The Swoon Gift Guide
The season of giving is upon us. Here are some swoonworthy presents for everyone on your list!
FOR THE TECH LOVER
Have a friend who you suspect would have the internet implanted directly into her brain, Feed-style, if that technology existed? These are the gifts for her.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.
Did we mention that Kai’s super hot? Sigh.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer, paperback $9.99
Nothing is more annoying than having to take off your gloves in order to snap pictures in the middle of a snowball fight with your friends. This pair solves that problem with conductive fabric on the thumb and first fingers. Plus, they’re on sale at the MoMA website. Score!
Women’s Red Echo Touch Gloves at MoMA, $15.95
Know someone who’s getting a fancy new iPad under the tree? Help them turn it into a laptop with a virtual keyboard. This device laser-project a working keyboard on any flat, opaque surface. Lasers! The future is truly now.
Epic – Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard at ThinkGeek, $99.99
FOR THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC
Does your sister spend her time writing poetry about her latest crush in beautiful handmade notebooks she buys off Etsy? Win Christmas by giving her one of these devastatingly lovely gifts.
Seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Her she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first decent into love.
I Capture the Castle is funny and sweet and a great book to curl up with in front of the fire.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, paperback $14.99
You how sometimes your mug of tea smells so good that you wish you could just shrink down in size and climb inside the cup? Well, some wonderful person has made this dream a reality with herbal bath tea. Honestly, I cannot think of a better way to warm up after a long afternoon of ice skating.
Herbal Bath Tea by latikasoap at Etsy, $15.99
You can never have too many scarves, and this one looks super cozy. This comes in other colors, but green is clearly the best. Plus, it’s somewhat hilariously called the Stud Muffin Infinity Loop. Oh, Steve Madden, you delightful man.
Stud Muffin Infinity Scarf by Steve Madden at Zappos, $42.99
FOR THE BEACH BUNNY
Does your best friend spend all winter making plans to go someplace warm for Spring Break? Maybe she suspects she suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Bring some sunshine into her life with one of the gifts below.
For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister, the always perfect Ashley, is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.
No one does summer like Sarah Dessen and That Summer is one of her best. Plus, this book was combined with Dessen’s Someone Like You to form the story of the Mandy Moore vehicle How to Deal. Fun Facts!
That Summer by Sarah Dessen, paperback $9.99
Customizable flip flops! These are a thing that exist! You can pick colors to match her favorite bikini and add some cute little charms and be crowned the best BFF that ever existed. You’re welcome.
Custom Flip Flops by Havaianas, prices vary
Maybe her family goes to Cape May every summer. Or she met her boyfriend at Myrtle Beach. Or she desperately wants to own a frozen drinks stand on Honolulu one day. Every beach bunny has a favorite stretch of sand and this customizable set of stacking rings let her keep hers close at hand.
Custom Beach Stacking Rings by Holly Daniels Christensen at Uncommon Goods, $120-$145
FOR THE GOTH GIRL
As much as it surprises people who know me now, I was a goth girl in high school. Any of the below gifts would have made my little black heart glow with happiness, so I feel secure in recommending these for the Manic Panic fan on your list.
Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses.
Vampires cannot go outside during the day, they don’t give a damn about werewolves, and they certainly do not sparkle. Sometimes they make out with each other. Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire is goth canon. Accept no substitutes.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, paperback $7.99
How cute are these kitty cat headphones? Everyone knows black cats are the best. Plus, they’ll keep her ears warm while she’s listening to whatever it is goth girls listen to these days. Bonus!
iHip Black Cat Crochet Headphones at Hop Topic (obviously), $29.63
Look, I know $27 is an absurd amount of money to spend on a bottle of nail polish that she’ll probably drop behind the dresser and not find until the summer after her junior year in college. But it’s Chanel and it’s called Vamp and all of her friends will be super jealous. I’m speaking from experience so you’ll just have to trust me on this.
Vamp Nail Polish by Chanel at Nordstrom, $27
FOR THE WRITER
Some people have so many ideas floating around in their heads they simply must write them down or go they’ll go mad. And no one wants that. So help them get pen to paper (or hand to keyboard) with one of these gifts.
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have.
I’m not even a writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed On Writing. Plus, Stephen King has sold a million bajillion books, so the guy probably knows what he’s talking about.
On Writing by Stephen King, Paperback $16.99
Don’t get me wrong, Moleskines are amazing, but I guarantee you she’s got stacks and stacks of them already. So why not inspire the writer in your life with a bottle of the best smell in the world instead?
Paperback by Demeter, prices vary by size
Notebook paper knee high socks! The perfect stocking-stuffer for the writer in your life. If you’re feeling extra generous you pair these with some washable fabric markers so she can jot down ideas while on the go.
Notebook Knee Highs at Sock Dreams, $18