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favor- “ette”: wantist

I have never put much stock in psychics or fortune tellers.

Till now.

I had the absolute pleasure of attending Blogstar’s Sunday Supper this past weekend, hosted by the lovely, engaging and uber-supportive Sarah Bryden Brown. I can’t wait to share my experience with you but I HAD to tell you right away about the amazing gift bag I received, courtesy of Wantist.


Wantist, created by Brittany and Jacob Reiff, is a gift-giving site that you will absolutely love. They have scoured the web to find the best, trendiest most give-able gifts around – and curated a collection that will ensure that you pick the perfect gift every time. You can search by gift (edible? quirky? stylish?) or person (artistic? geeky? outdoorsy?). In addition, there are gift wrapping and DIY ideas, holiday advice and gifting “faux pas” to avoid.

Wantist was asked to assemble a custom gift bag for each of the bloggers that attended the supper, having been directed to look at their sites for “clues” about what to give.

All I can say is this: I think Brittany and Jacob have been secretly living in my house. Either that, or they’ve read every single one of my blog posts (putting them in a very small and select group of people, consisting of my parents and husband). I have no other way of explaining how SPOT-ON my gifts were!

Let’s take a look!

wantist, studio patro, baggu, poketo, chocolate editions, groovy baker

I’ll start by saying how impressed I was with the handwritten note that accompanied my bag – love that.
Totally exciting for me was a black leather pouch by Baggu:

wantist, baggu
I can’t tell you how many times I have perused Baggu’s site, planning to purchase one of their adorable totes, bags or pouches. And as I was getting ready to leave for the supper, I was actually complaining about not having just the right little black clutch.


Here’s a sweet little notebook by Poketo:

wantist, poketo
I definitely have a weakness for tiny notebooks, as I’m always jotting things down on the run (yes, I prefer a notebook to my smart phone). There’s something very satisfying about pulling out something so small and well-designed, that I use multiple times throughout the day. And this one is even better, because the pages are gridded – perfect for sketching out garden ideas.


I got a lovely linen tea towel from Studio Patro (you MUST check out the video on their web site, showing 12 ways to use a tea towel – I’m stealing every single idea!):

wantist, studio patro

wantist, studio patro

I just started using decorative tea towels when taking photos of my baking creations – I think this one is frame-worthy.

These last gifts put me straight over the edge. I’ve written about how I prefer sugar over chocolate, as well as my penchant for caramels. So MAYBE they happened upon those posts. But I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how much I adore white chocolate. So I just about fainted when I pulled out two lollipops from The Groovy Baker (too pretty to eat, don’t you think?) and a bar of caramelized white chocolate from Chocolate Editions:

wantist, groovy baker

wantist, chocolate editions

These guys are GOOD.

I am so often stumped when it comes to picking out the perfect gift, especially as I get older. It seems like everyone has everything and it’s a challenge to find a gift that is truly original.

Wantist. You’re a little scary, but you’re my new best friend.

Thank you so much!



  1. Melanie on April 17, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Those gifts are awesome. And yeah, maybe a little creepy. 🙂 I want the caramelized white chocolate bar to go along with my morning coffee. I can’t wait to read your recap about the event!

    • sheri silver on April 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      The bar was SO good – you would love their site; have you checked it out? Very groovy.

  2. Sandra on April 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Now I am even more envious….but also thankful for the heads up on Wantist. Great, great grown up loot bag!

    • sheri silver on April 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Seriously, I love every single item and the companies are all new “favorite finds”!!!

  3. Jennifer Cullen on April 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Sounds like the most amazing supper. And I can’t wait to check out Wantist! That caramelized white chocolate bar is making me crazy.

    • sheri silver on April 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      It was really lovely – and OMG that chocolate bar!! 🙂

  4. Leslie on April 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    That is so cool! And I’m so sad that I live too far away to come to supper!

    • sheri silver on April 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      It was really great – I am so lucky to have been part of this!!

  5. Lisa on April 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Ok, now that’s a little spooky – but only in the best possible way! Wantist sounds like exactly the kind of place the world needs – I will have to peruse their site in more detail, when I have a little more time, but the first impression is: whoa! Thanks so much for sharing and have fun with these pretty presents!

    • sheri silver on April 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      It’s a big WHOA! – I can’t stop looking at their site! 🙂

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