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Whether you're sending out save-the-dates for that big day, adding a personalized touch to a thank you note, or you just want to make sure your friends and family don't forget that beautiful mug of yours, a Custom Portrait Stamp is a great way to add that special something to a piece of paper. All you need to do is send in a portrait of your face (or anyone's for that matter) and they'll create your very own portrait stamp. Stamps typically take as little as a few weeks to turn around, and they ship with the original artwork, an ink pad, and a special gift.
For those of you who live or work in a small space, finding enough room to store all your stuff is really a way of life — and if you ride a bike, it makes your storage woes that much worse. But with the Shelfie Bike Mount, you can free up just a bit of room by hanging your your bike out of the way on the wall. Unlike most bike mounts that go through the frame of your bike, potentially getting tangled in cables, with the Shelfie you can hang your bike from its seat. A built-in cubby gives you space for a helmet or other small biking gear.
Never be forced to use crappy plastic silverware again with the Case Hobo Knife. Featuring an amber bone handle and made in the USA from surgical steel, this handy pocketable tool features a sharp blade, a fork, and a spoon, all built into a foldable body that allows the utensils to detach for eating/cleaning. Just don't equate it's humble purpose with cheapness or lack of quality — while it might be designed for a hobo, it's definitely not priced for one.
Whether you're just getting introduced to sushi or are a long time fan, Sooshi should have something to interest you. This surprisingly deep app is split into five sections, providing information on the most common sushis and how to prepare them, the utensils you'll need, how to select the best fish, other ingredients, and, should you decide that you're not feeling up to making it yourself, a restaurant finder that uses your current location and Foursquare information to find the best sushi spots nearby.
It was never the most impressive looking of the Star Wars vehicles — in fact, it looked a little junky — but it was always packed to the gills with interesting stuff. Now you can recreate it at home with this Lego Star Wars Sandcrawler set. Built from an impressive 3,296 pieces, it stands over 9 inches tall and 18 inches long, and features eight steerable tracks, a lowering ramp, opening side flaps, a speeder bike, a detailed interior, seven minifigures — including Luke, Uncle Owen, C-3PO, and some Jawas — and five droids, including R2-D2.
So far, most smartwatch-style devices have been either fitness- or productivity-focused. The Samsung Gear Fit is the first to be both. Dominated by a 1.84-inch curved AMOLED screen, this dust- and water-resistant wearable companion offers a pedometer, movement tracking, heart rate and sleep monitoring, a stopwatch, and a timer, and connects to your phone via Bluetooth LE, giving you text, call, email, and app notifications, as well as letting you control your music without reaching into your pocket.
So. You need booze but lost your job. You've grown tired of infusing store-bought liquor. Your job as a drug runner just isn't dangerous enough. Whatever the case, The Secrets of Building an Alcohol Producing Still will have you up and running 'shine in no time. Technically, the book is written for people looking to brew up their own alcohol fuel — very high proof stuff that can used in a variety of internal combustion engines, providing you with a fuel source should society go south. But where's the fun in that?
You missed out on the original Galaxy Gear, and the Samsung Gear Fit is just a little too fitness-focused for you. What to do? Grab a Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch instead. Powered by Samsung's Tizen platform, this second-gen wearable features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, a 2 MP camera, 4GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer, gyroscope, and heart rate monitor, the ability to answer calls, give you text, email, and app notifications, control your phone's media player, and serve as a watch. Oh, and lest we forget, an IR-blaster for serving as a remote control — because finding the real remote or taking your phone out is just too much hassle.
Most of the time you think of beekeepers as living out on large farms, tending to their hives with crazy hazmat-style suits on. With the Philips Urban Beehive, you can become your own beekeeper — with the bees living inside your own house. This stylish concept consists of two parts: an entry passage and flower pot that sits outdoors, and a glass shell inside. The tinted glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength the bees use for sight, and holds an array of honeycomb frames inside. When it's time to harvest some honey, just pull on the smoke actuator chain and grab some out while the bees are happily sedated.
Shwood is rightfully known for its sustainably-sourced wood-framed sunglasses. But their talents aren't tied in a single material. The new Shwood Fifty/Fifty Sunglasses are a perfect example. As the name suggests, these shades are a stylish mixture of Mazzucchelli acetate — plant-based and renewable — and fine wood inlays. And while looks are important, so is the ability to actually see out of them, which is why they sport optics from Carl Zeiss.
It's one thing to infuse some liquor with peppers to add a little spice, but normally adding hot sauce to your drink is a surefire way to make sure it doesn't taste quite right. Which is why they make Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub. Similar to bitters, this concentrated syrup is fortified with alcohol to better extract the flavors of the spices, and is perfect for adding a solid kick of heat to any cocktail. Just don't go overboard — normally just a couple of drops will do the trick.
With the way acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns typically titles his work, you'd be forgiven if you got the impression he used himself for his latest subject. Instead, this Ken Burns is actually a new app that draws on many of Burns' documentaries — films like The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, and Prohibition — and uses them to tell the story of American history, via tap-friendly timelines and theme-specific pages covering topics like Art, Innovation, Politics, and War.
Already known for their design contribution to the likes of Ferrari, Pininfarina is synonymous with beautiful, luxurious aesthetics. But now they'll be known for something a little bit different — the Pininfarina Cambiano Inkless Pen. At first glance, the design is unmistakably Pininfarina, with an elegant shape, handcrafted in Italy from aluminum and wood. But the design is far from the most impressive aspect of this pen. Its ethergraph tip allows it to write forever, without the need to ever refill ink. This tip gives it the precision of writing with a sharp pencil, with effortless strokes, while also leaving a permanent mark like your former favorite pen.
Whether you're prepping for the eventual downfall of humanity, you're a serious survivalist looking for an addition to your bug-out bag, or you're just a collector of bizarre weaponry, you need the Survival Slingshot. This multipurpose weapon accommodates normal slingshot balls, as well as full-size arrows — thanks to its folding whisker biscuit — so you can target shoot, bow fish, and hunt small game. Its rail system allows it to hold an included flashlight, as well as a range of additional attachments, while a compass and a waterproof storage area make it a versatile tool for handling the toughest situations nature throws your way.
We've got smartphones and smart watches — so why not smart headphones? Dash Smart Earphones are indeed smarter than your standard pack-ins, and almost all aftermarket cans, as well. Thanks to a host of sensors, they can track your pace, steps, cadence, distance, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and energy spent, relaying the information back to your devices via Bluetooth. They use the same connection to act as wireless headphones, and thanks to a built-in ear bone microphone, can serve as a headset, as well. Forget your phone at home? Not to worry, as they also feature 4GB of storage and a built-in music player, so you're never without your tunes.
Sure, you can pack a tent into the wilderness, but it never hurts to have a Plan B. Penned by Boy Scouts co-founder D.C. Beard, Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters can provide you with all the know-how necessary to build your own shelters using nothing but simple tools and your bare hands. From splitting logs and making fireplaces to building everything from teepees to log cabins, this classic book is filled with valuable knowledge, accompanied by over 300 illustrations created by the author himself.
If there's one constant to cooking in the outdoors, it's fire, whether it comes from kindling or a portable stove. Barocook is looking to change all of that. This smart little system uses small packets that react with water to provide steam heat, which is then used to cook your food or drinks. Your food cooks in its own stainless steel bowl, making clean up a snap, and allowing you to cook everything from soup and instant noodles to curry, rice, meatballs, pasta, and even boiled eggs — anywhere you might be.
Leave it to a company known for its simple, plastic, infinitely collectible watches to crank out the world's least complex automatic timepiece. The Swatch Sistem51 Watch is the Swiss company's very first automatic watch, boasting an innovative self-winding movement that uses only 51 parts spread across five separate modules and features an impressive 90 hour power reserve. You can see the movement through the back of the hermetically sealed plastic case, which comes in blue, red, white, and black colorways.
For a long time, finding fresh drinking water out in the wilderness was a chore — you either had to bring along purification packets, or else boil what water you could find and then wait on it to cool before drinking it. Not anymore. With the Lifestraw Go, all you need to do is scoop up some water from a river, stream, or pond, screw on the lid, and drink. Since the bottle incorporates the company's award-winning technology, it removes 99.9999% of bacteria and nearly all waterborne parasites, and is good for up to 1,000 liters of water — or far more than you'll be drinking on a single hike.
Cooking while backpacking can be more trouble than what it's worth, many times because of the weight and bulk of most portable stoves. The Vertex Backpacking Stove is looking to overcome these obstacles with a unique design that weighs just 1.8 ounces and folds down flat so it takes up as little room as a map. Made from tempered stainless steel, it provides a sturdy platform for your lightweight cookware, and since it's designed to work with both solid fuel tablets and the popular Trangia Spirit alcohol burner, finding fuel should never be hard. Finding food, however, is a different story.