The Legal Nomads 2019 Gift Guide: Art and Jewelry

The Legal Nomads 2019 Gift Guide: Art and Jewelry

I did my first ever vacation present information for vacationers a couple of years in the past, which was enjoyable to compile. Readers appeared to benefit from the varied gadgets, and I used to be glad to share a number of the merchandise that accompanied me on the highway. This 12 months, I wished to do one thing somewhat completely different. For starters, my life is somewhat completely different – one thing all of you already know. As a outcome, my very own presents to household and buddies aren’t souvenirs from far-away locations, however enjoyable issues I’ve found on-line. I wished to share a few of them right here, particularly as many are small companies like myself.

I accomplished the ensuing artistic present information later than anticipated, as a result of I might solely sort in 20 minute increments. I hope you take pleasure in this present information, one which focuses particularly on artwork and jewellery. There are so many outlets with fascinating work on the market, and typically it’s laborious to slender it down.

The gadgets under are from artists that I’ve supported, a few of whom I’ve truly met, and they’re all merchandise I stand behind.

Unique Art and Jewelry Gifts for 2019


When trying to find a present for my mum’s birthday this 12 months, I assumed I might do one thing somewhat completely different. I regarded for an artist who might illustrate our household with an attractive border after which ship her a printed copy for her birthday.

I’ve by no means commissioned this type of present earlier than, and Rebecca – the artist I selected – was affected person and type, and we went backwards and forwards a couple of instances till I used to be glad. She even agreed to make my brother as depicted, carrying his favorite martini t-shirt.

I used to be ready on this present information till my mum acquired her present, and he or she cherished it!

Rebecca’s full store here, and be aware that she’s going to do other forms of designs as effectively, like Save the Dates for weddings, vacation playing cards, personalised child blankets, and extra.


I’ve adopted Michael Buchino’s whimsical phrase work for a while on Instagram, because it combines two of my favorite issues: studying, and artwork. His Insta feed, Lexigraphique, is a kind of accounts that I ship to a number of buddies many instances per week.

Before this information went up, I wrote him to ask if he had any vacation gadgets I might embrace, and fortunate for all of us he was nearly to launch the hygge playing cards under.

hand drawn holiday cards hygge lexigraphique

(c) Michael Buchino 2019

You should buy his prints and these cute vacation playing cards in his Buchino store, here.


Anne Connell’s store is a marvel to behold, chock filled with paper items designed — as she notes on Instagram and on her website — with an “absurd attention to detail” She lists herself as a precisionist, and it’s simple to see why. Her paintings is meticulous, delicately crafted, and really distinctive.

I discovered her botanical card collection first, and clapped my fingers with glee. As somebody attempting to get out in nature throughout transient spurts of respite from bedrest, they have been a breath of contemporary air. Her constellation playing cards, that includes every of the zodiac indicators, are a transparent crowd-pleaser. I’ve put these two kinds of playing cards under however truthfully it’s price heading to see her full store.

I understand these are listed as playing cards, however I believe they’re frame-worthy all by themselves.

detailed botanical cards PictrixDesign

(c) Anne Connell 2019

Constallation cards, pictrixdesign

(c) Anne Connell 2019


Nicola is a long-time Legal Nomads reader, and a fellow lawyer and traveler. She has generously shared chicken illustrations and different enjoyable to maintain me cheered up after I’ve been down. She’s additionally a really proficient artist, and her playing cards and different gadgets are wealthy in puns and joyful artistry. 

Nicola’s work jogs my memory of the kids’s’ books I cherished most, with artistic characters, maps, and kooky animals. A proficient hand-brush lettering artist, she additionally consists of a variety of drawn typography in her work.

From a grumpy owl to a festive sheep, you’ll make sure to discover vacation playing cards to your tastes. And one in all my absolute faves is her marriage ceremony card under, “Of all the fish in the sea” — pleasant.

nicola allen art grumpy owl 2019

(c) Nicola Allen 2019

nicola allen art festive sheep 2019

(c) Nicola Allen 2019

nicola allen art wedding card 2019

(c) Nicola Allen 2019

Nicola’s full store is here, with specifics from the above illustrations as follows:

  • Grumpy Owl here
  • Festive sheep here.
  • Of all of the fish within the sea here.


I’ve had the pleasure of assembly Jess, the genius behind Birdstrips, in particular person twice. She’s at the moment in Montreal, and a pal launched us simply earlier than I re-leaked final summer season. Her illustrations have grown an enormous following on Instagram because of its relatable messaging, and her captions that accompany the drawings are uncooked and weak. Together, it’s highly effective work that makes nearly everybody really feel heard.

In Jess’ phrases, the store includes “the existential misery of the flightless by way of the eyes of the flighted.”

birdstrips whimsical bird art

(c) Birdstrips 2019

birdstrips tshirt

You can try her pictures and choose up mugs, shirts, prints and extra, here.


JP and Mike Andrews, two brothers from the UK are an Instagram favorite of mine. I typically share their pictures with my neighborhood as a result of their eye is exclusive, and their photos compelling. Like me, they completely like to journey. Unlike me, they concentrate on photographing weird, aerial pictures our planet utilizing drone images.

Their objective: to share views of the world in any other case unseen, captured from a vantage level most of us miss. An ideal present possibility for individuals who like to roam.

Here’s one I really like from them: Skyline, a drone {photograph} of a freighter that appears like a cityscape.

abstract aerial art prints

(c) Abstract Aerial Art 2019

abstract aerial art prints

(c) Abstract Aerial Art 2019

And this aerial view of a seaside made me smile:

Their full gallery store here.


Jason Markow, aka TEKSTartist is an artist I discovered a couple of years in the past, and was hooked instantly. His work combines each conventional and digital media, a fusion of methods that end in elegant but crisp merchandise. Given that my very own merchandise are typographic representations of meals, I really like that his artwork consists of quotes he’s loved through the years, visually represented in distinctive methods.

One of my favourites: this flower, “Your Garden, Forever” obtainable here, created by warping and twisting the phrases from Tennyson’s well-known quote – “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”― Alfred Tennyson

tekstartist art word art

(c)TEKSTartist 2019

And the merchandise under, The Giving Tree, was created by warping/twisting the phrases from your entire set of textual content from Shel Silverstein’s iconic book “The Giving Tree”. Buy a replica of the paintings here.

TEKSTartist word art

(c)TEKSTartist 2019

Full store here.


These illustrations of birds with curse phrases sayings are all the trend on Instagram and Twitter, for good cause: they’re hilarious. Crafted by Aaron Reynolds, they do appear to offend some, however because the title suggests precisely what they’re it’s laborious for anybody to be upset. Don’t like them? Close the tab. Personally, I discover them precisely what I would like, every day. Clothing, mugs, pins, and extra on the hyperlink, together with a brand new Effin’ Birds book.

effin birds mug

effin birds tshirt

Buy here.


I’m excited to share the brand new tote baggage within the Legal Nomads store. Previously, I supplied a canvas, bull-woven tote of the maps, with the map printed on as soon as facet. These new tote baggage are black and white – and if folks like, I may also swap out the handles to make them crimson or mustard! – and the design is printed on each side.*

*If you’d prefer to swap out the tote bag for a distinct deal with (instance here), simply ship an e-mail to after you order, and I’ll be sure it occurs.

The new tote has sturdy handles and holds as much as 44lbs, good for errands and/or carrying a laptop computer with out a laptop computer bag. Food maps of Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Portugal, Italy, and Mexico obtainable.

food art maps tote bag

(c) Jodi Ettenberg 2019

Shop the brand new totes here. The full store is here.


These stunning macrame earrings are courtesy of the Van Riley store, run by a fellow leaker. I wished to share her work as I understand how it’s to fret about making ends meet with a CSF leak. If somebody in your life loves macrame, please take into account supporting her store!

macrame earrings

Macrame earrings and different gadgets, on the VanRiley store here.


Given my love of nature, it’s no shock that I additionally love jewellery that depicts it in design. I noticed these gold leaf earrings just lately and ordered a pair as my vacation present to myself. They’re light-weight — nice for anybody with complications — and they’re delicate and simply so fairly. I just like the distinction of the gold with the emerald inexperienced stud within the ear.


hypoallergenic leaf earrings

If leaf earrings aren’t your factor, Mica additionally has necklaces, rings, and different earrings in a wide range of sizes and styles. They’re light-weight and exquisite, and oh so artistic. Her jewellery is hypoallergenic and nickel-free.

Buy the identical gold leaf earrings that I really like here, with Mica’s full store here.


My pal Celeste just isn’t solely an awesome journey author, but in addition runs an environmentally-friendly Tahitian pearl firm, Kamoka, that adheres to the strictest ranges of sustainable farming on the earth. Their pearls are from oysters grown within the nutrient-rich lagoon of Ahe Atoll, 300 miles northeast of Tahiti, with electrical energy equipped by photo voltaic and wind energy. And in case you wanted extra convincing about supporting their enterprise: a National Geographic research discovered that their farming strategies helped enhance the realm’s fish inhabitants lately.

As with my former present information, I wished to incorporate their Mana Bracelet. At $99, it’s sturdy and exquisite. Celeste mentioned that this bracelet was initially crafted for surfers. Now, it’s one in all their finest sellers for energetic individuals who need an attractive pearl bracelet with out worrying about fragility. The adjustable band is created from kangaroo leather-based (the strongest leather-based on the earth), and is a superb selection for the modern wanderer and the energetic fashionista alike.

Tahitian pearl bracelet gift

(c) Kamoka Pearls 2019

For one thing somewhat extra delicate (and fragile!), I really like this white Tahitian keishi pearl ring, offset with a crescent to symbolize the solar and the moon. Keshi pearls are glad accidents, small nuggets which can be created as a by-product when the pearl grows with out a nucleus, or rejects the bead nucleus because it grows.

I really like that Kamoka took these often-discarded gadgets and made one thing stunning out of them.

white tahitian pearl ring

(c) Kamoka Pearls 2019

  • The Mana Bracelet is on the market here.
  • The White Tahitian Pearl Ring is here.
  • Kamoka’s full store, with pendants, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and extra, is here. Use code MERRYBRIGHT at checkout to get 12% off.


Several readers nominated this Etsy store, and it’s the one one on this listing that I haven’t additionally bought myself. But when my readers are glad, I’m glad, and I wished to share what introduced them such pleasure in present giving.

personalized necklaces

Chrissy’s store options personalised, delicate jewellery for individuals who wish to memorialize their care with initials or names. The picture under is for the necklace that a number of readers purchased, however her store is stuffed with different choices, together with rings, earrings, and pendants.

Personalized preliminary necklace here. Full store here.


I’ve saved among the best for final.

My pal Chantelle began Be., an organization that sells bangles – but in addition far more than merely bangles. Chantelle is likely one of the most open-hearted, vivacious folks I’ve ever met, and fortunately I’ve had the pleasure of assembly her in particular person years in the past. Her firm’s bangles work effectively along side the lightness and curse phrases of Effin Birds, two small enterprise enterprises that use curse phrases to make a sound level. In Chantelle’s case, Be. takes a stand in opposition to societal norms. Her work goals to assist ladies and ladies in a society that usually expects airbrushed perfection.

I acquired a couple of Be. bangles as a beautiful 40th birthday present from Chantelle, and my two faves – that got here with me to Florida are:

  • “I’m mostly peace, love, light, and a little go fuck yourself” – product here, and
  • “I stopped waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel, and lit that bitch up myself” – product here.

I’m somebody who makes use of curse phrases as a type of punctuation, so these two bracelets are good. For these with much less swear-y tendencies, plenty of stunning choices like:

  • “Be you. The world will adjust.” (here), and
  • “Speak. Even if your voice shakes.” (here.)

All of Be.’s merchandise here.

That’s it for 2019!  A giant due to my pal Reine who helped pull lots of the pictures and add them for me, in order that I might do that information extra simply. It would have been a 2020 present information with out her. Hopefully there’s one thing enjoyable in right here for somebody in your loved ones.

Happy holidays, and thanks as at all times for all of the unbelievable assist.


Sara Lassiter

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