It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless you have no idea what you’re going to buy people, in which case it’s the most not wonderful time of the year. The presents. It’s always the presents. You want something the receiver will actually want, maybe something they wouldn’t buy for themselves or even better something they didn’t even know existed.
And yet somehow there’s always someone who ends up getting a gift card. I happen to like getting an iTunes gift card because I’m too cheap to buy music and apps with my own money but for the most part a gift card isn’t the best present. While a “real” present, no matter how bad, says “I like you, I tried, I schlepped to the store and bought you this thing”. A gift card on the other hand says “For real, I have no clue what to buy you. You bug me. I hate you. But I picked up this piece of plastic because it was literally right in front of my face, at eye level while waiting to check out at the grocery store with my box of kitty litter and bag of discount mushrooms”. ~ love karen.
I try really hard to get good presents for people but the odd time even I end up spitting into a cup and muttering a voodoo curse on the hard to buy for.
I know there are more of me out there. More people who have one or two REALLY hard to buy for people on their lists, so I came up with this Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide. Presents for just about everyone on your list.
I discovered the artist who makes these at Toronto’s One of Kind Show.
Custom rolling pin for embossed cookies and pie dough. (have any design/wording you want)
Yup. It’s a Bicycle Pizza Cutter.
Stainless Steel Soap! Removes garlic, onion, fish and other strong odours from hands.
The perfect pat of butter. This is both the stupidest and GREATEST thing I’ve ever seen.
Himalayan salt, tequila shot glasses. No they don’t melt, yes they’re reusable, yes they’re great.
Whiskey on the rocks. Soapstone cubes chill drinks without diluting your drink PLUS they look really cool.
Whiskey is the new wine.
Boobies beer glass Ridiculous. I know.
A leather beer caddy for the beer drinkin’, bicycle ridin’ person in your life.
These delicate, you can barely see it, mini necklaces are the thing right now. The THING.
I noticed this one that Portia De Rossi wore on Ellen immediately and searched it out.
Crystal necklace. I think.
I’m not even sure what it is actually, but it’s pretty spectacular.
The book that chronicles Barbara Kingsolver’s year long adventure in eating only food from her neighbourhood or that she grew/raised/butchered herself.
I Dig Gardening t-shirt
But really …. what I use the MOST in the garden and love are surgical gloves.
Worried about the environment? Nitrile gloves do NOT decompose.
However, they are perfectly safe to burn believe it or not, and that’s the best way to dispose of them.
Canvas & leather workshop/gardening apron
You can get these stands on Amazon, but I like this one from Lee Valley because it’s higher quality and the stand has 2 lights above it. The ones on Amazon only have 1 light which just isn’t enough life to grow a healthy, stocky plant.
The Nest Thermostat is the best looking, smartest thermostat out there.
The JumPack is a portable battery pack the size of an iPhone with enough power to charge your phone or jump start a car!
Plug this into the HDMI port of your regular television to stream Netflix, Youtube, movies, music, photos and more from your smartphone to your television.
Ringly. This Smart cocktail ring will vibrate when you get a call, text, tweet, have an appointment and myriad other things.
It also has a tiny discrete light on the side of it that will light up as an alert.
I WANT THIS I WANT THIS I WANT THIS I WANT THIS. Seriously. More than anything I want this.
This item won’t ship by Christmas and is only available through pre-order so you’ll have to just wrap up a picture of it for me.
The Classic Bialetti stovetop espresso maker. Makes really, REALLY good coffee. I love mine.
Don’t speak Coffee Mug. (true dat)
Even WITH the invention of things like Etsy it’s still REALLY hard to browse through everything and find that certain something for someone, so I hope this list at least gets you started. (on your present buying that is … not on the inevitable Christamas voodoo curse).
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