You know them — they blog and/or Yelp, prevent you from eating while they take photos with their camera phone, and can talk your ear off about the place they just ate at. (Of course, I'm guilty of all that, too.) What can you get besides a gift card to their favorite eatery? Here's some randomness to peruse for that hard-to-shop-for person.
1. Girl Scout Cookie Lip Balm
Before you say, “You've got to be kidding!” think about it. You can't get that fix year-round. The new cookie season doesn't even start
for another 40-plus days. Unless you stockpile Thin Mints in your freezer
(we hear they taste delish cold), this isn't an item that's readily
available. So treat them to a hit of Coconut Caramel Stripe, Trefoil,
Thin Mint, Tagalong and Do-Si-Do whenever the
mood strikes. Ideal for the frugal shopper, this pack of five
flavors comes out to exactly a buck a pop, no freezing required. Find
them at Claire's and Wal-Mart.
2. Classic Knuckles Bottle Opener
For the hostile video gamer with a penchant for beer, the lovely chrome on this baby offers practical use and protection. Dual-purpose gift that's badass: Win! It can be found at Bust a Bottle Cap for $25, and we feel obligated to mention the disclaimer: This product is not intended to be used as a weapon. Under normal use, this bottle opener will not cause serious injury. Whatever. . . .
3. Sodastream Genesis Soda Kits
Feeling generous? Are they greener than Kermit? If you answered yes to both, then Sky Mall has you covered. Get their DIY tendencies on with a soda-making kit. Guaranteed to make them feel like they're doing something for the environment, this contraption reduces bottle waste, saves them money and comes in diet flavors — because you gotta look good when saving the planet. Priced between $99 and $129.
4. Scrabble Refrigerator Magnet Set
Trying to have a conversation with a Words With Friends addict is tough to compete with — just ask Alec Baldwin. Throwdown for some attention with this old-school version, or just use it as a grocery list if there's a tendency to lose your pen. Priced at $12.50 at The Spoon Sisters.
5. Wonder Woman Mixer
Nothing says girl power like all-American baking equipment. Although only accessible if you've got the hook-up in Brazil, this KitchenAid model is no bargain at $500. Uh, maybe you can find one on eBay?
6. Three Wise Men Flask
Do they like their egg with a little more nog? Help them top off some holiday cheer with this trio of happiness. Urban Outfitters knows how to make it look good. And after a few too many, nifty labeling keeps you in the know when they are passed out later. Or maybe, just maybe you've got three friends who prefer monograms. Sold for $32.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.