I’ve always believed the best gifts are things we would want but wouldn’t buy our­selves cause we couldn’t jus­tify the pur­chase (regard­less of how much it costs), or some­thing hand­made by the giver. Good gifts also hap­pen just because, not nec­es­sar­ily due to a birth­day or hol­i­day. Lisa says this ideal makes me an intim­i­dat­ing gift-giver. John used to call me a pro­fes­sional con­sumer, cause I have a ten­dency to pur­chase what I want with­out hes­i­ta­tion, which I imag­ine makes me even harder to shop for.

Recently, peo­ple have been giv­ing me awe­some things for absolutely no rea­son at all, and each gift is thought­ful, prac­ti­cal, and just my taste. It must be really hard to find presents that will make me happy, but that just makes them all the more spe­cial when they do.

cat stuff

These were in my mail­box one night. The event was actu­ally a strip-spelling com­pe­ti­tion, and Shawn won “best strip­per”, the reward being the CD of cat purring. The other guy won the “best speller” award and got the book. They had to fol­low him out of the cafe and ask him for it, cause it was totally meant for me obvi­ously. Shawn has said I’m a cat for as long as I’ve known him.

double wall mini tea cups

I had tea with Heather in a cafe last win­ter, and we had a con­ver­sa­tion about design and how sat­is­fy­ing it felt to hold these mini teacups. Somehow, she remem­bered and found them and bought me a set. They’re mouth-blown so each one is unique, and insu­lated by double-wall borosil­i­cate glass.

book safe

Lisa got me this book safe, made out of an edi­tion of Ernest Hemingway’s Selected Letters, for secrets big and small. The choice of what book to use in mak­ing a book safe is very impor­tant, as it has to blend in with a library col­lec­tion, but also not be so recent or inter­est­ing as to make some­one pick­ing it up.

It has lit­tle mag­nets embed­ded in the frame and cover to make sure it stays closed even when stored ver­ti­cal. This lit­tle detail was what swayed her deci­sion to go with this par­tic­u­lar crafter, and some­thing you learn is very impor­tant if you ever try to keep your stash hid­den from…uhhh…cats.