If you grew up in the ’70s or ’80s, there’s not much more iconic than the box art from classic Atari games. Authors Robert V. Conte and Tim Lapetino explore the history of videogaming’s great forefather, and the artists and creative process behind these now classic works.
THE BEST Gifts
Rid yourself of the tensions and pressures of life with this extra squishy foam stress relief toy from Archie McPhee. Based on the nearly indestructible microscopic organism, it’s designed to absorb all of your anxiety, then scatter it into the ether as it slowly recovers to its original form.
Alex Dodson of Burned by Design makes some pretty sweet Star Wars fire pits. But if you’re looking for something you can burn indoors, check out this dogfighting duo. The pair of steel candlesticks is handmade to order using laser-cut steel, and will look great sitting on your bookshelf as the Empire and Rebellion battle it out with fire.
A very special edition pocket multitool from Swiss knife and watch maker Victorinox. The SwissTool BS is murdered-out in black oxide steel, and includes 29 useful functions in one, including pliers, screwdrivers, saws, wire tools, openers, knives, rulers, and more.
Make your gift recipient work for their prize with this see-through gift container. It provides enough space for small items like cash, candy, or gadgets, and requires that its recipient guess a 5-letter combination to open it. You can program it to the word of your choice and provide them with an appropriately challenging clue.
Aged & Ore’s thoughtful and portable decanter is designed for carrying spirits without the flavor alterations that can come with metal containers. It features a 500ml handblown bottle which is nestled safely between a pair of double-walled, insulated sleeves which convert into tumblers for enjoying your drink.
Geeki Tikis‘ limited-edition tiki mugs are based on the likenesses of Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 classic Pulp Fiction. Each one holds up to 18 ounces of booze or your favorite beverage. Best enjoyed alongside a Big Kahuna burger or a Royale with cheese.
The latest iteration of Amazon’s best e-book reader gets an adjustable light which lets you change screen color from white to amber, for a more personalized reading experience. Its razor-sharp 7″ 300ppi display is as close to paper as we’ve seen, and it’s IPX8 waterproof for bathtub or poolside reading.
This slimline 40mm wristwatch from Stay Fine features an African blackwood backdrop to its dial, giving it a natural look, while its sapphire crystal, shiny stainless steel case, and leather strap make it more refined than other wooden watches. Plus, it’s quite the bargain.
Get the durability, water-, and dust-resistance of Pelican’s renowned cases in a pocket sized case. This crushproof wallet features dual mesh pockets inside and is perfect for carrying cards, cash, and keys during boating or other outdoor activities. Measures 5.75″ x 3.5″ x 0.5″.
This metal Scrabble board hangs on your wall and comes with 100 magnetic letter tiles and four hanging metal tile racks to hide your letters. It’s even got a dry-erase surface for keeping scores. Measures 17″(w) x 13.50″(h). Scientifics Online has a larger version with wooden tiles.
Greenlight makes these collectible die-cast car models based on iconic vehicles from TV and movies. They include Smokey and the Bandit’s Trans Am, John Wick’s ’69 Boss Mustang, Starsky & Hutch’s striped Gran Torino, and The Dude’s beater Gran Torino, Jake and Elwood’s The Bluesmobile, and even the A-Team’s GMC Vandura.
Alternatives to Apple’s AirPods from high-end audio equipment maker Cambridge Audio. The Melomania 1 wireless earbuds last up to 9h per charge, and their portable charging case adds 36 more hours of playback. They are water-resistant and have microphones for calls.
Klean Kanteen’s fat-mouth insulated bottle is compatible with three different caps. The Loop Cap provides easy access to the bottles’ full opening, the Café Cap lets you sip drinks, and the Straw Cap has a stainless steel and silicone straw. In 12oz, 16oz, 20oz, 32oz, and 64oz sizes.
Super7’s Transformers G1 Super Cyborg is a line of action figures that depict our beloved Autobots and Decepticons in their classic cartoon style, with the added bonus of a removable chest plate that exposes their inner workings. The Megatron figure is available from TF Source.
POW’s portable wireless speaker has a couple of nifty features: it can attach to the back of your smartphone using a magnetic mount, and its body is expandable, offering a fuller sound when you want it. The mount also includes a wallet module for times when you’re not carrying the speaker.
We think the original Game Boy watch is the bees’ knees. But if you’re more of a ’90s kid, check out Firebox’s follow up. This officially licensed Nintendo watch is based on the blue Game Boy Color. It makes the handheld’s sounds when you press its buttons.
Is your kid good at spelling? Throw ’em a curve ball with P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever, an A to Z guide to a few of the many quirks of the English language, with its silent consonants and other rule-breaking pronunciations. (Thanks Nathan!)
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