The Very Official Z&S Holiday Gift Guide 2015

‘Tis the season of gifting. And gift giving can be hard, especially when over half your income is already set aside for the upcoming January rent payment. You’ve got a list a mile long and a budget that won’t give an inch. Lucky for you, Zelda loves to gift, and she’s put her talents to good use by curating this list just for you, our lovely readers (Scout helped a little bit, but her talents lie more in wrapping gifts than in picking them out). Together we’ve come up with a slew of fun, affordable, and thoughtful gifts for all the people in your life: the nerds, the jocks, the hipsters, the #HamiltonTrash, maybe even something for the parents and relatives. You can use this guide as your shopping road map or as a jumping off point; many of these sites have lots of other incredible goods that are sure to be perfect for someone in your life! And while internet shopping is definitely convenient, don’t forget to patronize your local independent businesses. Sharing the love with your community is the best way to spread the holiday spirit.


For the one with hometown pride: Aymie Spitzer’s Neighborwoods Map Coasters (available on Uncommon Goods in a range of cities — we’re partial to the Brooklyn set)

For the one with most Instagram followers: this Lion Scarf Camera Strap from Scoutmob (useful as well as chic!)

For the glamorous jetsetter: ModCloth’s You Heard the Glam Headphones (in beauty guru-approved rose gold, bien sûr)

For the one who could use a pick-me-up: Rifle Paper Company’s “The World is Your Oyster” Print (courtesy of Leif Shop)


For the one who’s still clinging to her fall wardrobe: ModCloth’s Fall Night Long Scarf (in coral, for a festive-but-not-in-your-face-Christmas look)

For the one who has accepted that winter is coming: Crown Cap’s White Knit Hat with Pom (from Tuckernuck, as practical as it is adorable)

For the one who’s having a pamper night in: LUSH’s Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (so fresh, so soft, so luxurious)

For the one whose apartment is a winter wonderland: 12 Nights Candle from 5th and Madison (also available at their booth at the Bryant Park Winter Village if you’re in the New York area!)

For the Ingrid Nilsen fangirl: Leif Shop’s Frosted Donut Ornament (Donut you want this on your Christmas tree? Eh?)

For the Hannah Hart fangirl: Practice Reckless Optimism Tank (Dear DFTBA, We’ll take two please. Tank you very much.)

For the one who would rather be in England: Quali-Tea Mug (another DFTBA gem, courtesy of adorable Brit and bona fide tea enthusiast Charlie McDonnell)

For the one who’s reviving the lost art of letter writing: ModCloth’s Do Me Write Postcard Set (also available as prints, greeting cards, and more from Etsy’s Obvious State) and a novelty pencil set (SO MANY OPTIONS, we could get lost in The Carbon Crusader‘s Etsy shop for hours)

For the one who needs a moment of zen: a Coloring Book for Grown-Up Humans (also this one and this one — bless you, Johanna Basford)

For the one who never takes down the holiday decorations: Capiz String Lights (from Anthropologie, of course)

For the one who deleted his/her OKCupid account, again: 40 Days of Dating (once a blog, now a book!)


For the one who makes a mean mint julep: an ice crusher mallet and bag from the fine folks at Crate and Barrel

For the one who’s always the hostess: a personalized and engraved cutting board (another Etsy gem, available in all 50 state shapes!)

For the one with the overseas flight home: W&P Design’s Carry On Cocktail Kit in Moscow Mule (also available in Old Fashioned and Gin and Tonic)

For the one who takes it on the rocks: Kentucky for Kentucky bourbon glasses (available in “Heaven Must Be a Kentucky Kind of Place,” USA Bourbon Drinking Team,” “Bourbon Breath,” “If It Ain’t Kentucky, It Ain’t Bourbon)

For the one with the Fantastic Beasts countdown: Hogwarts House adult onesie (the addition you didn’t know your wardrobe was missing, thanks Etsy!) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone: The Illustrated Edition (so much pretty, so many memories)

For the one with the Force Awakens countdown: Light Saber Chopsticks (the Force is strong with Think Geek on these ones)

For the one with the Dirty Thirty countdown: a “Partee Tyme” Tee (start planning your viewing party outfit now)

For the one with the March Madness countdown: Shop Local KY’s Letter Baseball Raglan (now appropriate for both Zelda and Scout)


For the one who’s an honorary citizen of Pawnee: this “Treat Yo Self” Tote Bag (from Etsy, of course)

For the Rude Mechanical of the friend group: a William Shakespeare Cookie Cutter (another Etsy find: the Bard never tasted so good)

For the grammar nerd: The Elements of Style: Illustrated (you will be unsurprised to hear that this made Zelda’s personal wish list)

For the one who won’t shut up about Hamilton: Carols for a Cure: Volume 17 (good for your ears and for your karma), a #YayHamlet Tee, and finally, for the true fan, the biography that started it all…

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