A toilet paper warmer. How thoughtful. This year, skip the unitaskers and opt for sensible yet delightful gifts your friends can actually use — courtesy of Brook Farm General Store.
Rosewood Folding Knife, $45
Perfect in a pinch, the sharp carbon steel blade slices with ease, while the Brazilian rosewood handle and brass anchor inlay are easy on the eyes.
Postalco Notebooks, $14-$26
The water-resistant, starch-pressed cover and protected spiral binding make for scribblers that can take a beating, so obsessive jotters can take a memo anywhere.
Elemen’tary Screwdriver No.2 Set, $32
Keep things tight with an ergonomic twister designed by a Brit who’d had it up to here with poorly made tools. The beech wood handle and six interchangeable bits are intended to last a lifetime.
Waxed Canvas Rucksack, $135
Ideal for an impromptu picnic or camping adventure: Comfort and function come together in a leather-accented backpack with a water-resistant exterior, padded straps, easy-open cinch top, and roomy interior.
Royall Lyme, $25-$55
A splash of unisex cologne — applied postshave or poured into a running bath — will cure all that ails. A commode staple since 1957, the pleasant fragrance is a smart and lovely curio.
Brook Farm General Store, 75 South 6th Street, between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg (718-388-8642 or brookfarmgeneralstore.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Brook Farm General Store