Astronaut Ice Cream Set $5
Evoke memories of childhood trips to the planetarium with freeze dried ice cream. Just like the astronauts eat! The set of two includes a Neapolitan and an ice cream sandwich.
Much Loved $15
Through portraits by noted Irish photographer Mark Nixon, the hauntingly beautiful Much Loved series captures well-worn rabbits, teddy bears and other stuffed animals, fondly reminding us of our younger years. Bittersweetness abounds in looking back at the missing buttons and exposed stuffing of our earliest and best-loved companions.
Heirloom Towels $20-120
A deliciously super-plush collection of organic luxury towels made of natural fibers and materials from Nandina Organics, a company that utilizes a sustainable business model. Bonus: even delicate hand-made elements such as on the Tassel towel promise to machine-wash like a dream on the gentle cycle.
2014 Calendar of Silly Holidays $12
Boom Box Parade Day, Haunted Refrigerator Day, and Walk on Your Wild Side Day are only a few of the festivities to look forward to in 2014, thanks the Calendar of Silly Holidays by artist Annica Lydenberg from Brooklyn based design studio Dirty Bandits. Each hilarious and very handsomely illustrated set comes with a collection of 12 postcards each digitally printed with a super silly but absoutely real holiday waiting to be celebrated.
Each page of "Archidoodle: The Architect's Activity Book" contains a famous architectural wonder, incomplete without your finishing touches—so be as accurate or as imaginative as you'd like. With big time structures like the Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House and Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, even the youngest of design dreamers can be the architect at the drafting table.
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.