It’s that time of year again — the holiday season is ramping up, which means it’s time to think about gifts! For those that don’t know, I’m an enthusiastic gift giver — giving the perfect gift is more exciting to me than receiving a gift. I also like to spread my excitement around and help YOU ALL find the perfect gift for everyone on your lists. So here starts the latest round of Offbeat Home & Life gift guides.
For this one, we’re going through the “my favorite things” archive AND re-visiting some of the things I’ve featured on Offbeat Home & Life that are STILL my favorite things… and may soon be your [parent/friend/partner/child]’s favorite thing.
Get your shopping fingers ready, because there’s a BIG chance that you’ll find something you need for someone you love…
Cover Blubber is this awesome reusable, super-stretchy rubber wrapping material, intended to cover food and keep it fresh inside your refrigerator or freezer. In short: It’s the eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. Also, food condom jokes are fun. For reals, I ordered these for myself and they are awesome. Everyone who makes food will love these.
First you start with a $5 Mug Boss. Then you load the pockets with useful objects, which could be just about any small-but-useful object. My dad’s a tool-loving, Mr Fixit type, who lives in Texas. So I filled his with special carabiners, a Fisher Space .338 Bullet Cartridge Pen, and a pocket knife. I basically ransacked Think Geek’s tool section.
It’s important to me to have a coffee maker that grinds and brews because I always buy my favorite coffee beans in a big ol’ bag, and I really don’t want to grind them all myself. So I asked my father, the patron saint of Consumer Reports, to do some research for me, and his results told him that by far the best grind and brew was this guy: Cuisinart DGB-700BC Grind-and-Brew.
In years past Offbeat Empire overlord Ariel and I have been silently participating in “cute gift off.” I’ve given her adorable and often Empire-related things like Mason Jar wine glasses, and a pillow shaped like a log. But the bitch totally topped my gift-giving one year with the “Unicorns in Space” leggings!
This is a linen tea towel with a picture of a cat with a ‘stache, wearing a suit and an eyepatch. I don’t feel like I need to say more than that.
Let me introduce you to one of my favorite products ever made: Sugru air-curing rubber. Sugru is hand-formable, sticks to almost anything, air-cures at room temperature, forming a strong, flexible silicone rubber seal overnight. And once it’s cured, it’s totally waterproof! It’s perfect for repairing things, or hacking non-broken things to make them even better.
I got this shower curtain and I LOOOOOVE it. I’ve had my eye on ModCloth’s Swell Acquainted Shower Curtain for months, but it’s always been sold out. (For obvious reasons of fucking awesomeness.) But now it’s available and even cheaper on Amazon.
Just about all the ladies of the Empire have, live, and die by their Fitbit Ones. Fitbit also has a range of other useful trackers to fit the needs and lifestyles of your favorite active (or need-to-be-more-active) loved ones.
How cute is this freaking frying pan? I’m sorry, I mean, frying panda. Apparently it’s not just a pretty face — this pan can handle whatever you can cook up, and has been handling my poor cooking for a couple years now. Plus she fits in perfectly with my animals-as-kitchen-utensils collection.
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild (best biz name ever) makes this set of eight melamine plates featuring freaking watercolor portraits of the planets in our solar system. These plates are also lightweight so that means you can bring them on your nerdy picnics this summer, or just use ’em at home to impress your guests. (Dibs on Uranus!)
I’m going to end this on my most favorite thing that I ever bought/featured: The Fuck Everything Comic Art Throw Pillow was made for me — she even looks like me! So I purchased it. It’s my spirit pillow.
Do y’all have a favorite finds from Offbeat Home & Life? What did ya get? What do you recommend?