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Here’s a few of my favorites things in 2017.

2017 has been an incredibly bizarre year but we’d like to close it out with a post that celebrates some of my favorite things. Holiday Matinee has always been about spreading good vibes and hopefully turning you on to new, exciting products, ideas or people. In keeping with that spirit, here’s a totally random list of favorites from 2017.

Monocle, like many indie publishers understand that print is far from dead. This summer, they released a fantastic weekly newspaper edition and now they’re back at it with a 4-issue winter edition. From it’s gorgeous design and fresh content, I absolutely love taking an Insta break and thumbing through this newspaper goodness.

Throw your headphones on and check out What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito featuring Stevie Wonder. Yes, Stevie Wonder! These guys make you feel like you’re right there in the room just hanging out, talking to a legend. In this episode, Stevie talks about almost getting dropped from Motown Records, campaigning for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, how he knew Barack Obama would become president and missing Prince. It’s epic from start to finish and I’ve found myself re-listening to this gem multiple times during the year.

As a frequent traveler, I’m a huge fan of Ursa Major’s bamboo face wipes. They’re incredible for wiping away the grime after a long flight. Plus, great design and easy to carry.

At 41, the inner voice in my head struggles with “growing up.” However, one of the steps I’ve taken on this year is being more fiscally responsible. My wife and I started using Mint (remember them?) and I gotta say, it’s been quite rewarding. Their mobile app is aces and I’ll even go so far to say I’ve found it somewhat therapeutic tagging all our transactions.

Keeping an eye on our son’s napping has never been easier thanks to Nest’s indoor cam. We got this as a baby gift and wow, it’s really delivered. It was so easy to setup and whether I’m watching our little guy from home, work or on a business trip across the country, it’s been totally reliable. Plus, night mode, motion sensor tracking and audio notifications helps ensure you parent like a pro.

I’ve long been a fan of Everlane for their ethical, transparent business practices and this year, I discovered one of my favorite articles of clothing. It’s their Men’s Crew Sweatshirt and I’ve already picked up two out of the three colorways.

Placing a deposit on Tesla’s Model 3 had me feeling just as giddy as the iPhone did ten years ago. It’s about time someone came and disrupted the auto industry. I can’t wait for this to arrive.

Watching Chance The Rapper perform “Juke Jam” on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series was absolutely magical. This kid is not only so damn talented but so damn inspiring. His story, his music, his activism… fuck yeah Chance!

Have yourself a 3D holiday.

Less than 2 years ago, Taj and I joined Microsoft to design products and experiences that introduce the world to 3D. Today, they’ve made our first product its global holiday campaign and we couldn’t be more excited to share the message: when we are inclusive and celebrate our differences we can make the world a better place.

Take the time to reflect on 2017

Reflection is badass. It helps us process what’s going on, and is the pat-on-the-back reminder of how far we’ve come when we have doubts about our lives. For the past few years, I’ve been doing Chris Guillebeau’s annual review, and this year, I’m adding the Holstee Reflection Journal to my end-of-year routine. It’s a guided exercise covering topics like gratitude, intention, adventure, and much more. If you’re down with getting to know yourself better and growing from it – this is skrilla well spent.

Take Care/of yourself

One brand that I’ve been digging lately is Care/of outta Brooklyn. They’ve taken daily vitamins very personally, but in the absolute best way.

Hop on their site and they’ll ask you a few questions about your lifestyle. Then they recommend the supplements your body might need. Care/of, in a way, becomes your personal nutritionist and schools you on the latest research, with a healthy dose of skepticism for the cynics. It’s all written in an easy-to-digest format (pun very much intended).

Once you’ve made your picks, they send you one month’s supply of daily packs. Each day’s dose is further personalized with your name and a thoughtful fact, quote, or challenge.

I’m not sure if it’s the cheapest way to get your vitafix – although they do offer some price comparisons – but the the whole experience is more than motherfucking delightful.

Whether you’re an athlete, model, nootropic nerd, or just want to avoid the winter blues, Care/of has been thinkin’ ’bout you like Frank Ocean.

The dream of the 90s is still alive at JNCO

I’m not going to tell you to buy JNCOs, although if that’s what you want, I’ll defer to the advice Dennis Rodman gave me and say “you do you.” What I will suggest is hopping on the JNCO website to read some of their product reviews. Catch a few gems below.

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