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A Few of Our Favorite Things: The Bombshell Gift Guide

From the Bombshell crew, here are gifts for everyone on your list, from the booze hounds to the bookworms to the beauty queens. Happy shopping!

Our Favorite Swag
Because it’s what everyone on your list needs, even if they don’t know it yet.

Our Favorite Booze

Barrel-Aged Manhattans
Who has time to actually mix their own cocktails?

Allagash Curieux
Delicious beer that feels like drinking wine

Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc
For when you need to pretend to be sophisticated.

Iron Horse Russian Cuvee
This sparkling wine commemorates the style Iron Horse created for the historic Reagan – Gorbachev Summit Meetings, which ended the Cold War.

MashBox Spirit of the Month Club
Artisinal booze for the snobs in your life. The sampler is a great way to try a bunch of new options.

Bright Cellars Wine Club
Wine club by MIT grads putting statistical matching to good use (wonder what their favorite statistical distribution is?)

REI flask
How else are you going to drink barrel-aged Manhattans at the Star Wars premiere?

 

Our Favorite Art

Bomb Hugger/Banksy-Inspired Art on Etsy
All the Bombshells love this, and it’s a great way to ever so slightly freak out people who walk into your office.  Etsy has lots of fun versions.

Steve Thomas art
Fabulous pop-culture and travel art (including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Clue!)

MinaLima
Come for the Harry Potter prints, stay for the Collective Nouns.

 

Our Favorite Books (and Movies)

Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews
We know you’ve already read the best new spy thriller of the last decade, but have you given it to everyone in your family?

Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
Witches, vampires, daemons, and the history of science, all set in Oxford and the Auvergne because God knows you need some escapism in your life.

The Alice Network
WWI and WWII spies who are badass women.

The Westing Game
For your favorite 10-year-old detective.

Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
Domestic and personnel implications of major wars (are we the only people who read historical fiction this way?)

Gifts for the 3 People Who Haven’t Read Any Tom Clancy
It’s ok, we know you are out there.

The Naked Economics and Naked Statistics series
For the less intrepid but still curious reader. Yes, Radha really gives these as gifts, confirming that economists are weird!

The Undercover Economist
For a more casual read on how economics can inform security issues.

Nobody Cares Which Translation of Thucydides You Read
But you should probably read it so you can pedantically reference it on cue.

The Food Lab

Better home cooking through science for those who want to apply empirical evidence to edible endeavors.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (BBC miniseries DVDs)
Could there be anything better than watching Obi Wan Kenobi play George Smiley?

Riverdale

In these times, who doesn’t need a show that combines the angst of Dawson’s Creek with the snobbery of Gossip Girl?

 

Our Favorite Girlcraft

Korean Sheet Masks
Everyone needs dewy glowing skin.  Yes, you too.  This is a multipack of sheet masks that are a delightful way to end the day.

Bath Bombs
If sheet masks aren’t enough relaxation, how about putting a fizzy bath bomb in your tub that dyes your bath water in unicorn colors?

Strawberry Lip Balm
A perfect stocking stuffer.

 

Our Favorite Other Things

Rothys
Naturally!

Bombas Socks
Endorsed by Erin’s mom. And sister. And brother-in-law. And Erin.

Baggu Nylon Pouches
For all your (OCD) bag-within-a-bag needs.

Portable phone charger
This is Wirecutter’s top recommendation. Just do what they tell you.

Barbour scarves
Grown-up scarves for all the boys.

Scribe Delivery Monthly Notebook Subscription Box
Monthly beautiful notebooks and fancy pens for the writers in your life.

Carnivore Club – Cured Meat of the Month
Every month! You get sausage! (Walking-to-Sausage ratio not included.)

 

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