We were recently introduced to the term “lumbersexual,” used to describe a rising trend among males who, though they may spend no time outdoors at all, prefer to dress like upscale lumberjacks (think red flannels, stylish lace-up boots, and jeans) and buy woodsy, handcrafted goods. Does this sound like a guy you know who lives in Williamsburg or Bushwick? Well then we have the perfect rustic holiday gift for him–or anyone on your list who likes locally-made goods and cool kitchen supplies.
Made by Brooklyn Butcher Blocks, iBlock serves double duty as a cutting board and tablet holder, so you can read your recipe (or watch Netflix) while chopping veggies. It’s also reversible; the raised back that holds the tablet keeps the board flush to the edge of the counter.
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If you’ve got someone on your gift list that’s overworked, under-caffeinated and looking for a better way to get their fix (this is New York, after all), look no further than Wacaco’s Minipresso as the perfect present. This portable hand-held device is a godsend for those who frequently need a boost but don’t have the time to wait in long coffee shop lines—or simply for those with a more discerning taste for the finer grounds in life.
More on this cool high-caf design here
Candles are probably the easiest, most common holiday gift when you just don’t have a clue what to get someone. But after several years of giving the same old candle, it gets a little boring. So we’ve found the perfect outside-the-box candle for architecture buffs, tech nerds, or anyone who will love an attractive eco-candle.
The AU Collection by artist and designer Andrej Urem is a series of 3D-printed candles inspired by architectural forms. And they’re made right here in Brooklyn.
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Capsule Market Square.
As December dawns, the holiday gift markets roll in, and it’s harder than ever to turn around in NYC without encountering a pop-up shop or makeshift mall offering everything anyone could ever want–whether they know it yet or not–for the body, mind, soul and home. We’ve assembled a list of smaller, cooler pop-ups and holiday markets that mix music, food and fun freebies like haircuts, goodie bags and beer with this year’s selection of clever, crafty gifts.
Find out where to get the goods, this way
Sure, we’d all love to be able to give our fungus-loving friends a nice, big truffle for the holidays (or even this $1 million beauty), but that’s not really the most economical gift idea. So to cure our mushroom cravings, we’ve found the next best thing.
The Oyster Mushroom Log from Williams-Sonoma is a hardwood log pre-inoculated with oyster mushroom spores. Just keep it damp and stored in a dark place, and the delicious mushrooms will sprout every two months for up to three years.
More on the culinary gift here
Aren’t we all a little sick of receiving holiday gifts that are completely useless and end up collecting dust in the junk drawer? Well, here’s a gift idea that’s extremely useful, but still an exciting product to unwrap, thanks to its sleek design and fun, bulbous shape.
Nokero‘s solar lights are perfect for camping, traveling, or everyday use in a poorly-lit apartment. The Huron N222 (pictured above) can charge a cell phone while it illuminates an entire room, while the Start N182 is compact enough to fit in your pocket (hello, stocking stuffer) but strong enough to light up a small space.
More on Nokero’s solar products here
Coasters are definitely high on the list of “gifts for people who you don’t know what to give,” and if you’re like us, you’re always searching for sets that aren’t the standard square cloths or round pieces of wood. So, we’ve found the perfect coasters–not only are they unique and visually appealing, but they have a personal touch.
Neighborwoods Map Coasters were created by San Francisco graphic designer Aymie Spitzer, who has a passion for hand-lettered vernacular and antique maps. The cedar wood coasters celebrate the special neighborhoods of some of the country’s biggest urban sites, including Manhattan and Brooklyn.
More on Neighborwoods Coasters here