Don a Weef Leather Tie and we’re fairly certain people will notice. Each of this Cape Town startup’s skinny ties is handmade of premium full grain leather that’ll probably last forever and age nicely (like leather tends to). They come in six colors that span (from left to right) brown, grey, navy, as well as (not shown) oxblood, black, and cognac, and require little maintenance. Though to sharpen up just iron over your tie on low heat with a pure cotton ironing cloth for a crisp, clean look.
Pick one up at Weef – $84
Sifting through copious amounts of scientific literature — not to mention supplement-packed pharmacy isles — discourages most from both learning about and using natural products correctly. Care/of aims to help you make enlightened decisions regarding vitamins and natural supplements thanks to gentle guidance towards a combination of products suited to your specific needs as opposed to those of some arbitrary, average human. Their site first asks you roughly five minutes worth of questions to get a feel for what you might benefit from. Then, their algorithm suggests a personalized combination of daily supplements along with more detailed information on each one, an honest scientific analysis of the backing literature (ranging from emerging to very strong research depending on the supplement), and traceability with regards to harvesting and production practices. The end product is a good looking box that ships to your home every month and comes with thirty sachets, each filled with one day’s worth of vitamins and supplements.
Learn more at Care/of – $20+ per month
It’s no secret that sitting on your wallet isn’t good for you. But if you’re going to do so anyway you’re probably better off with a Memory Foam Wallet over a more traditional stiff leather one. As its name suggests the wallet features nice and soft memory foam on the outside that boosts comfort when sat on while compressing down to just about 1/8th of an inch thin. On the inside it’s got a standard 6 pockets layout for cards, holding up to 14 of them comfortably, and a large banknote compartment for your cash. It’s also washable, so throw it in the machine sans cards and cash if it ever needs a refresh.
Grab one at Amazon – $25
The NES Classic is the hottest gamer gift this holiday season. Problem is Nintendo cursed its controllers with cables one-third the length of the original’s, which unsurprisingly complicates gaming on the device. 8Bitdo’s NES Classic Retro Receiver addresses the issue by cutting the cord entirely and letting you use one of a myriad of wireless controllers, with one NES30 controller included. Setup is as simple as plugging it in and pairing a controller to it. It’ll game lag-free, though for multiplayer you’ll need several Retro Receivers since the console itself can’t receive two controller inputs through one controller port.
Pick one up at Amazon – $40
With the short-sleeve BUMI Base Layer you no longer have to sacrifice comfort for convenience. Made from a technical polyester fabric that’s stitched together with flatlock seams, the Base Layer is soft, antimicrobial, quick to wick away sweat, and packs down neatly into a compact form that can easily hide in a bag or pocket. The mesh compartment into which to stash the shirt also doubles as a pocket while worn. It’s the epitome of functional clothing designed for travel and experiencing the outdoors. Part of a limited 100-piece run, so act fast if you want one.
Learn more at BUMI – $18
Presented by BUMI.
New York’s skyline is unlike any other. Still, it could have been very different, and Never Built New York revisits the Big Apple’s long list of could-have-been projects. The book covers nearly 200 proposals over the last two centuries for skyscrapers, bridges, transit systems, amusement parks, and many more that were never carried through for one reason or another. We’re glad plans to fill in rivers and extend the city didn’t make the cut, but it incites you to wonder about Frank Lloyd Wright’s master plan for Ellis Island and Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome design for the Brooklyn Dodger’s stadium.
Pick up a copy at Amazon – $41
Staying on the cutting edge isn’t cheap, so our 2016 Tech Holiday Gift Guide runs a little pricier than the others. But the practicality and sheer cool factor of these devices — which include both Google’s and Amazon’s home assistants, the best noise cancelling headphones, the best e-reader, a portable outlet, and an exceedingly user-friendly router — is worth the shelling out of a few extra bucks.
The original Coravin allowed you to tap into a bottle of wine without actually opening it, sparing its contents of oxidation if not drunk quickly. The new Coravin Model One does the same thing but at a lower price point. It’s made of ABS and synthetic rubber but otherwise uses the same Teflon-coated stainless steel needle to get through the cork and pour out wine. The Coravin Model Two on the other hand boasts a fully metal body and a thinner wall needle that allows for 20% faster pouring. The needles are narrow enough that the cork naturally reseals as they’re withdrawn, and both models use pressurized argon cartridges (good for about fifteen 5 ounce pours) that fills the bottle’s newly created empty space with this inert gas and keep the wine as fresh as a brand new untouched bottle. And if you need something a touch flashier the Model Two Elite comes in fire engine red, gold, or silver (click through to picture two), albeit at a $50 premium.