A selection of cheeses meant to be consumed with a solid stout – sort of a more masculine version of high tea.
Target | Buy
A happy little camera case that attaches to the outside of your bag. This makes easier to access, but also easier to steal. So, you know, your call.
Photo Jojo | Buy
A short apron meant to hold gardening or camera gear. Step awaaaay from the fanny pack. (via Heather)
Super Fantastico | Buy
Now your feet, and your lap, and your torso can all be warm at once on the 20 hour flight. That is, without swiping all your neighbors’ blankets before they sit down.
Cabin Cuddler | Buy
OK. Nothing is funnier than sending someone a “variety box of sausages.” These sausages are made to order, and this box contains two five-pound packages of Italian Sausage and one each of the Classic and the Spicy. Ha. Sausage box.
Fra'Mani | Buy
God bless a vintner with a pet project. Guy Davis decided to take advantage of the organic apple orchards in the Russian River Valley to make small batch apple brandy. Davis eschews the usual practice of fermenting just the apple juice; however, he leaves the peels and fruit in during fermentation for a deeper apple flavor. The results are spectacular.
Davis Family Vineyards | Buy
This beverage chiller plugs right into your USB port and keeps drinks fridge-fresh all day. There’s nothing like a cool, crisp Diet Coke in the morning.
Amazon | Buy
These fantastic dolls are made in Thailand. Choose from a wide selection of monsters, freaks, and other costumed mummies.
Kamibashi | Buy
Forget the fancy lavender hand soap. If your host has kids, this is their soap of choice.
Amazon | Buy
This site lets you choose a spam slogan shirt from their collection, or type in your own favorite subject header. I’m partial to Bhig Tritted Ifnnocent Asmateur, but it’s your call. (Thanks, Heather!)
Spam Shirt | Buy
One of these babies and couple wedges of good cheese and you win the prize for houseguest of the year.
Branch Home | Buy
( 20" long x 5" wide x .75")
The gift that says, “You’re a snazzy dresser, and I’m proud of your literacy.” Choose from sports, crosswords, or stock listings.
Recyced Newspaper Jewelry | Buy
(0.66" width x 0.8" height x 0.5" depth)
Tea Forte’s choice teas come in aesthetically pleasing pyramid-shaped bags. The mesh bags even have wired tags that hook over the side of your cup, so you’ll never have to fish around in scalding tea for an escapee. This soothing gift set comes with a lidded tea cup, tiny trays for the used tea bags, and a selection of whole-leaf teas. It’s a bundle of calm escape, and you don’t even have to wrap it.
Tea Forte | Buy
Reader Isabel Feliciano writes: “I love these sushi plates, curved trays, and leaf trays featured in bamboocloset.com. They’re all made of capiz shells molded into unique designs that come in vivid colors. Sure came pretty handy for a Japanese-themed party I just threw over the holidays! Very affordable in sets.” If you’re not the sort who throws sushi parties, these would make dramatic snack holders. The green ones would look especially great with a handful of dried apricots and some walnuts. Thanks, Isabel!
Bamboo Closet | Buy
Spring is on the way, do you really want to spend twenty minutes at the bar puzzling over which black umbrella is your black umbrella? These fun alternatives come in eight charming prints, and also come in travel sizes.
Rain Shop | Buy
These porcelain discs perch atop any small vessel–wine glass, vase, mug–and turn it into a candle holder. Insta centerpiece.
Cooper Hewitt | Buy
‘Tis the season to buy cashmere. You’re actually saving like $200 just by buying yourself the cashmere throw you’ve always wanted. Maybe you can save even more by getting yourself a scarf.
Williams Sonoma Home | Buy
Instead of assaulting the meter maid, try this little weapon instead – a keychain with alarm and space for 10 quarters or euros.
Merlin's Box | Buy
(1" D, 1.5" H)
ON SALE A set of three boxes come in red or green.
West Elm | Buy
(no longer available)
These bowls are made of iron coated in gold leaf, and they come with a glass liner and sliver-plated spoon. The little one would make a gorgeous saltcellar for the table.
Jayson Home and Garden | Buy
(small: 4.5" W x 1" H, large: 6.5" W x 2" H . Larger bowl is $60.)
I’m mostly listing this because I think sending fruitcake on Christmas is funny, but also because these cakes got good reviews around the office. They’re packed with nuts and real dried fruits, as opposed to the weirdly colored fruity gels you find in most cakes. The consensus seemed to be, “If you like fruitcake, this is good fruitcake.”
Old Cavendish | Buy
(16 oz., shipping included)
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