An Update on the “Just Because” Gift Guide

December 6, 2011

I’ve been posting gift ideas as I come upon them for the last month. This one covers a lot of ground; from survival gear to the tech-y to the perfect gift for your mother-in-law. For whatever I lack in depth, I hope to make up for in breadth.  You have my sister Tate to thank for this edition; she’s been at me for the last week to publish this.

1.While this may not be for everyone, this survival backpack full of survival supplies ($99) would make my Christmas, as I’m an erstwhile survivalist.  To each their own.

2. Cyber Clean gel ($8) is for cleaning all that icky gunk that accumulates on computer keyboards.

3. I’ve always wanted wooden spoons and cutting boards with that warm patina of age.  This spoon oil ($5) is one way to get it.

4. This succulent wreath ($85) strikes me as a great gift for your mother-in-law or best garden loving friend.

This UFO Zine ($6) would be a great stocking stuffer for my Dad or little gift for that hip office mate. Or for those people in your life that have everything.

In that same vein, this Abraham Palatnik Lucite Lepoard ($150) would make an amazing present for the design minded boss or boyfriend with an awesome office job.

For the pregnant friend, I’d get this adorable woodland creature set ($40).  

For the friend with a 15 month to 3.5 year old son, I’d suggest any of the Batta take-a-part toys ($18).  Alex is a huge fan, too.

One of my favorite gift combo for almost all children under 5 years is this soft bat ($20) and inflatable globe ball ($14).  We’ve passed many an enjoyable hour playing baseball this way. Highly recommended! (And safe for indoor play).

What isn’t to love about these tie-die hair ties ($10.50). For all the ladies, friends, sisters, daughters out there.  Because I’m so over Goody.

While I can hear the groans from various members of my personal peanut gallery that this would make a sad gift,  I would love to find these kitchen “paper towel replacements” ($29) under the tree.  In the elaborate gift giving protocols in my family, one of the golden rules is that the gift can’t be too practical or involve drudgery.  So, no vacuums, or handkerchiefs or undies or cloth paper towels.  You get the idea.

This mini “pixie nesspresso” machine ($185) would be more appropriate gift in that is pampers the recipient with espresso drinks whenever they desire, for under a $1 a shot. Amazon has the best price by far on this one … just sayin’.

As long time readers well know, I’m paper obsessed.  This “gold bar” set of post-its ($10) would be a great gift for co-workers.

To end on a romantic note, this mini device makes a rainbow on demand ($20).

Oh, and I’ve been listening to Spotify Premium while I type this.  At $120, not a bad gift for that music obsessed significant other.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Hannah December 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

i really, really love the woodland creature set and the wreaths. perfect gifts.

Down and Out Chic December 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm

i love the hair ties i bought from mane message and definitely think they’d make the perfect stocking stuffer. i haven’t seen the take apart toys before but i have a 3 yr old nephew that i think might love it. thanks for the idea!

christina December 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm

My boys would love the take apart trucks!

Nomadic D December 7, 2011 at 4:19 am

Oddly enough it’s the UFOZine that jumped out at me from this list, I think I have just the silly cousin for that…

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Aurelia December 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

I love the rainbow-on-demand!!

Aurelia December 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

Oh and the gold bar would be a perfect present for my I-love-post-its friend!
:)

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erica December 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

my mom gave us an earthquake survival kit for xmas last year and it felt like a really wonderful gift.

now, i need a woodlands set. for me.

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Sweaters and Cider December 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Great list! We need that backpack. And I have those hair ties! They’re amazing!

tate December 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

yay! finally in print! I want everything in my stocking, including the wreath. I can’t wait for our christmas!

Sara December 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I want the unpaper towels and I love love love upscale green practical items for gifts including underpants!!! Well designed, of course.

sean blume January 2, 2012 at 6:17 am

thats nice. my wife would love that.
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