Written by Back to the Future co-author Bob Gale and Joe Walser (who also illustrated the compendium), Back to the Future: DeLorean Time Machine: Doc Brown’s Owner’s Workshop Manual offers clever insights, captivating schematics and other never-before-scene information on the film’s depiction of time travel. It’s a satisfying read for fans of the cinematic series—or anyone interested in the iconic DeLorean, hoverboards and comedic science fiction in general.
With a Face Cleanser Stick, Face Scrub and Face Moisturizer, Disco’s gentle skincare starter kit aims to detoxify, soothe and hydrate. The brand’s emphasis on natural ingredients—coconut, apricot, papaya, macadamia oil and more—feels refreshing and eucalyptus binds together everything across the product range. This simplified starter system makes easing into a routine possible. All three cruelty-free products are vegan and do not contain gluten, aluminum, parabens or sulfates.
Across their nine locations around North America, Skip Barber Racing School offers several programs (one-day, three-day and more) that equip those who are interested with race-car driving skills. Though hobbiests will thrive, many alumni have gone on to race in (and win) Nascar events, and Formula 1. Through their partnership with ROUSH there’s even an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 760HP Stage 3 Mustang. Programs start at $795 but a gift amount of any valuable helps to make the experience accessible.
A collaborative design by C LAB and Champion Japan, the Reverse Weave StormShell Zip Front Hoodie provides the brand’s signature look and comfort, but with a tech-forward approach to weather-protection. The outer layer repels rain (or even snow), while the second layer offers protection against the wind. The three-panel hood and scuba collar create even more of a shield against the elements. Inside, Champion’s iconic fleece keeps you cozy and comfortable. With various types of pockets, all your belongings remain safe and dry too.
For the debut SSENSE WORKS capsule collection (wherein the luxury retailer SSENSE invites a member of its creative community to collaborate), Tony-nominated playwright and polymath Jeremy O Harris developed a vibrant, colorful and textural set of shirts, pants and accessories. Harris found inspiration from “the spirit of Zora Neale Hurston’s writing, the sound of Ethel Waters’ singing, the colors of Jacob Lawrence’s paintings and the textures of Carl Van Vechten’s photos” as well as the style of friends, collaborators and colleagues—including director Janicza Bravo and photographer Tyler Mitchell. Highlights are plentiful but our personal favorite is the Black + Pink Rose Long Sleeve T-Shirt.
Tom of Finland’s playful, erotic and celebratory illustrations of handsome gentlemen grace the pages of this 2021 calendar. Whether dressed as cowboys, clad in leather or entirely naked, each character exudes self-assurance and sensuality, and the scenes range from suggestive to salacious.
As the title suggests, Petra Eisele, Annette Ludwig and Isabel Naegele’s lovely hardback book explores one of the most popular typefaces of all time: Futura. Created by German designer Paul Renner in 1927, the sans-serif font was based on geometric shapes with near-even weights. The book explores the typeface’s beginnings through to notable uses and insight behind the design via illustrations and essays by design writers Steven Heller, Erik Spiekermann, Christopher Burke and others.
Modern Sprout’s “Grow” plant nutrients encourage natural vegetative growth. The 100% soluble formula—Fish Meal, Composted Seabird Guano, Kelp, Potassium Carbonate, and other naturally sourced ingredients—aims to nourish plants by replenishing their soil’s essential minerals and nutrients. Over time, these beneficial elements become less common and cannot be restored by sunlight or water. Take a look at the guidelines for precise dosing instructions, but a standard is once weekly with water.
Helmed by NYC-based chefs from all over the world (including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Senegal and Cambodia), Eat Offbeat celebrates food and flavor, as well as diversity and culture. While their meal delivery service (run out of Long Island City by individuals who are immigrants and refugees), they also have online offerings like their holiday hampers. The Wanderer’s Box includes Persian quince jam, Senegalese spiced candied peanuts, Syrian Barazek cookies, Venezuelan Torta de Navidad, Middle Eastern Zhourat tea and Mediterranean za’atar mix. There are larger options, as well as a vegan selection, available too.
Each 0.9-ounce container of Haoma’s Calming Temple Balm comes infused with 75mg of full-spectrum CBD, which helps nourish dry and damaged skin and reduces stress and anxiety. For best results, warm a small amount of balm between two fingers and apply to the temples each morning. The balm can also be applied at night to the nine major pulse points. Plant-based, vegan and cruelty-free, the formulation comprises chamomile, skullcap, lemon, American ginseng, ylang ylang and vetiver. For those who suffer from allergies to certain terpenes and extracts, Haoma’s transparent ingredient list offers plenty of information. Plus, every Haoma purchase plants one tree through a partnership with Trees.org.
From Third Drawer Down comes a silk eye mask that features a portrait (albeit just the eyes) of brilliant and beloved French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. Best known for her striking large-scale sculptures and installations, Bourgeois suffered from insomnia, and said being asleep was “paradise.” With a striped border (and underside, in case you want a change), the mask’s elastic strap features the phrase “Key to insomnia: peace or trust,” which Bourgeois wrote on the back of one of her Insomnia Drawings—a collection of sketches that she created during her frequent bouts with the sleep disorder.
For the whiskey collectors among us, Woodford Reserve’s Baccarat Edition sits with the most rarified releases in 2020. This prestigious Kentucky Bourbon spent three years “finishing” in select XO Cognac barrels. Altogether, the time in French and American casks imparts a nose of vanilla bean and cocoa powder, as well as cloves and cinnamon. On the palate, caramel carries into a lengthy finish. Woodford Reserve commissioned the Baccarat Crystal vessel specifically for this liquid.
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.
Designed to power up an iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch at the same time, Logitech’s Powered 3-In-1 Dock delivers a seamless, wireless charging experience. The item’s meticulous engineering also makes it an organizational tool for all your accessories whenever they’re not in use. For non-Apple users, the dock supports Qi-enabled devices from Google, LG and more (with up to 10W wireless charging).
Dyed by hand in New York, Found My Animal’s cozy Studio Tee comes in various tie-dye patterns. Intended for all kinds of baby animals, though ideal for pet pooches, the lightweight shirts are available from XS (with an eight-inch length) to XXL (with a 22-inch length).
One of queer-owned, NYC-based fine jewelry designer Automic Gold’s various chain rings, the two-millimeter Butch Ring is available in reclaimed, SCS-certified 14k gold in rose, white or yellow. Made in numerous sizes (from two to 17), each ring is crafted in midtown Manhattan and ships for free.