I like that I was all "See you in a week with part two!" and here I am, a day later. I can't help it. I am infected with the holiday spirit, friends.
First, as always, the ladies. Now we move on to the dudes. I haven't purchased anything for a human with man-parts on Etsy yet, so this was fun. I discovered a lot of shops, ideas and products that not only do I want to give, I'm pretty sure people will want to receive. Like with the last one, categories are more fluid than I originally believed them to be, so mix and match. Make people happy this holiday season. Make men happy. Love, Miss 1954.
Your sweet-faced loverboy is worth every cent you have in your possession, or could carry in your arms during that planned robbery. Pour him a cup of your love, a love that is greater than the Undeads' craving for your skull innards (Note: The cup linked is reserved for another buyer, but you can still special order one for yourself by messaging the seller). Let's see if his swaggering, machismo hints persist now that there is actually a (faux) bearskin rug on the premises. Let him know it is okay to smell like (soapy) beer 24/7. Buy him a print of a rainbow crack-house that looks suspiciously like his first apartment. And assure him that the Storm Trooper cufflinks and honeycomb tie are to be worn together, at the next wedding or funeral you attend. Or weddneral.
I love shopping for little guys. For one, there is so much good stuff out there for young chaps -- my favorite being the Yeti shadow puppet, the crazy, nose-less reconstructed Polar Bear plush and the print of a forlorn young man wearing a cape. It almost breaks my heart, all this Tiny Testosterone approved business.
Every single year, my dad has a thrilling reaction to the gifts my sisters and I give him, usually piled into a large basket that he will later use to store crumpled up newspaper and leftover slats from wooden mini-blinds that he snapped in half using his bare hands -- by the fireplace he never uses. Now that we're older, I really feel like now is the time to stop giving him crossword puzzle books, shortbread cookies and move on to quality, useful gifts. Why not espresso caramels, a bed for the dog he always talks about adopting, a robot coaster (Answer Man Robot!) he'll never use, and a cement light bulb mounted on a wooden plaque. If you can't see the obvious uses for that last item, then I'm pretty sure your Dad will.
Oh seriously. As I was compiling the gifts for each category, or dude, I realized that the Brother/Best Friend and Nephew categories are almost interchangeable. This year the hot trend among boys from 8-28 seems to be Robots, Monsters, Zombies, the threat of Robots, Monsters and Zombies, and what you're going to do about that. So feel free to switch the ideas around, but don't give anyone over 15 the fake felt mustache, because otherwise he's going to open up his own little carnival, offering rides for the masses. The lady masses.