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Tuesday
Jun032014

[GIFTED] Wineries of Napa & Sonoma Set 

Your dad was never that into wine.  Sure, he'd have a glass of the "house Red" with a steak when you were out for dinner, but he sure didn't know the different between a Moscato and a Chardonnay and he had definitely never visited a winery. 

Fast forward to now.  Your father is a different man now that he's retired.  He's developed interests other than working and reading the newspaper quietly in a comfortable chair.  He went on a LIFE-CHANGING (his word, not yours) trip to California and became a complete wine snob.  He bought a huge wine chilling fridge.  He's declared Sideways his favorite movie.  It seems like it's getting out of hand.  It's okay, though—obsessions are good, they keep the mind sharp!  And red wine is heart-healthy (I think?).     

The newly-obsessed wine snob will love this Wineries of Napa & Sonoma Set ($250, Pop Chart Lab)—he can hang it in his newly-christened "wine cellar" (aka: the basement of your childhood home). 

Friday
May092014

[GIFTED] Intersection of Love Art

Every couple has a mental list of places that are significant to them and their coupledom.  Maybe it's that bar where you both were shitfaced at and shared a basket of curly fries and then a cab home together ON A WEEKNIGHT because you were young and wild and FREE.  Maybe it's that place he took you to for brunch that actually ended up not serving food.  Maybe it's that cabin in the woods where you took your first romantic getaway together.  These are all plot points in the great map of your relationship (GOOGLE DON'T STEAL THIS CONCEPT FOR A GOOGLE MAPS AD THAT WILL DEFINITELY MAKE ME CRY), so why not document them for posterity's sake with this Intersection of Love Art ($125, Uncommon Goods)?  

It's customizable to include two names, two important dates, and different color combinations, making it the perfect engagement, wedding, or anniversary gift.

Thursday
May012014

[GIFTED] Room Service Print

You graduated from college and you officially moved away from home forever (hopefully).  But, in true form to the selfish asshole you are, you expect your parents to keep your former bedroom as a shrine to you. 

You come home two times a year, but when you DO return home, you expect to return to a room full of wicker furniture and pop punk band posters.  You want to sleep in the bed that you slept in for the majority of your life, and you want to go through a trunk full of embarassing stuff from your teen years for 20 minutes before you get too embarassed and stop.  

Unfortunately for you, your parents aren't willing to give up prime real estate in their home just to ensure your happiness during your increasingly infrequent visits.  That's right—your room is now a second family room.  You have never heard of something so frivolous in your life.  A SECOND LIVING ROOM?  What are you, the Vanderbilts? 

It's too late.  The damage is done.  Your posters are gone.  Your bed is gone.  When you visit, you have the pull-out couch to look forward to.  You complain incessantly about this, of course, but you have to gain perspective here.  Let your parents know that you've realized that you are now a guest in their home with this Room Service Print ($56, Artsy Modern).  Think about it: when you visit, you stay for free and you eat and drink for free, too.  If you wanted four-star accommodations (aka: a REAL BED), you'd stay at a hotel (except you really couldn't, because your hometown doesn't have any hotelsl, but that's BESIDES THE POINT). 

Thursday
Mar132014

[GIFTED] The Many Shoes of Carrie Bradshaw's Closet

In the pre-Girls era of the early 2000's, it's pretty safe to assume that you and your girlfriends sat around a bar and discussed which character you were in Sex and the City.  Even if you didn't watch the show.  Your friends forced you to do this.  "YOU'RE SUCH A MIRANDA!" someone would shout.  It was obnoxious. 

Obnoxiousness aside, though, Sex and the City was one of those TV shows that ended up being a cultural touchstone.  Sales of Cosmopolitans went up.  Legions of idiots moved to New York City thinking they could survive (and thrive!) on a NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST's salary.  Girls who bought shoes at Payless were suddenly pining over Manolo Blahniks.  The character of Carrie Bradshaw became a fashion icon, even though she stumbled into our lives as a grown woman wearing a goddamned tutu.

And so, it's a safe bet that any longtime fan of Sex and the City is going to go crazy over The Many Shoes of Carrie Bradshaw's Closet Poster ($29, Pop Chart Lab), which truly cements Bradshaw as a fashion icon.  The poster details 50 hand-illustrated iconic shoes from Sex and the City, categorized by designer.  Your Bradshaw/shoe-obsessed friend can hang it in her bedroom or her walk-in shoe closet that exists in her imagination.

Monday
Mar102014

[GIFTED] The Landscape of Growing Up Print

Hindsight is always 20/20, especially when it comes to growing up.  When you're young, you feel like you know everything, and you literally have no perspective on anything because you haven't lived long enough.  Also, you haven't become jaded and apathetic yet. Ah, youth.  What a stupid, wonderful time.

In The Landscape of Growing Up Print ($32, Emily McDowell Illustrations), artist Emily McDowell turns youthful frustrations and missteps into a map with different features that will make you laugh/cry at how accurate they are and how stupid you once were, such as: 

-Mom Was Right About That Girl River

-District of Am I Gay?

-Oh My God I'm Racist Ridge

-Can't Please Everybody Ranch

This would be a great 30th birthday present or a fantastic graduation gift for a kid who has yet to realize how they'll make a visit to all of the places detailed on this map.  If they're like me, they'll make many, many visits to Can't Please Everybody Ranch.