Fug Nation Gift Guide: 2012 Holiday Edition


Last year, when we made up a Gift Guide, portions of each purchase went to charity — and y’all ended up raising more than a thousand dollars, just by doing a little holiday shopping. Doesn’t that rule? So we decided to do it again, scouring our browser histories and grabbing all the bits and bobs we ripped out of magazines (yes, I totally still do that) to come up with a list of gifty things we’re digging on right now — in some cases, aided and abetted by Fug Nation itself.

And again, it’s for charity. Here’s how it works, and please bear with me, because it’s worth it: Each item’s slide links to its spot on our Mulu page (or you can browse there directly if you prefer). From there, mouse over the photograph and then click “take me there” to buy that item from the merchant, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), an organization that is dear to our hearts because I have a wonderful, smart, beautiful niece with autism, and watching her navigate the world — and lose an incredibly important, formative relationship when her best pal, my father, passed away — really underscores the fact that the older children like her get, the tougher the world becomes for them.  It costs you nothing but two or three extra clicks, and every last cent it generates means something to a whole lot of people. Really, you’re shopping for The Children. And since Whitney Houston taught us that the children are our future, you’re therefore shopping for HUMANKIND.

Further: If you want to help out the children and families affected by Hurricane Sandy, many of whom will have to conjure holiday spirit from amid the rubble, Toys for Tots has a special donation page to help make things merrier and brighter in the blighted areas.

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  1. CakesOnAPlane
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    Thank you ladies…my brother has autism and reading just the front slide of this post made me tear up. Love you gals!

  2. Katie
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    If I click though the mulu site and buy something besides what is featured here, does TACA still get a contribution? For instance, West Elm has a bunch of stuff I’ve been eyeing for multiple people on my list. So if I click through the owl mugs link and pick out other things from west elm as well, does TACA get a cut of everything I purchase or just the owl mugs?

  3. Regina
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    Fantastic Gift Guide and a fantastic way to shop!!!

    Also, for those on the fence, I’m in the midst of reading ‘Furious Love’. (on the recommendation of the Fug Gals and my sister.) Soooo Good. That couple was f’#$king epic. Just read it for the descriptions of her hair and jewelry.

    • Mo
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      Regina above and the Fug Girls are absolutely correct about “Furious Love.” I ordered it after Fug The Fromage of Liz and Dick, and after it arrived, my life STOPPED until I finished it. Love, lust, booze, jewelry, tragedy, violet eyes.

  4. Annie E
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    Already ordered 3 Corkcicles for various family members. What a great find!

  5. Sondra
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    I want everything. The corkcicles are going to make good gifts for my mom-in-law and her sisters. I’m putting Furious Love on my wishlist! Fantastic list, ladies!

  6. Carrie H.
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    Lots of good stuff on here. And thanks for keeping most of it within realistic gift ranges. I’m tired of reading gift guides with $300 colanders and stuff. You ladies keep it real. I love the banned books mug the most, but it appears to be sold out? Or I just can’t figure out how to navigate things.

  7. Stefanie
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    I just sent the link to my sister and told her “Buy me anything on here.” Such a great gift guide! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that it isnt full of $2000 luggage sets and $500 cocktail rings. Thanks so much!

  8. robin
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    Thank you so much for preparing an economical gift list!! Those that include $3400 backgammon sets are not helpful.

  9. Neka
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    Thank you, thank you! Just bought some tasty Wine Samplers for my parents. :) And that $5 discount? They applied it to every set I bought! Which was awesome!

  10. sarah
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    Want to be best friends?

  11. Vandalfan
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    FugGals, you’re awesome.

  12. Mouse
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    Bottle of Wits wine sets not shipping to Canada = one sad sad Mouse. :(

    • MegoPachego
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      I also feel this sadness. Boo-urns! We like witty booze in Canada too!

  13. Alicia
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    Thanks for the awesome list, Fug Girls! I totally just bought two sets of those min hand-warmers for family members with poor circulation who really feel the brunt of New England winters.

  14. Nikki
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    Loved this guide. Great gifts in a realistic price range… If only you could do one with more things that shipped from the UK since I am having the worst time finding something for my SIL in London. And I’m not paying more than the item costs to ship it from the US!

    Also, Jessica, I totally feel for you. I have a freakishly small head. I have to shop GAP kids for my hats. And I live in a climate where I have to wear them four months of the year.

  15. Jerika Coleman
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    Ah, I just bought Furious Love for my Kobo yesterday, I wish that I had waited until today!

  16. Elizabeth
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    I received a Corkcicle for my birthday last month, and I love it! Useful, whimsical, and a big hit at parties!

    I’m intrigued by the Birchbox and Glossybox subscriptions – has anyone tried these?

    • Jessica
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      I have a Birchbox and I LOVE IT.

      • Heather
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        I do, too, and ditto. Someone tweeted us the other day that she far prefers her glossybox, but I haven’t tried it to know.

    • Michelle
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      Birchbox is awesome, and well worth it. It’s the only box to which I subscribe where I’ve purchased several full size items of the samples they’ve sent.

  17. Just me
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    Thanks Fug Ladies for such an awesome gift list that in turn helps a very worthy cause! And I second everyone saying thanks for keeping the gifts in a reasonable price range. Earlier this week, I was trying to find gift suggestions for my travel-happy bff, and this was seriously on a list of suggestions for travel lovers:

    For the traveler who has tons of vacay days and wants to cover some serious ground, an around-the-world ticket is the perfect gift. Oneworld Alliance’s fares are dependent on the number of continents you want to explore and are available for economy, business and first class. Oneworld Alliance, from $3,699

  18. EHobbes
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    While autism research and support for individuals is a great cause, there are much better organizations to support then TACA (i.e., science-based organizations that don’t promote the completely false autism-vaccine “link”).

    • Heather
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      With all due respect, my sister does a lot of work for TACA, and that isn’t the only thing they’re about — but it’s also something that has not been proven completely false, and that in fact the US government is currently investigating. I feel comfortable with our choice.

      • EHobbes
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        While I shouldn’t have said “completely false” – because nothing in science can be proven false – the link has been declared as close to nonexistent as can be. And it’s a tragedy that we’re wasting resources – resources that could actually HELP families – on such “research”.

        http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/
        http://sethmnookin.com/the-panic-virus/

        • Heather
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          My sister’s families and others affiliated with her TACA work have benefited greatly. I don’t know how I feel about the issue personally — I absolutely vaccinate my kids, but I do also spread out the ones I can spread out so that it’s not a bunch in one day — but it’s far from a dead or worthless issue: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/mercury-vaccines-hot-topi_b_2241825.html Having said that, I don’t think this is the place to discuss it. TACA is the organization which she stands behind and I stand behind her; I am sorry if that disappoints you, but I can only speak to OUR experiences.

  19. Steph
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    Heather and Jessica, this is great. Kudos. :)

  20. Chasmosaur
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    Just a note ladies – the Doctor Who cookie jar doesn’t talk. When you open it, it makes the TARDIS noise. Easily remedied by not using the batteries. :)

    Unfortunately, it is not bigger on the inside with an endless supply of cookies…

  21. ScienceisFab
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    While nothing in science can be absolutely certain (e.g., proven), the “link” between autism and vaccines is as close to non-existent as can be and was entirely based on fraud. It’s a tragedy that resources that could HELP families are wasted on this “research”.

    http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/
    http://sethmnookin.com/the-panic-virus/

    • Jessica
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      I don’t want to speak for Heather, but this is a charity that, as she noted above, her sister works very very closely with, and therefore one with which she and her family have a lengthy personal connection. If you chose not to support it, of course that is absolutely your right. But this is TRULY not the place for this particular debate. Thank you.

      PS: There is no need to post this twice, under two different names. If you were concerned that the first didn’t go up, it just went into our moderation queue and I wasn’t able to approve it right off the bat. This applies to everyone — the server rarely “eats” your comments, but sometimes it will hold them for moderation (sometimes for inexplicable reasons), so please be patient if whatever you wrote takes some time to appear. I can’t moderate the comment queue 24/7, but I will get to it.

  22. Cathy
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    I love your site and have been reading it for years. I am impressed you chose to raise money to support autism however, is Ehobbes points out, TACA is an organization that supports the link between vaccinations and autism, a link which is not supported by science.

    • Heather
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      Are we really going to start nitpicking this issue? They’re not terrorists. And I never said we stand one way or the other on the issue. I vaccinate my kids, and I am not pushing an agenda. It’s JUST that the organization has done a lot of work that’s meaningful to my family that has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE VACCINE ISSUE, and I am sorry if what has been vital to my family doesn’t meet with people’s approval. I am throwing up my hands a bit, frankly. We’re just trying to do something nice.

      • Cathy
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        I truly apologize. I know this isn’t the forum for that. I appreciate what you are doing and what Taca does (my son has autism so even though this community is big and sometimes doesn’t get along any organization that HELPs is good in my book). Do you mind deleting my comments so I don’t get in the way of your fundraising? I will think before I post next time.

        • Sally
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          Cathy,

          (I think my first attempt at this disappeared.) It is rare on the interweb to find such an apology and a desire for civil discourse. Thank you for being classy; it is one of the things that makes Fug Nation so great.

        • Sally
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          Cathy, it is rare that we see a true apology and a desire for civil discourse on the interweb. Thank you for being classy. This is just one of the many reasons I love Fug Nation

  23. Kris
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    Is anyone else unable to get through the entire list? On #26, a giant picture of orange thingies eats my entire screen, and I can’t get through the rest of the pictures.

    Also, I want to buy the “battle of wits” wine for my criminal law professor, but there’s no way it would get here in time for our last class. :(

  24. Betsy
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    Thank you so much for the tip on the bottles of wits! I order those for my brother who LOVES the Princess Bride.

  25. Popcouver
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    Fug Girls, this list is simply fabulous. I am sending it to my family promptly. And may order a few things for myself in the meantime.

    In regards to the charity, everyone is more than welcome to support (or not support) any charity they choose and I think it’s great that you are using your gift guide as a way to do good as well provide use with entertainment and shopping ideas! Kudos!

  26. Carol
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    FABULOUS & easily the most anticipated gift guide of the season for me!! I want pretty much *everything* plus got some great ideas for presents! Which was the point obviously.

    Have I said lately that I love the Fug Girls?!?! Merry Christmas & happy 2013 Fug Nation =D

  27. amys
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    Wonderful Guide, as usual, ladies! Thanks for the time and effort. I love so many of these…I don’t know which one to buy myself this year. Thanks again!

  28. Sajorina
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    There are truly real gems on this list! The Jaguar Cuff is divine and I love those beautiful fancy pens! Plus, West Elm is the best! And, the crafty Francophile in me says “Merci Beaucoup!” for the Eiffel Tower scissors… I adore them & must own them! I hope you raise a lot of money for your charity! Bonne Chance!!!

  29. NBT
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    I’ve already sent links to about half these items to my dad (for my mom) and to my mom (for myself).

  30. Michelle
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    This list just made my husband’s Christmas shopping far easier.

  31. Lane
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    I love the world in words concept: I own a different one, which has a light side on the front and a dark side on the back, so you can choose. Very nice! http://selekkt.com/ds-nulldrei-typomaps-poster-hell-dunkel.html
    (Not sure about shipping to the US, but I guess I’m not the only European citizen here :) )

  32. Ashley
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    I can’t seem to get past slide 36 which is a wine selection. It blows to a huge picture and there is no way to get forward to slide 37 from that? just me I guess

  33. Sara
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    WHY did this have to come out the day before Hannukah begins?! I would have bought half this stuff! A holiday gift guide that really is only good for one holiday (sad face). Thanks for such a wonderful list, maybe I can buy now for next year since Hannukah will fall on the day before Thanksgiving. The commentary alone sold me on these products.

  34. Nancy C.
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    Just bought the Inigo Montoya T-shirt. My life is complete.