Block Club’s NEED/WANT Holiday Gift Guide
‘Tis the time of year when everyone starts shopping for gifts for friends and family, and starts making their own wish list. In the spirit of consumer-driven holidaytimez, we asked the team to pick one item they need this year (and we mean “need” in a mostly sarcastic, #firstworldproblems kind of way) and one item they’d want to receive in world with no budgets or chimney size restrictions.
So, if you have a Block Club-er on your shopping list this year this is a great place to start!
“I travel a lot and need a carry-on suitcase like this one from Rimowa that can keep me company for an overnight or a long weekend. I saw this beautiful, cozy and quirky Icelandic “Sealpelt” blanket in Reykjavik a few years back and have wanted one since.” – Patrick, principal
“I need this A | Ray ring made by my dear friend Marissa Schindler. I have two of her pieces that I don’t leave the house without and need all of them because she is a great talent. I want a Triumph motorcycle so I can commute to work on the bike Bob Dylan crashed in 1967. Also want to know the sound of Santa shoving a 500-pound motorcycle down my chimney. ” – Julie, designer
“What I need is this Mod 2 Tablet carrier from This Is Ground so that I can stop fumbling around with my phone, earbuds, tablet, IDs and other loose items when I travel. What I desperately want is a full wardrobe of these Neil Barrett sweatshirts. Since a single jumper costs about as much as my entire current wardrobe I won’t be holding my breath this year.” – Pat, project manager
“What I need is this ingenious bike rack from Fietsklik, which easily snaps on the back of the bike and can be unlocked and used as a cooler or shopping crate. What I want is a two door 454 Big Block, Lime Green with the black stripes down the center, 1971 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport.” – Tim, designer
“I really need a Mifeier kayak rack for my tiny Toyota. Two kayaks sticking out of the trunk and through the back windows just isn’t going to cut it anymore. I want a long stay at the beautiful Loft Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland, because my favorite band, Sigur Ros, is from there and I might run into them and become best friends and join the band.” – Grace, design intern
“I need a new pair of riding boots like these ones from Tredstep. I’m getting back into horseback riding after a few years out of the ring, and my 12 year old barn boots are about a hair away from letting out one last cough before collapsing into a pile of gray dust. What I want is an Oru kayak. I’d finally get out on the water instead of just thinking of getting a kayak, and then thinking of how impossible it would be to ever fit one in/on my tiny car.” – Margaret, Labs project manager
“I need a classic Belroy wallet, so that I can avoid having a George Costanza wallet. I want this replica proton pack from Ghostbusters, because who doesn’t want a replica proton pack from Ghostbusters?” – Steve, project manager
“I still cart around my laptop and work things in a worn-out old backpack that I’ve had since college and I think it’s probably high time I start traveling like a real grown up, so I need a nice bag like this Tin Cloth Original Briefcase from Filson. What I want is this beautiful Graham sofa in my apartment, but I can’t have nice things because I have two dogs and two cats and they ruin everything.” – Ryan, designer
“I’ve been in my apartment for over a year and my walls are woefully in need of decoration. These Sanborn Canoe paddles might be the coolest decorations I’ve found all year. What I want is a 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer with furry seat covers to truck right through the winter.” – Dave, director of business development
“I need more clocks in my life, like this Norm marble wall clock, so that I’ll actually be on time (maybe). And because you can never have too much white marble in your life. I want a Muji Hut, specifically Naoto Fukasawa’s design, and a small piece of land in the middle of nowhere on which to put it. A scenic view is required.” – Brandon, creative director