I love to give gifts and most of the time I help my friend and family with ideas when they out of inspiration. I thought this might be helpful for you too:)
Board games: I love to play and luckily I have friends who are sharing the same passion, these games are my personal recommendations.
Citadelles Card game, min 2 person up to 8. Ideally is for 4. Roll-play, as you get know the personalities you became a master.
Mr Jack and Mr. Jack Pocket. For two person. Often when we are having our coffee on a sunny terrace we play Mr Jack pocket version. Entertaining and it is tactical like chess.
7 Wonders – civilization board game, similar to age of empire but surprisingly easy to understand and one turn takes only 30 mins.
Jamaica – so far I haven’t meet anybody who didn’t like this game. Cool graphic design with pirate theme, entertaining. Including treasure, fight and gold in order to feel as a real pirate captain.
Jungle speed – addictive! As many you are as good became! Have a cup of mulled wine and play! Prepare for physical injures!
Books: I am a bookworm, here are some of my favorite authors, these are classics literature. Great time to read on the train or in the bed before sleeping.
Gerald Durrell – My family and other animals – I admire his work as zoologist and writer and became fun of animals thanks to him. I was a child when I got know his books, it made me laugh a lot. Since then there is no holiday without a Durrell book.
Edgar Ellen Poe – The Murders in the Rue Morgue – Do you want thrill? Read Poe:) Best of the gothic romanic detective or/and scary stories.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – I love all his book. If you already red some of them I recommend his biography because he describes his life and you will realize that his books are only half fictions and the part you thought that is happening only in love and drama novels are actually the truth ones.
György Faludy – My happy days in hell – Fascinating real story about a long journey and prison of Faludy, internationally well know hungarian poet, writer. I recommend also his selected poems.
Umberto Eco – The name of the rose – Yes, the film is great too:) But read the book:)
Movies: Oh, difficult task to give just a couple of good title. When I am not reading I am watching movies:)
The help – If you want some personal drama, about how to stand up for each other. Hearth warming.
Captain Corelli’s Mandoline – calssic love – war movie. romance, II ww, Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz.
Chocolet – Juliette Binoche, Carrie-Anne Moss, Judi Dench and Johny Depp. Has great story and atmosphere too.
Spirited away – Great story, real family movie. My favorite director is Hayao Miyazaki. Totoro is a perfect gift for little kids it is so nice without any violence.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – I love Jim Carrey. He is a great actor and this film is a proof. Adventure, family movie.
Kon-tiki – Pure adventure, true story.
For designers: If you have the luck to have designer among your friend and/or family, here is a little list that can help you out. the best if you ask for a list. if your designer needs some really expansive (usually something digital) share the price within family or group of friends.
books of Scott Belsky – self and time management tools for designers
books for inspiration in his/her interested subject – for instance fashion, graffiti, paper craft, lettering, certain illustration style etc.
fonts – ask for what is missing from the collection:)
markers and pens – Copic and Primacolor, Pentel, Faber Castel are good
new software or updates
digital – tablet, camera or part of them like flash, objective etc.
paper – sheet. block. pocket size. huge oversize. transparent. colored. cheap. expansive. rise paper. thick paper. japanese paper. chinese paper…
any other tool he/she might use
I hope this article was helpful. Enjoy the preparation for Christmas!