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MAMMUT childrens stool there's a matching table, image: ikea-usa.comWe moved apartments in one of our cities recently, and so I discovered the gifting paradise that is IKEA. They don't have an affiliates program, so I don't get any money for care what you buy there. Tasteful, cheap and stultifyingly predictable. My strategy was to look for things that could be repurposed in some unexpected way. All I got was a selection of plastic children's stools. Like the infinitely repeating furniture in Looney Tunes backgrounds.

While there, please pester every IKEA employee to bring back Raml–sa mineral water. They used to have vending machines stuffed with the royal blue bottles, all sporting the royal Swedish seal of approval.

But I digress.
My gift suggestion ($$$$): Give a Segway.
Alternate suggestion ($0): Go to the self-service area of IKEA. Ride their palette-style cart like a skateboard while your companion walks, embarassed, alongside to simulate the Segway experience for free.

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting that time.

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