USB Stealth Switch $28
Pull one over on your tyrannical boss with this handy panic button for the office PC. Simply plug the StealthSwitch into the computer's USB and whenever your supervisor ventures near, a tap of the hidden pedal will cause Facebook (or worse) to instantly vanish from your screen, replaced with the window of your choice. "Ah, finishing up that PowerPoint presentation I see. Good work, Jenkins!" Click the switch again and you can go back to browsing Cool Hunting's gift guide, or worse.
Madonna NYC 83 $35
An exciting new pictorial tome, "Madonna NYC 83" presents previously unreleased images from photographer Richard Corman's extensive shoot with the Material Girl early on in both of their careers. The photos capture her singular energy as well as street life in Manhattan's Lower East Side, and feel as fresh as the day they were taken.
Hanging Air Plants $25
Juicy Leaf's Hanging Air Plants take horticulture to new heights. These ingenious succulents have a clean and contemporary presentation, and demand very little care. Happy with just the occasional soak, these aerial specimens of vegetation require no messy watering or dirty soil, and are perfect for the ultra-modern dweller who prefers an organic objet d'art than an unruly plant.
Gloves for Gadgets $18-80
Featuring fold-back thumb and index finger tips these smartphone friendly gloves allow the wearer easy access to their touch screen devices and fingerprint sensors. Photographers also love Freehands for cold-weather outdoor shoots. Styles available for both men and women in leather, wool, cashmere and fleece.
Bespoke Global Gift Card $50+
When choosing a present proves impossible, a Bespoke Global gift card is fit for the most particular of individuals. Design superstore Bespoke Global peddles luxury furnishings, home goods and more from superior craftspeople. Not only will your hard-to-please giftee have ultimate freedom of choice, but they can also tailor the gift of their choice to their personal liking; whether it be it a chair, a canoe or a backgammon set, it will surely be one of a kind.
Bag Bolo + Key Ring $36
LA's Karen Kimmel is known for establishing crafting community workshops which foster immersive design experiences for families to explore their artistic inspirations. Add a dash of this creativity-guru's seemingly endless juices to your everyday living with her Bag Bolo and Key Ring. Hand-constructed in her studio from knotted paracord, hand-wrapped with shimmering thread and finished with gold-plated hardware, these splendid key rings are a refreshing take on the ubiquitous leather tassel.
Indigo Dyed Bandana $44
Since its incarnation 10 years ago, Americana-inspired Japanese label J.S. Homestead has maintained a tailored and quality assortment of goods that could be just as easily found in Brooklyn as in their Tokyo shop. This highly wearable collection is finally available stateside through fine menswear purveyor, Hickoree's. The 100% cotton Indigo Dyed Bandana perfectly merges an old-world Eastern dying technique with a new-world staple, loved by rugged cowboys and refined gentleman alike—the essential bandana.
Birdseye Crewneck $49
The guys behind Taylor Stitch formed their brand with a mission to create the best custom shirt on the market. Working closely with a small family-run factory and a wealth of loyal customers, they eventually gleaned enough tailoring knowledge to launch a versatile line of dress shirts. Today, Taylor Stitch has a booming website and a Mission District retail outpost, and remain committed to the same local manufacturing and classic styles inherent in their first collection. Their Sun Bleached Indigo & Red Birdseye Crewneck has a winning mix of retro styling and modern ease, and will surely be a comfy closet staple.
Nendo: 10/10 $78
Prepare to have your mind blown by the 320-page monograph "10/10"—a showcase of Nendo's sublimely conceptual works. Founded by Oki Sato in 2002, the Tokyo-based studio has grown into one of the contemporary greats, committed to delivering awe-inspiring experiences through their designs. This most lavish of hardcovers brings these impactful moments in spades, as it catalogs an abundance of boundary-pushing work, from Nendo’s iconic sculptural furniture pieces to their mystical exhibition spaces, and is truly a must-have for any design aficionado.
Pine & Boon
Dot Pouch $48
Jess Marie Griffith, the Seattle designer who says "sometimes wallets are just to complicated," delivers a knockout with her Pine & Boon Dot Pouch. Perforated leather creates a polka dot pattern, and the blue zipper trim provides just the right amount of pop. Inspired by the style of Woody Allen's famed character Annie Hall, the pouch is perfect as a wallet, as a pouch within your purse, or on its own.
Dream Forever $49
Screen printed onto 250gsm paper, Damien Poulain's "Dream Forever" print is an inspiration poster for the sophisticated creative set. Each A3-sized edition is signed by hand by the London-based, French illustrator and bookmaker.
East Coasters $32
Claim your coastal allegiance with these amusing East Coasters from designer Reed Wilson. Native New Yorkers will love the eastern seaboard design, but west coasters never fear, Wilson does offer a geographic alternative of the cheeky drink protectants. Whether your beverage of choice is a snifter of bourbon or a spirulina smoothie, Americans can all get a kick out of these Baltic birch coasters.
"Crowd #4 (New Haven)" Puzzle $75
Photographer Alex Prager's fantastically staged crowd scenes are complex works of art. Try piecing together the congested public space she created in "Crowd #4 (New Haven)" with this 500-piece limited edition puzzle. The photograph delivers a vibrant intimacy and an invitation to explore bold, personal characterizations with every piece you complete.
Lockwood Bench Pendant $80
Any skater in your life will be stoked to sport the Lockwood Bench pendant, which replicates the bust-worthy platforms sprinkled around the elementary's famed schoolyard in LA. This special piece is hand sculpted by designer Spencer Fujimoto, and is part of El Señor's 7 Wonders Collection, which features engraved, wearable pendants symbolizing the building blocks one must master to achieve great talent.
For those without the luxury of a permanent house sitter, try Spotter. The puck-sized sensor serves as a pair of eyes and ears that track your home environment while you're away, communicating temperature, light, sound, humidity and motion directly to your smartphone. Spotter can be programmed for simple yet essential tasks, from turning on your lights when there is a knock at the door to alerting you when the laundry load is finished. This handy gadget presents a wealth of possibilities for monitoring your home when you can't.
Grid Foam Rollers $25
Unlock those muscles, along with your athletic potential. Trigger Point Foam Rollers are a necessary part of any fitness routine, as they relax tight muscles, prevent injury and ease tension and stress while increasing flexibility. Like having your own personal masseuse, your supple and rolled out muscles will thank you.