The Gift Guide Guide to Gifts: A Guide to Gift Guides

Publication: Monacle

Representative gift: "Keep your drink snug in Ichizawa Hanpu wine bags, hand-crafted in Kyoto.”

Price: Probably quite a bit.

Potential recipient: Locavore alcoholic co-worker, only wears bowties.
Publication: Boing Boing

Representative gift: "From pop art to comedy, horror to whimsy, a large collection of hand-painted Frankenbusts.”

Price: ~$500.

Potential recipient: Tragic boyfriend.
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Publication: New York Magazine

Representative gift: Earbud splitter from the MoMA Store.

Price: $10.

Potential recipient: Oversexed friend who doesn’t need to flirt via shared earbuds and has never heard of Radioshack.
Publication: Vanity Fair

Representative gift: "Arcade Tables offers 60 pre-installed games on the Stealth model”.

Price: $2,500.

Potential recipient: A blond child named “Bushwick.”
Publication: The New York Times

Representative gift: Bull footstool from Coach.

Price: $898.

Potential recipient: Not-unstylish aunt with inexplicable MoDo obsession.
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Publication: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Representative gift: ” These silver dress-shirt accoutrements offer formality with a touch of whimsy. Choose from fishing lure, stag’s head, or acorn.”

Price: $130, $210, $195.

Potential recipient: Retired father who needs to be subtly reminded that nobody cares about his all-male trip to Denali.
Publication: GQ

Representative gift: "An oldie but a goodie. This may not fire, but it will intimidate thieves.”

Price: $948.

Potential recipient: Teenage sister with a thing for Chandler and hard-to-understand glasses.

Everyone loves gift guides, even broke journalists who essentially haven’t spent money on anything that isn’t food or electricity in the past year. You don’t want our opinion about what to buy your loved ones this year, but we’ve gone to the experts and pulled some choice selections from their gift guides. Won’t you take a look?

All images courtesy of the gift guides.