Gift Guide #2: Your Outdoorsy Twin Sister Who Tells The Best Stories and Gives Your Kids Sneaky Candy.

11 Gifts for Sisters

Fleece sweatshirt to keep her cozy this winter. (Bonus: It comes in four colors and is made from 32 recycled plastic water bottles.)

One of the year’s best books — like The Witches Are Coming, The Dutch House and Grand Union — to start your own two-person book club.

croissant lamp pampshade

Croissant lamp, which is made in Japan with a real croissant!

11 Gifts for Sisters

Pretty notecards to write each other letters.

11 Gifts for Sisters

A cheese candle because a cheese candle.

11 Gifts for Sisters

Skiing pajamas. (These are cute, too.)

11 Gifts for Sisters

Slippers for padding around at night. (And how insanely comfy do these look?)

11 Gifts for Sisters

A mug to make her smile every morning.

11 Gifts for Sisters

Chub hoops, which would dress up any outfit.

11 Gifts for Sisters

A great cookbook — including Nothing Fancy, Dinner for Everyone and Simple Cake — and time for dinner together.

11 Gifts for Sisters

A donation in her name to the Sierra Club.

P.S. Last year’s gift guide for sisters, and the full 2019 gift guide so far.


Gift Guide #1: Your Nutty Kids Who Request Back Rubs Every Night and Never Turn Down a Cookie.

Opinel Kids Apron and Knife Kit

An apron and knife set for culinary adventures. (This kids’ cookbook is really cool, too.)

Purring Cat Toy

A toy cat that breathes and purrs. Anton got one last year and is still in LOVE.

Colorblocked Vest by Maisonette

Colorblocked vest to keep them warm all winter.

Sound Effects Machine

Sound effects machine for putting on plays, impressing guests, and getting all the laughs. (We got one five years ago and our kids still play with it.)

Shark slippers

Shark slippers, which are just slightly scary. (These are cute, too.)

Hair Love book

A few wonderful children’s books, including Hair Love, Small in the City and Jon Klassen’s hat box.

Stick on earrings

Stick-on earrings to feel FANCY!

Disney Memory game

Memory, a game that’s fun for both kids and adults.

Pop rocks candy

Pop rocks to blow their little minds.


Digital camera for kids

A children’s digital camera for the funniest photos from a kids’ perspective.

Magnetic U.S. map

A magnetic map of the U.S., for learning that’s really fun. (So exciting to point out relatives’ states.)

Van Leeuwen gift card

A gift card to your local ice cream or donut spot. Because there’s nothing more exciting (and grown up) than paying for yourself!

P.S. Last year’s kids gift guide.

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The Cup of Jo 2019 Gift Guide

2019 Cup of Jo Holiday Gift Guide

Today, we’re kicking off our holiday gift guide! Our first post — for kids — is coming right up. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll update this post with more links, as we publish more guides. As always, there will be a mix of budgets and personality types, which we hope will be helpful. We hope you enjoy them!

Gifts for kids
Gifts for sisters
Gifts for brothers
Gifts for moms
Gifts for dads
Gifts for girlfriends/wives
Gifts for boyfriends/husbands
Gifts for best friends
Gifts for people who are hard to shop for (co-workers, teachers, in-laws, teenagers!)

Here’s the complete 2018 gift guide, if you’d like to see. Off we go! xoxo

(Illustration by Alessandra Olanow for Cup of Jo.)


Have a Wonderful Weekend.

Brooklyn stoops

What are you up to this weekend? My dad is coming to visit, and we’re going to take long walks and see Ford v Ferrari. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Found! The coziest sweater.

How cute are these gift tags?

A great interview with Tom Hanks. Spielberg once said about him, “If Norman Rockwell were alive today, he would paint a portrait of Tom.” (New York Times)

We played this game at a friend’s house recently, and it’s hilarious. Would be perfect for Thanksgiving family hangs.

Salt and vinegar mashed potatoes!

Do babies cry in different languages? (NYT Parenting)

A pigeon made a nest with flowers.

Every Matt Damon movie, ranked. Do you agree?

What a pretty alternative to buying fresh flowers.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Elise on a funny relationship question: “I just got home from our elementary school, where our dog Pippa goes for the reading program. No, she does not read. The kids read to her. The dog is non-judgmental, and the kids get one-on-one time. Kids and dogs are so special.”

Says Alyson on what’s your glark: “For so many years my grandma and mama would do the up-at-4am-basted-broiled-Norman Rockwell turkey. Then five years ago, it just popped up in conversation that no one really cared for it. So far, we’ve subbed homemade fried chicken, oven-roasted salmon, sliced prime rib, and, after one very challenging year, skipped the drama altogether and just made a huge meal out of our favorite sides.”

(Photo by Stoops of Brooklyn.)