Wish List: Gifts for Playing
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Snap up innovations that make life worth living, from a projector that transports the night sky into your bedroom to a five-year diary that charts your life through the half-decade—and reminds you of the embarrassing thought you had three years ago today. Then check out GOOD's Holiday Wish List for more ideas on gifts for living, working, going, and wearing.
Manual star alignment. Infmetry. $22
Explore a night sky sans sky by plugging a couple of AA batteries and man hours into Infmetry's DIY constellation projector—then aligning the stars to your chosen place and time.
Advanced placement cheese board. Uncommon Goods. $48
Embrace the weirdness of modern recycling head-on with this cheese board "reclaimed" from an Illinois elementary school's used chalkboards. Deal with it: The educational aids of American children are now being reborn as a hors d'oeurves delivery mechanisms for the bourgeois party circuit. It's better than trashing all that slate.
Long-con diary. The Ice Plant. $24.95
Chances are, your five-year plan isn't going to work out exactly as you planned. Start charting your 60-month mental progress with The Ice Plant's 5 year diary—then look back on what the hell you were thinking five, four, three, two, and one year ago today.
A magazine we made just for you. GOOD. $25 per year
Give the gift of GOOD, a quarterly journalistic investigation into a new generation of thinkers and doers. Hey, our relatives love it!
Best parts book darts. Canoe. $10
Stop paging through your favorite books in search of the most waterlogged parts—these precision-cut metal bookmarklets help you keep tabs on the words that always make you cry.
Wormy compost kit. Uncommon Goods. $109.95
Is your lifestyle producing a large volume of waste that you are unequipped to convert into liquid fertilizer with your clumsy human digestive system alone? Introduce a colony of worms to your kitchen to help transition your leftovers into compost (new squiggly friends not included).
Graph stamps. EAI Education. $14.50
Chart your own life trends on the fly with pocket-sized rectangular and polar coordinate stamps. Press them on a spare bar napkin to get your best drunken schemes on the grid.
Icon-curated gifts. Quarterly. $25 per quarter
Know who you like, but not what you want? Put your future spending in the hands of Atlantic editor Alexis Madrigal, world traveler Josh Spier, or the natural beauty experts behind No More Dirty Looks, who will curate a special box of goodies and ship it to your door every quarter.
Recycled cardboard cat teepee. Uncommon Goods. $28
Lock down your cat lady apartment's feline smell situation while appealing to your pet's eco-hipster aesthetic: For those times when a nonrecycled odor-absorbing cardboard cat teepee just won't do.