Cops know a few things. Among these: donuts, coffee & flashlights. Police forces have been shining big, black Maglites on the guilty and innocent for decades. The heavy, durable lights also double nicely as a billy club. At only 5” long and 1” in diameter, this new, mini LED model won’t knock you out cold with one shot, but it will light things up nicely. Powered by three AAA batteries.
Behind all the products at Triple Aught Design is Patrick Ma. He’s a designer and proud ex-U.S. Army soldier. His military experience informs his every design. Everything made by TAD is designed for durability, function & versatility. For instance, their BRATT tool. The “Be Ready Always Titanium Tool” does it all: open a beer, tighten a loose screw, pry the top off a paint can, etc. This dense little slab of titanium can even be used for self-defense. Kinda like brass knuckles only lighter. Bam!
This thing is the bomb. The Light Mine Professional is a super-bright LED task light with a unique design. Using magnets, this baseball-size light will stick to any metal surface for tricky jobs under the car, the house or anywhere you need a compact, hands-free light that can rotate any which way for full 360º coverage. It has 4 light functions: low power spot, high output flood, red night vision & a high visibility signal beacon. A sizable upgrade from the original.
Our wireless world is still pretty tangled-up in wires, cords and cables. Tame the chaos in your workspace with these handy little adhesive doodads. Keep your power supply up on the table with you instead of sliding off on to the floor when you unplug. Simply stick the adhesive-backed cable clips where you need them, drop your cable into the slot and get back to work.
If you’ve ever fixed your car with duct tape or given your bike a new lease on life with Super Glue, you’re gonna want some Sugru in your toolbox. This high-tech putty dries to become a soft yet durable material at room temperature. Fix a leaky running shoe, put a soft handle on your screwdriver, whatever. It bonds to pretty much anything, is waterproof, and it’s self-adhesive. Plus, its made from simple silicone, so it’s safe.
Portel leather goods is an upstart brand out of Tallinn, Estonia—the Paris of the Baltics—specializing in functional, handmade leather accessories. Crafted from supple, antique leather, their iPhone wallet carries all your cards, cash, and in a perfectly-fitted pocket, your iPhone 4.
Only a smoker feels an intimate connection to their lighter. When you smoke your lighter is your right hand, your old flame. So why not treat your little fire-starter to a new outfit? Using aluminum cans, Fuego Con Queso makes fully up-cycled lighter cases featuring the can art of your favorite drinks. They’re handmade in America and are available in a wide variety of designs, including your custom submissions.
Your laptop is your most important work tool. Therefore, show it the respect it deserves by carrying it around in a fine leather briefcase like this one from legendary Italian designer to the stars, Salvatore Ferragamo. The slim, all-black case features leather top handles, a two-way zip closure, plus a removable shoulder strap & internal laptop sleeve.
You want good photos, but do you want to lug a whole extra bag just for your SLR photo gear? Most of the time, we say screw it & put the point-and-shoot in our pocket instead. Here’s a compromise. The Roma by Ona is a mini SLR case that fits a body & lens and slides right into your duffel or pack. Your camera is protected and your bag stays organized. Easy.
Even if you do manage to get it in the mail on time, a last-minute birthday card from the drug store doesn’t say much. The good men at Forgetful Gentlemen make fine stationery that will give your correspondence an upgrade. Their letterpress printed card set contains 12 hand-printed cards for occasions like Birthday, Get Well, Love & Congratulations. The cotton Italian paper stock has a smooth, luxurious texture complimenting even the worst chicken-scratch.