A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica

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Hosts Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, who you might know as the co-founders of the website Of a Kind (RIP!) or the co-authors of the book Work Wife, are all about discovery and enthusiasm. We've heard this weekly podcast described as a 'unique mix of urgent discussions of non-urgent things and thoughtful discussions of important, and often otherwise ignored, things,' and we're very much on board with that take.


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Our Editor's Take

The A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica podcast is an entertaining lifestyle podcast. Show hosts Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo are pioneers. They started an ecommerce business that combined blogging and shopping. With this podcast, they continue this tradition.

A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica showcases the hosts' curating talent. The women know fashion, lifestyle, and gift-giving. They share this knowledge with enthusiasm. On the podcast, they discuss the stories behind brands, authors, and entrepreneurs. They also share gift guides, beauty products, lifestyle, cuisine, and fashion. The conversations on the show are light, informative, and humorous. Their storytelling is engaging and candid.

Erica and Claire cowrote the popular business book Work Wife. It examines the positives of relying on a trusted female friend to start and run a business. There are plans to make a movie and TV series about the book. The cohosts met in college in 2002 and formed a bond that spurred entrepreneurship as co-founders of the e-commerce website Of A Kind. Bed Bath & Beyond bought the website in 2015. Since debuting the A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica podcast, the duo has built a large following.

Claire and Erica's reputations as influential curators are well-deserved. They display unrivaled insight into what's going to be popular. Whether fashion, lifestyle, or gifts, the cohosts have an innate aptitude. On A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica, they have a warm camaraderie that could only develop through years of friendship. Personal anecdotes are interwoven with interviews, advice, and discussions.

Guests on the show have included authors, entrepreneurs, fashion pundits, and other influencers. They discuss CBD with Jeremy Goldstein, founder of Caliper Foods. They talk about art with Mimi O Chun in one episode. Elle staffer Veronique Hyland discusses her book with the girls in another episode. Wit, humor, and friendship are the hallmarks of the podcast. The A Thing or Two with Claire and Erica podcast is engaging and informative. New episodes drop each week.

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Miniatures, What Colors to Wear, and Reading and Listening at the Very Same Time
Feb 19 2024
Miniatures, What Colors to Wear, and Reading and Listening at the Very Same Time
We’re thinking big and talking miniatures, reading and listening to a book simultaneously, right-size restaurant empires, the comeback of color analysis, and a stellar Father’s Day gift for all the planners out there. A new-favorite mini restaurant empire: Mason Hereford’s New Orleans spots Turkey and the Wolf,  Molly’s Rise and Shine, and Hungry Eyes (see also: his wonderful cookbook, written with JJ Goode). Some other faves: Ann Kim’s in Minneapolis, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s in L.A., Nancy Silverton’s (also) in L.A., Marc Vetri’s in Philly, and the Hart’s/Cervo’s/The Fly trifecta in NYC.More on color analysis via Calin Van Paris’s story for Vogue. Related: Kibbe types, c/o The Concept Wardrobe and Vox. So much on miniatures! The Guardian article “‘A place where millennials can own a home’: why doll’s houses are having a big moment” by Nicole Cooley, Shrunk magazine, DWR’s Vitra miniatures collection and Champagne Chair Contest, Yuta Segawa’s vases, Tatsuya Tanaka, and the (40th anniversary!) Marc Jacobs show. We’re seeing bitsy charms on all sorts of things, including Susan Alexandra Tiny Joys Lucky Charms, Haricot Vert “Dear Diary” Charming Bag, Mother Denim Lucky Charms Beanie, and Hello Adrienne Bite Size Dangles. And let’s pleeease not forget Mini Brand magnets. Share your favorite small restaurant empires, color analysis thoughts, fave minis, and more via 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, @athingortwohq, or our Geneva. Get your chocolate fix with Charles Chocolates—15% off your first purchase with the code ATHING15.YAY.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Cowboy Love Stories, Actually Easy Crafts, and the Squashissance
Feb 12 2024
Cowboy Love Stories, Actually Easy Crafts, and the Squashissance
Giddyup! This week we’re talking about an essential Thingie, being forthcoming with one’s universe, the squashissance, cowboy love stories (real and fictional), and, as usual, a whole lot more.Big Thingie Energy: a good vet, specifically cat ‘n bunny caretakers at Catnip & Carrots. Having a moment? Squash. Some recipes we love include Aacorn Squash with Coconut Custard from Kristen Kish for Food & Wine, Soy Glazed Kabocha Squash with Japanese Sesame Seasoning from Season with Spice, Delicata Squash Agrodolce from Athena Calderone for PureWow, and Roasted Honey Nut Squash and Chickpeas With Hot Honey from Melissa Clark for NYT. GRWM audiobooks we’re into include Tom Lake by Ann Patchett and You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith (her poem “Good Bones” and/or her essay “My Marriage Was Never the Same After That.”). We love cowboy love! Get into Lyla Sage’s Rebel Blue Ranch series, starting with Done and Dusted and the upcoming Swift and Saddled. Related: the rodeo, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Bella Hadid’s cowboyfriend. We love easy crafts! Including decorating these 99¢ frames, rolling beeswax candles, doing fruit and veggie prints (maybe at RecCreate Collective in BK?), and collage journaling like Martina Calvi. Also, we endorse Target’s Spritz line of party decorations (balloon arch + gold fringe, hello). We are deep in the Grossy Universe. Do you want any context on the people in our ‘verse? Ask away at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, @athingortwohq, or even our Geneva. Do your nails so well you impress yourself with Olive & June—20% off your first Mani System when you use our link.YAY.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Crowd Favorite: Ellen Van Dusen’s Thingies and Creativity Updates from Elder Celebrity White Men
Dec 18 2023
Crowd Favorite: Ellen Van Dusen’s Thingies and Creativity Updates from Elder Celebrity White Men
We’re so excited about this Guest Thingies ep with Ellen Van Dusen of Dusen Dusen—a greatest hit if there ever was one! But first, some nuggets of wisdom from famously creative famous dudes.We’re definitely taking inspiration from Rod Stewart’s model railway side project and Tom Hanks's advice to Austin Butler. Ellen’s Thingies include being comfortable inside and outside the home (please see: her delightful robes…and brand-new slippers!!), @Favetiktoks420 on Instagram, and cool silverware (especially David Tisdale’s Picnic Flatware, which makes us think of Ahimsa dinnerware for kids). She also loves tile right now—see: Heath Ceramics, her collab with Concrete Collaborative, Fireclay, and Oasis—and you have to, have to check out her backyard mosaic. Last but not least: Her love of bird-watching has us asking when she’s going to start selling the birdhouse she designed for Brooklyn Botanic Garden (in the meantime, the MoMA one we’re all into). Ooh, and as we told Ellen, Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a great book and a much better movie than it gets credit for being.Share your dream Thingies guests with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, or @athingortwohq. And for more recommendations, try out a Secret Menu membership.Treat your hair to Nutrafol. Take $10 off your first month’s subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO.YAY.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Alison Roman’s Thingies and One Last Kid Gifting Idea
Dec 11 2023
Alison Roman’s Thingies and One Last Kid Gifting Idea
This week, we’re talkin’ Thingies with Alison Roman, the woman behind a SLEW of recipes we cook all the dang time. We know you know her, but JIC, she’s the author of NYT bestselling—and gifty!—cookbooks Sweet Enough, Nothing Fancy, and Dining In, she doles out the most delightful kitchen content in A Newsletter and on her Home Movies YouTube channel, and she delivers guidance of all kinds on her Solicited Advice podcast. In essence: She’s full of thoughts, and we want them all.First things first, what we would bring to a pilot kid-gift swap (thx, Leslie!): Spirograph, Yellow Owl Workshop DIY Pin & Flair Kit, Bastien Contraire Stencil Kit, Majo Ideas Art Pack, and Pop Tubes.Alison’s tabletop Thingies include beeswax candles (try Greentree Home Candle—maybe in the sangria color?!), candle holders *in general* (e.g., this Sophie Lou Jacobson one), and interesting serving platters including Bordallo Pinheiro's. For the bod, she loves using Laneige’s lip mask as lip balm, and Davines’s Vegetarian Miracle Mask for her hair. On the food front, how about chopped fermented chilies—use them to make her Brothy Chickpeas with Calabrian Chili (and/or these chickpeas)—and, for dessert, Kolsvart gummies. Share your Thingies with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and @athingortwohq, or drop them in our Geneva!Give yourself the gift of professional counseling with BetterHelp and take 10% off your first month with our link.Trust us: It’s all about Nutrafol. Take $10 off your first month’s subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO.YAY.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Gift Guide Part 2: Dads, Employees, Brothers, and Snobby-For-No-Reason Sisters-In-Law
Nov 20 2023
Gift Guide Part 2: Dads, Employees, Brothers, and Snobby-For-No-Reason Sisters-In-Law
It’s time for the (whopping) second half of our 2023 gift guide! We tackle dads, sisters, in-laws, friends, coworkers, and some ideas for presents to ask for yourself when that feels like a necessary thing. For the full link-rich rundown, you’re best off heading over to our site: athingortwohq.com/gift-guide-episodesIf there’s someone on your list that we didn’t get to this year, let us know who you’re shopping for in our Geneva! And share more gift ideas with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, and @athingortwohq.Tackle all that holiday shopping at MoMA Design Store and take 10% off your purchase when you use or mention promo code ATHINGORTWO online and in US MoMA Design Stores  through November 23, 2023.  Give your hair the gift of Nutrafol. Take $10 off your first month’s subscription with the code ATHINGORTWO.YAY.Gifts for YOU!My in laws are great people who will buy exactly what ask for as long as it's 1) not personal care or appearance-related AT ALL, 2) not a ""luxury item"" or a splurge version of something (ie no fancy candles), and 3) under $100. I'm a dedicated audiobook listener and | don't need any more cookbooks or board games. They won't do a donation in lieu of gift. Gift giving is their love language but only if the gift is very practical or they got it on a significant discount. We're fortunate to be in a financial position where I'm generally able to buy practical as they're needed, but my in laws hear ""I don't need anything!"" as a snub. Help!"Uniqlo HeattechSomething YamazakiCookbooks (like The Lula Cafe one!)A traditional restock (plants, PJs, etc.)Directing them to a go-tostore like MoMA Design Store and Zingerman’sDinnerware/cookware to build on every yea—Le Creuset, vintage Fiestaware, Dansk, Heath, etc., etc.Charms for a charm bracelet/necklace like Jet Set Candy passport stamp charms (+ their NYPL card one is also very good)Dads & Fathers-in-LawMy Dad sounds more like a brand persona than a real person. He's very cosmopolitan/urbane, lives in the city center even though he's 60, takes public transit, legitimately does his weekly grocery shopping at boutique cheese/bread/specialty food stores, always dressed impeccably. OWNS a beautiful specialty meat slicer that he has in his kitchen and uses for fresh/thinly sliced prosciutto (before you go there I've done ham hocks more than once). Interests: art, food and entertaining, culture. Loves to read, usually big sweeping historical books. Always the hardest person to shop for on my list because his taste level is very out of my price range and I'm tapped out on the specialty food theme. Dad recently become a grandfather (2 grandsons and one more coming in Jan) and it was a little weird for him - he loves my sons but the image of an old guy in a rocking chair teaching kids how to whittle didn't jive with his understanding of himself. He's starting to settle in. Has a very unique grandpa name with many indecipherable layers of historical context and family history that the grandkids will probably never understand. Buys them beautifully made clothes that they would immediately ruin. Talks to them about their shared interests: boats, planes, and other well-designed machines.Hoste Bottled Cocktails Regalis Black Truffle Microwaveable PopcornNordic Ware Indoor/Outdoor Kettle Smoker Custom OpinelBerea College Intersections Charcuterie BoardBig Nights PlannerSuzanne Sullivan Porcelain Playing Cards or Bone Inlay Domino SetBlackwater & Sons Return Address StampBillion Oyster Project donationRex Design Oyster PlateMy dad. 82 years old. Loves to read serious nonfiction but bus all the books he wants. Loves French and Italian wine but his taste is too expensive for me and he has all the gadgets. Generally expensive taste that's above my pay grade. He dresses pretty dapper and lives in NYC. Gets lots of compliments on his glasses and clothes. Grills meat for dinner nearly every night but stuck in his ways when it comes to cooking. Very much a creature of habit. Likes jazz and classic rock. Best gifts I've gotten for him are interesting casual clothes he wouldn't find himself, a dapper custom English umbrella, taking him to see live jazz…Campo GrandeThe Durand - bottle opener for old bottles/corksRalph Lauren custom stuff! Hello, cashmere sweater.Vintage tie clip or cuff links from TRRVinyl Me, Please subscriptionThe Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957–1965Preservation Hall Drum Ornament or TambourineBlue Note merchOkay, now that I've seen this I feel okay sending a description of my dad. He's a 67-year-old workaholic lawyer many have described as "quite the character, huh?" He takes himself very seriously, though he also can be quite mischievous and loves to stir the pot. His interests include fishing, geopolitics, and monologuing. I truly feel like I've explored all gifting avenues already with him: consumables for his major sweet tooth, outdoorsy gear that he already buys himself, political or economic books that won't lead to arguments (he's conservative, I'm liberal), and seemingly every dog toy or black Labrador art print under the sun. He doesn't drink and mostly sticks to heart-healthy food. While he has many entertaining childhood stories, it seems unlikely he will set aside time for something activity-based like StoryWorth, as he spends most of his at-home free time watching YouTube videos about things like beekeeping (yes, I've gotten him multiple artisanal honeys that had little impact). I'm at my wits' end with this conundrum of a father, please help!Unexpected: 30 Years of Patagonia Outdoor PhotographyCustom Smathers & Branson BeltsPort Bait Co. Bait/LuresreMarkableNorth Spore Mushroom-Growing KitsPack of AvecMerippa House ShoesFather-in-law is the definition of introverted, deeply obsessed with cars (has several classic ones), and model trains (legit has an entire room for trains that has like, an actual functional drawbridge for the trains). Also loves good food and good tequila!“Rod Stewart's ideal Christmas present? Brushes for his model railway”Dining by Rail: The History and Recipes of America's Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine by James D. PorterfieldCharles Ro Supply Co. gift certificateToyo Toolbox Chevrolet Corvette 1961 Lego SetMajor Minis Alessi The Tending BoxSisters & Sisters-in-LawPresent for woo-woo disorganized sister who holds a grudge & has two adorable kidsHouse of Intuition CandlesA Daily Cloud CalendarHightide DTLA Moon CalendarHa Ko Incense LeavesGolde Superfoods Mask KitEsker Bodycare Discovery SetJulia Elsas Wiggle Wall HooksOk this one is may be a doozy. New SIL: she describes herself as an author but will never discuss her writing, we've never seen anything, nothing published (she is 40, we had a running theory maybe her "writing" was OnlyFans? It's unclear.) She loves Disney (I have secured Hanna Anderson Disney Christmas PJs), Rudy Giuliani (!!!), and believes enough conspiracy theories that we had to change our will about w hich uncle would get our kids if we died. Zola was "too downmarket" for their wedding registry but she doesn't know which fork to use (to be clear, both of these things are fine, just incongruent, right?). So I need something that feels sophisticated but maybe...isn't.Ami Ami Mulled Wine KitGentlewoman Modern Manners Postcard SetAnya Hindmarch Bespoke Passport WalletMadewell Disney Mickey Mouse-Embroidered Cardigan Sweater in (Re)sponsible CashmereKitsch & Disney Satin Pillowcase - Desert CrownBird by Bird by Anne LamottBlack Women Writers at Work How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander CheeCultish by Amanda MontellFour Seasons Total Landscaping HatBoyfriend's sister: 29, children's librarian and loves children's books/ movies. Pretty much hates everything I've ever given her and doesn't really have any taste that isn't just stuff her 63 y/o mother likes... when I try to get her clothes that are more age-appropriate (read: no for a woman in her 60s), she never wears them. She's not materialistic BUT loves going to Home Goods just to get stuff? Also has a New Year's Day bday so I need two things. And this is a big bday (30!)! My boyfriend got her a big set of glass Tupperware which was a huge hit, but then got her a nutri bullet (the mom loves hers) and she hated that. HELP!!!Book of the Month subscriptionPersephone GiftsTortuga or Schoolhouse or Justina Blakeney bookendsBrooklyn Public Library Books Unbanned donationVintage READ Posters from American Library AssociationRalph & James - framed children's picture book art printsFilm Art Gallery - classic children’s movie posters Yellow Paper House Junque JournalOur Place Wonder OvenSIL Trying to be an influencer and posts sporadic videos on THIS APP about a home design of a suburban cookie-cutter house. Always mansplains the littlest things. Snobby but for no reason. But also probably a nice person to people she likes? Probably!Fiona’s Pasta Gift BoxMaria Ida DesignsMadre Linen NapkinsBig Night or The Six Bells depending on her vibe—anything from either feels safe!Canva subscriptionAllison Bornstein or Lakyn Carlton styling sessionLivable Luxe by Brigette RomanekArranging Things by Colin King  Beata Heuman: Every Room Should SingSister-in-law: she is a corporate lawyer and very much a Dallas girly (lives in Dallas but also embodies the Dallas vibes with beach blonde hair, very fancy car to drive 5 minutes to work, has a texting relationship with sales associates at various designer stores). If you read the NYTimes article from a few months ago explaining the Dallas food scene, she embodies the Dallas consumer exactly. She is a bit of a Broadway nerd. She is basically the opposite of me in almost every possible way, and I'm always afraid to shop for her. Last year I got her a gift set from The Crown Affair and I don't think she knew a thing about it. Would like to stay Monogram Mary Vinyl Lulu ToteSomething Rosemary Home - their vintage glassware feels esp Dallas glamHill House Home Wicked collabPorto The PouchPat McGrath LiquiLUST™: Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick in Elson 4 - Taylor’s red.Staud NFL Cowboys CollabBroadway Dallas tixBrothers & Brothers-in-Law My wonderful, extremely particular 41-year-old brother who has everything. Niles Crane from Frasier vibes. Loves to cook but has Le Creuset's entire line and possibly every gadget Williams Sonoma sells. Great dad to two adorable kids, 7 and 4. Doesn't like sports, obsessed with and works adjacent to politics. New England energy but lives in LA. Our parents get him a Loro Piana sweater every year which he loves but is extremely out of my budget (I'm 26). Want the gift to be a tangible thing but not a book (have done that a lot). A past successful gift was the New York Times birthday book (shows the front page of NYT every year on his bday since his birth year). His birthday is right before Christmas so kind of need two gifts (or one gift with multiple parts). THANK YOU!!Gestura UtensilsHakusan Soy Sauce ContainerPOJ Studio Kyoto Coffee Gift SetBodum Geo Salt & Pepper Grinder SetButter Meat Co.Force of Nature BisonRoscioli NYC imported Italian foodsBuck Mason - a Niles Crane flannelArtisaire Monogrammed Wax SealMy brother-in-law who is obsessed with the Michigan State Spartans, loves cozy pants but they cannot have elastic at the ankle, Pinot Noir fan, and loves to grill. Has three kids and is a wonderful, involved softball dad to his middle daughter. Prides himself on having all the right gear for outdoor games in Michigan but otherwise is a pretty utilitarian guy who works in the plumbing industry!Maison Noir OPPConserva Porrón on a PedestalNorse Projects Falun Projects SweatpantsForme Core TeeOoni Pizza OvenCustom Michigan State bobblehead (of him)Nami Studio Custom Coach JacketCo-workers/EmployeesI work at a nonprofit and I’m a manager for the first time. I want to get my 2 direct reports a thoughtful and relatively inexpensive (sub $50 each) gift. I’m putting a lot of pressure on this because it feels like I’m setting a standard or tradition with myself. Am I the nonfiction book gift-giving manager? The vague coffee shop gift card manager? The cookies in a holiday-themed commemorative tin manager? What happens when I add more people to my team?Standard Baggu set - one thing in different colorsGift cert to lunch spot near the office if you go into oneLoop Switch EarplugsNécessaire The Hand Cream or Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand BalmBookshop.org gift cardJetPens gift cardHightide Gadget rest standMisc. Teenage son's girlfriendRhode The Peptide Lip TintsPleasing The Hot Holiday SetOlive & June Manicure or Pedicure SystemFujifilm INSTAX MINI 12 Instant CameraA collector’s edition of a book you know she likes - The Folio Society has a good selectionWary Meyers Candles or Mar Mar MinisAnalog Company Tote with BobbinsThe hillbilly neighbors who let us borrow their cat whenever we want.Ware of the Dog Felted Mouse Cat ToyLiquid Death cat toyVetreska  or Lambwolf cat toysA best-in-class but not overtly FANCY food like Garrett Popcorn, O&H Danish Bakery kringle, and Pat La Frieda burgersIncredible bestie - your most thoughtful friend who remembers your favorite treats and comes to stay with you postpartum to take care of you and make you feel like a human again. Contains multitudes-loves tasting menus but also bodega snacks and street food. Travel, thrifting, crafting, entertaining.Haricot Vert Custom EarringsSnackcrate, Bokksu, or World of SnacksCochon Butcher CharcuterieJulia Turshen classesEdith Young Prints or her book Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color PalettesLizzie Fortunato Confetti Letter CharmsSandy Liang x Subu SlippersIko Iko PillowLa Réunion Studio Côte d'Ivoire Comb Janessa Leone Cashmere HeadbandSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Gift Guide Part 1: Boyfriends, Husbands, Kids, and Pickleball Parents
Nov 13 2023
Gift Guide Part 1: Boyfriends, Husbands, Kids, and Pickleball Parents
Part 1 of our gift guide is here! We have an abundance of recs for stocking stuffers, boyfriends, husbands, moms, sons, and kids! Share any gift ideas with us at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, @athingortwohq, or in our Geneva!Gift yourself professional counseling with BetterHelp and take 10% off your first month with our link.Tackle all of your holiday shopping at MoMA Design Store and take 10% off your purchase when you use or mention promo code ATHINGORTWO online and in US MoMA Design Stores through November 23, 2023.YAY.Stocking Stuffers“We are only doing stockings for adults this year - all the fun stocking stuffers, please.”Opinel key chainsNoso patchesScout Regalia sticky hooksFavorite musician merch - Olivia Rodrigo Perfect All-American Bitch hatCustom family matchbooksNutscene Colorful Tiddler TwineRose Los Angeles x Gossamer CBD Rosin DelightsRedecker Hedgehog Table BrushSilk Daisy Chain KitNata Concept Store Farfalle CandleHinoki Drawer BagLisa Angel bottle stoppers / Annie Raysee wine stopperTheWhiteStreetMarket wick trimmerKahawa 1893 Single Serve Coffee PacksBrightland Olive Oil minisSqwigl StrawsCuraprox toothbrushesBoyfriends/HusbandsMy husband, 34. Senior web developer manager. Likes home projects, sci-fi books/tv, awesome dad to our 4 year old and 8 month old. He hates spending money and “doesn’t want gifts” but wants gifts. It’s historically been a damned if you do, damned if you don’t type situation. His favorite gifts from me ever have been a car washing kit, a woobles crochet kit, and a Dyson vacuum. Wtf do I get him now?!Sven-SawHoto Brushless Drill - .like the Dyson hairdryer of drills!Yuns Hardware gift certificateSinger Heavy Duty 4423 Open Studio: Do-It-Yourself Art Projects by Contemporary Artists by ​​Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Amanda BenchleyHarvest Label Sling BagSlate FlosserCamper wool Wabi slippersSigned Ursula Le Guin or Octavia ButlerMy graphic designer husband who likes quality over quantity, is picky and lives in fear I might buy him clothes as a gift.An architecture or design book from a city you visited over the last year—make it an annual thing?A piece of art or a study from an artist he likes (for something more accessibly priced, depending)Marjolein Delhaas 2024/366 PlannerHigonokami KnifeRose Gold wrenchBalmuda toaster Bruno Munari Pencil Holder (with a set of Blackwing or Pineider pencils)Saint Olio body oilHusband - new dad, hates buying himself anything. He's bookish and British, and his interests include cycling, cooking, video games, F1 and the Tottenham Hot Spurs. Everything nice he wears is because I bought it for him. Want to get him something good this year because he's been so underslept and overworked, juggling baby and a new job.Lewis Hamilton AlmaveTottenham Hotspurs vintage gearBook repair (as recommended by Lauren in our Geneva last year)WhiteSpacePress on Etsy for vintage Penguin Classics, etc.Fog Linen Brass Cookbook stand or Puebco Cookbook StandPersol 714 - Original (foldable) sunglassesBlackstock & Weber LoafersAsked for gift ideas for a quar romance a few years ago. We bought a house together this year. He's wonderful. His favorite drink is espresso. He loves Guy Fieri. He plays an Irish sport called hurling. We go on bike rides together and love exploring new places. We both lost our grandmothers this year. Air Fieri crewneck sweatshirtPillowsPostersPapers Guy Fieri Fan Sequin Pillowcase -we all just need to know this existsIvo Angel Italian splatterware espresso cupsOaxacan espresso cupBaba Tree bike basketNocs Provisions BinocularsWren Off-Road GrowlerSafety PizzetaThe ExpertGrounded Gift CardKabin Bonfire BuilderA custom print of something meaningful to him of his grandmother’s from The HeirloomistSonsHelp! I'm desperate for gift ideas for my 22-year-old son. He's a new grad; job hunting, close to securing his first job, just moved home from Montreal. Uni girlfriend relocated from overseas to our hometown Toronto. He's very private. Hates receiving gifts (?!!?). Is gracious at the time he receives but they always find their way to the return pile. Loves a good bargain, and hates that we spend $ on him. Sooooo hard to buy for. Best gift ever was 3 month cheese subscription sent to school last year. Makes fun of the various prints I've bought him. Lots of friends, but very introverted; sporty; foodie; funny; middle child; does not share info, let alone gift ideas; nothing to see here folks, just move-on kinda guy. Help!!!!!!Gift cert for an Island Creek Oysters party with friends (plus a couple of shucking knives) or tinned fish. Hawkins New York cheese knife set - under $40, looks fancierRicki's Cheese Making KitsSowaca Ceramic Cooking PanThe Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-AltStart Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook: A Cookbook by Sohla El-WayllyRestaurant gift certs—something fancy he and the GF would never do on their own like Prime Seafood Palace or just a favorite spot of two of theirs that feels like a treatLuggage! Like the Wallybags Travel Garment Bag, Patagonia Black Hole Duffle Bag, and Alex Mill Perfect Weekday Tote. Moms/Mother in Laws Quintessential Midwest mom of 3 adult kids who loves baking, reading, watching PBS shows, musicals, traveling, and getting her steps in walking her two black labs. Has been referred to as the "mommiest mom" in the past. Puts up with a lot of BS from her curmudgeonly husband (my dad). I've given her many kitchen items and books over the years. Favorite brands are things like Emma Bridgewater, Hanna Anderson, and Talbots. I recently moved to NYC, so I'm hoping to get her something that will make her feel less "abandoned" and more cared for. Thank you for any suggestions!! Met Opera on DemandTEKLA bathrobeLake Pajamas50 States, 50 Pies by Stacey Mei Yan Fong Fresh Midwest: Modern Recipes from the Heartland by Maren Ellingboe KingHaden electric tea kettleGalley & Fen oven mittVintage PBS shirtsMom, in her mid-50s, a new grandma. Had a really hard year mental health-wise but making positive changes. Goes to therapy but new at it. Loves to be social, have dinners, see movies and Broadway shows. Loves 80s pop music and Jason Isbell. Enjoys trying new things but tends to move on to something else quickly.Molly Mahon block-printing kitsMartha Mae How to Paint a Cloud BundleNora McInerny's “Don’t honk I’m already crying” bumper magnet - if she has the sense of humor for it!Semikolon 5-Year Diary / Midori 5-year DiaryLoftie clock - because of sleep hygiene!Subscription to Mubi or Criterion CollectionSubscription to Saipua TV…paired with Saipua Garden Tea that’s made by Deborah NeedlemanMy Mom! She's 70. A former elementary art teacher...retired and living on a budget. We completely mis-gift each other every year. I try to give her nice (not overly luxurious, but nice) scarves, sweaters, earrings, etc and they always flop. My brother and his girlfriend gave her a plastic porch goose and it's her favorite thing ever. She doesn't read. She's crafty but her medium is always changing and usually something very specific like needle felting.Pink Picasso paint-by-numbers custom kits or non-custom ones by Paint AnywhereArt Life Practice KitMelanie Abrantes DIY Wood Carving KitsFriendly Loom Black and White Potholder Loom Kit Pattern and supplies to DIY her own porch goose outfits—there’s even a crochet one for making hair for them?!A duck candleholder to go with her porch gooseOk, how about my mom? I'll let you describe her though 😂.. something that's not a cookbook and also maybe not clothes because she buys those for herself anyway… In exchange, I'm sharing a brilliant gift idea (or at least I think so) for someone who likes to cook/bake a lot: mudaustralia.com. They have a line that you can not only bake on but then serve on because it's beautiful ceramic! Mom is a fancy Bay Area retired real estate lawyer w/ incredible taste, loves to cook and bake and is not intimidated by complicated recipes (has cooked basically everything from the Pok Pok cookbook), loves to entertain, has a fondness for cute animals and cute things in general. A good storyteller and letter writer, feels very strongly about thank you notes. A grandmother to two boys and a dog named Steve who dressed up as a martini for Halloween. Fashion sense errs towards high-end FUN— a think: Dries Van Noten, Commes des Garcons, etc. Is a very talented crafter with a whole room very chicly dedicated to it, has been very into needlepoint lately. Also a voracious reader.  Escali Primo Digital Scale Masienda gift kitLaetitia Rouget Butterfingers Butter DishMichelle Kim Chicken MittHelle Mardahl Espresso CupsTheMagic5 Swim Goggles gift cert Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing ArchitectLena Rewell ThrowI need holiday gift help for my boyfriend's mother. A few details about her: She's a professor in the Boston area and an immigrant from a Scandinavian country. She has great taste (homewares, design) and a Scandinavian sense of restrained style -- she's a woman of a certain age after all, not a Copenhagen TikTok girlie. And she has nice-things disease. You know, the stuff in her house is nice. For a general sense of her style, she's always worn Birkenstock Bostons, carries an Everlane backpack to campus, and has functional and pretty cookware (like a beautiful espresso machine). I've struck out on all the gifts I've given her, and I thought I was good at gifting! They include a handmade and hand-painted pottery vase, artisan granola, and Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies (She said she liked her NYer stories, but alas the book didn't work, per her son) She has a dog she's obsessed with, and a beach house, though it's pretty outfitted. Maybe I could try something there? Food and wine/bev gifts are out because of health issues.Message Slides + Socks, for an alt to her Birkenstock BostonsDeiji Flannel PajamasThe Sleep ShirtMalaika x Kneeland Co. Seashell TowelSaint Olio Aromatic Dog RefresherVerloop dog sweaterPogo Pet BowlVery Christian mother-in-law who writes historical fictionJudy Kim Gingerbread Cookie WreathFlowers of Provence by Jamie BeckPowder Puff PulloverBridie Hall Intaglio SoapsIn search of gift ideas for my 83-year-old fancyish, but not fussy mother-in-law. Born and raised in DC, still rocks a blond bob, loves hydrangeas, obsessed with bunnies. Raised 5 kids and is over cooking but loves anything with cranberries, nuts and raisins. Hobbies include bowling, Irish dancing, shopping at Aldi, and finding a bargain. Very tech-challenged.Coral & Tusk Bunny Hydrangea Tea TowelJuliet WineBlock Shop Italian Cashmere WrapItalian marquetry pieces from Litten Tree AntiquesMother Shrub in CranberryCapital City Mambo Sauce Gift SetMother-in-law, early 70s, notoriously difficult and anxious, prefers austere things, drinks a lot of black, understated-but-fancy tea, secretly addicted to watching Teen MomLea & Nicholas beautifully austere mugsHot Cool Tokyo Tea Storage Container or Kinto canisterUmezawa Hinoki Tissue BoxNaoto Fukasawa for Onao Co. Siwa Carryall BagBare Hands Dry Gloss Manicure KitAnnie Ernaux booksMother-in-law has a big heart and a big personality. Is from Colombia. Likes blue, good food, and excellent tequila. Plays tennis and has picked up pickleball.Masienda mezcal cups / Kneeland Co. Rarities mezcal cups / Viski Himalayan salt shot glassesVerve Culture Mezcal and Tequila Infusion and Tasting SetMi Cocina’s denim placemats/potholders/table runnersMark & Graham customizable pickleball bagsChefanie Tennis ball cocktail napkinsPicnic Time Parisian Picnic Basket Junedays coolerTanchen Wine BagLaines London tequila slippersKidsImpressing a 5-year-old on Christmas morning without a massive plastic Barbie houseHaus or Follies playhousesSMOL bounce housesWonder & Wise Theater SetupGathre trampolineLip Smacker Crayola 24-Piece Lip Balm VaultEames Giant House of Cards Deck (and create-your-own ones)Ban.Do four in a rowAll my friends just started having kids. Best gifts for babies under 1 yearNothing - donate in their name to the National Diaper Bank NetworkBath crayonsStapelsteinsCustom name tags from Label Weavers or Name BubblesA toddler whose parent wants "less stuff" in the houseConsumables!Tattly x Richard Scarry Twee sidewalk chalk name setsSoap Dough Co (℅ Kyra on IG)Supernatural sprinkles/baking setsThe Dough Project Make Your Own Playdough KitTwo nephews, 2nd grade and 4th grade. Live in the Midwest. They both like video games. My sister-in-law and brother are recently teaching them that "expensive college isn't worth it" (even though my brother went to two expensive colleges and is a successful lawyer). I adamantly disagree. They play soccer, and violin (I also play violin). They don't seem to like sweets or treats unless it's pure sugar. They visit us and my parents in the mountains in Colorado often so they appreciate the outdoors but try not to go into it very much unless my parents force them to go backpacking. I don't want to buy them anything they expect, or that my SiL might throw away or think is too expensive. This is also kind of a gift guide request for my SIL if you're catching on to what she's like, too…Anyway Mag Subscription Junior HappyMe Journal, for ages 6-12Bo and Mei Lunar New Year Celebration BoxesCustom Chuck TaylorsStylophone S1 Pocket Synthesizer and e-Blox Circuit Blox 120 Build Your Own Sound Machine and Radio Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkFlik Flak WatchesMMX Marshmallow CrossbowWho’s She? Board GameSee you next week for part 2! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Scary Stories, True Citrus, and the Dangers of Flossing
Oct 23 2023
Scary Stories, True Citrus, and the Dangers of Flossing
We’re pursuing some new interests this week including picking apart oral-care TikTok, attending monster truck rallies, and finding angry aunts that give incredible advice. OOOH, and don’t forget to hit us up with your gift-guide requests—the phone lines are open!Need noise-cancelers for your next monster truck rally (or Eras viewing)? We’re fans of Loop Earplugs. And! Zach Helfand on Monster Jam for The New Yorker.Highly recommend The Brooding column by Kathryn Jezer-Morton for The Cut, Especially the pieces "Raising Kids Is the ‘Best Job in the World.’ Why Is Caring for the Elderly the Worst?" + "My Mom Is Selfish. Do I Still Have to be a ‘Good Daughter’?" + "Are Helicopter Parents Actually Lazy?" Kathryn Jezer-Morton is also behind Joanna Goddard’s post-divorce Q&A and "What If You Just Didn’t Clean That Up?" Related-ish: Tamar Adler’s food scraps advice newsletter The Kitchen Shrink, Maddie Coleman’s newsletter Wait Have Your Read This?, and the site Girlhood.For oral-care recs, we were inspired by this Claudia Sulewski TikTok, Curaprox toothbrushes (this travel set!), and the Slate Flosser. Which True Citrus are you? Did The White Gown traumatize you as much as it traumatized us? Please let us know at 833-632-5463, podcast@athingortwohq.com, @athingortwohq, or in our Geneva!Discover so many more natural diamond truths at naturaldiamonds.com/thankyou.Look into an MBA from The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business.Join Book of the Month and get your first book for just $5 with the code SPOOKY.YAY.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.