Best Wishes Book $15
From Matt Singer, one of sharpest designers out there, this book of cute cards offers the chance to make a wish at any time for any occasion, whether it be to say "Happy Birthday" or "Happy New Year." Tear out a slip of paper, write your wish, fold it accordion-style and light it. Then blow it out like a candle to slow the burn and watch your wish slowly release into the universe.
Unionmade + Baxter
CNG Bar Soap $20
Working together for the second time, men's grooming company Baxter of California again collaborates with SF's Unionmade, this time for a bar of soap. The "CNG" is an oversized bar scented with mandarin lime and balck pepper, for a nice scent that's citrusy but still masculine.
Pamphlet Notebook $8
Artists, heed legendary American realist portraitist John Singer Sargent's fine advice: "You can never do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh." And what better instrument to get those creative juices a-flowin' than this elegant sketchbook from Shepherds Bookbinder. Made from the finest of paper covered in a striking avian motif, and complete with a handsomely handstitched binding, this little notebook serves as the perfect encasement for the explosion of curiosity it is sure to unleash.
Kraft Journal $7
Approximately 66% of all discarded paper products are recycled each year, while the other 44% wind up in a landfill. We could say the same ratio holds true for our strokes of brilliance; all to often, bright ideas are lost before they can be recorded and developed. Make sure you never trash another genius moment again with this handy notebook from Knock Knock. This lined journal's cover highlights its own environmentally friendly composition, and reminds you that there are no new ideas, only new executions.
Goodnight iPad $27
Although research suggests that viewing screens before bedtime may tinker with chemicals in the brain that promote a good night's rest, studies also show we all regularly do this pre-slumber activity. Based on the classic, "Good Night Moon," the humorous parody "Goodnight iPad" reminds us that even if we might not live in the little farm-house utopia depicted in the original, we can still ceremoniously say goodnight to screens, the buzzes and the beeps—and go to sleep.
Sendan Tokusa Bowl $22
The traditional design technique, Tokusa, evolved during Japan's Edo period, which consisted of a century and a half of economic growth, environmental protection, and intellectual, cultural and artistic development in the country. Comprised of blue and white lines meant to symbolize the reeds of Tokusa grass, also called the Scouringrush Horsetail, Tokusa's radiating pattern is beautifully represented on these elegant bowls from Miya Company, and looks as modern today as it did centuries ago.
Posh Stamps $24
These Posh Stamps are exactly as advertised, and will add a major dose of formal flair and old world elegance to even the most mundane of correspondence. From Moko Sellers, the East London studio revered for rethinking antique processes through modern design techniques, these classy stamps replicate formal letter-writing traditions with a single imprint of ink.
Blades Natural Beauty
Mountain Woman Tea $15
This unique blend of lemon balm, oats, nettle, damiana, chamomile and peppermint fuse with hot water to create a soothing and tasty concotion as a great pick-me-up during a stressful day. Stocked at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Mountain Woman Tea is made by Brooklyn-based herbalist and natural beauty advocate Jessa Blades whose mission is to spread consciousness about simple and healthy living.
Headache Relief Balm $7
Migraine be gone! From the British company whose tongue-and-cheek marketing proclaims that they "only want you for your body" and refuses to test on animals is this aromatic headache balm from Anatomicals. Made from a soothing mix of natural ingredients, including extra virgin olive oil and rose hip extract, "Oi! You Throbhead" salve is a holistic answer to reaching for the acetaminophen. Just a few dabs will vanquish the throbbing brain pain away from your cranium and back to its special place in hell.
One-Two Shave Set $12
Harry's Truman razor is the perfect item to get your guy hooked on, and the shaving company's One-Two Set will do just that. Determined to deliver the ultimate daily shave for half the price of the big brands, Harry's eschews constant refills with razors that are rough on the skin in favor of blades designed to last long and shave close. The set includes a blade, a handle and a tube of Harry's shaving cream.
Who needs an imaginary friend when you can have a foldable friend? These 3D paper pals are completely customizable and take on a range of attributes to resemble their human counterparts. Great for kids and co-workers, these easy to assemble little twinsies will make spectacular desk accessories and children's toys, as they serve as a constant validation of our unique character.
Monograms and More
Personalized iPhone Decals $6
Ahhhh, the dreaded iPhone charger cord mix-up, a common occurrence in offices, share houses and even couple's living rooms. Keep track of which cord is yours with these classy decals from Monograms and More, which incorporate stylish lettering and classic designs into a supremely fashionable customization of the most easily mistaken electronic accessories.
L.A. Son $19
Chef Roy Choi helped kick off the food truck craze back in 2008 with his wildly popular Kogi Truck in LA, in which he served up his now-famous Korean tacos. The godfather of the street food revolution brings us his first book—a memoir and cookbook packing 85 recipes which pay homage to his experience and his city.
Yellow Owl's Little Prints $17
Creative force Christine Schmidt shares her lively ideas for making simple, unique projects for kids of all ages using stamps, stencils and prints in "Yellow Owl's Little Prints." Kids will love it and parents will cherish the endless entertainment, which result in one-of-a-kind tote bags, blankets, stationery and wall art to hold onto for years to come.
Monoi Tiare Tahiti Coconut Oil $12
Monoi ancient oil has been used in Polynesia for centuries as a trusted beauty cosmetic, a sacred balm in religious ceremonies and even as a medicinal remedy. Consisting solely of pure coconut oil mixed with local flower petals (the product's simple ingredient list is equally refreshing), Monoi Tiare Tahiti promises beautiful hair and skin and a transformative mini tropical vacation in your bathtub.
The Tattoo Coloring Book $15
Tapping into the rise of adult-worthy coloring books is The Tattoo Coloring Book, featuring the imagery of illustrator Megamunden. Inspired by nature, tradition, psychedelic motifs, skating and the Far East, his designs are as intricate and inspired as they are entertaining. Before putting needle and ink to skin, test out your own body art skills with pencil on paper.