Gift Guide Part #7: Your Younger Brother Who Can Fly a Plane and Strike Up a Conversation with Anybody.


Colorblock sweatshirt for knocking around on lazy Saturdays, $168. (Here's another cute one for $59.50.)

Matchbooks to have around his apartment for candles/romance/easy decor. $5/each.

Slate cheese board, made in Brooklyn. $29 or $44. (The small size is sold out, but the others are in stock.)

Scratch map to record his travels, $16.49.

Good old-fashioned jacks to play over a glass of wine, $6.

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost stories, $10.84. Dahl read 749 creepy tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. "Dahl's taste, it will surprise no one, is impeccable," says the Washington Post.

Moccasin slippers, for padding around his apartment, $49. (I have the girl's version and love them.)

Egg cooking spoons so he can make perfect soft-boiled eggs for the ladies. 10.50 Euro for a set of four.

Thermo Pot for bringing a warm lunches on adventures, $39.90. Keeps food hot for five hours, guaranteed for 10 years.

Knife skills class, prices vary.

Sifteo Cubes, $129.95. My sister's brother-in-law created this awesome award-winning interactive game system, featuring toys that talk to each other. The cubes communicate wirelessly and respond to each other and your gestures. They come with four pre-installed games, and you can download many more. (P.S. Their TED talk was rated one of the "top 5 most engaging TED talks" of all time.)


Damn Good Advice, $9.95, a genius and very opinionated handbook by George Lois, the original Mad Man. (I really want this myself!)

And, always and forever, the Icelandic Beard Cap, $79.

P.S. More gifts for brothers, and (finally) the complete 2012 gift guide!