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Halloween is just around the corner and I have a little secret for you. I am terrified of zombies. Seriously. Nightmares and all. Just...can't...do...it. But this guy, this guy is kind of...nope...still terrifying. But in a cute way. The straight jacket is not really helping my fear either. It's that lamprey mouth that really freaks me out. But hey, you might find him just the cuddly friend to have. He's £13 at Fiona T's Embroidered Stuff on Folksy.
Oh the groomsmen's gift. It always ends up being tougher than you expect. There is the pocket knife, the flask, the...desk clock (if you do the desk clock, please have it engraved with the wedding date, so we can remember your anniversary). But it's all so predictable. How about these handy toiletry bags? It's the kind of thing that most guys use, but never remember to buy, you can have it personalized AND you can even stock it up for him. Great for a groomsman, a college student or...seriously, pretty much anyone. Also, the mustaches are kind of funny. $40 at Felix Street Studio.
For the past few years, my dad has asked for "consumables" for gifts. He means that he really doesn't need any more stuff, but if we feel the need to give him something, things that don't stick around are better. Things he might not treat himself to, but would enjoy having nonetheless. He really means booze and chocolate. Which sounds like a perfectly reasonable gift list to me. So this year I am thinking about gifting him with some of these cakes in a jar. Molten chocolate cake that he can store in the freezer and pop into the oven when he feels the need for a little chocolate boost. I've chosen the vegan version because it looks decidedly dark and yum, but there is a non-vegan variety as well. $8 per cake at Get Your Hot Cakes.
This little device sure seems to have an awful lof of acromyms in it's name. But all it really does is amplify your mp3 player and project wave patterns on your ceiling. And that really just seems like the potential for a very mellow evening. $20.81 from Most Buying.
A helpful skeleton pulls off his own skull, granting you access to the memory within. Wait...does a skull actually have any memory within? Does it matter? Because this little USB flash drive does have memory, as much as 32GB, in fact, and he's cute. And kind of creepy. And he starts at just $16 at USB Geek.
One might think of the robot aficionado as cold, or calculating. The type of person who prefers logical computations to kitten cuddles. One might be wrong. This particular print (11x17) shows a robot cuddling his kitten pals and if the robot cuddles, the robot fan probably isn't far behind. For the softer side of the science geek, this print might just fit the bill. $25 at Lund Illustrations.
So you're pregnant and you want something cool to wear on Halloween. How about this really cool Halloween maternity skeleton t-shirt? You can even have a bow on the baby skeleton if it's a girl and they also have shirts for twins. This one is $32.99 at Babytalk Designs.
Oy! The spider mug would definitely give me a fright, especially if I didn't know what lurked below my coffee. These skull or spider mugs would make a fun "wake-up" on Halloween morning, don't you think? $15.95 at Spoon Sister
Color does so much to boost my mood. Add sparkle, and I am over the moon. That's part of why I created a new line of nail polishes called My Ten Friends. I hope these polishes bring you as much joy as they bring me. Handblended by me in micro-batches, the colors are made from scratch. My Ten Friends nail polishes are "3-free", meaning they are free of the toxic chemicals toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (yay!). Grand opening discount - use coupon code GrandOpening10 to save 10% by October 31. $8.88 at My Ten Friends You can also follow My Ten Friends via Twitter @MyTenFriends
I admit that this is a totally goofy product. But I will also admit that it made me laugh. And since graffiti is generally not looked upon kindly, but cleaning up is, well...it's sort of an admirable product really. You fill it with soap and water and find a dirty subject to write upon...so to speak. $12.95 at Cool Material.
Guys and jewelry can be a problem. A lot of men don't care for it, but sometimes a lapel needs a little...zazz. A little sprucing up. And this little guy might do the trick without being too fussy. If your dude is not into flags, masonic symbols or...what other kinds of lapel pins are they? Oh, who cares because this may well be the last one he needs! $17 at Pica Pica Press.
I think I particularly love this Doctor Who bathrobe because it's fairly subtle. I mean, to the uninitiated, it's just a robe with a multi-colored collar, right? But you and I both know that it's so much more than that. Special Bonus: I think it looks an awful lot like something Arthur Dent would wear. That's two nerd references in one for just £44.99 at Forbidden Planet.
Throwing real saw blades would be utterly dangerous and stupid, but this Halloween, you can scare neighbors and friends with a friendly game of sawblade throwing with these foam throwing discs. Made to look like a bloody sawblade, is is sure to get screams (of delight). $4.99 at Think Geek
This military surplus bag looks like it would hold a whole heck of a lot. And being military surplus, I am guess it's pretty sturdy. It's got a shoulder strap and I think it's even a really good size for a week away...if you're not me, I might use it for a weekender...terrible overpacker. Simple, clean, sturdy, easy to store when not in use and look at that price. Seems like a great idea for the traveler or the student. $29.95 at Colemans Military Surplus.
I honestly have not watched HYMYM (That's "How I Met Your Mother", in case you were wondering) in quite a while, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate this brilliant poster set. We all know NPH rules. Simple and cleanly designed, it certainly would make your home a little more...legen...wait for it...$29 at Peanutoak Prints.
I used to love getting and giving mix tapes. I would theme mine, often mixing up genres, hiding titles or cutting in lyrics I thought appropriate. I miss them. Sure there are mix cds, or mix playlists to be made, but the mixt tape has become a lost art. Of course, with this stamp set, you can kind of revive the feeling. Make that cd or playlist but use this tape stamp to make a card to accompany it. It's a little retro and anyone under the age of say, 18, will have no idea what you are on about. But I will. And I will love you for it. $19.95 at Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store.