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Welcome to Racked's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! We got our hands on real peoples' gifting lists, and helped them conquer everyone—from the classic "I don't want anything" dad to the frequent traveler's dog. Stay tuned for new families through Thursday, plus a special wrapping wrap-up on Friday.
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Following yesterday's globetrotting Chang-dashians, today we have a tale of two families—and three cities—glued together by twentysomething Jenna, who recently relocated to Portland, OR with her husband, Nick (and their pup George, who has his own hashtag, too). The couple moved from New York City, which is Nick's hometown, and Jenna's family is rooted in Chicago. We helped pick out a few on-budget gifts for both her mom and mother-in-law, her younger brothers who are growing up, and saved a few bucks to surprise Nick, as well.
Eddie Borgo gold-plated crystal earrings, $125
For "the mom that has everything," a pair of glam earrings with a modern setting that won't blow the couple's gift budget.
Kikkerland ruby earbuds, $8
While mom gets real earrings, mom-in-law gets "ruby"-accented earbuds in her stocking.
Little brother Andy recently started traveling a lot for work. This dopp kit by new, made-in-New York brand The Trascience has a series of cleverly placed snaps to morph sizes, so he can pack as little or as much as his trip requires. Toss in the color-coded JA/C READY adapter system by Flight001 and he'll be able to charge whatever, wherever he goes—it works in 150 countries!
Flaneurs Pocket geometric wooden planter with air plant, $50
Even littler brother Sam just moved into his first out-of-college apartment. As a "typical dude," we're guessing he won't think to decorate with plants, which is where these cool, handmade planters come into play. They're even shipped with a low maintenance Ionantha Guatemala air plant inside.
Chop, Sizzle, Wow: The Silver Spoon Comic, $20
A little bonus for stepping-into-adulthood-Sam: this inexpensive cookbook rounds up 50 recipes, in hand drawn comic book-style. Equipment, techniques, and recipes are all covered in bold illustration (with step-by-step instruction), so that new apartment stove will see a little action with some luck.
Ebbets Field Flannels ballcap, $44
A little something for sports-loving husband Nick, whose New York alliances remain firm despite their new address on the other side of the country. Ebbets hats are steeped in New York baseball history, and are handmade in the US from deadstock baseball flannel from the '40s. With classic materials, construction, and lack of logo, it's possibly the most Portland-appropriate way to be like "yay, #sports."
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