Most of us have been out on the open water. Few of us know what lies beneath the surface. These Below the Boat Wood Charts use bathymetric charts — the underwater equivalent of topographic maps — and laser-cut, hand-colored sheets of Baltic birch to create stunningly detailed recreations of the sea floor/lake bed in dozens of different locations, covering everywhere from the Alalakeiki Channel off the coast of Maui to the rivers surrounding Manhattan. Makes an ideal Father's Day gift for any sea-faring dad, especially since it's the only nautical-themed decoration that's acceptable two miles or more inland.
Presented by Below the Boat.
While 2008 may still be a couple of months off, you can get your planning started early with the Architecture 2008 Wall Calendar ($14). The 12" square calendar offers color photos of fantastic architecture from around the world, and also features the phases of the moon in its grid.
If you're sick of seeing Moleskines come out of everybody's pocket, feast your eyes on the rugged-looking Field Notes Memo Books ($10/3-pack). These soft-covered notebooks are filled with 48 pages of crisp graph paper, perfect for your to-do list or any of the "Practical Applications" suggested inside the back cover — such as Treasure Maps, Gambling Debts, and Half-Ass Calculations. The made-in-the-USA notebooks are the perfect fit for your back pocket, while the brown cover and old-school Futura type will make you look more like an adventurer than a follower.