Obama book by Pete Souza

Obama book by Pete Souza

Obama: An Intimate Portrait, the incredible and moving photo book by former official White House photographer Pete Souza. $29. (There’s also a kids’ version!)


Cozy sweater, $75, because it’s been his #1 closet staple for 55 years. (Side note: Why does every dude look extra cool in a half-zip?)

Cacio e Pepe

The best pepper mill, which lets you adjust the grind size and has hundreds of five-star reviews. $37. Get psyched for spicy soup and cacio e pepe.

High bounce ball

An extra-high bouncy ball, $4, to impress the grandkids.

Big Sur candle

Big Sur candle with notes of wet wood, Pacific spray and eucalyptus leaf. $65.

Albatross fudge

Albatross Fudge, $10, with dark chocolate, sea salt and…wait for it…blue cheese.

David Sedaris

One of the year’s funniest books, $18, in which David Sedaris chronicles his journey from college dropout to bestselling humorist.

Butter knife from Moma

A clever knife that makes a cold stick of butter instantly spreadable. Voila! Perfect morning toast. $20.

Reverse Charades board game

Reverse Charades, $18, where the group acts out the clue while one person guesses. It makes me laugh so much just thinking about it.

Jeremy Goddard

Plane tickets to visit each other, since that’s all he really wants anyway. xo

P.S. Last year’s gift guide for dads, and the 2017 gift guide so far.

(Cacio e pepe photo by Food52. Candle photo by Stella Blackmon.)