Gorjuss Girls Merchandise from Santoro London

by Mira

By Mira at Wizzley. Gorjuss journals, jotter pads, zip purses, dolls, mugs, and more, from Santoro London. Great gifts for girly girls. Artwork by Suzanne Woolcott.

I love cute small notebooks, and I always need a new supply, as I use them to jot down notes when I visit a new place, an art gallery, and when I go to a lecture. When I travel I go through a number of thin ones, as I visit various museums, jotting quickly so as not to hold up too much my travel partner. I also try to record, as quickly as I can, daily events (of which there are so many on a trip) and some observations at the end of the day. Now and then, I also use notebooks for journal entries.

I've always been like this. Well, since my teenage days. In the beginning I didn't pay much attention to what memo books I used, because there wasn't much to choose from here in Romania in the early nineties. Any blank travel notebook did the job. Well, but then, when I got to travel abroad, I discovered cute notebooks. And I was hooked.

Gorjuss Journal -- Purrrfect Love
$19.90  $12.57

Gorjuss Journals

Two decades on, I still like and use girly notebooks. And nowadays stationery stores do carry a range of such merchandise. In recent years, some of them are also importing girly merchandise that covers much more than just stationery. With Gorjuss, for instance, you have journals, pocket notebooks or various sizes, notepads, greeting cards, as well as dolls, zip purses, trinket boxes, coasters, emery boards (nail files), lip balm, and large shopping bags, among other Gorjuss girly girl gifts and accessories.

Gorjuss Greeting Cards

Amazon has a nice selection of Gorjuss greeting cards, all of them created by Suzanne Woolcott. I have to say I'm puzzled as to why her girly girls don't have a mouth (read: voice). I do wonder why they aren't styled, as far as facial features go, more like Coraline, for instance. It is, indeed, puzzling that journals and notebooks meant to capture a girl's voice present the girl without a voice. I know I'm reading too much into it, but it's a design decision I don't understand, especially as the girls are more than just doll figures. More about that in a minute.

 

Lost for Words
Only $4.25

Other than that, I find Suzanne Woolcott's artwork for Gorjuss rather appealing.

Some cards are inspired by various books, and one design, titled "New Heights," has the Gorjuss girl literally on a stack of books. I'm showing here "White Rabbit," inspired by the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, and "Because She Is My Rose," inspired by Little Prince.

Because She Is My Rose
Only $4.25
White Rabbit
Only $4.25

4-Piece Gorjuss Nesting Tins (Trinket Boxes)

I love trinket boxes, especially as some of us girls do like to keep certain mementoes such as certain mărțișoare I've received over the years. The latter are good luck charms we give each other on March 1 and wear the whole month of March -- or used to; hardly anyone wears them on their jacket anymore. They are our way to celebrate the arrival of spring. Men give them to women usually (together with a bouquet of spring flowers -- snowdrops, hyacinths, or freesias, mostly -- or other popular flowers such as tulips): to their partners, colleagues, classmates, teachers, but girl friends give each other mărțișoare as well. More on this tradition in another article.

Back to trinket boxes. I've been using for mărțișoare and other odds and ends STR8 aftershave tins and one round cookie tin I received as a gift once as well as other various metal containers.

These trinket tins, particularly the larger one of this 4-piece set, can also be used to store jewelry. If you know a girly girl who makes jewelry, she might like to use them to offer a special gift to someone, so consider getting her these Gorjuss tins as a gift.

If she's using gem stones, for instance, to make necklaces, the value of the box will nicely complement the value of the necklace. It will be a nice way for your girly girl to present the gift to someone else.

Gorjuss Zip Purses

If you know a girl who likes to read, she may enjoy gifts with the "Found My Family in a Book" theme. Amazon sells a zip purse from this collection. I see it's $15.65, so it's not cheap, but no girly merchandise is cheap.

There are other zip purse designs as well. I'm thinking this particular accessory could make a great gift for a girl's birthday or for Christmas if you don't know what else she would like. You can put some cash in, and offer her the purse that way. Some people are happier when they receive money. If the girl you want to get a birthday or Christmas present is like that, then "wrapping" the money in this cute zip purse is a great idea.

Found My Family in a Book
Puddles of Love
The Runaway
Only $68.07

Gorjuss 500-Piece Puzzles

A 500-piece puzzle is serious business to put together. I'm not surprised Santoro chose to do it in 500 pieces rather than 48 pieces, say. As I've commented in this article, this whole Gorjuss collection with artwork by Suzanne Woolcott doesn't look like it's been designed primarily for the very young, even though some items may seem to target this age group in particular. In fact, this whole Gorjuss merchandise from Santoro, London is quite popular with girls of all ages.

More Gorjuss Stationery, Gifts, and Accessories

The Gorjuss dolls are rather cute, too. They do carry a hefty price tag, however. As I see most gorgeous dolls do nowadays -- not the case when I was growing up, but then they weren't dressed up in cute clothes or traditional dolls like the brand-name dolls of today; my dolls were dressed in my grandma's knitting, who was quite amazing at creating itsy-bitsy pieces of clothing with very thin yarn. That said, I've rather falled for one of the Gorjuss dolls (shown below) and would be happy to be able to offer it to the young girls in my life.

Gorjuss also makes notepads. I remember how excited I was as a young teenager when I found a colorful pad with a drawing profiled in the background. I know we live in a very digital age, but details like this are little things that make preteens happy.

And the mugs. Well, cute mugs make everyone happy!

New Heights
Gorjuss Small Mug -- The Runaway
Only $16.95

Hope You've Enjoyed This Presentation

I hope you have enjoyed this little presentation of Gorjuss Santoro cards, trinket tins, puzzles, dolls, stationery and zip purses. I won't end this article without showing you a mug as well. Do note that they are small mugs -- perfect for an espresso shot for the girly girl that's not a teenager anymore. If your girlfriend is a girly girl, I know she will love a Gorjuss Santoro present. And if you're a father or grandfather shopping for a birthday or Christmas gift for your preteen or teenager daughter or niece, you have a great chance of not going amiss with this merchandise if the girl in question likes cute, girly things.

And if you're shopping for yourself, well, I hope this article has given you some great ideas. Enjoy the gorgeous Gorjuss line-up from Santoro, London!

Updated: 20 days ago, Mira
 
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Mira on 03/06/2014

You're right, the lack of a mouth could send the message "Find that voice" :)

EmmaSRose on 03/06/2014

Mira, It's strange the associations one makes. I thought of Gorjuss girls' lack of mouths recently while watching "All Is Lost," which is, with a few well-placed and rare exceptions, a non-talking movie; we don't get to know most of Robert Redford's character's thoughts as he struggles for survival. My interpretation is that, rather than slamming the film chock full with a range of frenzied, disparate thoughts, the film allows us to fill in the blanks, by inserting our thoughts, our emotional ranges.
Then the thought came to me of the mouthless Gorjuss girls. It may not have been Suzanne Woolcott's intention, but her creations invite us to have a mouth, to have a voice, and to be free from the influence of a depiction which may be perfect in all ways except for the words which are assigned to her. Ever come across greeting cards which were perfectly illustrated but the message was all wrong for you?
Nice tribute to these enchanting girls and to the fun of making notes.

Mira on 09/28/2013

A notebook always comes handy, even though nowadays a lot of us tend to use our cameras more to record stuff: program of a film festival at a movie theater, an inspiring dish on a menu, or the dish itself, and so on. But still, there are places, such as art museums or galleries, where you want to write down a few impressions. These Santoro notebooks are great because they're not too thick or heavy. And they're really fun and good quality. :)

WriterArtist on 09/28/2013

I love the little girl featured on Gorjuss girls merchandise. I think I ought to carry a small notebook when I am traveling to record something that I would like to relate later.

Mira on 05/19/2013

Yes, I think they make great gifts for girly girls of all ages :)

kimbesa on 05/19/2013

Very sweet designs, and I'd not heard of Gorjuss Journal before.

Mira on 05/16/2013

Glad you like them! :) I've been very happy with the Gorjuss notebooks so far :)

katiem2 on 05/16/2013

Sweet indeed, I have two girls who are sure to fall in love with gorjuss girls merchandise. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Mira on 04/30/2013

:) They're sweet, aren't they? :) Thank you for visiting, Peggy!

PeggyHazelwood on 04/30/2013

What darling artwork! Thanks for the introduction to Gorjuss Girls.




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