Original Gifts that Show Love of Place

Here’s to your neighborhood!

When you root for a sports team, you show your allegiance with a hat or T-shirt, but what about when you’re rah-rah for a certain place? Here are a few good ideas:

Sonoma County’s Cat Studio tells stories of international and domestic regions, cities, icons, and national parks. Landmarks are hand-embroidered on pillows, as well as printed on aprons, dishtowels, and plates in vivid colors. How does Cat Studio know what’s worth highlighting in each place? They converse with locals. The pillows are like guidebooks you can sleep on.

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Brooklyn-based Neighborwoods is the result of designer Aymie Spitzer’s love of vintage maps, which she carves into cedar wood available in coasters, pendants, ornaments, and key chains.

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Love for our habitats is etched on materials at The Uncommon Green. Maps of cities, like Chicago, Boston, and Honolulu show up on mason jars, wine glasses, and mahogany iPhone cases.

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Fine-art photographer Kim Taylor Reece has captured the beauty of hula kahiko in his photography, yes, but also on wine stoppers and lamps. It’s a lot more fun to visit the two-level, beachy-white gallery on the North Shore of O’ahu in person. If you can’t, though, order online. His prints are also replicated on totes.

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Oaklandish famously brings an artistic twist to Oakland’s ordinary oak tree symbol, giving it a dangling root system that signifies deep ties to the city. It appear son hoodies and T-shirts, and proceeds support artists and nonprofits.

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