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Gift Guide 2011 Page 3

Great picks from local shops

By Rachel Piper
Posted // November 17,2011 -


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Holder Hand $25

This disembodied hand can be a sinister yet helpful member of his household. Position the pages of a book between the thumb and pinky finger to make it a handy reading companion, or set it on a table or shelf as a place to leave keys.
Blooms & Co., 357 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City, 801-355-0434,

Big & Easy Bottle Brew $7.99

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Homebrewing is all the rage, but maybe your guy just doesn’t have the time. He can still feel like a champion brewer with these bottles, which don’t require any equipment or work beyond adding a yeast capsule to the bottle and waiting 10 days. Varieties include pilsner, red lager and Mexican cerveza.
Union Station Fermentation, 274 25th St., Ogden, 801-392-9772

Soccer Scarves $26

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Your boyfriend’s a huge fan of that European soccer team no one else has ever heard of. Help him introduce Tottenham Hotspur into conversation more smoothly with a club scarf. Soccer Plus can order almost any team’s scarf and will give 10 percent off to City Weekly readers who mention Gift Guide.
Soccer Plus, 2020 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City, 801-486-4449,

Nike & Saucony shoes $78-$92

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The very definition of pumped-up kicks, sneakers from Nike and Saucony will help him dominate the action—both on the court and in the clubs—with a color and style for every mood, outfit and athletic activity.
FICE Gallery, 160 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4722,

Comics Back Issues (prices vary)

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You’ve sat with your significant other through hours of comic-book movies in recent years, all leading up to the release of The Avengers in 2012. Stock up on back issues to pass the time until May 4, and you’ll both fully appreciate the movie’s winking references to past characters and plots.
BlackCat Comics, 2261 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-461-4228,

Pocket Watches $19.50

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Help him to both improve his punctuality and express his personality with a vintage pocket watch. Is he a playful risk-taker who always comes out on top? He’ll love a watch that displays poker’s unbeatable royal flush. Maybe he’s a loner—a wolf or engraved semi-truck will show that you understand and appreciate his solitary lifestyle.
Unhinged, 1121 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6588,

Documents of Freedom $5

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Give your favorite teapartyer his cherished rallying points to display prominently in his home or office. Choose from the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence or the Gettysburg Address.
The Library Store, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-524-8238

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Leather Journal $35-$146

Whether you’ve got a friend who’s secretly working on a novel or just needs a place to scribble down ideas for his next band name, make sure he does it in style with a leather journal. Rough-edged pages add depth to lines of experimental poetry, and a fancy tie keeps said poetry under wraps.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043,

Upcycled Creepy Toys $10-$40

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Hey, it’s Ken! … with the body of a puppy. And there’s a My Little Pony, with the face of Optimus Prime. Any guys who rooted for neighbor-kid Sid over Woody in the original Toy Story will love these twisted toys, which local crafter Rez makes from discarded playthings and resin, glue and paint.
Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City,

Onion Sports: The Ecstasy of Defeat $21.99

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The noble sports reporting from the nation’s—nay, the world’s—greatest satirists is collected here in one impressive volume, including classic stories such as “Sports Community Mourns Death of Old Bald White Man With Glasses” and “Confusing 24-Player Trade Sends You, Scottie Pippen To Utah Jazz.” A must-read for sports fans with rudimentary to extremely nerdy levels of sports knowledge.
The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 801-484-9100,

Game of Thrones Card Game $39.95; Monthly Expansions $9.95-$16.95

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The success of HBO’s Game of Thrones has brought being a fantasy nerd into the mainstream. If someone has watched all the episodes and read all the thousands of pages of George R.R. Martin’s series, they can take it to the next level with a strategy game. Have no fear, it can be played in the length of a single episode.
Game Night Games, 2030 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, 801-467-2400,

Goorin Bros. Cock Hat $25

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Elegant stitching in the front and a mesh party in the back—just because the trucker hat’s heyday is over doesn’t mean there isn’t room in his closet for this sly hat, which sports a proud embroidered rooster.
Unhinged, 1121 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6588,

Ceramic Mugs $15

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This manly, rustic mug—handcrafted by local artist Juanita Marshall—is just the thing for tipping back ink-black coffee or steeping yerba maté when he doesn’t have a gourd handy.
Amenities, 312 S. Main, Heber City, 435-654-6493,

Upcycled record bowls $9.99-$19.99

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Just another reason vinyl is better than CDs—we’ve never seen a CD used as a cool catch-all bowl.
Green the World, 143 25th St., Ogden, 801-781-3931,

Pocket Cuffs $25

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It’s always seemed a little unfair that girls have to lug around purses, while guys need just a wallet. The scales are about to be tipped even further: Guys can tuck cash, I.D. and a key into the snap pocket of this cuff bracelet, and they’ll be good to go—no pants required.
Frosty Darling, 177 E. Broadway, 801-532-4790,

Oakley Sunglasses $110-$140

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Oakley sunglasses’ high-quality polarized lenses make them some of the best sunglasses around, and the unique hues of these limited-edition Oakley Frogskins will set visions of Sour Patch Watermelons dancing in his head.
FICE Gallery, 160 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4722,

New DC issues $2.99

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DC Comics relaunched its entire line this year, starting each character at issue No. 1 and giving everyone from Batman to, um, the Blue Beetle new origin stories and foes. It’s the perfect time to get that childhood comic lover back into the DC universe.
BlackCat Comics, 2261 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-461-4228,

Yur Buds Performance Fit $30

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Ear buds are nothing new—and they’ve never been perfect, before now. These ergonomic buds nestle securely in the ear and won’t dislodge during strenuous activity, so athletes can enjoy their runs—and their tunes—without fumbling with cords.
Salt Lake Running Company,

Storage Jars $29.95-$33.95

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He won’t have to be a meth-cooking high school science teacher to appreciate this glass storage jar. Its chemistry-inspired design and airtight lid make it a great place to store anything, without worrying about the harmful chemicals found in plastics.
Aztec Highway, 89 W. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-466-2235,

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Habibi $35

Craig Thompson’s 2003 coming-of-age graphic novel Blankets is on the shelf of virtually every graphic-novel reader. The recently released Habibi, tells the story of two slave children and the bond that links them through the years in a world of fear, lust and greed. Epic in size and scope, it’s already been heralded as a masterpiece.
The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 801-484-9100,

Organic Face Cream $22

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Guys get dry skin, too, but whether it’s laziness or fear of the moisturizer aisle, it seems they never bother to buy their own. Help your guy out—and put an end to him poaching yours—with some totally organic face cream, made from shea butter, rosehip-seed oil and vitamin E.
Bubble & Bee,

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Vintage Belts $8-$12

A nifty vintage belt will tie together any ensemble. And with belts in a myriad of colors and materials—leather, woven, studded, snakeskin—you can give him one to wear every day of the week.
Unhinged, 1121 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6588,

Custom Messenger Bag/Backpack $75-$250

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Buying a messenger bag or backpack off the rack requires compromises in style and function. With Velo City Bags, he can customize every last detail of his messenger, from which side it sits on to the number of pockets to the entire color scheme. Velo bags are extra-durable and water-resistant, so he’ll be able to happily sling it over his shoulder on a daily basis for years to come.
Velo City Bags,, and at Craft Sabbath Holiday Boutique, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South,

Bottle Tumblers, Matching Set of 2 $45

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The top-shelf liquor connoisseur who’s currently on a beer (or soda) budget can take solace in these classy tumblers, made from actual liquor bottles.
Charlotte’s, 1085 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-333-3773,

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