Hi Tim! Thank you for gathering such an interesting and unique collection of gifts! I especially love the First Love and Other Sorrows, the cookbooks, and the string LED lights. You have a unique tastes in culture, food, and I can tell you’re quite knowledgeable about a lot of things; therefore, I will read the book you suggested and let you know how it went! Oh and I’m looking forward to your 12 days of Cookies! I’m beginning to bake A LOT, so I’m excited what you’re going to share with us! Happy Holidays to you and Bryan!
I will always recommend Wisconsin cheese as a gift. I went to college at a small school there and one of my favorite things to do was to always experiment with the wide array of cheeses at Woodman’s. A very very large part of me wishes I could get my mitts on some WI cheese most of the time here in Belgium. My boss is convinced that America doesn’t know how to make credible cheese or beer. It’s now a running joke between us because I’m never able to prove him wrong. The cruelty!
This is an excellent gift guide all around though. The extension cord is such a great idea and something that people never really think of. Top marks all around!
I love the radiometer and Canoe in general! This year I am excited by the gifts from http://www.wildernessofwish.is. They have hand carved wooden roux spoons, a canner for a small kitchen and crazy good salted lemon drop marmalade! I also like to give pickles. The coasters are a great idea too.
Just ’cause I know you love Joanna Newsom like I do, and a whole lot of other reasons, may I also recommend another fantastic book? The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss, is the best book I’ve read in 5 years. Like you say about First Love and Other Sorrows, not nearly enough people have read this incredible treasure.
Just thought your readers may also like this recommendation. If you read it, Tim, please let me know what you think.
Ugh Tim! Why could you not have an extra day for selling your awesome cookies- like the 5th, 6th, or 7th? I coming to Chicago on the 4th for a med school interview and I get in only at 5:24 pm. And here I’m keeping count of the minutes. Sigh….. Well, I’m sure your cookies will sell well anyway.
I would love a rainbow maker if I end up in Chicago though.
Seriously the best gift guide ever. The pieces are so heartfelt and beautiful in their unaffectedness. I’ve been reading through many gift guides (tis the season), and I do declare that yours blows away all the other vapid and materially driven guides out there. Treasures that I’ll be proud to gift my loved ones.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again – I love YOUR list better than anyones and I wait all year for this list!!!! Cannot wait to scope some of these out – especially the book as I’ve not read it and I have a niece who is a writer!!
Love your gift list. And, I also send COOKIES to many friends and family. Do the Toasted Coconut Sables and Cardamom Pistachio Cookies from your last list keep well in tins in a cool place? I bake about 20 varieties (each very special) totaling about 75 pounds each year. I don’t start until about Dec 12th and bake like crazy for about a week for the ones I need to ship. Then I take a break for a couple of days and start up again. A columnist for our local newspaper puts together driving routes to see the best Christmas lights. He raises money for the food bank by taking bids from people to go out driving with him. Winners also get a couple pounds of cookies from me, the Official Light Tour Cookie Baker. :-) Last year he raised $13,000. I have some cookies I bake every year, but I like to change them up a bit. I’m always looking for new ideas.
My goodness! How much do I love the look of that CHEESE! I honestly thought it was soap at first and thought- I could stare at that for hours!!!! So funny! Also completley agree with the extension cord….brilliant!!!!!!!! (and beautiful!) AND the radiometer….good memories of that in my Dad’s house, on a window sill above the kitchen sink, perfect for washing the dishes and spacing out. P.S. I cannot wait to read that book! Cheers!
I LOVE your list Tim – so perfect. And I am now on the hunt for a radiometer that can be shipped to Canada. My husband would love it. I’m hoping the library has that book because I’m in need of something new. Are you on Goodreads?
Several months ago, I earmarked your blog for some reason that has since escaped me…other than the fact that it is so very irreverent and so very visual…there was something specific…that I just cannot recapture. I came back across you again because of my friend Maria Speck (who shares my agent). I am so hopelessly out of the loop since I live in Japan, but you have been on my list of “have to keep up with.” Thanks for the reminder and thanks for your post(s).