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Friday
Apr032015

[GIFTED] Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions

There are a lot of women who are shoe freaks (“So WHAT if I spend my entire paycheck on a pair of Louboutins–they were WORTH IT!”), but there’s a growing number of men who are sneaker freaks.  Ever see those old episodes of MTV Cribs where you’d see a rapper or a basketball player show you a walk-in closet filled with 300 pairs of sneakers?  Yup, those guys are sneaker freaks. 

But you don’t have to be an NBA player to be obsessed with your “kicks.”   You probably know a guy who always shows up to the bar with a new pair on.  And for him, there’s no better gift (aside from a new pair of sneakers, of course) than Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions ($22, Amazon), which is a gorgeous coffee table book that showcases over 300 pairs of limited edition sneakers, profiles of designers, and more. 

Thursday
Apr022015

[GIFTED] Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Rights Shirt

When Cyndi Lauper screeched her way through "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" in the 80s, it felt like a revolutionary statement.  She was telling her dad (or "daddy dear") to F off, talking blowing off some steam when the working day was done, and declaring that she wants to be in the sun.  But looking at it through a modern-day lens, it sounds an eensy bit frivolous.  Okay, it sounds hugely frivolous. Sure, girls wanna have fun, but they don't JUST wanna have fun.  Girls want a lot of shit.  If you've ever dated a woman, you know this.   

That's why this Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Rights Shirt ($25, Human) is so amazing. It's punny, but also carries a message about gender equality.  Let's have fun and the bar and run down the street dressed like a fraggle (like Cyndi does in the video) after the working day is done, but let's make sure we're paid as much as the guys we're working and drinking alongside of.  Right on.  Daddy dear would approve. 

Wednesday
Apr012015

[GIFTED] Kids Sushi Set 

Your friend has a precocious kid.  She is four years old, but she's familiar with quinoa.  She'll only eat a cheeseburger if it's made with grass-fed beef.  Her favorite pizza is covered with shitake mushrooms.  Basically—this kid knows more about food than you do.  She ate sushi for the first time when she was two, you had it for the first time at twenty-two, when you moved to the city and reveled in being "authentic."

Help her become the next Chef Morimoto by getting her this Kids Sushi Set ($20, Bobbi Dazzler), complete with everything she needs to play sushi chef.  She'll be moving on from California Rolls to Dragon Rolls in no time.   

Monday
Mar302015

[GIFTED] Cast Iron Bottle Openers

Most beer bottles are screwtops nowadays. You're grateful for this when you're doing some illegal drinking in a park or on a beach, but when you're home and enjoying a beer after a long, tedious day, there's something extremely satisfying about using a nice, heavy bottle opener to crack it open.  It makes you feel like you've earned it (you have).  Pick up one of these beautifully-designed Cast Iron Bottle Openers ($28 each, Omoi Zakka) and get to crackin'.  

Thursday
Mar262015

[GIFTED] Hot Air Balloon Necklace

Up up and awayyyyyyyyyyy in my beautiful, my beautiful BALLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON.  Remember that song?  You probably do if you're old or if you're on the autism spectrum when it comes to multimedia like I am. Basically, "Up, Up, and Away" was a Lawrence Welk-y song from the late 1960s by a group called The 5th Dimension. On the surface, it's about taking a ride in a hot air balloon, but since it's from the 60s, I think we all can assume that it's about getting super high, just like "Puff the Magic Dragon" was (RIP, our childhoods). 

Pay homage to this song (or to getting high) by wearing this whimsical Hot Air Balloon Necklace ($75, Virginie Millefiori). No one will be the wiser.