Our Yearly “Treat Yourself Holiday Gift Guide.”
While creating this year’s list, we kept going back to some of our favorites gift ideas from years past. So, in addition to the below list, please check out the 2017 and 2018 Highlark Holiday gift guide as they have some kick-ass options for this year. In the tradition of creating a list for you to either buy yourself or get others to purchase these gifts for you, here are TK 2019 gift suggestions.
Ember Travel Mug²
The Ember Travel Mug² was designed to be used on-to-go. It allows you to set an exact drinking temperature and keeps it there for up to 3 hours. This might be the perfect gift for that caffeine lover in your family (or better yet, for yourself.) The new mug retails for $179.95 at ember. Sure the price is steep, but you can say goodbye to all those Starbucks’ cups you keep littering the planet with…
From MoMa: This updated version of the popular Mondri Vase uses transparent acrylic neon panels that create delightful colorplay and beautiful shadows. Three vases in one, it’s designed with three different chambers, so you can turn the vase for different floral arrangement possibilities and flower sizes. The Neon Mondri Vase is a mix of clear and blue, yellow, pink and lavender panels.” $100 at MoMa Design Store.
NES Classic Edition
In our humble opinion, nothing and we mean NOTHING compares to the first. The OG Mario, Donkey Kong, Tetris. It’s currently $98.00 via Amazon.
Stanmore II Voice Speaker
All these years later and we still STAN the Marshall Stanmore speaker. Now Alexa-enabled your lazy ass can still look super cool. $250 at Nordstrom.
East Fork Terra Cotta Body Planters
Do we really need to explain why we dig these? You can be a top or a bottom or get both! We love everything about East Fork including their mugs that are constantly selling out. Find these at East Fork for $40.
Sure the trendy gift to give is a weighted blanket, but we prefer the classic, never goes out-of-style Pendleton Blanket. Throws start at $99 and blankets start at $150 at Pendleton.
MMX Vancouver Marshmallow Crossbow
Launch marshmallows 60 feet with this handcrafted marshmallow crossbow. Enough said. $99 at Huckberry.
Lumio Book Lamp
“When shut, Lumio masquerades as an elegant hardcover book bound in lasercut wood. When opened, it magically transforms into a sculptural light illuminated by a high-performing LED.” We’re sold. $200 at the MoMa Design Store.
Awair 2nd Edition Air Quality Monitor
So while we continue to wait for our governments to pass stronger air quality legislation, here you can keep track of invisible dust and chemicals in your home home. Seems worth the $200 to me. Find out more about these at AWAIR.
YETI Roadie 20 Cooler
Let’s face it water just tastes better when it’s cold. Same goes for beer or those Truly things y’all like so much. Yeti just does it slightly better including their seafoam and river green tundra colorways. Find these indestructible, buy-it-for-life coolers for $200 at Yeti.
Haptic Lab Super Ship Kite
When was the last time you flew a kite? What are you waiting for? At $76 you can buy a kite and a super ship! Huckberry.
Vessel Premium Vape Pen – Wood Series
If you are going to vape (and we anchorage you NOT to – especially if you are under 21), might as well go premium of $100. As Vessel says, and we can attest to, it “delivers airflow one right, perfectly like nothing ever before.” Vesselbrand.com
Marley Natural Large Tray
A stylish tray with a magnetic wooden scraper that makes it easier to roll joints. $78 at Marley Natural.
Roku Streaming Stick Plus
Whether you cut the cord or not, this is one of our favorite way to connect to all streaming video services at the very reasonable price of $29 at Amazon.
Catch:2 Multi-Device Wireless Charger
Need to charge two things at one time? Want it to be wireless? Oh and the charger needs to look good? at $150 this charger is for you. Bespokepost.com.
SUCK UK – Pencils
Pencils that also serve as wood drum sticks for your desk? At just $9.45 for a pair, we’re in. Amazon.
Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone
Not all headphones need to be wireless. In fact we are kind of sick of brands going wireless and skimping on sound. The Sony MDR7506 are some of the best and most stylish non-wireless headphones. They are also a lot less then many of the wireless headphones out there at $87. Amazon
The Brass Incense Burner
Scented candles are great and all but they are expensive and they add up. You can save some money with incense and here is a perfect burner that works with both sticks and cones. $88 at Best Made.
Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker
For $60 you can better your life with waffles. Amazon
Areaware Blockitecture Garden City Mega Set
Blocks don’t need to look like crap and although we love Legos, not all adult toys need to be legos. Additionally, not all toys for kids need to look so uninspiring. Whether you have kids or not, this set can easily spruce up your coffee table. You can find this set for $75 via Amazon.
The Grimm Blocks
Speaking of blocks (yeah we really dig blocks), the Grimm Blocks are our favorite. Liven up any desk or coffee table with these. We promise, your friends would love it. These are $96 at Best Made.
Crosley Ridgemont Entertainment Center
Need a device that allows you to play records, tapes and CDss in one and for only $200 then Crosley had entertainment center for you at Urban Outfitters.
Fluance Record Player
Battery-Powered Smart Speaker for Outdoor and Indoor Listening, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with Alexa Built-In $400 at Sonos.
Crosley Cassette Player
The good folks at Crosley just know how to make our nostalgia dreams come true. Find these retro cassette players for $56 at Amazon.
TRX Minimal – Fit System
Sorry we know this list is suppose to be fun and anything by TRX should probably stay off of any fun list, however this product works. It is easy to use, but tough as hell. $75 at Huckberry.
The Sill DIY Succulent Terrarium Kit
According to The Still, “Our Succulent Terrarium Kit features everything you need to DIY your very own miniature desertscape — including six assorted succulents, bags of cacti mix, lava rocks and sand, a 10″ glass bowl, and potting instructions.” $68 at The Sill.
So you spend all this time and money getting the perfect gift that you end up placing it in some cheap box or bag that ends up in a landfill somewhere or in your entry hall waiting for you to take it out to the trash. The good folks of Blankbox provide a chic, custom and convenient gift packaging solution that you can repurpose later, allow your gift to really pop. You want the one you gifted to really fall for your gift at first sight, no? Check them out blankboxnyc.com
Our Bill of Rights are constantly under attack and whether you know it or now good people fight every day for our rights so to end the year and throughout 2020 we hope you give the ACLU.