We all have at least one person in our lives who's pretty much impossible to shop for. Either they simply buy whatever they need, or they don't have any particular craft or hobby to build on. Here's a collection that's sure to surprise and delight even the trickiest people on your list.
Not Your Mother's Pocket Garden. Woolly Pockets are flexible, breathable, and modular gardening containers. Not quite a pot, more interesting than a window box, these planting “pockets” allow you to place one plant in just the right spot. Perfect gifts, they're lightweight and fold flat, which makes them very easy to use, move, and store just about anywhere. ($39.00 - $247.00) Buy Woolly Pocket gardening pockets for vertical wall gardens here.
Nine 2 Five. The Charles Collection founder Charles Heydinger was inspired by the melting clocks seen in the work of surrealist painter Salvador Dali. He chose to highlight three numbers on the clock face — 9, 2, 5 — to play up our conventional workday hours in graphic typeface. You can stretch a 9-inch square clock into different organic shapes, up to 12 inches square, that are held in place with pegs. It’s a clever, fun way to stretch the imagination. ($50) Buy the Charles Collections unique clock design here.
Tree For Life. Imagine Christmas without having to find, haul, water, and dispose of an evergreen tree, but still being able to bring a piece of nature into your home for the holidays. That was the inspiration for architect Richard Babcock, who designed this stunning handmade wooden tree, the possibiliTree. A great gift for an environmentally-conscious person on your list. ($160.00 and up) Buy Possibilitree wooden holiday tree here.
Celebration Of A Yoga-Loving Soul. Artist Joel Garcia of Mexico City is a world-class papier-mâché artist, known for his Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) sculptures. Dia de los Muertos is an important holiday in Mexico. Also called All Souls Day, it is a time to commemorate the dead, beautify cemeteries, and pay homage to your ancestors. Sculptures like Garcia’s help celebrate people from all walks of life, with different passions and hobbies, and his masterful technique means that a piece made from newspaper, flour, and water has all the gloss of something made from porcelain. ($250) Buy Joel Garcia's Day of the Dead Sculpture in papier-mâché here.
Functional Art From Fallen Trees. Spencer Peterman scours the woods near his studio in Western Massachusetts looking for fallen trees, then he turns his finds into stunning bowls that celebrate the life and death of trees. His spaulted bowls are named for the natural veining, or spaulting, that occurs when wood begins to decompose. Each bowl is a one-of-a-kind creation, and we love that the wood is either found or donated. Spencer never cuts down trees, although if you have a beloved tree that has fallen, he can make it into a bowl for you. A unique and inspired gift for someone special on your list. ($26.00-285.00) Buy Spencer Peterman's hand carved wooden bowls here.
Radical Bowl. Anyone who regularly cleans up after uncoordinated toddlers, careless teens, or hungry husbands will appreciate the insane genius of the CaliBowl. Its sleek, patent-pending design makes it nearly impossible to spill its contents while you’re scooping them out. CaliBowl comes in ceramic or polypropylene, a plastic polymer made from partially recycled materials, and they’re all dishwasher and microwave safe. ($13.00 and up) Buy CaliBowl no spill salsa bowl or toddler bowl here.
Caramel-icious Confections. It’s Fat Toad’s somewhat unusual goat milk caramel that caught our eye. Josey has lived in Mexico on and off for the past decade, and there she discovered cajeta, a popular caramel sauce made from goat’s milk. She insisted the family try their hands at making it, and five years and four flavors later, customers can’t get enough of this delectable treat. We’re thinking ice cream right about now. ($8.95) Buy Fat Toad Farm Carmel Sauce here.
Washing Away The Opium Trade.In 2002, National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Sarah Chayes started a cooperative called Arghand to make these unique soaps resembling beautiful stones polished by river water. The enterprise encourages farmers to plant crops like apricots, pomegranates, spices and herbs — instead of opium. Arghand means "triumphant” in Persian. That’s how you’ll feel when you give them to that unique person on your list. ($15.00) Buy Arghand's handcrafted soap pebbles here.
ZoomAlbums are the professional-looking, pocket-sized albums anyone create on their own, at home, that will have everyone asking where they got them. Each kit includes the Creator Software CD, which lets you simply drag and drop the photos you’d like to use, and enough supplies to create three albums. The patented photo pages work with a regular ink jet printer; simply print twelve photos on a single sheet, fold along the score lines, and remove the adhesive backing as directed to assemble the finished product. ($35.95) Buy Zoom Album, the bound, mini, photo album here.
An Appetizing Addition To The Kitchen. These smart looking boards from Soundview Millworks made of high-quality Santos mahogany and eastern hard maple can be used as cheese trays, appetizer platters, or for cutting. The boards are rubbed with 100% tung oil then finished a second time with mineral oil and beeswax, for superior durability and a safe, natural seal. But what really makes them unique is the sailboat cleat(s) attached to the side, which provides an eye-catching stainless steel accent and handle. ($65.00-$90.00) Buy Soundview Millworks wooden cutting board here.
Mixed With Love.Trying to cook up a perfect breakfast for someone in your life? MixMyGranola will throw together a custom, all-natural, 16-ounce blend according to your specifications that lets the person you're buying it for know you remember they hate raisins, love Craisins, and adore all things chocolate! Just go to the site, choose a granola or muesli base, and layer in all your recipient’s favorite things. It’s that simple. ($4.99 and up) Buy MixMyGranola custom granola mix here.
Give The Walls Something To Talk About. When Anne Gearon moved from Australia to Chicago, she quickly fell in love with the quirky type she saw everywhere. She spotted an adorable “A” here and a tremendous “T” there. Slowly, she built an image bank of Chicago typography. What to do with all of the lovely letters? She started by making a name collage for her son’s birthday. As friends began requesting artwork of their own, she launched her business, rum sum sum. Anne now designs all kinds of things with type — artwork, magnets, and even clothing. ($7.50 and up) Buy Rum Sum Sum's personalized photo art here.
Vintage Custom Brooch. Designer Anne Koplik combines glass beads, semiprecious stones and hand enameling to create her signature brooches all of which are made here in the USA. You can even pair one with the stunning book, Mrs. O - The Face of Fashion Democracy, by Mary Tomer, and complete the look for that person who has everything. ($39.00-$75.00) Buy Mrs. O The Face of Fashion Democracy" and stunning brooches here.
Fizz, Sparkle, and Pop Love the fizz of a carbonated beverage but hate taking the empty ones to be recycled? We were thrilled to find SodaStream from Soda Club Group. With a touch of a button you can turn flat water effervescent. Add any of the company’s 25 flavored regular and diet syrups and you’ve got homemade soda at a fraction of the cost of store brands (and without high fructose corn syrup). It’s a great way to save time and money—and reduce your carbon footprint. This is something fun for the person who doesn't even know they want it. ($99.95-$199.95) Buy Soda Club Sodastream carbonator to make your own soda here.
VersAudio 1.5 Sound System There are other iPod Alarm Clock, Radio, Docking Station combinations out there, but the Daily Grommet has found the one with the best sound, the best style, and the best story: VersAudio. This is a great find, perfect for even the pickiest guys out there! You can buy VersAudio's 1.5 Sound System iPod alarm clock, radio, and docking station combination here. ($199.00)
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