Holiday shopping is great. Just admit it. As any Intro Psych student can now tell you, there’s nothing that makes you happier than giving to others. (Except for maybe “intimate relations,” but I’m not even going to get into that as a method of gift-giving.)
Getting your shopping done in New Haven accomplishes two important objectives: avoiding the readings you haven’t done yet and toning your biceps as you tote all your loot home at the end of finals week! Plus, hitting up the shops on Chapel Street is totally worthwhile, since the free coffee cake from Wave is a great accompaniment to the free fair trade coffee from the store down the block.
Below, I’ve compiled my top picks for holiday gifts, straight from the Have.
1. Go to News Haven for a great selection of super-thick, super-obscure magazines. I’m not talking adult content here, I’m talking legit fashion magazines: LOVE, Dazed & Confused, Numèro. This isn’t your typical news stand fare — and with prices that match those of small books, it’s safe to say that a stack of these beauties would make a pretty sweet gift for the little fashion elf in your life.
2. I’m not going to spend $9 on an adorable ceramic teacup from Finland, so I’m going to suggest that you spend $9 on an adorable Finnish teacup for me. In bright greens and reds, they’re too sweet (for you) to pass up. Find them at Metaphor Europe, next to the British Art Museum.
3. What is this little jar?! I don’t get it, but it’s so cute. Next.
4. Ready yourself: it’s a block of chai-flavored chocolate that you stir into a mug of hot milk or coffee. Brilliant. Nab a few at Wave on Chapel to give your friends a reading week pick-me-up.
5. For your boyfriend: a copy of Dr. Spock’s “Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition.” Give this as a gag gift, just so you can see his face. If you don’t intend it as a joke, mazel tov!
And, for your more erudite friends and family members:
1. “Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris. Long story short, David Sedaris worked as a mall elf. Five dollars at Book Trader and worth every penny.
2. “Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections: A History of Insult, A Solace to Writers,” also from Book Trader (this is actually the only place you need to go for your shopping). A hilarious little book of bad reviews given to good books, it’s perfect for your lit-nerd BFF.
3. Bella Muse greeting cards. A beautifully printed card reading “You are a fucking lunatic” is the perfect complement to a heartfelt gift for your dearest loved one.