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Merchant Spotlight Spread Joy 2019: Design Loop + Wit & Delight

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Design Loop: 2019 Spread Joy Day Gift Set Partner Design Loop works with artists to develop products that blend beauty and function to brighten the everyday. They believe in partnering with daydreamers and visionaries and letting them do what they do best: create. They know there is no such thing as a crazy idea.  One of the artist lifestyle brands that Design Loop works with is Wit & Delight, an agency of women that provide strategy, consulting, design, creative direction, product design, and video for brands…

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Merchant Spotlight Spread Joy 2019: Jonboy Caramels

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Jonboy Caramels: 2019 Spread Joy Day Gift Set Partner In 2009, Jon Sue and Jason Alm came together with the idea of making the finest small batch caramels using the very best local ingredients available. They created Jonboy Caramels, an artisan confectionery company based in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Over the past 10 years they’ve grown Jonboy from a farmers market side business to a full-time gig. The company takes pride…

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Merchant Spotlight Spread Joy 2019: Girl Meets Dirt 

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Girl Meets Dirt: 2019 Spread Joy Day Gift Set Partner With every batch perfected by hand and simmered in copper pots, Girl Meets Dirt founder, Audra Lawlor, creates exquisite single varietal preserves, shrubs, and bitters made with heritage orchard fruit and old school preserving techniques. Once a Wall Street career-woman, Audra left the business world behind and started Girl Meets Dirt as part of her lifelong dream to put down roots on Orcas Island, Washington and create confections fueled…

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penguins exchanging pebble as nuptial gift

Nuptial Gifts in the Natural World: How to Woo in the Wild

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Birds do it. Bugs do it. Some fish do it, too. (If you missed it, you can read part 1 of our series on Gifting In The Wild here) Giving nuptial gifts to the object of your affection in hopes of getting just a little bit closer seems like a very human whimsy. From first date drinks to elaborate proposals (and all the chocolate-covered strawberries in between), we use gifting to build…

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Gifts in the Wild: The Art of Gifting in the Animal Kingdom

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Animal gifts: for love, fun & friendship Think opposable thumbs are a requirement for being a great gifter? Not necessarily! Animal gifts are absolutely a thing. While we may have the upper hand (pun intended) when it comes to things like signing cards and tying bows, humans aren’t the only species to use gifting to impress and delight one another.  Birds, insects, and dozens of mammals have been observed in the wild finding…

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