All posts tagged Hobbies

Gifts For Your Flexible Yoga Friend

Whether you are looking to buy a gift for someone who does yoga everyday, multiple times a day, and doesn’t care about materialistic things; or for someone who tends to go to yoga class right before their shopping sprees – you can’t go wrong with a yoga mat. It doesn’t matter what brand of yoga mat you own, if you use it everyday you will need to replace it eventually. Daily use wears the little grooves designed to stick to your feet, making the surface slippery when you sweat. So take a look at these beautiful yoga mats I found at Urban Outfitters and other colorful stores and see if any of them catch your eye.

Orla Kiely For Target

The fancy designer Orla Kiely teamed up with Target to produce a line of Yoga Mats, Bags, Water Bottles and other goodies. Being an Orla Kiely fan, I of course swooned over every item.

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Gifts For The Gardening Enthusiast


PKS Castor Trowel

Handmade in Austria by PKS, this copper and beechwood trowel has a wide, shallow scoop, making it a practical, all-around tool for weeding, planting, and transplanting. Copper improves soil and plant health by increasing water retention and deterring slugs and snails. Compared to iron and steel, naturally rust-proof copper also reduces friction with the soil, making the curved blade slice into soil with a smooth, controlled action. Each trowel arrives in a custom, gift-ready box packed with natural aspen shavings.

Nontron Utility Knife

Famed for knife-making since the 1400’s, the village of Nontron is home to France’s oldest continuously-operating cutlery forge. Six artisans hand-craft Nontron’s one-of-a-kind knives using a 40-step process, carving handles from local, aged boxwood and burning traditional markings. Blades are forged from 440 stainless steel for excellent edge retention. This high-carbon material reaches Rockwell 58 hardness, making each knife an everlasting gift or practical heirloom.

PKS Nunki Weeder

This copper and beechwood weeder features a sharp, curved blade to loosen weeds and roots.

Shiitake Mushroom Log

Grow your own crops of delicious, edible mushrooms with this innovative, giftable log. Each hand-cut hardwood log is inoculated with spores that will sprout organic shiitake mushrooms—a fast-growing, flavorful variety that’s perfect for first-time growers. Start the growing process by soaking the log in water, and you’ll be able to grow multiple crops for up to 3 years.

Fern Terrarium Kit

Easily grow a garden under glass with this giftable kit, each terrain-exclusive set stocked with everything needed to cultivate a lush terrarium filled with ferns and moss.

Hanging Tillandsia Grow Kit

Hang a tiny garden anywhere with this giftable tillandsia grow kit. Each kit contains a live air plant and all the elements needed to create the perfect environment where it can grow and flourish.

Ilse Jacobsen Laced Rain Boot

Designed in Denmark and hand-crafted from sustainable, single-estate rubber, these lace-up boots from Ilse Jacobsen can withstand even the rainiest of days. Adjustable laces, a cozy lining, and cheerful colors make these boots a welcome wardrobe addition when the weather is gloomy.

Myrtle Topiary

Elegantly shaped, this myrtle topiary adds a splash of vivid green to interior spaces. Each one is cultivated for up to two years to develop a full, polished form before it arrives at your home in a weathered clay pot.

Longboards: Colorful Fun Rides


Riviera Longboards Beta Fish 38” Complete Longboard

The Beta Fish 38″ longboard from Riviera Longboards is the little brother of the Sea Snake. This board has all the same qualities as the elder, but boasts a shorter wheel base and length to give it a “whippy” ride and a bit more agility when you’re busting flat-ground tricks. You’ll find more comfort on this board while free-riding and sliding at slower speeds than its older sibling.

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Gifts For Gamers

Most gamers suffer from old-school-game nostalgia. Help them out with a fix of Pac-Man and Atari goodies. They will enjoy their reunion with the games the grew up with. Here are some ideas of classic gaming nostalgia antidotes: 1. Pac Man Poncho, 2. Mario Kart 7 – Drift IR, 3. Game Boy Beach Towel, 4. Atari Flashback 4 Console, 5. Pac-Man Shot Glasses

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Gifts For Your Camera Toting Friends

I have friends who might as well have view finders instead of eyes.  They see the world through a camera lens and it is a privilege to see the world through their photographs.  Their world seems a little sweeter at times, a lot darker at others, and the little details I normally overlook can make a moment in time majestic .  Here are some gift ideas for those who carry their camera everywhere they go: 1. Camera Flask, 2. Zoom Kitchen Timer, 3. Iconic Camera Bag, 4. Fotostrap Avocado

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Lomography: Diana Baby Camera

I am jumping up and down in excitement about this Diana Baby Camera!  Mostly, because I have a healthy obsession with miniature things.  Who would not want a tiny camera to tote around that takes square photos on film?  The Diana Baby is ready to introduce you to the wonderful world of 110 photography! This tiny camera easily slides into your pocket and comes with the 24mm lens, perfect for capturing memories in stunning squares!

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So You Say you’re Not Handy?

Look, I’m not here to judge you.  You say that you can’t fix your refrigerator’s built-in ice dispenser or you don’t know why your car is making that strange noise and I believe you.  Growing up in our age of factory molded plastics and digital electronics, we are a lot less likely to feel as though we can understand the inner-workings of the complex devices we encounter in our daily lives.

But some things never change:  Faucets still leak.  Picture frames still got to get hung.  Table legs still go wobbly…  When facing these tasks, a little handiness goes a long way.  Lucky for us there has never been a better time to develop handy skills.  With so many online tutorials, forums and YouTube video demos, PDF manuals, you have all the information you could ever need to tackle any do-it-yourself project.

All you really need now is a good set of basic hand tools, and you’ll be the handiest guy or gal on your block before you know it.  So here is a list of hand tools that I use most often and recommend to anyone interested in getting their hands dirty.

One last thing before we get into list:  If you have never purchased tools before, I would recommend you try to get the exact professional brands that I use (most items you can just click through to buy).  All tools are NOT created equal.  In fact, there are a lot of cheap tools out there that are really just a waste of money.    Cheap tools can make whatever job you are doing feel frustratingly difficult or even  impossible.  Even if you’re just an amateur, ALWAYS buy professional-grade tools.  You may be surprised to find that you have more ability than your cheap tools allowed you to realize! 1. McGuire-Nicholas Pouch, 2. Nylon Zipper Pouches, 3. Set of Ratcheting-Box-Wrenches, 4. Large Adjustable Crescent Wrench, 5. Klein Tools 5-in-1 Screwdriver, 6. DEWALT 18V Drill Continue reading →

The iPhone Lens Wallet

One of our favorite camera gift shops is Photojojo.  Whenever I am looking for a gift for someone that loves photography I check out the Photojojo website first.  They carry all kinds of nifty gadgets for your SLRs, Polaroids and iPhones including straps, lenses and waterproof cases.  Recently, I stumbled upon their iPhone Lens Wallet which you can purchase fully stocked or simply just the wallet.

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Gift Yourself Some Laughs: Top 5 Comedy Podcasts

Let’s go over this one more time… First, Video killed the radio star.  Then the Internet came and shortened our attention spans down to the point where even a 4 minute video seemed like too much of a hassle to continue serving as entertainment.  Then, oddly enough, long-form audio podcasting suddenly became more popular than free hugs!  Can you believe it?

Believe it.

If your fed up with listening to commercial radio on you daily commute or just feel like you could use some laughs, here’s a list of some dynamite shows that deliver the laughs every time:

5. The Todd Glass Show: I listen the Todd Glass Show each week to hear Todd and his friends create 90 minutes of pure joy.  Press play and hang on as Todd tries his best to maintain control of the show which always seems to be spiraling off from funny conversations into kitschy music and sound effect gags.  Regular listeners are rewarded with hilarious inside jokes and bizarre reoccurring characters.  I also really like how Todd makes a point of never going for any cheap laughs.  He never puts people down or makes jokes about people’s weight, appearance or sexual preference.  The Todd Glass show is a safe place for humor that some may find a little strange, but I find totally awesome!
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Smart, Fully Integrated Guitar Cases + More

MONO is a San Francisco-based company specializing in cases and accessories for music industry professionals.  Their gear is functional and beautifully designed.  This is a peek at the range of products they offer.   However, for more products and details keep reading after the jump: 1. Mono Case M80 Dual Electric Guitar Case, 2. Mono Case M80 Electric Guitar Case, 3. Cymbal Case, 4. Kondensor DJ Case, 5. Warsaw Guitar Strap, 6. Fader DJ Mixer Case
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