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We also recommend checking out Improvised Life’s Shop for a personally curated selection of compelling books, tools, housewares, and toys that are easy to order, and support Improvised Life. You can also access the Shop by clicking on the drop-down menu above. Some of our favorites include:

Before They Pass Away, British Photographer Jimmy Nelson’s stunner that documents unique, endangered tribes. It made our best seller list last year.

A Remote Controlled Helicopter, has proven a curiously popular gift for adults.


Donut Chef, one of our favorites kid’s books

L’econome Paring Knifes are colorful, feel good in the hand and sharpen easily. They are our most popular gift.

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Abeego Food Storage Sheets, made of beeswax-saturated cotton, have proven to be a novel and welcome house gift, a surprising alternative to plastic wrap.

And for a completely delish goody: Bequet Sea Salt Caramels. They are as good as any we’ve had in France. We buy them 5 pounds at a time and pack them into our own gift bags.

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With thanks to Maria Robledo for Lil Nancy.

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