It was a tough year for everyone. She had considerable financial and personal difficulties on such a large scale that it seems ridiculous to even write about gifts. On the other hand, as someone who has had the privilege of holding on to his work—and to his health—I think that if you have the means, then now is the right time to spread additional joy by being especially thoughtful with Christmas gifts. Everyone on my list has shown me a lot of kindness, grace and patience this year, and I thank you in part for these gifts.
Holy Grail Steaks Bushugyu Wagyu A5 Strip ($189)
While a price tag of more than $ 10 an ounce makes this steak more than decadent, I have tested the premium Wagyu of the Holy Grail and have no doubt that it will be the best steak my father has ever eaten. I would buy him a bottle of Scotch whisky with a price tag north of $ 150, or take a bill for a festive dinner at a trendy steakhouse, as a thank you for everything he’s done for me to make this luxurious steak feel just right—especially since he can cook it in the comfort of his own home.
Momentous Elite Sleep Capsules ($65)
My mother and I were never sleeping well. We claim that our ability to sleep at night for about four hours is a superpower, but we would like to choose long peaceful nights of sleep if only we could. Enter key elite sleep capsules whose blend of melatonin and magnesium I use to cope with my pandemic increased insomnia. They calm me enough so that I can turn off the Kindle in a reasonable hour, and let me sleep all night—without being sleepy in the morning. I am happy to share soothing stories about deep sleep with her, not about our steadfastness in the face of exhaustion.
Ruffwear Double Track Leash Coupler ($25)
I also got her a double frill so she can throw her second leash on daily dog trips with two of her favorite whimsical terriers. Both gifts will hopefully lead to a quieter year 2021.
TP Link Deco Wifi System ($270)
Although it’s not the sexiest gift, I give my brother a reliable Internet router because I want to communicate with him selfishly. We often work together practically and his WFH situation is in a room far from the Wi-Fi source, which means I spend a lot of time looking at his frozen face and repeating his name monotonously during important conversations. I can’t stand it anymore, and here we are.
CamelBak Horizon 25-Ounce Wine Bottle ($35)
Orca Vino 12-Ounce Tumbler ($25)
Although a bottle of wine for $ 25 is a nice Christmas gift, it will probably be eaten and forgotten before the New Year. Aesthetic, useful and ergonomic insulated wine bottle, combined with an equally beautiful shiny wine glass, is a gift that will continue to give away. I prefer box wine while camping and look forward to happy hours with this couple with my sister-in-law for many years in advance.
Lululemon Run for It All Hooded Gloves ($44)
Oiselle Wool Flyout Long Sleeve Shirt ($86)
Cielle SPD Beanie ($45)
Swiftwick Aspire 4 Socks ($18)
Because of the nature of my work, I am usually better suited than my wife for the sport we do together. I am very ashamed when I feel exceptionally comfortable in a top set while she shakes in the old Costco base layers and runes she has owned since college. This year she showed an interest in running in cold weather, so I put together this Primo collection for her and focused on my favorite material for comfort next to the skin. The top of the Oiselle Flyout uses Polartec PowerWool, a thin synthetic blend of Merino wool, which gives a beautiful small heat stroke with remarkable moisture control. Flyout Running tights have the Polartec Powerstretch Pro function, which also softens sweat without hindering movement. Gloves and hat are offers from girlfriends who walk around our city all year round. Swiftwick Aspires is currently my favorite sock for long runs.
Patagonia Baby Furry Friends Bunting ($79)
In the past, I have focused on people who focused on the appeal of well-made adventure gear for children, and overlooked the fact that it allows children more comfort while playing outside. In three years of education I have had tears from my high horse and understood how damn sweet the children’s equipment can be. An example: this fleece oatmeal that makes my daughter Jojo look like a cheetah-tail, ears and everything else. She has a heavy cat strike now, so I plan to play with my cat-human hybrid as she crawls through our house this winter. Synthetic fleece will also add a firm moisture-wicking thermal layer under your bib and jacket for ski days this season.