You've been here before. Your office's Secret Santa exchange is underway, and once again you're stuck with the creepy guy in Accounting. Or you've checked off all of your family members' names from your list...except your wild and crazy cousin. Or maybe you're just looking for the perfect gift for your significant other.
Joonbug's got you covered. Whether it's for the bro pack or the travelbug, we've come up with our best bets for a great gift-giving season. Just find out what your unsuspecting recipient is into, and we'll take it from there.
For the Party Animal: Talk about perfect timing -- the biggest party day of the year is right around the corner. New Year's Eve bashes will be raging all over the world, and no city throws a celebration like New York. And wouldn't you know, Joonbug is hosting some of the hottest countdowns in town, including shindigs at Capitale, Chelsea Loft, and The Empire Room at the Empire State Building.
For the Theater Snob: If you haven't been paying attention, the hottest play of the young Broadway season is easily "Venus in Fur." The David Ives play about a gifted actress with a penchant for S&M has been a star vehicle for Broadway newcomer Nina Arianda, who has received rave reviews from anyone that matters. You can buy tickets here, but this gift might have to come early: the show closes on December 18.
If your loved one is already planning a trip, treat them to a perfect night in. BedandBreakfast.com offers cheap rates to quaint B&Bs around the country, even in big cities. The website also offers gift certificates for the indecisive. Top it off with a copy of "Best American Travel Writing 2011," and your Secret Santa recipient can thank you for their inspiration for dozens of trips to come.
If your subject is a bit more crafty, a cheaper gift could suffice. Consider a DIY stocking stuffer, like a paper watch that can be designed and re-designed to the owner's satisfaction.
In the hopes of inspiring monthly parties, hook up your hosts with a wine club membership. Wine of the Month Club is the original, and can be joined for about $20 per month. With their membership card, oenophiles can get substantial discounts on fabulous wines and accessories.
For the Sports Fan: As backyard football games go into hibernation, give your sports fan a culture shock: award-winning documentaries about sports. ESPN's "30 for 30" series is now available on DVD, and includes the work of 30 big-name filmmakers, from Barry Levinson to Ice Cube. The whole series can be purchased for $119, though purchasing the two volumes separately for $50 each is more cost effective (though you don't get the extra ESPN swag).
While football and hockey are in full swing, and basketball is finally about to get underway, the holiday season can leave baseball fans...well, out in the cold. Fix that with a gift subscription to MLB.tv, which allows your fellow fanatic to track every game of the season on the Web. The package is only $24.99, which should more than cover the thanks you'll get -- both during the holidays and when the season starts.