Christmas is only two days away: if you haven’t finished your shopping, have fun at the mall. However, if you’re still out of ideas for gifts for your near and dear, we have a few all-purpose ideas from the Svpply Amazon gift guide. Thankfully, some are even still available for next-day shipping at (somewhat) reasonable rates. After the jump, check out our picks for the best gifts to disguise the fact you bought them the day before Christmas—we promise we won’t tell.
1. Agate Coasters, $25. Guests will be too distracted by these stunning coasters to notice that your coffee table is from IKEA. 2. Bananagrams, $14.95. Sort of a free-form Scrabble, Bananagrams is portable and a race against your opponents (we all know Scrabble can sometimes be a snoozer). 3. NASA Moon Globe, $52.99. We’re familiar with the vintage maps and atlases trend, but I dare you to find someone else with a globe of the moon. 4. Danesco Manual Coffee Grinder, $47.99. Trust us, no one is simply a “casual” coffee drinker anymore.
Navigating the holidays can be a taxing affair. But don’t worry, someone has your back. Retailers are making it easier and easier to reap the benefits of Black Friday from the comfort of your bedroom, with many online sales beginning days before Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, they don’t do much in the way of helping you decide what to get for your loved ones. Enter Svpply–a social bookmarking site for retail.
Think of it as a ffffound or delicious for things you’d like to purchase. Adding the social network component, you can now see what your friends and family are bookmarking; there’s even a toggle for whether it’s an item they’ve purchased. And if you thought it couldn’t get any easier, Svpply has created holiday gift guides with amazing recommendations in every category imaginable (even booze). With hope, we’ll never see another fruit cake as long as we live.
A few newbies are joining the web and deserve a shout-out for their contributions thus far. Joining the ranks of the many designers doubling as bloggers these days (Prabal Gurung and Vena Cava among others) is Mary Ping of Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Ping’s newly launched blog features an array of general cultural content–lots of solid art, film and music nods in addition to fashion. Readers can also expect contributions from SASWTR’s various friends, like Paper magazine’s Kim Hastreiter. Soon-to-be awarded CFDA’s Eleanor Lambert Award, Hastreiter shares 10 things she’d put in a time capsule on the blog, including condoms, her signature red glasses and an LV ‘mirroire’ bag.
Also new to the web: Svpply–a shopping site that lets consumers construct their own virtual storefronts. “This truly unique shopping site allows users to create their own personalized stores made up of items they covet from any retail site, from books and clothing to housewares and beyond,” says Trend Central. Think of it as a ffffound-esque shopping cart with which you can share any of the various items currently piquing your interest. The site is sadly currently invite only but for now all storefronts are public so you can still peruse others’ favorite wares while you wait for access of your own.