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[GIFTED] Carpe Yolo Print

There are a lot of people who live by (or pretend to live by) the phrase Carpe Diem, which, of course, means "Seize the day."  You've seen it in self-help books, you heard it uttered by the late Robin Williams in The Dead Poet's Society, and you've seen it tattooed on broody literary types.  This went on for centuries, a perfectly good (if not a little shaky) life motto.

Then, YOLO rolled around.  You only live once!  A true, but obnoxious statement.  Throw caution to the wind, dbags!  YOLO.  Soon, it was YOLO this and YOLO that.  YOLO shirts and YOLO hats (what would Dr. Seuss say about YOLO?). 

It's inevitable that the two life mottos of insufferable douchebags would be combined and immortalized with this Carpe YOLO Print ($17, Josh Lafayette).  Hang it up at work and remember that you should seize the day while throwing caution to the wind. Carpe YOLO, man.  Carpe YOLO.


[GIVEAWAYS] Murray's Cheese Class from Better Ever After

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When you were younger, you often joked to your friends that you wanted to get married just for the registry.  You couldn't wait for all of those fancy pots and pans and espresso makers and napkin rings!  But now that you're approaching 30 and approaching marriage, you're at a loss about what to put on your wedding registry.  You're a fully-functioning adult, so you already have pots and pans.  If you're that into espresso, you probably already bought yourself a machine.  You're also old enough to realize that you don't have the kind of lifestyle that will require real china and napkin rings.  So you end up putting a bunch of boring shit on your registry like nicer towels and sheets than you would normally buy for yourself (also, a Dyson vacuum) and secretly hope everyone shows up with checks instead.  

Enter Better After Ever, a new wedding registry that allows couples to register for experiences rather than things.  Currently available for New York City and Toronto, couples can have their family and friends buy them beermaking and cheesemaking classes, sailing lessons, and wine tours instead of towels and table runners.

And even if you're not in the market for a wedding registry, you can purchase these experiences for yourself and your main squeeze ala carte, because you are ROMANTIC and want to plan an unforgettable day together.

And speaking of unforgettable, romantic days together, the folks at Better Ever After are giving away a $100 gift certificate towards a Murray's Cheese class to one lucky You're Welcome winner (must be a NYC area resident).   

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[GIFTED] Boom! Sculpture 

Interior designers are always saying that a room needs a STATEMENT PIECE.  When you're young, you're all like, "Hey, does this folding chair and Doors poster count as a statement piece?"  But now that you're an adult, you need to up your home design game.  

This Boom! Sculpture ($280, Handmade Font) is made out of concrete, making it dude approved because it's TOUGH.  It would look great in the living room or in the office, if you're the type of person who celebrates any professional triumph by screaming the word "BOOM!"  You could make it your signature statement, even. 


[GIFTED] New York Food Maps

When you're visiting any iconic food city, there are a million places to get advice on where and what to eat.  Aside from the chorus of your friends telling you they had a "LIFE-CHANGING" meal at this place and "the best food evaaaaaaar" at that place, you've got the entirety of the internet, which is way too overwhelming. Eventually, you make a panicked choice and it's always hit or miss. 

For your next trip to NYC, take it offline and check out these New York Food Maps ($8 each, Flight 001), which provide analog advice on the very best doughnuts, burgers, and ramen in the City That Never Sleeps. 


[GIFTED] Butter Up Knife

I've been told (mainly by my mother and my girlfriend) that having a meal with me can be a TRYING experience.  Why?  Because enjoying a meal out with friends is one of my favorite things to do, and when people THAT I AM GIVING MY MONEY TO in order to do this fumble through and fuck everything up, I get pissy about it. 

Shitty service or shitty food, of course, are the most egregious of errors.  How can you enjoy your meal or your conversation if you're spending time desperately trying to make eye contact with your clueless waiter in order to ask for another drink or a condiment or whatever the fuck else you need in order to enjoy the meal you paid for?  And nobody's happy when your order shows up the wrong way because everyone just has to sit there waiting for your order to be corrected for the sake of being polite, and then you have to wave your hands in the air saying, "EAT EAT EAT" and then they do and your meal inevitably shows up after everyone's done and it's just honestly the worst.  These are the verbal complaint-worthy things. 

Then, there are the more bougie things that most people wouldn't notice and you would look ridiculous if you brought them up.  Like, for instance, being served a lovely bread basket with an ice cold brick of butter.  What are you supposed to do with that shit?

Thankfully, the folks behind the Butter Up Knife ($12) solved my white people problems, by creating a tool that allows you to conquer bricks of cold butter by gently grating it into spreadable pieces.  You probably shouldn't bring this to restaurants, though, unless you want to look like more of an asshole than I do.