Ask the Expert: Gift-Buying Tips from John and Linda Meyers
What is your go-to host gift?
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A Wary Meyers soap and a Wary Meyers candle. Soaps, $14 each, and candles, $28.50 each, from Wary Meyers.
What is your everyday bedding?
280-thread-count pima cotton percale sheets from L.L.Bean. Queen sheet from L.L. Bean, $54.
What’s the best wedding present you’ve given or received?
Received: the giant, boxed Bauhaus tome by the MIT Press. Given: the large Alvar Aalto cutting board. Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago, by Hans Wingler (The MIT Press, 1969), $70; Cutting board by Alvar Aalto, $60–$90.
What would you give to a recent college graduate?
Assuming they’re moving into their first apartment, we might select a really nice vintage Jens Quistgaard pepper mill or a nice framed print. I suppose it really depends on what they majored in. If it was astronomy, then a moon rock would be cool, or an AG7 Space Pen. It’s more thoughtful to give a more personal gift, so it would definitely need to be major specific. AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen by the Fisher Space Pen Co., $55.
What is your go-to kitchen appliance?
SodaStream. Source Home Soda Maker by SodaStream, $250.
What is the best design book to give as a gift?
Absolutely Terence Conran’s The House Book from 1974. The House Book, by Terence Conran (Mitchell Beazley, 1974).
What is your most indispensable everyday gadget?
Our iPhone-Instagram machine. But a more fun answer is our old Braun Aromaster KF-20 coffeemaker.