We don’t do gift guides here on Design Milk because everyone does them. We like to be different. Last year, we did staff wishlists and once again we thought it would be fun to continue this new tradition and ask each current contributor what was on their wishlist this holiday season — realistic or pipe dream. So, for next 2 weeks we’ll be featuring staff wishlists.

I especially love Britton’s wishlist this year because I feel like you can really get a sense for who she is!

1. The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs
Yes, I want a hotel in my stocking. There are too many awesome things about the Ace Hotel Palm Springs to list so I’ll just take it all. I’ve never seen Desert-Mod-Nautical-Bohemian-Boy Scout done better.

2. Lyve Shield Necklace
Maybe it’s all of the Dark Ages battle sagas I’ve been obsessed with lately but this shield pendant, made in the ancient tradition, is the stuff legends are made of.

3. Nina Sings the Blues by Nina Simone
The original 1967 RCA Records pressing of Nina Sings the Blues by Nina Simone. Had it. Lent it. Lost it. No one sings it like Nina did. NO ONE.

4. Hand-Woven Market Basket
This lovely fair trade market basket is the perfect tote to get your farmer’s market veggies safely home. Hand woven by the Widow’s Weaving Cooperative in Northern Ghana.

5. Little Plum Vessel
Renewable wood fashioned after Pueblo pottery.

6. Screen-printed kitchen linens
Screen-printed linen. And feathers. Husband, wipe up your red wine with these and you are done for.

7. Heath Ceramics
Friends, food tastes better in Heath.

8. A Velorbis Studine Classic Ladies Bike
Your ride to the farmer’s market, pub and park just got waaaay more stylish.

9. 1000 Garden Ideas book
Written by Stafford Cliff, the author of 1974′s seminal House Book. If it’s anything like that, I want to see pretty gardens but I really want to see the crazy, too.