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.
There's nothing better than gifts that charm long after the wrapping are tossed and day-to-day life resumes (or so I believe). Rarely is the problem finding great gifts; rather, the challenge lies in your ability to thoughtfully select the perfect present that will be cherished and remembered. Sometimes you've got to dig deep, think hard and channel your inner co-worker, grandma or two-year-old nephew. I encourage you to leave it all on the court—or Internet, as it were—and go for gold (bonus points for frankincense and myrrh).
The products I've gathered for this year's guide are at first glance familiar items you might encounter every day—a calendar, some building blocks, a magazine subscription. But on closer inspection you'll find in each a simple twist that transforms the object from mundane to magical. Mirroring my own fascination with detail, material and craft, that extra something goes a long way. And while I can't promise you flawless alignment of gift and giftee, I can guarantee each is a bona fide delight. Good luck.
–Bryn Smith, Contributor
Unraveling Calendar - There's something poignant about seeing the entire year piled up on the floor. My Mom loved this gift so much, she asked for it again this year.
AeroPress Coffeemaker - I swear by mine, and it keeps me from spending $4 on an afternoon coffee. $26 from Amazon
EDC Quick Release Brass Key Ring - So simple (and affordable). $4 from Kaufmann Mercantile
The Magic Charger - This is something I would never buy for myself, but I know I would use it nearly every day. Are you reading this, Smith family? $50 from Mobee Technology
See the full 2013 Gift Guide for more ideas →