Penguin Random House

Things Are What You Make of Them

$9

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From CH favorite Adam J Kurtz comes another book of positive vibes: “Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives.” Entirely handwritten on perforated tear-and-share pages, the book is full of advice, inspiration and empathy for creatives of all kinds. In Kurtz’s classic style, it’s cheeky and funny, but ultimately kind, generous and empowering. If you’re feeling a creative block, open at any page.

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Chronicle Books

It’s Great to Create

$12

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NYC-based artist Jon Burgerman has just released a fun and inspiring activity book called “It’s Great to Create: 101 Fun Creative Exercises for Everyone.” Perfect for anybody who wants to unleash their artistic side, but isn’t sure where to start, Burgerman’s book offers lots of ideas—from making art with cereal, combining several markers to create a “Megapenopolis,” to adding googly eyes to just about anything, there are plenty of off-beat and entertaining ideas.

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Flight 001

4-in-1 Power Adapter

$25

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Compact and usable in 150+ countries, this travel adaptor is four plugs in one. Color-coded to be extra easy to use (thanks to the included map), it’s made of ABS plastic. Since it breaks apart, you can travel with the entire piece (if going to multiple countries) or simply take the one adaptor needed.

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Dey Street Books

Meet Me in the Bathroom

$15

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Lizzy Goodman’s “Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011” is the incredible story of NYC’s explosive music scene in the early 2000s—in which bands like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem and more were propelled into fame. The behind-the-scenes insights are from some 200 interviews with musicians, journalists, photographers, managers, music executives, groupies, DJs and more. It’s a fascinating read—full of gossip—and not just for rock enthusiasts.

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Lekue

Stackable Popsicle Molds

$18

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Made from BPA-free platinum silicone, this set of four stackable popsicle molds is practical and kind to the environment. Create all kinds of flavored frozen treats (including healthier options) on your own or take tips from the accompanying recipe booklet that includes ideas for lactose- and gluten-free options. Dishwasher-safe and ideal for summer months, they are available from the MoMA Store.

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Face Halo

Face Halo Pads

$22

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Unlike alcohol-based wipes that remove make-up but clog the environment, Face Halo is a reusable pad that utilizes microfiber technology and water to get your skin squeaky clean. The ultra-fine fibers are specially engineered to lift impurities while gently exfoliating your face, and you can toss the dirty pad into the washing machine up to 200 times before finally throwing it away—it’s better for you and the earth.

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Barnana

Organic Chocolate Banana Brittle

$10

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Barnana has come to make a name for themselves as a brand “upcycling” organic bananas that don’t have the perfect look but taste perfectly fine. While minimizing food waste, they’ve also developed a series of delicious banana-based snacks. Our personal favorite, Organic Banana Brittle is made of thin, crisp laters of the fruit and chocolate. It’s also USDA Organic, non-GMO project verified, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free—meaning it can be enjoyed by just about everyone.

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Word for Word

“Social Alert” Buttons

$4

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With all kinds of excellent PSAs, Word for Word’s Social Alert buttons let everybody know what’s up. Each costs between $2 and $4, are colorful and simple—stating everything from “Queer” to “Homo” to “Lezbrarian.” (There are also plenty of non-LGBTQ+-related buttons worth looking at.) They’re hand-pressed 1.25″ pin back buttons and let everybody know which team you’re on—as well as being a badge of honor.

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Jason Markk

Travel Shoe-Cleaning Kit

$20

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For anybody who travels for work or simply likes to make a good impression, a rainy day or unexpected spill can throw your appearance out. Perfect for some of these minor catastrophes, Jason Markk’s travel shoe-cleaning kit means you won’t have to panic and buy a new pair of wheels—rather you can spruce up the ones on your feet. This kit includes a two-ounce premium shoe cleaner, a mini premium brush, microfiber towel, and three wipes—all of which are TSA-approved and made in the USA.

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Beauty Heroes

Beauty Heroes Gift Card

$25

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A company that has immense ingredient integrity, Beauty Heroes doesn’t skimp on quality. Ensuring their products aren’t just toxin-free, but rather actually good for you, the team selects some of the most glorious products that will leave you feeling entirely pampered. With so many to choose from, sometimes the best bet is a gift card, and these ones are available from $25 to $420 and can be used toward their subscription service or in their webstore.

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Find Your Park

Find Your Park Playing Cards

$12

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Those of us who were following along with the rogue social media managers from several national parks this week might be looking for ways to support them. One easy option is buying this deck of playing cards, as 100% of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation. Each card is illustrated by one of 40 artists from all over the world and has a wholesome, retro vibe.

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Koenig Books

100 Secrets of the Art World

$7

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With a list of contributors as long as its title, “100 Secrets of the Art World: Everything You Always Wanted to Know from Artists, Collectors and Curators, but Were Afraid to Ask,” is an impressive book full of information from powerful players in the art world. From Jeff Koons to Marina Abramović and John Baldessari; curators from the world’s most significant museums and more; the contributors know a thing or three about contemporary art. Not just entertaining, the book offers insights and tips for those wanting to start visiting more galleries and festivals, as well as those who are starting their collection.

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Jean Jullien

Modern Life

$20

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Exploring the strange, confusing and oftentimes distressing modern world, French artist Jean Jullien has created a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. While his keen observations on life in the current climate can be a little cheeky, they’re always tender. He’s an artist whose work shows—time and again—an innate sensitivity to his surroundings, but more importantly, the people who inhabit them. “Modern Life” reveals just how perplexed, entertained and saddened we all can be in the present day.

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ban.do

Compliment Pencil Set

$10

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This set of 10 brightly colored pencils—all number two graphite—comes complete with compliments on them, for days when you’re feeling insecure, have a case of writers’ block or just need a little boost. Emblazoned with phrases like, “Yes You Totally Can” and “You’re a Total Champ,” the pencils also have erasers attached—but the positive vibes mean you won’t get too down on yourself if you make a mistake.

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Phaidon

Animals Are Delicious

$18

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By Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson, “Animals Are Delicious” isn’t as brutal as one might think. In fact, the kids’ book explains three of the longest food chains within the animal kingdom—in a bright and playful way. Each food chain (terrestrial, avian and aquatic—our favorite is the underwater iteration) is given its own tactile foldout, so kids can exercise several senses at once.

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Zoku

Round Popsicle Molds

$17

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Embrace the warmer months and your inner child at your next pool party or grilling session and make four popsicles at a time with Zoku’s round pop molds. Totally BPA- and phthalate-free, the silicon-made molds make it easy to peel away your popsicles once they’re frozen. The set comes with one mold; four removable, individual molds; and four sticks (complete with drip guards) to make all your summer parties a little sweeter.

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