Izola provides a good flask for every type of sipper. Constructed from the most durable of stainless steel, available in 5-ounce or 3-ounce sizes depending on one's tolerance, these classy vessels are available inscribed with a number of different cheers-worthy expressions—"to hell with work" for instance. The pleasing circular shape of these containers is quite aerodynamic, easily moving from your pocket, to your mouth, and back again, and again and again.
While subscription boxes offer a delightful surprise, sometimes choosing your own adventure is even better. Nice Laundry's new box-set options are a great way to package a gift for a pal (or yourself) while maintaining control over the styles you end up with. Available in small (six pairs), medium (12 pairs) or large (18 pairs), these sets—with dress socks, no-show and athletic options—are sure to keep your tootsies cozy and happy during all four seasons.
Launched some 25 years ago, Columbia's Japan Collection is full of retro stylings that are still wearable today. One favorite is the Frocks Jacket, with its bright color-blocking and boxy shape. Not just aesthetics, the jacket is made of water-resistant nylon and boasts a hood and a drop-tail to offer extra protection from the elements. Lightweight and colorful, it's a great option for transitional seasons and summer downpours.
A double-sided, pocket-sized work of art by Urban EDC Supply and graphic artist Billy French, the astronomer spinning coin features representations of the sun and the moon. Beyond the artistic motifs, however, there's a game-like novelty to the coin—involving patience. If successful, one can launch the coin into a spin lasting up to 10 minutes. Each coin is crafted and individually pressed by Shire Post Mint in Springdale, Arkansas. And they come in six material/finish colorways.
In theory, High West's Valley Tan Utah Whiskey expression is only available in the state of Utah at present. That doesn't mean one can't get their hands on it elsewhere. What makes it special, however, is High West's commitment to an old time flavor profile—which they've achieved by utilizing more wheat (most of which hails from the northwestern corner of Utah) in their mash bill. An old time Utah profile that is, which back in the day was distinct from those from Kentucky and Tennessee because of its specific proportions of wheat. Ultimately though, this is an 87 Proof whiskey that's still pretty light on the tongue with floral notes abound.
There might not be a more cheerful way to drink your coffee each morning than out of this smiley face cup. Crafted from non-toxic, locally sourced materials, it's also food and oven safe. Available in four sizes (from four to 16 ounces), each vessel is made by hand, one at a time. Name him/her anything you like, that golden smile won't change.
Perhaps not made to give your grandma (depending on your grandma's taste, that is), Not Another Bill's set of Profanity Greeting Cards don't technically insult the person you give them to—since the cuss words are crossed out. But the terms used—from "shit muncher" to "twat" and more—are playfully rude, and the cards' design is simple but extremely effective. Inside, the cards are blank so you can make up for the swearing with a polite haiku. Each set contains six cards and envelopes. Price is in Euros.
Available in brass, steel or copper, this trio of dishes (joined together at their edges) arrives the same as each other, but then the owner can press and push them in order to expand to the shape they want. Blending mathematics, design and a little customization, the Push Dishes measure 15cm by 20cm and are perfect for storing precious tchotchkes. Price is in Euros.
The Avalanches' first record Since I Left You, released in 2000, famously features a whopping 3,500 samples. With slightly fewer samples, the band's second record came out this year, but—much to the delight of fans—the Australian group also reissued their debut on vinyl. Leading with the sublime title track, this record begs to be listened to in its entirety—thanks in part to the medley-style continuous flow of songs. Perfectly crafted, the cadence of this release has been considered much more carefully than many current-day releases. Price is in Euros.
Treat your pooch (or cat) like the king or queen s/he is with this striking stoneware bowl. With gold pyramid embellishments (that resemble the classic studded pet collars), these handmade and hand-glazed vessels are entirely unique to each owner. Available in small or large, these bowls are so appealing you might want to use it for your own tchotchkes.
Bookends are oftentimes perceived of as unnecessary or kitsch design objects, but this stunning and minimal version from Brooklyn-based Chen Chen + Kai Williams will make a statement. Made from White Carrara marble, the bookend is shaped to accentuate the material, and it's even padded with black neoprene to protect your treasured tomes.
This numbered, limited edition clutch from Olympia Le-Tan (best known for her book cover bags) is made meticulously and with high-quality materials—fitting, considering it borrows an American icon's art. The entire, new Keith Haring range from Olympia Le-Tan is predictably colorful, playful and retro. More impressive is that each bag within has been crafted from hand-embroidered silk thread and felt appliqué. A pretty pink clutch with a pretty price to match; cost is in Euros.
From the recently released Georg Jensen + Patricia Urquiola collaboration comes this sleek pitcher that manages to match modernity with timelessness. The ribbed steel is meticulous, but adds texture to an otherwise polished piece. Crafted from stainless steel, the pitcher features PVD coating, which is eco-friendly and high-tech—offering a protective layer to keep the object looking its best.
We all know what it feels like to receive a handwritten note. Why not be the person to send one? It can be very challenging to select notecards but with Princeton Architectural Press' Olivetti Pattern Series designed by MADE BY MEMO, there's a lot to love for everyone. With distinct patterns produced by the Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter—in black and red—there's a casual elegance here that appeals to writers, artists, designers and more. The inside is blank, allowing for an any-occasion message. Each box comes complete with 12 notecards (three of each of the four different pattern types) and envelopes.
One-size-fits-most and (of course) entirely gender-neutral, these "I Did My Best" socks are made for Mondays. Screen-printed on classic white crew socks, the slogan is an attempt to remind yourself (and others) that there's no place for self-doubt. If you're feeling a little insecure, throw these on and wear them proudly.
Featuring Old White Heart glass beads, hailing from an old trading post in Tuscon, Arizona, this simple but distinct necklace draws its inspiration from vintage pieces. At its center is a copper pendant, stamped and filed using traditional methods. Deerskin leather composes the "chain." All of it has been made in the US, and it represents just one of many pieces in the FELTRAIGER and handmade, custom jewelry brand Red Rabbit Trading's one-off collaboration.
Including 15 books and over 250 myths, Ovid's "Metamorphoses" is a true classic—one many of us may feel a little shameful about, for not having read it yet. The clever and energetic poetry links mythical stories (like Pygmalion and the fall of Troy) via the theme of transformation. The new, cloth-bound cover was illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith and should be a little incentive to tick this significant tome off your reading list.