Bring that magical scent of White Castle home! This scented candle will smell just like a White Castle burger - yum! $11.99 at Perpetual Kid
It's rare these days that you can really be bothered, or perhaps more fairly afford, to have clothing custom made. But the cost for this lovely Steampunk-style vest seems pretty reasonable for such a cool one-of-a-kind piece. The one shown is double-breasted with four pockets and quite a high neck, but it's also totally customizable, right down to the fabric. Starting at $155 at Once Upon a Bustle.
Did you ever think you would want to collect paperdolls again (Did you ever collect them in the first place or was that just me...)? Because this John Cleese Ministry of Silly Walks doll has got me tracking down all kinds of fun paper friends. But let's be honest, this is possibly the funnest of them all (you heard me, I said “funnest”). Nicely articulated for only $11 at Ardently Crafted.
Yay! Broccoli! Everyone loves Broccoli!...right? Well, I do and if you do, then you might also love this cute tea towel. Eschew those girly flowers and weird cow prints for a kitchen towel that actually looks like it belongs in the kitchen. Organic cotton and handmade, it's perfect for your veggie friend, that guys who loves to cook or yourself. $20 at Leif.
I am going to guess that Spreadable Beer might not be a good thing. I mean, vegemite and marmite are aquired tastes and don't they come from the same basic source as beer? But, if you love savory spreads, and you love beer, this might be a tasty treat for you. The copy decribes it as “smooth and gooey” with a hoppy scent. And it's apparently made of 40% beer, but contains no alcohol, so...the kids can have it? The whole idea kind of confuses and delights me at the same time. $17.09 at Firebox.
I suppose it's not good form to encourage smoking, but if you are gonna smoke a cigar, it's probably better to do it in style. This lovely silver plated case holds three cigars and can be engraved. It would make an excellent gift for groomsmen, or, for that matter, bridesmaids who indulge. $39.99 at Tipo's Creations.
I've said before how much I like a man in a bracelet, and it hasn't changed. This particular bracelet is interesting, what with it's herringbone chain and all the copper and whatnot. It's very different from the usual ID bracelet and would be a nice gift for the guy who isn't into looking like everyone else. $45 from Scarlet Garnet.
Blue Q has quite a line of lavatory mists. And I have given them as gifts many times. Because everyone needs a fresh air sometimes. And if you can laugh about it, well, listen, we all do it, right? Except for you. I know you're too nice to do something like that.(Look at that art! Hilarious!) $11.99 at Blue Q.
A lot of guys don't have to wear ties to work. But those that do tend to like having nice ties, right? And if you have nice ties, you probably want to keep them in nice shape. Maybe a leather tie case will do the trick for that. $185 at Gent Supply Co.
I have a deep and somewhat shameful love for tacos. Any kind of tacos. Good ones, bad ones (there are no bad tacos). If I spend too much time away from my California home base, I start to panic a little not being able to get tacos on every corner, even though there are tacos available pretty much everywhere. What with the taco obsession, I am naturally drawn to taco accessories. Like these taco trucks. They hold tacos. So you can have a taco in your hand, and one waiting in the truck. Thus, less taco panic. Genius. $12 at Amazon.
Here's a nice gift for the host or hostess with most or mostess. A kind of groovy tray on which to serve drinks or possibly breakfast. Useful AND attractive? Sounds like a winner! $25 at Frick and Frack Scraps.
I am unclear on why “For Reference” is the title of this piece but I don't really care. For reference, it's adorable. If you've got the less sentimental but still kinda sweet dad to buy for this Father's Day, this might just do the trick. It's a signed and numbered edition of 225, it's 18 x 25 inches and it's awesome. $30 at The Bird Machine.
Not everyone is into rap or dance music or waiting for you to drop the bass or whatever. Some people like folk music and if you've got one of those people to buy for, here's the shirt they want. It's the tiniest bit racy, so make sure he's got a sense of humor. But, as you know, folkies usually do. $26 at Dowdy Studio.
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.