I still have some gift guide items, but I’m at a bit of a standstill, for a few reasons.
1. Without really thinking about it, I picked out a ton of art, which… I mean, giving art as a present is pretty risky, and generally not recommended. If you pick out a piece the recipient loves, awesome!, but nailing the taste of someone else is pretty tough. I mean, heck, sometimes I look at a piece of art and even I’m not sure if I like it.
2. My inner shutterbug went overboard. I selected items for the guides over a large period of time, and in that time, I inadvertently selected a LOT of cameras. I should have seen it coming: I actually have two camera collections. One is of vintage cameras, most of which take obsolete film and stopped working 50 years ago. They are not useless; they are beautiful and sweet, and I cherish them. The second (and only marginally more justified) collection is of quirky cameras, old and new, that I use in addition to my main dslr. I picked out a bunch of cameras in each of those categories, but I think that, for anyone that isn’t me, it would be a total snooze fest.
3. I selected a whole slew of kitchen and home stuff, and it’s all really cool, but as I was going through it all I kept thinking, “Hm, this would make a weird gift.” A lot of it seems to be more the sort of thing one would buy for oneself and less the sort of thing one would hope to find under the tree.
If you’re reading this all “omg! srsly? wtf?!” because you really, really wanted more gift guides, I suggest you check out Design*Sponge. Grace (who is my neighbor!) has suburb taste and she put together some great guides, like she does every year. Her fiance even got in on it, and created a gift guide specificially for dudes.
If you still want to hear from me, check back tomorrow. If I haven’t thought of a brilliant solution to my gift guide also-rans, I’ll just glum them all together and call it a day. (That is so what is going to happen.)