Since his kids seemed to only want cash for gifts this year, Donnachaidha O’Chionnaigh of TwoClawsMedia decided to package up his holiday presents like action figures anyhow, rather than just handing over a fifty. He was also kind enough to share the designs in case you want to print up some for yourself.
THE BEST Gifts
The 70s, 80s, and 90s gave us tons of classic arcade games, and along with them came lots of great pixel art. Typeface designer Toshi Omagari’s book catalogs some of the many cool pixelated fonts which were used for displaying scores on arcade machines. ReadOnlyMemory has a limited-edition hardcover version as well.
To commemorate the end of the Skywalker saga, premium playing card maker Theory11 presents a duo of official Star Wars decks. Sold in Light Side and Dark Side variants, they feature custom court cards of iconic good or evil characters, and card backs and boxes featuring spaceships of the Rebellion and Empire.
StatGear’s keychain sized pocket knife has a handle inspired by the design of samurai swords. It’s made from grade 5 titanium, with a 2″ hardened 440C katana-shaped stainless steel blade. Also available in anodized aluminum for a bit less.
The game of backgammon is 7,000 years old; the USA heritage brand Pendleton is 150; and a mating of the two begat this. The travel-ready Pendleton x Chronicle Books Backgammon Roll-Up (also made for chess/checkers) looks like a Pendleton wool blanket, but it’s soft-coated canvas with a snap-on pouch for game pieces.
Looking for gift ideas for the man who has everything? We’ve picked some of the best gift items from 2019 which we think any guy would love to receive for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate this December. We’ve got gadgets, wallets, watches, bags, tools, toys, and more.
NECA’s Bob Ross action figure depicts the artist as he appeared in his show The Joy of Painting. The figure stands 8″ tall and is fully articulated. It comes with a large easel display, a palette, two brushes, a palette knife, and a painting of happy little trees.
Common Fibers‘ unique, limited-edition billfold is made from real carbon fiber, with a cool geometric weave pattern, and a bold fire engine red interior made from sturdy ripstop nylon. It holds up to 8 cards, blocks RFID scanning, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty and up to 20 characters of engraving.
A bible for discriminating audiophiles and and industrial design junkies, Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design traces the evolution of all things audio, from the 1950s birth of specialty equipment to today’s cutting-edge design. Phaidon’s 272-page book has 300 images and the expertise of Gideon Schwartz, founder of Audioarts.
Stuff some stockings with some socks this holiday season. Specifically, these hilarious grey and green ones from Blue Q, decorated with the words “I almost died but it was just a cold,” along with an assortment of skulls and skeletons to commemorate your gift recipient’s near-death experience.
A great gift for whiskey lovers, Frolk’s substantive set comes with two 11oz crystal glasses and a matching 30oz decanter, both with a unique twisted base design. They come packed in a pinewood box, along with two XL spherical whiskey chillers, a freezer pouch, tongs, and two slate coasters.
Designed by Eric Ochs, Golphers‘ unique pocket knife is designed specifically for golf players. In addition to a substantial S35VN stainless steel blade and a selection of cool scale styles, it packs a titanium divot tool, a magnetic ball marker in the handle, and the requisite bottle opener. Awesomer readers save 10% with code AWESOME10.
“You already drink like a badass — now you can stir like one,” says Beachbum Berry, tiki cocktail historian and barkeeper at New Orleans’ Latitude 29. NOLA’s pirate past inspired Berry’s Cocktail Kingdom bar spoon topped with a skull. Just the thing to conjure up images of headhunters while you spike a classic Cannibal Grog cocktail.
Family stressing you out at holiday gatherings? Lighten the mood this year when you go to cut the turkey with a chainsaw. While an actual chainsaw would be entertaining, we’d suggest the Mighty Carver, an electric carving knife which won’t end up destroying the bird or your dining table.
Gearheads will love Boostnatics‘ keychain, which not only looks like a miniature turbocharger, but it makes spool-up and blow-off valve sounds with the push of a button. It also doubles as an LED flashlight. It’s made from sturdy zinc allow, and comes in black, chrome, or rainbow anodized finishes.
Next time you head to a different country, be prepared to handle whatever the locals throw your way. Filled with rude hand gestures and their explanations, this amusing book will equip you with the tools necessary to insult and retort without speaking a word.
This fun gift for drink enthusiasts includes eight mini notebooks, each dedicated to a single core spirit: whisky, rum, gin, vodka, tequila, champagne, sherry, and amaro, along with cocktail recipes and room to jot down your own concoctions. Includes 100 total drink ideas.