Ha. Money-face challenge.
Christmas Tree Alternatives, in case you don’t want to cut one down. Our favorite tree farm lost a lot of trees to drought this year and had to truck them in. It felt so foreboding.
Isn’t this little fig ornament so pretty? Figs symbolize peace and plenty.
Some numbers on harassment triggered by the election from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Scroll down for info graphics.
Lots of new contributors to Shop Blue, a gift guide I made to support stores owned by dems who are minorities or women.
Mint is a gadget that tests whether you have bad breath and gives you a grade from A to F.
I’ve always wanted a pair of blue suede shoes.
I think this cat mug is funny, which was unexpected.
I didn’t realize beauty advent calendars were such a big thing. Huh.
I got you guys something.
Toysmith Hoppy Ball, $14
Remember these? I still want one.
Sit ‘n Spin, $27
One of these too.
Metal Race Car Kazoo, $15
She wants to drive race cars, you want her to consider the Philharmonic — compromises.
Boon Pipes Water Pipes Bath Toy, $25
You know how kids refuse to get out of the bath, this worsens that condition.
Boon Cast Fishing Pole Bath Toy, $20
Fill a casserole dish with water, put a towel underneath, and enjoy a little free time.
Moluk Oogi Figure, $15
Sticks to windows, mirrors, and itself.
Califone First Kids Headphones, $12
Now your neighbors on the plane don’t have to listen to Minions four times in a row.
Dinosaur Sweatshirt and Tail, $55 KidHub
For the holidays, I got you a two-year old T-Rex shouting “ROAAAR!”
Moluk Bilibo, $30 Amazon
These things are awesome imagination pods. Kids use them as chairs, shells, boxes, you name it.
Upper and Lowercase ABC Blocks, $22 Uncle Goose
Blocks that look artsy when your kiddo leaves them scattered over the floor.
Submarine Bath Light, $10 Amazon
Everything in childhood is more memorable if it happens when it’s dark outside.
Left Right Ergonomic Crayons, $5
Crayons that fit perfectly in tiny fists.
Plui Bath Toy, $13
David Bowie Rock n Sole’ Baby slippers, $39 MrsBojingles
Amost everything in this shop is amazing. Go consider all the tiny baby feet in Daft Punk slippers.
Felt Grey Whale Baby Rattle, $20 Newmies
Call me Ishmael.
Grimm’s Wooden Stacking and Nesting Bowls, $32
A pretty developmental toy.
Boon Marco Light-Up Bath Toy, $9 Amazon
1,000 Leagues Under the Sink Faucet
Rhino Toys Oball Original, $7 Amazon
These balls are so easy for babies to grasp.
Natural Disk Rattle, $21 Cooper Hewitt
Playable Art Ball, $30 MoMA Store
Also have a look at Toys that are Good for Baby Brains, 0-6 Months.
Toddler wakes at 4:40 a.m., and dad brings him into bed. Little guy struggles against sleep for half an hour, whispering “play” and “oh hi!” every few minutes. Finally he drapes himself over my neck, one knee in my right boob, and konks out. I’m laying here trying to decide whether this is more or less comfortable than being nine months pregnant.
Tea keeps your hands warm, and your worries at bay. Let’s get all cozy.
Sori Yanagi Stainless Steel Kettle, $78
I bought this a few months ago, and it’s one of my favorite things. The handle feels beautiful when you lift it, it’s not heavy when it’s full, and the lid is loose enough that you can keep your hands away from the steam when you lift it for a refill.
Matte Grey Kitchen Canister, $20 on Letliv
Pretty for storing loose-leaf tea on the counter. Or weed, if you live in one of the seven hippie states.
Friend Mug, $28 on Aurelie Dorard
Hi, little guy. Handmade in France.
OXO Good Grips Anniversary Edition Uplift Tea Kettle, $80
Cork handle is so genius. Plus, when you lift the handle of this kettle, it triggers a lever that moves the whistle so you can pour.
Kusmi Tea Collection, $105 on Amazon
Kusmi tea tins are gorgeous, I save all of mine. This sampler set contains fifteen mini-tins, and the tea is very good quality. If you’re looking for a more modest gift, consider their tins of Prince Vladmir black tea ($18), or Rose Green Tea ($18).
Takeya Double-Wall Glass Tea Tumbler, $20 on Amazon
If your tea person drinks whole-leaf tea, half the point is watching the leaves unfurl.
Robot Hanging Tea Leaf Infuser Strainer, $7
Tea robot. Crucial.
Gifts are my thing. If you’re looking for more, here’s my gift board, which will likely have these items pinned to the top.
I just launched Shop Blue, a gift guide for Democrats.
Shop Blue features product listings from stores owned by Democrats who are women, religious and ethnic minorities, or members of the LGBTQ community. Those are the folks I feel will be most negatively affected by a Trump presidency, and I’d like to do what I can to support them.
Thanks to those of you who submitted stores to me via Facebook or Twitter. If you’d like to submit more stores for consideration, you can do that below, or email direct to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s only a handful of products listed now because I wanted to get it up in time for Black Friday, but there will be lots more in the coming days and weeks. So send me more shops you love!
If you’d like to, please share the site with friends, or on your social media channels. Every purchase helps support someone who thinks the United States should be a safer, more just country. We’re together in this.