Wilco Novelty Gifts
No disrespect to Wilco's new album, "The Whole Love," but the record isn't the most creative thing you can purchase from the Chicago rockers this holiday season. Try, instead, the Wilco dog collar ($35) or a Wilco "freaker" (a one-size-fits-all knitted beverage cozy, $10), perfect for the band's cult-y, "dad rock" audience. The band, which has partnered with Chicago companies like Garrett Popcorn, Intelligentsia Coffee and guitar strap co. Souldier, has enough lifestyle-aimed merchandise to ensure that if there's a task at hand, there's a Wilco-branded product for it. Take, for example, reusable nylon sandwich and snack bags subtly bearing the Wilco name ($8 and $10, respectively, and handmade by Massachusetts company snackTAXI). Specific enough for you? If you're still on the hunt for swag that's cozy rather than utilitarian, try a Wilco futbol-style scarf that pimps "The Whole Love" ($20). But of course, there are still tour shirts and baseball caps, but wouldn't you rather give the gift of Wilco's vinyl record case instead?