2009 Holiday Gift Guide-ish

2009 Holiday Gift Guide-ish

The thing about holiday gift guides is that they tend to be generic, since the people putting the lists together don’t know much about your Aunt Gertrude or your precious little Mackenzie Grace.  In putting together my own guide, I don’t pretend to provide all things for all people…but I’ve acquired a stash of clippings along the way that seem like perfect gifts for me. Maybe you’ll see something on my list that will apply to someone in your own life and then won’t you feel all superior about finding the perfect thing!

MY HOLIDAY WISH LIST

I’m in love with this little furniture set and suspect that if I did indeed possess it one day, it may lead to a turf war in the Callan household playroom. (Retros shop on Etsy)

Mid-century modern doll-size living room set, $49.99

Mid-century modern doll-size living room set, $49.99

Love the simplicity of this NYC wood toy set, but “recommended for ages 12 and up” is some seriously ridonculous legalese.  Sure, there are some pointy parts, and maybe those little cars are in the choke-size zone, but I’m guessing if Junior has to wait until he/she’s twelve to play with this, it might as well sit on my shelf too.  (MoMA Store)

New York in a Bag, $15/set ($13.50 for MoMA members)

New York in a Bag, $15/set ($13.50 for MoMA members)

Love this festive clutch, but what I really want is to have so many baby-free, strapless-purse-type social opportunities on my calendar as to warrant owning it. (Cambria Cove)

Hand Embroidered Clutch by Forgotten Shanghai, $26

Hand Embroidered Clutch by Forgotten Shanghai, $26

This faux fur neckroll would beat the heck out of an infested microscopic airline pillow.  What puts it on my list?  The idea that you pair it with  plane tickets to some exotic destination!  (Pottery Barn)

Faux fur neckroll, $39

Faux fur neckroll, $39

Porn For Women is a gift for men too, if they look and learn.  Note to dudes: if you’re in a relationship with a woman, never underestimate the power of housecleaning as aphrodisiac!  Ladies will crack up over the quips from featured hotties, like: “Why don’t I get a minivan so you can drive something fun!” or:  “Oh, look.  The NFL playoffs are today.  I bet we’ll have no trouble parking at the crafts fair.”

Porn for Women, from the Cambridge Womens Pornography Collective

Porn for Women, from the Cambridge Women's Pornography Collective. $12.95

I want nearly everything in The Container Store’s stocking stuffers guide–the most useful, reasonably-priced collection of gifts I’ve personally ever seen (with free shipping!).  And a surefire way to out my inner dork.  A sampling:

Umbra HandiSleeve, $4.99

Umbra HandiSleeve, $4.99

Travel Bingo Pads, featuring icons in cafes, airplanes and roadtrips instead of letters and numbers. pkg/12 $7.99

Travel Bingo Pads, featuring icons in cafes, airplanes and roadtrips instead of letters and numbers. pkg/12 $7.99

Mouse USB Hub, $9.99

Mouse USB Hub, $9.99

As one of the RLCs in the world, I must be meant to have these rings. (Tinahdee)

Sterling silver personalized stacker rings, $80

Sterling silver personalized stacker rings, $80

Flip me the bird!  The robin, I mean.  (West Elm)

Cast Metal Animals, $26 ea. + free shipping

Cast Metal Animals, $26 ea. + free shipping

I see rude things.  And luv them. (ZGallerie)

Naughty Betty Memo Pads, $9.95 ea.

Naughty Betty Memo Pads, $9.95 ea.

Anything from this post about The Art of Jewelry is gold, pun intended.  Especially this necklace:

Holly Rittenhouse necklace

Holly Rittenhouse necklace

I’m a total geek about this show and wish the Cash Cab had been rollin’ around town while I lived in NYC.  This new board game is the next best thing to being there.

Cash Cab trivia game, $28

Cash Cab trivia game, $28

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