In many instances, low-tech beats high tech. Your little lists on Post-Its and scrap paper all end up in the trash. And your digital reminders & “to-dos” seem to always get lost in the vortex. This chalkboard tablet made entirely of reclaimed oak is better than both. It keeps you on task without creating waste and unlike the screen on your phone, it’s actually pleasing to the eye. Each tablet includes a Koh-I-Noor chalk pencil.
It never fails, the moment you whip out that little 10 oz. hip flask, your friends move in a bit closer, like, “Let me get a rip …” And before either team has even scored a point, your flask is drained dry. So either replace your friends or order one of these big, bad sonsabitches. This monster flask holds 128 fluid ounces. You & the boys will be primed by halftime for sure, unless of course you get busted smuggling it in.
Bask in the warm glow of a backyard fire without feeling like you’re on a camping trip. Modfire’s outdoor fireplace has a sleek, modern form made of 14-gauge steel that won a Dwell Magazine design award. It comes in a rainbow of colors and can burn wood, propane, and natural gas.
Most folks with a taste for wine don’t really need a wine stopper. Once the cork is popped, down it goes. But for the select few among us who have maintained (somehow, amazingly) a bit of self-restraint when it comes to the nectar of the Gods, this octopus tentacle stopper will seem like a better idea than a wine hangover. Those poor people …
If you still haven’t outgrown your childhood comic book heroes, these original art posters from graphic artist Greg Guillemin could cause an instantaneous pup tent in your Underoos. His artfully re-imagined minimalist designs celebrate all your super friends: Batman, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, The Hulk, Spidey—the whole crew.
Lots of portable iPod docks and speaker systems are focused on cute design instead of sound. Not this one from Yamaha. This thing is all speaker. With a 4-inch woofer for bass and a dedicated tweeter for crispy highs, this unit strikes the perfect balance between power and portability. Comes in 4 colors.
If you have the iPhone 4 you already know that the battery life sucks. This new backup battery/protective case gives you the freedom to spend twice as long away from an AC power source. And while you’re roughing it out there off-the-grid, you can use Mophie’s GPS-enabling app to keep you on course while you hunt for that next outlet.
There’s a pretty obvious irony here. A beauty product for the ultimate symbol of manliness, the beard? C’mon … Like, if you’re too lazy to shave are you really going to anoint your beard with oil to make it shiny and soft? Hold that thought. Before she orders you to shave it off, you might humor her by giving this all-natural beard sauce (made with essential oils) a try. You never know, she might let you keep it after all, big guy.
Sometimes it seems like upcycled and repurposed materials are little more than marketing fluff to make ugly products appeal to your guilty-conscience consumerism. But now new stuff made from old stuff is starting to look quite nice. LA-based designer Stephen Kenn creates fine furnishings using repurposed military surplus materials. Perfect for the man room or bachelor’s den.