A bottle of Revel Stoke’s 90-proof spiced whisky is a treat by itself, but brown liquor aficionados will appreciate an extra-personal greeting label from the distiller. The perfect companion gift? A cigar, of course.
A six pack of Fruit of the Loom tube socks is easy, but thigh-highs, striped Woolrich tights, and knee-highs decorated with houses from Hansel from Basel’s Sock of the Month Club are more charming. Get the intimates drawer ready with scented papers or sachets.
Skip the market and go straight for the cow. Rent a dairy queen from the hillsides of Vermont and have fresh Brie or cheddar (made from its milk) delivered to his door. Until then, gift a chunk of no-frills cheese with a ribbon.
NY Pet-I-Care saves stray animals from mean city streets, nurses them back to health, and finds them loving homes. If that’s not enough to melt hearts, donating also gets your recipient pictures and updates on the well-being of her adoptive furry friend. Tuck a plush version into her stocking while she waits for the first photo.
A holiday card from Hello Kirby can mean a lot of things: season’s greetings; you like colorful hand-cut fashion illustrations; artist Jane Kirby is working on a custom portrait of you, and it will be ready any day now.
Meet Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, and Casey Affleck on the set of Tower Heist or jet to Hilton Head Island and spend a week in a three-bedroom villa. These are just a couple of the over-the-top packages Charity Folks is auctioning off to ultimate gift givers. With a gift that extravagant, your loved one can wait.
Scott Urban cuts no corners when it comes to crafting frames. Shoppers choose from a variety of wood (Chechen, koa, ironwood) and in a few weeks, a solid chunk of bark is crafted into a chic pair of spectacles. A large-print book will have the giftee drooling until they’re complete.
Original art really says something about a person. Custom heraldry takes that sentiment to a whole new level. E-mail Happy Menocal, and she’ll create a personalized crest in a matter of weeks. Monogrammed stationery will tide your recipient over in the meantime.
Keep the cellar stocked and the buzz going with Silver Lake Wine’s wine-of-the-month club. Two bottles of vino are delivered every 30 days (note the three-month minimum). Wrap a couple of wine glasses to whet the giftee’s whistle.
Not everyone was a Girl Scout. A magnesium fire starter from Kaufmann Mercantile comes in handy when camping in soggy conditions; a journal for those spooky nights by the campfire is the perfect gift in the meantime.