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.)
As long as you’ll be on a plane for twelve hours, might as well make things comfortable. This kit includes: earplugs, dental kit, a neck rest, Dylan’s Candy Bar chocolates, slipper socks, eye Shade, F-1 moist towelettes, pen, and a deck of cards. A great gift for honeymooners, business travelers, and new grads.
Flight 001 | Buy
(7" X 5" X 2")
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)
2007 CALENDAR GUIDE A colorful, flat desk calendar that will make you feel sunnier about the rush of deadlines headed your way.
Sugar Paper | Buy
2007 CALENDAR GUIDE Each day features a new item to covet.
Kates Paperie | Buy
(5.1" x 4.3")
2007 CALENDAR GUIDE There are 10,000 ways to track your daily schedule electronically, but only one way to be sure you’ll remember an essential appointment even if your laptop starts smoking. This palm-sized Moleskine feels smooth and cool in your hand, and will still be around when it’s time to write your memoirs. That is, unless you leave your bag at the bar.
Amazon | Buy
2007 CALENDAR GUIDE Diana Fayt is a San Francisco artist who makes gorgeous ceramics. Her calendar features twelve original designs that are offset printed on Japanese paper. Get yours quick, I have a feeling they’ll be gone fast.
Diana Fayt | Buy
2007 CALENDAR GUIDE An attractive bi-monthly calendar that lets you make a timeline of your year.
Decoy Lab | Buy
(36" W x 2.75" T)
2007 CALENDAR GUIDE Nikki McClure’s calendar is officially a Mighty Goods favorite. It’s inspiring, touching, and features twelve lovely paper cut designs. Also, it’s good for the planet, as it’s printed on acid-free, chlorine-free, recycled paper using soy ink. The perfect gift.
Elsewares | Buy
(12" x 12")
STOCKING STUFFER GUIDE A cleaner alternative to those sproingy photo clips you see all over the mall. In addition to displaying photos, you can also use this clip as a bookmark or an extra-fancy paper clip.
The Museum of Useful Things | Buy
STOCKING STUFFER GUIDE Ninja gun! As long as the kids are playing with violent toys, they might as well be awesome.
Think Geek | Buy
BUDGET HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Shit. The neighbor you barely know just brought you a present. Luckily, you purchased the perfect useful, generic gift for just such an occasion. You are a holiday genius.
Flax Art and Design | Buy
(Measures 6 3/4" when closed.)
For the writer, artist, anal-retentive list maker in your life – one slim journal for each month of the year.
Rare Device | Buy
You can’t see it in the little photo, but this kidskin wallet has a small stripe of colored contrast stitching along the bottom. So you get a classic fold wallet with a little bit of charisma.
This is Auto | Buy
Maximize your cookie calories by eliminating one of the dishes you have to wash.
Up To You | Buy
(no longer available)
Fill this with water and place it near your bed before you head out for a night of carousing. This simple tool will cut your hangover in half. Bedside carafes, not just for the old and infirm anymore!
Global Table | Buy
This Earl Grey with a hint of sweet lavender is a nice update on a classic. Ideal between bites of shortbread, the tea comes in cute little boxes that make you feel like you’re opening a present for yourself every time you make a cup of tea.
Revolution Tea | Buy
(For twenty servings.)
Ever wonder what separates you from the editors? Here’s a whole book of examples. Bryson’s guide to usage, spelling, and grammar will have you exclaiming every few entries. That is, if you’re the type who reads reference books cover to cover. Oh, just admit it.
Amazon | Buy
A pet project of the Anchor Steam Brewery on San Francisco’s Potrero Hill, Old Poetrero Rye is their attempt to recreate the original American whiskey. Rye is nearly impossible to find in bars or liquor stores, so if you know a whiskey lover, this is a can’t-miss gift. Old Potrero is made in a small copper pot still at the distillery, and aged for a year in Oak barrels. There’s never enough to go around, so get yours while it’s in season and available.
Beverages and More | Buy
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