The Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide is one of the more popular pieces of content that we put together every year, both for our readers and those of us who have the privilege—and eye—for making the selections. In the interest of capturing the communal spirit of this year's Gift Guide, the contributors will be selecting a few of their favorite picks from their cohorts' lists alongside one of their own.
In other words, hint, hint.
Make good on the phrase and gift the raddest stocking stuffers around. Growing up, it was always one of my favorite parts of the holidays. But there are only so many flavors of gum you can pack into a tiny stocking—trust me, I know. Forgo the gift of fresh breath and take it up a notch this year. That doesn't mean you have to spend major bucks. These easy-on-the-eyes gifts pack a punch and are all under $50.
The picks I bring to the table are tiny, design-savvy trinkets that will help anyone through their day whether they're looking to season their dinner, keep their keys together or just keep track of what day it is (we can all relate to that).
When it comes to giving presents, I get pretty picky. Each thing has to have some kind of personal spin or (preferably) have something to do with an absurd inside joke. So this list may not make any possible sense to you as to why I've picked them, but it might give you some insight into my favorite of-the-moment ironies.
Drowning in Debt Salt & Pepper Shakers - As a recent grad myself, I feel the pain that is the repaying my financial aid. This is the perfect gift (by a great up-and-coming designer, for the record) for anyone—slave to financial aid or not. We've all got our debts.
Unraveling Calendar - If there's one thing I hate, it's a nice long thread hanging off of a sweater. Because you know if you pull on it, it's going to pull out that one row of thread that's completely essential to the graphic sweater you're donning. Maybe it's the irony that gets me with this one. $95 from Patrick Frey
Clampersand - I'm a sucker for anything grammar-related. And anyone who knows me, knows that any quirky, unexpected punctuation mark accessory is up for grabs come Christmastime. $40 from Hand-Eye Supply
Porthole - Pretty kitchen things are always a solid choice for the host(ess) in your life. This simple infusion tool looks good and definitely gets the job done. And you can put alcohol in it—which is always a plus when it comes to the holidays. $90 from Crucial Detail