The best gifts are those that you can use (I think). My honey got me a legitimate camera last Xmas. It's been great for my business, but now I need a leather camera strap that will wear beautifully like this one from Kaufmann Mercantile. Made in Japan, $158.
Lucky Peach is a quarterly food journal put out by publishing masterminds McSweeney's. Issue Five is all about Chinatown (which we dipped our toes into in October during our visit to NYC. The place where we had lunch was legit: Cooked ducks were hanging in the window. One year subscription, $28.
I'm in desperate need for a big, white enameled colander. I thrifted one a few years ago and it's literally rusting out. I've got a specific hook in the kitchen for it and can't find a replacement at any of the big box kitchen stores. This one from Manufactum is by Riess is the closest I can find to a decent replacement. Made in Austria, 33 Euro.
White Truffle Oil by Dean & Deluca, $30.
here). Handcrafted Modern by Leslie Williamson, $45.
authentic Japanese gardening scissors from Tortoise. $150 each.
Silent Glider Wooden Snowshoes so we can hike down to Minnehaha Falls in deep winter together. Designed for direct competition with aluminum shoes, they provide more traction because of the rawhide. If properly cared for they will last three lifetimes! Handcrafted in Michigan, $275.
These Wanderer aluminum and brass notepads would be great to have at your desk. I think Manufactum says it best: "A wanderer – a bit like a piece of smooth, polished stone transported over the years by the movement of the tides and washed up hundreds of miles from its place of origin." Made in France, 22 – 40 Euro.
A complete set of Audubon Field Guides would keep you prepared for anything. Since Best Made Co. is sold out of the series, wouldn't it be cool to start collecting the books one by one? I'd start with the guides to Trees and the Night Sky. $19.95 each.