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Wednesday
Mar022016

[GIFTED] Hangar 1 Vodka 

The craft cocktail revolution has a firm grip on our generation, so showing up to a party with a bottle of Grey Goose is fine, but doesn't make anyone as excited as it used to do.

"What the fuck?!" you might be thinking. "Grey Goose has been proven to be the most premium vodka out there and I'm gonna look like a BALLER when I show up with it."  Sure, no one's gonna be MAD if you show up with a bottle of Grey Goose, but nobody's really a brand loyalist anymore, instead leaning into the desire of wanting to try something new each time, and it doesn't really matter whether it's craft beer or a new "small batch" spirit.    

So, show up with something new, like a bottle of Hangar 1 Vodka.  Crafted in an old airplane hanger in California (hence the name) it's high-quality without being high-cost, and comes in a really cool bottle, which let's be real, everyone appreciates. 

Monday
Feb292016

[GIFTED] Leather iPhone Case Set 

Your father gets mad at you for your "frivolous lifestyle"—you spend too much on travel or booze or fancy dinners.  YOU SHOULD BE SAVING FOR A HOUSE—or as Grampa Simpson once suggested, "new storm windows"—not enjoying the limited free time you have in this stupid life where all we do is work and sleep.

It's a generational thing, so you're never going to win.  His generation didn't have the lust for travel that ours does.  His generation still thinks that you should be BUYING PROPERTY IMMEDIATELY, ignoring the fact that buying a house or apartment in any major US city is nearly impossible unless you're an investment banker.

Since you'll never convince him that living a life that looks different than the one he lived isn't "frivolous" as much as it's just "different," you might as well just keep pissing him off.  Book that trip.  Buy something ridiculous, like an iPhone case that costs almost $100.  Allow us to suggest this one from Native Union. Crafted out of fine leather that will patina well as you knock your phone around, and it comes with a stripey charging cable so you'll never get yours confused with someone else's.  Sorry, dad.  

Thursday
Feb252016

[GIFTED] The United States of Pizza

There is no meal more crowd-pleasing than pizza.  You could be having a Mexican stand-off around the holidays with your sister's new boyfriend whom you hate with the passion of a million burning suns, but order a pizza and fast-forward to the two of you shoving cheesy dough in your mouths and developing a tenuous friendship.  Whether you're at a hipster restaurant eating a pizza that's all trussed up with fancy ingredients or secretly partaking in grease-soaked Dominos from the comfort of your couch, pizza is always just what the doctor ordered.  And what leftover tastes better than pizza?  No contest—piping hot slices and cold day-old slices both taste great.

And so, to celebrate everyone's favorite doughy indulgence, we have The United States of Pizza ($22, Amazon).  Part history lesson, part travelogue, and part cookbook, The United States of Pizza explores regional pies from all across the country providing recipes on how to recreate them at home.  Dig in.     

Wednesday
Feb242016

[GIFTED] JIMMYCase

Even if you're traveling light, when you leave the house, you need at least two things: your phone and your wallet.  There are a ton of iPhone cases out there that attempt to double as a wallet, allowing you to carry one thing instead of two, but they're all pretty freaking hideous.  Bulky bricks made out of leather, most of them look more like something your dad would carry and are definitely not the definition of "streamlined."

And then comes the JIMMYCase ($39), which actually IS the definition of "streamlined," using a colorful elastic band to secure your cards and cash to the back of your phone, eliminating the need for a wallet.   

Monday
Feb222016

[GIFTED] Milkshake Diagram Glasses

If your family has a widespread food addiction like mine does, you have fond, gut-busting memories at your grandmother or aunt's house, eating mountains of ice cream, piles of candy, and heaps of pizza.  Nothing was off-limits, and everything was STOCKED, because they equated food with love and happiness.  How else can you explain a person owning so many different kinds of ice cream sundae toppings?

For the woman who made more milkshakes and other ice cream concoctions than Baskin Robbins from the years of 1990-1998, here are these Milkshake Diagram Glasses ($36, Uncommon Goods).  And, if you'd like to one day become the aunt that sends children's sugar intakes through the roof during super fun sleepovers, pick up a set for yourself.