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Thursday
Feb262015

[GIFTED] Two Weirdos Card

Because we've now entered a society that is built on technology, we've developed a culture that exalts and reveres nerds.  At least adult nerds, that is.  Nerds are cool, weird is in, LET YOUR FREAK FLAG FLY.  Yeah, let it fly... to a point.  Even though geek culture is considered normal, you still have a friend that has always been just a little too weird.  

Maybe he just doesn't know when to stop talking about Star Wars in social situations.  Maybe he loves pickles too much.  Maybe he goes on OKCupid dates and spends too much time watching the football game on the TV on the wall behind the girl he's certain never to see again.  Maybe he wears a windbreaker as his regular jacket.  All of these small reasons add up to why you were certain that he would be single forever. Or, at least single until he meets a divorcee who has lowered her standards enough to tolerate him and his pickles and windbreakers.     

Surprise!  He found someone just as weird as he is.  She likes pickles, too.  She LOVES his windbreaker. They're getting married.  Goddddd bless 'em.  Attend their Star Wars-themed wedding and give them this Two Weirdos Card ($5, Wit & Whistle).  They found love in a hopeless place.

Wednesday
Feb252015

[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION] 15 Items to Perk Up Your Office

We’re almost done with February.  By now, all of the positive thinking you promised yourself that you were going to apply to your work life when you rang in the new year has likely dissipated.  Your desk is a mess.  Your “positive attitude” towards your boss or your co-workers either never materialized at all or has waned like a sunset.  This is no way to live.  You need to take things into your own hands before you have yet another emotional breakdown when someone asks you to do “just one thing, real quick” at 4pm on a Friday.

Start slowly, by perking up your office/cubicle/stupid open office desk space that has proven to be the opposite of contributing to a more efficient work environment.  Inspirational prints and colorful accessories won’t make you completely happy, but it’s better than nothing, right?   Certainly better than the raise you didn’t get this year, amiright?   

Read it here

Tuesday
Feb242015

[GIFTED] DIY Screen Printing Kit 

You've got an artsy friend.  She's a fountain of funny phrases.  She's pretty good at designing things.  She'd love to make t-shirts, but aside from paying a premium and navigating ridiculous sites that favor Comic Sans like Cafe Press and Zazzle, she's only got one option: and that's to go old school and do some iron-on work.

The problem with iron-ons?  They rarely work, and when they DO work, they're still scratchy as hell and can't be washed.  Sure, you can wear it once for a bachelorette party or something stupid, but what if you actually want to make something that can have some longevity?

Enter the DIY Screen Printing Kit ($200, DIY Print Shop), which is the best gift your artsy friend will ever receive.  It's a full-on printing press that comes with everything needed to silk screen awesome t-shirts. Custom-printed t-shirt from your friend expressing her love for you?  COMIN' YOUR WAY.  NO DOUBT.  

Monday
Feb232015

[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION] What Does Fashion Week Mean For You

You see photos of gaunt, dead-eyed runway models from New York Fashion Week and think: Why should I care about this? I’m just a dude sitting in my office wearing a button-down. And it’s true. Fashion Week has never really been that relatable for regular guys, especially when people do weird stuff like bring nylon into the mix.

But know this: With some modification, the good ideas make it out of New York. By the time you cruise your local J. Crew in a few months, you’ll see elements of what sauntered down the runway this past week.

So I rounded up a bunch of key takeaways on Made Man, as well as recommendations for how you can distill runway looks into something you’ll actually wear. Read it here.

Monday
Feb232015

[GIFTED] Coffee Coasters

There are people like most of us, who casually drink coffee just to get us through the day.  We're all living the struggle sitting at our desks, listening to our arteries slowly harden.  Then there's a separate group of people who are coffee-obsessed.  From that group, there are two subsets—the guy who is constantly making a Starbucks run, returning to the office only to chug down 400 calorie giant frappucinos with whipped cream on top and wonder aloud why he's gained so much weight.  The other subset is the person who ditches the "fake coffee" offered up at chains like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, spending TONS of money on fair trade, black, black, black as the night coffee in a tiny, tiny cup.  They take a more European approach to their coffee, and have been known to linger for hours in their favorite avant garde coffee shop.  

For the people who fall into the second subset, get them these Coffee Coasters ($15, Room 2046) which honor the caffeinated beverage, and look artsy enough to fit into that avant garde coffee shop they frequent.