NINJABREAD MEN COOKIE CUTTERS
by Lisa Topiol
Alright, I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for tacky housewares. It's not that I want my house to look weird (which there's nothing wrong with!) or overly quirky, but there's just something about a humorous little addition to your home that really attracts me. It's hard to find something that perfectly fits that requirement. I get such a kick out of this Shakespeare Tissue Box Holder by Bard though! Looking at the picture alone cracks me up! How hilarious is it that the tissues come out of Shakespeare's nose? I mean, this thing is just plain awesome. Tissue boxes are one of those items that you have very little control over how they look. Sure, there are a few brands that make boxes with a slightly cute design, but it's never anything that great. Forget about hiding tissues under the coffee table or in a corner, now you can showcase your awesome style and sense of humor with a little Shakespeare! I'm sure there are some literature buffs out there just dying to take this baby home.
Hallmark's got it's time and place -- like your second cousin's graduation and when your grandmother turns 88. Some of us, however, don't share the innocent emotions and vocabulary of drugstore greeting cards. That's why we should stock up on the genius-desktop publishing creations of Blue Barnhouse, who not only convey your messages in a more light-hearted manner, but that sometimes are just plain crude, like my sense of humor. Christmas cards with Santa refusing autographs and romantic cards with lovers calling one another just a "booty call" are exactly the kind of honesty that is lackick from most gift shops. The Asheville, North Carolina letterpress studio has taken the glitter and pop-up flower idea of the 99 cent greeting card section out and given us a reason to actually keep the little vessels for birthday checks. While not all of their cards are an honest slap-in-the-face, the more cutesy cards still may give you an honest giggle (like the skunk apology card that says "I'm sorry I stink"). If you've already got a stand-out personality, share your true self with your friends and express on paper what you really think about them on their special occasions -- or at least check out this slideshow for a good chuckle!