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links: gift guides and guides to gift guides

Darling Studio – the darling guide to gift guides.

Cool Hunting: Gift Guide.

To & From, Holiday 2012 Gift Guide. A huge amount of pretty things, via Making It Lovely.

Links to lots of gift guides over at Apartment 34.

Sprinkle Bakes: Essentials and Gifts for Bakers.

The holiday gift guide. Only one item!

Lottie + Doof » Gift Guide 2012. Maldon Sea Salt mini tin! Via Shutterbean.

Holiday gift ideas for the hard-to-shop-for : All & Sundry. Really great ideas that Sundry got from Twitter, and more in the comments.

The Blogger Market. Goods curated by bloggers, open until Dec. 15th and full of pretty things.

The 2012 Good Gift Games – The Morning News. The annual review of board games from the almighty Matthew Baldwin. (He goes on public radio with this list each year here in Seattle!)

MetaFilter Holiday Meta-gift Guide | Best Of MetaFilter. Lots of great lists here (“gifts for people you don’t know very well”) along with links to the best gift guides and a Metafilter mall of sorts filled with things made and sold by Mefites. Awesome.

· comments [6] · 12-11-2012 · categories:uncategorized ·

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  • 1 Rebecca S. // Dec 11, 2012 at 6:22 am

    If you’re looking for a great board game, I highly recommend Castle Panic. It’s a cooperative game that can be played with 2 people or more. Either you all win or all loose against the invading monsters. It’s super fun! To make it harder, I recommend getting the Wizard Tower expansion pack, but warn you, we’ve only won once with the expansion pack in play! But it was still a lot of fun.

  • 2 Alyssa // Dec 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Oh gift guides. *sigh* I love them so. Those Metafilter and Darling Studio links are going to eat up my entire day with me just drooling over all the fun suggestions. I’m going to try and keep track of these links and use them year-round next year, just so I’m not scrambling the day before someone’s birthday and then end up just giving them a gift card…

    And if I may suggest another one, Liz from Happy Sighs did a week of gift guides last week that I really enjoyed; loads of good ideas and nothing too crazy for the budget conscious. Plus, they just look pretty! :-)

  • 3 deb // Dec 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    All of the things on these lists are super fun in my opinion, but the gifts I really struggle with every year are the ones I give to…”normal” people? I’m not sure how to explain it without sounding like an idiot, really. Basically, people who are 40+ years old, low-to-middle income with a midwestern/practical sensibility (this includes extended family members and most of my coworkers).

    A lot of the gifts on these types of lists are more…um…froofy? (Is that a word? I’ll just pretend it is.) I personally love froofy, but a lot of the recipients on my list would just be confused or possibly annoyed by them. Design-y, techie, foodie or fashion-y things are out. I always default to a generic piece of home decor, like electric candles or a serving plate..and that gets old fast. I wonder if there are any gift lists for the recipients I buy for…

  • 4 megan // Dec 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Deb – Check out the Metafilter lists, the last link. That is exactly what everybody there is answering.

  • 5 Little Big // Dec 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Deb, I had the same problem. I eventually solved it my writing my own thrifty, thriftier, and thriftiest gift guides.

  • 6 Erin // Jan 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks so much for including Apartment 34 in the gift guide round-up, Megan! Happy New Year!

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