CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS 2018
An Australian designer called
makes some of the most beautiful keyboards and computer accessories I've ever seen. Not cheap, though!
I like Adam Savage's bags, made from upcycled sail cloth.
EDC ONE CHARCOAL
high quality grid paper journal
, because grid paper is the best paper and you could never buy yourself a journal like this.
In Good Company necklaces:
Julia Donaldson writes kids' books, and is sort of a genius. My fav three are:
The Snail and the Whale
The Detective Dog
The Everywhere Bear
are flexible tripods made by JOBY. Anyone who uses a camera would probably like one.
Cheapo but useful stocking fillers: guitar picks, hair clips, stationary, seeds, cosmetic samples, screws, needles and thread, paper straws, nail polish, comb, collector cards, shower cap, tea...
Tactile wooden memory game
A bottle of
fancy olive oil
is nice to have, and almost no one would buy these ones for themselves.
You can easily design and print your own
. Maybe a kid's name? A personal joke? Labels for whatever they collect? Oh, also, you can print your own custom coasters at
This grey toy goose whose name is
Squiggle loop straws! You can buy a
packet of 5 at KMart for $2
and you could split them between kids' stockings.
Labels for home made garments
. Great gift for the seamstress or knitter! B’s favourite one is the one that says, “This is the back.”
Board games are the best. I like:
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
Cash 'n Guns
for sheer hilarity. Or
is easy and family friendly. Also, if you have a 4 year old, it turns out
is really fun.
make a huge batch of granola
, recycle (or buy) some nice jars, wrap them in gold bows, and give them to family and friends. Really easy, really yum.
Play-food soft sandwiches
, set of 4.
is a colleciton of digital assets and templates: stock footage, Adobe templates, animated assets, etc. I have a work account, but if I didn't, I'd still want a play account.
paper doll kit
(AKA my brilliant sisters).
This ugly but cheap(ish)
Paint it, fit it out, make it nice! Lots of people did this (
including us last month!
I really like this
for messy toys like lego and blocks. This is probably on my daughter's list (even if she doesn't know it yet).
"Flight of the Juniper Possum"
is a gin-tasting set that would probably make someone very happy.
Dermalogica shaving cream
is so damn good. JJ gave this to me last year, and it made my face very happy.
If you're too chicken to choose jewellery, how about a
A dress-up costume! Fireman, batgirl, fairy, dinosaur... Or just assorted wigs and props for a dress-up box.
only a placemat for kids
but it's super cute, and washable, and designed in Melb.
For a nerd who loves facts and comedy,
The Book of the Year 2018
by No Such Thing as a Fish.
Peppermint and rosemary bodywash by
The Little Bits
Rule Your Room Kit
2019 a2 calendar wall poster
by Risotto Studio.
These playmats by Gathre are beautiful:
Pier Midi +
.Thanks J for these tips.
clear plastic divider cases
, filled with whatever they like. My mum once gave one to my daughter filled with different craft things. But it could be screws, or lollies, or beads, or anything. They cost about $3, and you can get them everywhere.
A one-day course in something.
Woordworking? Indian cooking? B keeps talking about this shoe making workshop,
The Shoe Camaraderie
Milk Street: Tuesday Nights
, or Samin Norsat's
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Earl Grey Bitters
One good chef's knife is infinitely better than 10 bad knives. Anyone who cooks should have one. I have this
Wusthof 20cm Classic
, and it's one of the best things I own.
by Nicole Berlach.
colourful peg dolls
would make an excellent, but somewhat pricey, stocking filler.
makes cool colourful clothes, and is also a social enterprise, showcasing textiles designed by Aboriginal artists.
Some new summer pajamas.
Asian Wok Spice
is damn good. Luxury pantry ingredients are great. For my part, I'd love some barberries, preserved lemons, and dried sour cherries.
A water pistol! For example, this
Lego bricks. Not a model, just heaps and heaps of
. Or, for littler ones, heaps of Duplo! Then you too can spend Saturday mornings
designing precarious towers
. Also, some of these
Rabbit Headphone Splitter
. For teenagers who want to share music with their friends on the train? I dunno. It's cute and stocking sized, anyhow.
Aveda licorice root and peppermint tea
. My sister bought this for B. B says she has been rationing it, because she doesn’t want it to end.
Copper cheese knives
from West Elm.
"Barbarian Days: A surfing life"
is a book that sounds and looks very masculine, and Barak Obama said he liked it.
My friend Alex who knows board games recommends this 2-player game called
Fog of Love
. I haven't played it, and I'm passing the blame because the description is: "You will create and play two vivid characters who meet, fall in love and face the challenge of making an unusual relationship work."
top shelf sake
If they're a travelling type, fancy leather
"Flower Colour Guide"
. I don't know what this is for. I just think it's intresting.
is a tasty beer.
A teenager might like a
For pool parties, or camping, or whatever they do these days.
magazine. I'm told Lunch Lady is the grown-up Frankie.
New guitar strings.
G-clamp bottle opener
Aesop's roll-on flight therapy oil
would be a tiny luxury for a frequent traveller. And the
would make a useful and amusing gift for a stinky housemate.
Stamp sets by Scout Editions. Maybe
The Botanical Stamp Set
The Birds Stamp Set
for kids who want to build cities. The
would be really fun, but is pricey. I think the
is cool for $25!
I don't know if a 10 year old
but they'd probably like one, and they might go stay somewhere!
A kid might want some
. It's sunny out.
On the off chance that someone is a cyclist who makes homemade pizza, then the
Fixie Pizza Cutter
is pretty neat. Bit of a gimmick, though.
from Buns, please and thank you. Or, if you're filthy rich and love me very much,
You can get a
for $20, which is good because nothing holds a charge, and it would make a stocking nice and weighty.
for the car enthusiast or clean freak.
Make them some
vanilla cherry jam
while it's still cheap cherry season, or else marmalade, pesto, pickles, or roasted nuts.
This is what a
magnet is supposed to look like
. And a child should have this magnet, I think.
Handmade ceramic earrings
. Or, if you happen to have 169 spare dollars, the
Search-and-find books are super fun, but younger kids rarely have the patience for Wally.
is what you want. Beautiful and not too hard. Keeps our 4 year old entertained for hours.
For gamers, a new controller, or mouse, or keyboard. They might also like a
Steam gift voucher
, which is a thing where you buy and play PC games. They will know what it is.
, because it's probably not the gin that's letting you down.
Juggling and circus stuff
This bar cart is nice for $100
Atom bubble earings
(tip by MT).
for children. They have a maximum decibel setting to protect their little ears. (Tip by LL.)
Our daughter has the jumbo ones, and they're very cool. You can build a surprising number of interesting objects. Pricey, but worth it. (Tip, LL.)