Air-Ink Air Pollution Ink

Air pollution is a challenge for nearly every big city. Tiger Beer and MIT Media Lab’s collaborative Air-Ink initiative doesn’t just reduce levels of vehicular emissions but actually puts that pollution to good use in the form of water-resistant ink in markers and for screen printing. Unburned carbon soot is captured by a proprietary Kaalink device retrofitted to vehicle exhaust pipes: every 45 minutes or so of emissions produces 1 fluid ounce of ink, or enough to fill one Air-Ink pen. The product is then purified to render it safe by removing heavy metals and carcinogens. Markers are available in 2mm, 15mm, 30mm, and 50mm tip sizes as well as in a bottle, all well-suited for sketching or creating street art with the stuff we’d literally have been breathing otherwise.

Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $25+

GET IT: ~$25+


Monarch Box

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

GET IT: $130


Pacific Shaving Co. Single-Use Shaving Cream Minis

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

GET IT: $8


Ship One Rose

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+

GET IT: $30+


Limited Edition Seinfeld Set Replica

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

GET IT: $400


Duke Cannon Solid Cologne

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

GET IT: $25


Nerf Doomlands The Judge

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

GET IT: $60


Recipes from the Woods

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

GET IT: $32


Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K

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



Bicycle 8-Bit Playing Cards

Nerdier than your average deck, Bicycle 8-Bit Playing Cards are a spin on the classic Rider Back deck, ditching both the bicycles and the higher resolution. The cards are printed by the U.S. Playing Card Co. on quality cardboard and feature retro video game-inspired 8-bit art on both face and numbered cards, as well as on their backs, the latter available in red or blue.

Learn more at Art of Play – $12 [via]

GET IT: $12


Where Bartenders Drink

First came Where Chefs Eat. Perhaps this made you wonder Where Bartenders Drink, which also (now) happens to be a thing. This 420 page hardcover includes secrets and suggestions from 300 notable drink-making experts around the globe, sharing where they go grab drinks when they’ve gotten off for the night. Not limited to one type in particular, their favorite venues range from local watering holes to hotel bars, and number at around 750 in total, so they likely won’t be in short supply regardless of your next trip destination. And the included maps only make finding these places easier.

Grab a copy at Amazon – $30

GET IT: $30


America the Ingenious

American ingenuity isn’t new. Kevin Baker’s America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World delves into some of history’s most important inventions of the past century or so by way of short vignettes of a few pages each. The 320 page book covers the Golden Gate Bridge, the telephone, the electric motor (and its importance for the New York City subway), the Panama Canal, the electric guitar, and 71 more, on top of exploring and hypothesizing on as to what makes America so proficient when it comes to innovation. The essays are accompanied by illustrations and are easily digestible in big numbers, making it a perfect coffee table book — if you can resist powering through.

Find it at Amazon – $24

GET IT: $24


Rocketbook Everlast Notebook

Could one notebook last you the rest of your life? If it had ten or twenty thousand pages, maybe. More practical though is Rocketbook’s Everlast Notebook. Couple the notebook with Pilot’s Frixion pens and you can write normally like on regular old paper. But grab a moist tissue or towel and the pages wipe completely clean, a bit like erasing a whiteboard. While the pages are made of a synthetic polyester blend they’re not glossy and feel completely natural to write on despite their near infinite reusability, though note that if ink is left on the pages for several months and then erased it may leave some very subtle ghosting behind. Rocketbook’s accompanying mobile app makes capturing and archiving your otherwise ephemeral notes as easy as snapping them with your smartphone’s camera, with instant image processing that crops and enhances the image and magic buttons at the base of each page that send it straight to the service of your choice, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Slack, and more.

Pledge for one at Kickstarter – $34

GET IT: $34