Posted by – November 27, 2012
When it comes to gift-giving, I’m not a guru; thoughtful, just-so gifts are hard to come by, especially when you wait until the last second to find them (ahem, me). However, one thing that everyone can agree upon and enjoy is FOOD. I ran across New York Mouth on Twitter last night (thank you, Kate!) and immediately knew it was the answer for so many people on my list: handcrafted, small batch food from independent businesses, put together into convenient little gift packages. And forget the sweets: sign me up for the pickle-of-the-month subscription.
I know I sound like an infomercial right now (this is not a sponsored post, I don’t do that), but I’m actually just so psyched about a pickle subscription, so I thought I’d pass along the good news. And to my sister: sorry to let the cat out of the bag, but now you know what you’re getting.
Posted by – December 20, 2011
I debated about doing a gift guide this year; I’ve been so busy planning my wedding (two words to sum up my scheming: Odd Fellows) and transitioning into a new role at work that I’ve barely had time to play around with my blog — one of my favorite pastimes, to be sure. I also feel like everyone and their cousin’s-mom’s-dog does gift guides, but I appreciate the sentiment; when it comes to giving, I like to see all of the options that exist.
The other detail I’ve neglected to mention is that I don’t feel I’m a very good gift-giver; I’m great at giving gifts to myself (cue embarrassed laughter…), but the pressure of the holiday season makes me panic. I’d much rather give a gift as I come across it, no matter the time of year. When faced with a deadline and societal pressure, I often fall prey to the dreaded cop-out, the gift card, or worse yet…a check. You can’t see me, but I’m hanging my head in shame right now.
So! In the spirit of tried-and-true gifts, I put together a list of things that I’ve already heartily enjoyed — mmm, cheese — and can endorse as an ideal gift for you and yours. If I’d give it to myself, I’d give it someone else just as quickly.
Click through for gifts and prezzies!
Posted by – December 5, 2010
Gift ideas here! Again, all things I’d gladly take off your hands. Let’s drop our jaws and begin the drooling: shall we?
From top left: Wooly Helmet by Knittles — For those who need to be very warm, very stylish and very foreboding to invading Visigoths. Human Hair Neckpiece by vanderglas; The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images — Very handy for dream analysis. Also, fascinating. Salt Lamp — These glowing orbs ionize the air and provide a healthy, salt-infused glow to any room. (More salt to come.) Blah Blah Mini Blanket — Make sure your infant acquaintances get jaded early! Black Honey by Occulter — This buckwheat honey is almost pitch black. Locally sourced in Brooklyn, it’s full of antioxidants (and fun to watch as it dissolves in a cup of tea). Gold Tube Bracelet by LouLou and Maxime — Simple and beautiful: an ideal gift. Black Planet Bank by Paul and Kate Studio — An elegant take on the piggy bank. You will have to implode a planet to get your money back. Vintage Russian Wristwatch — Why give a normal watch when you can give one with history? Black Lava Sea Salt — For a flavorful finish. I’m also quite smitten with all of the smoky salts, especially the hickory smoked sea salt. The Last Whole Earth Catalog — Stay hungry. Stay foolish. A classic for any library, and perhaps a predecessor to the internet as we know it. ASPCA Donation — Fight animal cruelty and donate on a kitten or puppy’s behalf. (Pretty sure this is my favorite gift out of the bunch.)
Posted by – December 1, 2010
I thought I’d start this gift guide with some more of my “favorite things,” à la Oprah (you can scream if you want to). There’s nothing better than giving what you already know and love, right?
Clockwise from top left: Plants of Economic Importance Poster, Tobacco — I have one of these German Scientific Educational charts in the domestic cat print hung in my kitchen (love!), but I’m quite entranced by their new “history of industry” plant designs. Rick’s Picks Cocktail Pack — Make a kick ass spread with your stinkiest cheese and these delectable pickled treats. Bulk Mary Janes — I am a sucker for old timey penny candy, especially Mary Janes. Satisfy a friend’s nostalgia and sweet tooth at the same time. Rocks and Minerals: A Guide to Familiar Minerals, Gems, Ores and Rocks — Finding vintage and used copies of this awesome mineral and gem guide just got easy with Amazon. (Make sure to pick up a 10-pack of geodes to crack while you’re at it, geologist you!) Taxidermy Piranha; Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not — This book is absurdity. On crack. I highly recommend it for anyone…well, anyone who reads this blog. As the review reads, “Social pariahs, disgraced journalists, brooding malcontented sociopaths, and anyone who enjoys dark, twisted, and profoundly funny writing will find a home in Wigfield.” And I’ve heard the audiobook is even better. NARS Limited Edition Vintage Nail Polish in Zizi, King Kong and Mash — Because metallic is purty. Minnetonka Kilty Suede Moccasins in Tan Suede — I wear my mine around the house as a substitute for slippers, as well as for errands. Super cute. Subscription to The Believer — Give the gift of clever literary articles and musings for a whole year. Set of Six Rustic Bell Ornaments — These could be festive holiday ornaments, but I’d hang them around the house as miniature wind chimes. The jute cord is a nice touch.
More gift guides to come!
Posted by – November 29, 2010
Composing gift guides is a lot harder than you’d think (though I do love spending inordinate amounts of time on the internet). To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t say that I’m a great gift-giver; I usually just try to give something that I have enjoyed and appreciated myself, as opposed to going out on a limb and guessing that my sister wants a George Foreman grill or an iPad or some other random gadget. (I’m so perplexed by the holidays being all about big ticket electronics as gifts. The amount spent does not equal how much you love someone, and it never will. Sorry!) As such, in the spirit of this blog and the types of things I’d normally post about as being cool or something I’d like for myself — well, that mentality has now been channelled into gift ideas that may or may not include taxidermy, artwork and maybe even baby hats. I hope you enjoy!
From top left: Uncle Milton Moon in My Room — Because toys make the best gifts for everyone, and the novelty of the moon never wears off. Test Tube Vase by Pigeon Toe Ceramics; Pendleton Silver Bark Blanket — Perfect for snuggling and looks pretty as a picture on a bed. 5 Year Diary — I’m a lazy diarist, so having the ability to start and stop wherever I’d like, while maintaining a five year timeline, is perfect for me. I love personal reflection! Diptyque Baies Noir Candle — If I had the money, I’d bathe in the candle wax. Seriously, these are the best smelling candles I’ve ever come across, and I’m a candle snob, so, there’s that. Bolinas Reflection Print by Windy Lane Studio — Some are too timid to guess another’s taste when it comes to art. I say, go with your gut and stick to the classics. Smoking Mittens — If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Shelter by Lloyd Kahn — From yurts to castles to holes in the ground, the history of shelter is laid out in this magnificent book. I can’t recommend it enough. Charm Earrings in “Dead Kennedys Phase” by Giles and Brother — I hope I don’t even have to explain this one. Just shove that pin through your ear and jam.
Happy shopping! More gift guides to come.