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Gift Guide #7: Your Funny Younger Brother Who Collects Car Magazines and Always Helps You Move.

uniqlo waffle sweater

Waffle sweater, $30, because everyone looks cute in waffle. (Also, this courage cap.)

honeycomb

Honeycomb, $24, to mix into ice cream, spread on toast or eat right from the jar.

the man who caught the storm

A tour-de-force book, $14, about one of history’s greatest tornado chasers. Or Less, $18, the hilarious winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

canyon coffee

Canyon, a sustainably sourced, eco-conscious coffee line (which includes a luxury instant coffee!). From $19.

laptop sleeve

Laptop sleeve, $55, for his work and travel adventures.

national parks

Donation in his name to the National Park Foundation, to protect some of his favorite places.

calendar

Graphic calendar, $26, plus a date for him to visit you. (This is cool, too.)

airpods

If you want to go in with siblings/cousins/parents, AirPods for his favorite tunes and podcasts. $160.

hot sauce collection by mouth

Hot sauce collection, $69.50, and a dare.

new york magazine

Subscription to the hilarious, smart and not-just-for-New-Yorkers New York Magazine, $50/year for 26 issues.

sarastic 8 ball

Sarcastic magic ball, $18, to display on his coffee table and make his friends laugh.

pizza socks

Pizza socks, $26 for four pairs, because he’s still your little brother.

P.S. Last year’s brother gift guide, and the 2018 gift guide so far.

(Pizza socks via Hither & Thither.)

  1. Adriane says...

    Curious about the Kettle in the Canyon Coffee pic. Where is it from?

  2. Liz says...

    Well I can’t believe no-one else has mentioned the beard hat! Clearly I’m the only one still living in 2010 😁

  3. Brooke says...

    Wait a minute… where’s the Islandic Beard Cap?!?!??! ;)

    • Brooke says...

      *icelandic!

  4. Katie says...

    I have 4 little brothers and they are my favorite grownups. Love these suggestions for them!

  5. These are wonderful ideas! Perfect for my brother! Especially the hot sauce. Haha!

    • Sasha L says...

      That’s so funny

  6. Laura C. says...

    My younger brother and I don’t have this great relationship, although I think he would fancy that lovely sweater. I want to suggest a Charity Gift from Unicef. You folks in the USA can visit http://www.market.unicefusa.org/inspired-gifts/. They’re great for Secret Santa too.

  7. nice list:D

  8. Anna says...

    What a mainstream headline for this (brother=guy=car magazines, seriously? I know better from CoJ)…good gifts though!

    • Nikki says...

      In past comment sections the team has explained these titles are made from her actual relationship with her brother. He may just be a mainstream kinda guy. ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, the titles are all based on my actual family members. my dad and brother are obsessed with cars, and my dad actually works in the automotive industry. you should see his BOXES of car magazines in the basement! :)

  9. Kaitlin says...

    Consider this my annual OCD contribution to COJ: The circle honeycomb is driving me crazy. It’s such waste to cut circles instead of squares! What do they do with the rest?

    • erin says...

      I am really cheered by your commitment to this. No reason to lose sight of the little things that ain’t so little! And now I’m also wondering where the corners go 🤔

    • Zuzu says...

      As a beekeeper I can assure you they are not going to waste. More than likely the extra pieces as spun in a centrifuge to remove the honey from the wax. Wax is in high demand and sold by the pound, as is the honey. 🐝

    • Lauren says...

      Haha I noticed that too! 😂 And I don’t get honeycomb as a food product – who wants to eat wax??

    • Michele Gross says...

      We are beekeepers and we waste nothing. To get the round comb honey, a system is used called Ross Round frames where the round molds are placed in the frame and when ready to harvest, you can take a round comb for use.

    • Michele says...

      No worries! As a beekeeper, I can tell you a special series of round molds are used called a Ross Round that is placed on the frame in the hive.

  10. Tory says...

    YES to the book Less! It’s the best book I’ve read in a very long time. The writing is excellent and laugh-out-loud funny and the story is sweet.

    • Joanna says...

      I think you just solved a Secret Santa conundrum for me!!!!

  11. Ruth says...

    Perfect gifts!!

  12. Sasha L says...

    Oh how delightful to see a picture of Sunrise Arch in Canyonlands (I have a special little framed snapshot I look at daily). One of the most amazing places in the whole world. My teen daughters and I spent a very chilly night camping in Canyonlands one spring break. I woke them before the sun came up and literally drug them into the truck to get to the arch in time, so much grumpiness I can’t even tell you. Then we got there and ran, me dragging again, trying to beat the damn sun, and then “OOOOHHHHHH!” and stunned silence. Just awe. Sitting together, all huddled in the cold, soaking it in.

    A donation in someone dear’s name to help protect these sacred places is the best gift ever imho. Thank you for including!!

    • Bianca says...

      I heart this too. We took our kids to this spot last spring break and it’s magical. Love our national parks.

  13. Meigs says...

    Another gift for brothers… Patagonia released their classic Synchilla snap fleece in PANTS! My boyfriend won’t take his off, they are so cozy and warm… so I bought them for my brother for Christmas, they’re going to be a hit when he’s home from college on break and lounging around the house

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      these are amazing! thank you!

    • Kim says...

      OMG, I want those!

  14. Deb says...

    Ooh I want to read the book about the storm chaser!! Love a good storm :-D. Apple headphones are the actual worst though. They’re overpriced and they leak sound and all of us on public transport have to listen to the tinny nonsense emanating from them because people who have them don’t realise :-P Also I don’t understand how this specific type don’t fall out of peoples’ heads?!

    • Hannah says...

      I actually love my Airpods. Use them at my desk every day. Never have heard of them leaking sound or anyone complain about that. They have never fallen out and they’d make a great gift!

    • Kath says...

      Agree agree agreeeee

  15. Alison says...

    love the pizza socks!!

    • Laura C. says...

      Me too!

  16. Emily L says...

    I refresh this site like hourly in the weeks before Christmas to get ideas. Waiting (im)patiently for the one for dads!

    • Kenzie says...

      Same, Emily! Dads are so hard!!

    • Maggie says...

      Yes, why are Dad’s so hard. Since I was a little kid I would ask my Dad what he would like and his response was always, “aluminum foil.” One of my nieces, when she was little actually got it for him.

      My dad is a quiet introvert who doesn’t like to leave his zip code or try anything too new. He’s midwest born and bred, living that republican lifestyle in California, surrounded by an entirely liberal family. He is the HARDEST to get for and he is always so thoughtful about what other people need. He knows what you need before you even need it. HELP!

  17. Jackie says...

    Wow, these are truly the best gifts for anyone! I want them all!