Wednesday, December 5, 2012

nosy girl gift guide vol.2

It's that time of year again! When the gift guides multiply like wet mogwai, and my debit card, melty due to overuse, starts to smell like a perm. Gross! Here are some gifts that smell so good you'll forget you were really trying not to buy so much this year: 

1.  Topping my personal wishlist is this tremendous vanilla fragrance from CB I Hate Perfume. Even before reading the story behind 7 Billion Hearts, I thought it smelled like it had a soul. 

2.  For my money, Theo is the best bean-to-bar chocolatier in the country (and if you're in Seattle, a factory tour would make for a fun & fragrant gift to share). Choose their Eastern Congo Initiative Bars for their festive packaging, amazing flavor (The Pili Pili Chili has a real kick!), & support of important work being done in a troubled region.

3. Help fill your friends' kitchens with delicious aromas courtesy of two cookbooks I loved this year: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman and Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Aftelier’s Chef Essences Food 52 Starter Kit makes a lovely addition for a more experimental chef. (You should probably buy yourself something from this section as well, and bring a homemade treat for your host.)

4. A scented candle in a pretty package is still my go-to hostess gift, and you can find sweet little mercury glass votive holders all over these days. (Some of my favorite candles are discussed at great length here.)

5. If you've deemed Campfire Cologne a safety hazard, or your mountain man is beardless, I recommend Juniper Ride Natural Room Spray, as it's the most forest you can get indoors (all real tree, no Little Tree-rearview-window-dangling tree). If you want to help someone smell irresistibly dapper, go with the grown-up, balls-to-the-wall beauty of Sir by D.S. & Durga.

6. For the nosy writer in your life who still hasn’t finished her novel, why not pair the promise of a fireside celebratory toast from a bottle of this cheeky whiskey with Freedom, a tool to help her spend less time online (and more on her writing). You're such a good friend! 

Bonus ideas: Everything on last year's inaugural gift guide still smells great, and I recommend stuff all the time around these parts, including & especially these amazing books by past Nosy Interviewees. Happy gifting, and may everyone you love enjoy the smell of your hugs. 


Britta said...

No other hugs smell better than yours, E!

Britta said...

Also I want to say something about how all smells during this most recent migraine made me absolutely keel over in pain, but I don't know what else there is to say about that. Even coffee. Sheesh, brain! The nerve!

mandy said...

I appreciate this so much Elizabeth, I really enjoy having my Chef's Essences in your terrific gift guide, and love your whole blog!
xo Mandy

nosy girl said...

Mandy, no fragrant gift guide is complete without something from Aftelier! I was excited to learn about the Chef's Essences Sprays in your latest e-mail--what fun it would be to spray cocktails & carry-out with these fragrant flavors! And thank you for your kind words, and for reading--it means a lot to me.

nosy girl said...

Britta, you are sweet. Some super-stinky hugs are coming your way this January!

And I hope you're feeling so much better. There's nothing good about a migraine, but isn't it something how much better we appreciate all the everyday things our body does in the days after it lets us down? May you wake up tomorrow and love the smell of those beautiful mountain-man-roasted beans!

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