Fun Things To Get Kaleidoscope House Folks
html cheerfully stolen from matt :-)

    If it's our birthday, or Solstice, or some other damn thing and you want to know what we want, try these:

    • Anything from NapaStyle, especially swanky olive oils and swanky grape juice and any fancy cooking stuff (for Todd) or from williams-sonoma or le creuset.
    • Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Any chocolate. All chocolate. Chocolate. (this is for everyone, but the paradox collective gave Cat a box of Godiva chocolates one year and she was really fucking awed that someone would be so right-on and thoughtful about her.
    • Marbles! really pretty marbles! marbles! marble games! whatever! (lizbeth)
    • Books. Hell of books. Gift certificates are never turned down of course (especially to independent stores like Powell's Books or local (Bay Area) places) but for specifics, we really like it when people give us books that *they* really liked that they think we'll like. Sharing the love, you know. Also, Rose really likes Madeleine L'Engle, and Todd can never have enough cookbooks, and the kids always want kids' books (everyone does really. Even Adam admits that his favorite book is The Secret Garden) and we're a bit low on bisexual erotica. ;) (i suppose A Different Light and Good Vibrations are good places to point people there.)
    • A cotton candy maker... I can't rightly say whether this is actually something that only the kids want. I guess. Blame Abigail or Tommy if you want. or whoever else hasn't been pinpointed here yet :) But really, who could turn down such a thing?!
    • A boom box or stereo of some sort. The most important thing: that it have a radio, a cd player, and a tape deck. It would also be nice if it looked cool or had a second tape deck or didn't suck. The first one on their page is pretty neat, but I don't know where they get off requiring 8 C batteries. I mean, really.
      What we really need is a stereo system (small) for the living room and then something portable and boom boxy for other stuff.
      I kind of want the Hello Kitty boom box, but I'm afraid that it would suck somehow. This stereo system would really rock... and, wow, this one boom box is only $18. That's insane.
    • Music. Gift certificates to independent stores. (I know this is difficult if you don't live in California, but it's really not worth it to give gift certificates to places that don't carry used cds and tapes, imho. For example, I currently have a $70 gift certificate to Tower that will buy me three whole CDs because they have inflated prices - and they won't even give me whatever is left over from the certificate afterwards.) The same premises hold here as for books - music you really love and want to pass on is neat. Mix tapes or cds are REALLY neat. We didn't realize this till Robin made us one once. our first and only. you can like totally communicate through music and share neat stuff and get all these songs associated with you and stuff :-)
    • Ice cream makers or even the Baskin-Robbins toy ice cream maker which is cheaper and easier to use i think (but apparently hard to get refills for).
    • Books from Klutz (yum)
    • Anything, ever, from HearthSong. (Abigail, Lizbeth, and really all the kids.)
    • Any plants from so we can grow a big forest garden full of edible plants.
    • Sim-like computer games for a Mac (especially like the zoo building one)
    • A food processor
    • Cranium (the board game)