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When you’re trying to beat the summer heat, sometimes there’s nothing better than staying home in the AC, with popcorn and a good movie. We asked Jennifer Westfeldt, the writer, director and actress behind the film Friends with Kids (out on DVD today) for some suggestions. Here are some of her favorites:
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: This is unlike anything I’ve ever seen: It’s based on the true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who became paralyzed after suffering a stroke and learns to communicate through blinking his left eye. He’s trapped inside his body, but the cinematography artfully captures his flights of fancy, dreams, and imaginings.
Rushmore: My partner Jon [Hamm] and I love to watch this movie whenever we come across it—we still quote the lines! It’s a 1998 Wes Anderson film that stars Jason Schwartzman as a lovable, eccentric high schooler who’s put on academic probation. It’s moving, heartfelt, and utterly original, and Anderson does an incredible job of mixing comedy and drama. Plus, it’s got one of the best endings I’ve seen in any movie.
Cost: $29.95 per month
How it works: There are 3 themes every month (recent ones: Movie Night, Tea Time, Date Night); you can pick or let Foodzie surprise you.
What you might find in a box: Small-batch kettle corn in flavors like black truffle and aged white cheddar; heirloom beans grown on small-scale farms in Idaho.
Cost: $33 to $333 per month, depending on the number of servings of food (16 to 200)
How it works: The deliveries are all snacks, all the time--and they're also vegan and dairy- and gluten-free.
What you might find in a box: Chai-flavored almonds, chocolate macaroons, peach oat bars, freeze-dried fruit chips, goji berry/cacao nib/mulberry/pistachio trail mix.
Cost: $17 per month
How it works: Each of the 3 pouches of looseleaf tea subscribers get every month comes with tasting notes and preparation suggestions.
What you might find in a box: Golden Monkey Paw, a black tea from the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province, China; coconut oolong green tea.
Recycled from old sails, these washable totes are virtually indestructible and can take Mom from a weekend on Martha's Vineyard to a morning at the greenmarket.
Next time she wants to serve tea for two this porcelain pot with side-by-side spouts will be twice as nice.
This lightweight, water-repellent gym bag features pockets galore, a ventilated shoe compartment, and a ring holder for baubles.
Donut Mini Wallet, $20. We’ve found the perfect going-out wallet, whether you’re meeting friends for drinks or headed around the corner for a baker’s dozen. Two interior pockets (one of them clear) and an outside pocket hold just the necessities.
Leather Earrings, $16. These handmade, gold and gunmetal leather, leaf-shaped designs are lightweight (so they won't drag down your ears), and the proceeds help fund literacy programs for Muslim women artisans and their children in Northern India.
Wall Prints, $25. Photographer Jen Gotch's high-quality scans of her happy Polaroid shots--flags, grapefruit, flowers, palm trees, shoes--are vivid, archival-looking ways to add some fun to your walls.
Fused Glass Garden Art Stakes, $10. Fade-resistant, handmade garden markers will help identify all the plants in your yard or window box. They’re customizable, too (our picks: fire-engine red for tomatoes and hot pink for French lavender).
Beach Tea Towel, $9. Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson has illustrated everything from children's books to New Yorker pages. Her new collection of tea towels for West Elm features images of summer picnics, reminding us that Memorial Day Weekend is just 8 weeks away.
Cakeslider Bouquet, $22. When you can’t decide between baking someone a cake or bringing them flowers, try one of these bouquets--each “flower” is a piece of cake in its own little push-up-pop container.
Clip Note Organizer, $12. This massive paper clip is a fun way to keep notes, business cards, photos and receipts from taking over your desk.
Instead of marshmallow chicks, try...
Hawthorne & Wren's Donut Muffins. These cinnamon-sugar bombs have the same light, sweet coating as a marshmallow chick or bunny (they also freeze just as well), but are free of the finger-dying neon color. The company sends 20 in a basket lined with a green linen napkin, and is offering free shipping on all Easter orders.
Instead of jelly beans, try...
Magnolia Bakery's Easter Cookie Basket. This beautiful basket delivers the same color punch as bowl full of jelly beans, consisting of miniature meringues in pastel green, pink, blue, lavender, yellow and cream, plus a dozen lemon shortbread cookies, half dipped in chocolate, the other half rimmed in purple sugar.
Instead of a chocolate bunny, try...
Rocq's Sweetheart Macaron Collection. A plastic-wrapped chocolate bunny is nice, but just doesn't have the same "oh la la" factor as a pearly white box filled with 24 Parisian cookies. The package includes four varieties: dark chocolate, raspberry, peach mango and red velvet, and shipping is free.
Terrarium, $26. This little glass dome, filled with a simple moss ball, comes with its own tiny spritz bottle and a label explaining its kingdom and division. It's nerdy and stylish all at the same time...and is probably really hard to kill, which is always a plus.
Shoe Bag, $16 for 3. These striped, zip-top pouches are just the thing for making sure muddy shoes don’t muck up clean underwear in your suitcase.
Letter Pressed Cookie Cutters, $22. Whether your message is simply “Happy Birthday, Mike!” or something a bit more complicated, tell everyone how you feel with cookies. Bonus for type lovers: each letter of the alphabet--plus an ampersand and an exclamation point--is in a different font.
Pink Stripe Masking Tape, $22. We love this sticky tape for fun jobs, like holding together a birthday present wrapped in brown paper, and for everyday ones, like labeling jars.
Tea Light Holder, $22. So smart: A narrow vent down the side of this glass vessel lets you bring a lit match down to the tiny candle’s wick without burning your hand.
Swimming Soap, $12. Sized to fit in your palm and shaped like a fish, this scaly carved soap has notes of fresh citrus, bergamot, lemon, cucumber and watermelon.
Box of the Month, $30. Get a personalized present delivered every 4 weeks...for yourself. A style questionnaire helps ensure the gifts are spot-on.
Egg Cup, $6. Put your soft-boiled egg, still in its shell, in this modern, arch-like holder, and suddenly breakfast becomes a very hip affair.
Hot Chocolate on a Stick, $10 for 3. Step 1: Pour steamed milk into a mug. Step 2: Stir hot chocolate stick into milk. Step 3: Happiness.
Crumpled City Map, $22. Finally, no more fruitless attempts at refolding a map correctly. This guide to Barcelona (also available for other cities, including Amsterdam and Tokyo) takes 2 seconds to open and close, and provides city details including streets, monuments, museums, art galleries and more.
Romanesco Broccoli Seeds, $3.95. No matter what part of the country you live in, you can start planting vegetables indoors now. This broccoli variety, which has beautiful, apple-green whorled heads, has been around since the 16th century.
Pig Cooking Lid, $18. You can place this multipurpose silicone circle over ingredients in a pot to help them cook evenly (it releases steam through the pig’s snout), or use it to grip a hard-to-open lid.
Ticket Stub Diary, $10. Never forget those front row seats at a Bruce Springsteen concert with this booklet that helps you preserve memories from concerts, museums, movies, sporting events, Broadway shows and other outings.
Tree Print Pillow Cover, $34. If you can't carve your initials into the real deal, this personalized throw pillow is the next best thing. And perfect for sprucing up your love nest come Valentine's Day.
"Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner" Tea Cozy, $18. Prevent fingers from getting burned by your morning cup of joe and subtly show your boss you mean business with this Dirty Dancing-inspired drink sleeve.
Flying Squirrel Dusting Glove, $18. You'll actually want to clean your computer screen and wipe down your coffee table with this adorable microfiber mitt.
Vitaminschtick Biggy Lip Balm, $9. These jumbo sticks hydrate lips just as well as the fruity-flavored waters they're named after.