Gifts for Staying In
With the epic winter bearing down on much of the country this year (and you know it’s cold when you see pictures of Niagara Falls frozen) staying in for the night is not only a cozy option, but rather TV-meteorologist commanded. So if your thermometer reads 7 degrees and all your trash has frozen solid in your garage, you might as well relax and enjoy a flannel-clad night with friends and family. We found some great books, gifts and games for quiet evenings, so put on those jammies, pull out a snuggly blanket and prep a hot drink. I put together a few “stay-home night” ideas for one person, for a couple, and for the whole family.
Night in For One:
Wear: For evenings on the couch, any fuzzy robe is good, but a plush cashmere robe ($169.99) takes it to the next level. Extreme vegging: my kind of sport.
Drink: Calm is just what the doctor ordered. This prescription for a Zen-like demeanor comes in three sturdy and oh-so-British tins ($29.99) and contains English breakfast tea, sweets, and coffee.
Read: If you’re lucky enough to have a night all to yourself, why not make an occasion of it and let Scheherazade, the famously enchanting narrator of the Arabian Nights ($39.95), take you on a whirlwind tour of the exotic legends of Arabia?
Night in For Two:
Wear: This cozy lumberjack plaid fleece robe ($69.95) from L.L. Bean suits everyone, and also makes you glad you’re not outside chopping down trees.
Drink: Turn a night in into a private tasting with this timeless wine-tasting flight ($59) that holds four different vintages.
Night in For Everybody:
Wear: Snuggly meets sturdy in this children’s “Scuff” slipper from UGG Australia, ($69.95).
Drink: After a session in the snow (or, where I live, the cold rain), wrap your family’s hands around a steaming mug of hot milk chocolate from Godiva, three generous canisters for $40.
Play: Think you know your family? Learn a few things about your own kids and spark conversation across generations with the highly rated and ridiculously fun open-ended game, Family Table Topics ($69.95).
Lavonne Leong lives with her husband and daughters in Honolulu, where she writes about arts, education, science, families, and yes, shopping. She’s the editor-at-large for San Francisco-based Red Bridge Press, and her first children’s book, Up in the Hawaiian Sky, was published in 2013. This year, she resolves to clear her desk and her inbox, and to spend less on caffeinated drinks.