Add your own special touch to personal correspondence with some Wax Seals ($65 and up). Available in lots as small as 25 seals and in 28 colors, these custom seals peel and stick onto your envelopes, giving the appearance of a traditional wax seal with none of the mess. Great for love letters, dead serious business letters, or adding an extra bit of pizazz to your final mortgage payment.
Like the Livescribe Pulse before it, the new Livescribe Echo Smartpen ($150-$200) is the perfect gift for the compulsive note-taker. Available in 4GB or 8GB versions, the Echo works with a special notebook to record audio while you take notes, letting you tap on the written sections to hear the audio recorded when the writing took place. Other features include app compatibility, easily replaceable ink cartridges, an OLED display, soft rubber grip, a rechargeable battery, and the ability to draw strange looks when other coffee house-goers realize you're talking to a pen.
If you're a sucker for old school functional packaging paired with concentrated traditional grooming formulas, this is your shave cream. Fulton & Roark's shaving cream moisturizes and fortifies the skin with oils of avocado, tea tree, jojoba, and citrus, but equally as impressive is the tube's use of a traditional, integrated twist dispenser, ensuring you get every last bit of the highly concentrated cream out. Fulton & Roark's shave cream also combines bergamot, spearmint, and ginger grass to cool the skin and prevent irritation from your razor blade. Apply to warm, damp skin in upward motion, to lift the hairs. Let sit for a minute before shaving, so that product can soften and condition the skin and hair for a smooth shave.
3.4oz / 100ml
Made for athletes in search of a comfortable shoe to wear while traveling, the Vans UltraRange Rapidweld is one of the most versatile in the brand's arsenal. It's made with a new UltraCush Lite midsole compound for added comfort and durability. It also has LuxLiner sock-fit construction for a secure, comfy fit, fully breathable mesh with Rapidweld details, and synthetic, textile, and suede uppers. Each pair is finished using water-based inks and glues and a durable rubber reverse waffle lug outsole.
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The industrial aluminum and glass designs of Apple's products got you wishing for a bit of nature in your office setup? Try burying your keyboard, trackpad, and even remote inside Combine Walnut Keyboard Trays ($70-$80). Made from Black Walnut, these attractive trays are designed to hold Apple's Wireless Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and new, aluminum-bodied remote, should you so choose. A nice way to add some warmth to a sometimes cold computing experience.
Like Doc Brown's message to Marty from 1885 to 1955, you can now send honest-to-goodness telegrams across the ocean or across time with Telegram Stop ($6). This ingenious online service allows you to type in your message — complete with -(STOP)- for periods and full stops — and send it on a vintage-looking card to anyone you want at any (current or future) time you want, replacing a simple electronic communiqué with something much more permanent and memorable. You can even upload photos to be printed and sent along with your message. Take that, MMS.
The Danner Stronghold work boot is what happens when more than 85 years of legendary quality, durability and heritage run into modern construction, technology and materials. With a custom Vibram outsole that is oil and slip resistant for the traction you need on wet and dry surfaces, they also feature a durable, full-grain leather upper and a Vibram SPE midsole that provides extra support during a long day on your feet. Your work boots need to be as reliable as you and every pair of Strongholds are handmade and built to stand up to the toughest outdoor conditions.
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For the best fit, performance, and comfort, you need data from real runners. New Balance used that information to update their popular Fresh Foam 1080. The 1080v9 is crafted with a supportive double jacquard upper for a snug, soft fit, while the full-length Fresh Foam midsole makes it ultra cushioned for the long run. It also has a full-length rubber outsole for added durability, and a 3D ultraheel construction designed to improve fit and comfort.
Of all the "magical" products unveiled this year, the Sharpie Liquid Pencil ($2) might just deserve the praise if it lives up to its claims. The unique new writing tool uses liquid graphite to offer a writing experience similar to a pen, yet still allows for erasing mistakes. What's more, it becomes permanent like a Sharpie marker after about three days, making it a potential replacement for not two but three current inhabitants of your desktop pen cup.
Add a bit of historical style to your workspace with the Makr Studio Work Stool ($690/delivery; $550/pick-up). Built-to-order with a white walnut seat and hand-welded steel body, this inaugural release from the Makr Studio Goods collection mixes industrial looks with modern materials and craftsmanship to make a perfectly minimalist stool.