CARDINAL + FINCH is a modern gift studio proudly based in Washington, IL.  We specialize in crafting wooden keepsake boxes with carefully curated elegant and thoughtful gifts. We hand deliver locally in the greater Peoria region and also ship within the U.S.

We are focused entirely upon giving clients a simple yet high-quality gift service that can be used for every occasion in life.

Limited Edition Mother’s Day designs are available now!


CARDINAL + FINCH strives to select specialty goods that are American-made, produced in Illinois, or available at our unique independently-owned boutiques in Central Illinois. In an effort to support our friends, we always include a card to inform recipients where they can find the products they fall in love with—whether it is wine from Oregon, soap made in Colorado, or coffee, tea, or candles produced in Peoria.

Our designs are thoughtfully crafted with an emphasis on modern rustic style, with hand-dyed sari silk ribbon made in Michigan and keepsake wooden boxes crafted right here in Washington. It is our mission to enable our clients to give a heartfelt, beautiful gift of luxury to their recipient. 

Browse our collections to order for your friend or loved one today:

FINCH GRATITUDE || The quintessential “Just because…”
DOVE COMFORT || Grief, illness, difficult change, ongoing struggle
CRANE AFFECTION || Love, engagement, wedding, anniversary
CARDINAL CELEBRATION || New baby, birthday, life achievements
LIMITED EDITION HOLIDAY || Cultural and religious holidays


We are Dan Herzing and ‘Lovely Leah Ruth’ Herzing, the couple behind Cardinal + Finch.  Following an incurable cancer diagnosis, we have been given the gift of time. Our time has been used wisely to love and support one another, as well as our son, with laughter, perfecting the art of listening, and maintaining joy and gratitude.

After three years, we have decided to use part of our daily time together to make unique gift boxes that we know help others express love and support when it is difficult to know what to do. It is an endeavor of the heart.

Leah, our passionate artist and designer, is also our jack-of-all-trades. Dan enjoys his role as floral designer and a cheerful delivery man. Leah’s father, ‘Grandpa Don,’ keeps busy in the wood shop crafting our boxes.

Cardinal + Finch is named in honor of both Mary Hodel and Joan Summer,  Leah’s mother and aunt. This new adventure is in memory of Mary and Joan’s joy and love for others, as well as the generosity of spirit Dan and Leah have encountered on their own unique journey.

Thank you for your support!



We like conversations, collaborations, and custom projects!
Reach out: hello@cardinalandfinch.com.

Washington, Illinois