Do you prefer to row your own gears? Share your love for manual transmissions with one of these tiny shifters for your keychain. It has a tiny shift lever with a 6-speed gated setup. They come in a variety of colors, as well as coilover shock, crankshaft, disc brake, and turbocharger versions.
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Han Solo is frozen in carbonite, and the only way to save him is to pull him out of this waffle iron and slather him with maple syrup and butter! Pangea’s Star Wars appliance cranks out super-thick waffles, each embossed with the familiar frozen form of Solo before Boussh/Leia finally rescued him. (Thanks Laura!)
Artist Basil Wolverton was known for his amazingly offbeat illustrations that blended science fiction, fantasy, and humor. The books Creeping Death from Neptune and Brain Bats of Venus chronicle his work from 1909 to 1952, during which time his images were published by everyone from Marvel to MAD Magazine.
Pop Chart’s “Spirited Schematic of Mixed Drinks” is a wonderful piece of wall art for any home bar. It’s packed with illustrations of 120 cocktails, with each one visually broken down to its ingredients and quantities. The print measures 24″ x 36″, and is also available mounted on a birch plywood panel.
Enjoy the sweet and flowery taste of raw honey with this gift set from Bee Raw. It includes nine beeswax-sealed vials filled with Wild Raspberry, Blueberry, Orange Blossom, Buckwheat, Wild Black Sage, Sweet Yellow Clover, Basswood, Sourwood, Star Thistle, Aster, Tupelo, Meadowfoam, Holly Blossom, and Maple Blossom.
These porcelain rocket decanters send you on a trip into space with every cocktail you make. Created by Jonathan Adler, they come in gin, whiskey, and vodka designs, with gloss black and 16-karat gold luster details. Available as a set of three, or individually. There’s also a tequila decanter sold separately.
Illustrator Heather Buchanan makes a variety of amusing greeting cards based on actors and the characters they have played. Whether you’re a Keanu fan or love Star Trek: The Next Generation, there’s a little something for everyone, and plenty of bad puns to be had. We also love her pop culture print series.
Do you love the taste of fresh-baked soft pretzels? Just add butter, and Farm Steady’s kit gives you everything else you need to make delicious and chewy homemade pretzels. The kit makes a dozen pretzels, along with yummy beer cheese to dip them in (BYO beer). Also available without the cheese.
Light a flame and say a prayer to Saint Sweatpantsia, the patron saint of homebodies. This 12.5″ tall prayer candle features an image of the bespectacled holy woman, decked out in her ocean blue snuggie, bunny slippers, and knit skull cap, ready to lounge on the couch and possibly dial in for a Zoom call.
Gift shop SnarkyFlair offers this line of handmade soy candles that make great birthday presents. Each one features a sarcastic and concise assessment of the recipient’s character, along with an appropriately delightful candle scent. Each 10 oz. candle has a rose gold lid and burns for about 45 hours.
Designed to look like a mini garden rake, this oversize backscratcher is sure to get all those itchy spots on your back when your sweetie isn’t around to do it for you. The plastic rake measures 7.5″ across at its widest point, and has 15 tines that flex to match the contours of your back.
Artist Jacob Morales of Wundersmack creates dioramas that use stacked layers to create 3-dimensional depth. Among our faves is this UFO abducting humans from their campsite below. Place the six laser-cut paper layers into the slotted acrylic base to bring the scene to life. Measures 7.25″ h x 4″ l x 2.75″ w assembled.
Gentlemen’s Hardware’s Swiss army style tool packs a cheese grater, zester, garlic crusher, channel knife, small paring knife, serrated knife, peeler, fork, spoon, bottle opener, corkscrew, and can opener in one gadget. It has a wood handle and stainless steel blades.
Artist Richard McGuire designed this unique deck of playing cards, featuring minimalistic, yet expressive illustrations on every card’s front. When viewed in numeric sequence, each suit’s story plays out, with tales of love, money, work, and war. Comes packed in a metal storage tin.
This special edition of the classic board game Monopoly features locations and imagery from iconic U.S. National Parks, from Glacier National Park to the Grand Canyon. Game tokens include a ranger’s hat, a camera, a bison, a tent, a canoe, and a hiking boot. A portion of proceeds goes to the National Park Foundation.
Teach your old books a new trick with these playful bookends that feature a duo of inflatable doggies showing off. The bubbly and joyful red pups are made from cast resin, while the angle structure is made from sheet metal for weight and stability. Each bookend measures 9.75″ L x 4.75″ W x 7.75″ H.
In our household, if we don’t feed the dogs at exactly the right time, our mongrels protest to let us know how we’ve been depriving them all their lives. But if your dogs aren’t as vocal, you might want this simple wall chart, which reminds you and others in your home if your pups haven’t been fed yet.
This laser-engraved stainless steel card is packed with reference information for scientists and engineers. Its front side has the periodic table of the elements, along with rulers and a protractor, while its back offers up quick access to important constants, formulae, and conversions. There’s also a version for chemistry.
While it might be a while before you get back to working in your office, you can always start decorating your desk at home as if it was your cubicle. Remind others that there is an “m” and an “e” in “team” with this engraved desktop nameplate from Meriwether, who also makes the perfect e-mailer’s coffee mug.
The Nomodo Trio is one handy desktop device that has three functions. On one side it has a wireless gadget charger, while on the other side it has a combination heater and cooler so you can keep your drinks at the right temperature. Just don’t spill your coffee on your phone.
Dalstrong’s kitchen knives come in a midnight black that covers its blades, handles, and knife block. Their full-tang blades are made from high-carbon steel with a titanium nitride coating, while their handles are G10 and fiber resin for long life. Price shown is for the 5-piece set, but pieces are also sold individually.
Roark’s handsome and unique drink flask features a stainless steel body, wrapped in authentic Harris Tweed. The famed Scottish wool textile feels great in the hand and looks great with its rich weave of fall colors. Each end is wrapped in stitched leather, and it features an official Harris Tweed label on back.
This colorful, challenging, and unique 540-piece jigsaw puzzle from Uncommon Goods features a gradient field of color that wraps around a spherical surface. Its pieces are made from plastic which ensures they hold together firmly, and the finished globe measures 8.66″ in diameter.
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