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The Man Behind the Maps

The Man Behind the Maps

If you ski or snowboard, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the work of artist James Niehues. You just didn’t know it. You see, James hand painted many of the maps we use to navigate the trails. Now you can own a collection of 200 of his intricate works in this beautiful coffee table book, a great gift for any winter sports fanatic.

Batman Bluetooth Speaker

Batman Bluetooth Speaker

Despite his scowl, the Dark Knight looks more adorable than ever as Tribe’s officially-licensed Batman Bluetooth speaker. The sonic superhero measures about 4″ tall, so it’s not gonna crank out huge volume, but Bats is small enough to tote in your backpack or bag every day.

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ArmourLite Tritium Pocket Watch

ArmourLite Tritium Pocket Watch

ArmourLite’s aircraft-inspired stainless steel pocket watches offer long-glowing luminescent markers made from T25 tritium, and a Seiko movement with alarm functionality. Each watch comes packaged in a gift box, and is offered with a white or black dial.

Behind the Stick Bar Tools

Behind the Stick Bar Tools

Behind the stick is an old-timey phrase used to refer to the person serving up cocktails at a bar. This set of seven tools helps you outfit your own bar. It includes two Boston-style shaker tins, a twisted bar spoon, a Hawthorne strainer, a citrus strainer, a Japanese style jigger, and a muddler. Save 19% in The Awesomer Shop.

Giant Vintage Backgammon Set

Giant Vintage Backgammon Set

Restoration Hardware offers this very substantial version of the classic game of backgammon, including an oversize 38¼” w x 26¼” d, inlayed solid wood game board. We really dig the jumbo checkers in light and dark burnished aluminum.

Leatherman Signal Black Multi-tool

Leatherman Signal Black Multi-tool

Leatherman’s bestselling Signal Multi-tool looks great in a matte black finish. The outdoorsman’s tool comes with a firestarter, an emergency whistle, a sharpener, a combo knife, a saw, a hammer, a couple of wrenches and drivers, can and bottle openers and more.

Tokens & Icons Baseball Watch

Tokens & Icons Baseball Watch

Official baseball merch rarely gets off the bench, but the limited-edition Los Angeles Dodgers game-used watch from Tokens & Icons sports a leather face made from a baseball used in a MLB season game. Each face has red stitching, scuffs from field action, and an authenticity number linked to the ball’s game history. Also at Sundance.

Spalding Globe Basketball

Spalding Globe Basketball

Spalding’s mashup of globe and basketball is perfect for your next game of Around the World. It’s an official, regulation-sized rubber ball, and would look great sitting in your living room on a globe stand when not in use. Exclusively available from Urban Outfitters.

Pangram Pangram x CASETiFY

Pangram Pangram x CASETiFY

Type foundry Pangram Pangram teamed up with CASETiFY to create a series of unique iPhone cases and Apple Watch straps. Each one features a bar-code label inspired by travel, shipping, parking, or shopping. The baggage tag design can be partially customized with text of your choice.

Pantone The Game

Pantone The Game

This colorful card game is the perfect gift for graphic designers and other visual artists. The game challenges players to use creativity to assemble abstract images of characters using 15 official Pantone colors. Opponents earn points guessing the images with as few clues as possible.

Studio Ghibli Collectible Postcards

Studio Ghibli Collectible Postcards

This boxed set comes with a total of 100 full-color postcards, with more than 20 unique designs, each based on the final frames of one of Studio Ghibli’s incredible feature-length animated films. Each 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ card would make a beautiful piece of wall art, individually, or framed together.

Monti-Taste Beer Glasses

Monti-Taste Beer Glasses

An elegant and unique collection of beer glasses from Swedish glass maker Sempli and designer Daniele ‘Danne’ Semeraro. The set includes IPA, Pils, Pint, and Birra style glasses, each featuring a bold modern outline, and a mountain peak at its bottom.

Mistaken Lyrics Coasters

Mistaken Lyrics Coasters

We’ve all misunderstood the lyrics of songs from time to time. These amusing coasters from Bright Beam Goods memorialize some classics, from “I’ll never leave your pizza burnin'” to “Rock the cat spa” to our favorite “She was a fax machine, she kept her modem clean.” Sold in themed sets of six cork coasters each.

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Fright-and-Seek Coloring Book

Fright-and-Seek Coloring Book

Master doodle artist Lei Melendres‘ creative coloring book sends you on a mission to explore weird and creepy scenes filled with hundreds of wacky characters and hard to find objects. Once you find your objectives, simply color them in, then move on to the next challenge.

Cinemaps

Cinemaps

Artist Andrew DeGraff’s cinematic atlas is filled with intricate isometric maps which guide us through the locations in popular movies. The hardcover book features 11″ x 14″ reproductions of his hand-painted maps from 35 movies including King Kong, Fargo, The Princess Bride, The Shining, and many more.

The Art of Rick & Morty Book

The Art of Rick & Morty Book

Ease the wait for Rick and Morty‘s fourth season with Adult Swim’s The Art of Rick and Morty book. It contains never before seen sketches and designs for the show’s characters, details of the writer’s room and more. It’s also available as an eBook.

Multi-ccino Mug

Multi-ccino Mug

Designed by Josh Corn, the Museum of Modern Art’s glass Multi-ccino Mug is printed with indicators on the outside that shows you how much espresso, water and milk to add to make a certain coffee drink. You get seven recipes in one handy chart.

Super7 MLB ReAction Figures

Super7 MLB ReAction Figures

Toymaker Super7 presents a series of retro-style action figures inspired by major league baseball players, including greats like Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Joe Dimaggio, Yogi Berra, and more. They even have the oddball Phillie Phanatic. Here’s hoping for more players and mascots in future.

Music Genius Playing Cards

Music Genius Playing Cards

The perfect gift for music lovers of all types. Each of its cards features an image of a famous musician by artist Rik Lee. Pop = Hearts; Rock ‘n’ Roll = Spades; Folk & Country = Diamonds; Soul, Blues & R&B = Clubs. There’s also a version for art lovers by Rebecca Clarke.

Stührling Original Aviation Watch

Stührling Original Aviation Watch

Stührling’s everyday wristwatch is inspired by the flight instrumentation that might be found in vintage military planes. It’s got an easy to read dial, skeletonized hands, day/date functionality, and luminous markers and numbers. The case is stainless steel, and the band is riveted leather.

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5.11 Operator Compact Axe

5.11 Operator Compact Axe

5.11 Tactical’s 10″ long tomahawk-style Operator axe is great for throwing, cutting firewood, or other chopping tasks, but packs a few other handy features, including a hammer, ruler, wrenches, hex bit holder, nail puller, and an emergency metal cutter.

Snea-Key Fob Stash

Snea-Key Fob Stash

Festivaults’ Snea-Key Fob Stash looks like a typical car key fob, but it’s actually a secret stash. The space inside measures 1″x 0.5″x 2″, enough to store pills, bills, and other small items. Just don’t try opening your car with it.

NES Cartridge Drink Coasters

NES Cartridge Drink Coasters

Show your love for classic Nintendo games with this set of eight pressboard 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 Art of Atari

The Art of Atari

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.

Stress Tardigrade

Stress Tardigrade

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.

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