For many of us, getting it down on paper is the first step to starting a project. Making notes, lists and sketching out ideas on your handheld or computer just doesn’t feel right. lq creates handmade custom notebooks featuring a simple, utilitarian design with fine paper and a cork-sheet cover. Choose a custom size, paper stock and the sturdy, high quality notebook will land in your mailbox with a Mitsubishi uni-ball pigment ball pen included.
Winter isn’t over. Don’t let the January thaw fool you. The next storm is already on its way. And when it hits, don’t get caught scraping the windshield of your new ride with the same antiquated tool dad used on his ’71 Hornet. The Snowdozer has evolved the ice scraper. It has a retractable handle and multiple faces to suit the snow, ice or whatever frozen precip’ you’re scraping.
There are so many cool cases for the iPhone 4 it almost makes you want to buy an extra phone. With this Lego compatible case from SmallWorks, you could even click a few phones together into a stack, double Whopper style. And if you can figure out a way to actually link these multiple phones into a working unit, people might ignore the fact that you’re 30+ years old and still playing with Legos.
Instead of bringing back a duffle bag full of purple clothes from your trip to Argentina’s wine country, the WineSkin will ensure you bring back those gift bottles of vino intact. Designed to protect and seal bottles for transport, the WineSkin works much better than wrapping those luscious bottles of Malbec in your sweaters and crossing your fingers.
Have you mastered the art of traveling light? Once you’ve figured out how to split for the weekend with just one bag, you’ll need that one bag. Get a good one. This one is made of heavy canvas with leather trim. The rugged, aviator style with a weathered finish also makes it look like you’ve flown a few missions.
Looks tough. It’s made of ballistic nylon with a rubberized bottom & leather details. The strap is made of comfortable seatbelt nylon. It’s pure function. It’s also low profile for when you’re not feeling brave enough to tote it manpurse style. You can jam this little thing into a bigger bag and proceed freely. Or just hand it to your lady friend for a minute. Whatever works.
You carry both your toothbrush and your deodorant in the same bag. Your comb, nail clippers, maybe even a balding product you don’t want to talk about? For these magical items, you need a bag that’s durable, won’t leak and is easy to clean. Constructed from recycled rubber tire innertubes, Seattle’s Alchemy Goods makes all kinds of unique up-cycled bags & accessories—all green design that looks good and makes sense.
The wood-grain emboss on this Italian leather wallet is from real wood. They could’ve used cheap, faux woodgrain, but no. Hlaska founder, NorCal-based designer, Anthony Mazzei, would not stand for faux. He demanded real wood grain patterns and matched them to all three colors: ebony, cedar & pine.
Take the concept of the Swiss Army knife: a multitude of tools all packed into one handy, compact unit. Same principle here. Instead of tweezers, the Swiss RoomBox is a like a hotel room that fits in the trunk of your car. Depending on how you flip and unfold it, you’ve got a kitchen, bed, shower or dinner table all in one ridiculously small, modular package.
Drop the camera once and it’s done. The lightweight plastic and aluminum body is no match for pavement impact. But instead of getting hosed on the ridiculously over-priced extended warranty, look into Camera Armor. The protective skin works just like the case you have on your phone: absorbs shock, while giving you access to all the buttons, ports and controls you need.