Guide to Gift Guides
November 30, 2014 6:55 PM   Subscribe

In the vein of this question last year, I am canvassing for good 2014 gift guides.

Unlike the previous poster, I have not run into many yet this year and thus cannot link any but the standard NYT Gift Guidet. But what are some good gift guides - the typical, the unusual, the one your quirky aunt curates on her wordpress blog? Guides to Etsy stores? Magic. Guide to the best gift guides? The holy grail.

Things I am specifically looking for are books, fitness 'gadgets', toddler and teen gifts, bodybuilding boys gifts, gifts for grandmothers who like Turner Classic Movie Channel, things I am going to want to buy myself, etc. But please chime in with any good gift guides you've seen this season so far.
posted by hepta to Shopping (12 answers total) 109 users marked this as a favorite
I really liked the one from The Wirecutter.
posted by leesh at 7:01 PM on November 30, 2014 [2 favorites]

Things I am specifically looking for are books

Here's largehearted boy's compilation of online 'best of 2014' book lists. It's mostly the usual suspects, but quite a few of them are from smallish, quirky sources.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 7:07 PM on November 30, 2014 [2 favorites]

Eater's 2014 Guide (Soap made from beer! Fancy condiments! Wine!)

The Guardian's guide is UK-centric but a lot of the pieces are available in the US or might be a good starting point.

Boingboing's unusual/tech guide.

Quite a fun under $25 guide, probably good for teen gifts and indulgent stocking stuffers.

Politics and Prose, an independent book store in DC, has great staff picks and they've rounded up some really interesting choices here.
posted by jetlagaddict at 7:11 PM on November 30, 2014 [4 favorites]

The FiveThirtyEight Holiday Gift Guide was cool because it led me to the Nausicaa Distribution Etsy site.

A Mighty Girl's Girl Empowerment Gift Guide (books and toys).
posted by wintersweet at 7:57 PM on November 30, 2014 [3 favorites]

Starting tomorrow, Mefi's Own jscalzi will be running his annual Whatever Shopping Guide. Day 1 is for traditionally published authors; Day 2 is for non-traditionally published authors; Day 3 is for other creators/crafters; Day 4 is for promoting by non-creators/authors; and Day 5 is for charities. There's generally a whole lot of suggestions generated.
posted by worldswalker at 8:42 PM on November 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

Poppytalk has a beautiful gift guide (and many things under $100)

Poppytalk's gift guide to books

Cup of Jo's gift guide for guys
(I think she is posting new ones everyday)

Cup of Jo's gift guide for moms

Brit & Co. white elephant gift guide (my favorite guide)
posted by biscuits at 8:42 AM on December 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Was just looking around on Grain Edit yesterday and liked some of their recently posted Gift Guides.
Home and Office
posted by sciencegeek at 2:50 PM on December 1, 2014

The gift guides will be coming in the next 7-10 days. The previous question was posted on December 10th and most bloggers seem to wait until after American Thanksgiving which was just this last weekend.
posted by barnone at 7:20 AM on December 2, 2014

I always trust recommendations from Serious Eats, so I assume their gift guide is legit.
posted by Turkey Glue at 4:27 PM on December 2, 2014

Here's a gift guide for nerds from Phil Plait.
posted by bq at 12:17 PM on December 4, 2014

NPR Best Books of 2014 - filter by category and preferences
New York Times - 10 Best Books of 2014
CBC Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - unfussy site with nice recommendations. You can filter by recipient and save the list as a PDF, which is helpful if you want to print it out to take to your local bookstore.
New York Times: The 10 Best Books of 2014
75 book ideas for Christmas, for everyone on your list - The Globe and Mail
The 20 best cookbooks of 2014 - The Globe and Mail
The WSJ on the seven best cookbooks to give for the holidays
Good Food - Best cookbooks for Christmas 2014
LA Times Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 11 books for design lovers
Kotaku's 2014 Book Gift Guide

From Maria Popova of Brain Pickings - she also runs an awesome newsletter. OTHER STUFF
Cool Hunting Holiday Gift Guides 2014
Nom Nom Paleo Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - cooking tools and food stuff
A Mighty Girl Gift Guide 2014 - this site is awesome all year. You can search by age and interests. Save this for birthday hints!
Oprah's Favorite Things of 2014
The Verge 2014 Holiday gift guide
PopSugar Gift Guide 2014 including the Tech Gifts For Men 2014 at PopSugar
TechCrunch - A Gift Guide For The New Grown-Up
A million other Gift Guides at TechCrunch
CNET Holiday Gift Ideas and Gift Guide 2014 - many themes and topics
Everyday Carry EDC Gift Guide 2014
Real Simple Holiday Gift Guide - many different topics
Design*Sponge Gift Guides - these look like they're from 2013 but are still great starting points. Keep an eye out to see if they release new gift guides for 2014!
Swissmiss design gift guide
Curators' Delight: Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide for Designers
Paste Magazine 2014 Gift Guide for Design Lovers
Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Guide: Merry, Meet Modern
Design Milk - Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for Modern Design Lovers
Design Milk - Modern Gift Ideas for the Design Lover Under $50
LA Times Holiday gift guide: Goods and gadgets
LA Times Holiday gift guide: Handmade
LA Times Holiday gift guide: Experiences
LA Times Holiday gift guide: Kids
The Everygirl's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide
Scientific American’s 2014 Gadget Guide: 10 Technologies That Boost Mobile Devices
The Next Web - Holiday Gadget Gift Guide 2014
Tom's Gift Ideas - Tech for real life: 100+ Holiday Gifts
The 2014 Ars Technica gift guide
Holiday Gift Guide #6: Gadgets - GeekDad
Globe & Mail Style Holiday Gift Guide
TimeOut gift guide 2014
Pretty much everything at Uncrate including the The Audiophile Gift Guide
posted by barnone at 8:40 AM on December 9, 2014 [7 favorites]

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