Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Tall and Salty Gift Guide: Things That are Just Great Gifts

For the final installment of Tall and Salty's 2014 Gift Guides, I'm rounding up a few things that would be great for just about everybody (in case you missed them, gifts for ladies are here and gifts for dudes are here).  Below are some ideas that didn't fit into those particular categories, but for which I think you'll be able to find a happy recipient.  Have a great holiday, everyone, and I'll catch you in 2014!

For families with kiddos, Babiators, adorable baby-and-kid sunglasses that come with the most amazing guarantee I've ever heard of: they replace them if they got broken or lost ($20).  Also: THEY'RE BABY SUNGLASSES, people.

For everyone you know who cooks ever, a set of sharp, colorful knives for a steal.  They won't know these have been missing from their lives until they try them, but they'll love them ($45).

If you know anyone with a long commute or who drives a lot, a gift subscription to audible.com, where they can download audiobooks to their phone for listening anywhere.  It's the gift of a cure for road rage, and that is priceless ($45 for three months, in addition to other packages).

A darling watchdog doorstop ($24).

A personalized family of wooden peg dolls, because it's adorable ($190; won't be there for the holidays, but a gift certificate for these would be awesome under the tree).

A handy tote bag for making grocery/dry cleaning/toy/shoe schlepping feel a little less annoying ($79).
The Very Useful Tote

A salt plate, because if this exists, I am obligated to tell you about it ($45).
Salt Plate

For those with less salty tastes, a marble slab board for rolling out pastries and making your food look fancy ($50).
Expensive, but so awesome: a printer that turns your iPhone photos into Polaroids.  Amazing for the way everyone lives and takes pictures these days ($300).
Not exciting in theory, but guaranteed to make someone's life better: a smoke detector that lets you turn off false alarms with a wave of your hand, instead of an open-the-doors and-windows-all-hands-on-deck-frantic-towel-flapping situation ($130).
Protect specs

(Top image via Kate Spade; knife image via Dinner A Love Story; audiobook illustration via NPR; Impossible Instantlab photo via Daily Candy.) 

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Tall and Salty Gift Guide for Gents

How's your Christmas shopping going?  Freaking out?  Me too.  If you're on the hunt for gifts for your favorite man friends, dads, brothers, husbands, or errand boys, some suggestions:  

A Warby Parker gift card and the promise that you'll help him pick out a pair (bonus: comes with a hilarious snowman kit) ($100).

A Hudson's Bay Company blanket that's navy instead of the usual off-white, because it's freaking freezing ($150).

A beef jerky sampler, because MEAT ($50).
Krave Jerky Review

A scratch-off map for keeping track of his world travels ($30).
Gift Ideas

Copper mugs for making Moscow Mules ($28).

Of all the gifts I've ever given my husband, this is honestly the one he uses the most: an extendable arm back-scratcher ($6).
Hits–The–Spot Back Scratcher


A cozy Christmas cardigan ($168, 30% off with code "GIFTNOW"). 

And because it's always fun to give toys, even to grown-ups, a crazy high-jumping pogo stick, which is somewhat silly but way more fun than say, socks ($129, but $25 off today; or try this one, which is ridiculously expensive -- and that's saying a lot given that the other one is a hundred bucks -- but you can jump four feet high!).

(Warby Parker image via Daily Candy; Hudson's Bay blanket image via Herschel Supply Company; beef jerky image via Mountain Weekly News; map image via Conde Nast Traveler.)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Tall and Salty Gift Guide for Ladies

Friends, I have received my first "Last minute gifts!" email, which means that it's time to get around to posting my gift guides.  [Side note: J. Crew, you need a little refresher on what procrastination really means.]  The first installment, below, is full of suggestions for the ladies in your life: moms, sisters, friends, and coworkers who you couldn't make it through the day without (without whom you couldn't make it through the day?).  Perhaps we should just call this "suggestions for girls you love because they don't correct your grammar" and get on with it.  Ergo: 

stack of simple rings that look way more expensive than they really are and that she'll want to wear with everything ($25 with free shipping, too).

A cute glasses or sunglasses case so she quits losing her pair in her purse ($45).

And if her purse is really bad, a light for expeditions therein ($8).

Perfect for pregnant friends who can't indulge this season, a candle that's still not the real thing, but she'll appreciate the thought ($42).  And you could always pair it with a bottle of the good stuff down the road.

The choose-your-own-adventure version of address stamps: you give this stamp, and the recipient gets to go online and pick the style she loves from tons of choices.  Thoughtful and you give her the gift of making sure she gets what she wants ($40).

In case of emergency: Wine One One ($17.50).

A cookbook from Lemonade, a Southern California restaurant that I keep seeing everywhere and looks tremendously delicious (and if these guys like it, well, OBVIOUSLY) ($18).

A beautiful necklace that can be customized with an address important to her: locations of engagements, weddings, first homes, favorite restaurants?  (That one might be just me.) ($175)

For those who want to sleep like Oprah (and let's be honest, who doesn't?), new jammies ($74 and $128, 20% off with code OPRAH).

Fancy monogrammed cocktail napkins for feeling like a grown-up ($58 for 4).

A quirky beanie with pink flamingos and palm trees to remind her that that warmth is out there, and it's coming eventually ($40).

Happy giving!

(Top image by Kate Spade via Note to Self; Lemonade cookbook image by DomestiKated Life.)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Shop 'til you drop, or your computer crashes, whichever comes first.

We all know that today is not a day for spending your screen time reading blogs and chit-chatting about your Thanksgiving.  Today is for shopping for as many Christmas presents as you can click on.  Without further ado, some sales to get you started:

ASOS: 30% off with code "GIMMEMORE" through 12/3.

Bluefly: you can use the code "CYBER40" for $40 off of your purchase of $200 and free shipping, but they are also having a pretty huge sale and you don't need a coupon code.

Butter London: 20% off with code "CYBER13".

Clarisonic: 20% off with code "CYBER20".  (You might think it is odd to give someone a facial cleansing brush for Christmas.  It may well be, but they'll love it.  And if you're thinking about getting one yourself, today is the day!  I've got the Mia -- it's the base model, and it's fab.)

Cole Haan: 40% off of one item (the highest priced item in your cart, no less) and 30% off of almost everything else with code "CYBER".

Crane & Canopy: 20% off with code "CYBERMONDAY13" through 12/2.

Figleaves: 25% off of full price items with code "CYBER25".

French Connection: 30% off with code "W13COUPON".

Gap: 40% off with code "CYBER".

Intermix: 20% off of full price merchandise with code "CYBER20"; and 40% off of sale merchandise.

J. Crew: 30% off and free shipping with code "MONDAY."

Jonathan Adler: 20% off and free shipping with code "SWANKTASTIC".

Kate Spade: 30% off with code "CYBER30".

Tibi: 20% off with code "CYBER20".

OnGossamer: 30% off with code "OGCYBER30" through 12/2.

And finally: not a coupon code, but if you're a Nordstrom cardholder, you get double points on purchases if you're a Level 1 member and 10x points if you're a Level 2-4 member.  Even if you're not buying gifts, today is the day to buy your makeup, undies, and socks for the year!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall things

Thanksgiving is as late as it can possibly be this year, which means Christmas is hot on its heels.  Which means I am having "CHRISTMAS IS COMING" panic.  That's rude to Thanksgiving, to say the least.  Some helpful accoutrements for slowing down and enjoying fall and all that it brings

I don't know how you're really supposed to make hot apple cider, but these mulling spice tea bags certainly seem to help (you can find these at Whole Foods).
Perfectly spare black kitten heel pumps.
The clutch to end all clutches: it's black!  It's brown!  It has stripes!  It can be monogrammed!  It's perfect.
Beautiful agate jewelry boxes for storing all manner of trinkets.
Agate Jewelry Box
A coat for indulging your inner badass (30% off today with code GAPFRIENDS, and it comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes).
Hilarious boxed set of Ruth Bader Ginsburg cards for all your favorite lawyers.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Cards - Boxed Set
Absurdly cheap graphic sweatshirt (from Old Navy, of all places.  $7, without any of their constant coupons, in regular, petite, and tall!).
And what would fall be without a cozy textured throw blanket?

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