Walking slowly towards my parent’s door, a large teardrop meandering down my cheek I begin to wonder why it didn’t come.  My stocking.  What could I possibly have done to deserve not getting a stocking on Christmas morning.  I was good, I had golden hair which every television show in the 1970’s led me to believe made me an angel basically,  Farrah or Cheryl take your pick. I wasn’t mean to people unless they really pissed me off.  It just didn’t make any sense.

This 6 year old, flaxen headed angel DESERVED A CHRISTMAS STOCKING.   Just steps before making a dramatic, hysterical entrance into my parent’s bedroom it hit me.  Ohhhh snap.  It was the liver.  Yep.  That was the stocking stealing moment right there.   Last Thursday my dinner plate had a hunk of liver on it I just couldn’t gag down.  I mean I just couldn’t.  Have you ever been in school and the kid next to you throws up all over their desk and you immediately think you’re gonna throw up all over your desk but you don’t but you almost do?  That’s the feeling I get when I see liver.

But that didn’t make sense.  I mean, it’s liver and he’s Santa Claus; a 400 pound mound of milk and cookie crumbs wrapped in red velvet.  He’d never want me to eat liver and definitely wouldn’t punish me for it.  I think he’d quite fancy a high spirited girl who not only doesn’t eat liver but can burp on command.  That’s about as cute as it gets for a 6 year old I figured.

I spent a weepy 5 minutes with my mother, on her bedroom floor, flat on my knees, hands raised to the sky begging for answers, one eye closed and one eye open to make sure she was catching the whole show.  I’ve always had a terrific flair for the dramatic.  My mother assured me there must have been some sort of mistake and maybe I just didn’t see the stocking.  I dragged her into my room and showed her it WASN’T THERE, and promptly stormed off to find my bathroom step stool so I could perform my morning ablutions.

To this day I’m not sure what happened with that stocking. All I know is it was a miracle because one moment it wasn’t on the foot of my bed like it should be and after I padded off to the bathroom IT WAS.  Just exactly like a Christmas miracle.  An equally likely miracle would be that  Mr. and Mrs. Claus had a little Canadian Club with their cookies the night before and wobbled off to bed forgetting all about putting out the stocking.

The stocking is still my favourite part of Christmas but any of these things would be good too.  I’ve compiled a list of unique things that I either like, love or own.  Chances are there’s someone on your list who would like or love to own them too.




I’m just gonna say it.  I don’t own a slow cooker.  I used to.  I don’t anymore. But if I *did* ever get one it would be this beautiful black faceted one from Bella based entirely on how gorgeous it is.  Plus it’s a basic slow cooker.  Low, High, Warm. That’s all you need.




Say hello to the world’s most stunning bottle opener.  For the classiest of the beer drinkers in your family.

And if you know someone who loves Indian cooking these Indian serving bowls would be a FANTASTIC gift.  In fact, I don’t do a ton of Indian cooking and I would still love them for serving stews or chili.



Hey!  Remember a couple of paragraphs ago I said you only needed low, high and warm in your slow cooker?  I may have changed my mind.  This Instant Pot does EVERYTHING.  It’s a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, an oatmeal maker and even a YOGURT maker.  The thing seems incredible.





I’m strangely attracted to ice cubes in different shapes so when I first saw round ice cubes about 6 years ago I came very close to buying the $200 metal concoction to make them.  Now?  Well, now you can just buy an entire silicone ice cube tray that makes either perfect round ice cubes or HUGE square ice cubes.  You get both trays for $14.  So … definitely cheaper than $200.  In Canada?  Get similar ones on the Amazon Canada site.

And I’m going to do it. I’m going to yet again recommend a Spiralizer even though I do not see the appeal of the Spiralizer.  At all.  But I also know I am in the minority here and most people love spiraling their foods. So spiral away.




Gold, metal, laptop stand.  Love. It.




Please let one of you buy this Dyson hair dryer so you can tell me how it is.  Also if you have a selfie loving kid in your house, or a selfie loving husband even, get them this iPhone case that has a built in ring light. (Lights that basically make you look like a movie star or a self absorbed teenager with glowing skin when you take a selfie.)



You know how you can pay for things by just tapping your bank card now?  This sterling silver crane necklace has the same technology.  Tap the pendant to your smart phone (other than an iPhone) and it will login to your bank account, open a webpage, mute your phone or anything else you want it to do.  You can even store your business card on it so when you meet someone, instead of handing them a business card you can just tap your necklace to their smart phone and they instantly have it imbedded in their contacts.  It’s brilliant.





Perfect for the morning grump. Get them one of these sunrise alarm clocks. It simulates sunlight, gradually becoming brighter and brighter the closer it gets to alarm time. They can also program it to gradually wake themselves up with the  gentle sound of birds. Or Bob Marley, if that’s more their thing.

Solar powered iPhone charger!  How cool is that?




Love this tee shirt and if I were a lesbian I would wear it every day, all the time, with heels.



I traipsed all around Thailand looking for the perfect Buddha to bring home.  I didn’t find it.  I did end up finding my perfect Buddha at a fair in my small hometown in Ontario.  Go figure.  The Balinese carved wood buddha is one of my favourite things.  Plus it would look really dramatic if you nestled in a box of black shredded tissue paper.  I think about these things.

LOVE the look of this egg cup and cracking spoon.



Sneaky sneakers for the nostalgic.  Adidas Gazelle’s are and always will be super-cool.



Really most people who buy these wood pint/quart baskets buy them for crafts or little gift baskets so don’t think you can only buy them for a gardener.  Buy some yourself for present wrapping this year.  BUT if you do have a gardener on your list, if they’re anything like me, they’ll like these old school baskets for gathering tomatoes, strawberries, ground cherries or anything else that will fit in them.

gardening mugWood handled gardening tools

Kitchy, corny and cute.  The Gardening mug.   And any gardener with style would love this wood handled gift set of secateurs.  



GREAT kit of fun vegetables seeds with purple carrots, tigerella tomatoes, rainbow swiss chard and more colourful veg.  Plus it’s really nice packaging which I love.

Even though this Sun Calculator might not be the prettiest tool in your garden shed, it’ll be one of the most useful!  Stick it anywhere outside, leave it for a day and it will tell you whether that particular spot is full sun, partial sun, partial shade or full shade!  No more guessing about what to plant where.




Japanese sheers for flower arranging.  Just plain pretty.  I love scissors.  Sigh.  Galvanized garden tote with a wood handle handy for picking vegetables and carrying around your tools.







No true lady would ever be without her Suck it Bitch notebook.



Also, in case you didn’t know, Bitches get stuff done.  While wearing socks.   And a gold, discreetly, sweary necklace.



Have someone who needs a little motivation to get shit done?  Or perhaps you have someone on your gift list who is one ladylike mother****.  They need a mug to celebrate that.

Didn’t see anything that tickled your belly?

Here’s EVERY CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL on Amazon US today and EVERY CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL on Amazon Canada today.

And quickly before I sign off … I wanted to let you know that my friends over at Rough Linen have a special offer going on right  now.  And they don’t often have specials.  They’re offering FREE SHIPPING on everything … WORLDWIDE until Christmas Eve.  And yes. That includes my Rough Linen Proofing cloth.  Which anyone would love to find in their stocking.

Providing they finished their liver of course.




  1. Kari says:

    I’m gonna be real and say I wasn’t sure if the crane necklace was a joke or not ? It reads like a pretty hilarious joke. apparently a joke from 5 years ago, lol. That thing is awesome! Bunny from youtube did a review on the Dyson dryer and to me it didn’t seem worth $500. I would only spend that much if something could magically style my hair. The beachwaver comes close but I returned it because it didn’t hold the wave. I have thick hair though, it would probably work really well for thinner hair.

  2. Sabina says:

    Rough Linen is showing 20% off their bath collection today not free shipping. Was the free shipping for yesterday only? Their pinny is the only thing I really really want for Christmas this year :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sabina, the free shipping is until December 24th! Maybe you need to clear your cache? Your computer/phone might be loading old information? Or it was just a small glitch. I just checked here and free shipping is show up. Check again and let me know so I can inform them! ~ karen

  3. Jill says:

    i can relate to your parents. the tooth fairy sometimes “dropped” the money in the hall, or it fell behind the bed! Once Santa left a dollhouse in the back room, it was just too heavy to carry all the way to the tree!

  4. Jody says:

    By the way, I ordered the Instant Pot, based on your and your readers’ recommendations. But how do you get credit for suggesting it?

  5. Jody says:

    OMG – I LOVE your blog.

  6. Linda in Illinois says:

    I love the sunrise alarm clock idea. It is so hard for me to get my day started when it is still dark out.

  7. Hahaha, when I think of golden haired “angels” from television shows in the 1970’s I think of the Brady Bunch, specifically Cindy Brady and Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie. But I’m sure you were nothing like Nellie and it was a drunken debacle that caused your parents to forget to put your name on ANY of the Christmas presents under the tree that year, oh wait, that was me.

  8. I totally just bought the round ice cube balls :) ! Thanks for sharing those! LOOOOOOOOOVE.

    PS. we are twinning! I have the wooden buddha too. I sit my phone in front of him, and put my charging cord between his fingers to ‘hold’ the cord while charging. Now that I think of it, that probably isn’t very zen to have a buddha as a phone charging station … haha… but it works great… and the whole family knows that it’s the ONE cord that is hands off. ha!

    Thanks for the deals!
    Lynne from Design The Life You Want To Live

  9. Terri says:

    The hand carved wooden cleavers that you introduced several weeks ago should be on the list. I got both the light and dark one, and they are a beautiful addition to my kitchen.

  10. Joslynne says:

    Wow – love your list – can’t get too much over here in Japan (except the Gazelles – the shoes!), but enjoy reading anyway!!

    Happy Holidays!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Joslynne! I’m just there are many other beautiful things you can get in Japan. In fact if I remember correctly the beautiful bottle opener is from Japan! ~ karen

      • TucsonPatty says:

        I cannot figure out how exactly that gorgeous piece of jewelry works! There aren’t instructions on the site, and no reviews. It is so beautiful! I don’t need it, but I want it!

  11. Monique says:

    ❤️The Indian bowls.

  12. Teri says:

    The Instantpot is my new all-time-favourite piece of kitchen porn. Pulled pork in 30 minutes! Best. Yogurt. Ever. Flawless rice! Helpful real person in the phone when I had to call about some trifle or other.
    I immediately removed my stove top pressure cooker, yogurt maker and slow cooker from my cupboard when it arrived thereby freeing up much needed space for new things – oooh those Indian bowls are so shiny…

  13. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I see by some of your gift choices that your potty mouth is acting up again…lol…I have a Bella slow cooker but it is a digital one…The day I pay $535.00 for a hair dryer…James Dyson best be coming along with it to style my hair…I do want the sun calculator…that is just cool…Good choices Santa picker-outer person…lol..

  14. Have the Instant Pot-love it! Use it all the time!

    Always wanted one of those Sunrise Alarm clocks, but they were a bit expensive, so I put off getting one ’cause it’s hard to spend money on yourself when you have a perfectly good alarm clock…until last week.

    I keep my alarm clock radio on a classical music station and wake up to light soothing music…until last week when they changed their format and a soprano, hitting a high note, sent me shooting straight up and out of bed. Took me a good ten minutes to stop my heart from beating out of my chest.

    Just ordered the Sunrise Alarm Clock. Wasn’t a tough decision…just asked myself, do I want to wake up to a gentle sunrise and chirping birds OR to a soprano hitting a high C?

    PLUS it was $60 off! No brainer, there! Thank you, Karen!

    • Thandi says:

      There should be a law against sopranos before coffee.

    • Karen says:

      I think everyone is buying presents for themselves today, lol. Let me know how you like the clock. It’s even harder to justify buying THE EXACT SAME THING just because you have a preference for the newer design. I love this new design. The older one is cylindrical and really, really big and bossy looking in a room. This newer round one is much nicer looking. ~ karen!

      • Can’t wait for it! Will let you know exactly how divine it is!

        Thanks, again for suggesting it…really! :-)

      • Molly says:

        I have the bossy one, and had to move it to my kitchen because the second the light started, I was awake. I’m a light (haha) sleeper and thought the gentle light would be gentle enough but it wasn’t. I found that, for me, sounds are less intrusive than the light.

  15. Tine Lisberg says:

    I have four of these egg cracking spoons. For great smile to my staying overnight friends. They are just so fine – even though the handle should have been a little longer, so it is easier using the hammer.
    Marry Christmas to you here from Denmark and thanks for a wonderful website.
    *<;o) Tine

  16. Paula says:

    After reading Melissa and Karen’s comments re: the amount of sun that their garden gets…I bought the sun calculator, too :)

  17. TucsonPatty says:

    Karen, a client showed me the Dyson hairdryer in the Bed, Bath and Beyond flyer, and it is beyond my pocketbook. I’m a professional and I wouldn’t spend that kind of money on a blow dryer! $400.00, to dry your hair! Trust me, it can’t be all that and a bag of chips! Gorgeous other things that I do want, though. Thanks for the ideas. I love the necklace most of all.

    • TucsonPatty says:

      Don’t mean to discourage anyone from purchasing the Dyson. I, also, am anxious for someone to please tell all about how wonderful the hairdryer is for their hair.

      • Karen says:

        LOL. I don’t think it’ll do any better job of drying my hair but my hair takes a LONG time to dry and anything that will speed that process up is O.K. by me. Not that I’d ever buy a $500 hairdryer. I would not. Unless it was a magic hairdryer. ~ karen!

    • AmyL says:

      I had a chance to pick one up at a Sephora a couple of weeks ago, and it’s rather heavy and not very ergonomically pleasant to hold and aim. I’m sure the airflow is nice (I like the fans), but it doesn’t mean a thing if your arm gets cramped trying to aim it.

  18. Edith says:

    Hi Karen,

    That’s a great list? Love the solar phone charger.
    Hey, thought of you when I came across this:

    • Karen says:

      I am NOT even kidding you, I saw those when I was researching this list. One of the listings had the gall to list the as “heart” shaped, lol! As if! ~ karen

      • Sheryl St. Clare says:

        A pick-up truck accessory in southern U.S. states, unfortunately. Usually made of chrome, they sway to and fro as the truck moves. Very realistic ‘hearts’.

      • Marlene Eastman says:

        We have them up here in Canada too!!! Had to follow a truck with that thing swaying away in front of me for about 1/2 hr :(

      • j says:

        me too!! i rode behind it for so long i fantasized about tracking him to his house and giving him and his truck a snip!

      • Kristina says:

        Ha! The first thought I had when I saw one of those on a lifted truck (I live in farm country, so they’re everywhere) was, “Oh, so I was right about what that truck was compensating for.”

      • Melissa says:

        Have you seen the “ta-ta” version?? Equal time, lol!

      • j says:

        Laughed so hard the cat ran out of the room!!
        I’ll be looking for the ta-ta version,,,,,,,and I’ll be thinking of the money I’m saving not buying this decorative compensation.

      • that guy says:

        The official”Sorry ‘Bout Your WeeWee” truck ID.

  19. Paula says:

    Great list! I just bought the Instant Pot because it looks fantastic, and the silicone ice cube maker. I also love the corny mug, the funky veggie kit, and the sun thingy and not because I don’t know the amount of sun that each area in my garden receives, but because I love gadgets. :) Thanks for spending hours perusing Amazon to find cool stuff!

    A couple of things: the link to the Indian bowls doesn’t work. Is it possible to open a separate window when I press a link to Amazon? I don’t like having either/or as the only option; when I go ‘back’ to your site, I have to find my place all over again and if I want to review an item again, I have to leave your site again. I think you get the idea.

  20. Kat says:

    I really, really liked that Buddah but of course it is not available and they do not know when they will get any more in. I do own a pair of those Adidas in green and love mine. Damn, I also have been looking for the perfect Buddah for a long time but can’t find one I really like. I am going to sulk now.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kat … this one is almost exactly the same, but it seems to have some sort of finish on it. Or they’ve oiled it for the photo.

  21. Melissa says:

    I have the Instant Pot and it is awesome. If people don’t want an electric gadget then get a stovetop pressure cooker. Pressure cooking is the best!

    I want that sunlight calculator. I always have shady yards but never sure if they are part shade or shade shade…

    • Karen says:

      I know! I got one this year and was amazed at what I thought was full shade was actually partial sun. And other areas I considered full sun, weren’t even close! ~ karen!

    • Louise says:

      I also have the magical Instant Pot! And even though I paid $139 two years ago and it’s NOW $68.95 (!), I’m still glad I bought it back then; it’s that good! I use it at least twice a week in the summer and 4 or 5 times a week in the winter. This is my 3rd electronic pressure cooker and I can’t believe how much better this is than the others. And it’s stainless steel, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals leeching into your stew, yet it’s still a snap to wash. Honestly, I could go on and on but if you cook, you should buy it. You’ll be glad you did! (Wow, I sound like a commercial!)

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