Wish List: Gifts for Going
This Shelter Assembles in Just One Hour—and Could House Disaster Victims for Four Months A Turkish design firm creates a compact home for victims of floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.
How New Orleans’ Health Clinic for Musicians Survived the Storm The local healthcare provider weathered Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.
A Team of South African Scientists May Have Just Bested Google in the Race for Cost Effective Solar Energy Researchers from Stellenbosch University are about to unveil a revolutionary model for affordable, transportable, concentrated solar power.
Installation Turns 70,000 Upcycled Plastic Bottles Into Illuminated Ocean A new installation in England turns trash into illuminated art—and shines a spotlight on our damaged oceans.
Starting Soon, 4th Graders (and Their Families) Can Get Free Admission to Every U.S. National Park for a Full Year President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative makes it easier than ever to get up, get out, and enjoy nature.
How American Lives Have Changed Over the Last 100 Years What does it take to win at the game of life known as the American Dream?
The evolved lunchbox. Plastica. $36
Lock down your snacking game with Plastica's stackable bento box, an advanced take on the school lunchbox. Pick a personalized color scheme to express the anxious individuality of the kid inside, then satisfy your evolved adult palate by stocking your box with a balanced three-part meal to go.
Clear liquor we'd actually drink. Kings County Distillery. $19.99 plus shipping
Free up your bathtub with Kings County Distillery's moonshine-by-the-flask. New York City's oldest post-prohibition distillery that's clear as vodka but, shudder, the taste. Kings ships straight to your door; save on shipping by purchasing a years' supply all at once—a flat of 48 flasks.
Easy-on-the-eyes first aid kit. Best Made. $89
Prepare for sticks and stones with a First Aid kit designed for woodsmen, loggers, and you. The handsome wall-mountable kit comes equipped with medical ephemera fit for every emergency—including a wire split, mylar rescue blanket, and a CPR mouth guard. Strong enough for a woodsman; graphic-designed for an urbanite.
On-the-go Brita. Hydros. $29.99
Advance your water filtering strategy beyond the fridge and the spigot with Hydros' all-in-one water bottle and filter, a perfect compromise between drinking sludge from the tap and financing the disposable water bottle industry.
Real talk toothbrush. Yumaki. $10
A toothbrush for teeth-owners who don't care what three-out-of-four random dentists want them to put in their mouths. "Yumaki toothbrushes does not get your teeth any whiter or any cleaner than any other high quality toothbrush does. The result is the same," Yumaki states in its real-talk disclaimer. "To be honest, electric toothbrushes are proven to be the most efficient at brushing your teeth. But they normaly look ugly, take up space and consume precious energy." So invest in this well-designed—and perfectly adequate!—tooth cleaner, and keep an extra brush on-hand for dealing with any post-meal or morning-after weirdness that strikes outside the home.
Backpack with dignity. Buck Products. $75
The human back as an optimal surface for carrying items—another sound concept ruined by the middle school experience. Shake all of your anxiety-inducing, scoliosis-developing Jansport memories by investing in a non-embarrassing backpack from Montana-based Buck Products. This time, choose your own colors without worrying what your hometown locker tyrant insists isn't cool this year.
Sky-powered iPhone. Mobius. $80
Ditch the omniprescent white USB cables. Power your iPhone via the Universe with Mobius' solar iPhone charger.
Pocket illuminator. ThinkGeek. $4.99
A credit card-sized lightbulb that won't break the bank: Perfect for lighting the nerdiest spooky camping story, or making extra sure you're connecting the red cable to the (+) battery handle.
Adventure chronicler. GoPro. $199.99 and up
Tap into your inner bro with a palm-sized HD video camera fit for recording your movements on a variety of gear favored by fraternity brothers and extreme sports enthusiasts the world over—GoPro's tiny tech is ready to be mounted on helmet, bike, or board, leaving your hands free to fist-bump with abandon.
Eco alcohol delivery system. Walnut. $22
Your bike is designed to help you power yourself across the city—why shouldn't it be streamlined to accommodate your more sedentary activities, too? This six pack cinch hangs straight from your frame, helping facilitate the active pursuit of drunkenness.