Back in Black: An Inky Holiday Gift Guide

Today I stayed indoors--not for the sake of weather or turkey induced sloth--but merely to avoid the onslaught of parading consumers hungry for another bargain at the nearest shopping mall. If you were one of the brave soldiers who tackled lines, saw discount before dawn, battled adversaries and attitudes and I'll-camp-out-for-this mentalities, I'm not sure if I should fear you or applaud you.

For those looking for ideas and inspiration but fearing the scene at your local stores this weekend, I decided to take a cue from Black Friday itself and compile a few black favorites to gift this holiday to the sophisticate, revolutionary, or ink-stained poet in your life. To me black is eternal, strong and divisive--in a way that celebrates individuality. 

These items are sourced locally and all over the world but include favorite design work, historic crafts, local artisans and small businesses. These are things I hope to celebrate and support this season. One note I can't resist: if you can find these books at your local independent bookstore as opposed to ordering online, please do: http://www.indiebound.org/indie-store-finder. While you're at it, spend a day at your local record store getting those fingers back on vinyl.

I wore BLACK because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion—against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.
— Johnny Cash