in for last-minute goodies! AND, you can still order online through Friday for Christmas Eve delivery--just email us (customerservice@propertopper.com) for shipping cost quotes.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Gift Guide: The Uncle Who Has Everything

In today's Staff Picks Gift Guide, Chris has compiled a list of gifts for his uncle: he's hip, he's sophisticated, he's fun, and he has everything. Luckily, our collections come to the rescue!

 

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gift Guide: Pour ma Cousine

Assistant manager Sara has gathered favorites for her francophile cousin in today's edition of our Staff Picks Gift Guide. And if you like what you're seeing in these posts, why not give our Santa Services a spin? Simply email us (dearsanta@propertopper.com) with your list, and we'll give you our expert advice!

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