100 Wonderful Things Worth Buying
Welcome to Boing Boing's 2019 Gift Guide: a hundred wonders (mostly inexpensive) ranging from games and gadgets to the absolute weirdest stocking stuffers and brain-hammers the year has to offer. And by the time you're done, you'll have enough badass books to get you all the way to 2021. Amazon Affiliate codes are used throughout where available.

The Testaments

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. "A story of hope, resistance, complicity and rage, it's been worth the wait." — Cory

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Itty bitty adorable jars of Nutella

If you require Nutella on demand, these 25-gram jars pocketable glass jars of the spreadable wonder substance will fit the bill. — Mark

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Insert Coin Keychain

Diecast metal and plastic construction with LED illumination. 1:1 scale replica. Ready player one? — David

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Black & Decker CHV1410L 16-volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac

Still the best selling hand vac for keeping your office, home, workshop or hackerspace tidy. CHV1410L has strong suction, and a bagless dirt bowl that's easy to see and empty. Holds a charge for up to 18 months when it's off the charger. High efficiency Lithium ion chargers protect it by automatically shutting off when the battery is charged, so you can store it on the charger. — Xeni

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Schylling Joke Box

This gift will demonstrate to the young kids in your family that you are very cool. — Jason

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Aeropress Go

Since 2005, the Aeropress has been the best, cheapest, most portable way to make a stellar cup of coffee with minimal effort. The Aeropress Go is the first major design change in the product's history, reworking the gadget so that it fits in its own travel cup, solving one of the biggest difficulties with using an Aeropress on the road – pressing your coffee into a hotel-room paper cup. — Cory

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Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil

The inexpensive Uni Kuru Toga is my favorite mechanical pencil, because it automatically rotates the lead everytime you touch the tip to paper. This keeps the lead nicely rounded. It does this without making the pen feel clicky or clunky, which would render it useless. Instead the mechanical action is so smooth as to be unnoticable. — Mark

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Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators

The Pocket Operators (see the full set at Amazon) are fantastically simple, absolutely delightful, and quite powerful synthesizer modules and sequencers in the form factor of (you guessed it) a pocket calculator. The PO-20 model is all about creating the bleepy, bloopy beats you’d hear in a videogame arcade of yore. And there are a half-dozen others too: For example, the PO-33 K.O.! is a sampler with built-in microphone and 40 second sample memory while the PO-35 Speak is a vocal synthesize and sequencer that brings to mind a circuit-bent Speak n' Spell. Best of all, you can sync these with each other as well as other digital music gear. As Kraftwerk sang, "By pressing down a special key, it plays a little melody." — David

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Charmin Forever Roll

"Join the community of people who are tired of constantly changing toilet paper," says Charmin, and they mean it. With a two foot chrome stand and three 12" rolls of soft, strong toilet paper, the Charmin Forever Roll Starter Kit will revolutionize your family's excretory experience. Sadly, the coveted 13.2" XL rolls are out of stock. Don't go looking on Amazon: its 2-play knockoff offers an inferior wipe. — Rob

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Barbie "David Bowie" Doll

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Mattel has announced a "David Bowie" Barbie doll. The Bowie Barbie follows Barbie dressed as Warhol, Elvis, and Frank Sinatra. As the New York Times wrote upon its release, "It’s a notably androgynous look for a doll that epitomized the stereotypes of feminine appearance in its earlier iterations. In more recent years, however, male celebrity depictions have not just been reserved for Ken. Over the past decade, Barbie has dressed like Andy Warhol, Elvis and Frank Sinatra." Of course Bowie beats 'em all. S/he could lick 'em by smiling, s/he could leave 'em to hang. — David

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Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms

John Hodgman's book-length memoir of his dwindling privilege after his TV career petered out is both hilarious and deadly serious, as much an indictment of elitism as it is a frank hymn to the pleasures of it — Cory

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The Comic Book Story of Video Games goes deep

an entertaining full-color book about the roots of video games. It starts with the discovery of electricity and the birth of electronic digital computers in in World War II and ends with augmented reality games like Pokemon Go. In between we learn about the origins of Pong, Doom, Nintendo, Sega, and more. I feel like I learned as much as I ever want to know about video game history in one pleasant afternoon. This would make an excellent gift for kids who want to learn about the pioneers of video games. — Mark

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Finger covers for eating messy or sticky food with your hands

Because washing your hands after you scarf a bag of Cheetos is such a hassle. As described by the seller, this indispensable human augmentation technology, a perfect stocking stuffer, is "For Chips, Popcorn, Pizza, Party food, Finger food, Appetizers and anything else that makes your fingers Cheesy, Greasy or Sticky. Designed to go on and off with ease, our unique shape fits comfortably on any size fingertip. Food-Grade Silicone is easy to clean, Dishwasher safe, and can be placed in boiling water to Disinfect. Use as a Finger Food Utensil or for Kitchen Prep." — David

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Wise Owl Camping Hammock

The comfort to weight ratio of a good camping hammock is off the charts. Durable and easy to set up, you'll be happy anyplace you can find two appropriately spaced trees. — Jason

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Light Phone II

It's an e-ink smartphone, "minimalist" and designed to do the things you need a phone to do without distracting you with the trash gyre of social media, youtube and other addictive nonsense. Though expensive, it's interesting because you can't even buy a dumbphone these days without Facebook and the dumbest, ugliest design -- and effective because it's designed by and for people who know the problem you share. It's sold out as of Thanksgiving, with a waiting list: eBay has a few under the lamp. See also the Punkt MP02 for something similar in an even more basic candybar format. — Rob

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Good conical burr grinder for coffee

I've owned this Capresso Infinity Conical Burr for 10 years or more, and it still runs like a champ. If you're at all serious about grinding coffee at home, a burr grinder is the way to go, especially when making espresso. Blade grinders lacerate the beans, and the size of the grounds vary wildly. Burr grinders do a better job of crushing the beans evenly. — Mark

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It Feels Good to Be Yourself

A sweet, simple book for little kids about gender identity, self-acceptance, and self-definition – complex subjects handled with grace and wit, accompanied by lovely illustrations — Cory

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For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World by Sasha Sagan

A lovely, inspiring memoir exploring the intersection of science, wonder, and spirituality in a secular home. The title is from a quote found in the pages of Contact, a novel written by Sasha's parents Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan: "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." Like her parents, Sasha has the passion, brilliance, and ability to spark curiosity, skepticism, and hope, through the written word. Open mind required. No faith necessary. — David

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Prison Life Roblox

Know a kid that just can't behave? Maybe a co-worker? Make sure they understand a life of crime will come to no good. — Jason

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Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood

J Michael Straczynski's harrowing memoir of being raised by a literal Nazi war criminal in the direst of poverty is an incredible tale of perserverence and commitment to artistic integrity. Straczynski's wit, ferocious honor, and serious commitment to science fiction shine through and provide insight and inspiration for anyone struggling with difficult circumstances — Cory

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Awesome nail clippers

They even make clean cuts on my extra thick toenails. — Mark

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Bulk Generic Lego

You can get 1000 random pieces of off-brand building bricks for less than $30, guaranteed to "fit tight" and come with "less filler" than the even-cheaper bulk buys. — Boing Boing

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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500

It lets me insert a stack of up to 50 two-sided documents into the sheet feeder and it whips through all 100 pages in a couple of minutes, saving them as text-searchable PDFs. I was honestly surprised that my laptop was capable of accepting data at such a fast pace. This scanner doesn't hog a lot of precious desktop real estate, either. It's surprisingly small -- about 11.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep, with the feeder and output flaps folded in. If someone stole my ScanSnap, or if a meteorite landed on it, I would buy a replacement immediately. It's as essential to my wellbeing as my CPAP machine. — Mark

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The Family Acid: California

For more than 50 years, Roger Steffens has traveled the electric arteries of the counterculture. Driven by his own insatiable curiosity and passion, he was on a perpetual quest for the eccentric, the outlandish, the transcendent. Just as often, it found him, smiling, a camera in one hand and a joint in the other. This book is a collection of snapshots taken between 1968 and 2015 during Roger and his family's freewheeling adventures across the visionary state they call home. Think of it as a family album belonging to a very unconventional family. A lavish clothbound hardcover book with a tipped-on cover photo and silver foil stamping, The Family Acid: California contains hundreds of full-color images, most never seen before, with detailed captions and original essays. Complementing the book is a limited-edition Family Acid photo print on perforated LSD blotter paper (undipped), 6.25” x 10”, and signed on the verso by Roger Steffens. — David

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Star Wars Viewmaster gift set

I am not sure how the whole putting gifts in a sock thing works, but this Darth Vader themed Viewmaster Viewer looks like it'd fit in a traditional Christ inspired gifting sock. Star Wars Viewmaster reels are always pretty sweet. This also makes a good Hanukkah day 4-7 gift for kids who can pull off the entire 8-day challenge. My kid starts getting a hug after day 3. — Jason

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Copic Ciao Marker Set

At about $200, a full set of 72 Copic markers is a pricey proposition. But that's because they're the absolute best, with perfect colors, easy blending, and a big brush tip good for detail and wash alike. Dip an elbow in the water with a relatively inexpensive 12-marker set; great deals on partially-used sets can also be found haunting eBay. — Rob

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Brondell Source

I bought the Brondell Source in 2015 and it alleviated allergy symptoms; here's the latest model, adding a touchscreen, remote control and an adjustable air quality sensor. Rids the air of dust and dander and tiny particles you don’t need to be breathing—but also filters volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Three-stage advanced purifier system includes certified True HEPA and Granulated Carbon technology. Glowing light indicator tells you when it’s working. One time my dog farted a particularly noxious plume and this thing kicked into high gear with an emergency red glow. That’s when I knew I’d be giving it a five star recommendation. — Xeni

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The best garlic crusher

I've yet to find a hinged garlic press that I love. They're inefficient, fragile (especially the hinge, which inevitably fails), and hard to clean. I end up having to peel the unused garlic from the inside of the press, and my fingers stink for days. So get a one-piece crusher instead. — Mark

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Wolf Crotch Underwear

With a "convex design, large space and breathable," the 3D Wolf Head Crotch Underwear "make man looks sexy and wild" and can be yours for as little as five American dollars. — Boing Boing

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My favorite ice cream scoop

The scoop is designed to bite into hard ice cream and roll the ice cream onto the scoop. It has some kind of heat conductive liquid inside the handle that's supposed to make it easier to scoop out the ice cream, but I never bother to heat up the handle before using it, as it works fine straight out of the kitchen drawer — Mark

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Aura digital photo frame

I gave my mother an Aura digital photo frame for Mother's Day (hopefully she's not reading this post). Before I shipped it to her, I set it up so it would be preloaded with family photos. It's a 9.7-inch HD display mounted in an attractive frame. It has a sensor so you can wave your hand and scroll through the photos. The cool thing about it is that I can add photos to the frame remotely through the Aura app. I also invited my sister to add photos to the frame, too. The app has face recognition and you can configure it to automatically send certain people to the frame. Overall, it was brainless to set up and I didn't have any connection problems like I often do with Internet of Things stuff (I'm looking at you, SkyBell). Surprisingly, there are no subscription fees. — Mark

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Because cats are totally down with the Dark Side

Yoda and Chewie as mice for your cat to attack, because all cats align with the Dark Side. Except for Loth-Cats for some reason, but I wouldn't exactly trust them either. — Jason

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The Babysitter's Coven

"Buffy meets the Babysitter's Club in Kate M Williams's debut novel, a supernatural YA romp that is the ""OK Boomer"" of contemporary fantasy, a close-to-the-bone story of modern girlhood blended with a smashing adventure story about the secret, occult war raging just out of our sight" — Cory

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Makita subcompact tool set

Makita's subcompact set is an ergonomic miracle and absolutely the best pick for someone who a) needs a good, basic set of power tools and b) already knows that Ryobi and Craftsman ain't it. Offering 18v power in tool sizes other manufacturers run their 12v lines in, there's a drill-driver, an impact driver, a recprocating saw, a charger, a battery and a bag. Be sure to check out the equally tiny (yet 6.5"-bladed!) ciruclar saw and SDS-bit hammer drill. — Rob

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Permanent Record

What does it take for a gung-ho scion of a multigenerational military family to risk his own life to bring the truth of mass surveillance to the American people? Edward Snowden's memoir is a revelatory, smart, analytical tale of one man's journey from jingoism to exile, as he uncovers the dark truth about spy agencies run amok and decides that it's worth risking his freedom and even his life to take that truth public. — Cory

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Cathedral game

A game that's also a gorgeous work of art, with beautifully finished hardwood castles to build, battle and maybe just arrange according to whim. — Boing Boing

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Literary Insults Chart

Better to remain on the current article and be thought a fool than to click through to another one and remove all doubt - Jesus of Nazareth, circa 4 b.c. - 65 a.d. — Rob

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Kano Raspberry Pi computer kit

I have a Kano computer and they are a lot of fun, and actually can be used as an everyday computer, if you aren't looking for blazing speed. It comes with a wireless keyboard/trackpad, a Raspberry Pi 3 (with Wifi and Bluetooth built-in), speaker and amp, a microSD card with Kano's custom Linux OS, a case, and all the cables you need. The only thing it needs is an HDMI monitor. It comes with a lot of excellent custom software, including apps that teach you how to program in Python. — Mark

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Sega Genesis Mini

This year's retro console of note, Sega's Genesis Mini comes with 42 legendary titles and is plug-n-play ready right out of the box. Comes with two wired controllers and a HDMI cable. It's hackable (the same Allwinner SoC as all the others) with caveats: see the latest info on the homebrew front. — Rob

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The Voyager Golden Record 3xLP Box Set

In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. Attached to each of these probes is a beautiful golden record containing a message for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter it, perhaps billions of years from now. This Grammy-winning set, co-produced by Boing Boing's David Pescovitz, includes 3LPs with all of the audio as the original Voyager Record; magnificent book containing all images included on the original Voyager Interstellar Record, gallery of images transmitted back from the Voyager probes, and a new essay by Timothy Ferris, producer of the original golden record; turntable slipmat; gold foil art print; and digital download card all in a deluxe record box. (Also available as a 2xCD-Book edition.) — David

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An airbag for your motorcyclist

Do you love your motorcyclist? This simple, tether activated airbag will inflate in less than .10 of a second after a rider becomes separated from their bike. Helping to secure the neck, and protect the torso and internal organs, the Helite Turtle, is a top choice for next-generation motorcycle safety. — Jason

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Sakura Pigma "Manga pen set"

The Sakura Pigma Manga Basic Set comes with 5 pens: 4 Pigma Microns (sizes 005, 01, 05, 08) a black brush pen, and a white ink gel pen (for highlights and to correct mistakes). — Mark

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Miniature Concrete Home

Mumbaikar Nitin Barchha makes adorable miniature concrete models of cubelike houses: "Each piece is an individually complete space defined by volumes and voids that give the human imagination a glimpse into what could be lying inside." You can even buy a set of nine. — Rob

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Radicalized

My latest book of four original, timely novellas includes health-care terrorists, preppers dying of cholera, disobedient toasters, brave jailbreakers, inadequate superheroes and popular uprisings against police violence. — Cory

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Zavor Lux 6-Quart Multicooker

The Instant Pot multicooker has become an internet sensation, with recipe books and YouTube videos devoted to it. I also was a fan of my Instant Pot until it died last month and I switched to a Zavor Lux 6-Quart Multicooker ($160). It’s superior to the Instant Pot on at least three counts. First, the top lid doesn’t get so hot that it will burn you if you touch it. Second, it heats much faster, which makes a huge time difference when pressure cooking a meal. Third, the silicone gasket on the lid is braced so it doesn’t sag like it does on the Instant Pot, which is a common issue and prevents the Instant Pot from achieving a high enough pressure. The Zavor costs a bit more than the Instant Pot, but it’s worth it. — Mark

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Nancy

Olivia Jaimes's reboot of Ernie Bushmiller's beloved Nancy is astoundingly, improbably great – guffaw-inducting, utterly contemporary, and still completey true to the spirit of the original. Fall in love with Nancy all over again – or introduce a young person in your life to her for the first time — Cory

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Ecovacs Deebot

"So it spent like two hours going over everything. And then when I looked, I pulled out the little tray, it was stuffed to the brim with junk, tons of cat fur. It was so gross. I could not believe how much was in there. It was heavy with stuff. So I just dumped all the stuff out, and then I had it do it again after I let it charge, and it picked up more stuff again. I mean, our floor is noticeably much cleaner, and we’ve hooked it up to Alexa, so all we have to do is say, “Alexa, tell DEEBOT to start cleaning,” and it will do its job." — Mark

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The Crap Hound Big Book of Unhappiness

The Crap Hound Big Book of Unhappiness is a 544-page compendium of vintage ads and archival ephemera selected and arranged by designer Sean Tejaratchi, publisher of the Crap Hound zine. I've been a huge fan of Sean's work for many years, and have every issue of Crap Hound. I made the video above to give you a taste of just how astounding this book is - it will provide a lifetime of browsing enjoyment. — Mark

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Le Crueset Star Wars Collection

"There's an infinite supply of licensed Star Wars crap (there's even a line of sex toys!), but Le Crueset's high-end, high-priced line of Star Wars kitchenware is both gorgeous and functional, especially that Han-in-Carbonite roaster. " — Cory

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A Single Friendship Lamp

Set these up on your wifi, and "when you turn one on with a simple touch of your hand, its mate emits the same ambient glow, no matter where it is and who is on the other end". The creators stress that "you must have at least 2 to connect" and yet they sell them by the 1. Here is a link to buy a single friendship lamp. — Rob

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Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything

In 2009, Theodore Gray blew minds with his gorgeously photographed book, The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, which sold over a million copies. Five years later, Gray has created this book, which describes what happens when elements are snapped together to make molecules, and the result is a masterpiece (thanks in no small part to Nick Mann’s drool-inducing photographs). Gray organizes the book by categories of molecules — inorganic, organic, acids, bases, soaps, solvents, oils, sweeteners, and other common substances — highlighting their similarities and differences. Suddenly, the physical world makes a lot more sense. — Mark

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Kooduu Synergy wireless speaker and wine cooler

The Kooduu does two things: play music over bluetooth and keep drinks cold. You can also use it as a planter, so people don't even realize you are so déclassé as to own a wireless boombox. One is also assured repeatedly that it is "created according to Danish design". — Rob

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RAW Six Shooter

Get the party started and keep it going! This pre-rolled cone loader can load up to 6 cones at a time! — Jason

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RAVPower 61W Gallium Nitride charger

It's as tiny as an iPad charger, yet supplies a beefy 61W, enough to juice a MacBook Pro or similar high-end laptop in a couple of hours. It's thanks to Gallium Nitride, a more efficient and expensive semiconductor. Prices are coming down, though, so new applications are hitting store shelves. — Rob

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Making Comics

Beloved, Macarthur-Genius-winning cartoonist Lynda Barry's latest is one of the best books on unlocking creativity I've ever read: humane, interdisciplinary, fun, and in touch with something deep and mysterious. — Cory

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Glass Pyramid

Made of "optically clear crystal" and three inches tall, Amlong's Crystal Pyramid is the best Crystal Pyramid. My bacon is fresh, my airspace dangerous, and my undertakings favored. — Rob

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Make your own Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

The one thing my 11-year-old enjoys more than making her own floam or slime is playing with Thinking Putty. Textured quite like the legendary Silly Putty of yore, Crazy Aaron's putties come in a rainbow of colors and styles. This set lets you design your own! I am pretty sure Mark could be easily distracted by a can of magnetic Thinking Putty. — Jason

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Onzow ZeroDust Stylus Cleaner

This is the perfect gift for any vinyl record lover in your life to keep their turntable stylus free of dust and grit. A favorite of vinyl audiophiles for years, it's a lump of firm gel in a tiny plastic box. You dip the stylus into the gel and lift it back up, and whatever crud was on the needle is then held in suspension in the gel. After many uses, you can just run it under warm water and it'll look brand new again. — David

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Rainbow Slime

A glittery additive mixed with kid-safe Elmer's glue, Rainbow Slime is what you make of it. Fun when forming and flexible when dry, the results are beautiful, weird and extremely cheap at $6 or so. — Rob

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Spend your holiday season Twisted

The Twisty Glass Blunt is a brain-hammer. Fill the glass chamber with your favorite herb, screw in the brass mouthpiece, and you are prepared to smoke a lot of weed. Perfect for a day at the beach, or an outdoor music festival, the Twisty Glass Blunt is an absolute favorite. I've got the mini as well. — Jason

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Octavia Butler's Parables

Afrofuturist pioneer Octavia Butler died far too young, and left behind a legacy of brilliant, exciting science fiction novels; Seven Stories' slipcased edition of her brilliant Parable novels includes an introduction by Gloria Steinem — Cory

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

More essential than ever, Robert Cialdini's absolute classic book outlining six principles that you can use to convince people to do things and/or defend yourself against coercion. The science in this book is solid, the experiments and examples are unforgettable, and the writing is crisp and compelling. Learn how it's done so you can defend yourself against coercive advertising, car salespeople, and, er, politicians. But don't be seduced by the dark side. — David

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The classic Swingline Red Stapler

I bought my Swingline Red Stapler on September 10, 2008 and it still makes me happy every time I look at it. — Mark

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Steel taco holders

We have tacos about once a week, and every time I pull out these stainless steel taco holders, I'm glad I bought them. They make it easy to load your taco with cheese, tomatoes, avocado, and salsa, and they keep your tacos from tipping over and disgorging their contents before you've had a change to ingest them. — Mark

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Terrorist watch

Casio's F91W is the chronograph of terrorists worldwide, according to secret documents issued to interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, obtained and released by The Guardian: "the Casio F-91W digital watch was declared to be 'the sign of al-Qaeda' ... possession of the F-91W and the A159W ... suggests the wearer has been trained in bomb making by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan". It is, of course, simply the cheapest reliable wristwatch; Casio produces 3 million of them a year. Yours for a tenner. — Rob

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Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope

This excellent, compact telescope is a fantastic tool providing immediate and impressive views for beginners and plenty of power for more experienced backyard astronomers. Equipped with a 5-inch aperture, the telescope's on-board computer has a database of more than 40,000 celestial objects to get you started in astronomy. Once you align the telescope (a very easy process), you can just pick a star or planet from the database and the motorized mount will point the scope right at it. Give the gift of awe, wonder, and curiosity about what lies beyond Earth. — David

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Tiny Screaming Goat

"If you are a goat-loving fiend or you simply can't get enough of the screaming goat videos then you absolutely need to own a mini screaming goat. Your new goat companion sits on a tree stump and when you give him a gentle press he screams! The kit also includes a 32-page illustrated pocket guide of fun facts and trivia about everyone's favorite farm animal." — Rob

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The Church of the Subgenius's Salvation Pack

"The Reverend Ivan Stang's $35 ""Salvation Pack"" has everything you need to speed you on the way to your Subgenius ministry: pamphlets, stickers, posters, marriage licenses and more!" — Cory

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Supersonic: The Design and Lifestyle of Concorde by Lawrence Azerrad

During its 1970s heyday, the Concorde, the commercial supersonic plane that did NYC to London in under three hours, wasn't just a revolution in aerospace engineering; it was an icon of industrial design, set the bar in luxury travel, and, quite literally, embodied the jet-set lifestyle. Now, hyper-talented designer Lawrence Azerrad, who previously wrote about the Concorde for Boing Boing, has created a glorious art book about the plane and its scene in the sky. The book overflows with historical and technical information and stunning photos of the plane, its marketing materials, and amenities designed by the likes of Raymond Loewy who designed the plane's flatware that Andy Warhol famously swiped every time he flew.— David

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Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor

The latest model of the best food processor for people who are serious about broadening their happy foodie horizons. Shove entire fruits and veggies into the giant feed tube. Listen to the 720-watt motor fill a 14-cup work bowl with steel slicing and shredding discs. It still comes with a free recipe book. — Xeni

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Hyperkin Smartboy

Turn your USB-C Android phone into a Gameboy Color with this inexpensive Bluetooth case. There's a slot that accepts genuine Nintendo cartridges and dumps the ROM for playing in emulators, but it works just fine with any apps or games you get elsewhere. Hyperkin makes lots of cool, inexpensive retrogame stuff. — Rob

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Crumpled Tumbler, 8oz

For only $41.57, you too can be the proud owner of a crumpled 8-ounce tumbler. The catch is that it's immortal: cast from smooth enamel that's microwave, dishwasher, freezer and oven-safe. There are cheaper implementations of the same idea, but this is the most convincing. — Rob

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Sport-Brella XL

Portable wind, sun, and rain shelter that's easy to set up. Can you open an umbrella? Can you drive a couple stakes into the ground? You got this, then. Haul it to the beach, outdoor gatherings or events, camping, sports, and you feel like you have a little private room outdoors. Comes in 6 different colors. Provides UPF 50+ shade. Opens to 9 feet wide, has a metallic undercoating for additional sun protection, internal pockets for stakes, valuables, and gear, plus top wind vents and side zippered windows for efficient airflow. Water resistant, weighs only 11.5 pounds. I first saw someone else on our local beach use it, and asked them where they bought it. Amazonned one for myself. Now I use it nearly every weekend, and love it. — Xeni

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Google Pixelbook

At $825, this is a good value for what you get: a decent midrange laptop with really beautiful design and a simple, stripped-down operating system. The big caveat is that it's completely enmeshed with Google; switching it to linux is more of a rigmarole than, say, a nice practical Thinkpad. Just want something cheap? The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 will do and is just $300. Cheaper? The ASUS Chromebook is just $200 and if I had to I could do my job on it. — Rob

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Razer Blade 15

All the other game laptops would be humiliating to whip out in public or at work, but this is one of the most minimally attractive laptops money can buy. It's powerful and lightweight, too, compared to its stablemates. Note, though, that you will need a lot of money—and perhaps a sticker to cover Razer's "leprechaun swastika" logo. — Rob

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Talking Heads mashup posters

Todd Alcott's Talking Heads mashups fit David Byrne's genius lyrics to old pulp covers, vintage ads, and other bygone imagery with pitch-perfect humor; I got all six and framed them for my office — Cory

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Complete Elfquest vol. 6

This sixth volume of the New York Times best-selling series weighs in at over 500 pages. This new treasury of the classic fantasy series by Wendy and Richard Pini collects deeper cuts of canonical backstories and Wolfrider essentials. Discover how humans, looking to escape their own barren lands, invade Bearclaw's forest and cause unseen disaster for the elves. Also collected are stories showcasing the deep bond of brotherhood between Cutter and Skywise. Catch up first with the Complete Elfquest. — Rob

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Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

My 2 year-old's probably too old for this now, but he'd have been overjoyed to jump into this had I known about it earlier: an inflatable baby bathtub in the shape of a giant rubber duck. A safety disc changes color when the water is too hot and it has a textured nonslip bottom. — Rob

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OHTO Needle Point Knock Ballpoint Pen Horizon Eu 0.7mm Ballpoint Silver Body

"The OHTO was New York Magazine's number two pick out of all the pens in the universe; at a mere $15, it's a surprisingly affordable gift, and as NYM's editors gushed, ""you’ll be amazed at how small you can write with this thing""" — Cory

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End.Game: a synth album from 19A0

End.Game is a dark, dreamy synthpop album, all swooping pads, punchy beats and mysterious retro auras. It's the work of Luscious-235, a joint-venture between Sid Luscious (of 80s fame fronting The Pants) and "the artificial entity known as Unit 235". This album immediately seizes a special place in my heart because it was inspired by my short story Mixtape of Lost Decade and its mythology of the 19A0s: a forgotten era between the 1970s and 1980s so culturally traumatic that it erased itself from our collective memory. Artifacts from the 19A0s, the story goes, now leak out through the internet and other liminal spaces—and here we are. You can't expect an unbiased review from me, then, but obviously you should go and buy this album right away. — Rob

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Wine aerator spout

No fooling around with decanters or elaborate, arty-farty contraptions. Just jam it in the bottle like a cork and pour. Makes an $8 wine taste as good as a $13 wine. Prost! — Rob

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Tabasco Sauce Spicy Chocolate

Delicious, in the manner of certain foods: fit for both your best friend and your worst enemy — Rob

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"Who Said That?" is a fun quote quiz book

Who Said That? is a chunky 340-page book that tests your trivia knowledge on the origin of famous quotes. The quotes are arranged by topic (Love and Marriage, Work and Money, Politics and War, Aging, etc.) and are presented in different ways to keep things lively. — Mark

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Natural Blackwing Pencils

Half the pressure, twice the speed! A legendary and long-lost pencil returns to our scribbling, sketching, shading bosoms courtesy of Palomino. It even now comes in plain, natural wood, perfect for chewing off that godawful ferrule without having to taste paint. — Rob

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You sank my holiday experience!

While it doesn't look much the genre-defining 'This isn't as much fun as the commercial made it look' toy of our youth, Electronic Battleship is now more exciting looking while boastin the same old lows in toy disappointment! Eeeeelectronic Battleship is no more fun that regular old Battleship, which is also a pretty boring god damn game. This is an excellent gift for someone you do not like, but want to appear you gave a cool gift at opening time. — Jason

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Rocket Science for Babies

Quantum Physics for Babies and Rocket Science for Babies are the kind of board books you’d find on a toddler’s shelf. They have stiff, tear-proof cardboard pages, simple illustrations, and minimal text. But they actually explain the subjects on a (very) high level. The author, Chris Ferrie, is a physicist and Senior Lecturer for Quantum Software and Information at the University of Technology Sydney. — Mark

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Artist's Letters: Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney

"A treasure trove of carefully selected letters written by great artists, providing the reader with a unique insight into their characters and a glimpse into their lives. Arranged thematically, it includes writings and musings on love, work, daily life, money, travel and the creative process." — Rob

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Frank Frazetta Death Dealer Xmas sweater

The licensed Frank Frazette Christmas sweater is just the thing for ringing in a grimdark yule: part of the proceeds go to the Frazetta museum in East Stroudsburg, PA. — Cory

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The fanciest metal-backed grid notepad

The $22 RUSSELL + HAZEL metal-backed notepad is just shy of 9x7 inches and comes with a replenishable stack of gridded notepaper, a hundred sheets. It is, they say, ideal for to-do lists, grocery lists and "engineering drawings". — Rob

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Bakelite cup

It's made from recycled, mashed-up bakelite -- strands and clouds of random color like knots of mucus -- similar to state-issued home furnishings from pre-unification East Germany. From the blurb: "this elegantly contemporary drinking cup is the result of a collaboration between Dutch ceramic artist Kirstie Van Noort and design collective Supercyclers. With a distinctive, no-spill low profile, the cup is functional at home, office, or picnic. The cup is made from 100% recycled "plastic, collected after washing up onto Australian Beaches out of the Great Garbage Pacific Patch." — Rob

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No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, has already made an unusual and outsize impact on world politics. Here are her speeches, including a historic address to the United Nations. — Rob

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Rubber band ball

Next time you see Cory, ask him to show you one of his rubber band magic tricks. — Mark

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You Died

This deluxe hardcover edition of the successful paperback won't be delivered by Christmas, but there will be no better art-book exploration of the grimmest of grim epic fantasies. "The definitive version of the definitive Dark Souls book" -- Edge Magazine. — Rob

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How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jenny Odell's meditation on the nature of attention and how online services distort our natural rhythms of attentiveness and daydreaming is an important philosophical read, and a manifesto for a better future — Cory

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Poop emoji Santa Hat

War on Christmas? Christmas seems to be integrating into todays meme-filled emoticon world. Now your Santa can proudly display his favorite emoji, or perhaps this is mean to signify something else. — Jason

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Kawaii Heart Stickers

Five bucks a sheet — Rob

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Ravendark Creations

Arend Smith's Etsy store is full of whimsical, science fictional sculptures in epoxy, iron and bronze – pupae and chimeras and grotesqueries to delight and amaze — Cory

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8 Digit Alphanumeric Roller Stamp

Unlike standard models, this one lets you set each of the eight digits to any letter, number or basic punctuation ( - . /) allowing for pretty much any short message you like. "If you practice it several times, you will be satisfied with this stamp," we are promised. — Rob

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55 gallon barrel of lube

Pump included. Allegedly. — Boing Boing

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