It’s hard enough to hide the fact that you’re planning to pop the question without a big, bulky box bulging out of your pocket. The Monarch Box is both much slimmer and much better built than the cheap faux-leather or faux-velvet box that came with it. Each Monarch Box is CNC machined of either aluminum or stainless steel and lined with Bridal Satin, the former then anodized in blue, black, or red while the latter is simply bead blasted for a raw but clean look. Magnets hold the discreet-looking box shut until you’re ready and, when opened, the two halves fold 180 degrees around to carefully present the ring in all its glory.
Learn more at Monarch Box – $130 to $160
Lets face it: individual pod formats of products like dishwasher soap and laundry detergent are here to stay. So may as well embrace Pacific Shaving Co’s Single-Use Shaving Cream Minis. While they force you to use a preselected amount of product rather than winging it yourself from a traditional can of shaving cream, these water-soluble pods — which dissolve in your hands with a bit of water and friction — are more likely to actually save some money for the overly-enthusiastic latherer. They’re also much more convenient for travel without needing to guesstimate if your last travel-sized shaving cream bottle still has enough left inside: just count the numbers of times you’re likely to shave and pack that many pods.
Learn more at Pacific Shaving Co. – $8
You don’t need a truckload of roses to make her feel special come Valentine’s Day — a single good one will do the trick. Ship One Rose does for you just that, sending a single high quality organic rose, grown in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado, in your choice of color to your significant other. The rose comes in one of two types of cardboard tubes — the Modern Rose (shown) or the Valentine’s Rose which includes a longer stem rose — or in a handmade Maple box along with a small steel vase and flower nutrient pack. All three give you the choice of writing a customized message scroll that ships alongside the flower, which is kept fresh and vibrant thanks to a water tube on its stem.
Learn more at Ship One Rose – $30+
You’ve got the nine season Complete Series box set, and you’ve seen every episode three times (at the strict minimum). What you’re still missing is the recently announced Limited Edition Seinfeld Set Replica. This collectible is a shrunk down, 1:26 scale version of Jerry’s apartment and contains over a hundred highly detailed miniature elements scattered around including his wall-mounted bicycle, furniture, sofas, and a working version of his front door that a miniature Kramer would certainly burst through. Limited to 5,000 units, the set also comes with an authentic wood piece from the real apartment 5A front door used on set.
Learn more at Seinfeld – $400
Just because it’s handy whilst travelling doesn’t mean it’s any less convenient for day to day use at home. Duke Cannon’s Solid Cologne is a mess-less way to spruce up on the go without having to lug a tiny bottle of around, with 1.5 ounces of concentrated cologne balm contained in a compact rectangular tin container that’ll last quite awhile even if you really lay it on. Scents include Air, Land, and Sea, each fresher than the last.
Check them out at Duke Cannon – $25
Nerf’s been on a roll creating lust-worthy foam-firing weaponry as of late, and the leaked Nerf Doomlands The Judge perpetuates this streak. It’s definitely the most intimidating stock blaster ever released by Nerf and looks like it’s straight out of a post-apocalyptic world. A massive revolver holds ten sets of three darts, firing off three at once every time you pull the trigger to increase the odds of landing a hit. Unfortunately other crucial information is thus far lacking, including firing range and whether a motor powers the pump, though it seems to have a slide on the bottom — so we’ll see this fall when it’s officially released.
Until then check out Nerf’s other offerings – $60
You mightn’t expect a book like Recipes from the Woods: The Book of Game and Forage from a chef like Jean-François Mallet, and while many the ingredients are more or less foreign to your kitchen the recipes are inspiring nonetheless, not to mention useful should you ever need to fend for yourself in the backcountry. The 100 included recipes are mainly based around foraged ingredients such as dandelion leaves, nettles, wild strawberries, mushrooms, snails, and a variety of game spanning feathered to furred. Accompanying each one are bold, mouth-watering photographs of the end result that’ll make you want to run out the door and gather ingredients — though you’ll need to brush up on your hunting skills to make the meat part happen. Perfect for cooking at the cottage, with the tartan pattern on the cover fitting right in.
Find it at Amazon – $32
Nerf really doesn’t want us modifying their guns for added range or power. And perhaps we won’t be forced to anymore once the fully automatic Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K drops this fall. It shoots balls instead of darts but makes up for that firing speeds of 70 miles per hour by way of two spinning flywheels on the inside. Since the latter are powered by batteries (six D cells or a rechargeable Nerf Rival pack) just holding down the trigger unleashes a barrage of foam balls on your opponents or coworkers. And its massive 100 round hopper capacity ensures the rampage won’t end all too quickly.
Learn more at Popular Mechanics – $100