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Let us help you with that (anniversary gifts!)

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and that may mean it’s your anniversary, too. If you’re scratching your head of what to get your spouse, let us help you with that. Let us make it easy by following these traditional gifts by year of anniversary. See the whole list here.

Year 1, Paper: Arguably one of the most important anniversaries, there are boundless options for paper. We love the idea of getting your spouse a set of personalized stationery by Bell’Invito (whether a name change is in order or not). This also makes a great gift from parents to the new couple.


Year 3, Leather: By year three, you’ve made some wonderful memories as a couple, perhaps purchasing a home, getting a pet, or even adding to your family in other ways. Capture these moments in a leather-bound photo album or leather journal by Graphic Image to keep those happy times preserved.

Year 7, Wool: If you’re in need of a reminder to celebrate with your spouse, check out our merino wool wine carriers from Graf and Lantz and fill it with a bottle of champagne or a nice wine.  For non-drinkers, we have messenger bags and pouches for technology devices.


Year 14, Animals: Why not surprise your better half with a decorative, decoupage piece from John Derian? With various retro patterns which include horses, dogs, and cats, your animal-loving wife or husband is sure to love it.

Year 25, Silver: This is a special year, requiring a special gift.  Cross and Faber-Castell use silver in their fine writing utensils.  What gift can be more special and practical than a pen?

Year 50, Gold: This is a big, no, the biggest one. The best of the best. Hopefully you’re having a party, and hopefully there will be a thoughtfully wrapped, 14 carat gold nib fountain pen from Namiki in a box for your sweetheart.

Whatever anniversary year it is, remembering a hand-written card is always stylish, personal, and unique. Stop by so we can help you make that one day a year special every time.


Celebrate Small Business

Today is our 9th birthday! 

baked by Molly's Mom

We opened the day after Thanksgiving in 2005 and well, we’re still here. We weathered the storms of the great recession thanks to our loyal and new clients.  As we enter this season of thanksgiving, we thank you for your business and hope your season is filled joy and blessings.

SocialPost_PenguinThis is our fifth year participating in Small Business Saturday. This event is held every year on the Saturday following Black Friday. Small Business Saturday sponsored by American Express encourages everyone across the country to support their community by shopping at local businesses who are the backbone of local economies in towns like Barrington.

DSC_8885What does TT Patton have to offer shoppers on SBS? A number of things that a big box store won’t, such as personal service. Sometimes you need someone to talk through your ideas for a present. Need advice? We are here to offer you a number of options for personalized gifts based on the interests and needs of your recipient.

Clients who walk in the store often remark, “You have such beautiful things.” This is exactly what you want your spouse, child, friend, or parent to say when they open your gift this holiday season. In supporting TT Patton, you support artisans around the world who take pride in crafting a special, beautiful product that is sure to impress.

DSC_8874A personal shopping experience with unique gifts for the special friends and family in your life. That’s what shopping small is all about. Come visit us on Saturday, November 29 to see for yourself! #shopsmall

Why Winter Break Is Best

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

My favorite thing…lovely engraved gift tags by Dempsey and Carroll all around.

My journey at TT Patton began during my very last summer break from college-not an easy time to let go-for which I was tasked with the wonderful challenge of teaching writing camps to local youth.  Now on winter break, I recently returned to TTP to lend a hand during the season-only to discover an altered atmosphere.

No, I’m not referring to new products-though I can’t keep my eyes off a few. As a college student, a Chicago college student at that, it’s easy to favor summer over winter break (Hello, Lake Michigan!). But there’s one thing winter break has that summer never will: its spirit.

This week alone I have heard both stories that brought my hand to mouth and those that filled me with joy.  A woman, grandmother to a young writer, came in to purchase a special journal for her granddaughter who happens to be in a national writing contest. “She has a journal for every mood and every kind of writing,” she told me, “14 going on 40.”  I couldn’t help but laugh and appreciate the sentiment-I know the type very personally.

Another shopper was here for just the right pen and stationery to write “the most important letter of his life.” He was so sincere, close to tears. Regardless of your beliefs, this time of year there simply seems to be a stronger collective intention of meaning and to connect to others by sharing our stories.

Maybe we’ll never be collectively as full of this spirit during any other time of year, but as a college student moved enough this season to reconsider my favorite break, I urge you to do what you can to share this spirit all year round. Hint: begin with a smile.

Elsa Guenther
Creative Writing Specialist