Gift Guide

Gift Guide: Gifts Even a Grinch Would Love

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

Red metal flying saucer ornament from CB2
Nanu, nanu.

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.

Lazybone UK Cake Candelabra
A big step up from those giant number-shaped candles.

What’s better than pie? Trick question. Nothing is better than pie. Serving pie on this plate is a close second.  Uncommon Goods, $38.

Uncommon Goods i eight sum pi plate.
Hilarious math is the best kind of math.

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.

Wake Up Frankie mosaic tile LOVE wall decor

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.

Plastic Land Supernatural Zombie Tarot Cards Deck
Your future is filled with braaaaaains.

These push pins shaped like buttons are really, really cute. See Jane Work, $8.50.

See Jane Work Button Push Pins
Corkboards want to look cute, too.

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.

The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild Zora Neale Hurston Finger Puppet/magnet
Perfect for staging your fantasy dinner party.

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.

World Market Red Dory Clock
Tick tock, Clarice.

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.

Patina Sunshine Day Socks read "Kick this day in its sunshiney ass."
Kick it like a boss.

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.

Crate & Barrel Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Peanut Butter Bites
I bet these taste like angels dipped in rainbows covered in salty unicorn sprinkles.

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.

Anthropologie Kid's Classics Box Set
Books are always an appropriate gift.

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.

Marbles the Brain Store Little Black and White Book of Crosswords edited by Will Shortz
What’s a three letter word for the father of Dada?

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.

ELF Miniatures tiny iMac in 1:12 scale
Finally, an Apple product we can all afford.

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.

Cat Faeries Catnip Bunnies
I want a human sized one. Minus the catnip.

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 Pardon My Retro Vic20 1980s home computer
10 print BOOGER
20 goto 10

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.

Etsy Seller unicornatopia Foxy Brown as Wonder Woman 11x17 poster print
We need to bring this artist to P-Mag.

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.

Etsy Vintage Seller Woodshedvtg incredibly awesome vintage melamine tea set in atomic orange.
It’s the handles that make it magic.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

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