SUSPECTS INCLUDE Your nieces/nephews, friends’ children, immediate family members, friends you see on a weekly basis, pets, personal assistants, trusted advisors, business partners.
GIFT PARAMETERS While catering to the specific demands of these suspects is always a useful strategy, you should have enough information about these individuals that a calculated surprise attempt could pay dividends.
UTTERLY PROHIBITED Gift certificates, money.
PENALTY IF SUSPECTS GO UN-GIFTED Could be dire. Failure to gift could lead to an escalation of hostilities.
Norm 69 Hanging Lamp
Designed by Simon Karkov, this white luminescent sculpture comes in 69 pieces and assembles with no need for glue or tools.
$100. Tivoli Home, 10 Jay St, suite 501, DUMBO
The Tivoli Model One Radio (in cherry)
Set in a beautiful wooden case, this tiny throwback radio gives off a great big sound.
$120. Bang & Olufsen, 927 Broadway
Every year, the MF Gallery has a show of local handmade toys (through December 22). These particular one-of-a-kind dolls are as ugly as they come — and squishy! $50. MF Gallery, 157 Rivington St.
Monk Messenger Bag
These bags from Brooklyn designer Alyce Santoro are made from “sonic fabric” (recycled cassette tape) which is then hand-loomed by women in Nepal. Seriously.
España-Streb Trapeze Lessons Have you seen how physically attractive trapeze artists are? And it feels like flying, apparently.
$45 per class. 51 N1st St, Williamsburg
From solar technology experts, Reware, the Powerpocket is a slim, very portable solar panel roll that can recharge an iPod or cellphone or whatever else it is that needs juice. Comes with all kinds of adapter cables.