Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gift Guide: The Bon Vivant

He's not about to let anything get in the way of a good time.  The life of every party, a lover of the finer things and, of course, your ride or die. Treat him this holiday with clever gifts and little luxuries that promise fun to come.

For busy days: a playful and punchy watch inspired by Timex archives from the 1970s. Blackjack Watch from Tom Snyder and Timex.

For keeping track: a novel little notebook from the shop that brought you 'People I want to Punch in the Face': 27th Street Press on Etsy or for something a little more highbrow.

For keeping his everyday carry neat and organized: a sleek black metal valet tray by DOIY Design available on Cool Material.
For running around town: everyone's favorite new all-wool, super comfy, washing machine-friendly sneaker from Allbirds

For documents - stamps with German insults and vulgarities from The Stampographer also available in Japanese and French.

For odds and ends: a funny folding silicon box at home on his desk, nightstand or bathroom counter. Phold from Design Life Kids

For tightening a screw, trimming a loose thread or opening a beer, all while keeping his collar looking sharp: a set of titanium multi-tool collar stays from Exuvius.

For home decor, and ego boosting. Legend Candle by Damselfly available at Luxe Gifts

For taking full advantage of his new phone's wireless charging capabilities, and looking good while doing it: The Wireless Charging Pad from Grovemade.

For fancy feet: a monthly subscription to round out his sock drawer from Sock Fancy

For Fridays: futuristic jeans made of a technical material that sheds water, resists stains, fights odors and bounces back from whatever he puts them through. Slim Dungarees from Outlier

For sophisticated tastes: an unusual fudge made with condensed, sweetened milk, and dehydrated blue cheese from Rogue creamery. A definitely different choice. Albatross Fudge from Dude, Sweet Chocolate - for some of their more mainstream offerings don't miss When Pigs Fly or Hanoi Fudge.

For mules, juleps, punches and snow cones: a silicon ice cube tray that makes flaky crushed ice a breeze. Crushed Ice Tray from Peak Ice Works on Amazon.

For drinks that call for a different sort of ice, one that makes it's own cocktail as it melts. Blood Orange and Ginger infused Ice Cubes to make the perfect Old Fashioned from Herb & Lou's

For the perfect finish on any cocktail he can think of: a multipurpose Bartender's Knife from W&P Design

Or for when he's not tending bar, and because all the kids have them these days: a fidget spinner pocket knife from Meteorite.

For indulging while doing good: a bundle of delicious farmed North American Oysters from Real Oyster Cult whose mission is deeply tied to sustainability and protecting the ocean.
Also for indulging, while protecting his tie: a screen-printed linen bib for BBQ Nights. Swine Bib from Sir | Madam

A closet classic and a tie worth protecting: No. 58 Black Silk Tie from Mr. Day, a cheaper dupe here or an even cheaper, more subversive take here.

For world travelers or wannabes: a collection of design-conscious guides for dream destinations. Wallpaper City Guides Box Set on Mr. Porter.

For keeping his playlist rolling, even without his phone: a small device for taking Spotify anywhere, with five hours of battery life, bluetooth capabilities and a weather resistant finish, just clip on ang go.. Mighty
For correspondence: YOLO Stationary from Terrapin Stationers

For a pool accessory that Taylor Swift's gang has nothing on: Ridiculous Inflatable Swan Thing by David Shrigley available at Artware.
Because he's dripping with it: Panache Hat from Maison Labiche

For schlepping the essentials to the office, the gym or off to a weekend away and looking good while doing it: a super organized sling pack from Aer.

For a real life take on a favorite app game: Space Team by Timber & Bolt available on Amazon don't miss this expansion pack

For a design-centric take on a classic game: a riff on Liar's Dice, Mr. Pip's Double Cross.
For making life a game: four activity-filled dice for creating spontaneous itineraries. Do Something Dice from W&P Design.

For reforming his ways: Swear Jar from Good Fucking Design Advice.

For never reforming and because mine gives me joy every. single. day. Trump Keytag by Various Projects.

For watching the game: a retro sweater take on his team of choice. Pennant Sweaters by Hillflint - don't miss their cardigans or college-geared offerings either.

For tracking fitness, sleep and stress all without the bracelet: A set of adhesive tags to add to most frequently worn clothing for deeper insights with no charging, remembering or wearing. Health Tags by Spire.

For laundry day and working through some aggression: Laundry Punching Bag from SuckUK

For learning to shoot like Curry, cook like Ramsay or write like Sorkin, or maybe all of the above: a digital classroom experience with his idol. Single courses or a year-long subscription from Masterclass.

For those rare occasions when he feels like staying in: a plush hooded bathrobe by Wings & Horns from Ace Hotel
Finally, for being up for anything: a gaming system that goes with him and all the new Mario his heart desires. Nintendo Switch, available on Amazon.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gift Guide: The Bebes

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Little angels or total devils, they've stolen our hearts and yours with their endless antics. Whether for newborns, toddlers or grade-schoolers, give Santa a hand with gifts for growing minds and big imaginations.

 Because they could not be cuter: Baby Elf Slippers from Baby Cricket on Etsy

For new teeth and natural good looks: Jetson Rattle from Dove & Dovelet

For babies that feel a little more French: Croissant Rattle from Amelia
For daily doodles: a creativity encouraging workbook 32 Ways to Dress a Dog from Yolk
For twirling: Tiny Dancer Tee from Cheerily
For racing: a handsome balance bike from Prince Lionheart

For a more neutral take on the holiday season: Organic Romper by Lola and Stella available on Etsy (everything they make is gorgeous).
For chewing on in the bath: a natural rubber boat that floats around the tub and is designed with no holes for bacteria or mold to get into. Origami Boat from Oli & Carol

Because nothing could be cozier: Luxe Faux Fur Baby Bunting from Restoration Hardware
For building imaginary worlds: an super detailed stencil set from Common Loon made from flexible PVC. See the set in action here

For exploring their current world: an encyclopedia for the Planet Earth generation. Animal The Definitive Guide from DK on Amazon.
For aspiring chefs: a real knife set with cleverly placed finger holds and a guard for learning to chop and peel. Opinel Le Petite 3 Piece Set from Williams Sonoma.

For aspiring spies: a six month subscription box that features missions ranging from fingerprint analysis to building secret identities, each one month at a time. Mission Unboxable on Etsy.
For dragons, and being the mother of them. Dragon Wing & Hat Set from Lovelane Designs also in Red or Pink.
For building their own robots: a modular set of building blocks with unique functions (drive, flashlight, power etc...) for tinkering and learning.  Cubelets available on Amazon in a variety of different sized packs and functions.

For a non-girly take on dollhouse play that's also a pretty cool display piece for any room. Attic House from Mint Rhapsody

For more landscape-based play: a pop art play mat with a variety of different natural habitats. Animals Play Mat by Deuz available on Design Life Kids

For making happy music, and because it's far less parent-offensive than a drum set: Mahalo Ukulele on Amazon.

For nibbles on the run: a sleek diaper bag or backpack ready solution. Snack in the Box available on Amazon
For stationary nibbles: a one piece rubber placemat that provides far less things to throw on the ground. EZPZ Happy Mat available at Bed Bath & Beyond

For exploring chain reactions and conducting domino races: Hape Dynamo Dominos available on Amazon.

For rebel girls: a new brand of magazine that features the best female minds encouraging young women to believe in themselves and their dreams. Kazoo

For dressing up: Jimmy the Giraffe Necklace by Little Lux from Covet & Lou

For building a library: toddler takes on classic literature that use characters and elements from these titles we all know to teach other lessons, like counting, alphabet, animals and so on. Baby Lit Collections by Juniper Books.

For trips to the moon: a super sweet wooden rocket puzzle whose pieces connect with magnets. Janod Magnetic Rocket Kit available on Amazon.

And for further space explorations: a pop-up book masterpiece. This Book is a Planetarium by Kelli Anderson available on Amazon.

Finally for a fresh alternative to the Baby 
Bjorn: an incredible tactical material baby carrier from Mission Critical that's the product of significant R&D resulting in a truly comfortable carry that's rugged and handsome to boot. Get this for every new dad you know.