The season of merriment is upon us, and now is the perfect time to be a good little elf and stock up on presents. Yes, it’s early, but think of it this way: Buy it now so you won’t stress later. Or, buy it now so you can budget for the season. Or, buy it now because it might take a few weeks for that bespoke football to show up — nicely wrapped — at your doorstep. (See below, it was the kickstarter item for this roundup.)
Every day at voices.suntimes.com I’ll showcase one really cool, often weird or totally wacky gift. Price points will vary, so whether you are broke Ben or high-rolling Harry, I’ve got you covered.
ZING Illuminating Vodka
Stock your bar with a vodka that lights up. Seriously. Press the button on the bottom and the ZING liquor, well, illuminates. Do you NEED this? Nope. But if you’re already stocked up on other vodkas, or you think candles are a hazard in your home bar, try this one on for size. Bonus: Chris Brown is the creative director for the brand. (Pricing varies from $21.99 at binnys.com.)
The bespoke football
Finally! A ball you can leave on the table. Artist Paul Cunningham’s luxe leather and suede footballs are sure to kick off conversations for the sports fan and non-fan alike. ($130, bespokeglobal.com) — Adrienne Gibbs