Oh Joy! founder Joy Cho has a knack for making every day feel (and look!) fantastically festive, so you can imagine the magic she creates during the holidays. For her curated collection of items in our 2014 Gift Guide, Joy picked colorful, playful pieces that capture her delightfully fun aesthetic. We talked to Joy about how she celebrates the season, and got her best tips for choosing the perfect present. Check out our Q&A, then shop her collection for gifts sure to make your loved ones shout “Oh Joy!”
For your curated collection, you picked an array of playful decor. What inspires YOUR decor at holiday time?
[I like] things that are still playful and whimsical, but have a an extra festive or wintry feel for the holidays. I am not into typical red and green, but I like to add some sparkle — that makes me feel like winter is here.
What do you keep in mind when choosing gifts for your friends & family? Any tips?
Think about what they would like. It can be easy to buy something you wish you got as a gift, but remember their tastes, hobbies, and likes. Try and keep your ears open in the months leading up to the holidays for things they talk about wanting/needing. If you can, remember past conversations that might inspire a gift they’ll really love. And if all else fails, check their Pinterest board to see what things they may be lusting after 😉
What’s your most magical holiday memory?
It was pretty recent, but last Christmas, when my daughter Ruby was 2, was a fun one for me. It was the first year that she understood Christmas and could react to opening presents. Getting to see her face and how she took in the whole thing was a little piece of magic.
What’s unique about the way you celebrate the season?
Every year, we make sure that our kids don’t just get gifts — they also give them. Whether it’s old toys we no longer need or new ones we’ve picked out, we donate them to other kids in need and make sure our kids know that not everyone is lucky enough to get lots of gifts around the holidays. We should help make other kids happy, too.
Check out these presents handpicked by Joy, and shop the collection they inspired here.