In a bind about what to get your friends this holiday season? Here are a few items that we think are sure to put smiles on the faces of your near and dear…
Leather Wine Bike Rack by Spotted Owl Leather, $45
No better feeling than traveling with booze. Since I know none of us own cars, mayhaps this leather wine rack for your bike will do the trick this holiday season? Should be perfect for toting around all of that Beaujolais Nouveau that needs to be finished before the New Year.
The Lockout Tee by Howling Hearts, $25
After a very stressful and extended lockout, the NBA season is finally about to get underway, with the first games of the year being played on Christmas Day. What better present could an NBA fan ask for? How about this shirt: the first of a new line called Howling Hearts from TTH contributor Kristy Ann Muniz.
One-year subscription to The Paris Review, $45
Perhaps you know someone like me, who too often relegates his reading of The Paris Review to copies borrowed from friends or gifted at a literary event. I’m thinking this might be the year to fulfill your friend’s New Year’s resolution to be a more worldly and well-read soul, and become an official subscriber — what’s more, the Review is currently offering a handsome Moleskine pocket notebook along with every subscription filled. Sounds like the perfect gift to me.
Crosley Keepsake Turntable on Insound.com, $149.99
I, for one, have always been plagued by the inability to transfer my vinyl library over to digital. Lo and behold, the folks over at Insound have one of these handy little turntables on sale that does the transferring for you! To sweeten the deal even further, they are giving away free LPs with every turntable purchase.
Kodak Playsport Zx3 Video Camera, $99.99
Apple has cornered the market on nearly every aspect of our mobile lifestyle these days, sadly even including the camera. But there’s still one frontier they’ve yet to conquer: underwater. We’ve all been there, terrified as the sight of one drop of water touching your phone sends your life flashing before your eyes. So for this one, let’s turn to Kodak, classic purveyor of all things camera-related, for an affordable digital camera that lets you shoot video and still images up to 10 feet underwater! There’s a reason the saying goes “jack of all trades, master of none” — in a sea of markets being diluted by multi-tasking devices, it’s still worth turning to the master every once in a while.
If all else fails, just take ’em out for a drink. Works every time.