Our 2020 Gift Guide
Welcome to our second annual Dossier Gift Guide! Everything is so different this year! And it’s all so traumatic / exhausting / infuriating! That’s why we’ve opted for three installments this time around. With three simple categories and shorter lists, we aim to please.
Part One: Exquisite Little Treats
These gifts are small, yet deeply wonderful, delights. Relatively inexpensive. Some are specific items; others are ideas to riff on. They’re definitely not for everyone. Choose carefully, and prepare to be told how wonderful it is to really be seen.
- An original copy of a beloved children’s book
- Clove cigarette-flavored lip balm
- Vintage tea cup and saucer set
- Mini versions of the heavenly-scented Tonik and/or Setspray from Cult and King
- These very specific felt-tip pens Emma has started using for work because they’re way more fun than her usual black gel pens
- A Patreon account for following the work of wonderful creatives (The Wondersmith, The Parlour Trick)
- A special, delicious tea like this one, from an ethical, knowledgeable company
- A gorgeous, hand-mixed scent like Ama
- Death metal uterus enamel pin
- Individually-wrapped cookies with a stamped, personalized message
- This set of super-saturated nail lacquers
Part Two: Classic Beauties
These are warm, thoughtful, solidly useful gifts you might send to the friends you’d normally see over Christmas, to your favorite aunt or uncle, to the people you think of as bonus family members. They convey comfort and coziness, but they’re also whimsical and fun.
A Coffee Table Book They’ll Love
- Art = For the serious artist and the dilettante alike
- For that person who can make the last bouquet at Trader Joe’s look like it cost $250: Foraged Flora
- Whether or not they’ve ever heard the podcast, The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design will fascinate and inform.
An Engaging and Distracting, Yet Wholesome, Activity
- This does what it says on the tin. And if you haven’t picked up the book it’s based on, consider gifting it to yourself. STET! Dreyer’s English: A Game for Language Lovers, Grammar Geeks, and Bibliophiles
- A fun, unusual jigsaw puzzle like (though there are tons of others available there, too) History of Hairdos
- Do you know someone who’s never played Jenga? Even people who claim to hate games will find that they love Jenga. Kick it up a notch, though. Get them Jenga, but Make it Fashion.
A Three-in-One Gift That Feels Like So Much More
- Fancy, delicious Momofuku Soy Sauce + handmade soy sauce dishes + stainless steel chopsticks (We use these exclusively at home and they’re so great—easy to clean, and look effortlessly cool. – Emma)
- Wool felt snowflake coasters + handmade scented lotion bar + this cheery and sweet pomegranate tea towel
- A tin of Have Hope Tea + this practical tea infuser that won’t spill into the cup + a tin of assorted cookies from the legendary Milkbar.
Part 3: EXTRA-extra! Read all about it!
There’s so much extra in this final piece of this (terrible, horrible, no-good) year’s gift guide. Most of these picks are just unabashedly, fancifully, ridiculously pricey. (But don’t worry, there are definitely Not-Wealthy Person options, too.) As a whole, this is all…EXTRA-extra. And we regret nothing!
- This mildly risqué book clutch.
- This rad, futuristic gym replacement. (I would 100% work out more regularly. Seriously. – Emma)
- This lovely pink Champagne with helpful flutes.
- A pair of ridiculous and excellent sunglasses.
- A black silk turban, of course. (Or—and this may be the Floridian in me talking—this one. – Katie)
- This hyper elegant, yet somehow casually badass watch.
- This coat. (Is my new boyfriend. – Emma)
- A sweetly Victorian-esque birthday book with Nick Cave lyrics for each day.
- This robe. (In teal, please. Always. – Katie)
- These shoes.
- This dress.
- This kimono (or really any of hers). (We’ve all discovered how much we love lounging around in robes during this pandemic, right? And we’re not giving that up? I mean, I’m certainly not. – Katie)
- This tea set (or any of their dish sets).
- This bracelet. Or this one. Or this one.
- This tree house. (OBVIOUSLY.)
- These framed prints. (Bonus note: I found this completely organically and thought, “Hey! I know her!” She’s a past client and a super talented artist. – Katie)
- These gorgeous masks. Or these.
- LITERALLY any of these stunning lingerie sets.
- This subscription box.
And there you have it, lovelies. We hope you were inspired, or at the very least entertained, and if you do nab any of the items on this list, let us know!
Katie and Emma