For you Whovians! This Tardis T-shirt glows in the dark to say "Bad Wolf." Absolutely fantastic! $9 at Zebra Tees
This baby bib made me laugh. Back in my day we had a kind of gross name for that kind of necklace...you know the one I mean, but it doesn't seem to matter because they are still in fashion. And surely you want your tyke to be fashionable, don't you? Take the easy way with this cute take on street fashion. $10 at Quiet Doing.
I have a feeling that the narwhal is the new hip, trendy animal. Or maybe it's already done, but let's face it, it's a darn cool one. And it looks even cooler on these glasses. $19.95 at Gent Supply Co.
Here's a sweet potential Father's Day gift. If beer isn't his thing, he might prefer this mug for his tea or coffee or...other beverage. And it makes a wonderfully appropriate gift from a little one as well as a big one. $14.95 at Paper Source.
Father's Day is coming up and if you've got a Dad who likes beer, this might be the perfect gift for him. A big 22 oz. glass etched with the dates of his kids...some might say the reasons he drinks, but that might not be nice or appropriate so, you know...maybe not. Still a really cool gift though and also available in variations on dad (Papa, Granpa, etc.). $18.50 at Scissor Mill.
Do you love baking? Do you love rolling pins? Do you love cool and inventive new ways to bake with rolling pins? I know I do, that's why I love these engraved rolling pins! All of the rolling pins in this shop are engraved with various designs from the Burger and Fries one pictured to ones with foxes. Make your cookies and crackers the coolest on the block!!! This one is $41.99 at Valek Rolling Pins.
It took me a long time to get around to seeing The Big Lebowski and I honestly don't know why. It's exactly my kind of movie. And this poster totally does it justice, right down the the fun format. It does come in different sizes, but this one is worth the custom framing. $24 at suPmon.
This little necklace caught my eye. I see a lot of “word” items with words that don't mean anything to me, but this one totally works for me. I also really like the copper and the hex bolt, it just all plays well together. So if you love is indestructible, or someone you know has survived the odds, maybe this is just the thing to show them you've noticed just how awesome they are. $36.60 at Jewelry by NaLa.
Here's a cool bracelet for an audiophile or vinyl fan. Or maybe even someone who just loves dogs. A vintage RCA Victor Victrola Record player label makes for a handsome bracelet. And it's upcycled, so it might appeal to the green in you as well. $35 for a very unique piece at Mad Mad Crafter.
Help your grillmaster look much cooler this summer with this fun apron. It's got pockets and bands to hold everything you need, including your beer. AND it's machine washable. $29.99 at Think Geek.
Got a camper to buy for? Or a traveler? Or someone who just likes to have a fresh bar of soap on hand? How about some Adventure Sticks? Single use soap sticks in a pack of ten make perfect sense and come in lovely sounding scents. This set is lime and tea tree. $6 at Prunella Soap.
Mother's Day is coming!!!!! Scary right, especially when you still haven't gotten your Mom anything. Well, if you live in a different state from your Mom, then this Mother's Day necklace might just be your ticket to Happy Mama. This is a handmade, customized necklace that is just too cute. You just give them your city/state and Mom's city/state and they will customize this just for you. $18 at Rock, Paper, Style, Shop.
The catfish is not a particularly pretty fish. But Catfish Joe is rather dashing. He looks like the kind of fish you'd want to hang out with, or at least like the kind of fish you'd want to hang on your wall. In a frame. $20 at Poor Dog Farm.
Have I mentioned that it's almost summer? Probably. In summer, I switch from my cool-weather beverage (scotch) to a refreshing gin and soda. With lime. And now, possibly with socks. You know, so I can just flash an ankle at the bartender and he'll know what I want. $10 at Sourpuss.
Summer is just around the corner and I've got bbq's and boat drinks on my mind. I am thinking that this awesome tiki mask sculpture could lead the way to my patio and welcome guests with a grin. $40 at Always Sugar Coated.
Little details can really make a room. Sometimes it's down to the smallest thing, like where you hang your hat. How about on this gold skull hook? Because it's pretty cool. $40 at Furbish Studio.
Getting ready for a dinner party had me rummaging around, looking for various sizes of serving plates. And man, do I have a lot of them. But for the gentleman entertainer...it might be a little more difficult find something suitable, fun yet functional. Practial but not too pretty. This Mog Plate might do the trick for smaller bites. The kitty face is cute but not cutesy and a nice change from flowers or plain serving ware. Also, it's a kitty, what's not to love? $38 at Artsy Modern.
I don't remember if I have mentioned vanilla salt here before. I've been using it for a while on top of my baked goods and getting great feedback (which seems a particularly appropriate term in this case). Just a sprinkle on top of warm blondies, or on a particularly sweet buttercream, gives a much needed hit of subtle saltiness, balancing it all out. I’ve not yet tried Jacobson Salt, but I am currently filling my basket there. I can also recommend a dash of vanilla or smoked salt and a little cinnamon added to roasted carrots. Yum! Now...what can I do with that Pinot Noir salt? $11.95 at Jacobson Salt Company.
Everyone loves gummi bears. Well, a lot of people love gummi bears. But would you love them more if they were “evil hot”? Because I might. Even better, they are licorice flavor with a side of evil hot. Sounds delicious to me. They get their kick from naga jolokia, which is rated at one million Scoville units, so make sure to take proper precations. $10.09 for about 250g at Firebox.
Ever want to live in a LEGO world? Build your own home from those little plastic bricks and customize to your heart's content? You can, but it really wouldn't be practical, what with wind and rain and all that stuff. Instead, how about a JelliBrick bench? They come in one, two and three disk versions and look very similar to that famous toy, only plusher and more comfortable. Starting at $550 at Jellio.
It's been a long winter, but summer is coming and with it, plenty of outdoor playtime, barbecues, picnics and birthday parties. And is there a better way enjoy a lazy summer day than drawing on the sidewalk with chalk? Only if you have bacon shaped chalk! These would make great party bag stuffers or placecard holders. They are listed in reds and pinks but can be made in any color and a quite a deal at $9.50 for 10 pieces at Chalk it Up Kids.
I have always had OCD when it comes to anything that might start a fire. So, the running joke in my house is that I have to triple check that I've unplugged or turned off my curling iron. Sometimes I can't even trust my own eyes and send my son upstairs to check before we go out. That's why I could really use this novelty door mat that says "Turn Off Your Curling Iron." I would put this right inside my bathroom door so I have to walk on it before I leave. Other "helpful" door mats available. This one is $40 at Be There in Five.
This geometric take on Yoda is eye catching and clever, and it will still look reasonably grown-up on your couch. I mean, considering your couch is a futon and the only art in the room is unframed movie posters stuck up with thumb tacks. Yeah, this pillow is gonna be the most grown up thing you own. So you probably should buy it. Just kidding you guys, I know you have great taste and THAT'S why you want this pillow. (Other characters available, too!) $34 (pillow insert not included) at The Retro Inc.
The website says that this candy bar is the “2014 Winner of the Good Food Award!” I haven't tried it but it sure looks like the winner of the “OMG! I WANT THAT NOW” award for me. Hazlenuts, sea salt and dark chocolate? Yes, please. Two mini bars for $10 at Alma Handmade Chocolates.
Twin Peaks may be a little of a throw back these days. But those of us who remember, remember it fondly. If you find yourself in that category, perhaps these cuff links would “peak” your interest. Yes, yes, I know it's not spelled that way, it's a joke! (Also available as a brooch!) $24.06 at Kate's Little Store.
Cooking, at it's very core, is science. It's all about temperature, timing, mixing and...spices. Yep. So here's the spice rack that reminds you that you are a mad scientist every time you go into the kitchen. $33.29 at Firebox.
We can't all be ninjas, some of us just prefer to read about ninjas, or watch movies about them...or maybe just have cool bookends that make us think of ninjas. The clever hidden bracket makes these work, and make you feel superdangerous...even if you are just reading. $29.34 at Amazon.
Aw, this laser engraved guitar pick is so cute! It would make a super sweet romantic gesture for your guitar player. Handmade of several kinds of exotic wood and featuring a “concave thumb groove on each side of the pick to ensure a firm grip” it's also an original and thoughtful gift for just $29.95 at Nuevo Woodcrafts.
I love to garden. It's one thing that I love to do and the family leaves me alone to do it. Combine that with the ever present need for pencils in my house and I think I might be buying us some of these Sprout Pencils! This is a wonderful green product! The pencils are made of cedar with a seed pod at the end. When you're done with the pencil, just plant and water it. The set comes with 4 marigold pencils and 4 calendula pencils. Made in the USA too! $19.95 at Amazon.
Sometimes when I post something, I think that I really don't need to write any copy. This ring post is one of those times. But I think I will mention that butchery has become a pretty hipstery hobby, and an awful lot of people seem to like bacon. $174.10 at Victoria Yez designs.
I am pretty sure that I've featured ties from Cyberoptix before, and I don't doubt that I will feature them again if they keep making stuff this cute. This “papel picado” tie is adorable. It comes in awesome, bright colors and is clip on, so your little man (or little lady, because this would be super cute on a girl, too) won't end up hurting themselves. $30 at Cyberoptix.
These pour over coffee filter...things...are on pre-order. But I have a feeling this clever little gadget is going to sell out quickly, so you might want to plan ahead. Seriously, who doesn't need a good laugh while the coffee is brewing? $10 at Gama-Go.
My husband likes to torture play with our animals with his Airzooka Air Gun. The feeling is mutual though, all of them seem to enjoy the barking and racing through the house after one another that ensues. Now you can have your very own household chaos with the Airzooka from Thinkgeek! $7.79 on sale.
Ok, I know you've read the title of this post and was like "What???" but trust me this one is good. I'm a big cross stitcher but I've always thought those cross stitch samplers just looked like a bunch of old, boring pieces. That is until I found this cross stitch sampler kit with "Word to Your Mother" on it. If you like to do needlework but hate those puritan looking samplers, then this one is perfect for you. There are several kits available including "B$tch Please" and "These Pretzels are Making Me Thirsty." Only $17.50 (for the basic kit, there are other accessories that you can get) at Disorderly Stitches.
You probably can't go wrong with a bottle opener and some beer for a nice gift. Assuming the person you are gifting drinks beer. If not get them a nice artisanal root beer. But definitely get them this bottle opener. Because it's awesome. $24 at Furbish Studio.
I don't know if mustaches are still a “thing,” but I do love the art on this iPhone case. And I am pretty sure walruses will always be a “thing.” Always. He kind of looks like someone you know, you know? Like that guy you went to high school with and had a moustache before anyone else could grow one. Or maybe your uncle. $20 at Fuzzy Ink.
Let your true hero know how you feel with this sterling silver necklace. Yep, that's Han Solo. It's kind of romantic...I guess...and after some conferring with the council of nerds, I have been informed that the marks on the back are Aurebesh for the word HERO. So I am sure your nerd will appreciate that. Starting at $110 at Paul Michael Design.
As a collector of skulls, I am a bit fussy. I don't like them to look too scary, or mean, but they don't always have to be precious either. This lovely patinting hits just the right note for me. Add that to the fact that it's original art and very affordable and you might have to race me to the PayPal button. $55 at Pam Wishbow.
I have a squirrel problem in my backyard, I call it Squirrel-a-palooza. A bunch of these lil guys come down from their trees and eat all the seed in my bird feeder. There's no squirrel mafia to put a horse head in their nests but I can get this Horse Head feeder and maybe send a message...or make them look hysterical as they eat. $15 at Archie McPhee.
The Hoboroll is a sort of segmented duffel bag that closes at each end. It sounds crazy, but it allows your various items to remain in one place, even if you need to get at something else. And you can open it from either end, thus lessening your rummaging. Use one for the gym, or use many for your suitcase. $27.95 at The Grommet.
A Moscow Mule contains vodka and ginger beer. I like neither of these things. I do, however, like the tradtional copper mug in which it should be served. I think I will put something other than a Moscow Mule in mine, but you do as you see fit. Personalized and lovely for only $30 at Mark and Graham.
I am one of those people who thinks you can never have too many notebooks. So I get a lot of notebooks...and then I never write in them because I think that they are too pretty to spoil. So, if you are like me, or, even better, if you aren't and you WILL write in your notebooks, how about these spiffy bandana print notebooks? Pocket size and with an neat bullet point print, I am sure you will think of something to fill them with. $9.99 for a pack of three at Word.Notebooks
When I made greeting cards, the one things people always asked me for was cards geared towards men. I found it difficult since not all men love bowling, golfing, beers or remote controls. And granted, not all men love fly fishing, but for one the one who does, here are six simple, elegant notecards that would serve equally well for thank yous and happy whatevers. $20 at Owen & Fred.
I am not fussy about my martinis. Shake them, stir them, wet or dry, as long as they make it to the glass quickly, I am happy. (Oh, wait, that's not entirely true, they must be gin. No vodka martini for me!) But if you are more particular and are not James Bond, this martini mixer might make a nice gift. It's handsome enough to leave on the bar so you'll be ready for a drink anytime. $69.95 at Williams Sonomoa.
If you love coffee, you'll love this mug as much as I do. A Coffee Bean Coffee Mug! That's right, if you don't have enough coffee in your mug, you can admire the real coffee beans on the outside of your mug. It's a handmade ceramic mug embellished with actual coffee beans. $14 at Just Perfect 4U.
This pillow is genius. Because if you don't know, it just looks like a funky retro pattern. But if you do know...you're probably terrified right now. Yep, that's the carpet pattern from the Overlook Hotel and we all know what happened there. And if we don't, I'm not gonna spoil it for you. Just be aware, these ain't your average pillows. $14 for the small, $20 for the large at Horror Decor.
I chose this particular pin because I have a nephew at Auburn. But there are many other universities and major league teams available. Even a few velvet flower lapel pins. I mean, if you are going to have to wear a suit, you might as well spiff it up the way you want to, right? $25 at Cufflinks.com.