Mystic Tarpent $70
For those perfect summer evenings under the stars, when a full-on tent seems a tad too much, we recommend the amazing Mystic Tarpent from Poler. The Tarpent includes two tarps that can be transformed into a myriad of structures for whatever the situation: open-air sleeping arrangement, shelter for both sudden rain and blazing sun, insulating space blanket, reflective search beacon, and even a 100% waterproof ground cover for times when a full-on tent is necessary. Weighing in at a mere two pounds, this miracle-worker belongs in any nature lover's pack.
Ice Sculpture $580
"Getting iced" takes on a whole new meaning when one of Okamoto Studio's divine custom ice sculptures is involved. Flawlessly constructed and beautiful to behold, the temporal quality of this unexpected gift only adds to its physical and conceptual beauty. Crystalline, magical and as effervescent as it is evanescent, while the sculpture itself might melt away, the extreme impact of receiving something so sublimely beautiful will never fade. Delivers within New York's Tri-State area.
MBS MFG. CO.
MBS MFG. CO Caps $34
Described to be the "choice of champs," MBS MFG. CO.'s quality caps are a win, for sure. Made with classic five-panel construction, these brimmed beauties have just the right mix of timeless simplicity and downtown freshness. Homegrown in Jersey City and made in the USA, this soon-to-be favorite chapeau is available in a multitude of colors and fabrics to suit any and all noggins.
Antler Beer Tap $475
If having a seemingly endless supply of freshly tapped golden suds wasn't enough badassery for you, let us suggest this Deer Antler Skull Tap Tower. Brew connoisseurs with a backwoods sensibility will fawn over this tap tower, which combines an industrial steel pipe mechanism with a rustic white deer skull. Each frothy fill-up is much more satisfying from this tap, which was designed and hand assembled with love by the industrial folks at CabinFeverCraft, straight from the woods of Michigan.
iMac Aquarium $299
With new computers becoming archaic more immediately than ever before, luckily there are clever thinkers like Jake Harms in the world. From his humble and self-grown shop, Harms transforms would-be-discarded iMacs into aquatic wonderlands. Infinitely more entertaining than your typical screensaver, these upcycled aquariums bring a new perspective on how we use technology.
Best Made Co.
Douk-Douk Knife $32
The douk-douk was originally created in 1929 by Gaspard Cognet for sales to France's Oceanic colonies. A knife originally intended as a utilitarian pocketknife for the common worker quickly gained a massive following among the French Foreign Legion. Constructed like a slipjoint knife, which has a loaded backspring rather than a locking mechanism, and engraved with a representation of the "douk-douk"—a Melanesian spirit meant to bring good luck to the knife-bearer—this rich piece of history will fit easily into your pocket for ultimate indispensability.
Intrepid Space Shuttle $6
This is indeed a pocket-sized rocket. It is in fact, the supremely miniature In Air Space Shuttle, just a micro-version of the original orbiter. Die-cast with no assembly required, this fascinating replica of arguably man's greatest technological feat is ready for takeoff this holiday season.
Charity: Water $25
There is no better gift than the gift of giving back. Charity: Water has a clear mission to bring available clean drinking water to every person on earth. This holiday season, they partner with CLEAR Cambodia in an effort to provide 15,000 Cambodian families with BioSand filters, which transform dirty water found in Cambodian marshlands into drinkable hydration. A gift that not only brings joy through aiding others, but also forces us to not take this precious resource for granted, and realize our own good fortune in something as simple as the kitchen sink.
Izola Flasks $24
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.
Roo Kee Roo
Illustrated Framed Prints $25
Having grown up in the rugged landscape of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the strapping men behind Roo Kee Roo were charged with chopping wood, shoveling snow and getting the fire started after a long day of wholesome labor. Luckily, these outdoorsy gents are artists as well, and have produced a covetable collection of screen prints representing the physical objects that enable a job done well. Bring a slice of this hardworking country sensibility into your metropolitan existence with any one of their color-popping prints.
Tower Salt & Pepper Grinder $85
In 1842, Peugeot of France invented the pepper mill—and our palette has been more pleased ever since. While we've seen many incarnations of these flavorful objects, the unique geometric towers from British design powerhouse Tom Dixon are beyond noteworthy. Constructed in the spirit of the company's mission to revive the British furniture industry, these stylish seasoners are color blocked into white, black and electric orange, and are as much modern art piece as they are tabletop necessity.
Cube Clock $38
Designer Natalie Sun's streamlined Cube Clock is sure to bring an element of elevated artistry to anyone's morning snooze-button smacking marathon. Its anti-tech persona—it looks like nothing more than a simple wooden cube when idle—is quickly transformed by the snap or tap of a finger, each of which activates the illuminated display and reveals the time, date and temperature. Though "the blend of streamlined organic object and technical function" is likely the last thing you'll consider as you tap that snooze button, just one last time.
David Rasmussen Design
Martini Glasses $60
Guests will do a double take at these delightful wooden martini glasses from David Rasmussen, which are as unconventional as they are functional. Wood contains greater insulating properties than glass, and therefore keeps your inebriant superiorly chilled. We also surmise that these will be less easily shattered than their glass counterparts. These special glasses, for their aesthetics alone would make a superb addition to any cocktail aficionado's cupboard.
Lucid Dreaming Mask $95
On average, we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping. Therefore, any investment in a better sleep experience—be it high thread count sheets or bank-breaking beds—is completely acceptable. Yet, no matter how wonderful our down pillows, a bad nightmare really sends the whole experience straight to hell. Welcome, a dreamcatcher for a new millennium. Designed by Remee, this robotic, LED-flashing eye mask guarantees the wearer more lucid dreams–—that is, the ability to understand that you are dreaming while in the dreaming state, to take some control and fully relax.
Doggy Radio $2,500
Cult-favorite Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara's iconic lonesome puppy has taken on many forms throughout his work, from larger than life statue to magical storybook character. Having confessed dark memories of a real-life abandonment of his own childhood pup, Nara's dog interpretations are said to represent the ideal of a permanent companion, stable and eternal, if not somewhat menacing to behold. Now, in collaboration with MoMA, Nara has released a replication of his iconic sculpture reincarnated into an interactive radio, which responds to the same actions as a real-life pet: touch his chin to turn him on, pet his chin to change the volume, and so on. Only 3000 of these collector pieces were produced, with only 1000 available in the US—a rare breed indeed.
Buddha Butter Dish $20
Few things have brought so much joy to this world as Buddha and butter. Now, two great forces combine in this mind-blowing Buddha butter dish, created with a mission to provide self-accepting inner peace as you grow a Buddha belly of your own. Buddha says, "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." So spread that butter on without fear, enjoy the present and embrace the impermanence of that belly.
Golden Thyme Candle $35
Izola created the Golden Thyme candle in staunch revolt against the grossly pungent fragrances of the common scented candle, with a mission to please even the most offended of male noses—although we wouldn't be surprised if a ladyfriend or two also appreciates the subtle scent. Thyme, the precious herb that Rudyard Kipling said to "smell like dawn in Paradise," has been used throughout history for purification, to ward of nightmares and to bring courage, none of which could hurt. Made in the USA from 100% vegetable wax, set this wick-happy wonder alight and contemplate the promise of a new day.
Classic Car Club Manhattan
Classic Car Club Membership $4,500
For those who fantasize about getting behind the wheel a 1969 Jaguar convertible, but aren't quite willing to make the investment, try the Classic Car Club Manhattan. A mecca for classic car enthusiasts, this club is an endless joyride for members, who can access an elite fleet of 40 of the most coveted vehicles of all-time. With membership priced at less than the cost of a monthly Manhattan parking spot, this car club will fulfill any Mustang fanatic or Lambo lover's wildest dreams.
Isoline Travel Blanket $255
Latin scholars will know, "tabula rasa" translates to "blank slate." This concept drives Emily Diamandis's collection of stylishly cozy items, designed to cocoon and color your being no matter your surroundings. Her Isoline Travel Blanket is an ideal companion for your journey. Woven from the softest of Italian yarns into a bright geometric jacquard, this first-class wrap will add a major douse of worldly allure to any ensemble, with a promise that you will never shiver through a red-eye again.
A hooded sweater made from Italian cashmere, the Portofino combines the same versatile hoodie design we all know and love, with some of the most luxurious cashmere in the world. Whether you're docked along the Italian Rivieria or reading a book on the couch, this sweater is always the right fit.
Red Hook Belt $90
A good belt does more than just keep your pants up. The finishing touch on a truly great outfit, with its brass hoof pick closure the Red Hook belt adds that extra dash of surprising panache.
Blue Bottle Coffee Beans $17
There's nothing like gifting a bag of beans from the roaster known to refuse serving espresso in a paper cup, so as not to compromise the integrity of their bean's distinctive flavor. Born in San Francisco and branched into NYC, Blue Bottle's beans do more than never disappoint; they elevate every morning brew into an exquisite tasting experience with a good little buzz.
Scents & Feel
Hammam Towel $68
A Turkish bath towel that can double as a scarf? Centuries of Turkish bathers can't be wrong. It's a modern notion to ditch the terry cloth for a handsome and moisture-defying Hammam towel. Born in Tunisia, this lovely piece of fabric has taken a detour to the US market and is ready to be your number one multi-use item. Woven from a lightweight, hand-woven cotton, the Hamman becomes even softer and more absorbent over its long and happy existence.
Ramp Skis $619
Whether a backcountry powder junkie or terrain park enthusiast, a set of cutting-edge skis is a must for surviving the long cold winter. Ramp uses a revolutionary patent-pending process that allows for endless innovation and greater control of the product. They are 100% committed to "doing the right thing," for instance, shipping their products in a reusable ski bag instead of a disposable box. So you can save the mountains, as you shred them, all with a smokin' addition to your ski quiver.
Best Made Co.
Best Made Axe $140
An axe is undoubtedly a simple yet effective machine. Hung on the wall, these objects of beauty represent an exalted status of the owner. When the moment calls for some wood-splitting, or civilization-building, Best Made Co.'s axe inventory simply cannot be topped. Each axe's head is drop forged from high carbon American steel by fourth-generation axe makers in North Carolina. Each helve is handmade from the highest quality Appalachian hickory and symbolically hand painted to your liking.
Jawbone's intuitive UP bracelet tracks motion, sleep and if you let it, dietary intake, reminding you when you need to move around, hit the pillow or eat raw veggies all day to cancel out last night's turducken feast. We won't say that this bracelet knows you better than you know yourself, but its constant presence and gentle nudges might be just the encouragement you require to live a more holistic lifestyle.
Lambert Scarf $85
Beat the cold with a lambswool scarf, which is as warm and cozy as it sounds. The Lambert features a herringbone knit and is guaranteed to perform on the chilliest of winter days.
Best Made Co.
Belgian Dart Set $122
Nothing says boredom-be-gone like a handle of bourbon and this American-made Belgian Dart Set. Said to have originated in Flanders in the late 18th century, Volgelpik, the first Belgian dart game, involved pegging a taxidermied bird with a needle affixed to its beak into a wooden board. This bronze and basswood primary-colored board of today functions as much a stylish wall hanging as it does entertainment, and elegant feathered birch wood darts recall a rich era in the evolution of this ever-loved activity.
Brookfarm General Store
Natural Rubber Duckies $10
A tub-time classic, perhaps no other item has made bathing as fun as the ever-loved rubber ducky. But for parents who wish to provide a more holistic upbringing for their tots, how do we reconcile this little bugger's loveable nature with his potentially toxic plastic composition? Look to Brookfarm General Store's Natural Rubber Ducky. Hand-painted, non-toxic and BPA- and phthalate free—so when your two-year-old is chewing on it (which makes the ducky squeak), you can feel good knowing it's safe.
Mini Jambox $180
You never have to worry about being overdressed, not having RSVPed, being late or overstaying the party, when you are the party. Jawbone's Mini Jambox is an all-time favorite speaker companion as we thump our way through life. Besides giving one-touch access to your killer collection of saved and streaming music, it's small enough to fit in your bag, so you will never be stranded without a soundtrack. The geometric design of this intriguing box, available in nine colors, was born out of the mind of genius Yves Béhar, with whom we would love to bust a move.
David Rasmussen Design
WUD Platter $89
Serving Martha Stewart-worthy snacks certainly requires a serving dish as stunning as the food presented. But when you're actually going to have to go with leftover cheese and crackers, or even that box of bagel bites stashed away in the freezer, because you've run out of time, in this predicament an elegant serving tray from David Rasmussen comes in extremely handy. Elevating even the most half-baked spread to something quite beautiful, this handmade tray—cut from a solid piece of wood—has just the right amount of popping color accent to distract from your slipshod appetizer presentation.
Campfire Cologne $15
Campfire Cologne—a mini aromatherapeutic tinderbox sure to transport any woebegone mountain man back to his happy place. The woodsy fragrance is available in Cedar, Birch or Oak, so disable your smoke alarms and kindle your timber of choice.