- 1 Bike safety made tasty
- 2 They’re not like regular ghosts, they’re cool ghosts
- 3 Insulation for your morning coffee
- 4 Not your grocery-store panettone
- 5 Hello from the children of planet Earth
- 6 Nature’s greatest blockbuster
- 7 Platters for everything
- 8 Effortless everyday dressing
- 9 A tool bag for more than just tools
- 10 Plant one on them
- 11 Cooking advice for everyone
- 12 Warm and woolly
- 13 Hydration with a splash of whimsy
- 14 A comfortable seat under the stars
- 15 Pour-over coffee anywhere
- 16 A surprisingly useful little pot
- 17 An earthy herbal tea
- 18 Flip it and reverse it
- 19 A luxurious red lipstick
- 20 The minimalist’s Swiss Army knife—minus the knife
- 21 Bean-to-bar chocolate for bakers
- 22 Elevated shelving
- 23 An everyday (and every-night) bag
- 24 If you have one book of poems, make it this one
- 25 Bleep bloops on demand
- 26 A creamy treat for cheese lovers
- 27 A beautiful book for bibliophiles
- 28 A box of fresh pencils
- 29 An heirloom bowl
- 30 Record-collecting essential
- 31 A thoughtful knitting bag
- 32 A sturdy pinback button maker
- 33 The funnest seat in the house
- 34 From glam to Goldblum
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I know I got as much pleasure giving a neighbor a batch of my favorite boozy pecan pie truffles, placed in a simple tin with a silly hand-drawn doodle, as I did when receiving an assortment of dried sardines, rare teas, and delicate pastries from a friend who had carefully toted them back from Japan for me.
In that spirit, consider this a gift guide not just for the people receiving them, but for you, too. Every single item here brought joy or happiness in one way or another to our editors and writers who suggested them for this list. We also have some picks in our gift guide with The New York Times (Wirecutter’s parent company). And if you have little ones in your life, don’t miss our kids gift guides, because there’s nothing like the vicarious delight of seeing their giddy excitement at getting just the thing they wanted.
Bike safety made tasty
Safety Pizza ($20 at the time of publication)
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s a- sign that a cyclist is ahead and should be given a wide berth by passing motor vehicles. Or at least, that’s how the song has gone in my head ever since a friend from my biking group got a Safety Pizza from his local bike shop last year. These reflective slices are made from the same materials found on first-responder vehicles and garments. As a result, they remain visible, flexible, and safe in temperatures as cold as -55 °F. Give this to anyone who rides a bike and loves ’za—in my experience, the overlapping portion of that Venn diagram looks more like two stacked pies.
—Michael Zhao, deputy editor
They’re not like regular ghosts, they’re cool ghosts
Studio Arhøj Ghosts (about $25 at the time of publication)
These quirky ceramic figures are made in various shapes by Studio Arhøj, a design and ceramics studio in Denmark. Apart from just looking cute, the 4-inch ghosts also make great paperweights or ring holders. But I prefer mine on my mantel, keeping friendly watch over my guests and me.
—Rozette Rago, associate photo editor
Insulation for your morning coffee
Hydro Flask 12 oz Coffee Mug ($30 at the time of publication)
This mug is exactly the thing I wish I’d had around when I worked in an office every day. I’m a notoriously slow coffee drinker, and this mug helps to keep things warm for longer than the average ceramic mug. It has a simple lid that pops right in, and it comes in four colors. Unlike other insulated mugs, the Hydro Flask mug has a handle, which makes it more comfortable to use for casual coffee sipping than an insulated travel carafe. Pair it with a few packets of hot cocoa mix and a peppermint stick, and you have the perfect stocking stuffer for the hot-beverage lover in your life.
—Alex Arpaia, staff writer
Not your grocery-store panettone
Manresa Bread Triple Chocolate and Candied Orange Panettone ($45 at the time of publication)
Last year, inspired by Tejal Rao’s great story for The New York Times (Wirecutter’s parent company) on the new wave of panettone in the US, I ordered this loaf to share with my family over the holidays. I give a lot of credit to the article’s descriptions for convincing me to spend this much on a bread I had previously known only in its stale, boxed-up grocery-store form. But the price also seemed a small one to pay for a gift to share with four people I love. In any case, the panettone was utterly worth it. Studded with candied orange and chocolate, the loaf reminded me of a great croissant: heavily enriched with butter yet light, airy, and pull-apart tender (especially after being warmed in the oven). This year the triple chocolate orange loaf is available through November, after which Manresa switches to a hazelnut praline chocolate version for December.
—Marguerite Preston, lead editor
Hello from the children of planet Earth
Voyager Golden Record LP Box Set ($100 at the time of publication)
In 1977 NASA launched the Voyager spacecrafts to explore the deepest reaches of our solar system and beyond. Packed on board were gold-plated records—curated by Carl Sagan and his team—intended to serve as a “message in a bottle” to any alien civilization that might find them. They contain greetings in an array of languages, as well as animal sounds, music, and more, and accompanying directions indicate how to play the record, in case vinyl hasn’t come back in vogue for our alien neighbors as it has here on Earth. Best Made’s box set lets you have the same experience our extraterrestrial neighbors might. I got it for my father-in-law last year, and I could see a flash of his childhood in his eyes as he remembered the sense of exploration that Voyager’s launch brought him 40-plus years ago.
—Nick Guy, senior staff writer
Nature’s greatest blockbuster
Blue Planet II (about $25 at the time of publication)
Have you ever seen a fish eat a bird? More important, do you want to? The BBC’s latest, greatest nature documentary shows you exactly what that looks like, capturing the gaping jaws of giant trevallies as they leap through the water to swallow baby terns whole. Mesmerizing, sobering, and unbelievable, Blue Planet II engages all your senses. Watch glaciers crumble like confectioner’s sugar into the Arctic. Soak in the melodic thrum of host David Attenborough’s voice. Be hypnotized by the bioluminescent clouds of plankton whipped up by mobula rays swimming at midnight. It’s no wonder the series took four years and 125 expeditions to make. It’s the perfect gift for someone who loves to be thrilled, as well as someone who could use a reminder of what the world stands to lose.
—Sabrina Imbler, staff writer
Platters for everything
Jono Pandolfi Oval Platter ($40 to $75 at the time of publication)
You could happily outfit a whole kitchen with Jono Pandolfi’s ceramics, which all share the same simple, clean curves and muted glazes contrasting with bare clay. I say this from experience, having spent the past three years building a collection from the seconds sales Pandolfi occasionally holds in New York. But of all the pieces I own, these oval platters (in three sizes) are the first thing I would give to my favorite cooks and hosts. You can use them for just about anything, from a cheese course to a composed salad to a whole chicken. And they have a secret superpower: Pandolfi mainly makes dinnerware for restaurants (supplying clients everywhere from Jersey City to Iceland), so all of his pieces are dishwasher safe and exceptionally durable. The platters on Pandolfi’s site are dark clay, but he also makes a light tan version for Food52.
Effortless everyday dressing
Ijji Work Jacket ($180 at the time of publication) and Drawstring Pants ($155 at the time of publication)
The stylish minimalist in your life would appreciate the simplicity of Ijji, a unisex brand based in San Francisco whose name comes from the Japanese word for “easy pants.” These pieces are made in California using sturdy Japanese canvas cotton that only gets better with wear. I got my husband his very first Ijji set for Christmas last year, and he has collected almost every other color since. I own a pair of Ijji pants myself, and it makes me feel like I’m wearing pajamas even though I look put together. This year, the company added new corduroy lines for people who like the look but prefer a softer, classic style.
A tool bag for more than just tools
Carhartt Legacy 14″ Tool Bag ($50 at the time of publication)
This is for the tool fiend in your life who needs more than a laptop bag. Sure, you can just keep it around the house with essential tools (and it’s pretty great for that), but it can also double as an everyday bag and look good doing it. My husband works in a dusty studio, so he uses this bag for his tools, sketchbook, lunch, and laptop (in a sleeve), as well as an extra set of clothes, and there’s no lack of pockets for keeping everything organized. An internal metal frame keeps the bag open for digging around with ease. Pair this bag with some extra organizers or that dream tool your giftee has been eyeing, and you’ll make that handy person on your list very happy.
—Daniela Gorny, associate managing editor
Plant one on them
The Sill ($5 to $80 at the time of publication)
Plants are the universal gift: Everyone can use an extra bit of green in their home, and it fits almost every occasion. Birthday? Here’s a plant! Going through a breakup? Don’t call your ex, talk to this plant instead. New job? Bet a bit of green will make that unfamiliar desk feel like home. But the best part about using The Sill is that you can easily give a plant to someone 10 or 1,000 miles away—just pick out the plant (from a fairly wide, affordable selection, including handy categories like pet-friendly plants), and the company will do all of the potting and delivery for you.
—Sasha VanHoven, social strategy manager
Cooking advice for everyone
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (about $20 at the time of publication)
I received Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat as a gift from my partner last year, and it’s proven to be one of the most informative books I’ve read in years. Author Samin Nosrat writes in a friendly, conversational tone that makes me feel like I can accomplish anything in the kitchen. Although the idea of reading a cookbook might sound batty, this isn’t really a cookbook—it’s more like a book about cooking with a few recipes thrown in. I learned from Nosrat that I’ve been undersalting my pasta water for years, and that my olive oil is undoubtedly rancid. This book is a foundational text that’s perfect for someone learning how to cook, an experienced cook who wants a reminder of the basics, or a friend who likes the Netflix show and wants to learn more.
Warm and woolly
Black Napa Alaska Sheepskin Mittens ($80 at the time of publication)
After a severe blizzard several winters ago during which I spent cursing yet another pair of ineffectual gloves, I got myself these sheepskin mittens. The plush shearling lining keeps my hands toasty no matter how low the mercury falls, and the thick yet supple leather insulates against the cold and wind and can withstand rain and snow. The lustrous nappa develops a beautiful patina over time and dresses up or down: I’ve worn these mitts for dog walking, to the opera, and for everything in between. And now, when a Nor’easter comes my way, I know my hands will be fine—I just need something for the rest of me.
—Winnie Yang, lead editor
Hydration with a splash of whimsy
PDW Lucky Cat Cage ($25 at the time of publication)
The odds are good that any time you enter a Japanese or Chinese business establishment, the raised paw of a maneki-neko (“beckoning cat”) will greet you. The cats are meant to bring luck, happiness, and good health, as well as to ward off evil spirits—all of which I tend to need while riding mountain bikes. So when I spotted this bottle cage at a bike shop last spring, I didn’t dare pass it up. You insert and remove the water bottle from the side, which is the only design that’ll work with my full-suspension bike. And I knew the cat would look reassuringly cheerful against my bike’s murdered-out frame. But when I got home, my boyfriend looked so sad I hadn’t bought it for him that I handed it over. Then I looked so sad, he went out and got a second one for me. See? Lucky!
—Christine Ryan, senior editor
A comfortable seat under the stars
NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair ($220 at the time of publication)
Whenever we go to REI, my husband can’t help but test out all the camp chairs on display, and we’ve ended up owning more than a reasonable number of them over the years. When we laid our eyes on the Stargaze Recliner, we immediately agreed that it was the most ridiculous-looking camp chair we’d seen. But it’s also the most comfortable one my husband has ever sat in. The seat is cleverly suspended on the aluminum frame to work like both a hammock and a recliner at the same time. You can gently rock in it in front of the campfire, beer in hand (or in the cup holder). And for stargazing, it’s indeed ideal: You can easily lean all the way back to take in the night sky. (Note that this chair better suits taller people—it doesn’t work for my 5-foot-2 frame.) It’s a great gift for anyone who thinks being outdoors doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable.
Pour-over coffee anywhere
Verve Coffee Dripkit Single-Serve Pourover (about $3 per serving at the time of publication)
If you know someone who “loves coffee” but thumbs their nose at the thought of a cuppa joe with one cream and sugar, fill their stocking with a few of these Verve Dripkit packets. These disposable all-in-one pour-over setups are filled with preground (but air-sealed) coffee from one of the country’s most respected third-wave coffee roasters. Each kit comes with clear instructions, but it’s also self explanatory: Just unfold and place it over a cup, and slowly add hot water. The resulting cup won’t win any SCAA awards, but it’s more than passable for scratching a coffee geek’s itch in a time of need.
A surprisingly useful little pot
Dansk Kobenstyle Butter Warmer (about $35 at the time of publication)
The Dansk Kobenstyle Butter Warmer is reminiscent of the Scandinavian enameled steel cookware that gained popularity in American kitchens throughout the ’50s and ’60s. I find its 16-ounce capacity handy for when I don’t want to dirty a large pot for small cooking tasks like melting butter or reheating a bowl of soup. It’s also the perfect size for warming milk, holding sauces, or making a cup of hot cocoa. And this little pot shouldn’t be relegated exclusively to the kitchen—its Danish modern design is stylish enough to go directly from the stovetop to the table. I often stick a ladle in the pot and use it in lieu of a gravy boat. Its rounded wood handle is not only beautiful but also cool to the touch, so dinner guests won’t burn their hands while passing the pot around the table. It’s an unexpectedly useful addition to any cook’s arsenal of cookware.
—Michael Sullivan, staff writer
An earthy herbal tea
Juniper Ridge White Sage & Wild Mint Tea ($13 at the time of publication)
A few months ago I ran out of mint tea and grabbed Juniper Ridge’s White Sage & Wild Mint Tea off the shelf in my neighborhood grocery store to replace it. But this tea turned out not to be an apt replacement for the mint tea I normally have in my evening tea rotation, because it tasted like something entirely new. The freshness of a classic mint tea is still there, but it partners with the earthiness of the white sage to create a brew that’s complex, sharp, mineral, and completely delightful. Give this to the herbal-tea drinker in your life who would welcome an alternative to the classic tisanes.
—Erin Price, community lead
Flip it and reverse it
Uniqlo Fleece Fair Isle Large Blanket ($30 at the time of publication)
I bought these double-sided fleece blankets from Uniqlo last year. I wear one during work hours when I need to warm up in my uninsulated Los Angeles bungalow—I like to call it my business cape. If I hadn’t bought five (yes, five) last year, I’d get this pretty Fair Isle pattern. Both the shaggy, high-pile side and the smooth fleece side are compellingly soft to the touch. The texture reminds me of my niece’s security blanket, now washed and worn to the nub.
—Ganda Suthivarakom, acting editor-in-chief
A luxurious red lipstick
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Ruby Rush ($55 at the time of publication)
There’s an inherent chicness about a bold red lip. But there’s also great power in being that person, the one who refuses to shut up and wear beige. Of the 10-plus reds in my arsenal, Ruby Rush by Tom Ford is my hands-down favorite to wear. I also love to give it as a gift because the cool-toned red looks stunning on a wide range of complexions. Unlike other matte formulas, it doesn’t flake, feather, or dry out your lips. Tom Ford’s matte lipsticks also stand out from the rest because they glide on smooth and last for hours (even longer if you layer them over a lip primer). And since this luxe lipstick comes at a premium price to match, it makes an excellent gift for a red-lip believer who wouldn’t splurge on themselves.
—Lesley Stockton, senior staff writer
The minimalist’s Swiss Army knife—minus the knife
Gerber Shard ($6 at the time of publication)
Stocking stuffers are my favorite kind of gift because they reliably fall into two categories that I find equally, deeply satisfying: practical items that I’m too lazy or too frugal to buy myself (like a pair of high-quality wool socks) or hedonistic ones I feel too ashamed to buy myself (like those delicious chocolate oranges). The Gerber Shard represents the Platonic ideal of the practical stocking stuffer, packing a bottle opener, a pry bar, a wire stripper, two sizes of flathead screwdrivers, and a Phillips-head driver into a sliver of titanium-coated stainless steel that measures less than 3 inches long and weighs under an ounce. It’s also great at slicing open Amazon delivery boxes, which is reason enough for me to keep it on my keychain for the foreseeable future.
—Ben Keough, staff writer
Bean-to-bar chocolate for bakers
Dandelion Chef’s Chocolate, Camino Verde ($30 at the time of publication)
This ground baking chocolate is unlike any I’ve ever used and a genuine treat for any baking enthusiast on your list. To be clear: This isn’t cocoa powder, it’s untempered chocolate ground to gravelly bits. And unlike chips, chunks, féves, or hand-chopped chocolate from a block, the Dandelion Chef’s Chocolate melts fast and even. It’s also one of the best bean-to-bar chocolates I’ve ever tasted, and it’ll infuse your favorite brownie, ganache, and cake recipes with subtle complexity and bright citrusy notes. So far I’ve made pastry cream and a decadent cup of hot cocoa with my Dandelion chocolate, and I’m saving the rest for holiday cookies.
SSB-1 in Birch Ply ($200 at the time of publication)
The sturdy, streamlined SSB-1 (Slotted System Bookcase) gives books and LPs the attention they deserve. Made by hand in California from American birch ply, this bookcase looks equally at home on top of a shelf or credenza, or on the floor. I love how its lines echo an open book, inviting you to browse and pick up its contents, a reminder to keep reading, keep listening. The SSB-1 looks good in multiples too, lined up end to end. We keep one of these in my kid’s room, with our current rotation of bedtime stories within easy reach, but I look forward to moving it closer to the turntable, so our records get some more regular play. I would get this for a bibliophile or a vinyl lover, or someone looking to get their reading material off the floor.
An everyday (and every-night) bag
Baggu Circle Purse ($180 at the time of publication)
This purse has barely left my side since I got it as a gift last year. It feels like an extra appendage at this point, its soft leather gently molding to my use. It’s a great everyday purse for essentials, but it also works easily for a nice dinner out. I use it as a cross-body bag most of the time, but if I feel like switching it up, I make a simple knot with the straps and use it as a shoulder bag. It has interior pockets that are perfect for organizing mints, lip balm, keys, and anything else I don’t want to lose track of—no matter the purse size, the Mary Poppins–sized abyss somehow remains the same. It also comes in a more casual (and affordable) canvas or a fancier, more delicate suede, so you can find the perfect one for your giftee.
If you have one book of poems, make it this one
American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time ($10 at the time of publication)
I know, it’s a poetry book, and you may already be starting to scroll past, but hear me out. This isn’t the poetry you probably read in high school. This is the voice of your neighbor, the person you sit next to on the bus, the cousin you see twice a year at holidays and wish you knew better, and maybe your college English professor. Tracy K. Smith, the current Poet Laureate of the United States, pulled together 50 poems by contemporary writers to create a literary sampling of the American experience. There are lyrics you’ll cheer with, elegies you’ll weep with, and stories you won’t forget. Get one for yourself and one for a friend. Trust me on this.
—Grant Clauser, senior editor
Bleep bloops on demand
Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Arcade ($60 at the time of publication)
Even if you’ve never played an instrument, Teenage Engineering’s Pocket Operators offer an accessible entry point to the wider world of synthesizers and electronic music production. The Arcade version has even broader appeal, thanks to its nostalgia-inducing voice bank inspired by the golden era of arcade gaming. Although you can find plenty of free, digital soundboards online and in app stores, nothing can truly replicate the visceral satisfaction of pressing physical buttons and twisting knobs to conjure sounds into existence. The Pocket Operator Arcade works with headphones but also has a tiny built-in speaker for that Game Boy aural experience. Just add a couple of AAAs, and you’ll be producing chiptune hits in no time.
A creamy treat for cheese lovers
Mitica Leonora (about $25 per pound at the time of publication)
If someone on your gift list enjoys edible discoveries, this creamy semisoft Spanish goat cheese may be a delicious surprise. Originating from the León area of northwestern Spain, Leonora has an elegant look and a subtle lemony—and ever-so-slightly sweet—flavor. It’s a great complement to wine and crackers or a fresh baguette, and it has become my go-to dessert cheese, best savored in small servings. The texture is buttery smooth and a bit flaky, and the taste gets more pronounced with age. Various websites suggest pairing Leonora with a light white wine, saison beer, merlot, or sparkling wine. Personal tip: Simple, crisp crackers are the way to go, as spicy ones will mask Leonora’s subtle taste.
—Rik Paul, lead editor
A beautiful book for bibliophiles
American Gods ($115 at the time of publication)
Last year I splurged and gifted myself this beautiful Folio edition of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It’s the perfect gift for any book lover or avid reader—whether they already love the story or haven’t yet had the pleasure of experiencing it. And legendary Sandman cover artist Dave McKean’s surreal illustrations elevate an excellent story to something truly special. If your giftee is already a fan, you can pair this fancy book with the first season of the TV show, an adaptation that kept me spellbound. It’s some of the best television I’ve seen in years.
—Kimber Streams, lead editor
A box of fresh pencils
Palomino Blackwing Pearl Pencils ($25 for a pack of 12 at the time of publication)
Blackwing pencils have a rich history, made famous by writers and illustrators such as Chuck Jones, who used them to create Bugs Bunny. My husband gave me a box of the Pearl version a couple of years ago, and they’ve been my go-to pencils ever since. I keep them in the box, even the ones I’m using, because it’s a treat to look inside and see them all neatly arranged, ready for me to create something. Blackwings are longer than typical pencils and don’t need to be sharpened as often, and their erasers cleanly pick up graphite (plus, they’re replaceable). The pencils are made with cedar and smell amazing. Palomino makes two other styles: The regular Blackwing is softer and works best for art, whereas the Blackwing 602 is harder and works for writing. I like the Blackwing Pearl as an everyday pencil for sketching out quilt designs and jotting down notes.
—Jackie Reeve, staff writer
An heirloom bowl
T3 Vermont Bowl ($110 for the small birch version at the time of publication)
My mom had a large wooden salad bowl when I was growing up. So did my grandma. But for some reason, it took me nearly 10 years of living on my own to finally realize one of these was missing from my own serving bowl collection. We’re a family of popcorn eaters, and if you’re anything like us, you know that the only way to enjoy popcorn is by shoveling it into your mouth. Nothing lends itself to such debaucherous eating quite like the T3 Vermont Bowl, which is large enough to hold a steady supply of popcorn, a big salad, or whatever dish you might be preparing for the neighbors’ upcoming potluck. It’s available in three sizes and wood finishes (walnut, birch, and cherry). Don’t be fooled: Even the small version, which I own, is a roomy 10 inches in diameter. The Vermont Bowl is a generous gift for the entertainer or family cook in your life.
Vinyl Buddy Record Cleaner ($15 at the time of publication)
I had exceedingly low expectations when I threw the Vinyl Buddy Record Cleaner into my cart in order to fulfill an Amazon Add-On shipping quota. I’d been burned by costlier options from more-established brands, but the customer reviews looked decent enough, and they didn’t read as fake, so why not try it? I’m glad I did, since it ended up working so well that I burst out laughing after the first time I used it. Running this simple silicone roller over the top of a crackly record dug up dirt I couldn’t even see, making old LPs sound as if they’d been replaced by new pressings. No brushing, wiping, or cleaning fluids required. Renewing the roller itself is as simple as rinsing it down and letting it air dry. It’s an essential stocking stuffer for any record collector.
A thoughtful knitting bag
Fringe Supply Co. Field Bag ($65 at the time of publication)
With this bag, Fringe Supply Co. managed to solve every knitting need I had (and some I didn’t know I had) in one beautiful design. I received the Field Bag for my birthday a few years ago, and it’s been my go-to knitting carry-all since. It easily fits three or four skeins of heavyweight yarn and has a pocket with three grommets to loop yarn through, keeping different strands separated and making colorwork easier than ever. On the opposite side, the bag has three pockets for needles. I’m happily able to carry around a small notebook, a pen, a tape measure, scissors, and tapestry needles with plenty of room to spare. The Field Bag is the perfect vessel for toting around knitting projects, whether that’s just from the couch to the bed and back again, or packed away in a carry-on for longer trips. It’s one of those things that just work.
American Button Machines ($230 for the 1½-inch size at the time of publication)
If you need a substantial gift for creative teens, young activists, graphic artists, or hobbyists who seem to have everything already, an American Button Machine model (I own the 1½-inch size) is the kind of tool they might not think of for themselves but will love to have and use. I’m always collecting new hobbies and the gear that goes with them. A few years ago I decided I wanted to make pinback buttons, and I researched the sturdiest, easiest-to-use machines. American Button Machines was the brand to get, and I’ve been really happy with mine. Beginners can jump in right away with hand-drawn art and work their way up to printing graphics sized to fit (the company’s video tutorials are delightful). I can pinch together a button in a couple of steps, and the machine looks very cool on a shelf.
The funnest seat in the house
Arnold Circus Stool ($125 at the time of publication)
Designed by Martino Gamper for the restoration of a garden in one of London’s oldest public housing estates, this lightweight stool is so much more than just a seat. It can serve as a side table or turn upside down for storage (such as for toys, as in our house). And because it’s made of plastic, it can stand up to outdoor use and would make a great worry-free plant stand. I love the bright, cheerful colors the stool comes in, as well as the friendly way it leans forward, like someone coming in close to whisper a secret.
From glam to Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum Sequin Pillow ($30 at the time of publication)
The sequin scientists who created this pillow were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should. Consider it for the biggest fan of Jurassic Park (or even The Fly, if you want to go deep Goldblum) you know, or make this the year you finally win the office Secret Santa exchange. An extra $10 buys you the pillow insert.
—Signe Brewster, staff writer
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
Keyword: The Gifts We Want to Give in 2018