Aliza's Curios: A Millennial, Jewish, Pop Culture Gift Guide

Some beautiful materialism.

This. This is the time of year – the weeks before the gifting holidays – when I turn into an anxious shopaholic. I spend troubled hours each night combing the lower-case I internet, looking for gifts for my loved ones.

Most of the gift guides I’ll find are inspiration for a non-exorbitant personalized version, to be purchased from Etsy. Which is why I like to peruse the more extravagant guides. Also, I blame most gift guides for trying to convince me that all men in the world are either Executives or Lumberjacks when there isn’t a single man in my life who fits either of those categories. KEEP YOUR EMBOSSED LEATHER TOILETRY BAGS AND HOME BEER BREWING KITS TO YOURSELF.

So here is my gift to you: my own gift guide. Unlike the one I made for HEAUXS, these are not all-purpose gifts. These are highly specific artifacts that fit my aesthetic. That’s really the only thing uniting these items.

Aliza’s Curios:

A Millennial, Jewish and Pop Culture Gift Guide

  • Fortune Queens: Drag Race Tarot Deck (preorder)

    To know me is to know that I can’t shut up about RuPaul’s Drag Race during a season. Even the villains and the queens I don’t enjoy are worthy of praise – the amount of talent required even to appear on a season is astronomical, between the makeup skills, the wig skills, the sewing skills … and those are only the things you can prepare ahead of time. The performance skills vary from dance skills to comedic timing to just plain “having charisma.”

    This ingenious combination of iconic Drag Race moments with a traditional tarot deck is both beautiful and functional, the golden mean for a good gift.

  • Get Loew T-Shirt from Maimonides Nutz

    How is this such a thought-out T-SHIRT? It’s a Golem reference?? About our own anger??? Okay, so maybe I wouldn’t have understood that without this banger of a description. And also I’m writing about Golems right now, so maybe I’m biased. Also my friend tells me I fetishize anger, which, fair. All that aside:

    Emet means truth, it is written across the forehead of the Golem, a creature from Jewish Folklore animated to protect the Jewish people. However, Golems are notorious for getting confused, and often end up going on a rampage. The Golem is then deactivated by rubbing out the aleph so that it reads “Met” or death.

    To me the Golem represents anger — specifically the anger of someone who has been deeply hurt. I am a strong proponent of the idea that anger serves a purpose, and we (as a society) tend to villainize it in a way that is the opposite of useful — however I am also well aware of how quickly anger can change from an impulse to protect oneself to a murderous rage. I think the problem is that we are not filling our anger/pain with enough attentiveness.

    The smudged Aleph represents a choice …

Who am I kidding. This list is an artifact in itself. Happy almost holidays!