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  • Atlas Maior


    You can’t even wrench the laminated Streetwise map away from him, so you know he’ll love this. Prepare yourself for weeks of, “Honey, come check this out!” First published in 1665, Atlas Maior was created by renowned cartographer Joan Blaeu, and is considered the most comprehensive baroque atlas. It covers Arctica, Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, and stands as a master work in mapmaking. This hardcover copy was created from the National Library of Vienna’s complete, colored, gold-heightened copy, and features an introduction by Peter van der Krogt that offers in-depth descriptions of the maps.

    $200 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Cashmere Blend Scarf


    He’d never buy it for himself, but he’ll wear it everywhere. This buttery cashmere and lambswool cable-knit scarf comes in six different colors, and is 66 inches long. Kenneth Cole also offers an identical pure cashmere version for $300, but you’ll have fewer color options.

    $125 at Kenneth Cole | Buy

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Coleman RoadTrip Grill


    Your tailgating parties are about get a whole lot more convenient. The Coleman RoadTrip Grill is a compact, portable gas grill that also works as a griddle or a stove. It even has little hooks on the side so he can hang his barbecuing tools while he’s grabbing you a beer.

    $160 at Camping World | Buy

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Altec Lansing im7 Portable Audio System for iPod


    This attractive portable speaker system is about the size of an old-school boom box, and is compatible with 3G, 4G iPod Photo, and iPod Mini. It takes batteries or plugs into the wall, and has a remote control. It even recharges your iPod while it’s docked.

    $204 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Blomus Stainless-Steel Bottle Opener



    $8 at Amazon | Buy

    (Regularly $10.)

    | Posted 18 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Kirby Cordial


    $6 at Crate and Barrel | Buy

    | Posted 17 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Rotolog


    What looks like a wood finish is actually walnut inlay. Sweet.

    $200 at Nixon | Buy

    | Posted 28 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Pablo Uno Wastebasket


    Make your trash the cleanest thing in the room.

    $48 at Design Public | Buy

    | Posted 26 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Stainless Steel Touchless Trashcan


    Does your current trash can have an infrared smart-chip? I thought not. This one uses four D-sized batteries to open and close on its own, reducing odors and the spread of germs. Also, it looks a lot cooler than that plastic thing from Target. No word on when they’ll have one that takes the trash out for you. Thanks for the tip, Joy!

    $99 at iTouchless | Buy

    (Regularly $179)

    | Posted 24 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • TerraPass


    TerraPass is a system that lets you offset the impact your car has on the environment. You purchase a TerraPass according to the size, year, and make of your vehicle. Your funds are pooled with those of other TerraPass members, and then invested in clean energy projects that reduce carbon dioxide emissions in an amount proportional to those your car produces.

    $40 at TerraPass | Buy

    (Prices vary according to vehicle efficiency.)

    | Posted 20 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Matchitecture Chrysler Building


    A fun project for meticulous types. Build your own 3-D model by cutting beams, gluing them together, and connecting the sections. Includes an assembly board with a clear acetate sheet; four clips; microbeam cutter; 850 Microbeams (2-1/8”); wood glue; tweezers; plans and instructions.

    $23 at Library Shop | Buy

    | Posted 20 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Bozo Bop Bag


    Clowns do make us angry, but imagine how good it would be if they made a mime you could punch. How ‘bout it, science?

    $16 at Back to Basics Toys | Buy

    | Posted 19 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Long Shearling Jacket


    Delicious, creamy-soft lambskin lined with toasty shearling. This coat makes you look as though you’re always about to do something impossibly manly.

    $1,600 at Banana Republic | Buy

    | Posted 18 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Caja China


    Roast an entire pig (or turkey, or rib slab) at a go. The Caja China comes with a charcoal pan and grid, large dripping pan, two stainless steel grills, four hooks, and a marinating syringe.

    $269 at La Caja China | Buy

    | Posted 17 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Orange Penguin Mug


    $24 at Art Meets Matter | Buy

    | Posted 13 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Driveway Moments


    The aptly named “Driveway Moments” is a two-CD collection of NPR’s greatest hits. Now you don’t have to wait in your car to hear how it ends.

    $19 at NPR Shop | Buy

    | Posted 12 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Water Buffalo Slim Card Case


    A classic, quality solution for guys who hate wallet bulge. It has four credit card pockets and one multi-use pocket, and is made of water buffalo calfskin.

    $48 at Coach | Buy

    (4" L x 2 3/4" H)

    | Posted 12 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Emergency Preparedness Starter Kit


    Disaster seems to be going around lately. Stay on the safe side with this American Red Cross kit that contains supplies for four people, including: gloves, ponchos, blanket, flashlight, snap lights, radio and batteries, adhesive and roll bandages, ointments, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, and a first aid guide. It also has a detailed list of recommended supplies not included in the Starter Kit, and $10 of every kit purchased through August 2006 is donated to the American Red Cross.

    $30 at Target | Buy

    | Posted 10 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Nate Berkus Wooden Cube Lamp


    The Nate Berkus collection at Linens n’ Things has such a high-end look for the price. This wooden lamp with its linen shade, for example, is a steal.

    $50 at Linens N Things | Buy

    | Posted 07 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Sometimes Small Statements Make a Big Difference


    In 2003, Downtown for Democracy brought together fourteen writers to read original works as a fundraiser for Democratic and progressive candidates. This unbound, boxed edition of those works is one of only 250 that exist, and it features all fourteen pieces hand-signed by the writers. It contains original fiction by Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Gary Indiana, Jhumpa Lahiri, Susan Sontag, and Colson Whitehead, as well an introduction by Jonathan Safran Foer, a poem by Joyce Carol Oates, and a scene from a new play by Wendy Wasserstein.

    $250 at Downtown for Democracy | Buy

    | Posted 05 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Bacon of the Month Club


    Oh, my friends. Is there a more hedonistic gift than the gift of bacon? That is, the monthly gift of bacon? Delivered to your door by women in Playboy bunny costumes! OK that last bit isn’t true, but that would be just about the only thing that could make this better.

    $190 at The Grateful Palate | Buy

    (For a six-month subscription.)

    | Posted 05 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • LED Colored Lights Watch


    The twelve large LED lights display the hours, and 60 smaller lights indicate the minutes. It looks cool and offers instant proof that low-level math doesn’t hurt your head.

    $275 at MOMA Store | Buy

    | Posted 04 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Pocket Penguins Boxed Set


    ON SALE Penguin is celebrating its 70th birthday with this boxed set of Pocket Penguins. The collection includes works by, well, seventy different authors, including: Nick Hornby, Albert Camus, Roald Dahl, Jonathan Safran Foer, Homer, Paul Theroux, Anais Nin, Anne Frank, James Kelman, George Orwell, Michael Moore, Sigmund Freud, Hunter S. Thompson, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, Zadie Smith, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Melissa Bank, Truman Capote, Dave Eggers, John Steinbeck and Alain de Botton. (While the sale lasts, your discount will be taken at checkout.)

    $122 at Amazon UK | Buy

    (Regularly $184. Price converted from pounds.)

    | Posted 03 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Colour of the Day


    Deciding what to wear each day is exhausting, but designer Johanna Balusikova has taken the problem out of your hands. Her Colour of the Day Project surveyed 75 creative types, asking what color they associated with each day of the week. She made the winning colors into a set of seven T-shirts, which you can purchase from her site. But red for Wednesday? Come on.

    $121 at Typotheque | Buy

    (Price based on exchange rate as of press time.)

    | Posted 28 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason

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