Tag Archive | Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s Raining Tacos T-Shirt

Its Raining Tacos T Shirt

Do you like Tacos? I sure do. I bet there is even a hard-to-buy-for friend or relative on your Christmas Gift List who loves Tacos. Wouldn’t he or she look really excellent in this It’s Raining Tacos T-Shirt. Sure they would. Designed by 8-BitHero.com, this beautiful and comfy shirt is available in a array of sizes, styles and colors (shown here in Turquoise) with prices starting at just $21.95! Shop
’til you drop right now at This Link!

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Pink Thing of The Day: Soap & Glory Big Pink Gift Set!

Soap and Glory Big Pink
Photo By Gail

Hey, are you looking for the perfect Holiday gift for a female friend, relative, or co-worker for whom you are the office party “Secret Santa,” but maybe you have no idea of her tastes? If she likes to pamper herself (and if she also likes the color Pink, that is a bonus) she might want to receive a box of skincare / beauty items from Soap & Glory, which they call the Big Pink gift set. Here is what comes in the box:

Clean On Me Shower Gel, Scrub Of Your Life Body Buffer, Righteous Butter, Hand Food Hand Cream, Heel Genius Foot Cream, a super-sudsy Shower Puff and a Headband. That is a lot of nice stuff!

The Soap & Glory Big Pink Gift Set sells for the bargain price of $40.00 is exclusive to Walgreens Drug Stores and Duane Reade here in NYC, and you can also buy it online at This Link!

Curious Feast: 100 Food Art Postcards!

Curious Feast Cover Shot
All Photos By Gail

Here at The ‘Gig, where we only write about things that we love, we especially love to write about Food and Art. And on the rare occasion when the two worlds collide, it is an act of pure kismet which we simply must share with you. In this case, we recently received a review copy of Curious Feast: 100 Food Art Postcards, which — if you love food and art — is the most fantastic thing you can imagine owning.

Food Art Cards By Alex Proba
Cards By Alex Proba. Tell Me That The Donut Doesn’t Remind You Of an Anish Kapoor.

Curious Feast includes a set of 10 postcards each by 10 different artists, all packaged in a collectible, full color postcard box format, to keep them clean and organized. Each featured artist specializes in food-related art, whether it’s a realistic bowl of Ramen, a surreal mashup of different foods (See above photo), a sculpture that looks good enough to eat, a joke (like spaghetti western — HA), or a hand-written recipe.

Ramen Art Cards by Michele Humes
Ramen Cards by Michele Humes

Artists included in Curious Feast are Naz Sahin Ozcan (curator), Alex Proba, Brest Brest Brest, Caren Alpert, Melinda Josie, Patricia Curtan, Michele Humes, Mimi O Chun, Wijnand Warendorf, and Joel Penkman. If these artists are new to you, this set provides an ideal introduction to their work.

Food Art Cards By Joel Penkman
Cards By Joel Penkman

I realize that Christmas is still a few months away, but Curious Feast would make the best gift ever for the Art Foodie in your life. You know I’m right. Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists (from Princeton Architectural Press) is available now at Amazon Dot Com!

Curious Feast End Shot

Book Review: Art & Place

ART & PLACE  Cover
All Images Courtesy of Phaidon

Hundreds of books about Art are published every year and it’s challenging for even hardcore Art enthusiasts like me to keep track of the best ones. But I don’t think I’ve yet come across a coffee table-sized Art book that I wanted to peruse cover-to-cover for hours in the way I do Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of The Americas — a comprehensive collection of public art, due out from Phaidon Press in November, 2013.

It’s unfortunate that, due to the (understandable) copyright restrictions on the hundreds of gorgeous photographs contained in the pages of Art & Place, the publishers would only allow me to post three images from the book, because the photographs collected for this impressive publication are simply breathtaking and make Art & Place a must-own for collectors and fans alike. Whenever I travel, one of my favorite things to do is photo-documen public art; whether that be sculptures, installations, random street art or works created from and within nature. Art transforms the perception of reality in a way mere words cannot, and this book does an amazing job of both visually demonstrating and verbally relating the ways in which art elevates life. If you also enjoy photographing site-specific works of art when you visit a new city, this book is an indispensable guide to making the most of your travel experiences across the United States.

Star Tunnel By Charles Ross
Chupinas Mesa, Charles Ross, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Anton Chico, NM, USA
Star Axis, 1976–, carved rock and masonry, H: 15.85 m / 52 ft 4 Star Tunnel Aperture

Organized geographically, Art & Place is an unprecedented overview of site-specific art across North, Central and South America from 10,000 BC to the present day. This one-of-a-kind book offers an in-depth and extensive look at major works from all periods that are inextricably linked with their site. From Isamu Noguchi at Storm King Art Center, Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Chicago, and Donald Judd in Marfa, to the Toltec Warriors at Tula and the Moai Statues on Easter Island, all the featured works are specifically made for, or installed in, a particular place – whether that be a landscape, an interior or an urban environment.

Bus Home By Dennis Oppenheim
Pacific View Mall, Dennis Oppenheim, Ventura, CA, USA
Bus Home, 2002, painted steel, acrylic, 10.9 × 15.2 × 30.5 m / 36 × 50 × 100 ft

“Art made for a specific place can be the most spectacular, uplifting and exciting art you can ever experience, and artists of the Americas have provided us with some of the most outstanding examples,” says Amanda Renshaw, editor of the book. “I’ve had the chance to visit many sites, but quickly realized that it is, unfortunately, impossible to visit them all in a single lifetime. Art sites have become increasingly popular destinations. The format of Art & Place aims to bring some of the most extraordinary examples to life and enable most of us to visit these amazing places from home.”

Museo de la Memoria
Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Alfredo Jaar, Santiago, Chile
Geometry of Conscience, Plaza de la Memoria, 2010, light installation, duration: 3 mins

Highlights include:

  • Works in over 60 cities – from Albuquerque to Washington, DC, and from Baja to Rio de Janeiro
  • 170 powerful and spectacular art works from North, Central, and South America
  • 800 large-format color images depicting the artwork in its surroundings along with a descriptive text written by a specialist
  • All forms of art including carving and painting, murals and frescos, mosaics, altarpieces, tapestries, integral sculpture, stained glass, earthworks, land art and more
  • Renowned artists such as Richard Serra and John Sargent, Donald Judd and Henry Moore, alongside art created by ancient civilizations, Colonial settlers and 19th Century muralists
  • Maps pinpointing the location of sites and specially commissioned plans show the layout of complex sites

With the holidays coming up, I can’t think of a more appropriate gift for the Art lover in your life than Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of The Americas (Approx. 368 Pages; Approx. 800 Color Illustrations), available as a Hard Cover collectible for just $79.95. Phaidon books are available at all major bookstores and retailers worldwide, as well as online at This Link!

Musical Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree

Good Grief! This charming replica of Charlie Brown’s iconic Christmas Tree plays the Peanuts theme song! Christmas!

Details!

  • Leave it Bare or Dress It Up (A single Red Christmas Ornament is included)
  • Height: 24″
  • Requires 2x AAA Batteries (not included)
  • Minor Assembly Required

Sale Priced for the Holidaze at just $34.95! Click This Link to own it for yourself!

For The Person Who Has Everything: Giftybox! (A Holiday Gift Rant)

Christmas totally rocks; Christmas shopping, not so much. But I am way into the belief that it is far better to give than to receive. Every year for the past ten years or so, as Christmas season rolls around and my family begs me to give them ideas of what I would like to receive as a gift, I tell them this: please don’t get me anything that I can’t use up. There are a few good reasons that I offer this suggestion. First of all, I have everything I want because if I want something, I buy it. Secondly, I live in a small NYC apartment where I am already pushing maximum density as far as storage space goes. And I can’t afford to move, so please don’t buy me “things” unless they are replacing other things that I am going to throw away. Thirdly, my parents are under the somewhat misbegotten impression that I am the world’s most eccentric freak when it comes to taste in everything from clothes to books. I swear, my Mom has purchased holiday gifts for me that give the impression she’s shopping for someone she’s never even met, let alone helped to raise. (Although last Christmas she did buy me a hot pink iPod, god love her.) Here’s what I want for Christmas this year: gift cards to Trader Joe’s (because I like to eat) or Amazon.com (because I like to read) or The Body Shop (because I like to be soft and clean and smell good).

I am betting there are many people out there who would also prefer to be given gifts they can use up, like dinner at a nice local restaurant or a massage at that bitchen day spa they’ve always wanted to go to, or a trip to a cooking class. I have just discovered how you can make that happen, in a creative way for a very reasonable price. Tagged as “The Experience Gift,” Giftybox allows you to give the ultimate gift for “the person who has it all,” or, you know, someone who is just particular in their tastes. Some of the experience gifts available through Giftybox include adventures (such as scuba diving, scenic flights and horseback riding), wine tasting tours, dinners for two, classes (martial, arts dancing, cocktail making, etc) and spa treatments for both men and women, all priced from $34.99 to $100. In every case, the Giftybox experience is priced well below retail value (some of the beauty treatments available are worth well over the $89 cost of the Giftybox) and – this is my favorite part – if you want to join your Gift Recipient on the “gift experience” you can buy an extra gift pass at a significantly reduced price. Win win! And the best part is you can do all your shopping without leaving your computer! Check out the adventures and gift experiences available at Giftybox right now!

Inflatable Fruitcake!

When it comes to holiday foods I want to avoid, fruitcake is at the top of my list. People hate fruitcake because it is dry and gross and full of weird ingredients like candied orange peel and other incredible dreck like that. Barf. Please don’t give me a fruitcake. But honestly, who wouldn’t love to receive this neato Inflatable Fruitcake as a gift this year? I’m getting one for everybody on my list! Available for just $11.95 at This Link!

Thanks to Neatorama for the tip!