Labour and Wait
Small Screwdriver Set $32
Made of beech wood and finished with linseed oil, the handle is built to last a lifetime of use and looks great as it ages.
1920s German Light Bulb Voltage Tester Bar $1,995
Restoration Hardware has replicated a 1920s-era lightbulb tester found in Germany and turned it into a bar cart for the vintage-industrial-minded decorator with a penchant for booze. The Sputnik-shaped iron orb hinges open to reveal bottle shelves, hooks for glassware and a wine rack, or you can open a small hatch for a quick grab.
621 Side Table $260+
Designed by Dieter Rams for Vitsœ in 1962, the 621 Table is now back in production and are a perfect example of the legendary designer's brilliant sense of practical design. The ultra-simple tables are injection-molded in Britain in large and small sizes, and are just as handsome on their own or in tandem.
Bitmap Blankets $485
Part of the "So Sottsass" display at London's Darkroom shop, Zuzunaga's pixelated Bitmap Blankets are a bold abstraction of a physical place. Each of the three cities, Tokyo, Shanghai and Barcelona, are photographed and compressed, then woven with Merino wool using a jacquard technique.
Chris Stein / Negative $36
40 years ago, Chris Stein and Debbie Harry co-founded one of the most influential punk rock bands in Blondie. Stein, a photography student at NYC's School of Visual Arts, was already documenting the scene that they would help define. From those early moments forward, he turned his lens on scenes made available only to someone deeply embedded in their culture. Across 250 color and black and white photos, Stein's work now appears in one conclusive volume: "Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk."
Lazy Oaf Cards $5+
Nothing captures the sentiment of quirky young love, growing another year older or other special occasions quite like a giggle-inducing card from London's Lazy Oaf. Share your feelings with one of their myriad designs.
Draw Your Own Book $15
Operating under the premise that simplicity fosters imagination—keeping rules to a minimum—Supereditions presents Draw Your Own Book. These blank-page, pocket-size volumes call on anyone with a mind's eye to fill in the backstory behind titles like The Magic Sausage, The Angry Fairy, The Kingdom Up My Nose and more.
Mark McGinnis + SCP
Megatropolis Collection $30 - 100
Brooklyn-based illustrator Mark McGinnis added a creative touch of his local turf to a bone china collection for London design shop SCP. The detailed Megatropolis collection features humorous ruminations on urban living, with each piece decorated by hand by craftsmen in Stoke-on-Trent.
Jacobsen Salt Co
Artisan Sea Salt Slide Tin $3
Harvested from the cold waters off the coast of Oregon, Jacobsen Salt Co's beautifully flakey crystals strike the perfect balance between earthy minerality and full on salty ocean flavor. Loved by chefs like Thomas Keller (Per Se) and April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig), Jacobsen's salt has the refinement of centuries-old fleur de sel with the zing of new American enthusiasm.
Simple Fly Fishing Kit $280
There are many who will say that to introduce someone to fly fishing is to give them a gift for life. Patagonia's SImple Fly Fishing Kit can get anyone started in the art of tenkara, a lo-fi Japanese technique. They'll get a 10-foot rod and line with a box of a dozen flies, a book on the craft and a quick set-up guide. Plus, the company donates $10 of each purchase to Montana's Madison River O'Dell Creek restoration project.
Jotun Flannel Reversible Jacket $150
The Helly Hansen Jotun flannel works effective double duty for the minimalist man. The reversible piece skews the notion of layering by offering one side as a brightly-hued flannel shirt and one side as a water-resistant monotone jacket.
Chiaverini Cherries Jam $10
With packaging as sweet as its contents, Chiaverini's canned jam makes for a pleasant little foodstuff gift. Available at the equally adorable and sophisticated London shop, The Hambledon, the brand's Florentine origins date back to 1928.
Marrakech Intense Fragrance $79
Move over patchouli, this intensely musky scent delivers a potent dose of clove, jasmine, and orange that will satisfy any haute hippie’s nose. Developed with the help of French perfumer Barnabé Fillion, the oil-based unisex fragrance takes its narrative from the rich spice culture of Morocco and doesn’t disappoint.
Daylight Deluxe Noserider Surfboard Bag $146
For a beautifully crafted surfboard, you'll want to keep it in pristine shape while in transit. After putting Dakine's Noserider Deluxe bag through a disproportionate amount of use (NYC subways in rush hour and a 5-storey walk-up apartment), it's a worthy choice for those looking to keep their deck ding-free for seasons to come.
Tracey Neuls + Tokyobike
Fern Cycling Shoes $405
Tracey Neuls' Fern boot—designed exclusively for Tokyobike—features a rubber sole perfect for pedaling in, and a precautionary reflective strip down the back keeps cyclists stylishly safe while in transit, on or off the bike.
Worn Stories $16
Brooklyn-based writer Emily Spivack has been publishing essays about people and their clothing since 2010 on her blog, Worn Stories. The highly personal accounts vary in tenor, but all maintain a thoughtful, honest sensibility. She's now taken the stories into the physical realm with her book of the same name, which includes narratives from the likes of Paola Antonelli, Rosanne Cash, Marina Abramovic, Rachel Comey, Pat Mahoney and more.