Daily Distraction: The Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog is back

The snark is real at Defector

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Williams Sonoma Christmas ornaments

For years, Drew Magary compiled an annual list of gaudy, stupid, overpriced Christmas items from the Williams-Sonoma catalog for the website Deadspin, which is now a shell of its former self. But Magary now has a new home at Defector, an employee-owned, subscription-supported site where he continues the tradition of the yearly hater's guide, which posted last week.

"I think that what Williams-Sonoma does is they present to you a very, very specific version of Christmas. It's very WASP-y. It's probably in Connecticut somewhere," Magary told NPR in 2019, when Vice hosted the feature. "It has really nothing to do with modern America at all."

This year's guide features takedowns of Christmas mugs, $15 marshmallows, $40 personalized peppermint bark and more. "The peppermint bark ancillary economy is the only thing keeping Williams-Sonoma afloat in the 21st century," Magary writes. "If you don’t buy their peppermint bark, and peppermint bark cookies, and peppermint bark crèmes, and peppermint bark quiche, this company would fold faster than a tartan cloth napkin."

Read the whole hi thing here.