2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Adult Stuff That'll Make You Feel Like a Kid
I think the holiday season brings out the kid in all of us. Am I more likely to sit down and play a board game? Wear silly slippers? Make a craft using sparkles? Watch “Rudolph” for the umpteenth time? YES to all of the above!
To inspire you in the pursuit of whimsy and fun, I present the following gift guide for the adult in your life who hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to be a kid:
Avoid setting up a complicated board game and learning pages of player rules with the Game of Phones (image above). A mix of quick draw action and scavenger hunt requests, winning comes down to our most beloved technological device: the smartphone. (BTW, since my dad doesn’t even own a smartphone, I think I’d fail the challenge in the photo above!).
Did you ever have one of those spinning world globes at home or at school? I still get mesmerized by them and I particularly love this cork version complete with pins to mark every place you’ve been or plan on going. $45/World Market
For the kid in you who loved building models, this kit reproduces a Mars lander (and considering JPL’s success this week landing another probe on Mars, very topical!). $24/Etsy
The former stamp collector may dig this festive puzzle (check out some of those prices!). $18/Amazon
Who says the kids are the only ones who get to wear fun long-john-style jammies? J. Crew has them for men and women (on sale right now!). $35
It’s a great time of year to pick up some more vinyl and you can’t beat the smooth holiday vocals of Johnny Mathis. $28/Barnes & Noble
The crowning achievement of any illustrator’s career is to have your work appear in the New Yorker. Check out the best of the best and have a chuckle along the way with this two-volume collection of cartoons capturing nearly a decade of wit and wisdom. $46/Amazon
For the person who still loves an “after school snack,” I would suggest a subscription to the customizable and unique snack kits delivered to your door from Graze. $12/box (with freebies upon subscribing). I’ve tried them—they’re great! (Not an ad).
What takes you back to childhood during the holidays?