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Friday
Aug142015

[GIFTED] The Botanist Gin

If you have someone in your life who is an actual botanist, or just someone who is really, really into gardening, the The Botanist Gin will be the most appropos gift you can give to them.  

Crafted on the Isle of Islay in Scotland, the gin features 22—count 'em, 22—wild botanicals found locally on the island (hence the name).  Pretend you give a shit about plants and maybe they'll let you drink some of their gin with them.  It's a win/win situation.   

Monday
Jul202015

[GIFTED] Portable Fireplace Candle

You live in a big city, and because of that, you pay a premium to live in a hovel with no amenities.  Back home, the apartment you rent would go for around $200.  In your city, it goes for $2,000.  Your mother likes to remind you of this fact NOT INFREQUENTLY.  "You could live in a mansion at home for what you pay in New York," she says.  Can you get pancakes delivered at 2AM back home, though?  I didn't think so.  

REGARDLESS, you learn to make do with less even as you continue to pay more.  "Who needs a patio, we've got a fire escape!" you say.  "I like going to the laundromat, it gives me time to think AND practice my Spanish," you claim.  "An elevator isn't necessary, climbing six flights of stairs keeps me young!" you'll say, slowly, through labored breathing.  

All of this is bullshit, of course, but what are you gonna do?  Face reality?  Nahhhhhh.  Continue the charade with this Portable Fireplace Candle ($65, DS & Durga), which will make your tiny apartment smell like a French ski chateau.  OOH LA LA. 

Friday
Jul102015

[GIFTED] Mujjo Laptop Sleeve

If you're traveling for business, you're lugging your computer aroud constantly.  And while Macbooks are made to stand up to all of the abuse you give it, it's still a $1,500 machine that has your whole entire life on it, so maybe you want to treat it a little bit nicer?

"Treating it a little bit nicer" can start with investing in a nice laptop sleeve, like this Mujjo Laptop Sleeve ($66).  On face value, a laptop sleeve might seem like a bougie thing that's unnecessary, but once you start using it, you'll never want to go back.  And treating your belongings nicely feels good, I swear.       

Monday
Jul062015

[GIFTED] Tinker Crate

There are different types of kids.  Some like to play outside.  Some love sports.  Some love video games. And some are tinkerers.  They want to know how things work.  They barrage you with questions.  They want to take things apart.  

And rather than walking into the living room to see that your kid has taken the TV remote apart (again) because he wanted to see what was inside, why not sign him (OR HER, FORGET GENDER STEREOTYPES EVERYONE) up for Tinker Crate ($60 for 3 month subscription)?  Each month, a new Tinkercrate will arrive with a cool new project to build.  It comes complete with blueprints and a companion magazine.  Kids will love it, it'll encourage creativity, and you can feel superior to all of your friends who let their kids veg out in front of the TV while your child is CREATING SOMETHING every month.  

Tuesday
Jun302015

[GIFTED] Spool iPhone Dock

Because we are so beholden to our various devices, we live a life cluttered with endless cords snaking their way around everything in our homes and at our offices.  I like to think of myself as someone who seeks to live an uncluttered life, but even still, you'll find an ugly brown extension cord with a Macbook charger and a iPhone charger plugged into it sticking out from in the middle of my couch, which is ground zero for any at-home work.  

That's why you can get very interested in docks.  There are a ton of device docks that promise to free you from the cord monsters and bring some order and beauty into your life.  Most do a shitty job of it, mainly because they only accommodate your phone without your case.  Who wants to take their case off every time they want to charge their phone?  Nobody.  

That's why the Spool iPhone Dock ($65, Bite My Apple) is so awesome.  It's beautifully designed, using wood and felt and can accommodate various devices (like both your iPhone and your iPad), even if they've got cases on them.    

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