The digital age has made many paper products obsolete, but not the printed calendar. Many people still prefer printed calendars because of their attractive imagery and because they allow them to see date reminders of their past and future activities with a quick glance. The 2019 Cayman Watercolours Calendar, available at Bedside Manor and Books & Books in Camana Bay, displays the reproduced artwork of more than a dozen Cayman Islands-based painters. All proceeds from sales are shared equally between Cayman HospiceCare and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. The calendar also includes a list of local produce and the fish and crustaceans that are in season in any given month. Each month also features a recipe for a popular local dish. Be sure to try the October recipe for the most honest sweet potatoes you’ll ever taste.
GIFTS FOR FIDO
Dogs don’t like when their owners leave them to go to work for the day, and they especially don’t like when their owners go on vacation and leave them home. One way to help ease your dog’s deep sense of abandonment is by handing them a gift when you return home. In your dog’s mind, you went out hunting and brought home the metaphorical bacon. Of course a dog would prefer real bacon to almost anything else you could give it, but squeaky toys work pretty well, too. Must Love Dogs in Camana Bay now sells durable squeaky toys shaped like stingrays that will provide your dog with hours of fun, while simultaneously helping you allay the guilt you felt when your dog gave you the “sad-eyes look” as you walked out the door.
A CAYMAN CHRISTMAS
People love Christmas decorations so much that there are shops all across the Christian world that sell nothing but Christmas decorations all year long. There aren’t any of those shops in the Cayman Islands, but 3 Girls & A Kiln in Camana Bay does make a selection of hand-crafted, ceramic Christmas decorations that are generally available all the time. These decorations don’t come off an assembly line in China; they’re each a work of true Cayman Islands art. That means there aren’t millions of them and you shouldn’t wait until Christmas Eve to buy one and still find some in stock.
The hottest items at Little Angels in Camana Bay right now are keychains.
“Poo Poo Unicorn Keychains are a big hit with people of all ages,” says one marketing description. “Adults and especially children have a fascination with poop toys.”
“Cute little unicorn that pops out a sparkling poo poo when squeezed,” states another description. “Cute and weird, the perfect way to express your personal style.”
“Squeeze each unicorn and watch them poo glitter over and over again,” state the online directions. “The Poo Poo Unicorn keychain has people laughing when they squeeze the unicorn and see glitter poop come in and out of its butt.”
“Makes a great gift and is perfect for schools, party favours, stocking stuffers, gag gifts, baskets, the office, stress relief and so much more,” is the declaration on one website. “For ages 3 and up — fun for the whole family!”
Some of the “What’s New, What’s Fun” items write themselves.