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.
AirPods are great, As a result, they're also becoming increasingly ubiquitous. The Nomad AirPod Rugged Case protects their charging case while also giving it a unique look. Its two-piece construction incorporates a black polycarbonate shell and brown, USA-sourced Horween leather, giving the little white capsule a whole different personality. As a bonus, it will wear and develop its own patina over time, making it a great combination for a leather iPhone case. The cases now support AirPods wireless charging.
Protecting your property shouldn't involve drilling holes and running wires. The Simplisafe Home Security System requires none of the above, and is easy to install yourself. It starts with a home base that connects to their service via WiFi with a backup cellular connection for emergencies. You can arm and disarm it from the keypad, with a key fob, or with your phone. Add on as many entry, motion, smoke, glass break, and CO sensors as you need — the system is easily expandable to fit your needs, and comes with the assurance of 24/7 monitoring.
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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.
Foams and creams are great if you're going for a the clean shaven look, but your more modern face trim might require Baxter of California's Beard Line-Up Shave Gel. The clear, non-foaming gel allows you to see exactly where you're cutting, making your shaving routine a little less taxing. Perhaps more impressive is that this gel can be used with or without water, making it ideal to store in a travel Dopp kit when you might need to shave in a pinch. Aloe Vera, eucalyptus oil, and Vitamins C & E ensure your mug remains hydrated and irritation-free during your shave as well as after it's done. Cooling mint refreshes once you've finished that work-of-art-of-a-beard on your face.
3.4oz. / 100mL
Truly wireless with a handcrafted tortoise brown acetate body, the MW07 earphones from Master & Dynamic strike an ideal blend of convenience, performance, and style. Inside each 'bud is a custom 10mm Beryllium driver that delivers impossibly good sound from a small package. Silicone "wings" in two different sizes ensure a secure fit, and MEMS mics let you handle calls easily. They last for 3.5 hours, charge inside the included stainless steel carrying case for a total of 14 hours of battery life, and have an IPX 4 splashproof rating, making them capable, although unlikely, gym companions.
Available in Matte Black or Tortoise Shell.
Dimensions (Earphones): 0.98" x 0.87" x 1.11" / Dimensions (Case): 2.54" x 1.06" x 1.78" / Weight (Earphone, each): 0.32 oz / Weight (Case): 2.68 oz / Wireless: Bluetooth 4.2 with apt-X / Connectivity Distance: 65+ feet
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.