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A BrickUnderground gift guide for procrastinators
For those last-minute shoppers out there (and honestly, who among us doesn't hold off until the very end?), we've culled our favorite items from this year's BrickTest and Cool Stuff columns to present gifts for every type of New Yorker on your list.
Give them the gift of leisure time with Task Rabbit gift cards, available in several denominations including $10, $25, $50, $100, and $300.
Task Rabbit is a chore outsourcer that connects New Yorkers with people willing to do errands/small tasks for them (like cleaning their stove or wrapping their Christmas gifts).
All "TaskRabbits" have been through rigorous background checks so "TaskPosters" can rest easy.
This post highlights several dog-friendly gifts — from inexpensive to luxe — that would excite any pet-owner. On the luxe side, there’s the sleek and modern DenHaus dog crate furniture ($450-$600) — dog crates that look just like endtables and can effortlessly blend into your apartment's aesthetic.
A cheaper option is the Furminator's Fur Dry Wearable Microfiber Dog Towel ($25.95-$50.95), which is said to put an end to that wet dog smell and eliminate a wet-dog mess.
This post rounds up several sleek, apartment-friendly (read: space-saving) cat scratchers that will save your friend’s furniture ($45-$125). Check out sites like LazyBonezz.com, Etsy.com and SquareCatHabit.com for designs that put the classic scratch tower to shame.
The Throver ($149) is a stylish throw/tarp hybrid that protects your furniture from all sorts of messes, like juice, crayons, spit-up, dog drool ... really anything that could spell disaster for your cushions. It’s made from moisture-proof Crypton fabric, which guards against stains and odors too, and is particularly helpful for those who tend to picnic on their couches.
This post rounds up several websites dedicated to affordable art (mostly in the form of prints, and ranging in price from $500-$5,000). There's Artspace.com, and Netflix-style art rental sites Artsicle.com and Turning Art. Each of these sites offer gift cards, and unless you know the gift recipient's tastes really well, those might be your best bet.
The Sound+Sleep Sleep Therapy System ($99.95), employs “adaptive sound technology,” which means it automatically drones out sounds outside. There are 10 different sound enviroments, including white noise, waterfall and rainfall. Zzzz...