I don’t need a holiday to give gifts. I don’t need a birthday or anniversary. I just need a day and a person to bless and a little cash to burn.
So when it comes to giving gifts I approach it with the “Three System”. Three predicates that must be considered and taken into consideration.
- Who am I buying this for and what are they passionate about?
- What’s something I myself would go completely Ga-Ga over (and I don’t mean Lady GaGa either).
- What’s the likelihood someone else would of think of this gift?
Powdered, primed and loaded – my shopping pistols are locked and ready.
Here are a few things I personally have and love, wish I had or know a thousand people (slight over exaggeration) that would love to have these.
So the title of this post says “nine groovy gifts” and there are ten here but these first two come from the same place and are so completely similar I guess you could say I fudged it a bit.
Let me just get this out now, I love old books. No I’m serious, I LOVE them. Ask Mr. Sweet Butter. I love the feel of leather bound volumes and tomes, held together with string and bursting with pages made from gorgeous amalfi paper. I would have an entire library of nothing but leather books and although I’m deeply attached to the Kindle App on my iPad I wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to convert each and every book on my Kindle and in my house magically into a leather gilded book, living and breathing.
There are places on the internet to buy encyclopedias and classics in leather and I would happily lead you to them. But what about having your own blank canvas to write your own story; your own ideas; a gorgeous journal for future generations to cherish? Personally I’m one of those traditionalists. I think of pirates logs of old and manuscripts full of drawings and ideas by artists like Leonardo DaVinci, Benjamin Franklin and Tyco. Eh.. call me a romanticist.
Somehow, once upon a time, I found Epica.com, a place on the internet that believed in the same thing and was dedicated to producing leather books and journals. It’s hard to choose my favorites but these two stop my heart when I see them. The Hard cover leather journal with amalfi paper below, and the calf skin leather journal above.
EPCIA also carries recipe books to write down your cooking creations for future generations, lined journals and guest books and photo albums. Nothing beats the quality and the beauty of these incredible books.
I don’t know about you but I know a LOT of bloggers that are homeschoolers that are always looking for something fun to encourage and teach their kids.
Personally one of my favorite subjects is history follow by geography and nothing captures my imagination more than a spinning globe. As Dr. Seuss put it “oh the places I will go.” I found these really neat globes online and had to share.
The first is actually a chalkboard globe from GiDesigns.net that has the basic outline of all the land masses and leaves the rest to your growing minds.
The second defies the laws of physics and hovers in mid air via a powerful set of magnets. It’s the “Floating Globe” from World Globes.com. Turn it, roll it, remove it and play toss. Whatever suits the mood.
Face it, you see an amazing checkerboard cake on a blog somewhere and wonder how in the world did they do that? Well it’s can be done by hand but I prefer to leave that skill to the more experienced cake masters. I’m all for cheating when need be and the “checkboard cake pan” by Wilton can help even the inept cake maker like myself turn out something truly unique.
It may be winter where you are, being in Florida, it’s currently a perfect Spring day. Couldn’t ask for better weather to be honest. I’m sure there are a few people out there that think of Florida and the first thing that comes to mind is a hammock slung laxidazically between two palm trees, innocently inviting you to take a nap in the breeze.
I don’t have a hammock YET but once I get my own home I am going to have one, maybe two. I most certain want the cream fringe one pictured top-right but a hammock swing attached to a porch or large tree or even a wooden frame sounds delightful. These may sound like traditional ideas but imagine one of these little swings hanging in the corner of a library or kids rooms. I couldn’t think of a more perfect idea spot for relaxing and reading. Having one inside waylays the excuse of using it only in the spring and summer. All year round is nice indeed. There are so many styles and patterns at The Hammock Company.com and at GardenFun.com you may have a hard time choosing.
This next one is for the techy geek, the photographer geek, and pretty much anyone who has a camera phone. I don’t know about you but I have often wished my camera phone zoom was a bit sharper; I could take super macro close ups. Well with these little babies my dreams come true. Three little lenses each only an amazing $20 a piece, attach right to the lens of your camera phone. Three lenses instantly change your plain jane camera phone into a powerful photography tool on the go.
There’s the “macro” lens for those super closeups.
The Fisheye lens for those funky distorted rounded photos
The Telephoto lens for zooming right up close and maintaining clarity.
Simply LOVE these and you can use them on your laptop camera as well. Check them out as well as all the other amazing photo gadgets must haves at PhotoJoJo.com.
Let’s talk movies shall we. I’m a movie geek. Ok here’s a totally unexpected confession but for the longest time in my life I wanted to be a movie director. Not the glittering actress with all the glamour but the over worked director behing the camera bringing the picture to life. I love movies and I love watching them. I have always though it would be fun to have a theater in my home replete with all the trimmings of a classic theater. Long drape curtains, surround sound, big cushy chairs; a clapboard displaying the current feature and of course a popcorn machine. You simply can’t have a movie without popcorn and I’m sorry, that chemical stuff from a microwaveable bag simply doesn’t do.
Fresh popped, smothered in warm butter is the only way to go. Everyone should have a popcorn maker, except of course if you don’t like popcorn – and then you and I will have to have a conversation to discuss the future of our relationship.
I would have a hard time choosing one but these three make the top of my list.
Top-Left is a mini replica of those found at Disney World. You may see these at the carnival or local fair but either way, it’s like sniper vision when you see one of these; you’re eyes are locked and nothing will deter you from making your way to a bag of that light buttery goodness.
Bottom-Left reminds me of the circus or the old beach boardwalks of the 1930’s and ’40’s. It’s a timeless classic.
The Right one is completely reminiscent of the movie theater and honestly I think it would be a super cool gift and conversation piece for a college kid to have in their dorm.
All three can be found at Amazon.com; a store I might add that is pretty much where nearly everything in my house came from.
Bouncing back to foodies, cooks, bakers, chefs and the connection which bring us all together from all walks of life; the internet. With the invention of the internet I can get a recipe for stroganoff directly from Russia; Peeking Duck directly from Asia; scones from England; well you get the idea.
The problem is, not only do we not speak the same language but we dont’ measure things the same either. Some (most) use metric and others (like my neatherdalic american self) are still using well…whatever we call our measuring systems of cups and teaspoons. Whatever, can’t we get on the same page?
If you’re like me, a huge majority of your recipes are in metric or vice versa and you need a quick way to convert them. Viola!!
Left is a set of measuring converters from Harry and David that do double duty as spoon rests.
Right is a hand converter magnet that sticks to your fridge and for something else entirely the middle is a “recipe divider” for helping re-size your portions – up or down. I get a lot of recipes from the Chef’s as Disney and many times they give you their working copy which includes measurements high enough to feed 300 people. I on the other hand feed – three. This gadget is perfect for paring those down to size.
Last but not least is a gadget that simply must be the coolest invention since,,,,, popcorn. A complete, compact, all in-one breakfast machine. I absolutely LOVE this idea. Think of all the people this is perfect for!!
- Our favorite college kid again – face it, they live off junk or dorm food unless they can make it quick and easy.
- That spouse who works too hard and runs out the door each morning hollering “I’ll get something at the office!” over their shoulder.
- The stay at home worker (eh hem…no blog writer in particular being mentioned here) who rarely takes time to cook breakfast.
- Someone with little time and little space.
Think about it! How perfect is this. Brew coffee or hot water for tea, toast up bread, bagels and cook up eggs, bacon all at the same time. Nice neat. Perfect!!
The Red one is from JCPenny
The other three are from Amazon.com and the blue one is just classic 50’s style. You have to love that!!!.
There is one here a wee bit different and it’s for those that don’t drink coffee or tea. I won’t go into the physological ramifications or issues you may have surrounding your distaste for these; we all have our “issues”. Needless to say, I thought of you too. Eggs and toast and voila you’re done.
You can find this baby where else….Amazon.com
So there you have it. There’s right about 10 days to Christmas and now no excuse to grab that last minute gift. Most of these sites are offering free shipping, guaranteed by Christmas Eve, great deals, etc.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!! No go get shopping!!!