One of my favorite ceramics companies honoring the greatest comic strip of all-time.
We spent a good chunk of November in California visiting friends and family and came home with a bottle of this citrusy amaro. Perfect in a spritz, which we served for Thanksgiving this year(prosecco, citrus juice, amaro—cold!).
Rachel Gropper Mobile from Field & Florist
My friends Heidi and Molly opened the coolest shop in Chicago this year. Their main racket is growing the best flowers in southwest Michigan, where they have a farm. But this summer they opened a shop where you can get both their flowers as well as the most perfectly curated selection of gifts. They sell my favorite Hasami porcelain and these super rad mobiles from Chicago’s own Rachel Gropper.
100% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Because fuck this shit.
Because my last wallet lasted me 14 years, I felt like I could spend a lot of dough on a new one. After months of research, I decided on this beauty from Postalco. I love it. It feels good in the hand and has all of the compartments I want. Also, Gen X green.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
I read a lot of good books this year but looking back this was the book that really stuck with me. Saunders long ago established himself as a genius and this really confirmed his place as one of America’s great writers and thinkers. Heady and hearty.
Mrs. Meyers Peppermint Multi-surface cleaner
I’ve included the Iowa Pine handsoap on this list in the past, and I still love it. But recently Mrs. Meyers released a peppermint scent that I am equally into. The counter spray makes the whole kitchen smell fresh and crisp.
The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater
I am basically in love with Nigel Slater. This book, which chronicles his Christmas season, really demonstrates his charms, including a section where he explains how he, who identifies as “happily atheist”, can celebrate Christmas:
- Christmas is a vast steaming pudding of Christianity, folklore, paganism, tradition, and commerce. Those of us who are part of a tolerant, open-minded and intelligent society can make our Christmas whatever we want it to be.
Owl from Tortoise General Store
It is just so cute.
Daniela Jacobs makes porcelain objects, including these perfect little plates. Tiny and delicate and expensive. They are a splurge for sure, but I really love looking at them and they turn your table into a composition.
One of my favorite children’s books, though admittedly what is great about it may be lost on the little ones—get it for their parents.
Cake Server from The Good Liver
My buddy Aya helps run The Good Liver, a favorite shop in downtown Los Angeles. Every object is so special and she really helps bring them all to life. This cake server is from a new line of Japanese cutlery inspired by original Meiji era molds. Check out The Good Liver online shop because I want every single thing they sell (hint-hint).
We never seemed to have paper in our house and it drove me crazy. This handsome French note pad solved the problem. It is beautifully weighted so that it doesn’t move around when you write or tear off a sheet and the small size is perfect for grocery lists.
Signature Harissa from New York Shuk
This is my favorite prepared harissa. I hope to always have a jar in my fridge.
Dining In by Alison Roman, Tartine All Day by Liz Prueitt, and Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden
My relationship to cookbooks has really changed in recent years and I am basically only interested in your book if I will use it a lot. These are three that I keep returning to. Dining In is a collection of recipes that I will definitely use, and already have. The lamb and chickpea thing is worth the cost of admission alone. Tartine All Day is a wonderful book that maybe suffered from too much attention. I really love the scope of it and Prueitt’s approach to home cooking. Six Seasons was probably the most excited I got about a book this year—a great selection of recipes that are super doable but also show-offy. His technique for brining almonds has changed my life.
Hope your holidays are full of good things and love.
November 30th, 2017 at 5:54 pm
This guide is the only thing I love about capitalism. And: brining almonds!
Sara C. says:
November 30th, 2017 at 6:37 pm
I *love* we found a hat. It is my fav book to read to my son. Good inclusion!
November 30th, 2017 at 6:40 pm
Your gift guide is pretty much the best day of the year!!!!
November 30th, 2017 at 9:03 pm
December 1st, 2017 at 4:30 am
Yay! I’ve been waiting for this yay! I usually use it to buy myself things whoops (yay)
December 1st, 2017 at 4:53 am
I love the picture of the Amaro. It looks like the hands in the background are reaching for the bottle.
December 1st, 2017 at 6:35 am
I always love your guides! I fell in love with Nigel Slater when I got Tender and everything he writes makes my heart happy (maybe a bit hyperbolic, but I do love the man). The Christmas Chronicles is on my list.
December 2nd, 2017 at 10:39 am
What great gift guide. It’s personal and super specific, which is what I really want from a gift guide these days. Thank you for sharing.
I would like to second Dining In as my new favorite cookbook. I just want to crawl inside and live there. The food, styling, and writing are all just pitch perfect.
December 2nd, 2017 at 11:17 am
thanks, Tim, always.
December 2nd, 2017 at 12:07 pm
the wallet is so beautiful. can it only be ordered from Japan? how long did it take to get yours? I will look around the site more. so much of it is in Japanese LOL
December 3rd, 2017 at 8:04 pm
What a fun list! I only recently discovered your blog (I know, where the hell have I been?!) I got “Dining In” as soon as it was published and I’m so in love with it! The Fennel-Rubbed Pork Chop for Two is so flavorful, and I adored what was supposed to be the Persimmons and Pear Salad with Blue Cheese and Spicy Pecans, but I couldn’t find persimmons so I subbed apples. Still delicious – make extra pecans for snacking, they are divine. The Roasted and Raw Kale Salad – oh wow. I can’t wait to try more from that one. :)
December 4th, 2017 at 10:00 am
Your gift guide is the absolute best! A true gem! Many thanks! How about a mid-year version?
December 4th, 2017 at 11:37 am
polite suggestion that you publish a book recommendation list sometime. i read the luminaries on your suggestion and loved it. will be buying lincoln in the bardo as a gift for someone who will let me borrow it after :)
December 4th, 2017 at 5:52 pm
Ah I love it!