Yes, I gave you 20 RIDONKulously Expensive Gifts That Will Make You Go WOW! and promised the budget version. I’m not just randomly picking cheap stuff, this is my own secret guide of things that cost next to nothing that people (especially me) love.
I recently bought some new appliances and got a FREE Google Home. I thought,
“Why do I need this? Whatever.”
Now I’m trying to see how I’ll EVER live without one in every room. You’ve seen the TV ads (and my Google is confused by them. “Hey, Google”, if it’s not me asking for the 47th time today;
“What time it is?” “What’s the temperature?” “Play Moon Boots.”
It’s basically a speaker that’s connected to Google. Ask it anything. Really, ANYTHING. Just come in from putting shrimp on the barbie? Say, “OK, Google time 10 minutes.” It mutes INSTANTLY, if the phone rings. I love it. Can you tell? And it’s on sale now. Regularly, $129, you can get it at Target and Best Buy for $79.
HARRY’S SHAVING SET
I’ve been using Harry’s razor blades for years now (it’s the same guys who founded Warby Parker, the eyeglass company that started the cheap prescription movement.) Harry’s design is great, the blades are cheaper than Gillete and the shave is closer. Their gift sets are well-priced and nicely packaged. Dads, bosses, boyfriends, brothers and besties will be thanking you for years for introducing them to Harry. $30 gift set.
HARRY & DAVID’S RIVERIA PEARS
Different Harry. You may know this company as it is decades old. I send their gift towers every year to my Mom and step-mother and they look forward to them. Last year I sent their Riveria Pears to my neighbors and they never stopped raving about them. For people who don’t even like pears, this stuff is the CRACK of pears. You’ll be getting thank yous until Easter. $34.99
TRADER JOE’S TREATS
I’m picturing these Dizzled Triple Ginger Biscotti because they are new (haven’t tried them) but ALL of Trader Joe’s cookies, candies, chocolates and treats are REALLY good and they are cheap too. Gift baskets are always a fortune, but not if you shop at Joe’s and put it together yourself. (Frozen cakes and pies are amazing too.) $4.
WEST ELM CANDLES
I know. Candles. Kinda boring. But these aren’t, they smell great and they are on sale right now. You won’t get any awards for originality, but you will be remembered every time they light up. $14
KAWS X PEANUTS FOR UNIQLO
As I type this, it might be selling out online. The KAWS collaboration with Peanuts & Uniqlo, especially the stuffed all black Snoopy I want. See what’s online and if it’s not available sign up for an email to notify you when it’s back in stock. Small plushy KAWS x Peanuts Snoopy, on sale $14.90.
IKEA PET BLANKET
Ikea has a whole new pet area and it’s not nose-bleed expensive like most well-designed pet store stuff is. If your giftee has a four-legged friend, then chances are they can use a pet blanket. It’s nice enough to be used as just a regular throw and there’s tons of matching beds, leashes, and accessories if you decide to got dog wild. $19.00
TWO GREAT BOOKS
Trust me, I know both of these authors, have read both books and am even in The Vanity Fair Diaries, believe it or not. I worked at VF in the early 80s and I was one of the first Americans Tina Brown met at the magazine before taking over the reins as editor in chief. (She calls me a “smart Texan”.) It’s a great read and really gives you the inside scoop on how a magazine ACTUALLY works. (Hint: It’s not the way it does in The Devil Wears Prada. I know, I worked at Vogue too) $20 Audio book, $32.
It was actually the author of The Price of Illusion, Joan Juliet Buck, who alerted me to the fact that I was made mention of in Tina’s book. I first met Joan at Vanity Fair and we’ve since become aquainted again through mutual friends. I’m not exaggerating just because she might read this, but Illusion is one of the top 5 memoirs I’ve ever read. I’m not alone in singing its praises. Moms, sisters, gay bf’s, yes, even straight guys will like this book, although females will REALLY love it. It crosses celebs, the fashion world, Hollywood, London, Paris and New York City life, sex and more. Get both if you want to really impress. Barnes & Noble, $20
Always great prints of art, illustration and photography for not much $$. They’ve been selling my prints since 2008 and still have 5 of them here. This print, Big Magic was created by Riverhead Design Labs for a book jacket for a new book by Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). There’s tons to choose from, and just two 8 x 10″ prints of Big Magic left for $24.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO WONDER
It’s not a new book, but now it’s a classic, soon to be VINTAGE! It’s a company I work for, detailing movies and TV shows I love, photographed by the fantastic duo Tony + Idris, written and produced by Fenton Baily and Randy Barbato, who I’ve know for 4 decades, and designed by ME! All 400 pages. If you don’t have it, or know a RuPaul’s Drag Race or WOW fan who doesn’t, get it. It comes in its own special box, too. $40.
COLORING BOOK & PENCIL GIFT SET
Yes, I’m plugging my own stuff. Girl’s gotta eat! Last year my book Yes: Transform Your Life with Color By Number (Reagan Arts) came out on election day, simultaneously one of the best and worst days of my life. Now I’ve put it together in gift sets with, colored pencils, wooden boxes and zippered canvas bags along with lots of other gift-y goodies AND I’m offering 20% to Wow Report readers until Saturday night. Do me a favor, you don’t have to buy but just click through and have a look, OK? Thanks. If you do like something, use code: RePOP20. Coloring Book and dual-ended Crayola pencils, with discount only $20!