Kym is doing a wonderful series of gift guides this year, but I can never resist doing one or two of my own, because I think I have great taste. Follow me down the rabbit hole after the cut, as we visit some of the Internet’s best gift hideouts.
Disclaimers: None of these suggestions are sponsored, all these opinions are my own. Prices were accurate at time of writing, but could be different when you click on the links. The end of the list has a few one-of-a-kind items that could be sold at press/reading time.
For your friend who wants to believe, your favorite armchair astronomer, or your boss who needs something interesting on her desk, this flying saucer ornament from CB2 is out-of-this-world at $4.95
For your friend who always remembers everyone’s birthday (that friend is awesome, isn’t she?) a novelty cake-top candelabra from Lazybone U.K. $9.54.
What’s better than pie? Trick question. Nothing is better than pie. Serving pie on this plate is a close second. Uncommon Goods, $38.
This sparkle-fied replica of Indiana’s LOVE sculpture would look great next to your favorite book lover’s collection of novels, don’t you think? From Wake Up Frankie, $19.00.
I can think of at least five friends who would love this, without even trying that hard. Zombie Tarot deck from Plastic Land, $16.95.
These push pins shaped like buttons are really, really cute. See Jane Work, $8.50.
Fans of the Harlem Renaissance will appreciate this finger puppet slash magnet honoring writer Zora Neale Hurston. From The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild, $5.95.
World Market is hit or miss, but this desk clock is as affordable as it is adorable. I will resist the urge to portmanteu that. You’re welcome. $19.99.
For your friend who takes no shit, Sunshine Day Socks from Patina that read “Kick this day in its sunshiney ass.” Words to live by. $9.95.
You should send these to me. Just so I can make sure they’re not poison. Crate & Barrel sea salt and peanut butter nom nom bites. $12.71.
This is the priciest gift in the guide, and it’s from Anthropologie, a company worthy of side-eye, but this hardbound collection of kids’ classic books is gorgeous, and could be enjoyed for generations. $140. Includes Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, The Adventures of Robin Hood, by Roger Lancelyn Green, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.
We bookish and clever types know we can keep our brains sharp by working puzzles, including crosswords. Will Shortz, the king of crosswords, has edited this NYT crossword collection, with an awesome spiral bind. Bonus points if you do it in pen. At Marbles, the Brain Store, for $14.95.
Your favorite Apple fan might enjoy this, a tiny 1:12 scale iMac. Tiny enough to decorate the smallest workspace, it comes in two options, one with the standard wave wallpaper, and one with various open programs. From ELF Minatures, £ 9.50.
Fellow cat minions, I need you to know about Cat Faeries. Not only are they the home of Anti-Icky Poo, the best enzyme cleaner on the market, and Felliway, which has helped a few cats I know figure out where to pee appropriately, they sell some of the most amazing cat toys ever. They’re made with some kind of love magic, because I’ve never known a cat that didn’t love Cat Faeries toys until they fell apart. (And that’s after years of love/play.) They run about $7-8 a piece, and can be bought at a bulk discount in groups of 3,5, or 20. New this year are these catnip bunnies. My cats are each getting one of their own.
Do you know a Gen X computer geek? Do you really, really love them? You can get them a Commodore Vic 20, in the box, with all the accessories. $99.99.
Etsy seller unicornatopia not only has the best username on Etsy, if not the Internet as a whole, they are also a brilliant goddamn artist. Showing just a snippet of the fantastic Foxy Brown x Wonder Woman 11×17 print to respect copyright and encourage you to go look at the entire store. Really, go look, I’ll wait. (This print is $10. Ten. Dollars.) I’ll bet it’s going to sell quickly, if it isn’t sold at our press time.
And finally, also from Etsy, this absolutely delightful mid-century modern melamine tea set. I was a wee child in the ’70s, at the height of melamine madness, and wee Selena thought it was the ugliest crap ever to litter the Sears Holiday Wish Book. Older, wiser, tackier Selena hopes the mid-century craze embraces the magic of melamine, in all it’s atomic-colored glory. Etsy Vintage Seller Woodshedvtg, for $17.Related