Wally Koval and the followers of the Accidentally Wes Anderson Instagram page are on a mission to find real locations that capture the fastidious and whimsical style of filmmaker Wes Anderson. This 368-page book chronicles some of these wondrous destinations through images and stories, along with a foreword by Anderson himself.
THE BEST Gifts
Just because you’re away from your kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t serve up an amazing meal for your friends and family. Emma Frisch’s cookbook for the outdoors not only includes recipes and menus, but shopping and equipment lists to help make dining under the stars a truly memorable experience.
Show your love for classic Nintendo games with this set of eight chipboard drink coasters made to look like flattened cartridges from the 8-bit gaming system. Includes Zelda, Metroid, ExciteBike, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, and Super Mario 2 and 3 designs.
The sweetest smells at NYC’s Chelsea Market come from the mini donuts made fresh at Doughnuttery. The stand now ships DIY Donut Kits to foodies everywhere. Just blend their secret batter mix with water, use the depositor to drop perfect circles into hot oil, then dust with cinnamon, coco loco, lemonpop, and strawberry sugars.
Looking for a gift for a beard-wearer in your life? This grooming kit includes a variety of products to help care for and tame facial hair, including beard wash, beard oil, beard balm, a boar’s hair beard brush, and a face cooling towel. It all comes packed in a travel case, along with a “Grave Before Shave” keychain bottle opener.
Add a bit of levity to your kitchen with this cheeky towel from Twisted Wares. It provides the sage cooking advice “When in Doubt, Pull It Out,” which you can interpret in whatever way you prefer. The 26″ x 26″ towel is made from 100% cotton and comes with a built-in strap that keeps it from falling. More punny kitchen gifts here.
Despite its low alcohol content and questionable flavor, White Claw spiked selzer has become something of a cultural phenomenon. Now you can enjoy the delightful citrus fragrance without the hangovers with this lemongrass candle from Meriwether. It’s made from an upcycled can and hand-poured soy wax.
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.
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.