Faltam exatamente quatro semanas para o dia de Natal, então a pressão é muito grande. De menos de 2 € a mais de 100 €, aqui está a minha seleção de presentes selvagens, com design credível, tocantes e absolutamente ridículos das prateleiras do AW 2021, tanto online como na rua principal.
Não se esqueça de acompanhar os prazos de entrega tão perto do grande dia.
Para algo marcado com uma rica história de design para cozinhas, você não pode errar ao vislumbrar a Alessi em seu típico aço inoxidável ou revestido. O saca-rolhas do sommelier desenhado por Alessandro Mendini é um papagaio de bolso que pode descascar da tampa de uma garrafa ou atuar como um popper clássico. Este birdie deve pousar na faixa de 40 a 50 euros, dependendo da cor da plumagem, então tome cuidado com os preços altos dos ingressos para o vendedor.
O raspador de fita de Valerio Sommella, Sfrido, é um belo aço por € 29, ou refresque as coisas com o pequeno e sensual dispositivo de aço em forma de nariz do Savon de Chef que enxuga com as mãos em água fria para removê-lo. aroma de tudo desde peixe ao alho, 18 €. Mudando o preço para os clássicos do café, você não pode fazer melhor do que a forma brutalista da moda da máquina de café expresso Pulcina em preto polido escalonado, projetada para fornecer o expresso feito à mão perfeito.
Desenhado por Michele De Lucchi, € 60, eu.alessi.com
Fumar comida pode ser intimidante para um chef novato, mas existem dispositivos, incluindo pistolas práticas, que colocam todo o processo diretamente sob o gatilho. O PolyScience Cold Gun (para Sage) oferece uma mangueira de extensão de bico de 18 polegadas e dois chips de fumaça PolyScience Hickory e Applewood de 0,5 oz. É alimentado por bateria e você pode até retirá-lo e adicionar um toque aos coquetéis.
This is where I generally hop to Joseph-Joseph for a gadget or bit of resin storage genius, but this year I was underwhelmed. Let’s nip to Peleg, based in Tel Aviv, the creative hub of saucy young designer Shahar Peleg. His pieces have a lot of joy in them and are so well-priced, they make ideal stocking-stuffing that is both practical and uplifting.
He delivers stems you can use to make flower-napkin holders to sit in a vase out on the table, €16 for six, pigs and frogs that suck the yolk out of the egg, €14.86, and Sumo egg cups finished with a boiled body, €16.22 for two.
My favourite this year? His magnetic set of four slender bud vases, that float on the table secured with a base secreted under the table-top, €40.54.
The delightful Clip-Purse, transforms any freezer or sandwich bag into a little snapping handbag, €9.45 for two. Suppliers include propagandashop.eu
Decorative pieces aimed at young adults and new home-makers, can be hard to find, and dodgy to decide upon with their taste in constant flux, but I say, go big or go home. The Star Wars Millennium Falcon Desk Lamp stands at 60cm tall, is adjustable and posable and will slot straight into any USB outlet.
In biodegradable BDP plastic, it won’t trigger cries of “toxic tat” and is idea to navigate the complex galaxy of the Junior Cert in their study area. Comes in a branded box. €52, suppliers include oxendales.ie
Ikea, the Scandinavian house of cheap gift cheats should be carefully handled, but who could resist its Fatalig doggy vase with its ridiculous all-round primal pooch styling for a fiver.
Channelling the 1970s vibe of 2022, Ikea has some arty mobiles back in stock including its Bauhaus-inclined Porjus, which could be floated out in any dull bit of eyeline, €10.
Finally, have a look at Ikea’s throws, everyone can use one more, just keep in mind their existing schemes, €8-€59, ikea.com/ie
Wandering up St Patrick’s Street, with €10 dug into the bottom of a bag? Pick up six Flower spoons from Sostrene Grene.
In a cherry blossom form with a choice of imprinted design to the bowl in a silver or gold finish, a set of four would make a delicate, delightful offering. €1.69 each, sostrenegrene.com
Kikkerland is another innovative brand supplying stocking stuffers to the world with a €15 person in-house design team. Their creations include a three-pack of terracotta collars to dress up any glass vase or large jam jar, €20. The Green Orb terracotta planter has no soil whatsoever, you simply add water to the inside and scatter seed like cress on its surface for a fluffy green feature in the kitchen or office.
These people love their laundry and include a brilliant Kitty Bag for delicates and socks, €13.50 or a set of Sock Monkeys that grab pairs during the cycle, set of 12, just €7.
The Stitch Your Own Clock, allows your friend to embroider their own clock face. Choose from four different designs or let them run wild. Includes the quartz clock mechanism with 4.25” long hand, (1) cap and (1) screw, €15, kikkerlandeu.com.
Little green fingers twitching to plant?
Look for a paper plant-pot maker to use up newspaper waste from €15, sugru.com and Etsy.
Sticking with simple crafting, is yet another great product from Eat Sleep Doodle, a gorgeous, wildlife-themed tablecloth. While you’re busy around the kitchen or bonding with the kids, get out their water-soluble pens to colour in.
Some adults will find this as relaxing and engrossing as a child would, so don’t discount it as a subtle invitation to meditative escape. When you’re finished, you can leave it as long as the cloth is clean or put it straight into a 30C wash and start again.
€28.95. Pen sets available from €7.95, eatsleepdoodle.eu
So, my favourite inexpensive present potential for this year? Well, I have to admit to being that person who can never, and I mean never find her phone/keys/credit card holder – I’m completely useless. Enter — The Tile, Bluetooth-enabled devices to attach to your things and then call on the free Tile app to find them.
Use the Tile app on iOS, Android or Windows to ring your Tile if it’s nearby or ask your Smart Home device to find it for you. Double press the logo on your Tile to make your phone ring, even when it’s on silent.