Representative gift: "Container gardening is hot, and what better way to display plants on your deck or patio than in oversize, historic-looking planters. Made of heavy-gauge steel dipped in molten zinc, they should last years. And there's no need to worry about freezing weather causing cracks, as happens with pottery containers.”
Price: $219 to $529.
Potential recipient: Go-go sibling in public relations with dreams of feudalism.
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.
Representative gift: "From pop art to comedy, horror to whimsy, a large collection of hand-painted Frankenbusts.”
Potential recipient: Tragic boyfriend.
Representative gift: "Look at this fucking dog bed. It's way nicer than your bed. It also comes with a white and black embroidered silk throw pillow, and black nail heads for added beauty and sophistication.’ That's right. Sophistication.”
Potential recipient: A dog.
Representative gift: "Arcade Tables offers 60 pre-installed games on the Stealth model”.
Potential recipient: A blond child named “Bushwick.”
Representative gift: Bull footstool from Coach.
Potential recipient: Not-unstylish aunt with inexplicable MoDo obsession.
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.
Representative gift: "An oldie but a goodie. This may not fire, but it will intimidate thieves.”
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.