Wednesday, February 8, 2017

All Are Welcome Here

You may have noticed these signs popping up on lawns and in windows in your neighborhood and wondered what they are all about:


These signs were created by local graphic designer Jaime Chismar in response to the appearance of racist graffiti found in Maple Grove High School after the 2016 election. She was inspired by all the signs of unity made by high school students in response to the graffiti, and she decided to make a sign and sell it to neighbors, initially planning to donate the proceeds to a local food shelf. The response to her sign was massive, and All Are Welcome Here, LLC was soon created to "celebrate, nurture, honor, and protect what makes Minnesota and the United States so great: ALL OF US."




"Our mission is to support an inclusive, non-partisan, and positive environment for All in the state of Minnesota and the broader United States. We believe diversity makes Minnesota and the United States great, and we are committed to taking concrete actions to support our mission and vision." - All Are Welcome Here, LLC

When you buy a sign, you are doing more than just spreading a welcoming message. All Are Welcome Here donates 25% of all merchandise profits to the ACLU of Minnesota, so you know you are supporting a good cause, too!



Bibelot now carries All Are Welcome Here signs, buttons and window decals. Signs just come back in stock at all store locations this week -- but if you want one, hurry in! They sell out very quickly! Feel free to give us a call to check availability.  

For more information on All Are Welcome Here, LLC: https://www.allarewelcomehere.us/


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Be My Valentine

Valentine's Day is just around the corner...take a look and see some special items we think would make perfect little tokens of love! Buy something for your Valentine, or drop some hints to Cupid if you see something you like!


Classic Coffee & Tea Company's Inside Out Heart Tea Cup & Saucer is our top pick! The inside of the cup is heart-shaped to remind you that you are loved every time you sip your morning coffee. 

Glitz up your Valentine decor with one of these whimsical hanging hearts by Karma Living! Handmade in Egypt so no two hearts are alike. Available in two sizes. These have been super popular, so you might want to call for availability first!



Fresh flowers are always nice, but why not have some that will last forever? These silk ponchos by local company Cocoon House are simply stunning! A great gift for someone, or something to wear to your romantic Valentine's dinner. Available at the Grand Ave & Linden Hills locations.


Grab some grown up gummy bears for your sweetheart! These sophisticated bears by Sugarfina sparkle in classic Brut and fashionable Rose flavors made with Dom P√©rignon Vintage Champagne. DELICIOUS! 


Bath time will be a sweet treat with one of Dandi Creations' bath bombs, bubble scoops, and more! These handmade products look adorable, smell amazing, and will leave your skin soft and refreshed. Purchase individual bath bombs, Bath Pamper Packs, Coffee Scrub & soaps -- available at our Grand Ave shop only.


Roses are red, violets are blue, Vintage Valentines are a sweet thing to do! This booklet is filled with vintage flocked valentines that you can punch out and assemble. Anyone who receives these is certain to smile.



Let your candy speak from the heart with Jelly Belly Conversation Beans! These tasty little treats make good fun for young & old and are perfect to slip into a Valentine.



Of course, jewelry is the classic Valentine's Day gift! And Bibelot is home to a plethora of beautiful baubles! We've chosen a few love-themed pieces to show here, but there is so much more to see in our stores. We hope you stop in soon to take a look!


If you need an excuse to visit us, stop by on Thursday, February 9 for our Be My Valentine Shopping Evening. We'll be giving out coupons for 25% off one item and food/drink samples. See our Facebook event for more info!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

One the 12th Day of Christmas...


12th Day of Christmas - Treat Yourself!


You’ve made it! Christmas is TOMORROW! Hopefully your shopping is finished and you can sit back and put your feet up today! (If not, our stores are open 8am-4pm for your last-minute shopping!!) We have a few things that will help you TREAT YOURSELF when the holidays are over!

Essential oil mists by Ebb and Flow Apothecary are a quick and easy way to unwind from daily stresses. Spray a little on your face, on your pillow, or in the room and inhale deeply to enjoy the full benefits of essential oils and healing crystals - yes, some sprays have a crystal inside! All scents are made in Iowa City, Iowa by designer Ty Bramwell.



Serene House aromatherapy diffusers are a great way to keep your body and mind happy! The machine turns water into a light mist that keeps your room and skin hydrated, and the diffuser itself contains a color-changing LED light that serves as mood lighting or a soft nightlight. For scented mist, add a couple drops of Serene House essential oils to the diffuser water to keep you happy! Essential oils are 100% natural with no GMO's, no parabens, no synthetic fragrance, and made with organic ingredients.


If you need a little aromatherapy on the go, wear one of these pretty filigree diffuser necklaces! Just add a few drops of scented/essential oil to the felt insert and inhale the aroma all day long. The necklace itself is a great statement piece, too.


Cuddle up on the couch and soothe your aches and pains with a Bucky Heartwarmer! These pillows are filled with buckwheat seeds (produced without pesticides or fertilizer) and are fragrance-free - so perfect for anyone with allergies or sensitivity to smells. Simply throw the pillow in the microwave if you need some heat, or put it in the freezer if you need a refreshing, cool pillow. We’ve been selling Heartwarmers for a few years, and they are very popular!


Treat yourself with some hydration! Swell water bottles will keep your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. They are a stylish way to eliminate the waste of plastic water bottles, plus the company has partnered with UNICEF to help provide water to vulnerable children. Do something good for yourself and for others in need! Also, if you still need to finish your shopping today, these bottles would make a great last-minute Christmas gift...just sayin’!


There it is! Bibelot’s 12 Days of Christmas! Thank you so much for reading and for shopping local with us throughout the years. Bibelot has proudly been a holiday shopping tradition in the Twin Cities for 50 years, and we are happy to continue that tradition in the future!

From all of us at Bibelot to you, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Friday, December 23, 2016

On the 11th Day of Christmas...


11th Day of Christmas: Stocking Stuffers


Fill those Christmas stockings with something special from Bibelot!

Up your loved ones’ sock game by popping a pair or two of Smartwool socks in their stocking! Their toes will be warm, dry, and stylish in any pair of these merino wool socks. We have everything from low cut to knee high socks in a wide variety of patterns and colors that will appeal to everyone. We also carry men’s socks, so you can get socks for everyone on your list! And really, who doesn’t love getting socks for Christmas?


If sweets are more your thing, you better believe we have a huge assortment of candy to plop in those stockings! From locally-made Abdallah chocolate assortments to Swedish candy canes to Junior Mints, you’re sure to find something tasty.


Jewelry is a fun & unique item to put in a stocking! Bops bangles are super cute and come in a large variety of styles, and the business has a mission we can get behind! They are dedicated to using a portion of all their profits to teach practical skills to women in order to help them start and run their own businesses. Know someone who loves being a Minnesotan? (we do we do!) Stick a sweet Minnesota necklace by Cool and Interesting in their stocking! All pieces by Cool and Interesting are designed by artists around the world and made by hand.



Gadgets. Everyone needs gadgets, and they are the perfect little addition to a stocking! Luckily we have A TON to choose from: multi-tools, bike lights, mini hammers, 4-in-1 pen tools, phone chargers, carabiners, pencil sharpeners, we could go on and on! Definitely something for everyone in this department!



Burt’s Bees Kits are the just the right size for stockings. Great for anyone who loves to pamper themselves or needs a little extra TLC on the go! Each kit comes with lip balm and either lotion or cuticle cream that smells and feels great. Plus, both the packaging and ingredients are made from simple, natural, and responsible components, so you can feel good about your purchase!


We know people tend to use their phones these days to keep track of things, but why not keep some things simple? Pop one of these sweet little notepads in someone’s stockings! Perfect for jotting down notes and lists, these notepads will bring a smile to anyone’s face in the middle of winter.




Well, we are almost there...tomorrow is December 24th, and the final blog post for our 12 Days of Christmas series! Check back tomorrow to see what comes next!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

On the 10th Day of Christmas...


The 10th Day of Christmas: Hostess Gifts


Oftentimes, one of the very best parts of Christmas is being included in a gathering of friends or family.  It's only natural that you want your hostess (or host) gift to be the very best as well.  Let us at Bibelot help you with a few ideas.

With its start at a farmers market in New Hampshire twenty-five years ago, Stonewall Kitchen has become a go-to when it comes to hostess gifts.  



Dessert sauces consists of Sea Salt Caramel, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Bourbon Pecan Caramel, and Peppermint Dark Chocolate -- All of which are delicious over ice cream, pound cake, shortbread -- or honestly, straight out of the jar.

*UPDATE: We are sold out of the Stonewall Kitchen holiday gift packs, but we have plenty of individual caramel sauce jars and are happy to box and ribbon them for you (free of charge)!




Sometimes all it takes is the sparking of one sense to bring to mind an entire season.  Such is the case with the crisp fresh cut scent of Frasier Fir by Thymes.  It literally evokes all that is Christmas Up North.  Bibelot offers many Frasier Fir items, all of which make lovely hostess and thank you gifts.  Be it any of several candle options, diffusers, soap, sachet, hand lotion, other toiletries -- all wonderful gifts sure to please.  With Frasier Fir, the magic of season will continue well past December 25th.



For over thirty years, Minnesotans have been enjoying the simple beauty and practical functionality of Boards by Joel.  Locally-resourced hardwoods now serve as trays, trivets and cutting boards in 8", 10", 12" cross slices that are treated to be durable and food safe.  A smaller coaster size has has been lacquered to be moisture resistant.  Whether ash, butternut, hickory or maple, all have their unique ringed patterns and innate appeal.




Have you had the pleasure of being introduced to Swedish dishcloths?  Once you have, you'll want to share them with everyone you know.  Invented in 1949 and widely used in Scandinavia since then, these amazing thin spongelike cloths are made of cellulose (wood pulp) and cotton, absorb up to 15 times their weight, are reusable and can be machine washed.  They are great for light cleaning, make a perfect eco-friendly alternative to paper towels and are so so cute!  In addition, when these dishcloths do run their course, you can just add them to your compost.  No worries!  Check out Bibelot's collection of several styles and introduce your friends and family.  You won't regret it!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

On the 9th Day of Christmas...


The 9th Day of Christmas: Holiday Activities





Tutti Frutti or Stinky Socks?  Coconut or Spoiled Milk?  Chocolate Pudding or Canned Dog Food?  I know these are tough choices, but these are the options that await you with Jelly Belly's Bean Boozled Beans, Gift Sets and Tins.  Look-alike candies asking which is really which.  Are you up to the challenge?  



Have you fallen in love yet with Johanna Basford?  You may know her as the immensely talented illustrator behind the wildly successful adult coloring books Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest.  Ms. Basford is gifting us again with her latest Johanna's Christmas:  A Festive Coloring Book For Adults.  Now you can relax, unwind and make lovely, unique-to-you holiday inspired art.  Where to start?   The festively detailed gingerbread house, or the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, or the whimsical rocking horse, or....

 


Looking for a thoughtful gift for a child leaving the nest?  A couple first starting out?  Maybe you want to begin a new family tradition, something that can be passed down to help fondly remember Christmases Past.  The Christmas Memories Book is just what you're looking for.  With its red and gold journalistic cover, this is festive enough for Santa himself.  This 20-year diary has space for photos, favorite cards and most importantly for all those warm priceless recollections of a holiday as special as those you share it with.





Puzzles with a twist = Puzzle Twist.  Not your everyday jigsaw, these special puzzles turn out more than a little bit different than the photos provided.  It may be a tad more challenging, but it is definitely a lot more fun!   Choose from Brewfest, Cycling Cities, Colorful Cats, Doggone Crazy, and several Minnesota inspired styles.  It turns out that puzzles are a lot like life -- better with a few unexpected twists!



Dating back to the 1840s, Christmas Crackers are a favorite part of the holidays in the UK. Shaped like oversized wrappers for sweets, crackers are fittingly also called bon-bons. When pulled from both ends -- Crack! -- prizes are revealed. A little silly, a lot traditional, why not let Bibelot introduce Christmas Crackers to your list of seasonal pleasures?  Choose from either red and white candy stripes or gold toned birch trees, these come in sets of 6 with each cracker containing a paper hat, a joke and a novelty toy. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

On the 8th Day of Christmas...


The 8th Day of Christmas: Cocktails & Beer


Fill those gift bags with lots of Christmas cheer! We've got tons of options for cocktail connoisseurs, winos and beer lovers!

 


Shopping for a special someone interested in the craft brewery and distillery scene? We have the perfect way to aid them on their quest -- and help you score as the best gift giver of the season!  Craft Notes is a combo guide/journal/passport that provides info on eighteen carefully selected locations that make up an impressive part of the local craft culture.  With tasty information, a place to record personal notes, and a free specialty beer or drink waiting at each spot this is an unbelievable value worth several times over the $25 purchase price.  Craft Notes will no doubt see you toasted and your thoughtfulness remembered again and again. 



Someone once said they'd like to buy the world a drink.  Well, in case you'd like to toast the world with a drink, Bibelot has just the thing!  A beautiful set of six toasting flutes each fashioned with its own individual gracefully gilded script: Cheers, Skol, Sante, Chin Chin, Salute and Prost.  To all the world this Christmas and in the year to come: Peace and Cheers!




The Twin Cities have much to offer adventurous drinkers as well as their hosts. Bibelot is proud to offer Minneapolis' own line of unique handcrafted mixers by The Twisted Shrub.  Apple cider vinegar, fruit and pure cane sugar along with your own creative ideas combine to make an unforgettable drinking experience -- be it mixed with seltzer, soda water, champagne or more.  Four fantastic flavors to choose from, or why not choose all? Pineapple Habanero (possibly combined with bourbon), Peach Habanero (add whiskey), Apple Ginger (maybe vodka), and last but not least Strawberry Lime (perhaps soda, or even tequila).  You simply can't go wrong. 



Bartending 101.  These bar glasses by Kikkerland will make even the most novice mixologist look, and more importantly, taste like a pro.  In sets of four, either 8 oz. or 16 oz, 4 separate recipes are printed directly on each glass giving you sixteen practically foolproof opportunities to impress.  Within each set, there is a glass featuring Gin (think Salty Dog or Bees Knees), Rum (Mojito or Dark and Stormy among others), Vodka (Bloody Mary, White Russian) and of course Whiskey (maybe a Dinah or perhaps a classic Whiskey Sour).   Give these bartending glasses as a gift and then check in regularly on your student's progress!



There is a certain art to hosting the perfect cocktail party.  A certain art and a definite style. Add some flair and turn your everyday gathering into an absolute Mad-Men-inspired bash with hip cocktail stirrers sure to set a mood.  Faceted gems crafted from genuine plastic, bronze trophies, glittery gold stars shiny Christmas trees and Santas -- all of these are available to decorate the stirrer blending your very own highball.  And please, please don't forget the colorfully mischievous monkeys waiting to hang by their curly tails!



Finally, during this season of love and goodwill, there is much to be thankful for. Spread that feeling of gratitude and appreciation with these beautiful stemless wine glasses imprinted in gold leaf with the sentiment "Give Thanks".  


And, as always, we at Bibelot are thankful for YOU!