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.
Farm To Feet
Englewood Socks $23
Farm to Feet's extended-crew Englewood sock provides full-density cushioning and warmth, perfect for commuting through all types of wintry mix. These gauranteed-for-life socks were designed for the slopes and other outdoor sports enthusiasts, but can be worn for a comfortable fit on a regular basis. And, each pair is made in the US from raw materials sourced around the US.
Sex Oil $18
Sex Oil from Toronto-based Province Apothecary doesn't hide behind any vague adjectives or cute lingo. The name is as clear as the oil's list of ingredients, blending coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, evening primrose oil, GMO-free vitamin E and more—a blessing for those with sensitive skin. This personal lubricant can also be used a body oil—it dries to a satin finish and doesn't need to be washed off.
Solution 247–261: Love $22
For a thoughtful read, "Solution 247-261: Love (Ingo Niermann, ed.)" from Sternberg Press broaches affairs of the heart in our modern world through essays and manifestos, as well as fictional tales. From the biopolitical to the psychosexual, the ninth volume of the Solution series invests in connection and transformation through the wise words of acclaimed international contributors.
William Grant & Sons
Lillet Rosé $20
There's definitely a romantic spirit to wine. A delicate dance for the taste buds, Lillet's Rosé keeps it light and sweet, but with fuller Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillion grape flavor. Rosé has established itself as a glamorous alternative to champagne and with its vintage stylings, Lillet lends an elegant touch to this classic tipple.
Give Love Dominoes $25
NYC's Jamaican outpost Miss Lily's is home to a diverse range of positive vibes, from delicious Caribbean food and fresh juices to hard-to-find vinyl and products that speak to the group's social nature. These "Give Love" dominoes come with a limited-edition artwork by the musically-inclined artist Spliffington. Adding even more warmth to the set is knowing a portion of sales goes to the Rockhouse Foundation, a charity that supports youth education in Jamaica.
Nightcap Decaf $8
The friendly team behind Seattle's Slate Coffee are dedicated to "the elevation of coffee culture." Their methodical and minimalist approach allows the carefully selected beans to really shine, and with a bag of their Ethiopian decaf you can enjoy all of the roast's immense flavor even right before bed.
Aromatherapy Sheep Soaps $25-80
Nuna Knits' Peggie Ehlers doesn't just peddle high quality yarns—she's at the helm of every step from breeding the sheep to spinning the fibers for a "farm to fashion" approach. While her spools would turn any pattern into a beautiful wooly ensemble, the sheep soaps are just as wonderful. Created on the North Fork of Long Island, each hypo-allergenic bar is covered in wool for an all-natural loofah and soap combination.
Susan Sontag $19
One of the contemporary world's foremost thinkers, Susan Sontag contributed a wealth of critical analysis to a wide variety of subjects, and her singular intellect is as informative as it is provocative. In a new book, Rolling Stone vet Jonathan Cott delivers the hours of conversation he had with Sontag which weren't published in his 1979 magazine interview, and the result is nothing short of a riveting.
Hit City U.S.A.
Hit City U.S.A. Bandanas $12
The small but smart LA-based imprint Hit City U.S.A. clearly has a sense of style as enticing as their roster of artists. These new palm tree-patterned bandanas are made in California and are "specially tailored to flawlessly line your pockets and wipe dirt off your beautiful faces with nothing but class."
Paris 1969 $21
A never-before-released audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at Paris' Salle Pleyel is finally available from Blue Note Records. Monk, a self-taught musician, was 52 years old at the time but balanced the quartet with two new young members—17-year-old drummer Paris Wright, and student bassist from Berklee, Nate Hygelund—for a fresh performance. Listen out for Monk's attraction to dissonant harmonies and unusual rhythms that he subtly slips in, and the way he almost attacks the piano recklessly but with allure.
Riposte Magazine $16
A creative publication celebrating smart women making the world a more interesting place, the newly launched, London-based Riposte Magazine follows a set format of "five ideas, four meetings, three features, two essays and one icon" for a fully fascinating read.
Crew Sock $22
If you haven't yet realized the importance of a solid pair of socks, get out of that cave and onto the bandwagon. While minor in size, the right socks can improve almost any outfit and make a cold day more manageable. As the sister company of Tanner Goods, Portland's quintessential outfitter, The Woodlands, knows this all too well. Their 100% four-end Italian cotton crew socks are handsome, functional and made in the good old USA.
Artist's Hand Soap and Brush Cleaner $13
The Masters' specialized hand soap for artists gently removes stains and oil, while the accompanying brush cleaner takes the tougher role of ridding brushes of oil, paint, varnish and more, keeping new brushes in tip-top shape or renewing old favorites.
Løv Is Pure Tea $15
Løv is Pure is not only a potent and tasty alternative to coffee consumption but also lives up to its name with organically grown, pure ingredients such as pieces of real apple and natural citrus. Tea bags are made of cotton muslin, are unbleached and free of staples or glue, which allow the tea leaves to unfurl and release all of their aromas. With cardboard packaging sourced from responsibly managed forests, even the packaging is FSC-approved.
Heritage Radio Network
Heritage Radio Network Donation $25-1,000
The non-profit station, Heritage Radio Network was created in 2009 by Patrick Martins, founder of Slow Food USA and of Heritage Foods USA. Reporting live from two converted shipping containers out back of the sustainably-minded Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta's, HRN "chronicles and celebrates the growing movement to change American food ways." HRN offers an abundance of thoughtful ways to get involved in the local food movement that extend beyond farming and well beyond Brooklyn. Keep this educational resource going with a donation in support.