Here's the list of gifts for, last updated on December 15, 2016.

High priority

Laser garage parking helper ($28)
Available at:

My new car is bigger than the MINI was, and it's a much tighter squeeze to get it in the right spot in the garage. Luckily, there is a ceiling mounted laser pointer that helps with this exact problem. Who knew that was a thing? I'd like to get one of these (the two-laser version, in white) and see if it helps me.


Low priority

Banana Republic gift card
Available at: Banana Republic

I rarely buy clothes anywhere other than Banana Republic, so I always enjoy having a gift card there.


Already bought

Grilling gloves ($26)
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I'm on my second pair now of home-improvement-store-bought gloves to use when grilling, and I've learned the hard way that if the gloves don't have a temperature rating on them, then you can't pick up really hot stuff. So I'd like these grilling gloves because I think they'll finally protect my hands!

Dishwasher-safe ice cream scoop ($15)
Available at: Amazon or anywhere with kitchen supplies

I like to eat ice cream. We used to have a fancy ice cream scoop, but because it can't go in the dishwasher, I would never use it. Instead, I would painstakingly use a regular spoon, occasionally hurting me or bending the spoon.

Here's a nice ice cream scoop that can go in the dishwasher. I'm sure there are lots of them out there. There's nothing special about this one -- I'm just looking for one that can go in the dishwasher and acts like a normal spoon (meaning it doesn't have that spring-loaded thing you press with your thumb).

Shoe bags ($9)
Available at: Amazon

When I pack my suitcase, I just throw the shoes in with everything else. It would be nicer (and cleaner) if they could go in shoe bags first.

These shoe bags for men look like what I'd need. It doesn't have to be these exact bags, but it shouldn't look like it's all girly (that's what Michele's shoe bags look like!).

Instant-read thermometer for grilling ($25)
Available at:

When I'm cooking on the big green Egg, I use a small digital thermometer to check how done my steak, chicken, or fish is. That's much better, I've leaned, than trying to feel how cooked it is or worse, cutting into the meat. The problem is that it takes several seconds to get the temperature, and while I'm waiting I'm holding the probe over a really hot grill. So I'd like this thermometer that's faster to get the temperature to stabilize.

Car sun shade ($10-20)
Available at: Anywhere automotive supplies are sold

I have a new car now, and I decided to throw away the sun shade from the old car because it was super dirty and had been used in the last, oh, three cars or so. I'd like a sun shade that folds down into a circle, like this one. It doesn't have to be that exact one, but I want one that collapses into a circle when you're not using it.

Kleen Kanteen 64oz growler ($30)
Available at: Sierra Trading Post

If you haven't heard of a growler, it's a container that holds beer. You take these to breweries and get several beers' worth in your take-home container. Most are glass, but the Kleen Kanteen growler is stainless steel and insulated. I have some Kleen Kanteen cups and they're amazing. This growler is $30 at the link above at Sierra Trading Post, but more everywhere else.

Travel charger for phone ($15)
Available at: Amazon

I'm getting a new phone, and it can charge fast if I have a charger that supports it. It comes with one, but I'd like another for when I'm traveling. This Aukey fast charger from Amazon says it will quick charge my new phone.

Packing envelopes ($14)
Available at: Amazon

When I travel, it would be nice to have something to hold really small things inside the suitcase, so they don't just get scattered around. This set of packing envelopes looks like it would do the trick.