Dec 15, 2005

Gifts for New Yorkers

Or transplanted New Yorkers, or even those with sufficient affection for the city to want a little piece of it in their homes.

This snowglobe boasts the cleanest snow you'll ever see in NYC. I love the litter, though. Nice authenticity.

Speaking of snow and other such things as you might not want to track into your apartment, you could use a doormat, right? This would surely tickle the fancy of Ninja Turtle fans, to boot.

Gotta love the classic design of the We Are Happy To Serve You Coffee Cup, used by delis, bodegas, and sidewalk coffee carts around the country. (Yeah, I know it's not exclusively a New York thing, but it seems it. It's a cute mug anyway.) Only this one is ceramic, so you don't have to ditch it after one use.

For the ultimate New York Christmas story, buy a copy of Eloise at Christmastime if, by some heinous oversight, you don't already own one. Believe you me, the girl who lives on the tippy-top floor of the Plaza knows how to do Christmas right.

Dec 12, 2005

For the Girly-Girls

And the guys who buy things for them. If you, a guy, want to impress her, a girl, with something thoughtful and tasteful, and are willing to spend some reasonable-to-hefty cash on it, I have just the thing for you. How do you know it's thoughtful and tasteful? Because I, a girl, have selected it. I have scoured the (virtual) sale racks at Anthropologie, and here are my top picks:

If she's the sparkly sundress type, she'll appreciate the Climbing Ivy Dress. I've had my eye on it since the summer. Maybe it will go on on super-clearance.

The Ptarmigan Cardigan is still rather expensive, but is lovely if she's all elegant and shit. Of course, if she's all elegant and shit, why's she dating you? Sucker. Your mom or grandmother would also probably love this sweater.

Another cozy choice is the Redwood Sweater, which looks awesomely comfortable, and comes in three colors.

This Link-Front Top seems flattering even if she's not rail-skinny, and is basic but has an interesting design twist that will make her think you're clever and appreciate things like detail.

Warning: Not from the sale list. Should you really want to impress her or, say, propose marriage or otherwise shell out a decent chunk o'change, go for this Flowering Obi Robe. Just gorgeous. And she'll think of you every time she puts it on, which equals one thing: lots of blowjobs.

Likewise, these Frozen Bough Earrings are similarly pricey. But they're festive without being too seasonal, and so delicate, and . . . Can you tell I'm hoping for a post-holiday sale?

Dec 9, 2005

Sweet Treats for the Tree

What a snacktacular cache of ornaments I've recently discovered! Feast your eyes upon a mouth-watering array of guilt-free goodies.

In the relatively traditional medium of blown glass, we have the delectable Glittermint Cupcake and Chocolate Ganache.

Then, in enamel, there are the lovely Enchanted Trifle and Enchanted Cupcake.

My favorites, though, are the little beaded-and-knit (or crocheted) confections like the Fruit Tart, the Napoleon aux Fruits, the Strawberry Shortcake, the Wedding Cupcake, the Bow Cupcake, the Striped Puff Pastry, and the Bûche de Noël, (which is misspelled on the product description, not by me).

Ooh, what a tasty tree you'd have if you let me decorate it!

Dec 8, 2005

Assortment of Goodies

Everyone should have a projection clock. That way you can see the time on the ceiling . . . provided you're not blind as a bat, comme moi.

Sleep masks make great stocking stuffers; I love this Marilyn Snooze Mask. Not that I, personally, need another sleep mask. But it's not for me, now, is it?

Coffee, tea, or irony?

I know this isn't technically a present, but what gift wouldn't be made automatically more exciting by putting it in an adorable Gingerbread Gift Bag?

Dec 7, 2005

Make Life Easier

Here's what I would buy if I were flush: a Roomba.

Okay, I doubt this guy is either affordable or widely available, but he could essentially do light mopping, which is what I really need to do.

If you're looking for something affordable and totally practical, go for the PowerSquid. I could use one of these for every outlet in the apartment. Such a good idea.

Dec 6, 2005

Putting the Fun in Functional

Go ahead and be the person who buys gifts that others wouldn't necessarily think of buying for themselves (but once they own them, they can't live without them).

Everyone needs a Microplane Kitchen Grater/Zester. Watch your fingers, as it is sharp. But it works brilliantly.

I think I may have to pick up one of these jammies during my Christmas shopping this year, as I'm tired of schlepping around clanking wine bottles. Seems like the sort of useful gift anyone would appreciate. Well, anyone who frequently buys wine for him/herself or others and needs to tote it around.

While we're on the wine kick here, how about the Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener? Admittedly, I only own a knockoff version, but even the knockoff works like a dream (and was free!), so I can highly recommend it. It makes opening wine bottles so easy and you look all technologically advanced while doing it.

And last but certainly not least, get someone you love the Aerolatte Milk Frother. Seems unnecessary, I know. But he or she will adore it. Hell, they should really make a hip holster for it.

Dec 5, 2005

Delicious, Yet Non-Fattening

The series continues . . . How about some indulgent gifts that smell deliciously divine but won't pack on the poundage?

I'd love to try some of Philosophy's The Gingerbread Man Body Scrub, which could theoretically be exfoliating your skin and making you smell all lovely and cinnamonny at the same time. Talk about multitasking.

Urban Decay's Flavored Body Powders are gorgeously shimmery, subtly scented, and, well, flavored. Flavors come and go, though, and a few good ones are about to be retired (i.e. gingersnap and peppermint), so grab them while you can. Hint: That also means they're on sale.

Dec 2, 2005

Wish List

In honor of that good old fashioned Christmas spirit, I shall randomly post gift suggestions throughout December. 'Cause I've got your back like that.

For the computer dork in your life, a scrollbar scarf.

For your favorite interfaith couple, what about the Chrismukkah Cookbook? Or how about my personal favorite, the Matzoh bread house journal?

And here's a gift for the carnivore you love most: a subscription to the Bacon of the Month Club. Aww yeah. (Thanks, Zack.)

Stay tuned for more fab suggestions.