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[GIFTED] Tinker Crate

There are different types of kids.  Some like to play outside.  Some love sports.  Some love video games. And some are tinkerers.  They want to know how things work.  They barrage you with questions.  They want to take things apart.  

And rather than walking into the living room to see that your kid has taken the TV remote apart (again) because he wanted to see what was inside, why not sign him (OR HER, FORGET GENDER STEREOTYPES EVERYONE) up for Tinker Crate ($60 for 3 month subscription)?  Each month, a new Tinkercrate will arrive with a cool new project to build.  It comes complete with blueprints and a companion magazine.  Kids will love it, it'll encourage creativity, and you can feel superior to all of your friends who let their kids veg out in front of the TV while your child is CREATING SOMETHING every month.  


[GIFTED] Spool iPhone Dock

Because we are so beholden to our various devices, we live a life cluttered with endless cords snaking their way around everything in our homes and at our offices.  I like to think of myself as someone who seeks to live an uncluttered life, but even still, you'll find an ugly brown extension cord with a Macbook charger and a iPhone charger plugged into it sticking out from in the middle of my couch, which is ground zero for any at-home work.  

That's why you can get very interested in docks.  There are a ton of device docks that promise to free you from the cord monsters and bring some order and beauty into your life.  Most do a shitty job of it, mainly because they only accommodate your phone without your case.  Who wants to take their case off every time they want to charge their phone?  Nobody.  

That's why the Spool iPhone Dock ($65, Bite My Apple) is so awesome.  It's beautifully designed, using wood and felt and can accommodate various devices (like both your iPhone and your iPad), even if they've got cases on them.    


[GIFTED] Mom Said So Tray



When you were a kid, there was nothing more infuriating than hearing the classic mom phrase "…because I said so."  Nobody but your mother and the president can get away with saying that shit to you.  And she said that shit to you A LOT.  The only thing she said to you more was "They're just jealous of you!" whenever anyone made fun of you or whenever you had conflict with anyone in any way.  Faulty Mom logic be damned, it got her through a hell of a lot of years dealing with your dramatic ass. That's why she'll cry and cry and cry when you gift her this Mom Said So Tray ($60, Kate Spade), emblazoned with all of the cliche things she would say to you when you were a kid.  It'll send the message, "Look mom, I WAS listening." 

[GIFTED] The World is Your Oyster Print

Everyone is always talking about how important work/life balance is, and of course that's very true.  But the thing is, even if you're making a concerted effort to leave work at work and reclaim your personal time for yourself and your loved ones, it is H-A-R-D to not let work bullshit get to you.  Why?  Because you spend nearly ALL of your time there.  There are people who can just show up and leave and not think or care or bitch about anything work-related until 9AM the next morning, but most of us CANNOT do that.

And because we can't do that, it's easy to get down on your situation.  You're unhappy, you want a change, you're not getting paid what you deserve—whatever it is.  It's easy to get into that hole and stay there.  

That's why it's so important to remind yourself that you live in America and because of that, you can literally do WHATEVER you want to do.  Literally, anything.  You want to learn about beer?  Go learn about beer.  You want to quit your job and work at a Barnes & Noble for a few months while you figure it out?  You can do that too.  THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER.  Get this The World is Your Oyster Framed Print ($68, Katie Kime) and put it in a prominent place in your home.  It'll serve a good reminder.  Also, eating oysters is never a bad idea. Let's go get some oysters.  I know a place. 


[GIFTED] Call Me Old Fashioned Print

When Mad Men started in 2007, the scripted television Renaissance was in its infancy.  Mad Men helped usher it in. Without Mad Men, there'd be no Breaking Bad.  Without Mad Men, AMC would still be airing the shittiest films from the 50s that it could license.  

So, as Mad Men devotees, we all watched last night's premiere episode of the show's final season—because even though AMC and Matt Weiner have decided to drag out the slowwwwww demise of already kinda slowwwwwww show, we're all still pumped that it's back for the final handful of episodes.  Right?  Right. 

Why are we still so into this show?  Back when Mad Men first started, everyone was INTO the 60's lifestyle. LET'S ALL WEAR POCKET SQUARES AND GET SHITFACED AT LUNCH, we said.  I WANNA BE JUST LIKE DON DRAPER—HE'S A BAD ASS, we declared.  But as the Don Draper character evolved (or, devolved), the drinking and the partying looked less entertaining and more sad.  Fucking the neighbor lady in the laundry room looked less like a fun romp and more like pitiable compulsion, especially when we see it through Sally's eyes.  When Ginsberg cut off his nipple, he also cut off our good times.  OKAY, WHERE ARE WE GOINGGGGG WITH THIS??, we all wondered.  But even though we all know that Draper now looks less dashing and more desperate, we're still hanging on—for the glory days of the 1960s, yes, but also the glory days of Mad Men.  We all want the simplicity of being old-fashioned, even if we can't have it anymore.  

Hang this Call Me Old Fashioned Framed Print ($72, Katie Kime) as a tribute to Draper, and his favorite cocktail. He's only got a few of them left. 

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