Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Not gonna lie: Father’s Day is a tough one. Dads - at least my dad, anyway - are historically reluctant to tell you what they like (unlike, say, mothers, who will happily provide itemized lists and links to appropriate purchasing outlets). Dads With Hobbies are a bit easier, but sometimes you need to step outside the golf ball box.

Clockwise from far left: 

1. King’s County Distillery products: My friends Colin and David own New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery (really), and make hand-crafted moonshine and bourbon using traditional processes and “unorthodox distilling equipment.” It’s good stuff. Click here to find stores and order online.

2. A really awesome iPad case: this Orvis case is made of 100% tanned Tennessee steerhide and can be personalized.

3. A very, very cool clock: clap your hands, and red digital numbers appear on this simple wooden cube (which also has an alarm function).

4. Kodak’s PLAYFULL Waterproof Video Camera, to record the poolside or beachside action this summer.

5. A hammock (the one pictured is from Target). Obviously.

One of my favorite new finds: the whimsical limited-edition (and affordably priced) prints from Stephen Campbell (via Stampa): perfect Father’s Day picks include 5 Ties (pictured above), Springsteen, and Mug.

I also want to mention Daniel Horowitz’s archival inkjet prints (starting at $100, also via Stampa), both because they’re so very cool, and because I was buddies with him in high school, so that’s cool, too.

(Use discount code DAD at checkout for free shipping on all Stampa products through June 8.)

And finally, if you’re in the market for a majorly luxe gift for papa, it does not get better than Brera Orologi watches. I gave one to Kendrick for Christmas, and the things are just awesome: stylin’, rugged, classic…all that.

Baby Gifts: 6-Month-Old

Q. Hey Jordan! I’m meeting my niece for the first time this summer, when she will be about six months old. I’d like to give her something really special. I think your son is almost the same age…does he have something he really loves?

Thank you!


A. This is a really fun age, because babies are just starting to actually engage in the world around them. My son is particularly into toys with flashing lights, bright colors, music, the whole nine yards…but also, you know, freaks out over his feet, so I think it doesn’t take much to please them right now.

You said that you want to give your niece something that she’ll really love, but also something really special, but the thing is that the toys that will really excite her at this developmental stage are likely things she’ll grow out of. So my suggestion is to bring something fun that she’ll be excited about right this very minute, and also something more classic that she’ll enjoy (or at least appreciate) over the long-term, like a pillow that’s an instant heirloom or a perfect stuffed animal.

Clockwise from top left: Whoozit, Little Tikes Baby Gym (my son just got this, and adores it…and it moves into different positions so it can be enjoyed from 0-36 months), Steiff teddy bear, Jonathan Adler pillow.

Another idea: Bring a stack of classic children’s books. This is a great age to start getting kids into reading (or at least storytime), and my son is so excited about books these days that I want to buy him every single one I see. Indy’s current favorites: Richard Scarry’s Best First Book Ever, anything Dr. Seuss (but especially Sneetches on Beaches), and Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Girls’ Night In

If your mom is all about spending quality time together on Mother’s Day and you plan on inviting siblings/dads/other associated fun people to join in at least part of the time, I love this gift idea.

Pick up a big wicker basket, and fill it with the following:

1. A bottle of sparkling wine

2. A board game or two (try Buffalo Games for lots of fun options)

3. Popcorn and a bunch of toppings (like chocolate chips/dried nuts/fruit, parmesan, melted white chocolate, cinnamon sugar, or season salt)

Wrap it up with a big old bow, and you’ve got a gift that’s about spending time together, not the money you spent.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Count Me Healthy Bracelet (starting at $88): This is a pretty neat twist on jewelry, especially for a new mom or someone who’s into setting health goals for themselves: you slide the little beads on the bracelet from one side to another over the course of the day to track your progress towards a goal (every time you, say, drink a glass of water).

Fossil Stella Mini Watch ($115): Who wouldn’t love a rose gold watch in a classic shape? And this one is (well, relatively; it’s still a watch) affordable.

bamboopink Rio Coral Hoops ($34): I actually just gave my own mother a pair of these - their striking color and beautiful details make them gorgeous for both everyday and special occasions.

Absolis Patyka White Grape Body Wash (about $44): This smells exactly like champagne. Give it to mom along with a bottle of the real stuff, and that’s a nice night in, right there.

Ugg Travel Moccasins ($100): These are pricey slippers, sure, but I own a pair, and they’re great: super-comfortable, sturdy enough to be perfect traveling companions (for hotel rooms, airplanes and such), and they’ll last more or less forever. And I love the orange color.

Elton John Woodside Garden Candle ($38): One of my favorite home scents for spring, this candle has notes of hyacinth, freesia, rose, and jasmine, and a portion of sales benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Bond No. 9 Perfume (prices vary): New Yorkers (or cityphiles) will love Bond No. 9’s range of fragrances, each named for a specific location in or around NYC. My favorite scent, Nuits de Noho, is a blend of jasmine, vanilla and patchouli.

Archipelago Home Excursion Diffusers ($45): With scents inspired by everywhere from Fiji to Charleston to Dubai, there’s sure to be one that’ll serve as the perfect reminder of Mom’s favorite travel spot.

Alexandra Satine Hamptons Bag ($320): If you’re looking to splurge, this is the way to do it. Because this bag is ridiculously pretty, but is also two-for-the-price-of-one: the purse you see above can go out during the day, and then the tiny black insert can be removed and worn alone with the chain at night.

And of course, you can always DIY a little something for Mom, like some caramel & chocolate-covered apples (yum), pretty hanging lanternsbody scrubflavored table saltsvanilla extractlinen water, or a reed diffuser (click the links for instructions).

Welcome, Baby! Gifts

When you’re headed over to see a couple of friends who just brought a brand-new person into the world, it’s nice to tote along a small gift, no? Two of our very close friends just had their baby, and I got to thinking about what I’d like to bring them (in addition to Insomnia Cookies). The answer was one or more of these:

A bottle of Hi! Prosecco (from $9.49), because, you know: Hi, baby!

Craft-E-Family Baby Block (from $15.50), which you personalize with all the details of the baby’s birth.

Or a mozzarella-making kit!

No, I’m totally lying about this last one. Do not get a new parent a mozzarella-making kit, because new parents do not have time to make mozzarella. But I had to show you this (one of Georgia Pellegrini’s picks on OpenSky) anyway, because seriously, that looks like so much fun.

Accessories Council V-Day Gift Picks

Last night I stopped into the Accessories Council (how fancy does that sound?) to check out their top Valentine’s Day gift picks. After the jump, my favorite choices of their choices, so you have more choices.

Clockwise from far leftBauble Bar Aqua Boho Drop Earrings ($28), Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50), Eberjey Lady Godiva chemise ($66), Stella and Dot Zodiac Charms ($19-$49), chicBuds Fauvette Gold Edition earbuds ($29.99).

Oh, and this? Is really delicious. (Get the banana.)

Baby Gift Inspiration: Themed Baskets

Q. Hey J,

I need to get some people I don’t know very well a baby gift, and don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl. Since you’re in the baby-gift mix, do you have a suggestion for something that’s say, $60?



A. My first recommendation would be to try to figure out if they have a registry  - try searching for their last name on Babies ‘R’ Us, Buy Buy Baby first; these are the most popular registries. People can be very specific about the brands they choose for their baby and the style they choose for their decor, and that way you can avoid getting them duplicates of anything they may have already registered for. If they don’t have one, a nice idea is to put together a themed basket with a bunch of small presents in it.

Bath Basket: Include a hooded towel (Pottery Barn Kids makes cute ones), a washcloth, a rubber duck, and a couple of nice baby bath products, like those from Mustela.

If you’d like to include something for Mom: Beautannia Brideshead Bath Oil.

Foodie Basket: Include things like Skip Hop’s melamine plates, Oxo Tot feeding spoons, and a Caden Lane bib (they’re coated and reversible, and come in cute patterns - love that rose one).

If you’d like to include something for Mom: Cadbury Drinking Chocolate.

Toy Basket: I’d suggest some Dwell Studio stacking rings plus a Vulli Sophie Giraffe, or a selection of Eric Carle products (he’s the guy who wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and there are a whole bunch of toys based on the line that just came out and are adorable).

If you’d like to include something for Mom: A DVD of a pregnancy-themed movie (Look Who’s Talking?) and some microwave popcorn.

Cozy Basket: Include any combo of aden + anais products - $60 will get you a set of muslin swaddling blankets and either a sleep sack or a couple of burpy bibs, and the Mod Turtle and Safari prints are gender-neutral, as a bonus.

If you’d like to include something for Mom: Ugg slippers.

For more baby gift ideas, click here. Click here for more mom-to-be presents.


A Handful Of Last-Minute Gifts…

Still in search for the perfect present for a couple of people on your list (or…everyone)?

Some of my absolute favorites:

1. Champagne (try La Caravelle rose) is always welcome at this time of year.

2. For a last-minute stocking stuffer, Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop nail polish is too cute - click here for a photo of it in action.

3. Maybe not the most glamorous gift, but I am obsessed with the Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000 toothbrush. Obsessed. And you know you have someone in your life who’s into this kind of thing and would love to find this under the tree.

4. I can’t tell you how much I love this Night Splendor Flameless Candle three-pack - the “candles” are substantial, gorgeous, and lightly scented…and, at under $40, unbelievably priced.

5. Everyone loves a good wrap bracelet, and this Linea Pelle one ($72; comes in a whole bunch of colors) is called a “Double Wrap Triple Row”…which is not only fun to say, but also makes it that much more chic.

6. I recently had a reader email me asking about my favorite purses…and this one, the Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Pouchette (along with the slightly larger version, the Natasha), is my favorite. In the world. I don’t own it, but I have stared at it in stores many a time, and let me tell you: there is no girl in the world who wouldn’t be psyched about this little lovely. Go for black or grey.

7. These Hoopla VS. mittens ($29; pairings include Owls vs. Mouse and Cat vs. Dog) are one of those great gifts that are practical and fun…so you can feel like a responsible grown-up providing warmth to a kid, while still giving them…owl mittens. Everyone wins.

8. For a pretty, indulgent present for a girly-girl with lots of parties to attend, I love this Anthro bolero…and it’s on sale right now for $80. (Thanks to Hayley for pointing it out!)

Robert Verdi’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Pregnant Mama Presents

30 Etsy Finds For $30 (Or Less)

Holiday Gift Ideas: For The Little Ones

Holiday Gift Ideas: For Her

Holiday Gift Ideas: For Him

Pregnant Mama Presents

Q. My soon-to-be sister-in-law is 6 months pregnant with her first child. My fiance and I are going to give her a prenatal massage as a Christmas gift…but I also want to get her and her husband something for the baby. I still treasure things that my aunts gave me as a baby, from stuffed animals to cute prints spelling out my name that hung in my bedroom for years. But my sister-in-law has very specific tastes and I’m sure she has a plan for exactly how she wants the nursery to look.

So…any ideas for great “auntie” gifts for a soon-to-be-born baby boy? 

A. I love the idea of getting something for the nursery, but I agree: you should avoid getting anything that makes too strong of a style statement (a print, for example, might not be welcome). But there are options that will go with almost any style: for example, Anthropologie makes zinc letters ($18 for small; $98 for oversized) that are extremely cool-looking, and would work with anything from a whimsical nursery to a modern one - we have a small one in our nursery, and I love it. Another idea: buy a pretty picture frame in a neutral color (like the Epicene Frame, $24, pictured above) , and wrap it up with a picture of your sister as a baby (or you and your sister as babies).

Some more ideas:

- Build A Bear: We went last week, and it really is so cute. You get a birth certificate for the bear, name it, and include a heart that you’ve kissed and wished upon in the stuffing.

- Jonathan Adler Zodiac Pillow: At $98, it’s expensive (as with all Jonathan Adler stuff)…but I just love it as a newborn gift.

- aden + anais blankets are gorgeous, and something that she’ll use everyday (so: pretty and practical). I particularly love the Mela set (pictured above, $40).

- Speaking of blankets, Layla Grace has a great selection - I’m a particularly big fan of Little Giraffe and Kashwere (the duck blanket pictured above).

- If you move quickly, you can still get a personalized Fair Isle stocking from Pottery Barn. Order by today at 5PM, and delivery for Christmas is guaranteed (plus stockings are 20% off, with free shipping).

Click here for baptism gift ideas, and here for baby shower gift ideas.

Click here for my Holiday Gift Guide for Kids.

Presents For Everyone!

A gift suggestion that’s 100% my kind of present:

A tarot deck (Golden Tarot is the one I own, and it’s a great one for beginners; very pretty and user-friendly), either by itself or accompanied by a New Moon Creations Nature’s Power Pendant (Lapis, pictured above, is to inspire a positive change).

The pendants come in a wide variety of stones intended to bring the wearer everything from luck to love to protection against negative energy, and are hand-made in Canada by my Aunt Trudy, who’s offering RG readers 15% off of any purchase from her site. (She also does thoughtful and scarily accurate readings, which make a unique holiday present for anyone with introspective leanings.)

Over on the Ramshackle Glam Gift Guide Tumblr, you’ll find lots and lots more gift ideas, such as this My Mela jewelry box (which I suggest filling with a handful of pretty bangles - the set pictured above is less than $9!).