"Just Kids," by Patti Smith, $27


"Just Kids," by Patti Smith , $27

Buy it: harpercollins.com

My pick for best book of the year, hands down. The memoir tells the story of two struggling young artists - Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe - before they became renowned. Smith's prose will knock the wind out of you.


Holga 35mm camera , $48

LEGO camera, $68

Buy them: Urban Outfitters

1782 N. High St., Campus

614-298-8809

urbanoutfitters.com

Odes to the point-and-shoot abound at Urban Outfitters. In addition to the LEGO version and Holga (which creates quixotic, retro images), there are fisheye film cameras, eight-frame Oktomats and note cards with Polaroid images on them.


Canvassed screen- prints by Ryan Orewiler , $39-$283

Buy them: Studios on High

686 N. High St., Short North

614-461-6487

studiosonhigh.com

Studios on High is presenting "Be Original Give Original Art!" throughout December. Local artists will be selling gifts in myriad mediums, like this selection from Ryan Orewiler's "3958N 8300'W" collection.


Cups and saucers, $80 per set

Buy them: Wexner Center Store

1871 N. High St., Campus

614-292-3535

wexarts.org/bks

Cute things always make the a.m. easier. These endearing stoneware sets are designed by contemporary artist Miriam Mirri. Each cup is decorated with part of a comic strip story about the adventures of a sweet little character named Niki.