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Amber Marlow’s 2014 Gift Guide

I adore doing gift guides every year, but this year it kind of slid through the cracks for me. I have a Pinterest board, though, where you can see everything I’ve got my fingers crossed for to find in my stocking, under the tree, or by the menorah. (We kind of do everything up in here. Whatever.)

Anything else good I should know about? P.S. How to give excellent gifts, according to science.

Amber Marlow’s 2014 Wish List

 

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Something She Reads | 2013 Gift Guide for Your Hipster Girlfriend

Giving the Baby Back by Daffodil Campbell

A story of foster parenting on Maui by one of my dearest friends. On Tuesday I’ll be running an interview here with Daffodil and giving away a copy of her book.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Clean all the things!

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston

A memoir by a fascinating woman.

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

She’s been dying to read it after watching the TV show.

The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton w/ Natalie Norton

True story: I added this to my shopping cart on a whim and found it very inspiring. The very next week I met Richie’s wife Natalie and was able to tell her how much I liked her book!

Thanksgiving by Sam Sifton

Because hosting a big holiday meal is on her Life List.

A Year Without Makeup (for Kindle) by Stephanie Yoder

A 20-something traveled the world, got attacked by giant parrots, and found true love.

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

On pretty much everyone’s list this year. You better act REALLY fast if you want this in time for Christmas; according to Brandon’s blog post yesterday, the printer can’t print them fast enough, the publisher is pulling strings to make more, and there might not be enough for Christmas.

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You can see the entire 2013 Gift Guide for your Hipster Girlfriend here and visit my Pinterest boards for even more ideas.

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Something She Wears | 2013 Gift Guide for Your Hipster Girlfriend

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Anchinalu scarf, $40

Support women-owned businesses in Africa.

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circle stud earrings, $20

Just the thing to finish off her cute outfit.

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Chucks, in “green”, $50

Because her other ones are literally disintegrating.

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zip-up hoodie, $30

I am blogging from this hoodie right now.

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cowlneck sweater, $60

Super cozy.

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the sketchbook bag, $138

Great for carting around Brooklyn… or Paris.

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lacy boyshorts, $29

Sexy without being sleazy.

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limited edition Fat Toad Farm Irish whiskey cream caramel, $28

Yes, I posted this to the “Something She Wears” gift guide. Give it a minute.

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Herkimer diamond claw ring, $148

For when you’re ready to make her your hipster wife.

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You can see the entire 2013 Gift Guide for your Hipster Girlfriend here and visit my Pinterest boards for even more ideas.

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Something She Needs | 2013 Gift Guide for Your Hipster Girlfriend

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various key tags, $15

You can have any color key tag inscribed with anything you want. Some of the examples on the main page are pretty hysterical!

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copper pot scrubber, $8

For washing dishes post “risotto Sunday”.

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agate bookend, $20

So, this appears to be real agate, and for sale for about 1/5 the price I’ve seen hunks of agate this size sold everywhere else. Two of them together would make a beautiful pair to hold her poetry books.

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truffle salt, $14

This stuff is amazing. I’ve put it on everything. Occasionally I’ll just sniff it.

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Poo-Pourri, $25

Have you seen the hilarious YouTube commercial for this stuff? I was skeptical, so sent away for their free sample, and… it works. Just trust me.

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bake & store glass containers, $18

Because you love cooking together.

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S.W. Basics of Brooklyn cleanser, $24

For her dainty hipster skin.

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The Weekender Bag, $170

Paired, of course, with a promise of a weekend away in a cabin.

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bkr water bottle, $28

For bringing along to yoga.

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Temba toiletry bags, $14 – $16 (on sale!)

These sweet canvas bags are on mega sale – snag one for your hipster girlfriend now!

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Apple TV, $99

Protip: Shake down someone’s suburban parents for their login so you can have access to HBO Go.

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You can see the entire 2013 Gift Guide for your Hipster Girlfriend here and visit my Pinterest boards for even more ideas.

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Something She Wants | 2013 Gift Guide for Your Hipster Girlfriend

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Motobecane Bistro 7V Classic bike, $400

You’re never actually too old to be thrilled with finding a bike under the Christmas tree.

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Soft throw blanket, $49

For Wes Anderson movie marathons.

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Dino planters, $15 each

These are amazing and wonderful.

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12 x 18″ Slate cheese board, $44

Hello. Wine and cheese. Ding dong.

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Creamy St. Marcellin brie in little crocks, $9

Deliciousness packaged in adorableness.

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Illume Mini tin candle in “Balsam & Cedar”, $9

Illume gifted every attendee at Camp Mighty 2013 with one of these, and the quality is vastly superior to cheap wax candles.

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Bulleit Bourbon

Maggie suggest pairing this with these cherries for excellent Manhattans.

Pencil for the iPad app Paper, $60

So she can create beautiful things.

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You can see the entire 2013 Gift Guide for your Hipster Girlfriend here and visit my Pinterest boards for even more ideas.

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The 2013 Valentines Day Gift Guide for Your Hipster Girlfriend

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Andy Warhol Butterflies iPhone Case, $40

It’s an artsy-girly iPhone case that will look pretty getting reflected in the mirror of her Instagram self-portraits. (Trust me, I am not making fun of anyone with that example.)

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Bourbon Ginger Pecan Pie, $35

After Valentines Day soup dumplings, head home for tea and a bourbon ginger pecan pie, baked by Brooklyn cuties Keavy Blueher and Allison Kave, collectively known as Butter & Scotch. You should skip the plates and eat it with two forks while snugged up on the couch. (Keavy and Allsion, I can’t wait until your brick-and-mortar location opens this spring!)

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A Cat’s Life by Gemma Correll, $14

Quirky cartoonist Gemma Correll is beloved for her dry, off-beat humor. She understands why your hipster girlfriend ends up in empty rooms at parties, petting cats like “a drunken Snow White“. This book is delightful.

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Fjallraven Warm Yellow Kanken Classic Backpack, $88

She can pack for a fun weekend getaway in this adorable, campy-and-classic backpack. Note: also include plans for a weekend getaway to somewhere woodsy.

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Roald Dahl print from Lisa Congdon, $18

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

Give her this print, hand lettered by my friend and constant inspiration Lisa Congdon, as a reminder that you love her for her inner beauty, too.

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Mineral Magnet Set, $36

A rad set of mineral magnets to jazz up the crummy fridge in her fourth floor walk-up apartment. Bonus points if you include a card that says, “you rock!”

BWAHAHAHA!

I will be here all week, you guys.

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Oval Stud Earrings from we see stars, $18

Just the thing for adding a tiny bit of sparkle without a lot of fuss. Both Patrice and I wear earrings from this company; hers are teeny lighting bolts, and mine are these very ovals. I got them at Old Hollywood in the Lower East Side in Manhattan (there’s also a location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), and you can order from the website (link above) or check out the we see stars website for other styles.

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Mini Wooden Speaker, $32

A pretty little wooden speaker that attaches to her iPhone easily, for gettin’ it on to the indie-artist heavy sexy playlist for Valentines Day.

p.s. More gifts for your hipster girlfriend.

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