Pajama Crush

For some period of 5-10 years growing up, every Valentine’s Day my family would have a nice meal together, a special dessert, and then we would receive a special gift. Pajamas from Mom, and plants from Dad! This was a tradition that just… emerged. I think that plants are the frugal version of flowers, they keep on living, and they are easily found at the grocery store, but MAN receiving a live plant always feels like a special gift. And February is so cold and dark there is nothing more comforting than new pajamas! Some of these PJs are inspired by my family’s Valentine’s tradition and combine my affinity for plants and pajamas. Since I am still holding off on personal spending, this is a wish list or hard hint to my family or boyfriend.

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Speckled pink and a classic robe

Gift Guide for Wisened Storytellers and Givers of Great Advice

All of my friends call their mom. ALL the time. I call my mom all the time. My dad and I exchange cat photos with simple captions: “cat in box,” “uh-oh,” etc. My parents are also at an age where comfort and function reign supreme. When choosing gifts for them, I look for things they can use, and things they will use.

MC-B-LG-GG-2They deserve the niceties. Splurge for a pair of luxury slippers with detachable soles so they can get the mail while keeping their feet warm in soft lambswool. Bonus: the soles come in your choice of 8 colors.

The inconveniences of aging (going to the doctor more, keeping track of new medicine) don’t have to be ugly or messy. This elegant pill box is especially good for anyone on the go, and the company Port and Polish only makes pill boxes. With one product to focus on, it must be good! Buying one for everyone? Choose three for $45 (now $40). 

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The Saj ball foot roller is like a tiny spiky foam roller for your feet. Drop one on the floor, and roll it against the bottom of your foot for an easy massage. Sure, you can buy them a pedicure, but that lasts for one day. The foot roller lasts a life time!

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More on the topic of slippers you can wear anywhere: sleeping bag slippers. That’s not their real name, but these look like all day sleeping bags you can wear on your feet, and are the ultimate camp/lounge shoe.

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The squatty potty, but only for close family. And maybe not the gift you give at the huge holiday party. 😉

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Smartwool socks, because you know they want some and you also know they would never pay for them!

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A biography of Alexander Hamilton. Here me out: 5 years ago, your dad is the only person you could ever imagine reading a newly released biography of Alexander Hamilton. The magic of the musical Hamilton is that it merges history, a topic well understood by older generations, with pop culture that younger generations are entrenched in. Buy yourself a copy (or watch the Drunk History episode with Lin Manuel Miranda for the condensed version) and discuss the heated relationship of Hamilton and Burr next time you visit.

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Does your dad make his vacation photos the screen saver on the computer? Mine does. Take his photo-bragging game to the next level with a large digital picture frame. This device accepts photos from the user friendly USB plug-in.

Dad Gifts (Last Minute Card Idea and Belated Amazon Orders!)

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I’ve been thinking about getting this card for my coach at work. I think it is the perfect template for a Father’s Day DIY: what did your dad teach you to do? Mine taught me to identify tree species by their leaves and bark.

I asked Dad for his chili recipe once, and he gave me a stream of consciousness on a notecard. It would probably be really confusing for anyone who is not his child to read, but it is very personal- I hear it in his voice as he walks through how to chop the onions and which spices he adds in, and when. I think that this onion chopper would streamline the process.

Are you constantly stealing Dad clothes? I am sure my dad wonders what happened to all of his t-shirts and flannels. Pay him pack for all of those winning outfits you “borrowed” with a tee that represents programs he loves. Get him some National Park gear, these parks tees, or help him rep public radio.

Neil deGrasse Tyson seems to be quite the pop-culture figure, lately. I have seen him showing up in interviews, and he has a new book out: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. For anyone who watched Cosmos with their Dad as a kid- this is for you. Also check out his Amazon shop with colorful pro-science tees!

Admittedly, I always forget about these occasions until the last second. I don’t shell out much money on these Hallmark holidays. I’ve learned that my parents would rather have me call them or pay a belated visit home than mail expensive stuff that may or may not be useful. Just be sure to call the father figures in your life!