More art-object than timepiece, the Atmos Hermes Clock ($TBA) is truly a functional thing of beauty. A three-part collaboration between luxury brands Hermes, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Saint-Louis, this crystal bubble globe houses an incredible piece of time-keeping technology: the Atmos clock. The world's only mechanical timepiece that does not require any winding from a human hand — it uses changes in the surrounding temperature to interact with a gas-filled capsule that expands and contracts to wind the movement. With design from Hermes, and master hand-made glass craftsmanship from Saint-Louis, this clock represents an incredible partnership, ingenious craftsmanship, and attention to detail completely uncommon among average household items.
Send a subtle hint to Santa that all you want to see under the tree this year is a fresh pair of Js, with an Air Jordan 1 Christmas Stocking ($45). These hand-sewn stockings look like a classic pair of Air Jordan 1s, styled in a timeless and recognizable colorway: red, white, and black. Made from felt material, they measure 15 and a half inches long and nine inches wide — plenty of space for all the loot you could ever dream of, or the most comprehensive shoe-cleaning kit money can buy.
Channel the best parts of your old Kentucky home — whether you've been away from the Bluegrass State for years, or you just want to be constantly reminded of its great food and fast horses — with Scents of the Commonwealth Candles ($22). They're available in three scents: fried chicken, made by frying chicken in all-natural soy wax; Ale8, scented with essence of ginger and fresh citrus; or Kentucky Derby, crafted from subtle vanilla bourbon and mint. Each one conjures memories that will bring you right back home, no matter how far into the world you've strayed.
Whether you want to liven up your family's dull holiday get-together, or be the life of the party when your high school classmates gather together over break, the Tumi Mixology Backpack ($700) will carry all the supplies you need. This backpack features coated Italian canvas construction with leather trim, and comes with all the gear you need to mix up a range of cocktails (gear like one- and two-ounce jiggers, a shaker, and a mixing spoon). It also sports plenty of additional pockets, slots, and sleeves to accommodate every bottle, mixer, and garnish you could ever need.
How could we not write about a drinking vessel that so obviously looks just like the Uncrate site? The Rogue Territory x Robert Siegel Tumbler ($32) features a tasteful, yet understated black and white color scheme, just like yours truly. Hand-crafted by artisans in downtown Los Angeles, each tumbler is completely one-of-a-kind, individually wrapped, hand stamped, and dipped in matte black glaze. They are three inches tall and three inches in diameter, making them perfect for sipping your favorite beverage. They are dishwasher and microwave safe, so you don't have to worry about messing up your new favorite cup — or its beautiful design.
Sous-vide cooking — a method that uses carefully-regulated water at a low temperature to cook meat and vegetables sealed in an airtight bag — is a great way of evenly cooking food while keeping it juicy and tender. But previously the equipment needed for sous-vide cooking was prohibitively expensive, keeping it pretty much exclusively in professional kitchens. With the Sansaire Sous Vide Circulator ($200) you get all the advantages of sous-vide, without all the cost. This small, portable cooker lets you immerse it in any vessel, easily set the temperature, and leave it to work its magic.
Just because there's a nip in the air, doesn't make a bowl of ice-cream any bit less delicious. So the next time you enjoy a few scoops, serve it in style with the Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop ($39). This ice-cream scoop is not only designed to be a beautiful object worthy of passing down through the generations — available in jet black, gun-metal gray, matte silver, or chrome — it's also built with ergonomics in mind, letting you comfortably use it each time. It features an angled head and a spade-shaped leading edge, so it's perfectly designed to scoop ice-cream with very little effort.
Light up your space while adding a 1970s-inspired aesthetic with these Roll & Hill Woody Lights ($4,800). Crafted from aluminum, acrylic, and wood, these LED lights join together to create an endless lighting fixture that can wrap around an entire room. This modular system consists of three units, but can be expanded to whatever extent you need to light up a room — you can even purchase angled sections that allow it to continue around corners. Each 35-inch unit mounts to the ceiling with 3/8th-inch aluminum stems that are finished in black matte.
Taste the flavors of the world without ever leaving your zip code with Old Salt Merchants Teas, Salts & Sugars ($10-$15). Imported from far-flung destinations across the globe, their curated selections of teas, flavored sugars, and seasoned salts will liven up any of your meals and recipes, whether you're enjoying rum and cola tea with breakfast, sea smoke salt on grilled salmon, or Jamaican ginger sugar on the rim of your favorite cocktail. Each one is made from a blend of high-quality ingredients, with no artificial flavors or additives, and nothing but the best natural stuff.
Instead of that boring baked turkey you have every year on Thanksgiving, do something a little different with the Waring Pro Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/Steamer ($250). Capable of cooking up to an 18-pound bird, this turkey fryer can prepare the most important part of your fall feast in just over an hour thanks to its rotisserie mechanism. Once turkey season passes, you can still get plenty of use out of it as a deep fryer for chicken wings, french fries, and more — or you can fill the reservoir with water and use it as a steamer.
While knocking down entire trees can be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, not everyone likes to occupy their day chopping up fireplace-sized chunks of wood. For the lazy woodsman with a strong back and plenty of space in their living room, there's this Spruce Stove ($TBA). Built to accommodate an entire tree trunk (so long as it's straight and has been pruned of all its branches), this stove features a camera-aperture-like opening that allows you to slowly feed in a log as it burns. All you need to do is find an appropriately-sized log, set it up on a couple of saw horses, and watch as the stove consumes anything you feed into it.
Take every step of the coffee preparation process into your own hands using the Bonaverde Roast-Grind-Brew Coffee Machine ($300). This machine does it all — starting off by roasting green coffee beans straight from the farm, then grinding them to the exact consistency you prefer, and finally brewing the freshest pot of coffee you've ever enjoyed. The revolutionary machine is just one part of the service they offer. The other part is an online marketplace that lets coffee drinkers connect with farmers and buy beans directly, potentially changing everything we know about the coffee industry.