I almost didn’t do a gift guide. I had been collecting items for one, but to tell you the truth, after seeing all the gift guides on-line, I got gift guided out. haha. I figured the world didn’t need another. But, now at the last minute, I decided to still go for it…because gifts ARE a wonderful thing. And even though this is late for Christmas shopping, perhaps you might consider these with some Christmas money you might get…or for your upcoming birthday…or for anyone special that you would like to share a gift with throughout this upcoming year.
In the spirit of gift giving…a few suggestions:
This simple glassware
is just perfection, in my book. Eggs and bacon would never look so good. The small plates are $7.50.
I love this fresh version of the classic silhouette, by artist Carter Kustera
. Such a fun way to display the members of your household. Starting at $110. (via Little Green Notebook)
. You can also get some very affordable ones made here
Indoor plants would be such a great gift and they’re fairly inexpensive. (I heard someone say that she doesn’t have a green thumb, but at least her plants last longer than a vase of flowers and so she felt it was ok to replenish them a few times a year, if needed. I like her thinking. 🙂 (photo via A Well Traveled Woman)
Love the idea of an unexpected jumbo barrette
pulling my hair to the side. These would be the perfect sparkle for a party.
For a handmade gift, you could make one of these for your family. (see here
for materials; made by one of my favorite designers
ever, Abby of Hi + Low
My friend raves about the organic cotton sheets at Target
. I checked them out when I was at her place and um…they are really, really, really soft/satiny/heavenly. $43.99 for a Queen size. I’m partial to white sheets. 🙂
A ping pong table
that doubles as a conference table or a big dining table. Perfect for a home or office. (My Dad is a major ping ponger 🙂 via Swiss Miss
I’m actually not a cat person, but I love these Maneki Neko
cats found at the Gotokuji Temple in Japan (or in Chinatowns everywhere). Danny and I had our wedding luncheon at a Chinese diner in Boston (the place where we had our first Boston date!) and so I love having these little cats around.
I am the biggest sucker for anything that smells good. One of my favorite perfumes over the years has been Hanae Mori
. When I was single, my friend told me about Hanae Mori and said guys always noticed it and asked about it. She added that she always had dates during that time. Well, I bought the stuff two seconds after that. Sure enough, on the first day I wore it…before I even got to my desk at work, a guy stopped me on the street to ask what I was wearing!!! Haha. I had to call my friend immediately to report the funny news. AND, how could I not include my husband’s cologne
. I kind of wish I could wear it myself so I could smell it all day cause it drives me nuts.
I adore Mary & Matt
, the chocolatiers and crazy good design makers in Brooklyn. They’re awesome in person and online
. Their chocolate packaging is always a work of art (how fun would it be to get this Air Mail Bar
in your mailbox?) More designs here at their shop, Chocolate Editions
It’s never too early to shop for mail order frames from Warby Parker
. I love that you can choose 5 to receive in the mail to try on before deciding on a pair. I’m liking these: 1
(Many more gift ideas after the jump…)
from the beloved NYC bookstore, Strand
, is practically a New York must. And these are $1!! (What the ?? You can’t even buy a pack of gum for $1 around here.)
Speaking of gum, we’re all about Brooklyn pride around here. 🙂 This gum has been made in Italy for over 60 years by Perfetti van Melle, also the makers of Mentos and Airhead Candy. The Brooklyn gum was the first chewing gum made in Italy. (You can buy it in bulk here
, or in specialty food shops in Brooklyn.)
I need a backyard to go with this giant Scrabble game! (This one is HOMEMADE. More info. via Sunset Magazine
. I have a brother-in-law that could pull this off.)
Of course…our favorite Mexican cookbook
(FYI, I forgot to mention that this chef was formally the chef at Rosa Mexicano in Manhattan. He knows his stuff!)
And…the same chef has a new book
(!) that will soon grace our shelves…(this makes me want to go to the $5 Happy Hour at his restaurant in Brooklyn, Fonda
. So tempting.)
At the Brooklyn Flea you can buy this Slant Shack Jerky
and it’s really, really good. Danny and I were both very impressed. They sell on-line
and you can choose many different options (grass-fed, gluten-free, marinades, rubs, or glazes such as Vermont maple syrup or spicy pepper.) Growing up, we always got jerky in our stockings so it reminds me of Christmas.
from MUJI would be a delight for children and adults alike. I would love to have my own mini Christmas tree covered in origami.
These vintage prints from Book/Shop
would be an amazing addition to a gallery wall in your home, especially for any book lovers.
I wouldn’t blame a little one for playing with these colorful wooden Jenga blocks
for hours. Though our friends came over once to hang out and brought a set with them. We liked playing with it just as much.
I would love to have these cookies cutters (from MUJI
) even if I never made cookies. 🙂
I first spotted these in many of the vintage mountain motels in the Catskills. Yes, I stopped at several motels to try and see if they would sell me a couple off their pool deck. 🙂 No luck. But you can buy some here
I think this ‘Luminares Poster
‘ by Kevin Cantrell
is absolutely beautiful. It’s hot stamped on a paper that turns translucent when back lit or held to natural light. It’s in Portuguese (!) which makes me want it even more as Danny is fluent. The words say: “Let there be lights.” $60. via Design Mom.
I grew up playing Croquet & Bocce Ball. And really, this would be a fun thing to have in New York, backyard or not. We have Central Park and Prospect Park, the perfect place to play. You can get this set and carrying case
from Walmart! $44.98 (top image by Style Me Pretty)
has to be on every gift guide. It’s THAT good. 🙂 🙂 Yes, it’s going strong around here. Danny’s as happy as can be with his Flowbee haircuts. Read all about Danny’s Flowbee here
. 🙂 (And I assure you, the Flowbee website
is as awesome as you might think it is. haha.)
We’ve been collecting New York books like these: 1
. But I would also love to add Manhattan Unfurled
to our shelves. Matteo Pericoli meticulously drew out the Manhattan skyline – both the east and west sides!
We played this game
at Danny’s parents’ home one year and it was so fun that we had to buy
the game for ourselves. Optional: calling each other Smart A, Dumb A,
Fat A, Jack A. 🙂 Danny is definitely the Smart A (he always wins and
then laps the board and wins again. 🙂
HAPPY, MERRY GIFT GIVING!
P.P.S. What gifts are you most excited to give this year? Tell me, tell me! I’ll keep a secret 🙂 Danny and I are doing IVF for Christmas. And well, I had to get a new computer, too, to keep this blogging going. Yikes. That’s a very pricey Christmas for us. Enough to last a few decades, I think.