The myth of Sisyphus sees a man being rolling a massive boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down before the top, then repeat the task endlessly, reminding us that the journey is more important than the destination. Now, your toilet paper can experience that journey, thanks to Artori Design’s playful, diagonal bathroom shelf.
THE BEST Gifts
This beautifully-crafted desktop sculpture features a precision laser-etched map of the Milky Way, using data captured by the ESA’s Gaia mission. Its 5068 stars look particularly stellar when set on the LED-illuminated base, which projects its light into the heart of our galaxy. Measures 3″ in diameter, and runs on AAA batteries.
The perfect gift for aviation fanatics, this set of round nickel coasters features images of four critical instruments from an airplane cockpit – the turn indicator, the attitude indicator, the heading indicator, and the altimeter. Backed with felt to protect your coffee table.
Puzzle maker Ravensburger’s kits are a blast for kids and kids at heart, letting you easily assemble fast-moving and complex marble runs. Modular components encourage experimentation, and include loops, magnetic cannons, and other tricks. The starter set comes with 122 pieces, while we’d go for the 240-piece XXL set.
Celebrate your favorite musicians with Axe Heaven’s intricate 1:4-scale replica guitars. These miniatures capture every detail of famous instruments played by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Prince to Jimmy Page, along with special editions commemorating bands like The Beatles and KISS. More on Touch of Modern.
Several years back, we featured a fridge that looked like a Marshall amp stack. Now, we have two versions, a 3.2 cubic foot model, and a 4.4 cubic foot model, ideal for keeping beverages and snacks cool in your office, living room, or man cave. Both offer blue LED interior lighting, and authentic Marshall control knobs that go to 11.
R2-D2 was always the most versatile droid in the Star Wars universe. Beyond his computer hacking, hologram projecting, X-wing piloting, and drink serving skills, he can also pop popcorn. This air-popper droid features a removable dome head that doubles as a serving bowl.
Here’s a great gift for the artist or designer on your shopping list. This set of official Pantone color bowls comes in an assortment of six vibrant hues. The 4.75″ porcelain bowls are perfect for cereal, ice cream, or soups, and are dishwasher safe. MOMA members get a 20% discount through 11/11/19.
While a Moscow mule is made simply with ginger beer, lime juice, and vodka, there are tons of variations these days. Thoughtfully’s gift set for drink lovers includes seven different mule mixers, each in a 2.3 ounce bottle. We suggest grabbing a bottle of good vodka and some copper mugs to round out your gift.
Author Kris Palmer’s book Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale offers a look back at the first 50 years of Hot Wheels. It’s packed with rare images from Mattel’s archives, including design sketches and prototypes, and comes packed in a sweet replica Hot Wheels carrying case.
Whether you’re rooting for the Light Side or the Dark Side of the Force, you still need money to get through life. Nixon’s sleek and lightweight fabric billfold is the perfect gift for the Star Wars fan who has everything. Choose from designs patterned after R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, or Stormtrooper.
Build your survival skills with Michael Powell’s useful, but lighthearted instruction manual How to Send Smoke Signals, Pluck a Chicken & Build an Igloo. It packs more than 75 short, but useful guides on how to improve your chances when you’re lost in the woods, or when the inevitable zombie apocalypse hits.
“John fled from Karl and Hans but alas! He had to run barefoot over sharp, broken glass.” Celebrate a great holiday classic with Doogie Horner and J.J. Harrison’s illustrated version of Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman’s 1988 action flick, done up in a sort of Golden Books style.
The Timex T80 was a staple of 1980s design. Now it’s back, and updated for the 21st century. The new version is just a bit crisper looking all around, with an old-school black on grey LCD, Indiglo backlighting, alarm, date, and stopwatch functions. It’s available in a variety of metal finishes, and a special Pac-Man edition.
Inspired by a fan-submitted concept, you can now buy official LEGO fossilized dinosaur skeletons. The 910-piece set (#21320) includes 1:32-scale models of tyrannosaurus rex (15.4″ long), triceratops (10.6″ long), and the winged pteranodon (5.1″ long), along with a sapiens skeleton, a paleontologist minifig with accessories.
LEGO pays tribute to its iconic minifigure with a 5:1 scale version carved from FSC-certified oak with adjustable plastic hands. The 7″ figure looks great as-is, though its surface encourages customization. Includes a gift box, 29 bricks, and a 28-page minifig history leaflet. Available 11/3/19 to LEGO VIP members, then 11/8 for everyone.
The always awesome Chop Shop Store teamed up with The Planetary Society to create 20 wooden blocks, each featuring a planet, dwarf planet, or moon from our solar system, and printed with useful data. They’re also offering space-themed add-ons like posters, tees, and stickers. Shipping starts 11/2019.
Foresti Steel’s damascus steel fixed blade knife is ready for the toughest wilderness tasks. Its handle is a paracord wrap, providing added versatility, and a place to store small items like matches or fishing line by rewrapping it. It measures 8″ overall, with a 3″ blade, and comes with a leather sheath and a wood gift box.
Perform a wide variety of repairs with this expansive magnetic screwdriver kit from Luxjet. It offers an aluminum alloy handle, and comes with 24 individual 4mm steel bits that pack into a wooden carrying case. Grab it today in The Awesomer Shop.
With this oversize blanket, you don’t have to curl up or fight with your partner. It measures 10’x 10′, enough for four people to snuggle up fully covered. It’s made of polyester and spandex and is machine-washable. Grab a great deal on this jumbo blanket in The Awesomer Shop.
Learnplay’s HalfToys dinosaur figures have a magnetic shell that you can pull apart to reveal the dino’s skeleton. The skeleton can also be taken apart and put back together. Each figure also comes with a different paper diorama. They also recently released a new animal series.
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