I always manage to unearth amazing, must-have (at least for a fleeting moment), kitschy household accessories at Black Ink in Harvard Square. Irreverent wedding cards? Check. Squishy, pastel laptop cases? Check.
A few weeks ago, I found the ultimate kitchen conversation piece there: a metallic, squirrel-shaped nut cracker. Put the nut in its jaws, pull the tail, and voila, shelled walnut!
(Also sold online at bayvillagestore.com)
I don't really eat nuts -- except for the pre-cracked, mixed kind from Trader Joe's -- but the next time I need a Yankee Swap gift, I'm making a beeline for this silver rodent.