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November 26, 2005

It is Saturday, two days after a Thanksgiving where the primary cooks were supposed to be my cousin Bridge and myself, but which naturally turned into my mother pretty much doing everything, while giving us "important," non-cooky jobs like, "wash the potatoes" and "turn on the oven and stand over there." The meal was excellent, though, and the fact that I did not actually perform the bulk of the cooking does not prevent me from taking full credit.

"I cooked Thanksgiving dinner," I am telling everyone. "I made that."

But I lie.

I hope all of y'all who celebrate the holiday enjoyed your own; I hope that you all ended up spending the late night at someone's house (read: mine) listening to the menfolk play the guitar while the women stared, fascinated, at a surfing movie El Dukay stuck in the DVD player.

Dukay has this...I guess we can call it a "belief" about surfing DVDs. He thinks that, no matter what the gathering, no matter what kind of music we're playing or food we're serving, a surfing movie must be playing on the television set. On mute.

Dukay believes this creates "ambiance." I believe it is weird, but I am, apparently, in the minority, because anytime ANYone comes over, they are immediately sucked onto the sofa, where they stare, transfixed, at a bunch of criminally tanned men doing half pipes or whatever the hell all over my television screen.

Seriously! Come over, you will see this. Dukay keeps the movies on rotation. He is not kidding you with the surfing movies. It would even lead one to believe that one of us had ever actually...surfed. In reality, we have not. In reality, surfing scares me slap to death. I can hardly even swim. And aren't surfers the ones who are always being eaten by the sharks? YES THEY ARE. And don't sharks already kind of...like me? YES THEY DO.

But, um, anyway. That is neither here nor there, and has absolutely nothing to do with this entry. This entry is not about how Dukay and I met (he swears he's working on it), nor does it include pictures of the dogs (I swear I'm working on it). It is a whole nother thing entirely.

See, now that Thanksgiving is over, it is, of course, time for the shopping. This year, I decided I would get an early start, and try to have all of my shopping done before Monday. This is funny. This is funny for very many reasons, but possibly mostly so because I do this EVERY YEAR. Every year, I do my shopping early. Then, some time in mid-December, I start to loathe all of the presents I have purchased, and so I buy new presents. THEN, around Christmas Eve, I am paralyzed with certainty that I Have Not Bought Enough, and so I shop again, and then everyone receives a multitude of presents, few of which make sense, none of which were requested, and ALL of which I hate.

Really, this is what I do. And...wait. Does this sound familiar? Because I believe...yes, indeed, I have complained about this before. Heh. I am both predictable AND wasteful! What a magical combination!

Anyway. Yesterday, I spent all day shopping. Being horrified of anything involving a mall, I only went to these cute new boutiques that just opened around the corner from me. Turns out THAT was a good idea, because know what they had there? Mimosas! Mimosas for the shoppers! AND everything was 20% off, and their stuff was really cute, so you know. I bought some things. For...um. Myself.

Unfortunately, that is not the holiday spirit. That is Grinchy. So I had to down my mimosa and give myself a stern talking-to.

"You are shopping for other people," I scolded me.

(That I is a bitch. Me just wanted some nice things, man.)

Eventually, I did manage to purchase a few things for friends and family, but for the most part, I dislike going out to do Christmas shopping. I feel oddly pressured, and really, I would rather sit at home with a glass of wine and order everything online. So that is what I did: I went home, poured a glass of wine, settled in with the dogs on the couch, and began an ordering frenzy which guarantees many, many visits from the hot UPS man. (The one with the big shoulders.) Obviously, this is win/win for all parties. Except my Visa card. My Visa card is quaking in fear.

Now, in the above-mentioned frenzy, I managed to stumble upon some excellent deals for presents, and I was thinking, "Self, people should know about these deals! People should know that there are attractive, cool gifts for other people, gifts that do not cost a lot of money, and which are available to everyone, The Shoppers, who need gifts this holiday season, but who do not want to spend an arm/leg. If ONLY I knew how to show those gifts to the world!"

I am embarrassed to report that I was contemplating sending a mass email to all of my friends before I remembered that: oh. I have a website. And, duh.

So I am going to show them here. Because I am helpy today, and it's Saturday, and I just don't feel like moving right now. Couch = comfy.

Now, while Robyn remains the expert on Christmas giving, I am going to attempt my own little list of excellent holiday gifts. But to make this more sporting, I am going to give myself Rules, and as such, all of these gifts run under ten bucks. Ten bucks! (Okay, yes, plus shipping, but we are going to ignore that for now.) Ten bucks is, like, two mimosas, y'all. It is three packs of cigarettes, or half a blowjob from that one lady I keep seeing in midtown (she has a sign).

So, without any further ado, I present you with:

Miss Doxie's Kick Ass Ten Dollars And Under Christmas Gift Guide, You Are WELCOME, World!

We shall start classily. Know what is cool? Art. Art is always cool, and possessing some knowledge of art always makes you seem more interesting. When I am trying to seem interesting, I say things like "Bauhaus" or "Rembrandt." That is why I am so fascinating to everyone.

Or...wait. That's right; I'm not! But whatever, because art remains interesting, and that is why these are such a cool idea. These are fifty postcards in a lovely box, featuring all manner of important modern art pieces. What is especially nifty is that they're about 4 by 6, which means you can either give the whole set to someone who loves art (at a very practical $9.95), or buy them, split them up, and frame them in standard frames (like this one, which is fifteen bucks, but also the only example I can find of what I'm talking about; I am sure you could find the same thing somewhere else and keep it under ten, is what I am getting at with all of these words), and then THAT is very lovely, as well. And will take care of ever so many gifts for all of the artsy people in your life. See?

But what, you might say, should I get for someone who does not like art? What should I get for that person in my life who considers "high art" to be a successful evening of binge drinking without vomiting in any moving vehicles? What should I get for the person whose idea of literature is being able to quote Office Space ("I celebrate his entire catalogue!") at painful, painful length? For THAT person, my friends, how can you get much better than The Napoleon Dynamite Quote Book?

Coming in at a respectable eight bucks, this book is definitely going to several people on my own list, because if I hear, "Tina, you fat lard, come eat your dinner!" one more time, I may have to start issuing beatings. It is time for people to learn new lines from that movie. I am only here to help.

(And to issue beatings.)

Still, I understand that the above gifts are not going to work for all. Around this time of year, there is always the need for the Generic Gift, the picture frame or the vase, that you can whip out of a closet and give to anyone. And for this purpose, I like these from West Elm. They're bronzish! And running from seven to nine dollars, on sale. AND you get free shipping.

While we're here, I should also note that West Elm has this pretty 8 inch pitcher for seven dollars. It seems somehow peaceful and clean to me, in whatever manner a pitcher can inspire such a reaction. And if you wanted to fancy it up, you could always pair it with a little bag of gourmet hot chocolate, and tie a pretty brown silk ribbon around the handle. This would equal maximum Marthaness.

(Ooo! While we are on the Martha-ing, have y'all seen those reed diffuser things? They are little bottles of oil into which you stick reeds, and they make your house not smell like dog? They are awesome, but also kind of fucking expensive for a room freshener, so I have been making it my Sworn Duty to find cheaper versions, and guess what. Pier 1 has them for twelve dollars, and I have no idea what ginger peach smells like, and maybe I am a little afraid, but whatever, I'm trying it anyway, and also I realize that this is more than ten dollars but THAT IS WHY it is in the parenthesis, y'all. Parenthesis do not have to comply with the ten dollar rule. That is another rule I just made up right now.)

Another good gift is stationery. I buy stationery for everyone, all of the time, because I personally like stationery, and also I am not all that creative. Basically, if you know me, you are probably going to get some stationery from me at some point. There you go. Now you know what is in the flat box.

An awesome place for stationery is Bird In A Skirt, a little indie-online site that has these incredibly awesome notecards in packs of ten for ten dollars. They come with little ribbons around! And animals on! I kind of want about ten packs for me, but then I remember how I had to tell me that We Are Shopping For Other People Today, and so me has to grumble and get them for other people. Stupid friends. (Incidentally, and back in parenthesis, that site also offers very adorable personalized stationery sets for $12 if you are willing to splurge that extra two bucks. You get two whole more cards, too! It is both logical and pastelly.)

And...hmm. I have been sitting here for two hours already. This is going to take nineteen years if I feel the need to offer two paragraphs of commentary for every gift suggestion, so I shall now take this to the list:

This pillow makes me happy in a way I cannot describe. Plus, it's marked down to ten bucks from fifty something, so hello, bargain. Also, has owl on.

For the girly girls, I like these cute little flower hairpin sets from Bonnin designs, which claims to have free shipping, even. Also, I am oddly fascinated by this ring, because doesn't it look really nifty on their homepage? I think that's two rings smooshed together, but they're just eight bucks a pop, so two together is Still Reasonable.

Oh, and while we're talking about rings (or, I am, anyway), I think The Carrotbox has some of the most awesome big plastic rings in the universe. Many are under $10, but they're just so nifty, y'all. Definitely check out the prototype handmade section, where everything is extra inexpensive.

More girl gifts I think are excellent include good smelling candles; these really cute altered notebooks from bunnidesigns (25% off and free shipping makes each book six bucks, people. SIX BUCKS); funky but inexpensive ($4.50 to six bucks) mod switchplates; pretty silk eyeglasses cases for eight bucks; or ten dollar soaps that looks like a doggie. And, speaking of doggies, I will highly recommend pretty much anything from Crafters for Critters, where a bunch of independent designers have donated goods for the betterment of our four-legged friends. I have bought all KINDS of gifts from them, but it's all one of a kind, so...get moving.

Okay, seriously, I could go on with girl stuff all day, so here is where I give you Good Ideas for Boy Types, like these personalize-able belts from Neighborhoodies. I would like to get Dukay a camo one with pink letters that says "I'm a pretty fisherman!" but I have a mysterious and sneaking suspicion that he would not wear it.

He is a pretty fisherman, though. I like waders! They are rubber pants you are not allowed to pee in. (Believe me on that; I went fishing one time.)

Anyway. You could also go for any of the many entertaining tee shirts at Threadless, all of which will run you an even ten bucks. I love them kind of unreasonably. I want a shirt with an octopus holding its little teddy bear. LOOK AT ALL THOSE LITTLE TENTACLES. COME HUG ME WITH YOUR TENTACLES, MR. OCTOPUS.

And...moving on. For the babies in your life, I adore these cute little $8 handscreened tee shirts. I also love these teeny little crocheted booties for ten dollars. It is almost enough to make me want to have a bab...wait. Never mind. I said nothing.

Now, for larger children, I am partial to creative toys, because I am just like that (you may have noticed this above; seriously, could I link to any more independent craftspeople today? Independent craftspeople, you owe me a drink), and so I like play-doh and beads (fifteen THOUSAND beads. Parents of the world, this is what I send to your children. Which is why I owe you a drink. Happy vacuuming!)

Also, Lite Brite has gone flat screen. I can dig it.

Hopping on the train of thought that leads us back the general gift front, you can always go with fun something-of-a-day calendars, like this one from the New Yorker, or this one with Sudoku games. (I have recently become kind of obsessed with Sudoku. Blame Ziz for that; I would never have started doing anything that challenges my mind on my own volition. I prefer to keep my mind flabby and unexercised. Like thighs; I want my brain to be like thighs.)

Now, books are always a good option, and to celebrate the upcoming opening of the new Narnia movies, there's a paperback reprint available now of the original full-color The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe book. For the more adventurous, you could give a book about the odd questions doctors are asked at dinner parties (yes, it's a nickel over ten bucks, but let's be flexible, folks). Or you could take a hop over to profanity with On Bullshit, which is an entertaining read. On bullshit.

I mean...have you read my blog? I could have written that book, people. On bullshit, indeed. Sir, you have no idea.

And, finally, if all else fails...have you considered a surfing DVD? Because I hear they're great at parties.

Now, I showed you mine, so you show me yours. Y'all tell me your own brilliant gift ideas. My Visa is waiting. And it is sore afraid.

Ooo, Shoppy Update:

The lovely Miss Bonnin, of Bonnin Designs, has emailed to let us know several things; first, her site is working again. Or should be. At any rate, it was briefly dead. It has been (or will be) revived! Frankenstein like! Only with jewelry.

Anyway, Miss Bonnin would like us to know that yes indeedy, she does give everyone free shipping, and ALSO, you can get a 15% off coupon by going to bussbuss, then to haute shops, and then to jewelry (or you could just click there. ME = HELPY.) That is where the coupon is (scroll down), and o, happiness, it abounds.

Seriously. One word: HELPY.

Also, incidentally, y'all are awesome with the gift ideas. Please keep them coming; I am loving (and, um...buying) everything. (And if your comment doesn't show up right away, don't worry; moveable type thinks anything with lots of links is spam, and so I have to approve it. It is silly, but it is, apparently, how I roll.) Kisses! Now go buy rings!

Another Update! Again!

I just received an email from Jen at Sweet Pea Handcrafts, and she is kindly offering all of you pretty Miss Doxie readers 10% off of your purchases. Just use the code CRAFTY at checkout, and voila. Voila, I say! Be sure to check out her line of handmade aprons, which are very sweet and maybe one wants to come live at my house this holiday season. For when I'm...uh. Cooking. Obviously.

Good LORD Stop UPDATING This Entry Every Seven Seconds

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. I should probably just write a whole new entry already, as opposed to updating this one every time I get within six feet of a computer, but...lazy. I'm kind of lazy. And (dude, for ONCE) I don't have enough to say to justify a whole new entry.

But here are new things:

1. Uh, because I'm an asshole, I forgot to link to the site that originally gave me the idea for the ten-dollar-and-under gifts. See, what I did, was that I bought a bunch of these, which are the best and most adorable stocking stuffers ever. Seriously. Hi. I bought them for everyone. Including people who are reading this site right now. ENJOY YOUR BOOKPLATES, PEOPLE!

Pink Loves Brown also offers very cute personalized stationery, but did I remember to tell y'all that? Nope. Because I'm an asshole.

2. This site sent me an email and wanted me to let y'all know that they have several products for under $10. I haven't had time to check it out, but there you go.

3. Totally unrelated, but y'all, last night, I went out to a nice dinner party with Dukay, and spent the majority of the evening with him before I realized that he was wearing (1) a plaid shirt; (2) a plaid blazer in a different plaid; and (3) corduroy pants with hundreds of birds emboidered on them.

I mean...what the hell? Is someone missing a grandfather? Because: found him. Dukay just turned seventy-six. For Christmas I'm going to get him a new hip!

4. I linked to this site above, but justjenndesigns has more than cute little onesies. This gift set is twelve bucks, and these little totes are only eight dollars. I don't see how I can afford NOT to buy them.

5. Thank you all for your excellent suggestions! Except for the one about the arm! I am still kind of terrified about the arm thing. But everything else has been awesome. I really have bought, like...everything, including:

6. THIS. And I recommend that you do the same.

I would say goodbye, but I'm sure I'll be back in an hour with something else. I'm just annoying that way.

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I love the owl pillow! I really want to buy it... for me. I actually bought 3 shirts on threadless yesterday! I love them. You would like OMG Clothing because actually, some of their clothes are on Threadless.

Thanks for the ideas!

Posted by: Erin | November 26, 2005 07:53 PM

My Visa hates you, but I love you.

(my husband is unsure of his feelings)

Posted by: Kristina | November 26, 2005 08:14 PM

Rather than the surfing DVD, we prefer playing a cd Mrs. Miller tunes.

You are an internet shopping goddess and I feel I may be in love with you. These are awesome ideas.

I am done shopping but I always grow to hate my gifts within a couple of weeks so they go in the "gift closet" and then I start over.

Posted by: Kathryn, the DYM | November 26, 2005 08:24 PM

I'm a big fan of Overstock.com. They have a silver bracelet that I love love love with much love. Shipping is only $1 this weekend, too!

Posted by: Eulallia | November 26, 2005 09:12 PM

Gah. I absolutely suck at buying gifts, but I did have a brainstorm one year when buying for my coworkers; I work in a small law firm and got everyone a different Santa ornament from Hilo Hattie, the Store With Aloha. (If you've been to Hawaii you know it; if not, not.) Santa riding a sea turtle; Santa surfing; Santa fishing - you get the idea. In all instances, shirtless and sporting a lei and/or man boobs. Because nothing says "Hi, It's 75 Degrees Here on Christmas Day" like a Hawaiian Santa ornament.

Posted by: Gretchen C. | November 26, 2005 11:37 PM

Here are my gift-buying guidelines for little kids.

You know...little...like anyone who could easily walk into a rack of clothes and hide.

What To Buy Little Kids

1. A rack of clothes
2. Big boxes
3. Small boxes
4. Rolls of tape
5. Rolls of toilet paper
6. Vats of any kind of liquid, but kids seem to like red and blue liquids the most.
7. Glitter. Lots of it. Everywhere. Cases.
8. Hammers
9. Bubble wrap
10. Anything pink and or purple and/or glows in the dark and/or has rainbows
11. Anything that makes noises up to 120 decibles (an old WHO album/CD is good)
12. Eggs
13. Lipstick
14. Round-edged safety scissors, but sharp enough to cut hair
15. More glitter

I promise, you can't go wrong with this list for shopping for most any kid.

When in doubt, buy more glitter.

Posted by: jozet | November 27, 2005 01:11 AM

Great gift guide! I ended up buying almost all my kids' Xmas presents on Amazon...they are so hard to shop for as they get older!

I like to buy my kids arts and crafts projects, so each of them is getting an Etched in Slate paint kit, one is getting a glass art kit, and the other is getting a skeleton learning kit where you make your own skeleton from molds in the kit! (I've heard that you can use chocolate in the molds...too bad it's only 18" tall because a chocolate skeleton at your house on Halloween...hmmmm)

Another present my kids have loved before, and will love this time around, is a prospecting kit where they can dig out their own artifacts - including a real gemstone or fossil.

Well, those are my gift suggestions for kids in the 8 to 11 year category. A small sewing machine and an electronic lab kit pretty much round out my kids' gifts for this year.

I can't wait to see what other gift suggestions get posted!

Posted by: Ivie | November 27, 2005 03:17 AM

Have a look at the lovely collars from hellopetunia.com
for any 4-legged friends. Mine is in the post, I can hardly wait!
For yourself, try Space NK for scented candles. My MiL is getting one that smells like spiced marmalade. Husband and I have agreed to think about writing a list each. dare I ask for a pro account on Flickr? Hmm...
Daughter-money, the more the better, plus make-up or perfume. Son wants an i-pod, may also get a (shudder)sudoku book. I love the thought of actual, physical shopping. The reality is so tiring, though...The wine and settee option is clearly better!

Posted by: fifi | November 27, 2005 06:52 AM

Haha. I found that Why Do Men Have Nipples? book on Amazon the other night! I am totally buying it for my father-in-law because he recently sent me a picture of Miss Piggy's nipple. He's very strange.

Also, I'm using your wonderful suggestions to buy one of those awesome rings for my sister-in-law and one of those pitchers for my good, slightly Martha-y, guy friend.

You've helped me cover almost everyone on my list (Amazon provided the rest). Now I only need to find something for my dad, but I think the Discovery store will probably be a good place to look.


Posted by: evier | November 27, 2005 10:10 AM

Another Overstock lover here!! Also candles and melts from Contemporary Candles ... and jewelry from Roberta Chiarella ... and cheese! Cheese at Humbird Cheese

Happy Holidays!!

Posted by: Paige | November 27, 2005 12:16 PM

At the moment, www.hallmark.com (also in store) has the new ornaments for this year, the illuminations (change colors and cast snowflakes on the wall). With any purchase of the an illuminations product, they throw in the power box for free....that's totally got one of my ornament collecting friends covered. I'm going to use the Pier 1 idea for the reeds in the oil for another hard-to-buy for friend, thanks!!!

Posted by: Karen | November 27, 2005 07:09 PM

You definitely rocked the shopping. I'm impressed.

I tend to randomly pick up things on clearance all year 'round, so I don't have a lot of fabulous ideas to share because unless you shopped the same clearance sales I did 6 months ago, it sort of sucks to be you.

But! Speaking of ornaments! Things Remembered is offering free shipping through tomorrow night, with a holiday Buy One Get One 50% Off deal that goes from now until Christmas. Code AFFLOYAL1 will take another 15% off, as well. If you go to clearance and sort by price you'll see lots of ornaments for cheap cheap cheap.

Posted by: Mir | November 27, 2005 07:54 PM

I just spent all kinds of money online today, too. Had been getting nasty looks when the Ann Taylor and Nordstrom boxes kept arriving for none other than moi, (hello? have been working 17-hour days! Totally deserved that new suit. And the Cole Haan shoes). Anywho, I digress.

Did almost all of the shopping for my family online. My mother wanted glittery pillar candles from www.potterybarn.com, my brother wanted jeans from www.levisstore.com (and I also got him a shirt from www.gap.com). My sister-in-law also wanted the Sound of Music DVD and the Polar Express DVD from www.amazon.com (and she also got a turtleneck from www.gap.com). My cousins (all girls) all got different earrings from www.anntaylor.com - they have an awesome selection this year and most are $25-35. My aunts got picture frames from www.potterybarn.com. And tonight I'm going on www.llbean.com to see what I can see for the grandparents-in-law. My mother-in-law has dictated very specific items that she wants from Coach, Cole Haan, and Lladro (HELLO, I am not made of money) - she will get ONE of those items. ONE, I tell you.

And for my husband? New headphones for his iPod, the in-ear kind that block all sound from Bang and Olufson (sp?). And new shoes that he really really wants from Nordstrom. Because I think he was getting jealous of my Nordstrom shoe purchases. ;-)

Posted by: Peyton | November 27, 2005 08:04 PM

Is practical allowed? 'Cause this idea is Practical but also Colorful, and therefore Fun.

Tupperware has these things called "Forget Me Not" containers that store half an onion or half an orange or whatever is roundish and half.

The kicker is that it has a little hook-thing that enables you to hang it from a shelf at the front of the fridge. That way, you don't lose the Fruit/Vegetable item at the back of said fridge and find it only by smell a few months later.

I've heard that happens to some people.

Check out tupperware.com and keyword search on Forget Me Not.

I promise I'm not a Tupperware salesperson.

Posted by: Candice | November 27, 2005 11:23 PM

Thanks for the leads - I got some great personalized stationary at Bird in a Skirt.

I love shopping online. I've purchased everything from a computer to a light plate switch on the internet - even a new Subaru. It was easy, because I had done all the research and knew my prices so I could make the deal with the sales guy without having to be face-to-face, where I crumble.

Some of shopping sites that I've bookmarked are:

www.hometownevolutioninc.com for fun paper, tin, and glass lights - stars, lanterns, strings, etc. I have a star in my living room and LOVE it.

http://natures-emporium.com for "a gallery of Nature's art work hand selected rock/stone bookends, eggs, balls, spheres, jewelry, tumbled stones and decor items." I like the jewelry.

www.novica.com for handmade stuff from around the world: jewelry, furniture, masks, musical instruments, etc.

www.skete.com for hand-painted wooden icons from St. Isaac's of Syria monastary. They are beautiful and incredibly inexpensive, and make a thoughtful, funky gift. I bought my friend George an icon of St. George the dragon slayer. I think he likes it; I adore it and think it's one of the best gifts I've ever given. (Get it? George = St. George! Me = clever... this one time, at least).

www.elsewares.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=175 My husband gave me this tag necklace with my boys' names on it for mother's day. This site has lots of cool stuff.

www.ear-nest.com/merchant.ihtml?id=2&step=2 I'm hoping to get something like this for Christmas to organize my bazillion earrings so I remember what I have.

www.hippychixshop.com The name says it all (check out the Nan bags - cute!)

www.naturalworldarts.com Beautiful Waldorf-inspired dolls and puppets.

And for shoes I like Nordstrom, Mossers, Lord John's, and Zappos.

(Love your site. Have lurked for a while, but shopping talk will out me!)

Posted by: Cori | November 28, 2005 02:05 AM

Shhh! Mr X is going to ban me from reading you if you keep posting things I want to buy!

Last year we went slightly crazy and got my parents Ceiva. They are technology challenged but even they couldn't screw this up!
Try www.ceiva.com
It's a picture frame that you can send pictures too, from your computer or phone, and then it displays them on rotation. But warning: It does not fit your $10 or less list.
Pure evil because they have some really cool stuff that I must have!

Posted by: Mrs X | November 28, 2005 02:36 AM

Oh crap! And yummy stuff..... Not really edible but should be.

They make this strawberry kisses body scrub that just... wow. So good.

Ok, now I have to go shopping.

Posted by: Mrs X | November 28, 2005 02:38 AM

How fun! Bookmarking links as we speak. Then I want to play.

For kids I am all about the Sock'em Boppers ($9.99 at Amazon, cheaper at Walmart) Who doesn't love them? Let's encourage kids to pound each other! With inflatable gloves!

For our White Elephant party I wrapped a pair and they were the hot ticket.

Oh, and it's cheaper than marriage counseling, so give them to couples having difficulties.

Posted by: Miss Fish | November 28, 2005 11:38 AM

Ooooo your favorite things are better than Oprah's!

Here's some of my suggestions, total not under $10:
For all those who love "A Christmas Story" - a leg lamp in a fra-gee-lay box!

And for all the clumsy drunks--A teeter tray!

All I want for Christmas is a decapitated torso to feel me up in the nights! AAaaaaaaaaahhhh!! What the hell is this?!???

Posted by: Meezealeeze | November 28, 2005 02:02 PM

Meezealeeze, that is the most disturbing thing I have ever seen. It is an arm.

More disturbing, however, is that it is also OUT OF STOCK. That means all the arms have been PURCHASED. WHO BUYS ARMS.

I can't believe y'all don't have any more ideas than this. I need more ideas. What, is everyone shopping? Come here and tell me things to buy!

Posted by: Miss Doxie | November 28, 2005 02:08 PM

Can we not all just get behind a movement to make late gifts ok? Because the greatest gift of all is the one that says, "I know you're a procrastinating asshole, but I accept that because this gift is fancy."

(Do not take this as a hint that your gift will be fancy. Right now, everyone is getting a coupon which entitles them to One Free Hour of Joey Love.)

Posted by: Robyn | November 28, 2005 03:02 PM

If you are in a pinch, as in you are on your way to your boyfriend's friend's house for a last-minute holiday party and you realize that neither of you brought gifts, CVS has an entire spa section now. And they offer items such as "Days of the Week" shower gels or scented candles or bubble baths. Those are all under $10. You will be hailed as a practical, creative genius.

Also, now I want stationery! Did I tell you that my new job only pays once a month, though? At the END of the month? Sigh.

Posted by: Coleen | November 28, 2005 03:54 PM

Sharma Designs has stocking stuffer earrings for under $10. I think they are $7 or so. www.sharmadesigns.com

Hella Good has bath scrubbies for $7. www.hellagoodproducts.com

I also just purchased 2 photo cuffs from Smoy. www.smoy.net. Very cool. A little more than $10 but worth every penny!

Posted by: Sharla | November 28, 2005 05:08 PM

www.SockDreams.com has the most wonderful socks, stockings, accessories ever. Haven't you always wanted a pair of knee-high socks with carrots on the back? Well, have some anyway. All of their stuff is super-cute and nice and most of it is not too expensive. And you thought getting socks for Chrismas sucked.

Posted by: Sally | November 28, 2005 05:15 PM

OK, thank you thank you thank you. Because we broke. That list is veddy veddy good.

Posted by: Trance | November 28, 2005 06:49 PM

For handmade gifts, please check out Etsy.com! A fabulous new site for crafters, artists, etc...where they sell their handmade wares! A super fun site!

Also, I found these adorable cell phone charms at Avalon Jewelry, www.avalonjewels.com. She has all kinds of critters, like kitties, dogs, zoo animals, hummingbirds, penguins, and they are only $3 each! Great stocking stuffers, don't ya think?

Posted by: Kara | November 28, 2005 08:05 PM

Doxie says, ::I can't believe y'all don't have any more ideas than this. I need more ideas. What, is everyone shopping? Come here and tell me things to buy!::

Me says, ::Maybe everyone has gone on strike waiting on Dukay to tell us the story of how ya'll met.::

Crack that whip, woman!

Posted by: Meezealeeze | November 28, 2005 09:35 PM

I second etsy.com! There's an amazing amount of interesting stuff there, and a lot of it you can custom-tailored (i.e. specific sizes or colors) by sending a message to the seller!

On the subject of customized gifts... I just got some really cute necklaces made from bottle caps customized for my 14 year old nieces. I plan on adding them to the stocking stuffers.

Posted by: Jen | November 28, 2005 11:15 PM

oh that was great, i want the ring, the stationery, and hell, everything. check out wrapables.com for some awesome finds. ohh and uncommongoods.com too.

Posted by: sam | November 28, 2005 11:33 PM

I have to share my favorite store for those on your gift list who enjoy kitcheny or foody stuff. Gadgets, bar items, yummy dips, all kinds of fun things! Yesterday I was at a live version of the store and mmm they have all the dips out to try. I got a cool sushi set for 5 dollars and 2 cactus margarita glasses for 4 dollars.

Posted by: Sarah | November 28, 2005 11:39 PM

I was sitting here all bored at work and in the midst of a random Google for "but can you run in those shoes?" (I can't remember why, but I'm sure it was a good reason!) I came across your blog, where I have spent the last hour trying not to cackle too dreadfully hard in front of my hard-working Japanese colleagues.

You are *awesome*. This is *fabulous*. I'm going to read every single goddamn word.

Posted by: Karen | November 28, 2005 11:42 PM

A lot of people have already named some of my standards but www.fredflare.com is always good for some quirky stuff/stocking stuffers.

Posted by: Maya | November 29, 2005 12:52 AM

you are an angel - totally have taken care of like 8 people on my list.

my suggestion: cute purses at www.wendyloo.com. they're a little more, but sooo pretty and unique (i gave them out last year and they were a hit). those in the nyc area should email wendy, she's got a ton more at her house.

Posted by: Ali G | November 29, 2005 07:51 AM

I have loads of suggestions. Not so much within the $10 area.
For pet stuff...
the cutest- sturdiest collars for my two doxies.
great natural pet products.
My boys love their favorite chewies --12" Macho stixs. Go read what parts of a bull are used. Ahem. No need to tell any men about that.

Posted by: Muffy | November 29, 2005 10:37 AM

Wow. Thanks to you I have THIRTY EIGHT windows open on my computer. And now I must look at them all.

Much love.

Posted by: Maggie | November 29, 2005 11:05 AM

I felt the need to post again and say THANK YOU! This was the best idea ever - I love finding out about all these unique and crafty sites. Most of my friends are not computer-friendly so I never have anybody to share cool website discoveries with...(I think there is a grammar issue with my sentence but I dont care! because shopping! yay!)

Posted by: Maya | November 29, 2005 12:27 PM

Fabulous gift guide...i love to see people notice us Indie shop owners! You rock! :)

Posted by: Tenika | November 29, 2005 12:46 PM

OMG! What a great idea for a post! But I need more ideas!!!!!!!!!! MOREEEEE!!!!!!! Under $10!!!!!!!!!! HURRY!!!!!!

Posted by: alfredsmom | November 29, 2005 12:56 PM

Wait, wait, WAIT. I'm sorry. I must be having a stroke, because I thought I read that your boyfriends OWNS and WEARS cords WITH BIRDS EMBROIDERED ON THEM.

The cognitive dissonance is HURTING MY BRAIN. I can't decide whether to call 911 or Clinton and Stacy.

Posted by: Mir | November 29, 2005 02:01 PM

world-shoppe.com has great stuff at excellent prices, including stuff under $10. Also? They are very helpy in that their products (and their business model) promote fair trade and sustainable development in third world countries. (They would probably never say "third world countries", for example.)
Their customer service is really, really good, too!

I bought these festive red bangles:
Wear one to be chic, stack them up to be glam.


Posted by: Demery | November 29, 2005 03:45 PM

I just bought two of those owl pillows: one for me and one for college best friend.

The owl was our college animal type thing (because our patron goddess was Athena - you know, wisdom and all that). JOY!

Posted by: rachel | November 29, 2005 06:00 PM

Mir, call Clinton and Stacy STAT. Don't hesitate. We must encourage an intervention.

Posted by: Miss Fish | November 29, 2005 07:37 PM

How does one even embroider BIRDS on CORDS? Aren't there too many ridges in corduroy? And how many different kinds of plaid ARE THERE?

Posted by: Nothing But Bonfires | November 29, 2005 09:59 PM

If you're looking for something fun and weird (and usually cheap), www.archiemcphee.com has tons of cool stuff. I so want their wristbands and the wind-up lederhosen. My momma says, "Archie McPhee is foolish." But...that's sort of the point.

Posted by: Sally | November 30, 2005 12:20 AM

Also, I am strangely fascinated by the scented colored pencils on the same site as the owl pillow, which I also...um...need.

Posted by: Sally | November 30, 2005 12:24 AM

Oh, people. Your concern about the corduroy pants? It is not misplaced. They are eye-bleedingly hideous.

And yet. AND YET THEY ARE HIS FAVORITE PANTS. Dukay loves the cords with the birds. Has two pair, even. Wears them often. Most days, in fact, EXCEPT FOR IN THE SUMMER, WHEN HE WEARS FUCKING SEERSUCKERS WITH DOGS ON THEM.

Seriously, come get me. Help.

Posted by: Miss Doxie | November 30, 2005 12:45 AM

Can we see some pictures of these pants? Where do you even buy such things?!?!

That arm pillow - I've seen worse actually. They also sell one that looks like a woman's lap for men to sleep on. ewwwwwww! I hear its a big thing in japan.

Posted by: Maya | November 30, 2005 03:40 AM

This year for those gifts that just have to be $10 and under, I bought a Georgia O'Keefe coffee table book from Barnes and Noble for, um, $19. I'm cutting out pages and framing them in inexpensive frames with nice mats. I may even have to keep one myself, just because.

Ok, this is not scary. You don't have to be a super crafty kind of person to do this. It only requires the skills you were taught in kindergarten, so STOP FREAKING OUT!!!

For those of you who are a little more craftily inclined, I was kind of broke one year. I mean really, really broke. I had almost no money to spend on gifts. I went to the Dollar Store, and bought wooden picture frames. I painted them with a tube of copper colored craft paint from Wal-Mart for $.88. I cut out pieces of canvas drop cloth from Home Depot for $10 to fit the frames. I pressed some tree leaves in my phone book for a couple days, and painted them silver, gold, and copper in craft paint, and glued them to the canvas. I framed them. They were pretty. My family loved them. I think I spent under $20 on the whole thing, and they loved it. My family rocks.

Posted by: Karen | November 30, 2005 04:20 PM

Omg.. LITE BRITES! Yay! You have no idea how easy you just made Christmas for me and what to get for my 2 best friends' children! I'm getting 2! Yay! And I won't go broke!!

Posted by: Angel | November 30, 2005 04:29 PM

I found the perfect Christmas gift for you. Check out these guys.


Adopt them before I do.

And also? My favorite place for indulgent stuff for myself is www.panhandlegirl.com. It's all reasonably priced, but I would gladly pay double or triple for the body butters. No shit.

Posted by: Megs | November 30, 2005 05:25 PM

The Knifty Knitter is a must! And it is cheap! I do not knit, but I can totally knit with this thing. I have made loads of scarves in the last few months with it. The scarves/hats make great gifts! Here is one place that sells it: http://decoraccentsinc.com/knifty_knitter_set_of_4_hat_looms.html. I know that Michaels, Ben Franklin crafts and Walmart also sell it.

Posted by: Jennifer | November 30, 2005 05:38 PM

no no no. you should buy your family members a camel, some goats, or 50 trees. Or a meal for 100 schoolkids -- that's definitely under $10.


very cool stuff there

Posted by: mmf! | December 1, 2005 06:56 AM

This website! Makes me happy in a way I cannot describe!

Thank you!
three exclamation points.

Posted by: sarah | December 1, 2005 10:14 AM

Maya said: "Can we see some pictures of these pants? Where do you even buy such things?!?!"

I agree. At the risk of burning our retinas upon viewing such a hideous piece of clothing, please, Miss Doxie...we need pictures. These pants sound like something that must be seen to be truly believed.

Posted by: Ivie | December 1, 2005 10:26 AM

Ho, ho, ho, and how about sending an amaryllis bulb to that special someone? www.amaryllis.com has bulbs for $9.50, bulbs in plastic pots start at $12.00 and in really pretty ceramic pots start at $30.00.

Posted by: Karen | December 1, 2005 11:24 AM

Dukay's pants sound like the ones my boyfriend has from J. Crew...with lobsters embroidered all over (we live in Louisiana, lobsters are not a natural resident!)
Also, etsy.com is so awesome..I just got all the girls on my list the best gifts, so thanks for that rec.

Posted by: jes | December 1, 2005 11:49 AM

These framed prints make great gifts & are under $10 :)

Posted by: Flynn | December 1, 2005 02:47 PM

I've seen the pants, and they are awesome. You can't hate on the Man Pants. Men wear clothing items embroidered with game fowl, and dogs, and skulls & cross bones and the like. Get with the program.

Posted by: KieferTwin | December 1, 2005 08:59 PM

www.pamelabarsky.com is a wonderful site that has been featured on The Today Show and many other places for her stylish and reasonably-priced gifts. Check her out!!

Posted by: SolaKirsten | December 2, 2005 09:39 PM

I just loved these CK Eternity mini vials of perfume for about a dollar. Great stocking stuffers and to ahve in your purse.

Posted by: khazzy | December 3, 2005 04:17 PM

Reed diffusers for $9.95 including a 2 ounce oil bottle, not one ounce - use your own vase or jar!

Posted by: Joanne | December 4, 2005 08:56 PM

Art is always cool... got my art "peace" jewelry from Thomasin Countey ... and throw away my visa!

Posted by: Estelle | December 7, 2005 03:48 PM

Yippeee! Doxies and Surfing....you two are a great pair...my friend Wingnut, yes, Wingnut stars in a movie called "Endless Summer II"...check it out.
He is the Robert Redford/Jerry Lewis of Surfing.

Posted by: cakes&weins | December 27, 2005 06:45 PM

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