NEW YORK (AP) — Staring at your huge holiday gift list? There’s something there for everyone.
Artisan gifts can be a hit. Visit Etsy.com to take advantage of this season’s trends on the global handmade marketplace. This year, home decor includes a touch of “grandpa chic,” as opposed to the “granny chic” and “coastal grandma” vibes of recent years. Pay homage to your grandpa with rich tones of burgundy, olive green, and tobacco brown, as well as plenty of dark woods, plaid textiles, and leather.
“The focus on adding more texture and depth to your home is more important than ever,” says Etsy trends expert Dana Isom Johnson.
If you don’t have time to find that or any other gift, consider one or more of the following:
Saving Elephants: The women who founded the Elephant Project donate 100% of the proceeds from the stuffed elephants they sell to organizations that fight poaching and help care for injured and orphaned elephants. Masu. Choose from 4 different plush toys or 3 bundles. From $39 to $105.
Sun hats for everyone: A company called Wallaroo Hats loves the UPF sun protection features of their hats and listens to your desire for a wider range of styles. They also appreciate the need for a travel-friendly sun hat. So why not check out our selection of hats for men, women, and children, ranging from $35 for visors to $71 for wide brims.
Kitchen quirk: The Loch Ness Monster is legendary. A company called Ototo has turned Nessie into a green, turquoise, and purple soup ladle. And it stands up on its own. The company also sells many other colorful and fun kitchen gadgets, including Baby Nessie tea infusers and colander spoons. Soup is $17 and tea is $16.95.
A quick bike ride: Trip planning and preparation ideas abound online, but National Geographic’s 100 Bike Rides of a Lifetime provides information and eye candy in a handy book. It spans the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. There are options for the casual rider to the most expert rider. Advice and options you need to know beforehand, from short trips to three-month expeditions. $35.
Baby Phat is back: Kimora Lee Simmons sold her iconic Y2K label in 2010, but bought it back in 2019, just in time to capitalize on the popularity of all things early. That includes rich velor materials, low-rise sheen jeans, miniskirts, and graphic T-shirts. She recently launched her first full collection and purchase site since her return, incorporating some of her signature styles from the time. Courtesy: Her Siamese cat logo. Sold exclusively at Babyphat.com. Prices range from $40 to $100.
Queer Style Explained: Pick up the book dapperQ Style: Ungendering Fashion by Anita Dolce Vita. Queer Style The editor-in-chief of her magazine dapperQ has compiled enlightening stories about style from the LGBTQ+ community. She writes: “Queer fashion allows for the construction of self-identity and self-expression. It can be a form of self-acceptance and self-care. Queer style allows for the possibility of who we can be. These voices can help us all. harper design. $35.
PAW Patrol: PAW Patrol is on a roll! The new animated hit, PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, is the sequel to the toddler series that has entertained millions of children. Gand has released stuffed toys of the hero puppies Chase and Skye, who are dressed in the movie’s shiny uniforms. Available in 9″ and 6″ heights and priced at $12 and $16.
A treat for football fans: “The Football 100” by Mike Sand, Dan Pompey, and The Athletic NFL staff. Who is the greatest soccer player of all time? Please stop arguing. Notice the expertise on display in this collection of reportage from those who have studied the game and seen its warriors up close. Football history unfolds in profiles and bonus chapters. So who’s at the top of the list? Spoiler: Tom Brady. William Morrow. $40.
A little taste: Japanese sake brewers the Sakurai family have opened a brewery and tasting room in New York’s Hyde Park and launched the American brand Dassai Blue 50. This high-quality liquor gets its name from a Japanese proverb. The Indigo color is available in 30 states with shipping by Union Square Wine & Spirits. Serve chilled. $28.99 for a 720ml bottle.
For those who color: Crayola has released a set of pre-shaded black and white photos on thick cardstock for realism creations. HD coloring kit includes 30 colored pencils and 20 flower and animal images. Fun for adult coloring book fans and young artists ages 8 and up. $19.99.
Holiday Gifts: Are you a fan of tiny house living? Check out Getaway. We offer small cabins within two hours of 29 U.S. cities, including New York and Los Angeles. Gift cards are available. Includes: Queen bed with attached picture window and fire pit. Yes, there is also a toilet, hot water, stove, and mini fridge. Add-ons are available. A three-night midweek stay is $350. A three-night weekend stay is $400. Note: There may be neighbors. Company rooms are crowded.
Date Night Surprise: Introducing a new set of cards called “It’s a Date!” Includes 40 scratch ideas for couples fun, romance, or just plain silliness. The cards include the length of time and estimated cost for each activity. Some items cost less than a yen. Suitable for a wide range of ages. The idea is to scratch and then run whatever it is. No spoilers here. $17.99. Available on Amazon.
TINY PEOPLE CHAIRS: Furniture company Masaya has its own plantation on a deforested cow pasture in Nicaragua and handcrafts products such as its new Little Ones collection of adorable teak lounge chairs for toddlers. Masu. The chair has hand-woven fabric on the seat and backrest. Six patterns are available at masayacompany.com. $345.
A Taste of Pickleball: Delight your pickleball-loving gift with a high-end paddle from Proxrpickleball.com. They collaborate with top players who provide input into the design process. Zayn Navratil is among them. His signature paddle comes with his 6-inch handle to aid his backhand and his 16.5-inch length. It can be obtained from the company’s website. $209.99.
PlayStations in abundance: Remember the gamer frenzy over PS5 shortages due to semiconductor chips and supply chain disruptions? That’s no longer the case, says Sony. This is the first season we’ve had a good selection of PS5s since the console launched in November 2020. There are standard and digital versions, as well as various bundles with games and other goodies. Looking for the base price? $499.99, but shop around.
Check out more of AP’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guides: Music, Movies, Coffee Table Books, Gardening & Serendipity, and Grab Bags.