SUSPECTS INCLUDE Your closest coworkers, tennis partner, shrink, distant cousins, personal trainer, dog walker, significant other’s close family members (if not visiting), friendly neighbors, roommates, boss.
GIFT PARAMETERS Taking into consideration any special interests of the suspect is a good strategy (sports teams, hobbies, etc.)
UTTERLY PROHIBITED Clothing, jewelry, gifts that relate too specifically to the suspect’s role in your life (e.g. a new leash for the dog walker — no!)
PENALTY IF SUSPECTS GO UN-GIFTED Could be some blowback as analysts think this is actually the trickiest level to ascertain gift-giving appropriateness. Proceed with extreme caution.
Disco Years, by Ron Galella
Were people more interesting in the 1970s? Disco jokes aside, this giant coffee-table photo collection from paparazzo pioneer Galella, taken at various NYC hot spots (Area, the Palladium, Studio 54), would seem to indicate yes.
$65, PowerHouse Books, 37 Main St, DUMBO
Remember when games involved rolling dice, moving tokens and passing go? Sigh. This game, based on the once ubiquitous post post-feminist post-modern something show is a life simulation game. Useful for finding out if your teenage son is gay. $20, Circuit City, Best Buy, various locations.
Stuffed Napping Bengal Tiger
FAO Schwartz is a force of nature that can melt even the grinchiest of hearts around the holidays. We could have chosen from a countless array of gifts of course, but who doesn’t have a yuletide memory of a napping stuffed Bengal tiger?
$30, 767 Fifth Ave, 212-644-9400
Brooklyn-based neo-pulp hipster publishers Contemporary Press have a lifetime subscription available for $100. The disaffected youth in your life will receive every book they publish until the press gets shut down. ContemporaryPress.com
Film Forum Membership
All membership levels get half-price tickets to lower Manhattan’s home for prestige imports, great director retros, and surveys of Hollywood’s Golden Age — do the math for the days when the repertory program screens triple features; it’s like being in the 30s all over again. Starting at $75, 209 W Houston St.
New York City in a Bag
From the legendary MUJI, this wooden play set (made from sustainable forests) features little versions of the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Guggenheim and more.
$14. MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring St.