So this is really *my* wishlist but we are going to pretend that its use is more universal. I am difficult to shop for because I indulge my whims and wants frequently so figured I would pitch a few gift ideas here for the difficult loved ones in your lives.
Most people who love plush toys will probably love the Costco 93″ Plush Bear; I couldn’t manage the logistics necessary to take this one home (car not big enough), which isn’t to say that I wouldn’t swear my permanent allegiance to the person who surprises me with it.
If I hadn’t gotten this Poler Wearable Sleeping Bag earlier this year, I would definitely have gotten this Selk’bag Wearable Sleeping Bag. Sure, it is just a more padded version of animal onesies but I love cocooning myself in plushy things (who doesn’t?)
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist was such a hit last year with a few of my friends that I’ve decided more people need it on their bookshelves. It is about to overtake All My Friends Are Dead as my favorite book to give. Both are really paradigm-shifting works of literature. I normally avoid giving books (unless it’s for the expressed purpose of “borrowing” at a later time) because close friends whom I would know well enough to book shop for and I routinely borrow from each others’ libraries and it poses a pretty clear conflict of interest.
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I swear I give most gifts with the sincere hope that they improve the lives of the gift recipient so the joke’s really on cynical friends who unwrap gifts and start laughing uncontrollably and maniacally because they think what I’ve given them are gag gifts. They are not. The Morninghead Cap is one such gift.
And since becoming a Converse convert earlier this year, putting non-athletic sneakers in the hands of non-hipster friends has become a pet project of mine. I love that you can order Customized Converse Sneakers at a small premium.
Also, Legos. Missing the Taj Mahal set is a mistake that continues to afflict me (secondary markets have a solution but I am too cheap to pay the 3k that resellers demand on eBay) Currently have my eyes on the Tower Bridge set.
On food: Virginia Woolf in A Room of One’s Own wrote, “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” In that vein, I consider gummy bears a part of that delicate food equation. And while I encourage you to explore the Giant Gummy Bear as a gift option, I would also encourage you to discourage the gift recipient from consuming the bear in one sitting (I have tried and regretted). If gummy bears aren’t your thing, then exotic flavors of Kit Kat ought to be.
And if all else fails, socks are a safe choice for many for good reason. Look at all of these fun choices!
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Happy shopping. And please share your unique gift ideas in the comment section!