WARNING: THESE UNIQUE HOLIDAY GIFTS ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!
Silver and white are appropriate for winter holidays in western NY state. Wonder if polar bears know they are now holiday icons.
Holiday displays were up way before Thanksgiving this year, and the only time I liked it was when I was in the biting cold of my western New York state hometown. It felt appropriate then, but not home in California. Nonetheless, as I always do in different cities, I was on the lookout for unique holiday gifts. I mean, who wants to give–or get — the same old stuff every year? Not me!
So I saw this. Now, I don’t know how practical it is, because cursive is quickly disappearing and it’s hard to imagine kids actually taking their eyes and hands off their computers and tablets long enough to journal in a book, but I thought it was a hopeful gift. So what is the likelihood of a kid journaling by hand? Oh, and did I tell you how much I hate the new-ish verb, “to journal?” I just hate it. But I just used it. Anyway, if you know a kid who can still form letters with a pen or pencil between his or her fingers, they might, and I do mean MIGHT, like this.
This is totally unnecessary for bloggers because we use our blogs to discuss pet peeves and nitpick to our hearts’ content. Cross this one off your list for me, friends and families.
But THIS one? A great idea and maybe even a message to friends. Dysfunctions are best left to the privacy of our own journals. That’s why I like this. Bloggers, write about your dysfunctions here, to your heart’s content, and spare us those neuroses. We have enough of our own.
Who really wants to get up and sit in front of a computer during a bout of insomnia? Keep this at the beside, instead! But don’t you love it when morning comes and you have no idea what you meant by “affordable,” “ghost-hunting,” and “hummer?” But it made perfect sense at 3 a.m.
I’m not sure why, but I ran into a lot of glass jewelry artisans on my visit to my hometown. In fact, I saw so much gorgeous and unique costume jewelry I had to buy some. I didn’t buy any of these, though. I just liked the display. Cute, eclectic boutiques in Rochester.
But then, this: Women, who HASN’T been in this situation? Feel free to answer that question. A stocking stuffer that’s right for, well, a certain kind of person. I can think of a few right off the bat.
Oh, wait. Another one:
Another useful gift. And what a great thing this is to have in your purse and pull out to hand someone when appropriate. See, there’s no end to the good ideas entrepreneurs come up with. Practical ones, too.
I love giving meaningful ornaments for those who put up a tree. In a couple weeks I’m off to Christmas markets in Germany and will pick up a few.
I won’t be in Amsterdam, but if I were, I’d bring along this handy little change purse.
These cute coasters make great stocking stuffers. They’re not all pets, either, for those of you who don’t like animals. There are other subjects. Not that I know anyone who doesn’t like animals. Right?
This is an appropriate time to remind you that buying a pet for a surprise Christmas gift is a very bad idea. No matter how cute it is. A prospective pet owner needs to really want the pet and to be prepared to welcome it into their home in practical ways, too. Just saying. Pets are NEVER a good gift idea if you haven’t consulted with the recipient, first.
This was intriguing. I wonder if it’s as rich and emollient as it’s supposed to be? Anyone try it? It looks luxurious.
Feel free to buy this for me.
And for the New Age maven on your list…these lovely candles. Or this:
Witches DO need a place to park their brooms. No, it does not say bitches.
But THIS does:
Not very nice. But in some cases, very appropriate.
What an adorable way to display jewelry. Saw this in a tiny boutique near Park Avenue in Rochester.
There’s just something about cardinals in winter, do you know what I mean? That pop of red, the peaked head, the black mask….
These beautiful olive oils and other condiments were at the Rochester Public Market. Consumable gifts are the way to go for those of us who are not collecting knick-knacks, like, for example, cardinals.
This is sometimes a good reminder to myself. But sometimes it hasn’t worked.
Oh, there were days I made a mess of a lovely one.
I’m certain you know SOMEONE who needs this as a stocking stuffer. Cheaper than therapy.
I liked these ceramic fruits that would make a lovely bowl display.
A fun way to display unusual scarves. The scarves are different enough to be a unique holiday gift, but the display is the thing in this photo. Loved it.
Now comes my favorite time: comment time.
I saw this in a store. But feel free to leave a snarky comment on your favorite unique holiday gift selection of those I posted. Just don’t be mean. Because those little sayings aren’t mean.
Well, not super-mean, anyway.
But really, let me know if you have a favorite among the unique holiday gift ideas I’ve presented today. Or if you ‘ve seen something even better.
Have at it!