Ask the Dust by John Fante
This year, delight your pals with a present you created yourself or gift them with materials for handiwork-to-be. It doesn't take much to get making! Here's a few of my tried-and-true faves and a few from the wishlist.
This ceramic salt-and-pepper shaker––set in a compact, nesting design––is fun to use, easy to clean, and aesthetically pleasing to look at.
The autobiography by celebrated (and famously hard-living) guitar legend Keith Richards.
A simple shape and splash of color make this small stool from Seattle-based Chadhaus a surefire hit in pretty much any room of the house. It's made from locally sourced, sustainably harvested hardwood, and equally good for sitting, foot-resting, and keeping your book handy near the sofa when you get up to grab a sandwich from the kitchen.
We pretty much never tire of books that compile modern houses. Generally there are some well known designers featured (Lautner, Jaffe, Noyes) but books like this one are also a great place to discover lesser-known talents.