For the stationery obsessed, two handmade, one-of-a-kind cards each month. They aren’t sold anywhere else, and when you order your recipient gets a gift note and certificate that comes already wrapped.
From the amazing Design*Sponge Buy Handmade Gift Guide.
Port2Port Press | Buy
(From $17 to $140 based on subscription.)
A hundred of your favorite recipies professionally bound. Make a family, church, neighborhood, or school cookbook in under half an hour.
Then again, did you really need to know that grandma puts twelve sticks of butter in her holiday poundcake?
Tastebook.com | Buy
Wishes cast in colored plastic. No more agonizing over a gift, this is the best way to get them whatever they want most.
Rare Device | Buy
It’s snowing outside and he still wants to grill. The Smoking Gun lets him infuse your food with smoky flavor and scent without adding heat.
Cusine Technology | Buy
I hesitate to tell the world about her lest she become too busy to fulfill my gift requests, but Diane painted our wedding portrait, and it’s one of my very favorite things. We even joined forces with some friends last year to purchase a portrait as a wedding gift for some friends.
I can’t resist the charm of marking an important life transition with artwork. Diane’s portraits are touching gifts for any occassion, but an especially lovely gesture for weddings, new parents, or grandparents who would love a family portrait. You can even commission her and allow the recipient to decide on the image they’d like her to paint.
When it’s really important that you get it right, this is the way to go.
Diane Rollins Feissel | Buy
(Price varies by subject and size of the portrait.)
The coveted camera that makes photographers feverish with desire. Buying it online makes it less likely that someone has licked it before you receive it. Though you can’t really guarantee that, I suppose.
Amazon | Buy
The good life delivered to your doorstep. Every month, subscribers receive two superior bottles of red wine from acclaimed wineries with 90+ point ratings within the past three released vintages.
Wine.com | Buy
Would you like to hear her purr?
There was a time when every little girl dreamed of owning a strand of pearls as the first component in her jewelry wardrobe. The pearls-go-with-everything period has passed, but Tahitian pearls are another matter. All the sweetness and nostalgia of her first strand of pearls, none of the archaic overtones.
Mondera | Buy
Pool, table tennis, knock hockey, chess, checkers, and backgammon. If you want them to turn off the TV, you have to give them a reasonable alternative.
Hearthsong | Buy
A gift every single morning for a year.
Amazon | Buy
An excellent gift for folks who already have too much stuff. Zingerman’s seeks out rare foodstuffs and ships them direct. Every box is a surprise, but past shipments have included long-“extinct” raw stilton cheese, marmalade made from tiny Southeast Asian oranges, and an exotic elixir made from the tears of virgins. Delicious.
Zingerman's | Buy
(For four shipments of 8-10 items each.)
Letterpress is the poor-man’s engraving. Fulfill her waspy fantasy.
Fine Stationery | Buy
You already have the giant red bow, and the new Mercedes doesn’t have nearly enough cargo room.
Colonial Airstream | Buy
(Price varies by product.)
Can you imagine the amazing sugar-cookie or oreo centerpieces made possible by this hilarious cookie stand? You bring out the hot chocolate and let the table dig in. A great gift for bakers and cookie afficionados.
Scandanavian Details | Buy
(no longer available)
Everlasting tealights. These make great night lights and table accents for houses with babies around.
via Anh Minh
Oxo | Buy
(For a set of four.)
This memo holder is made for restaurant orders, but you could use it as a revolving polaroid photo exhibit, a dish towel rack, necklace or scarf organizer, or mail sorter.
Museum of Useful Things | Buy
Yoga Goat | Buy
($35 for one mug, you choose the color)
More attractive than the pile of magazines you have on the floor by your couch. Comes in red, orange, and purple.
Pique | Buy
You’d wait to inherit your mom’s recipe box, but your mom is a lawyer who never learned to boil water. Ask for her collection of top-notch takeout menus, and turn to Betty Crocker’s recipes for your comfort food fix.
fred flare | Buy
Hand-blown, special order terrariums – you’re far less likely to kill the cactus when it’s in a $600 planter.
Measurements: Small approx. H 8”, Large approx. H 12”
Velocity Art and Design | Buy
(Price is for small. $800 for large.)
Handmade quilts for homebodies who like to rock. Wear yours as a cape while you dance around the living room in your underwear. Turnaround is about three to five months, and custom orders are available.
Quiltsryche | Buy
(For a queen-sized quilt)
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