What’s more manly than straight up throwing back some shots? How about this: throwing back some shots shaped like B-52 Bombs. Boom. Think about it. You are drinking out of a bomb. That’s like using a gun to cut your steak.
It demands respect. And whatever you’re drinking in that bomb will taste that much better for it. Have some honorable men or women friends in the armed forces? What better way to toast them than this? Or, assuming they like to have a drink now and then, what better gift this holiday season? The glasses come in sets of two, and are made of “high-quality double-walled borosilicate glass”. If you know what that is, let us know. It sounds great, but really, we’re only straying from the point. And that point is that you will be slamming bombs of your drink of choice, and your liver is Ground Zero. The set of two goes for $19.99 and can be found here.
You have your running shoes, your work shoes, your hang out shoes, your hiking boots, your slippers, and maybe a pair of Crocs for some reason. But here’s the problem: so does everyone else.
And probably in the same shape and style (and in some cases size). How many things do you own that you can honestly say nobody else in the world has? If you head over to chooseyourshoes.net and purchase a pair of custom made shoes, you will be able to answer that. To order shoot 21-year old Michael Burk an e-mail telling him what you’re looking for in the design. In fact, Burk suggests you e-mail him details about your personality and some of your favorite things, from movies, to music, to sports, to places, to hobbies, and he will design you the shoes that you were always meant to wear. And the best part? Burk, on principal, will never make the same design twice. He may make similar designs upon request but wants you to be the sole owner of your perfect footwear. Each pair costs $125. Additional info and sample designs can be seen on his website chooseyourshoes.net.
It’s a little harder to find your way around outside without the sun shining bright and clouds covering the sky (especially at night). Who likes to walk in the dark? It’s unsafe to go about at night without protection.
You could carry a (deadly) flashlight around and look like you’re going spelunking, or you could try out this new Lightblade Umbrella, and look like a Jedi, aka awesome. The concept is simple. To the untrained eye (aka not Jedis), it would appear to be an ordinary umbrella… Until you click one button and the entire shaft is filled with light, illuminating your path on a dreary day or night, and warning Darth Maul to stay away with his double-sided light umbrella. All you need is three AAA batteries and a rainy day, and you’ll for sure be catching some extra attention on your walk to work. The website notes you’ll have to make your own light saber sound effects, but you’ve been doing it your whole life anyway, so why not? The Lightblade Umbrella can be purchased for $32.84 and you can find it here.
The key to making a place feel like home isn’t in the furniture or the people you put in it: it’s about the walls. Hear us out. You could be cuddling on the coziest couch in front of the sweetest TV and be lacking.
However, with your only options for wall décor being cheap mass-produced paintings from Target, random hanging mirrors (is your place a fun house at a carnival?), or bringing out of retirement old posters from college of John Belushi and Jack Daniels, it’s hard to get it right. That’s why the good people at Hu2 Design have provided us all with some more interesting options. Their quality vinyl stickers range from beautiful to funny to strange to useful and they all look cool. There’s even ones that can stick to your fridge, bathtub, and toilet. Also available are a ton of unique designs for your laptop (mostly Mac friendly), and you can even have them vinyl sticker your face. What better way to warm up an apartment than that? They vary in price and can all be found here.
When you go to a store to get yourself a dress shirt, you know right away it’s going to be an ordeal. If they have your exact size (which is very unlikely), you’ll almost certainly have to get it tailored to get it just right.
And, when you take the price of the shirt and add the tailoring in, you’re talking over $100 if you want any kind of decent shirt. And you might have to make compromises on brand, color, buttons, etc. Well, http://www.shirtsmyway.com/ (an aptly named site) takes the guess work out of ordering your dress shirts and does it for less than you’ll likely pay elsewhere. Enter your exact measruments, of course, and you’ll get a shirt custom fitted to your body. However, you can also customize any aspect of the shirt you want from the color of the inside of the color to the type of thread they use on the buttons. And, all of this starts at just $75. They’ve also got holiday promotions going on where the more you buy, the more you save. So check it out.
You need something to put all your stuff on. Your phone, your glasses, your wallet, pens, your car keys. In the past this has either been some sort of bureau which, of course, eats up your precious floor-space.
And you can hit your head on them. Or they fall over in an earthquake and break all your stuff. It happens all the time. Wouldn’t you like to just… strap all your stuff tightly and securely against the wall? With the naoLoop Loft, that’s exactly what you can do.
Described as a “stealth organizing device” (seriously, has organizing ever sounded so cool?), the naoLoop Loft is a series of tension straps, made of flexible Polyester Latex, stuck to a wall-mounted steel shield. This can fit literally any place with a wall – your office, your bedroom, your bathroom. And it looks pretty sweet. And the Polyester Latex bands can stretch up to 50% to hold practically anything. The naoLoop Loft costs $126.80 and can be found here, along with other naoLab products.
One disadvantage of your everyday speaker is that you’re basically shooting sound in one direction. Turn the speaker slightly away or step to the side of it, and it can sound like it’s on the other side of a wall.
360 degrees of sound is just one cool feature of the USA Navy designed Dwarf 360 Omni-directional Vibrating Speakers. That’s right. You’d think the Navy would be working on torpedoes and periscopes. Instead they’ve been tweaking speakers to create the ultimate submarine dance-parties. The Dwarf is small and can fit anywhere, from your desk, to a table, to the fireplace mantle. But to utilize the 360 degrees of sound you’ll want to put this right in the center of your place. The speakers can hook to a PC, laptop, DVD player, CD, or MP3 players so you’re covered wherever you do end up putting it. And here’s the vibrating part: whatever the dwarf sits on, it will vibrate and use to amplify sound. Try it on a wood table, a glass table, the floor, your cat! Each will produce a different quality sound. The dwarf includes a USB cable and a mini-USB port. Perhaps best of all, they only cost around $25. Perfect holiday gift? We think so. Check them out here.
There’s probably no city quite as cool as New York. Not just for the people, and the food, and the history, and the night-life. But for it’s Public Transit. The subway is quintessential Big Apple that you just can’t replicate in any other town.
And now you can take home a part of it. No, not the guy who sat next to you wearing nothing but a trench coat, smelling like KFC gravy, and elbowing you in the ribs. You can own a custom-made metro station sign, and hang it up in your place to always remind you of the greatest city in the world. Underground Signs is making exact replicas of the MTA station signs, from the metal (aluminum), to the sizes (three different ones), to the font (Helvetica since 1966). Choose from literally hundreds of actual stops, from 5th Ave to Wall Street (which would be kind of meta since this street sign would actually be hanging on a wall). None of those catching your eye? Create your own custom sign that can say anything you’d like. Sure, there’s no street named after you in NYC. But the girl over your place doesn’t need to know that. The prices are based on the size of the sign – an eight footer will cost you $400.00, while a 12” will only set you back $99. You can find out more about them here.
If you haven’t seen the Autotune the News videos, you apparently haven’t been on the Internet since last April. Musician Michael Gregory has taken evening news clips and adds decent hip-hop beats, then auto-tunes the hell out of it.
The latest editions (there have been nine so far) have brought the likes of T-Pain and Justin Timberlake to the table. You can check them all out here. Anyway, these guys have a deal with Sony, and together they have brought us the amazing Auto-Tune Your Facebook Status App. Just head here and install the app, and your friends will be getting all your updates in sweet perfect-pitched robotic glory. Once downloaded, you simply type in your status how you normally would, choose a voice, a beat, and you’re done. Who knows, maybe your update about how good the Western Omelet you had this morning was could start climbing the charts.
Do you and your buddies shop at, like, the same three clothing stores? This could potentially result in some frustrating moments where two of you realize you’re matching a little too adorably.
But here’s the remedy: find some places to shop that your friends haven‘t tainted. And what better way than looking across the pond? The British t-shirt company Origin ‘68 produces unique designs that the people you surround yourself with probably haven’t found yet.
Origin ‘68 has a ton of clever, cool-looking shirts designed in-house and by guest artists from around the world. Their Human Being t-shirt is in pre-sale right now and blowing up. Our guess is if you get in on this now, you’ll be way ahead of the curve States-side, and it won’t be long before your friends are decked out in Origin ‘68 gear as well. At least you’ll all know who had it first–and they’ll be the ones running home to change. Bonus: they ship anywhere in the world–for free. The shirts go for around $30.00 and can all be found on their site here.