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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.
The third real family we're shopping for this holiday season belongs to one of Racked's very own. We know Chavie as our killer features writer, but it turns out she's also the youngest of seven kids! With so many siblings in the mix, she says her family usually celebrates with small, practical gifts. We found 12 perfect buys for brothers and sisters whose interests range from high fashion to apartment gardening, priced from $12 to $120.
Elk wood and resin necklace, $60
The eldest sister of the bunch, Mimi, loves to scour flea markets, and her spoils often include statement necklaces. Elk's wood and resin necklace falls stylishly in that category, with pieces that can be flipped for a few different looks. The brand is based in Melbourne, Australia, offering some of that global surprise Mimi hunts for, while saving Chavie hours of digging through markets herself.
Noted foodie garden singles, $12 each
The green thumb in the bunch belongs to Shulamis, who Chavie tells us, "has bought a billion succulents and terrariums and talks to her avocado plant, which is somehow growing in middle of her NYC living room under a plant light, even though it needs tropical weather." These self-contained veggie and herb planters—yielding heavenly-sounding edibles like black cherry tomatoes and cinnamon basil—can be started indoors this winter (keeping that avocado plant company), then transferred to a patio or garden to fully mature come spring.
Chavie's sister Nechama lives in London and is not a huge fan of her local weather. This umbrella by Senz has been engineered with an asymmetrical design to withstand winds up to 80mph (that's 100km/h across the pond). It's basically the best umbrella you can buy and it comes in a spirit-lifting pattern to boot. Speaking of, these boot socks from Stance will keep her toes warm in her wellies as she navigates puddles, while playfully coordinating with the umbrella.
For the resident fashion-y sister, Sarah, gobs of jewelry—kinda. Gold foil tattoos sprung up last festival season, and the cunning minds at artful temporary tattoo brand Tattly have turned them into cheeky gold "watches" and "bracelets." From Amano Studio, which we found digging through young designer-championing boutique Story, a play on crystal earrings cast in silver and a circular bracelet made of teeny tiny squares.
Brother Uri works professionally as a solar panel electrician and informally as the family's acting handyman, which has him working outdoors year-round. Patagonia's classic double-faced fleece can be worn on its own for spring and fall jobs, or as an insulating layer during chilly winter months. Izola's soap set is all natural and super hydrating to keep his skin healthy after time exposed to harsh weather.
Wezel phone stand leather wallet, $40
The eldest of the bunch, David, runs a local mailing and printing operation that has him running around with two cell phones, a legit beeper, and a giant keyring to get into all of his different offices and storage spaces. This super slim leather wallet holds the essentials without adding any extra bulk to his already bulked-up daily haul, plus it doubles as a phone stand.
PocketMonkey utility tool, $12
Worth popping into that wallet as a little bonus: this credit-card sized multitool, designed to perform 12 different tasks. Open a bottle, peel an orange—it even has three different kind of screwdrivers for getting all kinds of jobs done, without taking up more space than a MetroCard.
Waltman silk tie with microfiber tipping, $25
Lastly, a little token for Chavie's husband, Yoni, a grad student with a schedule that ranges from internships to band practice. This good looking silk tie has a brilliantly-useful microfiber lining that can be used to clean glasses or phone screens on the go, which he is.
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