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Friday
Jul102015

[GIFTED] Mujjo Laptop Sleeve

If you're traveling for business, you're lugging your computer aroud constantly.  And while Macbooks are made to stand up to all of the abuse you give it, it's still a $1,500 machine that has your whole entire life on it, so maybe you want to treat it a little bit nicer?

"Treating it a little bit nicer" can start with investing in a nice laptop sleeve, like this Mujjo Laptop Sleeve ($66).  On face value, a laptop sleeve might seem like a bougie thing that's unnecessary, but once you start using it, you'll never want to go back.  And treating your belongings nicely feels good, I swear.       

Monday
Jul062015

[GIFTED] Tinker Crate

There are different types of kids.  Some like to play outside.  Some love sports.  Some love video games. And some are tinkerers.  They want to know how things work.  They barrage you with questions.  They want to take things apart.  

And rather than walking into the living room to see that your kid has taken the TV remote apart (again) because he wanted to see what was inside, why not sign him (OR HER, FORGET GENDER STEREOTYPES EVERYONE) up for Tinker Crate ($60 for 3 month subscription)?  Each month, a new Tinkercrate will arrive with a cool new project to build.  It comes complete with blueprints and a companion magazine.  Kids will love it, it'll encourage creativity, and you can feel superior to all of your friends who let their kids veg out in front of the TV while your child is CREATING SOMETHING every month.  

Tuesday
Jun302015

[GIFTED] Spool iPhone Dock

Because we are so beholden to our various devices, we live a life cluttered with endless cords snaking their way around everything in our homes and at our offices.  I like to think of myself as someone who seeks to live an uncluttered life, but even still, you'll find an ugly brown extension cord with a Macbook charger and a iPhone charger plugged into it sticking out from in the middle of my couch, which is ground zero for any at-home work.  

That's why you can get very interested in docks.  There are a ton of device docks that promise to free you from the cord monsters and bring some order and beauty into your life.  Most do a shitty job of it, mainly because they only accommodate your phone without your case.  Who wants to take their case off every time they want to charge their phone?  Nobody.  

That's why the Spool iPhone Dock ($65, Bite My Apple) is so awesome.  It's beautifully designed, using wood and felt and can accommodate various devices (like both your iPhone and your iPad), even if they've got cases on them.    

Monday
Apr272015

[GIFTED] Mom Said So Tray

 

 

When you were a kid, there was nothing more infuriating than hearing the classic mom phrase "…because I said so."  Nobody but your mother and the president can get away with saying that shit to you.  And she said that shit to you A LOT.  The only thing she said to you more was "They're just jealous of you!" whenever anyone made fun of you or whenever you had conflict with anyone in any way.  Faulty Mom logic be damned, it got her through a hell of a lot of years dealing with your dramatic ass. That's why she'll cry and cry and cry when you gift her this Mom Said So Tray ($60, Kate Spade), emblazoned with all of the cliche things she would say to you when you were a kid.  It'll send the message, "Look mom, I WAS listening." 
Wednesday
Apr222015

[GIFTED] The World is Your Oyster Print

Everyone is always talking about how important work/life balance is, and of course that's very true.  But the thing is, even if you're making a concerted effort to leave work at work and reclaim your personal time for yourself and your loved ones, it is H-A-R-D to not let work bullshit get to you.  Why?  Because you spend nearly ALL of your time there.  There are people who can just show up and leave and not think or care or bitch about anything work-related until 9AM the next morning, but most of us CANNOT do that.

And because we can't do that, it's easy to get down on your situation.  You're unhappy, you want a change, you're not getting paid what you deserve—whatever it is.  It's easy to get into that hole and stay there.  

That's why it's so important to remind yourself that you live in America and because of that, you can literally do WHATEVER you want to do.  Literally, anything.  You want to learn about beer?  Go learn about beer.  You want to quit your job and work at a Barnes & Noble for a few months while you figure it out?  You can do that too.  THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER.  Get this The World is Your Oyster Framed Print ($68, Katie Kime) and put it in a prominent place in your home.  It'll serve a good reminder.  Also, eating oysters is never a bad idea. Let's go get some oysters.  I know a place.