Ah, the joys of holiday shopping…
It took only a few images like these for me to head straight to the safety of my desk for all my holiday shopping needs. As in years past, I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of my favorite (mostly ridiculous) online finds this year.
10. Blink Ketchup and Mustard Bottles
Your hotdog and hamburger eaters will love these. The eyes close when you flip the bottle over! Adorable and creepy, all in one bundle. (Or technically two. Whatevs, they’re cute.)
9. Fire Bell Alarm Clock
From Moss, one of my favorite modern design stores in New York, this clock looks incredibly cool and is supposed to be as loud as a fire bell.
Moss, incidentally, is the same store that sells this $85,000 chair made from stuffed Panda bears. (No, I do not have one. Should I ever purchase one, you are welcome to start boycotting my books.)
8. Girly-Girl Roller Skates
Okay, that’s not really what they’re called, but that’s what I’ve dubbed them. As a kid, I used to skate until my feet bled. These make me want to spin in circles until I fall down from dizziness.
7. Bacon Soap
We all know someone who says everything is better with bacon. (Come on, people, you know who you are!) This soap, which looks and smells like bacon, will put that theory to the test.
6. Toph Daddy Area Code T-shirts
5. Edible Gingerbread Playhouse
Every year I love to peruse Neiman Marcus’s “Fantasy Gifts.” Nothing will ever beat last year’s Cupcake Car, but this $15,000 edible gingerbread playhouse gives me a new understanding of how rich, crazy people make weird, bratty kids.
And, just for old time’s sake, here’s a reminder of last year’s Cupcake Car. Choice excerpt from the catalog description: “Ever had a crowd of kids chasing after you just for the crazy gleeful heck of it?” No. And that’s how it should be. Anyone who actually purchased this thing should be on a neighborhood watch list.
4. Mystery Solver Trucker Hat
This hat is supposed to be an homage to Frank, the trucker-hat-wearing comedy writer on 30 Rock, but I suspect I’ve got a few pals out there who might just rock a Mystery Solver hat without any irony.
3. Keurig Coffee Maker
Okay, no comedy here but I love my Keurig coffee maker that brews single cups with no muss, no fuss. Total time saver. No soggy grounds. Awesome.
2. Soda Stream Soda Maker
No kidding around here, either, folks. I like to think my home carbonation machine makes up for all those K-cups I’m throwing away thanks to the Keurig coffee maker. Soda Stream even has a delivery service to send back your CO-2 tanks for refill. Anyone who drinks sparking water should own one of these. Added bonus: It makes funny noises that the seven year old boys in your life (in my case, the husband) will enjoy.
1. And the Number One Holiday Gift This Season:
Now, what could I possibly suggest as the #1 gift for the holidays? How about… BOOKS! You know how fun it is to discover a new writer with a backlist so you can read all the books in order? Consider introducing your friends to a new-to-them writer by buying them the first few books in a series. Books are inexpensive, personal, and a cinch to wrap with all those right angles!
If you decide to package either the Samantha Kincaid or Ellie Hatcher series for someone on your shopping list, please let me know if you’d like either a short emailed note from me or personalized, signed bookplates to accompany the gift. As always, I am so thankful for the word of mouth support the folks on this list are so generous with.
While you’re online, you might want to check out the advance praise for my next book, LONG GONE. The publication date is in June, but it’s already available for pre-order.
Happy shopping, everyone. More importantly, Happy Holidays!