I recently spoke at The Collective for Lab Mpls and was once again reminded how many amazing shops and brands hail from our local community. When I first visited the state back in 2006, I was surprised how robust and unique the creative scene was for a city I had once considered “way up by Canada and too cold to visit.” Now that I consider myself a resident, and because most of you don’t live here and have never visited, I feel it is my duty to politely remind you (very Minnesotan of me) how cool our local maker community is. Now, the month of May is right around the corner and Mother’s Day is fast approaching. This is one of those holidays where the pressure is on to find unique gifts that say “thanks for everything– seriously,” and doing so requires more than just visiting the local mega mall. Lucky for you (!) we were asked to partner with a local Minnesota-based gift giving company, Minny & Paul to help curate a Mother’s Day gift box.
A little background on how these lovely gift boxes came about. Minny & Paul was founded and curated by Laura Waldman in August 2016. Laura, a born-and-raised Minnesotan, has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. She created Minny & Paul with a vision to elevate gift-giving and make it easier to share high-quality, local, artisanal products. Her goal was to make the gifting process easier and more thoughtful, while still charming, tasteful, warm, and with a true taste of home. Minny & Paul proudly features all Minnesota makers and brands; every gift comes in a pre-designed box with a handwritten note. They also ship nationwide and happily curate custom orders to fulfill all your corporate and client gifting needs.
“Refresh your life and celebrate life’s many gifts and indulgences.”
The theme of our W&D box is, “Refresh your life and celebrate life’s many gifts and indulgences.” I curated this box titled, “Refresh” closely with Minny & Paul in hopes to simplify your Mother’s Day gift giving, but this box is also a wonderful gift to any woman (not only mothers) looking to refresh their life this spring. With restoration, relaxation, and pampering in mind, the “Refresh” gift box is complete with rosemary peppermint lip balm, calm sensory perfume, a dark maple chocolate bar, letterpress giving thanks cards, rosemary lavender salt scrub, a cute multipurpose wonky cup, a floral watercolor card, all neatly packaged together in a cute customized, reusable and stackable wooden box.
A major perk of Minny & Paul’s services is that they offer free domestic shipping, so the price you see on the site is the price you pay. I am excited to announce that our W&D, “Refresh” gift box is available beginning today for only $88! Keep in mind, shipping will take 3-7 days, so you still have time to order before Mother’s Day! And if you would like to have your box held and shipped out just in time for Mother’s Day, simply follow the steps at checkout to hold your gift box.
W&D is proud to support local makers and celebrate small businesses everywhere. I am so happy to partner with Minny & Paul to make your Mother’s Day shopping effortless and excited to let you know that the “Refresh” box will also be available after Mother’s Day. For those of you looking to give a pampering gift, the Refresh box could be great for a wedding shower, birthday present, bachelorette gift, or just to show you care. Everything you see in the “Refresh” Mother’s Day box has an earthy, tranquil, nurturing, treat yourself vibe, because, as mothers are natural nurturers, we want to celebrate and give back the gift of mothering to those women that we love.
Now, without further ado, let’s meet the makers of the Refresh Gift Box.
When maker, Sam Longley, first started throwing pottery, she created this unique form by accident and it has since become her signature. This white and seafoam green wonky cup is about to become your new go-to for tea, coffee, whiskey, pens, air plants – really just about anything can go in this adorable cup. We love how the organic shape and the grooves create an easy grip. Hand-washing is encouraged for longevity.
Letterpress Giving Thanks Cards – Designed by INDIGO & SNOW printed by Printerette Press.
Known for her beautiful indigo dyeing, founder Annabella Sardelis of INDIGO & SNOW, shared that the inspiration for this design began as a blessing to say around the dinner table. Originally printed on organic tea towels, we turned to the talented Catherine Polacek of Printerette Press to print the cards on her 100-year-old antique printing press on tree-free paper. The intention for the four pack of cards is to keep one for yourself, frame it for your kitchen or office area. We also love seeing these framed and added to a gallery wall. The other three are for all of those moments when you need a card for a special someone but forgot to get one.
Dark Chocolate Mini Bar
Founder Susan Brown has been working with honey for over 30 years and was recently awarded a top 10 chocolatier in North America. This bean-to-bar chocolate is sweetened with local maple sugar and made in small batches in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is the perfect little pick-me-up!
CALM Sensory Perfume
Based in a small town in southern Minnesota, founders Krista and Sandy Komis began developing their line of natural skincare and beauty products in 2015. All handmade and in small batches, their products are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free. CALM is a soothing blend of lavender and vanilla cream meant to create an air of peace and stillness. We recommend applying to pulse points when you need a moment to yourself or to wind down in the evening.
Rosemary Peppermint Lip Balm
Laura Reiger launched her Etsy shop in 2015 to create beauty products where she knew exactly what went in them. Her products are made with all natural ingredients and this rosemary peppermint balm is flavored only with essential oils. In addition to the balms, Laura makes solid perfumes, soy candles, jewelry and terrariums. And let me just say, this balm is so soft and nice on the lips.
Rosemary Lavender Salt Scrub
Founded in 2015 by Barbara Searles, The Soap Lodge is best known for their all natural soaps that come in a beautiful array of colors and scents. More recently, Barbara expanded into scrubs and has plans to continue growing her line of products. We recommend storing this heavenly salt scrub in the shower and applying weekly for flawless skin. It leaves you feeling soft, refreshed and moisturized.
Watercolor Floral Card
Typically known for her beautiful calligraphy work, artist Kate Thomas decided to branch out and mix line drawing with watercolor for this particular card – also featured in Minny & Paul’s Pamper Box! When Kate isn’t working on her business she teaches calligraphy and graphic design at MCAD.
The wooden box that all your goodies come in is a gift in itself! Founders Andrew & Hanna Vomhof design and create products in lumber and textile. Your new box is stackable and perfect for storing keepsakes and treasures. Since we probably love Minny & Paul more than you do, you can always flip over the lid to conceal it.
BY Kate Arends - April 27, 2017
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.