What did Chekhov say to Churchill?
Finger puppets, that is.
Magnetic personalities from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild are my favorite stocking stuffer. I like to match up my friends and relatives with just the right puppet. Charlie Chaplin for a movie buff. Eleanor Roosevelt for a penpal who loves history. For the science freaks, Einstein, Edison, Curie, Galileo. Artsy types love Monet, Kahlo, Picasso, Warhol, Dali.
And there are lots of literary puppets — Melville, Austen, Joyce, Shakespeare, Parker, Poe, Hurston — as well as cool luminaries from the performing arts, politics, psychology, and um, philosophy. Every year I check out the new ones, and add a few to my collection. They’re really quite versatile.
They make interesting canapes:
can be used as tree ornaments:
are quite willing to perform musical numbers,
even make great table centerpieces.
Of course, you have to keep your eye on the mischievous ones.
George Washington Carver will likely find your peanut butter stash,
Theodore Roosevelt will glomb onto Theodore Teddy,
Monet will go ga-ga over your flowers,
the President will likely orate to the masses,
and Warhol will raid your soup pantry.
Are they really magnetic? Heck yeah!
(Sir Isaac Newton tries to defy gravity.)
Of course, they’re fabulous for dressing up your fingers. Why bother with gloves or jewelry? Wearing puppets to match your outfit is the height of haute couture. Pass out puppets to your guests. Imagine the stimulating after dinner conversation!
They can be purchased singly or in cool sets: Nutcracker Suite, Forgotten Presidents, Great Writers, Great Artists, Great Composers, etc.
So, if you know someone lacking a personality, give him/her a magnetic one for Christmas ☺. If your friends already have good personalities, gift them with fun personas to play with! But don’t take my word for it. Watch this:
♥ Check out all the magnetic personality finger puppets here. The UPG also has dolls, cards, mugs, and other interesting gift items.
♥ More F is for Fall posts here.
♥ This post is brought to you by FINGERS, FUN, FALDEROL, and these luminaries:
"If I have seen further than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." ~ Sir Isaac Newton
"You ask me: what is life? That is like asking: what is a carrot? A carrot is a carrot and that’s all there is to it." ~ Anton Chekhov
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." ~ Winston Churchill
"Art is never finished, only abandoned." ~ Leonardo Da Vinci
"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." ~ Claude Monet
"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." ~ George Washington Carver
"No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
"I am a deeply superficial person." ~ Andy Warhol
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