No Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping for me. But that doesn't mean I don't like a good gift guide. The good peeps at Apartment Therapy are starting to put up various roundups (I especially like the guide for architecture lovers and the various green guides). It's a quick way to see what's new and fun.
I am especially intrigued by the post on surprise subscription gifts. It's not a new idea, of course, but is being taken to a whole new level these days. From the post, I like the idea and content behind Quarterly the most, though I must confess that I'm not *so* into design that I recognize the contributors by name or face. I'm curious about the personality test offered by Lost Crates, and may go for it one of these days. But realistically, I love browsing for stationery too much to relinquish the fun of discovery and curating a set into someone else's hands! From the comments, I discovered the Craft Coffee subscription, which sounds pretty cool: three coffee samplings from artisan roasters across the country with each mailing. Good blog and packaging design is a plus +.
Here's a short list of other gift guides I enjoy peeking into each year:
Design Sponge guides
Anthology magazine gift guide
Gifted magazine guide
Treehugger holiday gift guide 2011
More entries are coming in as Christmas approaches, too. Where are you finding the goods these days?