Sonia's Guide to Gifts for Herself & Other People (Part 3)
Long live gift agglomeration! Click to review part one and part two.
For a snacker who enjoys a level up, try these homemade Poptarts from Wild Fruits ($20 for a box of 5). Warm them up in the oven to eat. They keep for 3-4 weeks. I purchased over the summer and can confirm they were quite tasty.
Luster by Raven Leilani for someone who likes reading right now fiction. Alive, funny, involves many a penis.
Does anyone want to receive deodorant at Christmas? Is this the health and wellness equivalent of coal? Whatever. Soapwalla is my favorite natural deodorant ($18). It doesn’t give me eczema, has a faintly medicinal smell that I find soothing and genuinely prevents me from smelling weird. NB it’s a deodorant not an antiperspirant. You do apply it with your fingers, but I found this fancy bamboo applicator on Fill More Waste Less if that’s your vibe ($4).
Baby I Don't Care by Chelsey Minnis for someone who likes poetry, glasses of champagne and the direly glamorous.
For a lover of cocktails who doesn’t actually know how to make them, try Avec’s non-alcoholic mixers. Real juice, all-natural, low calorie, low sugar—just add liquor. Black woman owned. You can buy a variety pack (3 of each flavor for $45), but my favorite is Jalapeño & Blood Orange for sure ($36 for a 12 pack). Bonus tip for added tropical feeling: use frozen fruit as ice cubes.
Sesha ReNu Exfoliating Gel causes your dead skin to jump off your face like sailors abandoning ship. A little unnerving but v effective and didn't bother my sensitive skin.
For absolutely anyone, a pair of wool socks from Bombas ($68.40 for a set of 4). I cannot overstate how much I love these socks. They have surpassed even Smart Wool in my Midwestern quest for warm feet during the months of October-May. I’m also into this donegal pair ($15) and this Oscar the Grouch pair ($14, other characters also available). Plus they donate a pair of socks for every pair purchased!
Custom Ex Libris stickers go to the friend who refers to their bookshelf as a library. For some reason, the internet thinks these are mostly for babies or the deliberately anachronistic, but the stationary brand Felix Doolittle has customizable medallions ($20 for 20, $30 for 40) and bookplates ($25 for 20, $35 for 40) in some pretty designs.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins for someone who wants to lose themselves in a 600 page Victorian novel. Involves body doubles, an illicit affair with a painting tutor, international espionage and verbose sentences.
I buy tea in bulk from Cleveland Tea Revival. They have an online shop, but I recommend just reaching out to Amber, the owner, via email because they don't have their full offering available online (firstname.lastname@example.org). I always stick to the classics: Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Jasmine Pearl and Ginger Root. But they also have delightful blends. If you enjoy warm, sweet teas like Chai, try Sweet Roots. Goodnight Irene is an excellent pre-bed tea. And my mom likes their Turmeric blends. For bonus present vibes, request the tea be packaged in their sleek, black gifting tins. All tea is loose leaf.
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