First: a note. Somehow, I must have given the impression that I dislike Christmas in my last Gift Guide entry – which, OOPS. So not the case! To all those who emailed me about Christmas gifts, let me restate: I don’t actually dislike Christmas at all. I don’t celebrate it but I do like much of it, particularly the SMELL. If I walk by a Christmas tree display I will stick my nose in the branches and breathe in like I’m huffing evergreen scent. Note: this does not apply to fake trees, as the smell of not-a-tree does nothing for me.
What I dislike is seeing the Christmas decor-splosion before the leaves on my trees are even starting to turn. It keeps getting earlier, the retail-fiesta of holiday decorating. I guarantee by the time I’m 40, it’ll start in July, right after the 4th. Or maybe Labor Day. But either way, it’s not even cold and there’s holiday decorations in an increasing number of places.
The only benefit: it does encourage me to think a bit about buying some gifts now so as to fit them in the budget. I don’t think that was the goal of the early decor-bration but it’s not a bad one. So, back to the gift guide. I have some user-submitted ideas, and some more items for your shopping needs, both now and in the Bookmarked Future. Ready?
Do you know someone who is getting married this year? Kay S. wrote in with this really spiffy idea: the Mystic Seaport Museum’s Christmas Memories book. It’s a 20-year diary of Christmases with illustrations, and Kay loves hers: she started one “10 years ago, and although the Christmas marriage count is nearing 38, I wouldn’t trade for the treasures in it. Wow—what if I had had this when my husband and I started our Christmases?”
Reader Hawkcow likes to shop at Femail Creations. She gets the catalog and takes her time reading it – I have catalogs like that. I’m going to talk about one of them in a moment.
Cassie K. is truly evil and made of temptation: she recommends American Spoon foods, and uses it as her go-to wedding gift location. Their lemon curd is reportedly impossibly perfect, according to Cassie. Their gift sets aren’t too expensive, either. YUM.
Reader Aspexi gave me the heads up about her own company which, OMG, if you like paper crafts, you’re kind of going to hate me a lot now. D. Blumchen and Co. specializes in vintage papergoods and crafts, especially Christmas ornaments. If you’re a scrapbooker, or you know someone who is, I would caution sharing that URL with them. I don’t scrapbook and I haven’t done paper crafting in years, but I was totally tempted by the scrap pictures of ladies and gentlemen.
They’re located in Ridgewood, NJ, so if you’re up for a road trip, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
My catalog of lingering and long reading is Signals. I love this catalog like whoa and ridiculous. I love the shirt that reads Caffeine is proof that God loves us and wants us to pay attention – even if the last thing I need is one more t-shirt.
And then there’s ThinkGeek, a catalog I should recycle but don’t because it makes me giggle every time I read it. Hubby and I wish we knew someone for whom the I became the mayor of Your Mom shirt would be appropriate.
They also have badass heroine t-shirts, including Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace, and Mary Shelley.
If you have a store or item that you think would make a great gift, please, email me at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom with the info. I’ll be featuring more gift guides as we get closer to the Actual Gift Giving Holidays.