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Tuesday
Apr122016

[GIFTED] Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Everyone has their "thing" that they collect, even if they won't acknowledge that they're a collector.  If you've got more than four shot glasses, you're a shot glass collector.  If you've got more than a handful of coffee mugs, you're a coffee mug collector.  If you have more than three pairs of sneakers, you're a full-fledged sneaker collector.  Sorry, bro.  You are.  

And for the sneakerhead in your life (whether he acknowledges it or not), there's Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture ($40, Amazon).  A painstakingly researched book that details the very first sneaker (a spiked running shoe from 1860) all the way up to modern-day kicks.    

Monday
Apr112016

[GIFTED] Panic Attack T-Shirt

I thought I could be clever, but the very best description of this Panic Attack T-Shirt ($25, Josh Lafayette) is already in the description of the maker's website: "What do we have? ANXIETY! When do we have it? FOREVER!"  

So good.  Show your spirit for being on Team Panic Attack by wearing this shirt.  The best places to wear it might be: the airport, an important work meeting where you'll have to contribute to the presentation, or to bed, because panic attacks don't only love to show up at important public moments, but also exactly when you're trying to get some sleep.  Go team!     

Wednesday
Mar302016

[GIFTED] Topography Cheese Tray 

There are people who are all Martha Stewart about entertaining, putting out mountains of hors d'oeuvres with calligraphed signs letting you know what they are, and there are people who just empty a bag of Tostitos into a bowl five minutes before company arrives.  

But regardless of where you fall on the hostess spectrum, there is nothing that delights guests like a good cheese plate, and it takes minimal effort to put one together.  Go to the cheese section of your grocery store (or specialty market if you're a hipster) and pick out a couple of hard cheeses, a couple of soft cheeses, maybe a bleu for good measure.  Get a jar of honey, a jar of raspberry jelly, and a jar of whole grain mustard if you want to get fancy.  Pick up a few boxes of crackers and that's IT.

Pile it all up on a nice tray like this Topography Cheese Tray ($33, Fishs Eddy) and you'll look like a culinary expert even if you're not.  Cheers to cheese. 
Thursday
Mar172016

[GIFTED] Beeropoly 

Back in college, you and your friends were known to play the game of Kings.  You would write the "rules" of the game on whatever grimy thing you had laying around—the back of a course syllabus, the top of a pizza box, whatever. It was a good way to pass the time on the rare occasions when you were having a night in.  

You're not in college anymore, though, and nowadays, it's more rare for you to go out than stay in playing games.  So if you're going to be in for the night indefinitely, you might as well stock up on some good games.  Beeropoly ($30, Uncommon Goods) is basically the grown-up version of Kings, with a nicely-designed board that stands in place of your sloppily-written gaming rules.   

Wednesday
Mar092016

[GIFTED] Drink Quote Coaster Set

For the beer geek in your life, there's a lot of different things you can gift.  Glassware, bottle openers, brew kits, and the like—but if you want to be unique, pick up a set of coasters.  Yes, coasters.  They're not a mom gift anymore, I promise.  Why?  Because the perfect gift is something that someone wants but won't buy for themselves.  The adult beer geek will appreciate being able to avoid water rings on the coffee table while enjoying their favorite brew, and if the coaster set is beer-themed, like this Drink Quote Coaster Set ($32, Two Arms Inc.), all the better.  The set is made out of cherry wood and lasered with quotes that glorify beer drinking, making it the perfect gift for your favorite beer nerd.