We all have that one super-quirky, weird, and wonderful friend who always finds the coolest stuff that makes you go "where the hell did you find that!?" Guess what: I found a shitload of the coolest gifts on the internet that will make your friend say "where the hell did you find this!?"
This is Offbeat Home's archive of gifts posts.
Growing up in New York City, I was vaguely aware that my parents "tipped" the doormen and the superintendent of my apartment building sometime around the end of December. Now as an adult newly living in a city in Texas, in a rental apartment complex, and I have no idea what I should do about holiday tipping… Who are these people we should be tipping? Should we be giving cash or gift cards? If so, how much? Should we be giving cookies? Should we just give a thank you/happy holidays card?
We know that many of you are looking for super-awesome holiday greetings — something more than a fantastic family photo that is just going to end up in someone's trash post-holidays. If you're one of those on the search for a kick-ass holiday greeting, you're going to flip (and then more-than-likey cry) over wedding photographer Mike Allebach's Slow Motion Love Notes.
That guy I married is a sound engineer at work, and a huge music geek at home. Most of my closest friends are professional musicians. This means I have years and years of music-related gift giving tricks up my sleeves. My fellow musician-lovers, you might want to get your credit cards ready, because I'm about to find all of your holiday gifts for you…
I love everything to do with gifting: giving them, receiving them, scheming them, you name it. Since I have a kid a lot of my non-parent friends and family members will often ask me what kind of fun, kind of weird, somewhat non-traditional gifts they should give their nephews, nieces, family friends (and so on..) and I've decided I should just compile a list to make it easy on everyone.