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Personal Shopper: Gifts for Jenna's Brother and his GF in their Teensy Apartment

Says Jenna: "I have NO idea what to get my brother and his girlfriend for Christmas. I get them gift cards every year (which they love) but I really want to think outside the box (or corny gift card holder) this year. I was thinking about clothes from the college we all went to or some sort of gadget for their apartment. The problem is that they live in a garden apartment in Brooklyn, so their space is limited and I don't want to get them anything that has to sit on a shelf or on the countertop. Maybe something cool for the wall- a painting or clock? Definitely something "different" for around $50-$75. I hope you can help!!!"

Hi, Jenna - this is Marian the Contrarian. Let's see if we can save your brother and his squeeze from clutter and boring walls, shall we?

First off, a lot of folks might not know that Threadless sells prints as well as shirts, for $25 each. While 1) Sink Sank Sunk might thematically be just the thing to hang by the kitchen sink (if it was protected properly), we also liked 2) Sweet Music, 3) The Journey, and 4) Hidden in the Smog (Night).

And then there's the clocks, as you suggested! Center stage is the 5) Kirch Implosion Wood Ball Wall Clock ($40), which looks like fun, but the same makers have also given us the 6) Magnetic Numbers Wall Clock ($40), and of course there's the 7) classic Kit-Cat ($50).

If you think they'd like some reusable Blik wall graphics, you could try the colorful and erudite 8) Punctuation Flowers ($25), the weird/cute 9) Cat Moonlight ($55), and the deeply nostalgic 10) Asteroids ($45).

And we'll round this already really colorful collage out with a picture frame. The idea might be kind of cheesy, but we were still drawn to this 11) 6-Pane Frame in turquoise and plum ($25), which will hold six favorite photographs in what looks like a window.

With these, how could any vertical plane be boring? Drop us a line, Jenna, and Merry Christmas to you and bro and gf!

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