random gifts for specific people

An envelope full of stars by Moe Tsukada at Spoon and Tamago — 'tiny holes are pierced into the envelope, creating an astronomically accurate depiction of the heavenly bodies. A double-layered mechanism allows for light to filter in, which illuminates the inside of the envelope.'

Renaud Sauvé wave brush (or pen) rest.

History by the meter measuring stick and timeline.

hitohito winter candles (there's also spring, summer, and autumn, not to mention candle stands).

W.G. Sebald, The Emigrants (first edition).

And in the greater good category: a gift could help a stranger get out of medical debt, or support a family seeking asylum.

gifts for chionophiles

chionophile: any animal that thrives in winter conditions, especially one that thrives in snow.


Nancy Campbell, The Library of Ice.
Fogo Island Shop ice mallet: 'Remember, there’s no use for an ice cube tray when there’s a perfectly good 10,000-year-old iceberg bobbing in the backyard.'
Dries van Noten embroidered wool coat (the pattern makes me think of frost on a windowpane).
Serge Lutens L'eau Froide (cold water) eau de parfum.
Yuki snow pencils— the shavings look like snowflakes.
Scottish lace baby blanket (like a small drift of snow).
Maison Louis Marie candle No.06 — Neige de Printemps (spring snow).

gifts for opinionated three-year-olds who love bright colors and the moon, among other things

Noah's Ark play set, because animals and boats are fun.
Choosing Keeping's dedicated album for collecting the little sticker labels from grocery store fruits.
All the Feelings tee by Fairly Friendly (the motto of three-year-olds everywhere).
Kukkia Oekaki Dog House drawing board.
Caroline Z. Hurley mini-moon quilt.
Lyra Ferby triangular pencils, just right for little hands.
Marble run (fun for parents, too).
Dans la Lune by Fanette Millier — a beautiful picture book that simply illustrates the phases of the moon.
Grimm's stacking rainbow (so useful for tunnels, little houses, and colorful mountains — also available at Acorn Toy Shop).
Tenzi (a game everyone can play).

gifts for mycophiles (all ages)

Mushroom puzzle by Mirus Toys.
The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing:
'Here, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, Finnish nature guides, and more. These companions also lead us into fungal ecologies and forest histories to better understand the promise of cohabitation in a time of massive human destruction.'
Foraging basket for toting snacks, magnifiers, and field guides (available in kid size, too).
Vintage mushroom teaching models.
Iris Hantverk mushroom brush.
YMC Poacher jacket (pockets are handy in the field).
Angled, telescoping mirror (invaluable for peeking under mushroom caps to check for pores, gills, or spikes.)
Chocorooms! (A safe snack choice.)
Gabriella Kiss shelf fungus earrings (see also: this stunner with mushrooms, sterling slugs, and labrodorite dewdrops.)
Midcentury Swedish vase.
John Derian x Arts and Science scarf with mushrooms.
The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel (the book that sparked a full-bore mycological obsession in my family this fall, leading to many epic mushroom walks and countless discussions about the dangers of various Amanitas).