GIFTING

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With Toast Living's MU collection, no two products are the same.

I love planning, but I somehow always end up buying my Christmas presents really late. And by late, I actually mean it, like now, a few days before. Preparing gifts can sometimes be stressful, especially when you're trying to find something for a loved one. It could be a family member, the significant other or your best friends. You want it to look gorgeous, and you also want it to be something they will love and keep using. Since I'm so into design and lifestyle goods, I'll normally go for fashion accessories or delicate jewellery pieces. However, this year, I wanted to try something different. Equally beautiful, but just in a different category.

For those of you who don't know about Toast living yet , it is a brand from Taiwan that creates stylish and minimal homeware collections. From teaware, coffee infuser, home fragrance to aroma diffuser and etc. And this time, with their amazing MU collection, I think I've finally found the best last minute Xmas gift. Below are a few of my favourites! 

其實,我從小就愛計畫,行事曆和筆記本常常一不注意就寫得密密麻麻。偏偏,對於年末的購物清單,總是無法及時拿捏,左看右挑,總是要到聖誕前一刻才下決定。這些年,隨著年紀增長,家人朋友也各自往不同領域發展,對於送禮也變得更加謹慎;總希望除了外表美麗好看,在用途上也要送到心坎裡才行。但有時候也會加入一些些私心,特別是對身旁的好友,就常常收到飾品類的禮物(笑)不過,今年我決定來點小小的改變,同樣是我喜愛的極簡,同樣有著我喜愛的小細節,卻多了更多更廣的實用性。

或許你跟我一樣,最近才接觸 Toast Living 這個來自台灣的設計品牌。又或許,你早就為他們簡單、不失細膩的線條吸引。作品橫跨茶具、咖啡用具、家居芬香以及擴香。而這次,在看過他們的 MU 系列,我的聖誕禮物清單,有多了好多選項。一起來看看吧!

The MU collection comes in a sleek yet oriental style. In Chinese culture, round shape is likely to stand for good fortune (at least that's what my father use to say about my chubby face!), same goes for these sets. With their smooth form, the tea cups are much easier to hold. Also, it is probably one of the cutest oriental tea sets I've ever seen.

But really, I fell in love with this collection mainly because of its tree branch semblance. The pattern modes perfectly with its ceramic surface. I'm such a sucker for detailed designs and craftsmanship. Plus, since everything in the MU line is handmade, no two products are the same. When I first received them, I was nervous -- for something this delicate, they will be pretty heavy. And man, I was wrong! They are so light, even with tea in it. Which is perfect, because I'm constantly moving my tea pot and tea cup from one room to another.

MU,是個融合西方極簡與東方圓滑的手工系列。在華人的文化,圓形代表著圓融、圓滿(從小到大,楊爸爸就時常對著我的圓臉這麼說,笑)而這組茶具儲罐,正是接承我們東方人這方面的語意。圓形飽滿的杯身壺身,特別好握,長相也十分可愛,很討人喜歡;就算只是擺放在廚櫃上,也是種視覺上的享受。

但是說老實的,真正吸引我愛上這個系列的原因,其實是那一條條細膩的樹枝紋路。美麗的木紋,配上有溫度的陶瓷表面,好有味道。加上這個系列都是由手工一個個製作,所以交到我們手上每個產品其實都是獨一無二的!值得一提的是,在一開始收到的時候,還擔心這麼精緻的設計,可能重量也會不輕。真的拿起來端倪使用,才發現是自己多想了;是個輕巧的茶組,就算加了茶也是一樣;果然,是份貼心的聖誕禮。

Aside from the tea sets, the collection also comes with two different sizes of storage jars. I wish I can tell you how much I adore them. I love using it to store my favourite granola and matcha flavoured pocky. Trust me, even though everything now is about living a healthier lifestyle, a little bit of snack goes a long way. The best part is that anyone can use it. A guy or a girl, anyone with a food spirit would love this!

除了茶具,另一個深得我心的是儲物罐,共有高矮兩個使尺寸。蓋上蓋子,可以存放麥片乾果穀物,密封保存,不怕潮濕。但是,其實我自己更愛把將頂蓋收好,放入幾包我喜愛的抹茶零嘴,擺在書桌前電腦旁,當作寫稿與邊修照片的精神糧食(笑)是的,雖然我們總是嚷嚷著要吃得清淡健康,不過偶爾來點小零食,應該不為過吧?這個禮物,不分性別年齡,也不受限於個人習慣,愛喝茶或咖啡都無所謂,是我心目中的第一名。

So hopefully this post will give you guys some gifting ideas. Let me know down below if you have any other creative ideas for Christmas. Have a great day, cheers. x

好咧,希望透過這篇,能夠讓還沒準備好禮物的你們有點想法。或是你們有其他的創意,也歡迎在留言處一起分享,我們下次再見!

in collaboration with Toast Living.//shot on Nikon DF with 24-85mm lens.