In honor of Father's Day, a collection of 25 unique, unusual, and occasionally useful gift ideas for as little as $8.
Give a classic arcade feel to any rocker-style light switch. No electrical wiring (or quarters) needed.
Our modern life is saturated with marvelous machines, so how about a distinctly non-marvelous one: the Useless Box, which automatically turns itself off every time you turn it on.
A feat of human invention and ingenuity in the service of laziness, these spectacles function like a periscope to allow you to watch TV (or read) while lying in bed.
Timeless how-to guide for outdoor sustenance, warmth, orientation and safety, and the perfect gift for the grad, dad, or survivalist on your list.
Gloves may offer a simple solution to the problem of cold hands, but what fun is that? Warm your hands with this handsome, portable catalytic burner instead.
If you're stealing sips on the go, you could do a lot worse than the retro-styling of this hammertone green Stanley flask.
If you've ever spent time looking upward, finding shapes in passing clouds, this is the book for you. Learn to see clouds in a whole new light through the lenses of history, science, art, and culture. Perfect for weather enthusiasts and the curious-minded alike.
A masochistic brainteaser for the expert puzzle fan. One thousand tiny pieces that are not only all the same shape, but the same color as well.
Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions. For example, how many calories would you consume by eating this book?
Earthlings have gazed at the dark, star-speckled sky for millennia, and this box of postcards compiles 50 impressions, from the scientific—such images plumbed from Galileo’s notebooks or the NASA archives—to the fanciful.
Often overlooked as tourist destinations, cemeteries deserve a new life in the eyes of the traveler. This book pays respect to the incredible architecture, stunning landscapes, and intriguing histories of those oft-ignored spaces around the globe that exist to celebrate and honor life.
A walking dad joke if there was ever one.
If cooking is a science, shouldn't your oil and vinegar set come from a lab?
Keep track of your travels with as much or as little precision as you choose.
Is it true that NASA spent millions of tax-payer dollars to develop a pen that didn't rely on gravity while their rival Soviets simply used a pencil? No, but it is true that this pen is one handsome and well-designed writing implement.
Made in the U.S.A. since the 1920s, this bone-handled folder is the official pocket knife of American boyhood.
Measure your day in mechanical clacks. Our favorite retro timepiece keeps wasted minutes in check.
Give your Wunderkammer an element of danger with this sample of uranium ore. The material included in this metal tin is safe to handle if you use common sense (don’t lick it), but is also certified to be measurably radioactive.
A surreal watch for surreal times.
Is it extravagant to designate a watch for weekend-use only? Yes, but given the price of this handsome watch, you can get away with it.
This book—the result of one man's passion for the art of tying—has become a bible for knot-makers the world over. From the most basic hitch to astonishingly complex decorative patterns, this is the only book on knots you'll ever need.
The Stirling engine was invented in 1816 and was meant to rival the steam engine. Nearly 200 years later, it still hasn’t quite made it to ubiquity, but works just fine. This one will get going on just a cup of water, either hot or iced.
When my husband and I went sightseeing in Old Havana we asked a fellow tourist to take our photo in front of the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary. To our delight, he used a bluetooth printer to make a print of the picture on the spot.
Everyone's favorite big, square, retro camera. Go charmingly analog in a digital world.
With its aluminum face and walnut case, this retro-handsome radio seems a stylish relic of the hi-fi 70's. Inside the analog package, however, stirs a digital soul—inputs include internet radio, Spotify, and a Bluetooth® connection.
These are the only binoculars I take into the field. The optics are sharp and bright, they're lightweight enough to carry all day, and the angle of view allows you to track quick moving birds with ease. A must-have for any explorer.
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