For the Jotters
For all your friends who love to make lists, keep journals and put things in writing, Mishmash is the way to go. Created by Beatriz Barros and Ricardo Barbosa, this minimalist office-supplies brand includes notebooks that are all made in Portugal with premium paper. With products of different textures, colors and weights, Mishmash notebooks are colorful, sleek accessories for the diligent note-takers in your life.
For the Interior Design Junkies
With their simple lines and contemporary look, Madre products are the minimalist's best friends. Created by graphic designers Ana Areias and Raquel Rei, the Scandinavian- and Japanese-inspired line includes the interior design buff's favorite materials, with ceramic, wood, marble and brass contrasting each other seamlessly. Your giftee can use this container as a mug, a pencil holder or even as a vase for her low-maintenance succulents.
For the Fashionistas
Your fashion addict friend will jump for joy when she unwraps a pair of shoes from Josefinas (once she puts on those shoes, of course). We're drooling over the ultra-feminine Marie Antoinette Pink, but we wouldn't mind a pair of 5 Pearls for the cold months. These boots are part of the newest edition, called Burel, and inspired by a winter day at the Natural Park of Serra da Estrela. Whatever pair you choose for your friend (or yourself — we won't judge), she'll have a spring in her step.
For the Stylish Children
When two creative friends join forces, magic is bound to happen. Pêra Doce (Sweet Pear) is a Portuguese brand of backpacks and accessories created by Sonia Rochette and Maria Bernardes, two moms who wanted to create original pieces for children and their parents. The line includes fun handmade backpacks, hats and lunch boxes, as well as beach bags and diaper bags for grown-ups. Once you've shopped online, email email@example.com with what you'd like to buy.
Created by two adults who somehow managed to stay in Neverland (we're trying to learn their secrets), Hey Billie is an interior decor brand inspired by every child's imagination. Enter Raquel Caldevilla and Fred Gomes' universe to discover whimsical bears, foxes, penguins and whales. You can shop crochet plushies, garlands, decorative ribbons and other goodies. These sweet gifts will surely make someone's little universe a better place.
For the Dapper Gents
Armazém Das Malhas
Sick of fast fashion? If you want to find a well-made, long-lasting item for the man in your life, go back to basics at Armazém das Malhas. This institution, established in 1941, sells only quality Portuguese knitwear. Grandson Tiago works alongside his 80-year-old grandfather and supervises the production, updating knitwear designs, while his grandfather keeps an eye on the shop. True to traditions, the shop is still housed in the original little store it's occupied for generations.
Where: Rua Do Forno Do Tijolo, nº 50-50A, 1170-038, Lisbon
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 3-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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