Holiday Gift Guide 2004: Good things for good people

December 6, 2004

Touted the “Christine Movie of the Year” in 2001, this film is still guaranteed to please.

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard
This sweet little book is perfect for your pals, crushes or partners in crime.

Living Out Loud by Keri Smith
We can all take a few cues from this artist extraordinaire.

Messy Thrilling Life by Sabrina Ward Harrison
Sabrina’s third book explores her time spent living in New York, falling in love and making a big colorful mess.

The Shawshank Redemption
If you haven’t yet seen this movie, please do so. Now. Then, once you realize how good it is, buy it for everyone you know.

Traveling Light by Brian Andreas
Brian Andreas’s magical art and writing is showcased wonderfully in this book.

Fancy Jewels
I got the swiss ring for my birthday, and I love it. I wear it every day.

Rena Tom Jewelry
The first word that comes to mind when describing Rena’s work is “gorgeous.” Also: lush, chunky, tactile.

Superhero Designs
Andrea’s necklaces, bracelets, photography and t-shirts come in a rainbow of colors and yield highly effective superpowers.

Queen Bee Bags
Queen Bee remains one of my favorite handbag makers. My Wonder Woman Truckette bag (sadly no longer in production) continues to get compliments.

The girls at Blissen craft gorgeous handmade goods made with found and recycled materials.

Good Together
Good Together is craftiness taken to a whole new level. Buttons and zippers never looked so good.

Pamela Barsky
Vintage scarves made into buttons, journals, barrettes, belts — you name it, she has it.

Adagio Tea
This tea pot, complete with built-in diffuser, is a dream come true for serious tea drinkers.

The Green Apple
A gift that keeps on giving, The Green Apple is a resource guide and coupon book for organic living, made by a girl friend of mine and her sister.

Sugar Paper
The art of letter writing is not dead! Practice good etiquette in style with Sugar Paper’s custom stationery and paper goods.

Sukie Notebooks
Take notes and get organized in style with these beautifully designed books by Sukie.

Just Plain Fun
Boy Girl Party
How can you resist Susie’s handsewn felt pouches and handpainted buttons? They make good gifts and stocking stuffers, but act fast. She’s closing the shop on Dec. 10 indefinitely.

One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
This is one of my favorite books, ever. Yes, it’s a comic book. Yes, it’s funny. Yes, it’s smart, too. If you are even a fraction Filipino, you’ll especially appreciate the cameos made by Lynda’s grandma.

Pass the Pigs
You’d be surprised how much fun you can have with two dice shaped as pigs. I’m not even kidding.

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Jeff Gates


  • I'm Christine, and this is a slice of my life—a sweet, rich, wildly indulgent slice that would taste really good with a scoop of Breyers vanilla bean ice cream. Read more >>

  • I run a darling, friendly, little graphic design studio.
    I look on the bright side.
    I take photos. Lots of photos.
    I wish on stars and on websites.

  • I built my first web site 7 years ago and got 15 seconds of fame. (It changed my life.)
    I launched, then relaunched, an online magazine.
    I admitted to several embarrassing crushes.
    I consumed more bacon than any human should and lived to tell the tales.

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