The season of giving (even if it means giving unto oneself) is upon us and we present to you PART TWO of the consolidated 2018 Black Friday Gift Guide… a list of products that wowed us, from the year gone by. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the YD Family! Click here to check out part one of the gift wishlist!
P.S. Stay tuned for the Cyber Monday Gift Guide that drops at the beginning of next week!
01. PlugBug Duo by TwelveSouth
I remember a meme that circulated on Instagram the minute Apple was declared a Trillion Dollar Company. It was of a frayed lightning cable, and it had the caption “This is why Apple is worth a trillion dollars”. It’s true. Apple practically loots people with their peripherals. A separate charger for your iPad and iPhone because they have different power requirements? And another one for your MacBook? Bully! The TwelveSouth PlugBug Duo takes care of those problems for you. It sits on your standard Macbook Adapter, directing power to your laptop, but ALSO giving you two additional USB ports to plug your iPhone and iPad into. What’s better is that it’s built to with a 2.1amp and 10W output that can charge your iPhone AS WELL AS your iPad, letting you effectively juice three devices together, using just one power outlet!
02. Beeline Bicycle GPS by Bee Line
Designed to simply get you from point A to B by allowing you to choose your own route, the Beeline is a rather elegant little GPS/Compass/Speedometer that puts most smart-bike apps and dashboards to shame. In a lot of ways, the Beeline does for the bicycle what the Nest did for the thermostat. It adopts a beautifully minimal circular interface, offering just the correct amount of functionality. It doesn’t distract, and it doesn’t overload itself with features. It does its job marvelously and is actually designed so that you pay less attention to it and more attention to your route.
Available in a robust, damage-proof and waterproof silicone casing, the Beeline can be strapped to any bike handlebar, and can even be used as a keychain when you’re done with your ride… because you’re sure to get very possessive about this little beauty!
03. Bird Photo Booth 2.0 Bird Feeder by Bird Photo Booth
Bird photography is a tricky thing and requires expensive gear, as well as incredible amounts of patience. However, if you change your approach a bit, it isn’t that difficult. The Bird Photo Booth 2.0 lures your bird in with bait so you don’t need to search for the birds and line the perfect shot up. Just put the birdfeed in and sit back. When the birds make their way to the feeder, a motion sensor detects their presence and triggers the 4K camera on the inside which takes spectacular close-ups of the bird. It quite literally couldn’t be any easier!
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04. ManMower by Timothy Mount
With No-Shave-November finally on its way out, you’ll need something to trim your jawline-jungle. We recommend the ManMower, a ludicrous, genius product that’s literally a lawnmower for your face. An internal blade slices away at your facial hair, leaving just a casual, badass stubble behind, just like the lawnmower slices the grass in your lawn to a short, uniform length. The Manmower needs no electricity, no shaving cream, no water, and no prep. Just pull it out of your pocket and roll it across your jawline (you could practically do this in public too) and the Manmower cuts away at your beard, giving you a uniform stubble in no time. Crafted from surgical grade steel, the Manmower doesn’t need too much maintenance and lasts years as opposed to the razors that just last you two or three shaves.
05. Vector Smart Robot by Anki
Imagine if your Amazon Echo had a cute robot avatar. That’s what the Anki Vector is. A helpful little robot on wheels that zooms around the house following you, cheering you, and just giving you company. It can’t do the heavy-lifting that Alexa can, but you can talk to it, ask it questions, set timers, and even ask it to take pictures of you. Vector can identify people and obstacles, carefully traveling around your house without colliding against objects, and is smart enough to go charge itself when it’s running low on batteries. Totally the antithesis of the bots that you thought were going to take over humanity. No, the Vector is smol, adorable, and the next best thing to having a pet!
06. Perfect Sushi Roll Machine by Leifheit
The California Roll or the California maki is a tricky thing to make. Your ingredients need to be right at the center, around a belt of perfectly positioned sticky sushi rice, followed by the Nori or the seaweed. The sushi roll needs to be tight enough to not fall apart when cut into perfect, bite-sized discs. That’s where you could either spend years perfecting the process, or pick up a Perfect Sushi Roller by Leifheit. Yes, it’s literally called the Perfect Sushi Roller, and that isn’t hubris, it’s a guarantee. Follow the instructions and place your ingredients in the correct order, pull a lever and presto! A perfect sushi roll!
07. Levoop by Dreamfarm
A portmanteau of the words level and scoop, the Levoop is exactly that. Designed to be a large scooping spoon, the Levoop allows for precise measurements using scoops as a unit, as opposed to spoonfuls. It also comes with a leveling ring that lets you quickly and cleverly level off whatever you’re scooping with the swift action of your thumb. A movable ring around the periphery of the scoop clears off anything above the scoop’s rim, leaving you with a perfectly measured out scoopful that you can then use in your cooking. The Levoop is also a winner of the Red Dot Product Design Award for the year 2018
08. BladeBrush by Joseph Joseph
I’ve spoiled a hundred sponges and scouring pads trying to scrub a knife blade only to have the blade actually slice across the sponge, leaving a cut in it. Within twenty washes, your sponge is a fine shredded mince. Joseph Joseph’s BladeBrush tackles the problem with the company’s signature innovative style. The U-shaped brush comes with bristles on both ends, strong enough to scrub any grime off the blade, even getting in between serrations. The bristles make a perfect choice not only because they do a remarkable job cleaning the blade, but also because the blade doesn’t really slice through them, since they flex. The BladeBrush works perfectly with any sort of blade and even with cutlery, making the cleaning process easier… and it keeps your hands clean too, since you’re holding a textured rubber grip around a plastic frame, and not a soapy sponge!