CAN YOU BELIEVE that there are only nine days left until Christmas? Neither can I! I'll be heading back to SoCal (where I grew up!) for Christmas for the first time in seven years, and I'm so excited to spend it with my kids and my family. What I'm not excited about is the fact that I'm not even close to being done with my Christmas shopping. And I'm guessing many of you aren't either. That's why I want you to let me be your larger-than-average elf for a minute and tell you about one of my favorite finds this holiday season: a line of stunning wood watches by JORD.
I LOVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS that are as unique as they are useful. There's nothing like seeing someone's face light up when they open a present that meets those two criteria. The trouble is that those criteria usually add a good deal of stress to my shopping trips because they're so tough to think up and track down.
That's where JORD comes in. A couple of weeks ago, one of their all-star staff reached out to me to see if I'd be interested in telling all of you about their unique wood watches. "A wood watch?!" you say. Yes, a wood watch.
Permit me a moment of brutal honesty: I've been skeptical of wood watches for a long time. Don't get me wrong: I love the idea of a wood watch. You already know how much I love to mix and match different materials and textures, so a wood watch should be a natural fit. But the models I'd seen up to now from other companies were as bulky as Fabio's muscles and lacked any semblance of class. They felt like novelty items from a carnival gift stand, not serious watches that I'd feel comfortable styling let alone wearing myself.
All of my skepticism went away when my JORD watch arrived.
AFTER LOOKING THROUGH a few options, I had chosen the Walnut & Jet Black model from their Conway series of timepieces. I loved the color and texture of the walnut band, but that's not what sold me on this model.
I fell in love with two things: first, the jet black face with gold detailing screamed classy and versatile; I knew I could style it with lots of different outfits. Second, the watch appeared to be far thinner in profile than any wood watch I had seen to this point. I wasn't worried about it protruding unreasonably far off of my wrist.
So the moment of truth was at hand: did the real thing hold up to its online appearance?
Yes. Yes Yes Yes. All the Yes's and then some more on top of that. When I opened the beautiful, wooden storage box (it has its own keepsake storage box because of course), I found my watch resting on its own burlap pillow. I may have let out a bit of an audible gasp that I'm not quite proud of.
I'm not exaggerating when I say it looks better in real life than any picture you or me or JORD can take. And that's saying something, because the watch photographs really well. The knurling patterns on the bezel and the band are crisp. The jet black & gold face are all the more classy through the sapphire crystal glass under which it sits. It's so evident how much thought and effort and care have gone into the design and production of this unique watch. It's also clear how special a gift it would be for the holidays.
"THAT'S GREAT, BRIAN," you say with a sigh, "but I only have nine days until Christmas! What am I supposed to do now?"
So here's the thing: watches are really personal gifts, and JORD offers a lot of options beyond the Conway model I selected. Some people (read: not me) feel comfortable gifting or receiving a watch; others (read: me) want the recipient to have a say in what style of watch they're going to receive. The great thing about JORD watches is that you have both options through this weekend. If you're the type who wants to buy the watch, do it this weekend so it'll arrive in-time for Christmas. If you want the recipient to have a say, pick up a gift card instead. Either way, it'll be a gift that's unique, stylish, and useful. Put another way, it's a gift-giver's jackpot.
Speaking of jackpots...
...how about I give you all $25 gift codes to JORD just for being awesome and supporting me? Maybe you want to buy a watch today. Maybe you want to wait and see. Maybe you just kept reading because I'm holding a glass of bourbon. Whatever the case, click here to get your gift code now! The code is good through Feb. 28th, 2017, so you can use it for a gift now or a gift for yourself later.
One last disclaimer: Yes, this post is sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. When I started North & Kedzie a couple-and-a-half months ago, I didn't want to partner with every brand that was willing to knock on my door. Instead, I wanted to work with brands who were creating awesome things that I really love and that I think you'd love, too. That's exactly the type of brand that JORD is, and I couldn't be more delighted to work with them. If you enjoy North & Kedzie, your support is critical. Grab that gift code! Click the links I put in the post! Every click and every code shows the brands I work with how awesome you all are and how much you want to see North & Kedzie continue to produce content that helps you find your own path towards personal expression. I 💙 you all!