After graduating from The School of Visual Arts and trying her hand at digital branding, Sara Berks left the field to pursue her desire to use design to create an impact. In 2013 she founded Minna, a queer-owned, ethically-made line of home goods rooted in traditional craft techniques. The company collaborates with female weavers and artisans in Central and South America, which ensures job creation and the preservation of traditional crafts. The designs are splashy, textural, and meant to be mixed and matched—a perfect mashup of feminist art, the Bauhaus, traditional craft, and vintage textiles. We asked Sara to tell us which items from her line and beyond she’s hoping to gift (and get!) this season.
"For the baker, artist, or gardener in your life."
"I got really into fancy tinned fish last year, and I think these make the cutest gifts!"
"You can fill this basket with smaller, gift-y items too! We like to encourage customers at the shop to use our baskets as ‘sustainable wrapping.’"
"I always need to get something for my dog, Soba!"
"Dogs need some extra love this year, too."
"These candles come in a few playful color combinations, including a new exclusive one just for us."
"My partner is a mycologist and has been teaching me everything about mushrooms. I think this syrup is a nice intro for a newbie."
"I really like gifting useful items—especially from brands whose ethics I respect. Diaspora Co. is a really amazing queer- and BIPOC-owned brand, and I love what they’re striving to do for the spice trade."
"I love everything Connie and Alex do over at East Fork—from the actual products to the care they take with supporting their community."
"I’ve never been a great cocktail maker, but this is a nice way to make something special at home!"
"I always like to gift friends and family a piece of my artwork. Now you can, too!"
Looking for something else? Check out the rest of our holiday gift guides here.