You can pick your friends, and you can pick their presents. But you can’t pick presents for picky friends. Say that ten times fast, then head to Renegade Handmade, where you’ll score gifts for the hard-to-please.
Reclaimed Wood Vase, $25
Artist Eric Erf salvages material from 19th-century barns, field houses, and corncribs to create rustic little wonders. Welcome home, Christmas cactus.
2011 Calendar, $50
The screen-printed date tracker arranges days and months in a simple, easy-on-the-eyes chart. Put it on the wall and kick back until 2012.
Polaroid Journal, $10.50
Friends refusing to join the digital age can neatly display Polaroid pictures in a staple-bound book. Fill-in-the-blanks on each page provoke silly responses (i.e., “If this photo could talk, it would say _____ ”).
Red Line CTA Pillow, $35
To el with impersonal gifts. Keep things close to home with Zerobird Studio’s cotton pillow, printed with a modern train graphic. There’re blue, green, and pink line designs, too.
Message in a Bottle Necklace, $48
Before you send out that last SOS, consider a long chain by Nous Savons. Each flaunts a tiny trinket (ship, ax, lightning bolt) encapsulated in a glass vessel.
Renegade Handmade, 1924 West Division Street, at Winchester Avenue (773-227-2707 or renegadehandmade.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Renegade Handmade