Awhile back I was interviewed by a local writer Nicole Trask for an article in Metro. Well…Metro overbooked and so her article never went to print. Nicole’s article is really sweet and so I thought I would print it here. It mentions great gift ideas and some great Love, Me products. Thank you to Nicole for the props.
Made with Love
Canadian designed gifts leave lasting impressions
During the holiday season, part of the fun for Love, Me Boutique owner Chara Kingston, is the element of surprise. Receiving her holiday shipments is often similar to opening gifts on Christmas morning.
“I’ve established relationships with the artists we feature and sometimes they ship me unexpected items,” she says. “Unwrapping the packages when they arrive is exciting because I don’t always know what will be inside!”
The festive ambience is undeniable when you walk into the charming boutique at 1539 Birmingham Street. Artwork adorns the signature red walls surrounded by antiques and quirky displays. Gift givers will discover that there is a diverse selection of Canadian made products for women, men and children. From handmade ornaments to guitar straps to candles, almost everything is one of a kind.
Kingston says that Love, Me gift recipients will revel in the knowledge that they’ve received a unique present.
“From a consumer perspective, shopping Canadian allows you to have the knowledge that your money is doing good things; giving back to the community and artists. Also, it doesn’t hurt that when your gift is opened it is sure to be the most rockin’!” laughs Kingston.
An advocate of giving the gift of art, Kingston currently features Alberta artist Sydney Lancaster’s encaustic works multilayered with lace, bark and beeswax enveloping vintage skeleton keys.
Pearl and Daisy natural soaps, Halifax based designer Laura Chenoweth’s organic apparel and Nancy Boyne’s felted and double woven scarves are just a few noteworthy ideas.
Men are not forgotten at Love, Me. Popular picks include CBE (Clothing Brand Experiment) hoodies with wide drawstrings, colourful panels and built in thumbholes. Dartmouth designer Anna’s Stowe’s eclectic printed tees are also popular.
“I think that we are seeing a revival of people seeking out truly thoughtful presents,” comments Kingston.
Just Add a Dash of Originality
If inimitable gift giving is in your nature, Kingston has a few suggestions:
- Instead of a bottle of wine, bring your host Nova Scotia made Windfall beeswax pear and pomegranate shaped candles.
- Shopping for a tweenage girl? Twiss & Weber wool flower brooches and wrist cuffs meet the fine line between youthful and all grown up.
- Moon and Sparrow onesies with prints of le renard or le castor are delightful for the babies in your life.
- Twiss & Weber felted flower coffee sleeve will keep your favourite teacher’s coffee warm. Insert a coffee card and you’ll be the teacher’s pet!
- Alternatives to Christmas crackers are Love, Me surprise balls layered in colourful tissues that gradually unveil treasures and miniature artworks. The final trinket allows you to make something yourself.
– Nicole Trask
Chara Kingston, owner, Love, Me boutique
P: 902-444-3669 (store phone)
1539 Birmingham Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia