From Small Spells (run by Rachel Howe) comes a mystical but playful calendar featuring Howe’s delightful hand-drawn illustrations. With pertinent information like when a new moon is in Aquarius, the calendar is full of esoteric and astrological dates that will help you prepare for the coming days, weeks and months. LA-based Howe also offers (currently virtual) astrological and tarot readings, as well as workshops and—once pandemic restrictions are lifted—reiki treatment. The physical version of the calendar has sold out, but PDF downloads are available.
Anyone who’s ventured to a Nordic nation understands the importance of smoked herring—perhaps with dark bread or schnapps (as the Danish brand Glyngøre suggests). Named after a town in Denmark, Glyngøre’s kippers in oil are tinned smoked herring fillets in vegetable oil with salt. Savory and delectable, they’re also reasonably priced.
From Lior Lev Sercarz’s NYC-based spice studio, La Boîte, the Tunisian-inspired Izak N37 blend uses sweet chilies and cumin (as well as garlic and salt) to evoke harissa flavors without the heat. This dynamic blend can complement everything from lamb stew to Niçoise salad without overpowering the other ingredients. La Boîte’s roster of spices runs deep so it’s worth exploring their other offerings—some made with Michelin-star chef Eric Ripert, too.
With all proceeds benefitting the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) in LA, Making Art During Fascism by Beth Pickens is part zine and part activity book. Designed and riso printed by WCCW, the 24-page publication is just one of many works available from the community- and creativity-driven hub.
Wendy Chung’s San Diego-based paper goods shop, DOZI, offers a straightforward “imperfect” planner for those striving to be prepared for 2021. Two line and dot illustrations frame the cover, while the months inside are coded numerically. Pocket-sized and printed on 120lb cardstock with a matte finish, Chung’s iteration proves both transportable and durable, especially if you plan to carry it in your pocket. Each planner is assembled by hand and subtle differences in color and design may occur.
Vibrant from cover to cover, HAY’s monochrome neon green notebook acts as an inspiration as much as a tool to stowaway thoughts and observations. At 8.25 by 6 inches (with a half-an-inch depth), it’s easy to carry around, too.
Created by fine artist and pop culture guru Michael Gillette, Pack of Dogs is a book of 50 celebrity portraits reimagined as canines. From Bjork in Bantu knots to Motörhead’s Lemmy, Gillette’s dog drawings pay homage perfectly—and his musings on each of his subjects only add to the charm. The book comes in four different cover options (Pharrell, John Lennon, Bob Dylan or Amy Winehouse) and includes a foreword by Ozzy Osborne, as well as an interview with The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne.
With they/them, ze/zir, she/her and he/him options, Gamut has made preferred pronoun pins that look more sophisticated than many we’ve seen. These black and gold pins politely request which pronouns the wearer identifies as, and $1 from each purchase is donated to Camp Aranu’tiq, which is a not-for-profit organization that transgender, gender-nonconforming and gender-variant kids and their families through camp experiences.
From Fluide—a Brooklyn-based brand that makes vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free beauty products for people of all genders and skin shades—this lip gloss creates a high-shine look that can be applied to natural lips or over layered colors. With vitamin E and jojoba oil, it traps in moisture to keep lips nourished and supple.
Luxury gift wrapping brand UNWRP—founded by multi-disciplinary designer Ashley L Fouyolle—often collaborates with artists on limited edition iterations, but their Waves pattern is Fouyolle’s own. Sold in a set of three oversized, premium-weight sheets, the Waves gift wrap combines earth tones and vibrant pinks and blues. Each sheet measures 20 by 28 inches.
Vanessa Lilak’s bold, colorful illustrations span subject matter, but her postcards all depict couples performing sex acts in various public (sometimes humorous) locations—from a foot clinic at a strip mall to the behemoth Scientology Center in Hollywood. A graphic designer at Capitol Records and a freelance artist, Lilak creates playful works, often drenched in irreverence.
From actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia’s House of Waris botanicals brand, the Organic Turmeric Honeybush tea blends rooibos with ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and bee pollen, as well as turmeric and honey bush. Each package contains 15 sachets to steep individually for five to seven minutes in order to achieve ideal flavor.
With jammy fig notes at its heart (introduced by creamy coconut and underscored by lush sandalwood), Siblings’ Scent No 09 DIY Candle Kit arrives as wax in a pouch. Owners then microwave the contents and pour it into their favorite vessel—adding the included wick last. From 23 November to 4 December, Siblings will donate one tree for every candle sold, through One Tree Planted—in an effort to restore California forests damaged by recent wildfires.
Made in Canada from plant-based plastic, Another Room’s Slime Jointlocker is a neat carrying case for a small BIC lighter and a mini joint. A removable chain allows users to attach the kit to a set of keys, bag or belt. Available in various colors and sizes, it’s a playful but practical accessory. Price is in CAD.
With 20% of the proceeds from its sale donated to the Central Emergency Response Fund (a humanitarian unit established by the United Nations), this Nothing Lasts Forever/CORONA Soap by artist Nir Hod works double duty. The NYC-based artist collaborated with Prospect on the limited edition product, which is intended to create a simple, “magic moment” that users can appreciate every day.
For anyone seeking an exciting addition to the classic Old Fashioned cocktail (or any number of beverages, boozy or otherwise), family-owned and Vermont-based Runamok Maple’s Smoked Old Fashioned Maple Cocktail Syrup lends complex complementary flavors. This cocktail syrup is composed of their acclaimed, pure and ultra-premium Pecan Wood Smoked Maple syrup and real orange essence. It is not too sweet and lightly smoky. Runamok is certified organic by the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association—and certified bird friendly by the National Audubon Society. They’ve also launched a brand new line of bitters, too.