Dec 22, 2009

Mea Culpa (Mea Busy)

Yeah, the gift guide's gone to shit this year. Sad but true. I've been working late at the day job and even later on a freelance assignment. This, combined with the customary holiday madness and just a soupçon of errands/cleaning/laundry/assorted household chores, has led me to finally toss my hands in the air and give up the Ghost of Gift Guides Past. With any luck there will be a Ghost of Gift Guides Future, but I can't think that far ahead. At least, I console myself, I went out on a good note—I stand by Arrested Development as an awesome gift.

Anyway, should your particular shopping list (now your very last-minute shopping list) include one of those godforsaken Snuggie or Slanket things, it turns out there is a difference. (Who knew?) Good to know. Also pretty freaking funny. And this stunning piece of investigatory journalism definitively answers the question: why not just a backwards bathrobe?

Dec 16, 2009

Arrestingly Good Gifts



I can't believe I've never suggested this before. For anyone with a sense of humor and the capacity to play a DVD, get them the perfect gift: Arrested Development: The Complete Series. If they don't like it, you probably don't need them as friends.

Dec 15, 2009

Fill Our Christmas Socks

...with whisky drinks and chocolate bars, just as Sleater-Kinney suggests.

So I initially was holding off on posting these, thinking that they'd make perfect gifts...but someone who shall remain nameless recently decided to cut back on his sugar intake. Probably so he doesn't wind up like this guy.



Okay, there's a bit more logic to his decision than that, but I wanted an excuse to post feline Wilford Brimley. Regardless, I won't be getting him any sweets this year.

However, I shall now share with you these delectable suggestions beyond the usual Christmas cookies. How about some boozy delights in the form Single Malt Scotch Bars? Or, while we're on the whisky train of thought, what about Hazelnut Chocolate Whisky Sandwich Cookies? If whisky isn't your thing, perhaps the Pumpkin Pie Candy Bar is more up your alley. All I know is that I would gladly accept (and probably immediately gorge myself on) any of the three. Oh, and consider pairing one of the whisky edibles with a potable companion to really make someone's Christmas.

Dec 11, 2009

A Very KitchenAid Christmas



Here are some solid suggestions to start the 2009 holiday gift guide. Presumably your friends already own (or perhaps you have already given your significant other) a KitchenAid mixer, as it is one of the greatest gadgets ever. However, perhaps that same KitchenAid owner could use and would greatly appreciate one of an array of attachments for said mixer. Such as the awesome ice cream maker attachment. Or how about the grinder attachment, which you can use to make sausages? Personally, I'm less interested in the pasta roller attachment, but it'd be good for someone who, you know, makes lots of pasta. The options are many and varied and all frankly rad.

Oddly, I don't recommend buying KitchenAid utensils like spatulas, whisks, and the like. I feel like they're all clunky and improperly weighted. Just something to keep in mind.

Dec 10, 2009

It's Nearly That Time...

That's right. I'll be starting up the annual holiday gift guide. I think I'm running a bit late this year, but whatever—the economy's in the toilet and everyone's broke anyway, so an abbreviated guide should work just fine, right?

Stay tuned....

Dec 9, 2009

Eloise at the Plaza, Again



Hm, I have mixed emotions about the fact that the Plaza just opened an Eloise shop. As a longtime Eloise devotee, I'm delighted. The more Eloise the better, right? Well, not exactly. The Eloise brand has been so corrupted in recent years (treacly made-for-TV Disney movies, anyone?) that I hesitate to see how they'll whore out our girl next.

On the other hand, I am thrilled without reservation to hear that Betsey Johnson will be designing an Eloise-themed suite. Her sensibilities are girly, but just edgy enough to avoid that twee quality that Eloise should never have. So I'm suspending judgment on the whole affair till I have a chance to check it out myself. Will report back...hopefully with good news. In the meanwhile, go reread Eloise At Christmastime.n

Dec 8, 2009

The Wonderful Harrods of Oz



How did I miss this‽ In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz (the film, not the book), Harrods underwent an Emerald City makeover. They killed the Wicked Witch of the East (who is apparently a giantess). Their Christmas windows are Oz-themed. (Sorry, the best pics are on a French blog. C'est dommage si vous ne lisez pas le français.) And they were running a Ruby Slipper Boudoir (second link from right in the video clip lineup) where shoe clerks dressed as Dorothy would fit you for your own ruby slippers. Sadly, they're sold out, so I'm guessing the Dorothies have clicked their heels and left the Harrods shoe department as well.

I have never wanted to be in London quite as desperately as I do right now. Sigh.

Dec 4, 2009

Toppers of Tape



Okay, the sonic fabric ties ties were a cool concept, but not so decorative. I'm totally on board with the recycled cassette tape fedoras, though. The sonic fabric seems like material better suited to hats than to ties. Not sure what happens if it gets wet, though...which is definitely something I'd want to know before buying a hat made from the stuff. They're not cheap (when do I ever post anything that is?), but, at $165, they're not obscene for handcrafted hats.

Dec 3, 2009

Wocka Wocka Wearables



This set of Pac-Man rings is seriously cute—and handmade. I'd suggest it as an excellent gift for the gamer chick in your life...except that it's already sold out. Hopefully the artist (Rachel Pfeffer) will make some more, or some lady gamers will be left with longing in their little pixelated hearts.

Thanks, Eshan!

Dec 2, 2009

The Essence of Cuteness

This video will see you through your darkest days. It is the cutest 17 seconds of your life. Behold (and, most likely, re-behold):