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A (Sort Of) Gift Guide

I love gift guides but, honestly, I find myself using them most often for the sources they draw from so please allow me to just go ahead and tell you about the spots I’m using for ideas this year:

Kickstarter at MoMA – That neat stuff that was on Kickstarter but you might have since lost track of? Here it is! Also see: the whole gifts section. (I’ve been eyeing that Bubble Necklace for a few years now. Not a hint. Ok, yes, it’s a hint.)

Good Gift Games at The Morning News – An annual curated list of tabletop games by Matthew Baldwin and one of those things I look forward to every year. I know the guy in person and can vouch that all these games have been well tested over rounds of beer with good people at good pubs. I’m going to throw my support on the Marrying Mr. Darcy: The Pride and Prejudice Card Game and also call up a past game that is a most-played in my house: Forbidden Island.

Cool Tools: Mark’s Picks and Under $10 – Have somebody on your list who is a Maker or very practical or just plain hard to shop for? Cool Tools will have a suggestion for that one thing that they might not already know about. Among the most well received gifts to family that I’ve given have come from past Cool Tools recommendations including a craft assistant setup for a model-making family member and guitar tuning devices for my part-time rock star husband. (If said giftee just likes knowing about neat things they might love the Cool Tools book, which I fully admit to becoming engrossed in myself, it’s huge like a coffee table book and packed with information like a catalog.)

Brit+Co Shop – Among the many awesome things in this shop I’m particularly in love with the Gold Leaf Valet Kit with Lovely Indeed, the customizable wood burnt Cheese Board with Design*Sponge and the wooden Pop-Out Ornament Cards. See also: the whole Tech (Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote for an iPhone!) and Merrymaking Color Block Muddler!) selections. Full disclosure and blatant self promotion: this winter I have my own collaboration with Brit+Co for a set of mini gingerbread house mug topper cookie cutters which, as of me typing this, should be back in stock to purchase on Friday 12/12/14. Update: The DIY Kits have sold out, thanks to everybody who purchased one!

What are your favorite sources for the difficult to shop for?

· comments [6] · 12-8-2014 · categories:christmas · shopping ·

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MelissaM // Dec 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks, Megan! Several of those games look great. I’m going to have to print out the list and take it to my local gaming store.

  • 2 megan // Dec 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Melissa – I’m so glad! Matthew’s been doing it for years so look back to past annual installments if you need more suggestions.

  • 3 Kat // Dec 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I love that the game guide has a lot of 2-player games! It seems like so many great games either need or really benefit from having 3+ players (i.e. one more than lives at my house).

  • 4 megan // Dec 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Kat – I agree! it’s hard to get pets to be the third and fourth player when you just wanna play a game before bedtime :)

  • 5 KC // Dec 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

    It makes me happy to think of all the gingerbread house cookie cutter kits going out into the world. :-) (sorry for anyone who didn’t get a chance to buy one, of course – but happy that there isn’t a pile of them, sad and lonely, in a warehouse somewhere) Congratulations!

  • 6 megan // Dec 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    KC – Thank you! I know a few people didn’t get one and I feel bad about that.

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