Holiday gifts: Cool versions of everyday items

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These pretty rocks are really soap—maybe this is the oldest trick in the book, but it’s new to me—and I’m thinking of getting a few for my mom, because she digs that sort of thing.

I don’t think this is necessarily a good thing, but I don’t like most games: not poker, not chess, and especially not Scrabble, basically any game that has even the smallest component of math in it (yes, I feel that Scrabble is secretly  math, and yes, I know that sounds unhinged). But I do like this fun, star-embossed domino set.

Just the most gorgeous, streamlined bottle opener, from Georg Jensen. I don’t think my apartment is nice enough for this, but perhaps you know somebody it’d work for.

A handy lighter holder/keychain in one, for your favorite occasional pothead.

From Diptique, a car diffuser for keeping things fragrant while motoring. (Do any of you recall over the summer when I wrote about this Diptique Oval and said I wanted to put in in my rental car, and a bunch of you politely pointed out in the comments that that product was wax and would likely melt? Well, this is like they made the product I was dreaming of!)

A bath mat that looks sweetly like a handmade rug. From Aelfie, where I actually get all my rugs.

A collapsible water bottle may also be the oldest trick in the book, but this is pretty nifty-looking, and is the type of thing I should carry to yoga (when I go) instead of (shame!) buying a bottle of water when I get there.

 

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    SDK
    12 Dec 2018
    11:22am

    I refuse to play Scrabble with my brother-in-law because all he does is play words like “qi” and get tons of points. Takes all the fun out of it.

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    Joannawnyc
    12 Dec 2018
    11:55am

    Me 5 or 6 on the Scrabble thing. Though I do enjoy playing Words with Friends on my phone. I just play with a lot of random people, inluding my friend whom I’ve beaten literally 3x out of hundreds. But I probably wouldn’t want to play dominoes, either. I’m just not that keen on games.

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    y.k.
    12 Dec 2018
    8:49am

    hey! i bought those soap rocks for my mom last year!
    Aelfie has beautiful things.

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    themis
    12 Dec 2018
    9:30am

    That made me laugh, about Scrabble. I play WordFeud on my phone, it does all the math for me. I can guess at words; sometimes I get lucky and learn something new. I play with polyglot friends, they play games in other languages. I have learned that as long as I have five or seven different games going on, I don’t get hung up on winning or losing. But the thought of sitting around a board with people looking things up in a dictionary and totalling up things on their fingers does seem tiresome, anymore.

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    Achariya
    12 Dec 2018
    9:53am

    I’ve been forced to play Scrabble with my family since a young age, and you are correct: it is about maximizing points rather than making interesting words.

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    Krista
    12 Dec 2018
    9:56am

    You are NOT unhinged-I have been saying the same thing about Scrabble for YEARS!!!

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    Caroline
    12 Dec 2018
    10:43am

    Hadn’t seen Aelfie before…so good!
    I spent years designing textiles , so I am kind of a picky pain in the butt honestly.
    These are lovely!

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    HickfromStyx
    13 Dec 2018
    5:26pm

    I believe that Georg Jensen’s Bloom salt cellar and spoon is a classic for any home. It kind of elevates your life, and everyone uses salt, right?

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    AmyM
    14 Dec 2018
    6:03pm

    The lighter holder reminds me of all the girls in junior high who insisted they carried a lighter “for their eyeliner.” Since I neither smoked nor used eyeliner at the time, I never questioned it. But now…

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    Kathi
    12 Dec 2018
    12:24pm

    Thank you for introducing me to Aelfie! Honing in on a couple of their clever pillows.

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    cw
    12 Dec 2018
    12:36pm

    Just say “no” to Scrabble (unless you play phonetic scrabble and you don’t keep score)

    Love that orange collapsable water bottle.

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    Heather
    12 Dec 2018
    1:11pm

    Even though it’s silly and gross, I always like a good, slightly tipsy game of Cards Against Humanity.

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