Whether or not you put any stock in the Hallmark holiday coming up on February 14, we think you should use the occasion to eat a little chocolate. It's been a brutal winter here in NYC, after all. And if you're buying a gift set for someone special? Go local. Here's where:
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Slim Whitman's Yodeling Country Songs. In an attempt to help avoid gift-giving mishegas this season, we've taken the stress out of speculating what your favorite mosher might hope to find under his blackened hull of a Christmas tree. (Or what ... More >>
Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from Nicole Schnitzler. With the last weekend before Christmas upon us, it's full shopping speed ahead. And while it's doubtful any retailer will offer a tranquil experience o ... More >>
Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from locavore Deena Shanker. With only eight shopping days left until Christmas, people are starting to scramble. Just on the cusp of desperation, this is the week when gift g ... More >>
Around this time of year, a lot of music websites put up "Holiday Gift Guides." They're either earnest, and articulate, and full of enthusiastic suggestions for interesting items for the music lover in your life, or they're depressing corporate-sponsored flotsam and stand as a remarkably stark repre ... More >>
If you're into off-beat flavor combinations and you can also write a short sentence better than Ernest Hemingway, we get word that Mouth.com is running a contest you might want to check out.
A party to leave your crypt for
Dig up rare classics at this book fair
A group of do-gooders have come up with a rather ingenious way to get the victims of Hurricane Sandy the supplies they need to help rebuild their communities after last week's freakish "Frankenstorm" destroyed large sections of Long Island, Staten Island, and Queens: an Amazon wedding registry for h ... More >>
Got a question for me? Maybe you'd like a recommendation for a special occasion spot, or you're curious about restaurant etiquette, food writing, or cooking? Maybe you need a gift idea for a cocktail freak? Well, don't be shy.
This year, Fork in the Road pulled out all the stops in our Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa coverage, given you hints on where to shop, what gifts to buy, and examining holiday rituals from a cynical point of view. Here is a guide to our coverage, in case you haven't had enough of the holidays al ... More >>
Lauren BloombergHam: The gift that keeps on giving.We've practically force fed you gift ideas this year (including this and this) but if you haven't gotten off the couch you're pretty much S.O.L. Unless, that is, the one you love would rather get a hunk of expensive meat than a chunk of pricey je ... More >>
With their chocolate covered baguette slices, P.Q. has found a way to turn shit into Shinola. Just because we're making Xmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gift suggestions, doesn't mean we can't make fun of the very gifts we're recommending. We're schizy that way. And here's a case in point.
John Waters’s perverted Christmas
Aren't they unspeakably cute? -- and they protect the finish on your fine furniture, too. Drink coasters are something of a retro-phenomenon. While our moms had several sets with different themes in neat stacks under the bar -- to protect her good finish from dad's sloppy drinking habits -- ... More >>
Giving the gift of awkward silences
viaJust in time for the holidays, here's your Internet beef (it concerns charity this time): On one side, there's Paypal, your go-to method for paying for things online without using a credit card. On the other, there's Regretsy, the hilarious "fail blog of hand crafts." To get everyone up to ... More >>
Grab a knife and ... spread it on your hair! We live in a strange age, when not only do we need to feed our stomachs, we need to feed other parts of the body as well. But while "feeding" your hair is usually just a metaphor, here it's been taken to literal levels. And we think this would m ... More >>
If you don't want to chew them, you can always throw them in the Sunday gravy. If you're like me, you're running around today getting those few last-minute gifts. Presents for loved ones were probably bought yesterday or the day before, but there are small gifts you still need to buy -- a to ... More >>
Thank you for getting on this, good people of Condomania. These Julian Assange-branded condoms are a) the perfect gift for the Julian Assange groupie on your list b) "a great way to spice up your next WikiLeaks release party, especially in Sweden!" c) finally something more interesting than t ... More >>
What are the most obnoxious Christmas gifts ever? Gifts that are customized to remind the recipient of yours truly. This is why, despite what the Wall Street Journal is dubbing a trend of sorts ("The Rise of Holiday Me-Tailers"), you should never, ever, ever, give your girlfriend or boyfriend ... More >>
Furry critters star in David Sedariss new collection
Brighton Beach food stores abound with great gifts for your foodie friends, often available nowhere else. A case in point is Omak's "Honey Nut," a big jar of honey prettily lined with nuts, including almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts, and coconut chunks. There are also more cr ... More >>
Now that you've returned and re-gifted all the unwanted or just plain inappropriate presents you received over the holidays, it's time to stock up on all the pretty things you really want: shiny copper pots, single-purpose gadgets sure to be obsolete by the next decade, and knives, knives, an ... More >>
Aziz Ansari performs at Comix on January 9 and 10. Tickets are still available here. Comedian Aziz Ansari studied marketing at NYU and came up through the city's underground comedy scene before earning his break as co-creator and co-star of MTV sketch show Human Giant. He's now departed for L.A., ... More >>
Remember when First Lady Nancy Reagan was revealed to be a chronic regifter who once even gave one of her young relatives a toy that was already his? Well, maybe that went a little too far. You should never wrap up and give someone something they already either gave you or simply left at your house. ... More >>
Goat Island gives its final performance
Your goal? Give cheaply, rather than spend dumbly
Bodanna, the East Village's coolest ceramics shop/non-profit, is one of our favorite places to buy gifts, especially of the house-warming variety. The business is run with the help of inner city teens, who do apprenticeships in the studio and in the shop. And while we love a good cause, we wouldn't ... More >>
High-tech vibrators, anal treasures, and rock-star porn
Giving the gift of Botox, lipo, and laser resurfacing this holiday season
A dream bridal registry, courtesy of the jealous single friend
The Holiday Season is Upon Us. Feel Like Celebrating or Hibernating?