It’s hard to know what others might like to receive this holiday season, but each of us knows what we’d like to unwrap come winter solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or yuletide. So, in an effort to spark your gift-buying frenzy, members of the City Weekly editorial staff are divulging gifts that would make them squeal. Let the squealing begin:
Editor Holly Mullen
One pound of English toffee $21.95
Melts like buttah, baby. Utah chocolatier V pours on the chocolate thick and then dusts my favorite confection with a choice of four nut varieties: almond; pecan; cashew; and macadamia.
V Chocolates, 440 W. Lawndale Drive, 269-8444, VChocolates.com
Bicycle Service Plan “B” $59.95
I’m a fairly serious road cyclist who knows enough basics to take care of my ride. Still, I wouldn’t turn down a professional tune-up next spring with attention to gears, brakes and all necessary adjustments.
Biker’s Edge, 232 N. Main St., Kaysville, 801-544-5300, bebikes.com
I already have an older version of Salt Lake City-based BD’s life-saving breathing apparatus. Knock wood, I’ve never been in an avalanche and haven’t needed it. This deluxe version features a lightweight daypack, with integrated AvaLung. Don’t go off-piste without it.
Black Diamond Store, 2092 E. 3900 South, 278-0233, BDEL.com
$3,895 to $6,200 depending on components
Orbea Diva road bicycle
Dumb chick-marketing name, amazing bicycle. Spain’s Orbea is one of the world’s premier manufacturers, and the Diva features a carbon layup engineered specifically for female anatomy (including for petites). Weighs 15 pounds, comes in a dreamy blue or deep orchid color. I lust for it.
Contender Bicycles, 875 E. 900 South, 364-0344, ContenderBicycles.com
Associate editor Bill Frost
$17.95 “Ogden is Awesome” T-shirt
Of the 635 T-shirts I own, none are brown and proclaim the awesome-ness of Ogden. Therefore ...
Bikini Cuts Total Experience $40
Shampoo, style, scalp treatment and manicure massage. Since I only get a haircut once a year, might as well be from a hot girl in a bikini.
Bikini Cuts, 60 W. 400 South, 533-2887, BikiniCuts.com (also in West Jordan).
Nintendo Wii & Activision Guitar Hero III
Now that it includes tunes by Queens of the Stone Age, Slayer, Tenacious D and Blue Öyster Cult (“Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll”!), I need it.
Graywhale Entertainment, multiple locations, FatFin.com
$2,000 plus tax
Orange Rockerverb 50 Guitar Amplifier
Tube-driven dual-channel 50-watt amp with real spring reverb and Celestion Vintage speakers. Sure, it sounds good, but I just like the color—orange.
Guitar Czar, 2953 E. 3300 South, 466-8666, GuitarCzar.com
A&E editor Scott Renshaw
$25 Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot game
Because I love games, and because Monty Python and the Holy Grail proved that homicidal rabbits are always entertaining.
Game Night Games, 2030 S. 900 East, Ste. E, 467-2400, GameNightGames.com
Cuisinart SmartStick immersion blender $39.99
Because the key to enjoying soup-making is no longer having to ladle it into a blender a batch at a time.
Spoons ‘n’ Spice, 788 E. 9400 South, Suite 32, 553-1988, SpoonsAndSpice.com
The Complete Home Brewing System
Because too much of my beer-drinking dollar goes to the knuckleheads at the DABC.
The Beer Nut, 1200 S. State, 531-8182, BeerNut.com
Laptop computer $600-$1,000
Because it’s time to turn in that desktop dinosaur and pretend that I’m in the 21st century.
Bohn Computers, 3332 S. Stanton Dr., West Valley, 558-3346
Copy editor Brandon Burt
Cascade superwash 220 heavy-worsted-weight black wool yarn $9.80/220-yard skein
I love crocheting with cheap acrylic yarn, but let’s face it—that Red Heart brand yarn I love so much doesn’t impress anybody. Superwash is made from sheep that have been magically treated to be washable and non-itchy. Take that, fiber snobs!
Black Sheep Wool Company, 430 E. South Temple, 487-9378
Seagate Barracuda 80 GB hard drive
My other hard drives have mysteriously gotten full of … data.
Software & More, 4716 S. Highland Drive, 272-9425
12-inch ficus bonsai
Lugging my 120-pound Monstera outside every spring and inside every fall is starting to get to me—I was shamed this year when my beloved 83-year-old housemate brought in more plants than I did. Clearly, it’s time to make the switch to nice, easy-to-carry dwarfed plants.
Cactus & Tropicals, 2735 S. 2000 East, 485-2542
Java double dresser
Sure, sure—there was dancing in the streets (and camping in the parking lot) when IKEA came to town—but it’s not like the Swedes invented furniture. Well, neither did the Danes, but they sure know how to pillage. The Danes’ll take care of you. They’ll take care of you real good.
Copenhagen West, 5410 S. 900 East, 266-5818
Music & Listings Editor Jamie Gadette
$15.95 Silk eye bag
I’ve been doing yoga three or four times per week for a year, and I still haven’t purchased something to place over my eyes during final relaxation. Not very Zen of me. It’s time to shut out the light like a hungover housewife.
Hugger Mugger, 3937 S. 500 West, 473-4888
Cooking class & wine pairing $20-$35 plus $15 wine pairing
After reading Bill Buford’s Heat, the former New Yorker editor’s account of life as a kitchen “bitch” under Mario Batali and Tuscan butcher Dario Cecchini, I developed an insatiable urge to fly to Italy and learn the secrets of gnocchi. However, it seems more realistic to take the five-minute trip to Tony Caputo’s, which offers courses ranging from focused cheese and chocolate tastings to lessons on cooking complete provincial pasta meals.
Caputo’s Deli, 314 W. 300 South, 531-8669
Customized spa day
Forget Calgon, I want Kura Door to take me away. My ideal package would include an ancient volcanic ritual, a detoxifying treatment involving exfoliation, clay mask, massage and moisturizing session, followed by a citrus-yuzu & mint spa pedicure and topped off with a camellia oil hair and scalp treatment. Sweet relief.
Kura Door, 1136 E. Third Ave., 364-2400
Vintage couch $1450
At first, it was cute—not having a kitchen table or couch in our new apartment. Well, the proverbial honeymoon is over, and we need a proper sofa! I dig the Florence Knoll Parallel Bar Settee, available for a limited time at the Green Ant.
Green Ant, 2011 S. 1100 East, 595-1818
Senior staff writer Stephen Dark
$110 Brown Oxford Brogues
Full leather tooled, tan brogues bring pleasure to any walk.
The Oxford Shop, 65 W. 100 South, 355-8636
Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films DVD Collection
1,000 hours of black & white masterpieces to fall asleep to on rainy Sundays. Perfect.
Pair of used art deco cufflinks $7
These cufflinks recall a long-lost era. All I need is a dress shirt with French cuffs to show them off.
Decades, 627 S. State, 537-1357
Male Facial $35
Warm towels plus a straight razor and a gentle touch equal baby-butt smooth skin.
Ray’s Barbershop, 1328 S. 2100 East, 583-7297
Staff writer Ted McDonough
$25 Cream on vinyl
It just doesn’t sound right on CD. Neither does Art Blakey for that matter, if you’re in a giving mood.
The Record Collector, 1115 E. 2100 South, 484-6495
Adoption fee includes spay/neuter operation, immunization shots and physical examination by vet.
Humane Society of Utah, 4242 South 300 West, Murray, 261-2919
Nordica “Beast” skiboot
All I need are these boots and some tasty pow-pow. Or something like that, Bra.
Sidsports, 265 E. 3900 South, 261-0300.
Sweet downtown warehouse condo $359,900
Brick interior, high ceilings, cherry floors. No Dave Fox specials please.
Urban Utah Homes and Estates, 380 W. 200 South, 595-8824.
Staff writer Eric Peterson
$59.99 Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock three-record set
This is a must-have vinyl collection for burned-out hippies and their kin (I am of the latter category).
Randy’s Records and CDs, 157 E. 900 South, 532-4413
Poems Written Before Jumping Out of an Eight-Story Window by Charles Bukowski (signed)
I’ve always found fine alcohol inspired poetry to be good bedtime reading, and this one is signed by the king of barflies himself.
Ken Sander’s Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, 521-3819
Single-breasted Italian suit
Long have I longed for a boss Italian suit to make up for the rest of my Deseret Industries wardrobe.
Moda Italia, 105 E. South Temple, 355-8828