Plantahedrons (not a technical term) should give your geometry professor friend a chuckle. They are best suited for calculating plants (Venus flytraps, strangler vines), but we’ll let you solve that problem on your own.
They don’t smell like anything delicious, but pebble candles are the perfect present for your friends who like ’em on the rocks. They also make a practical gift for, say, an aunt with scent allergies who has to use an EpiPen after you hug her while wearing perfume.
New to the states and making a splash, Kjaer Weis’s lip tint, creme blush, and eye shadows are available in chic and concise color palettes with packaging so gorgeous, they could almost double as jewelry.
Bag designer Dareen Hakim is getting traction by making played-out messages like “Wisdom and Strength” and “Happiness Is a Journey” look cool (thanks to engraved arabesque calligraphy). Clutches with plain brass or gold plaques are also available for when you would rather let the act of giving do the talking.
One would think Pendleton would have run out of brands to hook up with by now, but, thankfully, for your sartorially minded little sister, the Native American-inspired jacket with detachable hood by Hurley can collaborate with her wardrobe.
Hallelujah. The five-scent Anthropologie collection/collaboration makes one of our favorite niche fragrance makers affordable. Rich notes of bergamot, citrus, and patchouli make for perfect fall scents.
Orla Kiely’s cheeky, soft-cover, printed notebooks come in twos, so your cousin in grad school can jot down haiku in one and potential life plans in the other. Or keep one for yourself and give the second away. Whatever works.
A new pair of denim or plaid kicks is a great idea for children of the ’80s with fond memories of their skippies. It’s up to you, however, to source a matching scrunchie and The Cosby Show DVD box set.
Help straightlaced ladies embrace the odd. The calendar’s strange phrases and brand name (Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar) are cryptic, plus when you ask them if they get it, it’s guaranteed to knock them off their game. (Disclosure: We don’t quite understand it either.)