Existential Gift Guide
Are you having an existential crisis this holiday season and wondering what it all means? Or are you still trying to figure out what “existentialism” means? Here are some existential-themed gifts to get you started on life’s way.
Feeling dizzy with freedom this holiday season? Or want to know what that feels like? You could either read Kierkegaard, or you could take a small leap, embrace the existential mood and get creative with this coloring-in book by Archie McFee. “Features quotes from existential thinkers, mysterious pictures to color and mildly depressing activities”. Available at http://mcphee.com ($7.50)
Recipes, anecdotes, foodie facts, and quotes. Philosophical Food Crumbs: A Kierkegaard Cookbook is quirky way to engage with Kierkegaard – his life and his philosophy. It includes such recipes as Either~Or Turtle Cake, Old-fashioned Friendship Tea Punch, Don Giovanni’s Hot Pizza Dip, ‘Seduced by a Donut’ Muffins, Repetition and Recollection Quick Chicken Soup, and Magister of Ironi Biscuits. More information: https://www.facebook.com/TheKierkegaardCookbook ($10)
“Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy – to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work” (from Diapsalmata).
Alain de Botton’s School of Life has lots of philosophy-related gifts, including these cute Existential Notebooks. They come in sets of three, with a philosopher’s name on the front of each (Sartre, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger), and with a quote from each inside the cover. Otherwise, the notebooks are tabula rasa and perfect for scribbling down the occasional epiphanies. All the philosophers are doing it, so get with the program! Available at http://www.theschooloflife.com (£15.00)
Not that many philosophers can actually afford a chair like this, but if they could, this one would be a top contender. Where better to get cosy and read enveloped by all your favorite existential tomes? More information here ($2500)
These cards not only include existential A-listers like Nietzsche, Beauvoir, and Sartre, but also a raft of intellectual, political, and other icons like Hillary, Marilyn, Picasso, Kafka, and Hendrix. Available at http://www.philosophersguild.com/Cards/ ($3.50)