Meta Gift Guide
November 25, 2017 11:17 AM   Subscribe

What are you favorite gift guides? I know about Cooltools, Wirecutter and NYTimes, so I guess I'm looking for something a little more out of the ordinary. I ask because I can't find the guide from a couple of years ago that led to the pet portrait on our wall.
posted by donpardo to Grab Bag (19 answers total) 142 users marked this as a favorite
This one from "the kids should see this" is amazing. It's technically for kids but has stuff that people of many ages will find neat.
posted by metasarah at 11:35 AM on November 25 [25 favorites]

My friend Naomi Kritzer does a post every year about gifts for people you hate, which is fun even if not useful.
posted by bile and syntax at 11:58 AM on November 25 [16 favorites]

Mark Hurst has done an "Uncle Mark's Gift Guide" for the last several years. It is tech oriented, but he writes concisely about each item, and it is clear enough for you to decide if this would work for your gifting needs or not. Last year his guide came out on 08 December, so I would look for it sometime around then. Last year's guide is still available, and many items still relevant, and will give you an idea if you like his style or not.
posted by seasparrow at 12:44 PM on November 25

Metafiler unfavorite Boing Boing just posted their own gift guide as well.
posted by seasparrow at 12:49 PM on November 25

If you have any kids to buy for, I like the Mighty Girl Holiday Guide.
posted by DingoMutt at 2:21 PM on November 25 [2 favorites]

Autostraddle's holigay gift guides (Some NSFW)
posted by (Over) Thinking at 3:50 PM on November 25 [2 favorites]

Megan McArdle, who writes currently for Bloomberg and previously for The Atlantic, publishes a kitchen gift guide about the middle of December.
posted by Bruce H. at 6:24 PM on November 25 [1 favorite]

I always love the Notcot guides, they go back several years and have lots of categories throughout the years.
posted by sweetmarie at 9:09 PM on November 25 [1 favorite]

On my phone so no links but I would personally love to receive anything from any of the Cup of Jo gift guides, from kids to dads.
posted by athirstforsalt at 5:29 AM on November 27 [1 favorite]

Apartment Therapy's Holiday Gift Guides

Design Mom is rolling her guides out slowly.

Refinery29 has a lot of great ideas.

Finally- I don't think either does specific lists, but Swiss Miss and Kottke both always have great suggestions on their blogs.
posted by momochan at 9:39 AM on November 29

Chuck Wendig just posted a pretty decent* gift guide for writers.

*includes promo for his own writing advice book, but that's fair enough really
posted by Happy Dave at 10:46 AM on November 29

My friend Naomi Kritzer does a post every year about gifts for people you hate, which is fun even if not useful.

Not useful? You must have a much better family than I do!
posted by DigDoug at 5:10 AM on November 30

Chris Schwarz's Anarchist's Gift Guide (the woodworking kind of anarchist, that is.)
Purdue INSPIRE's Engineering Gift Guide: fun toys, games, books, and applications to engage girls and boys ages 3-18 in engineering thinking and design
Defective Yeti's Good Gift Game Guide, although I'm worried there won't be one for 2017.
Emily Lackdawalla's recommended space books for kids of all ages
posted by zamboni at 9:54 AM on November 30 [1 favorite]

Defective Yeti's Good Gift Game Guide, although I'm worried there won't be one for 2017.

Worry unfounded: he's working on it. Also, the better link for the collected columns is this one at The Morning News.
posted by zamboni at 10:02 AM on November 30

Repeating myself from another thread:

The Quonsar thank you thread
posted by slipthought at 10:37 AM on November 30

RPGamer's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide has some delightful quirky stuff.
posted by waffleriot at 2:13 PM on December 1

Dave Barry's gift guide is always the best.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:51 PM on December 1

Is it threadsitting if it's been a couple of weeks?

Here's mefi's own jkottke's list from a little place I like to call
posted by donpardo at 6:12 AM on December 9 [1 favorite]

Here is Megan McArdle's 2017 kitchen gift guide, as noted above.
posted by Bruce H. at 2:02 PM on December 14

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