Small Gifts for Stockings and More!

Good things come in small packages! Here are our picks for interesting, unique designs to tuck in a stocking or pop in the mail. Don’t let their size fool you – these gifts make a big impression. Check our website for a much larger selection of stocking stuffer ideas!

Extended Holiday Hours have begun!
Through December 23 we will be open Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sundays, 11am-6pm. Head downtown, grab some dinner and stop by to see what’s new. December 24 we are open until 4pm for last minute needs.

Stay tuned for more gift guides coming soon, but you can always call us 360-752-5522 or email any questions.

Thanks and happy weekend!

Mini Memory Game – $10

Toss the dice to choose a color, then try to find the cube that matches. Whoever collects the most cubes wins. Comes packaged in a metal storage tin.

Mini Tops Set – $10

Not just for the toy box, this wooden set is just at home on a coffee table or desk. Sustainably manufactured in Thailand.

Mini Construction Set – $10

Construct the buildings of your choice with this set of 24 mini blocks. Plan Toys makes wooden toys that stimulate the imagination and encourage dexterity.

D Clips, Pig – $8

Animal-shaped paperclips from Japan! We have nine different styles, including this pig.

D Clips, Penguin – $8

A set of 30 clips is packaged in a box with a sliding lid to keep you organized.

D Clips, Horse – $8

Also available in dog, cat, bird, squirrel, whale, and tortoise styles.

Bamboo Charcoal Shoe Inserts – $4.50

Stinky feet? Slip these inserts into empty shoes and activated charcoal helps eliminate odors. Lasts for up to 4 months and can then be composted!

Sweetfire Fire Starters – $7

This firestarter is made from a sugarcane by-product called bagasse, a renewable biofuel used around the world. Box contains 20 match points which are infused with vegetable wax to allow for up to 7 minutes of burn time each.

Firefly Waterproof Matchcase + Flashlight – $15

A three-in-one tool that’s great for hiking, camping or to keep in the car glove box.  The Firefly is a LED flashlight, a match container, and a bottle opener all-in-one.

Tattly Temporary Tattoos – $5 for 2 pack

Packs of two temporary tattoos designed by professional artists and made in the USA using vegetable dyes. We have loads of fun styles!

Flaming Idols Votive, Beyonce – $10

Designed, printed,and poured in Philadelphia, each candle includes an informational card about the person pictured and their importance to the LGBTQ community.

Flaming Idols Votive, Prince – $10

We also have David Bowie and Dolly Parton but they’re all going fast! Made in the USA.

Let’s Chill Wine Twirl – $8

This twirl will keep your glass of white chilled to the last drop! Clever package design means it fits on the neck of a bottle for an extra gift. Made in the USA.

Whisky Stones – $8

Gently chill your favorite spirits without the diluting effects of ice. Set of three soapstone rocks. Made in the USA.

Misc. Goods Co. Playing Cards – $15

We love this special deck that’s been completely redesigned, from the tuck case to illustration to typography. A beautiful, embossed box and clever details you’ll notice each time you play. Made in the USA.

Little Puzzle Thing, Broccoli – $15

A miniature jigsaw puzzle shaped like a bunch of broccoli. At just over 70 pieces, complete this one in under 20 minutes for some quick brain food.

Little Puzzle Thing, Ramen – $15

Along with broccoli, but we also have Ramen and Pizza styles!

Tangram Eraser Set – $2.50

A square is divided into seven pieces, which can be arranged and rearranged into countless shapes.

 

Superb Lip Balm – $6

Made just down the road in LaConner, this balm truly is superb.You might as well get all three flavors! Peppermint, Grapefruit and Lemon Rosemary.

Wilhelmina Peppermints – $3

Not too sweet and generously sized, we love these mints. They come packaged in a sturdy box, which keeps them safe and tidy in your bag. Made in the Netherlands.

Marimekko Napkins – $4.95 or $6.95

Packs of 20 napkins in cocktail or luncheon size make a great stuffer or hostess gift. Made in Germany.

Join us for Art Walk on Friday, December 7!

Happy December!

Join us during Art Walk this Friday, December 7 from 6-9pm! Over 40 downtown venues are participating this month, featuring lots of specials and promos so you won’t want to miss out on this festive evening. We’re all decked out for our holiday open house, so stop by for cookies and 10% off festive MoMA wreaths. Also, enter for a chance to win an ideal holiday gift! Oooh!
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Jolabokaflod

It’s no secret we love books at Ideal and for our holiday window this year, we are honoring the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood.” A little background:

In Iceland, friends and family traditionally give books to each other on Christmas Eve, then spend the evening reading and sipping hot chocolate. This cozy custom began during WWII when strict currency restrictions limited what could be imported. Paper products were less expensive and more available, so books emerged as a favorite gift.

Since 1944, the Jolabokaflod has continued each year, beginning with the autumn release of Bokatidini, a catalog of newly published books that’s distributed to every Icelandic home. People use this guide when deciding which books to give as holiday gifts. It’s true that the majority of books in Iceland are sold between September and December in preparation for holiday giving.

Some favorite holiday titles are in the window for our own Jolabokaflod, but remember we have many more books for readers of all ages so stop in and take a peek.

Give a book, get a book, and cozy up to read!

ReMade: Culinary Opens November 2

It’s time once again for the annual ReMade project from WWU Industrial Design! Join us this Friday, November 2 from 6-9 pm for the opening reception and get first dibs on these great designs.

The ReMade project challenges students to design with sustainability in mind, encouraging the reuse, recycling, or repurposing of material.This year the junior studio is presenting 12 modern design solutions for use primarily while dining or preparing food. A limited number of each product will be available for sale at Ideal from 11/2 through 11/16 while supplies last.

In a mere matter of weeks, each student designed their piece, sourced all the materials, produced a limited edition of 20, and created all packaging/branding for their product. We provide a bit of guidance to the students throughout the process, sharing our thoughts from a design shop perspective as well as hosting the sale.

This is our eleventh year collaborating with WWU Industrial Design and each year the students’ ingenuity and resourcefulness impress us in new ways. We hope to see you Friday, November 2 from 6-9 pm to meet these up-and-coming designers and purchase their products.

“bob” – succulent planter by Tommy Oleson made using wood from recycled WWU dorm beds and office chair casters – SOLD OUT

“tactile” – phone/tablet stand by Ezquiel Guzman made using granite and marble tiles from ReStore

“bella” – salt shaker by Henry Dahlgren made using recycled Honeymoon Mead bottles with reformed/recycled plastic lid

“33-1/3” – fruit bowl made from discarded vinyl records by Autumn Dirksen

 

“steep” – cold brew coffee pitcher by Max Lucy made using broken ceramics from local studios

“ketch” – shopping tote made using discarded sails from Skookum Sail Repair by Ryan Rothaus – SOLD OUT

“sip” – glass mug and sleeve for hot beverages by Ben Lorimore made using discarded liquor bottles from local bars and recycled felt and cork

“fray” – potholder/trivet by Gian Umemoto made using fabric remnants from Ragfinery – SOLD OUT

“whip!” – whisk by Dan Hager made using recycled bike spokes from Transition Bikes and Richlite remnants – SOLD OUT

“flora” – centerpiece/votive holder by Taylor Brown made using stainless steel offcuts from DeLaval Manufacturing

“ply” – wooden bowl by Ryan Moorleghen made using wood from discarded WWU dorm beds – SOLD OUT

“patch” – apron by Jared Pabon made using offcuts from Oyster Creek Canvas and Northwest Tarp and Canvas – SOLD OUT

Loll Designs September Sale – 15% off and Free Shipping!

End of summer got you down? Have no fear – Loll Designs is here! And through September 30 enjoy 15% off and free shipping* in the continental US.

With Loll, we are convinced that our soggy Pacific Northwest weather has met its match. Loll products require no maintenance. Meaning, you can leave your furniture outdoors without having to fuss with ill-fitting covers; you can save your back (and your shins!) without having to schlep your outdoor furniture into storage; and you can enjoy your furniture year round for it will not blow around, rot, fade or fall apart at the joinery. Made from heavy-duty recycled #2 plastic, Loll Designs furniture is responsibly manufactured in Duluth, Minnesota – in the good old US of A.

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Help us Celebrate 10 Years this Sunday, July 29!

Celebrating 10 Ideal Years!

 

We can’t believe it’s been a decade. Join us on Sunday, July 29 to celebrate!

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Less Clicking, More Connecting

Unintentional matching has been a hazard for 10 years, now! Great minds think alike, right?

We love people. We prefer conversing and doing business in person. With age comes wisdom… that is why after 10 years at Ideal, we have decided to return to our roots by embracing the experience. We are bidding goodbye to our e-commerce site, and look forward to connecting with you in a more authentic way – face to face.

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Women Designer Spotlight – Sandy Chilewich

We’ve carried Sandy Chilewich’s floor mats and table mats since the day we opened in May 2008. Her products remain best-sellers for us because of great design, ease of care, and high-quality American manufacturing.

A fascination with and love of textiles infused Sandy’s first entrepreneurial venture, as well. She co-founded the hosiery company Hue in 1978, which is credited with transforming that industry using innovative design and packaging. After leaving the company in 1994, she continued her pursuit of unusual materials for several design concepts, including one of our favorites – the Ray  Tray. This design featured a metal frame over which fabric  was stretched to form a concave surface.

One of Sandy’s early houseware designs – the Ray Tray

Sadly, this piece is no longer available. Grab one if you see it at a thrift store!

In her explorations of materials to use for the Ray Tray, she came across extruded yarns, which she found fascinating. Although this type of yarn did not work for her Ray Tray, it sparked her next venture using these textiles as placemats and floormats and the Chilewich company was born. Soon after, her architect husband, Joe Sultan, developed a commercial-grade backing for the floormats and the company continued to grow. In 2004, Joe sold his architecture practice and joined Chilewich as CEO, which became Chilewich | Sultan LLC.

While placemats and floormats make up the bulk of their offerings, the company continually develops new weaves, colors, and product lines each season. From personal accessories like bags and zips (sadly, no longer available) to small furniture like these Cubes, Chilewich is constantly innovating.

Chilewich Cube – $295

Made almost exclusively in the U.S., Chilewich now finishes 95% of their products in their own manufacturing facility in Georgia.

These shag doormats are great for indoor or outdoor use and come in a wide variety of colors.

2×3′ Utility Mat – $79

Each season Chilewich develops new patterns, weaves, and colors for her woven mats. They are available in a variety of sizes, as well.

Chilewich tablemats are supremely practical, easy to clean and very durable. Like the floormats, the come in a wide range of weaves, colors and sizes. We can easily special order exactly what you’d like.

The Modern Placemat – $10

Mini Basketwave Placemat , Guava – $14.50

Wave Placemat, Black/White – $15

Plaid Placemat, Sorbet – $18

Here’s a quote from Sandy that resonates with us:

“(not following trends) certainly  makes us very distinctive – we don’t follow anybody and if it’s been done, I don’t want to do it. Originality is definitely my greatest mission.”

 

Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is Near! No Foolin’!

The Easter Bunny arrives next Sunday morning.  Are you ready? We have some great designs for kids that are perfect for those baskets and will be enjoyed long after the jelly beans are gone.

We will be closed on Sunday, April 1 to hunt for eggs with our families and maybe play a few April Fools jokes, too. Enjoy the holiday.

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Women Designer Spotlight – Meg Drinkwater + Megan Perry of The Granite

Our third spotlight for Women’s History Month focuses on Meg Drinkwater and Megan Perry, co-founders of The Granite workshop in Portland, OR. This creative duo joined forces in 2014 and bring together their varied, but complimentary, skills and experiences to form a productive and creative partnership.

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