Kandy’s passion is contagious. She’s embraced teaching whole-heartedly, and has generously shared her keen design eye for the betterment of apartments and homes throughout Chicago. (Not to mention, a jane-of-all-trades. Check out the latest class she’s teaching here!) Below she walks us through some of her favorite picks for this holiday season.


By Kandy Christensen

My business, Meandering Design, is all about design – whether fashion for you or your home – and so we’ve come up with a list of hip, beautiful and well-designed ideas that are sure to delight anyone.

Under-Your-Nose Design

For the design lover on your list here are some locally-designed and locally-made gifts that would be great for men or women.

KANDY_design holiday(1) Handmade pillows from White Next Shop. For those of you in Chicago they can be found at The Haymaker in Andersonville. (2) Allegory has unique handmade pens and pencils. (3) Pinch designed by Craighton Berman Studio is the most functional salt and pepper shaker for the tabletop. Found at The Haymaker. (4) Fair Coast Goods & Upholstery has some beautifully made totes and bags.


Musically-Inspired Posters

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For the Indie music and art lover take a look at Ground Up Press by Dan Grzeca. He has designed posters for bands such as Alabama Shakes, Built to Spill, The Decemberists and Atlas Genius. His work is very distinctive and would make a wonderful gift.


Give Good

Sometimes the best gift is a donation on someone’s behalf. World Bicycle Relief provides bikes to communities in order to help them prosper. Their model also provides work and training to local people. Sometimes a bicycle is all it needs to help someone get to school or get to work.


I also highly recommend Kiva. Kiva provides small micro loans to businesses to help them start up and grow. Many of the micro loans are to women owned businesses and it has been shown that providing women with the means and finances to own their own business raises families from poverty and increases girls’ opportunity to receive an education.


And last, but not least…

For the DIY set give them a gift certificate for a sewing lesson from Meandering Design. We can tailor a lesson to anyone’s needs whether he/ she is a beginner or has been sewing for years.

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Meandering Design also teaches Interior Design classes through Dabble or if you think someone would prefer a design consultation, well, we can do that too.