Nov 30

West-South Gift Guides Are HERE!

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Ah, the holidays.  My favorite time of year when my Super Power of Buying the Perfect Gift gets the most use.  I love the look on their faces and the “How did you know?!” – AH it’s the best. Such joy on both sides.

If you’re around these people on a daily basis, it’s easier.  You observe.  You listen.  You make notes in your phone of what they said they needed, or were obsessed with, or remember loving at one time.

But I TOTALLY understand how hard it can be – especially when you live far away from those you love.  And there are some people who are just hard to buy for no matter your skills.  ESPECIALLY when you want to make sure you’re not wasting your money on something they’ll just throw to the side after 5 minutes.

So I’m here to help.  All the things on these guides are under $100, most are under $50.  They are all things that can be ordered while waiting in the school pick-up line, or in the 15 minutes you would typically have left at night to scroll Instagram.  No worries, I got you.

FIRST UP: KIDDOS

While I do not have any children of my own, I am Aunt Mel.  I have 5 nieces and a nephew and will buy their love until the day when they can return the favor.  And even then I’ll still send them things when it reminds me of their beautiful faces.  ANYWAYS, I think these are the coolest, most fun things around for the littles in your life.  These gifts should get you to at least age 5.  Also, my rules for kid gifts in the winter begin and end with “can they play with it inside?” because otherwise what’s the point? Sidenote: I don’t believe in giving things with licensed graphics unless it’s an exceptional circumstance.  (That circumstance is usually tiny and cute.)

Gift for Kids Children Kiddos Nieces Nephews Toddlers

01 – SO MANY CRAFTS | 02 – YOU WON’T HAVE TO HEAR BABY SHARK ANYMORE | 03 – YOU CAN FIX IT, THEY CAN HELP | 04 – THEY’LL THINK IT’S HILARIOUS WHEN YOU DO THE POSES | 05 – SHARK FEET | 06 – ALL THE COLORS | 07 – THE SMILING FACE ON THIS KILLS ME | 08 – TWIRL TWIRL TWIRL |09 – not new but classic for a reason, and that reason is silence | 10 – I just love saying LLAMANOES | 11 – INDOOR TOYS 4EVA | 12 – a menagerie of pretend | 13 – WAKKA WAKKA | 14 – If they’re going to be on your iPad at least they should learn something | 15 – BOT BOT BOT | 16 – NOT A CROC I swear; buy their fav color | 17 – because they can’t go outside and this is small enough for inside | 18 – I love the quality of these dolls and the range of skin tones and genders, plus camping!

Tweens & Teens

Listen, they’re way cooler than you at this stage. Don’t fight it.  Just buy something that’s a little older than their age or something that’s slightly extravagant.  Also, gender is a construct – this generation doesn’t care if it’s for boys or girls or whatever.  Just that it’s fire.

West-South | "2018 Gift Guides' - Gifts for Tweens Teen Teenagers Boys Girls

01 – EVERYBODY LOOKS COOLER IN AVIATORS | 02 – NO ONE NEEDS MORE CONFIDENCE BUILDING THAN AN ADOLESCENT | 03 – “WHAT’S A RADIO” IS A GOOD CONVO STARTER | 04 – GOOD FOR EVERYONE | 05 – NO ONE CARRIES A BAG | 06 – THIS PLUS YOUR FAVORITE 90’S ALBUM IS MAJOR | 07 – WOO WOO STARTER KIT | 08 – BOYS NEED SELF CARE TOO, TEACH EM YOUNG | 09 – SUCH A BEAUTY | 10 – WORK WITH YOUR HANDS AND YOUR BRAIN | 11 – SLIGHTLY OFFENDED THAT THESE ARE ALREADY WRAPPED AND THE KIDS WON’T KNOW THE PAIN OF HAVING A HALFWAY BRAIDED BRACELET PINNED TO YOUR JEANS ALL THE TIME BUT O WELL | 12 – BOOKS ARE A NOVELTY, MAKE THEM SPECIAL | 13 – COMICS ARE BOOKS | 14 – LET THEM RUN THE SHOW | 15 – NEON CASHMERE? PERFECT. | 16 – 90’S ARE BACK TO STAY | 17 – FENTY IS BOMB, TRUST | 18 – A GAME AND A PIECE OF ART

GROWN-FOLK

Then there are those people in your life that you know, but you don’t know, you know?  Like the stylist who cuts your hair, the Secret Santa at your office, your child’s teacher, your next door neighbor, your brother’s new girlfriend.  You want to show your holiday spirit, but also, UGH gift cards….again?  Fear not, there are cool things out there to solve that tricky problem.

West-South | "2018 Gift Guides" - Gifts For Adults Grownups Service Helpers Secret Santa

01 – ONE OF THE NEATEST RECURRING GIFTS I’VE EVER RECEIVED | 02 – USE THEM TO BAKE OR TO HOLD YOUR KEYS AND MAIL AT THE FRONT DOOR | 03 – TRAVELLING WITH CORDS IS THE BAIN OF MODERN MAN | 04 – WISE ADVISE FOR ALL OF US | 05 – A MODERN TWIST ON AN OLD GAME | 06 – MAKE YOUR OWN GIN | 07 – MODERN CRAFT | 08 – THIS IS INTENSE BUT WORTHY OF THE TIME | 09 – PERFECT FOR THE THEME PARK OR YOUR LUNCHTIME WALK | 10 – IS IT ART? IS IT A GAME? LET THEM DECIDE | 11 – CLASSIC PAIRED WITH YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL BEANS | 12 – BEACH, CAMP, PICNIC, EVERY 3 DAYS IN FL, WHENEVER YOU’RE OFF THE GRID | 13 – GROW YOUR OWN NON CONTAMINATED SALAD | 14 – STAY SAFE, FRENS | 15 – SERENITY NOW | 16 – PERFECT FOR ANYONE WHO HAS A PHONE | 17 – MAKE THEIR DESK LUNCH A LITTLE LESS SAD

FOR THE HOSTS AND HOSTESS

Did they make you a meal?  Did you sleep in their house?  Then you need to show them your thanks for putting up with you.  Besides, if they managed to take care of another human with all that’s going on in their lives, they deserve an award.  And you want to be invited back, yes?  So you need a gift.

West-South | "2018 Gift Guides" - Gifts for the Host or Hostess

01 – BEAUTIFUL AND SLIGHTLY FRIVOLOUS | 02 – TINY AND WONDERFUL | 02 – EVERYDAY BEAUTY | 04 – FANCY SALTS FOR FANCY PEOPLE | 05 – WITH A BAG OF YOUR FAVORITE BLEND | 06 – SOFT, COZY, USEFUL | 07 – JUST GORGEOUS | 08 –  MAKES DISHES A PLEASURE | 09 – WHO NEEDS TUPPERWARE? | 10 – SEND THEM BEFORE YOU GO, OR AFTER YOU’VE LEFT | 11 – GIVE THIS FOR THE PACKAGING STYLE ALONE | 12 – WONDERFUL OIL IN A PRACTICAL JAR |  13 – FOR NUTS, OR RINGS, OR KEYS | 14 – A BEAUTY, EVEN IF IT’S JUST DECORATION | 15 – SOMETHING EVERYONE COULD USE, BUT NO ONE BUYS | 16 – BRING ONE OF THESE INSTEAD OF A BOTTLE OF WINE

DUUUUUUUUDES

My god men are hard to shop for.  “I don’t need anything” oh just hush your mouth.  Let me buy something for you, man!  Something that you’ll use daily, or enjoy, or something that will make you look good to whomever you’re attracted to.  Sheesh. Here are some things that your husband, son, brother, dad, uncle or grandpa should love.

West-South | "2018 Gift Guides" - Gifts for Men Dads Uncles Brothers Husbands

01 – THIS IS JUST GOOD | 02 – DUDE TUPPERWARE | 03- A CLOCK THAT LOOKS LIKE AN ART INSTALLATION | 04 – I DON’T KNOW A SINGLE MALE HUMAN WHO DOESN’T NEED A NEW WALLET | 05 – MEN NEED TO STAY HYDRATED TOO, AND THIS ONE TELLS THEM WHEN | 06 – WHERE TO NEXT? | 07 – EVERYBODY COULD USE A NEW GYM BAG | 08 – OKAY, CLOTHES ARE TOUGH BUT THESE ARE UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING, SO SO SOFT, AND LESS THAN $10, BUY IN BULK | 09 – TINY FOOSBALL! | 10 – HAVE YOU LOOKED AT HIS HEADPHONES LATELY? EW. | 11 – PLAY WITH EM OR HANG THEM ON THE WALL | 12 – THESE COULD REPLACE THE UBIQUITOUS PHONE IN HIS HANDS FOR LIKE 10 MINUTES | 13 – ORGANIZE HIS TRUNK, OR HIS RANDOM CABLE COLLECTION, NOT JUST FOR TOOLS | 14 – MAKE YOUR OWN HAWT SAUCE | 15 – THIS IS BEAUTIFUL FOR THOSE TREASURED TOOLS NO ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED TO USE | 16 – RETRO LITTLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH GREAT SOUND | 17 – KNIVES ALWAYS WIN | 18 – DAPPER GENT, THAT

FOR THOSE PEOPLE HOLDING YOUR WORLD TOGETHER

There is no gift that can ever repay the emotional labor being done by literally every female in your life.  This group of gifts are things for your wives, sister, Aunties, Moms, Grandmas, her friends, the caregivers all around you.  Things she’s not going to buy for herself.  Probably because she’s too busy worrying about what to get you…

West-South | "2018 Gift Guides" - Gifts for Women Wives Wife Mom Aunts Caregivers

01 – I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO JEWELRY AS A RULE, BUT YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH KENDRA | 02 – WHO DOESN’T WANT JOY? | 03 – SHE IS NEVER GOING TO BUY THESE FOR HERSELF, EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDS THEM | 04 – LITTLE AFFIRMATIONS & GENTLE REMINDERS | 05 – SEND HER HER FAVORITE FLOWERS, RANDOMLY AND OFTEN | 06 – MASKS, MASKS FOR EVERYONE! THESE ARE THE BEST | 07 – LIFE IS BETTER WHEN IT’S LABELLED AND ORGANIZED | 08 – MONOGRAM THIS AND FILL IT WITH GIFT CARDS TO HER FAVORITE PLACES | 09 – HER FEET ARE ALWAYS COLD, AND CASHMERE IS NEVER THE WRONG ANSWER | 10 – BEAUTIFUL LITTLE SCENTS, JUST FOR HER TO ENJOY | 11 – THERE ISN’T A WOMAN ALIVE WHO GETS TO FINISH HER MORNING COFFEE WHILE IT’S STILL WARM | 12 – 5 MINUTES IS ALL SHE’S GOT | 13 – BUY HER A SUBSCRIPTION TO THAT MAGAZINE SHE ONLY TREATS HERSELF TO WHEN YOU GO TO THE BEACH | 14 – DARK CHOCOLATE IS PRACTIALLY A HEALTH FOOD | 15 – AGAIN, CASHMERE.  NEVER A BAD IDEA, ESPECIALLY WHEN ITS IN THIS UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING COLOR | 16 – TARGET, ON HER OWN, WITH MONEY TO SPEND AND NO LIST IS BASICALLY NIRVANA | 17 – SHE WANTS TO SAVE THE PLANET AS MUCH AS ANYBODY | 18 – THESE BEAUTIFUL FRAMES WITH YOUR SMILING FACE IN THEM WILL GIVE HER JOY ALL YEAR LONG

TINY MOMENTOS

Stocking stuffers, advent calendars, a little something for no reason, maybe for Hanukkah whatever you’re celebrating these are the little things for everyone in your life.

West-South | "2018 GIft Guides" - Gifts for Stocking Stuffers Advent Calendars Small Tiny Little

01 – MINUTES OF FUN FOR EVERYONE | 02 – COOLEST KEYCHAIN EVER | 03 – A SHOPPING BAG THAT’LL FIT IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND | 04 – SUNGLASSES ARE ALWAYS A WIN | 05 – CREATIVITY ON THE GO | 06 – EXCELLENT SCENTS | 07 – IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL… ACTUALLY, NO IT’S JUST FUN AND GAMES | 08 – BUBBLES ALWAYS PLEASE | 09 – I LOVE SETS LIKE THAT THAT I CAN PUT ONE IN EVERYBODIES STOCKING | 10 – SELFIES ARE LIFE | 11 – SUCH A PRACTICAL THING THAT EVERYONE CAN USE | 13 – REMEMBER WHAT I SAID ABOUT NO PURSES? | 14 – THE’LL BE SO PROUD THEY LEARNED TO USE THE CHOPSTICKS | 15 – COLORING BOOK ON A ROLL | 16 – IF YOU GIVE LOTION, GIVE THE BEST | 17 – A FIRST AID KIT FOR OUR TIMES | 18 – I HEAR GOOD THINGS

PHEW! And that’s a wrap!  Literally, I hope you find just what you’re looking for and can wrap it right up.

Happiest of Holiday Seasons to you all!!!

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