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.
Deeply aromatic and luxuriant to the touch, the Winter Oil Bath from Austrian holistic (and organic) beauty expert Susanne Kaufmann lends an extra layer of extravagance to every bath. Orange oil lays out the base note while cinnamon and clove waft forward. A bit of evergreen rounds it all out. The real essential oils within were blended in Austria. And more than just a lush fragrance, there's nourishing capabilities that will relax dry winter skin.
Working with artisans, Brooklyn-based Aelfie Oudghiri produces bright, bold and very playful pillows and rugs. Each pillow is hand-embroidered in Rajasthan from 100% cotton, and our pick is the "Cool Bananas" version, with three fruity friends wearing shades. Whether for kids or adults, bedrooms or lounge rooms, it's a cheerful addition to the home. (Insert is sold separately.)
Full of fascinating facts for any aspiring paleontologist, "Day of the Dinosaurs: Step into a Spectacular Prehistoric World" is also teeming with colorful but sophisticated pictures. Exploring four eras of dinosaurs—the Triassic, the early Jurassic, the Late Jurassic and the Cretaceous—this hardcover book has enough to engage kids and kids at heart.
KREWE du Optic makes specs and sunglasses inspired by founder Stirling Barrett's passion for his hometown of New Orleans. Our pick from the brand for this winter is the new colorway for the St Louis: Blue Steel to Burgundy. Handmade with Italian acetate, durable hardware and superior lenses to protect your peepers, these sunnies should last a while—thanks to quality materials and timeless style.
With plenty of antioxidants, this coconut bath milk leaves skin feeling smooth and nourished—especially in the cold, dry winter months. Coconut powder moisturizes and softens skin, but also boasts anti-inflammatory properties. Further, the vanilla fragrance adds a calming effect on the brain—and a little extra relaxation never goes astray.
For cooks who appreciate a physics equation and the biology of a mushroom (side note: mushrooms aren't vegetables or fungi, they are "made up of gills, spores, chitin" and more) this new book from America's Test Kitchen is just the ticket. "Cook's Science" is full of fascinating information and 400+ foolproof recipes made with 50 favorite ingredients—everything from scallops to kale, almonds and honey. Each recipe begins with an explanation about the science behind it—essentially why the formula works. Tacos al pastor, for example, are made without a spit and the process not only makes sense, it's also not difficult. Forget too many cooks in the kitchen, this book took a bunch of scientists too, and the result is scientifically proven recipes, so you can't fail.
Released on vinyl for the first time, Compilation #1 is an essential for DFA Records fans. While the album was released in the olden days (pre-iTunes) on CD, it's now available as a two-record set and features the likes of The Rapture, The Juan Maclean, LCD Soundsystem and Black Dice. A standout—and throw-back considering the age of CDs—is The Rapture's "House of Jealous Lovers," which is sure to bring back some memories.
Molly Schoit’s book based on the Instagram @TheUnsungHeroines handle, "Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History" celebrates the forgotten, lesser known women athletes who paved the way for today's sports stars. From Jackie Towanda (the first woman to box at Madison Square Garden) to Conchita Cintrón (a bullfighter also known as The Golden Goddess) and Renée Richards (the first transgender woman to play in a professional tennis tournament) the book is full of significant images and stories from a century of sportswomen.
Their minimalist sensibilities have earned Switzerland's Mondaine watches many accolades and a place in the MoMA Design Store, but it's the brand's ability to make the minimal seem so powerful and engaging that keeps fans on their toes. With the recently released SBB Giant—in an all-black colorway, except for a striking red seconds hand—a clean, classic design feels like something more. At 42mm, it's also not that giant, but rests well on the wrist, especially considering its lug-less design.
Designed by Sabina Gibson, this peach-colored Stegosaurus is much smaller, cuter and cuddlier than the real thing. Made for kids aged three and up, the jurassic creature has a wool felt body and polyester filling—so s/he is snuggly. Available on its own, or as a set of four (along with a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus and Triceratops) this little pal will encourage tots to use their imagination and maybe even learn about the prehistorical world.
Writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl (who created the New York Times bestseller "Rad American Women A-Z") have come together again for another feminist-leaning tome: "Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History." Featuring cut-out portraits and short profiles on everybody from Poly Styrene (lead singer of X-Ray Spex) to Malala Yousafzi and Chimamanda Adichie, the book will inspire and impress readers of all ages, races and genders.
Designed by Swiss-Argentinian Alfredo Häberli and made from gorgeous green glass specially developed by Georg Jensen and the Glafo Glass Research Institute, the Alfredo Vase is the result of many visionaries coming together. Looking like something from the past and the future at the same time, its curves are exaggerated and delightful. The vessel (available in two very different shapes and sizes) is such a pretty piece, you might not even bother putting flowers in it.
Designed by Italian architect Paola Navone and produced by acclaimed porcelain company Reichenbach, this polka-dot creamer—part of a great black dots set—balances whimsy with function. This can be said of both the uncommon silhouette and the playful pattern. Global interests struck the Navone, which she channeled into her progressive, worldly work. The piece is exclusively stocked at the Philip Johnson Glass House design store.
Crafting a canned iced latte—with its ideally silky texture—is no easy feat. La Colombe has managed to create a delicious and frothy on-the-go beverage in its Draft Latte. Made with cold-pressed espresso and nutrient-rich milk, it doesn't need any added sugar or water and is ready to drink straight from the can. Available in a pack of four or 16.
Gender-neutral and entirely sophisticated, LA-based Graf Lantz's Benton bag is made from merino wool felt and soft leather, and doesn't diverge far from the classic duffle shape. While it's a roomy piece, it's sill a carry-on (measuring 22"2 by 12" by 9 1/2 inches) so you won't have any difficulty with overhead storage. Featuring two internal pockets and two external, this bag is as functional as it is classy.
Made from soft reversed French terry, this range of caps from KNYEW features embroidered words inspired by Stevie Wonder lyrics. From "pastime paradise" to "higher ground" and "living in the city," each hat is a different mellow hue—though they're all super-wearable. Our pick is the peachy, salmon-colored iteration which states "overjoyed" so you can share positive vibes on your hat, even if you're frowning.