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Personal stationery for new grads

Tasseled caps will be tossed through the air at schools across the country in just a few short weeks. What better way to congratulate your favorite scholar than gifting them with a set of custom personal stationery. From crisp and classic to bold and graphic designs, a set of custom cards is a great gift for any new grad. Create a design that your brainiac can use as thank you notes following job interviews or to pen notes from across the globe as they backpack across the Andes.

Sets of 50 cards start at $75* for flat-printed notecards and blank envelopes or $100 for letterpress-printed notecards and blank envelopes. Call or email to set up an appointment or let us create a gift certificate so your grad can be a part of the design process.

First three photos courtesy of Haute Papier; second three photos courtesy of Smock Paper.


*Cost does not include embellishments (ex: envelope liners, second colors, return address printing) or shipping to the store.

Let’s getaway!

We don’t know about you, but here in Portsmouth it’s safe to say we’d all leave the snow behind if we had the chance! Whether you’re day-dreaming of a swift jet-set, planning your upcoming spring break or you’re just going to take advantage of your next free weekend, we collected some of our faves for your next vay-cay.

The Escapist
From top left to right:

  • Rhodia leather-bound notebook in iris: a lovely spot to write all about your adventures. 
  • Peter Pan: this cloth-bound gem is an excellent and quick read… perfect whether you are jetting off or simply letting the classic tale take you away on an adventure of imagination! 
  • Laney lunch tin: pack up lunch and set off on a living-room picnic.
  • Forestbound’s Escape utility tote: if you are, indeed, setting off for adventure – this new bag is sure to set the tone for travels abroad.
  • Yellow Owl Workshop camera pennant: this snappy necklace hangs at 30″, is made of 22k gold and is a perfect accessory to the real deal. 
  • Social Preparedness Kit: with 6 blank cards and 6 thank you notes with envelopes, this kit has everything you need to thank your hosts, nice-to-meet-ya to new pals, or to write home to your BFF if she isn’t already adventuring with you!

From top left to right:

  • Hand-in-Hand lip balm in sea salt: super hydrating lip butter from a stellar company (they save 50 square feet rain forest, give clean water and a bar of soap to children in need with every purchase). 
  • Herbivore Botanicals sea clay soap: so you’ll smell absolutely divine as you sail off. 
  • Baggu nylon dopp kit: a jazzy catch-all for all your little things. 
  • Sea Bag whale tote: the best easy-breezy ocean-going tote made of recycled sails.
  • Mast Brother’s sea salt chocolate bar: for energy, of course.
  • Star chart matches: to light your way!

The Day-Tripper
From top left to right:

  • Porcelain geode necklaces: stunning gold-dipped necklaces that you’ll want to wear your whole trip. 
  • Herbivore Botanicals lip butter in blood orange: refreshing and yummy balm made from the best ingredients to cure those Winter chapped lips.
  • The Hive Studio’s calligraphy kit: the perfect new project to undertake on your getaway!
  • Dotted cross-body bag: a hand-silk-screened canvas bag with a leather strap that is oh-so-comfy and the ideal on-the-go bag. 
  • Shinola notebooks: the best place to practice your calligraphy or jot notes from your day out. 
  • Kinfolk: always good for inspiration or to curl up with at your local coffee shop.

Tell us where you’re going next; we want to hear all about your adventures!

Everything is as good as gold!

While most stores are full of the season’s brightest reds and greens this time of year, I can’t help but notice a little extra sparkle all around Gus & Ruby. You’ll find gold accenting everything from our beloved companies. Take a look at some of our favorite gilded goodies!
clockwise from top: handpainted ceramic coasters, decorative wooden arrows, stapler, 
glitter washi tape, letterpress desk calendar, boxed note set

slip cast porcelain feather ornaments with14k gold luster

temporary tattoos

handmade clutch
left to right: recycled canvas bucket bag, notebooks, stickers

11″x14″ artprint
Recycled sailcloth tote bag by Seabags
Where the Hear is… 13″x18″ artprint

porcelain necklace on 16″ 14k gold chain

moon phase bottle 

2014 Gift Guide: For Friends & Family

To round out our annual holiday Gift Guide, we’re talking about the perfect present for that special friend or amazing family in your life that supports you day in and day out. We know you want to gift them something perfect for the whole family to show them just how much they mean to you. So, we set out to fill the shop with fabulous things to make it easy for you to do just that. Here are a few of our favorites to get you inspired, but you know we have SO much more in-store:

1. Chinese checkers ($24)
2. Ceramic wobble planters (set of 3; $34)
3. Hand-dyed dog leash and collar (various colors; $43-$63)
4. Gold-lustered handmade porcelain decanter (various colors/patterns; $68)
5. Pantone mugs (various colors; $17)
6. Sailing ship kite ($44)
7. Plenty More cookbook ($35)
8. Foodie Dice tumbler set ($38)
9. Single-origin tea & raw honey ($15-$17)

Check out our other Gift Guides:
2014 Gift Guide: For Him
2014 Gift Guide: For Kids
2014 Gift Guide: For a Grab Bag
2014 Gift Guide: For Her

2014 Gift Guide: For Her

This part of the Gift Guide was tricky, we’ll admit. How can we choose just a few items for your best gal when the store is absolutely brimming with beauties? We’ve sourced jaw-droppingly gorgeous new gifties like gold-lustered geode necklaces, beautiful bud vases, dreamy bath salts (that support a great cause!) and so much more. Here’s a small sampling to get you going; but, trust me when I say this is just the beginning. Come by the store to see all the gorgeousness for yourself!

1. Screen printed cross-body bag (various colors & patterns; $80)
2. Rifle Paper travel calendar ($28)
3. Hand-made ceramic and gold pendant necklace (various colors; $74)
4. BKR glass water bottle (various colors & sizes; $30-$42)
5. Hand-poured soy Produce candles (various scents; $25)
6. Acrylic stapler (various colors; $16)
7. Huckleberry cook book ($35)
8. Phone cases (various styles & patterns; $36)
9. Fold-over linen clutch (various styles; $28)
10. Natural bath salts (various scents; $27)
11. Soy candles in re-usable copper tins (various scents; $23.50 – $32)
12. Recipe tins with recipe cards (various patterns; $35)
13. Ceramic jewelry/trinket tray ($40)

Check out our other Gift Guides:
2014 Gift Guide: For Him
2014 Gift Guide: For Kids
2014 Gift Guide: For a Grab Bag
2014 Gift Guide: For Friends & Family