It’s just a step to the left and then a dunk to the right.
What: Old-fashioned, decadent, full-size cookies ($28 per dozen) in combos like apple, butterscotch, and oatmeal; curry, white chocolate, and macadamia; and chocolate, peppermint, and dark chocolate chunks.
Why: Anyone who tells you everything-free, tree bark flour, sunbaked “treats” taste just like the real deal is lying. Quiet the health-nut pulpit with a dark chocolate, toffee, and sea salt cookie.
Where: Online at yesumaycookies.com.
What: The way you decorate should reflect your person(ality). For example, bird-, horse-, and deer-shaped wall mirrors ($30-$290) are perfect for design-savvy nature lovers.
Why: Go on, be a hipster. Hang the trophy stag version next to a real trophy buck and call it existential art.
Where: Online at etsy.com.
Gadgets and Gizmos for Techies
What: Our definitive holiday gift guide to the latest and greatest, including a 3-D camcorder, remote-operated lantern, wooden watch, and retro iPhone dock.
Why: Get your hands on hi-fi, lo-fi, and everything in-between.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.
What: The newest website-to-book materialization ($10) has page after page of baby tigers, otters, penguins, and apes so overbearingly adorable it hurts just to look at them.
Why: Ten percent of book revenues benefits the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund. As logic argues: more money, more baby animals, more cute for us.
Where: Online at amazon.com.
What: We’ve been mulling over Warpaint’s newest album ($10) for a week and concede the indie group’s minimalist, melodramatic pop sound is perfectly fitting for November’s honesty.
Why: We can really believe in wistful songs like “Undertow” and “Shadows” when they come from an all-girl group. Even if the members are from L.A. and really hot.
Where: Online at itunes.apple.com.
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