We don’t need much of an intro for this, because hell, you understand the concept of a gift guide. Here are a few picks from us that maybe you, your friends, and family will be into too!
Brass Himmeli sculpture – I love geometric forms and epiphytes, so it’s a case of double happiness seeing this pyramid swing set for my favorite airplant for spritzing and display.
Rob Sato notebook sketch one-of-a-kind archival prints – I was blown away recently by the stunning imaginary landscape/architecture worlds of artist Rob Sato, most recently at the Giant Robot Biennale and GR2 gallery show. Most of his work is just on the outskirts of what I can impulse buy, but these unique sketches are just $10 and capture the early ideation of a gifted artist.
Poketo Linen Slippers – There’s always someone trying to rationalize wearing shoes inside the house, but that’s like someone telling me we should eat with our hands without washing them. I noticed while visiting Japan guests are given slippers to hide their shy toes and keep feet warm. Linen will feel lightweight and look great, and hopefully provide a compromise between politeness, hygiene, and comfort.
Isle Curiosities Series Skate decks – As a kid of the 80s and 90’s these decks sort of capture everything I remember about being young, dumb, and full of…ahem…fun. These are 2014 year models, but you can still hunt them down online. I was thinking of purchased the trio as wall art and mounting them between bookshelves.
Haku Sakura Cherry Blossom Shoyu – I’ve been trying to learn more about the different varieties of soy sauces across Asia; most variations tend to be concentrated in depth and flavor, but this one is interesting because it’s so very light in color and infused with cherry blossoms. The color has a bourbon hue and I bet this would help make for a delicious soba noodle marinade.
Merge VR Goggles – There’s a ton of new VR (err 360 video) being produced, but Google Cardboard doesn’t cut it. Toss on a comfy foam headset and pop your iPhone or Android inside. Plus, it’s super funny to watch people using these for the first time.
Holstee Manifesto Mug – Encourage someone to live their life fully.
HIBR Pillow – Because a better night’s sleep is an amazing investment.
Vinyl Record Subscription – Give the gift of vinyl records and hopefully gatherings of friends that circle up around the turntable. Try Vinyl Me, Please, VNYL, or pair vinyl with food at Turntable Kitchen.
California Sunday Magazine – It has consistently put out interesting stories you wouldn’t hear about in mainstream media. The photography is exceptional too.
LIFE CO. Paper – Some truly beautiful paper for snail mail, analog to-do lists, or a note to your lover.
Nine Lives T-Shirt – A human going through an angsty teen phase is usually not cool. A cat going through an angsty teenage phase is awesome.
Map: Exploring the World – I spotted this book at the bookstore and I can’t stop thinking about it. Sometimes it’s included in the things I think about before I go to sleep at night.
Washington State University Creamery Cougar Gold Cheese – My mom’s side of the family has been exchanging cans of this cheese as Christmas gifts for more than ten years. It’s so good I just eat it in chunks like a monster instead of slicing it and eating it with crackers like a normal person.
Mollusk Fisherman Sweater – You only need one thing this winter.